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  1. Thus may be a bit lengthy but I want to provide as much information as I can for you guys, so please bear with me. Rundown on the bike: 2016 FZ07 about 2400 miles on it, Akro full exhaust, Stage 2 DNA air box and filter, and the FtECU with a prebuilt tune for the PowerCommander to match the setup. https://www.veloxracing.com/wp/product/ftdl9-ftecu-flashtune-kit-for-yamaha-mt07-fz07-2015-2016-2017-2018/ Just over a month ago, Sept. 26, I laid my bike down at fairly low speed, about 20 mph, turning left into a neighborhood. There ended up being water in the gutter turning in and I just simply slid out. No injury besides a little road rash on my forearm, but I was able to get right back up and push it up the street to a friends house. I cracked the oil pan and bent the shifter, pictures included, and I thought that was the only issue, besides cosmetics which was fairly minor due to frame sliders. After a few weeks lead time to get the parts I needed, I was replacing all the parts this weekend. I got the oil pan replaced and refilled the oil with Motul 5100. Replaced and adjusted the shifter. When I went to turn it on it wouldn't go. So I put it on a battery tender over night and still no dice the next day. I checked the voltage while turned off and it's at 12.6V I tried to start it a few times and it went down to 12.3V, but that's expected. I siphoned the fuel and replaced it with fresh fuel since it had been sitting for almost 6 weeks and still it wouldn't turn over. As you can hopefully see in the pictures there ended up being a little more damage than I thought, the handle bars bent a bit but still functional and then the tail end of the swing arm (at the chain adjuster) got a small dent in it but it isnt affecting the functionality. I removed the bolts and bracket without any resistance or force needed. I didnt want to start pulling stuff apart and just taking random guesses. The battery seems fine and when I try to turn it over you can hear the fuel pump working so those both seem okay. Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated. https://photos.app.goo.gl/aKDTAdyw5gEMuvvZ8 Hopefully that link works for photos and a short video of what it sounds like trying to start.
  2. Well........ It finally happened. DISCLAIMER: I am OK! Been riding for 11 years and over 70,000 miles. I have just over 30k on the FZ since I got it in Fall 2015. I was a daily commuter here in Seattle even through rain. I never stopped for anything except ice and snow. This happened last Tuesday. I had literally JUST moved into my first house the day before and it was the first ever commute home after the move. This section of highway has always had lots of intermittent slowdowns for no reason. I will never understand it. Nearly full-speed traffic comes to full stops randomly (and not always in the same spots either). I was keeping a good following distance for most of my commute but looked away for just over a second (was admiring the sun over the lake view ) and that was enough for this crash to sneak up on me. By the time I looked back, I hit the brakes but there just wasn't enough time for me to react. I probably realized what was happening by the time my motorcycle passed the van in the lane next to me in the video. I was going about 30mph when I hit. I got SUPER lucky that I didn't pancake against the car. Looks like I flew about 15 feet in the air to the right of it and didn't slide. Strained back, wrists, cuts on shin, bruised tibia on left leg, crushed my balls (the worst part) and might have a broken toe but otherwise NO major injuries. I even hit my head! I was wearing armored gauntlets, 1-piece thermosuit, over the calf motorcycle boots, synthetic padded jacket under the suit, and a Shoei GT-Air helmet. Really thankful it is was not worse. It's not often you get to say "I hit a stopped car at 30mph on my motorcycle and I was just sore for a couple weeks afterwards". I have had LOTS of close calls in my years of riding. A few things I have noticed in all of them and especially this one - I always focus wayy too much on the rear brake and not enough on the front. I locked up the rear in this crash and all I could think of was "wow, my rear is locked up" instead of "I'm actually only applying about 70% of the front brake that I could be applying". I've practiced quick stops many times, but when it comes a panic situation with 1 second to react, the rear is too easy to lock up IMO and it is distracting. I'm not talking about the FZ-07 - I'm talking about motos in general. Anyway, the FZ didn't get too destroyed. The front tire basically went under the rear of the car and wedged itself and then the tipped the headlight into the trunk. The The front forks are toast. Wheel might be bent - need to do more inspection. The brakes/rotors are rubbing something fierce, but IDK if it is because the forks are all out of alignment. Front headlight got smacked. Shaved off some of my Akra carbon exhaust and handlebars. Probably the front wheel bearings need to be at least inspected. Oh, and the tow truck driver lost my rear seat -.- But the engine still starts and runs no problem. Didn't lose any fluid. I'm not sure what I want to do yet with riding after this one. Do I fix this and keep commuting? Do I only ride on weekends? Do I never ride again? Either way, I know I'm never riding without ABS again. It would have totally helped here! How easy is it to swap whatever is needed for ABS from the new FZ? That's research I'll be doing at least. Thanks for reading!
  3. I've always heard the saying, "It's not if you crash, it's when you crash." And I believe this to be true. You're going to crash/drop your bike at least once in your lifetime as a motorcyclist. When it happens make sure it's in a controlled environment like the track and you're prepared for the damage (wear full gear, have good quality insurance, etc.)! These two videos are from Stan The Moto Man and I like that he uploaded his and a friend's crash footage to remind us all: Don't treat public roads as if they were the track Wear full gear all the time And I'll add in: crashes are expensive. You've got to repair/replace your bike, replace your damaged gear, and no riding time while you're waiting
  4. Well, the horrid day has arrived that my 2017 FZ-07 has been damaged, and will need some new parts before she is ready to ride again. The wreck happened in 5 minutes from the house, and after I picked it up and moved it out of the road it started so I very slowly rode it home fun stuff with how the right side of the handlebar is messed up. Pictures of the Damage are in the spoiler. Nothing too bad to be honest the worst of it is the Werkes Can, and the Front Wheel. .
  5. With a front wheel barely turning and always pointing between a little to a lot to the left, hauling it between the house and shed was a chore. Turning meant lifting. Repeatedly. But with the help of the kid we got it inside eventually. I took a closer look to determine the damage in detail. This is the list so far: - Seat torn - Ductail smashed - Rear fender broken off - Rear LHS indicator missing - Muffler properly scraped - Gear shifter broken - Foot peg peg feeler broken off - Handlebar bent - LHS heated grip destroyed - Clutch lever holder broken - Clutch lever scraped - Heated grip control unit damaged - Instrument pod scraped, but functional - Mirror attachment broken off brake master cylinder - Radiator badly bent, but surprisingly not leaking - Front fender broken in half, rear half missing - Top yoke bent in several directions - Bottom yoke bent in several directions - Front wheel axle bent inside - Both fork legs bent - Front brake discs bent - LHS fork stopper broken off - Fuel tank dented and scraped What I was most curious about was the state of the frame - would it still be straight? Well, it does appear to be. No cracks in the paint, ball bearings and their races like new, aiming + using a leveler indicate the neck is still pointing in the correct direction. Still, it could be a tiny bit off since my way of measuring is rather crude compared to the precise instruments used by experts. However, considering that this is not a race bike, I think it would be safe to fit a new front end to it, even if it should be ever so slightly twisted. After all, many bikes are made with front and rear wheels offset. Due to the damage done to the wheel axle and brake discs, I do not feel comfortable using the front wheel again, though, even if it appear to be undamaged. Having a front wheel collapsing doesn't seem too tempting.
  6. faffi

    Don't you just hate it

    -when you don't understand the cause of a disaster? Today I totaled my son's motorcycle, and I do not know why. I turned in, the front folded and down we went. Didn't speed, asphalt was good, tyres good, yet the thing failed to stick when I did a somewhat rapid change of direction. Got a beating myself; rib-cage front and back, neck and head, left shoulder and elbow, both hands, and right foot all took a hit. Only bruises and scrapes and aches, nothing broken. Tried to hold on to the bike first, then flew over a ditch and hit a boulder - you can see the impact zone - before being tossed further like a rag doll into a the wet trench. It could have ended far worse. Don't I look nice in mud

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