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Re: What did you do to your FJR today?

Post by rbentnail » Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:23 am

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Today, I installed my replacement YAMAHA bag emblem. And I ordered real-time industries reflectives for the bags. May get all crazy and add an IBA decal to the real-time vinyl since it’s removable. Living on the edge.
Is that legal, putting an IBA sticker on a bike that's never done an IBA sanctioned event? Seems pretty cheesy to me :P .
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Post by bill lumberg » Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:42 am

It will have by the time the holiday week is over.....
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Post by BkerChuck » Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:43 am

Rode it to work, again. Day 638 consecutive ride. Both days of weekend sucked for riding but I stuck it out and got my miles in Rode in the rain both days but temps stayed above freezing so it was tolerable. This morning roads were still damp in spots but mostly dry and temps near 40. Must say I've been pretty blessed where the weather is concerned.
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Post by jwilly » Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:00 pm

I put a new battery in FJR Cinco today. Should be good for another 40k miles now.
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Post by gixxerjasen » Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:30 pm

Rode it to work. A tad chilly at 48F this morning. 57F on the way home with patchy sun. Probably my last ride of the year, unless I ride in on the 31st.
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Re: What did you do to your FJR today?

Post by Prestone » Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:03 pm

jwilly wrote:
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:00 pm
I put a new battery in FJR Cinco today. Should be good for another 40k miles now.
Low voltage, or just preventative?

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Post by bill lumberg » Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:24 pm

I rode my FJR in North Carolina,Tennessee, and Georgia today. Went up my own private Cherohala up to the lake far above the Ocoee River. While I am not fond of them, the original equipment tires are holding up better than I would have guessed, particularly with the alpine spankings they’ve been getting.
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Post by jwilly » Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:15 pm

Prestone wrote:
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jwilly wrote:
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:00 pm
I put a new battery in FJR Cinco today. Should be good for another 40k miles now.
Low voltage, or just preventative?
Started cranking little slower so mostly preventative.

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Re: What did you do to your FJR today?

Post by bill lumberg » Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:12 am

My 2014 started cranking a little slower. A new battery at two years fixed it right up. It was still cranking great 40,000 plus miles later.
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Re: What did you do to your FJR today?

Post by griff » Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:07 pm

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My 2014 started cranking a little slower. A new battery at two years fixed it right up. It was still cranking great 40,000 plus miles later.
I've got 4 years and 115000 miles on my original 14 battery. Must be living on borrowed time. :shock:
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Post by Hppants » Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:12 pm

Well, I rode about 825 miles in two days, but the weather ran us back home last night. This time of year, a big change in the forecast is always to be expected. We mostly poked around central Louisiana and East Texas on some familiar, but good riding roads. I had fun, but it really didn't scratch my itch.
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Post by raYzerman » Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:25 pm

griff wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:07 pm
bill lumberg wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:12 am
My 2014 started cranking a little slower. A new battery at two years fixed it right up. It was still cranking great 40,000 plus miles later.
I've got 4 years and 115000 miles on my original 14 battery. Must be living on borrowed time. :shock:
Well..... the FJR likes a robust battery, and I've read a lot of forum talk over the years.... most have not edumacated themselves on how batteries actually discharge and start to deteriorate..... others spread fear of leaving them on a charger..... hooey, I say. I plug mine in to the Battery Tender whenever it's gonna sit more than 5 days. Keeps it from going into sulphation territory (remember it is half discharged when down to 12.5V), and I've never had a problem with a Battery Tender in 11 years (I have 4 of them). I have the OEM out of my '07 (I had abused that battery a few times before I got smarter), and it has been sitting on my shelf not connected to any draws for 5 years while mostly hooked up to a Tender. It still has a full charge, although I would not vouch for its long term serviceability. I have other batteries (non Yuasa) donated to me that didn't make the cut and will no longer charge (they were mostly pooched when I got them). Does not surprise me at all an OEM lasts, and any decent battery should last 5 years if taken care of properly. Note the OEM is a different construction than the aftermarket replacements, and of course more $$.
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Post by BkerChuck » Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:44 am

Rode it to work on this the first official day of winter. 61 degrees this morning in a light rain. Day 642 consecutive ride.
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Post by Hppants » Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:48 am

New front brake pads yesterday. The linked brakes on the right front caliper were barely touched, so I let them ride.

Speed bleeders in route and I'll do a brake/clutch flush soon. Flipped 50K on Monday, so 2nd valve check, coolant flush, new spark plugs, and a T/B sync is just around the corner....

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Post by raYzerman » Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:49 am

Had mine parked on the lift hoping to get at the winter maintenance/farkle cleanup list.. took it off, rolled the project bike rolling chassis up there... gotta get on with it.
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Post by Pterodactyl » Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:53 am

Well, since none of you reprobates bought my bike I decided to give it a minor refresh. Step one is to replace the rear shock. The old one is still in good shape but with nearly 45,000 miles on it, and a new OE shock selling for $328 with free shipping I figured why ride on the last 30-40% of the shock's life. New shock gets delivered today. While waiting I cleaned and lubed the rear suspension linkage. It still looked well lubed and fairly clean since I last did it 25K miles ago. I use a mixture of Wurth SIG 3000 grease and a moly. The Wurth is the stickiest stuff known to mankind and is a high pressure and water proof grease. I add about 20% moly just because. The mixture seems to have a very long life. Flushed rear brakes and clutch while waiting for the shock. The clutch fluid looked very clean but the bottom of the reservoir had a dark film on it. I removed the film with a Q-tip before removing the old fluid and sucked out the resulting mess with a turkey baster. I added fresh fluid and sucked it out again and repeated this until all signs of the film were gone; then flushed as normal. Also on the list are new tires, inspecting the front forks to see how they are holding up and add fresh fluid, and then do the normal routine maintenance stuff.

Doing the shock replacement on the floor because I did not want to tie-up the lift while waiting for the shock.

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Post by wheatonFJR » Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:59 am

Kevin, with my shock at 45K miles now, I'm thinking of getting it replaced. I was thinking of doing Traxxion...but for the $328, the stock shock...which actually does reasonably well, sounds like the right way to go. Mebbe I will just replace the fork springs and change the fluid as well!

Thanks for sharing, I think you just saved me a shit ton of $$, mebbe with the money saved I can come out and visit Montana.
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Post by Pterodactyl » Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:25 pm

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Kevin, with my shock at 45K miles now, I'm thinking of getting it replaced. I was thinking of doing Traxxion...but for the $328, the stock shock...which actually does reasonably well, sounds like the right way to go. Mebbe I will just replace the fork springs and change the fluid as well!

Thanks for sharing, I think you just saved me a shit ton of $$, mebbe with the money saved I can come out and visit Montana.
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Post by Pterodactyl » Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:26 pm

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Kevin, with my shock at 45K miles now, I'm thinking of getting it replaced. I was thinking of doing Traxxion...but for the $328, the stock shock...which actually does reasonably well, sounds like the right way to go. Mebbe I will just replace the fork springs and change the fluid as well!

Thanks for sharing, I think you just saved me a shit ton of $$, mebbe with the money saved I can come out and visit Montana.
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Post by bigjohnsd » Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:56 pm

wheatonFJR wrote:
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:59 am
Kevin, with my shock at 45K miles now, I'm thinking of getting it replaced. I was thinking of doing Traxxion...but for the $328, the stock shock...which actually does reasonably well, sounds like the right way to go. Mebbe I will just replace the fork springs and change the fluid as well!

Thanks for sharing, I think you just saved me a shit ton of $$, mebbe with the money saved I can come out and visit Montana.
Mark, as I'm certain you are aware, the Gen 3 shock comes with a stiffer spring then Gen 1 or 2. The Gen 3 shock we put into Festar's bike made a bit of difference, he could run on the soft setting even when loaded. As I recall the 15 and later shocks have an even stiffer spring set.

When we were looking for a rear shock to get Festar back on the road the 15 and 16 shocks were less expensive than the 13 as I recall.
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