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Re: Is it time to replace my FJR?

Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:01 pm
by ionbeam
My wife is an enabler, if I want a new motorcycle or an additional motorcycle she is right there behind me -- pushing me forward. We have rented a number of motorcycle models I was interested in and lived with them for at least a thousand miles (a day or two at the least). We still have the FJR and other bikes in our garage have been divested because only the FJR was getting miles and love. If you can't borrow a bike you are interested in, see if you can rent one, it can be an eye opener. It might be harder for you to do though, up there in polar bear country.

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If you do rent a bike, check it over carefully before riding off. To make a short story long:

In Phoenix I ask the rental guy if there is a mileage limit on a 5 day rental. He says not really, it would be something ridiculous like a thousand miles. I tell him that by tomorrow I will probably be over that. He looked at me kinda strange and says that if that's true we will cross that bridge when we get to it.

Over the next few days I fixed the dragging rear brake that was over heating the rear disk, the damaged brake pedal, changed the burned out headlight, fixed their cobbled auxiliary equipment wiring and a few other things to get the bike safe and operational. I'm sure the rental company doesn't want riders working on their bikes but I was in the middle of nowhere when these items came to light. I kept records and took pictures to document the issues and the fixes. The rental place was grateful for the work I did and pleased with the work I did. And, they were happy that they didn't have to drive hours to nowhere to either fix or replace the rental.

Next he did an odometer check. Then he verified the starting mileage again, then checked the odometer again :shock: He finally said that for the work I did and the number of miles I put on the bike he considered it a wash. He paid me for the parts used and gave me a discount for the next rental and endorsed it with NO MILEAGE LIMIT and his signature.

Re: Is it time to replace my FJR?

Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:23 pm
by CollingsBob
...and the KTM Super Duke GT is off the list. Too many substantiated stories of a high speed wobble between 200km/hr and 240km/hr.
The Ducati V4 Multistrada with configurator is now on the Ducati Canada website. The price for the V4S is at the high end of my personal ballpark, but..

Re: Is it time to replace my FJR?

Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 6:19 pm
by FJRoss
CollingsBob wrote: ā†‘
Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:23 pm
...and the KTM Super Duke GT is off the list. Too many substantiated stories of a high speed wobble between 200km/hr and 240km/hr.
The Ducati V4 Multistrada with configurator is now on the Ducati Canada website. The price for the V4S is at the high end of my personal ballpark, but..
Guarantee that the Ducati will spend more time in the shop than the FJR. (Nice bikes though.)

Re: Is it time to replace my FJR?

Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 6:50 pm
by LKLD
Yeah, what he said (Pants).

Bob, get what you want. I love my FJR, but it might not suit me 5-10 yrs from now, and if that happens, Iā€™d find something that will. Riding a motorcycle, after all, is what really love.

Re: Is it time to replace my FJR?

Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:18 pm
by raYzerman
Bob, WTF is wrong with you wanting to ditch the FJR you Dumshit!! BTW, nice talking to you today, I immediately rode up to Sudbury (igloomifuktuk), called Wawa where you were waiting at the goose and they said you'd already left.... so I turned around and went home. Dumshit.

Re: Is it time to replace my FJR?

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:27 pm
by mcatrophy
CollingsBob wrote: ā†‘
Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:07 pm
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Ducati V4 Multistrada ...
Friend of mine just got rid of his Multistrada. He loved riding it, but the maintenance and reliability problems just became too much.

Too many special tools needed for stuff like removing the wheel for tyre changes, even for adjusting the chain. And too many bits fell off, too many odd error messages in the display.

After listening to his moans, and helping him adjust his chain (I'm no stranger to chain adjustment, but my g*d, what a pain), I wouldn't suggest one.

Re: Is it time to replace my FJR?

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:20 pm
by raYzerman
Are you really gonna meet me in Wawa this time?? Can you get your head around this bike?

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-sport-touring/c ... 1503672374

Re: Is it time to replace my FJR?

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:38 pm
by bungie4
My buddy Jim had a VFR 1200, none DCT though. He came down to SEO once or twice with me. I've ridden it a few times in both interstate and twisties.

Jim was like 6'9" or something (though he'd swear up and down he was 6'4") and the VFR is a physically ENORMOUS bike. Its not that the bars are low, they are just REALLY far away. I'd get sore wrists in 5 minutes. It turns like it has a wheelbase like a Frieghtliner. Great on the hwy though. That engine. Oh my. So deceiving, leave it in second and ram it onto the stops. The FJR, you'd get the raped ape going around 6500rpm. Not so with that V4. It would just go like hell and and stay there. No big rush. Its a electric locomotive.

Re: Is it time to replace my FJR?

Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:00 pm
by raYzerman
I sat on a VFR1200, thought about getting one. It was very similar to sitting on my 800, just bigger. Riding positions similar, but hey, there are risers to help that.... still a little lean forward more than an FJR. Can't say I'd call it long distance tourer.
I also rode a buddy's VFR1200X, the adventure version. Now that's big and comfortable and a freakin 34" seat height. Had DCT, my first go with that. Like driving an automatic, but can do manual too. Tad too much weird for me... can't find one anyway. Rather pissed Honda did not bring the VFR800X to North America, now that I could get my head around. VFR adventure style.