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Monthly Archives: April 2008

Stock Windshield Back On

I think the Cal-Sci windshield is gonna be a wintertime shield only.

Today it was about 90 degrees. Hot. I rode to Office Depot this afternoon for some compressed air bottles for the job I posted about below. And, as I mentioned previously, the Cal Sci shield cocooned me in… Continue reading

Why I Don’t Wrench II

So, everyone says that removing the stock throttle tube from the FJR and replacing it with the G2 tube and cam is a 30-minute job.

They are wrong. it’s a 3-hour job. At least, it is for me. I start the job off at about 6:15 this evening. But what… Continue reading

Farkles Arrived!

All of my remaining bike mods arrived today. As soon as I got home, I put them on the bike. In fact, the picture to the left is my bike. I took it right after I got everything installed.

They aren’t much, as far as mods are concerned. A passenger… Continue reading

First Farkle Arrives

Well, the first farkle (second, if you don’t count sliders) arrived this afternoon from California Scientific. I got the +3.5 inch windshield.

First, good on Cal-Sci for sending along real, live, stainless steel machine screws to mount it. Good thing, too, because one of the OEM plastic screwheads just snapped… Continue reading

OK. So Maybe One More Farkle

I ordered the black racing stripes for the Fairing and bags. The picture here is from the PCA web site, not mine, which is a bit surprising, since they are a business web site. You’d think they’d use better pictures.

In any event, they are the reflective black 3M product… Continue reading

Why I Don’t Wrench

I decided to put my frame sliders on today. The FJR is pretty simple in this respect, because the two frame bolts are right out in the open, so no cutting or anything is required.

The thing is, I didn’t have a torque wrench, a 1omm hex driver, or a… Continue reading

Other Farkles

For the most part, the FJR1300 is pretty darn good right out of the box. But, like any motorcycle, it isn’t perfect. I need to add some farkles, to make it “just right”. I don’t want to change the look of the bike, and there’s no need at all for… Continue reading

First Farkle

I’ve solved about 90% of my complaints and discomfort with the throttle on the FJR. I stopped off at North County Yamaha and spent ten bucks on a throttle rocker. So long, throttle-handle death grip!

Seriously, it solved a lot of problems.

Flight Log: Day 1

Why, yes, I do plan to stretch the pilot analogy for all it’s worth. Why do you ask?

Last night’s brief run on my new FJR1300AE was interesting, but not really long enough, or varied enough, to get a very good idea of what riding the FJR is like. And… Continue reading

I’m a "Pilot" Now

“Pilot”, apparently, is the term of art for someone who rides a Yamaha FJR1300.

I traded in the Sportster for one tonight. And here it is, a 2007 FJR1300AE. This was a Yamaha corporate motorcycle that was a factory rep bike.

And, surprisingly, I said “screw it” and picked the… Continue reading

Rocket III Update

By the way, remember that 2006-model Triumph Rocket III I was interested in last year? (And am I glad I decided not to buy that!)

It’s still there, on the floor of the dealership.

No Deal

Well, the dealer called back today, and told me no deal on the FJR. They did offer the same deal, with a $149/month payment, on an AE model that had been used as a demo.

Considering what that means I would be getting the bike for, that’s a great deal,… Continue reading

An the Winner Is….

After a lot of thought, and a lot of research–overcoming my innate tendency to love something about every motorcycle currently made–I think I’ve settled on the bike I am looking to move up to.

This reflects my current reasoning, and assumes that current bikes will still be current when I… Continue reading

Renaming the Blog?

I’ve put the Sportster up for sale. It’s on a number of online classified ad sites, including Craigslist. I suspect no one will be interested in it, at least at the price I’ve got on it. But, I’ll fiddle around with that as time goes by, and eventually, I’m sure… Continue reading

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