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post #21 of 88 (permalink) Old 08-30-2019, 08:21 PM
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they don't make a "next" bike for me. The honda ctx1300 came close, if it had an auto, a retractable windscreen and shed a couple of pounds, it would have been perfect for me. There are some nice ones out there.... but I am having a hard enough time swinging my bum leg over an fjr, and anything sort of interesting is too high on the passenger seat.
I rode the '14 Blue Deluxe (2400 miles) before purchasing the FJR, it was an interesting bike to say the least. I did not tickle my fancy but did not knock my socks off either. Biggest problem for me was the bags did not remove from the bike. These CTX's can be had for pretty cheap as they are a unknown bike on the market, I found the one I test rode at a Harley Dealer. PO had the suspension re-done, corbin seat and a couple other items I cannot remember but for that low of mileage, that all seemed real strange to me.

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Talking to a Suzuki dealer yesterday, he informed me that they are expecting new 650 Burgmans soon, with the usual; Auto, Electric mirrors and windscreen, lots of storage, lots of power, great balance, low seating, heated grips and seat,good ergonomics and most importantly a "step through mounting" " no more pain and worry about hip cramps and dropping a bike. Yes it's a "scooter", but a VERY GOOD one, and it's a scooter only by some lame and general definition;
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I liked the 650 Burgman had an 05 and was commuting on it. When the local Suzuki dealer that had the only Burgman specialist mechanic working in the area closed, I sold the scooter. If the mechanic does not know the Burgmans you can spend extra man hours getting your problems sorted out due to the lack of knowledge on the specific scoot and the parts are not usually in stock if it is not a regular shop that services them, so you wait longer for parts.

But I do like the that RED CBF1000 !!!

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post #22 of 88 (permalink) Old 08-31-2019, 08:33 AM
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I’m 66 years old, and lost 25 pounds and some strength after my open heart surgery just over a year ago. While I’m still able to push the FJR around, I definitely feel it’s weight. My Superduke GT makes for a nice sport touring bike for day rides, but it’s not a bike I want to do my annual long trips on. The only lighter bike I can picture for trips is a BMW GS, and I darn near bought one a week before I came to my senses and bought the FJR.

Nice thread for us old timers

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Hearing you, Jim!! BTW, a black 2008 CBF came up here this morning, an hour from me. C$1600, 2008, 115k kms (70k miles), has Givi bags and top box... below market value, total play money... but people have a mental block with high miles.... If I didn't already have one, I'd go for it, knowing that resale won't be great... but again, total play money.

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I'm still enjoying the FJR but if I had the time, space & $$ for another bike, this would be it- the Kawasaki Z900RS.
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In my case, I am looking for a replacement for the FJR, not a second bike necessarily. I'd love to have a VFR800, those things sound so badass when wound up, nothing like a high performance V4. Some of those cheap around here too. A buddy has one, can be a sport tourer of sorts, but for long distance days..... dunno. I'm afraid to ride it again, wallet will have an erection.
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Man I'm small, 5'6" 28" inseam first thing in the morning wearing waffle stompers, and when I test rode a VFR before buying the FJR, I felt like a jockey. Bars were pretty low and pegs were really high and far back. They had some great deals going on them, but no way could I live with the ergos. Don't know how a 6 footer could fold himself up on one unless he was really young and limber.

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All this new(er) bike talk has the juices going, add in the 2 bikes that I just finished for a couple of guy’s (82 Honda ft500 single & 82 kawasaki 550 Ltd) and then Ray goes out and buy’s somethingthat piques my interests and then spectreman posts a picture of one of my absolute favorite bikes, **** ! I need to stay off of this forum.

All this has me thinking that maybe I need to get my 77 cb750k7 out of display mode in the basement and ride it. At about 515lbs it is a really lightweight bike compared to the fjr but i’ve Been riding my naked 76 gl1000 that I bought new more because at 600lbs but a really low Cg it is a lot easier, lighter feeling ride. Really has me questioning keeping the fjr, but if I want to do a distance ride it is hard to beat. Going to take the fjr up to the shop this week to prep it for my ride (380mi) over to nw Ohio next weekend for the CWC meet and with all the baggage it is a great “pack mule” .. but all this talk has me thinking... old age really sucks ! But it beats having dirt thrown in your face !

All this had some fuel thrown on it yesterday as I had a lot of errands and rode the fjr for about 150mi to accomplish them. I came up to a stop light and instead of pulling up in the left tire track like I normally do, I was in the rh track and when I put my LH foot down at the stop it started sliding immediately and I realized it was in a big puddle of antifreeze, heavy traffic and not paying close attention. I got real lucky because my foot slid into a really rough patch of asphalt that stopped the slide, if that hadn’t happened i couldn’t have stopped the very top heavy fjr from going over. Really drove that point home.
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Not to hijack the thread here but I have a question for you guy’s with the gen 3.5’s. On the Yamaha demo days test ride a couple of weeks ago I was riding their 2018 Es fjr and I noticed that whenever I pulled the clutch lever in and shifted I could feel a definite bump or clunk in the hand lever whenever I moved the foot lever up or down, anyone else ever experienced this ?

Being a hydraulic clutch it has to be some reaction in the clutch pushing back on the slave cylinder, so i’m Just wondering if this is some kind of deal with the new clutch package on the gen 3.5 bikes. My 14a is just smooth as silk, no bumps or anything and quite frankly after riding 3 or 4 now of the new “low effort” clutch’s I really don’t notice any difference vs my “hi effort” 14 clutch,,,this 18es is the only one where i’ve Felt this bump. anyway i’m Just curious if anyone else has experienced the bump in the lever ?

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Man I'm small, 5'6" 28" inseam first thing in the morning wearing waffle stompers, and when I test rode a VFR before buying the FJR, I felt like a jockey. Bars were pretty low and pegs were really high and far back. They had some great deals going on them, but no way could I live with the ergos. Don't know how a 6 footer could fold himself up on one unless he was really young and limber.
I realllllyyyy wanted a 2007 vfr Interceptor Anniversary edition love those colors! I could not find one so I spent an hour and half to go look at an 08 red just to see how it would feel. At 6'4" 32" inseam I made it 4 blocks before I had to turn around and say the test ride was over. I was bummed to say the least.
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My buddy's is a '99, before the V-Tec (they had fueling issues due to emissions). I remember the rearset pegs not being too awful for me, but I certainly get it. Buddy had changed the clip-on handlebars and a couple of minor things... more of a sport bike for sure, maybe I should go sit on it to refresh my memory, but I'd love one as a second bike.

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