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Aviator_cew 07-20-2020 06:13 PM

Local FJR owners
 
I live in Port Saint Lucie Florida and would like to find local FJR owner. Something about me, bought my FJR in April 2020. 65 yrs old and since this is my first bike in 30 years I have a few questions. Planning a Grand Canyon trip later in the year.

spectreman 07-21-2020 06:40 AM

Welcome onboard.

My name is Lee and I'm approaching the big 60 in rapid fashion. I live right around the corner, in Palm City. Owned my '16 FJR for just about a year now but, because of hip surgery & recovery, haven't ridden since February.

The FJR is a great ride but she's a big one in comparison to every other bike I've owned. I purchased mine for the near-exclusive purpose of having my daughter, who's just about to turn 17, ride w/me. Figured it was a great way to connect w/her before she goes off to college next year. Sadly, my surgery interrupted those plans but in the dozen or so local rides we've shared, she's loved it so I guess that makes it worth it.

I admire your goal, a cross-country trip. Never ridden any of my bikes out of state but if there was one to do it on, the FJR would be it!

I'm still a little leery about mounting up at this point but if the weather holds and you'd like to hook up one weekend or evening w/clear skies, let me know! We'll see how courageous I get.
Lee

N4HHE 07-21-2020 12:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Aviator_cew (Post 1266773)
I live in Port Saint Lucie Florida and would like to find local FJR owner. Something about me, bought my FJR in April 2020. 65 yrs old and since this is my first bike in 30 years I have a few questions. Planning a Grand Canyon trip later in the year.

First motorcycle in 30 years and in a few months you plan to ride 5,000 miles roundtrip?

I think you need to work yourself up to a 400 or 500 mile day from home before committing to 5 days of 500 miles to get there. Or cut it down to 250-300 mile days.

At best the Original Equipment Bridgestone BT023 front tire will last 6,000 miles. Start with a fresh oil change you won't hurt anything going 5,000 miles before getting home to do the next, but I doubt you want to be at the mercy of having to buy whatever tires you can find on the road.

A 12V tire inflator and sticky string plug kit is essential. Also invest in TPMS which will warn of tire puncture before you feel the change. Install right-angle metal valve stems when tires are changed so as to support the relatively heavy TPMS sensor.

AtlRiderrr 07-21-2020 08:05 PM

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Originally Posted by N4HHE (Post 1266855)
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Originally Posted by Aviator_cew (Post 1266773)
I live in Port Saint Lucie Florida and would like to find local FJR owner. Something about me, bought my FJR in April 2020. 65 yrs old and since this is my first bike in 30 years I have a few questions. Planning a Grand Canyon trip later in the year.

First motorcycle in 30 years and in a few months you plan to ride 5,000 miles roundtrip?

I think you need to work yourself up to a 400 or 500 mile day from home before committing to 5 days of 500 miles to get there. Or cut it down to 250-300 mile days.

At best the Original Equipment Bridgestone BT023 front tire will last 6,000 miles. Start with a fresh oil change you won't hurt anything going 5,000 miles before getting home to do the next, but I doubt you want to be at the mercy of having to buy whatever tires you can find on the road.

A 12V tire inflator and sticky string plug kit is essential. Also invest in TPMS which will warn of tire puncture before you feel the change. Install right-angle metal valve stems when tires are changed so as to support the relatively heavy TPMS sensor.

TPMS sensor install... now that’s a very FJR type of mod to do.. ha. Do you have an inflator you recommend that you know doesn’t blow fuses? I had a Slime one for my car and ended up binning it because all it did is blow lighter fuses, then one day just died for no reason

rbentnail 07-21-2020 08:36 PM

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Originally Posted by AtlRiderrr (Post 1266881)
TPMS sensor install... now that’s a very FJR type of mod to do.. ha. Do you have an inflator you recommend that you know doesn’t blow fuses? I had a Slime one for my car and ended up binning it because all it did is blow lighter fuses, then one day just died for no reason

There are numerous threads on recommended air pumps and how to power them. The search feature is your friend!

N4HHE 07-21-2020 08:51 PM

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Originally Posted by AtlRiderrr (Post 1266881)
TPMS sensor install... now that’s a very FJR type of mod to do.. ha. Do you have an inflator you recommend that you know doesn’t blow fuses? I had a Slime one for my car and ended up binning it because all it did is blow lighter fuses, then one day just died for no reason

I have a small cheap Slime that comes from the factory with SAE connector. I have a Battery Tender SAE pigtail hanging out of fairing with 10A fuse. It might take 15 minutes to inflate tire but it’s better than a hand pump and smaller.

Amazon says no longer available but you get the idea: ASIN B000M8SY0I

AtlRiderrr 07-21-2020 11:31 PM

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Originally Posted by N4HHE (Post 1266891)
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Originally Posted by AtlRiderrr (Post 1266881)
TPMS sensor install... now that’s a very FJR type of mod to do.. ha. Do you have an inflator you recommend that you know doesn’t blow fuses? I had a Slime one for my car and ended up binning it because all it did is blow lighter fuses, then one day just died for no reason

I have a small cheap Slime that comes from the factory with SAE connector. I have a Battery Tender SAE pigtail hanging out of fairing with 10A fuse. It might take 15 minutes to inflate tire but it’s better than a hand pump and smaller.

Amazon says no longer available but you get the idea: ASIN B000M8SY0I

Ahh yeah the battery tender cable.... such a versatile beast. I was thinking of the glove box outlet, didn’t even think of that...

rbentnail 07-22-2020 02:38 AM

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Originally Posted by AtlRiderrr (Post 1266907)
Ahh yeah the battery tender cable.... such a versatile beast. I was thinking of the glove box outlet, didn’t even think of that...

No, do NOT use the glove box outlet. You'll need a POWER outlet for a compressor. The glove box has an AUXILIARY outlet, meant for small loads only. It is fused at 3 amps. This is a common mistake, don't fall for it! I have a battery tender plug wired directly to the battery large loads like this. Other people do it other ways but I'm a minimalist with such things. Be sure to experiment a bit, you may have to up the in-line fuse a little depending on what compressor you buy.

AtlRiderrr 07-22-2020 09:08 AM

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Originally Posted by rbentnail (Post 1266919)
No, do NOT use the glove box outlet. You'll need a POWER outlet for a compressor. The glove box has an AUXILIARY outlet, meant for small loads only. It is fused at 3 amps. This is a common mistake, don't fall for it! I have a battery tender plug wired directly to the battery large loads like this. Other people do it other ways but I'm a minimalist with such things. Be sure to experiment a bit, you may have to up the in-line fuse a little depending on what compressor you buy.

Yeah, I wired my VFR with a battery tender....and the FJR I just bought came with one installed already, so I'm in luck! Amazon has several little emergency compressors wired for battery tender it looks like. In the meantime I already have a couple of those c02 emergency inflators I carry.

N4HHE 07-22-2020 07:39 PM

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Originally Posted by rbentnail (Post 1266919)
No, do NOT use the glove box outlet. You'll need a POWER outlet for a compressor. The glove box has an AUXILIARY outlet, meant for small loads only. It is fused at 3 amps. This is a common mistake, don't fall for it! I have a battery tender plug wired directly to the battery large loads like this. Other people do it other ways but I'm a minimalist with such things. Be sure to experiment a bit, you may have to up the in-line fuse a little depending on what compressor you buy.

Yeah. I plugged a Harbor Freight “high power” tire inflator (I think compressors have tanks) into the auxiliary outlet in my Subaru Outback. I then got a lesson in modern oddball fuses. The outlet was fused 10A, not enough for that application

Outback has a 15A auxiliary outlet near the rear hatch. Nonetheless I bought a battery clip to “cigarette” outlet pigtail for that inflator. No risk in future.


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