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Thumbs up New to me FJR owner here

Just wanted to check in on the site as a new to me FJR owner. Picked up a nice 03 with 33,000 miles on it a few weeks ago. To say I got a really good deal would be an understatement. Been off the street for a good 10 years, played in the dirt during that time. I've always admired the FJR's from afar, so when the chance came up to score this bike for next to nothing I jumped on it.


I found a lot of the technical info on this bike that will come in handy, like making sure all the proper things are lubed etc..


Would like to invest in a trunk for it at some point. Also and certainly not at the top of my list but I find the look a bit boring, would have preferred one of the blue ones but ill took what I could get. With that said does anyone have good pics of custom graphics or paint? I'm not looking for anything to crazy maybe just something subtle. Something similar to the bike on the FJR owners Facebook page.


Of course there is the dreaded "tick" question. I've done enough research to know that I need to pull the exhaust off and look for oil leaking out the exhaust valve. IS this correct? I don't have oil coming out of the back of the exhaust pipe at all. I didn't really notice the tick until I pulled it inside my garage without my helmet on, its only noisy around idle then goes away with a little more rpm. I know this has been beat to death in the past so unless something comes up Im just gong to maintain and ride the bike properly.


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There are ticks and there are ticks. The valve tick you are talking about to my knowledge didn't affect the '03's, just certain '04's and '05's. I suspect the tick you're hearing is a fuel injector tick which is completely normal.

However, if you don't know the history (when the last valve check was, who did it or what the gaps were), it is possible someone re-shimmed and you have a larger gap on a valve, etc.

I'm thinking if you had a valve seal leaking, you'd see blue smoke as you decelerate from speed (throttle off, vacuum high), then puff right as you roll on hard throttle. Have someone follow you to find out. Bit of a job to remove the headers.

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Thanks guys. I'm going to try and track down the original owner to see what the service history was like. The guy I bought it from only had it for a year and put 1000 miles on it. He said he wasn't very mechanically inclined, to the point of having a dealer change the oil. I'm the opposite, as I would rather do it myself if I have the right tools.

I'm not going to worry about the ticking I hear unless it changes or gets worse, I just want to ride. 😀😀

Anyone here have an issue getting there lady friends who are scarred of bikes to get on the back? I didn't buy it for two ups necessarily but it would be nice to get her on the back from time to time. Her mom broke her leg on a bike and her HS boyfriend had a sport bike she used to hang off the back of, this is the reasons she is afraid, so she says.

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Anyone here have an issue getting there lady friends who are scarred of bikes to get on the back? I didn't buy it for two ups necessarily but it would be nice to get her on the back from time to time. Her mom broke her leg on a bike and her HS boyfriend had a sport bike she used to hang off the back of, this is the reasons she is afraid, so she says.

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Maybe I should start a new topic but I had an issue yesterday and need a little help.






Maybe you guys can shed some light on a problem I had yesterday. Just bought a pair of boots for the street, first pair. Problem is I couldn't shift the bike past 2nd gear with them on. I cant imagine that all of a sudden the bike has an issue, could be of course, but seems more likely that its me and the boots that are not getting along well. Anyone else have this type of issue with new boots?


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Maybe I should start a new topic but I had an issue yesterday and need a little help.

Maybe you guys can shed some light on a problem I had yesterday. Just bought a pair of boots for the street, first pair. Problem is I couldn't shift the bike past 2nd gear with them on. I cant imagine that all of a sudden the bike has an issue, could be of course, but seems more likely that its me and the boots that are not getting along well. Anyone else have this type of issue with new boots?

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Hear of it all the time, you're not the first. Usually it's b/c the new boots don't allow the shift lever to spring back to it's center (relaxed) position. Then you can't shift up to 3rd.

Adjust your shift lever up or down as needed, that'll solve it.
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Hear of it all the time, you're not the first. Usually it's b/c the new boots don't allow the shift lever to spring back to it's center (relaxed) position. Then you can't shift up to 3rd.

Adjust your shift lever up or down as needed, that'll solve it.
Great thanks man.

Kind of assumed it was something of this nature. I'll fix it tonight.
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Yep - as noted above. If you don't want to adjust the shift lever just be very careful to make sure you allow the lever to fully return to its 'rest' position by moving your boot fully away (down). Be careful not to force any charges involving 2nd gear as this is the 'gear' most easily damaged.
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