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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-14-2019, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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Know your roads well. On the Alabama side most are layed out in in nice boring square grids.

We must ride together sometime. Think I know all the good roads in/out of Lynchburg by now, at least those from the south and west. The thing about Lynchburg is that whiskey taxes buy good asphalt.

This weekend is Huntsville Hamfest. If temperatures not too bad I can ride Saturday afternoon. Pretty sure I'll have enough Hamfest Saturday morning to be able to ride Sunday.

August 27-31 is Wing Ding 41 in Nashville. That weekend the roads should be flooded with Goldwings.
There is some nice asphalt up there! If it is not scorching Saturday afternoon, maybe we can get a few miles in. Thanks for the offer.
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FVN, welcome ! A lifetime ago I used to call on a company in Montgomery (American Sterilizer) and always found the people there incredibly friendly & helpful. They wanted me to come work there but my wife was having no part of it, also have family in Citronelle, beautiful state and good people. Going to have to come down that way and ride, maybe check out the Barber Museum. Also highly recommend to anyone heading that way to check out the USS Alabama museum in the Mobile bay, it is an incredible experience, need to go back. Again welcome !
Hey Steve,
Thanks for the welcome! I have lived here all my life (back and forth over the AL-TN line). I have been many places and always glad to get back to familiar surroundings. Most folks here are pretty good people save "some" of the transplants from different parts of the country. We are just north of Huntsville and it is a melting pot of peeps from all over. Most of the transplants settle in and figure out that we aren't always in a hurry and genuinely pretty friendly. I visited the USS Alabama as a kid in the 70's and had a blast. I need to make the trip down to the Barber Museum for sure. Also if you haven't been, the US Space and Rocket Center is a treat.
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There is some nice asphalt up there! If it is not scorching Saturday afternoon, maybe we can get a few miles in. Thanks for the offer.
My plans changed. Riding Thursday morning. All day Saturday will be visiting with friends who are coming to Hamfest. Can ride Sunday. The
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My plans changed. Riding Thursday morning. All day Saturday will be visiting with friends who are coming to Hamfest. Can ride Sunday. The
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No problem my friend. Hope you have a great time at the Hamfest! I got the new bike over to the DMV this morning and took the long way home. Found myself heading toward Fayetteville and riding the twisties back to Ardmore on Hwy 110. Can I brag a little? I am amazed at how agile the FJR is and its ability to effortlessly take the curves. I have never owned a sport bike or sport touring bike so I know I am preaching to the choir. But Wow!!! I felt like the bike made me a better rider than I am. Go figure.
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Welcome to the Forum, it was a hot one today here, I am in North Alabama, 110 is a nice road.
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Hello forum! I am a new member and wanted to introduce myself. I just purchased a "new to me" 2016 FJR1300ES yesterday and getting acquainted with it. I have been riding since I was a kid in the 70s and have always enjoyed the riding and the people I have met that enjoy riding also. Well...most of them. The last few years I have been riding a Triumph Rocket 3 and it has been a blast. However, due to some back surgery that I had late last year, I have not been as confident riding 2 up with my wife on the R3 due to the massive weight of the bike. Low speed control and maneuvering has been a challenge for my back when riding 2 up and has shown me some limitations that I can't ignore.
I was somewhat set on the idea of finding a Triumph Trophy and staying with the brand and also entertained the possibility of the BMW K1600GTL. The FJR was on the radar also but I had not ridden any of the 3 contenders. The Trophy got the "delete" from the list after searching high and low to even find one for sale within a reasonable distance. Also I was concerned about maintenance as there is no Triumph dealer nearby. It has been an issue finding qualified techs or shops that will even work on my Rocket. My wife and I took a trip up to Nashville and looked at a couple of BMW K1600GTLs and I didn't like the riding position of my legs and nixed that pretty quickly. My wife suggested that we check out a 2015 FJR that she found listed in the Nashville area also and we proceeded to its location. It was a beautiful bike with 7K on the clock and looked like it just rolled off the showroom floor. It had a few mods with canyon cages, Sargent seat, and Delkevic exhaust. Loved the look, sound and seating position! The owner was very helpful to point out features and controls to my amazement. We came home and I did my research to grind out every detail I could find about the FJR. My wife then added that she had found a 2016 FJR1300ES in Chattanooga TN that the seller was asking about the same price with only 12k miles on it. I realized that Yamaha had made a few changes that year with the electronic suspension along with 6 speed tranny and slipper clutch. Bam!...Time for another road trip! So yesterday morning I hooked up the enclosed trailer and we headed to Chattanooga to find our new addition. It has been well cared for and is immaculate. The previous owner is 6'6" tall and could not ride it long distances without his legs and back being cramped. He had the original seat professionally recovered and reconfigured to add some height along with risers and handlebar adjustments to no avail. He thought about trying some other options as he loved this bike but decided he would probably be just spending more dollars for naught. His loss and my gain. I truly love the way it rides and is so incredibly agile. Low speed control seems to be very manageable and the wife really likes the passenger seat. I am still going to work on lowering the front seat back to its original configuration and shape as it is slightly taller than I would like for it to be.
I have been trolling this forum as a guest and decided to make it official and join. I look forward to getting to know you guys and learning even more about the FJR and forum members. I will upload a pic or 2 this week. Cheers!
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Welcome FVN! Sounds like you are discovering what many of us have know for a long time, the FJR is fun to ride and is a great platform for many applications.

FYI - we're having the SFO Rally in Jemison, AL again this year. It's the weekend of Oct. 24th thru 27th. I'll post the info in the Rideouts and Meeting section.
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Saw your post. I’m in Huntsville and have a 2008 FJR. Maybe we could ride together sometime soon. I’m in the middle of replacing my front brake lines on abs system due to cracking from dry rot most likely. I wanted steel braided but can’t find any to a linked system like mine.
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Hello there. Im from Camden tn about 2 hrs from you. Plan on coming to the Trail Of Tears this year.
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Saw your post. Iím in Huntsville and have a 2008 FJR. Maybe we could ride together sometime soon. Iím in the middle of replacing my front brake lines on abs system due to cracking from dry rot most likely. I wanted steel braided but canít find any to a linked system like mine.
There are a number of vendors who will make a steel braided brake line of any ID with any end or any length, for reasonable prices.

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