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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-25-2019, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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New owner of a new to me fjr. Been riding since the '70s but have been more attracted to older bikes that act like older bikes. Or, the other extreme, things that go fast in the 1/4 mile or standing mile. Rode an acquaintances fjr and decided I wanted one.


Plan for this is to not change much and burn miles and see stuff.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-25-2019, 07:22 PM
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New owner of a new to me fjr. Been riding since the '70s but have been more attracted to older bikes that act like older bikes. Or, the other extreme, things that go fast in the 1/4 mile or standing mile. Rode an acquaintances fjr and decided I wanted one.
Welcome! I have a Gen I, which has a more aggressive final ratio than the later generations. I have wheelied without planning to, just by twisting the throttle hard. My Z1 and KZ1100 never did that. Mine is rated for 0-60 in 3 seconds, 0-100 in 7. I bet it will be sufficiently quick for your taste. If you want insane pull at higher speeds, your only sport/touring choice is the H2 SX.
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Plan for this is to not change much and burn miles and see stuff.
Ride it for a while. Most people will change something - risers, windshield, seat, .... With them being around for almost 20 years, there is a relatively solid eco-system of after-market accessories.
What year did you get?

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If you want insane pull at higher speeds, your only sport/touring choice is the H2 SX.

What year did you get?

I have a '72 H2 750. (and I, as well as my friends that have ridden it are still alive) I had a friend buy an '18 H2 and I would love to have it but I probably shouldn't.


I bought a 2015. I wanted a G3 because of the cruise. Not sure why but that was what was in my mind at the time.
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I bought a 2015. I wanted a G3 because of the cruise. Not sure why but that was what was in my mind at the time.
Well, if you want to do miles, you want to have cruise control for the non-twisty parts. I just started installing one, myself. Everyone I know says they are a game changer for longer rides.

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Oh, yes!


When I was shopping for a post-retirement bike, CC was a must have.

Time spent looking at motorcycles, even Harleys, is never wasted.

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Welcome to the party.

As Ludwig61 and JohnC stated, cruise control is a key feature for straight slab riding.

Bought a Gold Wing just so both my wife and I would "tour" in comfort with CC, the sofa saddles, drink holders and music.

But have been tempted to have my local shop install a McCruise CC system:

https://www.mccruise.com/collections...iant=248357156

Again rgb - Just ride it!

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A friend let me ride his 'wing for a while in an effort to pull me into the family. It was nice, really nice. Fast too. I just couldn't convince myself I needed something that big. My workshop is full of '60s and '70s BSAs, Triumphs and Harleys with a smattering of unique metric bikes for fun. Since I was young I bought but rarely sold. And those I did, I wish I hadn't.


That's how I got the fjr.... I had a busa for sale. (another story). The kid that came to buy it rode up on a matte blue fjr. He liked my busa and had the cash but wanted to ride it first. I said sure. He looked around the shop and said "If you want to keep me in sight, you might want to ride mine".


That thing was quiet, it was smooth, really tall, had cruise, and fast. Well not busa fast but thrice old iron fast. He wouldn't sell it but he did buy the busa. A few weeks later I found the '15 and it has been enjoyable. It has a Sargent seat and some mounting hardware around the bars but otherwise stock. Other than horns and making it fit, I think it will be around for a while.


And the cruise.... It is good on the slab but even better in those backroads towns with a 30 mph speed limit. Thanks for the welcomes guys!
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