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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-24-2019, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
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JunkJacket,
I have many memories, and stories of past bikes I've owned. Looking forward to making many more on the new one.
The winters are long here in Middle Earth, as they are in the Maine Land. Perhaps we can pass some time swapping stories.
Now about that handle; Has to be a good story there!

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That happened on a group ride many many moons ago. The group stopped for a break, gas, beverages, snacks or food. Half the group grabbed a quick snack, I went with the half that chose food. The snack group commenced to riding instead of waiting for the chow hound group. Returned to the bikes after eating and I grabbed my jacket off the bike and discovered candy bar wrappers and empty power aide bottles stuffed into the sleeves.

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I too purchased an AE model after having many bikes in the past. I still have a bunch of dirt bikes and after 5+ years I'm still smitten with this AE. I love it. It took me two days to stop beeping the horn on accident, and another few weeks to stop reaching for the foot shifter, but since then I rarely want to ride anything else. What a great bike! The AE is a love or hate thing for most people. Hope you get to love it like I do.

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New FJR forum member from NW Wisconsin. Purchased a "new" 2007 AE model in November, with 6,500 miles on the clock. PO installed new fork seals, and tires last spring. Bike appears to be factory stock, with a Yamaha tour pack being the only option. This is the YCCS model without the hand clutch, the proverbial "red headed step child" of FJR models (the impression I've gotten from this forum). After trailering it 100 miles home, I was able to take it for a short ride, before our riding season abruptly ended the next day, with a 6" snowfall. The first few launches were a test of faith, trusting the clutch would engage, and disengage at the appropriate times. I'm happy to report that it did. Other than the convulsions of my left hand instinctively grasping for the clutch with every shift, my ride was uneventful. It now sits covered in the garage, as I impatiently wait for Spring (it is the first full day of Winter, as I write this). I have been a licensed motorcyclist for 40+ years. My first street legal motorcycle was a 1973 Yamaha RD350, which I owned for a couple of years before upgrading to a 1976 Kawasaki KZ900. The cow-wee! got sold after our third child was born in 84, after which I was a pedestrian, until purchasing an XL-1200 Sportster in 1999, which I still own. I got the sport-tourer itch a couple of years ago, and have looked at, and researched the usual suspects, until deciding on the FJR. After that it was just a matter of time before I found "my bike". I have enjoyed reading many of the FJR forum posts here, and will now be able to add my 2 cents, when appropriate. I look forward to communicating with other forum members. I figured I'd join before the end of the year/decade, so I'd qualify for my membership pin. We do get membership pins? Don't we? One last comment; Yeah, I'm a Boomer. You got a problem with that?
NW Wi. is some awesome ridin only problem is ALL THE PACKER FANS!!!!!!!! But you can be sure I wont be wearing any purple up there after that last Monday night game.
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JunkJacket,

Love it!
I may add this one to my bag of tricks.
There's always a prankster in the group.
And usually its me!

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1999 XL1200 Sportster "Heritage Custom"
1976 Kawasaki KZ900 "the cow-Wee!" (sold)
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1970 MGB "the Wondermobile" Wonder if it'll start? Wonder if it'll stop? Wonder if it'll get me home?
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I too purchased an AE model after having many bikes in the past. I still have a bunch of dirt bikes and after 5+ years I'm still smitten with this AE. I love it. It took me two days to stop beeping the horn on accident, and another few weeks to stop reaching for the foot shifter, but since then I rarely want to ride anything else. What a great bike! The AE is a love or hate thing for most people. Hope you get to love it like I do.

If the bike ever acts up, reach out on the forum. Some issues are fairly common and easily dealt with.
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Time (and miles) will tell. This is my first Sport/Tourer model. After a couple of years of research, and test riding various makes, and models, I decided on an FJR. I almost purchased a BMW 1200RT earlier this year, but the high maintenance, and potential repair cost made me reconsider. Also; the nearest BMW dealer is 100+ miles away, vs local Yamaha dealer within 10 miles. The favorable reviews on durability, ease of maintenance, and affordable repairs was a major factor in my decision to purchase an FJR. That its the best looking of the sports-tourers didn't hurt either.
I was particularly interested in the AE model, as I believe Yamaha was WAY ahead of the times, and competition with this feature. The clutch-less operation will take some getting used to, but I mastered automatics in cars back in the day, so I'm sure I'll figure it out. Heck, the wife's new car even has a paddle shifter!
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2007 FJR AE QuickSilver "The Quickest Color"
1999 XL1200 Sportster "Heritage Custom"
1976 Kawasaki KZ900 "the cow-Wee!" (sold)
1973 Yamaha RD350 "SMOKE'N!" (sold)
1970 MGB "the Wondermobile" Wonder if it'll start? Wonder if it'll stop? Wonder if it'll get me home?
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Two_Wheeled,

Time (and miles) will tell. This is my first Sport/Tourer model. After a couple of years of research, and test riding various makes, and models, I decided on an FJR. I almost purchased a BMW 1200RT earlier this year, but the high maintenance, and potential repair cost made me reconsider. Also; the nearest BMW dealer is 100+ miles away, vs local Yamaha dealer within 10 miles. The favorable reviews on durability, ease of maintenance, and affordable repairs was a major factor in my decision to purchase an FJR. That its the best looking of the sports-tourers didn't hurt either.
I was particularly interested in the AE model, as I believe Yamaha was WAY ahead of the times, and competition with this feature. The clutch-less operation will take some getting used to, but I mastered automatics in cars back in the day, so I'm sure I'll figure it out. Heck, the wife's new car even has a paddle shifter!
What's this world coming to?!

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Congratulations Boomer59. I have a 2008 AE. My prior bike was a Silverwing 600 Maxi Scooter, so I learned to ride without a clutch. That is why I went for the AE. Works great for me in all situations. Going down hill I downshift to use engine breaking and I've done terrible things, like go from 0 to 60 in 5th gear after forgetting to shift (early on. Don't do it.).
The one thing I don't like is when I am coasting to stop is that it it surges just a little, as if the clutch is catching and letting go. I don't know if it is the computer or if my clutch is not quite flat or the engine is rough at low RPM with load.... but it works great accelerating and cruising so no worries.

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Boomer, I have a '14 and have a YES extended warranty. At this point, the YES extension was wasted money, I never needed to use it, but, I'm REAL happy it was wasted money. She's rock solid.
After owning 2 trouble free Yamaha cruisers with "YES" prior to buying the brand new FJR it was an easy choice to say "NO" to "YES" this time.

I hope corporate Yamaha doesn't read too much into what I'm saying.

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I needed the YES on my 2014. But I had two fairly minor problems after the first one that I didnt even take it in for. Had them done myself at my independent shop. Much faster. First was a failed TPS, then, later, a coolant leak (snugged hose back down at the top of the radiator), and an overheat problem when sitting still (thermostat had gone bad-new thermostat=problem solved). One of the first trips I made with my 18 was to D&H. I put too many miles on to pass on unlimited mileage coverage for less than $100 a year.
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