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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-25-2020, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Hola, ¿Cómo está?

OK, that's about the extent of my Spanish. LOL

Hello all. Thanks for putting this forum together. Seems like a great group of folks on here.

I'm 46, a father of four and grandfather of seven, with another granddaughter arriving any day now.

I'm new to the FJR, but not new to motorcycles. Good thing too since this is a beast of a machine! I really wasn't expecting a superbike with luggage, but that's what I got. My old '83 GS850G is a great bike, but it's getting a little long in the tooth. As my primary ride, I've put nearly 30K miles on the 850 in the last four years. In that time I also had a KLX400, KLR650 and a DL1000 each having a short stay in my garage. They were bought and sold for various reasons. The ADV bikes didn't really keep my attention for long. The V-Strom DL1000 was more of a touring bike than an ADV bike, IMHO, but didn't really fit me. I suppose I'm always trying to scratch a particular itch.

I love the 400-500 mile day trips around NM, but plan on much longer, multi day trips in the near future so I recently started looking for something more suited to hit the interstate. I had been keeping an eye out for a Honda ST1100 when I came acrossed this FJR. I really didn't know much about the FJR, but three friends have owned them and highly recommended them.

An ad showed up on Craigslist last Sunday afternoon and I called the owner within an hour of it being posted. I went to look at the bike and visited with the seller for quite a while. He seemed to have taken good care of the FJR, showing me reciepts for maintenance dating back to 2012. I made arrangements to come back the next day for it.

So far, with working long days and rain after work, I've only been able to get out for a couple of 50 mile rides. I never imagined a shaft driven bike could move like this thing does! Last night it started raining and to be able to just raise the windshield a few inches was so nice. I had a laugh whan the rain stopped. I lowered the windshield and the wind dried my visor like the giant blow drier thing at the end of the car wash, haha.

There are a couple of things I need to sort with this bike, but poking around on this forum many of my questions have been answered already. I'm looking forward to learning and chatting with you folks.

Here are the two in my garage now.


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Roger, nice find... you know we're gonna tell you to change the CCT if it hasn't already been done.... what is the mileage on this beauty?

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Ray, It has just under 39k miles.

While it has had regular basic maintenance like fluids, tires, brakes air filter etc, I don't see any mention of the CCT being changed. Also, no report of valve clearance check either.

I wonder if I contacted the dealer they'd have a record or everything this bike has had done in their shop?

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ray, it has just under 39k miles. While it has had regular basic maintenance like fluids, tires, brakes air filter etc, i don't see any mention of the cct being changed. Also, no report of valve clearance check either. I wonder if i contacted the dealer they'd have a record or everything this bike has had done in their shop?
Burque,

You can also contact the Yamaha mothership directly, with your VIN, and check for any outstanding factory recalls that may be due on your bike. Factory recalls are free maintenance, usually important safety issues, and they should not be disregarded.

1-800-962-7926

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Thanks for the info Red.

Was the cam chain tensioner a factory recall?
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Thanks for the info Red. Was the cam chain tensioner a factory recall?
Burque,

Not to my knowledge, but maybe it should be, considering Yamaha did it, not anybody else.

A CCT failure can easily destroy the engine, when the Cam Chain even starts skipping teeth. You will not get the engine shut down in time to avoid serious damage, then.

I would ask Yamaha about it, if I had a no-dot CCT on my engine. Sometimes, vehicle manufacturers have unwritten warranties which they will honor but they do not advertise, like the paint that flakes off in big sheets from certain brands of cars. (-IF- you complain, sometimes your car gets a new paint job.)
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CCT not a recall to my knowledge... simply a weak spring that got weaker with age, design change was made in later 2007. Another revision later... if you order one today it will be the latest..... If you have no dot, I'd just do it soon.
If you want to do a valve check, you're due but can also push it out some if you like.

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OK, that's about the extent of my Spanish.
Welcome......rookie. Let me help you with that, I know loads of espanol:

Burrito. Taco. Enchilada. Quesadilla. Tamale. Fajita.

It's a miracle I'm not 347 lbs

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CCT not a recall to my knowledge... simply a weak spring that got weaker with age, design change was made in later 2007. Another revision later... if you order one today it will be the latest..... If you have no dot, I'd just do it soon.
If you want to do a valve check, you're due but can also push it out some if you like.
That spring failure sounds like the old KLR650's balancer tensioner issue. Similar results if it fails. The fix was an aftermarket part and to drop the weak coil spring and use a torsion spring. I have a lot to read up on for this FJR. It looks like the new CCT is around $100, not too bad for peace of mind. Valves I'll probaly check soon too.

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Welcome......rookie. Let me help you with that, I know loads of espanol:

Burrito. Taco. Enchilada. Quesadilla. Tamale. Fajita.

It's a miracle I'm not 347 lbs
Same here. Haven't gained a pound since high school. In nearly 30 years, that's a lot of tacos!

A side note, my neighbor actually weighs 340lbs. He's almost 7' tall though. Man, can he put down some tacos.

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Last night I propped up the tank and installed the foil covered bubble insulation blanket. Hoping it will make a difference in the heat issue.

Also, I was able to get a peek at the CCT and it does not have the dot

It looks like the valve cover gasket is rubber. Is there a reusable gasket there?

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