Welcome, i would suggest some type of tip over protection. Good looking ride, I know! LOL
How many miles were on her? I luckily had never let my "M" endorsement expire. Over the years I seen how progressively difficult it was becoming of getting a motorcycle license or endorsement. When I had gotten mine, you had to pass the written and got a temporary. I was able to ride up alone to my road test. Tester stood in spot and you had to do a large figure 8 within cones. If you didn't touch one cone, you passed and got your endorsement immediately. How that tested one for street riding, I don't know.
As I said, large figure 8. Going from mini bikes to dirt riding to street, a figure 8 I could have done in my sleep. Nowadays, fugetaboutit. Knowing what I know now, even today's riding test still doesn't prepare for actual street riding but it is much closer than it used to be. The only true test is accumulated experience and constant practice and most of all, good luck!
Again, welcome to the forum and best of luck with your licensing.
Was thinking the same thing about tipover protection - I've seen a couple of different types on listings, gonna have to do some research on that - do you have a brand that you are partial to? Ideally that doesn't break the bank and is easily owner installed? Have only ever dropped one bike (not crashed, just dropped at under walking speed when turning it around in a dirt/gravel area - the '82 V45 Sabre that I noted in my initial post - I loved that bike and rode it halfway across the country and back - but it was a pig, a bit underpowered, very top heavy (the V4 engine was narrow relative to an inline-4, but the weight was carried higher, with a wet weight of 542 lbs according to a quick look at the specs). So while no stranger to big bikes, I have noticed the FJR is a bit of a handful at parking lot speeds and in the garage.
15,700 miles on the clock, not bad for the year.
Yes I found some info on the DMV riding test here, and apparently a lot of whether or not you pass seems to be dependent on the mood of the tester that day......
Also thinking the FJR is not the most ideal bike to be taking a low speed, tight boundary riding course on...
Rather not deal with that stress, hence taking the MSF Basic Course in lieu of it. Probably the same course I had to take 30 years ago to get riding privileges at one of the bases I was stationed at - I remember doing the cones, lol!
Welcome back to the 2 wheeled crazy crew! I'm not that long into my FJR journey myself, but this place & this machine is awesome.
She looks brand new. Do you have the side cases/saddlebags?
Thanks! Yes excellent condition for a 6.5 year old bike - that clinched my decision to buy!
Only under very close scrutiny can you see a couple of small "garage mishap" type scratches on the paint, and on one of the saddlebags (the last owner admitted scraping it when trying to squeeze into his garage past his car). I took the bags off right away, I know some guys leave them on, but I only plan on putting them on if going on an overnight or long distance trip.