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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-30-2020, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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So I spent this past weekend putting a little over 300 miles (60 miles 2-up) on this new-to-me 09. I went all around rural S. Central Pennsylvania, visited some Gettysburg monuments, etc.
These are my thoughts coming off a CBR1KF: Riding position is definitely less "sport". Stock seat is a tad more comfortable.
Digital gauges are cool. I never thought about wanting a clock/gear indicator/ambient temp gauge, but they're handy. 🙂
I'm still too tall for the screen, but I never really thought about that. It's nice to adjust the wind a bit, though, to cool you down (it was 90+ and humid)
She (passenger) likes the seat better on this one (and actually said she likes the slope it has), but never had a problem with the old bike.
The side bags are cool. They were used for a spare helmet/jacket, some cheese steak subs, breakfast, and a 6pk of miller lite. I always needed a backpack before (or had to mess with soft bags). Storage is so much nicer.
It's a fast bike, as is the hurricane. Deceptively fast. They're similar there, except the fjr is better in the mid-range. It's noticable. Less shifting if you don't want to. It also feels much lighter than it is.
Only 5 gears on the FJR, but to be honest, I only tried for 6th gear once or twice, and wasn't even in 5th much unless on the interstate.
The suspension is a bit soft on this bike and leaves a bit to be desired. I'm 6'2" and 225lbs. I'm reserving my judgment until I get new tires, but I set the front and back as hard as they'd go 1-up and it's better, but yeah.
It stalled on me twice. Both times a few seconds after starting (on light throttle). Hoping it's just from 1k miles/yr for the last 3yrs. It's had 2 doses of seafoam now and hasn't happened again.
Throttle is twitchier than I'd like, which looks like a pretty common complaint.
Heat on your legs in hot weather is WAY better than the CBR. Thank god. You'd get roasted in stop and go on the 1kf.
Fuel mileage actually appears to be slightly better on this bike, even though it's bigger.

Overall, this seems to be a great bike so far. I'm very happy with it, and think it was a great choice for an s/t upgrade to get me out of the stone ages.

Also like to thank this forum for the help and insight so far. Much appreciated.
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Moving pics are cool. The stock suspension two up is a wet noodle. The pitching for and aft on the passenger is not fun for her. I have two screens. A larger winter one and the stock one for summer.

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Congrats on the new bike.

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Moving pics are cool. The stock suspension two up is a wet noodle. The pitching for and aft on the passenger is not fun for her. I have two screens. A larger winter one and the stock one for summer.
I didn't even know she was back there taking pics. I felt it and wondered what she was doing. They turned out pretty neat, though. Never had an action shot like that.
And yeah, wet noodle suspension is right. The tires only make it exponentially worse. I guess it reminds me never to push it 2 up, but....

A large winter screen is a really good idea. I like that.
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Congrats on the new bike.
Thank you!
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Glad you enjoyed the riding. The '09's were good. You are correct with the undersprung suspension..... we can talk all that later, but you should really get the Traxxion fork spring kit, it's truly plug and play and one of the best upgrades you'll ever do is good fork springs.
Pillion will love you more if you get her a Russell passenger seat, but contact Terry Adcox in TN, he does similar for less money. That might help you defer the cost of a real rear shock until later.
Anyway, glad to see you're enjoying it and learning as you go.

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Now that is a happy passenger
She loves it. 👍
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Glad you enjoyed the riding. The '09's were good. You are correct with the undersprung suspension..... we can talk all that later, but you should really get the Traxxion fork spring kit, it's truly plug and play and one of the best upgrades you'll ever do is good fork springs.
Pillion will love you more if you get her a Russell passenger seat, but contact Terry Adcox in TN, he does similar for less money. That might help you defer the cost of a real rear shock until later.
Anyway, glad to see you're enjoying it and learning as you go.
Thanks. I'll look in to all that.
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I did a 2-up 300 mi ride last weekend. I rode over a few passes, seeing snow as well as hot canyons, so a very diverse ride. I had no pain or fatigue at all after 7 hours (I have the Yamaha Touring shield and Comfort seat), which is a first for me (my previous XJ900, ST1100, and ST1300 bikes would make me hurt some). My passenger complained about her back during the last two hours, but she hadn't been on the back for a while, so probably just out of practice...I love this bike!

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