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post #11 of 39 (permalink) Old 07-25-2020, 10:56 AM
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I am in over my head~~~~~Help please!!!

Nunia,

It can be a painful mistake to take a long trip on a bike that you really do not know yet, which is not set up for your comfort (safety) yet.

The Gen1 FJRs have a heat issue; the engine heat can cook your lower legs. There are some bolt-on remedies, but you probably do not have them yet. Good boots help, and leg-armor pants also. Do not try to "tough it out" on a long trip wearing sneakers. If you need to wrap your lower legs with strap-on cardboard leggings to manage, then I would do so. It's not just a comfort thing, it's a matter of taking reasonable care of your body (feet), and you only get two, with no extras.

All IMHO, of course . . .
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post #12 of 39 (permalink) Old 07-25-2020, 03:32 PM
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I like my Dunlop Roadsmart III's.

4 of us rode to Sturgis in '01 from Portland, OR. Two of the best things I put on the Honda Valkyrie was a throttle lock and highway pegs. I've put highway pegs on this FJR, and while my feet don't rest on them, just resting my calves on them, getting my legs straight, feels great. I would bolt anything up for highway pegs, even if it's goofy and temporary for a multi state ride.

Wow, a Sportster though? That could feel like a long trip. Be patient with your brother!

We had fun getting there and being there, but it was suggested we get our 3 Honda's out of the Buffalo Chip by sundown. And as we left, passing the mile long line of scary dudes waiting to get in, we were glad for the advice!

Enjoy the trip!
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Thanks everyone, the advice is much appreciated!! I have calmed down (a little anyways)~todays dilemma? To do or not to do the CCT before the trip??? I'm leaning towards getting it done. I am already going to working on the Bike, as in tires need to come off for the new ones, oil change.....oh wait a minute, that's right oil changes on this machine hardly constitutes working on a bike!!! That's awesome. But I will need to get the tires off. Got a list going of everything needed to put together a real tool kit for the road. As well as comfort items as well.

As for my brother....I was just asking him if he has wrapped his head around the hours we are going to be in the seat. He seems to think he can handle it no problem. I foresee him trying to switch bikes with me occasionally. I can hear it now, "Bro lets swap for a hour or two, my blah blah blah is killing me" which I may or may not do, lol. We are taking are time and making it a 2 day run so we should be okay. Seriously though, thanks alot everyone and keep the advice rolling if ya want.

Is there a good Vendor that alot of you all use or try to support? Besides the usual? Like the CCT for example: Partzilla?

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Running an old CCT is basically rolling dice. If it goes bad, the valves can hit the pistons. You might make another 75K miles on the old CCT. It might go out the next time you start the bike. There's no way to tell. If it starts sounding like someone dropped marbles into the right side of your engine, TURN IT OFF and take it to a mechanic. You can do the CCT yourself, but it's painfully slow/hard to get off.

Try getting out for a 250+ mile trip this weekend to see what comfort/ergos you actually need. After you explain the problem(s) here, I'm sure you'll get some useful advice.

Swap with your brother a little. He might start thinking about an FJR of his own before Sturgis.
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I have run all the tires that most folks talk about. By far the highest mileage I have run is one never mentioned. Avon Storm 3D. I push hard in curves toO and they handle great.
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Nunia,

It can be a painful mistake to take a long trip on a bike that you really do not know yet, which is not set up for your comfort (safety) yet.

The Gen1 FJRs have a heat issue; the engine heat can cook your lower legs. There are some bolt-on remedies, but you probably do not have them yet. Good boots help, and leg-armor pants also. Do not try to "tough it out" on a long trip wearing sneakers. If you need to wrap your lower legs with strap-on cardboard leggings to manage, then I would do so. It's not just a comfort thing, it's a matter of taking reasonable care of your body (feet), and you only get two, with no extras.

All IMHO, of course . . .
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You absolutely weren't joking about the heat!!! When I rode it home I had jeans on and a crap load of other things on my mind. Today I went to go take it the lot to practice in shorts, enough said!!

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So after the practicing for awhile, after running back home and changing into Jeans of course. My buddy who lives about a hour away was having a get together. So I went there, combo of Highway and 55 MPH two lane roads. It went fine, actually got turned around at one point so I had to make a U-turn. My first thought was to not even attempt it but it was in a safe place as far as traffic and my brother was with me so I gave it a go. It went fine, right when the panic set in mid-turn I heard "Friction Zone" in the back of my head, lol. That worked great! On the tiny Ninja I really don't have to do that. So that's the key I'm thinking anyways. I even made a few right hand turns from a dead stop and was able to actually obey the law and go to the nearest lane. Of course my brother always runs wide....matter of fact he didn't even know that was illegal until recently. Then I point out to him at busy intersections where people making a left hand turn onto the street that you are making a right onto get a arrow to make said their left and he runs wide they could crash. Like a light bulb went of in his head, lol. That's my brother tho, gotta love him.

Anyways, the only things I noticed that bothered me was, the heat of course being thrown directly onto my legs. I'll figure something out for that. Maybe need a taller wind screen or a clip on. And a wrist save that I have on the Ninja but didn't put it on for the trip like a idiot.

Think I am going to park her until I do the CCT, tires, fluids all that jazz. I sure as **** would hate for the CCT or anything else to ruin a wonderfull machine because I couldn't wait for parts to ride. Especial now that I am not terrified of her.

Thank you again for the help, I will keep ya updated.

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One other thing I forgot to mention, I've let 2 people drive her so far. Good friends and all of them have been riding Harleys for 20+ years. Of course I warn them about how fast and tourquey she is. Got the same look and comments from them both, "Bro, I've been riding Harley's and bikes for blah blah blah" Okay man, I say. They both are singing a way different tune when they come back that's for sure!! Not the weight issue like it is for me obviously, but they were like man you really have to be carefull on that. I may have some potential to convert some of these guys!! I swear the only time I'm not riding on Weekends and the weather is nice is when I'm wrenching a buddy's Harley!!

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When you're doing U-turns or parking lot turns, apply some rear brake and use the clutch friction zone.... challenge all your buddies to a slowest ride contest... who can go the slowest for 100 yards?
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Here are a couple of great videos over at Two Wheel Obsession on what to carry on the bike plus packing tips for a long trip:

Tools and Gear for bike
https://youtu.be/uCSQwwBBGHM

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Packing & Planning Prior to long trip
https://youtu.be/4NzYmaj8M34

There are many more great videos on that site as well related to FJR adventuring.

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