Merry Christmas! New member here from the Frozen North. For my 60th birthday I recently gifted myself a low mileage 2007 FJR-AE model. Reading your forum posts, I am compiling a list of off season modifications. I am also finding myself envious of our Southern brethren, who get to ride year-round.
At 5'8", with a 31" inseam, I'm "vertically challenged". When straddling the bike with the seat at it's lowest setting, my heals are 1" off the ground. My preference is to be flatfooted, so I am considering T-Rex adjustable trailing arm links, and kickstand. I know the "purists" cringe at the thought of modifying the suspension geometry, and the resulting reduction in lean angle. As I am no "Boy Racer", I don't expect it to be an issue for me.
I will also be ordering their engine, and luggage guards. Having dropped previous bikes, with little or no damage, thanks to well designed guards, I will not own a bike without them.
I will also be adding handlebar risers, and a complete set of Real Time reflective decals (panniers, tour pack, and fairing). As many of you have made similar modifications, I welcome your feedback, recommendations, and links to relevant threads. Especially regarding the handlebar risers. I hope to achieve a 1" rise, and 1" setback with the OEM bars, while avoiding altering the bar angle, and width. Any ideas?
Thank You, and remember the reason for the season!