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Forum: Americas 05-04-2015, 06:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 489
Posted By markjenn
Sorry for your troubles, but you can't get blood...

Sorry for your troubles, but you can't get blood out of a turnip. You said yourself that the shock is not repairable and even if it was, these guys probably couldn't do the job. You simply gave the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-28-2015, 02:36 PM
Replies: 27,868
Views: 5,550,875
Posted By markjenn
The bleed air screws are there to trim idle sync...

The bleed air screws are there to trim idle sync where mis-sync is most noticeable. As loads and RPM rise, their effect is less and less and there is no provision on these electronic throttles to do...
Forum: Road warriors 04-28-2015, 06:59 AM
Replies: 4,414
Views: 792,990
Posted By markjenn
I'd say that they'll probably hold value somewhat...

I'd say that they'll probably hold value somewhat better if they're discontinued, just due to basic supply-demand. The worst-case scenario for used bike values is that the mfg keeps pumping out new...
Forum: Road warriors 04-28-2015, 06:22 AM
Replies: 4,414
Views: 792,990
Posted By markjenn
Not clear; could be just a year break or could be...

Not clear; could be just a year break or could be longer/indefinite.

- Mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-27-2015, 07:08 AM
Replies: 27,868
Views: 5,550,875
Posted By markjenn
Just point the SAE connector towards the rear of...

Just point the SAE connector towards the rear of the bike and it will nicely emerge along the frame underneath the tank and panel where it can be tie-wrapped to the frame. This is a nice/secure...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-26-2015, 09:47 AM
Replies: 27,868
Views: 5,550,875
Posted By markjenn
You might have gotten lucky. I have blown a...

You might have gotten lucky. I have blown a couple 10A fuses wired directly to batteries with the startup current of compressors, including the Slime one. If the Tiger has a stock 15A circuit on...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-24-2015, 11:47 AM
Replies: 7,147
Views: 1,300,970
Posted By markjenn
Thanks for your review, but you might want to...

Thanks for your review, but you might want to check your math on this. Wee's (of both generations) are right around 475 and the CB500X is around 430.

- Mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-19-2015, 08:31 AM
Replies: 27,868
Views: 5,550,875
Posted By markjenn
Protection stuff is great if you need it (and it...

Protection stuff is great if you need it (and it certainly sounds like you do), but not everyone does and I don't agree that it is "mandatory" and should be standard. I have a 2012 that has seen a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-18-2015, 08:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 888
Posted By markjenn
You've gotten some good comments. But I want to...

You've gotten some good comments. But I want to address this concern. I've ridden the F7800/800's a fair number of miles and always thought they were pretty smooth, so if yours had typical vibes...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-18-2015, 07:41 PM
Replies: 27,868
Views: 5,550,875
Posted By markjenn
Grease on the axle itself is used to protect if...

Grease on the axle itself is used to protect if from corrosion and to facilitate inserting it for wheel changes. It has nothing to do with the wheel bearings which are sealed. Wheel bearings do...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-18-2015, 07:38 PM
Replies: 27,868
Views: 5,550,875
Posted By markjenn
Yamaha's various publications list fuel capacity...

Yamaha's various publications list fuel capacity as 6.0, 6.08, and 6.1 gal. Several of us have run the tank dry and it takes about 5.7 if you stop filling when you're supposed to (when the level...
Forum: Road warriors 04-16-2015, 06:19 PM
Replies: 4,414
Views: 792,990
Posted By markjenn
You're right, we'll see. I hope it works out for...

You're right, we'll see. I hope it works out for you but every exhaust mfg claims they've got the Goldilocks formula to get just a little more of the "right" noise, when frankly, most are just darn...
Forum: Road warriors 04-16-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 4,414
Views: 792,990
Posted By markjenn
Hard to see it being very quiet with that tiny...

Hard to see it being very quiet with that tiny muffler. The way you reduce noise is with muffler volume and this one has very very little.

- Mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-14-2015, 08:20 PM
Replies: 27,868
Views: 5,550,875
Posted By markjenn
As long as you secure the wiring and make sure...

As long as you secure the wiring and make sure its not directly impinging on hot engine parts, you'll be fine. But be sure you're using big-enough wiring for the long runs to/from the battery (wire...
Forum: Road warriors 03-30-2015, 05:03 PM
Replies: 817
Views: 145,007
Posted By markjenn
Done all the time by BMW (and Honda, Yamaha,...

Done all the time by BMW (and Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, KTM, .....).

- Mark
Forum: Road warriors 03-26-2015, 10:34 PM
Replies: 4,414
Views: 792,990
Posted By markjenn
All that is known is that Honda isn't building...

All that is known is that Honda isn't building 2015 MY bikes and is going to let existing stock handle demand for the short-term. Whether this represents just a one-year break (which Honda often...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-26-2015, 05:40 PM
Replies: 27,868
Views: 5,550,875
Posted By markjenn
I recall maybe one guy had an issue. I really...

I recall maybe one guy had an issue. I really don't think there was anything needing fixing.

- Mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-25-2015, 01:35 PM
Replies: 27,868
Views: 5,550,875
Posted By markjenn
Sounds like exactly the tradeoffs you make when...

Sounds like exactly the tradeoffs you make when you take a 90-10 road-biased tire and substitute a 50-50 tire. I haven't been on the K60's, but have gone through multiple sets of TKC80's and they...
Forum: Racing 03-25-2015, 01:27 PM
Replies: 2,134
Views: 150,211
Posted By markjenn
Pleeeezzz.... can we avoid another discussion...

Pleeeezzz.... can we avoid another discussion where the totally unqualified weigh in with medical opinions on a situation in which they have zero first-hand knowledge?

- Mark
Forum: Road warriors 03-24-2015, 04:51 PM
Replies: 3,178
Views: 453,406
Posted By markjenn
What he said. V-twins have no inherent torque...

What he said. V-twins have no inherent torque advantage (torque has much to do with engine tuning and little to do with engine configuration) and the FJ-09 makes more torque than the Wee at every...
Forum: Road warriors 03-24-2015, 11:33 AM
Replies: 417
Views: 124,913
Posted By markjenn
Bumble-bees are fine-looking bikes. If BMW does...

Bumble-bees are fine-looking bikes. If BMW does something similar to this paint on a R1200RS, I may have to get one.

- Mark
Forum: Racing 03-23-2015, 09:35 AM
Replies: 2,134
Views: 150,211
Posted By markjenn
First, I doubt non-superstar racers like Canard...

First, I doubt non-superstar racers like Canard and Weimer make enough in a few years of racing to retire. Second, would it be acceptable to you if your employer provided a place of work where you...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-22-2015, 07:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,099
Posted By markjenn
I don't think very many riders would...

I don't think very many riders would intentionally run an engine a full-tooth off spec, trying to do some kind of engine tuning. If valve timing is adjusted off stock, it is typically done by...
Forum: Road warriors 03-21-2015, 08:40 AM
Replies: 4,648
Views: 562,046
Posted By markjenn
I've seen 2WD Yamaha dirtbikes and other...

I've seen 2WD Yamaha dirtbikes and other unobtainable exotica on Cycle Trader. They'll do anything to generate a phone call. But the fact a dealer is willing to actually advertise the bike must...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-20-2015, 02:00 PM
Replies: 8,065
Views: 1,313,329
Posted By markjenn
You're assuming it had all the ancillary stuff on...

You're assuming it had all the ancillary stuff on the bike to begin with. It probably never had any of this stuff.... it's a concept bike, not a production model. My bet for some time now is that...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-20-2015, 06:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,099
Posted By markjenn
I'm with the others... the engine is able to...

I'm with the others... the engine is able to tolerate a small mis-time like this without issue. Valve timing is a compromise and you simply had an engine with the compromise shifted a bit. It will...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-16-2015, 01:34 PM
Replies: 8,065
Views: 1,313,329
Posted By markjenn
Doesn't mean much.... they might have built a...

Doesn't mean much.... they might have built a mock-up primarily for the patent appl and decided to get a little more mileage out of it by showing it as the TA concept.

Remarkably little hard info...
Forum: Road warriors 03-13-2015, 06:30 PM
Replies: 3,178
Views: 453,406
Posted By markjenn
The "guy" sounds like a typical salesman who...

The "guy" sounds like a typical salesman who doesn't know squat. The bags list for $400 each.

- Mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-05-2015, 08:43 AM
Replies: 7,147
Views: 1,300,970
Posted By markjenn
What a silly rationale. If it fails (and...

What a silly rationale. If it fails (and properly installed ones almost never do), then you put another plug in, just like you did originally. If you accept the risk of having a flat on a new...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-02-2015, 02:06 AM
Replies: 7,147
Views: 1,300,970
Posted By markjenn
So you're frustrated that a faraway dealer won't...

So you're frustrated that a faraway dealer won't provide a written/firm OTD price for a bike you might buy a year from now. Sounds like a textbook reason why most dealers don't do such quotes.

-...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-01-2015, 10:53 AM
Replies: 7,147
Views: 1,300,970
Posted By markjenn
I agree, they should be honest and ethical. But,...

I agree, they should be honest and ethical. But, as was this case, there is nothing dishonest by saying that you don't do price quotes over phone or over email. And there is nothing dishonest about...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-01-2015, 08:55 AM
Replies: 7,147
Views: 1,300,970
Posted By markjenn
Bingo. A dealership is a privately run business...

Bingo. A dealership is a privately run business and they are free to handle price negotiations in any way they choose. And the customer is free to take their business anywhere they choose. All I...
Forum: Road warriors 02-27-2015, 08:42 PM
Replies: 3,178
Views: 453,406
Posted By markjenn
As I just said AT EVERY ENGINE SPEED the Ninja...

As I just said AT EVERY ENGINE SPEED the Ninja makes significantly more torque and therefore more HP. (Not surprisingly since both engines are in similar states of tune but the Kawi has 23% more...
Forum: Road warriors 02-27-2015, 03:35 PM
Replies: 3,178
Views: 453,406
Posted By markjenn
Lay the FJ-09 and Ninja 1000 dyno charts next to...

Lay the FJ-09 and Ninja 1000 dyno charts next to one another and the Ninja has more torque at every engine speed and 20-odd horse advantage on top. And no limiter. If speed is what you're after,...
Forum: Road warriors 02-26-2015, 10:28 AM
Replies: 3,178
Views: 453,406
Posted By markjenn
Good catch, but I'm more accepting of this on a...

Good catch, but I'm more accepting of this on a naked retro which probably has a non-limited top speed of 120 mph or so anyway. The FJ-09 is much more of a performance bike and probably has a...
Forum: Road warriors 02-26-2015, 01:28 AM
Replies: 3,178
Views: 453,406
Posted By markjenn
It's the degree of limiting. Sure, many big GT...

It's the degree of limiting. Sure, many big GT bikes have had the 300 kph (186 mph) limit and a few bikes have had restrictions in lower gears to improve control ability and prevent inadvertent...
Forum: Road warriors 02-25-2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 3,178
Views: 453,406
Posted By markjenn
It's definitely not a one-bike deal or specific...

It's definitely not a one-bike deal or specific to Europe - the magazines all show that the bike has a hard limit of about 110 mph top speed as well as power restrictions in the first three gears.
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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-25-2015, 09:53 AM
Replies: 27,868
Views: 5,550,875
Posted By markjenn
Making power with RPM rather than throttle...

Making power with RPM rather than throttle generally reduces pinging. I'd tend to leave it in the lower gears and let it rev. Good luck with your trip.

- Mark
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-24-2015, 08:00 AM
Replies: 27,868
Views: 5,550,875
Posted By markjenn
This is 95 RON (Research Octane Number) which is...

This is 95 RON (Research Octane Number) which is a different system than US Pump Octane (which is the average of RON and MON). 95 RON is about 90-91 US pump octane which is consistent with the 91...
Forum: Racing 02-23-2015, 11:31 AM
Replies: 2,134
Views: 150,211
Posted By markjenn
Sooner or later, all SX racers do "cheap take...

Sooner or later, all SX racers do "cheap take outs". Rigorously keep score and you end up hating everyone. I say Reed is about average in aggression and he generally doesn't get down and dirty...
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