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Old 01-28-2012, 04:38 AM   #26701
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So I go down to the local dealer today and there is a 2012 R model on the floor. In the past I rode an 09 X model and didnt find any real seat height / suspension issues.

This thing was enormous! Im only 5'8" (~29-30" inseam) but I didnt come close to being able to tiptoe it. However, sitting on it I got virtually zero compression out of the suspension whereas the X had given some to a point where I was comfortable with being able to hold it up with no issues. According to yamaha literature there is only a shade over an inch difference in the seat heights but this felt like a mile.

What options are out there for lowering this bike? Are there any adjustments on the stock bike that could help? How much drop do you think I could feasibly get without sacrificing ride quality? And do you think it may just be setup too stiff for me from factory? I weigh in somewhere in the 165 range.
I bought mine used, but it came with a Yamalink (lower's 1 inch). I am not sure if he also lowered the shock, but there is another inch you can adjust at the bottom of the shock. I had a Spiral step seat on it, but it made it too cramped so I put the stock seat on it.

I am 5'8" also and can get both my toes down. The side stand needs to be shortened, though.

Your suspension should sag with a little riding. Mine sags quite a bit. Makes getting the side stand down pretty tricky when I'm loaded. Hopefully I get a welder to fix that next week. Fun bike, though.
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:16 AM   #26702
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azTom on a ride today... pic says it all.

Careful there AZ, as one Senior Citizen to another, live to ride another day! Great picture though. Looks like how I felt and looked trying to get up Tin Cup pass from the North Side......didn't make it.
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:19 AM   #26703
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azTom on a ride today... pic says it all.

Airlift out anyone?? Iv'e had worse days but at the moment none come to mind My caption for this pic. would be I think shuffle board would be soo much easier!!

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Old 01-28-2012, 07:34 AM   #26704
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Careful there AZ, as one Senior Citizen to another, live to ride another day! Great picture though. Looks like how I felt and looked trying to get up Tin Cup pass from the North Side......didn't make it.
Not to worry, my crew including 80 year old Taylor on an ATV came to my rescue Got the bike out of it's troubled spot & we comtinued on

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Old 01-28-2012, 08:03 AM   #26705
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Not to worry, my crew including 80 year old Taylor on an ATV came to my rescue Got the bike out of it's troubled spot & we comtinues on
Pic of the year. Thanks. Great.
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:56 AM   #26706
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Not to worry, my crew including 80 year old Taylor on an ATV came to my rescue Got the bike out of it's troubled spot & we comtinued on
Did you crash there or was it just time for a break?

Looks like about how I felt riding some gnarlly single track above Taylor Park last September. Several times.
The little WRR just kept on chugging up and over , never missed a beat, it just had to stop and wait for me every 1/4 mile while I sat on a rock and regrouped.

My crew, one riding buddy several years younger than me, just sat there and looked at me until I could get up again. Of course I think he was glad for the rest stops


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Old 01-28-2012, 10:28 AM   #26707
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Did you crash there or was it just time for a break?

Looks like about how I felt riding some gnarlly single track above Taylor Park last September. Several times.
The little WRR just kept on chugging up and over , never missed a beat, it just had to stop and wait for me every 1/4 mile while I sat on a rock and regrouped.

My crew, one riding buddy several years younger than me, just sat there and looked at me until I could get up again. Of course I think he was glad for the rest stops


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The only thing that crashed was my energy level
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:01 AM   #26708
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Did you crash there or was it just time for a break?

Looks like about how I felt riding some gnarlly single track above Taylor Park last September. Several times.
The little WRR just kept on chugging up and over , never missed a beat, it just had to stop and wait for me every 1/4 mile while I sat on a rock and regrouped.

My crew, one riding buddy several years younger than me, just sat there and looked at me until I could get up again. Of course I think he was glad for the rest stops


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I must have been on that same track in October. At a couple points I was looking for a place to video a goodbye message to the family in hopes they would find the memory card when they found my body. Luckily there was a way out going forward cause there was no way in hell that I would have made it out by backtracking. It improved my skills but they are still nothing compared to my riding buddies.
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:51 AM   #26709
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I must have been on that same track in October. At a couple points I was looking for a place to video a goodbye message to the family in hopes they would find the memory card when they found my body. Luckily there was a way out going forward cause there was no way in hell that I would have made it out by backtracking. It improved my skills but they are still nothing compared to my riding buddies.
For us, at least for me backtracking was not an option
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:00 PM   #26710
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I must have been on that same track in October. At a couple points I was looking for a place to video a goodbye message to the family in hopes they would find the memory card when they found my body.


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For us, at least for me backtracking was not an option
How about helicopter? Probably couldn't land there anyway.
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Old 01-28-2012, 02:16 PM   #26711
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Great idea. Can you attach a spare cig plug to an existing trickle charger or do you have to be concerned about the voltage/amp differences. I have a trickle charger that I plug straight to the batter.



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Very nice electrical setup.

You can, of course, trickle charge through the always-on Cig#1 or Cig#2 with a suitable adapter (trickle charger SAE to Cig) ...
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Old 01-28-2012, 02:26 PM   #26712
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Great idea. Can you attach a spare cig plug to an existing trickle charger or do you have to be concerned about the voltage/amp differences. I have a trickle charger that I plug straight to the batter.
A simple trickle charge won't cause any issues; don't connect a high-powered battery charger to anything but the battery itself though.
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Old 01-28-2012, 02:31 PM   #26713
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Great, thanks - now I wont have to take off my seat to charge.

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A simple trickle charge won't cause any issues; don't connect a high-powered battery charger to anything but the battery itself though.
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Old 01-28-2012, 02:35 PM   #26714
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Anyone have an opinion on aftermarket steel handlebars? Outlaw Racing has some "Ultra High Strength Steel" bars. Think they're truly any stronger than any other steel bars, or just fancy marketing? I'd like to stick with steel so my heated grip cartridges still work, but I don't want them to bend again.
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Old 01-28-2012, 03:09 PM   #26715
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Waiting for winter to end, so I spent a couple of hours cleaning the spokes for my 17" wheels and mounting new OEM brake rotors (the original rotors were transferred to the SM Pro dirt rims). Also swapped out the OEM 42T sprocket for a steel SuperSprox 48T. With so much time to kill, I even went the extra step of getting fancy stainless steel button head Allen bolts and used a small dab of blue Loctite.


Now if spring would just hurry up....






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