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Old 03-10-2013, 08:51 PM   #2236
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Getting the 2003 sorted-picked it up last week.

Changed the oil, air filter, front tire and upgraded fork springs.

Q: It appears the cam chain tensioner is failing-I am hearing intermittent flop. If I cannot locate one tomorrow, is it safe for a ride to Fla? Sounds fine at anything other than idle.

Q: I just got off a 2002 Triumph Trophy which fit me ergonomically perfect. I am getting some lower back pain and between the shoulder pain on the FJR. The prior owner put some short risers on it-I suspect that is part of the problem. I also suspect the sweep of the bars is a bit more than I like. What is a bloke to do?

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80K miles on my 04,,,,, stock tensioner. Don't worry about it.

The bars are the only thing that I don't like. I tried some risers that move the bars up and rotate them out but still no cigar. I don't think the 2nd gens have enough adjustability either. I really wish manufaturers would just put real andle bars on the things so we ould change the ergos easily.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:05 PM   #2237
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Filling the tank

I picked up a 2008 and curious about filling the fuel tank. Top it off to the level of the interior "screen" and it's not full. Keep adding fuel and it runs to the top but wait a few seconds and watch it lower. I haven't yet watched how much I'm adding to get the tank full but I will the next time. Is this normal?
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:33 AM   #2238
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I picked up a 2008 and curious about filling the fuel tank. Top it off to the level of the interior "screen" and it's not full. Keep adding fuel and it runs to the top but wait a few seconds and watch it lower. I haven't yet watched how much I'm adding to get the tank full but I will the next time. Is this normal?
My 2008 behaves that way. I think you can get a bit more gas in if you refuel on the centerstand.

The low fuel indication comes up pretty early. I've driven up to about 35 miles with the fuel indicator flashing and never put in more than about 5.8 gallons.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:40 AM   #2239
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My 2008 behaves that way. I think you can get a bit more gas in if you refuel on the centerstand.

The low fuel indication comes up pretty early. I've driven up to about 35 miles with the fuel indicator flashing and never put in more than about 5.8 gallons.
Getting on it on the center stand w/ bags on is always fun.

It's one of those fun things w/ any bike is learning how much fuel you can put in it and where the reserve kicks in. The first time I filled it by topping off the first time but not watching it, the fuel gate was one tick below full. So I knew something was up. Almost want to carry a gallon of fuel in a can and run it out just to see when it is bone dry.

Thanks for the info.
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:48 PM   #2240
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I picked up a 2008 and curious about filling the fuel tank. Top it off to the level of the interior "screen" and it's not full. Keep adding fuel and it runs to the top but wait a few seconds and watch it lower. I haven't yet watched how much I'm adding to get the tank full but I will the next time. Is this normal?
Yes, this is normal - filling the air space above the recessed neck in the tank is often called "burping" the bike full of fuel.

Yamaha says not to do it - this air space provides expansion volume. On a 49-state bike without a canister, the only consequence of an overfill is that you might spill raw fuel out the overflow line to the ground, but if you have a CA emissions bike (don't recall whether FJR's are sold as two models with a separate CA model) you can fill the canister with raw fuel and essentially plug it which, in addition to rendering the canister non-functional, might also cause tank venting issues. If your bike has the canister, I wouldn't burp the tank, or if you do it, don't be very aggressive about it.

With some bikes, you can drill out the filler neck which allows the air to escape and allows faster filling of this air space.

Yamaha says that you get the full tank capacity by filling to the bottom of the neck. I used to have a FJR and don't recall if this was true or not; on my current Super Tenere, it is not as the tank is under-full about 1/4 a gallon if you stop at the filler neck.

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Old 03-13-2013, 02:08 PM   #2241
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Hey All,

Got my brand new AE last September and just finished getting it ready for this year. It was great stock but needed lots of things IMO. I put a Penske on the rear, Rich's saddle, Cee Bailey +0+2+MRA Vario, and lots of other cool stuff.

I just finished reading this entire thread and one thing I don't see mention a whole lot is how important it is to sync the throttle plates. Not the throttle body sync per the manual, but actually adjusting the plates. Lots of info of FJRforum. When I got mine, I was disgusted with the vibration, at 75 it was the worst I-4 I've owned, I actually thought about selling it. After the job, it's now as smooth as my old blackbird at 75 and smoother at speeds below that. I think this is why you see so many people mention vibration and get flamed for it...some of them really do vibrate, alot.

Anyway, if you are thinking about getting an FJR and your gut tells you it might be the bike for you, DO IT. They aren't for everyone but the guy claiming the RT is superior in every way was good for a laugh. RT has it's strengths but it's way too expensive for me and that boxer is just plain sillly. Felt like a lawnmower off idle.

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Old 03-13-2013, 02:19 PM   #2242
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Yes, this is normal - filling the air space above the recessed neck in the tank is often called "burping" the bike full of fuel.

Yamaha says not to do it - this air space provides expansion volume. On a 49-state bike without a canister, the only consequence of an overfill is that you might spill raw fuel out the overflow line to the ground, but if you have a CA emissions bike (don't recall whether FJR's are sold as two models with a separate CA model) you can fill the canister with raw fuel and essentially plug it which, in addition to rendering the canister non-functional, might also cause tank venting issues. If your bike has the canister, I wouldn't burp the tank, or if you do it, don't be very aggressive about it.

With some bikes, you can drill out the filler neck which allows the air to escape and allows faster filling of this air space.

Yamaha says that you get the full tank capacity by filling to the bottom of the neck. I used to have a FJR and don't recall if this was true or not; on my current Super Tenere, it is not as the tank is under-full about 1/4 a gallon if you stop at the filler neck.

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Yeah, if I stopped filling it when it first appears full, the gauge doesn't render full. So not filling the additional space isn't ideal. I will try it on a center stand to see if it makes much of a difference. One time I filled it I was sitting on the bike so basically the same thing although I didn't pay much attention to the difference of filling it that way vs on the side stand.

Mine is a CA model so has all the emissions items. Since I usually fill it and then ride, the bike isn't going to sit in the hot sun and need to vent. The throttle takes care of that!
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:26 PM   #2243
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nice FJR CO Rider.. like the color.

What saddle is on your bike and for that matter what accessories did you ad?

How do you think the throttle plates go out of sych?
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:28 PM   #2244
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The seat is from Rich's saddles in Oregon. I added the Givi stuff, framesliders, that's a heated hear controller on top of the brake fluid, plus the handguards and some hand control things.

Very strange but the throttle plates were bad from the factory as are many FJR's. It's just the luck of the draw, which is why one guy will complain about vibration and another will tell him it's an I-4, get used to it. I've never heard of anything like it but we're talking a light and day difference.

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Old 03-13-2013, 04:08 PM   #2245
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Hey All,

Got my brand new AE last September and just finished getting it ready for this year. It was great stock but needed lots of things IMO. I put a Penske on the rear, Rich's saddle, Cee Bailey +0+2+MRA Vario, and lots of other cool stuff.
Congrats! that's a sharp looking bike! How hard was it to install the MRA deflector on the screen?
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:49 PM   #2246
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MRA was not bad, seemed easier to put on the stock screen than the Cee Bailey. Assembling it from the box is the only tricky part. Drilling your brand new windscreen is no fun either but it's a hell of a set-up, I'll tell you.
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:26 PM   #2247
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Hi, I'm a long term lurker on here and have finally taken the plunge on getting myself an account.

It seems appropriate to have my first post in here given that i ride an FJR - albeit a 2001 model. Anyways, i've had it a few years and it's been great to date. Hopefully be able to put up some reports on routes from Scotland.

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Old 03-14-2013, 03:46 PM   #2248
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^ nice ride boss. This model is what got me into the FJR

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Old 03-14-2013, 08:58 PM   #2249
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Hi, I'm a long term lurker on here and have finally taken the plunge on getting myself an account.

It seems appropriate to have my first post in here given that i ride an FJR - albeit a 2001 model. Anyways, i've had it a few years and it's been great to date. Hopefully be able to put up some reports on routes from Scotland.

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