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Old 09-08-2009, 09:16 PM   #436
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I also have the Givi 52 but, I would go with the new slightly taller 55 liter top case. It has better looks to me. There is a pre-installed light kit with a key less lock too, pricey but very nice. The Givi mount is nice and sturdy on the Gen II FJR's.

I was thinking of getting a smaller top box, maybe a factory Yamaha one for my Gen 1. Everywhere I see one advertised, there are specific warnings not to have panniers and top box together, worries of overloading the bike. Is this really an issue, or just the lawyers keeping clear of any kind of distant liability?

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Old 09-09-2009, 08:41 AM   #437
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Is this really an issue, or just the lawyers keeping clear of any kind of distant liability?

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Old 09-09-2009, 09:17 AM   #438
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There is also a 11 pound rear rack limit....

That pic above in CO was with at least 30 lbs back there, one reason to use the Givi mounting system. I went with Givi since I needed a top box for more than light clothes and a map or a bottle of water...

Look inside the Yamaha top case and make sure you want to spend all that money on something that can't hold all that much. Don't go by the 50 liter description.

I wanted the factory top case untill I saw it... The main reason I use mine is to carry my laptop and cameras along with rain gear and helmet shields, cleaning supplies etc.. The Givi can hold two helmets. Function over form, my 52 is three years old and has about 30K on it, nothing has broken, no issues at all. I had a Shad before and would not go back to it.

I did like the factory pan top case on the Honda ST, the suspension is a nice feature and the build quality was great. I saw a pan top case fitted to a FJR a while back, it looked better than the Yamaha one... Go figure. Its smaller like the Yamaha case but, it does work well with some custom fitting, another option if you can find a used one..

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Old 09-09-2009, 11:59 AM   #439
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As somewhat new to Yamaha ownership, I was surprised to learn of Yamaha's 'habit' of introducing new models just after Labour Day each yr.

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a good bit of the mfg introduce new models in the fall/sept.
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Old 09-09-2009, 04:50 PM   #440
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Going off the theme a bit here but I just double stacked my bar risers and I would have to say that this addition along with my existing Russell seat is the perfect set up for me.

I'm using Heli risers with D&D's 10 degrees on top.

I just had to share
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Old 09-11-2009, 08:43 PM   #441
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[quote=sagedrifter]I did a round trip from Florida to Alabama last week end. 1,366 miles, tried out my new sargent seat and camera mount.

I've added just about everything I want to. Throttlemeister, grip puppies, throttle rocker, big screen, bag covers, wild bills pegs, givi top box, ram mounts, reflective decals, FZ1 mirrors, GPS, head light guards, tank protector........

And more I can't remember










where did you get those bag covers, they're hot
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Old 09-12-2009, 06:14 AM   #442
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Going off the theme a bit here but I just double stacked my bar risers and I would have to say that this addition along with my existing Russell seat is the perfect set up for me.

I'm using Heli risers with D&D's 10 degrees on top.

I just had to share
Say, I been thinking of doing just that. Would you be so kind as to post a picture? Thanks.
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Old 09-12-2009, 07:48 AM   #443
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I did a round trip from Florida to Alabama last week end. 1,366 miles, tried out my new sargent seat and camera mount.

I've added just about everything I want to. Throttlemeister, grip puppies, throttle rocker, big screen, bag covers, wild bills pegs, givi top box, ram mounts, reflective decals, FZ1 mirrors, GPS, head light guards, tank protector........

And more I can't remember
where did you get those bag covers, they're hot

They were made by Sargent and the last time I checked they stopped making them.
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Old 09-12-2009, 08:44 AM   #444
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As somewhat new to Yamaha ownership, I was surprised to learn of Yamaha's 'habit' of introducing new models just after Labour Day each yr.

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The 2010 Yamahas are on their website now.
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Old 09-12-2009, 01:35 PM   #445
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Say, I been thinking of doing just that. Would you be so kind as to post a picture? Thanks.




Dare ya go..
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Old 09-12-2009, 01:39 PM   #446
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If you can make anything useful out of these measurements, here they are,

43" from end of bar end to ground
34.5" " " pegs
27" " " center of seat.


I'm happy

No problem with the cables except taking the bolt out of the hose clamp on the clutch hyd. hose that's mounts to the frame.
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Old 09-13-2009, 06:40 AM   #447
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Dare ya go..
Thanks mang! I think I'm gonna do dat.
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Old 09-13-2009, 07:28 AM   #448
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Love this bike...

Sooo different from my XR650
Fresh Avons, forks GP Suspension tweaked, Penske rear shock...
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:08 PM   #449
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I know the main model upgrade was in 2006 and the 2003 have shorter wheelbase and direct more heat at the rider - anything else I should look for? I'm thinking about getting a low mile 2003 well farkled - everything i've read in the past made me think that I'd want a 2006 or newer but not looking to spend alot and this one has presented itself....oh the dilemas in life.

I'll check out the fjr sites too but thought I'd brain drain here too.

thanks in advance

Edit:
brake rotors are smaller - can they be swapped out easily for the 04 ones? (320mm rotors, versus the '03's undersized 298mm rotors)

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Old 09-16-2009, 07:34 PM   #450
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I know the main model upgrade was in 2006 and the 2003 have shorter wheelbase and direct more heat at the rider - anything else I should look for? I'm thinking about getting a low mile 2003 well farkled - everything i've read in the past made me think that I'd want a 2006 or newer but not looking to spend alot and this one has presented itself....oh the dilemas in life.

I'll check out the fjr sites too but thought I'd brain drain here too.

thanks in advance
If it has some miles on it and its running smooth... and its cheap! Maybe yes if the money is the issue. If it has 50K on it its probably fine if it is quiet, smooth and strong.

The 06 and later had a revised nose and wind screen to relieve back pressure, the later dash is nice and the GEN 2 heat revisions make the bike much cooler. There was a valve train revision in 06 that changed the valve guides I think... aka GEN 1 tickers were an issue to be aware of.

I would go with an 06 or later.

The FJRforum and FJRriders are two forums that can answere any question in detail

Start here:

http://www.fjrforum.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=3945

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