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Old 12-14-2009, 11:10 PM   #541
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Originally Posted by richarddacat
Thanks Richard, I didn't know about There I found lots of discussions on the various riser options.

Sadly I can't use the ones you have, as homestead doesn't make them for Gen II Feejers.
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Old 12-22-2009, 12:54 PM   #542
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Originally Posted by JimNtexas
Does anyone have experience with Motorcycle Larry's riser block?

On paper it looks like as good or better riser solution than Helibars. I've been happy with the two other MCL products I've purchased (risers for a Ninja 250 and FJR frame sliders).

If you have this riser block, were there any particular issues with installation and/or operation?

I'd ask on the Fjr Forum, but discussion of MCL products is discouraged on their forum. That was before my time and I don't know anything about that except that the problem seems to have been one of netiquette, not the products themselves.
It's a silly old dispute.

MotorcycleLarry's products are top-quality. If you're inclined to us riser blocks, MCL is a great choice.
I've also seen great reports about his Triple Clamp w/ built-in risers - but, you have to drill out the old ignition bolts first.

BTW, there's a 20% Holiday discount code posted right now at

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Old 12-22-2009, 10:05 PM   #543
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Originally Posted by Jagermeister
It's a silly old dispute.

MotorcycleLarry's products are top-quality...
Thanks Jagermeister, I've put the MCL blocks on the farkel list.
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Old 12-23-2009, 05:09 AM   #544
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Originally Posted by Jagermeister
It's a silly old dispute.

MotorcycleLarry's products are top-quality. If you're inclined to us riser blocks, MCL is a great choice.
I've also seen great reports about his Triple Clamp w/ built-in risers - but, you have to drill out the old ignition bolts first.

BTW, there's a 20% Holiday discount code posted right now at
There was a group buy going on (risers if memory serves) and MCL swooped in and tried to undercut the group buy, set up with another company and a long-time fjrforum member. Then he continued to show predatory and rude practices and the admins said enough.

The products are very good. They just didn't like the way he was doing business.
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:22 AM   #545
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My 04 with 70K miles-
Jasper National Park, snow in July!

January 09 in Baja

As you can tell,,, I do ride the bike and I do ride it hard. It been to 49 states, all the Canadian provinces and territories except Prince Edward Island, Labrador and Nunavut. Oh,,, and as the pic above attests,,, Baja!

As I said, bike has 70K miles with only minor problems although Yamaha sprung for new valve guides around at 40K miles. Other than that, I replaced the fork seals at 20K miles. The rear shock seal started leaking and was replaced with a Wilbers around 25K miles. Every once in a while the bike floods right when engine is started up. It's done it maybe four times in the 4-5 years I've owned it, always once home right after a major trip. First couple of times it caused a real problem as I didn't know what was happening and neither did a Yamaha certified mechanic. I figured out what was happening and now when it does happen it's not a problem but I have as yet to figure out why it happens. No biggie,, more of a curiosity than a real headache.

As far as performance goes, I've run 10.90s at around 125mph in the 1/4 mile and I have hit 145-150mph {loaded down with gear for a 3 week trip} according to the speedo on the access road running parallel to the time trial course at Bonneville. It's even done a track day at Little Tally. I recently bought a new bike thinking I would sell the FJR. After thinking it over awhile I just couldn't part with the FJR. I like it alot and it's my favorite bike of all the bikes I've had {and I've had a good many}. I decided to sell the "new" bike I just bought and invest in some goodies for the FJR. It's going to get a performance rebuild including OS pistons, head work, and possibly a set of performance cams if possible and a full exhaust. It will then be ready for another 70K+ miles but this time it will be stronger, faster and it'll handle better {gonna do some more suspension upgrades too}. This is the first bike I've ever actually been totally happy with,, it's a keeper barring any bad mishaps. If I totaled it tomorrow,,, I would buy another in a heartbeat. That's the first and so far, only bike I've felt like that about.
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Old 12-24-2009, 02:51 AM   #546
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Well said and I totally agree with you. I have a couple of bikes in the stable, but can't seem to let go of my 05 fjr.
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Old 12-25-2009, 06:26 AM   #547
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I'm in

I'm in! I have only had this baby 2 days, but I am really liking it.
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Bags plus yamaha topcase also but not in pic.

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Old 12-26-2009, 06:43 AM   #548
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Good to see you over here, too. Hey, something I didn't mention to your post on FJRForum is about that topbox rack. It's the one that developed cracks at the corners. I had pix on Photobucket and deleted them a while ago in a cleanup, but you may find copies on the web somewhere. The cracks develop where the flat surface turns upward, at the outboard (left & right) corners of the hole that the forward end of the top box hooks into. You have to look close until they get really bad.

Yam came out with a service bulletin for this and was doing warranty replacements that beefed up around the hole with a metal backing piece. A dealer on the Yamaha computer system can tell if yours was done by the bike's serial number.

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Old 12-26-2009, 11:51 PM   #549
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Supposed to be sunny and mid 40's this afternoon.
Staurday warm temps and rain got rid of most of the snow around here.
Looks like I'll get to take the FJR out for late December ride.
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Old 12-27-2009, 08:36 AM   #550
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If anyone wants a very nice '09, I'm sellling mine over in the flea market.
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Old 12-28-2009, 07:45 PM   #551
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06 FJR and lovin it.

Ridden dirt bikes since I was 10 and my knees finally gave out around 50. Bought a nice Vulcan 1600 cruiser and enjoyed it until I happened upon a new FJR at the shop where my son worked at the time. The shop owner threw me the keys and I test rode that baby; it had 1 mile on it. I got back after about 15 miles and told him to hold it for me while I figured out how to get it done. Living mid-continent I've been along the east coast (OBX and CB) to the west in NM, CO, WY, SD. It is indeed a mile muncher and my wife has enjoyed a few 1000 on back as well.

Add ons include Breakaway throttle lock, Cee Bailey +2+2 w/flip, Wild Bill's Hiway pegs, billet bar ends, billet frame sliders, Zumo 550, Escort 8500, wired for heated gear, MCL risers, Yami top box, Grip Puppies, triple clamp nut camera platform, Scala Teamrider BT headsets, and more but who cares. Its a killer ST bike.

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Old 12-29-2009, 06:00 AM   #552
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Snowed in here, and 11 degrees and windy to boot!

Took a great trip last August with my oldest son, he on a VFR800i and me on the FJR. Dropped the Empire Tag at the top of Whiteface Mountain.

Here are some views on the way up:

Fantastic Trip.

We rode from Ithaca NY (home) through the bottom of the ADKs and crossed the just destroyed Lake Champlain Bridge and stayed the night in Rutland. The next day we rode north through Smuggler Notch which is a great mountian pass that gets down to less than one lane, snaking between huge rocks. Rode up to the Champlain Channel Islands and crossed on the Ferry to Plattsburgh NY where we stopped for lunch. After that it was a quick ride to Whiteface Mountain and then overnight in Lake Placid. The next day was a leisurely ride back to Ithaca, enjoying backroads the entire way. Riding with your kids is the best!
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:21 PM   #553
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FYI, The 2010 Canadian FJR rally just opened it's registration.

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Old 01-11-2010, 07:26 PM   #554
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Old 03-31-2010, 01:04 PM   #555
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I like it!

I bought a 2005 FJR in October of 2009 and only put about 300 miles on it. I have been to busy or the weather didn't allow us to get on the bike. We had 80 degree weather here in Denver yesterday and we decided to take a ride up to Cheyenne for lunch. We figured that riding out across the plains would be pretty boring but we figured we would be on the bike and hadn't been up there so what the heck.

It is pretty hard to get lost on such a simple trip but I was able to accomplish it. I wasn't paying attention and ended up driving through DIA. I stopped here to see what stupid thing I was doing with the GPS.

After only riding dual sport bikes I was not sure what the FJR would feel like in the wind. It was great compared to the light weight bikes and the more miles we rode it the more comfortable I became.

Not too much to see.

Some grazing going on.

After getting a bit to eat we thought we would look around a little before heading back. The Capitol is kind of neat.

Cathy thought that These were of particular interest.

Amazing detail.

The wind was starting to pick up and we decided to head back. It was also our first ride with the Fieldsheer gear. We left with the liners installed and the trip up was comfortable. After about 50 miles heading south back to Denver we stopped and removed the liner form the jacket and opened up the vents. It was comfortable riding the rest of the way back to Centennial and we are very happy with the gear. We have never used armor for off road riding and probably won't. But the pavement is another matter and when riding the FJR it is certainly welcome.

I was really impressed with the power delivery of the bike. Riding two up the power delivery is impressive. There is always more then needed and I must admit that I have yet to find out how much there is. As I get some time on the bike and become more familiar with it, I become more and more comfortable with it. It is more bike then I have ever ridden before. Hopefully this last foot of snow in the mountains will pass and we will put a lot more scenic rides in soon.


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