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Old 04-05-2010, 10:15 PM   #601
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Add my 250 pounds and it might as well be a FatBoy, but it doesn't feel like it.
I get cross winds in Monatana and into Wyoming that will peal a bowling ball.

I just tilt the FJR onto its side and scoot over on the seat to sit up straight behind the cocked bike and ride on.
Stable like a rock.
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:24 PM   #602
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I get cross winds in Monatana and into Wyoming that will peal a bowling ball.

I just tilt the FJR onto its side and scoot over on the seat to sit up straight behind the cocked bike and ride on.
Stable like a rock.
That is precisely why I want one, somewhere down the road !

Living on the prairies, hours from the Rockies, never have I ever made a worse decision, than choosing a DL1000 for touring in these regions.

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Old 04-06-2010, 05:54 AM   #603
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Hmm...add another bike the long list of "to-own-someday."
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Old 04-07-2010, 07:41 PM   #604
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I soooo want one. I really, really do.
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Old 04-07-2010, 08:19 PM   #605
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Optimistic. CW measured 609 lbs dry for a Gen1. Add in 40-lbs for fuel and you're at 650 or so. And the Gen2 bikes are widely reported to be 15 or so lbs heavier, so figure 665 for a Gen2.

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Respect your opinion, but I simply call 'em like I see 'em. See specs at bottom of page http://www.ridermagazine.com/output.cfm?id=142849

I have a Gen1 and am referring to it's wet weight.
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:42 AM   #606
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Respect your opinion, but I simply call 'em like I see 'em. See specs at bottom of page http://www.ridermagazine.com/output.cfm?id=142849

I have a Gen1 and am referring to it's wet weight.
No biggee - we're both around 650 more or less and perhaps Cycle World and Rider make different assumptions about whether wet weight is full tank, half tank, or everything besides fuel. The key thing here is that the published specs by Yamaha (522 dry for the early ones) are pure fiction. It's a 650-lb motorcycle more or less and thats before any farkles.

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Old 04-08-2010, 06:22 AM   #607
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Just got to mention the ST1300 at or around 730lbs and the Concours at or around 680lbs. Just saying.
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Old 04-08-2010, 06:42 AM   #608
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It would seem reasonable to me that Yamaha would want the VIN of bikes before they shipped recall parts to the service center. This seems to have escaped the shop I took my bike to fow three weeks until I pushed them to dig in. One would think they had ordered recall parts in the past. I have low tolerance for idiots.
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Old 04-09-2010, 04:00 AM   #609
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Heli-bar triples?

I've been getting wrist and elbow pain after riding the FJR for a relatively short time (starts after 10-20 miles). I've read a lot about the heli-bar triple clamps, and I keep hearing that they help with shoulder and back pains, but I'm not sure they'd help with my wrist issues. I don't have problems on a bike with a wide, flat bar, like my wr250r. I'm wondering if the triples would move the bar back enough that it would take some pressure off my wrists or if the angle would be too similar and I'd still have problems. I'm not too keen to throw money at it if it's still going to be an issue.

Any advice/opinions?
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Old 04-09-2010, 04:12 AM   #610
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I've been getting wrist and elbow pain after riding the FJR for a relatively short time (starts after 10-20 miles). I've read a lot about the heli-bar triple clamps, and I keep hearing that they help with shoulder and back pains, but I'm not sure they'd help with my wrist issues.
When I purchased my FJR the wrist and back pain issue was a major pain in the...wrist and back.

The MCL Riser Block completely solved that issue for me. No more back pain, no more excessive pressure on my wrist.

The other ergonomic flaw in the FJR IMHO is the excessively strong throttle return spring. I added a Throttlemeister which helped a lot, but I think I'll do the 'spring unwind' modification at some point.
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Old 04-09-2010, 05:58 AM   #611
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I've been getting wrist and elbow pain after riding the FJR for a relatively short time (starts after 10-20 miles). I've read a lot about the heli-bar triple clamps, and I keep hearing that they help with shoulder and back pains, but I'm not sure they'd help with my wrist issues. I don't have problems on a bike with a wide, flat bar, like my wr250r. I'm wondering if the triples would move the bar back enough that it would take some pressure off my wrists or if the angle would be too similar and I'd still have problems. I'm not too keen to throw money at it if it's still going to be an issue.

Any advice/opinions?
If it's your new ride, I'll say ride it around for a few weeks without modification until you develop muscle memory for the new ergonomics.
Also, relax your hands and arms while riding by flexing your elbows. I have the same issue when I bought it new but got used to it that it's now a non issue.
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Old 04-09-2010, 07:56 AM   #612
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I've been getting wrist and elbow pain after riding the FJR for a relatively short time (starts after 10-20 miles). I've read a lot about the heli-bar triple clamps, and I keep hearing that they help with shoulder and back pains, but I'm not sure they'd help with my wrist issues. I don't have problems on a bike with a wide, flat bar, like my wr250r. I'm wondering if the triples would move the bar back enough that it would take some pressure off my wrists or if the angle would be too similar and I'd still have problems. I'm not too keen to throw money at it if it's still going to be an issue.

Any advice/opinions?
Have you read up on the Master Yoda Riding Position?

If not, cruise over to the FJRforum.com and check it out.

For me, a combination of Master Yoda and Heli risers (and a Russell Day-Long seat) have helped immensely.
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Old 04-09-2010, 08:11 AM   #613
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double risers my help, along with the MYRP of course.

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Old 04-09-2010, 04:29 PM   #614
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As mentioned, lots to find with Googling FJRForum. Try Master Yoda and a different position for the bar adjusters for the quick and easy free first shot. But I found with both FJRs that releasing the center throttle spring was an absolute must.
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Old 04-12-2010, 07:05 AM   #615
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Also, relax your hands and arms while riding by flexing your elbows. I have the same issue when I bought it new but got used to it that it's now a non issue.
I took the FJR out on a 195 mile bonding session yesterday, mainly twisty backroads on the bluffs over the Mississippi. I only stopped to fuel up 15 miles into it. At the beginning of the ride I was telling myself to relax my grip on the bars, and it seemed to help. I occasionally got some numbness in my right hand, but not really any pain. I'll probably still get a set of Helibar triples though, eventually.

I rode a 1050 SpeedTriple on Friday, which kind of got me thinking about replacing the FJR, but yesterday, during the ride, I really couldn't think of another bike I'd rather be on.
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