New FJR owner

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by DiamondBack, Mar 16, 2014.

  1. DiamondBack

    DiamondBack Adventurer

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    Never really had anything worthwhile to post until now. Just bought an '05, loaded with extras. This is going to replace my Avalanche as my 400+mi/week commuter ... soon as I get my endorsement, gear and trailer

    Bike came with three heaters, gps, bar risers, forward foot pegs, a new windshield, soft bags and a tank bag. Just need the gear and to build a hitch, trailer, frame sliders and gun mount

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  2. Squishy

    Squishy Elastically-kinematic.

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    Great looking bike, i'd love 1 some day...when i grow up :D, & can no longer ride off road!
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  3. Stinky

    Stinky Team Hematoma

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    You are going to commute (presumably in traffic) towing a trailer? :eek1
    Or did I just take the bait and set the hook on myself?
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  4. Sedro Tom

    Sedro Tom No hurry, no worry

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    I had an 'O5 and I loved it. Check out this forum
    http://www.fjrforum.com/forum//index.php?
    The Pacific North West section will hook you up
    with a great bunch, a tech day is coming up.
    That bike always made me :D
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  5. richarddacat

    richarddacat best jelly roll in town

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    Going from an Avalanche to a FJR :clap you're in for a real treat. Best of luck.
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  6. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    You lost me with "Gun Mount"?

    Nice big ole mount though.
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  7. desertrat28

    desertrat28 Springs' Cuz

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    I've got one just like yours (- the ABS), had it since new in Oct 2005. Great bike, gobs of power and torque, does whatever you want at about 100 lbs. less than the newer ones. You got a nice one!
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  8. DiamondBack

    DiamondBack Adventurer

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    Thanks for the welcome. No joke ... trailer comes with me everywhere. In traffic and through the highways. This is the ABS model also. I rode it very briefly when I got it home and am already anxious to start riding. I know it's not an adventure bike, per se, but this will take me on my weekly adventures.

    The gun mount will be where I holster my EDC, although 'm beginning to think I'll have to make do with a shoulder holster

    And thanks for the fjrforum link. I'll go look into that
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  9. ObiJohn

    ObiJohn Screaming Banshee

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    I love my '09 AE, but wouldn't love it with a trailer... might as well get a 'Wing.

    I picked up a factory top case and mount off of eBay for about half what the dealer wanted to order one for. When I went for an 11-day down and back trip to San Jose for a week-long business trip, that and the two side cases let me take a week's worth of business clothes plus my computer backpack, plus extra clothes for the trip down and back, plus a Hennesy Hammock, stove, etc. I used a tank bag for stuff I wanted handy (phone, tablet, water bladder, plus 12v SAE to USB to power everything including tablet, phone, Valentine 1, GoPro, GPS). If I was going to travel the world I'd throw my Giant Loop Coyote bag across the back seat, and I could haul all sorts of additional geat.

    What on earth do you need to haul in a trailer? To commute with? I'm curious....
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  10. DiamondBack

    DiamondBack Adventurer

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    I do commercial remodeling and travel for work, staying in hotels every week, for weeks at a time and am home every weekend. So I not only take my luggage with me, I carry my hand tools and tool cart, as well as a plug-in cooler with the week's worth of food I had prepared at home on the weekends

    My immediate concern is how quickly this clutch will wear, constantly towing all this extra weight. So as time goes, I'll be looking for any HD clutch options and might have a custom alternator wound for me, if I can find one ... with these heaters, gps and wanting the trailer lights, plug-in for my cooler and extra lights, I don't want to rely on the stock alternator

    These is a guy on here that made a custom dashboad for his to hold his gps, on-board camera and something else. I also onow he started an FJR thread, so when I'm ready, I'm going to use his idea and make changes for mine. That, a seat and exhaust will be the big changes I'm wanting to get done
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