Farkling Me Feejer (FJR1300)

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Putts, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. Putts

    Putts Gettin' there.

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    Frankly, I sorta don't give a shit about modern sport bikes.
    They seem like 1990's autos to me---designed in a wind tunnel and all look the same.

    Sorry, so far as lusting for a bike, I gots to have a bike with personality.
    Here's the bike I love: Daisy.

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    But however much I love Daisy, she's still a pain in the ass if you need to be a thousand miles down the road.

    Geez, it's a waste of Airhead to blow off a grand on superslab.

    This is one of those times when cheating on you main squeeze to rub out a quicky is perfectly acceptable.

    Meet my new road tool---it's not going to have a name, hell it's not even going to have a gender.

    But I loves me a bitchen tool.


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    A buddy of mine needed dough to remodel his house, and decided the FJR had to go.
    Sheesh, it's an '05 and he only had 2700 miles on it.
    He couldn't get it sold and was starting to panic.

    I did me some research (you may remember my little thread for example) and everything came up rosy.

    I decided it was a good deal even at the asking price, so I forked over the dough.

    Now I'll be going down the road with a bit more than a bit more comfort and speed. Quite a bit more!

    So I took it out for a run the other day and all I can say is that
    while I may not be in love with the bike, I'm in love with the experience it delivers.

    Look, I don't know shit about sport bikes. Never ridden one. But WOW!
    Seemingly endless horse power and torque; rock solid high speed stability; low center of gravity;
    and wonderfully progressive and controllable handling response.
    Fuck, a modern motorcycle is an amazing low-flight tool.

    I'm happy as shit. :thumb

    My first---and probably last---distant destination for the season is Denver,
    some 700 miles distant, and is coming in two weeks, I've got to get this bike rigged up quick.

    I cashed out some retirement money to pay off debts (seemed like paying off interest was a better return on the money:baldy)
    and decided it was toy time so the bike and the farkles are cash payed
    and I want to do it right and all at once.

    Fucking Christmas in September! :clap

    Been doing farkle research for the past week, yesterday and today was order day. Feel free to boo and hiss to your hearts content, or cheer, but this is what I got:

    The FJR is a hot beast. They fixed it in '06, but my bike's an '05;
    there are what's called Cromeit mods to control heat. They're found here: Left side , right side

    Heeloooooo! I live in Montana, I'll take all the heat I can get. I'll suffer a coupla months a year. Next!

    The FJR has a cool electric windshield, but everyone complain of suction with it up. The guys at FJRforum.com love the Vstream.

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    I'm also a fat old fuck, so this 'sport crouch' thing has got to go. Any pressure on my wrists and I'll be seen the doc about more cortazone shots.

    So, found some nice barbacks D&D Enterprisesthat also turn the handlebars out ten degrees for a more straight-on wrist.

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    Lastly, the thing ccomes stock with a sexy little ass piece, but it isn't worth a shit for strapping a bag to. I need a real rack, found this at Premier Cycleworks.
    (Fuckers copywrited thier images or I'd drop one in.)

    On to the cockpit:

    To mount all the electronics, I gotta find a nice dash.
    N/Line looks goooood, oh yeah! :rayof

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    They also have some simple, inobtrusive integrated clear plexiglass hand guards.

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    I asked around about radar detectors, and got a pretty consistant answer: Valentine V1.
    But I kept searching and the story I got from press and quality vendors
    was that Valentine hasn't kept up as much with POP stuff, new bands, DSP, and hoogemawhatchamacallits.

    I went with the Beltronics STi

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    Meh.

    I was going to stick with my ancient Garmin 176 on my G/S and just get a satellite radio---I wanted to wait to see what next season would bring in new GPS product.

    But the FJR has only moderate alternator output, and the shelf has limited space, and I liked the prices I saw out there.
    I like the space savings of XM/GPS in one, and I liked the features and look of the Zumo550.

    I jumped. Got the XM antenna, too.

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    Lastly, I gotta run juice to all this shit. I found these nice fuseblocks
    at www.fuzeblocks.com with the relay built in and both swtched and unswitches circuits. :thumb

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    Everythings ordered. Being a proper Airhead, it's time to take the fucker apart to see what I got to work with.

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    That's the next chapter I suppose.

    Any other ideas?

    (Smart ass comments about current incoming gear expected ... and welcome.)


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  2. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin? Super Supporter

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    My only comment is you took an awful lot of the bike apart for the farkles you intend to hang.
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  3. Putts

    Putts Gettin' there.

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    Well, I wanted a look inside.

    (Gotta get me a manual.:scratch )
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  4. 30Bones

    30Bones Long timer

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    Nice fucking bike....this thread needed more F bombs. :ear

    Delivering one (08) next weekend, very excited for the test ride. Good looking bikes and I liked the riding position and will see about overall comfort come slab time.
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  5. Midwestdude

    Midwestdude Rideaholic

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    You could fit a larger screen and bigger tank..

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  6. tslewisz

    tslewisz Long timer

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    You'll want to do something with the seat, I'll wager. A stint on a buddy's '05 FJR was much less comfortable than what I traded him* due to the seat that locked me into one place and wasn't comfy there.




    * 2006 ZX-14 (stock seat, Heli risers)
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  7. Putts

    Putts Gettin' there.

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    O . M . F . G! :yikes

    Who's abortion is that? And what kind of range does he get?

    (Not that I'd ever do something quite that weird.)
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  8. ENDODB4

    ENDODB4 b00n

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    Man dont take this the wrong way but shit, did you uglify that thing:topes practical shmactical!
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  9. Putts

    Putts Gettin' there.

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    Just to be clear, this is NOT my bike:

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    And I agree: FUUUUUGLY!
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  10. The OG

    The OG 600b

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    That is going to be a sweet ride!

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  11. double_entendre

    double_entendre It's nothing personal; just your existence.

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    Hey awesome! I'm not the only FJR on here. :clap I was wonderin'. I even have an '05 myself. Love the bike, but in SoCal that engine heat problem is a problem. I'll try to find a way to export the heat from my bike up your way. :D

    FWIW, here's what I've farkled mine up with:
    • Oversized windscreen for "winter." I'm going to cut down the stocker for a summertime shield so that I don't get the turbulence around my helmet. The stocker also made riding uncomfortable for the Redhead Who Must Be Obeyed. :deal
    • Replaced the stock headlamps with HIDs. Some don't like 'em. I do. And I wired the high beam to light off some PHIDs and leave the low beam on. See: http://www.fjrtech.com/phid1.cfm
    • The seat sucks. I did a trip to SF and my ass was wrecked. Umm...lemme rephrase that. :norton The seat sucks. Fine for about an hour, then it's garbage. I got a Russell. Haven't done a long trip on it yet, but so far I'm pleased.
    • I stuck a Blue Seas fuseblock in mine. See: http://www.fjrforum.com/forum//index.php?showtopic=110520
    • I got a rack from a guy who goes by Garauld on the FJR Forum. Great guy. See: http://www.fjrforum.com/forum//index.php?showtopic=110421
    • Did the former owner do the TPS recall? I got the local Yamaha dealer to give me the TPS and if it starts acting up I'll replace it, but so far no worries.
    • Voltmeter in the mirror. In retrospect I shouldn't have done it and eventually I'll replace the mirror, but it was fun to fuck around with. But while we're talking about volts.....
    • If you run into issues with the alternator's (lack of) output, get an Electrosport stator. A number of guys have put them in, especially guys that run heated gear. I have one on the shelf I haven't put in yet, but it's not a priority right now.
    • Speaking of mirrors, unless you're a seriously skinny dude the mirrors are only good for checking out your elbows. The mirrors from an FZ1 are a straight swap and give a much better view of the back. Also a straight swap is the shift arm from the 98-99 R1. It's shorter, so there's more effort but quicker shifts.
    • Shad top box. Not awfully attracrive and a lot of folks opt for the Givi. I'm not gonna cough up the dough to have it painted right now. Eventually I will.
    Amazing how much you can spend farkling if you want! Congrats on the bike! Enjoy the hell out of her! :freaky

    Rancho
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  12. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    The above seat looks diff than yours - nice and plush as well.
    How about a cool paint job and some chrome bits?
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  13. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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    You're gonna be sorry you cheaped out on a Bel.

    On a positive note, Feejer's are great bikes.

    You should love the V-Stream. I'm on my second one, & I truly believe in them.
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  14. Putts

    Putts Gettin' there.

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    Thanks for the photo OG.

    I've got an Airhawk pad, and am going to give that a try first, but I'd love a nice saddle.


    Huh? Guess I missed that one. What's a TPC?

    Wow, thanks for those tips.

    I'd like a wider field of view on the mirrors. I'm used to them much closer where you can boble your head to see more. On the FJ they're quite far away and I find myself wanting a better view rearward. Any slightly larger and maybe slightly convex mirrors avaialable in the aftermarket that you'd recomend?

    Actually that STi is more expensive, I found. I'll send you a copy of the ticket and a botlle of beer if I get nabbed.

    Good to hear about the V-stream. I'm totally satisfied with the high speed wind stability of the bike with the singular exception of getting continuously slapped up-side the head by buffeting when riding in a stiff croswind (and we can get them up here). What people say is it just goes away with the V-stream. Looking forward to that.

    I think it's a pretty great bike too.


    BTW, I'm still curious about that fugly bike up there; must be an Iron Butt rider bike. Anybody know who's it is? There's an ADV sticker on the helmet.

    Got the dash, Throttlemeisters, rack, and tank bag in today. All on the bike now. I'll post pix later.
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  15. n_maher

    n_maher lacking adventure...

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    Tyll,

    TPS = throttle position sensor

    Official recall info is as follows:
    Congrats on the sweet ride. I had a FJ1200 loooong ago and there is something to be said for a big stomping motor coupled to a comfortable chassis when there are miles to be inhaled at a rapid pace. Otherwise, your ability to farkle far outstrips my knowledge in that arena.

    And I think I see room on the dash for a Desktop Portable, no? :D
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  16. Putts

    Putts Gettin' there.

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    Hiya Nate! :wave

    I'm planning a big VACATION trip next summer on the bike. I'll be seeing you, mate! I'll let you know long in advance what the schedule is so I can be sure to catch up with you.

    Actooly, I think I'm going with a Micro Portable with strap to mount my iRiver IHP140. Gonna have me some digital music!

    (For those of you who don't know what we're talking about, tough!. It's gear I make professionally so I can't spam it here. When I get to the whole wiring of the electronics, I'll place a linky to my vendor thread so I can tell you what it's all about. But to whet your whistle I'll tell you I've got an evil scheme to put a small audio mixer and a bunch of shit on the dash so I can have total audio control. The audio geek in me is a rising!)

    Don't have any problems with my throttle stalling the engine at shut-off, but I'll check into it. Thanks
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  17. raindog

    raindog dharma bum

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    awesome:clap congrats! I've oggling FJR recently for the same reasons
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  18. Putts

    Putts Gettin' there.

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    Ooooooooooooo! Goodies! Wonder what came in?

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    Aha! Rack, shelf, and tank bag.

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    A little fidgeting required for the rack.

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    Drill some pilot holes.
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    Then break out the heavy equipment.

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    Well look at that, there's a threaded hole in there.

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    Looks good.

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    Now, to take off the windshield. (Yeah, I'm a poser.)

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    No blow-by-blow on the shelf (it was just screwing things together), and it can't be completely mounted until I put on all the dash panels.

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    Oh! The mailman came, too.

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    Throttlemeisters!

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    Unscrew the stock bar end.

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    Use the included puller tool to remove the press fit threaded insert.

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    Pretty simple.

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    On the throttle side you have to roll back the grip ...

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    .. and insert the friction spacer.

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    Then insert the Throttlemeister (left side shown).

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    It takes a bit of fidgeting on the throttle side to get the insetion depth just right to have the friction engage nicely in the twist range.

    Don't forget the locktite.

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    Next day: Look another box off the Fed Ex truck!

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    And April gives me one that came in the mail. (She's a bit sick and thinks she looks a mess.)

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    Ahhhhhhhh! Radar detector and bar setbacks.

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    Got to wait til the Fuzeblock comes to start the wiring, but the setbacks can go on now.

    These are cake to install.

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    Here's some pix with only one on so you can see the setback and rise. They also rotate the bars out by ten degrees to relieve wrist stress.

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    Look at the brake fluid reservoirs to easily see the change.

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    You can really see the difference on this one.

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    Starting to look like a real road warrior cockpit. It's getting there.

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  19. Jack90210

    Jack90210 quia ego nominor leo

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    I can't remember the guy's name but we parked right next to his bike in Daytona this year. Serious IronButt guy.
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  20. rockmurf

    rockmurf IBA #31100

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    FJR is an outstanding bike. I have one and love it. good luck with yours.
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