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Crussian Doe
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For those who missed it... Besides the price it's very interesting motorcycle. I'm not sure about the "sport-touring", for me it's more of classical cruiser. 
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angel suarez

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Loving the sounds of my Vance & Hines Longshots. 
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Had them when I had my Mean Streak. Unmistakable sound. Loved it. That big motor of yours sounds even better :)
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coke guy

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BMW vs Deer
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Crussian Doe
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Why I ride "offensively" or incident in the morning

Morning was as usual as any other, tired after 12 hour shift I hopped on my ride and hit a highway. When I almost got to home exit through a usual traffic huge 8 wheeled dump truck caught my attention. He was driving like it was a Ferrari, switching lanes doing no less than a 75 in 65mph. And it wasn't all that unusual, except the part that it was a dump truck.
First switch and he bypassed the 18 wheller by jumping to the left lane, then sharp switch to the middle lane, brake signals and he's in right lane. Looking ahead I saw little red dot nearly jumping off the highway trying to avoid being run over...
Yes you guessed it by now there was a fellow rider riding defensively on a small cc motorcycle (no offense anything under 1 litter I consider "small" for cruisers).
My jaw almost scratched the tank, and boiling point of my blood crashed the stopper beyond red sector.
I accelerated and aligned with the rider just to realize that this was a female. She had eyes of the size of the dollar, so (disclaimer: don't do what I have done, best choice is to call 911) I got in front of him and asked: what's up haven't you seen what you have done? Open your eyes you almost killed a rider dumb mot........ %#%@#%
As far as I could see he apologized... And hopefully he wouldn't kill innocent rider who's too polite and rides defensively...

PS: I still want to whoop his arse... 
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+Christopher Snow that's when cruise control gets handy 😜
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angel suarez

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Why are there always shoes hats and hair brushes on the side of the road? WTF! 
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+Christopher Snow​ That's so logical!!!! Thanks! Never thought about it that way. 
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Crussian Doe
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Here I am, sitting in local wrench shop waiting to get new tires on my 2015 FJR... I think it's about time, or rather miles (8500) to review my experience with this ride. 

A bit of my background, for those who don't know me in this or other group of forum : I'm a daily commuter, since I live in filled with sunshine Florida, and enjoy riding year round. Previously I rode Hondas Shadow 750 Aero and VTX1800R,  quite a different breed from sport-touring pedigree of my current FJR. 

First,  let's start with negatives, everything for sport or sport-tourer is way more expensive than cruiser, from oil to tires.

And that's sums up my negatives, sorry folks but switch from cruisers to sport-tourer was almost a pleasant one, "almost" because it took my back some time to get used to new sitting position. 

Now, positives, they are numerous, so I'll stop on major groups. 

Agility - like a scalpel in a hands of good surgeon it does only what and how you want. 

Originally I was a bit scared to ride in sport mode, but as soon as I learned to better control my grip and hand movement - even in slow speed maneuvering I now prefer "full throttle" back up. 

Economical - it was never a selling point to me, person who rode VTX1800, but damn... The 42-45 miles per gallon in "grandpa style" riding are very impressive, although in rebel "in going late to work" it drops down to 12-18,  my average is stable in 39.7 for the past 8500 miles. 

Comfortable - was a crucial point for my weirdo "back pain" on a long trips on my cruisers. It didn't appeared or may be it was overshadowed by sore arse. Can't wait to get new tax return to get a better saddle. 

Luggage - saddle bags do feel small due  to weird way of opening. But little addon of bag on a tail fixes it easily.


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+Grudge Captain Dood Everywhere I go I'm using my half cover, so far: no problems. 
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Christopher Snow
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And it's here. For anyone contemplating gear or probably parts in the near future, I can recommend +RevZilla completely. All in all a pleasant retail experience. I ordered this about a week and a half ago, it arrived on time (exactly), and without incident.

There were 3 small holes worn in the helmet bag by the vent toggles, but no damage whatsoever to the helmet itself. I'm guessing this ocurred during shipping either to revzilla (it's an italian made helmet) or somewhere between their warehouse and here. Small matter, as I don't often use the bags, and I have several other than the one that Nolan provided.

Comparison time. It is CONSIDERABLY lighter and quieter than my LS2. I had the FF386 modular from LS2 for the last few years and was reasonably happy with it. The N104 from Nolan is a game changer, however.

Sidenote: my apologies to anyone I've deafened in the last coulpe years. First ride with this lid and I noticed I could turn the stereo down at least 4 settings from where it had to be just to be audible over the wind noise with the LS2.

Feature wise, the Nolan is a lot nicer. the sun visor deploys easier, and retracts with a positive spring action. The visor opens with a centre tab instead of offset which means it comes up straight and easily, instead of twisting and opening more on one side than the other like my old helmet.

The vents are easier to operate on the top of the Nolan, and on the front of the LS2. No real winner here. As well, I noticed the Nolan fogging up quite a bit this morning, so we'll see if that becomes an issue with regard to chin vents.

Decent helmet overall. You can clearly see the price difference in build quality, features, comfort. Yep, the $100 LS2 was a good deal at the time. The Nolan is worth the extra.

Thanks +RevZilla :)
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Word to the mother! (Pisst)+Drew M. Snyder​ 
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Mr. Motovlog

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Charmane49

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2015 Yamaha V-Star. What does everyone else have? 
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Yamaha Royal star tour deluxe. Heavily modified 
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Ser Dee

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had to give her a bath in a waxing she's ready to roll
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angel suarez

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Traffic was insane on the Pulaski Skyway (NJ) last evening but it made for a great photo opportunity at 200 feet. 
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Yes yes. ^. 😀
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On2Wheels

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2008 Yamaha Royal Star - First impression

On my last long distance trip my Kawasaki V900 died a noble death, and I finished the journey on this Royal Star. It was a shotgun marriage.

So what about this Yamaha?
The bike is not modified in any way. It is 100% stock. 18K miles on it. Rode it from Sac Cal. to where I live, and after that took her through the paces on my playground. Every kind of twisted corner you can think of, as well as county roads, interstates and city traffic. This horse and I got acquainted well.

Power Plant
Out of what was available in my budget and time frame (2 hours or so) I ended up with this. 1300cc (78.96 cu.in) V4. The power plant compare to 900cc (~54.92 cu.in) Vulcan is very smooth and noticeably more powerful. This bike is a down grade for most of you in terms of size power output, etc., I am sure, but for me, it is an upgrade. Perspective is everything! It has retro setup with the fuel-switch, the manual mixture control of the carburetors (another retro thing). And it sounds much deeper compared to Vulcan.

On a full fuel tank I was able to make 200 miles. There was still reserve left. I did not dare.

Rider Setup
Sissy bar is easily detachable. Left it home since I am just cruising in my playground. The windshield is also easily detachable. The key is on top and doubles as bike lock. The speedo is horizontal (very retro) but display is digital. (more like late 90's palm computer which is also very retro). The dials are accurate however, within a reasonable 2 miles error at 65mph. Battery is much like a car one, no need to mix acid, just buy one, plug it in and ride. It has cruise control and all the dummy lights are visible without moving head position. (Could not do that on V900, had to look down)

Gears
Shifting is very smooth and gear spacing is perfect, especially once you know what RPM can do what in which gear. There is no tachometer, but you can feel the engine, which is better then any tach to me anyway, no need to look just feel.

First gear is only there to get the thing rolling, even from a stop-sign up a very steep hill such as we have around here.

Second and Third got plenty of get up and go power and range. (I am riding solo, and my ground pressure is about 180lb).

Fourth and Fifth are long gears. When I put it in to 5th green overdrive (O/D) light lights up. I know not to hunt for the 6th. On the interstate I wish it had that 6th. But not a problem keeping up with everyone in 5th. It just keeps on coming.

When in town I can go up to higher gears and keep the rpm very low. It has plenty of torque to move me around in that mode. If I open the throttle it will obey, get up and go. Have not used the horn yet. Did not need to, they know I am there by the low end rumble of the pipes.

Final drive is shaft. No more squeaky belt problems.

Brakes
Front dual disk break feels wimpier then that of V900, but rear disk brake is a bit touchy. Careful with that pedal, Eugene. :)

Suspension
Apparently it has air suspension. Dual shocks front, single back. Compare to Vulcan at about 600lb this one weigh at about 840lb dry. It feels heavy at stops but once rolling it is very smooth. Bumps that would shake me to bits before are no longer that noticeable. Yet is still gives me the feel of the surface, so it is not a wobbly ride.

Ride Comfort
Seating position is slightly higher and I did two 7 hour days in the stock seat. Don't think I need a custom replacement. (I know it is snowing in hell). A back-rest would be nice and I like to be lower, but not that of a big deal. Bags a large and lockable. Removing the bags is not an easy task, requires some wrenching around. Would be nice if I could detach those too, but I can’t have everything. Windshield reaches way over my eyesight. Good wind / bug protection, but at speeds over 70mph on a windy day it starts to wobble the front end. I like batwings more better. Not sure if Memphis makes a direct swap in wing for this model. Need to check. However with windshield it is not all that bad. I like having it.

The front tubing, the engine guard thing, is smaller then ⅛ inch. Standard Küryakin pegs will not work. But I do not miss them somehow. Maybe I will later.

I had to do many modifications to V900 to make it comfortable for the long distance. Would I do any modifications to this Yamaha? No. It does not need any, except maybe for a removable backrest and a lower seat.

Any buyers remorse? No. At least not at this time. (knock on wood)
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+Ron Mimnaugh My buddy rides a Ducati Katana. Worst wind problems are crossing bridges over the bay. High up over the open water. He slows way down for those. 
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coke guy

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Dose the size of a bike help reduce the whiplash effect of dips and bumps in the road? Like the difference between a c50 Suzuki and a Valkyrie
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When considering a larger bike (750-800lbs) I'm liking the Triumph Rocket, and air shocks are available for it, I didn't see the "Legend Suspension" for it and I really like the looks that system, if a "great" seat is a available for Vrod , I'd consider it, a used Vrod and Rocket are in the same price range and parts for Harley would likely be easier to find
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Charmane49

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Here a picture of me doing The Tail of the Dragon. What an exciting experience. 
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+Joe Carlisle you will have a ball! We did the Moonshiner 28 and the Cheryola skyway the same day. Both are great!!! 
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+Christof Harper​ that trailer cart... hmm.
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angel suarez

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Had breakfast with the kids and did a 101 mile loop with my wife today. Couldn't of asked for a better Father's day! 
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+mike t thank you! 
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Christopher Snow
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If you truly want to take the measure of a man, give him a tracking number and observe as he watches his Revzilla order creep closer to him in the post at about the same speed as continental drift.

Note: Not at all the fault of Revzilla, their service has been top notch. Now if we could just get Canada Post to use something a little speedier than a racing turtle for transport, that'd be great...
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I have had packages arrive before they sent the shipping info
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Mathew Stahl

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This really sucks man!! My battery died this week and I don't get paid until Tuesday. That means I won't be able to get a new battery in time for Rolling Thunder. :(
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Sorry bro. That really sucks big fat monkey balls. :(
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Tank Snake

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Video about veteran suicide. Check it out guys. From an active service member to you. 
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angel suarez

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Piggyback RT78 W through BaskingRidge NJ. Nothing much going on with these cold mornings. 
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Props for the bike matching the truck, but they're still doing it wrong. 
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