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  1. I decided to pop in here and it's a dead zone! What's everyone up to? I'm still out in AZ, loving it here for the most part. I work at a Tribal hospital, which is classified as IHS or Indian Health Service. It's so much better than slaving away at a corporate chain. I do miss St. Louis though, and plan to come back once Covid is over. Hopefully with a bike so I can sneak out to some of my favorite places. I moved out here with no bike. Sold my FJ a few days before coming out. In June I got a used '13 1050 Speed Triple. I couldn't make up my mind if I wanted a real dual sport like an Africa Twin (there are a TON of forest service roads, primitive roads, etc out here) or another naked or a sport touring bike. After riding a new 2019 Speed Triple, used 1290 Duke GT, and used Ninja 1000.... I decided on the '13 Speed Triple. I didn't feel the 2019 was worth double the cost. I love my green one and the price was right. The 1290 I didn't like at all. It got very hot on the test ride, and I felt like it had no bottom end. Whack the throttle and it just lugs and tries to shake itself apart. The upper mid range was pretty impressive, though. The Ninja 1000 was great. I would have bought it if it wasn't dropped by the previous owner. It was butter smooth and felt the fastest, though by the magazine numbers it's the slowest. But one thing I like in motorcycles is low-mid range power and smoothness. My triples all had it, and so did the Ninja 1000. I also considered a Hayabusa.... I actually put a deposit on one but backed out for a couple different reasons. Funny story. To actually buy the speed triple I ended up driving to flagstaff, taking a greyhound bus to phoenix, riding the bike all the way back to my quarters, then catching a ride back to flag with a coworker. The sales guy thought I was insane. But I felt that was the easiest way to get things done πŸ˜‚ Put about 4500 miles on Speedy from June to now. Two of my favorite routes are to go north past the canyon north rim and into Utah, through Zion park, then back down through Page/Lake Powell. Another is 89a from Flagstaff down through Sedona, Jerome, and Prescott. Both of these are about 400 miles round trip so the mileage adds up quick. I attached a pic of it in front of a random building I found just off the road on Hopi tribe land. The blue thing with a face is Tawa, which is the sun spirit. In Hopi mythology Tawa is the creator of everything ,basically. I think it looks super cool. Anyway, Speedy has been a fun bike. It sounds quite good with that Arrow exhaust. Lots of crackles and burbles on de-cel. Feels way more planted than my '99 Speedy or my FJ09 did. But I think it's a bit too refined, and lost some of that hooligan character. It's a little faster than the FJ, but the FJ was kinda fun in that it liked to rev out. The 1050, not so much. It's just a super linear powerband. I'm also living with 8000 ft density altitude, so everything feels way down on power. And on top of that, I have to ride 70 miles of highway (one way) for me to get anywhere interesting, lots of super slab. I wanted something with cruise control and that can't be added to the speedy. I tried the throttle locks. Everyone told me I would hate them and I did. They don't work. It'll slip off, or your speed will fluctuate wildly with wind and hills. So something with a bit more power and cruise control would be nice. Another big thing is dealer support. I've learned a ton from everyone here on bike maintenance and feel very confident doing pretty much anything myself... BUT...... I don't have a garage out here so that can make life difficult. I'm not one to pop a valve cover off and try to measure clearance when a sandstorm could happen any second. The closest Triumph dealer is over 200 miles away down in Phoenix. And there are none up in Utah. I bugged @SprintST and @Morbo about their bikes and what they thought. I was very interested in a ZH2 or the MT10. Also bugged @ZRX4ME about his thoughts. They were all very helpful. After watching several youtube videos and reviews, debating on value, and their input..... I decided to go with a 2017 FZ10. It's in San Diego. I'll go get it Nov 17th. I made the deposit and they're holding it. They made me a great trade in offer for my Speed Triple, and this particular FZ10 is the right spec. It's in the color I wanted, has the comfort seat, Pilot Road 5's, and swingarm spools already installed. Yamaha dealer is 70 miles south in Flagstaff. Plus there are Yamaha dealers up in Utah around Moab or St. George. By the numbers, it's quite a bit faster than my Speed Triple despite not that much more hp. The 100-200 kmh sprint is around 4-4.5 sec. Speedy is 6+. FJ09 is 7+. So this is going to be a different animal. Believe it or not, it's within a few tenths of the V4 Tuono, 1290R, and ZH2 in a 4th gear roll on 100-200 kmh. I'm sure those other super nakeds would eventually outrun it but I have no need to go that fast. All of my hooliganing below 200 kmh. Pretty excited to get it. Not sure how much I'll get to ride it this year. The temps are starting to drop to the 20's over night. I definitely plan on taking the FZ on some baller trips. My work schedule is changing to 7 on 7 off, or 8 on 6 off. So plenty of time to ride. I want to hit 191, Mt Lemmon, Tonto Forest, and Petrified Forest. Also want to head over to Cali. I'm hoping to do some of Angelas forest and/or Malibu after picking up the FZ10. It isn't that far out of the way to come from San Diego north to LA then back over... Like an additional hour or 2. Somewhere along the way I traded in my car for a Tacoma truck. So that should make hauling a bike easy. Even if it's too cold to ride, just load it up and drive to a warmer area of the state πŸ˜€ What's new with everyone else? Anyone else get new bikes or have any plans for one?
  2. I owned a 944 once upon a time! an 87 944S. If I were to do a 944 again it would be a Turbo or a 968. Super fun car though
  3. forgot to update. bike has sold. And now in AZ I have a strong itch for an ADV bike.
  4. I'm keeping the Triumph so I can scratch the itch when it comes
  5. After a lot of thought and deliberation, I'm putting my FJ09 up for sale. 2015 bought new in 2017 7,xxx miles Gilles chain adjuster 2 wheel dyno works ECU reflash (smoothed out the on/off throttle jerkiness) Givi Molded side bags YES extended warranty (Covered until March 2022) Battery tender pigtail I'm in the Cincinnati Ohio area now, but you could easily fly in and ride this back in a day. I've made the journey several times There's absolutely nothing wrong with the bike except it may need a battery soon. I've never had a single issue with it, and only used Yamalube oil and genuine Yamaha filter. My priorities are changing and I haven't found myself riding or really wanting to ride much anymore. I'm looking at selling this and putting the money towards a car to use for SCCA and Trackday events that my dad and I will use together.
  6. all the cool stuff happens on my work weekend
  7. I chose not to vote since I'm not really "active" here anymore and just pop in time to time to say hi. Some of the reasons I don't like FB groups 1. You can't create threads by a simple title. You have to just post what you want. This would make it hard to keep dates in line for ride posts. 2. You can't have separate sections like we have here with new rider intro, 2wheel deals, etc. everything goes in one spot. The only way around this I see are pinned comments for the sections. Example: "Post your 2 wheel deal links as a comment to this". If someone posted a ride, it could get buried under posts from different topics. 3. It's very hard to search the group for a past thread you want to re-visit, or if you're just searching for something. Searching forums isn't always easy, but you can always do a google search with site:stlar.com (or whatever the forum name is) to contain all searches to that site. I've had great success searching several forums this way. With facebook, you can't really search this way. You can't click on someones profile and see all their started posts and comments within the group. 4. you can't do things like show unread content (that I'm aware of) Some of the reasons I do like FB groups 1. It's accessible, and may boost activity. (With that said, FB shows member count in the group as well as new posts per day/week/month depending on how active it is. People probably aren't going to join a group that isn't active with at least a few posts a week) 2. free I really don't see much advantage to moving over to fb besides cost. Long time members without facebook won't be in the loop and it's pretty much objectively worse as far as organization
  8. I came to stlar in spring 2013 as a freshman in college. I had my 1995 EX500 Ninja. I learned so much about friendship, riding, and bike maintenance from all of you. I bought a speed triple that was out of my league shortly after joining. Thanks to the members of this group, I was able to maintain and safely ride it. If I'm being honest, I did not like or enjoy my time at school. I had some dark feeling times. I didn't like most of my peers, and I didn't care for STL city. I never felt like I fit in or shared interest. This (STLAR) was my home. You were my second family. I've had numerous people in this group go above and beyond for me. Today I received news I passed my North American Pharmacy Licensure Exam (NAPLEX). It's the board exam for pharmacists. Several times I wondered how I would ever make it this far. You guys and gals rooted for me and believed in me from the start. There were several times I doubted myself. There were nights I couldn't sleep, and wondered how/if I was even going to make it through school. STLAR was my getaway. Talking on the site, making rides on the weekend, it was my escape. I was pissed off my Triumph left me stranded on the way to Bixby but I got a tow home, and a garage to store my bike in thanks to this group. I even got help fixing it up. I was pissed off we got tickets in Hardin IL, but I laugh about it now. There are random meaningless parts from several rides that I remember vividly. Thank you to every single one of you that interacted with me, and made these memories with me. There are no groups that can replace you. I still plan to return once in a while, and make some non-member rides. Really, I wanted to extend my gratitude for STLAR's hospitality. I learned so much about my riding, my bikes, the meaning of friend's, and myself. Thank you.
  9. Dang! I'm coming back to STL on Saturday, but I don't think I'll be able to bring the bike
  10. After my short day on it, I think you made the right choice. I liked the Bonnie, but I didn't love it. It didn't really do anything well. The motor was a bit lazy. It wasn't super torquey but it also didn't really want to rev. I think redline is 7k. It felt like it was restricted. I wish the Thruxton or Speed Twin were in stock. I think the extra ~20 hp and couple hundered more rpms from the hotter cams and tuning those have would make an appreciable difference. The brakes also seemed lacking, but who knows the maintenance these get. Never got on anything twisty so I have no idea how it handles, but it didn't feel super flickable. Seems like it'd be a good motorcycle for someone that wanted something very easy and relaxing to ride, and didn't care much about power.
  11. Had a good time on a T120 bonneville around Oahu. Great bike for it. Was planning on a Harley Fat Bob but it was gone, as was the Thurxton R. No regrets though. Weather wad beautiful and I think the bonneville was the better bike for the loop. Still might try a fat bob if I can book it
  12. Lol. I actually did "finish" it. It made me feel like I was going to die Power wheelied 1st 2nd and 3rd when it came on the pipe. I rode it to school frequently. It was an awesome contraption, albeit terrifying. Before I moved back to KY I sold the engine and some other bits, and scrapped the rest. Wish I could have kept it but I'd get the cops called on me constantly in my subdivision if I tried to ride it around here. Neighbors wouldn't take kindly to a 2 stroke screamer ripping through our subdivision . I actually had the cops called on me a few times for riding a 50cc honda scooter "too fast" once or twice. So rest in piece. This DID make me want a 2 stroke bike of some sort. And brought back fond memories of an old Yamaha Blaster quad I used to have. Video clip below https://i.imgur.com/jET8owc.mp4
  13. Yeah I'm on the FJ forums. And I'm also less than thrilled with A* I've only heard good things about HELD, will look into those. Anyone use KLIM, HELD, or REV'IT before? Also seeing a lot of those offerings.
  14. Hey guys, Need some new gloves for cooler days/rain. I had some Alpinestar apex drystar, but they're nearing the end. They really aren't waterproof, they're impossible to put on once they're wet, they're falling apart on the index finger, they fit horribly. I have small hands and wear a size small. These are like a Large glove with a small size inner liner. So the fingers just don't fit. So the real requirements are waterproof, and warm (like able to ride down to 50*). What suggestions do you have?
  15. I have an EXO R2000. Was one of my favorite helmets. I didn't find it to be that loud. I really liked the air bladder. Some people think it's a gimmick but I actually used it.
  16. I'm a 34. I'll take it if you still have it, would definitely use it.
  17. I used ben capshaw when I got a ticket a year or two ago. Went from mandatory court appearance to a parking ticket. so that was nice.
  18. I feel the same way about my speed triple. Its outdated compared to the fj, but still more capable in certain aspects. I also think the Triumph has a soul that the fj lacks.
  19. Transition shields for bell and shoei are nice. I wish more helmets had the transition shield option. The icon does not have snell approval. Im not sure if its because they didnt test it, or it failed. Im going to assume they didn't test. It meets ece and sai. Mcra only requires ece, dot, bsi, or snell. Snell guidelines are weird. I thought they were "stricter" but that didnt necessarily mean more likely to survive.
  20. As some of you know, I worked at CycleGear for a short time. During my time there, I had exposure to quite a lot of helmets. I never rode with them, but I tried a lot on, checked out the fit/finish, quality of materials, etc. I never was a huge fan of ICON helmets, or gear. seemed to be for the sreetfighter/stunter crowd with the designs. I saw a couple variants while I worked and they seemed fine for what they were. Their newest flagship line is the airframe pro. The brozak color scheme caught my eye. It was time for a new helmet soon, so I threw it on my christmas list. Well... santa delivered. Except it was backordered until recently. Quality of materials - outstanding. The liner feels as good as the Shoei's and Arai's I had experience with with. The D rings are anodized matte red. The little button that buttons the strap excess is metal. The finish of the helmet is flawless. I can't say how durable it is yet. It does appear to have a clear coat type of coating. So I don't anticipate rock chips destroying the graphic. This is one of the lightest helmets on the market. I believe the airframe carbon is the lightest helmet on the market. Mine is the composite shell. Speaking of shells, they use 4 different size shells across the size range. This is a good thing, and most high end helmets offer 3-5 shell sizes across the line. The shield is held shut by that metal pin. It creates a very tight seal. If you want to leave the visor cracked, it seems to stay pretty well at the first click. Otherwise you can rest it against the peg and it will stay cracked. Venting - outstanding. This is the best ventilated helmet I've ever used. I'll attach another pic of the top outside vents. They're massive. There is also a distinct difference with the chin vent open vs shut Noise - Not so good. It's loud. But wear earplugs and it doesn't matter Wind - No buffeting. Very clean air. Comfort - I wear a size small according to the chart. It fits awesome. Usually helmets cause a hot spot on my head until either I get used to it or they break in. Not this one. A little tighter on the cheeks than I'm used to but still comfortable. It fits great. It seems like there is a little space above my head which prevents hot spots and allows ventilation. I also dig the cutout on the back. It allows for free head movement with gear on and in the tucked position. Other notes - field of vision is huge Based on my experience with this helmet so far, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the airframe pro. I would put these helmets right with Shoei and Arai based on my experience this far. ICON has come a long way.
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