First ride on the FJR

mrgilmore at mrgilmore at
Fri Apr 16 10:56:43 PDT 2010

Way cool Ralph
Ron J

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From: dominatr37 <dominatr37 at>
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Sent: Fri, Apr 16, 2010 5:46 am
Subject: First ride on the FJR

Rode the FJR home wenesday from the dealership. I had a bunch of things to do that day so only got in a 60 mile trip. First impressions are More power then the GPZ, better handling (It's very 'YZF'-like in the handling dept.) Seat seems good so far in the limited seat time I have on it. Electric windshield is nice, but I need slightly higher and wider. NOt bad though. Gauges are awesome. Instant mileage, average mileage, ambient temp, dual trip meters all good! riding it was like I've been on it for years it felt VERY natural. 
Downsides: The bike is VERY wide at the tank and I feel like I'm being splayed when riding it. I was actually in pain wednesday night. It's also very tall even with the seat on the lowest position. I almost dropped it twice just getting it into my shed yesterday. Also its a bit heavier then the GPZ I usually lift the GPZ by the grab handle and scoot the rear end around in my shed . I couldn't budge this one from the back I had to go from the side and lift with a pull to move it. Power comes on in that unnatural fuel injected manner that I don't like. Nothing beats a properly tuned set of carbs for smoothness and control. 
I already ordered some goodies for it, a vista cruise, a set of frame sliders, clear pre-cut tank protector material (Whatever happened to 1/2 tank bra's in the $40 range? I found one that was $90!!! I'm not cheap but that seems way too excessive.) and I'm ordering a Givi bag today. I'm also going to order the shelf for it and a Sirius radio adaptor kit for the long haul stuff, as well as a garmin Zumo before I take any long trips. I should have this all set up by June I figure. 
Ralph L. Angelo Jr. 
Author of "Help! they're all out to get me! 
The motorcyclists guide to surviving the everyday world." 
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