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  1. UselessPickles

    TURBO!

    My FJR was quite neglected last year. I barely rode it last summer. I actually drove a 4-wheeled cage nearly every day. Here's why: Yeah, I got a Jeep. And then I put a turbo in it. So first of all, a Jeep is MUCH more enjoyable to drive than my previous cage (Pontiac Sunfire). It's a...
  2. UselessPickles

    Try some real twisty routes in Michigan

    ...the only catch is that you'll need to trade down a bit from the FJR to something a bit more lightweight, nimble, yet very fuel efficient: I got into mountain biking recently, and I'm loving it. The biggest problem, though, was finding places to ride. The Michigan Mountain Biking...
  3. UselessPickles

    Snowy Winter Michigan Ride

    It's been snowing here, but I wasn't going to let that stop me from riding. I gathered up my wife, my brother and a friend, and we all headed one of our easiest twisty routes, thinking that the snowy conditions could make even an easy route difficult, so we'd start easy and see how it goes. We...
  4. UselessPickles

    Fork maintenance... on my bicycle

    I've recently gotten into mountain biking (well, in SE Michigan, more like slightly hilly dirt trail riding). I'm enjoying it enough that I'm actually farkling my bicycle! First was the hydraulic disc brakes, and now a suspension fork that's more high-tech than my motorcycle's suspension. The...
  5. UselessPickles

    Effects of changing gear ratios

    This isn't quite relevant to the FJR, since we can't simply change sprockets to adjust the overall gear reductions, but it's an interesting subject anyway... What are the effects of changing the overall gearing of a bike (or any vehicle, for that matter)? The common misconception is that taller...
  6. UselessPickles

    Simulated FJR vs C14 race

    I'm slowly making progress on an application that will allow one to get meaningful performance data/comparisons about motorcycles based on torque chart data along with other critical info (weight, drag coefficient, gear ratios, etc.). Today, I worked on simulating acceleration over time. What...
  7. UselessPickles

    Mid-week getaway to west Michigan

    I got a good deal on a 2-night stay at a bed & breakfast on the west side of Michigan, but only during the off-season and mid-week (we would have preferred to go about 2-3 weeks earlier if we had a choice). I convinced my wife to take the motorcycles. This was her first trip on her FZ6R. Here's...
  8. UselessPickles

    Another lame-ass video

    I finally followed extrememarine's advice and went for a ride in southeast Ohio. I've lived in southeast Michigan my entire life, so I've never really seen a curve in the road. I thought they were just a myth. OH-555 made me a believer. That road is full of surprises over each hill crest and...
  9. UselessPickles

    Fuel Economy and Smoothness without Compromise

    So I've already got a self-mapping fuel tuning system, and I even have it setup with an economy map that I can switch to while riding, but I haven't been completely happy with it. My economy map is still a compromise. I have to be careful about what areas I lean out and how lean I go, because...
  10. UselessPickles

    My kid's first motorized vehicle... already significantly modified :)

    My 2-year-old son got a Power Wheels ATV for his birthday: (stock photo) My father-in-law picked this one out specifically because it has a throttle grip like a motorcycle, and my kid definitely already likes throttle grips ( I actually have it setup to go slower than stock right now...
  11. UselessPickles

    Lapeer Dragway - Saturday, Oct. 30th

    Weather for Oct 30th is looking good, so let's do this one more time this year. Maybe extrememarine and FlyingJ will both make it this time for a more fair Gen I vs Gen II competition (neither bike has intake/exhaust mods). I'll be going to Lapeer Dragway in Lapeer, MI for "test & tune" on...
  12. UselessPickles

    Proof that GenII is faster than GenI

    Jason (FlyingJ) put up a good fight at the drag strip with his 2003 FJR, but my 2008 FJR secured a victory for team GenII! Here I am giving Jason all the wrong advice to ensure my victory: And I think this is when I was getting ready to spit in his eyes for good measure: Barry (Bustanut)...
  13. UselessPickles

    Lapeer Dragway - Saturday, Oct. 9th

    Last weekend's attempt failed due to crappy weather, so here we go again with short notice because the weather's looking great for this weekend. I think I'll also aim for Oct 30th (new thread) for a last chance for the year for people that need more advanced warning, but who knows if weather...
  14. UselessPickles

    Patriot's air-horn spotted at the Dragon's Tail

    https://killboy.blogspot.com/2010/09/flashy-bird.html
  15. UselessPickles

    Lapeer Dragway - Saturday, Oct 2nd

    I'll be going to Lapeer Dragway in Lapeer, MI for "test & tune" on Saturday, Oct 2nd. It starts at noon (I think gates open at 11:30) and runs until about 4:00pm. $25 allows you to make as many passes down the drag strip as time allows. $10 for spectators. More info can be found on their...
  16. UselessPickles

    Indianapolis MotoGP 2010

    I'll be riding down to Indianapolis with my dad and a friend to watch the MotoGP races. So far, I have general admission tickets, hotel reservations, and confirmation that there will be plenty of free motorcycle parking available on the back straight of the track (unused for this race, of...
  17. UselessPickles

    My kid has natural motorcycle instincts...

    I had a moped when I was a younger that's been sitting in my parents' shed for years. I got it over to my house and got it running. I sat my 16 month old son on it and he knew exactly what to do: Based on the looks on his face, he also appears to believe that motorcycles are serious business...
  18. UselessPickles

    Holeshot Header and Remus Hexacone Sound Comparisons

    I've now had every combination of stock, Holeshot header and Remus Hexacone slip-ons. Here's startup/idle/rev comparisons taken from roughly the same location with the same equipment so you can get a fairly good idea of the differences: All stock: Enjoy!
  19. UselessPickles

    Difference between Gen I and Gen II stock header

    Just an FYI. I know that a couple people have confirmed that the exhaust header is physically interchangeable between Gen I and Gen II FJRs, but I wanted some more details about why they were different part numbers before I bought a header from a 2005 for my 2008. I contacted Yamaha "customer...
  20. UselessPickles

    (BOUGHT!) Wanted - Cheap stock Gen II exhaust header

    BOUGHT; THANKS! I'm looking for a stock header (2006+) to do some comparisons against my Holeshot Header (yeah; I should have kept my stock header...). It doesn't need to be clean, pretty, or low mileage. I just want a functional, undamaged header. I don't need the O2 sensor, but I would...
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