I have made program for this year’s Annual Gathering available electronically without the need for the “AG App”
Download the entire program directly into your online calendar (.ICS format) using this link: bit.ly/AG2017Cal.
The PDF version of the entire program can be downloaded here (79 pages): bit.ly/2017AGProgram
Both versions, but for individual days:
After working fairly hard trying to make my ’05 FJR more ‘Wing-like for the long-distance riding I’ve been trying for the past 2 years, and losing a few months of prep time for this year’s running of the Butt-Lite, the wife agreed that moving up to a ‘Wing was just the thing (groan).
Anyway, after a few weeks of research this listing for a 2012 Airbag model shows up and I call down to make a deposit, then start debating between a fly-and-ride from (remember, the bike’s in Florida, and I live an hour north of New York City) or taking the shipping route. Wanting to see this second-hand bike first-hand instead of blindly mailing a big check, I finally find a reasonable one-way airfare out of Hartford, CT (2 hours east.) God bless my wife, who agreed to leave the house at 5:00am last Saturday and drive home from there.
Arrived in Orlando, Fl just after 11:00am, then a shuttle van trip that only Gilligan himself could have plotted, had keys in hand the this beautiful 2012 with, get this, only 3,259 miles on her! Wanting to quickly do something about this dearth of road time, I finally headed north by 4pm. Stopped for dinner at a Chinese food place in Ocala, and stayed in a hotel just north of Augusta, GA before completing the 1,350 mile long trip home.
FWIW – this story made it’s way around the office and and I felt like Ferris Bueller with all the rooting, back slaps and offers of help finding my way down to FLA on such short notice. Then the Monday morning showing up with the new (to me) ride, I felt like Barney Stinson retelling the legend – wait for it – darystory of the fly and ride. (Most of my co-workers just don’t get the lure of long-distance riding)
So, I now have this great ride, and will be doing a lot more research, and almost certainly asking a lot of questions of this community. Get ready, there’s only 9 weeks until the ride out to Denver for BL-VIII!
Inspired by Doug Shonley’s FarkleBar with a version that has threaded through-holes top to bottom and front to back.
A work in progress, to be sure, probably overkill; 3/4 x 1″ 6061 aluminum stock with 3/8″-16 threaded RAM ball mounts. Continue reading FarkleBeam
Additional lighting was one of the first things I added to the FJR, a pair ofLR4’s from LEDRider.com Their compact and extremely bright floods that live on the forks down around the fender. They do a very good job of throwing a lot of light in front of me. I do need to put some more focused light further down the road though. Thanks to Justin for a good deal on a pair of LR64’s which require a custom bracket to put them up high (in front of the mirrors.)
As Justin said in his post on FJRForum.com:
Are you brave enough? If you’re the kind of guy that would stick a 2.5 Lb HID on your bike, then this is the light for you. These lights are 4 inches square, and weigh in at 2 Lbs each. 4 huge reflectors focus the 3400 Lumens into a far reaching spot beam.
Model: LR64 Spot
4x Cree XML T6 LEDs
Large Reflectors for Long Range 15 Degree Spot Beam
3400+ lumens each
2.4 Amps, 10-30 Volts DC Input
IP67 Waterproof, 100% Aluminum Housing
Thermal Protection, Shatter proof, Scratch Resistant Ultra Clear PMMA lens, CE Certified
I’m treating this as version 1, especially since the only stock I had access to was some .040″ aluminum from my buddy’s garage. I expect the vibration from 2 pound blocks of aluminum will need substantially more thickness in the end. Using a template cut from thin cardboard, we made a couple of blanks, cut out the three mounting holes and the fit looks pretty good. I need to get these on and working for the rally this weekend, so they’re not as tight to the mirror stalks as planned. In a few weeks I’ll work on version 2 stiffer and more “up and forward than out and to the sides.”
I threaded a couple of 4mm power jacks into the upper dash panels to make adding or removing these (or any other aux lights) a snap.
Update: (April 27, 2015) I was right about the .040 thick aluminum being too thin. The vibration was obvious. Also, in my rush to get this ready for the Cape Fear rally, I missed an electrical problem on the right side and seem to have leaked potting epoxy into the dimmer for these. More soon.
All last year, I was I up-shifting into a non-existent sixth gear. The nice folks at Blue Ridge Mountain SportMax shipped an FJR final drive with the gears from Yamaha’s Royal Star Venture dropped in. This was just the first time I’d taken one of the wheels off a motorbike, so I took my time on this one. Continue reading Final Drive Upgrade
October 2016 is supposed to be a deadline for national electronic toll interoperability according to MAP-21, but when doesn’t the government extend its own deadlines.
Meanwhile, the best info I can find on toll interoperability (the reciprocity agreements):
And why October 2016 might be a pipe dream (the technology/protocols used):
Does anyone really care that they name winter storms? Well Cody is dumping about a foot of slush on me today, and the bike’s tucked away in the garage. I won’t dare take a bike that bike with tires like that in the snow, so it’s time to make plans for winter projects.
I loved riding in the Void 9 rally last month, and want to ride in more rallies next year, with a desire to ride the Butt Lite 8 in 2016 and, eventually, an IBR. The FJR needs very little to go the distance in these rallies, mods and accessories are generally for the comfort and convenience of the rider. Here’s what I’ve got lined up for the winter while the bike’s in the garage:
Aux Fuel cell – I’ve admired Dean Tanji’s tank for the Gen1 FJR since I first started looking for safety and comfort mods. Don’t you love when good engineering looks like art? It’s not likely that I’ll create as fine a product as the twenty Dean produced back in 1994, but I’ll have help. My new combo TIG/Plasma unit just arrived, and this will be my first significant project of any kind. Continue reading 2014 Winter projects
What I did wrong…
Nearly DNS because of a slip between the 4 & 7 buttons.
Lesson learned: Triple check contact – emergency, rallymaster, destination(s) – phone numbers.
Thinking the back pouch on the Alpinestars jacket was a good place for my rally book.
Lesson learned: Devise better – weather proof, easier to access – storage for rally book.
Failing to preload waypoints into GPS.
Lesson learned: Absolutely load waypoints into all GPS’s being used (including phone/tablet)
Using GPS with “direction of travel” UP
Lesson learned: 1) set the smaller, more portable GPS to NORTH UP orientation (like paper maps) to maintain a frame of reference. 2) Print out smaller maps around bonus locations, highlighting inbound and outbound segments.
Failure to add in time for the actual stopping for collection/photo/log/fuel
Lesson learned: Add stopping time to my ride plan (duh!)
Poor photo composition/lighting
Lesson learned: 1) Be very familiar with camera controls, practicing to learn best settings for conditions.
I really need a nap (and a receipt!)
Lesson learned: 1) Learn to rough it and sleep wherever I can. 2) get a receipt, THEN worry about the actual rest.
What I did right…
Continue reading The Void 9 (2014) – Take aways