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Old 08-12-2018, 04:59 PM
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Took a brief test ride on the Yamaha Tracer 900 GT today, and despite the brief ride, maybe 5 miles, I was left with a favorable impression.

Let's see, about $15,000 out the door with taxes, etc. Comes equippeed with a decent fairing with a windscreen that is adjustable over a broad up and down range. I didn't get to test it at freeway, or desolate back roads so I can't say how it would feel at 75 to 80, and I purposefully didn't wear ear plugs to try and judge the wind noise, which wasn't terrible. I put the fairing in full down and full up, and couldn't discern much difference. The bike also comes, included in the price with hard bags, although when I was testing it the bags weren't on it, but the bike looks good without the bags.

The riding position is upright with knees about 90 degrees, the seat seemed comfortable. The grips have guards that seemed to be effective in breaking the wind.

I'm 5'11 with a 32" inseam, and at a stop, it was toes down only, which wasn't a problem on even ground. The bike is light at a reported 500lbs +-. Performance with the 3 Cylinder 900cc engine seems more than sufficient, and the shift assist on upshifts, only, is great, just keep the throttle open and shift up, seemless and smooth.

The engine didn't intrude with regard to vibration, although compared to the rubber mounted engine on my RS, well it wasn't that smooth.

What else, ABS, heated grips (accessible through a wheel by the right hand grip, a simple on off switch would be better), cruise control which I consider very valuable, several riding modes, I just left it in "A" which I was told was "Sport", traction control, which I didn't have an opportunity to try out.

Am I considering it? Yes. One reason, the damned $1.00 o-ring has failed on my RS, and its repair time, and its a 16 year old bike, which has served well, but maybe it's time has come. Decisions, decisions.
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Old 08-12-2018, 05:17 PM
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I don't think you can go wrong with a Jap bike, what else are you considering?
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I'm 5'11 with a 32" inseam, and at a stop, it was toes down only, .




How does that compare to your RS?
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I have the seat on the RS set on the "high" position, and I can place my feet flat on the ground at stops, which is a good thing with a 625 lb bike.
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I have the seat on the RS set on the "high" position, and I can place my feet flat on the ground at stops, which is a good thing with a 625 lb bike.




I wonder if the Tracer seat was in the high position?
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Did a test ride of the XRS 900 at Daytona this Spring.

Was favorably impressed with the engine and handling.

No windscreen or fairing but whisper quiet at speed.

Would consider as a 1 up ride.
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Thanks Craig, I was wondering about the bike. Surprised it's higher that your KRS. Too bad you couldn't have put it through its paces a bit.
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I'm oblivious to new models lines and had to look up the Tracer. Nice looking bike that seems to be the latest in a trend towards a "multistrada" platform with the primary focus on the street. I like it! Please buy it ASAP and start posting impressions and pics.
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Please buy it ASAP and start posting impressions and pics.

But do keep your K12RS besides your Ducati in the garage , so you'll still be eligible for ROTY ...
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But do keep your K12RS besides your Ducati in the garage , so you'll still be eligible for ROTY ...


Ahem, I'll have you know that it's a K1200S, not a K12RS.....and my garage has two Ducati's, not one. Geez, Martin.....get it right!
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Ahem, I'll have you know that it's a K1200S, not a K12RS.....and my garage has two Ducati's, not one. Geez, Martin.....get it right!



I was talking to Craig aka "Critter Boy" here ...
And just so you know , I'll be visiting Colorado one day , so make sure there's enough space in your garage for my GSA ...
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But do keep your K12RS besides your Ducati in the garage , so you'll still be eligible for ROTY ...

Marteen, Just buy an old pig like mine and keep it in the garage. Then talk about it. Voilà! You are now eligible. Keep riding.

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Craig, I've been looking at the Japanese bikes also. My dealer just sent this pic to me and invited me in for a test ride. I probably should do it but my heart is pretty much set on the S1000R.

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Craig, I've been looking at the Japanese bikes also. My dealer just sent this pic to me and invited me in for a test ride. I probably should do it but my heart is pretty much set on the S1000R.

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I saw the FZ-10 at the dealer, it is very radical in appearance. The naked style bike is not something I would consider for the type of riding I prefer. Right now I'm leaning on repairing the RS, but I haven't made a final decision.
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... Right now I'm leaning on repairing the RS, but I haven't made a final decision.
Make sure you take a lot of pics and document the job for us.
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Craig, I've been looking at the Japanese bikes also. My dealer just sent this pic to me and invited me in for a test ride. I probably should do it but my heart is pretty much set on the S1000R.

FZ10


Take the test ride anyway you've got nothing to lose and you might discover you really like the FZ10 enough to buy it. Last summer i looked high and low for a second bike, didnt consider a Jap bike initially but the more i looked at Kawasaki the more they appealed to me. Ended up with a 2017 ZX14R and in my opinion its every bit as much bike as my 2009 K13S .
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I saw the FZ-10 at the dealer, it is very radical in appearance. The naked style bike is not something I would consider for the type of riding I prefer. Right now I'm leaning on repairing the RS, but I haven't made a final decision.

I keep repairing mine but I've told myself I need a new bike. It's 19 years old. I turn 70 in eight months, I'm thinking a S1000R would be a nice present to myself.
I don't plan on any multi day trips so the Naked style appeals to me. I don't want to carry much luggage.
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Make sure you take a lot of pics and document the job for us.

While I "think" I have the skill set to handle the job, I lack the time at the moment, so the plan, if I go the repair direction, is to take it over to a local independent shop that I know and respect in Carson, CA, about 10 miles from me, (https://valdismotozone.com/) and have it done there, a few more out of pocket $, and a few less skinned knuckles, and muttered curses.
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While I "think" I have the skill set to handle the job, I lack the time at the moment, so the plan, if I go the repair direction, is to take it over to a local independent shop that I know and respect in Carson, CA, about 10 miles from me, (https://valdismotozone.com/) and have it done there, a few more out of pocket $, and a few less skinned knuckles, and muttered curses.

Your curses while doing a repair job are only muttered? You da man.
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Craig, I've been looking at the Japanese bikes also. My dealer just sent this pic to me and invited me in for a test ride. I probably should do it but my heart is pretty much set on the S1000R.

FZ10

The FZ10, by all accounts, is a real hooligan bike and compares surprisingly well to the exotic nakeds currently on the market at far less cash outlay. There is a version in Europe, the SP, that comes with Ohlins and I’ve been waiting for it to be introduced here in the USA. I’ve sat on the regular version and it feels good.

Not only is this one of the best bike shootout reviews I’ve ever seen, it covers the nakeds. I’ve seen this guy review other bikes and I’ve found him very credible. BTW, FYI, he owned a S1KR for over a year, as I recall.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=...&v=bgA-8xui6r4
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Our plan is to add a one-up for distance / two-up for around town lightweight bike to our K12RS.

The K bike is a 2002 with about 60k.

The rear transmission seal was replaced around 50k.

No symptoms until loading it onto the trailer when leaving a Florida trip to come home.

Had been in Florida for two weeks and had completed multiple riding days of several hundred miles, many nowhere near civilization.

The back tire spun just as it crested the trailer ramp and inspection revealed a coating of oil.



Due to the smoothness and comfort level of the K12RS, we hope to keep it going for as long as possible.

Right now the most likely addition is the Yamaha XRS 900.

Have test ridden it and was very impressed.

Light, nimble, fast, and essentially only clean-air with a full face.

Plus extensive dealership network.
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Well, the work you have done in the past was very detailed and appreciated. May be a few more $$$ but if you still like the bike, and you know it so intimately, it should be worth every bit of it. Besides, you're a lawyer, so you're probably loaded!
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I just test rode one of these and liked the way it rode but I had to be on guard for the other riders in the group which compromised my assessment a bit. I do like the basic ergonomics of the bike but they had the gel seat and I think they lowered it for the test rides.

The gel seat dug into the back of my thighs a bit but the stock seat doesn't. Reach to the ground is easy and at 5'5" with a 30" inseam I didn't have any problems lifting or balancing. Tiptoes with both feet or solid flat with one on the ground. My K12S is a lot more work to heave off the sidestand (it's lifted in the back).

Wind protection is fine with the touring windscreen. The ride was good but rippled pavement came through the seat and bars a bit. I'm sure it can be tuned a bit.

Steering was light and predictable and feedback was OK for the limited speed on the ride.

The motor was a little fluffy early in the rev range but I'm used to the GSA or K12 which have an easy 300cc's on it. The motor spins nicely. Cable clutch is easy to modulate.



The one thing I was surprised about was that when I put the balls of my feet on the pegs (which is how I ride all the time), my heels solidly hit the pillion peg brackets. I wear size 7 Sidi Canyon Gtx boots so we're not talking Shaq sized feet here. My left heel also hits the centerstand lever.

My intended use will be always solo but the case brackets bolt to the pillion pegs. So I'd have to come up with a bracket for the cases that goes directly from the pillion mounting bolts to the case. As a matter of course I'd probably bin the centerstand as well.



All in all, this will most likely be my next bike. It's perfect for commuting, less onerous to push around than the GSA and more comfortable than the K12. I also enjoyed it a bit more than the R1200RS I test rode recently. I could see doing a northern states tour or a 1000 mile day on it pretty easily but if I were going to head to the other coast or a Back-Country Discovery Route, the GSA wins hands down.
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I keep repairing mine but I've told myself I need a new bike. It's 19 years old. I turn 70 in eight months, I'm thinking a S1000R would be a nice present to myself.
I don't plan on any multi day trips so the Naked style appeals to me. I don't want to carry much luggage.
Pete, the S1000R is certainly capable of long distance and carrying luggage if you desire. The cruise control and other modern electronics make riding this bike very easy and pleasurable...

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I love that motor, I wish they made a more faired version of the S1000. Did you move Charlie?
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The do. It is called a XR 1000
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Not really the same.
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Actually its the S1000XR and it has little fairing, maybe a bit more than the 1000R but not much and no where near the amount of fairing on the RR
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Actually its the S1000XR and it has little fairing, maybe a bit more than the 1000R but not much and no where near the amount of fairing on the RR

I was thinking of something not quite as tall and with more of a sport type fairing. Dare I say something that more closely resembles the KS/KRS series. I know I'm dreaming.
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Yes, I moved, Wes... I said goodbye to California and bought a house in Show Low, Arizona... 6000' elevation in the White Mountains of northeastern Arizona...

Sounds great Charlie, congratulations!
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