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Old 06-15-2020, 09:48 AM   #1
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Long trip suggestions?

Hey,

My wife and I will be taking our first long interstate trip on my newly purchased 2013 FZ1. Any suggestions or mechanical issues to keep and eye out for?

Thanks,
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Old 06-15-2020, 09:50 AM   #2
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Nope, these bikes are about as bullet proof as it gets, keep the oil changed, chain adjusted and tires on it.
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Old 06-15-2020, 11:59 AM   #3
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If you are going over 4000 miles riding 2 up with gear, I suggest you use a car tire on the rear. If you don't, plan on making a stop and paying top dollar for a new tire and the labor to change it, and plan to be in a city where you can get the tire and have it changed at around that point in your trip.

You can stretch the mileage if you are very easy on the throttle and keep highway speeds below 80.

A few of us have used car tires and had good luck with these. I've also used these and gotten 8000 miles with one on my Super Duke and over 11,000 on the FJR. One trip to Alaska on each of those bikes on those tires, with lots of very twisty mountain roads both times. I run them at 21psi on the KTM and 24 on the FJR.

Also I recommend skipping the interstates and finding the much nicer, more scenic, and more fun twisty roads. There are lots to choose from.

Where are you planning to go?
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Old 06-15-2020, 12:44 PM   #4
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Unless your wife is petite, And maybe even if she is, I would suggest upgrading the pillion seat and lowering her foot pegs somehow. Stella Blue just doesn’t strike me as comfortable for a pillion, especially for long distance. Not trying to be a downer, but you did ask for opinions. Also, as someone posted above, avoid interstates.
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Old 06-15-2020, 04:03 PM   #5
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Hey,

My wife and I will be taking our first long interstate trip on my newly purchased 2013 FZ1. Any suggestions or mechanical issues to keep and eye out for?

Thanks,
Bill
Make sure you're not running the OEM stator.

Bike should be 100%, everything in top condition. Nothing should be nearing the end-of-life such as, tires, chain, sprockets, blinker fluid, etc.

Comfy pillion seat, extended passenger pegs, rear trunk. Spend money to make her comfortable.

Bluetooth communications for your helmets. That beats yelling and pointing ANY day.

Frequent stops.

Done a bit of two-up riding and now have an excellent partner in crime.

Enjoy!
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Old 06-15-2020, 07:00 PM   #6
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Nvm. Re-read op.

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Old 06-15-2020, 07:09 PM   #7
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I have a set of passenger lowering pegs for sale if interested.
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Old 06-16-2020, 12:43 AM   #8
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I would order a spare set of r1 coils and pack them. My experience is the middle 2 will let you down when it is most inconvenient.

As said above, check/change fluids, “nut and bolt” the bike(torque everything), lube cables, pack tools(spark plug changing stuff, 4&5mm Allens, 6-14mm sockets, tools to adjust chain and take both wheels off, chain lube(and use it!).

Tools to plug a tire, also a mini compressor is handy(the slime one is pretty popular, take the plastics off for extra smallness), tire pressure gauge.

Pretty hefty list, but it’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
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Old 06-16-2020, 04:38 AM   #9
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How long of a trip? The fz1 isnt that great for a passenger for touring. My passenger was always ready to be done after 300 miles, max

A large seat and sissy bar will help, but the rear pegs are still a bit too high
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Old 06-18-2020, 05:20 AM   #10
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Bring a credit card and a fun attitude that allows pillion to be as comfortable as possible. Let them make the calls on speed, duration, stops, food, etc. Focus on making all of your riding inputs as smooth as possible. Banging helmets and/or jerky balance movements are a sign that adjustments may be necessary. If y'all have not ridden together much before, make sure to discuss how to communicate, riding positions/movements/mounting/etc.

For me riding 2up has not been a hindrance but has brought a new enjoyment to riding. Enjoy.
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Old 06-18-2020, 05:18 PM   #11
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For any bike you take a trip on, always use the bike tool kit for all maintenance. When you need a different (or better) tool for something, permanently add the new tool to the kit. Then you'll always have the tools you need on the road.
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Old 06-18-2020, 07:02 PM   #12
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I would order a spare set of r1 coils and pack them. My experience is the middle 2 will let you down when it is most inconvenient.

As said above, check/change fluids, “nut and bolt” the bike(torque everything), lube cables, pack tools(spark plug changing stuff, 4&5mm Allens, 6-14mm sockets, tools to adjust chain and take both wheels off, chain lube(and use it!).

Tools to plug a tire, also a mini compressor is handy(the slime one is pretty popular, take the plastics off for extra smallness), tire pressure gauge.

Pretty hefty list, but it’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
Michael,
You must have been a boy scout and live by their "be prepared" motto.
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Old 06-18-2020, 07:10 PM   #13
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Start with a modest trip and take lots of breaks. Stop to enjoy the scenery, take pictures, eat, fuel up and stretch your legs frequently. As stated earlier....a comm system is great if you can afford it.
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Old 06-19-2020, 02:19 AM   #14
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Michael,
You must have been a boy scout and live by their "be prepared" motto.
I may have done a bit. Lol

I hope by bringing it, I won’t have to use it, Murphy’s law and all that.
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Old 06-19-2020, 07:22 AM   #15
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Hey Plocky, check this thread for for rear peg lowering blocks:

http://www.yamahafz1oa.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=148218
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Old 06-21-2020, 05:08 PM   #16
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Yall scared him away now. One simple question led to spending 1500 bucks pretrip.
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Old 06-29-2020, 04:51 AM   #17
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I may have done a bit. Lol

I hope by bringing it, I won’t have to use it, Murphy’s law and all that.
you didnt see the contents of my tool kit i road with at the rally.

Tire repair kit/inflator, first aid kit, emergency blankets, enough tools to swap an engine, a life raft, flares and a .45 with 200 rounds.


(just kidding about the life raft flares and .45/ ammo)
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Old 06-29-2020, 05:33 AM   #18
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My wife really appreciated the lowered pegs, seat and the top box to lean against.
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Old 06-29-2020, 05:25 PM   #19
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No pics? .......we LOVE pics!
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