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    Very cool!........
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    Congratulations Brian. I liked the way they looked back around the time I was looking for my Bandit but found it was just too tall for me. I'm sure you'll enjoy many a long mile on that thing.

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    Great looking bike. How's that seat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpep View Post
    Great looking bike. How's that seat?
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    I've only spent about 2.5 - 3 hours in the saddle so far, but you know what? The seat is fine.

    Like almost every motorcycle, the online forums are full of people who think the stock seat is a rectal torture device made from asphalt and broken glass that should be outlawed by the Geneva convention. People spend ridiculous amounts of money seeking but never achieving gluteal nirvana.

    Maybe I'm the weird one with an adaptable arse or something. On my V-Strom and my KLR, I basically rode with the stock seats until the limp stock foam was completely worn out, then upgraded with a Seat Concepts kit. It wasn't really a problem until the foam was so sacked that I was sitting on the seat pan.

    And yes, I've had bikes with truly awful stock seats; the VX800 stock seat was sort of a horrible c-clamp shape that, well, let's just say that whoever shaped that seat really hated men.

    On the FJ, the seat foam is quite obviously much better quality and firmer, more resilient stuff than the V-Strom, so I think it'll be a long while before it's a problem.

    Lots of folks also complain (and complain and complain and complain) that the FJ-09 seat is tilted too far forward. The previous owner of my bike removed the rear cushions (so the seat wiggled around unnervingly until I replaced the cushions) to alleviate this alleged problem, and several folks have done various things with washers to raise the front and lower the rear.

    So far, I think the seat works fine, or at least better than most and far better than the rumors imply. We'll see.

    That said, the bike works so well for me in naked form that I do think the ergos would be wrong and tilted too far forward with a windshield.

    I'm tilted forward just the right amount for the airflow. My GS850's handlebar is set up exactly the same way for the same reason; just enough forward lean for riding without a windshield. If I installed the windshield, I think there would be too much weight on my wrists, and I would feel like I'm sliding forward on the seat. So that may be the root of the common complaints.

    And like every other bike on the planet, there are endless raging forum debates around windshields, and no one ever seems happy. I'm one of very, very few people in the world riding quite happily without a windshield on my V-Strom, and so far I've seen very little implying anyone else is riding their FJ naked. There's one company making a "flyscreen" sort of thing.

    My bike was wearing a Madstad windshield, and the owner was 6'3" said he liked it, so I may end up selling it to make a few bucks back.
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    Congrats and color me jealous. I think Yamaha hit a home run with that bike. Can't wait to see it in person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gbw View Post
    Congrats and color me jealous. I think Yamaha hit a home run with that bike. Can't wait to see it in person.
    Yeah, there's a lot to like. I can't believe how light it is. The V-Strom is a moose. The GS850 is a moose, too, but it's somehow a more compact and agile moose... FWIW, I'm keeping the GS850G forever and ever.


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    1983 GS850G, Cosmos Blue.
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    2015 Yamaha FJ-09, Magma Red Power Corrupts...
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    Gluteal Nirvana! 😅
    I love reading Bwringer's posts! I always get a chuckle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bwringer View Post
    Yeah, there's a lot to like. I can't believe how light it is. The V-Strom is a moose. The GS850 is a moose, too, but it's somehow a more compact and agile moose... FWIW, I'm keeping the GS850G forever and ever.


    Here's a bonus pic from the trip home, deep inside Uranus.

    LOL, I've been there, done that, and got the t-shirt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bwringer View Post
    ...My bike was wearing a Madstad windshield, and the owner was 6'3" said he liked it, so I may end up selling it to make a few bucks back.
    You might see if you can pick up a cheap stock windshield and cut it down. It'll look better than the bare mount, and still give you plenty of clean airflow.
    I've done that on the Strom, have a Cee-Bailey for colder weather and the cut-down stocker for warmer months.
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    I have 2 friends with those bikes. I can visually verify that they do really good wheelies.

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