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Run up The Tight Side of Palomar, last month.

Camera Bike is a Ducati 1100 Hypermoto.

FZ rider in yellow jacket will be 62 in January.

 

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Old guys rule.
 

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Awesome! Beautiful riding, both you guys really know your way around that road. Was the fz09 on the stock tires and suspension?
 

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This has been posted before. Same guy with left blinker on 90% of the road.
No it was NOT 90 % , unless you call a bit over a minute 90 % of the ride.

It was left on from passing the 1st car, and the cruiser bike that followed.

After that it was on and off for various other obstacles passed.

Was posted before on another similar FZ 09 website.
 
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Awesome! Beautiful riding, both you guys really know your way around that road.

Was the fz09 on the stock tires and suspension?
Yes.

Front and rear set full preload and dampening front and rear.

Ran on "standard" mode.

Have since put in .95 springs in forks and have a Penske rear shock on the way.

I weigh 230 in full skins.

Stock springs about .75 to .80 and are meant for about 160 Lb rider.

I'm also in the process of fitting a 6 inch wide BST CF wheel in the rear

and 3 inch wide front that I have left over from prior bikes owned.

Will be running Metzler Race Tecs , soft in the front and medium 190 in the rear.

Front disks from an Apilia and are 1 inch larger diameter.

Will be getting an Akra pipe in about a couple of weeks.

Have TNT sliders and case guards coming in this week.

Will also be installing a radial front brake cylinder.
 

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The discs will bolt right on to the 09 wheel?

No... The front wheel being used is a BST from an Ducati Monster I used to own.

A larger disk with the Yamaha bolt pattern would be required on an OEM FZ 09 wheel.


And then you use spacers to move the calipers out?

Yep... I made some 12mm thick spacers.

Could not find 12mm longer bolts, locally, so took some longer bolts from my junk stash,

cut shorter and re-threaded. Stock = 70mm long, home made = 82 mm long


Which master cylinder?

Got a Nissan from Ebay

Changing the master is the most I might do with my brakes but cool to hear about your mods,

photos please when you've done it.
Will do
 
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BST Front Wheel

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Spacers.

 

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Stock rear tire after 1st day at Palomar Mountain.

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Race Tec spring compressor.

Can also be used on the bike with front end on stand to swap springs

or spacers without removing forks from bike.

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Hmm, wow @ the spring compressor, the 09 is my first bike with upside down forks, that's new to me lol. I do want to be able to change springs myself.
The tool stretches out pretty long.

I use a 5/8 socket to drive with air impact to speed up the work.

Tool can be secured to the holes in spacer if available, or in between the spring coils.

I used Race Tec .95 springs for my 230 Lb weight. 10 wt fork oil, 14 Oz.

They were just 15 mm longer than stock. Have .90 on standby.

Trimming 10 mm of spacer gave me the sag I wanted with pre load adjuster at middle of adjustment range.

30 mm sag in front.

25 mm rear sag with stock shock at max preload.

Have a Penske rear shock coming in from Stoltec .
 
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I run two long, thin wrenches in between the coils with the 3rd. wrench in my mouth to compress the springs. It helps to have a spare set of hands.
 

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Regarding Palomar...
If any of you guys decide to visit that stretch of road, do yourself a favor and go take the $3 tour of the 200 inch telescope up at the top. It was like seeing the Godzilla of telescopes up close.
 

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I run two long, thin wrenches in between the coils with the 3rd. wrench in my mouth to compress the springs. It helps to have a spare set of hands.
Sounds like a good way to lose some teeth if the operation goes bad. J/k

I have jury rigged for years but the "tool" makes it a lot easier .

Well spent $ 2 or 300 bux.
 
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