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My BabiesFJR 1300 - April 2005
In February, 2005, I decided to jump in on the second round of availability for the Yamaha FJR 1300. It arrived in April and you can hardly keep me off of it. Fuel injection and about twice the power of my Seca 900 (and only slightly heavier).
It's a joy.
Seca 900 - March 2001
Update, (2007): Still running fine, but not getting so many miles with the FJR in place.
Seca 750 - Summer 1997
The Seca has been through a lot and it just keeps on going. And it keeps on pulling too - this inline four does fine by me! The Vision still has a warm spot in my heart - it's very easy to ride and I'm in no particular hurry to sell it. Besides - I've seen her insides: (!)
Update, (2007): The carburators are not right - I hope to get to them this summer and maybe get it running again.
Vision 550 - Summer 1994
Update, (2007): Not running right now - but it may just need an afternoon of attention.
The Return of the VisionFrom the summer of 1996
She's BACK! Yup, my vision has returned from Mr. Dale's Motorcycle Resurrection Center. We reassembled the transmission, engine and everything else in about ten hours with a break for lunch. It runs GREAT! (It's also quieter now as we fixed an exhaust leak). The final version is above.
The original problem was that in third gear, under hard acceleration, the transmission would down shift into second. This was an exciting experience as the bike would act like it was braking and the engine would race. Actually, more than a little dangerous, so Dale convinced me it would be fun to tear it apart and fix it. He was right.
The problem was not exactly as expected - doesn't appear that the shift fork was bent very much: Dale measured 2/1000ths, not enough to cause the problem. However, replacing the fifth wheel gear that had the rounded dogs seems to have solved the problem.
Last updated: April 2007