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Old 01-22-2013, 07:53 PM   #631
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I had a set of custom ear molds made that accept my Etymotic ER6i earphones. They will accept other brand earphones as well. No fiddling with getting these babies in there just right, there is only one way, and it is just right. Excellent isolation from wind noise, They won't pull out when you're putting on your helmet, and they stay comfortable all day. Quality of the sound depends on how you equip them. I'm very happy with mine.
I've been looking at some of the Etymotic earphones because of the triple flange to isolate noise. That custom ear molds with earphones is a one-time shot, right? Not that it is a big deal. I guess the first step is to secure a set of those earphones and see how well they fit me.

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Bump - the fun of being surrounded by a monsoon with no cover

That doesn't look very nice! Though, I did experience one like that in 2011 on the Goldwing up in Nebraska. I had time to stop an put on rain gear, but the big drops where hitting in the process. How did you fair through this?
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:47 PM   #632
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I did alright through it, just the wind blew me all over. I went up the middle stripe of the road and let it blow me around

You're going to love those ear buds, I won't use any other brand after having those!!!
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:42 PM   #633
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Hey biatch, got any GREY POUPON!?

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Old 01-23-2013, 06:00 AM   #634
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grr. the clutch on my new-to-me k1200rs has started slipping. some oily residue buildup on the right side where the engine and transmission bolt together. I guess I'll tear it apart and see what she needs for christmas.
I finally got it torn down this week. JFC, those swingarm pivot bolts were in there tight!
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:10 AM   #635
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Here's a little comparo between the Honda ST1300, the Kawasaki Concours 14 and the newly updated FJR1300 ...

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Old 01-23-2013, 07:24 AM   #636
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I'm pretty sure that I'll be getting a 2013 to replace my 2006 in a few years. My FJR has been my favorite bike of many that I've tried. Being able to transfer my factory trunk,custom seat, ( and possibly upper triple clamp if I get one) make it that much easier to make that decision.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:53 AM   #637
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I'm pretty sure that I'll be getting a 2013 to replace my 2006 in a few years. My FJR has been my favorite bike of many that I've tried. Being able to transfer my factory trunk,custom seat, ( and possibly upper triple clamp if I get one) make it that much easier to make that decision.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:40 PM   #638
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I bought the 2013 FJR. I had no brand loyalty to any of the 3 mentioned in the video, as most of my biking was done on a '56 Pandead. I really love this bike, and the more I get used to it, the better it gets. At approx. 637lbs. it's still not a "light" bike, but lighter than the other two. I've surprised myself in how well I'm able to maneuver it at slow/crawl speeds in parking lots. To me, it's a well balanced bike...very easy to handle. I've only put 650 miles on it so far, so take that into consideration, as the newness factor is still going strong! Everyone has their own tastes, so one of the other two may be better suited for them. I'm just happy that I ended up choosing the FJR
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:13 AM   #639
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I bought the 2013 FJR. I had no brand loyalty to any of the 3 mentioned in the video, as most of my biking was done on a '56 Pandead. I really love this bike, and the more I get used to it, the better it gets. At approx. 637lbs. it's still not a "light" bike, but lighter than the other two. I've surprised myself in how well I'm able to maneuver it at slow/crawl speeds in parking lots. To me, it's a well balanced bike...very easy to handle. I've only put 650 miles on it so far, so take that into consideration, as the newness factor is still going strong! Everyone has their own tastes, so one of the other two may be better suited for them. I'm just happy that I ended up choosing the FJR
Can't go wrong with any of 'em, and certainly not with the 2013 FJR
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:44 AM   #640
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I've been looking at some of the Etymotic earphones because of the triple flange to isolate noise.
I use the Etymotic MC5 earbuds and they are excellent. The triple flange tips work well for noise isolation, but they end up bugging me after an hour or so. That's just me though, YMMV. I use the soft foam tips (sort of like foam earplugs for trap shooting) and find that I can ride all day in comfort with them, and the foam tips do very well at blocking noise — I'd say they're at least -33 dB.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:13 AM   #641
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I use the Etymotic MC5 earbuds and they are excellent. The triple flange tips work well for noise isolation, but they end up bugging me after an hour or so. That's just me though, YMMV. I use the soft foam tips (sort of like foam earplugs for trap shooting) and find that I can ride all day in comfort with them, and the foam tips do very well at blocking noise — I'd say they're at least -33 dB.
A bit if a side-track but for what it's worth I used ER6's for years and loved them, articulate but natural sound, excellent isolation, fit under the full-face. Unfortunately, they died on the way back from Texas last year and none of the current Etymotics seem to be low enough to fit comfortably under my helmet. I'm trying a new type tho: Westone UM1's, they fit much more snugly and I think should work well tho I need some long days in the saddle to be sure.

And, back on track: I think the video review is about right. I did find, however, for sustained long distances, particularly with taller riders, the Honda seems to be bit more comfortable and you can't beat the range. It is more expensive tho you don't need too look to hard for a deal on a left over to fix that.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:31 AM   #642
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For a sport tourer, don't y'all think a long wheelbase improves the ride quality?
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:38 PM   #643
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A bit if a side-track but for what it's worth I used ER6's for years and loved them, articulate but natural sound, excellent isolation, fit under the full-face. Unfortunately, they died on the way back from Texas last year and none of the current Etymotics seem to be low enough to fit comfortably under my helmet. I'm trying a new type tho: Westone UM1's, they fit much more snugly and I think should work well tho I need some long days in the saddle to be sure.

And, back on track: I think the video review is about right. I did find, however, for sustained long distances, particularly with taller riders, the Honda seems to be bit more comfortable and you can't beat the range. It is more expensive tho you don't need too look to hard for a deal on a left over to fix that.
Thread hijack ON: I know several riders who use the ER6s and love 'em. Etymotic seems to make pretty good earbuds. I certainly enjoy mine.

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Old 01-24-2013, 12:52 PM   #644
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I'm not doing anything at this point. No need for taller shield. It's perfect as is. Not planning in top box, I personally think they r ugly. Ill provide more comparison as I ride. 30 mins today and I'm really sold on this bike. No looking back at the FJR.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:52 PM   #645
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