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Sep 12th 2019, 12:22 PM   #1
 CreeperSleeper's Avatar
 
  Sep 2019
  Forest Grove, OR

  2019 Yamaha MT-07
Hello from PDX area!

Hello everyone! My name is Chad and I just picked up a 2019 Yamaha MT-07 for commuting. I am a new rider and it has been fun learning the ropes.



If anyone has any suggestions on a good commuting backpack that won't get wet on the inside, I would appreciate it!
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Sep 12th 2019, 12:53 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Redmond, WA

  Versys 650, Monster 797
Welcome! Nice bike.. I love that orange-red!
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Sep 12th 2019, 01:30 PM   #3
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  Mar 2019
  oregon

Nice ride man!

I like it.

What’s your commute? I commute/piss everyone off, almost everyday from OC to SW....
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Sep 12th 2019, 02:51 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S, Suzuki VStrom 650, Yamaha Radian, MZ 125SM
Welcome! Looks like a fun bike.
Get the suspension sprung and revalved for your weight and it'll be an even more enjoyable bike. Expensive, but for the love of cheeses, do that over putting a new exhaust can or money into dyno tuning. It'll actually make you a faster, safer, better rider.
Sep 12th 2019, 04:54 PM   #5
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  Sep 2019
  Forest Grove, OR

  2019 Yamaha MT-07
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Originally Posted by Oregon Motorcycle
Nice ride man!

I like it.

What’s your commute? I commute/piss everyone off, almost everyday from OC to SW....
Thanks! Right now I'm commuting from Forest Grove to Lake Oswego, but I'm buying an agency in Canby, so I will be commuting through Newberg.

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Originally Posted by Flyboymedic
Welcome! Looks like a fun bike.
Get the suspension sprung and revalved for your weight and it'll be an even more enjoyable bike. Expensive, but for the love of cheeses, do that over putting a new exhaust can or money into dyno tuning. It'll actually make you a faster, safer, better rider.
This is something I want to do in a few years, but (in my limited knowledge) it feels really good for my weight and non-aggressive riding style. Right now I'm just trying to dial in my gear for commuting.
Sep 12th 2019, 07:32 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Custer, WA

  Suzuki 09 GSXR 1000 Suzuki 09 DRZ 400SM 1970 Yamaha 250 DT1 Enduro
Welcome
Nice bike
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Sep 12th 2019, 07:49 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S, Suzuki VStrom 650, Yamaha Radian, MZ 125SM
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Originally Posted by CreeperSleeper
This is something I want to do in a few years, but (in my limited knowledge) it feels really good for my weight and non-aggressive riding style. Right now I'm just trying to dial in my gear for commuting.
Great! Just remember that it's not dialed in and could seriously injure you if you ride like it is. A well tuned suspension makes a huge difference in control of one's mc. Go enjoy it for what it is and have fun, but be safe about it and don't try to keep up with the guys and gals that have been riding a long time. It sounds like you aren't an aggressive rider, which is good, but if you ever want to be, know that your bike has control limitations. I say all this because I don't want you to have to file a claim with your insurance company! And I hate hearing of injured newby riders!
Sep 13th 2019, 05:50 AM   #8
DGA
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

  An Ape and a Husky
Welcome.

I'd look for a bag that is a roll top style with as few zippers as possible for it to be as waterproof as possible. These would be a good fit...

https://www.rei.com/product/136754/c...x-gas-can-pack

https://www.rei.com/product/863391/s...c-dry-pack-35l
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Sep 13th 2019, 05:55 AM   #9
DGA
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

  An Ape and a Husky
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Originally Posted by Flyboymedic
...Just remember that it's not dialed in and could seriously injure you if you ride like it is...
Please stop. I know that you know better than this. Factory, non-adjusted suspension will not hurt anyone if it's in proper operating condition.
Sep 13th 2019, 08:59 AM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S, Suzuki VStrom 650, Yamaha Radian, MZ 125SM
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Please stop. I know that you know better than this. Factory, non-adjusted suspension will not hurt anyone if it's in proper operating condition.
That's correct and I agree, assuming that the person is 160ish pounds or doesn't ride aggressively through the countryside/mountain twisties. Perhaps I didn't clarify enough for you or the other dude that sent me an PM, or even the OP. The factory suspension is perfectly adequate for a lot of miles/years, but anyone with experience (experience comes through crashing and breaking stuff for most of us) knows that eventually if you want to ride fast and aggressively, particularly if you're not 160ish pounds like the suspension is designed for, one should have it resprung and valved for their weight, which will make a big difference in control and handling, as well as confidence. A well set up suspension will make a person much faster than any dyno tune or aftermarket can.

If it was confusing for a couple of you, and perhaps others, I'm glad it was brought to my attention so I could clarify what I meant.
Sep 13th 2019, 09:27 AM   #11
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  Sep 2019
  Forest Grove, OR

  2019 Yamaha MT-07
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Originally Posted by Flyboymedic
Great! Just remember that it's not dialed in and could seriously injure you if you ride like it is. A well tuned suspension makes a huge difference in control of one's mc. Go enjoy it for what it is and have fun, but be safe about it and don't try to keep up with the guys and gals that have been riding a long time. It sounds like you aren't an aggressive rider, which is good, but if you ever want to be, know that your bike has control limitations. I say all this because I don't want you to have to file a claim with your insurance company! And I hate hearing of injured newby riders!
No worries. I appreciate the concern.
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Sep 13th 2019, 10:16 AM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Welcome! I like the FZ-07's as well. I helped a friend make the decision on one of those a few years ago. Those are fun bikes! I purchased a stock rear seat, stripped it, and mounted a luggage box on it for her for commuting.
I chose the YZFR3 instead but put a bar kit on it to make it 'basically' an MT03. I also did the same rear seat/box mod for the R3 for commuting. Works great.
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Sep 13th 2019, 11:11 AM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S, Suzuki VStrom 650, Yamaha Radian, MZ 125SM
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Welcome! I like the FZ-07's as well. I helped a friend make the decision on one of those a few years ago. Those are fun bikes! I purchased a stock rear seat, stripped it, and mounted a luggage box on it for her for commuting.
I chose the YZFR3 instead but put a bar kit on it to make it 'basically' an MT03. I also did the same rear seat/box mod for the R3 for commuting. Works great.
I would love to see those mods either here or the mechanical/tech section. I love stuff like that!
Sep 13th 2019, 11:35 AM   #14
DGA
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

  An Ape and a Husky
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Originally Posted by Flyboymedic
That's correct and I agree, assuming that the person is 160ish pounds or doesn't ride aggressively through the countryside/mountain twisties. Perhaps I didn't clarify enough for you or the other dude that sent me an PM, or even the OP. The factory suspension is perfectly adequate for a lot of miles/years, but anyone with experience (experience comes through crashing and breaking stuff for most of us) knows that eventually if you want to ride fast and aggressively, particularly if you're not 160ish pounds like the suspension is designed for, one should have it resprung and valved for their weight, which will make a big difference in control and handling, as well as confidence. A well set up suspension will make a person much faster than any dyno tune or aftermarket can.

If it was confusing for a couple of you, and perhaps others, I'm glad it was brought to my attention so I could clarify what I meant.
No confusion. You are spreading misinformation and using scare tactics because he's a new rider.

For instance. The suspension on my ZX10 is bone stock, I've never turned a single knob, even a single click on it since the bike feels good to me. I mainly use it as a track bike and can run in A groups with it. I'm 250 lbs. All of my other bikes have the suspension set up, re-sprung, re-valved, etc., and even though you are right on about a good suspension being a great thing for going fast, it's not necessary on the street for even riding like a hooligan.

Clear judgement will be the best thing that keeps him from getting hurt, not the suspension.
Sep 13th 2019, 12:16 PM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S, Suzuki VStrom 650, Yamaha Radian, MZ 125SM
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Originally Posted by DGA
No confusion. You are spreading misinformation and using scare tactics because he's a new rider.

For instance. The suspension on my ZX10 is bone stock, I've never turned a single knob, even a single click on it since the bike feels good to me. I mainly use it as a track bike and can run in A groups with it. I'm 250 lbs. All of my other bikes have the suspension set up, re-sprung, re-valved, etc., and even though you are right on about a good suspension being a great thing for going fast, it's not necessary on the street for even riding like a hooligan.

Clear judgement will be the best thing that keeps him from getting hurt, not the suspension.
I agree on your last statement that clear judgement will prevent the OP and others from getting hurt. Stock suspension is perfectly adequate, until it's not.

And....just like my example, your example doesn't work for everyone either. There are exceptions to the exceptions. Come on man, you're a smart guy, you should know this. VR46 can make a crappy bike perform, just like Yngwie Malmsteen can make a shitty guitar make absolutely beautiful music. The point you're refusing to get, and what the OP already got as a new rider, is don't ride above the limits of your stock suspension. Track days are a controlled environment, the streets (country/mountain twisties) have all kinds of unknown factors and that's where a properly set up suspension will shine.

I'm NOT trying to scare the OP but simply attempting to make him aware of something that he might not be aware of. When I started out riding I thought I could be as fast as others that had way more skill and upgraded suspension components to their bike than I did. Yes, I just said skill. I also just said upgraded suspension components. I misjudged things and almost got myself killed. Many new riders have gotten themselves killed because they had stock suspension characteristics that didn't match their weight and riding style. I tried to be polite and clarify my point, now I'm using your tone and saying don't make this into something it's not, especially as a mod. Take it to a PM if you need to continue to argue.

OP, sorry this shit got dumped on your thread, however this is the kind of thing that you have to look forward to and there are many threads like it. There are however, many other positive threads too. I say again, welcome to the forum, and don't let this dialog drive you away. Please stay and ask questions if you have any, most of us are here to help, not to argue!
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