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    Re: Riding with a Passenger

    Depends on who is on back, but normally with a passenger around 6-7K. By myself I actually shift at lower RPMS usually between 4-5K.

    Yes I know that is super low but I guess it just is because of my car driving instincts.
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    Re: Riding with a Passenger

    In my understanding it's called fuel cut-off and adjusting the TPS makes the CPU think, that the throttle is a bit Open (when it is not), so that may help. Shifting at 4-5k rpm you have very little power, max torque is at 10k i think and max HP at 11-12k. It took me some time (came from 2 cylinders) to get used to it but I highly recommend revving higher!

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    Re: Riding with a Passenger

    Quote Originally Posted by gtosteve65 View Post
    Depends on who is on back, but normally with a passenger around 6-7K. By myself I actually shift at lower RPMS usually between 4-5K.

    Yes I know that is super low but I guess it just is because of my car driving instincts.
    I normally shift at 4k (90% of the time), maybe 5k

    The higher the RPM's, the more you'll get the "effects" between shifts if not super smooth.

    A throttle blip between shifts usually makes things smoother too..

    And yes, bumping up the TPS, the engine thinks the throttle is open MORE (adding slightly more fuel) than it actually is.
    I'd probably try bringing it back to spec's (just to rule it out).
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    Re: Riding with a Passenger

    I guess its time for me to break out the service manual and look into the adjustment. For all I know it could be out of wack!. I have my idle set for 1200 RPM, I know it says in the book 1300 RPM but I live in a very hot South Carolina, so I try not to produce any more heat when stuck at a light. The FZ seems to be a pro at radiating that heat onto me.
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    Re: Riding with a Passenger

    With my leather on the additional heat is not a topic (because I am already almost melting). '

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    Re: Riding with a Passenger

    Try riding a Gen 1 FJR ("the heater" ) in the summer in SW Florida....

    The FZ has air conditioning compared to that.. Nice in the winter thou!

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    Re: Riding with a Passenger

    I could only imagine how hot it must be on that bike. Once I get off the highway and get stuck at my first of endless lights, I can tell that I am cooking from the legs up. Once the fan turns on its even worse!
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    Re: Riding with a Passenger

    A clutch slave lever may help with clutch control. I think Killernoodle (member here) was making them as well as the lever from FZ07 from Yamaha being an alternative lever that will give a little better clutch control.
    Physical attributes of rider and pillion will generally help govern riding experience. Education is another factor.

    When my wife first rode with me on the FZ6 she would try to readjust her butt just as we would come to a stop. Naturally as the wheels are turning much slower there is less gyro effect and the bike is less stable. I told her to not wiggle around until we were completely stopped with my feet planted. That really changed the experience. So communication and education can play a big part.
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    Re: Riding with a Passenger

    As long as we are talking about passenger etiquette, this little bit of information passed from rider to passenger makes for a much better riding experience.

    To see your passenger has to look around your helmet. To ensure that you passenger is riding with you and not against you (putting their weight into the turn) it's good to tell your passenger to make sure that their helmet is on the same side as the turn.
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    Re: Riding with a Passenger

    I agree that communication with the passenger is super important. One of my low speed falls in life was actually with a passenger on the back. I have no idea if they moved or if I messed up, but we went from going straight to sitting on the ground. Frame sliders prevented any extensive damage, only the stator cover got scratched up.

    I really don't believe it is "my" clutch control.... since on all my other bikes I've never felt such a wild ride with a passenger. I think its the clutch on this bike being so binary. Its either on or off.
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