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« Reply #30 on: April 15, 2020, 07:09:03 AM »

Thanks for the ride-along.
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« Reply #31 on: April 17, 2020, 12:30:52 AM »

Thanks for the ride-along.

You're welcome!

The month of April continues to be a good one for servicing and preparing the Yamaherd. After the TMax's service, the FZ-09's number comes up for tire replacement. With a refreshing supply of Pibb Zero on hand and Electric Light Orchestra booming from the bluetooth speaker, off comes the rear tire/wheel. Don't Bring Me Down!



The tire tread is into the wear bars, farther than I usually let them go. Normally I would spoon the tires off and on, then balance them myself. However, our local Yamaha dealer offers fast service via 'no contact' drop-off, pay by phone, and pick-up. A couple of hours and less than $24 later, the mounted and balanced tire/wheel returns to my possession, ready for final installation on the FZ-09.

Except for the originals years ago, I use Pirelli Angel GT tires and almost choose the same model again. After contemplating and almost rejecting the additional $30 expense, I accept an offer on the Angel GT II.



Returning my attention to the TMax, I remove the rear cover and re-visit the hardware that would hold the top box rack in place. After a couple of months, I'm increasingly sure this option isn't for me. However, the top box, rack, and mounting hardware are on a nearby shelf... just in case. The top box appears in the first photo of this post, visible above the TMax's left mirror and deflector.



Removing the rear cover, I expect to find three unused threaded openings, which is exactly what I find. Two of them are part of the hardware attaching the seat to the frame. This must not continue. The original bolts are nowhere in sight, which isn't surprising after the rack removal.



Time for the containers of miscellaneous small hardware to come out for inspection. They contain nuts, bolts, screws, etc. from scrapped or discarded items over the years but have, although not always, an unfortunate tendency to be incompatible with whatever current project may be underway.

However, fortune smiles today! The black button head bolt, pictured with the yellow arrow, matches the thread and hex socket size of originals in the TMax. An empty opening, pictured with the white arrow, and its partner on the right side but out of view, receive their matching bolts from the containers of treasure.

Motorcycle TLC makes social distancing much less of a burden! And... the Morphous is calling...  :D
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« Reply #32 on: April 22, 2020, 01:20:50 AM »

Many of my rides since moving to Georgia include crossing the North Carolina and Tennessee state lines before returning home. One of my new favorites is today's ride around Blue Ridge Lake, just over 30 miles, all within Fannin County. The roughly circular ride starts southward on Aska Road to the lake’s west, about a mile from the Old US 76 intersection in Blue Ridge. Riding the TMax through the ‘Aska Adventure Area’ provides a nice warm-up, with rolling hills and moderate curves, a useful preparation for more challenging road features farther ahead.

Although not yet a Georgia resident for a full year, I am familiar with an increasing number of landmarks along the Toccoa River. These include opportunities for tubing, kayaking, hiking, bicycling and cabin rentals. Restaurants and stores are also available, but not in great numbers. However, the city of Blue Ridge requires only a modest drive for a greater range of options.

Now south of Blue Ridge Lake and traveling east, I stop at Van Zandt’s Store. Mary and I met the owners and enjoyed a delicious lunch in late 2019, just prior to the store’s closure for the season. The store, as with the businesses mentioned previously, is still closed, and traffic in the area is minimal. A return visit to Van Zandt’s upon reopening is high on the priority list.





Leaving Van Zandt’s Store, I cross the Toccoa River and soon pass two motorcycles parked on the side of the road. Their dismounted riders/passengers and I pleasantly exchange waves on my way to the Route 60 highway intersection. This section of highway connects Suches and Morganton. One day, hopefully very soon, I will turn right towards Suches, but today a left turn towards Morganton continues the circle around Blue Ridge Lake. On several occasions, the highway provides fast, straight approaches to much lower speed curves.



I now coach myself rather than students with phrases from Basic Rider Course classes; turn your head, press and lean, look though the turn, and others. And they work! Farther ahead, a few miles from Morganton, a series of increasingly sharp curves await, so ride your own ride. On the last section of highway prior to Morganton, I spot a wonderful photo opportunity and a safe area to stop.



This photo looks toward home in the distance. Just as my cell phone returns to my jacket pocket, I hear a motorcycle approaching on Route 60. The engine sound doesn’t seem quite right out here, and the rider turns out to be a youngster on probably no more than a 100cc trail bike. He seems to be King of the Road for a few moments, and with so little traffic perhaps indeed he is. Still stopped, I admire his riding technique around the curve near my photo op location. However, my attempt to retrieve the cell phone for another photo was too late.

By the time I return to the highway in the same direction as the trail bike rider, he is gone, so I ride alone into Morganton. The remaining ride is uneventful, but crossing the bridge over the Blue Ridge Lake Dam is always a pleasure. In a few moments, I turn left onto Aska Road, the starting and ending point of today’s adventure.
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« Reply #33 on: April 30, 2020, 02:53:20 AM »

The ride around Blue Ridge Lake passes many landmarks and, after my TMax journey, the Morphous is ready to roll. With a much less powerful engine, the Morphous really benefits from not giving up too much speed in curves prior to an uphill section of road. The experience is similar, but enjoyably different, from the same route on the TMax.

A brief detour on my route takes me across the Shallowford Bridge, built in 1918. The steel bridge has a seven ton weight limit, and provides access to many vacation rental cabins along the Toccoa River. All of the cabins are empty for a couple more days, so riding around here is remarkably easy.



Keeping the wheels on the elevated sections of the bridge deck seems preferable, but I have seen riders on the middle section of similar bridge decks go down when moving to one side or the other.

Three photos of my Morphous on the Shallowford Bridge over the Toccoa River follow:







Turning around at the other end of the bridge, I stop for one more photo of Shallowford Bridge, looking towards Aska Road.



Another stop at Van Zandt's Store, the same location with my TMax on a previous post, but now with my Morphous.



This is another ride that could go on and on. But there will be more!

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« Reply #34 on: April 30, 2020, 06:10:02 AM »

 
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« Reply #35 on: April 30, 2020, 04:34:41 PM »

Makes me anxious to finish the motor work on my Morphous.  I really like the powdercoated wheels.
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« Reply #36 on: April 30, 2020, 07:37:34 PM »

Nice looking ride. I wish Florida rained TMAX's.  Enjoy the day and ride your ass off.  I might upgrade my SW with the GIVI windshield.  My previous SW had on and the weather/wind protection was excellent.
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« Reply #37 on: April 30, 2020, 10:58:58 PM »

Nice picks redeye.
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« Reply #38 on: May 05, 2020, 06:12:27 PM »

Hey Redeye, I'll be in your area from Wednesday afternoon through Sunday morning.  You want to meet up sometime?  
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« Reply #39 on: May 05, 2020, 09:11:50 PM »

Hey Redeye, I'll be in your area from Wednesday afternoon through Sunday morning.  You want to meet up sometime? 

Sounds like great idea! I'll send my phone number.
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« Reply #40 on: May 09, 2020, 04:52:11 AM »

Thursday the 7th is a wonderful spring day in north Georgia. The temperature is a few degrees less than the summer preview warmth from earlier in the week, but near ideal riding weather. Win (klaviator) travels from Alabama to Georgia and visits Steve (not this Steve, but another one), who lives less than 15 minutes from my home. Small world.

After a visit to the local Yamaha dealership, lunch together, and a brief stop to set up our ride, we travel through the Aska Adventure Area and stop for photographs at, among other places, the Shallowford Bridge, a location from one of my recent posts in this thread. Win and Steve are both riding Kymco Like 150i scooters of similar but not identical appearance, as I ride my Yamaha Morphous.



We proceed to Route 60 and, although the first time for me, we make the right turn onto Route 60 for a fuel stop and then until we reach Two Wheels of Suches. The following photo includes a Kymco Downtown 300i nearest the viewer. Another rider, Doug, joins us at Two Wheels on the 300i for the rest of the ride.



Two Wheels is still closed, but hopefully the closure ends soon. This place reminds me of Steel Steeds from the 2012 Pennsylvania rally and, even considering the eight year interval, Two Wheels seems the preferable location.



After a pleasant visit, the arrival of an additional rider mentioned previously (Doug), and plenty of conversation, we proceed on Route 180 towards Blairsville. My previous rides to Blairsville are limited to four lane highway travel. This ride is much different, with near continuous curves and elevation changes that leave me admiring the other riders' skills... from an increasing distance behind.

For a few minutes on our return to Blue Ridge, Win and I exchange rides. After a few moments addressing the unfamiliar seating position and inadvertently 'testing' the horn, I find the Kymco Like 150i a very impressive ride. Returning to an already familiar section of Route 60 near Morganton, we stop for an additional photo op.



Another stop, this time at the Blue Ridge Marina, provides a setting for a 'Morphous of the Lake' moment and more conversation.



Five or six hours somehow pass unexpectedly fast, and late afternoon arrives. Our ride approaches its end, but this is such a great ride!
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« Reply #41 on: May 09, 2020, 05:54:45 AM »

Good stuff! Thanks for the ride-along.
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« Reply #42 on: May 11, 2020, 03:43:24 AM »

Steve, it was nice meeting you in person.  Here's a few more pics from that day.

A restaurant we could actually eat in....something most of the readers probably can't relate to.



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Hopefully we can do this again before too long.
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« Reply #43 on: May 12, 2020, 05:08:58 PM »

Great shots, guys!  It makes me sorry I couldn't join you 
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« Reply #44 on: May 17, 2020, 12:16:55 AM »

Saturday provides a warm sunny day, with temperature climbing into the 80s, in north Georgia and southeast Tennessee. The planned short ride on my Morphous turns into a much longer one, with several stops including one on my growing list of favorite places... McCaysville, Georgia.

Looking across the Route 5 bridge in, by a very short distance, Georgia.


My Morphous is always ready for a photo!  :D
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« Reply #45 on: May 17, 2020, 06:44:43 PM »

Looks like you had a beautiful day to ride.  Thanks for sharing.  I remember Bob and I riding very close to where you live redeye.  You were just starting to build your house I think.  Or maybe it was earlier but it was close.  Beautiful country down there.
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« Reply #46 on: May 24, 2020, 05:18:07 PM »

Saturday the 23rd includes what turns out to be my 'Tour de Tractor Supply'. For Olivia's deployment this summer, including regular shifts in a ship's engine spaces, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy recommends a supply of five canvas utility work pants. Tractor Supply happens to have one of the recommended brands on sale. All we need are four more to go with the one she already owns.

Fortunately, I have an account with Tractor Supply. On Friday, I order them on-line from our local store. Later, the store cancels the order as the pants in her size are no longer in stock. Regardless of the order quantity, the same result occurs in three more stores in north Georgia and southeast Tennessee. This is apparently a popular sale.

Partial success arrives as one is available in Murphy, North Carolina and ready for pickup. One down, three to go. Tractor Supply will ship the item from store to store for an additional $20 fee, which doesn't interest me. Saturday's forecast looks spectacular, and a ride to Murphy is always a pleasure. A road trip sounds wonderful.

The stores in Weaverville, North Carolina and Dawsonville, Georgia accept and then cancel my orders due to stockouts. Then the winds of shopping results turn yet again. Canton, Georgia has two Tractor Supply stores. One of them accepts my order for two, and other accepts my order for one. The waiting continues... cancel or ready for pickup?

E-mails from both stores arrive with the same message... ready for pickup for a grand total of four! Woo-hoo! The road trip now looks like 200+ miles with plenty of highway travel, and internal storage preferred. TMax time arrives.

Saturday's ride to Murphy normally takes just over a half hour, but this is not a normal ride. Over an hour later while riding through Blairsville, Georgia before crossing into North Carolina with a couple of light showers on the way, I arrive at the Tractor Supply store apparently just as heavier rain leaves the area.



The longest leg of the journey follows, but the temptation to cross into Tennessee towards Ducktown rather than follow a more direct route to Canton, Georgia proves irresistible. Visiting Copperhill, Tennessee and McCaysville, Georgia is, as always, a welcome ride. Clouds and the chance of rain mostly disappear as brilliant sunshine takes their place.

My route continues to Blue Ridge, and then south on the very crowded highway Routes 76, 515, and 575 towards Ellijay, Jasper, Ball Ground, and beyond. Canton is a rapidly growing city in Georgia and, after exiting the highway, the traffic is bumper to bumper in many places. Out of my regular riding area, map software becomes necessary. Where are these two stores? Fortunately, they are right where the map software indicates.



This should be a very fast stop. I'll go in the store, get the item, and leave. The store staff is very pleasant, and all goes well. Walking outside, I notice a few people gathered around the TMax, but several feet away. 10 or 15 minutes of conversation ("I've never heard of a TMax, but I like it.") follow as I attempt to answer the questions, which is no hardship at all.  :D

One more stop remains on the schedule, this time for two pants rather than just one. I stop a couple times to check my route, but the other Canton store comes into view. Again, the store staff is excellent and I emerge to find people admiring the TMax.



Raising the seat and showing the internal storage draws favorable comments. As others disperse, one fellow about my age (a young guy!), mentions owning three motorcycles including a Honda Hawk. More discussion follows on such an interesting subject. His wife, perhaps suspecting an impromptu, extended parking lot conversation on a hot Saturday afternoon, politely draws him away from the TMax.

With knowing smiles and best wishes, we part company and head our separate ways. My return ride to Blue Ridge is reasonably uneventful, once again with heavy traffic most of the way. 200+ miles and most of the day later, my 'Tour de Tractor Supply' is complete, and a success.

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« Reply #47 on: May 24, 2020, 09:40:16 PM »

Man ... you guys get to ride the Blue Ridge just to run errands.  I wish ... I'd be gone for WEEKS!
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« Reply #48 on: May 25, 2020, 05:45:17 AM »

Wow!! Your T-Max looks almost like my AK550!! Same great, fast color too!
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« Reply #49 on: May 26, 2020, 02:11:43 PM »

Awesome you guys got together!! 
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« Reply #50 on: July 19, 2020, 10:37:03 PM »

Completing another day's organizing of the storage shed sooner than expected presents an opportunity to bring out my FZ-09. And after considering this option for some time I receive a front 'fender extender' in the mail. Now installed, the extender is an excellent fit, pleasingly unnoticeable, and keeps most road debris away from the radiator.



Today's ride follows a familiar route around Blue Ridge Lake, now with summer traffic and vehicles parked on both sides of the road in some locations. With hot summer days in north Georgia, motorcycles are not as plentiful on the road in early afternoon. Every now and then, small groups of motorcycles appear. A pair of Grom riders, wearing helmets but no other gear, weave about in the lane ahead of me, but turn right towards Suches as I turn left towards Morganton. Later, a group of four riders, better geared than the two Grom riders, pass by my photo op location.



Although not a new location for photos, this is probably my first FZ-09 photo here. Now with more practice, my ride through this section of road is a lot of fun, and amply demonstrates the performance differences between my FZ-09, TMax and Morphous. The new Angel GT II rear tire inspires great confidence and compares favorably with the also superb Angel GT.



Before departing, I add one more view of the FZ-09 and resolve to get out there on two wheels more often.



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« Reply #51 on: July 20, 2020, 06:17:23 AM »

Purdy country up that'a way.
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« Reply #52 on: July 21, 2020, 04:56:07 PM »

Just joined the forums and good seeing another TMax lurking in the wild. Not many of them in Florida and I got pretty lucky to find mine about roughly an hour north of my location. Nice variety you have!
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« Reply #53 on: July 22, 2020, 04:09:24 AM »

Just joined the forums and good seeing another TMax lurking in the wild. Not many of them in Florida and I got pretty lucky to find mine about roughly an hour north of my location. Nice variety you have!

Used TMax listings sure don't seem to last very long. After missing out on a couple of them, luck was on my side and I happened to be searching about the same time the seller created his listing. He wanted to sell fast, and priced the TMax fairly considering some minor needed work.

My credit union has an office along the route to his home, so gathering the cash wasn't a problem. We completed the transaction by the end of the day. While at the seller's home, he received several more calls about the TMax and he deleted the listing long before loading and departure.

More than half a year later, no regrets on the purchase and, with 20/20 hindsight, I would happily repeat the process. The seller is a good guy and very easy to work with.

You mentioned variety, and got it just right! My TMax is a near ideal complement to my Morphous and FZ-09, and impulsively referring to them as the 'Yamaherd' in a prior post seems a fitting description.
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« Reply #54 on: July 22, 2020, 04:11:43 AM »

Purdy country up that'a way.

You're 100% correct, and one of my goals is to never take it for granted.
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« Reply #55 on: July 22, 2020, 04:30:01 AM »

I paid more than I wanted at $3,500, but it was the nicest low mileage unit I could find. With only 4,116 miles at the time of purchase, I think I got a deal and he gave me a new rear tire, new mirrors, and an OEM belt. If you don't mind me asking, what did you pay and what exactly was needed as far as TLC goes?
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« Reply #56 on: July 22, 2020, 07:50:41 PM »

I paid more than I wanted at $3,500, but it was the nicest low mileage unit I could find. With only 4,116 miles at the time of purchase, I think I got a deal and he gave me a new rear tire, new mirrors, and an OEM belt. If you don't mind me asking, what did you pay and what exactly was needed as far as TLC goes?

Unless your TMax has some major cosmetic flaws, hopefully not, your deal sounds very good to me.

My TMax had a few minor issues. The battery was weak and wouldn't start the TMax after a couple months. Fortunately, all of my Yamahas use the same battery model, so the TMax received a transplant until I purchased a new battery.

The front tire had a slow air leak, but since the tread was 80%+ worn, I replaced the tire and solved two issues at once. The gas struts for the seat were weak, not holding the seat in the raised position. The TMax now has a pair of auxiliary springs boosting the gassed-out struts, and the seat raises and lowers just as expected.

A number of plastic rivets and metal bolts were missing up front, and some of the body panels seemed misaligned. One day, I removed body panels from the front, also learning what goes where in the front of a TMax. Finally, I reached a part which may be the "Inner Panel" (looking at an exploded diagram, so not 100% sure) with a socket-like opening that appeared intended to connect to a metal pin on the frame. They weren't connected, and the part wasn't centered. After reinstalling that part, all the rest, including the gauge cluster, fit as expected. Now with a supply of plastic rivets and screws on hand, I replaced all the missing ones.

The TMax was stored in a garage for at least a year and needed a thorough detailing. I agreed to the owner's asking price of $2,700. Other changes, such as fluid and filter replacements, removing the top box and replacing the windscreen, were personal preferences rather than issues with the TMax.
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« Reply #57 on: July 23, 2020, 03:48:01 PM »

I paid more than I wanted at $3,500, but it was the nicest low mileage unit I could find. With only 4,116 miles at the time of purchase, I think I got a deal and he gave me a new rear tire, new mirrors, and an OEM belt. If you don't mind me asking, what did you pay and what exactly was needed as far as TLC goes?

Unless your TMax has some major cosmetic flaws, hopefully not, your deal sounds very good to me.

My TMax had a few minor issues. The battery was weak and wouldn't start the TMax after a couple months. Fortunately, all of my Yamahas use the same battery model, so the TMax received a transplant until I purchased a new battery.

The front tire had a slow air leak, but since the tread was 80%+ worn, I replaced the tire and solved two issues at once. The gas struts for the seat were weak, not holding the seat in the raised position. The TMax now has a pair of auxiliary springs boosting the gassed-out struts, and the seat raises and lowers just as expected.

A number of plastic rivets and metal bolts were missing up front, and some of the body panels seemed misaligned. One day, I removed body panels from the front, also learning what goes where in the front of a TMax. Finally, I reached a part which may be the "Inner Panel" (looking at an exploded diagram, so not 100% sure) with a socket-like opening that appeared intended to connect to a metal pin on the frame. They weren't connected, and the part wasn't centered. After reinstalling that part, all the rest, including the gauge cluster, fit as expected. Now with a supply of plastic rivets and screws on hand, I replaced all the missing ones.

The TMax was stored in a garage for at least a year and needed a thorough detailing. I agreed to the owner's asking price of $2,700. Other changes, such as fluid and filter replacements, removing the top box and replacing the windscreen, were personal preferences rather than issues with the TMax.

Aesthetically, there were only a couple minor flaws, but overall, it looked like new. I had to replace tires right away, but only had to buy the matching front to my rear he gave me. All fluids were recently changed prior to my purchase, so everything was good on that end.

I've done a few aesthetic mods to change the look of the bike. Added a shorty Givi black screen, bar-end mirrors, tail tidy fender delete kit, spindle wrap, Euro blinkers, and full LED conversion. I think it gives the bike so much more character. I'll be creating a post outline what is done to both of my scoots probably over the weekend.

I don't know if you are planning on doing any sort of CVT modifications, but I would definitely recommend Dr. Pulley 16g sliders. It changed how the scoot takes off in all the right places. Amazing for only $60.
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« Reply #58 on: August 20, 2020, 12:33:40 AM »

Somewhere previously in this thread, I proposed limiting my TMax expenses after purchase. For the most part, the limits have held up fairly well. However, one issue kept attracting my attention, but the cost of correcting the issue continuously hovered above my go/no-go threshold... until recently.



The top box and rack were the first items off the TMax, but the three remaining holes were a distracting reminder of that unwanted installation. Sure, I could cover the holes and use touch-up paint as part of a likely very inexpensive solution. That's how the project began... and then paused.

Late one evening, I decided to have a look on-line and see if any replacement part prices had dropped to a point justifying further interest. Good luck was on my side, along with a very reasonable price.

The seller correctly claimed the top cover had no related hardware or the Yamaha lettering, and the price had recently decreased by over 60%. Adding the Yamaha emblem could wait, so I decided this was a non-issue. The price was right, and 'Go Time' had arrived. With the purchase transaction complete, a possibly never used top cover was soon on its way from the overseas seller.



Opening the package revealed the intact part, with no marring, no attaching hardware or Yamaha lettering. With some effort, the two clips and six spring nuts separated from the original top cover. With very little effort, the rubber flange cover separated as well. Then, over to the new top cover these nine items went.



As a replacement with the same part number should, the new top cover went into position. Two plastic rivets completed the installation and the project.





Maybe installing the Yamaha emblem should follow, but I'm very pleased with how the project turned out. With my satisfaction to expense ratio on this project rather high, the new top cover will probably remain as it currently appears.
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« Reply #59 on: August 20, 2020, 05:41:29 PM »

I am actually considering replacing mine with a carbon fiber piece. I still have a bunch of stuff needing to be installed before I go on another part buying binge. It definitely looks naked without the Yamaha sticker, but still looks good overall. 
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