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General / Re: speeding ticket (NIP)
« on: 07 August 2018, 12:48:14 PM »
When eventually I caught out it will cost me more than most because I have a paper licence and I believe I will need to pay for a photo one
I’ve had a few NIPs since the paper licence was replaced by the photocard one, they always send the paper one back with the points added… there’s no obligation to change to the plastic version if your other details are unchanged.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Chaaaaiiiiin
« on: 26 July 2018, 10:26:12 PM »

I’ve used a cheap riveting tool many times with no problem so it sounds like you had a duff link.
I haven’t used the tool lately though. Since fitting a chain oiler, I get such a huge mileage from the chain (40k+) that by the time it needs replacement the rear suspension needs servicing too. So the last couple of times I’ve bought an endless chain.

General / Re: Noise
« on: 19 July 2018, 03:06:20 PM »

I’d check the front sprocket too.
If it’s starting to get slightly hooked the chain will get a “flick” as the tooth suddenly lets go of the roller when the bottom run is under tension. If the clutch is engaged the bottom run will be slack and each link can free itself from the hook quietly. It’s a bit like the difference between twanging a rubber band when it’s taut and when it’s slack.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: 1990 fzs600 black smoke at high revs
« on: 13 July 2018, 11:56:08 PM »
Black smoke could be oil. If the airbox is clean then it probably isn't getting in from the crankcase breather, which makes it more likely to be a knackered valve stem seal.
Can you pin it down to a particular cylinder by looking at the state of the plugs? If they all look the same then it'll probably be an exhaust valve seal and taking the downpipes off should identify which cylinder.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Fuel tank tap
« on: 13 July 2018, 01:12:59 PM »
There are two inline filters. There is an advantage in not having the filter on the tap anyway, you’ll gain access to about a litre of fuel that can’t otherwise be used.

General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 10 July 2018, 02:56:36 PM »
That took longer than I’d hoped, largely due to the fact that I couldn’t find my circlip pliers… wasted about 4 hours searching through the crap in my house before giving up and sacrificing a pair of normal pliers to my angle grinder.
Anyhow, the old piston is showing signs of wear so it looks like that might have been the cause. I didn’t look too closely at the cylinder, but it’s probably time to junk it since it is the original.

Anyone know what the approved method of getting that seal on the piston is? It looked to me as if it would be easier to put it on at the spring end and wind it up the spiral, but figured that risks the rubber getting cut by the edges so I pushed it on from the lever end.

General / Re: RIP William Dunlop
« on: 08 July 2018, 09:07:24 AM »

Oh what sad news. I’d no idea this had happened, you need to dig a long way into Sports News on the BBC before this gets a mention.
So sorry for the family… they’ve been decimated by racing accidents over the years.

General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 08 July 2018, 08:44:41 AM »

The engine seemed to be labouring as I rode into Pirbright yesterday afternoon. I came to a halt at a T-junction and realised the front brakes were binding.
Spent a sweaty 20 minutes at the side of the road trying to diagnose the cause, but the pistons in the calipers were moving freely and once back on the bike the brakes seemed to be working normally again.
I continued (favouring the back brake) without any recurrence of the problem. I guess it was caused by the master cylinder, I’ll change the seals and hope that fixes it.

General / Re: Clever pony.
« on: 03 July 2018, 10:13:05 PM »
Strange. Things with a belly that big usually prefer Harley Davidsons.

For Sale & Wanted / Re: Wanted - FZS 600 Centre Stand
« on: 15 June 2018, 02:08:06 PM »
It might be best to bend it back to shape and get it welded… preferably with some extra bracing.

The Laboratory ! / Re: Flickr test because fuck Photobucket.
« on: 14 June 2018, 02:54:48 PM »

Well now Postimage has made a nuisance of themselves: they changed the address slightly in April so all earlier links are now pointing to the wrong place. Bastards!
(Shouldn’t moan really since it’s a free service, but even so…)
Anyway .org in any old link should now be .cc and it’ll work again.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Radiator
« on: 13 June 2018, 06:05:58 PM »
I was looking at these anyone has used these before.

Also yesterday i was removing the old rad and one of the nuts that holds the rad fan were locked and i had to use extra force to get it out after hitting it up. When i took the rad off the fan blades came off the fan. I am not sure if this was just sitting there - which i dont think so or it was glued. I tried to put it back but i don't seem to figure out how did it came out...

That looks good to me. At least, it doesn’t have the problem I experienced with cheap Chinese copies where the angle of the inlet port is wrong.
I’ve just looked back at the old post where I wrote about this and found the pics were not loading so I’ve fixed that.
As for the fan, it's a fiddly thing that serves no purpose in my experience... so mine now hangs on the garage wall.  :lol

General / Re: Best way to lube chain when bike is on sidestand?
« on: 09 June 2018, 11:52:40 PM »
Just refill the Scottoiler. :)

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Summer edition of ' WHAT BIKE ? '
« on: 08 June 2018, 12:22:05 AM »

Ah yes, I remember seeing mine do 65,000 miles. About 14 years ago.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: another puncture
« on: 03 June 2018, 09:40:14 AM »
I’m convinced that the lightweight kevlar construction of the Michelins isn’t as resistant to punctures as ones like Bridgestone that use steel.

General / Re: Crafty plugger
« on: 31 May 2018, 09:09:21 AM »
I've heard of people riding thousands of miles after a roadside repair. I just could not do it, I would be going bonkers with it in the back of my mind until I'd got it repaired properly.

When I needed a Crafty Plugger last year I fully intended to do a “proper” repair ASAP.
Even the smallest mushrooms are designed for larger punctures than the tiny hole left by the small nail I hit. Reaming the hole out to make it big enough to repair that way would risk cutting the kevlar cords of the tyre carcass. I could have replaced the plug with bicycle patch I suppose, but that didn’t feel as if it would be more secure.
So, I’ve left it.
After the first couple of thousand miles you stop worrying. :)

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Changing a Tyre yourself ?
« on: 25 May 2018, 02:52:09 PM »

While there are Youtube videos showing how to change tyres yourself with minimal tools, I’ve found it to be a struggle. A tyre changer like this does make it a lot easier, though you’ll probably want to bolt it to the ground for stability.
Inflating the tyre will require an airline, the flow rate needs to be sufficient to cope with the leakage when the bead isn’t seated, so you’ll need to take it to a garage forecourt if you don’t have a compressor.
The FZS600 wheels are narrow enough for static balancing to achieve a good result, it’s something I’ve always done myself as the fitter I used to use didn’t have a balancer that could cope with m/c wheels.

General / Re: Photobucket is back?
« on: 23 May 2018, 02:40:11 PM »

Too little, too late.
I can’t see any point in reverting to them at $24 a year when there are plenty of hosting sites that’ll do the job gratis.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Sproket Wobble
« on: 18 May 2018, 04:21:22 PM »

If by "collars" you mean the spacers, then a loose fit is normal.
They're just spacers, not bearings.
If the flat faces are not parallel then that could have a similar effect to a badly seated bearing, i.e the sprocket carrier not perpendicular to the axle.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Sproket Wobble
« on: 18 May 2018, 02:11:46 PM »
If there is axial runout on the carrier that sounds as if there may be something that caused the bearing not to seat fully when it was replaced.
Is it possible that the seating surface got dinged or a bit of debris found its way in during assembly?

FZS600 Fazer / Re: lumpy at low revs
« on: 09 May 2018, 10:48:30 PM »
If you're still running with the original plug caps, it's probably worth replacing them. NGK SD05 are the ones to go for.

Well, if it's on the internet it must be true.   :rollin

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Downpipes
« on: 30 April 2018, 07:07:08 PM »

You can get two part clamps like these but would have to check pipe diameter and stud spacing to get the right size

I did investigate that possibility a few years ago, but the GPZ1000/900/500 all have much fatter pipes so the clamps won’t suit the FZS600.

General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 26 April 2018, 04:14:11 PM »
First ride in 10 days or so… poor old thing needs some work doing (2nd gear issue rearing its ugly head again), but it got through the MOT with a few minor advisories.

For Sale & Wanted / Re: Wanted: In urgent need of cooling pipes
« on: 23 April 2018, 09:04:35 PM »
I have never seen coolant pipes corrode before the downpipes gave up the ghost
Me neither, but if coolant isn’t changed regularly the inhibitors get used up and then corrosion sets in. The usual sign is the carb heater circuit gets blocked, but if the bike’s only ridden in warmer temperatures that could go unnoticed.

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