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For Sale & Wanted / For sale: Suzuki GS500
« on: 19 February 2018, 04:11:15 PM »
For sale a 2005 Suzuki GS500, selling because I got the Fazer.

The frame could do with some paint in places and there are multiple cosmetic knocks from a previous life as a school bike, but goes/stops fine and will get you where you want to go. There's a rattle from the engine which is most noticable at tickover, I'm 99% sure this is just camshaft endfloat, as these engines are prone to.

Has recently had a new battery and the tyres/pads/chain/sprockets have plenty of life left in them.

Comes with two keys, service history and MOT until mid-June.

I have a Haynes manual for it and a new oil filter which I will throw in if the buyer wants them.

Milage is 50k.

Bike is in West End, Southampton.

Offers in the region of £650 please.

General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 19 February 2018, 04:00:18 PM »
Fitted rear hugger today.

Not quite happy with the clearance between it and the tyre on one side - I think a stone could get stuck in the tread and damage it, gradually fettling it by filing the mounting slots longer and adding strategic washers as spacers.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: New toy
« on: 02 February 2018, 12:44:11 PM »
ok im going to rephrase that
where did you get the fender extender from ?

Oh, right.

eBay: Pyramid Extenda Fenda For Yamaha 2003 FZS600 Fazer 05214

FZS600 Fazer / Re: New toy
« on: 02 February 2018, 12:35:02 PM »
i am normally a minimalist but i like that idea
where did that come from ?

Mainly my GS500 rusting away, also found a load of dirt and flaking paint on the radiator crossmember, which might not've been there if this were fitted sooner.

Speaking of which, just been poking around the radiator crossmember and I don't think I can tidy it up without taking the radiator off, so that's for another time :(

Also found more spots of surface rust around the upper frame behind the fairing, hopefully I'm not fighting a losing battle in trying to get it like-new-ish.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: New toy
« on: 01 February 2018, 11:54:25 PM »
Fenda Extenda™ fitted.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: New toy
« on: 31 January 2018, 09:00:45 PM »
Slowly getting ready...

Earlier in the week I finished repainting the center stand. Today I finished touching up the bottom of the frame... then found flaky paint and rust on the crossmember behind the radiator, one more job.

Seat is progressing, as of this afternoon the shape of the "structural" foam is mostly complete:

Oh god, I keep grinning thinking about being done with these jobs and switching to it as my daily soon :D

FZS600 Fazer / Re: New toy
« on: 24 January 2018, 06:29:52 PM »
Today I started work on my frustratingly necessary custom seat. After comparing the (modified) seat on my GS500 and the one on the Fazer, I came to the conclusion that in addition to more width, I needed to make the Fazer seat come forward around the tank a little more so more of my weight is supported by my legs... which is how this... construction came into existence.

Still a few days of work left in it - I need to bevel and tweak the frame to be more comfortable, reinforce the base a little, add some extra pads near the front to support it from the bike frame, build up the new foam on top of it all, then once I'm happy with that, make a cover to fit it.

Oh, and probably fit lowering links so my feet can touch the floor properly by the time I'm done. Does anyone know what the distance between bolt centers on a standard set of links is so I can check if its already been lowered/raised?

FZS600 Fazer / Re: New toy
« on: 22 January 2018, 08:58:51 PM »

Fixed profile. I'm not worried about problems with the huggers, just unsure which is going to do the best job of keeping crap off the bike, since there are several designs for the same model. The middle one of those looks to have the most plastic, which in my mind means it'll catch more.

FZS600 Fazer / New toy
« on: 22 January 2018, 03:21:51 PM »
Per my thread in the introduction forum, I got myself a shiny new FZS600 the other day :)

This afternoon's job was taking the center stand off and starting to tidy up the frame around its mounting brackets:
I'm after a rear hugger for it, but out of the several on eBay I'm not sure which to go for. From squinting at the photographs in the listings, I think this one made by P&P Motorcycle Bodywork has the most coverage of the wheel and chain, but is that what I should be looking for?


Introduction / Re: New FZS600 owner
« on: 22 January 2018, 03:06:32 PM »
I get the impression you're well capable

That accusation has never been proven!

Introduction / Re: New FZS600 owner
« on: 21 January 2018, 03:27:44 PM »
Not to sound negative in the last post though, still happy I bought it :)

The Laboratory ! / test
« on: 21 January 2018, 03:26:04 PM »

Introduction / Re: New FZS600 owner
« on: 21 January 2018, 03:13:36 PM »
Is that aluminium shield a part for sale somewhere, or something you made yourself?

Started this afternoon with the front brakes, as I'd noticed /something/ was dragging when rolling it into the shed yesterday. Both calipers had the usual layer of dirt on the pistons, most of it came off easily. There's minimal pitting (as far as I can see) on only some of the pistons. Front brakes are still binding (mainly the left one I think), so a new set of seals, maybe some pistons and a proper rebuild of the calipers will be in the near future.

Sat down to take the sprocket cover off, but then decided it was time for a break, but not before noticing the center stand being rather crusty and some surface rust on the frame where it attaches, will have to get that all cleaned up soon :(

Introduction / New FZS600 owner
« on: 20 January 2018, 11:49:36 PM »
Hello all

I just got my own FZS600 (2003 model) to replace my gradually disintegrating GS500 after borrowing one for a week or so last year :D

Sadly I can't actually ride it yet, as I need to make a custom seat to properly support my fragile little arse, BUUUT I can start to fettle and service it while I wait for the materials for that!

I haven't done a full fine-toothed-comb inspection yet, but from the outside it looks to have been pampered and spent all its life under cover. Very little service history, aside from an invoice from a garage which says the coolant was changed in 2016. Is there anything in particular I should make sure to check? I've been warned to check the sprocket nut is the later thicker type, as the earlier ones can work loose and wreck the output shaft.

This will be my commuter in all weather once its sorted, so I plan to fit a "fenda extenda" on the front mudguard and also a rear hugger on the back considering how much my GS has rotted over the past few years...

Any suggestions which rear hugger is best? I see several different manufacturers on eBay including Powerbronze, P&P Motorcycle Bodywork and Pyramid Plastics.


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