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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Headlight - electrical questions
« on: Today at 11:30:21 AM »
On one occasion after doing the mod an MOT inspector asked if the bike was an import because there was a slight kick up to the right in dipped headlight beam but no one else has commented.
You can trim the tabs of the H4 bulb by a couple of millimetres to allow the bulb to rotate clockwise a fraction.

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General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 21 February 2018, 09:13:26 PM »
Hi james , just the usual near misses and smidsy's, dont ride much in the winter and forgot how bad it can be.....I need to take it easy at the start of the season as I get a little rusty over winter   :rolleyes


200000 thats impresive , great piccie , would of been better 26 miles ago though   :lol

It would have been. At least I got to see it, but I couldn’t be arsed to pull over to the hard shoulder to take a pic late at night after a 12 hour shift.


I feel like a novice when I get on the bike after a few weeks without having ridden. It takes a while to get back in the groove. Mostly, I ride through winter and it’s the bike that gets rusty, rather than me. :)

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Introduction / Re: New here
« on: 21 February 2018, 09:37:34 AM »
It's also worth checking that the clutch is correctly adjusted of course, (apologies if that's teaching you to suck eggs).

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General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 20 February 2018, 11:50:50 PM »
Used the 600 for work for the first time this year.......as last year , cagers still out to get me  :grumble

A timly reminder for us all with a new season nearly on us........ride safe foccers    :thumbup

Paul, I hope that was just a “brown trousers” moment rather than impact with anything!


Me: I glanced down at the odometer on the way home on the M4 this evening in time to see 5 nines change to zeros.



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Introduction / Re: New here
« on: 20 February 2018, 05:55:04 PM »

Hi Rikki, and welcome.
The fault may just be with the selector. If so, it is probably fixable without removing the engine as the drum and forks can be replaced from the side/underneath. The ratchet mechanism that nudges the drum round can also cause issues.
This link takes you to the problem I had and there is also a link in there to all-round spannering wizard Deefer's detailed description of the drum and forks replacement process. (Even if you don't want to tackle the job yourself it may help the mechanic you employ to do it.)

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General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat"
« on: 18 February 2018, 09:00:13 PM »
talking about bike lights that we used run and stand out in the daytime cause we were the only thing on the road in the daylight with a light (apart from volovos which were dim and yellowy ) but now our lights are lost in the sea of very bright LED DRL.


Yup, that used to be the argument when no cars ran with daytime headlights, except the aforementioned Volvos, which were heartily despised by motorcyclists anyway  :lol
And motorcyclists used to get upset when daytime lights on cars did start to become more widespread, especially when a car had a faulty bulb so only had one light on: "yeah, but you might mistake it for a bike and misjudge distances in the dark!" Er, that's in the dark...
Far more dangerous imo are these super-bright LED (or whatever) headlamps, and ALL headlamps if they're improperly adjusted, grrrrr!

Totally agree.. Half my riding is at night and I’m sick to the back teeth of being blinded by the foccing things.
They’re far too bright and if that wasn’t bad enough, they’re blue… 6000K is far too hot. Anyone who’s been in the military, or stargazes, or hunts will say that it takes far more time to regain some night vision from blue light rather than longer wavelengths.
It’s high time the DOT caught up with the technology and introduced sensible limits for brightness and colour temperature.

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As you say, some people think Delkevics are OK and some don’t.
My experience, both with the fit and their customer service, was lousy.
That was 3 years ago though, they might have improved.

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General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 07 February 2018, 06:47:01 PM »

Ran it out of fuel (again).
I was wondering why the bike was vibrating as if the road surface was rippled and after a moment, the penny dropped and I realised I’d last filled up 236 miles ago. Fortunately this happened at the end of the M4 and by shaking the bike side to side when moving, and back and forth while stopped at traffic lights, I was able to make use of the “reserve” and reached the petrol station on Goldhawk Road some 4 miles on.
Anyone behind must have wondered what was going on, but at least I didn’t have to push the bugger. :lol

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Overheating / New Radiator
« on: 06 February 2018, 08:39:46 AM »
The sensor is the other possibility! I can test that at the same time as the fan switch. It was very heavy rain Saturday with a lot of spray.


The only symptom over heating was a load of steam when I parked up, the bike was riding fine. Not sure when I will get to work on it, but I will give an update!
The only time the temperature warning light has come on for me is when the sensor gets wet.
In the event of coolant loss the thermostat housing is high and dry... and the temperature sensor stays too cool to switch on the warning light.
Its only use is as a rain detector. :lol

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General / Re: A decent radio station?
« on: 01 February 2018, 02:21:43 PM »
Radio 6 mostly for me too... except for the morning show with that dreary git who thinks he’s so fucking hilarious, I usually listen to Radio 4 until 10 am.

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: seat recovering glue ???
« on: 29 January 2018, 08:59:29 AM »

That looks really neat.
What sort of vinyl did you get?  Does it stretch both lengthways and widthways?

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: seat recovering glue ???
« on: 22 January 2018, 04:53:07 PM »
I'd use Copydex. As you say, solvent-based glues run the risk of dissolving the foam.
PVA adhesives would probably work too.

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General / Re: rear brake light??
« on: 22 January 2018, 01:33:03 PM »
It would be a pedantic MOT tester who fails it, but aren't indicators supposed to be at least 100mm from the tail/stop light?

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General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 14 January 2018, 06:43:58 PM »
Thanks for that, Fazerider. All suggestions are welcome.
Took a pic this afternoon:



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General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 12 January 2018, 09:14:54 PM »
That is much neater than my routing effort, mountaingoat. I shall have to have a rethink.
I fitted a Scottoiler inside the left hand tail fairing and fed the delivery tube down the right hand side, crossing over the front of the swingarm pivot then under the left side of the arm. Aside from a couple of tiewraps it’s scarcely visible. The oiler reservoir itself isn’t vertical, but that hasn’t been a problem.
The Tutoro’s shape is obviously a bit different, but it might be possible to site it in the same place.

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General / Re: Oh dear !!
« on: 10 January 2018, 06:53:21 PM »

I’m surprised she didn’t hear it. A deflated tyre flogging along kicks up quite a racket.


Twice I have been in hire cars in the USA where the suspension was so soft, the concrete roads too noisy and the roads too straight that we have had blowouts and not noticed for so long that the tyre was shredded.

US roads are terrible for causing alarming noises: they either squeal at the slightest provocation, make moaning noises, clunks like you’re going down a flight of shallow steps or do an excellent impersonation of a flapping tyre.
Every time I’ve been out there I’ve pulled over convinced a tyre has gone down only to find they’re all fine and it was just the concrete surface. I guess once you’re used to it you then discount failed tyre noises and get caught out.
Fortunately UK roads are usually quieter than that, though the M25 has some American style surfaces.

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General / Re: Oh dear !!
« on: 10 January 2018, 12:13:41 PM »

I’m surprised she didn’t hear it. A deflated tyre flogging along kicks up quite a racket.


You’re right about modern high-tech cars. A work colleague was proudly telling me of his new Kia yesterday: about the automatic braking and how it nudges the steering to keep you in lane on the motorway if it detects you wandering.  Joking, I said “so you can just nap most of the way home?” (he has a 2 hour commute). “Oh, no” he replied, “if your hands let go of the steering wheel it sounds an alarm which wakes you up.”


Even ABS is a hazard in the wrong hands. A few years ago I was heading into London on the M3 (when it was 50mph policed by average speed cameras). Someone cut across me in order to undertake the vehicle doing 50 mph in lane 3, as he missed the corner of my car by about 10mm I flashed my lights at him. He took that as a declaration of war and brake checked me, twice. He had ABS, I don’t and it was a bloody miracle he didn’t cause the collision he intended.

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General / Re: NGK Plugs
« on: 08 January 2018, 01:49:01 PM »

I'd hang onto those iridiums and check them later. I expect they'll be fine after a good clean.
You mentioned you had difficulty starting: damp on the HT leads or cap could easily have caused that and once the thing's built up a bit of soot on the insulator from misfires caused by that the problem continues.
Mine was pig too last week after 13 days sitting idle, a good thrash along the M4 and a chance to dry out thoroughly was all it needed. IIRC your commute isn't very long and is in town so the bike probably suffers more.

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General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 01 January 2018, 04:56:16 PM »
 Went to work for the first time in a fortnight.
No problem starting, but it was firing on 3 every time I tried even gentle acceleration with less than 4000 rpm. Hopefully the journey home will be a bit smoother now the electrics have had a chance to dry out fully over the hot engine.

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General / Re: Ba Humbug!
« on: 12 December 2017, 08:44:15 PM »
Some of the shittest music known to man has been produced for the season and even stuff I liked when it first came out is now unlistenable. Who the foc wants to hear Slade’s “Merry Christmas Everybody” for the 30,000th time? Or Wizzard? But turn the radio or TV on and soon enough I’ll be hurling whatever is to hand at it in an effort to silence Mariah Carey or Bing Crosby or Paul foccing McCartney as fast as possible.
 :grumble

 :lol

I used to like it when a really Un-Christmassy song made it to number one for Christmas (in the days when the charts actually meant something).

Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick In The Wall' was just perfect :thumbup
Ah yes...
Non Christmassy No.1 songs...............
Bohemian Rhapsody, Ernie (The fastest milkman in the west), Long haired lover from Liverpool...............
And who could forget...................Mr Blobby....??
..and RATM “Killing in the Name” (the only Christmas No.1 I ever bought). :)

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General / Re: Ba Humbug!
« on: 12 December 2017, 12:17:39 PM »
Some of the shittest music known to man has been produced for the season and even stuff I liked when it first came out is now unlistenable. Who the foc wants to hear Slade’s “Merry Christmas Everybody” for the 30,000th time? Or Wizzard? But turn the radio or TV on and soon enough I’ll be hurling whatever is to hand at it in an effort to silence Mariah Carey or Bing Crosby or Paul foccing McCartney as fast as possible.
 :grumble

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General / Re: Engine scrap value?
« on: 08 December 2017, 08:15:18 AM »

I guess it depends which is nearer.
When I scrapped a knackered Fiat Uno a few years ago I was handed £1.61 for the value of the metal!
If the cases are stripped bare and you can offer the dealer separate piles of aluminium and steel then you might get a few quid.

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Starting/Running Issues
« on: 07 December 2017, 10:42:16 PM »

(Apologies Disorderlypunk, I didn’t notice you’d already made the point about the drain hole.)


The innards of the silencer are mild steel and rot through at the base so the gases can blow out of the gap around the pipe where it enters the stainless can. You may be able to bodge it by squishing in as much high temperature silicone sealant as possible. I got a couple of extra years life out of mine that way.
Having said that, I doubt it’s the cause of your running issue which sounds much more like an electrical problem to me.

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Starting/Running Issues
« on: 07 December 2017, 08:24:28 PM »
Note that there is meant to be a drain hole at the bottom of the exhaust can. It’s there to drain condensation out.

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Starting/Running Issues
« on: 06 December 2017, 10:10:05 PM »
I was going to suggest changing the plug caps for NGK SD05F ones as the originals tend to break down and cause misfiring, but looking at your photo it seems rather non-standard… is that a coil-on-plug mod?

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