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Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Motobatt piece of #!%
« on: 22 April 2017, 08:27:51 AM »
The original battery on Liz's Fazer 1000 lasted 14 years. Replaced it with a Yuasa.

Bike is  always on an Optimate type of charger when not in daily use.

I'm a believer in these things - similar treatment with my Aprilia RSV and it's original battery lasted 10 years.

Our 2003 Fazer 600 hasn't had it battery changed yet (also has Optimate connected whenever it's not running).

But, even with the same treatment, my FJ 1200 seems to need a new battery every 5 years or so - no matter what type.

Always wondered why my electricity bill was a bit high (nothing to do with the 400 watt security lights that are constantly going on overnight due to all the bloody cats, squirrels, foxes etc that come into in the garden (or run along the fence).

What make of belly pan was it ? Looks nice - might get one for our 600.

Introduction / Re: Hi all
« on: 21 April 2017, 01:00:23 PM »
Hi Tom, welcome to the mad-house.

Looks like your baby hasn't had a "pampered" life, but it's all there and I'm sure it'll not be too difficult to bring it back to prime condition.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy our Fazer's.

Introduction / Re: New to Forum....
« on: 21 April 2017, 12:55:41 PM »
Welcome to the 'hood. 😀

Good colour choice for your first Fazer 👍 - Impressive luggage and liking the screen, what brand is it? Puig, Skidmarx etc ?

Events, Meets, Ride outs etc / Re: What's you up to this weekend
« on: 18 April 2017, 07:41:09 PM »
Went to Rother Valley and did a 42 mile cycle ride (mostly off-road) to, and around, Clumber Park, and back to Rother valley.

15 of us, mostly in the 55-79 yr old range, with one teenager - bloody marvellous day. Would have been out on Fazer's (and my RSV), but youngest is in a wheelchair for 6-8 weeks (Kung Fu training injury) so he can't ride his Fazer and Liz and I have a 150 mile Charity cycle ride to train for.

Jealous of everyone out on a "real" bike last weekend !

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Double Bubble Toil & Trouble.............
« on: 16 April 2017, 11:03:37 PM »
Thanks both 😀. Just what I needed to see 😀

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Double Bubble Toil & Trouble.............
« on: 11 April 2017, 05:59:49 PM »
Any chance of some photo's Andy - I'm wanting double bubbles for both our Fazer's (a 600 and a 1000) and was going to go Powerbronze, but don't like the idea that it's shorter than standard screen.

Always liked Puig DB screens on other bikes.

Introduction / Re: Hello
« on: 09 April 2017, 11:47:06 AM »
Howdy James, welcome here.

We're in Rugby, not too far away. Not too many becent roads around here, unless you travel to find them 🙁.  "Before you start" pictures would be a good start on here !

Introduction / Re: Bonjour fellow Fazer owners
« on: 09 April 2017, 11:37:56 AM »
Hi Baz,

Welcome - sometimes RS a bit quiet in this bit - any pics with f the bike, or more details ?

General / Re: Holy shit
« on: 02 April 2017, 08:07:03 AM »
Saw the vid and noticed the skid mark and smoke from the rear tyre.

His riding skills match his riding gear knowledge & choice.

What a numptie !

General / Re: Pyrenees Trip
« on: 01 April 2017, 02:22:16 AM »
Yeah Paul, was thinking ferry to Santander or Bilbao, maybe back through France; not decided on that bit yet. What time of year did you do it? I'd like to see the mountains still with some snow on them, but want to avoid summer heat and traffic, so hoping things might be ok from late April?

We went from Santander, out through the hills to Pamplona and on Jaca (some fantastic roads once away from the coastal industrial sprawl) for our first overnight stop - stayed at the Hotel Real). It was a lovely town and is right at the foot of the Pyrenees. Heading over the hills, the roads are spectacular, both wide and flowing and narrow and extremely twisty, with serious drop-offs at the side of the road (also riding under rock overhangs that you think will fall on your head). Heading towards Lourdes from Jaca takes you right through the heart of the ski areas (no snow when we there though, it was mid August). Our second night we stopped in Carcassonne - what a fabulous place - stayed at the Hotel Montmorency - what a place for perfect access to the walled city. Stayed there for a couple of nights, brilliant location, lovely atmosphere, they loved bikes/touring riders.

Then headed over to the Millau bridge - awesome roads there and fantastic roads around the area of the bridge, climbing up the valley sides - after a couple of hours riding around, going over the bridge 3 times (worth it) we eventually headed north and stayed up near Limoges  before heading to Mont St Michel for a couple of days before getting a ferry back from Le Havre.

Great places, great roads, great scenery. We'll defo do it again some time.

General / Re: Gentlemen --- Start your engines
« on: 28 March 2017, 12:22:47 AM »
Where do these nut-jobs get their price expectations from !

I know, I know, "Hipsters" with more money than sense and who are too young to have been around when real cafe racers we're all the rage. These new faux cafe racers seem to go for looks and image rather than function, ignoring that the original cafe racers were bikes modified for better performance, not just "style".

General / Re: What's the point of Quorn?
« on: 27 March 2017, 04:54:45 PM »
Yep, you've got it Celtic - seems to be the point of all Vegetarian Meals.

Vegan is the real mother-lode  though !!!!

One of our son's went Vegan for a month to raise sponsorship for a mental health charity - it cost us a bloody fortune buying Vegan food for him. Glad it was only for a month.

Introduction / Re: It's here, and it's glorious!
« on: 27 March 2017, 04:47:09 PM »
Hi Skippin, welcome to the Forum.

I'm guessing you must be extremely rich 😀 - insuring a ZZR1400 and a ST1100 at 23 and younger !!

Expect to see a load of mods to your 600, but lets have some photo's of it now, before you start.

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Paint equivalent
« on: 22 March 2017, 12:29:16 AM »
Ah, I missed the reference in his original email.

I realise they're more expensive than Halfrauds etc, but "why spoil the ship for a ha'porth o tar". Going for a cheaper paint, or one that doesn't match perfectly will still likely cost £25-£30. It's seems strange to think that spending an extra £25 on the repair would not be worth it.

But, I suppose a bit of an old fart !

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Paint equivalent
« on: 21 March 2017, 11:44:59 PM »
Hi folks,
Recovering after hitting a tree and breaking my collar bone. Bike ok but needs the fairing/cowling sticking back together and then painting. Spoke to Yamaha and they don't sell the paint, silver tech 3 or S3 they said it was. Anyone know if there is a car paint that is a close match to that. Over here in France getting car paint is hard enough let alone bike paint. (I know rs paints do an exact match but that's £50 and the bike is 13 years old so the rest of the paint will be faded compared to the new paint.....)

Here's hoping, thanks


Hi Tommo - try these guys RS Bike Paint

General / Re: average age?
« on: 20 March 2017, 08:12:18 PM »
56 yrs old for me.

My wife Liz (rides a Fazer 1000) is 55.

Our son Ryan (rides a Fazer 600) is 22 - had his Fazer since he passed test about 5 weeks after his 17th birthday.

Generally though, we all act about the same age and ride around together as if we're all 22 😀

Would love to join in, but that's the weekend of our annual 150 mile bicycle ride, that we do to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support (thanks also to fellow Foccers who sponsored us last year😀).

This will be our 10th consecutive event (Liz and I organise it, we usually get around 25-30 riders to join in) and unfortunately nothing will get in the way of doing it again.

We've had so many family members, friends, colleagues etc who have suffered from Cancer and who have been blessed with the help that Macmillan provide, that we try to do everything we can to help keep their service going.

General / Re: Worst bike mods
« on: 20 March 2017, 07:57:04 PM »
Taking the bits off a Fazer that make it comfy and easy to ride fast and far, to make it a Streetfighter  :evil

Ha ha, LOL - I weigh just under 11stone (69kg), so riding Liz's Fazer 1000 I'm somewhere near that ............ but only if I ride naked !!

Not checked it, but I reckon my boots/leathers/gloves/helmet etc must weigh quite a bit, but then add in the Oxford lock and big chain that I carry in the top-box, plus my mobile phones and my wallet  :eek , I bet that'll add up to another 25kg at least 😀😀😀.

looks like I'll need to get a H2R !!

General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 15 March 2017, 08:32:20 PM »
Gave both Fazer's a quick check (tyre pressures, chains, brakes etc) then went out with Liz for our first ride out of the year - into Oxfordshire and home via (stopped for a cuppa) Upton House.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: soft panniers
« on: 14 March 2017, 10:24:49 AM »
I'm with Joebloggs re putting the straps under the seat (keeps them on, but also saves the seat cover from damage).
I'd just be wary of the masking tape though - the glue can mark plastics when left in place for a while, and it turns to mush if it gets soaked - there are clear plastic films that you can get to cover panel areas you want protecting and I'd use some of that.

[size=78%]Panniers look like a bargain though 😀[/size]

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Fazer Parade - What you got
« on: 11 March 2017, 09:28:33 PM »
Already posted elsewhere on here, but, once more can't harm. B*gger, Tiny Pics plying photo's yet !

General / Re: time to give it up?
« on: 11 March 2017, 09:06:59 PM »
My Dad was diagnosed with cancer just before his 72nd birthday - went straight out and bought himself a GSX 600 and joined my brother, myself and our mates onmany a Sunday ride, leaving some of our younger friends on race-reps in his dust.

He rode until he couldn't hold the bike up at a standstill (half a dozen standstill tip-overs was his limit) in 2006 and passed away in 2008 at 79 yrs old.

I also have a good friend who is 79, who still rides his mountain bike every week, does plenty of +50 mile a day rides and shows a clean pair of heels to lots of our riding friends in their 40's & 50's. He doesn't have a motorbike, but is more than capable of manhandling one even at his age.

Me, I'm 57 and expect to be riding for at least another 25 years - or, like my old man, until I can't physically cope with on (maybe a Can Am Spyder could give me a couple of more years of fun once I couldn't ride a proper bike.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: soft panniers
« on: 11 March 2017, 07:27:22 PM »
awesome, they look ok in pics and a good description, unused carry straps , look good on your fazer by the way

Ooh, not my Fazer, it's Liz's - she'd have my bollocks off if I tried to claim it 😀.

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