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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Rear Hugger Question!
« on: 23 September 2017, 11:07:43 PM »
Hi I had a Powerbronze rear hugger nice bit of kit.
The company come from Littlehampton down on the coast in West Sussex about 40 minuets ride from my home.


I rode down to Littlehampton and picked mine up they knocked 15 quid off the price for me as a caller.
I got the Carbon effect one looked great and fitted a treat, it also comes with the screws and rubber mounting grommets.
Great company to deal with very friendly and the guys there were chatty and showed me some of the bikes the were customising at the time, those guys pay attention to detail for sure.
Pictures with hugger fitted.


Since then I have actually cut the hugger down and made it into a fancy chain guard, third picture.
I cut it down just simply because I wanted a slightly different look not because there was anything wrong with the hugger.     
 
Oh! 2003 Foxeye

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Introduction / Re: Newbie in Norfolk
« on: 23 September 2017, 10:49:16 PM »
Nice looking bike Mr Harris  :rolleyes :D

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General / Re: Rust on fazer 98, is it a problem?
« on: 22 September 2017, 09:24:22 PM »
Now I found myself in situation with a rusted vehicle a few years back, it was sports car and I purchased it from a dealer I paid for it in full
(Silly buy, I saw it, I loved it, shiny shiny, I want it) a similar situation but I had parted with a fairly large sum of money.


The following day I heard a noise coming from a back wheel so got a mechanically cleaver friend to take a look, while he was under the back looking at the area the squealing sound was coming form he notice a lot of yellow crayon marks all along the chassis, he got me to look and while I was there he pushed hard with his thumb in several places that were marked with crayon and shoved his thumb through the box section chassis making 5 holes in all.


Dazzer dealt with it for me he rang up the garage speaking on my behalf and said that the car was coming back and he wanted a complete refund, the garage said that they would make repairs to it and that there would be no refund.
Dazzer said that the car was neither fit for purpose or of merchantable quality and that he was taking the car for an MOT and if it failed the test which it would because a lot of the rust in the chassis was within a certain distance from the suspension mountings. This would prove that the car was not fit for purpose and that the garage had been less than professional passing a dangerous vehicle and also that the most recent MOT test would stand as a failure.
He then said to them what way do you want to play this? Within two hours the car was back at the garage from whence it came and my £4,750-00 was direct transferred back into my account.


The last thing that garage wanted was seen to be selling a car with a full years MOT on it when it was obviously not roadworthy and an MOT failure, plus they would then have a car back that the most up to date MOT test showed it as a failure.


Now its not quite the same i know BUT if it the fazer that Woody has put money down on has a full years MOT put on by the selling garage and the exhaust is rusted through to pin holes that again is an MOT failure, blowing exhaust, so again not fit for purpose or merchantable quality. therefore it does not have a valid MOT.


Also is there a law about a cooling off period when making a purchase?   


Apparently garages will often do this yellow crayon treatment to a car if it is rusty, so, if the car comes back the following tear for an MOT they know the places to look for deterioration, Wax crayon does not wash off with water of poor weather.


Good Luck Woody and I hope you get the outcome you want mate.


I think everyone should have a Dazzer as a friend, not only is he gifted mechanically he also has a good grasp of the law, and he's about 17 stone of muscle.
Don't fuck with Dazzer.

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: U-lock or Disc lock?
« on: 22 September 2017, 12:19:59 PM »
Back it up with a chain and a BIG bright coloured good quality padlock on the rear wheel if its being left for any length of time, it doesn't really have to be a super heavy duty chain because it someone is going to cut it with a 18volt battery powered disk cutter they will whether it is a 8mm link or a 15mm link, but it is a visual deterrent to the little foc pigs who want to go joy riding. Make sure the chain is of a length that it cannot be laid on the ground as it is difficult to cut a hanging chain with a hammer and chisel. Always use the steering lock.
There is no way you will stop someone nicking your pride and joy if they are determined but you can make life difficult and that will stop the opportunist thief.   

In my knowledge and experience, there is a difference between an 8 and a 15 mm thick link. There is also difference between well hardened steel and cheaper, softer one.

The main breaking point, so to say, is about 12 mm of well hardened steel. From that thickness, it is very hard to cut it with tools that fit under one's jacket to stay invisible. Also, that is the thickness that requires more than a few seconds with a battery run angle grinder - so there will be more noise and light from all the grinding sparks (English term?  :/  ).

No useable system is 100% hack proof, but the goal is to make it more work and more risk for the thieves than the other bikes.

Of course, a garage is much better - out of sight, at least in my country.

Another good thing is being nice to the elderly. Those people NEVER sleep :)  and will always let you konw if they saw someone suspicios, or call you (or the police) if they hear some break&enter noise.





Yes and the young women of eastern Europe are very hot too!


A quick one on hardening from what I know is that its better to have just the case hardened because when a fully hardened link is cut with a 4foot bolt cropper the other link shatters from the energy so with a softer inside both sides of the link have to be cut. An 18/19 mm chain is too fat for the largest bolt croppers to get a purchase in the jaws to be able to cut, wich then only leaves other noisy methods


That exactly right, that is why you do not need a really expensive chain, the cheaper case hardened chains are more resistant to bolt croppers for the very reason you state, and, a hardened and tempered chain  is more resistant to a disc cutter, but with the latest wafer thin steel cutting disks they remove a very small amount of metal, therefore they cut through so much quicker.
15 to 20 seconds will have you through a heavy duty hard chain, and as long as they have everything else in place for a quick get away before cutting the chain your are not going to be out the front door before your pride and joy disappears for ever 

Most of the scrots (Joy riding opportunists) that are going to pinch your bike are likely to be the cropper brigade and if it looks like too much of a challenge they more on.
The pros out there are going to get it what ever you do.
Just make it look as secure as you can and remember if you buy a 1 kilo heavy duty hardened and tempered chain you also have to carry the foccing thing with you. :rolleyes :eek

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: UK Motorcycle Scrap Yards?
« on: 22 September 2017, 12:00:40 PM »
Thanks all!  Nice bit of nostalgia.



It was a long shot these days, i was remembering the days of 20 years ago, as a kid going round the scrappies with my dad, bag of tools and a pocket full of badges i collected off bonnets!


Shame, but as pointed out above, climbing over cars stacked 3 high and swaying in the wind probably wasn't all that safe in hindsight.


I was really looking for a complete USD front end, thinking it would make a great winter project, for me and my old man to get stiuck into.


Has anyone on here has collected all the parts then come to there senses and thought better of it???


Cheers,


James


We used to get incomplete USD front ends, back ends and even some on their sides. :lol but no motorcycle parts

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: UK Motorcycle Scrap Yards?
« on: 21 September 2017, 08:55:07 PM »
I remember climbing up to a scrapped Allegro to take off a door handle. Breaking it. Quietly checking nobody had noticed, and moving on to the next scrapped Allegro. Those were the days :-)


Ha ha! been there and also walking off with a pocket full of bulbs, bulb holders and fuses and any other small items that could be concealed easily.   

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: cafe racer project
« on: 21 September 2017, 03:35:23 PM »
There's some pics on post 40 and 48 if you go to my profile. They're on photobucket so be prepared for ads and popups.
Never quite sure how to work that site.
Back to the above posts, I'd say streetfighter, it's got bars.


"Moses rode his triumph up to the crowd and said from here on thou cafe racer shalt have drops or clip-ons"
(The Bible)
I think you will find that Moses also mention clubman ace bars

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: rear oil seal
« on: 21 September 2017, 03:30:26 PM »
All useful info thanks

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: UK Motorcycle Scrap Yards?
« on: 21 September 2017, 03:29:12 PM »
Hi all,

Does anyone know of any scrap yards in the UK that specialise in bikes? Preferably the old school type, that let you wander round and have a look at the stock, rather than call up and ask for a specific part/bike.

These days health and safety might have put a stop to it? 

Any input welcome

Cheers,

James


The days of the wander around scrappies are long gone, no more climbing over cars stacked 3 high to get the window winder handle from that Morris Mariner or dynamo from the Austin Allegro.
Those days you could keep looking until you found the one in best condition, now you have what your given.
Health & Safety huh! I wonder how many people died in scrappies with cars falling on them.  :eek


Grumpy old foccer.

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General / Re: Rust on fazer 98, is it a problem?
« on: 21 September 2017, 12:26:01 PM »
I'm assuming it is an early one as the fork leg bottoms are the clear lacquer type rather than the silver painted legs on the newer models.
The Headers (Down pipes) can be replaced at a reasonable cost as mentioned in an earlier reply, also as mentioned the eight manifold nuts can be real heart breakers, but, it is not impossible to do it as long as you are patient and use common sense, spray them liberally with a good release agent, 'Plus Gas Formula A Fast Release' is a good option. WD40 is no use for this what-so-ever, it is a silicon lube and moisture displacing fluid, its a penetrating fluid release agent you want.


Give all eight of them a good blast of the stuff morning and night preferably when the engine is warm (Not RED Hot) for a week before you try to undo them. also a good move is to give them a sharp tap using a drift (6 inch long bolt) and a hammer before you try to undo them, maybe the night before and give them another good drenching of release agent.
Go steady with the hammer and drift they only need a sharp tap, go too silly and you might mushroom the top of the stud stopping the nut from coming right off or bending the stud.
If the nuts feel really tight you can try apply some heat with a gas blow lamp with a fine flame and or try very gently to tighten the nut a bit and then rocking the nut undone and up again if you feel any movement, use caution.
If a stud or studs do break it is not the end of the world, but it is a pain in the arse, they can be removed with the engine still in place but it is not easy.
I had two break on my FZS when I replaced the headers because of pin holes in the collector, and like Sharpie, my pipes did not look anything like yours.


A bit of maintenance:
What I do is to remove one nut from each of the four header pipes every 6 months or so and Copper Slip them and tighten them back on then remove the other four nuts and do the same, careful tightening them don't over do it, the other thing I have done with my studs is to put a 10mm capped stainless steel nut on top of the standard type manifold pinch nut this acts as a lock nut and stops the manifold pinch nuts coming loose or off. This will take about 45 minutes to do and save so many many tears in the long run.
Oh! and the capped nuts look great to, If I ever buy a new bike I will do this Copper Slip treatment from the off.

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General / Re: Pushing your bike.
« on: 20 September 2017, 09:52:43 PM »
Take all the plug leads off a car, drain the fuel out, jack it up and take a wheel off it so it can not be driven and leave in in the road with no tax, insurance or MOT and see how long it is before you get a police warning of prosecution.
Hence the need for a Sorn statement if your not going to tax a car or motor vehicle of any type.


If it has a Sorn statement it cannot be kept on the public highway.


My understanding is also if you own a vehicle it must have a valid insurance policy even if it is kept on private land


see the link to the Citizens Advice website below


https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/insurance/insurance/types-of-insurance/vehicle-insurance/when-you-don-t-need-vehicle-insurance/

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: U-lock or Disc lock?
« on: 19 September 2017, 07:04:12 PM »
i would choose depending on location
Down London - Disc lock, harder to cut than anything else out there (wankers more likely to cut the bike next to you with a chain)
Rural Home / council estate - Chain to something Solid, (more likely to be a van theft - as you would hear a grinder in use)
if you have the money there is also the tracking option - but we have fazers so prob not worth the cost
(£179 + Fitting +£100 per year subscription for a datatool = but i have heard off some interesting alternatives in the pipeline)

im not a fan of U-locks as they are solid linked so easier to cut (bar is easier to cut than moving chain) and hard to carry
a big and bulky chain can be worn like rambos bulletbelt and disc locks can fit in a pocket

UNDER NO EXCEPTION GET A THROTTLE LOCK THEY ARE USELESS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1XKWhC_2R4



If you want to nick a bike with one of these throttle/brake locks don't cut the line as the video suggests just undoing the bleed nipple 10mm spanner will do it, save buying a new line and fitting it.
Oops should not have said that.


Disc lock on the front wheel is a great option with a bright coloured springy land-yard around the front brake or clutch lever side handle bar grip, someone once suggested a disc lock on each disc, no point you only have to remove the wheel exactly the same process as with one disc lock.


Back it up with a chain and a BIG bright coloured good quality padlock on the rear wheel if its being left for any length of time, it doesn't really have to be a super heavy duty chain because it someone is going to cut it with a 18volt battery powered disk cutter they will whether it is a 8mm link or a 15mm link, but it is a visual deterrent to the little foc pigs who want to go joy riding. Make sure the chain is of a length that it cannot be laid on the ground as it is difficult to cut a hanging chain with a hammer and chisel. Always use the steering lock.
There is no way you will stop someone nicking your pride and joy if they are determined but you can make life difficult and that will stop the opportunist thief.     

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FZS600 Fazer / Target fixation
« on: 19 September 2017, 04:46:05 PM »

Well worth a look.
The book and video 'A Twist of the Wrist 11' deals with this at some length. 



https://youtu.be/ewDS5ROrLcE

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General / Re: Pushing your bike.
« on: 18 September 2017, 06:49:52 PM »

If the bike has broken down then it is no longer a motor vehicle with regard moving it.
No helmet and no licence needed either.
Not sure on that one BB
You get caught with your car in a car park with the keys in your pocket and your pissed you will still be done for being under in influence in charge on a motor vehicle. If you have the keys you are in charge of the car, it is the same offence as driving whilst pissed. The assumption is that you would drive the car because you have the keys. People when they are pissed out of their brains think they are fine to drive and do.

Anyway that is my understanding, Happy to be corrected.

Just found this police website
 https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/Q678.htm


I would imagine you are still in charge of a motor cycle if you have the keys with you. if it is on the road it has to be taxed and insured with a current MOT, same as have a vehicle parked outside you house on the road must be legal.

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General / Re: Pushing your bike.
« on: 18 September 2017, 03:31:13 PM »
Not sure if its true but I was told that a bike (Motorcycle) has to have insurance to be pushed along a public highway and that it is illegal to push a motorcycle along a foot path.
But then I have heard guys say you can ride a motorcycle in a bus lane and other say you can not.
Anyway I always have found riding it is so much more fun and quicker than pushing it.  :lol

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General / Re: Engine / bike lighting - To "enhance".
« on: 18 September 2017, 03:26:30 PM »
I think BB was around in the twenties
lol

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General / Re: Track days
« on: 18 September 2017, 07:40:33 AM »
Track riding is awesome.
There are some cheaper half days that crop up too
I did oulton park and was hooked. Did two ton Haslam at donnington and now race the tracks, it's addictive, and the Fz1s is an amazing track bike, I am the only one racing one  in  England I think.
Get out there, it's anazing


Bit rude calling Ron fat  :rollin :rollin :rollin

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General / Re: BROADBAND SPEED???
« on: 17 September 2017, 11:07:07 PM »
Good Old Richard Brason  :lol

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General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat"
« on: 17 September 2017, 10:42:14 PM »
I was behind an old fella in the post office calling out his numbers as he entered them in the chip and pin machine.
Its a good job I was behind him and not some scrote


LOL at your post Sharpie.
A few months ago I went into Halfords at Waterlooville and purchased about 40 quids worth of bits and bobs and was chatting to the very attractive girl at the pay point, she told me the price and I stuck my card in the machine and continued to have some friendly banter and she said your number, so, like a prat I stood there and told her my number, her reply was are you OK being out on your own? I left immediately with a red face. :lol

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General / Re: How do you delete a profile ?
« on: 16 September 2017, 06:46:15 PM »
They are a bunch of wankers lol  :eek

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General / Re: How do you delete a profile ?
« on: 16 September 2017, 05:52:03 PM »
Oh dear!
Is this what it has all degraded to, everyone getting pissy with everyone else.


I cant bring myself to join the Merc owners club so I will just have to stick with FOCC U and keep a low profile.
(Especially as it difficult to delete one)  :rollin 


I'm going to crack open an Bud and fuck the lot of you lol!  :finger :moon :guitar


 

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General / Re: Downshift Blipping
« on: 15 September 2017, 10:54:45 PM »


Valentino Rossi, Nicky Haden, Kenny Roberts, Bazzer Sheene, Casey Stoner, Carl Crutchlow, Guy Martin, Carl Fogarty, Giacomo Agostini and many other greats before and after them were ever heard so say 'finding out what a bike is capable of is willy waving.  :pokefun 



Have you ever noticed there is a very slight, maybe almost imperceptible difference between what they do for a living, and what you do?  :lol


Cut and pasted from my previous comment
I'm not a tear arse for the best part, but, still like to know what is possible.
So if your a racer its OK to know what the top speed of a motorcycle is, but, if you don't ride professionally its willy waving.

All those non professional guys who love do track days WILLY WAVERS.
Wanting to know what is possible is what got man to the moon and the bottom of the deepest ocean, it is also finding a cure for cancer and other life threatening diseases, those that do that all want to know what is possible, More willy wavers. :pokefun

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General / Re: Downshift Blipping
« on: 15 September 2017, 04:54:38 PM »
Well i think that finding out your top speed is an OK thing to do, and don't really see it as a willy waving exercise.
I like to know what my bike as well as my car is capable of.
I'm not a tear arse for the best part, but, still like to know what is possible.

Valentino Rossi, Nicky Haden, Kenny Roberts, Bazzer Sheene, Casey Stoner, Carl Crutchlow, Guy Martin, Carl Fogarty, Giacomo Agostini and many other greats before and after them were ever heard so say 'finding out what a bike is capable of is willy waving.  :pokefun 

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General / Re: Downshift Blipping
« on: 15 September 2017, 03:17:51 PM »
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A FZS 600 not hanging about.


227 KPH at one point =141mph, again that is the speedo reading and not the true speed my guess would be 4 or 5 mph slower.

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General / Re: Downshift Blipping
« on: 15 September 2017, 02:09:41 PM »

The only thing have actually learned by reading and finding something new to me after many years of riding is clutchless upshifting, up untill a couple of years ago I had never heard of it but tryed it and its great. But on the subject of countersteering I had never actually really heard of it - or have but never bothered looking in to exactly what it was but then when I did look into it and tried it I thought "oh that" I never knew it was a thing that had a name, its just what I do unconsciously maybe since I was 3 years old an riding a tryke.
So that aspect does not need teaching but perhaps a more conscious and physical input on the bars needs teaching and practicing for a more rapid emergency change of direction for new bikers.     

Typo on 147 should read 137 true speed on Tom Tom Bike Nav. Speedo shows more.
Apparently riding or driving anything with more than two wheels it is impossible to counter steer, that is why children have problems with the transition between a trycycle and a two wheel bike once stabilisers are removed. Motorcycle and sidecars do not counter steer that is why solo riders find it very difficult to steer a combo. That and the fact that you have to accelerate around the side car on left hinders and brake on the motorcycle and allow the side car to run around the motorcycle on right handlers.
All alien to a solo rider.

Some of the guys on here that do track days have reached speeds in access of 140 on FZS600's.

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