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Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Aftermarket gear indicator
« on: 23 April 2018, 07:35:56 AM »

+1 for the GIpro X - I fitted at same time as speedohealer (mine is downgeared) - easy to fit and both work a treat

Well bollocks to it!
I don't or didn't want to buy it anyway, everyone says why would you buy a biker in grey primer (cheeky bastids)

Nothing to do with this post at all, but have now done about 100 miles on my new front tyre, Battlax T30 what a difference the T30 is, head and shoulders above the Battlax BT021 on the sharp end. I am a happy boy now, I will not use the old worn out saying 'it feels planted' but what I will say my confidence has soared with this new tyre on the front, it inspires me.
Ron Haslam used them on his race school bikes before swoping over to Dunlop, all I can say is that the Dunlop must be bloody miraculous or make of super glue to beat the T30.
I can now power really hard out of tight bends and the front stays inline with no twitching or arse clamping what-so-ever, I am sold.
Although I have to say I have been really happy with the BT021 on the rear, it has given me no doubts about the tyres capability on the rear, but when it comes to time to replace I will go the Battlax T30 route.

Thought you'd have been all over this one like a rash Tommy. Silver with blue wheel tape. Got your name on it. :lol

Hi Robbo,
For some reason I can't even see the pics of it, dunno wtf is going on. I look at other posts and see the pics but not in this one for some reason. :'(
Just see two little square boxes.
If I look at the posts below 'Handlebar Swaps'  and 'coolant pipes' I can see the pics but not in this post DOH!

General / Re: What did you do with whatever else you've got?
« on: 20 April 2018, 11:23:10 PM »
Last autumn I dismantled the Honda C90 Cub to treat the corrosion under the main frame tube and on the rear section under the plastic tail section. All went well  and took the metal frame parts for blasting,welding,and powdercoating. All the parts stored away in Aldi flat trays.
Christmas passed ok but developed a chest infection and then on New Years Eve caught "Australian" variant of flu virus. Couldnt breathe by evening, ambulance job to QE Hospital on oxygen and then put into induced coma for a few days. Came round in critical care with tubes & wires everywhere to discover that it had been touch & go for a while. Long story short spent most of January in hospital but got home 30th having lost 5 kilos and had to "learn" to walk properly as muscles were so weak. My sisters who love me dearly were muttering about selling bikes and giving up riding. Just to say I have convalesced by completing the rebuild of "Henry"-the C90 and on Wednesday this week rode the Tracer 75 miles in our balmy Spring sunshine. Indeed, one of the consultants said he thought the motivation to ride again played a large p[size=78%]art in my speedy recovery-so its official-motorcycling is good for your wellbeing-but we knew that anyway! [/size] :lol

Stop teasing me Dave give me a picture of the Cub you rebuilt.

Below is a picture of the one i rebuilt over winter.
I bought it for £200 as a shed find lots of surface rust but nothing to serious the frame tube was absolutely fine as was the metal work under the the plastic bodywork/ rear mudguard, just surface rust. A friend has a sand blast cabinet so all the metal work got taken back to clean steel and all the plastic work got rubbed down and sprayed with a plastic etch primer, the metalwork was resprayed with rust inhibiter primer and 4 coat of blue top coat and two coats of clear lacquer.

Inside the body work/under fuel tank was all painted with two coat of red oxide.

New tyres, tubes, rear shocks, front leading link bushes and pins, brake shoes all round, new clutch plates, LED indicators (2 of the original were broken) battery, new bake light lens, new speedo cable, front brake cable, front sprocket and locking plate and chain, new seat plus lots of love and elbow grease, but it was worth it, such fun to ride, 54 MPH flat out but goes uphill absolutely fine, seems quite low geared, but my understanding is they were built as a city runaround, so no need for it to be any faster but its great pulling away from lights and junctions.
The whole project including buying the bike cost 760 quid, the garage that MOT'ed it for me offer me £1200 for it , when I said not for sale he said £1400, i told him he was wasting his breath as it was not for sale.         

Introduction / Re: New Member Introduction
« on: 19 April 2018, 11:28:29 PM »
Welcome Laz  :thumbup

Introduction / Re: New Fazer’s Owner
« on: 19 April 2018, 11:26:22 PM »
Very happy to have purchased my new baby

How rude of me.
Welcome to the forum. :D

Introduction / Re: New Fazer’s Owner
« on: 19 April 2018, 11:25:22 PM »
Very happy to have purchased my new baby

Is it a boy or a girl? and is it legal to buy babies?  :rollin :rollin :rollin

What have you bought? you have not told us and there is no clue in your profile.

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat"
« on: 19 April 2018, 11:20:16 PM »
Think it is something to do with price speed hump £200 set of Speed averaging cameras  £Quite a lot. Both have the same effect.

Not quite. One generates revenue

Both generate revenue but for different benefactors, Cameras generated for the Government/Council/Police.
Speed bumps generate for garages and the spares department after you have shagged you shockers, or focced your alloy rim.
There are speed bumps going  into a business/trade park in 'Waterlooville' Hampshire (That's where the Southern Bastards live) that I could not drive into when I had a MR2 Spider, she would ground out, front spoiler on hitting the bump and brake pipes and air con pipes when the front wheel dropped off the bump, the joys of a Mid-engine car.

General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 19 April 2018, 11:09:32 PM »
No, left the steel studs in as only 1 needed replacement. Thought I'd go with the stainless nuts for ease of disassembly should it be necessary in the future. Was aware of galling so figured dissimilar metals was the way to go. Plenty of copper grease is my middle name :lol . Once you've seen a seized exup valve, you know it makes sense :thumbup

Good on you Robbo   :thumbup

FZS600 Fazer / Re: % Brighter Bulbs
« on: 19 April 2018, 06:58:42 PM »
I too swear by the Osram nightbreakers. However if the Cree spots i'm about to put on my Tracer do the biz then Obvs it makes sense to do the same to the Fazer too, esp as I use it for commuting, often late at night. Where / how have folks fitted them? (Yeah yeah, at the front, facing forward - I know... ;) )

I made some short straight bars out of bicycle handle bars.
Tight up under the front of the fuel tank is a infill frame strengthening web it has holes drilled through it so I fixed my mounting bars through them.
I hammered a 10mm bolt up the end of my bars so that the head was about 30mm inside the mounting bar then shoved some tissue up against the the top of the bolt hard from the other end and filled the 30mm with Araldite, this firmly fixed the bolts into place, the bars were then mounted through the web infill in the frame, to bung the other end of the bars I purchase some cheap and cheerful handle bar weights than mounted my Cree LED to the bars.

Some guys have mounted their LED spots to the radiator, the only problem wit this is if the bike get knocked over or falls over it will shag the rad big time and if that happens 30 miles from home you have got a long push ahead of you.     

FZS600 Fazer / Re: % Brighter Bulbs
« on: 18 April 2018, 11:36:14 PM »
Off to a wedding in Ireland in June, and may have a couple of hours of motorway miles coming back in the dark.
Im not too bothered by my lights at night but then again I barely ride at night, not for a couple of hours any way.
So was wondering about 50,60 100% brighter bulbs.
Do they make a difference?
Are they just a straight swap or is there some fettling required due to motorbike wiring, I know its a straight swap on a car.


Hi Nick, yes it's a straight swap on the fzs 600. Osram nightbreakers or the Philips Xtreme are good choices. You'll need a H1 and a H4 bulb for the headlights.

As above, but for the Foxeye it is 2 X  H4. I use the Osram Nightbreakers on the bikes and the Philips Extremes in the car, both make a big difference

Same as he said 2X H4 Nightbreakers  my lights on the foxeye were good before but just for the hell of it I fitted the upgraded Osrams, brilliant! No they are brilliant in both ways, great bulbs a really bright.
I have also fitted two Cree LED spots, my bike lights are now brighter than my SLK.

General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 18 April 2018, 11:27:31 PM »
Resprayed the radiator and ordered a set of stainless exhaust flange nuts.

Hey Robbo,
Just out of interest are your exhaust manifold studs stainless, if they are apply plenty of copper slip to them, stainless nuts on stainless studs or bolts can gall or cold weld if this happens they will never come undone.
I do quite a bit of work on boats and galling was something I came across when lowering the masts for an insurance survey to be done on Zara a 24 foot Westerly Paggant, all the turn buckles on the standing rigging had galled and had to be cut off with a disk cutter and replaced with new, not a great problem on standing rigging but would be a pig on the exhaust manifold in behind the frame down tubes.
Have a read on the link below.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Any one else had this.
« on: 18 April 2018, 11:07:56 PM »
Since I have owned the bike now and again going over a bump or pothole I get a solid bump through the bars. Nothing that put me in danger but bugging me. I have recently had new fork seals, uprated the fork oil, head and wheel bearings checked and all good. Any one had the same thing and sorted it, cheers.

What oil did you put in the forks, might seem a funny question th ask but if it was to thick or not proper fork oil it could be a form of hydro lock when hitting fast bumps, I don't mean hitting them at speed, but the way the forks have to respond to a sharp or sudden compression.

Just a thought.
But most likely as others have said steering head bearings

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat"
« on: 18 April 2018, 08:27:46 AM »
been said many times on here but twats with dodgy dim and one on full beam (or one light out and the other on full/dim). seen it loads lately, rozzers in front of me but not arsed. I'm getting sick to death of being blinded by these foccers
One of the reasons could be to do with the following posts all about pot holes - knocking the lights out of alignment - that or road humps. I would much rather average speed cameras than road humps

Think it is something to do with price speed hump £200 set of Speed averaging cameras  £Quite a lot. Both have the same effect.

General / Re: fazer under attack !!!!!!!
« on: 18 April 2018, 08:20:08 AM »
Don't tell me mice love boilIes, flavour preference? The renown Hampshire mice prefer sinking pellet.
Actually now you have said that I will go check my fishing cupboard in the shed for the little vermin.
Someone once said that at any time you are never more than a few feet away from a rat, they must have known my boss when I was working.
I am sat in my bed typing this so I am hoping that statement is not true. :eek

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Downpipes
« on: 18 April 2018, 12:10:39 AM »
I put plenty of copper slip on the stud nuts when I put the new headers on and each year I remove the nuts one at a time and re copper slip them, they have always come undo easily each year. Although I have stainless steel nuts on steel ordinary steel studs so galling or cold welding will not happen.
Mind you I will probably never have to remove the headers again as the are stainless, so no corrosion issues.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Downpipes
« on: 17 April 2018, 11:59:23 PM »
I had one snap when I replaced my headers a few years ago, mine was the centre one on pot two. Fortunately the stud snapped leaving about 8 mm of stud poking out of the head.
I had soaked them for 3 or 4 days evening and morning with plus gas release spray, but still snapped one, I had also used a gas blow lamp on them before trying.

How I got mine out without dropping the engine was to go through the header pipes with a 5mm socket on a extention bar it allowed me th strike the end of the extention bar with a claw hammer driving the 5mm socket down onto the stud, I kept tap tap tapping it until the socket was touching the head, gave it a final blast of plusgas put the ratchet on the end of the extention and applied pressure and with a crack it came undone. The material from the 6mm stud completely filled the 5mm socket and it acted like a nut in the socket.
I honestly believe the tapping of the socket over the stud also played a part as did the plus gas.
I never managed to remove the broken stud from the socket, but  few bob for a 5mm socket a cheap price for not having to drop the lump out of the frame

FZS600 Fazer / Re: black plastic fork cover
« on: 17 April 2018, 11:40:01 PM »
Hiya excuse a silly question but what is vapour blasting, sand, grit and bead I understand but vapour blasting???? Is it a sort of steam clean?

For Sale & Wanted / Re: FAZER 1000 FOR SALE (now with photos)
« on: 17 April 2018, 09:58:51 PM »
 :eek     :pokefun   :2guns :look    :grumble   :finger 


Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: New battery
« on: 17 April 2018, 08:35:17 AM »
Just got a new Lithium battery, as I was sick of the AGM ones failing after a year.

I thought they had sent me an empty box it's so light! See attached pic.

Even holding it, it feels like the bottom section is empty.

Let's hope this one keeps its charge.

Is it Japanese?  Because the letter 'T' in Japanese looks like an English 'D'  :rollin :rollin

Introduction / Re: oops!
« on: 17 April 2018, 08:10:04 AM »
Motorcycle porn is the most addictive or should that be spelt adicktive. :rollin

General / Re: fazer under attack !!!!!!!
« on: 16 April 2018, 09:59:34 PM »
I've been doing the same ( shooting the squirrels) only mine are a reddish colour not grey. Think it might be the red clay rubbing off on their fur when they're down their burrows.
Think they're all young un's too as they seem smaller than usual.

Anyway, so far I've bagged over a hundred and haven't seen any about for a good few months now.

LMFAO! I love it. :rollin :rollin :rollin

General / Re: fazer under attack !!!!!!!
« on: 16 April 2018, 12:07:11 PM »
Drown the little buggers  :eek

FZS600 Fazer / Re: various bearing sizes - add what you know
« on: 16 April 2018, 08:13:17 AM »
1999 5DM2

front wheel  6203LLU/2A (17x40x12)mm
rear wheel 6204 2RS (20x47x14)mm
clutch hub bearing 62062RS (30x62x16)mm
Clutch hub oil seal MHSA-40-62-8-B

I'm a fan of FAG bearings, mainly because my local bearings factor is a dealer/stockist.

Skefco SKF for me every time.

General / Re: fazer under attack !!!!!!!
« on: 16 April 2018, 08:02:07 AM »
No murders over night , have refreshed the bait this morning , will check at the end of the day...

9 good hunting.
Well you state
'One is never going to be enough'

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