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General / Re: Today's "what got your chuckle on"
« on: Today at 09:18:09 AM »
Filtering again but try this....Next time you see a guy with his arm on the open window of his van (van drivers are best) just give his arm a little stroke as you go by then watch in your mirrors at their reaction - priceless  :lol :lol
Then watch him get out of his van at the next set of red lights and punch you in the head  :rolleyes

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General / Re: So What're You Listening To Today?
« on: 11 December 2017, 10:09:25 PM »

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Chain lube
« on: 11 December 2017, 09:09:05 PM »
Can anyone tell me the standard length (Number of links) of the FZS 600 2003. seen some on eGay at a reasonable price so thought I might get one and stick it in the shed for future use. I have a new rear and front sprocket in the man drawer in the shed plus a spare big upgrade front sprocket nut and tab washer, I also have a little one but that's something else. :lol .


My front sprocket 16 tooth, I believe it is one tooth up on standard, unless you know better. :thumbup

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Chain lube
« on: 11 December 2017, 07:52:59 PM »
Had a nice surprise from eGay they have informed me that I qualify for a £10 cash back on my last purchase.


 www.ebay.co.uk/itm/160983681079


I am now thinking of buying a thousand  and selling them on at half price, every one I buy I am 30 pence better off plus the £4.85p I get for each half price can I sell.
Potentially making £9700.00, that should help out over Chrimbo.


Thank you eGay   


Damn me and my maths it actually works out at only £5,150. :rolleyes

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General / Re: Future upgrade thoughts?
« on: 11 December 2017, 09:32:15 AM »
You're also likely to get bored riding the Bonneville if you're over 60. Looks great, dull ride....for a dull but quirky left of field ride I'd rather have an Indian Enfield at a fraction of the price.


Well I am 71 and the Bonny would bore the f--k outta me  :eek
Oh! and the other thing about the bonny why Oh why did they put a seat on that is less comfortable than a park bench.

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That's me being serious.


It doesn't happen very often, but that's my thoughts on it.
Thank you and good night.   

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Think I agree with Rob but then who gives a flying f--k what I think lol.


You gotta do yer own thang pal, but it sounds to me like your buddy got the R1 the way he wanted it, and, he also wanted you to have it, knowing that you would treasure and look after it.  :tape :'( :2guns :look


If you asset strip it I hope you can sleep at night   :pokefun


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General / Re: Future upgrade thoughts?
« on: 10 December 2017, 11:28:50 PM »
Sound advice, I'll wait till next year once I've been running around de-restricted for a while


My buddy 'Wildplum' had a 2013 Bonny T140 Thruxton, lovely bike, but could not keep with my 2003 FZS 600, not on acceleration or top speed.
The handling of the Bonny was pretty amazing though.
The picture below is not Wildplum's Bonny but exactly the same model and colour scheme, cracking looking bike (If you like naked bikes)

If your looking for a quicker bike that an unrestricted FZS 600 the Bonny is not the way to go.

Foxeye Fazer FZS 600:

Maximum Power 93.7bhp / 61kW @ 9.500rpm
Maximum Torque 61Nm / 45ft lbs @ 9.500rpm
Top Speed 133-139mph Depending on who you believe
0-60mph in 3.8 seconds



2013 T140 Truxton Bonniville 900:
Maximum Power68bhp / 51kW @ 7400rpm
Maximum Torque69Nm / 51ft.lbs @ 5800rpm
Top Speed 126-132mph Depending on who you believe
0-60mph in 5 seconds.


The FZS 600 overall performs better, the T140 has a lot of grunt and is a beautiful looking machine, but I think the FZS 600 in any of its guises is a cracking looking retro machine and definitely make its owners smile, I still have my FZS 600, Wildplum sold his Thruxton.     

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Say no more

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General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 10 December 2017, 02:31:11 PM »
Not really what I did to my Fazer today but it is relevant (I think)


This is at a very good price:
www.ebay.co.uk/p/Wd40-WD-40-Multi-use-Maintenance-Smart-Straw-450ml/520187708?var=502118021668


Or
You could buy this, also at a very good price:


www.ebay.co.uk/p/Wd40-WD-40-5-Litre-Multi-use-Maintenance-Can-Plus-Spray/1917439260




The first can is 450 ml @ £7.49 a can (Good price) that works out at 8.32 pence per 5 ml application.
The second can is 5 litres at £22.50 a can (A very good price) that works out at 1 pence exactly per 5 ml application, a good saving, along with the can you get a free reasonably good quality spray bottle (Cost you £2.50 in the Garden Centre).


What I like about this system is you can mix WD40 with engine oil and spray it into awkward areas, it gets oil/lube into difficult places that would be almost impossible to get.
Another good use of the oil/WD mix is on motorcycle drive chains, not to lube them particularly but if you jet wash a chain this mixture will drive out the water (WD=Water displacement) and add a little lube prior to a quick wipe down with a rag and lubing in your usual way.


WD is great on electric as well, for water displacement.


I just wish I had something better to do on the wet Sunday afternoon.
I do have new NGK straight plug caps to go on, but, no room to work in the shed, the wind is howling through the covered way down the side of my house and the rain is bouncing about 9 inches up off the patio as it lands.
 :'( :'( :'( :grumble     

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General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 10 December 2017, 01:55:56 PM »
Me thinks there is more than one bored to F--k Fazer owner wishing the weather was better and find something more constructive to do than sit on their computer making platitudes and overtures of never ending friendship and willingness to help.
 :lol :rollin :rollin :rollin :lol

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General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 10 December 2017, 01:52:24 PM »
This image will be very useful, given the vast array of similar hats to be found in the vicinity of the lake. Thank-you Tommy, most thoughtful. I have printed it and shall take it with me. The vibrant Welsh Daffodil should be sufficient to distinguish your hat from the run of the mill versions roaming amongst the pheasants in this area.  :)


Thank you so much for you fast response and your willingness to go that extra mile in helping out a fellow Fazer (Foccer) owner, should you ever be unfortunate enough to have a loss, nay a bereavement such as the loss of an old friend (Say a hat) in Hampshire, I will spring to your aid in helping to recover said article.  :rolleyes

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General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 10 December 2017, 01:20:17 PM »
I had considered another search for your missing hat at lake Vyrnwy, Tommy. You will have to manage without it for a while longer.  :lol


I know as you ride around Lake Vyrnwy there are thousands of brown leather hats strewn around the roads, but, this is mine and I don't want you bringing back any old hat, it must be the right one  :lol


Complete with the Welsh Daffodil and Peacock feather.
I will add the hat in the photo is not the original, but an exact representation none the less. 

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General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 10 December 2017, 12:51:44 PM »
I gazed lovingly at it and realised that I won't be going for a ride in the North Wales hills today !


If you were even thinking about it no matter how fleetingly I would say its not heated gloves you need more a F-----g Lobotomy  :eek

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General / Re: So What're You Listening To Today?
« on: 09 December 2017, 11:56:15 PM »
Unbelievable.


Not your average biker music, but this guy is an absolute inspiration.


His name is Nicholas Macathy I saw him in concert (My Wife's idea not mine) in London and was completely blown away by this guy, he is a left hand pianist, its not just that he plays left handed he has no lower right arm at all.
Not saying you will like the music, you may, but its worth just watching and listening to what can be achieved  with dedication and balls the size of footballs.







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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Chain lube
« on: 09 December 2017, 11:02:43 PM »
Anything Sharpie can do, I can do almost as well  :rolleyes


Chain guard off, chain thoroughly cleaned with Motul Chain Cleaner and a worm chain brush, makes fairly easy work of it.
Amazing the amount of crud that get washed off with the chain cleaner and worm scrubbing brush.
Blasted it off with compressed air after drying it with a rag, leaving it for a while to completely evaporate the cleaner before lubing it with Motul C2.


Chain adjusted so that the chain just touches the lower swinging arm guide when pushed up in the tightest point on the chain run.


Apparently one of the best test to find out how much your chain has worn is to clean the chain and adjust the chain correctly then grab the chain at the centre off the rear sprocket and pull the chain out directly backwards away from the front sprocket if you can push a pencil (5 to 6mm) between the chain and the dell in the rear sprocket your chain has just about reached the end of its life.


Mine pulls out less than 2mm, so all good for a year or three.

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Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Winter Projects
« on: 09 December 2017, 06:08:09 PM »
Jewellers have something like that, but, much bigger for measuring your ring  :'( :moon


Wife just told me they use them to stretch your ring  :eek  Don't think she is on the same wavelength though. :lol

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Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Winter Projects
« on: 09 December 2017, 06:05:58 PM »
Jewellers have something like that, but, much bigger for measuring your ring  :'( :moon 

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Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Winter Projects
« on: 09 December 2017, 06:04:23 PM »
Thats what I thought he meant, a stepped gauge.
I used to have a spark plug gap measure that looked something like your sketch.

Same as that, still got it somewhere in the abyss of my sheds :rolleyes




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Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Winter Projects
« on: 09 December 2017, 05:22:16 PM »

Tapered guages are narrow enough at the ends to slip between the cam guides to reach the valve buckets and measure the gap




Non tapered guages are too wide at the business end to get to the buckets.







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General / Re: How is this a meaningful deterrent?
« on: 09 December 2017, 09:59:55 AM »
Don't want to stretch my chains with something that thick in


Penis, chain, rear sprocket, 6000 revs. Jobs-a-goodun.
Stop them producing any more little theving clones in the future

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General / Re: Do you use a GPS on holidays by bike
« on: 08 December 2017, 10:40:11 PM »
well unfazed that really  does depend on what they are telling me to do :eek 

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General / Re: Do you use a GPS on holidays by bike
« on: 08 December 2017, 03:14:52 PM »
Blimey, who'd have thought a chuck away remark about GPS could cause such a controversy :lol . I've been firmly routed in the "notes and a map on the tank bag" camp, and still am, ever since I started riding any great distance. In fact there was no alternative back then. Taking the satnav on my last trip was an experiment more than anything else, and due to time constraints,hoped it would save time navigating any towns/cities, which it did. I know I'm not using it properly, as have no audio link to it, and as far as programming way points etc, forget it. Any computer based procedures, just drop me out.


Getting on to the bends thing. The purpose of taking it in the first place was to evaluate its usefulness,as there's no point in taking a gadget if it doesn't earn its keep so to speak. Other than the purposes it was designed for, I did find it useful to know that a 180 degree bend was coming up, so that awareness of the unexpected could be raised. The pace regulated accordingly,making progress,in my opinion, a lot smoother, more relaxed and therefore less tiring which is only a good thing when putting in a long day in the saddle.





Maybe as the Garmin was fairly new to me, it was a bit like a new toy, as I was very aware that it was there. Possibly a long time user might refer to it more subconsciously,like a mirror check,but still take on board the info they've seen without realizing it. A bit like the throttle blip saga, with riders unaware that they did it. Just a natural action that is performed without thought.
All being well, my next foreign foray will be Le Mans 24 hr in April, but I'll leave the satnav at home, as I know the way by heart :lol .


I must admit I like the sound turned on so I can hear the instructions through my ear phones whilst ride, I find it save having the bother of having to have my eyes open to look at the Sat Nav, or, ahead for that matter as I ride ride.
Easy

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General / Re: MAJOR TRAFFIC WARNING!!! Greenford A40 area and beyond.
« on: 08 December 2017, 01:04:59 PM »
Darrsi,

I'm glad I managed to avoid it. :lol :lol :lol


It always takes Darrsi that long to get there, he still does realise the FZS 600 has more than 4 gears and of course he rides like a tart.  :eek :lol :lol :rollin :rollin

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FZS600 Fazer / Re: Chain lube
« on: 08 December 2017, 12:56:26 PM »
The general consensus seems to be with the chain in the tightest spot of the chain run the chain should be able to touch the underside of the swinging arm rubber guide without a lot of force.
Bearing in mind if you lube the chain with one of the spray lubes that tends to set a bit then adjust the chain so that the tension is as above, one short ride and the chain will be slacker because of the lube being squished out of the numerous links, so I guess adjust the chain correctly then lube would probably be the best way.


But we all know what opinions are like  :lol

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