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FZS600 Fazer / Re: U-lock or Disc lock?
« on: Today at 03:39:18 PM »
that looks like a good size piece of kit - easily hidden aswell - im not looking into trackers just yet untill the fighter build is underway
- one of the big problems with them is the other half can track you at all times which might not be a good thing.

But aren't you in your garage (at home) most of the time anyway, recording reviews and build videos, for your Utube channel?  :lol  :thumbup
I'm the FOCCER whose been recently commenting on a few of your Vids. Great stuff mate, excellent content.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: U-lock or Disc lock?
« on: Today at 03:26:10 PM »
Another little tip, you can buy a THICKER length of Chain in the Hardware (DIY) stores, that come in plastic sheath, cheaper than a similar length "branded" motorcycle chain, from say Halfords or Amazon - which are likely more expensive plus the actual links are not as thick either.

Granted, you then need to buy a Padlock too. Get something beefy, pick and mix. :)

General / Re: Time for a Change - MT-09
« on: Today at 03:15:18 PM »
tony_d123 ... BEAUTIFUL machine, congratulations.  :thumbup

Think it's a case of being content only with what you are familiar with / what you know.
Then, you went out and tried something NEW (not forgetting the MT-09 is almost 15 years NEWER than a FZS600), and you've seen the light. lol.

I've watched a lot of youtube videos of owners on their MT-09 / MT-07's, Reviews etc, lovely looking machines, plus the power to go with it.
I'd seriously consider going the same direction if I parted with my FZS 600.

General / Re: Test ride
« on: Today at 02:51:52 PM »
Verdict? (As if we cant guess the outcome)!  :eek ... 8)  :b ... ;)

General / Re: Ducati 899 Panigale Question
« on: Today at 02:41:42 PM »
Someone might know the answer to this.

I'm looking at a 2014 model of the above online with a pillion seat cowl and no pillion foot rests/hangers.

Would that have been a factory option when the bike was ordered new, or would the foot pegs/hangers have been removed at a later date?.

Ta. YFF.

Perhaps the current owner of said 899 Panigale can answer that question (they might still have the pillion pegs that were taken off)?
Or even the dealer, if its coming from a garage. If you are lucky, paperwork accompanying this bike might also show receipts for a new rear cowl ?

Majority of Sports bikes produced for the streets come with pillion pegs as standard. It's the most flexible option for buyers (taking pillions).
I know the 959 Panigale has pillion pegs fitted on as standard.

Introduction / Re: New member
« on: Today at 02:27:09 PM »
Sounds a minter!?  :eek  8)  Welcome aboard.

General / Re: Pushing your bike.
« on: Today at 01:48:39 PM »

But then I have heard guys say you can ride a motorcycle in a bus lane and other say you can not.

You can only ride in certain bus lanes, not all of them. The bus lane has to have a sign indicating that motorcycles are allowed otherwise expect to receive a nip.

Plus to make it even more confusing, you can ride in some bus lanes only during certain hours of the day - usually outside "rush hours").
The exact time permitted is printed on the Road sign, at the start of the bus lane.

General / Re: Muppetery in motion
« on: Today at 01:38:07 PM »
16 minutes they followed him  :eek ... They were probably expecting him to win a Darwin award instead (given enough time).

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Tank loose after crash
« on: Today at 01:30:11 PM »
At least you've now identified the problem. So you are referring to the tanks front mount (metal flap).
If that doesn't sit flush onto the metal 'pad', where it bolts up (single bolt), what do you think is off (tank or frame)?

Importantly, you came out of this ok. :thumbup A bike can at least be repaired/replaced - while a life cannot.

General / Re: Engine / bike lighting - To "enhance".
« on: 18 September 2017, 11:40:15 AM »
Or is this look now soooooo.... 80's !  :eek

I was thinking 1960's :pokefun

In my defence, I wasn't around (born) in the 60's... :lol  although I will take your 'far more superior' guidance into consideration, prior to arming myself with a couple of metres of heat resistant cable and a soldering iron.  ;)

General / Engine / bike lighting - To "enhance".
« on: 18 September 2017, 11:00:14 AM »
Anyone done this to their Streetfighter [cough].... Fazer? :)

The actual wiring isn't difficult. Just routing the wiring, so its safe from heat plus mostly hidden, would be key.
I know its a marmite thing, and those who maintain their Fazer to factory fresh spec, would be cursing all the way though this Post, but we are all different! LOL.  :lol

Would want something noticeable but subtle, not looking to light her up like a Christmas Tree. Or is this look now soooooo.... 80's !  :eek

General / Re: So who owns a Camper Van? Original VW Camper or conversions.
« on: 18 September 2017, 10:03:37 AM »
Thank you all for the very informative feedback.

Will look to pickup a van that's as new as possible. Also as Oldgit mentions, there's some interesting Japanese options / that can convert to Campers nicely. I've seen a few MPV's that would do quite nicely, being imports, you don't see alot on our UK roads (such as the 'Nissan El Grande' - that look a little unique, from the usual favourites). :)

Will certainly do this in stages. Strip. Insulate with new "walls" (Ply sides/floor). Then build up the 'accommodation' to suit.
Transporting a young family, I'd need to ensure a metal framed seat can be fitted + seatbelts. Seated securely, for potentially long rides on the road.

Was hoping to see a load of projects others have already done, however it appears Yamaha bike owners and Campers, don't mix (much). :)
Or perhaps ppl are reluctant to flaunt their investments over a "public" internet forum. Understood.  :thumbup

Again many thanks.

Your Suggestions and How you can help / Re: Dating Section?
« on: 14 September 2017, 07:48:57 PM »
Usually find on these (Bike / Car) forums, there's a ratio of about 500 guys to 1 girl !

That's not far off the male/female ratio on some of the dating sites! :rolleyes

.....and even those few "girls" actually turned out to be guys??!  :rollin

General / Re: Things I learnt with my first car
« on: 14 September 2017, 03:01:27 PM »
And never forget      MIRROR, SIGNAL, MANOEUVRE.

Though more commonly seen, even after years of driving, is manoeuvre, signal, no mirror.

and if your been riding long enough its

 Mirror, signal, mirror, manouvre

No shoulder checks? ("Lifesaver").
Mirror, signal + then take up correct position in road, lifesaver over shoulder, manoeuvre.

General / Re: Things I learnt with my first car
« on: 14 September 2017, 02:08:15 PM »
My first car.... got written off about a month after buying it, by a guy driving OUT of a pub car park, using the 'ENTRANCE' road (not the Exit, plus against the flow of traffic). Plus he had the nerve to ask me if I had been drinking!  :lol

General / Re: Downshift Blipping
« on: 14 September 2017, 12:30:48 PM »
I will come clean and state I got my full A1 license through taking a DAS course. I did however ride scooters in my youth (so wasn't unfamiliar to motorcycles).
At no time did any of the Instructors through the "big bike" lessons, talk about blipping the throttle for smoother (+ mechanical wear reducing) gear changes.

It's down as an advanced technique, primarily Sports bikes (on the race circuit), when decelerating rapidly, from high speeds, is a norm.
In which case, why should it be necessary to "blip shift" under normal, public road riding/commuting circumstances?

If you have physically slowed to the point you feel a gear down (or 2) is necessary, the engine has already slowed sufficiently, and the gear down wont affect the revs to any great extent. Hence a "regular" clutch in / change gear / SMOOTH clutch out, should be sufficient?

..............perhaps I just don't ride fast enough :lol

General / So who owns a Camper Van? Original VW Camper or conversions.
« on: 14 September 2017, 11:08:53 AM »
Looking for inspiration. Anyone done or doing this? Which Vans make the best platform for a conversation? Considerations. Do's/Don'ts.

Could make a decent winter project, prior to next summer. Plus a big "step up" from lugging a tent around in the boot of the car!

Don't have the workshop facilities (or time) to restore a rusted out VW Camper. Plus not paying £30K+ :eek for one somebody else has already "restored".
So the latter, Van conversation, is the favourite. Where I can design it to my own requirements / plus a little flair. :)

FZS600 Fazer / Re: FZS600 Tail conversion / Swaps (Sports bike grafted)?
« on: 14 September 2017, 10:51:40 AM »
After fitting the flush Powerbronze Undertray, Aluminium Tail tidy, LED indicators etc, I'm much more impressed with my refreshed, "sportier" Fazer rear end. Accentuated by the 40mm JackUp kit. Looking sharp! OK, so it's not going to look like a Ducati or R1 (from the rear) :lol, but this will keep me content, for a while.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: FZS600 Tail conversion / Swaps (Sports bike grafted)?
« on: 14 September 2017, 10:45:21 AM »
our homebase got turned into poundstretcher
will happily trade in that crapshack for good tools and BBQ

£stretcher! OUCH! What a waste! Turning that warehouse space into a skate park, or go-kart racing outfit, would be much more useful + lucrative.  :)
Have been quite impressed with Bunnings. Always come out satisfied I found what I wanted. Although walking around wearing a straw hat with corks on the end of strings, gets a bit distracting after a while! (joke)  :rollin

General / Re: How do you delete a profile ?
« on: 14 September 2017, 10:29:01 AM »
At 47, rainbow-walker, tell us a bit about your choice of motorcycles? This is a forum after all.  ;)

The gen1 fazer, to a R6, to a GSXR1000, to the pinnacle Ducati 899 Panigale ?

FZS600 Fazer / Re: What have you done to your FZS600 bike today
« on: 14 September 2017, 12:21:33 AM »
30 inch on bars 32 at the levers (sounds odd but looks fine)

link to my youtube channel has a video about fitting them and chopping off the lugs
will be posting most of my modifications and build series on there
personally i think they are a bit wide for city riding but they are comfortable once your used to them
(editing a review video that i made after 50 miles - after 200+ miles was completly used to it)

I recently measured the standard bars, which are 27.5" from tip to tip (straight across). Thinking about it that includes bar ends/weights. So actually you aren't that much wider.

Would be happy to find Renthals that match the width of the standard bars, as I don't want to reduce the ability to filter in traffic.

Will defo be watching your YouTube vids..  ;)

FZS600 Fazer / Re: FZS600 Tail conversion / Swaps (Sports bike grafted)?
« on: 13 September 2017, 11:55:56 PM »
Yeah, Bunnings are taking over Homebase. Two Homebase stores in my town have been shutdown, gutted, and now Bunnings. They even have a barbeque running every weekend out the front (keeping in line with their Australian store habits).

Alot of new and interesting stuff stocked. Note I have absolutely zero affiliation with any of these DIY stores mentioned however.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: FZS600 Tail conversion / Swaps (Sports bike grafted)?
« on: 13 September 2017, 07:38:38 PM »
im throwing loads into mine but nowhere near that sort of money needed
hell im having enough tears right now with my datatool alarm system spiked (cant disarm)
damn things held together with the one set of security bits i cant find so its another couple of days to wait

What kind of Bit is it? I picked up a 100 piece screwdriver bit set yesterday which has loads of security bits. Such as Stars and the ones with little pins in the centre. Was only a fiver (Bunnings diy)

Surreal - I lived in Truro all my youth prior to disappearing to the "big city" for a career!
Used to spend alot of time around Trelander, where most of my friends (back then) lived. We'd drive to the beach most of the time just to chill. Newquay at the weekends for the clubs - all year round! Tall Trees and Berties were best.  :lol Fun times!

Alot has changed down there since (that I see when I get back down there to visit family). Lovely part of the country.  :thumbup

FZS600 Fazer / Re: FZS600 Tail conversion / Swaps (Sports bike grafted)?
« on: 13 September 2017, 03:31:23 PM »
extended swingarms and fat tyres are only for looks
destroys handling on any bike especially sports
go for it on a vmax show bike and chops but wouldnt even consider it for a fazer i think it would look so wrong

A Fazer wouldn't warrant all the necessary blood, sweat and tears!?
(plus even more tears afterwards, when it rides like chit, plus you go back to check the bank balance, to see how much you threw away on the project).  :)

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