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FZS600 Fazer / Greasing my Speedo Drive Help.
« on: 22 December 2018, 10:55:51 AM »

 I will be re greasing my 20 year old (21k miles) speedo drive grease but which grease out of these two would be best.

 Also - stupid question time with the front wheel out is the balance transferred to the back or do I have to chock the front it necessary to take off the brake calipers or is that just to make it easier - especially when lining up to put back.Also how much grease do I use - a smear or pack it out or in between. 

General / Focer Font Of Knowledge. Borescope Endoscope
« on: 17 December 2018, 05:33:35 PM »
A while back it was mentioned on here for looking inside a tank and I thought at the time it would be a very useful bit of kit but I did not have a use but now I do so looking for some advice as to a cheap one that can connect to a android phone.Its first job will be to inspect behind/inside a stud and plasterboard wall before I drill some new holes to fit a towel rad in-place of a normal rad. 

General / Aldi Merino Ski Wear Winter riding
« on: 25 November 2018, 01:22:57 PM »
Aldi are doing some ski wear and I was looking at the "100% Merino wool" base layers - here but not sure if £17.99 for a short / £19.99 Long sleeve top are good prices. Also wondering if it is actual Merino wool - remembering faux wagu beef at Asda or something or was it Aldi. Faux because it was not "full blown" wagu but was a mix breed.   

General / Focer font of knowledge snorkelling
« on: 18 October 2018, 01:16:04 PM »
Have done some a long time ago and just again last month in Spain on a little trip that included a bit of snorkelling and now looking to get my own mask and snorkel to take with me next time.But I don't want to waste my money on rubbish but also don't want to spend the earth on professional scuba gear.Have been looking at stuff in decathlon but it seems very cheap, so any advice from snorkelling focers

General / Focer font of knowledge using Fiberglass
« on: 21 August 2018, 09:26:41 AM »
Never used fiberglass before and I am hoping to try and repair a broken concrete wavy roof tile. I have glued one back together before with rem-chem resin used for fixing threaded studs in walls and then a bit extra buttered on the back reinforced with Aluminium mesh which worked well.I believe fiberglass will stick to concrete - dust free.
When I am putting on extra layers of sheet do I wait until the first layer is touch dry or tacky or completely cured.I have a big boy kit from toolstation which says touch dry in 50 -70 mins but it doesn't say when it will be fully cured.Also the mix is 300:1  :eek bit of a faff to measure that out. Can someone point me to a make that has an easier mix ratio with less risk of getting it wrong.Are there also faster curing ones.

General / I have got a stiff one
« on: 21 July 2018, 12:42:38 PM »
Chain link that is.I can feel it and hear it when the chain is under a low load at about 40mph, not coasting nor can I feel it under any decent load.I am not quite ready for a new chain and sprocket set so what is my best course of action-- slacken off wheel and set to work on the misbehaving link with two pairs of pliers and some engine oil ?.I did previously tighten the chain a tiny fraction so 95% of the chain positions would just touch the guide but then there is that one tight spot with the stiff link that is a little too tight. Should I adjust the chain to that one tight area and have the rest perhaps a little too slack like all the guides actually tell you to do  :lol :deal .

General / Cat and fiddle A537
« on: 07 July 2018, 09:47:17 AM »
Thinking of a trip up there today and will be coming up from the south M1 any recommendations or tips as to the best route. 

EDIT to say I went and my report is here,24310.0.html

FZS600 Fazer / R1 Mirror upgrade review
« on: 04 June 2018, 09:56:03 PM »
So after 17 years of looking at my elbows and doing the funky chicken I decided to get some pattern R6 mirrors with the longer stem for a better view.
In my view not worth the bother.
Before the outside OEM dimensions across from mirror to mirror was 830mm and the R6 when on the bike were 840mm both mirrors are 140mm mirror area wide. So I gain 5mm less elbow view in each mirror.
But the OEM ones are taller at 85mm and the pattern are 75mm and squarer the OEM ones are wider where you need them and taper off where you do not.
Yes the pattern ones have a longer stem but that is not the whole story because the OEM ones although have a shorter stem the plastic around the mirror is elongated making up the difference.
You can see this in my picture although the pattern ones are on the bike and its hard to get the OEM ones next to them but you can see on the OEM ones the elongated shape of the plastic meaning that the actual glass on the OEM shorter stem ends up in almost the same position as the pattern longer stem version. The picture is a bit misleading as it makes the pattern ones look like they stick out more but its only my 5mm each side
The pattern ones sit higher maybe a person other than 5'8" tall would get on better but I do also have long arms for my height.
Good points on the pattern ones is that they were an exact fit and at ALL speeds there was no vibration.
So my OEM ones are back on for a slightly taller view and also I have datatag etching on the OEM glass, And also after 17 years of filtering that 10mm extra pattern width feels more like 1000mm.
Remember that this review is mirrors fitted on a Boxeye

General / 20 years old this week
« on: 02 May 2018, 06:05:54 PM »
To celebrate the 20th birthday of my Fazer this week Sharp Hall is releasing a special set of commemorative photographs   

General / multi buy in lidl
« on: 20 April 2018, 09:23:25 PM »
Just spotted this in my local lidl  :think

General / Where do you buy your tyres UPDATE - got em
« on: 05 April 2018, 08:10:12 PM »
Need a new set but where is the cheapest place to buy, my local fitter can fit if I supply. Looked at Black Circles and oponeo so far

General / Tyres and upgrades
« on: 04 April 2018, 10:15:13 PM »
Been looking at a new set of Bridgestones and Michelin and keep coming across old versions of a tyre that have been replaced by the new improved version yet the old version is still being made many years after its replacement came out, why don't they properly discontinue a tyre once its replacement comes out. 

FZS600 Fazer / Tyres Help bt-016/ s21/ PP 2CT metzeler m7 rr
« on: 04 April 2018, 10:37:03 AM »
Any views on any of these tyres I need front and back

bridgestone bt 016
bridgestone bt s21
Michelin Pilot Power 2CT

I am not looking for a massively long lasting tyre. I only ride dry so wet grip is no factor. 
I understand that the 2CT was not available in 110 but it seems to be now

General / Show me your winter underwear
« on: 27 February 2018, 12:06:15 PM »
I have taken this from the "what did you do with your Fazer thread so not to derail it.
I don't do rain but I do - do cold and been getting away with lots of thin layers, this lot

 The blue is a thin camping mat -crap for camping that fits the chest and wraps all the way around to my back and is both insulating and windproof.
The kidney belt as well as being extra lower back protection is also very good at keeping your core warm.

It has been pointed out to me that I should invest in a vest
Honestly Fazersharp, mate. Learn to spend a bit of money where your favourite things are concerned (e.g. riding your bike). Get yourself one of those Pertex wind shirts, like the cyclists use. Thin as a fag paper, weighs nothing, packs down tiny in a little stuff sack. Put it on under or over a pullover, makes one hell of a difference without bulking you out. If you need to be warmer still, try a down or primaloft jacket under your bike jacket - some have a Pertex outer layer, so they are very windproof, and come in different weights, so you still don't need to bulk up too much. Wind chill is half the battle.
This is the top I use:
Yeah, I know, pricey  :eek  but I got mine for £25 in a sale, so look out for such.
And if I need to be even warmer, I use one of these:

I don't want heated stuff just as thin a possible with wind stop to replace the 3 layers and the camping mat, good suggestions so far from the trimmer but looking for something that combines both. Like this but I really dont want to pay that much -otherwise I will carry on with my stupid layers as they do work.

General / The 2018 FOC-U Bike Picture Challenge
« on: 25 February 2018, 02:01:04 PM »
A reiteration of the rules.

1. All challenges must be of YOUR bike and a landmark, or something obscure or creative, something most people can ride to in their area.
2. Picture has to be taken after challenge is made.
3. Challenge is good for a week; if it is not met after that time, the previous picture poster picks a new challenge.
4. Nothing illegal to be challenged.
5. Keep comments to a minimum; if you comment, post the current challenge in bold type after your comment.
6. No repeat challenges.
7. No other bikes can be used, eg, your bike next to a Ducati. Some exceptions will be allowed, eg, your bike next to a bike cop.
8. Only 1 person can win each challenge; any other entrants will not be counted, due to throwing the whole game off track and adding challenges that don't stand.
9. If any dispute about a challenge occurs, 3 oks from others settles the challenge.
Remember, this thread is supposed to get people to want to go ride straight away and beat others to the challenge - be creative, but be sensible about it.
Have fun Foccers!

General / Focer font of knowledge AV experts
« on: 05 January 2018, 04:01:24 PM »
I am trying to plug in a PS2 into my tv but the ps2 only has phono outs Red White Yellow and the problem is those sockets are at the back of the tv which is on the wall and although I managed to get them in it can not stay like that.
But i have accessible connections at the bottom which I can get to, the first 2 pictures are from the tv manual shows how to make the connection so I brought a 4 pole 3.5mm/ 3 phono in the last picture and plugged in but just get lines on the screen and a buz with very low sound of the PS2.

Although the manual shows the tv socket as being a phono it is actually a 3.5 socket like the one on the far right marked HP which is for the headphone.

So what am I doing wrong focers     

General / Bennetts Renewal Breath of Fresh Air
« on: 20 October 2017, 09:01:38 AM »
Last year I changed to Bennets because my long term (always the cheapest ) insurance people got taken over by someone else and the premium doubled  :eek
I fully expected my 2nd year with Bennets to of increased by at least £50 and I would have to do the rounds getting spending hours getting quotes sending NCD proof, being called back, bombarded with emails from the high quotes I got online   ---------- but no its only gone gone up by £12. So they now still have my custom, makes a change to the usual 1st year new customer and then screw you next year.

General / Fazer cheese
« on: 12 October 2017, 11:07:59 AM »
Could this be the reason for our long recognised phenomenon of certain Fazer screws and bolts being made out of what appears to be cheese

General / Been away and no FOCER missed me
« on: 30 September 2017, 08:43:01 PM »
Any who been to Malia (out of season all inclusive beech 4 star hotel ) before you start !
Having a walk about its crazy - saw girls 3 -up on a moped, no helmets and the girl at the front was texting, don't know weather it shows complete irresponsibleness or fantastic skill !
Another one, a bloke driving along in a car drinking beer - with a child in the passenger seat, he actually literally was drinking and driving.
Dosent look like there is anything like an MOT unless it stands for Mostly Old Together with tape.
And the nearest thing you get to yellow lines is an old lady who comes out and hits you with a broom if she dont like where you parked.
I think I want to move there

General / Track days
« on: 17 September 2017, 08:49:03 PM »
Am I a tight git or are they a little expensive, I would love to do one but they cost so much. I am not interested in the "valuable Learn how to handle a bike properly with an instructor" - I just want to rag it round a track with a soothe surface without worrying about cameras or any other stuff to expect on a normal road. Which sounds like the Nuremburgring but It might rain between here and there and I will have to go home. 

FZS600 Fazer / Lube my pivot
« on: 13 August 2017, 09:38:16 PM »
Whilst out today I noticed the front brake leaver a little bit sticky/notchy when I pull in. A while back some one had the same issue and I think they just took the leaver off - gave it a clean and re - greased but I can not find the post about it. So just checking I undo the nut and bolt holding the leaver on, the piston isn't going to pop out or something stupid is it. 

General / Electric bike
« on: 02 August 2017, 09:17:43 PM »
Been thinking
As in the news with no more new internal combustion cars by 2020 or whatever it was, im sure the same will apply to bikes - also its not like we are going to have a choice but I like the violence and the noise and heat and the smell of a petrol bike. Even if the electric or hydrogen power cell is going to be a faster smoother exhilaration i  will still miss the noise and smell and heat.

General / OMG 4000
« on: 29 May 2017, 11:40:46 AM »
Just noticed  :eek

General / Help me sharpen my drill bits
« on: 13 May 2017, 03:01:55 PM »
I have this set of colbolt drill bits but most of them are now blunt.
Can someone recommend a sharpening gizmo to re grind them, I do have a bench grinder and stone but I can never seem to get the angle right.   

FZS600 Fazer / Its Not Black You Know !
« on: 19 April 2017, 11:37:42 AM »
Has anyone noticed that the black fazer - at least my 98 is actually metallic black

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