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Fazer 1000 / MOVED: Race gearing. 1 up 5 down
« on: 19 May 2019, 10:21:32 PM »

General / Re: tail pack
« on: 19 May 2019, 08:49:59 PM »
You had a chance to try this yet Paul? I’ve been looking at their panniers was waiting to see how you found the quality etc?

General / Re: Touring Tips and Tricks
« on: 18 May 2019, 10:24:30 AM »
Aye I stay about 100 yards from the A82 so I know what your saying Paul.

I remember meeting you on one of your previous tour de Britain’s when the t shirt tour was going on a few years back ;)

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: vin plate
« on: 17 May 2019, 06:39:26 PM »
A bit late now obviously and I don’t want to be “that guy”, but why not just mask it off?

I’ve never heard of stick on VIN plates, I wouldn’t think so for obvious reasons but I could well be wrong.

General / Re: Touring Tips and Tricks
« on: 17 May 2019, 04:16:26 PM »
Not yet mickey. As I’m already in Scotland I’m just going to plan it last minute to get the best weather so I won’t now until a day or two before :)

General / Re: Phone charging on the bike
« on: 17 May 2019, 04:13:26 PM »
I actually just ordered one of these last night:

FREESOO Motorcycle USB Socket Waterproof 3.0 Fast Charger Dual Power Outlet 12V-24V

I’ll let you know how good it is when it comes in (tomorrow).

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Leaving indicators on?
« on: 15 May 2019, 09:36:26 PM »
This one looks like the correct connector is on it but just double check. Says it’s for a Yamaha scooter but it may be compatible :)

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Leaving indicators on?
« on: 14 May 2019, 08:36:58 PM »
I think you can get relays which beep but I have no experience of them.

I’ve got a habit of cancelling my indicators 4 or 5 times so it’s never been an issue for me.

General / Re: Touring Tips and Tricks
« on: 14 May 2019, 06:23:51 PM »
Aye for sure mate. Unless is liquid souvenirs I’ll no be bothered with them (certainly no a nessie t shirt! :)) 😂🤣

General / Re: Touring Tips and Tricks
« on: 14 May 2019, 05:15:28 PM »
Not sure about the souvenirs john, but I do like the sound of no washing up 😂.

That’s a reasonable idea though, thanks for that :)

General / Re: Just for VNA a brexit thread
« on: 14 May 2019, 05:14:39 PM »
This isn’t brexit related but since we are talking about farage et al and their policies... I’ve said for a long time that MP’s salaries should be in some way linked to the average U.K. wage, so that the only way for those shysters to get a better salary themselves is to do something about the U.K. as a whole.

General / Re: Touring Tips and Tricks
« on: 12 May 2019, 04:54:46 PM »
Soft panniers are ok, but offer little in the way of security. In the past most of my journeys are completed in a day without stopping off siteseeing etc, so soft luggage and a back box have been fine. Used hard luggage for the first time last year, only small 21 litre panniers, but found them useful as spares/tools etc could be packed in the bottom of one and just forgotten about. Topped that box up with cooking gear, food etc. I have cobbled together a stainless adaptor plate, that moves the givi rack a little further backwards, in order to be more comfortable with a large Lomo/Ortleib type bag across the pillion seat. That wouldn't be necessary if you steer clear of pubs and pie shops :lol .

I probably wont be leaving the bike for extended lengths of time so not overly concerned about security. plus, the only thing of value will be my phone which will be on me anyway. (plus im a cheap scottish fekker  :rollin ).

Ok what would I take,  a small decent torch cree for example, paracetamol and ibuprofen as I get a bit of back pain when I'm in the saddle for long periods. A water bladder is good, you'll need water for cooking if you're doing the camping thing. oh and another thing deodorant, go for the stick type rather than the spray, its the only one that works properly.
got a couple of small torches so ok on that front. will probably be packing bottles of water (dont have a bladder as such but will be stopping regularly enough drinking wont be an issue)
Why do you say that about deodorant out of interest?

Haha! I too have a wooden disc on a piece of string!!
I take a small kettle, a trangia method burner and a pan so a cuppa and a bowl of soup is never far away.
I take a small plastic bottle of engine oil in case a top up required, and a mini pump and some puncture plugs.
I have a led bulb on an extension lead I plug into the bike that can charge a phone or provide light at night. Also added a usb socket to the handlebars.
And I always seem to take too many clothes

need to get myself a small gas cooker, thats on the list if i can get something reliable and compact. got some crafty pluggers and a CO2 canister so ok on that front.

When I started this biking/camping lark many moons ago, I compiled a "to take" and "to do", lists regarding camping essentials and preparation. In later years this morphed into a laminated sheet that could be ticked off, and wiped clean ready for the next trip. Dickturpin's tip to take a small container of your favourite oil is something I've always done, placing it inside a latex glove. The taking of too many clothes is also very relevant. A towel takes up a lot of valuable space, but a 180x90 cms microfibre travel towel packs about the size of a paperback. I use the xl size from The Little Bodhi, on Amazon about 12 quidish. Boil in a bag type meals by Look what We've Found are also handy,tasty and don't take up much space. The list goes on and on and..... :lol

a small bottle of oil is probably a reasonable shout. im not sure if I will need it as the trip will likely be under 1000 miles in total and my bike normally doesnt use oil at all between services.
boil in the bag meals. is that like army rations or super noodles  :rollin ?

What, no "stay in a nice comfortable hotel" ? You lot are slipping  :rolleyes
Again, tight scottish fecker. aside from probably struggling to get booked in (as well as being too lazy to work out where I will be stopping every night) I'm trying to get by on the cheap, so no hotels for me this time :)
Few top tips so far, starting to get some sort of list together  :lol

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Scottoiler fitment location
« on: 12 May 2019, 04:42:19 PM »
reservoir for mine is under the seat, just behind the battery running legthways up the bike :)

General / Re: Touring Tips and Tricks
« on: 11 May 2019, 11:40:29 AM »
I’m more of a Brut man myself 😂.

Some handy tips so far guys, thanks for those :)

I don’t have one of those puck things yet but that’s been mentioned to me before so there’s probably something in it. I’ll get one made up in work I think.

What about luggage etc? Are soft panniers suitable and then maybe just strap a lomo bag to the back seat next to the tent?

General / MOVED: FZS 1000 height
« on: 09 May 2019, 06:20:39 PM »

General / Touring Tips and Tricks
« on: 09 May 2019, 06:19:47 PM »
I’m thinking about doing a bit of touring on the fazer thou in the north of Scotland this year.

I was planning on packing a tent and camping out mostly, but maybe the odd overnight stay in a B and B to get a “proper” sleep and shower etc.

Having never done any touring on the bike before I’m turning to the foccer font of knowledge for any tips and tricks you seasoned tourers have acquired over the years. I’m not new to camping but never with the bike.

How do you guys get round issues like the mobile phone going flat (power bank, or fit a USB charger to the bike?), what sort of tools do you pack for a week away, and what are you checking/changing on the bike for peace of mind?

Any info greatly appreciated.


Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Ignition Advancer
« on: 25 April 2019, 10:00:01 PM »
I’m not recommending you do this, but I just stuck mine in first gear, on side stand, one foot on rear brake and it came loose no bother 😳

For Sale & Wanted / Re: Alpinestars drystar v2 jacket large
« on: 24 April 2019, 08:15:02 PM »
I’ll save someone else googling. 40-41.5 inch chest according to alpinestars site :)

Too small for me unfortunately.

General / Re: Which one looks better?
« on: 20 April 2019, 12:31:22 PM »
I voted foxeye, I do like the look of the boxeye though, but it was a foxeye I had when I still had the 600 and I thought it looked a bit better.

General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 20 April 2019, 08:25:15 AM »
Ehh no 😂

Sunny Scotland of course 😁

General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 19 April 2019, 11:06:43 PM »
Rode it. Just a short one up past Loch Lomond and back this afternoon.

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Starter motor gen 1
« on: 18 April 2019, 03:28:28 PM »
Thanks unfazed, I’ll change those out today then :)

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Starter motor gen 1
« on: 17 April 2019, 11:52:47 PM »
Changed out the solenoid tonight and fired up straight away a couple of times so hopefully that’s all it needed.

Can anyone confirm from the manual what amperage of fuse is needed for the solenoid? The one I took out had 30A in but the one I fitted had 20A fuses in it. The battery and starter motor terminals were the wrong way round as well which was a bit of a pain...

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: lacquer the engine or not
« on: 12 April 2019, 11:04:00 PM »
When I painted my 600 engine a few years back I never bothered with lacquer. I used the logic that if it chipped or anything it would be more straightforward to touch up as needed if there was no lacquer.

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Starter motor gen 1
« on: 09 April 2019, 07:59:32 PM »
Got a new solenoid on the way unfazed. Will try swapping that out first but both were inexpensive so worst case I bought a part I didn’t need and have a spare 🙈

I don’t think my poor fazer spending winter outside has done it any favours :(

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