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FZS600 Fazer / Re: R1 Mirror upgrade review
« on: 06 June 2018, 01:24:03 PM »
Why not just fit FZS600 Foxeye / FZS1000 mirrors? Which have a much longer stem to give you decent visibility behind, and they quickly fold in - perfect for tight filtering and squeezing into motorcycle bays chock full of scooters. Or quickly pop back out when used as whiskers on tight gaps... ;-)

Just avoid the pattern one - they invariable don't fold! Albeit £80 each if you buy new!!!
I was in the understanding that the R1 ones were the same as those.

Mine look slightly different, stem is painted steel for start. Mirror shape is closer to your old BoxEye FZS600 mirrors. Stem possible bit longer too, but I may be imagining when looking at your photos and haven't actually measured!

FZS600 Fazer / Re: R1 Mirror upgrade review
« on: 05 June 2018, 12:40:12 PM »
Why not just fit FZS600 Foxeye / FZS1000 mirrors? Which have a much longer stem to give you decent visibility behind, and they quickly fold in - perfect for tight filtering and squeezing into motorcycle bays chock full of scooters. Or quickly pop back out when used as whiskers on tight gaps... ;-)

Just avoid the pattern one - they invariable don't fold! Albeit £80 each if you buy new!!!

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Front Tyre Question
« on: 21 May 2018, 06:31:05 PM »

Metzeler's site shows quite a different tread pattern from front to rear version of Roadtec 01.
And they list the 110/70 54H. No ZR in this size...

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Front Tyre Question
« on: 20 May 2018, 08:18:58 PM »
Interesting, when I last put a Roadtec 01 on my Fazer, I was told there was no option of 110/70 for the front. Went for the M7RR on front instead. Not ideal to go for mismatched, but the pair have performed well nonetheless. So, if this is now an option, that's good to know.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: What would you replace your FZS600 with?
« on: 12 May 2018, 05:31:28 PM »
yeah, I like the look of the CBR650F, got a friend with one, looks very smart and he loves it. But alas, best insurance quote on an older CBR600F was £1200 (or silly excess from MCE and £900 premium). :-(

The second smaller bike option is definitely worth considering. Got another mate whose gone this way after having his posh new 1200GS pinched twice (once recovered and thieves disturbed on second attempt), he's now has a CBF125 for his central London commute. Reckoned it makes more sense, plenty quick enough as you say, but way more nimble. But then he would say that coming from a GS! This partly drove my interest towards left field options like a CRF259L or even Royal Enfield, but insurance on anything that looks vaguely motocross is steep as well.

Anyone tried a recent ish (2007+) XJ6 Divvy? Any good? Looks cheap and cheerful, but will it be too disappointing compared to FZS600?

FZS600 Fazer / Re: What would you replace your FZS600 with?
« on: 11 May 2018, 06:11:22 PM »
For me the DRZ and FZS1000 are out because of ULEZ - need something 2007 or later. FZ1 is tempting, but economy for daily commuter and insurance quotes are £1k+ in London.
VFR could be option but would be later VTEC one.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: What would you replace your FZS600 with?
« on: 10 May 2018, 09:55:39 PM »
Same boat as you, and with this damn ULEZ coming in April 2019, I'm forced to swap for something else as I commute daily into centre. But I don't really have space/funds for commuter bike + weekend fun bike.

Like you, I like the balance of power, economy, comfort and practicality. Other things that put me off replacements is the lack of tank range - I'm gonna really miss getting 230 miles between fills.

I've looked at:
FZ6 S2 - obvious option. Seem to be fetching £2.5-3k odd recently.
CBF600s - felt a bit more torquey, but less top end power. Also very bland looking, but are cheap
SV650 k7 - possibly an option, but 73 bhp on paper and range of only 160 miles.
ER6 - meh, basic learner bike, too weedy and budget.
Gladius - ditto, even if just a cheap updated SV650.
CBR600F - nice option, but insurance is silly for inner London postcode (£1.2k odd!)
GSX650F - looks alright, but bit on heavy side, 150 mile range, basically a bandit in nice fairing.
BMW F800S - Seems a nice practical commuter, but reports are it can be rather tame/bland to ride (especially compared to FZS).
MT07 - has the looks, but looks a bit whimpy on power compared to FZS600 and bit dinky for tall rider.
MT09 - looks fun, but too pricy still - so insurance is too high in London.
Tracer - too wide for London computing... Seen some poor reports on longevity (corroded leaking oil pump on front of engine after 2 years!)
Street Triple - Silly insurance in London.

So yeah, I'm still no closer to a decision and time is ticking on...

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Engine bars/guard
« on: 29 April 2018, 10:56:31 PM »
if they swivel on impact they look  like they will go through the sump
I had to look at my own picture to see what you were talking about. I think for that to happen the upper mount would need to bend but also bend on the same axis but it is mounted on the opsite axis so wont bend like that --------- or something.
For me its not big spills I am protecting against but just stupid drops by myself really - rolled off the side stand last year as I did not realise how steep the hill was but luckily it tipped over on ME and a grass bank. So just stupid things like that.   

Got them on mine, and have tested them, several times. Had a few spills, had bike on side, smashed fairing lights, bent bars scraped tank. But bars only bent a little and engine always been grand to ride home. Even after binning it on track in France and riding back to London. They work great at protecting the engine and gear/rear brake levers.

Each time, just bent them back with rubber mallet and loosened them off to rotate them back. Did replace them once, as they had been indented quite a bit and lost all the paint - so just looked a bit shabby.

FZ6 / Fazer / Re: fzs 600 compared to fz6 s2 abs
« on: 04 March 2018, 04:12:50 PM »
Sorry to dig this old thread up, but I'd be interested Val which way you went in the end.

I've been commuting into London on a 2003 FZS600 for nearly 6 years now, but alas the ULEZ is going mean upgrade time. A FZ6 S2 is the default replacement choice. If you're commuting into the very centre of London then surely the FZS600 is off the cards for the same ULEZ issue.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Replacing Rear brake disc
« on: 24 November 2017, 07:28:07 PM »
Yeah, attempted this myself a couple of months ago. Completely rounded three of the bolts. Gave up in end, garage I took it to, gave a very long intake of breath too.... Got a new wheel for £25 - cheaper than labour mucking around with old seized disc and wheel. Personally - I'd just take it to a garage to begin with...

As for choice of disc, Brembo rear discs are about £80 - got mine from Demon Tweeks.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: What are my rear shock options ?
« on: 24 November 2017, 07:21:16 PM »
Pretty certain Hagon's are serviceable as well.

Got a second hand Hagon myself, does the job, but I've little to compare against other than the knackered original that was on previously. Decent enough budget option though. Also, pretty certain they do a pricer option with a external preload adjuster.

General / Re: Battery powered heated gloves
« on: 15 November 2017, 01:04:23 PM »
Gerbing do make a pair of heated liners but not battery powered.Being a liner they're not waterproof and are a touch short if £80. Gerbing seem to be the most reliable and troublefree manufacturer of heated gloves/clothing. Pity it's so expensive,but I suppose "get what you pay for" springs to mind.

I've been using their XR12 gloves for about 5 years. Reliable? -ish. I've been through a few pairs - electrical connection issues, cutting out etc. BUT Gerbing's offer a lifetime warranty on the electric side, no questions, they turned them around in couple of days. Each new pair has been getting better, design improved and lasting longer though. Current pair is first to do two winters and holding up well this winter too, so fingers crossed. Do any of the other manufactures offer a lifetime warranty? I mean seriously at this rate I'll never be buying winter gloves again, as electrics pack up long before the wear out!

I just plug them into bike; cable tied controller to jacket, threaded cabling down sleeves etc. Works fine, only about 30 seconds extra faff to plug stuff in. They do however have a pocket on gauntlet to accommodate a battery pack. About an extra £80-90 last time I checked though.

FZS600 Fazer / Red Boxeye Fairing on Ebay
« on: 05 November 2017, 12:33:50 PM »
Who was after a red box eye fairing?

Here you go.

£100, and looks reasonable nick.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Replacing HT Leads and Plug Caps/Boots
« on: 02 November 2017, 05:17:32 PM »
Did you try rerouting them? Many I have seen are twisted all over the place, making them appear shorter than they are

Nah, just quickly patched it up in 15 mins yesterday morning between getting kids ready for school and zooming off for work! But yeah, next time tank is off I'll take a peek as see how they're routed. Either way, bike is running really well now huge difference, so smooth and more ummph now, makes me believe they had been slowly deteriorating for a while.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Replacing HT Leads and Plug Caps/Boots
« on: 01 November 2017, 11:31:28 AM »
Fitted new caps. Dead easy, quick job. All good and running on all cylinders now.
Couldn't trim any off cylinder 2 lead as already a spot short, but is working fine nonetheless.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Replacing HT Leads and Plug Caps/Boots
« on: 30 October 2017, 07:51:49 AM »
Cool, have ordered straight ones. Will see how I get on later this week once they turn up.

FZS600 Fazer / Replacing HT Leads and Plug Caps/Boots
« on: 29 October 2017, 04:38:10 PM »
Got a bust cap and misfire on cylinder 4. So reckon it's time to replace. Any recommendations, tips, gotchyas with the Fazer? NGK leads/caps the way to go?

Did this job once before on an old ZZR600, with new NGK leads and caps, was pretty straight forward. Is the Fazer similar?

And are these the right caps?

Will the straight one fit (SD05F) or better to get a bent one like original (XD05F)?

K&N air filters are alright, but don't expect a night'n'day difference. Good you can clean and re-use, but do factor additional time each service to clean it, dry it and re-oil it K&N recommend leaving it to dry naturally, fine on a summers' day, but hassle otherwise and delays putting the bike back together.

Castrol Power1 oil is my fav. Think I read on here gear changes are a bit smoother with it. Dunno, seems ok and I've stuck with it. Opie Oils often have discounts on it.

Avoid the K&N oil filters mind. The handy nut on end is overrated and there's been some dodgy batches that have failed giving you a nice oil slick feature to keep you and your mates behind you on their toes whilst your bikes seizes... Mate had one on this Speed Triple fail half way across Alps! was lucky, spotted it early and free wheeled down!

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Plastic welding needed
« on: 11 October 2017, 11:07:42 PM »
I've followed this chap's plastic welding plan in the past:

Pretty straight forward, soldering iron, staples and cable tie job. Certainly functional, but not aesthetically pleasing. Fine for an out of sight mounting lug mind. However, if you have the piece of fairing handy, or its just a crack, you may be able to use this technique to seal the piece together from inside and leave only a fine hair line on show. Either way, probably a better plan than glueing.

Depending on how much you want to throw at the project, do note a brand new fairing can be had fully painted from Yamaha or Fowlers for £200 ish.

Been about 25-30K since last swapped chain (and yes, front sprocket nut swapped then too). Not got too much slack in it, but it's developed a couple of stiff links and has a spot of surface corrosion. I keep cleaning and lubing it, but they keep sticking and I'm feeling a duff-duff-duff-duff as I got down road. Especially when I'm on the throttle, and seemingly changing frequency with change of speed. Since having this, I've changed rear wheel (disc bolts were seized!), new rear bearing and tyre - so can rule them out. Front end feels alright, nowt obvious wrong there, so fairly sure it's the chain. It does seem to ease off when I really lube the chain up.

So reckon it's probably time for new chain.  Got a DID VX on there now, debating whether to go same again or splurge a bit more on a Extreme ZVM-X (extra £40 ish) Worth it? Anyone tried one? Last much longer? Or just not worth it on a nice smooth inline four like the Fazer?

General / Re: Am I being thick?
« on: 03 September 2017, 11:15:37 PM »
Only used them when I had a massive shard of glass in my tyre and the little rubber strands I carry were to thin/small to use. The RAC chap came out with what you had and plugged my tyre. However, are they actually a permanent fix? I was under impression to permanently fix a tyre you need to use a big mushroom type thing from the inside. As surely anything you push in from outside could potentially pop out too? (but do correct me if I'm wrong here, I'm no expert).

For Sale & Wanted / Re: Wanted - Rear Brake Caliper for Fazer FZS600 2002
« on: 01 September 2017, 11:12:52 PM »
Get yourself a caliper off a FZS1000. Much better and more robust than stock one. Will fit standard FZS600 mounting bracket (don't use the FZS100 bracket), with a little bit of grinding down. There's only a tiny bit in the way, 5 mins with dremal or 15 min hand file will sort it. Expect to pay around £60.

Why did the bolt holes need re-boring? Was it seized to bracket?

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Engine Bars
« on: 26 August 2017, 10:09:04 PM »
Yamaha did a couple of different engine bar variants for the FZS600. Pretty both are genuine and are for FZS600, just different styles. I think both came in black of chrome variations too.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Engine Bars
« on: 25 August 2017, 07:36:26 PM »
I've some the same as Fazersharp, they're one of the genuine Yamaha models. I can attest they work, have saved my engine several times after binning the bike. They usually bend up a bit and/or get dented. Rubber mallet can sort them out from a minor off, but still fairly sacrificial from a bigger off. Rather replace one of these, then half the engine and not be able to ride home... On the track I can usually get within about 0.5 cm of tyre limit (Metzeler Z8's) have yet to grind them. Have ground pegs before these mind.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Screen bolt size?
« on: 19 August 2017, 09:54:13 PM »
Yep, definitely deja vu!

But I still don't know for sure what size I bought last bloody time!

Yep, I can get genuine ones from Fowlers/AJ Sutton, but at £1.40 each - pah! I'm sure I bought a bag of dozen generics for around £2 off ebay last time.

Yeah, maybe I should get some fancy coloured ones. The cheap plastic ones did fade pretty bad TBH.

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