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For Sale & Wanted / fazer 1000 frame plugs wanted
« on: 07 July 2020, 06:06:42 PM »
them big buggers that sit in the plastic plate by the footrest. lost one of mine somewhere on the a47... :) :)

General / foccer font of knowledge - class 7 van mot
« on: 06 July 2020, 10:04:58 AM »
Buggered if i know...
Apparently the covid MOT 6 month extension lasts right up to the end of this month. so any light van, car or motorcycle having an expiry date from now until the last day of july gets 6 months extension.
from aug 1st, they need to get another one pronto.
My Class 7, single rear wheel 3.5t mk7 transit MOT expires on the 28th of this month.
But, is it still classed as a light van, thereby giving me the six month extension?
if I enter the reg no in the government site (RJ09 VLK), it says MOT due on the 28th of this month. But does the site automatically put six months on if its eligible?
all help apprecited fellers... :)
ive googled it but all i can find is that it will update it if it is eligible 7 days before the expiry. Id kinda like to know asap though as i can start putting some dosh aside and doing extra jobs. old vans aint ever cheap come mot time.  :'(

General / remember these?
« on: 04 July 2020, 05:01:03 PM »
doing up old bikes is fun most of the time. some things however.... :'( :'( :'( :'(

General / up and running
« on: 10 June 2020, 03:52:58 PM »
Getting to grips with it all okely dokely. stripped the Honda 750 carbs down. Got meself a  bike ramp in the end btw, dont half make things easier...Parts cleaned up lovely and blown dry

General / splashing out...
« on: 21 May 2020, 01:06:25 PM »
me mate kelv now has 38 seventies bikes, following his latest acquisition, a '74 gt750. Another mate has a lowly ten. I do bits for both of them, generally carbs and electrics to get them running half right. As such, and bearing in mind two of my own bikes have a four-bank of carbs, Ive bought an utrasonic cleaner. 27 litre, with fluid de gassing. The best part of 600 sovs with extra concentrate. But it makes sense. And six hundred quid compared to the the 90k kelv has spent on a shed full of, well, sheds, seems pretty good value. With the bits I do for Kelv and Chris alone it should hopefully pay for itself before the end of summer

General / i dunno what i respect more...
« on: 29 April 2020, 05:52:19 PM »
his ability to build it or his ability to drive it... :lol :lol

General / flogged me thou...
« on: 15 April 2020, 01:35:45 PM »
Well, being a self employed builder aint the best idea at the moment. Ive had to flog a bike to keep myself in running things money. good news is i flogged it too a rich mate, whos garaged it, not altered the log book and will give me a few months grace to buy it back once things are normal again. essentially, hes lent me two grand with my bike as security. I kept the xjr and the Harley as i use them both for me 'essential shopping runs'. you can only get so much in the xjr1300's tank bag, or the one the harleys rack, so most days i have to ride out twice. it keeps me sane and kinda takes the sting out of not having the fazer in the garage, so every cloud huh...

General / twats...
« on: 04 March 2020, 08:20:21 PM »

pritt patel being investigated for bullying.
Corbyn and Mcdonnell 'she should step down!!'
Bercow being investigated for bullying
Corbyn and Mcdonnell ' This man should be elevated to the house of lords!!'
 :lol :lol :lol :lol

General / best carb balancers?
« on: 15 February 2020, 09:51:32 PM »
I cant keep borrowing Daves lol, and ive just shimmed the xjr (seven out of spec!) so need to do that. theres a fancy digi one on the bay but its eighty sovs! any recommendations chaps?

General / caroline flack
« on: 15 February 2020, 06:04:56 PM »
beautifull. rich. we tend to think these people have it all, but they dont. dead at forty. suicide on valentines day. jesus… :\

General / another foccing washout weekend... bloody weather
« on: 14 February 2020, 07:29:04 PM »
This was my day trying to put a roof on a triple garage im building...just got that dpm battened on the joists to protect me saw from the rain when the wind changed direction and blew it in sideways... >: >: >: >:

General / trusty thou to deepest darkest wolverhampton...parking?
« on: 02 February 2020, 12:18:32 PM »
funnily enough ive never been there before. its an hour to the bottom of the m5 then head north lol. ill let the sat nav sort that out. ive gotta park city centre then go to the arts centre, should be there for about two hours, anybody know what bike parking is like? any advice appreciated

General / im with greta on this one...
« on: 20 January 2020, 08:08:53 PM »

General / 3 things that make a relay look factory fitted
« on: 19 January 2020, 07:00:18 PM »
you probably know all these already. me, being a builder, did not
I only found out about five years ago you can get relays with built in fuse holders. bolt it somewhere to allow access to the fuse and it looks pukka... No more inline fuses flapping about. At roughly the same time I also found out you can get actual relay connection blocks, that look so much better than lots of naked spade connectors crimped to wires. Its easy to remove the tabs too, so you can swap them around depending on what colour tail you want to use for permanent live/switched feed etc. brilliant. Finally, last summer my bro in law showed me these luter connectors you can get. normally, I try to spline wires together then solder them then heat shrink over. These luter jobbies you just feed a wire in from either end so the bare strands are in the inbuilt solder band, then apply heat via a small nozzle on a hot air gun.dunno if the solder has a low melting point or summat, but it melts, bonds the wires, and then heat shrinks over the join. cleverly thought out side has a slightly larger bore, meaning you can splice thicker cable to thinner, or if taking a spur off (as I did for a switched feed off the back light), you can feed two wires into the larger bore to meld into the single wire on the other side. all three things together make for a pro looking job that you aint gotta worry about. I still used a big heat shrink to contain all the wires and look neat, but its nice to know each individual joint underneath is both strong and watertight. And it looks factory, along with taking the worry outta leaving the grips on. took the xjr out today with both heated grips and underjacket and it was berluddy lovely. the trade off for three hours out on the bike was an hour to wash the salt off and drown it in fs365/wd40, but worth it.

General / it finally stopped raining...
« on: 18 January 2020, 08:38:03 PM »
spent the last two weeks building a long stone wall at my partners family home. took ages because of the bloody weather. as im a biker I decided to mix some bike bits in with the rock. so, cunningly concealed, you can just make out a high tech Harley belt pulley and one of those ktm front lights that look like a ladies growler...even if it is sideways...

General / new type (v8i) oxford controller issue half solved...
« on: 12 January 2020, 11:27:40 PM »
So , I bought some oxford premium heated grips off e bay, still new in the box. These are the ones that are normally 70 or 80 quid, with better connections, and the V8i controller, offering 9 presets. I would have just got the ordinary fifty quidintelligent grips, but got these for the same money (unwanted subscription gift apparently). Duly fitted them to the xjr. Went to set off , and they didn't work, kept going into battery saving mode (the green light just keeps flashing then it turns itself off).I had me garbing heated underjacket on so it wasn't a prob, and nipped into Wales to meet Dynspud at a biker café. Getting home late afternoon, I checked everything over. Installation and connections were all good. From the limitd information on oxfords website, it seems unless the battery never dips below 12.4 volts, they should stay on. It also seems a lot of people have had this problem. I duly checked my battery, 12.8 v non running, 14.5 running with the revs up. I was still trawling through the yank threads late afternoon, and found one that mentioned being able to disable the battery saving feature. this involves holding down the positive and negative buttons for five secomds until the green light goes out. Tried it and it works. So now got heated grips, but gonna have to rewire them through a relay. And I learnt summat, which is always a good thing...

General / last ride of the year
« on: 29 December 2019, 01:16:22 PM »

heading to Ipswich on the thou for a family funeral tomorrow morning, then staying over and coming back Tuesday. its about a 430mile round trip. im guesing it will be my last ride of 2019.
heres to lots more in 2020 fellers. Me and Dave already planning our next invasion of France come spring on the fazers then a slow and steady summer tour of Wales on the Evo's. bring it on...

For Sale & Wanted / stock exhaust can, unmarked
« on: 16 December 2019, 08:39:39 PM »
It'll never go back on, and having broke up with the missus I'm having a clearout. Sixty quid posted. I'll put photies up tomorrer...

For Sale & Wanted / for sale honda 125 twist n go/updated
« on: 02 October 2019, 09:53:23 PM »

pukka winter bike. I got it for the missus but she wants an electric pushbike now.
ebay link
its an 03, Blue,liquid cooled fuel injected four stroke (does 80 with my sixteen stone on it) but the real beauty is it has only done 9500 miles an runs perfect. ten months mot, new battery, newish tyres, givi plate and top box, concealed immobiliser switch , in the forest of dean. its a fes pantheon, the predecessor to the silver wing. only had summat like four owners, but like I said ill put the details up proper tomorrow. been kept outside most of its life so looks grotty underneath but mechanically very sound. if I was still commuting to Bristol id honestly keep it for myself saving useing the thou, but I aint, and ive already got the three bikes.
theres another one just like it on ebay done over 40k and he wants 1100 lol. its on the bay for 650, but anybody here wants it ill knock a ton off

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / 4degree advance plate
« on: 02 October 2019, 09:16:04 PM »
What are the chances im gonna take the r'hand cover off and the gasket will survive chaps? I'm assuming oil loss will be negligible/minimal? :rolleyes :)

General / man down...
« on: 25 August 2019, 08:00:55 PM »

Me and Dave (Dynspud) had a bloody lovely day on the welsh mountain roads yesterday, him on his fazer, me on the xjr. Arranged to do it again today, but on the cruisers this time, and take a relaxed ride up to the reservoirs. This morning me and the gruppenfuhrer headed out to Chepstow then stopped for a coffee before heading deeper into wales, to meet Dave at the bike café just outside of Abergavenny. Thats when I got the text.."Had a big smash mate, bikes mullered. Sorry but cant make it.."
Couldn't get him on the phone(was tied up with the police and ambulance etc as it turned out) so we set of for Abergavenny, then tried again at the café. Finally got hold of him, and Dave being Dave, he said not to worry, he'd be fine etc, but we weren't having that so headed out to his gaff. Got there to find one very sore and rightly pissed off (think his bikes a write off ) feller.

Im so relieved my mate is ok but gutted for him. He fucking loved that bike to bits, and a two grand bike written off means fuck all to an insurance company, whilst at the same time an awful lot to us who run and look after them.
I know most of you dont know Dave, but hes one of lifes good uns, and a bloody good friend to have.
im just glad hes still here...

General / the six different fiscal values of a secondhand bike
« on: 14 August 2019, 12:49:42 PM »

just my opine obviuosly.
A secondhand bike has no less than six values I reckon. three lay with the seller.
1 what its cost/how much they have tied up in it
2 what its actual realistic value is
3 what you are actually gonna get dependant on factors like time of year/whether people are spending or tightening their belts/ desirability etc.

the other three values lay with the buyer
1 what its actually worth to you
2 how badly you want it
3 your budget

three years ago I wanted either a fazer thou or early vfr800 carbed. I had a budget of two grand. it was  November, snow on the ground. There was a nice vfr800 near me on ebay for 2500. I offered my 2000. got a bit of a snotty reply. then a fazer thou came up on here for 2200 I think, a long way away but nothing to spend, nice colours (black engine/frame, silver bodywork) nice condition, good extras (mct sorted suspension front and rear, Ti race can)
 again I offered two grand. Bloke agreed, drove straight over in me van, no fannying about or nit picking, he got his money, I got a brilliant bike I still have.
That vfr never sold, and every week it would be relisted on a seven day sale for 100 less. Eventually he messaged me offering it for 2k, but it was obviously two late It finally went over Christmas for 1800.
It goes both ways doesn't it.
I just sold my mint cb1300. the first value, the one it owed me, was 5800 :'( and thats just the parts, not all the hours and hours of meticulous work. but that, as we all know, is totally fucking irrelevant.
the second value, what it was actually worth was probably closer to 4500. But its getting near the end of the season. and they dont sell that well. so again, irrelevant.
its third value, the one I was likely to get, was probably 3700-4000. so I put it on for 4300, and after over 1200 views finally got a solid offer of 4000 cash, which I snapped up. Despite losing a good amount I genuinely think I was lucky it went.
Anyhoo, now I was on the other side of the fence.
I initially wanted a second fazer thou, a real minty one. but...I know I would want a full mct set up with different spring on the stock rear shock (£660) and anew set of bt016s (£140) had to budget for eight hundred quid on whatever I bought. This put all the genuinely nice thous out of my reach, as I dint want to spend all the money I got for the honda.
So I decided either another FZ1 (simply because they are a brilliant bike that dont sell well for whatever reason) budgeting at around 2500, or back to why I really got rid of my cb1300 (I wanted carbs and aircooling) so a nice early bonnie or xjr13.
I offered 500 less on several bikes on e bay (the third value  ;) ) and got knocked back every time until I contacted a feller with a last model (06) xjr in that nice shelby ac cobra paint with carbs and twin pipes that he had on e bay for 2500. again I went 500 less.
this bloke was very like me, meticulous with his three bikes, and he had spent a lot on the yam. new seat, new carb inlets and carb rebuild, new mirrors etc all genuine yam, then hagon shocks, new battery, new tyres, chain and sprockets yada yada yada. And like me, he understood the real value of stuff, ie its not what you think its worth, rightly or wrongly its what someone will pay for it.
He agreed a price we were both hppy with, I went straight over to Wolverhampton in the van last night (he as polishing it as I rocked up), no messing each other about and hes got money, ive got my bike sitting in the workshop next to my brother in laws 02 1300sp.
Im not gloating about it far more out of pocket with the cb than I am in pocket with the xjr.
Just making an observation. And I would quite happily bet money that for the most the bikes on the bay I made an offer on will sit there as the season counts down towards the winter.
but then what do I know. apart from ive got a luverly xjr in the workshop so im happy  :)


I know ive already got one, what can I say.
I foccing love the bikes. And I cannot get my head around paying five or six times the two grand my bike cost me for a brand new bike, which I wont like as much as a thou, in all probability.
Gonna spend all winter looking for a minter to keep alongside the old faithful.
Anybody here who has such a machine please hit me up.
ta  :)

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / rebuilding blue spot calipers
« on: 12 May 2019, 08:42:05 PM »

I fitted a new front bt016 to the yam, and while I had the wheel out finally remembered to fit a decent 90 degree valve, As its finished winter commuting duties now, im changing or sorting corroded bolts etc as I go. the front axle pinch bolt was a simple swap for a stainless one, whilst I cleaned up the caliper bolts with a wire wheel, then done the old heat/oil thingy to rustproof and black them. Cleaning up the caliper, I found three winters have really taken their toll, despite regular maintenavce. One of the pistons was so tight, the pin the pads slide on was actually bent. I know from experience that no amount f brake cleaner/toothbrushing is gonna sort the problem; corrosion in the piston seal groove is pushing the buggers out, and they need stripping, cleaning and new seals.
So...ive never done blue spots before. Im assuming I gotta get a tool to unscrew the plug and the pistons pull out of the hole. what im not sure of is how this affects the piston seals when you normally you have the lip to the inside of the caliper..but how do I push the pistons back in from behind without damaging them if thats the case? Also, is Fowlers and genuine seals the way forward, or are the fleabay ones ok? all help much appreciated fellers....

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