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For Sale & Wanted / Having a clear out
« on: 29 March 2015, 10:27:22 PM »
Having moved to the dark side and brought a Triumph Tiger 1050 after a FZS and FSZ Fazer,

I am having a clear out

FZS600 square headlight- set of carbs with throttle cables
Swing arm
Rear wheel complete with tyre and disc
FZS600 cats eyes headlight - dark headlight lense covers
Standard screen
Swing arm (2 - don't ask!)
Crash bungs

I am in mid Wales so anyone can come by rather than postage and no reasonable offers refused

Please contact me on my email address as I am afraid I don't come on here much anymore with a new bike to learn how to fettle and ride

I have enjoyed the company on here for more than ten years- cheers- but all things must come to an end sometime

Glynne blue2 told me I needed a Fazer and he was right- I had two!

General / Wish me luck!
« on: 26 June 2013, 08:23:25 PM »
 This weekend five of us are riding around Wales  :eek about 600 miles stopping over Saturday night in Gwbert on our way around.

We did it about two years ago and it was great- this time we are going backwards- well the other direction- not litterally backwards- that would be silly!

Forecast isnt too bad and bike fettled ready just needs a good clean but thinking about it maybe I will do it when I get back. I am lucky, my brother in law has a blade!

Last time I went for sponsorship for Wales air Ambulance but this time I am looking for pennies for Thankful Village-

Dont know if you have heard of this but two bikers are starting 27th July for 9 days riding 2500 miles to visit 51 thankful vilages- where all the young soldiers who left for the first world war all came home so they have no war memorial..... some (very few) are double thankful villages in that all that went to the second world war also came home.

Triumph have donated two bikes for the trip- not sure if they can auction them off afterwards- that would be nice... but they are trying to raise £51k for the British legion and I am trying to do my bit

Not an ex soldier but I was in the TA and nowadays - that is the same thing!- before we were SAS.... Saturdays and Sundays and a joke but today around half of the fighting force is volunteers.

Anyway- if you would like to sponsor me go to and pledge a couple of quid in a good cause- I will be getting callouses on my a55 this weekend in their name and riding with them in July for some of the way- the last but one village is four miles from me!

Thanks for reading this

General / ivanisers
« on: 01 February 2013, 08:46:46 PM »
I have been reading up on the Ivaniser for FZ1's

I have the same 'snatch' problem as the FZ1 on my FZ6S2- anyone know if there is something similar for my bike?

General / ECU replacment
« on: 26 September 2012, 09:53:56 AM »
Just a quick update

My ECU failed on my FZ6S2 due to corrosion on the pins with a £600 price tag for an OEM virgin Yamaha replacement

Those nice guys at sold be a second hand ECU that they had fettled to be a virgin ECU and just heard from the bike shop that it is working and my bike is back on the road for £170!  :)

Who's a happy bunny then!

« on: 12 September 2012, 07:17:58 PM »
Biker Down ..... essential first aid course sponsored by Powys County Council
 To train you in the first bike on the scene first aid. Hopefully we will never need this training but it has to be vital to know how to help a fellow biker if the  worst happens on a ride out- or even if you are in your car and come across a fellow biker after an accident.
 There will be no charge for the course and it will be open to anyone, not just Powys residents. The organisers can take about 20 on each course, this is only down to everyone being able to practice the first aid or we'd take more.
 The ambition is to run two courses a month, depending on the appetite for it, spread between Newtown, Llandod and Brecon Fire Stations and if a group wanted a course run specifically for them then they would be more than happy to accomodate it.
 Check out and sign up for the course so they can let you know what the dates of the courses are which should start sometime in October this year........ and tell all your biker mates

General / ECU
« on: 29 August 2012, 01:31:24 PM »
You might have seen my plaintive laments on my FZ6S2 (2009 with 8k miles on the clock) and how corrosion has eaten the pins off my ECU. :rolleyes
I felt that as the ECU is under the tank next to the airbox and out of the general water that failure of said part is a bit premature literally on its third birthday... especially when the initial estimate from the bike shop was £2k and asked Yamaha if they could help with the cost. It did seem an unusual failure as I havent seen it mentioned anywhere else
Well after two weeks they tell me that I only need a new ECU and not the replacement key set and that I can order it from my local dealer- and that is it   :( - hope this information has been of help
perhaps I was a little naive in that I thought that Mr Yamaha might help with say half the cost of the unit or as a gesture of goodwill  or replace it free of charge as it is not a serviceable item- but no
So- I am searching for a 2009 non ABS ECU although I have seen a 'virgin' ECU on Eaby for £180 guaranteed and I am in contact with them. Also seen American ECU's for about $400 but they are not suitable as they dont have an imobiliser. :'(
Not sure what to say to other owners- probably not a good idea to annually take your ECU off the loom and clean the contacts but otherwise how will you know its about to corrode into scrap?

FZ6 / Fazer / Completely screwed
« on: 17 August 2012, 08:20:02 PM »
 :eek So...... the apparent problem with the radiator fan that stopped the bike from starting has a completely different problem which will virtually scrap the bike. (Still have the problem with the radiator fan I guess)

The mechanic has found the problem- there is corrosion in the plug connecting to the ECU and two pins on the ECU have corroded away and are shorting out the other pins. This is a three year old bike that has done 8000 miles- not a winter hack!

Mechanic says I need a new CPU and possible plug but worse that that I need a new ignition barrel and new set of keys coded to the ECU and the whole bike coded to the ECU as this is the brain of the bike- Estimated cost approaching £2000

I dont have £2000 to spenjd on the bike and so would be grateful if anyone on here knows which years ECU's are compatible with my 2009 FZ6S2? I dont know if earlier versions or later vesions would be suitable and hopefully I can find one on EBAY as a set from a scrap donor bike.

The alternative seems to be scrapping my pride and joy and selling it off in bits (other than the ECU) and hope to make enough money to buy another bike

In the meantime- check under the tank to the rear near the shock absorber and see if any water has been getting in- not sure what to recommend then- unplug it and hope nothing breaks so you can vaseline the pins or leave it alone

FZ6 / Fazer / Help! electrical fault
« on: 16 August 2012, 06:10:08 PM »
Had a problem with my radiator fan on my FZ6S2 - it wouldnt come on- known about it for some time but got reminded on Friday after a 'spirited' ride on a warm afternoon I got caught at some convoy controlled road works.

At 117degC the temperature light came on and the temperature display started to flash- didnt know whether to shut the engine off or way for the convoy to come through. Got to 120 before I could move off and the temperature came straight down with diligent use of the clutch to get the air through.

Use dit since and had no problems. Booked it into the local bike shop (not Yamaha) this morning and rode into toen and dropped it off- no problems

Went to pick up the bike tonight and found that the mechanic couldnt start the bike. He wondered if I had damaged the key dropping it through the letterbox this morning- had my spare key but that made no difference.

Engine turned over but would not fire and the temperature display says HI and flashing although it was fine when I left it.

Mechanic had phoned the local Yamaha garage who suggested holding select and reset while turning on the ignotion gets you into some sort of mechanics test code- move it up to 54 and that starts the fan even if the engine is cold so you can test it.

There it is- engine is imobilised and wont start HISS red flashing light goes off with the igntion. normal washing its face and normal display apart from the temperature display saying HI and flashing. Assuming this is not a cheary greeting any ideas what is wrong?

General / Front tyre wear
« on: 08 August 2012, 04:49:17 PM »
Bike has just done 8500 miles and MOT time as it has reached its third birthday

Back tyre was flat in the middle and down on its uppers so a new rear required as I had changed the pair last year and done around 3-4 k in the last year.

Checked the front tyre usually two rears to a front right? That was what it was last time but this time my front tyre has worn strangely.

Looking at the tyre the middle is fine, the nearside is round but tapering a little in mid tread and the right hand side is worn flat between the middle and the sidewall- I remember the last front tyre went a bit that way.

I am pretty good at keeing my tyre pressures correct and guess if I rode it down on pressure I would have a worn mid side tread but then it would be equal on both sides wouldnt it? not one rounded and one flattened?

Any Ideas?

Bike mechanic said its because Powys roads have a pronounced camber because of the heavy rainfall  :o Yeah right- anyway I usually ride in P3 (just inside the centre line for the non Police trained riders) so should have a pretty good flat bit there.... probably equivelent to a long weight (wait :'( ) and a rubber hammer or a tin of elbow grease  :o )

General / After market brake lines
« on: 31 July 2012, 08:50:23 PM »
Brought a set of stainless brake lines for my FZ6 which came as two long lines obviously meant to the joined at the master cylinder and run to each front caliper. Also short on for the rear

Went to get them fixed today in the bike shop and he wouldnt  :eek

The OEM brake line goes from the master cylinder to the nearside caliper where it is bracketed and then over the mudguard with a clip with a short brake line to the offside caliper where it isnt bracketed

He says that if he fits the twin lines the offside one will flop about as there is no bracket and may cause an accident.

Seem to recall when I had them fitted to my old FZS6 they just used a couple of zippy ties to hold the two brake lines together and it was never queried on subsequent MOT's etc

Any advice from bike mechanics out there?  :o :\

General / Well... there is a coincidence
« on: 18 July 2012, 12:36:14 PM »

FZ6 / Fazer / after market exhaust FZ6
« on: 15 July 2012, 07:53:04 PM »
Any one know if an after market exhaust for an FZ6 04 year- silver frame  will fit the later FZ6S2 09 year black frame bike?

Mine has a cat on the vertical riser and I am not sure if the earlier bike had one

Nice looking after market exhaust on Ebay that I was looking at :rolleyes Damn- you all know its there now dont you- baggsie first!

General / So.... My lad has a new bike...
« on: 07 June 2012, 12:43:55 PM »
Brought himself a naked CB1300 - 04 and had a ride on it at the weekend
I have never really ridden a BIG bike other than his Blackbird and that just gave me cramp after a few miles
The CB is amazing- the low down torque means you hardly have to change gear and to overtake you just point and shoot!
I want one!.... with a bikini fairing of course- the CB1300SA.. have one in my sights just need to do a deal and sell my FZ6S2 to clinch it... shame after getting on 10 years on Fazers but........

FZ6 / Fazer / Paint colours
« on: 01 June 2012, 09:12:29 PM »
Anyone know where there is a list of paint colurs for the FZ6?

I have a speckly dark blue one and just looking at some accessories on Ebay that are a different colout so maybe considering a can or three and re-finish them to match the bike

Your Suggestions and How you can help / T shirts
« on: 01 June 2012, 09:10:03 PM »
I see someone mentioned stickers- what about Foccer T shirts?

I have an T shirt from America and there must be so many good slogans we could make out of FOC-U and Foccers- only limited by our imagination and then get a load printed

Anyone got access to a T shirt printer or some graphics design? Maybe even the photshop Fazer up the top of the screen made up of all the models?

General / Bikesafe castle Combe this Saturday
« on: 31 May 2012, 08:45:06 PM »
Too late to book now but there will be plenty of stalls and demonstrations and you can watch my 15 minutes of fame on the track around 2pm- nose pressed up against the wire.

I try and do some training every year and Bikesafe assessed ride seems a good start plus this year our IAM group is finally running a few ride outs- havent had an assessment since I passed in 2009

I will be wearing my T shirt as we dont seem to have a Foccers T shirt..... now there is a thought- I would buy one

Foccers do it on a Yamaha
I am a silly Foccer

The list is endless and only limited by your imagination

How do we go about getting a site T shirt and help the finances of the site a little bit?

And if you dont want to go there... last year there must have been 50 police bikes there from Thames Valley, Devon and Cornwall and Avon and Somerset so the roads should be pretty police bike free around the whole south west  ;)


General / Taptalk
« on: 26 May 2012, 10:40:57 PM »
Is there a problem? On mypad it wouldnt accept my login several times? :'(

General / Eurovision
« on: 26 May 2012, 09:05:28 PM »
Are your loved ones watching?
Nothing to watch on Saturday usually but at least there is usually holby not even that to watch
I guess you are all watching footsie haven't even got that to watch and 100 miles from home so can't even wash the bugs off the bike :(

General / Nutters in cars
« on: 25 May 2012, 10:40:08 PM »
 :eek I am sure there are a few boys in blue here. perhaps some advice please

Today going around a hairpin bend - known as the devils elbow-with two solid whites the car behind me was straddling the centre lines trying to overtake- didnt expect him at that position so mved over to the left to get out of his way. He overtook the next car going round a blind left.. if any innocent driver had come the other way at that time  :eek also on double whites

Followed light traffic for about a mile and saw him at the back of about five vehicles behind a tractor negotiating some blind S bends- he obviosuly got pissed off waiting for the tractor and overtook the lot as he went round another blind bend- again... any innocent coming the other way.......

I was going to pull over and call 112 but didnt know where you get with the non urgent police phone number or whether it works from a mobile.

My idea was maybe as police are about in the sunshine but stay in the station on rainy days there might be one ahead  (30 miles stretch of raod with no turnoffs) to maybe pull him over and see if he was drunk, under the influence or just plain stupid

What should you do if you see someone driving dangerously? by the way the other drivers pulled over they all thought he was a lunatic and didnt want to be involved in his next accident?

I have his registration - worth a call now? someone could maybe call by... or is that a waste of police time? no evidence just a rant from me  :\

General / Waterproofing kit
« on: 29 April 2012, 06:35:25 PM »
Topical topic!

Went out on Monday night in my so-called waterproof textile jacket and encountered hailstones, torrential rain, drizzle and mud pies left by tractors

I was only out for 1/2 an hour and it took two days for my jacket (Aldi Crown) to dry out. It is over a year old now and has seen some weather but even had wet arms where the rain came through the outer layer and the thermal liner and as for my T shirt- well I rung that out :'( .

It is just out of the washing machine as it was pretty filthy (fluorescent yellow model)

So,....... cut out the middle man and throw it away or treat it with some wonder spray that will stop all future water getting as far as me?

Cant afford a new jacket at the moment so- treat it or go back to my old Weiss jacket that did at least have some semblance of waterproofing or plan B... dont ride when it is raining :rolleyes

FZ6 / Fazer / Water temperature light
« on: 13 April 2012, 08:54:03 PM »
This afternoon after a spirited ride we stopped for a few minutes before starting the engine again (FZ6S2) and the temperature warning light came on and the temperature was 116degC.

Luckily the temperature went back to its normal 85-90 straight away as soon as I got going again but I have noticed if I am stuck in traffic on a hot day that it can rise to >105 and the fan doesnt come on- what temperature should the thermostat cut the fan in and does it/ should it also run off the battery so that it will cool the engine with the ingnition off?


General / its really quiet on here
« on: 10 April 2012, 04:35:14 AM »
 :eek Are you all out riding your bikes and dont have time to post on here? :'(

FZ6 / Fazer / Front fork adjusters
« on: 03 April 2012, 01:20:23 PM »
Had a thought this morning while eating my Cornflakes.
My old FZS6 has adjustable front forks and my new(er) FZ6S does not
While I am quite happy with the suspension of the FZ6, I was wondering whether the fork tops from an FZS6 would fit on the top of the FZ6S forks... I have sonfused myself now with all these FZ's :o

FZ6 / Fazer / Front fork adjusters
« on: 03 April 2012, 01:16:42 PM »

General / best rides tour planner isnt working......
« on: 21 March 2012, 07:34:38 PM »
... and off to north Devon on Friday morning for a four day tour on the bike.. well two days there anyway by the time we get there and come back

Anyone know any good roads down that way? lookes like the A39 is favourite

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