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FZS600 Fazer / Help! Any electrical gurus here?
« on: 15 May 2018, 09:36:30 PM »
My immobiliser doesn’t get on with my dash cam.

Yesterday I finished fitting an Innovv C5 dash cam to my bike. The wiring was simple enough; a constant live direct from the +ve battery terminal, an earth to the -ve terminal, and a switched live which I took from the fuse box, also taking this opportunity to move the live for my heated grips off the battery and onto the fuse box too.
I went for a test ride this morning any it was all fine, but going to work I stopped on the way, and the bike wouldn’t start again.
Like usual, I blipped the fob to deactivate the alarm, switched the ignition on, but when I hit the starter everything went dead. I blipped the fob again, and got the tone that told me the alarm had been tripped.
Then, nothing. No alarm, no lights, nowt, like the battery was totally flat. Immediately I suspected the camera, (funnily that was working, which it shouldn’t have been with the keys in my pocket!)  so took the wires off the battery and the immobiliser started to work.
I disarmed it, and was able to fire the bike up straight away.

So, do you reckon the extra voltage load from the switched live in the fuse box made the immobiliser think something was up, and kick in?
Or is there another explanation?

FZS600 Fazer / What would you replace your FZS600 with?
« on: 10 May 2018, 08:54:11 PM »
Assuming you had to?

Mine's getting a bit long in the tooth now, just had its 72k service, and I've been thinking about getting something newer.
Problem is, there's nothing I can think of that dos everything as well as an FZS600.
Looking at the stats of new-ish bikes, and there's hardly anything that comes close to the combination of power, comfort and fuel economy. And I like the speed of the FZS600, yet as its my main transport fuel economy and comfort have to be factors.
The 600 officially has 94bhp and does about 55mpg. Now let's say mine kicks out about 80bhp due to its age, and I'm getting a real-world 55mpg (up to 68 with the 50mph speed limit on the M6 at the moment).
Thing is, everything over 90bhp only does about 40-45mpg, and anything that gives over 50mpg only has 75-odd bhp.

So, can anyone think of a decent replacement? Or did Yamaha get it spot on 20 years ago?  :D

FZS600 Fazer / FZS600/FZ6 rear calliper swap. Feasible?
« on: 15 February 2018, 06:13:52 AM »
After five years of Fazer riding I’m getting totally pissed off with my rear calipers seizing. I’ve had my original rebuilt, got a newer one, swapped that for a thou caliper, and they’ve all seized. My local mechanic says they’re prone to it as they’re mounted underneath the swingarm and catch all the shit off the road, which seems to make sense to me.
So, has anyone tried fitting the caliper and bracket from an FZ6? It doesn’t look like the swingarm are interchangeable, but I’m wondering if the brakes can be.
In the FZ6 bracket there’s a recess that mates to a lug on the swingarm which allows the whole thing to slide for chain adjustment.
Maybe if I could get a similar lug welded to my swingarm (or even drill a hole in the arm and mount a bolt with a big enough head in its place) this would fit?

FZS600 Fazer / Rear master cylinders... Do they go wrong?
« on: 10 May 2017, 05:07:19 PM »
Looks like the old back brake problem has reared it's ugly head again.
Got to work today to find the back wheel really stiff and red hot. The familiar smell of cooked pads hit me too.
Thing is, the old caliper seized, so I did the Thou mod with a caliper I had rebuilt just to be on the safe side (nothing against the lad I bought it off, it just pays to be sure), now that seems seized too.
I'm wondering if it's a master cylinder problem instead? After all, I didn't really check the old 600 caliper over after taking it off, I was just pissed off with it so junked it.

Has anyone got experience with master cylinder problems?

FZS600 Fazer / Standard silencers.
« on: 17 March 2017, 04:37:19 PM »
Is it still possible to buy a standard silencer any more?
I'd be surprised if Yamaha still do them, and if they do they'd charge a fortune.
I know there are hundreds of aftermarket ones available, but does anyone make a direct OEM replacement that wouldn't be classed as a modification?
The usual searches have come up with nothing but Scorpions, Fuels, Vipers etc.

FZS600 Fazer / NGK plug caps
« on: 04 January 2017, 10:11:10 PM »
I'm going to fit a new set of plug caps some time and would rather not pay over £200 for a set, so those of you who use the NGK ones and ride through winter, would you recommend them?
My local dealer obviously only recommends OEM parts and says the cheap ones let water in, seizing the plug in the head. From what I've seen, the NGK caps have much smaller seals so I could well believe it, but does this happen in the real world? Obviously they'd be ok if your Fazer is a summer time toy, but are they fit for regular wet weather use?

FZS600 Fazer / Problems at high speeds.
« on: 06 November 2016, 02:19:41 PM »
When I'm travelling at high (i.e. unrestricted autobahn) speeds, my 600 develops a real reluctance to accelerate.
I'll be doing over 7k rpm and when I open it up it just dies for about a second before picking up again, like I've actually switched the ignition off, which makes overtaking dangerous.
I've had the tank up and checked the fuel lines are in good condition, not kinked or blocked. I've changed the plugs and had it serviced but it makes no difference. The battery is in good condition, TPS is fine (jumping to 5k when tested) so I reckon the next stage is to check the carbs.
I've not checked the rubbers or stripped the carbs down because in my experience with car carbs, any leaking inlet rubbers or sticking needles affect the tickover/low revs more than high revs. Is that wrong though?
The next thing I was going to do is balance the carbs, but before I start I just wanted to know if there's anything obvious I've missed.
What do you  think?

For Sale & Wanted / Sold - Ventura luggage rack for FZS600 £45ono
« on: 04 August 2016, 11:59:15 PM »
Now sold.

Not mint, but perfectly useable condition as the pics show. Signs of wear where the allen bolts hold the rack onto the arms, paint condition ok, but scuff marks all over, visible in pictures.

Rack sits on bike here:

When I bought it, I had to slightly file this hole to fit my bike, and use a longer bolt as the standard rear footpeg bolt isn't long enough.
If bought new it probably came with the kit but I got it 2nd hand myself and am keeping the bolt for my other rack.

Looks like this when on the bike:

Looks unintrusive when on the bike, unlike the Givi Monorack system.
Can be bolted straight on without disassembling the rear bodywork, unlike the Givi Monorack system.
Can be interchanged with other types of Ventura rack, unlike the Givi Monorack system.

Selling due to upgrade to Givi Monorack system.  :b

£45ono, cash on collection from Coventry (5 minutes from M6 Jct2), or can post for £5.99 (quoted for Royal Mail 2nd class signed for)
I'm ok with Paypal and won't whine like a little bitch about any fees or insist on payment as a gift.
Collection preferred to be honest though, as I want any buyer to be sure about what they're getting before parting with any cash.

General / Advice needed regarding 16 year old's first bike.
« on: 24 July 2015, 11:01:05 AM »
My niece turns 16 in a couple of months, and after falling in love with mine and my brother-in-law's bikes has been making noises about getting one herself.

Looking on ebay at 50cc bikes, the geared ones tend to be more expensive than the mopeds. A roadworthy Derbi Senda or TS50 etc. seems to be around £1k, yet something like a City Express can be had for half that. Plus, geared bikes seem more expensive to insure (probably because they're mostly scramblers and very nickable!), which makes me lean towards her getting an auto.
My question is, would she be better off on a geared bike from day 1, or would an auto be ok while she gets used to being out on the road?

If anyone here used to ride a moped, was it hard to get used to manual gears or am I worrying over nothing?

For Sale & Wanted / My mate's Kawasaki ZXR400 for sale
« on: 07 April 2014, 11:57:03 AM »

Apologies if this is against any forum rules (I did look but couldn't find any info), Mods feel free to delete if it does.

My mate is selling his ZXR400 via Autotrader and ebay with no luck, so I thought I'd mention it here.

Here's the link to the expired listing for pictures and info. Bike is still for sale as of 7-4-14:

Located in Kenilworth, Warks.

Tax & Mot Feb 2015, about 12,000 miles on it, bloody good condition, 2003 model.

He's selling because it was restricted to 33bhp as per the old rules and his 2 year restriction expired, so he's looking for something bigger (and yes I'm trying to talk him into a Fazer!  :D )
I say it was restricted, he had a set of 47bhp restrictors professionally fitted to suit the new A2 licence catrgory with a certificate to prove.
These bikes are 67bhp as standard and bloody quick for a 400.

1st time it was listed it never made the reserve of £2,200, second time no reserve starting at £1,950 but no bids.

He says he'd ideally like around the £2k mark but will be happy with anything over £1,900

Give Lewis a ring on 07854 312444 for more details.

General / Scottoiler users....
« on: 07 March 2014, 06:54:54 AM »
Where have you routed your pipe?

I bought my Fazer 9 months ago and it had one already fitted, with the pipe tied under the swing arm, aimed at the outer face of the rear sprocket at the 6 o'clock position, just like in every online guide I've ever read (letting the oil hit the sprocket rather than the chain and therefore spreading more evenly).  :\

I've regularly checked my chain tension and kept it around 35mm, but it has needed regular adjustment which indicates wear and stretching, something a scottoiler is meant to reduce.

A couple of days back my chain went a knacker (didn't snap luckily), and it looks like the scottoiler was only lubing one side of it, as the other side is rustier than a 2 year old Skyjet!  :lol

So if you use a scottoiler, do you have any suggestions/advice as to where I should aim my pipe?

General / Usernames.
« on: 03 September 2013, 07:06:10 PM »
Why is yours what it is?

Some of you have fairly straightforward names, yet some are a bit more cryptic, especially some of the new members.

I chose mine for two reasons: It happens to be a favourite song of mine, but it's also because of my history of writing off/crashing/blowing up/breaking down any vehicle I touch.
To give you an idea, I've been driving 22 years, riding 3 months and my Fazer is the 62nd vehicle to pass through my hands.  ;)

So come on, what are your stories?

And yes, I'm at work and seriously this bored.

FZS600 Fazer / Starting/electrical problem. Solved!
« on: 13 August 2013, 03:36:25 PM »
I got back from my holiday Sunday to find the bike dead as a Dodo, so charged up the battery and tested it. Fully charged it was reading 12.8v.

However, I connected it up and ran my multimeter from the earth strap to the -ve terminal, and without even the key in the ignition found 12v flowing.

Fired the engine up first time and it ran a treat, then tried starting it yesterday, and the starter barely spun. Flat as a pancake again, so the evidence pointing to a short somewhere draining the battery.

I put it back on charge this morning, got 12.8v, reconnected it, fired up the bike fine.

Tested the volts at tickover, got 13, took it up to 5,000rpm, got 14.3, which points to it charging ok.

Switched off, put my helmet and gloves on, tried to start it, nothing again! The starter barely moved, the ignition lights faded out, then the starter solenoid did that clicky thing when you have a flat battery. All the signs pointed towards a flat battery again, turning the ignition on but when I tested it it read 12.8 volts! I stuck it on charge again and the charger switched off after 2 minutes because the battery was full of juice.

So what could be causing this? If it's a seized starter motor (I've had that before on my Virago) then the ignition lights would come on bright until I hit the button, but they don't.
It's all the classic signs of a flat battery, without the flat battery.
Could it be the regulator or rectifier? If it was then the voltage between 1500-5000prm wouldn't be stable at 14.3v would it?
Immobiliser maybe, but when they go a bollock they cut everything off?

Any thoughts?

FZS600 Fazer / Fuel gauge problem.
« on: 13 June 2013, 01:41:20 PM »
Just bought my 2002 Fazer yesterday and noticed that the fuel gauge reads really low even with a full tank.
I think it's an electrical problem as when I give it some revs the needle moves, and during a motorway trip at about 6000rpm it starts to read accurately.
Then when the revs drop, the needle reads empty again.

So firstly, how many miles can I expect to a tank? (so I can gauge from the trip meter)
And is this a common problem, and if so is it a simple fix?

Introduction / Hi from Coventry.
« on: 12 June 2013, 05:26:29 PM »
Hi all,
My name's Jon and I'm yet another bloke entering his mid-life crisis at 40. My wife gave me a choice, I could either buy a Porsche, bang my secretary or get a bike.

Seeing how I don't have a secretary and a Porsche is, well, a VW Beetle for tossers  :rolleyes  it had to be the bike.  :D

So last year I did my CBT and got a 125 Virago, pottered around on that until I realised I'd better get something easier to practice my Mod 1 stuff on, sold it, got a 1982 Suzuki GS125 and booked a 4 day direct access course.
I passed that a fortnight ago (Did Mod 1 & 2 on the same day) and weighed up the usual contenders; Hornet, Bandit, Fazer, SV etc, but I think I've made the right choice in a 52 plate FZS600 with 30k on the clock, FSH and one owner.

Got no pics as yet as I only picked it up today and went straight into work from the dealer, so in at the deep end with a 25 mile blast down the M6, and I love it! Much nicer ride than the Bandit I learned on. 

Only one problem with it, the fuel gauge seems to read half a tank low. The dealer told me it was half full but the gauge read empty, so I stopped and filled it up, and yes it was half full already, so has anyone else come across this problem? If so is it an easy fix?

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