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Your Suggestions and How you can help / Links
« on: 09 June 2019, 10:30:55 AM »
Whenever i paste a link to a YouTube video it just disappears once posted. Been doing it for a few days now that i know of.

General / Car Insurance - Thatcham Device
« on: 21 May 2019, 06:22:52 AM »
I was attempting to sort out my mum's car insurance last night and was offered a very good price, but then got to the point when it showed the page below saying that a Thatcham Device needed to be fitted before proceeding, which i thought was a bit harsh because it didn't really explain too well what it all entailed.

I'm guessing it's not the Black Box device which is a definite no no, but does anyone know anything about these at all?

Do they charge extra to install or remove, are there limitations like the Black Box, and generally what is it all about?

I've held back on getting any insurance for the moment as it's not due until next month, so any decent info would be appreciated, bearing in mind i don't drive a car so in layman's terms please.

General / Insurance is weird
« on: 16 May 2019, 08:25:55 PM »
Last years insurance was apparently £184
New quote from them recently was £217

Then i get an email from The Bike Insurer who had my details, quoting me £99 but with £825 excess, for a bike i’ve valued realistically at £1000.

The next quote on The Bike Insurer site was £128 with £100 excess.........sorted.

But i really don’t get how they get to all these different and random figures.......especially the one for £7,407.99, or £8,296.96 if paid with instalments. :lol

General / Having trouble starting bike in cold weather?
« on: 27 January 2019, 01:01:46 AM »
Pump the clutch lever 5 or 6 times....then try it, with choke or without.

You live and learn!  :rolleyes

General / Clutch Cable
« on: 21 November 2018, 05:55:28 AM »
I replaced my clutch cable yesterday as i heard and felt something crack through the lever and thought a metal strand had broken or something similar.
But it turned out to be the little plastic sleeve thingy that covers the nipple at the top end of the cable that slots into the lever.

With this plastic on, it does fit very snugly, but my question is what the hell is it there for, and could i have just cleaned out the lever of debris, put the cable end back into the lever and readjusted it again at both ends without any problems?

I don't see the point in it being there at all? If the end needs to move slightly then make the sleeve out of metal, not thin plastic which i think has been disintegrated by the lithium grease i put on the lever for a smoother action.
I've looked at a few photo's on Google and some ends have it and some don't, but i would guess that if they don't have it then the nipple part would have to be bigger to compensate? (wahey)

This is the clearest photo i could get, the top end has the yellow plastic part on the left of the photo. The old cable itself seems fine other than the perished plastic part, so i've kept hold of it as a spare for now.

FZS600 Fazer / Clutch Cable Adjuster
« on: 19 October 2018, 06:31:02 AM »
Last night i was adjusting the clutch cable on my bike at both ends but nipped up the wheel a tad too much with a pair of pliers and felt it starting to cross thread, so immediately left it where it was. It's not bad, just not good either!

Anyway, after a bit of a search around for just the adjuster wheel thingy it turns out that it's cheaper to buy the wheel and the bolt together as a pair, but on searching i found a pair that were not only a bit fancy but more practical as well.

Don't forget these are only small in size so it won't turn your bike into Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.  :lol

Unfortunately they're from China, but it's not exactly an urgent thing.

Here's the normal one in case you fancy a tidy up.

General / Yamaha Spare Parts Website
« on: 24 August 2018, 06:07:54 AM »
Don't know if you know of this website, i normally use Fowlers or AJ Sutton for referencing spares, but i stumbled on this lot and the website looks quite tidy and simple to use.

General / Noise
« on: 17 July 2018, 12:32:50 PM »
I've waited long enough now so it's eventually time to ask for your font of knowledge.

There's a noise coming from my bike that I can't even fathom out whereabouts it's even from yet due to added wind noise?

Best description is a whirring sound which seems to go along with the engine speed, most noticeable when I shut off the throttle and let the bike slow down with the engine. Imagine clicking a cable tie really quickly but it's constant.

Thing is, it only goes away when I pull the clutch in.

So that rules out anything to do with the wheels or wheel bearings.
It doesn't go away either if I use one or both brakes, it just slows the noise down, but as soon as the clutch is pulled in it's gone.

It sounds a bit too loud to me to be a vibration thing, although I've not completely ruled that out yet, but from what I can guess I don't think it's coming from the rear of the bike.
And pulling the clutch in doesn't stop the chain from moving so it can't be that either.

Any thoughts or ideas welcome, as firstly it's annoying the hell out of me, and secondly, something's obviously not right at all is it?

Cheers, D.

General / Idle screw 600
« on: 16 June 2018, 09:37:56 PM »
I've not really had a good look at it yet, 'cos it's not an immediate problem, but i went to adjust the idle screw yesterday just a tiny bit and it would appear to be a bit seized up, it wouldn't really budge at all and i didn't want to force it.

But is there much to them?
Is it just a WD40 job?

My tickover is a fraction too high but not bothersome yet, so i was just wondering how i can free it up?

General / Carb rubber caps
« on: 17 January 2018, 06:47:01 PM »
Just had my bike back from the mechanic, and he suggested that it would be a good idea to replace the rubber caps on the carbs, the ones that block off the pipe where you push the hose pipes onto when balancing the carbs.

Thing is i can’t figure out where they are on this drawing?
Any ideas?

General / NGK Plugs
« on: 08 January 2018, 01:07:25 PM »
Has anyone on here had any issues with NGK plugs breaking down quicker than they should?

Went to go back to work this morning and after eventually getting the bike to start it ran like a total pig.
I cleaned the K&N filter while i was off so backtracked in case i’d kinked a pipe or something but after messing about for a couple of hours trying this and that in the cold i gave up and spoke to my mechanic, and after explaining what i’d already checked he said to try new plugs, regardless of how new my ones were.

My plugs were put in 3000 miles ago and are NGK Iridium with a life expectancy of 40-50K.

I’d kept my old set and once swapped over everythiing ran as sweet as a nut.

I don’t remember ever having a set of plugs fail on me so didn’t actually recognize the symptoms to be honest, so it was a learning curve anyway, but must admit i was not too impressed with them failing that quick.

He did mention that although they still are one of the best brands out there, he has noticed a drop in quality, no doubt due to manfacturers saving a few quid here and there.

Worth knowing in case you encounter any similar issues.

General / MAJOR TRAFFIC WARNING!!! Greenford A40 area and beyond.
« on: 08 December 2017, 08:50:56 AM »
If anyone is still at home and planning on going anywhere near Sudbury, Greenford or A40 around Greenford area......stay at home.
The whole area  is like a car park, with the A40 shut between Hangar Lane and Greenford due to an accident that happened around 4.30am.
Just took me 55mins to travel 5.5 miles, mainly on the wrong side of the road.
In short, it's the worst traffic I've encountered in a very long time.  :eek

General / Tyre question
« on: 28 October 2017, 06:16:34 PM »
Due to finding a screw in my tyre yesterday i'm gonna be looking for a new rear sooner rather than later, i've plugged it for the time being as it was in the fleshy part of the rubber.

I've decided to give the Michelin Pilot a go this time.

Question is which one, the PR3 or the PR4 ?

Bike's a commuter mainly, so i don't chuck it around so much these days, although i do have my moments, but i do like the tyres to stay planted firmly in the wet, and obviously longevity would be a bonus as well as wearing evenly.

There's not much price difference so i'm not bothered about that.

But has anyone tried both, and maybe preferred one over the other? Any thoughts?

General / Wow
« on: 14 October 2017, 10:18:13 AM »
It's a shame this wasn't better quality 'cos it would be a great insert into a film.  :eek

General / Just......wrong
« on: 29 July 2017, 07:19:25 AM »

As the title suggests, what exactly were people thinking?
What pictures do you have of things that are simply "Just wrong"?

General / Thoughts......
« on: 19 June 2017, 10:31:13 PM »
Dunno what happened beforehand.......but the biker was being a dick and paid the price, in my opinion.

General / Shouldn't laugh, but......
« on: 09 April 2017, 12:34:49 PM »

« on: 08 April 2017, 10:48:31 AM »
Anyone having a flutter today?

What's your choice?

For Sale & Wanted / BLACK BAGSTER TANK COVER - 600
« on: 23 February 2017, 06:40:23 AM »
As they are like rocking horse shit, and i just stumbled upon this, i thought i'd share it.

(I am not the seller)

General / Fuel Cap Breather
« on: 11 February 2017, 12:24:43 PM »
Been looking around the internet and not found much, but was wondering if there's a  breather vent or hole that can be cleaned or poked on the fuel tank cap at all?

General / STP Complete Fuel System Cleaner
« on: 22 January 2017, 01:58:53 PM »
I use this stuff once a year, and have found it to be one of the only liquids that actually does a good job.
Plus it makes a change to get a good deal out of Halfords for once.

Just been pointed out that it's 50% off in store.

General / You lucky.....
« on: 21 January 2017, 04:18:17 PM »
Not sure why he's having a dig at the car driver, it wasn't his fault he was being held up, although i didn't see any brake lights when it flew up to the other car.
Maybe he just didn't appreciate the joy ride.

General / High beam switch
« on: 19 January 2017, 10:25:19 PM »
Last few days i've had an annoying issue of my high beam display light flashing on/off at random intervals.
The left switch is never touched and stays in the low beam position.

Today i cleaned inside left and right switches with Isopropyl Alcohol spray then again with a lube contact cleaner spray, around lunchtime.
After work i turned ignition on and the high beam display stayed on this time.

Ever since i've had this bike, about 8yrs, whenever i've used high beam for a little while it literally kills my battery! Never known why but as i don't really use it it's not been an issue since, but yesterday morning the new battery barely had any power in it so had to get a jump start, due to the high beam going on and off.
So just using my new spotlights i went to work and the battery was all good again by the time i'd got there and has been since.

Firstly, anyone got any ideas why high beam would kill my battery? Even after a motorway run, if high beam was on, i'd switch off then the battery would be dead.
But a bump start would revive it, then once the high beam was switched off and i ran the bike for another 10-15mins it would all be okay again, and start fine on the button.

Secondly, i'm gonna take a chance with a used left switch housing, but just noticed after paying that it has no choke lever.
Is this just a simple swap over from my old one, or is it not that straightforward?

« on: 07 January 2017, 01:39:06 PM »
So, for a little while now i've been getting a feeling of the bike feeling a tiny bit unstable when riding.
It reminds me of when my rear shock leaked before and i was literally riding on the spring around corners which became quite eventful, but not quite as bad as that this time.
I have a refurbed OEM shock, which has done approximately 9000 miles.
I've checked for any leaks and i can't see any oil anywhere this time so i think it's okay where that's concerned.

I was wondering though, if the swing arm bearings are shot, or seized, what would i be feeling on the bike when riding? Could seized swing arm bearings make the rear shock stick in a fixed position?

At the moment i do think that i'm feeling too many bumps in the road, and there's that odd slightly wobbly feeling again.
My rear tyre looks okay, with plenty of tread left in the middle, so it's not squared off at all.
When i put my weight on and off the seat the suspension doesn't really feel like it's doing too much to me, almost like it's too hard.

Can somebody enlighten me on what and how to check to determine what's at actually at fault please?

I can't do anything until tomorrow so any suggestions or help welcomed in the mean time.  :thumbup

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