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General / Re: Armadillo bike cover
« on: 03 October 2018, 02:50:51 PM »

Do you mean the poles that make a "fan" that go along the sides?

If you look at the video (mute the prat with the camera!) when they unbox it, it does show the poles attached to a base and you can see the lengths of them there.
They're the ones! It's quite hard to see from the video (on mute) the lengths, because the bracket is curved...
I have since learned they've done it wrong anyway, they put the bracing bar at the front of the cover, whereas the instructions shown quickly during that video show the bracing bar on the back poles...
Ah well, I smushed it together and it works well enough!Thanks for taking a look thoughTom

General / Re: Armadillo bike cover
« on: 02 October 2018, 02:20:36 PM »
Would be waterproof though?  :lol

General / Armadillo bike cover
« on: 02 October 2018, 01:57:04 PM »
Hello chaps,
I was hoping for some help and/or advice.The girlfriend's grandad has given me an armadillo bike cover, one of those tent things.
He took it all apart without checking pole lengths (oo-er).There are several different lengths to the side poles, that have now been mixed up.
There are no instructions.The internet isn't too helpful, I found a video with some blokes from Fast Bikes magazine making man jokes and not showing me what I want to see (pole lengths).Has anyone got one (or similar) and can tell me the where the different poles may go?
If that makes sense.
I've sorted the front two poles on each side, but then I've got 4 long, 4 short and 2 medium poles (2 long, 2 short and 1 medium per side)...
Thank you to one and allTom

For Sale & Wanted / Re: Oxford Heated Grips for sale
« on: 21 August 2017, 10:09:40 AM »
You have PM

For Sale & Wanted / Oxford Heated Grips for sale SOLD
« on: 17 August 2017, 04:27:18 PM »
Selling my heated grips, tested prior to removal and they work perfectly.
They've covered about 10,000 miles on the bike and I have had the control module replaced under warranty. They are about 5 years old.

I had them installed as per the guide written on this site, through the fuse box, so the kit doesn't have a ring connector for the positive wire - will have to be soldered in.

£20 including postage.

Now sold! Thanks all for the interest

General / Re: Marathon for Kent, Surry and Sussex Air Ambulance
« on: 23 March 2017, 06:23:05 AM »
Thanks guys!

General / Re: Marathon for Kent, Surry and Sussex Air Ambulance
« on: 22 March 2017, 06:34:18 PM »
Alright, cheers mate... :rolleyes

General / Marathon for Kent, Surry and Sussex Air Ambulance
« on: 22 March 2017, 05:44:55 PM »
Hi everyone,
as above really, I am running the Brighton Marathon in a few weeks time and am hoping to raise a bit of funds for the air ambulance!
Any spare quid do please donate it, all this running is cutting into my riding time, so I want to make it worth it!

Many thanks to you all!

For Sale & Wanted / Re: 2004 FAZER 1000 FOR SALE
« on: 10 November 2016, 07:48:02 PM »
Hi Frosties, mine's still for sale!
Just round the corner from this, bit more but fewer miles and more done to it!
(Yes this is a shamless bump ;) )

For Sale & Wanted / Re: wanted fazer 1000
« on: 13 September 2016, 09:44:05 AM »
Hi Clive,
check mine out here:

Only thing I haven't done to it is the R6 shock!


For Sale & Wanted / Re: For Sale: FZS1000
« on: 31 August 2016, 03:47:07 PM »
A cheeky bump with a lower price!

For Sale & Wanted / Re: For Sale: FZS1000
« on: 21 August 2016, 09:59:39 PM »
Hi, yeah it's still for sale.
Any questions or for more pics do please message me on here or use my email!

For Sale & Wanted / For Sale: FZS1000
« on: 19 August 2016, 02:11:56 PM »
  Here I am selling my FZS1000 Fazer.
It is 2004 registered and has done 20110 miles. I've owned it from 2010 at 10,000 miles.
MOT 05/17.
'S' paintjob, with black engine, front mudguard and tail piece.
Both keys.
Fully serviced by myself to Haynes standard every year.
Many extras in no particular order:
Ivans full monty jet kit fitted by Mike (including K&N air filter).
Blueflame exhaust black (original included).
Givi rack and box (with original grab rails supplied).
AIS removed with Justy's kit (AIS included).
Engine Bars.
Ignition advancer (original included).
Oxford heated grips (switched live).
Scottoiller touring.
Switched live car charging socket under seat.
Numberplate with GB incorporated.
LED rear indicators (Originals included).
fenda extenda on front mudguard.
Radiator guard.
LED sidelights.

Extras not on the bike at the moment:
Hugger black.
2 aftermarket screens.

Modifications to the bike:
New brake seals and fluid front and back.
New battery.
New connector block for reg/rec output.

All MOT certificates from new
EXUP serviced every year, with new bolts used.
Haynes manual included.

I am looking for £2800 ono for it.

Sale due to foot injury preventing riding and not used enough!
Located Tunbridge Wells area.

The Laboratory ! / Done
« on: 19 August 2016, 01:58:07 PM »
All done!

General / Re: Advice needed regarding 16 year old's first bike.
« on: 24 July 2015, 04:25:56 PM »
I had a twist and go, my brother had a geared thing.
I prefered my way, it's not hard to move up from an auto to a gearbox and it made the first year easier not having to change gear every 2 seconds.

Also when it came time to learn gears, I knew that much more about the roadcraft etc that the gears were made easier, only the one new thing to deal with.

Might be good to ask her? if she's planning to start driving at 17, the idea of gears and clutch might be more useful to learn early on but for me in terms of learning, I don't see any difference between learning them at 16 or learning them at 17.
Let me know if you want any more info, it was 10 years ago now though :o

General / Re: bike cover
« on: 20 October 2014, 06:46:52 PM »
I should add, he had an fjr and the design of the cover meant the front wheel went over a metal plate welded to both sides - Nothing's going to blow away if it's got an fjr parked on it!

General / Re: bike cover
« on: 18 October 2014, 10:14:16 AM »
My dad used to have one, very good, his didn't ever suffer with condensation but was on an uneven drive so a few air gaps at the bottom helped I guess.
Only problem he had was the material fell apart after about 5 years.

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: No Spark!
« on: 29 August 2014, 12:58:48 PM »
answer for anybody else with similar problem:

got the bike back from garage yesterday, they couldn't identify the exact fault, but took the alarm off and it works fine now no problem :)

They also mentioned it may have been the pick up coil and to keep an eye on it, apparently a problem for older yamahas?



Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / No Spark!
« on: 30 July 2014, 12:00:31 PM »
So a bit of back story, I came home from Belgium about 2 weeks ago, in some god awful rain. Bike started and everything really well and was good.

I went to start it on Sunday and it wouldn't start, the fuel pump clicked away the engine turned over well, but it wouldn't catch. This was using my usual method of a bit of choke and no throttle.
I tried several different ways, part throttle no choke, full choke full throttle etc etc. It wasn't long before the battery started dying.

I got to work and text my brother at home who went out and it started on the choke straight away, reacted to the throttle revved etc then cut out when he took the choke off.

I went to start it yesterday and same thing happened, no starting, nothing. I put the battery on charge over night and that's all fine. There was a strong smell of petrol from the exhaust.

Today I took the plugs out, they were all really covered in petrol. After cleaning them off I connected different plugs to various caps and none of them would spark against the engine.

Ohm tests on all the caps and coils all come good.

I've got a datatool alarm which I've never had any problems with (professionally fitted before I got it, 4 years ago) and that still works in as far as the alarm, but I'm unsure what the immobiliser would do if it was broken, stop the engine turning over or stop it sparking?

So searching here suggests trimming the HT leads but would people be more expecting the alarm?

And would that be the problem when it all stopped working at once, worked after that and hasn't worked since?

thanks for looking!


Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: 03 fazer 1000 - new tyre bar wobble
« on: 30 June 2014, 12:14:05 PM »
Mine does it too, although I can't really feel it if I've got both hands on the bars.

An ex Ducati race mechanic told me it is because my stearing head beariings weren't done up tight enough, not something I was bothered with, but might be worth a look?
someone will probably be along with something more useful though :)

General / Re: New keys
« on: 31 March 2014, 11:42:27 AM »
I snapped the key off in mine once  :rolleyes

If it's one of the old ones (I think E36 type) then you can just lever the catch off with a screwdriver. A triumph mechanic showed me that...
It doesn't damage the catch at all and you can then just unscrew the lock from the inside of the case.

Givi sell new locks/keys I think mine cost about £20 from local dealer.

I got rid of mine soon after though, they're stupidly easy to break in to...

As to the original question, take it to local givi dealer, they should hopefully know what to do :)

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Spark Plugs
« on: 24 March 2014, 08:13:03 PM »
Due to change the spark plugs on my Gen 1 very soon, had a look at Pats motorcycle page forra few tips, cylinders 2 and 3 look to be a bit awkward to get at, any tips or advice off folks on here?, considering taking off radiator for easier access or is this not needed?, I'm not the most mechanically minded person in the world so any advice is appreciated.

If you've got the time I'd really recommend taking the AIS out, makes changing the plugs (or checking etc) much easier and it isn't much work at all.

I got a kit from a member here - Justy, not sure if he's still doing them though.

General / Re: petrol stations and lids
« on: 24 March 2014, 07:16:27 PM »
God this is a moany old person thread  :lol

I'm pretty sure this has all been said before in this thread so I don't hold much hope of changing minds etc.

let's assess. We don't want to bother taking our helmets off because it wastes time, so we'll take extra long to then take them off/ put them back on to annoy someone that's paid by the hour?

The person behind the till doesn't make the rules, the person behind the till doesn't care if you rob them or not - paid by the hour.

The people you're holding up in the queue don't have anything to do with it, they've got lives to get on with and they won't think
'God this petrol station is annoying because this biker is making me wait'
They'll think
'God all bikers are annoying because this biker is making me wait'.

If the till jockey is new or inexperienced, you'll ruin their day for something their employers tell them to ask.
If the till jockey has been doing the job a while, they won't give a flying monkeys how long you take, they're paid by the hour.

I can understand the 'I'm not going there again' school of thought, but why waste your time, their time, everybody's time in doing so?

Reverse rant over, carry on.
(Oh, I got asked for ID for alcohol, I'm so annoyed that I'm going to take ages showing them my ID, pay in pennies and call the cashier a trollop, despite them being threatened with their jobs if they don't ask)

(Ok, now rant over)

General / Re: Safety when selling?
« on: 24 March 2014, 06:52:00 PM »
I took my wife and left her behind .

A good trade?

All as above, when my brother sold his car he made sure the time of the selling was signed on both 'receipts', helps stop speed cameras etc.

It can get a bit confusing if they bring a mate or whatever, still take cash/ID (real) even if they suggest they just leave their mate - he could run faster than you!

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Invanising and Exhaust
« on: 01 March 2014, 05:56:40 PM »
My 2p worth,
full monty with a blueflame exhaust which has two baffles. all out doesn't feel any different to just having one out (how I use it)
but if I have both in, I really notice, hitting a massive dip in power at about 3000rpm.
I only ever have both in on the way to MOT though, so doesn't really affect me.
This is all seat of pants stuff, no figures or anything to back it up

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