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For Sale & Wanted / Re: Selling My Fazer Thou Gen 1
« on: 25 May 2018, 08:07:33 PM »
1 - It hasn't done that distance yet - I was going to get it done early, but changed my mind.

2 - The exup error was normal for a cable that needs adjusting - which it now has been - no errors and the bolt for the housing has nothing to do with it (and you can see the simple measures required to resolve that from the replies

3 - If you look at that post about ivanising, I was told it had probably already been done - which is why I said it had probably been done, when you asked (but didn't say it had been - because, just like I said - "I don't know"):

"I don't know if it's Ivanised - I was told it "probably" is, but I haven't actually checked."


In any case - the price I am asking is a damn good one for this bike.


Don't try and make me out to be some kind of dishonest scammer when I have been completely open and honest to you - even more so in the video I made just for you - to the possible detriment of a good sale for me. I had a strong feeling I was dealing with a time waster, but thanks for confirming it.

Thanks to you - I now won't be selling it to anyone here.

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For Sale & Wanted / Re: Selling My Fazer Thou Gen 1
« on: 25 May 2018, 11:42:04 AM »
btw - when I say I don't filter - I'm referring to town traffic. Can't say I'm not tempted - but like I said, car drivers are unpredictable and my Mrs dislikes me filtering even without luggage, so....

Tearing along the dotted line on A roads is another matter entirely :)


PS: I know the width is a concern for you - I can tell you that the boxes don't stand out any further than my wife's or my legs - and she's a slender lady (I'm not - as you can see in the photo in the 1st post).

PPS - as it's raining and I've nothing to do today, I've shot a video and measured the width for you. It's 97-98cm wide, from extreme to extreme on the boxes. The top box is a 49 litre and the two side panniers are 42 litre.

The box stands out about 6 inches from the silencer on the right. I'll get the vid uploaded today and you can see for yourself. Due to the aforementioned crappy weather I had to shoot it inside, though, so it's probably a bit dark.

*sent you a pm

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For Sale & Wanted / Re: Selling My Fazer Thou Gen 1
« on: 24 May 2018, 07:09:47 PM »
I will take a relevant photo of the bike with the panniers on - wish I'd seen this earlier as I was out on the bike for a few hours today.

I don't know if it's Ivanised - I was told it "probably" is, but I haven't actually checked.

The shorter dog bones sharpen up the otherwise lazy steering (along with dropping the forks 10mm through the yoke). Many owners fit them. As I said, I also have the originals and can refit those, if desired. The only downside to having them is that it is harder to put the bike on the mainstand (takes more effort) as the bike is slightly lower.

Not wanting to p/x the bike - not part-exchanging it for a new bike. I'd rather sell it to a genuinely interested/keen rider than sell it for a much undervalue price to a dealer. I met one of the type I am referring to today when I test rode a Virago. You know, the type that instantly starts talking down your bike, just in case you want to p/x it. The state this Virago was in, I wouldn't trust the guy with a bicycle, let alone anything with an engine in it.


By the way - you could of course, easily just get smaller panniers to fit the mounting frame. I deliberately got the larger ones because we had the bike as our main transport for a year or so and had to fit the weekly shopping in it!

The touring kit refers to the screen. You can see it in the photos - it has a raised upper fairing and large screen. Does a really great job of keeping the wind, weather and truck blast away. With the luggage, hugger and extender fitted as well, it makes an excellent touring bike. You'll find this sentiment in many reviews on the internet. Though I must admit, some of the reviews of the Fazer thou gen 1 that I have read are not the most accurate. As far as I am aware, the screen and fittings were an offcial aftermarket extra and are no longer available new, and are not easy to find to fit to a bike (the people who own them tend to hang on to them). I got it from a friendly FOC-U member :)



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For Sale & Wanted / Re: Selling My Fazer Thou Gen 1
« on: 22 May 2018, 04:16:46 PM »
k - it's gone onto MCN now.

*rest removed as no longer relevant now its not for sale.*

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For Sale & Wanted / Re: Selling My Fazer Thou Gen 1
« on: 21 May 2018, 07:34:58 PM »
Lincolnshire (as per my forum name!) - South of Boston.

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This bike is no longer for sale here - too many time wasters.

Mods may delete as required.

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Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Handlebars - again!
« on: 17 May 2018, 10:49:20 PM »
ooh that sounds nice! Much mod work required?

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Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Handlebars - again!
« on: 17 May 2018, 01:59:32 PM »
Quick update on this. Today I went for a 3 hour ride with the narrower handlebars. It was well weird for the first few miles, but after that I was really pleased with them. I feel they are now far better than the full width 758's. More comfy, no problems with turning at all and I felt very comfy and secure, riding around the mid-Lincolnshire twisties.

The vibration wasn't bad at all with an empty tank - but as soon as I filled it up it stood out very plainly. The worst was in top, between 53 and 58 mph indicated (bars, pegs, bum - everything vibes). That's the sort of speed we did most of the journey to Stamford and back at, in traffic on the A16 mostly. So no wonder it deadened my arm. Today there were no such issues - in fact no problems at all, with the exception of my old issue of a stiff clutch - so my left inner forearm is aching quite a bit now.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to gather enough reliable info on the vibes, as it was all twisty roads (so loadsa fun!) - just the mid-50's bit is definite. It didn't seem to be connected to a specific rev range, but that speed in top coincides with 3500-4000rpm.

I'm considering having my 48/50k service soon, so be interesting to see if that changes anything.

REally do recommend the narrower 758's though - makes it feel more like I think it should and less like a Fazer trailie.  :lol

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Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Rusted now rounding bolt on powervalve
« on: 15 May 2018, 09:48:16 AM »
Thanks a lot for the advice  ;)

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Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Rusted now rounding bolt on powervalve
« on: 14 May 2018, 06:59:08 PM »
Hi Guys

I'm a bit concerned about the bolt holding the powervalve cover in place on my bike.

Last year I had problems with the YPVS fault 'code' appearing on my tacho - so I adjusted it and lubed everything up, went pretty well. I had to renew the pulley because it was in really shit state - and I mean that - worst working part I've seen on any running bike. I wanted to take the cover off and check the actual valve flap operation and clean if ness, but this one bolt head was rusty and the bolt started rounding - it was crazily overtorqued. I left it, rather than cause damage that would affect the valve access. Was hoping a friend would sort it for me, but so far it hasn't happened.

After the error code started appearing again recently (sorted now, though, with tightening of the cables) I really want to get inside that valve housing and check it over.

Would I be okay just cutting a slot into the bolt head and using a large screwdriver to unscrew it (my usual method) or is it a really long one that would be difficult to remove this way? Really don't want to end up having to drill it.

TiA

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Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Handlebars - again!
« on: 10 May 2018, 06:57:41 PM »
Yes - my mech friend checked this last week, along with wheel alignment.

I cut off 1¼ inches from each end of the 758s and instantly found them comfier. I may have found the vibe problem - one of the bar clamp bolts had worked itself a bit loose and I think it may need rethreading (the hole, not the bolt  :b ). I'll go out on it next week and see how it does. Too buggered to test it at the moment.

*rolled-up lead sheeting, or indeed any kind of weight can't be inserted into the bars, as they are already filled with something when manufactured.

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Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Handlebars - again!
« on: 10 May 2018, 09:18:42 AM »
Have you got the original bar ends fitted or some lightweight alloy shite?

If its the latter, get the originals back in there. That will reduce bar vibes.

Already looked at this and put the heaviest ones I could find on. For original I would have to have the bar bored out - and I'm not ready to go that far yet. I will try lead inserts first, but I'm not convinced it will stop the vibes. I had an old set of custom Tiger bar-ends that weigh a ton and look the bizz, but can only find one of them.  :rolleyes

Unbalanced carbs will cause engine vibration which can be felt through the bars.

I'm thinking this may be the solution - could also be the result of the 'off' we had. Although I loosened off and retorqued every bolt on the front end, the bike hasn't felt the same since. My mechanic friend had a ride on it two weeks ago and couldn't find fault with it, though.

I think I will have to just go through all that again and then see if my pal will do the carbs for me. It's due a 48/50k service in any case, including shims, so that may well sort it. I'm not currently in any condition to do much work on the bike myself, unfortunately.

Thanks for your replies.

Now we've got some cooler weather, I'll do some fiddling and report back.

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Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Handlebars - again!
« on: 09 May 2018, 12:09:16 PM »
Ok thanks.

No my fingers don't go white, but I do have circulation issues. My arm often goes numb overnight, for example (same with Mrs) - age, I think! I also have an arthritis wracked body, which doesn't help.

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Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Handlebars - again!
« on: 09 May 2018, 10:24:40 AM »
G'mornin' chathpth!

After my recent worries about my Fazer and whether it was the right bike, if the handlebars were wrong for me, etc etc, I had a ride down to Stamford and back t'other day (with Mrs on the back for 1st time since about 2 years when we got knocked off it - YUSSS!) and it was the best ride I've had in months.

Apart from two things. 1 - I dropped my £320 designer varifocals somehwre along the way  :'(

2 - the right bar was vibrating so badly, my arm was almost completely numb before we'd got half way (it's about 38 miles).

If it weren't for the numbness, I'd have been well chuffed. I've had a read of old posts here and on other biking sites, but nothing really stands out that I can do myself to try and get it at least improved, if not sorted. I have a roll of thin, sheet lead that I could feed into the end(s) of the bar, and I could look at heavier bar ends as the ones I'm using are very light. I'm not convinced either of those will do it, though.
The vibes are very subtle - I don't actually notice them unless I look in the mirrors - left = clear, right = fuzzytown.

Thing is, I have a tube cutter on the way, as I was planning to take an inch or so off the ends of the bars to try and make them more comfy (I've had issues with pain in my hands, which was why all the bar modding palaver started). Now I'm worried that making them shorter will worsen the vibes. I mean, I can't exactly stick the inch back on if it does, can I? And I'm not well off enough to keep buying replacement bits.

So what d'ya fink? Shorter = vibier or worth a shot?

Ta.

Bars are 758

NB: A good point I should have made - I didn't have these vibes before my winter lay-up and both I and my mechanic have adjusted them (in position only) since.

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Front page / Re: Moto GP Argentina
« on: 25 April 2018, 03:00:38 PM »
I was well impressed with Alex Marquez after Saturday quali. The two of them in the after quali press conference were like night and day. From their attitudes alone I would have thought Alex was the older one, if I didn't know. I think that's Mark's problem - he needs to grow up a bit imho.

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For Sale & Wanted / Re: Fazer handlebar swapsies?
« on: 23 April 2018, 09:48:48 AM »
Hi thanks for your input. Well the bars will definitely need the risers removing, as they push my head just that bit over the comfy zone, I'm 6ft tall - but I was thinking along similar lines myself. Interesting to hear about the 600 bars (I'm actually thinking of swapping the thou for a 600). I had considered lopping 1 or 2 inches off each end of the 758s, which may do the trick as well.

We'll see how it goes - in spite of yesterday's experience, I'm keen to get back on the bike and sort something out. Had a bloody rough night, though!

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For Sale & Wanted / Re: Fazer handlebar swapsies?
« on: 22 April 2018, 08:00:41 PM »
UPDATE: FFS do not use these risers!

Went out on a 2½ hour ride today and it was a complete nightmare. Short trips of up to 10 miles in nice weather have been fine, but today I did just short of 100 miles in about 2½ hours (minus stopping to chat to a couple of folk at the side of the road) and I feel like I've done 11 rounds with Joe Bugner!
Admittedly, I'm a disabled rider and I get muscle & joint pain a lot of the time, but I bought a Fazer thou because it was the one bike that didn't make me ache in any way. With a fresh Northerly breeze (about 16 kts according to Beeb) in my face on the way out I felt like my head was exposed to a hurricane (bloody noisy, too). Going by roundabouts was like riding a totally different bike, and it was not behaving well!

Having said that, my fave local twisties (down the B1365 (nee A16) to Pinchbeck) at 50-60mph were the usual fun. However, I often had the feeling that the rear wheel was sliding on the roundabouts. Maybe I was pushing it too far over - I used to have a bit of a reputation for that, with my Beemer 650 and Tiger (cos it was great fun), but whatever it was, I didn't like it.

Then, when I got home I struggled to get off the bike (hips & knees buggered), was unable to get my foot over the edge of the bath tub without assitance, and my hands felt like I'd been using a pneumatic drill all day!

The knees and hip pain may be due to being in the saddle for so long without a break - but I never had this issue before, so I'm thinking it was the riding position with the higher bars.

Once I've recovered, the risers are getting ditched and the 758's are going back on normally. If it makes my wrists ache, well tough shit - it's better than my entire body feeling broken.

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Front page / Re: Whatever Happened to CH Biggadike?
« on: 22 April 2018, 10:25:12 AM »
Didn't know that was on - thanks for the heads-up. I'll try and persuade the Mrs to come along - won't be easy, but ya never know.

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Front page / Re: Whatever Happened to CH Biggadike?
« on: 20 April 2018, 09:22:27 AM »
Yes, I knew Couplands didn't last long after Jim 'retired' (so he told me when he was still doing the MOTs) but glad to hear he's doing well. I didn't really know the guy who ran it after Jim, but it was a completely different style and not as cosy or welcoming, I thought.

I bought my very first proper bike from Wilson's, 22 years ago - a 1 year old GPZ500S, which blew my mind with its 'turbo' effect at 8,000rpm, after riding two-up on my skinny TZR-125R for months (bought from Slipstream at Skeggy - who seem to be still doing okay).

There was another place in Skeggy, down the precinct, which sold classic bikes. By 'classic' I mean real retros - CB250 and 350s and that sort of thing. I think they are still going, too - sure I saw an ad in the local paper recently. I must have another ride up to Skeggy, it's years since I've been there. Since the Mrs stopped riding pillion after we got knocked off the bike, I don't get around anywhere near as much as I used to.

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Front page / Re: Whatever Happened to CH Biggadike?
« on: 19 April 2018, 09:52:00 AM »
Wow - thanks for letting me know. That's a real shame. The only local dealer I know who everything turned out well for is Couplands (Jim) in Frithville. All the others went down the pan in one way or another. RA Wilson is still going in Kirton, but it's a big comedown from a large showroom to now selling from a back yard. I don't know what's happening to Wildman's in Spilsby, either, but he's denying rumours that he has had to sell up.

At least there is Webbs at Lincoln and Peterbog, but as mentioned, they aren't exactly close - I'll have a ride out on Sunday and look at the new Trumpets.

There's plenty of parts and service places around, though, on the bright side.

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For Sale & Wanted / Re: Fazer handlebar swapsies?
« on: 19 April 2018, 09:42:36 AM »
I'm pleased to report - for those interested in raising their bars - that I have managed to get the risers I had ordered onto the bike. I had to do a bit of juggling with the brake lever assembly, but got there in the end. It is a bit of a close fit all round, but everything operates as it should, and best of all, it has done the trick with the bars, and riding is considerably more comfortable than it was.

I would still recommend fitting higher bars (the Renthal Road Low bars look like they would be about right for the job) rather than risers - they don't look the most solid of components on my bike and I don't know how they would stand up to an impact - but the risers are definitely a good short-term solution. I hope to fit new bars along with longer braided hoses next year - so will be offering the ultra lows again then  :)

LINK

***Please note that these risers from MandP are in fact silver, not black. I brush  painted mine with Hammerite Metal Paint and they look good.


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For Sale & Wanted / Re: Fazer handlebar swapsies?
« on: 18 April 2018, 02:59:30 PM »
Cancel please - would need new brake hoses and that ain't gonna happen just now.

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Front page / Re: Whatever Happened to CH Biggadike?
« on: 17 April 2018, 04:42:12 PM »
I can't speak for other people, but I get the pot of tea and chat when I go in to buy parts :)

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Front page / Re: Moto GP Argentina
« on: 17 April 2018, 09:28:55 AM »
I'm lucky - the Mrs likes it - but only when they crash!  :rolleyes

Being poor folk, we have to put up with the highlights only, unless some nice person manages to upload the race in full to YouTube and I can download it before Dorna get their mitts on it! Unfortunately doesn't happen that often.

Yeah, was a good race. Will be even better if someone other than Marquez takes the title at the end of the year. Oh and talking of the guy himself, I thought it was a good example of his preferential treatment that he didn't get black flagged for his behaviour. they guy is definitely going to get someone seriously injured if he doesn't stop his all or nothing approach.

I'd like to see Vale get his 10th title, but I can't see it happening, and Crutchlow just isn't consistent enough imho. Dovi would be a good champ - he comes over a decent type.

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Front page / Whatever Happened to CH Biggadike?
« on: 17 April 2018, 09:22:38 AM »
This used to be my nearest Yamaha dealer and one of the decreasing number of "family run" businesses in the area.

It was located on Westlode Street in Spalding. I'd not been there for a number of years, as I enjoyed the rides to Webb's at Eye/Peterbohorror and they have a good burger stand and community visiting at weekends, as well as all the other biking gubbins they have on display, besides bikes.

Last Sunday I decided to head over to Biggadike's and see what they have in stock, but found an empty building. According to Google, Yell and all the other internet references the place is still there and still in business, but this is obviously not the case.

Anyone know what happened to the business - have they moved or closed down permanently? I hope not - they are, or were, actually the closest Yamaha dealership (maybe Webb took the local franchise when they opened the Eye showroom?). Okay, Peterbog is not that far away - about 35 miles - but I have to admit, I'm very disappointed at the rapid decline of motorbike dealers in the area. Especially the local, family and friendly types that you could pop into for a cup of tea and a good chat about your favourite passtime.

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