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General / Re: speed camera
« on: 06 August 2020, 09:29:32 PM »
Dunno, some say the latest average speed cameras are front and rear facing.
Also new average speed cameras on the A82 from Crianlarich to Tyndrum.  I'm worried more might be on the way.

General / Re: Returning to the fold
« on: 06 August 2020, 05:44:10 PM »
So Tracer, ECU needs remap, Suspension needs to be properly and tank range is BAD!!!!.
In fairness I'd say an FZS1000 needs a jet kit (Ivans) and a rear shock.  Plus you need to get rid of the AIS so you can get at the spark plugs.
After a brief spell on a BMW R1200rs which I don't want to talk about
Curious - what went wrong there?  I'm now riding an R1250R (after 16 years with my trusty FZS1000) - which incidently is my first bike with fly by wire, fuel injection, ABS and traction control and a few other bits and bobs.  Oh I love the cruise control - and having proper built in heated grips.  So far so good, I'm happy with and enjoying my purchase.

The fuel injection is a touch off/on when closing and opening the throttle - like approaching but then not stopping for a junction - but I no longer notice it.  In terms of fuelling the bike is standard apart from a road legal SC Porject can (I couldn't stand the look of the OE dustbin) and I can't fault it.  I will not be de-catting it or re-mapping it.

A few niggles - the self-cancelling indicators do just that - they keep cancelling when you don't want them to.  Plus they go onto hazard warning if you brake heavily - which I think is annoying.  The side stand is too long - I have to be careful when parking.  I noticed I can easily catch the gear lever when going for the side stand - ops - no harm done, but now I pull the clutch every time.

I'm happy, I'm just hoping the boxer, now it has been comprehensively reworked and now water/air cooled is reliable - but I've got my 3 year warranty.

It looks like it may be heavy on rear tyres.

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat" - NO POLITICS!
« on: 03 August 2020, 05:01:30 PM »
This year it seems to have gone bonkers. Everybody is doing it. Lots of sites either full, or not opening toilet blocks.
The country seems to be going crazy.  The Cumbrae ferry was suspended at the weekend due to extreme passenger volume.   70 parking tickets were issued on the road up Rowardennan, the single track road was effectively blocked.
As for camper vans etc, it doesn't help that councils have been penny pinching and closing numerous public toilets.
So the result is masses wild camping (legit in most of Scotland) all round the route. Problem is the mess left behind. Do campers shit in the woods? They certainly do 
Hard won freedoms.  The rule of wild camping is to leave nothing but footprints - literally take your shit with you.  If you are camping for several days then bury your personal waste well away from waterways, and bag and take out any toilet paper you use.
Sadly I suspect many beauty spots will have been trashed at the weekend right across the country.  And it cannot continue like this.
As for those who 'wild camp' at the side of the A82, A84 and other busy roads - I just don't see the attraction. 

General / Re: The cool bike thread......
« on: 02 August 2020, 11:15:24 AM »
Indeed a fine pair.

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat" - NO POLITICS!
« on: 02 August 2020, 11:14:43 AM »
Anyone else noticed that ever since Covid started people have gone bonfire mad?. I'm guessing they're burning everything the charity shop/tip won't take anymore. I'm forever going round shutting the windows because some inconsiderate twat's stinking us out again >:
I went for a wee spin on the Beemer yesterday.  Exploring around Kingairloch and Morvern, looking out for old phone boxes.  Anyway on my way back hame I couldn't but help notice the number of so called wild campers, and yes their fires.  I headed down Glen Orchy (heading to Dunoon to avoid Loch Lomond), which often has a few folks camped at the side of the road, well it was just stuffed with campers - most of them with camp fires.  Which is fine, as long as its not during a dry spell (its been suitably wet recently), they have brought or built a proper fire pit and have their own firewood etc - all that seems doubtful going by the thick rancid smoke drifting down the glen.  I wouldn't be surprised if the whole shoreline down the River Orchy has been trashed.  Glen Etive will be the same, along with countless other beautiful spots across Scotland.  We've got a real problem now with so called wild camping now. 

General / Re: The cool bike thread......
« on: 31 July 2020, 05:50:28 PM »
Yup I'll take the trick one.  Though with three minor mods.  Give me an airbox please, roond discs please, and ditch the fugly weird fork brace.  Perfect.

General / Re: The cool bike thread......
« on: 29 July 2020, 09:01:25 PM »
I can't resist a nice Kat.

General / Re: A question for the FOC-U Moderators
« on: 29 July 2020, 08:56:10 PM »
Eh?. Dudeofrude is opposed to the political threads and Grahamm's complaining that they disappeared. You just said you wanted politics banned from here. How can you be in agreement with both of them?. A politician would be proud of that statement
Read what Grahamm posted. 
out on your own in wanting the contentious, divisive political threads retained
And maybe refrain from putting words in others folks mouths.

In the meantime, I've said ma bit - I'm done with this thread.

General / Re: A question for the FOC-U Moderators
« on: 29 July 2020, 07:11:52 PM »
And I'm with Dudeofrude, Fazian & ogri48. Looks like you're out on your own in wanting the contentious, divisive political threads retained Grahamm
And I agree with Dude too, and Graham.  Maybe try to make your point without having a go at another member YamFazFan.
To quote the Dude.
People were starting to get very bitter towards one another which is a shame as we are all here to share our common interest in bikes and there are some fantastic members here who go out of their way to help others.

The problem is the very people who start politcal threads on say, bike forums, are the very same people who then spit the dummy out and get upset when others express an opposing view.  Also those with extreme views rarely like having their views questioned, and rather than enter into reasoned debate they then get personal.

 As has been proven time and time again here on foc-u, that numerous members cannot play nice when it comes to politcal discussion, then is it not about time, and yeah taking into account that this is a bike forum, that politcal threads and debate are finally banned here.

I had previously thought that maybe a politics section should be set up in the Naughty Corner.  But then I finally adjusted my profile settings and had a look in the naughty corner, and wondered what the foc is all that shite doing there anyway.  Profile back to normal.
My suggestion is ban politics - outright.  And delete The Naughty Corner.  Clean this place up.

General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 22 July 2020, 09:12:44 PM »
had a afternoon ride to ACE CAFE...lovely BMW which should be in the cool bike thread 

Gosh that BMW is cool, super cool.  Very lovely. 

General / Re: A question for the FOC-U Moderators
« on: 21 July 2020, 08:18:42 PM »
Yup Dazza that's exactly the kind of behaviour that gets threads locked and/or deleted.   

General / Re: A question for the FOC-U Moderators
« on: 21 July 2020, 06:43:02 PM »
I think a warning should have been issued.  The Covid19 thread had sadly become particulary nasty over the last few days.

Then again I don't expect Mr BBROWN to sit down and wade through all that crap.  So I don't blame him for just deleting the lot.
That brings into question whether a bike forum should have political threads.  As I have pointed out time and time again I don't start such threads (well I did start one once, but that's not bad considering my lengthy membership).  However I'm minded to express my own view point if others express politcal viewpoints I do not agree with, particulary so if I consider them unreasonable.

 So no fair enougth BBROWN.  Personally, I feel consideration needs to be given to banning all politcs from the forum, or shoving such off topic matters down the bottom of the forum listing where it's not right under everybodies noses.  At the end of the day people don't join a bike forum to discuss politics.

General / Re: "Uncuttable" bike locks...?
« on: 20 July 2020, 09:42:37 PM »
Reminds me of a conversation I had with a Ford dealer many years ago when i told them the hydraulic tappets needed adjusting.
Never heard of that.  I've heard of folks trying to prime them with oil.  But when I bust one, many years ago, and a follower, I don't remember setting up the tappet.  It was like a sealed unit.  Maybe there are different types.  And yes it rattled for a minute or so after start up. 

General / Re: "Uncuttable" bike locks...?
« on: 20 July 2020, 05:48:14 PM »
Sounds good.
Rather than just being a hard surface that resists external pressure, the material turns the force of the drill or cutting mechanism back on itself, as the ceramic spheres create vibrations that disrupt the external force. “It actually destroys the cutting blade through the sideways jerky vibrations that it creates,
Must be interesting manufacturing it if you can't cut it. 

General / Re: The cool bike thread......
« on: 20 July 2020, 04:59:12 PM »

General / Re: The cool bike thread......
« on: 19 July 2020, 08:30:34 PM »

General / Re: What did you do with whatever else you've got?
« on: 11 July 2020, 02:25:28 PM »
 I fitted a mudsling to close off the rear shock.  Yup like too many modern bikes the rear is too narrow and too short.  Yeah muck goes everywhere, and I’m told a hugger doesn’t make much difference.

Apparently, this New Zealand only OE BMW part is a possible solution.   It sits behind the indicators and license plate.

Not decided on it yet.

General / Re: What did you do with whatever else you've got?
« on: 11 July 2020, 11:54:28 AM »
Travel restrictiona were lifted in Scotland last weekend - naturally it pissed down the whole weekend.So took the day off yesterday and headed oot fae a spin.  My first proper run on the R1250R.
 Headed to Gourock, ferry to Dunoon.  Portavadie, ferry to Tarbert, got a good soaking on the way up to Oban (spot the weird bike parked up in Oban).  Top notch fish super from the George Street Chippe.  Up to Glencoe, doon Glen Orchy, a wee rest in Arrochar, then back down to Dunoon for the ferry back to Gourock. 

General / Re: wow! good job we won the war huh...
« on: 08 July 2020, 08:50:15 PM »
The twat in that video says how it's the hot exhaust pipe that's igniting unburnt fuel and that you need the pipe nice and hot....but it also works well with a cold exhaust :rolleyes . What the foc is he on about?. How can it light off both hot and cold?.

Anyway I thought it was flame from successful combustion following on behind the unburnt fuel in the exhaust that ignited it?.

 Not watched that video.

But some of these tunes are squirting a little fuel in when you come off the throttle.  So, with no spark when you lift the throttle, that fuels goes into the exhaust to give you some crackle and pop.

Now get this.   I’m told some of these fucking wankers fit a spark plug, apparently just after the last box, so I am told, and have got it wired up so it sparks every time they left right off the pedal.  Those are the guys making the big bangs and backfires everywhere they go.

It’s not just annoying and anti-social but it can give people a serious fright.  It’s also a serious issue for folks with cats and dogs, horses, not to mention detrimental to wildlife.

I could go on. 


General / Re: wow! good job we won the war huh...
« on: 08 July 2020, 07:11:50 PM »
 I’ve no doubt something will happen here soon.
It seems to me that the majority of Harley owners fit short slash pipes or similar, with zero silencing.  They are annoying and anti-socially loud.
Then there is the trend for cut down cans.  Plus, loads of modern bikes being de-catted, which often means replacing the combined cat/silencer with a bit of stainless tube, along with a six inch straight through ‘silencer’.
Some of these bikes can make you jump as they pass they are so foccing loud.
All the boy racers are in on it now too.  De-catted hot hatches, free flow exhausts, and worst of all ‘crackle and pop’ tunes.  The people who sell and set up ‘crackle and pop’ tunes along with those that own such modified vehicles – well how about hang and quatre – foccin muppits.
Look I like bikes and cars that sound good, that make a wee bit of noise.  But I also like to be able to start my bike at 7 in the morning and ride off down the street without annoying anybody. 
I fear that bikers are, and because of ever increasing noise, once again being seen in general by many as anti-social pests,
At some point there’s gonna be new laws and enforcement.

Plus Gas was what I used last year on my Speed Triple. Got them all out, and they'd been in there 25 years.
That sounds good.

VNA any idea what dinged your downpipe mate?
No idea to be honest.  I just noticed the ding one day.  I can only presume some a car kicked up a decent sized stone – glad it hit the downpipe and not the oil filter.

Anyway looking at my studs, there may be some hope there.  From left to right no.1 and no.4 look OK-ish,  no. 2 is the worst.  The stud towards the centre doesn’t look good – it’s right in line with the front wheel and I don’t mind the rain that much.  It’s full of crap in there, so I need to have a good clean and have a closer look.  No.3, the one nearest the centre sits higher and has been protected a little by the radiator.

Anyway other jobs to do first.

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Quickshifter
« on: 06 July 2020, 10:24:44 PM »
Don't you think however smooth and used to it you are changing without the clutch puts wear on some parts of the box? I would have thought just fanning the lever and dropping the revs a gnats' would be a far kinder way of going up the box,then again if you've had no problems doing it fair enough,I personally do it if I'm going for it through the gears but not as a constant thing,only my opinion .
It’s how I’ve been doing it 25 years or more.  I can’t see how it can do any harm.  I also often go down the box without the clutch at low speed.
I do wonder however, if gearbox issues will become more common now that we are in the age of the quick shifter.  The two I have tried were crude compared to an old-fashioned clutch-less change.  I just don’t get what all the fuss is about quickshifters.

be worth doing mate. im guessing mine will look the same
I’d love to get behind there and clean everything up.  And change that hose – I take your Fazer is all original hoses too?

Anyway, lots of other things to do.  But maybe I might come back to those downpipes.  Another option would be to get a quote from a decent bike mechanic – as I’m thinking mine probably aren’t that much of a challenge to an experienced mechanic.

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