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Introduction / Re: LO all
« on: 28 February 2016, 03:51:37 PM »
Just to round this off - the confidence thing has disappeared and all is back to normal.

As mentioned in another thread, I fitted a new clutch cable today and the bike was transformed, giving much more response and confidence on junctions and roundabouts.
I reckon it must have simply been the cack drive response because the cable was buggered and the clutch wasn't engaging properly. It's a huge difference, solo and two-up.
Even if that wasn't the cause, changing the cable has certainly cured it. :)

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Clutch cable adjustment
« on: 28 February 2016, 09:40:42 AM »
I've just put a new cable onto my Gen1 Fazer, but the settings in the service manual seem way too slack.

The free play is shown as 10-15mm. Once I'd got everything on and slack taken up, I had 9mm at the lever. At this point I tested the bike on the centrestand.

In neutral the wheel is spinning pretty fast - it does stop with a finger. In 1st gear, it spins a hell of a lot faster, with the clutch lever pulled all the way in. In 2nd it carries on at the same sort of speed, but still stops with a finger pressure - and spins up again immediately I let it.

I slackened the cable off a couple of mm but it made no difference (and why would it, when the cable is completely slack?).

Is it normal to have this amount of wheel spin both in neutral and in gear, with the clutch lever in?

It's been clunky since I got it, and I assumed this was normal, as apart from a stiff lever (which I now know was due to a cacked-up cable) there have been no big issues with it.

It's getting a 48,000 service next month, so I'm not massively concerned as I'm sure they will adjust it correctly, but it is a little worrying, nevertheless.


Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Anyone 3D printed parts?
« on: 26 February 2016, 11:40:24 AM »
You don't live in Germany, by any chance?  :b

Bestiality's best, boys...
Thanks for the info - I'll ask the guys I know and send them a photo - they do some pretty good stuff, so we'll see what they say - never know, it might turn out a good source.


Introduction / Re: LO all
« on: 26 February 2016, 11:29:44 AM »
BT021's I think - pretty sure.

It's not the tyres, though, to be honest - it's just me. There are a lot of slippery covers on junctions in this area and when they resurface the roads they use the cheapest methods, which leaves a lot of loose grit/shingle/whatever, especially at junctions, so that's the basis for my worries.

The slipping last year was due to the weather - even when it didn't seem so cold, I'd find the back stepping out on 40mph roads (and I know it wasn't just the bike as we passed a car at 90° with it's bonnet in a hedge once).

No, it's a psychological thing that I just have to get past. The only way I can think of doing that is to get more miles in. Unfortunately, I'm going through a bad phase, so that isn't going to happen soon (just changed meds from morphine to fentanyl and it ain't going so well).

I used to have a reputation for throwing my bikes on their ear on club rides - I used to love riding that way - but now I just need to lean over a bit (like on a smaller roundabout) and I start getting concerned. The T-junction at the top of the road is another one - it has often had loose gravel on it and I've slid a few times - now the gravel is all but gone, but it still has me fretting. Maybe I'm just worried about bending my baby!

Thanks for your interest :)

Introduction / Re: LO all
« on: 25 February 2016, 09:35:03 AM »
The DLA thing was because a local service charity helped me on my return to the UK from the military, but when they saw my bike at the time, they automatically jumped to the conclusion I'd been trying to pull the wool and got onto the lot that do DLA (don't know what they are called now) and said as much. They just wouldn't listen to reason and ignored the medical side completely. Despite the fact I was on SDA for 6 years (i.e. considered over 80% disabled) at the time.
It took 3 years for my appeal to come up (the limit is 2 years) and the fact that I arrived on a motorbike was used as a reason for refusing the appeal.

Anyway, the confidence thing is just a worry about slipping. We did have a lot of slides last winter (my wife rides pillion) though no real incident. We also had a very near miss recently - maybe it affected me more than I thought. That was a car pulling out in front of us, though.

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Anyone 3D printed parts?
« on: 23 February 2016, 02:16:07 PM »
I'm just looking at ordering an inner panel for the fairing from the US (£25-ish plus delivery) when I suddenly had a brain wave (or fart, depending on your point of view...).

Surely it would be possible to 3D print these?

I know a couple of guys from flight sim forums who make 3D printed home cockpit parts and joystick bits - so I'll ask them.

Anyone here tried it?

Introduction / Re: LO all
« on: 23 February 2016, 02:10:45 PM »
Thank you. I don't currently have any photo's (I'm not a photo person and my wife definitely not) but I'll see what I can do with my tablet camera.

The quote from Webb's is £530 all included and 2 days required.

As for my disability - well I have two things causing it - one is a buggered spine and the other is a buggered body! That's a muscle disease if you want to get all medical :) From the toes up to the eyes.

I'm actually biking because of my disability. I used to drive and cycle (long distances each day) but both are really difficult now - so when things got bad, about 20 years ago, I decided to buy a moped and that was it - no turning back. Within 6 months I'd passed my test and joined the local bike club. the rest, as they say, is history :)

Mind you - get this - I got refused DLA because I ride a motorbike!  :eek

Introduction / LO all
« on: 20 February 2016, 03:03:44 PM »
Hello chaps (and ladies)

I'm a fairly new Fazer Gen 1 owner. I really like it, but I am a disabled rider and I do lack a bit of confidence, due to not being able to ride as much as I would like (about once a week, but sometimes have to go a few weeks without). I'm hoping to get out on it more as the weather improves - I'm getting jittery on junctions and so on in town in the icy cold and/or wet. This is new, as I've been riding for 20 years and never had confidence issues before, but my state of health is not going to get any better (the opposite) so that is probably playing a part now, too.

Anyway, I found these forums in my search for info on the upcoming big service my bike is due - it's done 46,200 miles and as far as I know, hasn't been serviced for a very long time. I used to do my own, but due to aforementioned difficulties it's just not possible now. Apart from a heavy clutch (really makes my left hand ache in traffic) there doesn't seem to be anything much wrong with it.

I've been struggling with gear changes (up only) of late - but I think that may be more due to some new boots I bought, being abit of the soft side.

So, I need to get the big service done, and I'm very keen to have the Ivan's carb mod done as well. I do have a qualified mechanic friend with his own workshop, but unfortunately, he's not the most reliable and was supposed to service it when he had time around christmas, but he never did :(  That's happened with a few previous bikes - I should have learnt my lesson, but he's a gem when something goes wrong, though. I'm intending to get it done at Webbs of Peterborough - not the cheapest by any stretch, but at least I think I can trust them to do  good job.

Anyway - long intro, sorry  :z - but that the sitrep.  :D

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