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Introduction / Re: hi from Melksham
« on: 01 March 2024, 01:03:37 am »
Welcome to the Forums :thumbup

General / Re: Looking for MK1 600 tube
« on: 28 February 2024, 01:25:00 pm »
Fork stanchion tubes?

Fazer 400 and other models / Re: Fazer 400 4YR0
« on: 22 February 2024, 12:05:36 pm »
You can check all the part numbers on this website:

I'm not sure why it isn't working, but you might be able to click on this:

Introduction / Re: Good evening ladies and chappies
« on: 18 February 2024, 07:50:10 pm »

I'm not sure moving from Grotspot to Bedminster is a step up, but...   :pokefun

Introduction / Re: Good evening ladies and chappies
« on: 17 February 2024, 08:51:32 pm »
Welcome to the Forums, it's a bit quiet around here these days, but there's still plenty of knowledge around :thumbup

BTW where are you in Bristol? I grew up in Long Ashton, then moved to Clifton for a few years before coming to live in Portsmouth where I am now.

When I was looking at lowering my FZ6, it was a (fairly) simple bit of maths to calculate this.

Working out the sides of the triangle formed betwen a) the wheelbase line and the side stand and b) the base of the side stand a point on the seat directly above the side stand.

This will let you calculate the lean angle.

Then work out how much shorter the bike will be and you should be able to figure out how much shorter the side stand will need to be to compensate.

Alternatively, there are side stands which have an adjustable length, although I don't know how strong they are.

For Sale & Wanted / Re: Pillion Grab Handles
« on: 03 February 2024, 04:53:03 pm »
If you include the details of the model of Fazer they're for and your location you may get more interest.

General / Re: Car LED back lights!!!
« on: 03 February 2024, 04:50:57 pm »
100 percent of people I asked agreed with me :evil

83% of statistics are made up on the spot ;)

General / Re: Sprayed over and damaged Chassis sticker
« on: 01 February 2024, 12:55:02 am »
Isn't the VIN engraved into the frame or heastock?

If you put that into the Yamaha website it will give all the details about the bike.

General / Re: Insurance renewal - WTF!!!!!
« on: 26 January 2024, 04:25:12 pm »
Martin Lewis recommends renewing 21 days before your insurance is due to get the best price.

You can also tweak your job description (as long as it's a reasonable change, not a blatant lie!) which can bring down the prices.

Also *never* let the auto-renew price go through on the nod because, despite the fact that they're not supposed to "walk" the price up every renewal, you can guarantee the insurance ba$$$$$ds will do their best to jack the cost up!

« on: 25 January 2024, 08:24:18 pm »
I've not heard of the ECU being "locked", but there may be a problem with the Immobiliser.

You can buy an Immobiliser emulator which might help fix the problem.

There's also thread on the 600 Riders forum from a few years ago that might be of interest:

Besides the immobilizer there may be another problem with the bike that is very common from attempted theft when that involved cutting the ignition switch wires. Shorting those wires can damage the diodes in a relay assembly called the, "Starter circuit cut-off relay assembly" This unit is next to the headlamp relay and costs about $35 US. It interrupts fuel pump/injection power and starter ability when specific safety protocol are not met.

General / Re: Finding gloves that will fit: harder than usual?
« on: 22 January 2024, 08:32:42 pm »
Pharao Quebec WP  - Tried a pair of these on in the Harlow SBS store, they actually fitted, but there were defects in the inner linner. So have bought 3 pairs to get one good pair.

Reject the duff ones as "not of satisfactory quality, not fit for purpose", then buy a few more pairs so you'll have spares for the next few years!

General / Re: Car LED back lights!!!
« on: 19 January 2024, 09:33:00 pm »
In 52 years of motoring, I cant recall a single occasion when ABS was necessary

Perhaps your biking experience means that you're much less likely to be in a situation where ABS was necessary, because you're used to planning ahead and predicting hazardous situations before you find yourself in a position where you need to stamp on the brakes.

General / Re: Car LED back lights!!!
« on: 17 January 2024, 11:06:12 am »
Where are the EU and their stupid laws when you need them.

 :rollin :rollin :rollin

General / Re: Car LED back lights!!!
« on: 13 January 2024, 11:26:27 pm »
I suppose that may explain it some. I think there are other cuase too. last time I drove in London I couldn't believe how aggressive drivers were. I'd pull up at the lights and if I wasn't moving the nano second the amber light came on, the following driver was on his horn.

Ah, similar to the the "New York Second", supposedly the shortest measurable period of time which is defined as the time between the light in front of you changing to green and the taxi behind you blowing his horn!


The greasing the fork seal seems to go against the grain.

The last time I replaced my fork seals, I bought Slinkyglide ones that came with a small sachet of lubricant to keep them moving smoothly.

General / Re: Car LED back lights!!!
« on: 12 January 2024, 09:00:47 pm »
Its worse when you're stationery at traffic lights and the driver in front has his/her/their/whatever foot on the brake pedal the whole time.

Annoyingly, apparently some cars that have that stop/ start system that cuts the engine when they're stopped at traffic lights etc, rely on the foot brake being pressed to operate!

That means that, if you do like I was taught, ie foot brake to the lights, come to a halt, handbrake, neutral, foot off brake, the system doesn't work on those cars  :rolleyes

i found the Dave Moss videos on ergonomics very interesting, his analogy that you would never jump into a car with adjusting the driving position, yet we just jump onto bikes and expect our bodies to adapt was a very valid point and relatively simple steps to tailor the bike yo each rider.

Damn right!

I rode my bike for around 12 years adjusting my body position to fit the handlebars until I realised that I could adjust the handlebars to suit my body...!  :o

General / Re: Car LED back lights!!!
« on: 11 January 2024, 11:27:30 pm »
Nope, it's not just you.

Also they often have overbright LED headlights that are poorly aligned such that it sometimes appears that oncoming vehicles have their high beams on...  :2guns

Weird, the link is in the post when I hit "modify", but it's not appearing.

ADDENDUM: Ok, I've just looked and it seems that video is no longer available!

Just search for "Dump and Run Fork Oil Change" and you should find what you're looking for.

This may help:

Dump & Run Motorcycle Fork Oil Change: NonAdjustable Damping Rod Telescopic & Upside down Forks

Introduction / Re: Recent join as I'm tinkering on a friend's fazer
« on: 06 January 2024, 11:26:56 pm »
Welcome to the Forums :thumbup

General / Re: Whoever posts last is best
« on: 01 January 2024, 12:01:46 pm »
My partner came down with food poisoning on the 22nd :(

So we had a delayed Xmas meal on the 28th...  :rolleyes

General / Re: Whoever posts last is best
« on: 24 December 2023, 01:37:41 pm »
Wishing you all a Happy non-Religion Specific Winter Solstice Festival   :D

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