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FZS600 Fazer / Re: A2 Licence abroad?
« on: 04 November 2014, 10:01:56 pm »
Thanks for all the replies chaps. Much appreciated.

Safe riding foccers. :)

FZS600 Fazer / A2 Licence abroad?
« on: 04 November 2014, 02:57:25 pm »
Does any clued up foccer know if you can ride an A2 criteria fitting motorbike in France on a restricted A2 licence.
My brother in law (22) is taking his A2 test soon and we would like a little 2 day jaunt to France.

The only info I can find is from forums predating these new test/age rules and regs so unsure if correct.

Any input greatly appreciated.

FZS600 Fazer / Just purchased bluetooth intercom.
« on: 26 October 2014, 09:08:46 pm »
Just purchased a Sena SMH10 Twin Set bluetooth intercom system for £260 from FC Moto website and Ive gotta say it has transformed the riding with a buddy experience. Gone is the need for silly hand and leg signals and being able to warn your mate about pedestrians in the road, oil spills, speed cameras and good looking women is a blessing.

Its a very well built unit and is quite unobtrusive when attached to your lid. Its not the most streamlined type but that is what makes it so user friendly, with only a small button for phone related actions and a big jog dial for intercom and volume I was instantly able to know exactly what I was pressing even with my thick gloves on.

The speakers are very good volume wise and on full tilt are too loud though there is virtually no bass on offer and not that you would want to, nor would it be safe to ride around with them turned up so much that you cant hear the real world and lose sense of things going on around you.

The microphone is fantastic and I have yet to suffer from wind noise (lol). I have rode up to, well, over 70mph with visor down and my buddy reckoned I was coming through clear as a bell. I believe that this is partly due to the helmets design.

Range wise, with line of sight at about 600meters was sound was perfect. If you lose your buddy by more than one corner in town it starts crackling and will probably lose connection. As soon as your buddy gets closer the intercoms beep and reconnect automatically. Out in the sticks in the twisties connection maintains through the hedged corners but can go a little crackly.

You can connect most other brands to it, sat nav, 3 other intercoms, mobile phones, radar detectors, mp3 players in many combinations.

Overall fantastic and like I say, totally transforms the experience of riding with a pal. Has many safety bonuses such as warning your bud of hazards. I know some will argue that as your chatting you must be concentrating less and I suppose scientifically that is probably true to a degree but the degree is probably subjective. If I felt my concentration was impaired I wouldnt use the bloody thing.

Best money Ive spent this year. Highly recommend it.  :)

FZS600 Fazer / Motorcycle Intercoms
« on: 18 October 2014, 12:13:46 am »
After a decent intercom. SENA SMH10 get great reviews and not bad price. They are a little bulky but apparently thats what makes them so easy to use compared with more streamlined designs.

Anyone got one or has any reccomendations? Most I wanna spend really is £100 ish.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Starting problem. Please help.
« on: 13 September 2014, 11:31:04 pm »
Update. Fitted new battery. Still wouldnt start but turn over was stronger and faster. Then fitted new fuel pump and fuel pump relay. Fitted new fuel filter. As I was in there would of been rude not to. Bike started once fuel filter filled up. Running like a dream now.

Thanks for all your comments/advice


FZS600 Fazer / Re: Starting problem. Please help.
« on: 13 August 2014, 09:01:54 pm »
Ok cheers, Ill investigate that.

Forgot to mention that I left my keys in the slot with the ignition turned on for one whole week of the three weeks of non use, so must of totally and utterly drained the battery. Could be a vital bit of information[size=78%].[/size]
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FZS600 Fazer / Starting problem. Please help.
« on: 13 August 2014, 07:57:30 pm »
Hi guys. Having a starting issue.

*Bike not used for 3 weeks.
*Battery was flat.
*Charged Battery.
*Turned on ignition and did not get normal ticking of the fuel pump. It normally goes mad when not been used for a while.
*Pressing starter button made a farting type buzz under the seat and caused the biggest relay? to tick continuously and neutral light to flash.
*Removed seat and disconnected the three lumps that look like relays. (not sure if they are)
*The biggest one is the one you can hear ticking in the video.
*Inside the biggest one there appeared to be moisture.
*WD-40'd all connection and refitted.
*Now electric start does not even make farty buzz noise and the biggest relay, if thats what it is, constantly ticks.

I have made a short video showing symptoms and posted it on youtube. Type "fazer starting issue" to find it or copy and paste into browser.[size=78%] [/size]

Any help, advice, info much appreciated and I will try to answer questions as best I can.

Many thanks in advance chaps. Eagerly await responses.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Fazer maintenance video tutorials on youtube
« on: 17 June 2014, 04:58:04 pm »
Fantastic work mate. Thats exactly what I envisioned. Be good if the mod bods could set up a section for the video links to the posted in, thus keeping them all together and easy to access.

I put mine under the seat. Good protection and wires from devices are so thin they tuck along the channel between tank and frame. Wiring route for socket is easy as its only 1 foot away from battery and is as discreet as it gets. Can charge your phone under your seat too.  I use an adapter off ebay that plugs in giving one socket plus two USB sockets. Though the socket is waterproof with the cap on, I was worried that when a device was plugged into it then water could then get into the socket, Especially if mounted facing upwards. 

FZS600 Fazer / Fazer maintenance video tutorials on youtube
« on: 12 June 2014, 09:29:36 pm »
Just a suggestion/request really.

Something I and Im sure many other foccers would find really helpful would be video tutorials of the various maintenance/repairs/part replacements etc carried out on the fazer. There are many videos on youtube of, for instance, bleeding brakes and changing brake fluid and whilst the process is generally the same, it would be great to see these operations performed on the fazer itself rather than any other bike and then be able to copy the procedure exactly.[size=78%]  [/size]

If anyone has the time or inclination to share their knowledge by filming themselves or taking photos as they do any kind of maintenance, repair or upgrades on their bikes then Im sure it would be greatly appreciated by many folks.

Perhaps a section could be created on the site where we could post links to the video tutorials we create.

Anyway, its just a thought. Safe riding foccers. Comment and feedback. :)

General / Was I wrong?
« on: 29 September 2013, 04:04:29 pm »
Really fancied a ride out a couple of weeks ago but my spider senses were telling me that the Mrs would not be too happy if I were to sod off and leave her with two babies to mind, a roast dinner to cook and a 3 bed semi to tidy.

So, cunningly I poured the majority of a bottle of milk down the sink and then called out in my most obedient husband tone
"Do you wanna drink love"?
"Yes please" came the reply.
On went the kettle and a jiffy later i made her a cuppa, stirring it both clockwise and anti-clockwise, just like she likes.
Handing her the brew I commented "Not much milk left love, I better nip out and get some eh"?
She didnt bat an eyelid. "Yeah ok" she said. And off I went for a blast!

I did exactly the same thing today, pour down sink, offer brew, make brew, no milk love, bye then. Works like a charm.

Was I wrong to do this? Because I only feel bad for the cows. :lol [size=78%] [/size]

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Help/advice needed with rear brake caliper
« on: 11 July 2013, 10:55:55 am »
Thanks Darrsi, will log that away in me mind tank.  :)

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Help/advice needed with rear brake caliper
« on: 11 July 2013, 12:16:48 am »
Managed to get that pad pin out by removing the caliper and hammering a torx bit into the rounded off head of the pin and then using a socket set to turn the bit. It was a great tip by the owner of Bike Bits, Ramsgate. He also sold me a new pin for 2 quid!! What a bargain.

So the long and the short of it is Im gonna clean up the caliper and replace the seals, pads and fluid.

Special thanks to Pete on this post for offering up parts for sale. 

FZS600 Fazer / Re: rubbers
« on: 06 July 2013, 10:03:06 pm »

Hi there.

Thought I needed some for a while as mine are cracking but was told to idle the bike and spray a bit of WD40 over the carb rubbers and if the revs increased then this indicates that they are split through.

Also when I had my bike MOT a month ago I mentioned to the tester about the cracking on the rubbers and he said they can look cracked and splitting on the outside for years before they split through.

These are the cheapest I could find;

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Help/advice needed with rear brake caliper
« on: 06 July 2013, 09:43:00 pm »
Excellent. Thanks very much.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: Help/advice needed with rear brake caliper
« on: 06 July 2013, 09:19:29 pm »
Thanks for reply. I cant seem to find the pins anywhere on the web. I suppose not knowing the correct name for the part is hindering my search somewhat.

If you or anyone else reading this comes across a site that sells them could you please post the link.


FZS600 Fazer / Help/advice needed with rear brake caliper
« on: 06 July 2013, 09:05:22 pm »
Evening all.
Ill try and keep this short and please forgive my not knowing the correct names of some parts.

*Noticed rear brake not doing alot, pistons have seized.
*Pads need changing desperately.
*One of the pins that holds the brake pads in place will not shift and Im ashamed to say that I have rounded off the head.

As a result of all of the above I would like to replace the caliper.

I read a post on here somewhere saying that there are other Yamaha rear calipers that will fit with minimal modifications.

What I would like is a list of exactly what I need to purchase to achieve this.

Many thanks guys, look forward to your replies.  :)

General / Re: Chain replacement story and tips
« on: 01 June 2013, 03:28:03 pm »
Cheers for the feedback, tips and comments guys, much appreciated.  :)

General / Chain replacement story and tips
« on: 31 May 2013, 11:13:55 pm »
Did my first ever chain and sprocket change today on my 2000 FZS 600 using an open ended chain.

Purchased a DID chain and sprocket kit from ebay for £96 and this tool for £24 which was fantastic;

For those that have not carried out the task themselves I would like to say it was an easy and straight forward job if you have the correct tools and was cheaper and more satisfying than taking it to the garage.

However, I did make some mistakes which I would like to share with you so you do not make the same ones.

Mistakes I made
Firstly I removed the chain before loosening the front sprocket so then had to reattach the chain to be able to do this.
Secondly I felt sure that I had the 32mm socket needed for the front sprocket.....I didnt and had to take a trip to HELLfords to get one.
Thirdly I should have worn rubber gloves as it was a mucky as hell task.

*Dont make the above mistakes.
*Use your Haynes manual.
*I was gobsmacked by the sheer amount of crud that collects under the cover of the front sprocket, so even if you are not due a chain/sprocket      change I would advise removal and cleaning of this cover every month. 5 minute job.
* Front sprocket nut is seriously tight. Use a nice long bar and long reach 32mm socket. With bike on side stand sit on it, apply front and rear brake and use left hand to loosen the nut. It is damn tight. You could get someone to sit on the bike as said, thus enabling you to use both hands.
* I removed the old endless chain by using an angle grinder to remove the head of one rivet and then used the tool to push out the rivet.
*Endless chains (arguably better as arguably no weak spots) require removal of swing arm. Big job though.

I have learned from my mistakes and will not be making them again. In the future this will be a 30-40 minute task.

Safe riding guys.  :)

For Sale & Wanted / Re: fzs 600(1999) loads parts for sale
« on: 05 November 2012, 09:22:00 pm »
Many thanks Mark. Fingers crossed they are in good nick.

For Sale & Wanted / Re: fzs 600(1999) loads parts for sale
« on: 04 November 2012, 08:52:10 pm »
Hi there. Are the carb rubbers any good? Mine are splitting, so would be nice to have a spare set to install in the Spring.

FZS600 Fazer / Re: How do I Winter-proof my bike?
« on: 21 October 2012, 10:35:37 pm »
Thanks for the tips guys. Keep em coming. 
I have a X reg FZS600. Only had it for about 4 months. My first big bike. It has the standard exhaust manifold which Ive heard will rot pretty rapidly so next time the weathers good I plan to take it off and give it afew coats of fire grate paint. I use the bike to commute about 30 miles per day and short of heavy snow nothing will stop me using it for this. I save around £7 per day not having to buy a parking ticket and of course get better mpg than my car also.
The bolt heads through the brake discs are starting to rust. Can i grease these to prevent further corrosion?

FZS600 Fazer / How do I Winter-proof my bike?
« on: 21 October 2012, 03:30:23 pm »
Hi all
Winters coming, so what are some good methods of preparing my bike in order to help prevent rust and corrosion?
I will start this off;
*Keeping chain clean and lubed
*Installing a fender extender and rear hugger?
*Correct type, amount and dilution of antifreeze.

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