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FZ6 / Fazer / Torque settings - Front Shocks.
« on: 28 August 2012, 07:42:33 am »
Hi All,

Had new tyres fitted a couple of weeks ago and since then something didn't feel right on the front end, bike felt as though it wanted to go right and brakes felt a little off. Decided that instead of taking it back to the garage I would instead learn about the bike and check it over myself. I found the following.

Front right shock was 2mm higher in the top clamp than it was before
Brakes binding more on the front than previously
Rear wheel alignment and chain tension was off
Handle bars are slightly to the right when traveling in a straight line on a flat road.

Quick check on the internet and a visit to halfords for torque wrenches, sockets, spanners etc etc and i'm ready to go.

Slackened off the shock hex bolts, two top and two bottom (just enough to hold but also adjust), reset the shock to the correct depth. Nipped hex bolts up.

Undid the bottom fork pinch bolt that holds the front right shock to the main shaft, bounced the front end up and down a few times, tightened back up and spun front wheel, now have a good few rotations before wheel stops.

Reset rear wheel alignment and chain tension.

Test ride - Feels 100% better with even braking and no pull to the right, just need to adjust handle bars ever so slightly to square them up.

Overall am happy with the work I have done and feel that it's safe, one question thought, can't find the torque settings for the 4 hex bolts that hold the front suspension. The 2 top bolts on the bars and the 2 lower on the cast section below the front fairing, thing the top are 6mm? and the bottom 8mm? Can anyone help me with these please.

Many thanks,


FZ6 / Fazer / Check your tyres every trip!
« on: 10 August 2012, 05:12:43 pm »
Well, took a ride out to Matlock Bath yesterday, did the usual checks on oil / water / brake fluid / lights etc etc and inflated the tyres to recommended pressure (36/42 psi for me)

Was about to go out today and thought even though it's only been 24 hours that I should check them again, rear showed 5psi!!!!! I thought my gauge was busted until I pressed the tyre................... F**K!!!!, nail right in the middle of the tread, what an absolute b*****d....

Decided then to check my front pressures just in case, had hung my helmet on the throttle side of the bike "just for a minute" while doing the pressures, moved the bars ever so slightly and bang, down it went....... right on the crown, scratched all the paint and visor. Not happy.

Costs - New tyres (going for a matching pair as don't fancy mixed rubber - BT023 - £250 fitted.

General / RST Ventilated Trousers...........
« on: 19 July 2012, 05:49:53 pm »
I'm looking for some new trousers, preferably RST as thats the gear i'm currently using and it will zip nicely together. Been looking at the Ventek, and Ventilator 3 trousers, I have the Ventilator 3 jacket which is nice but was hoping that someone may be using RST stuff and have some input before I buy.



General / Bassetts Pole
« on: 19 July 2012, 05:32:58 pm »
Does anyone go to Bassetts Pole on a Tuesday evening (I think?) have heard that it's quite a big meeting place for bikers and wondered what your experiences / thoughts are on it. Also, any decent meeting places in the midlands / tamworth areas?

General / A few pictures..............
« on: 17 July 2012, 08:24:33 pm »
from last weekend when the weather was a bit naff (for a change)

Basically bored and decided to take a few close up pics in the garage, room at a premium with all the kids toys around.

Please give critique, should get more practise really but enjoy it anyways.


Introduction / Hello from Tamworth!
« on: 16 July 2012, 07:30:37 am »
Hi all, Just signed up after a few weeks lurking. Got my first ever bike about 4 weeks ago on the day I passed my mod 2, it's a 2005 FZ6 Fazer in black, even with the weather and work have so far managed to cover 600+ miles and loving it.
Will gets some photo's up later.

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