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General / Help and suggestions: fix cracks in abs plastic
« on: 22 June 2022, 08:23:54 pm »
So like all my previous fazers, my latest has the same damn annoying issue with the plastic cracking next to the mounting holes. We have all run into this problem, but due to the scarcity of the parts (in this instance only one infill for my 2007 FZ1 in all of Yamaha Europe) and that was before Brexit/Covid I am looking for an alternative way of repairing cracks on the infill on my FZ1.

So have tried epoxy resin, but its just too brittle. I had considerd plastic weld, but don't know if that will work as some of the ABS plastic on the infill is only 2-3mm thick. So my next idea/plan is to try fine fibre glass mesh on/around the affected area.

Would like/welcome some other suggestions.

General / MOVED: 2006 fz1n fairing
« on: 22 June 2022, 08:22:50 pm »

For Sale & Wanted / Wanted: FZ1 exhaust hanger
« on: 21 June 2022, 07:09:26 pm »
Dont care about the condition, as it only need to be on the bike while I get my rear hangers power coated.

General / Wemoto have suffered a data breach
« on: 16 December 2021, 07:33:43 am »
"Dear Customer,

At Worlds End Motorcycles Ltd, we respect the privacy of your personal data, which is why we are writing to let you know about a data security incident that potentially involves some of your personal data. This does not include any card or payment information as we never store these details.

On Dec 10th, 2021, we were made aware of a potential breach of the data that we hold with our service provider. The data accessed may have included the following types of personal information:

- Email address, first and last name

We deeply regret that this incident occurred. We are fully investigating the issue with our Service Provider to ensure that no such breach can occur in the future.

We have implemented additional security measures designed to prevent future attacks and to protect your personal information and the privacy of our customers. You do not need to take any action following this email.

The Worlds End Group"

This is exactly why I DO NOT let businesses keep my card details, but for good measure I have removed my postal address from the account and reset my password.

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / FZ1 rear suspension: Linkage parts
« on: 06 December 2021, 02:52:50 pm »
Can anyone tell me bolt and nut sizes for the wishbones are? because both my local dealer/s and Fowlers don't know or cant tell me.

General / MOVED: help,help,help,help
« on: 26 November 2021, 03:33:09 pm »

General / Html and formating issue in posts: Request for more infomation
« on: 25 November 2021, 02:35:09 pm »

Bob and I are looking into this issue that as it stands, a few people are have the issue where -
  • html will get placing into a thread post
  • Or the fonts will be super tiny or have unexspected formatting.
So in order to help us investigate the issue, it would be helpful if we can start by having the following info -
  • Who is having the issue?
  • What OS and browser are they using?
  • What browser plugins/addons to they have installed?
Once we have some users and test cases we can try and replicate the issue. Bob and I currently have multiple different browsers installed so we can test a few permutations.

many thanks

Just had a buddy tell me that he had a K&N oil filter let go and leak oil all over the bottom of the bike and his rear tyre on a trip to Europe. So then did a search online for "exploding K&N oil filter" and there is page after page of results, but here are some examples with images -
There was a class action lawsuit in 2020 against them -Looks like it effected the following filters - KN-138, KN-204 & KN-303 (This fits the FZS1000 & FZ1). They list the KN-147 for the FZS600, but other searching show the KN-303 also fits.

General / Notice for riders in Lewisham!
« on: 07 October 2021, 08:19:12 pm »

The Lewisham M/C parking charges consultation is closing on 1 November.

As there isn't much time yet could you please all promote and share it as much as possible? E.g in any forums/facebook groups you happen to be part of. Below is the text from Save London Motorcycling and the link to the consultation should you need it:

Lewisham Council have announced plans to bring in parking charges for motorcycles. We are going to do everything we can to fight these proposals, but we need your help.

The main proposals are:

  • Up to £125 per year for residents parking
  • Up to £625 per year for a business pass
  • NO daily/weekly pass available for commuters

You can let them know what you think by responding to the consultation here  -


Respond now The deadline is the 1st November. And the points you want to make can be copped from here -

  • The charges are too high and will price many motorcyclists out of working in the borough
  • The fact that there is no daily pass will make commuting impossible for many who work in the borough
  • Motorcycles take up far less space when parked and this is not reflected in the charges
  • Motorcycles are part of the solution to climate change, air quality and congestion
  • The charges are not proportionate based on the impact of motorcycles on climate change and air quality

FZS600 / MOVED: Mk2 clocks on MK1 fzs600?
« on: 24 September 2021, 09:35:03 am »

For Sale & Wanted / Wanted: Comfort or modded seat for FZ1
« on: 16 June 2021, 04:47:26 pm »
So I did a total of 300 miles over 2 days and it reminded me the seat on the FZ1 needs to be improved. So does anyone have a modded/custom/comfort seat for sale..?

General / Can you use E10 - web-based checker:
« on: 10 June 2021, 10:02:38 am »
The Government has released a way to check if your motorbike can use E10 fuel.


As a very rough guide, anything pre-1990 or so could be in trouble. The problems you will get if you use E10 in a non-compatible machine is poor running and potentially deterioration of the engine performance over time. The actual negatives are not clearly expressed by Government statements, and it’s hard to get definitive information.

For Sale & Wanted / Wanted: seat and bar risers for FZ1
« on: 10 May 2021, 08:26:25 am »
Does anyone have  -

1. a comfort/Gel or otherwise modded seat for the FZ1..?
2. a set of bar risers for same.



My local mechanic First Motorcycle Repairs in Watford has Yamaha FZS600 for sale -

The bike is a Y reg boxeye in black with 20k on the clock.

Full disclosure - this bike needs a bunch of TLC with the main issue being a few of the exhauster header studs being snapped off. The bike initially came in for this and other repairs, but when it became clear the cost of parts and labour cost more than the bike was worth the customer sold the bike to FBR. Now FBR just need the space. In addition to the stud issue, the bike need new brake pads, new chain & sprockets and new fork seals. I also spotted that the bike has previously been dropped on the right hand side as the lock stop is missing from that side.

The bike runs just fine, but due to the header issue the bike is not rideable so it will need to be collected. So grab your self a bargain, its worth it for spares alone or more if someone can do the stud repair and then get a working bike. The bike is sold as seen no returns.

So this dosen't get buried, this topic has been moved to Front page.

General / MOVED: Brake Pad recomendation:
« on: 18 April 2021, 05:26:05 pm »

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / FZ1- front fork stancion corrosion:
« on: 22 March 2021, 07:57:06 pm »
So today I gave the bike its first clean since buying it (wasn't that dirty, but it was warm out). Anyway I get to the point where I am drying it off with the microfibre and get down to the forks and noticed some pits in the chrome (see attached). So I put on some cable-ties to check my travel to see of the fork seals are ever likely to touch etc and after a quick chat with Gnasher he confirmed on the outside at-least I am a good 5-10mm away. He also mentioned that the FZ1 stock on the front is under-sprung and under-damped, which then reminded me that the suspension isn't setup correctly for my weight - as the forks are travelling too far down.

I have yet to check the inside of the fork stanchions, which I will do the next sunny day we get. But I fear the corrosion there will be worse, like I have seen on a fork I spotted on ebay (see this image), as I can feel bumps and roughness with my fingers etc.

So my questions are for fellow FZ1 owners -
  • How bad is yours, got images?
  • How long did it take to get that bad, mileage, time-passed or both.
  • What have people done to try and combat this issue, trimmed down fork gator? ACF50?, grease?
Has anyone had their forks rechromed -
  • by who and how much,
  • how well has the new thicker chrome lasted..?  mileage/time-passed.

So today I went to go and replace said bulbs starting with the rear bulb, but had an issue right off the bat. When the brake is applied and then let go, the LED bulb stays on max brightness. I have the same bulb in my Bandit1250 and it works fine (half bright, full bright etc). So this then made me realise that the FZ1 might have an integrated (side stand, brake/indicator, starter switch relay unit?) like my bandit 1250 does (but the rear light dosent go through that on this bike).
  • If that isn't the case what reason would my 2007 FZ1 have for showing this weird behaviour with only LED bulbs..?
  • On a related note where is the indicator relay on the FZ1? is it separate like my old FZS or integrated like my bandit..?

For Sale & Wanted / Sorted: FZ1 front muguard black or red
« on: 19 March 2021, 05:11:03 pm »
So I took the FZ1 out for a spin today and upon arriving at home I realised that the previous owner had done the old "for the disc lock on the front wheel" and snapped of bits of the front mudguard on both sides. Its purely cosmetic with no damage structurely, but if I can replace it, I would like too.

So does anyone one have a front muguard in Black or DRMK (deep-red-metallic-k), it can be off a FZ1-N or FZ1, ABS or non-ABS as the part numbers are for this purpose identical.

I found one on FB.

Messages for Users / MOVED: Clutch assembly
« on: 18 March 2021, 05:31:37 pm »

For Sale & Wanted / Wanted: mainstand for FZ1
« on: 15 March 2021, 01:08:18 pm »
So the main stand on my fz1 has some rust on it and as I don't know how bad it is, I figured I would get another and get that one painted or power coated.

FZS600 Fazer / Mk1/2 Fazer 600: FAQ for New and Prospective Owners
« on: 20 February 2021, 12:37:33 pm »

What is it?

The FZ600 Fazer was released in 1998 and was best in class and by 2003 had sold over 80k units. The bike is beloved bike and is considered by many owners one of the best all-round motorcycles, giving current bikes a run for their money. With the Fazer, Yamaha got the basics right and that’s what makes it such a great bike. The tank range is long, the seat comfortable, the fairing effective, the brakes sharp and the motor strong in the mid-range and extremely reliable. The suspension may be a bit baggy, but if that’s the Fazer’s only real fault 22 years after it was launched then that’s not bad going. The only fly in the ointment is for London riders this bike isnt Euro3 compliant, but for £175 they can take it to Riverbank motorcycles (the only emission testing center in London) to get the bike registered as ulez compliant.

  • Engine: 599cc, DOHC liquid-cooled inline four
  • Power: 95bhp @ 11,500rpm
  • Torque: 61.2ftlb @ 9500rpm
  • Weight: 200Kg (dry)
  • Seat Height 815mm/32”
  • Wheelbase: 1460
  • Tank size: 18 liters
  • Tyres: 110/60-ZR17 and 160/60-ZR17
Which one should I buy?
  • While the early Mk1's have their charm, they are not without their issues. Most notably the woefully inadequate front headlight. Now that LED bulbs are legal its recommended that owners should replace the stock bulbs asap
What should I look out for?
  • TBC
Things that will break in an accident.
  • Just like the other Fazer models, the sub-frame and headlight won't survive if any part of the front gets a hard enough side impact. And by that I mean the sub-frame (that the headlight & whole front fairing mounts to) gets tweaked so things don't line up perfectly anymore. And some or all of the headlight mounts get snapped off. So like I and other owners do, find and buy some spares - levers, mirrors, indicators, infill panels, a sub-frame, a headlamp 
  • The handlebars if hit hard enough and at the right/wrong angle will bend in a drop.
What upgrades / modifications should I consider?Engine / Tuning
  • TBC
  • There are loads of choices out there, but most owners fit after-market stainless headers & link pipes due to the cheap black painted OEM system rotting away in the UK climate.
Suspension / Handling
  • For a start the suspension is firm but harsh and poorly controlled. So new owners will need to set up the suspension for their weight and riding style.
Chain & Sprocket's
  • The brakes are the same fantastic blue spot calipers as found on a lot of Yamaha motorcycles. The popular mod is to replace the old hoses with braided.
  • Renthals are popular
Clutch lever
  • If, like me, you have medium sized hands you may want to install a span-adjustable lever. The FZ1 has the same useless cable-based clutch that the FZS had, which has clutch biting point foibles.
  • The MK2 has same ones as fitted to the FZS1000.
Are there any specific service items or issues I should be aware of?

Rear suspension
  • Always inspect the suspension linkages as they are prone to seizing and, by now, the suspension units themselves will probably be needed a rebuild or refresh, so look for any weeps and check their damping by bouncing the bike up and down.
  • Front forks - tbc
Valve Clearances
  • If you are planning on checking the valve clearances yourself (need to confirm mileage intervals) a service manual such as those from Haynes & Clymer is always recommended.
Service intervals
  • minor every (tbc) major every (TBC), valve clearance every (tbc).
Changing spark plugs
  • This is relatively easy on the both the Mk1/Mk2
Electrical connectors
  • Given the age of the bike it is worthwhile going through all of the electrical connector blocks on the bike checking for corrosion and making repairs where necessary. An electrical contact cleaner spray can be used to de-grease and clean both the inside & outside of the blocks, the outside of the blocks should be treated sparingly with a product that will repel water and prevent corrosion such as dielectric grease or ACF50. Particular attention should be given to both the larger connectors below left hand-side subframe where the regulator/rectifier resides.
Popular mods done be members on hereMk1
  • Headlight bulb mod, both side on - link
  • Boxeye to Foxeye conversion - link
  • Replace stock headers - link and link
  • Replace stock headers - link
  • Info on fitting an A2 restrictor kit - link

Evening All

Do we have one who lives in Camden? if so can you you need to be aware of what Camden Council are currently trying to push through that will directly effect you and any motorcycle businesses in the area. Mag would appreciate as many signatures as possible on the following open letter (see below) and it would extremely helpful if any of those are from Camden residents -

Open letter to Camden council regarding the Parking Permit and Charges Review 2020We are writing as a concerned group of local businesses, residents and workers in Camden, about the proposed changes to motorcycle parking in Camden.

We are extremely concerned about the effects that these changes will have on motorcyclists who live and work in Camden.  Additionally we believe that the proposals will be detrimental to the economy and life of Camden. We believe these changes are not justified by evidence claimed, and will result in significant damage to the borough and motorcyclists.

We are asking that you meet with interested parties in order to find to an equitable solution for motorcyclists and Camden.
Our main concerns are as follows:

- Damage to the economy of Camden and the livelihoods of those who work in Camden:
The proposed daily and hourly charges for parking will damage the ability of riders to work or volunteer in Camden. This includes delivery riders and couriers, but also volunteer riders for groups such as the Blood Bikers or the Bike Shed Community Response, who are doing vital work during the pandemic. In addition, the proposed limit on daily passes to two years will make it impossible for those who commute into Camden by motorcycle to continue to do so after 2023. It’s a mistake to assume that in all cases walking or cycling and public transport offer a viable alternative. We believe that the net result will be people forced to give up their jobs, or work elsewhere. This will impact not only these individuals but the economy of Camden. 

- Increased crime:
Reducing access to solo motorcycle bays will mean less secure parking. The police have identified secure parking as a key way to reduce moped enabled crime. This therefore has the potential to increase motorcycle theft and undo the good work Camden has done in providing secure facilities. This is of serious concern, not just to motorcyclists in Camden, but to all those who live in, work in, or visit Camden. Stolen motorcycles are commonly used in ‘moped enabled crime’ which impacts every Camden resident and visitor.

- Lack of sufficient consultation:
The short consultation period in a period of unprecedented disruption is disappointing. Fewer people were attending workplaces in Camden during the consultation period than normal due to the pandemic.  Many of those potentially affected by these proposals will not have been aware of the consultation. Multiple offers to discuss the proposals have been made to the council by interested parties, all of which have been refused. We are extremely concerned that the changes will go ahead without reasonable engagement with those who it will affect the most. 

- The proposals are not proportionate:
The evidence presented in the consultation doesn’t support the changes. Charging motorcycles the same amount as cars is disproportionate.  It doesn’t take into account the amount of space motorcycles takes up, nor the lower levels of pollution they produce.

Motorcycling is a transport choice taken by a broad spectrum of individuals, including nurses, doctors, business owners, volunteers, couriers and delivery riders. Those who use motorcycles, due to the nature or length of their journey, often cannot reasonably use other means of transport. For many the economy of motorcycles is the only low cost option for their travel needs.

On a per km basis motorcycles produce significantly lower emissions of CO2 and key pollutants such as NOx, PM10 and PM2.5.  Motorcycles also do not contribute to congestion. Not all trips can be replaced by walking cycling and public transport.  For those that can't, motorcycles present the best alternative to cars for those concerned about air quality. Instead of seeking to unfairly punish motorcyclists, Camden should follow the example of other councils such as Cambridgeshire in recognizing the role of motorcycles as a means to meet their air quality and climate change aims.

We, the undersigned, would ask that you reconsider these proposals.  We believe that they will have a devastating effect on motorcyclists, and those who rely on the value motorcyclists bring to Camden.

FZS600 Fazer / MOVED: Winter & pandemic non usage:
« on: 15 January 2021, 05:17:35 pm »

So doing the obligatory clean on the spare set of calipers for my bandit, while typical brake cleaner is fine for cleaning the discs, pistons and calipers internals - its hopeless at cleaning all the caked on brake dust/road grime on the caliper body. I have always thought, there must be a spray/brush liquid solution that will dissolve the caked on brake dust and road grime, so we don't need to be getting out the wire brush and pick for the seal grooves.

After a bit of research for the outside at least, what we need is a solution/fluid that will react with the iron in the brake dust. Examples I have seen on youtube are for cleaning the brake dust of wheels, but I think it should do the same job on calipers aswell. The idea is you spray it on and leave it to soak for a few minutes, after which time it changes color (usual pink or purple). Then you simply rinse it off with water and for more stubborn instances, agitating with an toothbrush rinse and repeat if as required.

Id like to hear back from any of your guys that have found a product that works well for you? What I have been looking for so far is car wheel cleaner and iron remove like  -
  • WonderWheels Colour change (acid free) wheel cleaner - amazon

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