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Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Can't buy one of these any more ...
« on: 08 March 2020, 12:07:19 PM »
... well actually you can.

Akrapovic titanium oval end can with stainless steel link pipe.  The latter is very rare as Akrapovic stopped making them some years ago.  Accepts all 60 mm outlet cans.

Take a look here:


As my Fazer 1000 is up for sale, the rare Akrapovic titanium end can and link pipe are up for sale.  The link pipe is impossible to buy from Akrapovic these days as they discontinued the line some years ago.

Supplied with Akrapovic retention springs, carbon clamp and stainless bolt. 

Accepts all end cans with 60mm internal diameter.

Total weight of the can and link pipe is less than 2 1/2 kgs, lighter than any other option on the market.  Both are in excellent condition.

£230 plus £15 P&P.

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Help Please - Cooling Fan Not Working
« on: 02 March 2020, 05:58:08 PM »
As anyone who knows me knows, I hate troubleshooting electrical problems, so I'm appealing for help. :)  I’ve already hit the Search function which helped me with steps to investigate but a solution has eluded me so far.

Bike is a 2002 Gen 1, 53k miles.  Yesterday I started her up just to circulate fluids and make sure all was well before advertising her for sale.  Last time ridden was a couple of weeks ago and all was fine then.

On start-up, I’m 99% sure that the coolant fan came on as it usually does soon after starting.  Went off with gear selection and I then proceeded to hold the revs around 3k rpm and blip the throttle to get the motor up to temperature.  Usually when I do this I let the coolant get to around 90C and then turn off but this time I decided to let her run to check that the fan came on when the temp reached 98 - 99C.  It didn’t.  The Multigauge coolant temp continued to climb to 104C at which point the coolant overheat light came on - as it should - and I shut her down.

Today I started troubleshooting by applying 12v direct to the fan.  It works fine.

The fan fuse is good.

Applying 12v to the relay contacts I got a ‘click’ suggesting it’s working correctly.  I also substituted another relay and that made no difference to the fan operation. I’m calling the relay itself good.

Earthing the green/black terminal on the relay connector turned the fan on, suggesting the wiring from relay to the fan is OK. 

The temperature readings on the Multigauge were exactly as they’ve been since I fitted the gauge.  Coolant temp rose normally and the overtemp light came on as it should at an indicated 104C.  This suggests that the coolant temp sensor in the thermostat housing is also good.

The coolant overtemp light comes on briefly at ignition on as it should.

However, the fan no longer comes on soon after start with the revs held at 1500rpm plus and the coolant fan does not kick in when the temp reaches 98 - 98C.

I’m stumped at the moment and the only thing I haven’t checked yet is the combination unit in the speedo which should be activating the fan relay when the temp gets too high.  I believe it also has a timer function to run the fan at start-up.

Any ideas, experiences, hail Mary guesstimates would be much appreciated. :)


Although listed in my FZS 1000 goodies for sale post, believe these might also be of interest to other 600 Fazer owners:

Genuine Pazzo shorty levers.  Black with silver adjusters.  New price £169 per pair.  VGC.  £80 + £8 P&P for both levers.R1 radial front brake master cylinder with lever, Rizoma (Chinese replica) fluid reservoir and mount.  VGC.  £65 + £5 P&P.  If you also want to buy the Pazzo levers above, I have the adapter to fit the R1 master cylinder.

PM me for more details.



For Sale & Wanted / Oxford Sports Panniers for Sale
« on: 25 February 2020, 11:39:03 AM »
Part of the garage clearance sale, posted separately because may be of interest to owners of other bikes than just the FZS 1000.

Oxford expandable sports panniers in immaculate condition, only used once then stored.  All straps, fixings and covers present.  Asking £30 plus P&P (estimate around £12 - £15).

PM me for more details or to buy. :)



Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Fazer FZS 1000 Goodies and Spares Sale
« on: 04 February 2020, 11:40:40 AM »
Just posted the list of goodies and spares I'm selling now that the old girl is up for sale as well.   :'(

I've had a couple of owners already call dibs on some items and have acknowledged that they have first refusal.  However, you're welcome still to ask for second calls if they decide not to proceed. :)



For Sale & Wanted / Fazer FZS 1000 Goodies and Spares Sale
« on: 04 February 2020, 11:34:36 AM »
Since the mighty Thou is up for sale after almost 18 years of faithful service, I have a load of goodies and spares to go as well.  I'll be coming back to the UK in early April and will bring everything below with me.  However, to give me chance to properly pack and address everything, I figured I'd start the garage clearance sale now. :)

At the moment, P&P costs are estimates.  However, once a deal is agreed, if P&P costs are lower, I will charge the actual rate.  If higher, I will cover the extra cost.

Akropovic Titanium oval end can with stainless steel link pipe.  £230 + £15 P&P. 

Genuine Yamaha hugger/chainguard.  DPBMC aka Deep Purplish Blue Metallic Cocktail or 'Fastest Blue'.  VGC.  £40 + £7 P&P

Belly Pan.  MBD Germany.  DPBMC.  Scratched underneath (too much cornering G-load at speed!) but otherwise good condition.  Repair or hide with sticker.  £25 + £8 P&P

Fuel tank with Yamaha tuning fork logo.  DPBMC.  One tiny dent, barely noticeable, otherwise VGC.  Very rare as UK market only had YAMAHA lettering on tank in this colour.  £95 + £20 P&P.

Oberon heavyweight stainless steel bar ends.  VGC.  £18 + £5 P&P.

Oberon alloy touring footpegs.  Front and rear pairs.  New price £46 per pair.  VGC.  £40 + £8 P&P for both pairs.

Genuine Pazzo shorty levers.  Black with silver adjusters.  New price £169 per pair.  VGC.  £80 + £8 P&P for both levers.

R1 radial front brake master cylinder with lever, Rizoma (Chinese replica) fluid reservoir and mount.  VGC.  £65 + £5 P&P.  If you also want to buy the Pazzo levers above, I have the adapter to fit the R1 master cylinder.

4 x Rizoma LED indicators with flasher unit.  Chinese replicas. VGC. £15 + £ 5 P&P.

Tinted double bubble screen.  VGC.  £20 + £5 P+P.

Tinted Airblade flip-lip screen. VGC.  £20 + £5 P&P.

Genuine Yamaha clutch cable.  Used but in perfect condition.  £12 + £5 P+P.

2 x Rear wheel bearing sets.  Comprising roller bearing, caged needle bearing and seal.  New.  £15 per set + £5 P+P

CDI unit.  Part number 5LV-82305-40. Model year 2004.  Used.  £60 + £5 P&P.

Starter cutout relay.  Part number 5EB-81950-20.  Used.  £20 + £4 P+P.

Tipover switch.  Used.  £5 + £3 P+P.

Combined oil and water pump assembly.  VGC.  £50 + £10 P&P.

Fuel Pump, filter and hoses.  VGC.  £25 + £10 P&P.

Genuine Yamaha fork seals and top bushes.  New.  £20 + £4 P&P

Genuine Yamaha timing cover gasket.  New.  £5 + £2 P&P.

Complete lock set comprising ignition switch, fuel tank cap and seat release catch with cable.  One key only.  Used.  VGC.  £45 + £8 P&P.

Throttle cable, opening side.  Used.  £5 + £3 P+P.

R1 gearshift lever.  Fits Fazer 1000 and greatly improves gear changing.  £10 + £3 P+P.

Bank of carbs.  Good condition, pilot bypass circuit holes enlarged as per Ivan’s instructions.  Not fitted with Ivan’s needles and main jets, but ready to accept.  Also suitable for spares.  £90 + £15 P&P.

Pair Carbone Lorraine sintered rear brake pads.  New.  £8 + £2 P&P.

DID XVM 530 chain and JT sprocket set.  New, in box.  Rubber damped front sprocket.  £85 + £15 P&P.

Genuine Yamaha rubber damped front sprocket.  New.  £20 + £5 P&P.

Oxford touring throwover paniers in blue.  Used once.  Large capacity, complete with covers and straps.  £30 + £12 P&P

Contact me by PM, please, giving an e-mail address that I can get back to you with to sort out shipping address etc.



Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Time To Say Goodbye
« on: 26 January 2020, 05:05:07 PM »
Not to this forum, I hasten to add but sadly to my Fazer 1000.  :(

After almost 18 years of ownership, it's time to say 'goodbye' to the old girl.  Truth is that with all the motorhome touring we've done over the past 3 years, the bike has only done about 500 miles in that time.  Since we're continuing to spend 5-6 months on the road each year, it just doesn't make sense to keep taxing and insuring her for such minimal use. 

In addition, the Spanish MOT test equivalent, the ITV, is such a PITA to pass unless the bike is in stock condition.  Almost all of the mods I'd done over the years had to be reversed to pass the test and it was always such a hassle even after doing that.  So, I've spent the past couple of days putting her back to near standard condition ready for another run at the ITV and then she'll be up for sale. 

I've also gone through all my Fazer spares stocks that I'd accumulated and those will be advertised soon in Sales and Wants here.  A couple of special items will be an Akropovic titanium oval end can and a rare DPBMC blue (the fastest colour ever!) fuel tank with the Yamaha tuning fork logo rather than the YAMAHA lettering.  The latter was never available in the UK and Akrapovic no longer do the link pipes for the Gen 1 - but I've got one in perfect condition!

Sorting through everything and going through photos taken since 2002 brought home just how many mods and changes the bike has undergone.  Four different end cans (Blueflame SS oval, Blueflame titanium Tri-oval, MIVV GP carbon and then the Akrapovic, which included full 4-2-1 headers for a few years); K-tech forks, R1 forks, K-tech forks again but with SS20 cartridges.  A K-tech modded standard shock (mine was the prototype for this mod), a Technoflex shock, an Ohlins and then an R6 shock (nice one, Luke! :))

Bodywork changes include 4 different screens, 2 huggers, an MBD belly pan, colour-matched side panels, and three different seats.  I've had straight bars and Renthals; Pazzo levers, bar end mirrors and Oberon footpegs.  I also had alloy rearsets for a time.

Brake discs were changed to Armstrong wavy discs and there were at least 3 sets of stainless hoses to accommodate the various fork set-ups, along with an R1 radial master cylinder up front. 

Of course, there had to be a Multigauge in the list - an early addition, one of the first made, and needless to say, every variation of Ivan's jet kit mod.  This started with an original Slip-On kit which I brought back from the USA in 2002 before they were even available in the UK.  When the MB kit came out, I upgunned to that along with the necessary airbox lid and intake stub mods.  With the Akrapovic full system, she absolutely flew! :)

It goes without saying that putting her up for sale with so much history between us is a real wrench.  Luckily, I've still got my '99 R1 which I've been keeping SORN'ed for the last couple of years and I can always put that one back on the road if I feel the need for speed in the future.  For now, though, I'll be taking a riding sabatical but I'll keep the riding gear in good nick, just in case.  I know so many guys who've sold up completely, only to regret it a year or two later. ;)

As always, I'll be staying in touch on this forum and while I tend to go 'radio silent' during our travels, it's rare that I fail to check on the site most days.

I'll post again when the list of items for sale goes live.  We'll be driving back to the UK in April and I'll bring everything over with me to post in the UK then.



Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Wanted - Standard Gen 1 Handlebars
« on: 15 October 2018, 04:01:41 PM »
Now there's a thread title you never thought you'd see ...  :lol
However, I'm asking because the Spanish MOT-equivalent test regs have changed yet again (doh!!) since May this year and it now appears that they will only test a vehicle that appears to be completely standard.  Any aftermarket parts will only be considered if you can provide EU-type approval documentation for them. 

It doesn't matter that a vehicle has previously passed import tech inspection - as was the case with my much-modded Fazer - the new regulations apply retrospectively.  My mate, Dave, was refused a test for his '04 Gen 1 this afternoon and between us we are having to acquire the parts needed to put the bikes in standard trim for the bi-annual tests. 

Mine is pretty much stock now and I have it arranged so that I can swap out the non-standard parts (indicators, end can, levers and screen) in an hour or so.  Seems I'll now have to change bars (Renthals technically aren't for road use, so no EU-type approval) which is why I need an original set to fit when the time comes around.  I will probably have to lose the R1 radial front brake master cylinder and the Armstrong wavy discs, too.  Grrrr ... bloody Spanish bureaucrats!
Anyway, back to the point, has anyone got a set of original bars they would like to sell, please?  I'll be back in the UK a couple of times before December so would be looking to have them posted to our UK address.

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / I am Fazer, hear me roar.
« on: 14 October 2018, 04:00:06 PM »
... well, eventually. ;)
Hi all,
It's been a while since I've posted and - confession time - even longer since I've ridden the Fazer.  Well, ridden anything apart from a golf buggy and an electric bike, to be honest. :)
 As some may recall, the Soup Dragon and I have been touring Europe for a large part of the year in our motorhome and when we've been home in Spain during the summer months, it's been just too hot to ride.  As a result, the mighty Thou has stood silent for months both this year and last. :( 

Having had to deal with blocked pilot jets after last year's lengthy lay-up, I thought this year I'd preempt that issue by draining the carbs instead.  Mistake.  It might be fine on a newer bike but on an older one like mine, leaving the carbs empty for 6 months caused the float needle seat O-rings and one float bowl gasket to completely dry out.  The motor started fine but within minutes fuel was leaking from all over the place under the carbs.  Luckily I had spare parts to hand but on balance, it would have been easier to simply clean blocked pilot jets than fix the leaks.  Lesson learned for next year.
Typically, the moment the mighty Thou fired up leak-free and ready to roll, the heavens opened and stopped play for the day. 

Oh, well ... after 6 months, I suppose another day or two won't make that much difference. :)

Cheers, all!
PS.  I have been visiting the forum regularly but hate 'typing' on a tablet, which is why I haven't posted much while we've been travelling.  I'm lurking, though ... ;)

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / All Good Things ...
« on: 03 March 2018, 08:16:24 AM »
... you know the rest of the saying ... and after much thought and consideration, I've decided to call a halt to my UK 'Ivanising' trips.

It was a difficult decision to make but finding time for them since quitting my day job has proved harder than when I was working 48 weeks of the year.  Now that Lynn and I finally have the chance we hope to spend many months each year travelling extensively.  With family visits to fit in around our motorhome adventures, suddenly there aren't that many spaces left on the calendar.  It seems it's true what they say about being busier than ever in retirement. :) Asking owners to travel to my work location during the UK winter months is a non-starter and the travel costs in the summer are too high for me to come over for just a handful of bikes.  I don't like to admit it but I'm no longer up to doing 16 Full Monty installations in 4 days, with 600 miles in a rental car between venues. ;)

However, the most significant factor in my decision wasn't the age and condition of the mechanic but that of the bikes themselves. :)  I still find it hard to believe that the last Gen 1 rolled off the line almost 13 years ago and most of the bikes I've worked on have been older than that.  No matter how well they are maintained and cared for, corrosion and other age-related issues are appearing more regularly.  I can only travel with a limited selection of tools and my biggest concern is that I might encounter a problem which I can't fix without more specialized kit.  The last thing I would want is to have someone stranded having ridden many miles to get to my work venue.  Thankfully that has never happened but the odds have increased to the point where I no longer feel it fair or sensible to take that risk.  Since it's not feasible for me to do individual home visits or to set up a properly equipped workshop in the UK, it's clear that it's time for me to hang up my much-faded overalls. :)

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has trusted me to work on their Fazer over the years, and a very special thank you to those who provided me with a workshop, sometimes a bed, delicious bacon butties and countless cups of tea and coffee on my travels.  It was your hospitality and kindness that made these trips possible.  Since doing my first Slip On kit installation in 2003, I've had the pleasure of meeting many hundreds of Foccers from all corners of the UK and it was a wonderful experience to see how one machine could bring folks together from every walk of life.  Great times all round.  :)

My heartfelt thanks to you all.


Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Spot the difference
« on: 02 September 2017, 07:28:24 PM »
I seem to be the only one here who is reversing mods ... ;)



and today

So, what's gone and what's replaced it? :D

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / TCP Undertray for Fazer FZS1000 - DPBMC
« on: 17 August 2017, 05:25:22 PM »
Over in the Sales and Wants:,23085.0.html

PM me for details/questions. :)


Now Sold! :D

For Sale & Wanted / TCP Undertray for Fazer FZS1000 - DPBMC
« on: 17 August 2017, 05:24:01 PM »
For sale, TCP Aerodynamics undertray for FZS1000 in DPBMC (fastest) blue.  Good condition overall.  The mounting lug for the rear brake reservoir cracked so I fitted an HRC tube-type reservoir instead.  This is included in the sale together with the mounting bracket for the indicators and number plate.

Looking for £60 including shipping to UK mainland address.  Apologies for the less than informative photo but I'm away from home and it's the only one of my bike I could find online. :)

More info and a small photo on page 11 of this old TCP catalogue pdf:

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Ivan's Full Monty - Last One Before 2018!
« on: 13 August 2017, 05:53:50 PM »
As mentioned in the 'Ivanising 2017' thread, I have a spare Full Monty jet kit and air filter to hand.  I'll be down in Liskeard, Cornwall, from 15 - 22 Sept and if anyone would like to get their Fazer 'Ivanised' this side of April 2018, this is your chance.

Contact me by e-mail ( for more details. :)

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Confession and Decision
« on: 31 July 2017, 12:57:48 PM »
First, the confession.  Yesterday I took my '99 R1 out for a run, the first she's had since being taken a few miles to the testing station this time last year.  No big deal, except that this is actually the first time I've ridden at all in the last 12 months.   :o   With the Soup Dragon spending most of 2016 in and out of hospital for some pretty serious issues, I just didn't feel like riding and at the back of my mind was the nagging thought that the way our luck was going, I'd end up in A&E for good measure.  Two of us out of action wouldn't have been too clever under the circumstances.  :\

Next, the decision.  Well, decisions, in fact.  Although I love the R1 to bits, she's just too much of a missile for me to ride properly on the road these days, so I've decided to put her into mothballs for the next couple of years.  With only 16k miles on the clock, in totally original condition and absolutely mint at that, she's worth around £3.5k according to ebay.  No point in paying insurance, tax and MOT only to ride her for a couple of hundred miles each year.  So full service, drain carbs and fuel tank, up on the paddock stands and polish every few months. :)

The second decision is to get the Fazer out more.  Now, that wasn't so difficult, was it ... ?  :lol

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Ivanising in England 2017
« on: 01 April 2017, 07:11:53 AM »
I've just posted another thread about my plans to visit Scotland in early July to do some 'Ivanising'.  I have also got a handful of owners waiting for me to make a similar trip south of the border and I'm thinking about late August/early September, which is when flight prices start to get more reasonable again.

Although it's very early doors, I'm about to head off on a 3-month tour of Europe and so I thought I'd scope out interest well ahead of time.  If you would like more information or would like to provisionally book a slot, please e-mail me direct (not PM, thanks) to and I'll get back to you ASAP.  Please allow me a few days to reply because I may not always be online during our travels.

As I mentioned in the Scottish thread, I suspect this might be my last dedicated 'Ivanising' trip because it's getting more difficult to fit them in with everything else that's going on since I retired.  A nice problem to have, eh?   So, if you've been thinking about this for a while, now may be the time to go ahead and do it - while you still can. :)



Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Ivanising in Scotland this July
« on: 01 April 2017, 07:01:46 AM »
In response to requests from several Fazer owners north of the border, I've booked flights to come over with my toolkit to work in Glasgow and Edinburgh from Friday 7 July to Monday 10 July inclusive.  My thanks to the guys who've waited patiently for me to make the trip - I look forward to meeting you all in the summer.  :)

Although I have 7 names already on the list, there's time for me to slot 2 or 3 more in during my stay.  If you would like to know more or reserve a slot now, please e-mail me ( and I'll get back to you ASAP.  I'm about to set off on a 3-month tour of Europe by motorhome this morning, so it may be a few days before I can reply.

This is likely to be one of my last dedicated 'Ivanising' trips as I'm finding it more difficult to fit them in to my diary.  Seems like what they say about being busier than ever in retirement is true!  :lol



PS.  Please don't use PMs to contact me as I find it much easier to manage these trips via e-mail message.  Thanks.

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / LSL Rearsets for Sale
« on: 31 August 2016, 02:14:28 PM »

For Sale & Wanted / LSL Rearsets for Gen 1 Fazer FZS1000
« on: 31 August 2016, 02:06:03 PM »
Like the title says, LSL rearsets for a Gen 1 Fazer 1000. 

£110 incl p&p.

PM or e-mail direct (

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / 'Ivanising' in September - POSTPONED
« on: 11 August 2016, 02:30:43 PM »
OHi all,

Update:  In view of the number of owners in Scotland and the north of England who have been in touch, I'm looking to add a couple of days to the schedule north of the border.  Dates will have to change accordingly, so now most likely 29 Sept to 3 Oct inclusive.

I'm working on a possible trip with the toolkit over the period 15 - 18 Sept inclusive.  Likely venues are west Midlands, just south of Leicester, and somewhere along the Doncaster - Grimsby axis.

I've got 9 slots available and have 4 confirmed at this stage. 

Anyone wanting more information or to reserve a slot, please e-mail me ( with your postcode and a contact phone number.

Cheers! :)


Although I might be making a trip to the UK with my toolkit in September, for various reasons beyond our control, the travel plans my wife and I had made for our first year of retirement have had to be put on hold.   :\

However, I will be in Liskeard visiting family from 7 - 12 July and I've already had someone ask if I could 'Ivanise' their Fazer while I'm down that way.  Date will either be Saturday 9 July or Sunday 10, depending on which works best for everyone. 

I will only be working on one day because this is supposed to be a family holiday. :)  I can do three bikes in a day so if you'd like more information or want to reserve a slot, please e-mail me direct ( and I'll get back to you dreckly. ;)



For a few reasons - but mainly due to the hassle of trying to get my Fazer through Spanish MOT-equivalent with non-standard bits - I've decided to remove some of the many goodies I've put on the old girl over the years.

These will be going in the For Sale section soon and I'll be bringing the items back to the UK with me when I drive over in late June.

Just a taster at this stage:

Akrapovic conical race header system (stainless steel) and titanium end can.  No longer available, these are rare to find and in really good condition. 

Ohlins shock with remote preload adjuster.  Overhauled about 4k miles ago and fitted with .85 spring.  Will be sold with original .9 spring in the box as well. 

LSL rearsets.  Light and lovely.

TCP undertray and painted side panels in original, faster blue.  Deep Purplish Blue Metallic Cocktail, to be precise. 

I'll let you know when the auction starts ... ;)  Start saving!  :lol

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Doing a bit of that 'Ivanising' in April
« on: 28 January 2016, 05:13:59 PM »
With retirement from the day job looming, I'll be hitting the roads of Europe in May (in the motorhome, not the Fazer ;) ) but before that I'm visiting family in the UK and doing a bit of 'Ivanising' while I'm back there.

I'm in country from 24 April to 1 May and I already have 9 bikes lined up to work on during that time.  However, I may have scope to slot a few more in without upsetting the domestic harmony (got the missus with me this time!), so if you'd like to know more please drop me an e-mail (not a PM, please) to  Please include your postcode to help me plan the art of the possible. :)



Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / "This is Spain, we do things differently"
« on: 02 August 2015, 09:41:10 PM »
 ... which is a saying used by us expats as a way of coping with the inconsistencies and frustrations of Spanish bureaucracy.  :rolleyes

Take my latest example.  Yesterday I had to take Mighty Thou for its two-yearly MOT-equivalent, the ITV test.  Having experienced some 'issues' due to the bike's mod state (a good deal different to the original spec when first registered here in 2007) I had a Spanish riding mate set up my appointment with a friend in the local test centre.  Let's just say there was a little deal sweetening discussed beforehand ...  ;)

So,  I rock up with a borrowed Akrapovic carbon silencer and baffle fitted in place of my usual titanium Akra (which tellingly has ‘Not for road use’ engraved on it!), newly fitted number plate surround and an OE clear screen.  These are all things that have caused teeth-sucking on previous tests so I figured I'd make things easier for all this way.  Remember the thread title now.  Cue much teeth-sucking because the silencer, while E-marked and clearly road legal, wasn’t presented for test with a copy of the European type approval doc!  FFS!  They change the bloody rules every time I go there.  Same applied for the made-in-Barcelona TCP undertray which has been on the bike for the last two tests.  Why this retrospective application of recent regulation changes is allowed under EU law is beyond me but there you go. 

At this stage I get told to go the office for a refund of my test fee (there was that, I suppose) and to come back with the offending items changed or documented.  Then, while waiting for my money back, friend of friend and his oppo have a conflab and I get told to go round again … result, methinks!  They’ve clearly decided on the common sense reasonable man approach - well, more likely they’ve realised that their Saturday night drinking vouchers are about to disappear down the road!  It’s at this precise moment that the Mighty Thou decides to have a total electrical failure that I posted about yesterday.   I spent the next hour in a quiet corner of the test centre troubleshooting before I jiggled the damaged wires and got the old girl going again.  I’m now set to sprint for home before she conks out again and ready to write the morning off as one of life’s disappointing moments but lo and behold, ITV hombre suddenly says ‘documentos y 20 euros’, vanishes into the office for 2 minutes and comes out with the coveted ITV sticker.  I slip him his ‘gift’ in an old fag packet and head out of Dodge with a smile on my face. 

Now, in case you’ve missed it in all the excitement of my tale, the oddest thing here is that I got the pass certificate in the end without them ever actually testing any part of the bike.  No noise check or emissions test, no lights/indicators run through, no brake test, no chassis parts etc etc.  No mention of the R1 forks, nada.  Me, I’m not going to argue but honestly, why didn’t they just ignore the teeth-sucking preamble about type approval paperwork and save us all 2 hours of phaffing about on a Saturday morning? 

I think that for as long as I live here some aspects of the Spanish mentality will remain forever a mystery to me.   :lol

PS.  Watch out if UK MOT testers ever start taking serious note of EU type approval requirements!


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