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For Sale & Wanted / Clearout of Fazer 1000 Parts
« on: 29 June 2020, 04:50:50 pm »
A few spare parts for sale after twelve years of Fazer ownership.
  • Aftermarket adjustable full length brake & clutch levers in silver, fitted the levers to the bike but never even used them on the road £15 inc post.
  • Standard master cylinder. £15 inc post.
  • Sensor at back of engine block. Errr... will have to find out name of it! Bought but never used £8 inc post.
  • 4x mini indicators with 8x fairing spacers / cover plates. Fitted just one but actually preferred the standard indicators with clear lenses. Have the Audi-type directional flashing. I believe they require a different indicator relay fitted, so that they flash at the right speed. £20 inc post.
  • K-Tech linear fork springs 8.5nm. Originally for a Bandit 1200 / XJR1300, but a spring is a spring.  Longer than the standard Fazer fork springs so I cut shorter spacers accordingly to restore correct internal dimensions. Suit a lighter rider between 9 - 12 stone. £40 inc post.
  • Ignition coil for Cylinders 1 & 4, useful spare. £15 inc post.
  • Hagon Shock. Standard length and spring for a 'standard' 75-100kg weight rider.  Less than a year old, bolts straight on £165 inc post.
  • S1000RR rear shock. This shock WILL need disassembled & rebuilt by a suspension company as the damping has gone. Comes with a heavier R6 spring fitted and dogbones which restore the back end to around the standard height. Has an R6 lower mounting bolt and a spacer to go in the lower suspension bush. Preload collar a bit chewed up. Top mount will need drilled out or some sort of top-hat spacer arrangement. £40 inc post. 
  • *SOLD* EBC FA252 HH front brake pads.
  • *SOLD* Full set of stainless steel pistons to suit front blue-spot calipers.
  • *SOLD* Yam R1 5jj gear shift. Much quicker / smoother gear changes.
  • *SOLD* Head bearing adjuster.
  • *SOLD* R1/R6 radial master cylinder with full length & short brake lever
  • *SOLD* Beamtech LED headlight bulbs.
  • *SOLD* Full Exup valve
Can send more pics if required. Updated as I clear out the garage.

For Sale & Wanted / S1000RR shock for 2001-05 for Gen 1 FZS1000
« on: 20 January 2020, 07:23:53 pm »
Too many unfinished projects, currently have to clear a path through the garage, so some stuff has to go.BMW S1000RR rear shock, longer brown top version. Top preload ramp screw (Torx) replaced with a stainless allen head bolt.   Sadly no washers for the top mount, but choice of dogbones - either a set to put the rear-end back at standard height (150mm) or slightly longer dogbones to lower the back-end around 20mm (155mm - pictured).   Also, apart from standard BMW spring I have a spare spring in black, which is rated 650lbs/inch, suiting those who are more 'big-boned'  ;) Downside is that it's only 6 inches long, so *might* require a spacer - not sure, never got a round to swapping it over...

£100 + Postage

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Trazer or Fazersys 1000
« on: 16 January 2020, 06:02:53 pm »

So, deterioriating back, neck and knees causing problems. The normal solution would be to buy something more upright / ergonomic. Logical, but expensive. Decided I still loved the old girl but wanted a Tracer / Versys-like riding position.
  • All handlebar cables sent off to the professionals and extended by four inches.
  • Tracer 700 handlebars (nearly four inches higher than standard)
  • Vstrom handguards
  • Longer front brake cables (roughly three inches).
  • Tracer clutch mount perch (allows LHS mirror to be fitted)
  • Tracer mirrors with extensions. Before I could only work out there was a car behind me, now I can tell what make of vehicle it is - vast improvement!
  • One inch lower footpegs
Probably cost around £200 in total.
Obviously gained a lot of comfort but at the expense of outright handling. Bars not fouling the screen on full tilt.  Switch cables rerouted under tank and justabout stretch ok.  Issues with the windblast are worse than before but might seek some radical solution such as a Madstad screen setup.  Worth it? To me, yes - will be able to keep riding her for another year at least  :)

The Laboratory ! / Bolt-on Parts - Postimage Practice
« on: 13 January 2020, 02:12:23 pm »

I've fitted a pair of these and a pair of Racetech's rebound valves inside my own front forks to improve the somewhat average damping
Selling these as I'd ordered a second set by mistake from the States  :o
So, a pair of new, unused, unopened compression valves for the front forks: they replace the standard valves. 
Makes a huge difference to the damping and costs far less than what Maxton now charge to modify compression valving, also less than K-Tech's replacement valves.
Comes with instructions and a one-off activation code which allows you to set the valving for your specific weight / requirements through Racetech's website.
Requires a partial fork stripdown to install (don't need to replace the fork seals, just remove the central damper mechanism) but well worth the effort. 

Normally around £150 + Import Tax + Post from the States (They appear to be only available from the States: cost me about £217 in all)

£100 inc post
Could email pics if required

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / R1 / R6 Front Master Cylinder
« on: 09 July 2018, 06:47:42 pm »
Fairly sure it's been covered before but I just wanted to say that I've recently changed out the front brake master cylinder and the difference is substantial.
Horrified by the price of Brembo aftermarket units, I fitted a 16mm R1 radial master cylinder from the 2004-06 model. I believe the R6 master cylinder from 2008 onwards are virtually the same and are also a relatively straight fit. Costs around the ton and worth considering if your bike is soon due for a master cylinder rebuild / refurb.
Braking is always a subjective thing but I have to say that there's a lot less effort required to build stopping power towards max....yet somehow the sensitivity is still there, certainly enough to avoid overloading the forks / locking the front up.

Pics to follow

Few bits & pieces found in the garage so far...

Rear hangers  & footpegs. These will be useful to any 1998-99 bike owners who want to attach a Givi rack / Wingrack (it won't fit without these).  £20 + post

Speedo drive (at the front wheel). Does NOT include the bit that breaks every time you take the wheel off. £15 + post

Clutch Cable (OEM Yamaha) £3 + post

More to come as I clear out the man-cave

After a Givi / Kappa 348/349 top case / side cases setup, or SW motech if they do the top & side case setup too.
But also looking for e21 / e22 side cases and possibly a topbox
Finally, after a Bagster / Baglux tank cover, either silver or grey or even black at a push.

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Exup - stainless bolt set?
« on: 18 January 2018, 06:57:29 pm »
Back after nearly 5 years with a 2002 silver which had stood for nearly 11 years.  Usual faults from long term storage - 7k speedo error and a fuel petcock which continues gush out petrol even in the off position  :lol

Anyway, just managed to get the exup out without breaking off the bolts in situ  :) , but I was wondering:
There used to be someone on here (or the old site) who sold a replacement exup stainless steel bolt set (I know because I bought a set back around 2010).  Does he still sell them, or anyone else for that matter?
Or am I going to have to stick these rusted relics back on again once the copper grease has been slathered  :\

FZS600 Fazer / Gone, but still around
« on: 22 April 2017, 10:40:19 am »
Well now, after 9 solid years of Fazer ownership the old girl has gone  :'( hopefully she'll carry on for a further 50,000 miles & the new owner will register on the site.
As for me, I've decided to give another Yamaha - the sports tourer FJR1300 a go.  Thought I'd try something completely different...might need to start weight training tho  :lol

Will still be on the forum, probably still keep a couple of R6 shocks in reserve for latecomers and might try & get another batch of front fork emulators from the States.
Thanks all, it's been a great experience

FZS600 Fazer / Extensively modded FZS600 - Off-Roader
« on: 26 February 2016, 10:29:26 am »
Why not, considering someone else has stuck an early R1 engine into a motocrosser  :rollin Hope the gearing has been lowered...

FZS600 Fazer / Front End Perfection - Matris F15K Fork Cartridge Kit
« on: 24 February 2016, 06:07:03 pm »
Just spotted this on ebay - internal cartridge replacements for the FZS600's front forks.
Item # 281933901224

Anyone considering taking the plunge?
Bit salty for me, as that's more than half the value of my bike... :rollin

FZS600 Fazer / BMW S1000R rear shock fitment fail
« on: 15 July 2015, 07:47:17 pm »
Never one to resist a fresh challenge, last weekend I had a go at fitting the Beemer shock to the FZS600: after all, it works well on the 1000cc version.

It's a longer shock and so proved more awkward to get into position, requiring the removal of the rear wheel which in turn meant i could drop the shock down into the swingarm from above. Through a lot of wiggling I managed to get it attached to the top mount.
The lower shock mounting in the standard linkage knuckle proved impossible as the shock is some 20mm longer than the standard unit. Instead, I used an R6 shock linkage and dogbones which for some reason I happened to have lying around in the garage  ;) . This provided a longer linkage, but too long for the centre-stand to cope. Nevertheless, I bolted everything together and wheeled her off the centre-stand. The bouncing effect was fairly dire, almost trampoline-like, despite having fitted a stronger spring.
It's obvious that the linkage triangulation has radically altered from standard, but there was no other way to get it to fit without fouling the swingarm's cross-brace. Sadly this side project has reached it's premature end unless someone suggests a novel solution...?


FZS600 Fazer / Inside a Blue Spot caliper
« on: 20 April 2015, 08:06:29 pm »
Threatened to show these about a year ago, only getting around to this now  :o
Blue anodised parts were removed with the tool shown, acquired from

Came out fairly easily and as you can see there's an O-ring in behind which obviously keeps the brake fluid in place.
Very easy to remove all seals once the anodised covers were out of the way, instead of the usual 2 hour fight!

Replacement bluespot O-rings were used upon reassembly, also ordered from Bikerstoolbox

As a few of you may know, I convert R6 shocks for FZS600 owners.  This involves changing out the standard spring amongst several other things (you 1000 owners have it much easier with a mere dogbone switchover). I have accordingly acquired 'a collection' of standard used OEM springs, or junk as the wife now calls it.  The man-cave needs thinned out a bit, so...

If anyone wants to change their shock's spring colour, let me know.
Yellow, Red, Black & Silver to choose from.

£15 including post or I can even change the springs should you not have the tools to D.I.Y. 

Huge thanks to Muddybuddy for his advice on this mod and to Robbus for bringing his mod to my attention

Another year, another suspension mod  :lol

Some of you may be aware of my previous efforts for improving the Fazer 600’s back-end suspension:,8167.0.html
Also re-working the front-end with Cartridge Emulators:,8366.0.html

I had considered replacing the whole unsatisfactory front-end in June 2013 when I downsized back to the 600 but as I wanted to retain the standard speedometer unit without any TPS error messages, I was forced to go the Emulator route on the standard forks. But thanks to Muddybuddy’s findings, I've finally succeeded with a front-end transplant.

Cynics will say it doesn't look much different than standard...and that was actually my intention: a stealth mod. I felt that gold bling USD forks would not suit the retro-looking boxeye model. 

This mod was not cheap as I also had to use a differing 3.5’ front wheel (from R1/R6/XJR1300).  Total cost would have been around £400 if I’d not already had the front wheel left over from my previous Fazer 1000 R6 front-end swap :
Having said that, the only other cartridge forks that fit (Thundercat) also require additional parts, so that front-end conversion isn't cheap either ... assuming you can now find a set of T'cat forks!  By contrast, while sourcing parts for this swap on Ebay, there were around 18 pairs of 5EB / 5SL forks for sale in UK / Europe.

Differences to standard are: 43mm cartridge forks with separate compression and rebound adjusters. Heavier rate FZ-8 fork springs.  Thicker / stronger / deeper yokes and a larger diameter front wheel spindle for increased rigidity.  Wider 3.5inch front rim, which allows either a 120/70 or 120/60 tyre to fit without distorting its profile (standard 600 rim is three inches and effectively ‘pinches’ a 120/70 tyre out of shape).  Different Yokes (I think boring the original 41mm yokes out 2mm would be dangerous) and Risers, although again they're not too obvious. Basically, everything North of the headstock has been replaced, except the brake lines & calipers (and even they're off an XJR1300).

Enormous gratitude to Saint Muddybuddy for his speed sensor breakthrough.  Now we can pretty much fit any front-end to our auld Fazers  :D

Still to test in anger, even this new front-end still won’t cope with snow  :\

And yes, I know the mudguard is a different colour for the moment!


For Sale & Wanted / WANTED - FZS1000 lower yoke without steering stem
« on: 08 December 2014, 08:16:01 pm »
Anyone who has converted to an R1 front might have hopefully have one of these lying around...
Needed for a different front-end project  ;)

FZS600 Fazer / Swingarm failure - torque arm mounting point
« on: 20 September 2014, 08:31:18 pm »
Had a bit of an incident this morning.
Normal road riding conditions probably doing 50 or so at the time.
Pulled front & rear brakes to slow down, heard a fairly loud crack then realised that the rear brake pedal was solid and wasn't working anymore.  I was about 2 miles from home so limped back and then had a look in the driveway.
I was disturbed to see both the rear caliper and the torque arm had rotated up round the top of the swingarm.  I thought the torque arm securing bolt had either come off or broken but then took a look under the swingarm where the torque arm mounts   :eek Brake fluid all over the back wheel after the line got twisted round.
These swingarms are alloy so it can't be due to corrosion.  I have no idea how this could have happened, everything was secured safely.  Could it be down to the bluespot rear (or silverspot in my case)? Metal fatigue?
I realise some people will suspect I was acting an eejit, locking the rear at 80 or something, but this wasn't the case.  Sobering stuff....
Anyway, I now need a replacement swingarm, RHS chain adjuster and rear brake line now  :( and new pants

For Sale & Wanted / R6 Shocks for the FZS Fazer 600 1998-2003
« on: 05 July 2014, 06:18:02 pm »
Just remembered I hadn't posted here but on someone else's maintenance thread in the 600 section.
I had five shocks, one unit has been accounted for so four units left.
All shocks were removed from road bikes destined for racing, that had the units changed once the bikes were run in. So use is in hundreds of miles as opposed to thousands.
Fitted with 675lb-inch springs from Demon Tweeks / Faulkners, which should work very well for riders anywhere between 11 to 16 stone optimally if you're around the 13-14 stone mark.
Also included: shorter 127mm steel 8mm thick dogbones (as the R6 shock is slightly shorter thann the FZs unit). These raise the rear very slightly above standard height.
Top-hat spacers and a M10 8.8 high tensile bolt with nut for the frame's top mounting point.
14mm thick Alloy Spring preload spacer to take up slack as the Faulkners springs are half an inch shorter.  Preload is adjusted with the standard FZS600 C-spanner in the toolkit.
I'm looking £200 + £13 P&P (providing you aren't in Jersey or the Shetlands)  :)  Just over half the price of a basic Hagon shock, but the all qualities of a top-end Nitron unit (separate high-speed and low-speed compression adjusters, as well as rebound adjustment).

 Includes arms & all bolts, along with an M5 plate. Selling as I have downsized to the FZS 600 & it no longer fits.
In good condition but Italian build quality   ;) means the usual bit of rust here & there....

£50 + post

Ok I have posted up details of my Gold Valve fork mod   ,71.0.html
and updated that more recently with my discovery of much cheaper Debrix emulators that work just as well,8366.0.html
I have since posted up details that even standard fork springs can have their spring rates increased my shortening them,9269.0.html       meaning that even people with standard fork springs still fitted could benefit a fair bit from this mod. Anyone with aftermarket springs already installed is nearly there already. 

So after some interest I have put this post up to see if anyone is interested in a group buy for these emulators. The reason for resorting to a group buy is postage: these emus are only available from the United States and postage (shipping) when buying them individually almost doubles their price. I have contacted Debrix and they have offered me a discount of 5% (whoopee-dooo :\ ). To send over 10 sets of emulators using today's (7th August) exchange rate is $435 or about £285. This is of course before HM Customs bend me over once it lands over here, but even so I don't think the emus will be over £35 each. This group buy approach has been done a couple of times by Suzuki SV650 owners:

So if anyone out there is interested in trying these emulators out can they make it known to me?

Oh, just to say that I *might* offer a 'service' in modding people's forks for these emus if you're concerned about surgery. It would involve draining existing fork oil, disassembling to get the damper rod out, drilling the compression circuit out, sealing the rebound circuit (optional) & reinstalling everything including new 15w Yamalube fork oil. Where someone has standard fork springs I could shorten them & if necessary introduce a longer internal metal spacer to compensate for additional emu height & rider weight etc etc. Takes about a day to do it all.


OMG here he goes again I hear you cry  :rollin

Fork springs, we all know FZS600s have a mushy front-end. Indeed, the springs seem to be set up for an eight stone rider, and anyone heavier can bottom them out under moderate to heavy braking. This offsets the advantage of those monster blue-spot calipers more than a little.
But why this setup on this bike? The forks contain dual-rate progressive springs to give the one-spring-suits-all-riders and helps with budgetary constraints of Japanese motorcycle suspension. The solution to this cost-cutting exercise is usually expensive for us; people order replacement springs from aftermarket manufacturers to compensate, from £60-120 (just look at Hyperpro's bargain kit prices on ebay).

But there is a cheaper way, as reducing the length of the fork spring makes it stiffer. Cheaper as in £0 (although you will have to replace or lengthen the hollow metal spacers inside the forks, say £10 for replacements).  If you're big-boned, cutting coils away means the spring can be set up much more closely to your weight and such adjustment allows jumping from the standard 0.7kg/mm rate up to 0.95kg/mm, therefore covering most riders weights.

There is a calculation that can be performed to estimate how many coils should be removed. Normally it's easy to work out for a linear spring, progressive springs are harder but hey, there's bound to be some braniacs out there who can provide the solution for our springs?

Calculation below:

And here's the application of it, admittedly on an SV650:

Admittedly the mod requires longer fork spacers, an angle grinder, blowtorch and bravery. Chopping off the tightly-would coils reduces comfort, whereas attacking the other end has a stronger effect on the overall spring-rate. I guess it depends how you want the bike to feel (I've removed the comfort coils, although admittedly I have VFR750 springs inside my forks).

Discuss.  :lol   

EDIT: For anyone who thinks shortening fork springs doesn't make them stiffer, the following link addresses such concerns:

For Sale & Wanted / Anyone have some bent FZ6 forks?
« on: 25 June 2013, 02:00:22 pm »
Was wondering if any FZ6 owners had an old damaged fork leg? I'm really after the damper rod thats inside the lower stanchion.

I've been busy fitting Debrix emulators to my FZS600 forks & wondered if they would also be suitable for improving the FZ6's fork action ... would be a much cheaper option than R6 forks.

FZS600 Fazer / Debrix Emulators for FZS 600 forks
« on: 18 June 2013, 03:35:51 pm »
 I recently returned to the FZS600 after being on the 1000 for four years. Upon return I was struck (literally) by the poor damping characteristics of both front & rear suspension. Admittedly, on a bike with 42k on the clock & no signs indicating that the forks had ever been off to enjoy an oil change, I should not have been surprised.

Nonetheless, being a serial suspension modder, I decided that it was one area of these bikes that can ( and should) be easily improved. I started with the rear, fitting an recent R6 shock & aftermarket dogbones. This provided superb results for around £150-180.,8167.0.html

Now to concentrate on the front-end. I had a set of 5SL R6 forks in the garage from my Fazer 1000 conversion      but the electronic speedo setup of the FZS600 is prohibitive & machining surfaces of fork legs ruled this conversion out from being cheap & easy. So, that left modding the standard forks. The common route of adding Hagon progressive fork springs & heavier oil masks the inadequacies of the damper-rod fork setup, but usually result in an overly harsh ride in order to regain handling.

As a few of you may be aware, I had previously modded a pair of FZS600 forks with Race Tech’s Gold valve Emulators, along with a set of linear-rate fork springs from a TRX850:,71.0.html   
No point going into detail regarding the benefits of emulators here, there's plenty of info out there on the web regarding technical details.  Anyway....although the experiment was successful, unfortunately it was relatively expensive. Furthermore, from what I have gathered, there were four aspects that limited the mod’s potential in people's minds.

1)      The Race Tech (RT)  Gold Valves were expensive (£150)
2)      The appropriate linear-rate springs were expensive (£75-90)
3)       Fork surgery was necessary & drilling holes weakened the damper rods
4)       The mod was permanent

1)      Since my fork mod I have noted that others have found a viable, cheap alternative to Race Tech’s product – emulators from Debrix:    .Cynics rightly point out that they are cheap Taiwanese knock-offs that lack instructions and are made for Harley Davidson forks. However, some SV650 riders have fitted them, followed Race-Tech’s instructions and were surprised to find that when setup properly they worked just as well    . These Emulators / emus cost about £30 instead of RT’s £150.
2)      Although RT rightly point out that linear-rate springs work best with their emulators, a wide variety of hard-up riders (from Suzuki Burgman   to Kawa KLR 650    have run these emulators successfully with progressive rate springs fitted, usually the standard spring setup for budget bike forks. This means that the Debrix emu setup would still work very well with springs from Hagon, Wilbers or even the standard FZS fork springs. I’m currently running standard, progressive springs from a Honda VFR750 and it still works very well.  Admittedly, the FZS springs are too soft for the average sized European rider & an option here would be to shorten the fork springs, making the springs firmer, but that will be info for another thread....
3)      As per RT emus, it’s still necessary to drill out the compression holes in the fork damper rods.  Do a search on Google for failed damper rods after doing this mod right – I couldnt find any so I assume it's an absolute non-issue if done correctly.  I have realised, however, that the size of the holes do not have to be as large as I originally recommended. I have modded mine with variable-sized holes & the setup appears to be working just as well. Of additional interest is that the Debrix emus fit STRAIGHT on top of the FZS600’s damper rods, meaning that widening them with cutting stones (as per my original Gold Valve instructions) is no longer necessary.
4)      The mod is still permanent. Permanently better suspension, how awful! Still, at least this time round the cost of parts for modification is more like £50 instead of £250, so you won’t lose much should you sell the bike on.
Having fitted & used this modded suspension in anger, I can wholeheartedly vouch for these Debrix emulators as a very cheap & effective alternative to RT’s Gold Valves. I probably sound like I’m on commission from them, but again just thought that spreading this info might encourage some FZS owners to proactively improve their forks immeasurably. The main problem with the emus is the cost of postage from the US, effectively doubling it, but I noted that the SV650 owners resorted to group buys in order to minimise postage costs   . Indeed, I picked up my Debrix Emulators from one of them! This 'Group Buy' approach would undoubtedly also be the cheapest way for FZS owners to get these emus, but only if there is sufficient interest in such fork modding...... 

If there is enough demand, I will do another Debrix emulator installation thread with relevant pics, modifying it where necessary.


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