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Title: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Friday, 20 January 2017, 10:50 pm
Well, I figured it's well past time to start a thread documenting my GSX1400 ownership.....
 
After many years without bikes, followed by a divorce (not a coincidence) I decided it was well past time to get back in the saddle.  There wasn't a day went by when I hadn't wanted to get back on a bike, now I finally could.
 
While I had always wanted a Moto Guzzi - price was an issue as well as a requirement for a good reliable bike I could ride daily and enjoy both commuting and on weekends.
 
After much research it came down to a classic style muscle bike - either the GSX1400 or XJR1300.  Sense prevailed.
 
I was fortunate that at that that time Bov was selling his beautiful black K7. (A decision he probably regretted at some point afterward)
 
At the time it had around 67,000 kms on the clock, 1 owner from new with a full service history and rego.

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To view the full gallery click Here (http://"https://picasaweb.google.com/bov1400/20111028?authuser=0&feat=directlink")
 
I was very fortunate in that the bike had a good range of mods which Bov had taken the financial hit for.  Thanks Bov!
 
They included:

Full Carbon Akrapovic exhaust system
Power Commander PCIII
K&N Air Filter
GI Pro Gear Indicator
Ignition Advancer
Mini Led Indicators
Stainless Org oil cooler cover
Custom Seat (John Moorehouse)
Michelin PR2's (new)
Iridium plugs
Braided Front, Rear & Clutch Lines
Progressive Front Springs
Givi Box & Rack
 
To say I was very happy to complete that purchase is an understatement !
 
 
So after a gap of some 20 years, I was "Back in Black" !
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Friday, 20 January 2017, 10:51 pm
17 November 2011
 
Anyway....  as so often happens when one has a shiny new anything - it doesn't take long to get it's first 'scratches'.
 
After picking the bike up from Bov in the morning, and riding it to work and then home all uneventfully (but fun) I decided to go to the shops. When I got home I kicked the sidestand down and lowered the bike on to it....
...or I would have done had I actually pushed the stand down all the way.

So a 220 odd kg bike is suddenly on its side, and on my wrist, all at the same time.

As the queen would say "We are not amused". 

Turns out I didn't have the right technique to lift the bike back onto its wheels and this certainly wasn't the time to learn... I wanted to avoid any extra damage !

Anyway after copping a serve from the bloke I was living with "You shouldn't ride any bike you can't pick up", he helped me to pick it up out of the slowly forming pool of petrol leaking from the tank.
 
The butcher's bill was:
Broken clutch lever.
Bent / loose LH mirror
Lots of scrapes on the LH side crankcase cover.
The surround to the clocks took a small hit and they loosened off.
Tiny mark in the paint on the front guard.
 
At least I didn't drop it the other way onto that nice Akra can!
 
 
Ah well, it was an excuse to get some adjustable SR Racing levers anyway.
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Friday, 20 January 2017, 10:52 pm
6 September 2013
 
Three weeks previously the 1400 (my only running bike) went in for a service and they found the sprocket carrier had failed or at least was that close to failing it was dangerous.
 
Given the bike was discontinued there were apparently no spares in Australia. Of course.  :(
 
So they said they'd get one from Japan....
 
Three weeks later... and today I find out that Suzuki Japan have advised they won't be able to ship one until 15 September. FFS !!!!!
So it'll be ANOTHER 2 -3 weeks before I get the damn thing back
Withdrawal symptoms well and truly kicked in !
 
20 September 2013
 
I got a call, the part had arrived the previous day and the bike is now ready to go. 
 
I was $985 poorer.   :angry:  (Full service, labour, fluids, sprocket carrier, sprockets, chain)
Oh and that price is after a discount.  :wacko:
 
That's a shitload of money and I'll know better next time to come on the .org first !!!!!!
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Friday, 20 January 2017, 10:53 pm
26 May 2014
 
Had a little off last week - hit the back of a ute on the highway   :blush:
Saw it in time to wash off about 99% of my speed but just not QUITE enough.
Low speed impact and dropped it on the RHS.
 
The good news - I'm uninjured.
 
The care had a slightly damaged number plate and some paint transfer to my front guard.
 
My front guard didn't even break but I'm not sure if I might not have hit his tow bar on the way through.
 
The handlebars are bent (perfect excuse for a straighter set of bars maybe renthals), the bracket holding the front brake M/C is broken (zip tied that for now).  My crash knobs and case sliders saved any more serious damage to the side. A few aesthetic scratches to the carbon akro can - nothing a new sticker wouldn't fix.
 
I managed to ride it home - carefully. Bars bent made it a little interesting.
There was no real vibration noticeable even at speed (100kmh was fine, with care and about 2 miles following distance...).  Under braking however it was really odd and jerky which leads me to believe that perhaps the rim is damaged (nothing visible) or the forks are..... (Bloody hope not though).
 
Certainly there would be at least some alignment issues......
 
 
I subsequently went through all the insurance palaver...
 
5 June 2014
 
GOOD NEWS !!!!  :)
 
Just got a call from QBE and they are going to fix my bike. (I'll be in the hole the $500 excess)
 
I was astounded though when they said that the repair quote is $3,285.30 !  :o
As far as I can tell all that is damaged is
1. The R&G case sliders
2. The bracket holding the front brake M/C.
3. The handlebars.
 
There may have been more, of course, but QGE won't give me a copy of the quote.  I'll have to ask the repairers if they can enlighten me as I am interested.
 
I was thinking of Renthal bars instead of the standard Suzuki, but they will only put it back "as was" - with genuine Suzuki bars.  Apparently not interested in saving money which would keep us both happy ?!
 
The not so good news is that they have quoted a repair time of 4 weeks !
Apparently they may have to source parts from Japan and Suzuki takes 3-4 weeks to send them.
 
So that will be a total of 6 weeks without the bike....... what a prospect !
 
 
Some time later.....
 
Bike back on the road (the right way up) and as good as its ever been  :)  :wub:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 21 January 2017, 11:47 am
21 January 2015
 
Had a wee bit of drama. Had ridden the bike to work at Centrelink Goodna (well, I was working there that day!)
 
As I exited the car park, I heard a bit of a noise as I crossed a steel speed bump in the car park then suddenly the rear was skating all over the place. My initial thought was catastrophic rear tyre failure.... until I looked back and saw a HUGE trail of oil....  I managed to turn the bike around and ride it to the McDonalds' car park (just across the street) where I parked it and where it enthusiastically continued to pour oil on the ground a rate substantially faster than my Land Rover ever has!  At least the large sump capacity meant there was still plenty of oil in it so at least there won't be any engine damage......
 
As it transpires I had managed to destroy the sump.  I think it was a 1/10,000 chance - the sump plug must have contacted one the the bolts which holds the speed bump to the driveway... causing this:
 
(http://www.gsx1400.org/gsx1400_board/uploads/post-16931-0-34260000-1421846221.jpg)

(http://www.gsx1400.org/gsx1400_board/uploads/post-16931-0-46425600-1421846231.jpg)

(http://www.gsx1400.org/gsx1400_board/uploads/post-16931-0-71017400-1421846241.jpg)
 
Anyway I figure that even with the $150 tow (cash) I should get out of it as DIY for less than or approx. same as an insurance excess, but without having to claim and see my premium rise......
 
It wouldn't be so bad except that I managed to rip the rear end out of my Defender on the weekend.....  no wonder the missus is unhappy. :(
 
15 March 2015
 
Had been really busy with all sorts of other shit going on but having purchased the parts at a good price from Springwood Suzuki I finally got around to fixing it myself!
 
Before:
 
(http://www.gsx1400.org/gsx1400_board/uploads/post-16931-0-25036300-1426415819.jpg)

(http://www.gsx1400.org/gsx1400_board/uploads/post-16931-0-52207900-1426415834.jpg)
 
After:

:D   :D   :D
 
(http://www.gsx1400.org/gsx1400_board/uploads/post-16931-0-04233900-1426415921.jpg)

(http://www.gsx1400.org/gsx1400_board/uploads/post-16931-0-54260500-1426415950.jpg)
 
Certainly a big sense of satisfaction having done it myself and learned a few things along the way.
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 21 January 2017, 11:49 am
17 March 2015
 
First time back on the road since the sump fix....
 
Got about 10 metres down the road... whoa that's skaty.... better check tyre pressures next servo.  100 metres down the road - cough cough splutter, Oh **** fuel.  Pulled into to servo and fuelled up. FULL tank required.  Hmm, checked tyre pressures. They were at 26/24 jeepers....  so I fixed that to 36/38.  As I rode off it was still a bit hesitant when on and off the throttle - fuel starvation I guess - but this soon settled down.  Took it for a decent run - seems to be going good now.  Finally !


September 2015

Naturally the bulk of the time has just been spent riding and enjoying the bike !
 
There are a few niggling things which do need sorting.
 
The adjusters on the rear shocks are buggered and I just can't get it set up right, so I'm going to get those rebuilt.
 
I have ordered a set of Renthal 758 bars which I'll fill with silicone so hopefully get my wrists a bit straighter (and less sore) and remove the vibe I've been experiencing from the bars.
I'll get some bar end mirrors to replace the wing mirrors at the same time. For some reason the mirrors I currently have are just the right height to hit 4WD mirrors when I am filtering.
 
Getting a set of SR Racing adjustable shorty levers, so my 'normal length' SR racing adjustable levers will be available for sale soon if anyone is chasing them here is Australia.
 
The brakes have been shitting me for a while so I paid a visit to Metal Gear and got a set of discs and pads for front and rear - walked out $600 lighter (got a slight deal which essentially equalled free rear pads).
 
I also need some new tyres.  Not sure how many kilometres we can normally expect from a set of Michelin PR2's but they were new when I bought the bike from Bov at 67,000 kms and it's just ticked over the 89,000 km mark so that's probably a good run.  Some PR4's will be replacing them. I wonder where the best place in Brissy to buy them is? (I'm on the north side).
 
Debating whether I need chain and sprockets as well. Not sure. These were last replaced 20 September 2013. What sort of life is usual for these?  Best way to tell if replacement needed?   


Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 21 January 2017, 11:51 am
October 2015


 



Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 21 January 2017, 11:54 am
30 October 2015

Well I'm dropping the bike off tomorrow for the shop to attack it and strip a few bits off.
Hopefully the new (2nd hand) GSXR 4-pot calipers will arrive soon.  (Tracking says they are now in Sydney so should be OK)
 
Then its off to the Powdercoater for most of the bits, and the exhaust home to try to clean it and polish it up !
The rear shocks will be going in for a rebuild.
 
Still waiting on some bits from Oberon but the bars can be done any time so not worried about that.
 
Finally some progress.....
 
It's gonna be like a new bike! (in due course).  Let's hope the whole process doesn't take TOO long....

2 November 2015

Well the shotgun is sold, so now I actually have the $ in the bank to pay for this stuff.... which is, umm, handy.
 
Hopefully will be able to drop the stuff to the PC late this week.
Still waiting for the front calipers to arrive so I hope they get here in the next few days !

3 November 2015

Well I got home yesterday and the calipers are here!  The seller in the USA did a great job of packing them, oiling them and double wrapping them to keep them protected.  Very happy. Off to MetalGear tomorrow to swap the 1400 front pads for GSXR600 pads.
 
The shop will have the bits off the bike late this week so I can drop to the PC - but unfortunately he doesn't work weekends... hmmmm....

7 November 2015

Well a few more goodies have arrived in the post in recent times.

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/more%20parts_zpsghym6bd3.jpg)

Oberon risers, pre-load adjusters, bar ends.
 
As I may have mentioned I'll try the Renthal 758's in the OEM risers first, but I suspect the Oberon risers will be going on after that to bring it back up to roughly standard height.
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 21 January 2017, 11:56 am
7 November 2015

More progress.
 
The bike is apart (well, as far as it needs to be)...

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/bike%20shop%201_zpslwafnhb4.jpg)

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/bike%20shop%202_zpsmjt7capo.jpg)


I've found a novel way for people without off-street parking to store their bikes..

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/parts%20for%20PC_zpst8jyjmgy.jpg)

or that may just be a pic of all the parts I have to send off for powder-coating.
 
 
I have these at home...

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/exhaust_zpszaawkhwz.jpg)

which I now have to get off my arse and polish.....
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 21 January 2017, 11:58 am
8 November 2015

Well I've made a start on the pipe polishing...
 
but it takes bloody ages.
 
In the photo below is a before and 'during' ... the latter being so far just attacking it with the grey compound.
 
(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/913ecdde-fd86-4a8d-9051-f5fdd06f7782_zpswxtazuki.jpg)
 
There are still some marks that won't come off no matter how much I attack it with polish.   
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 21 January 2017, 12:00 pm
12 November 2015

Well I just got a call from the powdercoater.  Parts should be ready to pick up by Friday lunchtime

13 November 2015

The polishing is on the back burner briefly. The bloody 200mm wheels I got don't fit on my 250mm bench grinder - spindle is too large,  Hopefully be able to sort that out with tradetools tomorrow,
 
Shocks will be finished Friday next week, and the rest of the bike should be ready for those to pop on by then (I hope)
 
I've got the parts back from PC and dropped them off to the bike shop.  They look great. 
 
Wheels look awesome shod with a new set of PR4's.

Teaser:
(http://www.gsx1400.org/gsx1400_board/uploads/post-16931-0-12289100-1447407793.jpg)

The wheels appear to vary in colour in different light. Of late its been raining and cloudy and they do look darker. 
 
Everyone who has seen them reckons they look awesome 'in person' so to speak.
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 21 January 2017, 12:02 pm
More progress:

Having done the initial polishing on a wheel attached to the drill, I changed to a series of wheels on the bench grinder.

One little hiccup was that the M16 thread tapered spindle I had, while the correct thread, wouldn't slide over the larger diameter spindle? on the grinder.

Out with the angle grinder... sorted! 

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Miscellaneous/spindle_zpspoeuqtkf.jpg)
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 21 January 2017, 12:03 pm
Having worked up to blue compound on the mop wheel, I reckon they've come up pretty good, even though this photo doesn't do it justice it gives some indication......

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/20151114_161124_zpsnck7ko9a.jpg)

BEFORE:
(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/exhaust_zpszaawkhwz.jpg)

AFTER:
(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/936b6235-bde7-46bd-a861-86242daea4ca_zpsfabznot7.jpg)

A bit of autosol tomorrow and they'll be finished.
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 21 January 2017, 12:05 pm
23 November 2015

Well I just heard from the bike shop - she's being put back together... :) Can't wait !
 
A couple of teaser pics:
 
Note that the springs have been powdercoated (still red but now they match the wheel colour)

(http://www.gsx1400.org/gsx1400_board/uploads/post-16931-0-66352600-1448244663.jpg)
 
(http://www.gsx1400.org/gsx1400_board/uploads/post-16931-0-76154500-1448244680.jpg)


Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 21 January 2017, 12:08 pm
24 November 2015

RESULT !!!

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/P1030116_zpsofxqflx0.jpg)

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/P1030119_zpsj7xu4m0y.jpg)

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/P1030124_zpsxkaalxk9.jpg)

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/P1030129_zpsagq1udxl.jpg)

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/P1030134_zpsqimc3vnd.jpg)

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/P1030136_zpsuz5xkiz9.jpg)

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/P1030150_zpslbt65uyr.jpg)
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 21 January 2017, 12:10 pm
Verdict on the 4-pot calipers?

Hard to be scientific about it as I also replaced rotors and pads but I think the braking has improved over the stock setup.

At the very least a 4-pot is cheaper to rebuild than the Tokico 6 pot calipers and in my view less likely to have the stuck piston issues....

For future reference:  Suitable direct changeover 4-pots are 01 - 03 GSX-R600 or 00 - 03 GSX-R750


25 November 2015

Well I got stuck in and did a "poor mans" tail tidy.  Also fitted some new indicators to the rear (will do the fronts another day)

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/tail%20tidy_zpsxt8yqdjw.jpg)

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/tail%20tidy%202_zpsajri0hsv.jpg)
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 21 January 2017, 12:14 pm
28 November 2015

I got some stainless swingarm pivot covers from a bloke in the UK.  So much nicer than the plastic ones...
 
Here are some comparison pics:

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/P1030163_zpsbnxhj39f.jpg)

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/P1030172_zpsatptatfb.jpg)

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/P1030168_zpst7zxss98.jpg)

Before:
(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/P1030159_zpsqqzkqb8i.jpg)

After:
(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/P1030175_zpsgcmjbuwv.jpg)

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/P1030173_zpsoiua7bzg.jpg)


A bit of colour for the tank:

(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u660/Landyvlad375/Suzuki%20GSX1400/P1030180_zps01ui4quv.jpg)
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 21 January 2017, 12:16 pm
Some comparative photos - Before & After


Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 21 January 2017, 12:19 pm
Just realised.

When I bought this bike from Bov in November 2011 it had 67,000 kms on it.  It's now sitting at 103 plus change.
That's 36,000 odd kilometres I've put on it, in the five years I've had her.  And still loving it as much as the day I bought it.
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: ogrimark on Friday, 27 January 2017, 02:31 am
The Red wheel look a lot better on then they did in the boot of the car. seems to have toned them down a tad.
when i say tad i mean fuk load.  :grin:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Friday, 27 January 2017, 08:46 am
Yeah the lighting in that boot shot was harsh !
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: Del on Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 03:43 am
nice mods Mike :)
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: seth on Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 03:56 am
a very nice bike vlad

a credit to you some very nice mods  :drool:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: Blubber on Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 05:35 am
Yes,  nice
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: ARH on Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 06:17 am
Nice... but I m sure the weight of all that black paint is what makes it slower.   After all we all know that blue and white paint is lighter. ..... ahem... hat coat door..... :rofl2:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: Mrg on Wednesday, 01 February 2017, 10:38 pm
yea I like the bike and those metal cover are cool to must have a look for some of them  nice  :onya:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: mjgt on Thursday, 09 February 2017, 08:48 pm
Very nice job there  :onya:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: seth on Friday, 10 February 2017, 01:07 am
Nice... but I m sure the weight of all that black paint is what makes it slower.   After all we all know that blue and white paint is lighter. ..... ahem... hat coat door..... :rofl2:

now you done it  :doh:
following your reasoning the primer grey ones should be fastest of all . :hat:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 04:04 pm
Figured I should probably sit down and list the mods to my bike – both what I inherited from Bov and have done myself.

My GSX1400 mods

Performance
Full Akropovic Stainless 4 into 1 with carbon can
Power Commander PC3
K&N Air Filter
Ignition Advancer
PAIRS blanked
Irridium plugs
Progressive Front Springs
Rebuilt rear shocks with OEM springs
Braided Front, Rear & Clutch Lines
Replaced front brake calipers (with 4 pots ex GSX-R 600/750)
Metalgear brake rotors and pads
Michelin PR4’s

Comfort & Convenience
Renthal 758 handlebars
Reprofiled seat (by John Moorehouse)
GI Pro Gear Indicator
SDR adjustable levers
Magazi mirrors

Protective & Cosmetic
Tail tidy
LED Indicators
R&G case sliders
Stainless Oil Cooler guard  (an ‘old’ org one…)
Stainless swingarm pivot covers
Powdercoated: wheels, rear springs, swingarm, torque arm, chain adjuster blocks, rear hangers, brake calipers
Red anodised fuel cap bolts
Vinyl tank protector

Accessories
Givi rack and Top Box




Jeez, that adds up when you write it all down eh....
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: gsxbarmy on Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 04:11 pm
Never.......NEVER add up what you spend on your bike. It wasn't until I put mine back to standard to sell it that I realised quite how much I had spent on it over the years until I listed all the bits for selling.....

Dammit it's a hobby......I enjoyed it so what the heck.

But glad I never did the sums before!

Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 04:28 pm
Oh I don't mean it adds up in $$$ (but you are right unless Mrs Vlad is reading this then umm where did you get THAT crazy idea!)  I was talking about just the amount of STUFF !
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 27 January 2018, 09:28 pm
reserved
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: Red Biker on Saturday, 27 January 2018, 09:33 pm
I keep a spread sheet to record all costs. Big mistake!
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 27 January 2018, 09:37 pm

Well I managed to get the rear wheel back into the 1400 (bastard of a job) and gave her a good wash.

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[/size]Prior to the clean the chain was CAKED in rubbish....I cleaned the chain with Kero and lubed it with some vmx80 (cheers @grog[size=78%]

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[/size]Take my word for it, that is a minor miracle.Figured that the battery would be dead and I'd have to put it on the charger... nope. Gave it the electric boot and the starter kicked in nice and strong.  Sure it's got a miss or two but it has been lonely for 6 months....
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: Kiwifruit on Sunday, 28 January 2018, 01:58 am
Lookin good Vlad   :onya:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: lloydjames on Sunday, 28 January 2018, 03:03 am
Looks great.. Always had a thing for black and red bikes  :onya:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 28 January 2018, 05:23 am
Yep, looks good Mike. Take the girl out for a twirl, been a while.
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: lil4399 on Sunday, 28 January 2018, 05:39 am
It's amazing just what we end up "investing" in our toys.

Having just purchased mine (and not even got it home yet) I have already started a list of mods to be done but, apart from a service and any urgent jobs (like checking all brake and fuel lines) it will be a summer of riding and parts accumulation ready for winter. :smoke:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 28 January 2018, 05:55 am
Yeah looks great Vlad, My wheels are away at the moment being coated 'Wizaed Red'  :onya:

Bit ironic that you have Angels on your wheels and the grim reaper on your tank  :devil:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Sunday, 28 January 2018, 08:24 am
Not Angels mate - Michie PR4's






AAAAAARRGHHH - I was just about to take her for a run and it suddenly starts raining !!!!  Hasn't rained for a week or so at least, and not this heavy for a while.






Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 28 January 2018, 08:53 am
That's a bugger Mike, oh well, back to lawnmower hunting.

There's a wee trick to this lawn mowing, get the Mrs to do it.
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: Andre on Sunday, 28 January 2018, 07:22 pm
It's amazing just what we end up "investing" in our toys.

Having just purchased mine (and not even got it home yet) I have already started a list of mods to be done but, apart from a service and any urgent jobs (like checking all brake and fuel lines) it will be a summer of riding and parts accumulation ready for winter. :smoke:

I do keep the receipts but refuse to add 'em all up in order to avoid being put in a mental ward.

It's enough to have a list of most of the things to buy (including prices and where to buy) until season starts. Maybe I should start a list of banks to rob as well.  :cheers:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: ARH on Sunday, 28 January 2018, 10:17 pm
Andre... I like your sense of humour.... very ‘un-German like ‘  :happy1:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: Andre on Monday, 29 January 2018, 02:11 am
Thanks  :) Them 'mericans thought so too. Often laughed there asses off.

I do not consider myself German. I do not like associating with Germans (of cause there are exceptions). For one of many things I dislike their lack (or type) of humor and the many fine examples of "stick-in-the-ass" people and their intrigant behavior. Certainly one can find that all over the world. Just as people with respected "German" qualities can be found everywhere. And I am sure I have some un-fine characteristics myself.

One  (and I have done so extensively over long periods in three countries) only has to observe how people in dire circumstances are treated by their fellows. These situations are great to see what men/women are made of. I like statistics. Putting my observations into statistical terms, there are certainly more outliers (in regards to what I consider acceptable behavior) in Germany as compared to the other 2 countries.

I had a severe culture shock when I came back to Germany after spending 20 years abroad. Took me many years to  learn to deal with it. My experiences have been mine and were limited to the places I have lived within these countries and the times I was there!!! Others may have very different  experiences in the varying countries and at different times. But mine are what they are.
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: ARH on Monday, 29 January 2018, 03:49 am
Completely with you on that one Andre.... having been ‘away’ from the UK and lived in 4 different countries over the last 14 years has certainly brought me a new perspective as well!  Any time I’m home and talking to folks who have not had the opportunities to spend time overseas I quickly see they are at best colloquial, at worst just ignorant of the ways of the world.... not meant as a criticism of the many many good folks at home... just a personal observation.   I guess differences are what makes the world go around  :onya:

It’s forums like this one make the world seem a much smaller place!  :cheers:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: Andre on Monday, 29 January 2018, 04:27 am
Being an expatriate for an extensive period is a great education and eye opener. Can't fault the people who haven't been there! Can't fault us who come back and see their home country with different eyes either.

I do follow three 14 forums. This one and 2 German forums. The reason why there are two German forums is that there was contention which split the guys up. I was told this by the guy who sold me some near new original end cans for very low €s. He said that he was only staying on the forum to sell/buy when the need arises as he despises contention and intrigues. I was new to the forums then but found strong evidence to what he said (and then some). Now I am a lurker only in these forums. Plenty of things there that put me off. The pinnacle was a PM I got from one of the more active members (with a giant stick up his ass) which was a clear call to join the gang of intrigants and showed me how they go about weakening the forum by obvious conspirative actions.

The gsx1400owners forum is LIGHT-YEARS  above these forums when it comes to common decency and living, howbeit mostly virtual, in harmony with each other.

I am confident that if I would meet the lot of you I will not be disappointed!
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 29 January 2018, 07:10 am
Nice words Andre, a little goodwill goes a long way  :cheers:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: Kiwifruit on Monday, 29 January 2018, 02:49 pm
Andre, your last sentence hits it on the head for me.
Its a forum that is bound together by our love and enjoyment of one model of motorcycle but it also allows us a freedom to discuss wider issues that crop up in our lives.
Just a good place, l enjoy it  :onya:

Now l must be getting on, gotta take my curlers out put my stilettos on do my make up on, then get din dins on.....bye  :embarrassed:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: KiwiCol on Monday, 29 January 2018, 02:53 pm
Felling lucky Col?  Got the 6" stilettos on tonight have ya?
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: Sweaty on Monday, 29 January 2018, 03:50 pm
After the curlers, stilettos & makeup are on, are you sure din dins is what you do next Col  :whistling:  :grin:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: Andre on Monday, 29 January 2018, 04:30 pm
... a little goodwill goes a long way  :cheers:

Red, you nailed it :onya:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Sunday, 04 February 2018, 10:32 pm
OK, I count today a success.

There was a break in the recent rainy weather - a sunny morning with dry roads... so I got out, albeit briefly, on the bike!

Took it to the servo - only a km or so - running a tad rough & no rear brake.
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I had about 1/4 tank so I topped it off with 98 ROM premium - that supposedly has injector cleaners in it....  and that seemed to do the job. I set the tyre pressure correctly (front was at 34.. ).
Rear brake issue was sorted by just leaning on the brake whilst riding. which must have cleared the rotors/pads of some shit in there from reassembly / washing.. 

Being back on the bike was... sublime!  That acceleration! That noise!

I did a bit of gentle riding and suburban corners to start gradually wearing the shine off the tyres. Drove around Sandgate area and the tide was very high due to recent full moon. Went to a seaside park and there were large pools of salt water on the road so naturally I elected not to take the nice clean bike through those !

Saw the sky darkening and wasn't keen to ride in the slippery stuff until the tyres are a bit more worn in, so I headed home and got her in the garage just as the rain began to fall.

Only 18 kilometres of riding but after six months off the road both the bike and I are happy again !!!!!   :boogie: :boogie2: :boogie: :boogie2: :boogie: :boogie2: :boogie:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: ARH on Monday, 05 February 2018, 03:28 am
Great to hear you’re back on 2 wheels Vlad! :cheers:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 05 February 2018, 04:55 am
Good news Blad, I’ve not ridden since end of Nov and it’s tough already !!
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: lloydjames on Monday, 05 February 2018, 10:19 am
Good to hear it Vlad. Been off mine for about a year now and wont see it again to complete the rebuild for at least another 4... Its killing me  :thumbs_down:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: grog on Monday, 05 February 2018, 10:56 am
Well done Vlad, it takes a while to get comfy again. Few yrs ago had a compulsory lay off, only 8 weeks, i thought the bloody bike had grown for first couple of rides.
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: KiwiCol on Monday, 05 February 2018, 01:43 pm
That's a bloody long time lloydjames, you'll need 'L' plates again after 5 years.
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: seth on Monday, 05 February 2018, 06:27 pm
Good to hear it Vlad. Been off mine for about a year now and wont see it again to complete the rebuild for at least another 4... Its killing me  :thumbs_down:

4 more years to rebuild it
do you need a hand with anything as happy to help
 :cheers:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: lloydjames on Tuesday, 06 February 2018, 05:42 am
Good to hear it Vlad. Been off mine for about a year now and wont see it again to complete the rebuild for at least another 4... Its killing me  :thumbs_down:

4 more years to rebuild it
do you need a hand with anything as happy to help
 :cheers:

That was supposed to be 4 months  :whistling:  :lol: Thanks anyway.

Sent away yet again with work . At least it gives me time to internet shop for new goodies

 :cheers:

Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 06 February 2018, 05:45 pm
I was thinkin you must be being cared for by Her Majesty Lloyd  :stir:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Tuesday, 06 February 2018, 11:19 pm
Another ride this arvo for a while

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Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: Andre on Wednesday, 07 February 2018, 01:57 am
This doesn't help getting me motivated to shovel snow :frustrated:
Title: Re: Vlad's K7 GSX1400 "Back in Black"
Post by: VladTepes on Monday, 29 October 2018, 10:48 am
Well, the bike is booked in for a service this Friday, in advance of the MCR trip.  :)