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Title: Continuing - So what did you do to your bike today...?
Post by: gsxbarmy on Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 07:02 am
This was always a popular thread on the "old" org, and I feel it would be good to continue.

So today I fitted my 20mm risers and my "Biker Down" first aid kit, also checked out how a tool tube could mount off the LH pannier rail
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Post by: Globalrider on Tuesday, 14 February 2017, 07:10 am
I took a vicarious ride withe BIL around the Brecon Beacons!!! And got into all the rides I've done all over the world!
 :popcorn:
Stan
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Post by: Mrg on Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 02:59 pm
nice place to ride is Brecon  as long as the rain holds off  :onya:
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Post by: Gaz1978 on Thursday, 16 February 2017, 07:41 am
Charged the battery and started it.......it's not moved since October  :rolleyes:

Still got a little fettling to do to get it ready for the "season" this year......oil and filters plus some "stickering" still!

Can't wait to use it again!

Gaz
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Post by: froudy on Thursday, 16 February 2017, 08:21 am
This is a good ride to do around the Brecon area...
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Post by: Druss on Sunday, 19 February 2017, 02:14 am
Took a deposit on my GSX.... :smile2:
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 19 February 2017, 06:04 am
Tried to take all four down pipes off but struggling with 2 & 3. Bolts seem to be sheared before I touched them so probably work around them! Was just taking them Of to spray!!
Ordered 4 x new seal and gaskets
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Post by: Del on Sunday, 19 February 2017, 06:06 am
Rolled it out of the garage so I could pint parts of my ZRX - its still too clean and the roads are too dirty

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Post by: Siggy79 on Sunday, 19 February 2017, 06:12 am
Finished my total rebuild, went for a ride, for an hour, took 4hours, bike rides great... :hat:
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Post by: Notty on Sunday, 19 February 2017, 07:52 am
Opened the garage door, said hello and shut the door  :rolleyes:
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Post by: mjgt on Sunday, 19 February 2017, 08:26 am
Gave it a wash and found two exhaust clamps under the engine have almost rotted through, so will need to replace them once I find suitable replacements.
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 19 February 2017, 08:59 am
Ditto for me MJ, chances are your gaskets in the collector are a shot too!
Black widow do a full set of clamps including seals and gaskets for £48

Red
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Sunday, 19 February 2017, 09:08 am
Do remember you will have to dremel off the old clamps, as they are spot welded to the collector.
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Post by: Mrg on Sunday, 19 February 2017, 12:22 pm
Washed three times then waxed and polished all the Chrome and scrubbed the seat so it's back to blue and white so no all the salt from winter has gone of the bike she looks good and clean ,,, a ride out for a hour nice and smooth  :onya:
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Post by: VladTepes on Sunday, 19 February 2017, 06:28 pm
Wired in the cradle for my new Zumo 595
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Post by: mjgt on Sunday, 19 February 2017, 06:34 pm
Ditto for me MJ, chances are your gaskets in the collector are a shot too!
Black widow do a full set of clamps including seals and gaskets for £48

Red

Thanks, I will look into that but it does not seem to be blowing at the moment.
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Post by: mjgt on Sunday, 19 February 2017, 06:35 pm
Do remember you will have to dremel off the old clamps, as they are spot welded to the collector.

That explains why they were not loose, thanks.
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Post by: grog on Sunday, 19 February 2017, 06:47 pm
today i pumped up tyres, checked oil, not sure why, never alters. wiped over with microfibre cloth, bowdens fully slick, a great product. cleaned my visor, another week ready to go. so much easier than my ducatis in an earlier life. i know which i prefer in shed, on road is about even.
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Post by: VladTepes on Sunday, 19 February 2017, 07:37 pm
The Ducatis... that's why you are in the check oil habit....

Gotta love "Jap Crap" eh !  :lol:
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Post by: VladTepes on Sunday, 19 February 2017, 08:24 pm
Wired in the cradle for my new Zumo 595

Just wrote up a How To for it as well.  Maybe I should start a "what did I do to the forum today"... me and barmy would have plenty to post each day .... :)
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Post by: Mrg on Sunday, 19 February 2017, 08:56 pm
Or you could count how many post Seth has done in   Sec mins hours days weeks ,, hmmmm , not years yet but he will soon be lol
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Post by: bigian14 on Sunday, 19 February 2017, 10:07 pm
First time out yesterday for a while. New ASV levers, R1 throttle tube, (quicker action), quick shifter, home made cover for HEL oil cooler and individual pod filters with hand modified side panels. Best upgrade, probably the modified clocks with gear position indicator, many thanks to Thommohawk for that one.  :grin:
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Post by: Rod G on Monday, 20 February 2017, 09:38 pm
I swapped out my six pot calipers for the four pot from a 2003 GZX750.

Easy task.  Have yet to ride the bike, but hoping for good outcomes.  AUD$200 lighter in the pocket, but did not have to wait.  dialled up ebay and there they were!!  Wow, did not expect that!   :grin: :grin:
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Post by: Druss on Monday, 20 February 2017, 09:54 pm
Put the screen on for the gsx's new owner....
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Post by: Basil Brush on Monday, 20 February 2017, 11:33 pm
Well not today - in reality a few days ago.

Fitted a set if Givi engine bars. As a result hideous powerpronze snowplough/coal scuttle bellypan is no more. New plugs/air filter. Took off reservoir caps as they kept dazzling me. A set of cam cover bolts. And the biggest clean ever.

Just been out today to clear it's throat. MOT next month - roll on spring.
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Post by: Mrg on Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 05:50 am
 fitted new redbull can old one needed changing

 cleaned the back wheel took her of to do a good job

and a nice polish on bike .. just starting to build it up now the salt shit is off the roads  :onya:
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Post by: lawrie on Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 07:24 am
Had my first ever go at wheel building, got it within 5 thou! 

Well you never said WHAT bike, :grin:
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Post by: stick3 on Saturday, 25 February 2017, 09:38 am
oil & filter change  :boogie2:
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Post by: grog on Saturday, 25 February 2017, 06:51 pm
cleaned out my external fuel filter, nothing much in it. at least i know its clean.
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Post by: seth on Saturday, 25 February 2017, 06:54 pm
200 miles in the cold and snow to a rally in the Scottish boarders  :cheers:
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Post by: mjgt on Saturday, 25 February 2017, 06:56 pm
Where about do you live in Scotland Seth?
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Post by: seth on Saturday, 25 February 2017, 09:52 pm
i live up near peterhead
but down in the boarders near bigger  at a rally

:cheers:
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Post by: Mrg on Sunday, 26 February 2017, 03:10 am
What is the rally for mate  :onya:
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Post by: T 24 on Sunday, 26 February 2017, 03:55 am
I lifted engine back to frame after a gearbox overhaul.
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Post by: seth on Sunday, 26 February 2017, 04:23 am
its the 49th thistle motorcycle club rally near biggar . :cheers:
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Post by: TALLMAN on Sunday, 26 February 2017, 05:34 am
I overhauled both front calipers , at the same time replacing all the bolts with nice polished stainless ones, then I took some measurements of the discs and ordered a rebuild rotor kit from Blackshadow, when it arrives I'll takes some pics of rebuilding a disc, tomorrow I'm going to adjust my TPS & balance the throttle valves or I might just go for a bimble and do this when my new throttle cables arrive :cool:
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Post by: mjgt on Sunday, 26 February 2017, 08:09 am
i live up near peterhead
but down in the boarders near bigger  at a rally

:cheers:

Did you used to be a member of the fat bastard pie eating club (or something along those lines)?
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Post by: Druss on Sunday, 26 February 2017, 08:51 am
Said goodbye to my GSX....
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Sunday, 26 February 2017, 08:58 am
Said goodbye to my GSX....

So its gone.................... that's a shame, but I'm glad you got a buyer Druss
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Post by: VladTepes on Sunday, 26 February 2017, 11:35 am
Rode it ! :)
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Post by: seth on Sunday, 26 February 2017, 06:11 pm
i live up near peterhead
but down in the boarders near bigger  at a rally

:cheers:


i sure did for banking duties i was the chairman of the f.b.p.e.c.s.


Did you used to be a member of the fat bastard pie eating club (or something along those lines)?
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Post by: mjgt on Sunday, 26 February 2017, 06:20 pm
i live up near peterhead
but down in the boarders near bigger  at a rally

:cheers:


i sure did for banking duties i was the chairman of the f.b.p.e.c.s.




Did you used to be a member of the fat bastard pie eating club (or something along those lines)?

In that case, we have met, about 20 years ago.  I was in the RAF stationed at Buchan and used to ride out with the Buchan riders, I had a 94 Triumph Trident.
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Post by: Mrg on Sunday, 26 February 2017, 06:47 pm
Hi druss
 Sorry  the 1400 gone ,
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Post by: ARH on Sunday, 26 February 2017, 07:11 pm
Nothing..... it's too bloody cold... :P
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Post by: Druss on Sunday, 26 February 2017, 09:40 pm
Said goodbye to my GSX....

So its gone.................... that's a shame, but I'm glad you got a buyer Druss

Aye.... it was a bit like ur sale.... it was only on for 2 hours...
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Post by: Notty on Sunday, 26 February 2017, 11:15 pm
New stainless pro bolt nipples fitted - can't see them thro my shirt tho !Lol - too damp to try out brakes so tank off to fit Gpro... :smile2:
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Post by: spizzoil on Monday, 27 February 2017, 02:41 am
 :smoke: rebuilt rear brake master cylinder new parts and stripped rear brake caliper down new seals pistons were spot on like new still and bleed them and ten times better then it was so good cleaning and checking does work and you have to keep on top of things even the fronts are good if you keep on top of them .
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Post by: seth on Monday, 27 February 2017, 02:56 am
i live up near peterhead
but down in the boarders near bigger  at a rally

:cheers:


i sure did for banking duties i was the chairman of the f.b.p.e.c.s.




Did you used to be a member of the fat bastard pie eating club (or something along those lines)?

In that case, we have met, about 20 years ago.  I was in the RAF stationed at Buchan and used to ride out with the Buchan riders, I had a 94 Triumph Trident.

fantastic that we meet here again then good times back then
hopefully that wont be the last time we get to meet .

200 miles today on a brace of 14's back from the rally
emma got a long distance award.
its rained for all the 200 miles today very wet   but the gear seamed to handle it ok .

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Post by: ARH on Monday, 27 February 2017, 03:21 am
i live up near peterhead
but down in the boarders near bigger  at a rally

:cheers:


i sure did for banking duties i was the chairman of the f.b.p.e.c.s.




Did you used to be a member of the fat bastard pie eating club (or something along those lines)?

In that case, we have met, about 20 years ago.  I was in the RAF stationed at Buchan and used to ride out with the Buchan riders, I had a 94 Triumph Trident.

fantastic that we meet here again then good times back then
hopefully that wont be the last time we get to meet .

200 moles today on a brace of 14's back from the rally
emma got a long distance award.
its rained for all the 200 miles today very wet   but the gear seamed to handle it ok .

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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 27 February 2017, 03:23 am
Polishers look away now!
If it shines it's the enemy
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 27 February 2017, 03:28 am
Also took the opportunity to clean up front of the block
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Post by: seth on Monday, 27 February 2017, 03:37 am
i live up near peterhead
but down in the boarders near bigger  at a rally

:cheers:


i sure did for banking duties i was the chairman of the f.b.p.e.c.s.




Did you used to be a member of the fat bastard pie eating club (or something along those lines)?

In that case, we have met, about 20 years ago.  I was in the RAF stationed at Buchan and used to ride out with the Buchan riders, I had a 94 Triumph Trident.

fantastic that we meet here again then good times back then
hopefully that wont be the last time we get to meet .

200 moles today on a brace of 14's back from the rally
emma got a long distance award.
its rained for all the 200 miles today very wet   but the gear seamed to handle it ok .

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Post by: gsxbarmy on Monday, 27 February 2017, 03:48 am
Went out for a 160 mile spin around Kent and East Sussex, out through Dartford Tunnel, country roads down to Beachy Head, along through Eastbourne towards Hastings and then home. Cold and drizzly all day. Bike (and rider LOL) is absolutely minging. Will get cleaned tomorrow, should take me....ooh 30 mins back to immaculate. But I'll take a picture first and post up here, just a little too dark now
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Post by: Mrg on Monday, 27 February 2017, 04:10 am
Red

Like what you have done there all black

Now that my sec set of k2 pipes and collecter are on the way and in good nick these will be , re -Chromed  and then become the summer set and the old I am going down the road 

With the black look
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 27 February 2017, 04:55 am
Cheers MrG
I'm on a mission, the only chrome/Alloy left is shocks and middle section of forks now
Nice idea to have a set for each season
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Post by: seth on Monday, 27 February 2017, 05:17 am
get the fork tubes nitrided
and a shock sock for the rears  (google r&g shock sock)

 :boogie:
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 27 February 2017, 05:56 am
Thanks Seth, did consider it honestly but worked out at £200 for about 6" of stanchion. Top section I'm gonna wrap bottoms coated. Shocks coated next year
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Post by: seth on Monday, 27 February 2017, 06:34 am
i fitted shox sock's to emma's 14
protect's the shoxs and look ok too .

 :cheers:
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 27 February 2017, 06:40 am
How much are they Seth?
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Post by: seth on Monday, 27 February 2017, 06:47 am
looks like around £40
i cant remember how much ours we're as emma got them for Christmas a few years ago.
 :cheers:
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Post by: VladTepes on Monday, 27 February 2017, 01:55 pm
Polishers look away now!
If it shines it's the enemy
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Post by: Snapey on Monday, 27 February 2017, 04:31 pm
Checked the shims today expecting I'd have to replace a few after 190,000kms. A couple were on top tolerance but still within spec so it seems the diesel oil is doing it's job.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Monday, 27 February 2017, 04:57 pm
Checked the shims today expecting I'd have to replace a few after 190,000kms. A couple were on top tolerance but still within spec so it seems the diesel oil is doing it's job.

Well done that man! 

Change the oil & filter, look after it & she'll just keep going and going.
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Post by: V_i_c_i on Monday, 27 February 2017, 05:33 pm
Made box on tools and parts for my bike lift.  :boogie:

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Post by: V_i_c_i on Monday, 27 February 2017, 05:44 pm
And made holder for lambda connector for autotune module for PC V.

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(http://img23.rajce.idnes.cz/d2301/13/13789/13789721_25be61dd7274eb6558daaa97b7abaecc/images/Vedenkabelelambdasondy.jpg?ver=0)
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 01:49 am
Went out for a 160 mile spin around Kent and East Sussex, out through Dartford Tunnel, country roads down to Beachy Head, along through Eastbourne towards Hastings and then home. Cold and drizzly all day. Bike (and rider LOL) is absolutely minging. Will get cleaned tomorrow, should take me....ooh 30 mins back to immaculate. But I'll take a picture first and post up here, just a little too dark now

So here's the photos - 20 mins with a pressure washer and all clean now  :smitten:

Jeez it was a grubby day on the roads yesterday!!!!!
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 01:50 am
Polishers look away now!
If it shines it's the enemy
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Post by: Mrg on Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 02:53 am
Gsxbarmy

You have washed it that much it's turned into a triumph bike  were the 1400 gone  :onya:  :stir:  :stir:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 02:56 am
Gsxbarmy

You have washed it that much it's turned into a triumph bike  were the 1400 gone  :onya:  :stir:  :stir:

Indeed its turned into a proper bike................oops wrong forum LOL

Had I still got my 14, then I wouldn't even have considered going out yesterday, have to say super impressed the way the Trumpet went, far better in that sort of weather than the 14 I have to say (in all honesty) - but then the Triumph was built for that sort of ruggedness, the 14 never was.  :stir:
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Post by: seth on Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 03:06 am
i did 200 miles on mine yesterday still minging was not a day for the bike i wouldnt have gone out on the bike if i had a choice but i was away and yesterday was comming home :frustrated:
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Post by: Mrg on Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 03:51 am
yes one of the main reasons I am getting a few bit together so the nice summer ones are for the summer and the other bits will be winter parts  black and covered up

and seth I like the cover sock for the rear springs .... I will be getting some of them for the winter  :onya:
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Post by: taximan on Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 04:29 am
I admired it parked up in the garage still in one piece with no damage lol.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 04:34 am
yes one of the main reasons I am getting a few bit together so the nice summer ones are for the summer and the other bits will be winter parts  black and covered up

and seth I like the cover sock for the rear springs .... I will be getting some of them for the winter  :onya:

Do be wary of these suspension socks - never had one myself, but have read of rear suspension failures on other forums as they can contain the moisture inside the shock and possibly cause early failure
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Post by: seth on Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 04:41 am
they velcro and cable tie on .
so i remove ours a few times over the year also i use general grease on all moving parts before refitting the shox socks .
but dave is right they do need to be regularly checked .
shouldn't be thought of as fit and forget parts. :onya:
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 05 March 2017, 07:35 am
Snook an hour away today and slipped these on
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Post by: Gaz1978 on Sunday, 05 March 2017, 08:30 am
Well engine cover looked like first pic below, so I decided to give it a sand down. I didn't want a polished finish but more of a brushed finish.......I mirror polished my bandits engine parts and was forever having to clean them!!!

Next I changed my gear lever rod for a stainless one ( THANKS BARMY  :imrgreen: ), then fitted my blue twin snail horns, then added some blue to my radiator scoops, then swapped out my "easystart" branded battery (which wouldn't start the bike) for a decent Yuasa one.

All in all I'm happy with my few bits I tinkered with!!
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Post by: mjgt on Sunday, 05 March 2017, 08:35 am
Checked my tyres and pads, front tyre and rear pads need replacing.
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Post by: Gaz1978 on Sunday, 05 March 2017, 08:41 am
And also made a new gasket for the engine cover. Couple of quid on eBay for the gasket paper then just a sharp Stanley to trim to suit. I did use a black marker on the edges of the cover which I then pressed onto the paper to transfer an outline to cut to.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Sunday, 05 March 2017, 07:14 pm
Nice work Gaz (the gear change rod looks awesome!  :onya:) impressed with your gasket making, I can never get the holes right..... :clapping:
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Post by: seth on Sunday, 05 March 2017, 07:42 pm
looking good there
once i had to make a gasket in a hurry to help a friend get away on the same day for the clutch cover on a fj1200
we didnt have any gasket paper so used a cornflake packet.
it only lasted 7 years till the clutch needed looking at again and we realise we never put a proper gasket in.

wouldn't recommend it but if your stuck it works
 :cheers:
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Post by: mjgt on Sunday, 05 March 2017, 08:00 pm
I have made loads of gaskets out of thick card over the years, didn't know you could buy gasket paper.
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Post by: Notty on Sunday, 05 March 2017, 08:24 pm
Stainless  cam cover bolts fitted - 2 rust spots on frame Hammerited :smile2:
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Post by: froudy on Sunday, 05 March 2017, 08:31 pm
I have made loads of gaskets out of thick card over the years, didn't know you could buy gasket paper.

I make some of my own gaskets too. I use this stuff...
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gasket-Paper-Material-oil-and-water-resistant-5-sheets-A4-size-FREE-SAMPLES-/230815445146?hash=item35bdac309a:m:mta6ofw81cXZdv1mYb7V9kA
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 05 March 2017, 08:53 pm
Gasket paper!  it's a revelation  :onya:
Could have done with this nugget 4 weeks ago though  :thumbs_down:

Red
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Post by: mjgt on Sunday, 05 March 2017, 09:20 pm
Not just me then  :whistling:
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Post by: Gaz1978 on Sunday, 05 March 2017, 09:20 pm
I have made loads of gaskets out of thick card over the years, didn't know you could buy gasket paper.

I make some of my own gaskets too. I use this stuff...
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gasket-Paper-Material-oil-and-water-resistant-5-sheets-A4-size-FREE-SAMPLES-/230815445146?hash=item35bdac309a:m:mta6ofw81cXZdv1mYb7V9kA

Yep that's the stuff I used too Froudy   :onya:

Gaz
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Post by: froudy on Sunday, 05 March 2017, 11:22 pm
Just been out and fitted some new bar risers.
Had issues with the drag bars fitted and the switch gears were very very close to the tank.
Problem now solved.
Oh..And fitted a sticker too :lol:
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Post by: northern on Monday, 06 March 2017, 01:52 am
Add some bling to swing arm  :8:
deside, not to spend time to non visible parts, especially my 14 have rear fernder.
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Post by: seth on Monday, 06 March 2017, 02:11 am
2 x oil and filter changes
a strange thing the k5 and k6 have different sump bolts

k5 is a 19mm headed bolt shorter and a larger magnet
k6 is a 17mm headed bolt longer with a smaller magnet
only slight differences but strange none the less  :cheers:

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Post by: Snapey on Monday, 06 March 2017, 08:03 am
Busy weekend really ... strip, paint & re-seal calipers, strip forks & steering head awaiting arrival of bearings & seal kit.

The oil in the forks was putrid after 40,000km & 27 months. Definitely a yearly service from now on.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Monday, 06 March 2017, 08:09 am
Calipers look lovely Pete, nice job  :onya:
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Post by: froudy on Monday, 06 March 2017, 08:13 am
Calipers look lovely Pete, nice job  :onya:

+1 on the calipers :onya:
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Post by: mjgt on Monday, 06 March 2017, 06:59 pm
Wow, those calipers look new, what paint did you use?
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Post by: grog on Monday, 06 March 2017, 07:12 pm
great work all you blokes. very impressive. Gaz, instructions on achieving your finish on engine cover, brushed look. i can polish , but not sure how you achieved that flat finish. mine needs similar. paper size you used etc. thanks. 
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Post by: grog on Monday, 06 March 2017, 08:32 pm
Froudy, just beautiful, a stainless top yoke cover would finish it off. love mine. Snapey, superb work, re adjust head brgs after a few ks, 1000 or so. worth doing. not interfering, just trying to help.
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Post by: Snapey on Monday, 06 March 2017, 10:11 pm
Wow, those calipers look new, what paint did you use?

VHT caliper paint with a light coat of clear acrylic lacquer. Not sure how the clear will go with heat but I'll soon find out.  :doh:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/VHT-Gold-Caliper-Paint-/321892883870?hash=item4af24f9d9e:g:-IUAAOSw9mFWHXtl
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Post by: Gaz1978 on Monday, 06 March 2017, 10:39 pm
great work all you blokes. very impressive. Gaz, instructions on achieving your finish on engine cover, brushed look. i can polish , but not sure how you achieved that flat finish. mine needs similar. paper size you used etc. thanks.

Grog - Just stripped all the lacquer off with a 800 wet and dry, then went to a 1200, 1500, and 2000 finally.

To be honest I found it way easier than going for a mirror polish. And it wasn't actually my intention to leave it like that......I was just rubbing it down to respray but then halfway through thought it looks good with that effect on it so just went with it  :)

Gaz
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Post by: froudy on Tuesday, 07 March 2017, 08:23 pm
Dealer mode switch fitted.
I looked at a few possible mounting positions and in the end decided to go for the rear tank bracket. It's neat and nicely tucked out of the way...And it works! :imrgreen:
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Post by: seth on Wednesday, 08 March 2017, 02:07 am
very neat
looks great  :onya:
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Post by: VladTepes on Wednesday, 08 March 2017, 12:27 pm
Can you activate it without removing the seat? (Because surely that would be the point...)
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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 08 March 2017, 03:24 pm
Can you activate it without removing the seat? (Because surely that would be the point...)
Yes, same question.
I had from time to time an error displayed, which disappears every time I remove seat and enter dealer mode ☺️.
So I install a switch, which was possible to activate immediately when FI error appears.
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Post by: VladTepes on Wednesday, 08 March 2017, 04:09 pm
Yes because as is mentioned in one of the guides, cutting power to the ignition clears the error, which obviously happens if you need to remove the key to get under the seat.....  Unless you carry a spare key with you all the time.....
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Post by: froudy on Wednesday, 08 March 2017, 07:12 pm
Yes because as is mentioned in one of the guides, cutting power to the ignition clears the error, which obviously happens if you need to remove the key to get under the seat.....  Unless you carry a spare key with you all the time.....

Good point Vlad..
Hence the reason someone on here mounted it on the helmet lock bracket...I might have to move it then :rolleyes:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Wednesday, 08 March 2017, 07:15 pm
Yes because as is mentioned in one of the guides, cutting power to the ignition clears the error, which obviously happens if you need to remove the key to get under the seat.....  Unless you carry a spare key with you all the time.....

Good point Vlad..
Hence the reason someone on here mounted it on the helmet lock bracket...I might have to move it then :rolleyes:

I think that was Celtic32 that did that  :onya:
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Post by: grog on Wednesday, 08 March 2017, 07:21 pm
well done Froudy. brilliant stuff, i will mount externally somewhere. sit and look, couple of beers, ill find a place. will let you know my ideas. great stuff.
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Post by: mjgt on Wednesday, 08 March 2017, 07:29 pm
Froudy, all you need now is a fault  :whistling:
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Post by: froudy on Wednesday, 08 March 2017, 11:33 pm
Froudy, all you need now is a fault  :whistling:

Hopefully I'll never get one, but it's bound to happen sooner or later.

Grog...Let me know what you come up with mount wise :onya:
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Post by: V_i_c_i on Thursday, 09 March 2017, 01:16 am
Bought connector for dealer tool, rebuild front forks and rebuild front brakes  :onya:
Waiting for shims for Yoshi cams.  :onya:

BTW:

Connector for K5+ here for 4.95 USD - 6 Position .090 Waterproof MT Connector
Connector for K2-K4 here for 3.49 USD - 4 Position .090 Waterproof MT Connector

http://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Elec__Products/Connectors/Sealed/SM-MT/sm-mt.html

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Post by: TALLMAN on Thursday, 09 March 2017, 06:05 am
This evening I finally fitted my new throttles cables, balanced the throttles bodies and checked the TPS, fitted my new brake discs from Blackshadow and my new dna pod filters (the last lot were fitted in 2009) tomorrow morning test ride previewed
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Post by: VladTepes on Friday, 10 March 2017, 12:31 pm
I just finished cleaning the bike.  By my standards at least.  It involved wheel cleaner, detergent, a brush and some elbow grease and a hose.

Barmy would probably call that a "pre-wash":lol:

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Post by: Kiwifruit on Friday, 10 March 2017, 01:33 pm
Maybe only a light rinse Vlad !!
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Friday, 10 March 2017, 04:13 pm
Haha yep, deep cleaning dies take a while!!

So today I fitted a 2-stage heated rear seat to my Explorer to complement the riders heated seat (have to keep the wife happy!). I always used to think these were a waste of time, but it's surprising how well they work in keeping one warm.
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Post by: mjgt on Friday, 10 March 2017, 06:44 pm
Well your piles wont heal themselves  :rofl2:
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Post by: Red Biker on Friday, 10 March 2017, 06:58 pm
Well your piles wont heal themselves  :rofl2:
Beat me to it mj, definitely a 'farmers' aid
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Post by: seth on Friday, 10 March 2017, 07:10 pm
had heated seats in a car i used to have
felt like you'd wet yourself when they we're on
does it feel the same on a bike seat ! :happy1:

at your extreme age how would you tell  :stir:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Friday, 10 March 2017, 07:23 pm
Jealousy will get you nowhere, you leave my wet y-fronts alone you mickey takers you  :rofl2:
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Post by: grog on Friday, 10 March 2017, 07:24 pm
sort of off topic but im sure youll enjoy. once called to a saab that wouldnt go. they waited a while for me to show. 40 degree day, 100 in northern talk. i pulled up and old mate had a chat to me. his wife was sitting in passenger seat. stupid cow hed told me. he had turned on the heated seat she was sitting in. sweat pouring off. just his little joke. i promised not to tell. brilliant stuff.  :rofl2:
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Post by: VladTepes on Friday, 10 March 2017, 10:19 pm
I used to do that to unsuspecting passengers in my Range Rover.  Great fun on a 37 degree C day...
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Post by: Blubber on Friday, 10 March 2017, 11:48 pm
Polished the grap rail... I think i am more of a powder coat guy.  :whistling:
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Post by: froudy on Saturday, 11 March 2017, 07:52 am
Re mounted the dealer mode switch on the helmet lock bracket :rolleyes:
Tried it this way first but didn't like it that the wiring and switch was so prone to getting covered in crap up under the back end :furious:
(http://i914.photobucket.com/albums/ac350/Roadwarrior_01/GSX1400/DM%20Switch%20Moved%201_zpsxpng5n2l.jpg) (http://s914.photobucket.com/user/Roadwarrior_01/media/GSX1400/DM%20Switch%20Moved%201_zpsxpng5n2l.jpg.html)

Turned the whole lot around..Still not 100% happy with it but at least it can be operated without having to remove the ignition key and taking the seat off now :imrgreen:
(http://i914.photobucket.com/albums/ac350/Roadwarrior_01/GSX1400/DM%20Switch%20Moved%202_zpskcky7uqa.jpg) (http://s914.photobucket.com/user/Roadwarrior_01/media/GSX1400/DM%20Switch%20Moved%202_zpskcky7uqa.jpg.html)
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Post by: northern on Saturday, 11 March 2017, 09:26 am
@froudy
Interesting solution. I'm also struggle with decigion where to put PCV map change switch...
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Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 11 March 2017, 10:48 am
Is it just a standard o/off toggle switch?

In which case can anyone point me to where I could buy the appropriate PLUG to make one of these myself?
(want to do it a bit differently just for shits and giggles)
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Post by: froudy on Saturday, 11 March 2017, 05:30 pm
@VladTepes
Yes, its just an ordinary toggle on/off switch.
Not sure where you'd get the plug from, but they must be available.
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Post by: Blubber on Saturday, 11 March 2017, 07:28 pm
Is it just a standard o/off toggle switch?

In which case can anyone point me to where I could buy the appropriate PLUG to make one of these myself?
(want to do it a bit differently just for shits and giggles)

That info is on this site already.  2 different plugs depending on the year.

@VladTepes... Have you tried the search function yet?  :rofl2:
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Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 11 March 2017, 08:37 pm
Smarty pants!

Yes what i mean is the actual plug itself not the whole unit. Mines a k7 so i need the later model plug but need brand and model number etc so i can buy one somewhere...
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Sunday, 12 March 2017, 03:47 am
Smarty pants!

Yes what i mean is the actual plug itself not the whole unit. Mines a k7 so i need the later model plug but need brand and model number etc so i can buy one somewhere...

Try here Vlad https://www.corsa-technic.com/category.php?category_id=126
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Post by: V_i_c_i on Sunday, 12 March 2017, 04:08 am
Vlad, do you need connector? Try search my topic in electrics category and do  :doh:

BR Vici
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 13 March 2017, 03:00 am
Refurbed Calipers today, completed one but on the other the previous owner had crowbarred an incorrect size dust seal which is now fu--ed so can I buy just dust seals on flea bay?

Went for a splash of colour and couldn't mask off the logo so decided to get rid
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Monday, 13 March 2017, 03:51 am
can I buy just dust seals on flea bay?


Assuming you just need an individual seal set for one piston:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GSX1400-K-2002-07-Front-Brake-Caliper-Piston-Seals-27mm-New-/141936091894?hash=item210c0ce2f6:m:mBiOa23t0jTxvNbiQ_x_62Q

Or are we talking about a set (why they limit the set to K2/3 is stupid, as they are the same across all models)
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Front-Brake-Caliper-Seals-Set-Suzuki-GSX1400-K2-K3-01-04-/200841117216?hash=item2ec3103e20:g:JykAAOSwdG9XRIcF
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 13 March 2017, 04:54 am
Great thanks Dave, just need one of the small size
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Post by: Notty on Thursday, 16 March 2017, 11:17 pm
Did a 25mile  ride to check if my calliper cleaning expertise was ok - the bike stops much better with them cleaned and new sintered pads - down side is that my my new HealTech Gipro thinks I have no 4th gear and two first gears ! - Gear Position switch faulty?
Anyway was great to get out after the winter  :smile2:
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Post by: froudy on Thursday, 16 March 2017, 11:28 pm
@Notty

Strange one with the GiPro...Try running the setup procedure again and see what happens :onya:
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Post by: Notty on Thursday, 16 March 2017, 11:31 pm
@Notty

Strange one with the GiPro...Try running the setup procedure again and see what happens :onya:
Will try that Froudy - Shows 5th gear when I am in 6th but if I tap the gearshift it then shows 6th correctly  :bugga:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Friday, 17 March 2017, 12:15 am
Did a 25mile  ride to check if my calliper cleaning expertise was ok - the bike stops much better with them cleaned and new sintered pads - down side is that my my new HealTech Gipro thinks I have no 4th gear and two first gears ! - Gear Position switch faulty?
Anyway was great to get out after the winter  :smile2:

Just check that you have set your GiPRO up properly - mine occasionally gave the odd silly reading if I set it for 6 gears, however never had an issue at all after I set it in "L" mode and then "taught" it each gear (the instructions are in the manual)
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Post by: T 24 on Friday, 17 March 2017, 04:12 am
I drowe 115 km with my 14, in +5 degrees temperature. Its almost summer.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Friday, 17 March 2017, 05:44 am

My new can & chain arrived this morning,   :boogie:   guess what I'm fitting up today then ?? smiley

Got a Delkevic carbon shorty (called DL10 350mm) & DID ZVM-X 530 chain.  :drool:


Right, off to the cave for a play.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Friday, 17 March 2017, 05:55 am
Gave it a damn good clean (after the mucky roads of the last few weeks) and started to make the bracket for attaching my TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System)
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Post by: Big Geordi on Friday, 17 March 2017, 08:07 am
Its a Secret!!!
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Post by: VladTepes on Friday, 17 March 2017, 12:27 pm
added a gopro mount to the bars.. took some video so I'll review the footage tonight and see if I have any more luck than my previous failed mounting efforts....
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Post by: KiwiCol on Friday, 17 March 2017, 01:10 pm
Think I've got my wee issue of sound transference for the Gopro mount sorted as well, just need to get a part back from Kaikoura, was using it on the quads.
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Post by: Mrg on Friday, 17 March 2017, 06:13 pm
 washed the bike twice and then gave her a good polish cleaned the engine Finns out with the tooth brush ... so its getting ready for the summer  :onya:  hurry up please summer  :boogie:
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Post by: grog on Friday, 17 March 2017, 07:24 pm
Notty, just disconnect and start again. 4 yrs mine was perfect, 3rd then played up. i thought it stuffed. let it sit for a couple of days, re connected and never faulted again.
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Post by: Big Geordi on Saturday, 18 March 2017, 04:58 am
Nudge nudge!
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Post by: KiwiCol on Saturday, 18 March 2017, 05:02 am
Ohhhhh, new toys!
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Post by: seth on Saturday, 18 March 2017, 05:15 am
new box's with shinny stuff all great

 :onya:
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Post by: daveh on Saturday, 18 March 2017, 09:50 am
I washed mine this morning in preparation for a ride tomorrow.
If I wake up in time a coat of polish will be in order I think.
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Post by: Big Geordi on Sunday, 19 March 2017, 11:04 pm
Ye ha!!
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Post by: seth on Sunday, 19 March 2017, 11:27 pm
mmmmm
very nice  :onya:
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Post by: seth on Monday, 20 March 2017, 12:48 am
this weekend i was to service 2 of the bikes
so scrap yesterday to instead repair the oven (new element required) only problem was removing part of a wall to get the oven out and repair who builds a wall after fitting an oven anyway.
all fixed but shattered so wrote off yesterday

today managed 1 and 1/2 services
emma's bike totally ready for this years adventures.
the spare 14 oil and filter done just plugs and airfilter left (plus replacing both shinny casings with black powder coated ones)
so a good day all round.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Monday, 20 March 2017, 04:04 am
Ye ha!!

Like that BG, 'tis the dawgs!
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Post by: essexboydave on Monday, 20 March 2017, 04:58 am
Today I polished one headlight mount and broke one of my custom indicators while putting it back together-not happy  :angry: :angry: :angry:
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 20 March 2017, 05:10 am
Finally got the front end back on today!
Then had to take it off again as the powder coated forks had put Calipers off centre so we're snagging
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Monday, 20 March 2017, 09:05 am
Ye ha!!

Very nice BG......I like !!
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Post by: stick3 on Monday, 20 March 2017, 10:59 am
took her for the annual rego inspection and past with flying colours
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Post by: V_i_c_i on Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 07:56 am
Finaly made valve clearances on my new Yoshi cams and started it first time. :onya:
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Post by: northern on Thursday, 23 March 2017, 06:55 am
I know, there was warning about INAPPROPRIATE content...
I know, it's almost indecent, but...  :embarassed:

Today I polish stainless bolts heads, for paddock stand bobbins :)
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Post by: mjgt on Thursday, 23 March 2017, 08:13 am
Pervert, should be banned  :facepalm:
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Thursday, 23 March 2017, 10:45 am
Breathe, relax...... Its OK to polish .......  :onya:
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Post by: VladTepes on Thursday, 23 March 2017, 11:15 am
Do you feel screwed?  Hope you don't bolt !

Very shiny :)
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Post by: KiwiCol on Thursday, 23 March 2017, 05:29 pm

Put some new shoes on the girl, very nice too.


Angel GT's.
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Post by: northern on Thursday, 23 March 2017, 06:12 pm
Very shiny :)
I 100% realize, it will stay so shiny mostly only during winter, when bike is in warm garage... But I don't care - it's like therapy :)
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Post by: Globalrider on Saturday, 25 March 2017, 01:08 pm
Very shiny :)
I 100% realize, it will so shiny mostly only during winter, when bike is in warm garage... But I don't care - it's like therapy :)

I think You and Barmy are Cell mates!
 :devil:
Rolf
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Post by: Endless on Saturday, 25 March 2017, 01:40 pm
Took her and the missus for an outing with the Black Dog Ride, mostly all Harley riders. Left the mob after pairing up with a VTR on the way home, had some fun. Gee they sound good. Fitted LED blinkers and flasher, got horn working again, all ready for inspection thats due.
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 26 March 2017, 06:16 am
The stealth mods continued today, need to get a wiggle on now
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 26 March 2017, 06:48 am

That's looking bloody good there Red. 


Now about this stealth, It's no good going to all the trouble of getting everything black & having a loud exhaust, yer stealth is out the window. 


Best option for you to maintain the stealth is put the original bazooka back on  :imrgreen:  (with a coat of rattle can black of course) this will assist in the stealth as they're almost silent.  :stir:
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Post by: Mrg on Sunday, 26 March 2017, 06:54 am
or you could push it every were ......but you puffing and panting will give you away then, so your stealth will be up in the air  :stir:  :onya:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 26 March 2017, 06:59 am
Pushing it?   Now there's an idea, it's certainly quiet & bonus, you'd be getting a work out at the same time. Your gas mileage would hit record heights & you'd never wear out a clutch again.  The greenies would love you for no emissions.  Hell, the benefits just go on & on.
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Post by: Del on Sunday, 26 March 2017, 07:15 am
Shake down run after the winter work - ran super good but notices a slight oil leak on rocker cover - ach well not too bad and weather was great for up here
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 26 March 2017, 07:49 am

That's looking bloody good there Red. 


Now about this stealth, It's no good going to all the trouble of getting everything black & having a loud exhaust, yer stealth is out the window. 


Best option for you to maintain the stealth is put the original bazooka back on  :imrgreen:  (with a coat of rattle can black of course) this will assist in the stealth as they're almost silent.  :stir:

Ooh you know how to push my buttons
Col! the very thought of oem makes me shudder!
New exhaust due on Monday and its Black
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 26 March 2017, 07:51 am
Shake down run after the winter work - ran super good but notices a slight oil leak on rocker cover - ach well not too bad and weather was great for up here

Nice one Del, I'm desperate to get out but still couple of weeks away!
Let us know where the leak is from?

Red
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Sunday, 26 March 2017, 05:06 pm
Finally got round to fitting new EBC HH front pads.
Looking forward to getting out for a ride.
Weathers packed up  :cry2:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 26 March 2017, 05:41 pm
Fitted the new (brighter) LED indicators. So, she's done & ready to roll.  New post in rides
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Post by: daveh on Sunday, 26 March 2017, 06:08 pm
I rode across to my sister in laws Saturday for an in law family gathering, wife and daughter had gone over the night before.
Came home Saturday with daughter on back, she has homework.
This morning down to the cafe to catch up with the lads, who were of for a hot dog ride.
In the photo below we are admiring Chris's Panigale which is out of shot.
Can you guess which one is me?
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Post by: mjgt on Sunday, 26 March 2017, 06:16 pm
I rode across to my sister in laws Saturday for an in law family gathering, wife and daughter had gone over the night before.
Came home Saturday with daughter on back, she has homework.
This morning down to the cafe to catch up with the lads, who were of for a hot dog ride.
In the photo below we are admiring Chris's Panigale which is out of shot.
Can you guess which one is me?

The ugly one  :whistling:
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Post by: mjgt on Sunday, 26 March 2017, 06:18 pm
Nothing, went to take it out for a ride and found the front flat as a pancake, so I went out on my speed triple instead.  Lucky I have a spare tyre ready to fit.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 26 March 2017, 06:24 pm
I rode across to my sister in laws Saturday for an in law family gathering, wife and daughter had gone over the night before.
Came home Saturday with daughter on back, she has homework.
This morning down to the cafe to catch up with the lads, who were of for a hot dog ride.
In the photo below we are admiring Chris's Panigale which is out of shot.
Can you guess which one is me?

The geeza standing by the 14 about to put his helmet on?
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Post by: Notty on Monday, 27 March 2017, 02:44 am
Did a 25mile  ride to check if my calliper cleaning expertise was ok - the bike stops much better with them cleaned and new sintered pads - down side is that my my new HealTech Gipro thinks I have no 4th gear and two first gears ! - Gear Position switch faulty?
Anyway was great to get out after the winter  :smile2:

Just check that you have set your GiPRO up properly - mine occasionally gave the odd silly reading if I set it for 6 gears, however never had an issue at all after I set it in "L" mode and then "taught" it each gear (the instructions are in the manual)


Gave the GiPRO a good telling off and it learnt that I would through it out of the window if it refused to work !! Went for a 90 mile ride over the Brecon Beacons and bike was faultless - Loads of bikes out in the sun and I have to confess that a Trumpet thingy like Barneys left me standing on the bendy bits  :bugga:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Monday, 27 March 2017, 03:07 am
They are good through bendy bits, give those sports bikes a good seeing to for sure  :onya:
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Post by: northern on Monday, 27 March 2017, 03:49 am
1. clean and refresh akra pipes
2. clean and refresh  polished engine side covers and lower fork tubes
3. put engine crash-bars back
4. put some layers of primer and paint on fly screen (trying to repaint it by myself)
5. order titanium brake-pad pins and stainless rear axle nut from pro-bolt

Soon, the long over winter waiting will be over :)
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Post by: daveh on Monday, 27 March 2017, 06:54 am
I rode across to my sister in laws Saturday for an in law family gathering, wife and daughter had gone over the night before.
Came home Saturday with daughter on back, she has homework.
This morning down to the cafe to catch up with the lads, who were of for a hot dog ride.
In the photo below we are admiring Chris's Panigale which is out of shot.
Can you guess which one is me?

The ugly one  :whistling:

Be more specific, we all have heads made for radio.
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Post by: daveh on Monday, 27 March 2017, 06:55 am
I rode across to my sister in laws Saturday for an in law family gathering, wife and daughter had gone over the night before.
Came home Saturday with daughter on back, she has homework.
This morning down to the cafe to catch up with the lads, who were of for a hot dog ride.
In the photo below we are admiring Chris's Panigale which is out of shot.
Can you guess which one is me?

The geeza standing by the 14 about to put his helmet on?

Nah, that's Ron, he owns the brick behind my bike.
I'm on the extreme right of the photo.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Monday, 27 March 2017, 07:01 am
Coffee in hand & permanent neck warmer . . .

Actually, that section of the pic doesn't show unless I scroll across at the bottom, it's not all in view.
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Post by: VladTepes on Monday, 27 March 2017, 10:33 am
@KiwiCol et al.

With the pics not showing in full - if on a PC - that is due to screen resolution.

Try this.

Hold the CTRL key down and then use your mouse wheel.  One way will zoom in, the other out.  If you zoom out enough, the whole picture will show.

Just FYI.

Cheers
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Post by: Big Geordi on Thursday, 30 March 2017, 05:56 pm
Put one of those cooler things on!
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Post by: KiwiCol on Thursday, 30 March 2017, 06:04 pm
A brutish looking thing BG, nice work!!
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Post by: KiwiCol on Thursday, 30 March 2017, 07:16 pm
Today, I rode her home (about 400K) and washed, dried & put some polish on her. Cleaned & oiled the chain - (new chain, gotta look after it!) and mounted the new Ram mount for my GoPro.
She's all clean n tidy ready for the next adventure.
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Post by: Reece on Thursday, 30 March 2017, 08:44 pm
Put one of those cooler things on!
Like the usd forks what are they off and did you get triple tree made up and where did uou get the rear set from. 
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Post by: Del on Friday, 31 March 2017, 03:43 am
 :facepalm: Got my oil leak sorted - seams the buffoon who fitted the repainted rocker cover my have inadvertently not located the rubber gasket in the groove correctly - so tank off - cover off - fit gasket correctly - clean up the engine - retorque all the bolts - put tank back on and Hurrah  :boogie: no leaks - oh and by the way the buffoon was me but looks like this is the only FUBAR encountered from all teh work undertaken so all is good and it is so so nice to get back on a decent CC'd bike 
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Friday, 31 March 2017, 07:39 am
Fitted and calibrated my Tyre Pressure Monitoring System - monitors Tyre Pressure, Tyre Temperature and additionally checks battery voltage - very neat little gadget - and also (finally) wired in my additional set of spots.
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Post by: VladTepes on Friday, 31 March 2017, 01:10 pm
barmy is that  triumph accessory or something else?
I know garmin has TP monitoring things which connect to the zumo by Bluetooth but I gather they are a bit flaky with the connection....
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Friday, 31 March 2017, 02:47 pm
barmy is that  triumph accessory or something else?
I know garmin has TP monitoring things which connect to the zumo by Bluetooth but I gather they are a bit flaky with the connection....

Aftermarket

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Steelmate-TP90-Pro-TPMS-Tyre-Pressure-monitoring-System-Motorcycle-Motorbike-/361518546291?hash=item542c2f3d73:g:4LIAAOSwQjNW9Alz

I didn't want the Triumph one, first it's an option on my particular model, second you have to replace the sensors every time you change tyres -and at £200 a time (on top of the cost of your tyres - no thanks! I did actually buy this to fit my 14 then of course sold it, but this is really quite neat. Once set up, it scrolls through and displays your front and rear tyre pressures every 2 seconds with a green arrow - any change outside arameters you set and the display goes red, so slow or sudden loss of pressure or tyre gets hotter than you say (which it will do if you get a slow puncture). As an aside there is a button you can press to check battery voltage. It's about the size of a gents wrist watch when mounted.

I have the TP-90 Pro version which has the screw on sensors http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Steelmate-TP90-Pro-TPMS-Tyre-Pressure-monitoring-System-Motorcycle-Motorbike-/361518546291?hash=item542c2f3d73:g:4LIAAOSwQjNW9Alz

The same is also available with in-tyre sensors http://www.steel-mate.co.uk/acatalog/TP-90I-Pro-Professional-Motorcycle-Tyre-Pressure-Monitoring-System-317.html#SID=53%23SID=53 from Steelmate but I didn't want that.

The earlier TP-90 can still be bought on eBay but was discontinued over 2 years ago (so avoid) , likewise there are some copies around sold cheaper, so if you are thinking of buying one, just check the seller with Steelmate first.

I wanted this after  my mate got a slow loaded up with panniers at speed on a motorway - whilst he didn't have an off, the bike got hard to control as he slowed down so I decided I wanted "early warning".
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Post by: Mrg on Friday, 31 March 2017, 05:30 pm
 well ive fitted the pairs mod and that's running all ok nice ..... now ive got the engine bars off those front bolts are a little fu++__))ker     to get off,,, I don't thing they have ever being off the bike since they were put on  .... ah well  so there off the be re chromed as well as both engine cover from ether side as well as the down pipes and collector box ,, and I was thinking about the rear hanger to but thinking about that one .... front rad guard off as well to the chrome man.... so the wheel will be off and prep for re spray, and then the engine to clean up work ... so that me busy for a week or two with this  :onya:   
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Friday, 31 March 2017, 08:05 pm
Brisk ride down to Napier yesterday watched my daughters graduation this morning then back home this arvo.
Love this bike, check tyre pressure, lube chain, gas up and go. A good fun 620 kms round trip.
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Post by: Big Geordi on Saturday, 01 April 2017, 05:17 am
And some lovely New oil in as well!!
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Saturday, 01 April 2017, 05:29 am
And some lovely New oil in as well!!


BG may i ask what you pay for that there liquid gold.
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Post by: Big Geordi on Saturday, 01 April 2017, 04:16 pm
And some lovely New oil in as well!!


BG may i ask what you pay for that there liquid gold.

Think it was about £90ish for 8 litres delivered
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Post by: KiwiCol on Saturday, 01 April 2017, 04:35 pm
Faaaark!!! Does it come with gold leaf included?
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Post by: grog on Saturday, 01 April 2017, 06:54 pm
id also want gold leaf. bike has been layed up 3 weeks, so much wet days. battery charger on, back on next week. will be nice to have some grunt after 3 weeks in corolla. it revs  but just no power. not a bike thing but will share, drove a nissan patrol yesterday, ls2 chev motor fitted, take off hard in first, lhf wheel lifts off the ground. 1 metre up. now thats a great drive. impressed me.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Saturday, 01 April 2017, 07:04 pm
LS2 in a Patrol, wow, that's gonna go alright!  Lifting the left front wheel, now that's bloody cool!
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Saturday, 01 April 2017, 08:48 pm
So a similar price to NZ.
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Post by: essexboydave on Monday, 03 April 2017, 03:29 am
Today I rode it! Actually had both the 14 and the Guzzi out one after the other, it's funny riding them back to back as although I love both of them they are very different and it certainly does feel like they come from different millenia!
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Post by: seth on Monday, 03 April 2017, 03:46 am
today finished servicing the red/black k5 and removed pairs from it .
then we took that and emma's k6 out for a wee 60ish mile run a stop of lunch and fueled up ready for a trip to the Netherlands at easter . :cheers:
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Post by: coldhands on Monday, 03 April 2017, 04:40 am
Oil and filter change ,(comp 4) Champion filter.then a run up the lochs smooooth!!!!
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 03 April 2017, 04:50 am
Went for a picnic with the Family today,
Saw loads of bikes out, driving me crazy that mines not ready yet so went to the garage 5-7pm
Nearly there now
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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 05 April 2017, 05:53 am
today I ruin my freshly custom painted fly screen... Was trying to make it perfect and rub through clear coat...  :doh:
Have to do it all over again...
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Post by: KiwiCol on Wednesday, 05 April 2017, 06:00 am
Bugger, hate it when that happens!
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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 05 April 2017, 06:05 am
Bugger, hate it when that happens!
you know - you ether get a result or you get experiences. This was my first personal experience with 2k clear coat and paint job of such high gloss. Next time will be better :)
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Post by: mjgt on Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 05:40 pm
Fitted a new tyre, guy who did it lined everything up and it needed no weights to balance it up  :onya:
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Post by: Reece on Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 06:17 pm
Went for a picnic with the Family today,
Saw loads of bikes out, driving me crazy that mines not ready yet so went to the garage 5-7pm
Nearly there now
Just wondering where you got your riser plate from.
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Post by: Reece on Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 06:19 pm
Just fitted 60mm risers and fatbars today will be looking at going to bar end mirrors not sure which ones yet anyone done the change and are happy with what they have.
(http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn209/bluedrags/Mobile%20Uploads/195C0F33-3851-4A66-B998-13F854250CA2.jpg) (http://s305.photobucket.com/user/bluedrags/media/Mobile%20Uploads/195C0F33-3851-4A66-B998-13F854250CA2.jpg.html)
(http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn209/bluedrags/Mobile%20Uploads/FF339422-B842-4622-BA37-33B15D6B9BBE.jpg) (http://s305.photobucket.com/user/bluedrags/media/Mobile%20Uploads/FF339422-B842-4622-BA37-33B15D6B9BBE.jpg.html)
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Post by: Snapey on Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 07:46 pm
I made stainless ones Reece to suit the hand guards. They're a nice sliding fit in the bars (ProTapers) held there by an M4 grub screw tapped through the bars 10mm from the ends. A small indent in the end weight locates it. You need to peel the clutch side grip back to access the screw or just punch a small hole in the grip.
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Post by: Reece on Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 09:04 pm
They look good snapey.
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Post by: seth on Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 11:35 pm
 :onya:
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Post by: coldhands on Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 05:07 am
Would be great for my coldhands  :clapping:
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Post by: ogrimark on Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 06:28 am
I took the ESL bars, heated grips, givi lugguage and aftermarket exhaust off my black bike ready for it being picked up on Thursday  :cool:
then I sold the lugguage  :imrgreen: :imrgreen:
the exhaust and bars are put to one side for when blue gets rebuilt.

'when blue gets rebuilt' is turning into a far too often said phrase.
as soon as the chop is off the bench blue is on and stripped.
hopefully soon  :whatever:
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Post by: ogrimark on Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 06:29 am
Went for a picnic with the Family today,
Saw loads of bikes out, driving me crazy that mines not ready yet so went to the garage 5-7pm
Nearly there now

Like it. Black as Fark apart from one red nut  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: ;) :cheesy:
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 04:33 pm
lol thanks Mark, it kinda has my personality on it 😳
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Post by: Big Geordi on Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 11:10 pm
I mostly removed the Repsol orange paint and fitted new Sprocket etc
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Post by: Red Biker on Thursday, 13 April 2017, 02:34 am
Pretty fancy Dan Bolts there BG, will it be a Blue chain?

Red
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Post by: mjgt on Sunday, 16 April 2017, 05:31 pm
Fitted my new hand guards last night, will give them a try today.
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Post by: grog on Sunday, 16 April 2017, 07:09 pm
did not a lot. have cleaned/polished every bit i can find. even layed on floor and did bits that get missed. tomorow , easter monday. taking wife for lunch. tiny little ride. were going to the worst most horrible pub just north. dangerous at night, should be ok for lunch. food is brilliant. just something different. life is to short to let it be boring.
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Post by: Reece on Sunday, 16 April 2017, 08:22 pm
I made stainless ones Reece to suit the hand guards. They're a nice sliding fit in the bars (ProTapers) held there by an M4 grub screw tapped through the bars 10mm from the ends. A small indent in the end weight locates it. You need to peel the clutch side grip back to access the screw or just punch a small hole in the grip.
Could I please get picture of how it is mounted to bars.
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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 03:30 am
1. Get some goodies from ProBolt  :boogie:
2. put some new shine on grab rail - it was polished 2 years ago...
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Post by: northern on Monday, 24 April 2017, 05:20 am
Change heated grips controller bracket to DIY one :)
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Post by: mjgt on Monday, 24 April 2017, 04:26 pm
Prepped it for the MOT test, should pass with no advisories.
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Post by: ARH on Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 04:51 am
Started her up for the first time after a 4 month winter lay up.   First push of the button and purring like a pussy cat  :onya:
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Post by: Notty on Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 04:52 am
Polished the can and exhausts  with Autosol  :smile2:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 05:02 am
Good man!  Love that Autosol.
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Post by: seth on Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 05:03 am
fitted wheels back on emma's bike 2 new tyres
angel gt's

 :cheers:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 07:06 am
Good man!  Love that Autosol.

Shudder......Autosol will leave scratches on stainless cans......

Ah well..... :facepalm:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 07:11 am

Good man!  Love that Autosol.

Shudder......Autosol will leave scratches on stainless cans......

Ah well..... :facepalm:

Yeah, that was for you Dave!  :stir:

Lucky we're all aging & can't see so good anymore - we'll never notice them, well, I can't see them anyway. :cheers:
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Post by: mjgt on Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 04:16 pm
Good man!  Love that Autosol.

Shudder......Autosol will leave scratches on stainless cans......

Ah well..... :facepalm:

What's the best stuff to polish them with?
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Post by: Rufus on Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 05:13 pm
I cleaned and oiled the chain, checked the tyre pressures, checked the lights, waxed the paintwork all ready to ride today.
Then I thought f**k it, I can't be bothered to do battle with the hypertards on the roads, so I walked to work instead.   
In fact I'm thinking of giving up riding all together.
Being assaulted on the road isn't occasional, it's EVERY BLOODY TIME I go out, sick of it and sick of moaning about it.

Rant over, have a nice day y'all  :grin:
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Post by: Mrg on Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 06:55 pm
HI ALL
well mine is in its main stand and the front end in on a block of wood , so wheels off swing arm off header pipes and col box , off rear hanger off rad cover off sig and mag  engine cover off ,, all of to the crome man 

out of 8 bolts from the headers 3 snapped off so not to bad
so its drilling time for them

and wheels all rubbed down primer all done and a lovely brilliant white is now on the wheels and final coat of laq to give that lovely shine

so front and rear disc off and rubbed down for there paint ...and the front disc are fully serviced now freed up
 just the engine to deep clean the spray up

and then it will be the big build back together ..... and yes ive got pic so i will post in one post  so that all at the momment

oh and front and rear brakes to do and re spray  :onya:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 08:06 pm
Sounds very nice, lot of work that.
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Post by: daveh on Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 09:04 pm
I looked at mine as I walked past it, pissed rain all night and was blowing a gale, so I drove my wife to work , came home watched an episode of SOA, then went and had a massage.
Came home, had some lamb sandwiches and watched two more eps before picking Liz up from work.
Went to karate, sweated buckets, and looked at the bike again when I got home.
If all goes to plan I'll ride her on Saturday.
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 09:35 pm
Yeah lot of work there MRG!
What's your timescale?
I did similar over winter and took 2 months of weekends 😳
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 10:04 pm
Good man!  Love that Autosol.

Shudder......Autosol will leave scratches on stainless cans......

Ah well..... :facepalm:

What's the best stuff to polish them with?

In my opinion, Meguairs NXT All Metal Polish - its non-abrasive

http://www.meguiars.co.uk/shop/nxt-metal-polysh
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Post by: Mrg on Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 10:23 pm
well i am looking at ten weeks only because of the gear being sent to the crome guy but ive done the wheels and the huger and disc front and rear.  the main time now spent on the bolts and engine so id like it to be on the road looking good for the end of may or first week in June  :onya:
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Post by: Red Biker on Thursday, 27 April 2017, 12:28 am
Good luck with it, get some pics up when you get chance 👍

Red
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Post by: northern on Sunday, 30 April 2017, 12:29 am
Today I was planning to do the first run of this season...
Instead of this, I'm looking out of the window... What the hell! May will be in 2 days. :furious:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Sunday, 30 April 2017, 01:35 am
That's not good .......
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Post by: coldhands on Sunday, 30 April 2017, 03:15 am
Serviced front calipers and replaced brake fluid  :onya:
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Post by: spizzoil on Sunday, 30 April 2017, 04:37 am
put polished other set of engine casings on have two sets of all my polished stuff ocd again
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Post by: froudy on Sunday, 30 April 2017, 05:53 am
Recovered my seat again today as the previous one's stitching let go where it meets the tank.
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Post by: Mrg on Sunday, 30 April 2017, 08:02 pm
 Hi all

So today I've finished the front and back wheels , these are the finished item ,and I will put up the rest when there all together , but just to let you all see I am getting there lol 😂
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Post by: Reece on Sunday, 30 April 2017, 09:48 pm
Hi all

So today I've finished the front and back wheels , these are the finished item ,and I will put up the rest when there all together , but just to let you all see I am getting there lol 😂
I like your wheel stickers
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Post by: Mrg on Sunday, 30 April 2017, 11:27 pm
Yes I got them of amazon they come in a few colours and there easy to do  ..... if you interested look on amazon for gsx 1400 wheel vinyls ...... 👍
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 01 May 2017, 01:49 am
Looking good MRG
Have you sprayed the sprocket and bits yourself?

Red
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 01 May 2017, 02:10 am
I just had my freshly coated grab rail to put back on which completes the 'fettling' for this Year 👍
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Post by: Mrg on Monday, 01 May 2017, 02:24 am
Hi red
 Yes I did the wheel and the disc and sprocket  not to bad , still got the brakes and the engine to respray , then  I am waiting on the Crome bits to come back  :onya:
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 01 May 2017, 02:57 am
Hi red
 Yes I did the wheel and the disc and sprocket  not to bad , still got the brakes and the engine to respray , then  I am waiting on the Crome bits to come back  :onya:
Good man👍 Look forward to seeing the finished job.

Red
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Post by: seth on Monday, 01 May 2017, 03:20 am
300 miles home from the pevin hoolits rally
4x14's there
great time shattered now
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Post by: spizzoil on Monday, 01 May 2017, 06:39 am
revamped the lower forks polishing again while on the  bike came up good .
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Post by: grog on Monday, 01 May 2017, 07:11 pm
today i re checked tps reading, adjusted over 5 yrs ago, has been checked every year. today it read 1096 ohms, happy with that. thanks rick for easier way to check. 5 minute job. throttle butterflies checked, have never moved at all, still perfect. to check i use old skool way, baking paper. ask if interested. went to check head brg pre load but have lost my spring balance, hopefully in a tool box at work. 5 boxes at home, another 4 at work, im sure its somewhere. might pull swing arm out soon, check bearings, im sure theyll be ok but new grease wont hurt. arent they a great bike, so maintenance free.
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Post by: DanGSX on Monday, 01 May 2017, 07:57 pm
I just had my freshly coated grab rail to put back on which completes the 'fettling' for this Year 👍

Bloody hell mate, that exhaust is stunning. Love it!
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Post by: Red Biker on Tuesday, 02 May 2017, 04:15 am
Cheers Dan, I thought I may regret not going for the Black Yoshi cyclone but I'm loving everything about the Cobra 👍
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Post by: Sweaty on Tuesday, 02 May 2017, 05:49 pm
That's a sensational looking bike around Red, well done.
As a B&W owner, I'm starting to get concerned & think you are influencing me.
I have had black mirrors for a while now, but just put on a set of black levers as well  :grin:
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Post by: Notty on Tuesday, 02 May 2017, 06:05 pm
That's a sensational looking bike around Red, well done.
As a B&W owner, I'm starting to get concerned & think you are influencing me.
I have had black mirrors for a while now, but just put on a set of black levers as well  :grin:
Seek help before you are trapped by the dark side - may the force be with you  :smile2:
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Post by: DanGSX on Tuesday, 02 May 2017, 06:43 pm
That's a sensational looking bike around Red, well done.
As a B&W owner, I'm starting to get concerned & think you are influencing me.
I have had black mirrors for a while now, but just put on a set of black levers as well  :grin:

That's the spirit! Join us! Need more black bikes on here to balance things out haha  :stir:  :devil:
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Post by: Sweaty on Tuesday, 02 May 2017, 08:35 pm
That's a sensational looking bike around Red, well done.
As a B&W owner, I'm starting to get concerned & think you are influencing me.
I have had black mirrors for a while now, but just put on a set of black levers as well  :grin:
Seek help before you are trapped by the dark side - may the force be with you  :smile2:

I spoke to a councillor and should now be ok. I only went off track, not completely lost my marbles. B&W it is :)
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Post by: Notty on Tuesday, 02 May 2017, 09:51 pm
That's a sensational looking bike around Red, well done.
As a B&W owner, I'm starting to get concerned & think you are influencing me.
I have had black mirrors for a while now, but just put on a set of black levers as well  :grin:
Seek help before you are trapped by the dark side - may the force be with you  :smile2:

I spoke to a councillor and should now be ok. I only went off track, not completely lost my marbles. B&W it is :)
Get one of these fitted

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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 03 May 2017, 05:35 am
Thanks for the kind words guys, Bizzarly May the 4th will be exactly a Year since I picked her up! So moving to te 'Darkside' was her destiny  :cheers:

I've seen some B&W with more than a hint of Black and they look great, Side panels and belly pan for eg  :onya:

Cheers
Red
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Post by: northern on Sunday, 07 May 2017, 07:26 am
Participate in riding season opening parade.
Considering, there is only 1.4m people in Estonia, few thousands bikes run is huge.  :)
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 07 May 2017, 07:39 am
A few THOUSAND!!  That's amazing!  would be great to be part of that.
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Post by: Tony Nitrous on Sunday, 07 May 2017, 07:44 am
That's a great turn out !      :onya:

We think of Australia as not having a huge population (compared to the US / UK etc)
but even here in Brisbane we have well over 2 million folk and no rides like that.

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Post by: gsxbarmy on Sunday, 07 May 2017, 08:38 am
Now THAT is something else - would love to be a part of that sort of ride  :onya: :clapping:
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Post by: Tony Nitrous on Sunday, 07 May 2017, 02:46 pm
Pulled the worn Battlax 023 out of the front.

I have a near new Dunlop Roadsmart 111 on the rear,
will see what the shop has in stock on my way home from work tomorrow.

Either a matching front or something a bit more sticky.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/33ynmlh.jpg)
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Post by: northern on Sunday, 07 May 2017, 07:36 pm
A few THOUSAND!!  That's amazing!  would be great to be part of that.
I think, the reason is, our homeland size and climate. Climate is not very friendly to motorcyclist (half a year maximum), so you have to like motorcycles very much to own and ride it. And it's max 300km run from farest place, to participate in this kind of event.

Yesterday, it was 11th time, this annually parade was organized. It's organized by local MC (they have a sponsors and lottery to cover they expenses). Every year they count riders. I could not find annually statistik, but I know in 2014 was ~2700 and as I remember 2015 it was something like ~3600. 2016 was rainy, and it was less then 2000. This year, was much more riders, but there is no numbers yet.
Also riders from Latvia and Finland are participating in this event.
Just to comparing - official Guinness record in 2014 was 1100 motorcycles riding in a 1 row :)
There is also season closing parade, but for sure, it's not such popular as opening.

there is some videos from previous and current years:





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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 08 May 2017, 05:00 am
Awesome ride out👍
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Post by: Tony Nitrous on Monday, 08 May 2017, 04:24 pm
Shop had a Roadsmart 111 in stock to match my rear.

(https://s1.postimg.org/3sjiguapb/image.jpg) (https://postimage.io/) (https://certificity.com)
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Post by: RickC on Monday, 08 May 2017, 08:59 pm
Awesome ride out👍

Great rally and video Northern.

I only spotted 1 x 14 in the 2017 video but all of the bikes looked well loved.
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Post by: Basil Brush on Monday, 08 May 2017, 11:10 pm
Just had MOT. Finally fitted some rim-tape. R&G sectional pieces. And a new pair of tyres - Pirelli Angel GT's.
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Post by: northern on Monday, 08 May 2017, 11:38 pm
Great rally and video Northern.

I only spotted 1 x 14 in the 2017 video but all of the bikes looked well loved.
@RickC
Videos are not mine. Just from youtube, searching "Eesti mootorrattahooaja avamine" or "Motohooaja avamine" :)
I never had guts to stand on side and look - always was taking a part.

regarding 14... one was mine, and I see one in a line much more in front of me. I see this bike every year, but do not know, who is the owner.
14 is very rare bake in Estonia. For sure less, than 10 in total. And I personally do not know any other 14 owner here.

Once, one a bikers meting, I was standing in drag race line, and guy, twice bigger than me, run to me smiling: "I have a same bike like you do!" he was from Latvia, and was also happy to see a person who have the same bike like he does.  :)
Unfortunately, not much people here appreciate 14 :(
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Post by: Mrg on Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 02:07 am
Hi guys

Sorry for the absent time by me ,being a bit busy ....
so I've now got the three studs that snapped off., they have now being drilled out and re tapped and cleaned and bolts ran through them to. Check there ok and all I'd good ...... at bloody last I say I don't won't to do that again

So it's time to get on with a few other bit like rear shocks and front oil pipes  might do the forks and brakes while I am at it

But just to let you know how it's going  :onya:  :onya:   :onya:
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Post by: seth on Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 03:10 am
good luck buddy hopefully the rest of the work is trouble free and goes quickly
 :cheers:
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Post by: T 24 on Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 04:07 am
I did do a small service to my 14: New Pilot road 4 GT:s front and rear, new rear wheel bearings, old 5w fork oils changed to 10w oils.
But then: I noticed that my front brake pads are almost totally worn. Ferodo organig pads were worn out in 15 000 km. They were installed same time than new TRW front discks. What next? Back to sintered pads?
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 04:17 am
I did do a small service to my 14: New Pilot road 4 GT:s front and rear, new rear wheel bearings, old 5w fork oils changed to 10w oils.
But then: I noticed that my front brake pads are almost totally worn. Ferodo organig pads were worn out in 15 000 km. They were installed same time than new TRW front discks. What next? Back to sintered pads?

Hmm I was never keen on the Ferodo's when I tried them - my preference was SBS Excels, yes a sintered pad, but excellent stopping power, had just a slight edge over the EBC's in the dry and a little more controllable in the wet (in my opinion)
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Post by: Mrg on Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 05:10 am
Cheers buddy yes I am hoping to get a move on now that nightmare is over ,, and thank you guys for all the help to cheers  :salute:
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Post by: Notty on Friday, 12 May 2017, 01:53 am
Both the bike and me got wet - Bugger - checked the forecast and no rain forecast - rode 20 miles to the seaside and hadn't checked what the weather was going to be there and it pissed down - thank goodness for the underseat storage was able to get my w/proof leggings out - felt sorry for 2 guys who had just picked up their brand spanking new MT 10's and they got soaked. :bugga:
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Post by: stick3 on Saturday, 13 May 2017, 04:32 pm
did the f/r brakes pull out  the pads clean the calipers and flushed with fresh brake fluid and did the clutch too.. the pads are good for another couple of years   :boogie: :cheers:
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Post by: Mrg on Saturday, 13 May 2017, 07:36 pm
hi guys and girls

just a small tip to pass on
when i sprayed my engine front  by the exhust ports i found to save masking the ports off ' the top of pop or drinks  bottles
they fit great  :onya:  :onya:  :onya:
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Post by: T 24 on Sunday, 14 May 2017, 02:38 am
Hello!
We visited the Susikoski Cafe annual spring meet called Susikoskipäräys. The weather was quite cold(7 deg celsius), but a few bikes was there(over 500 bikes).
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Post by: Notty on Sunday, 14 May 2017, 04:34 am
Stripped and cleaned the rear calliper - new SS bolts and EBC HH pads  :smile2:
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Post by: jack6251 on Monday, 15 May 2017, 08:05 pm
I used Amazon gift vouchers to buy wax and various things to try and bring the bike back to life.

Actually if you're struggling for an idea for a Christmas gift for yourself from someone, ask for online vouchers because you can buy bike gear without spending cash money later when ready.

Anyway, lots of cleaning.
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Post by: RickC on Saturday, 20 May 2017, 07:14 pm
New PR4's fitted so a good excuse to try the spare black wheels out and fit the rim stickers that I bought a year or so ago.

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Post by: coldhands on Sunday, 21 May 2017, 05:07 am
Serviced rear caliper and replaced fluid,awkward little bugger!!! also removed chain guard and cleaned all the gunk from it . :onya:
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Post by: VladTepes on Monday, 22 May 2017, 11:08 am
Adjusted my chain from way too much slack to slightly too tight !

I really need to find a socket for that rear axle nut so I can actually use the torque wrench on it.
Can't find one big enough at Bunnings...

In any event it was MUCH nicer to ride this morning.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Monday, 22 May 2017, 04:38 pm
What do you use then Mike? Crescent or Stilsons? :facepalm:
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Post by: Andre on Monday, 22 May 2017, 05:07 pm
Also had problems finding the proper socket (36mm) at the usual outlets. Finally found it on ebay. The cheapest ebay au find was http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Professional-1-2-Dr-Drive-Cr-V-Socket-Option-33-34-35-36mm-Made-in-Taiwan-/190931667691?var=&hash=item2c746a0aeb:m:mGOvA62RfmGzcQnzEyz6edg#payCntId (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Professional-1-2-Dr-Drive-Cr-V-Socket-Option-33-34-35-36mm-Made-in-Taiwan-/190931667691?var=&hash=item2c746a0aeb:m:mGOvA62RfmGzcQnzEyz6edg#payCntId)
 
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Post by: daveh on Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 05:26 am
I got one at Total Tools, socket that is.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 12:29 pm
What do you use then Mike? Crescent or Stilsons? :facepalm:

I much prefer Vice Grips Col.
No spinning on the nut with those puppies  :stir:

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Post by: VladTepes on Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 04:04 pm
What do you use then Mike? Crescent or Stilsons? :facepalm:

hehe the thing in the factory toolkit mate....

The other nuts reminded me I have to buy a second, smaller torque wrench too....  my LARGE one is a bit awkward to fit into small spaces...

(no comments from the peanut gallery please! )
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Post by: VladTepes on Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 04:11 pm
@daveh

Would this be it?
https://www.totaltools.com.au/catalog/product/view/id/12824/s/36mm-1-2-socket/category/92/

A 6 point one would be preferable to this 12 pt one though, wouldn't it...?
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Post by: daveh on Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 08:49 pm
Not sure, I'll check it in the morning.
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Post by: T 24 on Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 04:44 am
I did a small service: Synchronised throtle bodies, made a compression test(12.7, 12.9, 12.9 and 12.6, engine hot), changed spark plugs, changed new bigger injectors and lowered fuel pressure from 3.2bar to 2.5bar.
Now AFR is 12.4-12.8 on full throtle and boost. Runs great.
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Post by: Andre on Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 06:46 am
What is AFR?
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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 07:08 am
AFR = Air/Fuel ratio

14,6 is optimal to burn fuel completely.
~12.5-13 - should give you most power/torque.
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Post by: Andre on Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 08:34 am
Thank you. I guess AFR is not something I can measure since my untuned K2 does not have a lambda sensor. Can they measure this on a dyno-run without having a build in lambda? Planning on having one done after changing to single-walled down pipes and collector.
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Post by: T 24 on Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 01:07 pm
Yes. You need a wide band lambda meter to get accurate AFR.
And yes, they can measure AFR on dyno from the end of your exhaust pipe.
Tuning in dyno is based on AFR reading. It tells you the Air / Fuel Ratio.
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Post by: owen426 on Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 09:27 pm
@RickC I like your fairing, got any more pics?
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Post by: RickC on Thursday, 25 May 2017, 09:41 am
I'll try and put some up later Owen, It is the Webbike AR Breaker - they are made
and painted quite well.
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Post by: Yoda on Sunday, 28 May 2017, 01:37 am
Just went for a run
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Post by: Andre on Sunday, 28 May 2017, 02:34 am
Nice! Where taken?
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Post by: Yoda on Sunday, 28 May 2017, 06:14 am
Glen Lyon in central Scotland
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Post by: northern on Sunday, 28 May 2017, 07:33 am
did ~200k ride..
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Post by: Mrg on Sunday, 28 May 2017, 06:51 pm
Hi guys just to update you all, the back wheel complete with brake and chain has being fitted.
Engine and main stand as well as side stand  all sprayed up  front forks and brakes all serviced and replayed ,and indicators also being taken back to primer and resprayed .sea salt is a bugger
So some pick at last he says  sorry for the wait ,but I am still waiting for the Crome bits to come back .
And with out these I really can't put much back on the bike ,so only about two weeks to go
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Post by: Mrg on Sunday, 28 May 2017, 06:57 pm
A few more pic to show  I know you seen them no more please lol sorry excited 😊 All that you see in the sec to last pic of this set are the Crome bits awaiting to come back to me . From the Crome guys 
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Monday, 29 May 2017, 08:14 pm
Coming along nicely.
Lucky the missus doesn't need to sit down Mrg !!  :stir:
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Post by: Mrg on Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 02:17 am
Lol 😆 yes that is in the conservatory and we're getting rid for a new one ... and I won't be able to use the new one then for bike  ... have to keep her indoors happy  :onya:
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Post by: Notty on Friday, 02 June 2017, 01:12 am
Did a 100 miles today trying out my new jeans-very comfortable  :smile2:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Friday, 02 June 2017, 08:18 am
Barkbusters and Remus Titanium Hexacone fitted, and re-tuned to suit the new can. Lovely burble now  :grin:


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Post by: Red Biker on Friday, 02 June 2017, 09:47 pm
Hi Dave,
that's not taken long before the 'modding' started  :clapping:

How's the back holding up?

Cheers
Nigel
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Friday, 02 June 2017, 10:29 pm
Hi Dave,
that's not taken long before the 'modding' started  :clapping:

How's the back holding up?

Cheers
Nigel

Actually the exhaust is more for looks and weight than anything else, couple of hp makes no real difference, but its so much lighter than the stock unit.

Oh....and its sounds better LOL

Back is doing so much better with the Tex, with its more upright riding position. So much so that I'm now able to ride all day without my back brace on (which I couldn't do on the 14) so for me making the swap has been justified. Still miss the 14 though, would have liked to have been able to keep that as well, but funds just didn't allow.
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Post by: seth on Friday, 02 June 2017, 11:28 pm
now your a retired old man with a less active life you could try eating less pies lol  :popcorn: :rofl2: :stir:
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Post by: Red Biker on Saturday, 03 June 2017, 01:14 am
Hi Dave,
that's not taken long before the 'modding' started  :clapping:

How's the back holding up?

Cheers
Nigel

Actually the exhaust is more for looks and weight than anything else, couple of hp makes no real difference, but its so much lighter than the stock unit.

Oh....and its sounds better LOL

Back is doing so much better with the Tex, with its more upright riding position. So much so that I'm now able to ride all day without my back brace on (which I couldn't do on the 14) so for me making the swap has been justified. Still miss the 14 though, would have liked to have been able to keep that as well, but funds just didn't allow.

Tshh a man of your Years still making cosmetic changes! You're the Mrs Stallone of the Triumph world 😀
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Saturday, 03 June 2017, 02:07 am
now your a retired old man with a less active life you could try eating less pies lol  :popcorn: :rofl2: :stir:

You been speaking with Mrs Barmy Seth? She's just put me on the 5:2 diet (although this week apparently its 4:3). Diet day today so just 800 calories, I could murder a pie right now!  :rofl2: Think I might have saved enough calories for one bottle of beer tonight (I stupidly showed her notty's post and she said - right then!  :lol:)
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Post by: Notty on Saturday, 03 June 2017, 02:32 am
now your a retired old man with a less active life you could try eating less pies lol  :popcorn: :rofl2: :stir:

You been speaking with Mrs Barmy Seth? She's just put me on the 5:2 diet (although this week apparently its 4:3). Diet day today so just 800 calories, I could murder a pie right now!  :rofl2: Think I might have saved enough calories for one bottle of beer tonight (I stupidly showed her notty's post and she said - right then!  :lol:)

oops sorry Dave  :bugga:
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Post by: seth on Saturday, 03 June 2017, 03:06 am
sorry buddy but you know the mrs is always right  :wife:
unless shes not there  :stir:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Saturday, 03 June 2017, 03:15 am
Glad mine doesn't read these posts, else I'd be on a 4:3 diet as well!  or maybe 7 day straight!   Could do with it though, 135kg now.   It's the beer that does it I reckon.
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Post by: Blubber on Saturday, 03 June 2017, 04:29 am
Mine mostly sees me smirk when reading the org.

She is used to that. No way I am telling.

No diet for me. Am only 111kg but have the length to wear it athleticly  :mwink:
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Saturday, 03 June 2017, 06:55 am
I'm on two diets........just don't get enough food on one !!
 :facepalm:
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Post by: grog on Sunday, 04 June 2017, 05:39 pm
Beer is 90% water, water is good, so i drink lots. 4 1/2 yrs ago i was 100 kg. Only 175 cm tall but big framed. I gave up sugar, except beer. Lost 18 kg in 3 mths. Havent deviated but steady at 86. Now check sugar content of everything, has become normal. I miss ice cream but havent had one. I even gave away my beloved 100 kg size leather jacket. Added 20 bhp to my body and best of all 14 is faster. 😂
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Post by: northern on Thursday, 08 June 2017, 03:32 am
had 14 dyno tuned today.
Stock filter and full Akra. Not perfect, but better when before.

BLUE - taken last year, before I get Autotune installed. As I remember it was some map from dynojet webpage.
GREEN - it's what I had achieved with Autotune. Can't say, I was trying much. Measured today, before tuning started. Red header pipes are from this run.
RED - today's end result, after 100€ investment to local bussines :) (actually, guy is running small shop as a hobby, but he is the only one we have in Estonia)
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Post by: KiwiCol on Thursday, 08 June 2017, 03:51 am
Thanks Northern, looks like AutoTune can do a very respectable job then. Nice.
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Post by: Andre on Thursday, 08 June 2017, 04:15 am
What is the significance of the red header pipes? In my layman-understanding this can't be good. On a turbo I would expect it though. Also, shouldn't all pipes be red hot, I only see 2 (# 2 + 3) glowing. Looks to me like a mismatch between 1+4 and 2+3.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Thursday, 08 June 2017, 04:24 am
I think they are all glowing Andre, just different light, 2 & 3 are a bit more shaded so show up the glow more.
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Post by: northern on Thursday, 08 June 2017, 04:31 am
Thanks Northern, looks like AutoTune can do a very respectable job then. Nice.
You know, I start to doubt, green was the absolutely done by autotune... Looking on time, it may be top end was already slightly edited by tuner... Please don't judge me hard  :notworthy:

I know, top revs on my 14 were lean, and red (hot) pipes are because of this. And @Andre , you absolutely right, it's not good at all :)
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Post by: northern on Thursday, 08 June 2017, 04:34 am
@KiwiCol  you are right - 2&3 are more in shadow. Aslo phone camera HDR mode may mess with real light. They were more red, but get cooler during a time I grab my phone to take a pic.
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Post by: Andre on Thursday, 08 June 2017, 05:27 am
Thank you both for the clarification with the light.

Anyhow, the bike appears to be well tuned now!

Powercommander and Autotune are not an option to me, as they are illegal in Germany and I am an obedient boy  :whistling: Still, I am interested in this stuff. However, I wonder if PC and AT are worth it, even if they were legal. Directly adjusting the ECU on a dyno by a Suzuki specialist would cost 300 €. PC V and AT cost 400 and 360 €. Then having to run a dyno to get the optimum takes even more out of the wallet. Makes no sense to me unless someone enlightens me further.
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Post by: northern on Thursday, 08 June 2017, 05:56 am
Power-commander is not only for extra power. Changing  exhaust or intake (air filter) will mess up the fuel map. So it's better to use it.
regarding legality - in Estonian laws, modification of intake/fueling is also forbidden by regulations, but there is no way police will look under my bike plastik to catch me. Even MOT never look on this. At least for now.
I do not know about German MOT and police control, but it's not an issue to take off PC before MOT and put it back after it's passed.
Autotune... I have it, but personally I do not think is's really worth it. Dyno is better solution, but it's depending of tuners skills... Your choice  :hat:
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Post by: Andre on Thursday, 08 June 2017, 07:06 am
Yes, changing exhaust or airfilter will mess up the map. You have to readjust it, which is something Autotune is supposed to do by changing the map of Powercommander. If you only have PC, then you will need the adjustments done on a dyno everytime you change exhaust or filter make/model.

I assume there are many more tuners that can adjust the PC than there are tuners that can make the changes directly to the ECU, as this requires special equipment and knowledge. The latter is likely to be more expensive than the former.

As to the law and practice by MOT and police, it is the same as in your country. You might be unlucky though, and the police knows that the 14 does not have a lambda sensor (in case of AT installed). I know several cops who own a 14. Or you are unwise and open the seat in their presence, for example to get required documents you have stored there. They are well aware of the Powercommander but need a court order to open your seat compartment unless you open the seat voluntarily. Many have mounted their PC under their seat, but it sounds like you have the PC mounted somewhere else.

The biggest problem here is when you get in an accident and the bike is checked out by an expert. If you  made illegal changes, you have been driving without "vehicle approval" and your insurer will not take over the costs of the accident. They may pay the bills for people insured in the accident but will recover the money from you. This may mean that you have to pay for the rest of your life. Not even talking about the charges the courts will throw at you.
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Post by: Mrg on Thursday, 08 June 2017, 08:04 am
Hi guys
So had this part back to day a little taster for me . The rest hopefully by the end off next week  :clapping:
 :onya:
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Thursday, 08 June 2017, 09:01 am
Very shiney Mrg  :onya:
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Post by: Andre on Thursday, 08 June 2017, 04:31 pm
Nice "Collector" item  :)
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Post by: grog on Thursday, 08 June 2017, 07:14 pm
MRG, polished or chromed. love it. ive polished the hell out of mine several times, still looks unloved. annoys me big time.
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Post by: northern on Friday, 09 June 2017, 04:50 am
@Andre yes, insurance are tough. In our country it's cheaper and more forgiving as in Germany or Austria. From the other side - I'm lucky what I didn't had much issues with insurance companies.
This is how my PCV and autotune are mounted on my 14: http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/index.php?topic=705.msg11069#msg11069
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Post by: Andre on Friday, 09 June 2017, 05:20 am
Been lucky myself, never had to file an insurance claim.

Thanks for the link.
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Post by: Mrg on Friday, 09 June 2017, 07:56 am
MRG, polished or chromed. love it. ive polished the hell out of mine several times, still looks unloved. annoys me big time.
Yes it's chromed and I love it . You can't see it much but, I know it's there all bling lol 😂
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Post by: Mrg on Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 05:41 am
Had  my Crome bits back today ,,, so it's Christmas for me  yes at last , build time tomorrow at last  :onya:
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Post by: northern on Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 06:06 am
Chrome is excellent!
And I have to admit, polishing is just cheap alternative to chrome.
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Post by: Notty on Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 06:48 am
WOW !!! where did you send for chroming? dare i ask how much? :onya: :onya: :onya: :onya: :onya:
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Post by: Mrg on Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 07:52 am
Thank you northern  it does look great and yes , it beat all that hard polishing .
And notty it cost me £550 that was it being polished  and then Cromed, it was done by a firm local to me I know him well in ramsgate called butterworth . A nice guy and take his time to do a proper good job  :onya:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 10:06 am
Very nice mate, that'll bring Lord Barmy on for sure!
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 02:31 pm
Very nice indeed!!! That'll make the old girl sparkle!!!!!
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Post by: daveh on Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 02:37 pm
I rode mine in to work this morning, will drop her off for new boots and a service tonight.
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Post by: Rufus on Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 05:03 pm
Wow, didn't think Butterworth would still be around. Bought my first house next door to them in 1987.
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Post by: Mrg on Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 05:49 am
Yes john  is now running and it's his place now  he's good friend  :onya:
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Post by: Mrg on Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 06:05 am
Well guys and girls the build is well on its way. Gen and clutch covers back on , and rear hangers and rear pegs back on to. All four Down pipes fitted, front brakes on and rad and cover back on to. Suspension back on , so, so far so good 😊  :onya:
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Post by: grog on Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 08:50 pm
my poor old girl asleep in shed, terrible weather. unfortunately car getting a workout. new brakes and engine mount fitted to car. bike will get new boots and carbon fibre front guard, not a real one, just some wrap. might have to think about chrome for collector box, cant polish anymore and still not like mjgt chromed standout. another job on list. 
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Post by: grog on Wednesday, 14 June 2017, 08:53 pm
sorry, mrg, your chrome i meant
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Post by: Mrg on Thursday, 15 June 2017, 03:27 am
All that is left to fit are the Crome cover  for the side of the collecter box  and she done here a few pic  :cheers:  :boogie:  :onya:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Thursday, 15 June 2017, 03:44 am
Well done that man!   Lookin sharp there Mrg  :boogie:
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Post by: Andre on Thursday, 15 June 2017, 03:54 am
Just got to love them shiny things  :smitten: especially when they are on a 14  :drool:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Thursday, 15 June 2017, 05:38 am
Stunning !!!!  :clapping: :clapping: :clapping:
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Post by: Mrg on Thursday, 15 June 2017, 07:57 am
Thank you guys , it's being a bit of a long wait. And watching all the good weather pass by was not good . But at least it's sorted now cheers drinks are on me  :cheers:  :onya:
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Post by: Mrg on Thursday, 15 June 2017, 03:53 pm
Hi grog
 Yes I got what you meant , I'd say chrome is the way forward . It's so much easygoing and looks cool to  :boogie:
Looking at my rear hangers , I think I might have to do the front pegs to to balance it up . :onya:
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Post by: Red Biker on Thursday, 15 June 2017, 06:23 pm
Loving the colour scheme Mrg, different in a good way  :onya:

Cheers
Red
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Post by: Mrg on Friday, 16 June 2017, 07:15 pm
Hi red
 Yes I won't something a bit different in some ways , but overall I am pleased with it 
thank you  :onya:
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Post by: Timothy Spencer on Friday, 16 June 2017, 08:51 pm
Just checked it over TWICE as its going for its 9th MOT test this afternoon.
Even though I have checked it over meticulously, and it has never failed, I am still nervous.
Its that weird nervousness you get when being followed by a Police car even though you know you are not speeding and are totally legal  :whistling:
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Post by: T 24 on Sunday, 18 June 2017, 12:19 am
I changed new rear brake pads, EBC double H. Then test ride, 180 km. Result: Works better than with organic pads.
Yamahas fuel consumption was 5.6L/100 km and Suzukis was 5.7L/100 km.
Maximum speed was 190 km/h.
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Post by: Dusty ST on Sunday, 18 June 2017, 04:08 am
Rear brake refurb - which has been in the planning for weeks now!
So new disc, pads, hose and seals.
Just need to refill with new fluid tomorrow morning as it's now time for a beer  :smile2:
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Post by: Mrg on Sunday, 18 June 2017, 05:12 am
Beer is always a good start and finish  cheers  :cheers:
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 18 June 2017, 05:25 am
Got a leaking oil cooler pipe remade at Pirtek then did the 112k service to put fresh oil in.
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Post by: daveh on Sunday, 18 June 2017, 06:20 am
Taking mine out to scrub in the new boots today.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 18 June 2017, 06:51 am
Taking mine out to scrub in the new boots today.
and the new boots are . . .?    Ok, I see it in the other thread.  PR4's
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Post by: daveh on Sunday, 18 June 2017, 04:42 pm
The smell of fresh rubber.

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Post by: Dusty ST on Monday, 19 June 2017, 05:32 am
Filled and bled the new rear brakes, fitted the Renthals from Barmy (thanks Dave  :onya:) months ago, and went for a spin to check it all out.
Renthals are just great for position, but a little vibey. New brakes spot on.
However I see I have a leaking fork seal... time for another beer!
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Post by: Gra Har on Monday, 19 June 2017, 01:27 pm
Today I fitted a set of Barkbusters, the Storm series are suitable for naked bikes like the 14. Very easy to fit, hopefully will test them out at tge weekend.

Riders on the Storm! Have wings, will fly now! :happy1:
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Post by: Snapey on Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 09:00 am
Today I put my bike in the back shed. There it will stay until I can sort out my carer duties and get this bloody shoulder fixed.

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Post by: Irish in Oz on Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 02:59 pm
Today I fitted a set of Barkbusters, the Storm series are suitable for naked bikes like the 14. Very easy to fit, hopefully will test them out at tge weekend.

Riders on the Storm! Have wings, will fly now! :happy1:

Been using them for a few years myself  with Oxford heated grips.
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Post by: mjgt on Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 05:14 pm
Had a knocking/rubbing noise from the front wheel but braking was not effected so I stripped down the brakes, gave them a dam good clean.  Checked and cleaned all the bobbins. Checked and cleaned the pads.  Then I put it all back together with coper slip (in all the right places).  Found nothing wrong but the noise has gone.  :whatever:
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Post by: Red Biker on Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 06:32 pm
Hi MJ,
After putting mine back together over the winter, I had a really annoying rattle coming from the front end. Took me ages to figure it out but it was new lines on the new clock housing when accelerating hard!!

cheers
Red
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Post by: Timothy Spencer on Tuesday, 20 June 2017, 06:53 pm
From last week- "Just checked it over TWICE as its going for its 9th MOT test this afternoon.
Even though I have checked it over meticulously, and it has never failed, I am still nervous.
Its that weird nervousness you get when being followed by a Police car even though you know you are not speeding and are totally legal"

Phew passed with flying colours. All the tester said was "Init clean"
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Post by: Mrg on Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 02:33 am
Well went to Canterbury  To day and collected my camshaft sensor new one from Suzuki 86 pounds all in fitted there and rode home with out a f1 light showing yepie  so all good now sorted 👍  :boogie:  :onya:  :cheers:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 04:12 am
Well went to Canterbury  To day and collected my camshaft sensor new one from Suzuki 86 pounds all in fitted there and rode home with out a f1 light showing yepie  so all good now sorted 👍  :boogie:  :onya:  :cheers:

Yay!!!  :clapping: :clapping:
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Post by: Dusty ST on Monday, 26 June 2017, 06:02 pm
Well yesterday... managed to get half an hour to change the clutch fluid.
Strange thing was, the fluid in the reservoir looked a little murky whereas the stuff out of the cylinder looked clean.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Monday, 26 June 2017, 06:12 pm
Moisture getting into the reservoir & not made it down to the cyl yet?
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Post by: Timothy Spencer on Monday, 26 June 2017, 11:32 pm
Cleaned up the Pan and gave it a full check over ready for tomorrows trip - France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium before heading back to blighty in about 2 weeks time. Gave the 14 a quick wash and brush up so it will be ready for a sound thrashing when we get back.
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Post by: Dusty ST on Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 12:37 am
Moisture getting into the reservoir & not made it down to the cyl yet?

Sounds like a good and likely explanation!
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 10 July 2017, 02:54 am
More hard work today banishing the evil that is alloy!
Throttle bodies and tank cap went Black today.

C'mon Kiwicol, you know you want to 😎
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Post by: KiwiCol on Monday, 10 July 2017, 03:07 am
Looking very mean there Red.  I like mine the way it is - with some chrome & shiny bits.
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 10 July 2017, 03:25 am
Looking very mean there Red.  I like mine the way it is - with some chrome & shiny bits.

Pah!Polish molish!
Actually it is now very low maintenance, the pipes just need a wipe with a soapy cloth and they look like new 👍

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Post by: northern on Monday, 10 July 2017, 07:40 am
Today I did first ~150k run with 17 tooth front sprocket, which I install yesterday.

There is some comments: http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/index.php?topic=550.msg15806#msg15806
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 10 July 2017, 11:00 pm
Hi Northern,
I put the 17 tuth sprocket on at the begining of this season and it definately felt shaper, 1/4 mile may be to far to judge as the benefit is just in 1st/2nd gears IMO

Cheers
Red
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Post by: northern on Monday, 10 July 2017, 11:07 pm
Hi Red.

Possible you are right about 1/4 mile.
But on second gear, I have to hold handlebar harder, to keep myself on a bike :)
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Post by: Gra Har on Tuesday, 11 July 2017, 09:21 am
Big service done plus new  tyres & plugs, should be all good now for our big trip to Darwin.
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Post by: northern on Thursday, 13 July 2017, 06:05 am
@Gra Har
eeeee.... Engine sprocket $135??!!
Did I understand you write, it's just a spare part price?
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Post by: Gra Har on Thursday, 13 July 2017, 08:14 pm
Genuine Suzuki front sprocket, has the Teflon on each side which reduces the noise coming from the sprocket, I have always used genuine front sprockets an all the bikes I have had. :mwink:
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Post by: northern on Thursday, 13 July 2017, 10:00 pm
I just change front sprocket on my bike (2 weeks ago) and I pay 11.88€.. (~$17.60)
It's was JT Sprockets and without Teflon or rubber, but the price difference is colossal.

Also, interesting to know, what Australian prices are quite high - OEM engine sprocket from my local dealership is ~50-55€ (~$74-~$82)
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Post by: VladTepes on Thursday, 13 July 2017, 11:59 pm
Yeah we call it the "Australia Tax" .. not really a tax but companies selling into our market have a much higher mark up than they do in their home countries.
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Post by: northern on Friday, 14 July 2017, 12:34 am
Yeah we call it the "Australia Tax" .. not really a tax but companies selling into our market have a much higher mark up than they do in their home countries.
interesting: Japan is closer to Australia then to Europe... And still your prices are higher
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Post by: northern on Sunday, 16 July 2017, 05:45 am
Today I make 5 runs on a drag strip.
Best time I had was 11.75 seconds. Bike is capable do 11.5, and even lower, but I'm the one who can't start properly :thumbs_down:
Issue is, 1402 cc is going to OUTLAW racing class, and in this class "Christmas Tree" fires all yellow lights at the same time, and then green "go" (lower classes have yellows as 1,2,3 "go"). Also issue is, other bike's  in OUTLAW class are Turbo and Nitro Hayabusa's :)  and similar (fastest run 9.4139)...

During qualification, my rival was 2016 Yamaha XJR1300 "Racer 60th Anniversary". This was a new bike to it's owner (just 1500km) but it have no chances against my 14. But I assume, it was riders fault. We did 4 runs, and even my time was always better, his finale speed was sometimes higher then mine.

Regarding bike behavior:
1. This time I had stearing dumper (adjusted for max stiffness), and I did not have any wobbling, like I had last year. Good investment :)
2. This time, I had 17t engine sprocket, and better ajasted top end fueling. As a result max speed was 187.7 km/h, against last year's maximum 179.5 km/h. Positive modification :boogie:

So, today was a great day :)

P.S. Last picture is from modified Nitro Hayabusa, who elliminate me in final run  :grin:
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Post by: mjgt on Sunday, 16 July 2017, 04:57 pm
Yeah we call it the "Australia Tax" .. not really a tax but companies selling into our market have a much higher mark up than they do in their home countries.

The Japs don't like the Aussies  :whistling:
but they do like us  ;)
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 16 July 2017, 06:00 pm
Took my girl out for a ride, been ages what with it being winter & shite weather n all. Felt bloody good to be back riding, just really comfortable & 'at home' if ya know what I mean.
Started first pop & ran well, just stayed local & a wee bit of countryside - 1 nice wee burst of the throttle & rev'ed smoothly & pulled nicely to 160ish (on a closed private circuit of course)
When you haven't been on it for a while, it makes you realise they are a bloody good bike these 1400's.
 
Even took the GN250 out for a long overdue few laps round the neighbourhood - now that didn't start well at all, coughed & spluttered when it did start but settled down in about 5 min, then it ran smooth & rev'ed out to 8 grand without hic-up.

A beer to the 2 Suzuki's!
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Post by: northern on Monday, 17 July 2017, 06:58 am
Wash, clean, wax...
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 17 July 2017, 06:49 pm
Wash, clean, wax...

Same for me Northern, first trip out for the latest Black bits 👍

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Post by: Reece on Monday, 17 July 2017, 09:09 pm
Fitted a few things 4 pot calipers and different mirrors.
(http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn209/bluedrags/0105FAE9-C11A-404C-B37E-037EF756BDC0.jpg) (http://s305.photobucket.com/user/bluedrags/media/0105FAE9-C11A-404C-B37E-037EF756BDC0.jpg.html)
(http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn209/bluedrags/DAC5E55F-888C-467A-B5B8-95D7A945CB54.jpg) (http://s305.photobucket.com/user/bluedrags/media/DAC5E55F-888C-467A-B5B8-95D7A945CB54.jpg.html)
(http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn209/bluedrags/9FE6358E-61C8-4F4A-A065-0E8453149CBA.jpg) (http://s305.photobucket.com/user/bluedrags/media/9FE6358E-61C8-4F4A-A065-0E8453149CBA.jpg.html)
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Post by: KiwiCol on Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 02:51 am
That's a lovely clean / shiny bike Reece. Very nice.  :cheers:
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Post by: northern on Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 03:11 am
RED, even I dont like totally black bikes (as a color) your 14 is magnificent! Very neat and "complete".
Well done!  :onya:
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Post by: northern on Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 03:13 am
@Reece
What model are your new calipers from?
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Post by: Cykik on Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 07:14 am
I used gsxr 600 k3 calipers
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 08:03 am
@Reece
What model are your new calipers from?

http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/index.php?topic=193.0
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Post by: Reece on Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 08:27 pm
@Reece
What model are your new calipers from?
From a 2002 z1000 work great better feel and better braking.
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 05:44 pm
RED, even I dont like totally black bikes (as a color) your 14 is magnificent! Very neat and "complete".
Well done!  :onya:

Lol thanks Northern, high praise indeed 👍
I'm toying with the idea of coating the rear shocks this winter 😀
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Post by: northern on Tuesday, 25 July 2017, 07:38 am
My 14 is not feeling well. No charging...

By several testing, I find out what problem is with alternator/generator. According to service manual, generator coil resistance should be 0.2–1.0Ω (between all 3 generator wires). Mine was 0.3Ω, 54kΩ, 56kΩ.
Also unregulated voltage was ~1.5V on one coil...  :sad:

I know, stater coils have to be changed.
Because, I did not want to drain oil (just 3000km old), I gently put my girl on a side and it touch ground only with crash-bars (Renntec), wheels and foot rest. Perfect! Not a drop of oil was lost.

First I want to use service, to replace old coil wiring to new... It would cost me 120-150€... But then I find new OEM part for 245€, so I decide in favor of new part. At least I would have warranty.
And perfect timing - I call to shop (where I ordered generator coil) just half hour before they would place weekly order. And they order just on Mondays. Tomorrow, I will go away, for a week, and when I would be back, new part will be waiting for me  :boogie:

So, except -255€ (also order a gasket), everything went OK  :)

When I will have my part, I will make a post about diagnostic and testing in "Electrics" sub-forum

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Post by: beekay on Tuesday, 25 July 2017, 09:28 am
Today, upgraded headlight bulb to OSRAM H4 NIGHT RACER, big improvement over standard.
Also changed out rear light assy for clear LED type, and swapped the indicator lenses to the clear type along with Silvatec Chrome 343 Indicator Bulbs to avoid the fried egg look of the orange bulbs.
Then went on 100 odd mile round trip to take advantage of the decent weather, magic !!
Now need to spend some time de-flying the leather jacket and helmet visor :happy1:

Beekay.
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Post by: Sweaty on Tuesday, 25 July 2017, 11:22 am
RED, even I dont like totally black bikes (as a color) your 14 is magnificent! Very neat and "complete".
Well done!  :onya:

Lol thanks Northern, high praise indeed 👍
I'm toying with the idea of coating the rear shocks this winter 😀

It's looking Great Red. What about.
Black with matching (brake caliber Red) springs.
Do some photoshopping to get an idea. I think it would tie in beautifully with what you have done. I know it's more colour, but  :onya:
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 05:11 pm
Ooh Sweaty you could be onto something there 👍
Sometimes I need a kick to remind me there is a whole world of colour out there 😀

Red
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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 09 August 2017, 06:29 am
Today, after more than a two weeks, I finally get ordered new generator coils, and install it.
Charging is back! I can ride my bike again! :clapping:
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Post by: mjgt on Wednesday, 09 August 2017, 05:17 pm
Nothing, have a warped front disk so am searching for a decent replacement.
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Post by: Blubber on Wednesday, 09 August 2017, 05:58 pm
Nothing, have a warped front disk so am searching for a decent replacement.

Well, I just installed these on mine. ( Numbers are no good for you as i have a b-king front end)

I like the product
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Post by: grog on Wednesday, 09 August 2017, 07:30 pm
today, my headlight been not coming on everytime. hard wired, no switch. didnt light up at all this morn. noticed the passing switch, yellow in front, not working. spent an hour, every plug on bike apart, blasted with wd40 and re plugged. light back on. pulled fuses , cleaned and re fitted. passing switch comes out of housing, cleaned contacts with tiny file, wd blast. working again. turned bike on/off 20 times, headlight on every time. hoping was just a dirty connection somewhere. time will tell. some connector plugs were very dirty, my reco. is pull them apart, spray clean and re fit. i used wd40, not sure if thats correct but thats what i used. any other recos. ill take on board. i mean a better product for wiring plugs. thanks grog
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Post by: Irish in Oz on Wednesday, 09 August 2017, 09:05 pm
Put a bolt back in place of the one that fell out from the top of the left hand shock absorber. Only noticed it after riding the Wiseman's Ferry Road at the weekend.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Wednesday, 09 August 2017, 09:15 pm
Contact Cleaner by PYRMO or DINITROL is a good product. Its an old can i have but its great on those grotty flat trailer plugs full of dust and cobwebs !!
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Post by: IanH on Wednesday, 09 August 2017, 11:17 pm
Splashed out and bought a new GIVI top box and a pair of boots yesterday. Went for a ride today to try out the boots....good, comfortable.
Set a new record for my longest ride today.....32.3 kilometres.....I know, I know! Increasing slowly.
One thing I noticed on this mega length ride today is its a bit of a stretch to reach the bars without having straight arms. Does anyone think fitting bar risers will improve this. I'm 1.79 meters tall.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Thursday, 10 August 2017, 03:36 am
There are some risers out there that also come back towards the rider. Have a google & see what's around, reckon the right sort would help.
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Post by: Red Biker on Thursday, 10 August 2017, 05:06 am
Hi Ian
You may also want to consider getting your seat built to your size shape!

It's the old mountain/Mohamed conundrum 👍
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Post by: IanH on Thursday, 10 August 2017, 05:17 am
There are some risers out there that also come back towards the rider. Have a google & see what's around, reckon the right sort would help.

Thanks. I wondered if there was something like that available so it would sit me a bit more upright.
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Post by: IanH on Thursday, 10 August 2017, 05:21 am
Hi Ian
You may also want to consider getting your seat built to your size shape!

It's the old mountain/Mohamed conundrum 👍

Thanks Red. That was going to be my second option. I was looking at those fancy seats made by some company in France. They look comfortable and nice. Only downside is they are expensive and not made to measure. Possibly I could look for second hand seat base and maybe one of the auto upholstery people might be able to do something for me.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Thursday, 10 August 2017, 07:26 am
There are some risers out there that also come back towards the rider. Have a google & see what's around, reckon the right sort would help.

Thanks. I wondered if there was something like that available so it would sit me a bit more upright.

If you want adjustable tilt have a look at Rox Risers - they do a variety of risers which both raise (about 50mm) and enable you to tilt the bars back towards you  :onya:

If not the other option is to replace the OEM risers with risers that move the bars back, for example:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SW-Motech-Up-Back-Barback-Handlebar-Risers-Silver-SUZUKI-GSX1400-2001-2006-/321440918031?epid=648092260&hash=item4ad75f2a0f:g:C4EAAOSw-nZTpzuM

There used to be others on eBay, but not presently when I looked on eBay.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Thursday, 10 August 2017, 10:36 am
Be mindful of brake and clutch lines. I found they didnt give me a lot of room for risers. Think mine are only 20mm, which still make quite a difference.
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Post by: IanH on Thursday, 10 August 2017, 05:28 pm
Good info.....many thanks.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Thursday, 10 August 2017, 06:14 pm
Be mindful of brake and clutch lines. I found they didnt give me a lot of room for risers. Think mine are only 20mm, which still make quite a difference.

Good point - when I fitted my risers I had already fitted Goodridge brake and clutch lines and had no issues, but the Rox Risers I suggested at 50mm raise may put a bit of stretch on. Likewise throttle cables possibly
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Post by: grog on Thursday, 10 August 2017, 07:35 pm
i had 30mm risers on mine , didnt like at all. sitting up like a harley rider. stock bars and risers now. perfect for me, 175cm tall. thinking about it, my seat is 30 to 40mm lower, guess thats why. best riding position ive had on any bike. pegs, gear lever etc just in right spot. i hated stock seat, slide around etc. maybe change seat and not bars etc. a pic of mine somewhere on here.
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Post by: Red Biker on Friday, 11 August 2017, 02:22 am
Hi Ian
You may also want to consider getting your seat built to your size shape!

It's the old mountain/Mohamed conundrum 👍

Thanks Red. That was going to be my second option. I was looking at those fancy seats made by some company in France. They look comfortable and nice. Only downside is they are expensive and not made to measure. Possibly I could look for second hand seat base and maybe one of the auto upholstery people might be able to do something for me.

I paid £225 for a complete new viper seat inc base from P&P and then sold the original for £100, so real cost is only £125 inc gel. I went back twice for further adjustments at no extra cost  :onya:

Red
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Post by: grog on Saturday, 12 August 2017, 07:45 pm
today just some basic stuff. cleaned/lubed chain. handlebar switches apart, cleaned and lubed with lanomax. keeps water out. checked head bearing pull with scales, digital hook on and pull thingo. re adjust throttle cables, tight as with no rev variation lock to lock. polished wheels, mr sheen. rode home with lots of bugs flying around. cold this morn, mirrors fogged up but today up to nearly 28. summer coming early. love the sound of oiled chain. enjoyed my ride. perfect bike makes perfect life.
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Post by: mjgt on Friday, 18 August 2017, 06:40 pm
I took the front wheel off along with the mudguard.  Then I stripped the lacquer off the fork legs and gave them a bit of a polish as they were starting to look a bit grubby, then I removed my disks as one was warped and replaced them, fitted new pads and rebuilt the front end.  Then I replaced the rear pads as they were shagged, bled the bike and just need to give it a test run.
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Post by: Red Biker on Saturday, 19 August 2017, 01:35 am
I took the front wheel off along with the mudguard.  Then I stripped the lacquer off the fork legs and gave them a bit of a polish as they were starting to look a bit grubby, then I removed my disks as one was warped and replaced them, fitted new pads and rebuilt the front end.  Then I replaced the rear pads as they were shagged, bled the bike and just need to give it a test run.

What discs/pads did you go with MJ?
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Post by: Hooli on Saturday, 19 August 2017, 04:10 am
I realised I'll have owned it 10 years in October. Guess I'll have to wash it & do a before/after pic to show what prolonged abuse does to them.
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Post by: Buddynq on Saturday, 19 August 2017, 01:16 pm
today, my headlight been not coming on everytime. hard wired, no switch. didnt light up at all this morn. noticed the passing switch, yellow in front, not working. spent an hour, every plug on bike apart, blasted with wd40 and re plugged. light back on. pulled fuses , cleaned and re fitted. passing switch comes out of housing, cleaned contacts with tiny file, wd blast. working again. turned bike on/off 20 times, headlight on every time. hoping was just a dirty connection somewhere. time will tell. some connector plugs were very dirty, my reco. is pull them apart, spray clean and re fit. i used wd40, not sure if thats correct but thats what i used. any other recos. ill take on board. i mean a better product for wiring plugs. thanks grog

Ah - My yellow passing (flash warning) switch not coming on either. Will try your method.

Otherwise, after taking me 80yo mother for a spin up and down the Gillies Twisties I have put the bike on paddock stands ready to do something. Maybe clean it. Just need to get motivated
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Post by: Andre on Saturday, 19 August 2017, 01:33 pm
today, my headlight been not coming on everytime. hard wired, no switch. didnt light up at all this morn. noticed the passing switch, yellow in front, not working. spent an hour, every plug on bike apart, blasted with wd40 and re plugged. light back on. pulled fuses , cleaned and re fitted. passing switch comes out of housing, cleaned contacts with tiny file, wd blast. working again. turned bike on/off 20 times, headlight on every time. hoping was just a dirty connection somewhere. time will tell. some connector plugs were very dirty, my reco. is pull them apart, spray clean and re fit. i used wd40, not sure if thats correct but thats what i used. any other recos. ill take on board. i mean a better product for wiring plugs. thanks grog

Agree with WD40 but not with file. I use small amount of Autosol Metal Polish on cotton swab to clean contacts I can get to, then squirt with WD40, wipe off, then another bit of WD40 . Works great without inadvertently removing/scratching some of the the copper.
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Post by: mjgt on Saturday, 19 August 2017, 05:28 pm
I took the front wheel off along with the mudguard.  Then I stripped the lacquer off the fork legs and gave them a bit of a polish as they were starting to look a bit grubby, then I removed my disks as one was warped and replaced them, fitted new pads and rebuilt the front end.  Then I replaced the rear pads as they were shagged, bled the bike and just need to give it a test run.

What discs/pads did you go with MJ?

I finally ended up going for EBC X disks (£117 each from demon tweeks) and although I bought Goldfren S33 pads M&P were out of stock so sent me ferodo gold sintered HH pads as a free upgrade.  What really surprised me though was I went out for a quick test yesterday (between showers) and only did 6 miles but the disks are all scratched up now.  So I have a brand new pair of scratched up disks and no warping anymore.
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Post by: Andre on Saturday, 19 August 2017, 08:18 pm
Scratches are from dirt picked up which is more so on wet than dry roads.
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Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 19 August 2017, 09:10 pm
Fixed the indicator that came loose in the 'drop'.
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Post by: Andre on Saturday, 19 August 2017, 09:33 pm
How is your body's fixing coming along?
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Post by: Buddynq on Sunday, 20 August 2017, 08:25 pm
Changed oil, filter and washer. Removing the sump plug washer is the longest most difficult task of an oil change.

Managed to use 2 litres less oil than last time. Yea - I remembered to put the sump plug back in this time  :doh: :clapping:

Cleaned chain and back wheel. (Gotta go back the Wurth non fling chain lube)

Bought some cleaner to free the floating disc round things
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Post by: Dusty ST on Friday, 25 August 2017, 05:52 pm
Yesterday evening actually....
Changed the rear shock damping setting from 4 to 3 after reading something on the forum (can't find it now) and took it for a run, just under 90 miles. Very much improved ride!
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Post by: grog on Friday, 25 August 2017, 07:30 pm
Dust, keep the r. damping up but lower spring pre load. i use only 2 now, 4 if my 50kg wife sitting on rear. Buddy, Wurth is worthless. all on here somewhere. might as well pour some beer over the chain. get some castrol vmx gear oil, it actually works. makes a mess but easily cleaned. 
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Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 26 August 2017, 01:20 am
I just looked at my bike again today, another day I can't ride it due to my shoulder, and teared up a little....  :facepalm:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Saturday, 26 August 2017, 02:44 am
Is the bike mended yet Mike?
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Post by: Buddynq on Saturday, 26 August 2017, 12:49 pm
Dust, keep the r. damping up but lower spring pre load. i use only 2 now, 4 if my 50kg wife sitting on rear. Buddy, Wurth is worthless. all on here somewhere. might as well pour some beer over the chain. get some castrol vmx gear oil, it actually works. makes a mess but easily cleaned.
Ok Grog - I'll look for the posts. I had some real sticky sh*t some guy uses on his racing kart. Also gard to clean.

Anyways - Changing front & rear brake pads today. Was going to do the caliper seals but in trying to support my local dealer I have ended up with front  piston kit for one side only   :frustrated:
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Post by: Andre on Saturday, 26 August 2017, 07:18 pm
Don't bang you head against the wall. There will always be another pay day :boogie2:
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Post by: Buddynq on Saturday, 26 August 2017, 07:21 pm
Only changed the rear brake pads and cleaned caliper. Got the high beam flash switch working - Grogs trick - a squirt of contact cleaner.
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Post by: grog on Saturday, 26 August 2017, 07:23 pm
Buddy, thats prob a good thing. advice on brakes, im not a know all but just trying to help, past findings. instead of re kitting caliper seals, prob best if you really want. can of brake cleaner. calipers off. spray every bit you can see around pistons/rubbers. just one by one push pistons back in, if free , all good. if not, pop it out, re seal. i reckon they will be all ok. we dont get salt n crap like uk riders. return un used seals to crappy dealer. bleed, then bleed again. a month later bleed again. bobbins free in rotors, brake cleaner again, many ways to do. then just use them, theyll work perfectly. new fluid every 2 years. how i do it. unreal roads in your area, test the brakes coming down the range. no brakes needed on mt carbine rd, love that road. 
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Post by: Buddynq on Saturday, 26 August 2017, 09:02 pm
Yea thanks mate. Good advice. Apart from regular oil changes the periodical service items have been neglected. I'm no expert but keen to do stuff myself and it goes without saying the info available on here gives the confidence to complete a lot of tasks. Even bought a couple of torque wrenches today and was surprised at the tension cut off. I had been over tightening things.
 I tried to get the SCA bleed kit but they not supplying them anymore as there were too many broken before they left the store
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 27 August 2017, 09:30 am
Not my bike, but did some minor work on my mum's bike today. Fork oil, working grease in the steering bearings & air in the tyres made it work a bit better. It's still stupidly small & a slow but it's not unsafe anymore.

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Post by: northern on Monday, 28 August 2017, 07:18 am
Lost my number plate during my 570km trip today :doh:
Seems like it felt off some where on road construction segment.
Now need to get an duplicate (10€) or maybe order new one  (something like "14OO" for 235€)  :facepalm:

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Post by: T 24 on Monday, 28 August 2017, 02:18 pm
I changed the clutch fluids. Fluids were totally black, and it was third time in five years I changed them. Brake fluids were changed also last time and they are still OK clear.
Same thing, black sludge in clutch fluid, in XJR 1300 and Bandit 1200..
Does anybody know what is that black shit and from where it comes? Why not in brake fluids?
The fluid itself is the same DOT 4+ in all of those three bikes now, I cant know what fluid they had, but they were black.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Monday, 28 August 2017, 03:22 pm

Different lines?  Would you have braided lines on the brakes & std on the clutch? 


It's damn odd I'll agree.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Monday, 28 August 2017, 03:26 pm
Here's another thought, wild I admit, But, I've heard you can send your used engine oil off & be tested for all sorts of things, maybe the clutch fluid can be tested to see what the contaminant is? 
It's probably in the skip by now though.
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Post by: T 24 on Monday, 28 August 2017, 03:48 pm
I have braided lines, clutch & brake, and those XJR & Bandit have their original ones.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Monday, 28 August 2017, 04:21 pm
I've wondered this myself before T24 and having researched it a bit, whilst I have no definitive answer, these were some of the reasons:
- clutch fluid works harder than brake fluid, in particular around the slave cylinder
- clutch fluid reacts over time to being in the proximity of a hot engine
- Water absorbed by the brake fluid gets warm (due to the engine heat) making the fluid deteriorate quicker
- clutch fluid reacts with the aluminium of the master / slave cylinder
- the rubber grommets in the master cylinder are the cause
- all of the above!

Anything definitive? Nope!!
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Post by: KiwiCol on Monday, 28 August 2017, 04:36 pm

A couple of replies to the same question on the Ducati forum


Unlike the brake system, as the disc in the clutch wear, (and along with the natural flow of fluid in the system) fluid is displaced into the reservoir.  In a brake system, as brake pads wear and the piston is displaced further into the caliper, the fluid in the reservior decreases.  With the clutch, the fluid in the reservior increases, bringing along with it, any contaminants, crud, or dust that happens to get into the system.  If you'll notice, this is why you have a 'min' and a 'max' line on the clutch reservoir, but only a 'min' line on the brake.

 We could argue how that gets into the system yes, but this is the reason it gets into the reservoir.  If look closely however (at least best I have noticed on all three of my Ducs) the crud ends up in the reservoir stuck to the sides or resting in the bottom and not suspended in the fluid.  I have never seen any detrimental effects from this, but I personally have never owned a Ducati that didn't do it.


and:


The crud is as previously stated aluminum and rubber. The fluid darkens as it ages because it is hydroscopic and the water it picks up contributes to the corrosion of the cyl. bore.The reason it turns color so quickly is the relative distance the seals travel is about 4 times greater than in a brake cylinder.And the loading on the seal increases as it slides down the bore unlike the brake which stops moving pretty much at peak pressure.Just change the fluid once or twice a year if it gets too dirty.




Which sounds logical & reasonable to me anyways.
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Post by: Blubber on Monday, 28 August 2017, 04:37 pm
Does anybody know what is that black shit and from where it comes? Why not in brake fluids?
The fluid itself is the same DOT 4+ in all of those three bikes now, I cant know what fluid they had, but they were black.
Now that you mentioned it...
I once read it is dissolved chain spray.
Never given that explanation much thought.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Monday, 28 August 2017, 04:40 pm

So, given my above post is correct, we'd have all the crud coming into the clutch master cyl & all the crud in the brake system going into the calipers.


Now, lots of you have stripped & cleaned your calipers, (I've not yet) so, how were they inside?   Black crud?
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Post by: Andre on Monday, 28 August 2017, 06:31 pm
No black crud in the calipers.

Clutch fluid is worked more often and moved more distance. The exposure to heat and the grease/dirt mix do their part as well. It is conceivable to me that dirt gets in as there is no dust seal and the piston travels a good deal. Most of the piston is exposed to the outside (reverse is true for the brake piston) and in absence of a dust seal carries it into the slave cylinder. Dirt gets dispersed within the fluid and there is an inherent flow of the fluid in the system that eventually brings the crud into the reservoir.

Here some pics from my first clutch fluid change including slave cylinder/piston. No idea how long it had been since changed last. Doubt it was ever cleaned.
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Post by: grog on Monday, 28 August 2017, 07:19 pm
Andre, reckon youve nailed it. works its way back up from slave. think i can remember, from old org, an extra seal that can be fitted to slave. maybe a busa thing, cant remember. Barmy knows, im sure he had posts on it. every year or so i clean pushrod, mix up the grease oil mixture recod in manual, just to keep that seal into motor happy. a rebuild needed if it stuffs up. internal fit only. takes not much time to do
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Post by: Andre on Monday, 28 August 2017, 07:28 pm
Did that oil/grease mix treatment ad will do it regularly. Anything to avoid having to open up the engine. Gotto go now, the Lady wants me to rub her chain with some gear oil  :cheers:
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 28 August 2017, 07:42 pm
I changed the clutch fluids. Fluids were totally black, and it was third time in five years I changed them. Brake fluids were changed also last time and they are still OK clear.
Same thing, black sludge in clutch fluid, in XJR 1300 and Bandit 1200..
Does anybody know what is that black shit and from where it comes? Why not in brake fluids?
The fluid itself is the same DOT 4+ in all of those three bikes now, I cant know what fluid they had, but they were black.

It's the heat of the engine. The fluid in the clutch is kept a lot hotter than the brakes so degrades quicker.

If you leave it in the brakes long enough you'd notice the front goes dark before the rear for the same reason.
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Post by: T 24 on Monday, 28 August 2017, 07:49 pm
If it is the heat of the engine, why the clutch fluid (DOT 4+) in my car keeps clear 15 years? And my car engine is running hotter than my 14.
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 28 August 2017, 09:10 pm
More airflow around the slave in the car? I dunno but it's made sense to me so I change the clutch fluid annually.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Friday, 01 September 2017, 01:44 am
Fitted the Givi S250 Toolbox to my Triumph. Lockable and waterproof, impressive bit of kit
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Post by: IanH on Friday, 01 September 2017, 01:53 am
Fitted my PUIG screen today and took it for a little test. Looks pretty okay and although the difference is not huge it is noticeable.
At £35 delivered can't really complain.
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Post by: Notty on Friday, 01 September 2017, 06:28 am
Polished my engine cases today - is there anything that can be put on to protect them from becoming dull again?  :smile2:
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Post by: Andre on Friday, 01 September 2017, 06:52 am
Elbow grease and Autosol Aluminum Polish (or other good aluminum polish), which does protect it a little bit, several times a year. By removing the original protection the aluminum will not only dull after time but also chip way easier!

You can powder coat them transparently. If the job is done right however, they will have to "roughen" the surface so the coat will not flake off over time. However, that will take the nice shine away. They will not be able to apply primer which also makes it more likely to flake-off. The look will resemble the original look!

There is also powder coating with "high gloss chrome effect" available. I think that is a much better option as a primer can be applied first. Don't have them put a layer of transparent coating on it as that will need roughening again and thus dull the "chrome effect".

Another option is to get it chromed.
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Post by: Hooli on Friday, 01 September 2017, 07:42 am
I keep mine protected* with a layer of mud & salt.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Friday, 01 September 2017, 07:52 am
Polished my engine cases today - is there anything that can be put on to protect them from becoming dull again?  :smile2:

Before I sold my 14 on, I was going to try this Notty, but never did, but I thought it might just do the job being an etch lacquer, so would bond - not sure about the heat aspect though.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-5L-2K-Clear-Etch-Clearcoat-Gloss-Lacquer-For-Aluminium-Alloys-Steel-Surfaces-/192218644790?hash=item2cc11fc136:g:GwUAAOSw~gRVte21

Beware though - I think that's just the lacquer, you still need a gun to apply it.

To me though I'm not sure there is a lacquer that will stick properly to any polished surface for any length of time - hence why I started using the Mothers range of polishes, with the Billet Alloy polish and Mag & Alloy Polish - had some good results with both and the shine lasted quite a few weeks before it needed a top up

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mothers-Billet-Metal-Polish-4oz-/381748263281?epid=620733650&hash=item58e1f83971:g:VQYAAOSwV0RXvvoH

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mothers-Mag-and-Aluminium-Alloy-Metal-Polish-5oz-147ml-/322150861001?epid=620733650&hash=item4b01b008c9:g:JUoAAOSwZLhY2-E6
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Post by: Hooli on Saturday, 02 September 2017, 05:21 am
I got out of work early & took the long route home.
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Post by: Tony Nitrous on Saturday, 02 September 2017, 04:07 pm
Haven't used the 14 in a while.

Just gave it a once over.
Oil, 36/38 in the tyres, lube the chain, stuck a 1amp charger on it.

See how I feel in the morning,
Couple of strong coffee's and I should be good to go.




Me after 2 coffee's and ready for a day out....

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_94viw75ulc
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Saturday, 02 September 2017, 04:45 pm
Looks more like they let you out for the day !!
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Post by: Notty on Sunday, 03 September 2017, 06:33 am
More polishing - had to do it as there was a bad scratch and no idea how it happened - 3 more to go - guess I will regret it quite soon  :bugga:
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Post by: grog on Sunday, 03 September 2017, 06:27 pm
i dreaded doing mine, they annoyed me. looking dull. was easy in the end. couple of hours well spent few yrs back, now just a rag, autosol, some wax. always pleases me. some paint them black, why. part of a 14 character i reckon, shiny cam ends. well done mate.
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 03 September 2017, 06:44 pm
A nice salt bath gets them all looking the same :)
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Post by: Del on Monday, 04 September 2017, 05:52 am
Bl00dy right hand fork seal again - so freed off the bobbins and while forks were off I cleaned and polished the downpipes

turns out the fork seal wasn't to blame it was the where the seal sits in the bottom fork housing that was a bit pitted so cleaned and applied a little silicone sealant - fingers crossed  :smiley sign0181: :smiley sign0181:
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Post by: grog on Monday, 04 September 2017, 08:47 pm
have been stressing a while on low speed crash protectors, all parts aquired or made. will fit this week. next on list, always a list. new fr. pads, new fr. tyre, fr. guard wrapped with carbon fibre look, fr. of tank same wrap over stone chips, just each side. rear brake torque rod some satin black. pretty much sorted then. next project, footpeg hangers.
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Post by: Notty on Monday, 04 September 2017, 10:11 pm
A nice salt bath gets them all looking the same :)
Thats the advantage of being retired - no need to ride in snow ice and rain  -more hours polishing then riding !! Lol  :smile2:
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Post by: Red Biker on Tuesday, 05 September 2017, 01:37 am
have been stressing a while on low speed crash protectors, all parts aquired or made. will fit this week. next on list, always a list. new fr. pads, new fr. tyre, fr. guard wrapped with carbon fibre look, fr. of tank same wrap over stone chips, just each side. rear brake torque rod some satin black. pretty much sorted then. next project, footpeg hangers.

Hey Grog,
My tank has a few pitted marks on the right shoulder so made the decision to do the tank myself!!! The guy I share the garage with has just bought a sand blaster so come winter that's me!
Never done it before or used a spray gun but what's the worst that can happen  :whistling:

Red
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Post by: Hooli on Tuesday, 05 September 2017, 04:10 am
A nice salt bath gets them all looking the same :)
Thats the advantage of being retired - no need to ride in snow ice and rain  -more hours polishing then riding !! Lol  :smile2:

It's an 'anti-theft coating' so when I go touring I can park anywhere & there is always a better condition bike around that'd get nicked first.
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Post by: Buddynq on Tuesday, 05 September 2017, 02:43 pm
Got me mates K2 around to give it the @grog treatment.

So much caked on gunk that had to be scraped off before the gear oil application.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Tuesday, 05 September 2017, 02:50 pm
Is it worth trying to 'save' that chain?  :whatever:

It'll probably rust now that it's 'protective' coat has gone.  :lol:
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Post by: Buddynq on Tuesday, 05 September 2017, 03:10 pm
The rest of the bike is safe from rust as it looks out of place from the clean chain.
It was more about having a couple of cleansers  :cheers: but ended up having more than anticipated due to the time to clean it.  :grin: :boogie2:

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Post by: KiwiCol on Tuesday, 05 September 2017, 03:14 pm
Good on ya mate!  :cheers:     I think cleaning those battery terminals takes a fair while too . . .
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Post by: Hooli on Wednesday, 06 September 2017, 08:55 am
If you can tell the difference between the swingarm & wheel it's still clean!
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Post by: Buddynq on Wednesday, 06 September 2017, 11:43 am
Might have to be an afternoon job on the weekend. Those terminals are pretty important  :cheers:
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Post by: Hooli on Thursday, 07 September 2017, 05:05 am
Tried my new Branto pads in the front this morning. They seem pretty damn good to me after just 50miles, only £21 for both sides from wemoto too.
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Post by: northern on Thursday, 07 September 2017, 07:48 am
Yesterday I wash my 14, and I manage to wet my speedohealer, so it stop working. As a result, my speedo was indicating "0" all the time  :frustrated:
I was quite disappointed, cause visually speedohealer seams very solid and sealed.

Take it home, warm it with hairdryer, and put it overnight in to the can with rice (just in case). When I fit it back, it was running like it should  :boogie:
Just to be safe, I sink it to isopropyl alcohol for few minutes, so any water leftovers will be gone. Still working :)
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Post by: T 24 on Thursday, 07 September 2017, 01:07 pm
@ Northern
Those two times I have had problems with my two speedohealers, have been in spring time, after cold and wet winter. And my garage is cold.
Maybe the problem has been moisture. Still problem in quality?
Maybe I put my last speedohealer on fireplace for one winter and try again.
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Post by: Andre on Thursday, 07 September 2017, 08:04 pm
No ride today as my overhauling front caliper yesterday didn't go as planned. Received package with seal kit, opened it and found ONE seal instead of the 13 belonging in the kit. Now in the waiting hassle to get it sorted out. Sun is shining so it will be a walk in the woods instead of riding through the Ardennen.
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Post by: Red Biker on Thursday, 07 September 2017, 08:37 pm
MOT day today!
I've been forced to look for a new garage as my usual guy has gone out of Business!

Dan Hegarty runs a garage just 3 miles from my house (RTR Motorcycles) so I took it there, initially it FAILED.......but then he tightend a rear set bolt and it passed  :salute:

We had a good chat with a coffee whilst he did the MOT, interesting to get his view on the brakes, he gave me a bit of advice to try and help improve them but thought they were pretty good anyway.

Happy Days  :boogie:

Red
 

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Post by: northern on Friday, 08 September 2017, 07:53 pm
@ Northern
Those two times I have had problems with my two speedohealers, have been in spring time, after cold and wet winter. And my garage is cold.
Maybe the problem has been moisture. Still problem in quality?
Maybe I put my last speedohealer on fireplace for one winter and try again.
@T 24
Jussi, what can I say about your case... Looking closer to SpeedoHealer, it's week point are buttons. Case itself is flooded with some hard epoxy compound, but buttons seems to be unprotected, so water could get throw them.
When my unit was out of order, it's display indicate some random symbols after start. What were your units symptoms?
Another thing - condensation happens on temperature change... If your garage is constantly cold during the winter, then it there should be any condensations.

Regarding fireplace - not a bad idea to try, but I also suggest to use Isopropyl Alcohol before it - it does not conduct electricity and evaporate fast. Good thing to wash electronics. Just put it in some glass, and sink SH to it for some time (10m). If inside is not burned or corroded then this might help.
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Post by: T 24 on Friday, 08 September 2017, 08:58 pm
@northern
Speedometer slowly dropped to "0" during riding about 100 kmh. What figures were in display, I cant remember.
I will try that IPA trick and put it on fireplace for a winter.
I am not so interested of speedohealer now, when I have enough torque to use standard sprockets.
It was more important toy, when I was using smaller front and bigger rear sprockets with naturally aspirated engine.
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Post by: Notty on Friday, 15 September 2017, 04:06 am
Wheeled it out between the rain and washed the dirt off that i got taking it to for the MOT last week ( retired now so I don't do rain ) - Got my new lowered seat (thanks Paul) but its been so wet haven't tried it on the road yet  :smile2:
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Post by: Paulpmy on Friday, 15 September 2017, 04:43 am
Us big people like to help you little people out
Must admit the seat does look good on the bike
I did only did 150 mile from Basingstoke to home on it but did find it very comfortable, however cos my legs are long I was seine up by the time I got home but no numb bum lol
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Post by: Andre on Friday, 15 September 2017, 05:11 pm
Andre, reckon youve nailed it. works its way back up from slave. think i can remember, from old org, an extra seal that can be fitted to slave. maybe a busa thing, cant remember. Barmy knows, im sure he had posts on it. every year or so i clean pushrod, mix up the grease oil mixture recod in manual, just to keep that seal into motor happy. a rebuild needed if it stuffs up. internal fit only. takes not much time to do

Here is Barmy's post you mention: http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/index.php?topic=259.0 (http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/index.php?topic=259.0) I think they plainly forgot about this on the 14.
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Post by: IanH on Friday, 15 September 2017, 05:40 pm
Took my wheels in for a re paint yesterday. They will be stripped, blasted, powder coated and re built. Price is £120 plus the cost of new wheel bearings so not bad.
New Pirelli Angel GT's will also be fitted.

To be honest the paint wasn't too bad but I thought as I was getting new tyres I would get it all done together.

Next job while the wheels are away is to polish the forks......
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Saturday, 16 September 2017, 02:28 am
Took my wheels in for a re paint yesterday. They will be stripped, blasted, powder coated and re built. Price is £120 plus the cost of new wheel bearings so not bad.
New Pirelli Angel GT's will also be fitted.

To be honest the paint wasn't too bad but I thought as I was getting new tyres I would get it all done together.

Next job while the wheels are away is to polish the forks......

Just make sure that they don't powdercoat the facings on the wheel(s) where the disks bolt on Ian as it can cause the disk to run misaligned. Ditto, when they powdercoat, maybe put some old bolts in the disk bolt holes, as you don't want the threads powder coated!
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Post by: Mrg on Saturday, 16 September 2017, 05:06 pm
Hi all been  away a awhile  so back now
Well new battery fitted
New set of indicators fitted all round ..feed up with the alloy type salt on the roads kills them
Oxford slow trickle charger fitted
Branded lines all round
And serving booked for this month
And a new viper Bluetooth flip up white helmet for me
And a gear indicator fitted to the bike dash

So not to bad ,, hope your all ok guys and girls  good to be back .....  :cheers:  :onya:  :)
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Post by: KiwiCol on Saturday, 16 September 2017, 05:10 pm
Good to see you back, as you say, it's been a while.
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Post by: Tony Nitrous on Sunday, 17 September 2017, 06:13 am
Nothing.

Zero.

Zilch.

Emptied my "Bike Account" funds out and went shopping for a ute!

  :facepalm: :frustrated: :doh:

Bikes are going to be on economy mode for a few months but I'm still aiming for another bike late next year and hopefully my current ones will get some work done on them along the way.
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Post by: Big Geordi on Sunday, 17 September 2017, 04:07 pm
Today I mostly did this!!
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Post by: Big Geordi on Sunday, 17 September 2017, 04:13 pm
And then I did this!! So it worked oot ok Mr B just in case your choking on your Breakfast! 😂😂
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Sunday, 17 September 2017, 04:51 pm
Different way of doing it BG but it looks good!!!
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Sunday, 17 September 2017, 05:13 pm
Looks like the Beemer is next in line to get masked up !! :whistling:
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Post by: grog on Sunday, 17 September 2017, 06:23 pm
youve excelled big g.
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Post by: seth on Sunday, 17 September 2017, 06:34 pm
mmm
well while checking the bike ready for a European trip on Wednesday i found the sprocket carrier bearing is on the way out so i removed old one .today I'll be sourcing a replacement and fitting it .
it's on the red/black k5 done nearly 18000 miles .
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 17 September 2017, 07:01 pm
I have to change them every time I fit a new chain. I suspect if I checked it early enough the chain would last a bit longer.
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Post by: seth on Sunday, 17 September 2017, 07:11 pm
me to always change at same time as chain kit hooli but this bike had a chain and sprockets just before i got it at 6000 miles only because the guy who had it wanted a gold chain so loads of miles left in the chain yet .
glad i found it before heading over the water tho.
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 17 September 2017, 07:12 pm
Aye you wouldn't want that ruining your holiday.

I wonder if the previous guy liked to pressure wash the wheels clean?
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Post by: seth on Sunday, 17 September 2017, 07:43 pm
i dont know but it was mega clean when got it .
the standard bearings are only sealed on 1 side so not the best i always replace with much better quality double sealed bearings .
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 17 September 2017, 10:01 pm
Me too and I always replace that dust seal too.
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Post by: Blubber on Monday, 18 September 2017, 02:54 am
glad i found it before heading over the water tho.

We have bearing shops and motor cycle repair shops too.  It not that all civilization ends after a ferry trip  :rofl2:
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Post by: seth on Monday, 18 September 2017, 03:12 am
i know that but i come over the water for the great food , fantastic people and amazing beers  :cheers:.
all better than fixing the bike .
 
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Post by: RossP on Monday, 18 September 2017, 08:08 am
Sold it
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Wednesday, 20 September 2017, 08:03 am
Fitted a new set of Michelin PR4 Trails to my Explorer. Found that my original Metzeler tyre had blistered on the offside at just 4,300 miles (this has happened to a number of Explorer owners between 4,000 - 4,500 miles) so front tyre has gone back to Metzeler/Pirelli for inspection and review (as it should not have been worn out / blistered at that mileage - rear still has plenty of life).

Anyway, have to say, immensely impressed with the new Michelins, much much smoother ride and grip - forgotten how good they are (as I had PR3's on my 14 when I had it, and they were superb!)

And you can get cashback on your purchase in the UK until 30th Sept - even better!

http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/index.php?topic=1764.0
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Post by: Globalrider on Wednesday, 20 September 2017, 09:08 am
Hi Dave - I swear by the PR3 on my 14s
I will be very interested to hear what you say about the PR4 Tails.
Do you go off road much??
Cheers
Stan
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Wednesday, 20 September 2017, 04:28 pm
Hi Dave - I swear by the PR3 on my 14s
I will be very interested to hear what you say about the PR4 Tails.
Do you go off road much??
Cheers
Stan

Not a lot Stan, no, dusty trails at best. If I did more/ a lot of off-road then I would probably have fitted the Michelin Anakee's which have a deeper tread (more similar to the original Metzeler's.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Wednesday, 20 September 2017, 04:31 pm
Off road for Barmy is a shingle drive & grass berm! with the occasional beach jaunt.
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Post by: Globalrider on Thursday, 21 September 2017, 02:25 am
I have TKC70s on my R1200GS - They are pretty good and I feel confident on the logging roads given it's a pretty heavy bike.

I had Anakees on it before - found the front got pretty lumpy after 4000 miles - seems a common issue as all my buddies riding GSs had the same problem.  Hidies seem to  be pretty good but very noisy on tarmac although most 'kobbie' type treads whine as they wear.

'Dirt' riding has taken a back seat now and as I approach 70, I'm looking more and more to the 'gentleman' trips!!! Hence the Trumpet Trophy!! I guess I'm softening from my motocross days and wild 120-50 mile/hour runs through Montana! Come to think of it WE haven't done a long run for a couple of years now - too many other toys to play with!!!
 :hat:
Stan
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Post by: Mrg on Thursday, 21 September 2017, 03:32 am
Hi guys
New front and rear sprockets on order and chain ,as well as hid light set and rear wheel bearings  and a service book this month to ,so the old girl will be good to go  :cheers:  :onya:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Thursday, 21 September 2017, 03:38 am
I have TKC70s on my R1200GS - They are pretty good and I feel confident on the logging roads given it's a pretty heavy bike.

I had Anakees on it before - found the front got pretty lumpy after 4000 miles - seems a common issue as all my buddies riding GSs had the same problem.  Hidies seem to  be pretty good but very noisy on tarmac although most 'kobbie' type treads whine as they wear.

'Dirt' riding has taken a back seat now and as I approach 70, I'm looking more and more to the 'gentleman' trips!!! Hence the Trumpet Trophy!! I guess I'm softening from my motocross days and wild 120-50 mile/hour runs through Montana! Come to think of it WE haven't done a long run for a couple of years now - too many other toys to play with!!!
 :hat:
Stan

Interesting what you say Stan as the Anakees are very similar to the Metzeler Tourance Next that were fitted as standard to mine and speaking with the tyre guys yesterday they say a lot of the GS1200 owners come in and have the PR4 Trails fitted. I found mine just rolls that much easier now, even when pushing it around the garage. Never was a "dirt" rider myself (in every respect LOL)
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Post by: mlivkovich on Friday, 22 September 2017, 11:53 pm
Just polished exhaust system... :whistling:
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Post by: Red Biker on Saturday, 23 September 2017, 12:59 am
Nice polishing there 👍
You do realise it's a full time job to keep them that way 😔

Cheers
Red
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Post by: mlivkovich on Saturday, 23 September 2017, 02:33 am
Nice polishing there 👍
You do realise it's a full time job to keep them that way 😔

Cheers
Red

Honestly, it took about an hour to bring back the shine. This is stock chromed exhaust, so it will last with minimal maintenance.
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Sunday, 24 September 2017, 03:47 am
I laughingly thought I would "just chuck on the pair of new centre stand springs"...
God almighty what a pig of a job.
My bike was missing the outer spring so the center stand was barely supported in the unused position...
I removed the center stand swivel nit and pushed the long bolt out as far as it would go (till it hit the exhaust stub (silencers were removed))
That allowed some movement of the stand..
I used some boot laces and attached to the rear wheel (1st gear engaged)..
If a neighbor hadn't come along when he did to give me help, I doubt very much that it would have been done
NEVER AGAIN !!!
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Sunday, 24 September 2017, 04:31 am
I laughingly thought I would "just chuck on the pair of new centre stand springs"...
God almighty what a pig of a job.
My bike was missing the outer spring so the center stand was barely supported in the unused position...
I removed the center stand swivel nit and pushed the long bolt out as far as it would go (till it hit the exhaust stub (silencers were removed))
That allowed some movement of the stand..
I used some boot laces and attached to the rear wheel (1st gear engaged)..
If a neighbor hadn't come along when he did to give me help, I doubt very much that it would have been done
NEVER AGAIN !!!

You should check the stickies in the technical sections Speedy, as whilst not overly easy, t is quite straightforward and can be done by one person with no assistance
http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/index.php?topic=191.0
 :onya:
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Post by: Buddynq on Sunday, 24 September 2017, 08:42 pm
Changed me mates K1 fork oil and my K8

Bought an M16 joiner to remove front wheel - Perfect fit for $3.80 from Bunnings. Took 2 1/2 of hours including reading each instruction (from download menu) and manual about 6 times. A good test run before I did my K8 forks  :happy1:

Didn't need to read instructions second time and I estimated an hour however the stanchion got stuck at the bottom of the outer leg and could not be extracted - don't know if it is suction or some other reason. Perseverance payed off and with some resourceful thinking got the stanchion loose.

At the end of the day its not really a difficult job
Title: Rear fender
Post by: Speedy1959 on Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 06:14 am
I removed the crappy cheap and horrible rear fender that someone had bodged together to create a "Tail Tidy"..
I hated the way the original fender had been hacked to pieces..
I got an original rear fender from a breakers in Plymouth..
It was a more involved job than I expected but I just about completed it before it went dark.
Now its fitted I see its far more neat and tidy under the seat.
Just need to refit the number plate......
But then again..
Hoo ha ha ha haaaa
 :devil:
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Post by: ARH on Sunday, 01 October 2017, 01:26 am
New chain and sprockets fitted.... still had the originals on and noted some of the links were getting a bit 'sticky', but not bad for 15 years!  Changed the brake and clutch fluid... s57 (Austrian MOT) passed again with no issues ... cleaned and polished ready for a wee ride out tomorrow.. happy days!  :boogie2:
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 01 October 2017, 01:34 am
I walked past mine with tools to do stuff on the car. No bike news as my throttle cable took a week to get from Japan to Kent and now over a week to get from Kent to Yorkshire....
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Sunday, 01 October 2017, 03:04 am
Checked out the MCN suspension settings on my newly-unseized shocks, with a 200 mile round trip to see a friend in Leicestershire. Seems a lot better than stock - I feel more confident going round corners and it has lost some of the alarming fork dive when I hit the brakes.

I noticed the wind blast is as noisy as hell, even with earplugs in. I might try removing the Givi flyscreen. If that doesn't work I might need a better helmet.

I have to say, I absolutely love this bike though. Really, really love it.
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 01 October 2017, 03:26 am
Adjust ya screen first. Aiming the wind higher or lower can make it quieter.



Having said that, I got rid of the screen on mine years ago & much prefer it without.
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Sunday, 01 October 2017, 04:03 am
Adjust ya screen first. Aiming the wind higher or lower can make it quieter.
Having said that, I got rid of the screen on mine years ago & much prefer it without.

I'm not sure there is any adjustment, it's only a little flyscreen thing. I'll have a look though.

That engine though ... that doesn't need adjusting. It's like being shoved along by a big hand. Can't see me getting bored with this for a long while.
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 01 October 2017, 06:22 am
You can normally twist them to more upright or tilted further back, that'll change where the wind blast hits you.

I'm the same with the engine, 105k since I got mine I'm still not bored of it.
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Post by: IanH on Monday, 02 October 2017, 02:33 am
Just polished exhaust system... :whistling:

What did you use to polish your exhausts. They look excellent.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Monday, 02 October 2017, 03:05 am
Just polished exhaust system... :whistling:

What did you use to polish your exhausts. They look excellent.

For chrome use Meguiars NXT All Metal Polish, apply with a make up remover pad, and buff off with a clean micro fibre cloth.

For alloy or stainless, Mothers Mag & Alloy Polish or Belgom Alu applied in a similar fashion gives top results

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Post by: IanH on Monday, 02 October 2017, 04:01 am
Just had a couple of hours spent polishing my forks.
They were a bit pitted but now.....while not perfect, a bit better than before.
Just need to get those calipers sorted out now.


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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Monday, 02 October 2017, 08:01 am
Today I a) cleaned it (because the previous owner wasn't all that bothered, and it's a good way to get to know a bike) and b) changed the plugs. Quite fiddly to get at the middle ones, isn't it?

I noticed a few rust spots starting to form under the tank. I've just sprayed it with ACF-50 for the moment, that'll hopefully hold it in check until I get some more time to clean it up and treat it more permanently.

Oh, and I took the flyscreen off. Next time I go on the motorway I'll see if the wind noise is better or worse.

Just 2 more jobs I need to do before I consider it "serviced": changing the fluid in the back brake and balancing the throttles.
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Post by: Tony Nitrous on Monday, 02 October 2017, 11:38 am
We have some much needed rain here so I got some "Shed Time"

Haven't used the B-King much recently, but I have some rides coming up.
It needs a new battery, to go in for its Reg/Rec recall, and a few other jobs.
Its time to give it a freshen up. Bike hasn't had much love in quite a while!
Title: Moved my tank to one side
Post by: Speedy1959 on Tuesday, 03 October 2017, 04:06 am
When I got home from work I removed my tank BUT did not remove any of the pipes or cables..
I had read that you can swivel the tank sideways (clockwise if it helps) and rest it on the frame where the seat would normally be.
I put my trusty bath mat down across the frame first to protect both the tank and the frame.

That was an excellent tip... Spark plug replacement is now really easy..
I removed the tank to the side because I wanted to clean the frame and the plug leads in that area.
She looked like she had never been cleaned before in that area...
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Post by: Del on Tuesday, 03 October 2017, 04:34 am
went to work - needed full waterproofs as was torrential and blowing a hoolie - good laugh what I no call the danger ride
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Post by: Notty on Tuesday, 03 October 2017, 06:52 am
Oil changed to Castrol Power semi synthetic and seems quieter but may be just due to fresh oil ( 2.5k since last change ) its started raining so will have to wait for a road test -  and no mess using the Fumoto oil drain valve I got from Dave  :smile2:
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Post by: Hooli on Tuesday, 03 October 2017, 08:11 am
When I got home from work I removed my tank BUT did not remove any of the pipes or cables..
I had read that you can swivel the tank sideways (clockwise if it helps) and rest it on the frame where the seat would normally be.
I put my trusty bath mat down across the frame first to protect both the tank and the frame.

That was an excellent tip... Spark plug replacement is now really easy..
I removed the tank to the side because I wanted to clean the frame and the plug leads in that area.
She looked like she had never been cleaned before in that area...

That's also the easiest way to balance the throttles, as obviously you still need the tank attached for that.
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Post by: IanH on Wednesday, 04 October 2017, 12:17 am
Just been to see my newly powder coated wheels as they just got delivered back from the painters.
Must say they do look good. Shop just needs to fit new bearings, new tyres and put the rotors back on.  :grin:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Wednesday, 04 October 2017, 02:42 am
Just been to see my newly powder coated wheels as they just got delivered back from the painters.
Must say they do look good. Shop just needs to fit new bearings, new tyres and put the rotors back on.  :grin:

 :useless:
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Post by: IanH on Wednesday, 04 October 2017, 07:53 am
Just been to see my newly powder coated wheels as they just got delivered back from the painters.
Must say they do look good. Shop just needs to fit new bearings, new tyres and put the rotors back on.  :grin:

 :useless:

I know. As soon as they get back here I will post a pic.
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Post by: Hooli on Friday, 06 October 2017, 05:14 am
I looked at mine out the window & cursed idiot IT systems that mean I've still not got my throttle cable yet.

It's ten years to the day since I collected it too, it would have been nice to use it.
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Post by: Andre on Friday, 06 October 2017, 08:50 am
It is a shame you did not get your jubilee ride in. Now make sure she is in good shape (don't forget yourself)  for the 20th anniversary ride  :)
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Post by: Hooli on Saturday, 07 October 2017, 03:29 am
That's the plan. It should roughly coincide with 250k miles too. Seems like a good target to aim for?
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Post by: Mrg on Saturday, 07 October 2017, 06:11 pm
So that the service done in full new chain and branded lines all round front and rear sprockets and a gear selector fitted and rear wheel and sprocket bearing done to so all good  :onya:  :clapping:
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Saturday, 07 October 2017, 10:26 pm
I dodged the crappy weather and performed a clutchsealectomy..
Modification of the clutch slave cylinder seal.
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Sunday, 08 October 2017, 03:02 am
Lots of odds and ends today.

Balanced the throttle bodies, changed fluid in the rear brake, lubed the chain. Went out for a 30 mile test ride and discovered:

a) the mirrors vibrate less, hopefully because the engine's running smoother now
b) right hand mirror started moving round all over the place
c) rear right indicator stopped working

The mirror was easily fixed, just one of the locknuts on the arm was loose. The bulb just needed taking out and putting back in again.

All that's left to do now is change the fork oil and then the bike is properly serviced. I'm saving that job for a nasty winter's day when I don't fancy riding.

Still loving this bike. It ticks all my boxes.
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Post by: Mrg on Sunday, 08 October 2017, 08:29 pm
Well the GoPro gear selecter was very easy to fit more or less plug and play apart from one fed red wire and then mount the display screen easy job and no programming at all worth the money 💰  :onya:
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Post by: IanH on Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 09:04 pm
Got my newly painted front mudgaurd back. Not too bad.
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Post by: IanH on Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 09:06 pm
and.....finished making my work bench.
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Post by: Hooli on Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 09:36 pm
Front n rear spindles on the desk?
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Post by: IanH on Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 09:42 pm
Front n rear spindles on the desk?
[/quote]

Correct. Just waiting for the wheels to come back now.
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Post by: Timothy Spencer on Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 02:30 am
I have left my bike in the garage unused today even though the weather has been great. All due to having a bad case of Man Flu. It has been touch and go a few times during this horrendous few days and have broken the world record for creating mucus in upper airways.

A ride on the bike would have been a great distraction and might have got the big yellow grubers out of my lungs but I could not cope with the thought of the nose emitted streamers flying around inside my helmet or stopping every half mile to mop it up.

Oh well - maybe later in the week
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 04:51 am
Can we have a bit more detail Tim ....... :useless: :useless:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 06:59 am
Can we have a bit more detail Tim ....... :useless: :useless:

Please - no more detail!!!!!   :shocked:
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Post by: Sweaty on Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 09:26 am
Yeah, please more detail
That was a great read while eating my breakfast this morning, thanks Tim  :redcard:  :grin:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 02:59 pm
Replaced the standard horn with a Denali Soundbomb mini 113dB. Much better!
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 07:12 pm
Sprayed the grill mesh in my air scoops Black  :salute:
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Post by: mlivkovich on Thursday, 12 October 2017, 04:58 am
Changed handlebars....
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Post by: Hooli on Thursday, 12 October 2017, 05:46 am
I have left my bike in the garage unused today even though the weather has been great. All due to having a bad case of Man Flu. It has been touch and go a few times during this horrendous few days and have broken the world record for creating mucus in upper airways.

A ride on the bike would have been a great distraction and might have got the big yellow grubers out of my lungs but I could not cope with the thought of the nose emitted streamers flying around inside my helmet or stopping every half mile to mop it up.

Oh well - maybe later in the week

Open faced lid!

Then your snot ends up on the car next to you not dribbling down your chin.
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Post by: Gaz1978 on Sunday, 15 October 2017, 07:09 am
Started fitting my 4-2 collector and twin carbon can co exhausts.

I was hoping the original 4-1 collector would just easily pull off the headers, but no didn't want to budge.  So I'm worrying thinking I need to attempt getting the header bolts out in one piece. Anyway I started......every one came out a treat  :boogie:

So I've quickly assembled it all on the bike but need to adjust the levels of link pipes do the cans sit equal both sides. So hoping to finish Sunday afternoon!

Gaz
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Post by: Buddynq on Sunday, 15 October 2017, 02:02 pm
Bled brakes but still feel spongy
Mopped up more oil spills off floor
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 15 October 2017, 04:11 pm
Could be your hoses Buddynq, if they're getting tired they could be expanding when the pressure comes on.  Or you already got braided lines?
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Post by: Irish in Oz on Sunday, 15 October 2017, 04:30 pm
New tyres for MCR
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 15 October 2017, 06:32 pm
This is miles btw.
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 15 October 2017, 06:43 pm
While fitting the throttle cables yesterday I just couldn't get my fingers in so removed the throttle bodies to make life easier. I feel dirty admitting it, but I did clean them up a bit while they where off. I took a couple of pics down the inlets too just to see how clean the valve stems are at this age. Looks pretty clean to me & yes I did wipe that dirt out before putting it all back together.

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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 15 October 2017, 07:33 pm
Nice work Hooli!
was it a wd40 job ?
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 15 October 2017, 07:35 pm
To clean the throttle bodies?

I scrubbed alloy wheel cleaner in with a paintbrush & then hosed them down. Took about 5mins for that improvement.
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Monday, 16 October 2017, 03:16 am
I thought oooh I know..
I will grease all the gear change linkages..
There was a definite improvement with ease of gear change. . . . . . . .

Until . . .

The gear lever fell off whilst i was out on a ride..
I hadn't attached the circlip properly !!!!!
I pulled over in top gear and cut the engine. Re attached the pedal (which was hanging off via the linkage and selected 2nd gear and gingerly went to a local car accessory shop. Thankfully they had circlips
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 16 October 2017, 03:37 am
Haha pillock!


We've all done something equally daft.
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Monday, 16 October 2017, 04:06 am
Haha pillock!


We've all done something equally daft.

I just knew I would attract sympathy and understanding..
Lol
 :embarrassed:
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 16 October 2017, 04:26 am
That's coming from someone who fitted new front pads & forgot to pump the brakes up before a test run...
The first roundabout was interesting.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Monday, 16 October 2017, 07:47 am
I thought oooh I know..
I will grease all the gear change linkages..
There was a definite improvement with ease of gear change. . . . . . . .

Until . . .

The gear lever fell off whilst i was out on a ride..
I hadn't attached the circlip properly !!!!!
I pulled over in top gear and cut the engine. Re attached the pedal (which was hanging off via the linkage and selected 2nd gear and gingerly went to a local car accessory shop. Thankfully they had circlips

Having said that, the groove for the circlip isn't exactly deep on the spline either, i actually filed mine a little deeper to make sure the clip stayed on on mine.
You do know that there also was a washer between the circlip and gear lever though - so if that's gone, you need another washer...
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Monday, 16 October 2017, 08:11 am
Spent the weekend feeling sorry for myself. Had an operation on Friday, too sore to move much now, so I'm watching the nice dry weather through the window. I'm not even mobile enough to clean my bike.  :bugga:
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 16 October 2017, 06:56 pm
Weird one yesterday!
As most know I've been on a tour of Scotland recently and last week gave the bike a good old bath.
Yesterday went for a quick blast and the rear brake wasn't really working felt really clunky and wasn't really helping to stop the bike.

When I got back I had it on the stand to have a look and when spinning the wheel and using my hand on the rear brake it was fine!!
Could it be WD got into the caliper?
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Post by: mjgt on Monday, 16 October 2017, 06:58 pm
That would be my thought, give it a dam good clean.
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Post by: Blubber on Monday, 16 October 2017, 07:22 pm
Weird one yesterday!
As most know I've been on a tour of Scotland recently and last week gave the bike a good old bath.
Yesterday went for a quick blast and the rear brake wasn't really working felt really clunky and wasn't really helping to stop the bike.

When I got back I had it on the stand to have a look and when spinning the wheel and using my hand on the rear brake it was fine!!
Could it be WD got into the caliper?

Does the pedal move freely? 

my pedal pivot needed some grease to free it up.
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Post by: seth on Monday, 16 October 2017, 08:37 pm
i use chain lub on the brake pedal pivot as it penitrates very well and is water resistant.  :cheers:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Monday, 16 October 2017, 10:48 pm
I've had this happen before where the brake seems to work properly when you have the bike up on the stand, but doesn't pull you up at all well.

Basically Nigel, the piston(s) need a good clean. The pistons on the rear caliper move only very fractionally compared to the front, and also being upside down, manage to hang onto all the shite, crud and god knows what else the road throws up. Especially after riding in bad weather - so much so that a ring of crud builds up around the front of the caliper seal right by the piston which stop it moving properly (or should I say effectively)

Simple fix. Drop the caliper off the disc, and whilst holding one of the pistons, gently press the brake pedal so the other piston starts to come out. Using a toothbrush, ear bud (whatever) clean off the rime of crud that has built up around the piston. If you have some red rubber grease, smear a very thin film around the exposed piston. Let go of the piston you are holding and push the piston you have just cleaned back into the caliper body. Clean off any excess red rubber grease. Now repeat for the other piston. Then pull both pistons back equidistant and refit the caliper. Pump rear brake. Job done.

If you don't have any red rubber grease, a thin smear of brake fluid works as well, just make sure though that either the rubber grease or brake fluid is all cleaned off before you re-assemble!
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Post by: essexboydave on Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 12:31 am
I got the old Guzzi California MOT'd today and it passed with only a couple of minor advisories  :grin: I might even treat it to a bit of a clean at some point later this year....or maybe next  ;) ;) ;)
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Post by: Red Biker on Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 05:12 am
Weird one yesterday!
As most know I've been on a tour of Scotland recently and last week gave the bike a good old bath.
Yesterday went for a quick blast and the rear brake wasn't really working felt really clunky and wasn't really helping to stop the bike.

When I got back I had it on the stand to have a look and when spinning the wheel and using my hand on the rear brake it was fine!!
Could it be WD got into the caliper?

Does the pedal move freely? 

Hi Blubber,
Yes it does but 'grids a little, I'm gonna do as Dave suggests and give the pistons a clean, it's never been in the rain before and I did about 200 miles non stop downpour!


Thanks
Nigel

my pedal pivot needed some grease to free it up.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 09:23 am
Red I love WD40 but before spraying any of that around the bike I put bags over the discs and calipers. I just use a few shopping bags and some tape. Spray with brake cleaner to be sure. Have found WD40, CRC contaminates pads very quickly.
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Post by: grog on Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 07:41 pm
bags a great idea mr kiwifruit. fish oil in wd40 certainly lubes those brake pads. have you tried inox, next step up from wd. doesnt wash off. great for lots, outboards etc. not to be used on rubber, wrecks it so im told. wiring protecters etc.
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 18 October 2017, 04:41 pm
Red I love WD40 but before spraying any of that around the bike I put bags over the discs and calipers. I just use a few shopping bags and some tape. Spray with brake cleaner to be sure. Have found WD40, CRC contaminates pads very quickly.

Greatest idea 🥝
As we now have to pay for shopping bags I have loads in my car boot👍
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Post by: Mrg on Wednesday, 18 October 2017, 05:37 pm
Front tyre fitted and yes a big difference it has made to the bike in the corners , the old one had lost its shape a bit  my bike mech said time to get rid so my spare set was ready to go . So all good nice ridding feels smooth in corners . God knows how I'd not noticed this before .  All good now  :onya: :onya:
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Post by: IanH on Thursday, 19 October 2017, 01:53 am
So, got my wheels back from the Harley shop.

Powder coated, new Pirelli Angel GT's fitted and wheels balanced, new bearings all round including the sprocket bearing and all labour for the strip down and rebuild.
Total cost just under £400.

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Post by: Red Biker on Thursday, 19 October 2017, 04:24 am
Wheels look great Ian 👍
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Post by: Sweaty on Thursday, 19 October 2017, 05:46 am
Great job  :clapping:
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Thursday, 19 October 2017, 06:00 am
Powder coating looks great. You will enjoy the new bearings too.  :onya:
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Post by: IanH on Friday, 20 October 2017, 11:00 pm
Just tried out the new tyres, quite cold here....about 14 C and just went for 10 kilometers on the twisty lanes. What a difference, felt it was stuck to the road compared to the old ones.
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Saturday, 21 October 2017, 06:50 pm
I saw a window of maybe 2 hours of it not actually raining and finally fitted the full set of OEM indicators I bought off Notty.
They fitted without a hitch and work perfectly.

Thanks again to Notty having infinite patience whilst I had 5 attempts to get my Paypal to actually pay him.
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Post by: grog on Sunday, 22 October 2017, 06:55 pm
my front guard is sitting in car with front wheel. new tyre and carbon wrap on guard this week. be like a new bike with tyre fitted. love those angels.
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 23 October 2017, 04:14 am
Had the rear caliper off to clean it and hopefully solve the issue that appeared after a recent tour, didnt get time to test it.
Sorted out a few bits ready to sell!!
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Post by: essexboydave on Friday, 27 October 2017, 03:50 am
Well it had to happen sooner or later, I'd been thinking for ages I didn't really like the look of the indicators on the Bonnie and while I was looking at them I started thinking that taillight isn't the best either so off they came, then off came the mudguard, then off came the grabrail, then I had a look round the shed for old lights, mudguards etc, then out came the angle grinder......  ;) ;) ;)
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Post by: froudy on Friday, 27 October 2017, 04:46 am
then out came the angle grinder......  ;) ;) ;)

And all of a sudden the simple cheap job became very expensive and time consuming..I know the score :rofl2:
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Post by: mlivkovich on Friday, 27 October 2017, 04:47 am
El cheapo rear stand. Ready for painting. Made of old  plumbing pipes and fittings.
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Post by: V_i_c_i on Friday, 27 October 2017, 10:24 pm
Great punk style.  :onya:
But for me is better unpainted.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Friday, 27 October 2017, 11:34 pm
Unpainted for me to....... she's finished !!
  :clapping:
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Post by: IanH on Saturday, 28 October 2017, 03:58 am
Bags packed ready for tomorrow.

Going back to the homeland to see the family for a week.

Just what will Middlesbrough (twin town with Oberhausen....or at least it used to be) be like in the autumn. Shorts and tee shirts....nahhhh.
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Post by: mjgt on Saturday, 28 October 2017, 06:18 pm
Bags packed ready for tomorrow.

Going back to the homeland to see the family for a week.

Just what will Middlesbrough (twin town with Oberhausen....or at least it used to be) be like in the autumn. Shorts and tee shirts....nahhhh.

I'd be willing to bet that there will be someone in T shirt, shorts and flip flops  :stir:
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Post by: grog on Thursday, 02 November 2017, 06:56 pm
3 weeks no ride. annoyed. perfect weather. wrap man has let me down with front guard. promised 3 times, tomorrow last chance.  :angry:
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Post by: grog on Friday, 03 November 2017, 07:05 pm
got my guard back today, re newed crash bars fitted, home made bobbins fitted. happy with result. to paint guard, buy bobbins and new crash bars. just on $800. this lot cost, a lot of work, $250.  :smile2:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Friday, 03 November 2017, 11:07 pm
Looks good though Grog   :onya:
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Post by: Red Biker on Friday, 03 November 2017, 11:18 pm
Yeah looks good that Grog 👍
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Post by: Mrg on Saturday, 04 November 2017, 01:39 am
nice work looks good  :onya:
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Post by: IanH on Saturday, 04 November 2017, 07:48 pm
Time to start packing for the journey back home tomorrow.
Must not forget to pack my shiny new Renntec engine bars  :grin:
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Post by: taximan on Thursday, 09 November 2017, 04:06 am
Had a new custom seat cover fitted. Nothing wrong with the old one and sold it to a member on here.
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Post by: Del on Thursday, 09 November 2017, 04:45 am
Fitted the wiring for the heated gloves as its well parkie up here - was praying for the lights to turn red so I could hug my engine to heat up

oh and cleaned the headlight as it was utterly minging
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Post by: froudy on Thursday, 09 November 2017, 07:26 am
As it's just over three weeks since my hip op, I decided to open the shed door to check and make sure the bikes were still in there..They were :laugh:
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Post by: Hooli on Thursday, 09 November 2017, 07:30 am
It's got to that time of year when I again start thinking about wiring a heated seat pad off ebay into the saddle. I really must work out if I've got enough spare amps to do such a thing as I'm recovering the saddle this winter anyway.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Thursday, 09 November 2017, 09:21 am
Del, Hooli, sorry you're cold. Warm here, come to lil ole New Zealand
We need more org members so we can have our own MCR
However, to fit the bill you will first need to be a refugee who comes from a country whose culture of violence clashes with ours. You will not be able to speak English, have no papers or passport and have a desire to burden the taxpayer and the services of this tiny country.
But if you fit the criteria theres plenty of room in my shed for your bikes, probably even lend you a pillow !!  :cheers:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Thursday, 09 November 2017, 12:55 pm
It's got to that time of year when I again start thinking about wiring a heated seat pad off ebay into the saddle. I really must work out if I've got enough spare amps to do such a thing as I'm recovering the saddle this winter anyway.

This may help Andy
http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/index.php?topic=432.0

@Hooli
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Post by: Hooli on Thursday, 09 November 2017, 06:06 pm
Ta Barmy.

That is just how i was going to work it out. I know with just grips & a 100/80w headlight years ago it'd overload the charging circuit at low revs, because when stuck in traffic if the bike idled too long the grips would switch off as they were designed too at 11.75v.

I think now I'm running a LED headlight it's given me enough amps back but I will add it all up to find out.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Thursday, 09 November 2017, 06:13 pm
Hooli....how much better do you find your LED headlamp. Im kinda done with playing with the bulb.
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Post by: Hooli on Thursday, 09 November 2017, 07:09 pm
It's good. I used the same one Barmy recommended a while ago.

I'm not convinced the spread of light is quite as perfect, I think it misses a bit out to the sides but 90% of it is there & a lot brighter so over all it's a lot better.
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Post by: grog on Thursday, 09 November 2017, 08:45 pm
Kiwi, ive had a good read about led headlights. everyone says theirs is best. i just use repco h4, draws 50w but puts out 120 they say, works fine. im not a night traveller, too many dangers, kangaroos, wombats. all tests say phillips ultinon is best led replacement. sure look bright in vids. cant see a single buy, cheapest is just over $200. for two. i tried led park bulbs in headlight, 3 just blew in no time, maybe a month. went back to normal, still going a year later. vibration i think, not sure really. im not bothered about converting. old skool seems to work.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Thursday, 09 November 2017, 09:49 pm
Haha, yep I recall the 'Wombat Crossing' signs.  :rofl2:
This year I rode right through including night time. The bulb I'm using is so much better than standard, still be nice to have better lighting.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Friday, 10 November 2017, 01:43 am
It would appear I'm using the same bulbs as you Grog, they call them Plus 50, Plus 80, Plus 100 & Plus 120. They draw the same current as a std 55w halogen but light output is equivalent to a std 80w or 100w or 120w.  I hardly go out at night now, but even on cloudy days I can see the a patch of road being illuminated.  I remember when I first fitted them, was night riding then, much brighter & better distance, still, I felt that at about 120k I'd be 'out riding' the lit patch of road.
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Post by: Endless on Friday, 10 November 2017, 10:40 am
Put a Dunlop Roadsmart on the front and did oil/fork seals. Front end behaves much nicer now, Front and rear B pads up next. Happy with the rubber, not quite as sticky as some but does the job. Renewing rego today, she'll be good for another year  :wheelie:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Friday, 10 November 2017, 04:45 pm
It would appear I'm using the same bulbs as you Grog, they call them Plus 50, Plus 80, Plus 100 & Plus 120. They draw the same current as a std 55w halogen but light output is equivalent to a std 80w or 100w or 120w.  I hardly go out at night now, but even on cloudy days I can see the a patch of road being illuminated.  I remember when I first fitted them, was night riding then, much brighter & better distance, still, I felt that at about 120k I'd be 'out riding' the lit patch of road.

The Philips bulbs you guys are using are called X-treme in the U.K. I used them in both my 14 and my Explorer, but then came across the Osram Night Racer - this is the equivalent of the car Osram Night Breaker but more resilient for vibration that bikes can have. Personally I found them a touch brighter than the Philips bulbs.

I’ve since swapped to LED bulbs on my Triumph - same bulbs that Hooli has fitted to his 14. Draw less current than the halogens and are much brighter, they really light up the road and car drivers see them. And at £32 a pair (about AUD$52) are - in my opinion - good value for money. And they are plug and play as well.

I don’t do much Night riding, but when I do, they have a good spread of light and are also much much easier to “spot” in daylight - I know this from runs I’ve bedn out on with others and have been tail end Charlie - easy to see when I’m coming!

At the end of the day it’s whatever suits you personally right now there are some good choices out there
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Post by: Buddynq on Saturday, 11 November 2017, 07:08 am
I had the pleasure of meeting Dave and Kathy.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Saturday, 11 November 2017, 09:55 am
Nice.  Did he polish something for ya?  You know a cup of tea & a biscuit get your rims polished, cup of tea & cake gets the exhaust done.   :whistling:
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Saturday, 11 November 2017, 11:21 am
I can just see it Col.......
with only a footpeg hanger to go.

......perhaps an after dinner mint sir?
No uck off im full........but monsieur tiz only wafer thin !! :whistling:
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Post by: Buddynq on Saturday, 11 November 2017, 12:54 pm
Only thing we polished off was a few beers 🍺
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Saturday, 11 November 2017, 05:37 pm
Only thing we polished off was a few beers 🍺

Oh yes!!
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Post by: grog on Saturday, 11 November 2017, 06:15 pm
so royalty is in oz, didnt realise.  :notworthy:
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Post by: Hooli on Saturday, 11 November 2017, 11:29 pm
I decorated my kitchen with the one bike I'll never sell, should be nice n warm to rebuild her.
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Post by: mjgt on Sunday, 12 November 2017, 07:19 pm
When I was in the RAF I used the dining room table to rebuild two bikes, a honda 550 F2 which I rebuilt as a 605 in the sitting room and a BMW R65 when I replaced the engine in the dining room.  Even used a spare room as a paint shop once, that was a bugger to cover up afterwards  :whistling:
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Sunday, 12 November 2017, 11:18 pm
My Dad used to ride Trials as a young bloke. He used to go to work on his trials bike. He had Nortons, Arials, and Gold Stars through the 50's.
My Nan would hear him coming and go open the front gate and front door. He then rode through the gate, in the front door down the hall past the stairs down two steps into, then through the lounge out the french doors and into the conservatory.
Being a good lad he always put a sheet of newspaper down in the lounge if he changed the oil there.

I do like the spare room as a paint shop idea. Dont see that  one getting the seal of approval from management  :happy1:
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Post by: Notty on Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 12:47 am
Tank going off for repair and respray so went for a ride to reduce the fuel in the tank - brrrrrr it was cold around 4 C ..waited till everything was flashing so less to drain off - all bike gear put away until spring  :bugga:
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Post by: Hooli on Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 05:56 am
I got another bloody puncture in the rear sunday. Got home & the spindle was sticking in the wheel so I used a 1/2" extension as a drift to tap it out as I've done in the past. Odd how a tiny tap jammed it so well in the end of the spindle that even with a drift poked in from the other side it wouldn't come out. Cut the end off the extension & got the spindle out, then the slightest tap with a drift did get the last bit out.

FFS, I'll have to buy a new extension now.

Oh & as to why it sticks, a garage forgot to tighten the spindle properly when fitting tyres once. It's done it ever since then but the bearings are fine & the spindle is undamaged so I've no idea as I can't feel a ridge or anything on the spacer between the bearings either.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 06:00 am
Dear old Mums not doing so good. The last couple of days l have been going to the hospital which is about 100kms away.
Have ridden home leaving there around midnight. Takes an hour and a bit to get home.
My point.......
Found the rides very therapeutic. The bike runs like a clock. The nights are crisp but not shiver cold. There is maybe 20 odd k's of State Highway 1 Expressway, the pretty lines of different coloured cats eyes marking the road edges and lanes, its new and bowling green smooth with next to no traffic before going back to one lane but with plenty of passing lanes.  It briefly runs along side Lake Karapiro which glistens in the moonlight. Swing off left towards Tauranga onto Highway 29 and through blacked out countryside which takes you over the Kaimai Ranges. Something like 5kms of climbing turns before the summit then it opens up as you drop down towards Tauranga lit up in the far distance. I rode at a pace fast enough to keep my mind focused, opening the throttle at times to let it sing.
20 minutes later a couple of roundabouts, then uphill and I'm home.
Park the bike in the garage, peel the parking infringement warning notice off the tank, turn the lights off and say a silent thanks to the bike for a good ride home.
Therapy that money can't buy........
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Post by: KiwiCol on Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 09:21 am
Sorry to hear about your mum Col. Where are you traveling to? Cambridge?
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Post by: mjgt on Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 06:49 pm
My Dad used to ride Trials as a young bloke. He used to go to work on his trials bike. He had Nortons, Arials, and Gold Stars through the 50's.
My Nan would hear him coming and go open the front gate and front door. He then rode through the gate, in the front door down the hall past the stairs down two steps into, then through the lounge out the french doors and into the conservatory.
Being a good lad he always put a sheet of newspaper down in the lounge if he changed the oil there.

I do like the spare room as a paint shop idea. Dont see that  one getting the seal of approval from management  :happy1:

I was lucky, first bike was for her indoors, so the paint shop was not really a problem, and it not like it was our house :whistling:.  The second bike was to share so again no complaints.  Now we have our own house permission might be harder to obtain   :rofl2:
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 07:05 pm
Sorry to hear about your mum Col. Where are you traveling to? Cambridge?

Yes Col Cambridge. She left to see her mum this morning.
Indulged myself in some more much needed therapy under a brilliant blue sky  this afternoon on the way home from my sons place out through the back roads of Matamata.
Folks that don't ride bikes just don't know what they miss out on.
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Post by: grog on Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 07:09 pm
great write up kiwi, i agree , love my time on my bike. sorry to hear about your mum. ive had same issues, 87 yrs old. took car off her, thought it would be the end. not at all. she opened up a whole new life. now knows every care driver, taxi driver , bus driver. amazed me. she wants a ride on my bike, not sure.
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Post by: Notty on Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 07:12 pm
great write up kiwi, i agree , love my time on my bike. sorry to hear about your mum. ive had same issues, 87 yrs old. took car off her, thought it would be the end. not at all. she opened up a whole new life. now knows every care driver, taxi driver , bus driver. amazed me. she wants a ride on my bike, not sure.
My mum said every one of the 600 taxi drivers in Cardiff (thats just one firm of dozens) knew her after I had to take her car keys off her. And she too started doing more than before ! :smile2:
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 07:12 pm
I was lucky, first bike was for her indoors, so the paint shop was not really a problem, and it not like it was our house :whistling:.  The second bike was to share so again no complaints.  Now we have our own house permission might be harder to obtain   :rofl2:



Haha.....can't be that hard......... You could try "Hey Darl can you take the Credit Card out for some exercise this arvo" let us know how you get on ??  :whistling:
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Post by: Buddynq on Friday, 17 November 2017, 07:05 am
great write up kiwi, i agree , love my time on my bike. sorry to hear about your mum. ive had same issues, 87 yrs old. took car off her, thought it would be the end. not at all. she opened up a whole new life. now knows every care driver, taxi driver , bus driver. amazed me. she wants a ride on my bike, not sure.

Go ooon Grog - Take her for a spin. My 81yo mother loves it. I have to take her whenever she comes up although sometimes I'm sure her heart rate goes up a bit more than carpet bowls
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Post by: Buddynq on Friday, 17 November 2017, 07:07 am
Rode bike in rain today - but really  :boogie:I just gotta type this one to get my 100th post up  :grin:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Friday, 17 November 2017, 02:18 pm
Good on ya buddy, you'll never have that one again.
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Post by: Irish in Oz on Friday, 17 November 2017, 04:43 pm
You rode mine in the rain Buddy and guess what you didn't have to clean it.
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Post by: grog on Friday, 17 November 2017, 09:23 pm
Today started changing out all the stainless steel bolts ive fitted over the years. Black anodised high tensile allen keys being fitted. Mainly frame bolts, calipers etc. i prefer the look and strength. Will try to do every bolt i see. Just a project to suit me.
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Post by: Red Biker on Saturday, 18 November 2017, 04:47 am
Hi Grog
Funny you should mention this,
I bought a selection box and swapped out the bolts on my belly pan and I do like the look it gives 👍

Red
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Post by: Buddynq on Saturday, 18 November 2017, 06:52 am
You rode mine in the rain Buddy and guess what you didn't have to clean it.
I thought the rain would have cleaned it. Oh well. Should have stayed an extra day
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Saturday, 18 November 2017, 03:50 pm
I love the way my Ozzy cousins comment on riding in the rain...
For me, I comment when its a dry ride out !
Its 5.45am now and I can hear the wind howling outside..
As soon as its light I shall start to remove the wheels (this time one at a time) to re replace the wheel bearings..
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Post by: Hooli on Saturday, 18 November 2017, 07:36 pm
When I can be arsed to move, I'll have breakfast & then stay in the kitchen to start taking Stroppy apart.
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Post by: Del on Saturday, 18 November 2017, 07:49 pm
Well nowt today but I won a raffle at work to allow me to use the car park for 2 months so Ill be using the cage for now - so this will allow me to tinker

Change swing arm (again)
New Shocks
Calipers rebuilt
And generally get the bike un minging
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Saturday, 18 November 2017, 11:44 pm
All wheel bearings / sprocket carrier bearings now re replaced.
It actually went better than I had expected..
Shes back in one piece again. :grin:
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Post by: ARH on Sunday, 19 November 2017, 12:17 am
And all ok now speedy?
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Sunday, 19 November 2017, 01:51 am
And all ok now speedy?

yes mate..
spot on now thanks.
 :)
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Post by: Tug on Sunday, 19 November 2017, 07:16 pm
Sold it   :sad:

(http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/gallery/0/medium_298-020317002033.jpeg)

i Know I will regret later but has allowed me a new toy for now.

(http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/gallery/0/medium_298-191117151039.jpeg)

not everybody's cup of tea, but i am pleased

for now!!!!

 
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Sunday, 19 November 2017, 08:22 pm
Weĺl it was one of B&W ones.
Nice leather hand bag..... Enjoy it !!  :onya:
Im sure you will find a black one later.  :stir:
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 19 November 2017, 08:43 pm
For a modern that handbag holder is rather nice, I like it.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Monday, 20 November 2017, 12:29 am
Like it, that looks a lot of fun!
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Post by: Tug on Monday, 20 November 2017, 12:35 am
that's it,, Hand bags at dawn!!!! :lol:
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 20 November 2017, 03:31 am
I spent a few hours stripping Stroppy down. All the electrics are off etc, next step is the exhaust & then top end of the engine before it all comes out the frame. After that just brakes & suspension.

Then I can get the frame welded, forks chromed, new rims fitted etc etc & start to rebuild her.

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Post by: Kiwifruit on Monday, 20 November 2017, 05:35 am
Honey...... dinners ready, have you vacuumed and set the table ?? :facepalm:
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 20 November 2017, 06:02 am
I had to stop as I was doing a roast dinner at the same time & the smell was too good so I was starving.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Monday, 20 November 2017, 06:05 am
 :rofl2:
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Post by: northern on Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 05:36 am
It was a while, since I did something to my bike. Today -  Yoshi cams ordered!  :boogie:
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Post by: seth on Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 05:57 am
fantastic look forward to seeing your results
 :cheers:
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 07:14 am
It was a while, since I did something to my bike. Today -  Yoshi cams ordered!  :boogie:


I'd like to do that and a pipe.
You will be counting the sleeps  :onya:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 02:07 pm
1 more to go Col & we'll have a new Torque Converter, or talk master or summit like that.
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Post by: seth on Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 05:12 pm
it's a very exclusive membership within the org  :stir:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 05:32 pm
So what's post 1000 gonna be? something profound? deeply philosophical? we're waiting . . .
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Post by: KiwiCol on Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 05:45 pm
Here look, I even made you a pudding to celebrate.  It's a Trifle for your shed!   
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Post by: seth on Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 07:37 pm
So what's post 1000 gonna be? something profound? deeply philosophical? we're waiting . . .

mike and jay (admin) will add a few 1000 posts to make sure the 3 (soon to be 4) real posters don't catch them up
 :stir:
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Post by: grog on Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 07:46 pm
1000 and 1402, very impressive. nice cake, pity i cant eat it. diabetic . can rem. both those achievements on old org. i was very proud. good onyas.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 09:19 pm
Drum roll please......
1000 posts really only means I talk far too much shite. Though I would like to mèet fella's on here face to face if i got the opportunity. Certainly have had a few laughs. Great forum !!
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 09:29 pm
Here look, I even made you a pudding to celebrate.  It's a Trifle for your shed!


Thanks Col.
Grog its OK for us, its sugar free and gluten free ......it is aye Col ??
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 11:03 pm
Drum roll please......
1000 posts really only means I talk far too much shite.

OMG - that means that with over double that number I..................... :embarrassed:  :happy1:
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Post by: seth on Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 01:03 am
forum legend indeed
looks like i need another 400 ish  :stir:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 02:13 am
Woo Hoo! Post 1402 for me, It'll have to be my round after Cols then.  Cheers all. 
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Post by: seth on Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 04:43 am
 :boogie2: :boogie: :onya:
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Post by: northern on Saturday, 25 November 2017, 05:49 am
Christmas came early!  :boogie:
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Post by: grog on Saturday, 25 November 2017, 05:56 pm
Nice present. Very nice. One day when i get motivated, would like same box as well as a box from same company with shiny pipes etc. a little black box also. One day itll happen. Ive promised myself.
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Saturday, 25 November 2017, 08:34 pm
Ordered a set of hand guards cos after the ride last weekend I need them.
Also got a set of heated grips which due to crappy weather I haven't installed yet.

The hand guards will be a winter only thing as I don't really like the look of them!
Oh and for anyone interested, they are early DL 1000 V Strom guards.
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Post by: seth on Saturday, 25 November 2017, 09:24 pm
(hand guards) how much and where from speedy ? :cheers:
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Saturday, 25 November 2017, 11:09 pm
(hand guards) how much and where from speedy ? :cheers:

I bought both from this seller..
No idea if he has more...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SUZUKI-DL1000-EARLY-model-K4-LO-2004-2010-RH-KNUCKLE-COVER-NO-FITTINGS-NEW/391865178856?epid=1325231361&hash=item5b3cfc1ae8:m:ms6Wgo-9iVv39BE_04mCkpg

I phoned him directly and bought them.. See "contact seller" for details
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Post by: seth on Sunday, 26 November 2017, 12:27 am
looks like the right ones (the early ones also mount onto the bar-end ? ) be good to see them on your bike .
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Sunday, 26 November 2017, 02:39 am
I see no fittings. Just be warned that the extended bolts that you need that they fit onto are not cheap.

(See my thread on fitting these - includes diagrammatic with prices http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/index.php?topic=1145.msg12323#msg12323 - you are looking at the bolt numbered 11 in the second diagram - £19.68 each! However if you call Robinsons before cob Monday, in their Black Friday sale they are doing 20% off parts......)

@Speedy1959
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Sunday, 26 November 2017, 05:54 pm
Thanks Dave..
There are 2 variants of the bolt..
1 appears to be in stock and the other does not !
Does it matter which version I get ?
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Sunday, 26 November 2017, 06:41 pm
Thanks Dave..
There are 2 variants of the bolt..
1 appears to be in stock and the other does not !
Does it matter which version I get ?

I guess you are referring to items 5 and 11 on the diagram Simon? Far as I know they are both the same (odd one in stock the other is not - when I had them on mine they were both the same) The nut on your existing bolts will fit the thread area at the bottom, so you don’t need those.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Sunday, 26 November 2017, 07:47 pm
Christmas came early!  :boogie:


Do you think if I ordered the same they could package it in a plain cardboard box wrapping contents in Chinese newspaper........ as yours is packaged it may not pass under that budget/bargain threshold price scrutiny.  :whistling:
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Sunday, 26 November 2017, 08:05 pm
I guess you are referring to items 5 and 11 on the diagram Simon? Far as I know they are both the same (odd one in stock the other is not - when I had them on mine they were both the same) The nut on your existing bolts will fit the thread area at the bottom, so you don’t need those.

I was indeed Dave..
They must be made of platinum..
On those prices my bike must be worth £100,000 !!!
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Post by: grog on Monday, 27 November 2017, 07:18 pm
front wheel out for a new front boot. cant believe how dirty calipers/pistons are. only done 2 yrs ago. must be a nightmare on uk roads. we dont have salt etc. only couple of rides in rain. another job on the list.
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 27 November 2017, 08:54 pm
Hi Grog
Something that can help after every ride certainly here,is get the wheels up and wash Calipers/pads in soapy water and rinse. Just stops the crap building up and burning on 👍

Cheers
Red
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Monday, 27 November 2017, 09:36 pm
front wheel out for a new front boot. cant believe how dirty calipers/pistons are. only done 2 yrs ago. must be a nightmare on uk roads. we dont have salt etc. only couple of rides in rain. another job on the list.

Check your rear caliper as well grog, as the crud can build up around the piston and slowing its action down. I used to have my calipers off every 1500 miles max for a good scrub around with brake cleaner to remove the brake dust, as, especially in the front 6 pots, the smaller pistons can start to jam up a bit as the piston are quite close to casting edges.

And mine was only used 99% of the time in good weather!!!!
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 27 November 2017, 10:20 pm
cleaner

What's that mean?  :confused1: :whistling:
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 01:42 am
cleaner

What's that mean?  :confused1: :whistling:

Vacuum cleaner, maybe .........
management suggested l try using one....not sure Hooli, sorry not much help.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 03:22 am
cleaner

What's that mean?  :confused1: :whistling:

Brake Cleaning Fluid to remove the Brake dust - but then you knew what I meant haha

Mind you if you have a Black 14 one probably wouldn't need it as the calipers would be colour co-ordinated  :happy1:
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Post by: Hooli on Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 08:02 am
Mine has black wheels sometimes...
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Post by: grog on Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 07:49 pm
would be good to fit new tyre every month, the ride is so sweet. envy those moto gp blokes, just call in for a newie. my front tyre wore out rhs, road camber n roundabouts i guess. turn in to corners is amazing switching from old to new. nearly 20 th ks, unreal i reckon. in case anyone interested, i use brake cleaner to get rid of sticker glue etc. then a good rub all over with wet n dry. gives me a bit of confidence, never had a slip ever using this method. just my way of doing it.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 02:35 am
Bit of a gravel road ride gets rid of that release agent pretty quick too.
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Post by: Snapey on Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 03:09 am
would be good to fit new tyre every month, the ride is so sweet. envy those moto gp blokes, just call in for a newie. my front tyre wore out rhs, road camber n roundabouts i guess. turn in to corners is amazing switching from old to new. nearly 20 th ks, unreal i reckon. in case anyone interested, i use brake cleaner to get rid of sticker glue etc. then a good rub all over with wet n dry. gives me a bit of confidence, never had a slip ever using this method. just my way of doing it.

20,000kms out of a front tyre Grog .... no wonder you've never had a slip.
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Post by: Del on Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 06:19 am
I washed the bike as it was utterly minging - I stubbed my finger a stoater and now its loupin

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Post by: Kiwifruit on Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 06:33 am
Any chance of a translation Del ?
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Post by: grog on Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 07:09 am
Amazing ks eh Snapey. Pretty much double any others. Another Angel fitted. Yeah, Del, translation please.
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Post by: Hooli on Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 08:24 am
Doesn't even make sense to us a few hundred miles south, no wonder you lot darn under haven't a clue.
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Post by: Sweaty on Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 10:50 am
I washed the bike as it was utterly minging - I stubbed my finger a stoater and now its loupin

My take on it.
Minging = Filthy
a Stoater = a beauty/really badly
It’s loupin = it’s killing me/ hurting.


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Post by: Del on Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 04:19 pm
I washed the bike as it was utterly minging - I stubbed my finger a stoater and now its loupin

My take on it.
Minging = Filthy
a Stoater = a beauty/really badly
It’s loupin = it’s killing me/ hurting.

I dont need to say no more Our Sweaty hit it oan the heid  :) :)
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 04 December 2017, 03:21 am
I took some more bits off Stroppy, my kitchen work top now has a lot more parts on it. Plus last time I rebuilt her she'd seized a pin & ruined the small end so I got them machined out & BSA A10 bushes fitted. These got reamed to fit the Triumph pins & all seemed good.

However on stripping it down today I've found one of these bushes has moved. I'm thinking a small bit of tube in the oil hole would locate it better, but I'm not sure how to hold it all together. Any ideas?

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Post by: KiwiCol on Monday, 04 December 2017, 03:58 am
One for Lawrie?
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 04 December 2017, 04:15 am
Suggestions elsewhere are green loctite and peen the ends over. It's just a shame the machine shop who did the work didn't mention that as I just put it back like they suggested.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Monday, 04 December 2017, 07:13 am
I certainly wouldn’t put a small bit of tube in the oil hole. Years ago (1973 to be precise) I bought a new Tiger 650. 50 miles from new and she rattled like a good’un - all b3 amuse the bloke who drilled the hole in one of the cam followers left some swarfe in the oil hole of the follower restricting the flow.

I suppose a replacement conrod is not an option? Or even replace both conrod’s maybe?

Not sure about peening over. As suggested above Lawrie can probably advise, if not then I think a chat with a local engineering firm to discuss options
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 04 December 2017, 07:50 am
A local engineering firm where I used to be are who buggered it up last time so the bush moves...

A new set of rods are about £250, plus big end bolts etc so to be avoided if I can fix this safely.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Monday, 04 December 2017, 08:43 am
Are there no options for a smidgen more being taken out and new (slightly larger) inserts Andy?

Which loctite - myself I'd possibly think about blue perhaps, as has a bit more strength than green. May be worth reading this article before choosing.

http://henkeladhesivesna.com/blog/the-difference-between-red-blue-green-and-purple-threadlockers/

May also be worth having a word with these guys to see what they say https://simplybearings.co.uk/shop/Engineers-Adhesives/c4460/index.html I've found them very helpful for advice in the past, they also do a range of adhesives, so may be able to suggest something

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Post by: grog on Monday, 04 December 2017, 07:14 pm
stroppy, its a 650/750 twin? small end bushes in them chew out or move because they arent perfectly aligned with big end bearings.must be perfect, no amount of loctite will solve it. needs a precision job. weight across big ends has to be shared across gudgeon bush, otherwise its a one side has this, other side has something else. just not even. hope this helps.
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Post by: Irish in Oz on Monday, 04 December 2017, 07:22 pm
Which loctite actually likes heat!
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Post by: grog on Monday, 04 December 2017, 08:44 pm
loctite 620 or permatex 64000, both up to 200c. both made for retaining engine brgs, trans brgs etc.
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 04 December 2017, 10:49 pm
stroppy, its a 650/750 twin? small end bushes in them chew out or move because they arent perfectly aligned with big end bearings.must be perfect, no amount of loctite will solve it. needs a precision job. weight across big ends has to be shared across gudgeon bush, otherwise its a one side has this, other side has something else. just not even. hope this helps.

Correct T140v 750cc.

Thanks for the info, it makes sense.
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Post by: grog on Tuesday, 05 December 2017, 07:37 pm
http://www.mapcycle.com/performance-parts/connecting-rods/map7065-triumph-t140-4340-h-beam-connecting-rods-6-0.html
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Post by: Hooli on Tuesday, 05 December 2017, 10:47 pm
Ouch at the price
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Wednesday, 06 December 2017, 01:25 am
Look pŕetty though   :onya:
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Post by: lawrie on Wednesday, 06 December 2017, 07:18 am
I would definitely NOT put a tube down there, put a tube in & the oil-hole would be smaller=less oil AND a danger of it coming out.
Bore it bigger for a tube with similar oil-hole dia & the danger then is weakening the rod-eye, & still coming out.

If it were me, i'd internally chuck the bearing in the lathe, then machine an external knurl, this will force a bigger surface diameter, & give a 'bite-grip', chemically clean the rod & bearing, put the bearing in the freezer overnight, then the rod in the oven to get it really hot, a thin film of locktite if you like, the 2 should then be pressed together ( ensuring the oil-holes line up ) & bobs your auntie as they say. 
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Post by: grog on Wednesday, 06 December 2017, 07:29 pm
Lawrie, great info. what i know about those rods is the alignment top to bottom must be perfect. alloy rods can twist, small end bushes reamed out of line. seems to be probs others with same motor have. not sure if this motor has alloy rods.
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Post by: Hooli on Thursday, 07 December 2017, 06:54 am
True, but if I ever get to see them again they didn't work....
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Post by: mlivkovich on Friday, 08 December 2017, 05:09 am
Changed fork seals and oil and painted lower parts :imrgreen:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Friday, 08 December 2017, 08:11 am
Nice - but in the last picture looks like the axle pinch bolts are missing?

@mlivkovich
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Post by: GSXKING on Friday, 08 December 2017, 08:18 am
Checked the tyre pressures in preparation for a big ride Saturday, going to be 34 deg C, very hard to handle  :rofl3: :rofl3: :rofl2: :rofl2:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Friday, 08 December 2017, 02:03 pm
If you ride fast Chris, you'll get away from the heat.  Yeah?  That's my excuse officer.
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Post by: Buddynq on Friday, 08 December 2017, 02:20 pm
Stopped for a coffee in town on way to work. Went to start and starter just spinning and not engaging. I rang my new best mate Irish Jeff and he gave me some advice and told a story about the Katana which I had no idea what he was talking about ???.

Anyhoo - managed to get two council workers to give me a push start - Yes, Two council workers.

Got to work and pulled the magneto cover off.  Jeffs story all made sense at this point.  :onya:  :cheers:

Turns out the bolt holding the generator rotor assemble, starter clutch etc was loose. Tighted up to spec (160nm) and all good.
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Post by: Buddynq on Friday, 08 December 2017, 02:31 pm
Now that I know what the bits are called I have just discovered step by step instructions on what I did that Dave posted. http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/index.php?topic=222.msg1589#msg1589

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Post by: KiwiCol on Friday, 08 December 2017, 03:26 pm
How many K's on ya bike Buddy?  Just thinking when I should have a look at mine.
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Post by: mlivkovich on Friday, 08 December 2017, 03:40 pm
Nice - but in the last picture looks like the axle pinch bolts are missing?

@mlivkovich

Yes. Took picture just after tightening axle...bolts are in place now,  thank you anyway! :cheers:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Friday, 08 December 2017, 03:51 pm
How many K's on ya bike Buddy?  Just thinking when I should have a look at mine.

It seems to be variable when this bolt (can) come loose on mainly K5’s on Col. In the U.K. those later models affected seem to get the issue - if they are going to get it - around the 10-14K miles mark (16-23k Km’s). Buddy’s bike (I think) has done one 40K Km’s and if so is the highest mileage i’ve Heard of this happening.

Worth checking. If you do find it loose though, tighten it up but replace with a new bolt ASAP, as given the torque, the bolt stretches slightly so can potentially come loose. Torque properly with a new bolt and that’s unlikely.

I checked my K7 with a torque wrench and it was fine, so not all later engines were affected. But I’ve seen late K4’s on have the problem through K7’s. Can’t say about the K8, but can’t see why that may not also be affected.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Friday, 08 December 2017, 04:49 pm
Is this the bolt that can come loose from bump starting or is it the clutch basket that comes loose ?
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Friday, 08 December 2017, 05:26 pm
Is this the bolt that can come loose from bump starting or is it the clutch basket that comes loose ?

It’s the bolt that holds the stator on that turns inside the alternator.

Not sure it comes loose from bump starting - but always possible I guess
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Post by: Buddynq on Friday, 08 December 2017, 05:52 pm
How many K's on ya bike Buddy?  Just thinking when I should have a look at mine.
Bike has 110,000km Col - 2008 model. Not a difficult task mate.
Interesting to see inside the cover but I must admit I touched the bolt by accident and realised it was loose.
Earlier -When I searched the forum I put in 'Spinning Starter" but nothing came up. I brushed over Daves post about a Stator because I thought it was mis-spelled  :whatever: - Had no idea what a Stator was until I looked at the parts manual :happy1:

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Post by: grog on Friday, 08 December 2017, 06:55 pm
worth a look you blokes. did mine yonks ago, didnt replace bolt, it wasnt loose. wacked some super strength loctite on it. a bit over a maintenance / service job but was just making sure. your post Buddy makes me glad i did.
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Post by: mjgt on Friday, 08 December 2017, 07:06 pm
I can't believe this sort of thing is still happening, I first experienced it in 1983 on my GSX 1100.  :whatever:
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Post by: grog on Friday, 08 December 2017, 07:22 pm
mjgt, youre right mate, had forgotten. gs 1000 and gsx1100 in early 80s, same prob. cant really remember but think i just did bolts up on both. not sure. i wouldve loctited , even back then. probably more pro active then than now. my little stable was gs1000g, gsx1100ex and ducati darmah. still love them all.
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Post by: Buddynq on Friday, 08 December 2017, 08:06 pm
Pretty sure Jeff put a Key in the shaft on his Katana
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Post by: mjgt on Friday, 08 December 2017, 08:37 pm
mjgt, youre right mate, had forgotten. gs 1000 and gsx1100 in early 80s, same prob. cant really remember but think i just did bolts up on both. not sure. i wouldve loctited , even back then. probably more pro active then than now. my little stable was gs1000g, gsx1100ex and ducati darmah. still love them all.

I had an 860GTS  :onya:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Friday, 08 December 2017, 09:51 pm
worth a look you blokes. did mine yonks ago, didnt replace bolt, it wasnt loose. wacked some super strength loctite on it. a bit over a maintenance / service job but was just making sure. your post Buddy makes me glad i did.

May be worth having the cover off and just loctiting (is that a word?) the generator bolts in the casing given what happened to Endless a few days ago where one of the alternator bolts came loose and chewed up the alternator (http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/index.php?topic=2048.msg23593#msg23593)

@grog
@Buddynq
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Post by: IanH on Saturday, 09 December 2017, 04:51 pm
So, while you guys are battling away fighting 1st world problems I'm enjoying the sun in South East Asia....Thailand to be precise.

What did I do today, I took delivery of my rental Honda CBR125RR (aka Click) and took it for a 15 kilometre spin down the seafront and back.
Don't be fooled by the looks....its a beast!



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Post by: Kiwifruit on Saturday, 09 December 2017, 04:55 pm
The front end looks very Trumpet  :stir:
Enjoy Ian.
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Post by: mjgt on Saturday, 09 December 2017, 06:53 pm
 :lol: looks a propper hand full  :whistling:
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Post by: Sweaty on Saturday, 09 December 2017, 07:04 pm
It could do with a tail tidy  ;)
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Post by: northern on Saturday, 09 December 2017, 10:09 pm
Annual winter bike-fun began. :grin:
This year major plan is to Yoshi cam install. Maybe (just maybe) repaint engine.
Minor plans are chain replacement and rear brake rebuild (new pistons).

Bonus plan: If I have time to deal with it - oil temperature indication. Start it 2 years ago,  but still not finished... :boring:

P.S. I also have a question - riding on a roads, which are under construction, covers engine with dirt, which with engine heat became hard almost as a stone, and which is very hard to clean. Other thing - this dirt is hard to access cause it's behind the oil cooler and header pipes.
How do you clean this kind of dirt?
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Post by: Andre on Saturday, 09 December 2017, 11:09 pm
Oil (motor oil, wd40, ballistol etc.) is a great cleaner for dirt.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Sunday, 10 December 2017, 01:22 am
I generally use SDoc100 Gel ( https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SDoc100-Motorcycle-Motorbike-Gel-Cleaner/182575310964?epid=1105484018&hash=item2a82562874:g:ybAAAOSwUoNaIB2X  ) as it sticks to the bike better than Muc-off and the suchlike which I agitate in those hard to get places with a long 45 degree angled brush (similar to what one uses for painting (like this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2x-QUALITY-LONG-ANGLED-RADIATOR-PAINT-BRUSH-Decorating-DIY-Plastic-Handle-Pipe/311964641280? ), leave it about 30 mins and then hose it off. Sometimes you do need a second go at it, but generally, being a Gel and "sticking" to the engine, it works pretty much first time. If i can't use SDoc for any reason, then my next choice is Auto-Glym Engine Cleaner http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Auto-Glym-Engine-Machine-Cleaner-1-Litre/263181338343?epid=1504538425&hash=item3d46d486e7:g:zyIAAOSwEQFZqbBP

WD40 - as Andre says - is good - but can leave an oily film on the casings which you then need to get off. Great for removing oil and grease though, once of the best.

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Post by: northern on Sunday, 10 December 2017, 03:35 am
Thank you Andre and Dave.
Issue is, I cant get SDoc 100 in my country, and ordering outside will make to expensive. But Autoglym I should have in store not far away... Should give it a try.
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Post by: Blubber on Sunday, 10 December 2017, 03:37 am
So, while you guys are battling away fighting 1st world problems I'm enjoying the sun in South East Asia....Thailand to be precise.


Enjoy.
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Post by: Irish in Oz on Monday, 11 December 2017, 04:26 am
mjgt, youre right mate, had forgotten. gs 1000 and gsx1100 in early 80s, same prob. cant really remember but think i just did bolts up on both. not sure. i wouldve loctited , even back then. probably more pro active then than now. my little stable was gs1000g, gsx1100ex and ducati darmah. still love them all.
You can have this problem with any starter clutch engine even seen it on a Z900. When I got the Kat the taper was scored I tried loctite on shaft and bolt held up for a while, I ended up grub screwing it into shaft, no problem since.
http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/index.php?topic=222.0

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Post by: blgdave on Monday, 11 December 2017, 08:43 am
I just fitted a new set of plugs and blown out the air filter. Running sweet as again!!
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Post by: Buddynq on Thursday, 14 December 2017, 11:20 am
Gantry at work came in handy today.
Going to try Metzelers Roadtec 01.
Was really happy with 10,000km I got from front Pirelli Angel GT
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Post by: Irish in Oz on Thursday, 14 December 2017, 04:55 pm
Where did you that idea from. What's with the tyre change! You had Angel's on the 14, I had old PR2 on the front of XJR and Angel on back.
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Post by: Buddynq on Thursday, 14 December 2017, 06:00 pm
Your my Angel Jeff   :salute:

They had Metzelers on the hire bikes at Eastern Creek and felt really good. Thought I would try them on 14.
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Post by: grog on Thursday, 14 December 2017, 07:15 pm
gantry idea a ripper. smaller scale, i use ropes from beams to hold up bars etc for repairs. youll miss the angels, mine so nice with a newie.
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Post by: GSXKING on Friday, 15 December 2017, 11:21 pm
I just changed the air in the tyres as it's summer now. 42 PSI rear 36 PSI Front Pirelli Angel Gt 'O' Spec.  :onya:
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Post by: froudy on Saturday, 16 December 2017, 02:38 am
Fitted the Tokico 4 pot calipers and new pads this afternoon.
Gave the bike a good coat of ACF50 too, ready for when I start riding again mid Jan.
I've got a pair of horns coming too, so another job to sort while I'm off work recovering from my Op :imrgreen:
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 17 December 2017, 05:39 am
So managed to get into the freezing cave today, got all the bits off ready for wrapping.
Did a bit of wet and dry on some imperfections so the vinyl will go on nice and flat.
Anyone got any tips for extracting the last bit of petrol now the tank is off??


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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 17 December 2017, 05:41 am
She looks a bit sad now! Like a bride on her wedding day before the make up girl arrives 😀
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 17 December 2017, 06:31 am
I've never managed to get the last bit of petrol out except by putting the tank in hot sunlight so it evaporates. Good luck with that currently.
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 17 December 2017, 07:02 am
Thanks Hooli
I’ve been advised to remove the braided pipe and it will come out of there👍
Looking at this guys bike I’m inclined to follow his every word!

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Post by: Daytona on Sunday, 17 December 2017, 07:17 am
Charlie freeman used to take tank of and slot it onto the tail pipe of a plastic pig,I know this because he did it with my rd250 tank which needed a bit of welding on the seam,
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Post by: paca on Sunday, 17 December 2017, 08:02 am
This show how to empty the fuel tank  :onya:
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 17 December 2017, 08:45 am
Thanks Paca
Should have read this first!
Unfortunately my tank is already off and pump removed 😩

Cheers
Red
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Post by: Trav Man on Sunday, 17 December 2017, 04:56 pm
Well I haven't been here for a while but I'm still around 👍
Well as the 14 is my daily the seat skin started to tear and I had duct tape holding it together so I gave her an early Christmas present and put on a new seat skin......
I hope she likes it 🤣
Any how off to the pub now for dinner so I'll be back to catch up soon 👍

Trav Man
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Sunday, 17 December 2017, 06:32 pm
Hey Trav Man, nice to see you buddy!
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Post by: grog on Sunday, 17 December 2017, 06:34 pm
Trav Man, youll love the seat. 6 yrs had mine but top 3 mods id do to 14. Lower and no more sliding on mine. A report ordered
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 17 December 2017, 08:47 pm
Very nice Trav!
Did you go for gel inserts as well?

Red
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 17 December 2017, 09:32 pm
Even with both hoses off a little bit sloshes about inside that won't come out. I've done it a few times over the years.

That RnB looks familiar, I think he was an aerospace or race engineer & posted the build on the old org?
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 18 December 2017, 01:27 am
In all seriousness I’ve been told to dangle a couple of Tampax in there!!

Won’t sign off as red on this one 😩
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Post by: Andre on Monday, 18 December 2017, 01:46 am
A match will do the trick  :popcorn:

Friend of mine (at age 15) spilled petrol when cleaning carburator. A match cleaned it up nicely. He enjoyed the comics I brought him to the hospital where he spent a few weeks.
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Post by: Andre on Monday, 18 December 2017, 02:06 am
Replaced one of the angle (ball) joints of the gearshift lever linkage. The rivet type mounting had become loose. The replacement is the M6 in the attached pic. Got it in SS with dust cap.

ADMIN COMMENT: This modification has now been detailed in a new thread http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/index.php?topic=2120.msg24675#msg24675
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 18 December 2017, 02:14 am
How did you wear one of them out? mine are oriignal & have had years of neglect.
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Post by: Andre on Monday, 18 December 2017, 02:27 am
Ask the previous owner. Have heard of several cases.

Here is an extreme case.


Gear linkage rose joints broke - pins sheared off both ends one at a time at maybe 120k kms and 145k kms or so. Rode home both times with it in 2nd gear - bit noisy on the freeway!!! Maybe I've just got a heavy foot...

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Post by: Kiwifruit on Monday, 18 December 2017, 03:55 am
In all seriousness I’ve been told to dangle a couple of Tampax in there!!

Won’t sign off as red on this one 😩

Just a word of caution......using the last ones in the box wont help your Share Price    :facepalm:
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 18 December 2017, 04:18 am
I hear you Kiwi 👍almost as bad has having the last mince pie, she’s still
Not forgiven me for that!
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Post by: Trav Man on Monday, 18 December 2017, 09:34 am
Very nice Trav!
Did you go for gel inserts as well?

Red

Nah mate just straight over the factory foam as I've had here since new and have clocked just over 80000kms so far as the seat is nicely worn in now so why mess with a good thing 😎
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Post by: Blubber on Tuesday, 19 December 2017, 03:30 am
Even with both hoses off a little bit sloshes about inside that won't come out. I've done it a few times over the years.

That RnB looks familiar, I think he was an aerospace or race engineer & posted the build on the old org?

Correct,

That one belongs to Matthew Bennett aka kanerdog1x1.

I think he works or worked for a company that also runs a car rally team.

Talented guy. On the old org, he kinda lost his bike mojo


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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 20 December 2017, 05:01 am
Just this:
 :)
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Post by: seth on Wednesday, 20 December 2017, 05:33 am
hardly anything then  :salute:
looks like your in for a busy time hope all goes well .
 :cheers:
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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 20 December 2017, 08:14 am
hardly anything then  :salute:
looks like your in for a busy time hope all goes well .
 :cheers:
Unfortunately, do not have lot of time to dedicate for this process, so it will take a lot of time. But, going so fare, it came to my mind - why not to powder coat frame also? Engine is out and there is not much left...  :confused1:
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 24 December 2017, 07:46 am
Just a bit of housekeeping whilst the tank is off, tarted up the lump!
Oh and put new indicators on that I bought at the bike show  :onya:

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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 24 December 2017, 08:01 am
The black appears to have fallen off your clocks & got stuck on the engine.
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 24 December 2017, 08:11 am
All Black would be too much Hooli! so compramised on the clocks  :whistling:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Sunday, 24 December 2017, 07:47 pm
If anyone is wondering where all the posts on the gear change linkage replacement (started by Andre) have gone, then I have moved all relevant threads to a complete new thread under Engine and Gearbox which I have also stickied for future reference (as there is lost of useful info there, which otherwise may get lost within the depths of this thread).


http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/index.php?topic=2120.0

@Andre
@grog
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Post by: grog on Sunday, 24 December 2017, 07:55 pm
Thanks Barmy. Well done.
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Post by: Del on Sunday, 24 December 2017, 08:00 pm
that is some size of workshop @Red Biker
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 24 December 2017, 09:42 pm
@ Del
It’s perfect, I share with my
neighbor, between us we have most things covered, he builds stuff from scratch so great to have around 👍
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Sunday, 24 December 2017, 11:35 pm
After 2 weeks of living with Motul 5100 I changed the oil to some semi synth 10W-40 from a car accessory shop and and can honestly say the gear changes are MUCH better and the engine is actually smoother as well.
I noticed the gear change improvement pretty much straight away.. The oil I am using is API SL/CF though technically not motorcycle oil I dont give 2 hoots..
My bike runs much better on it without paying a premium for the can having "Motorcycle Oil" printed on it..
As a mate from Yorkshire says.. "It'll be reeet"
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Monday, 25 December 2017, 02:24 am
Thats exactly what l found Speedy. I am also very careful to adjust my chain at its tightest point.
Just changed the oil and filter and really took some time to adjust the chain. 53,000kms and my gearbox is the best its ever been.  :onya:
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Post by: northern on Monday, 25 December 2017, 11:14 pm
New chain arrived today  :onya:

This time I went for "endless" chain - closed ring without a rivet link. Why - I think it's stronger and main reason I do not have my own chain riveting tool :). And I anyway taking my bike apart this winter, so it will not be a problem.
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Post by: Andre on Monday, 25 December 2017, 11:30 pm
New chain arrived today  :onya:

This time I went for "endless" chain - closed ring without a rivet link. Why - I think it's stronger and main reason I do not have my own chain riveting tool :). And I anyway taking my bike apart this winter, so it will not be a problem.

I prefer endless chain. Good opportunity to inspect and grease the bearings of the swingarm. More time invested is saved by not cutting and riveting the chain.

Putting on new sprockets at the same time will make your new chain last longer (about double the mileage).
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Post by: Red Biker on Friday, 29 December 2017, 05:50 am
Took my wheels to the Powder coating guy, I was usure of the exact shade I wanted so he gave me the suppliers web site to look at and now my head is frazzled!

If you are thinking of coating any parts, have a look on here, the choice is mind blowing!

https://www.prismaticpowders.com/powder-coating-colors/

The old girl is looking a bit sad right now!



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Post by: grog on Friday, 29 December 2017, 07:14 pm
Red, so many colours, would do me in. id just choose black, white etc. i get too confused with too many choices.waiting   on new gear lever joints and bush. couldnt wait so yesterday took it off, lubed swivel joints and lever bush. much nicer, will be better again when bits arrive. having battery going flat lately, too much rain to ride one prob, other was i had healtech atre hooked to battery, on all the time. changed it yesterday, power wire reaches thru under lhs of tank to horn connector. a double spade connecter, couple of cable ties, job done. pushed horn on way home, gear indicator goes off, no drama, comes straight back on. hopefully batt prob solved. 
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Friday, 29 December 2017, 07:33 pm
Red, so many colours, would do me in. id just choose black, white etc. i get too confused with too many choices.waiting   on new gear lever joints and bush. couldnt wait so yesterday took it off, lubed swivel joints and lever bush. much nicer, will be better again when bits arrive. having battery going flat lately, too much rain to ride one prob, other was i had healtech atre hooked to battery, on all the time. changed it yesterday, power wire reaches thru under lhs of tank to horn connector. a double spade connecter, couple of cable ties, job done. pushed horn on way home, gear indicator goes off, no drama, comes straight back on. hopefully batt prob solved.

I connected my aTRE to the Orange wire (you can either pick this up out of the fuse box, or off the ignition switch in the headlight).
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Post by: Hooli on Friday, 29 December 2017, 10:57 pm
Same place I've powered heated grips from Barmy.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Saturday, 30 December 2017, 03:53 am
Same place I've powered heated grips from Barmy.

Yep, agree, it's a good wire to take power from Andy
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Post by: grog on Saturday, 30 December 2017, 06:50 pm
Ill look for orange next time. Horn is perfect for gear indicator. Exactly right length for wire. Not many other electric thingos i need, maybe a phone charger. Thanks fellas
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 31 December 2017, 12:00 am
I finally checked the tyre pressures, 6psi low at both ends. That'll explain why it didn't like corners last time I used it.
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Post by: black14 on Sunday, 31 December 2017, 07:15 am
New chain and sprockets. A new battery - to replace the 9 year old original that still started the bike but was becoming pretty sluggish on a cold morning (not that we've had any of those lately but I bought the new battery some months ago as I didn't expect it to see out the winter!!). New clutch fluid - for no reason other than the sprocket cover was off and it is so easy to do. And replaced the worn out footpeg rubbers with some nice squishy new ones that have all the ribs!!
 :onya:
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Post by: Red Biker on Saturday, 06 January 2018, 01:47 am
I currently have the tank off, so using the step by step guide from the downloads on here, I took the fuel pump apart and gave it a a damn good thrashing! tea bag looks like new as well  :hat:

@ Barmy thanks for posting the guide up, couldn't/wouldn't have done it without it  :onya:

Cheers
Red

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Post by: gsxbarmy on Saturday, 06 January 2018, 03:05 am
Welcome Nigel - Good job done there with that pump!  :clapping:
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Post by: froudy on Saturday, 06 January 2018, 04:00 am
I very carefully stepped and worked around my bike as I re roofed the cave it lives in :imrgreen:
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Post by: Trav Man on Saturday, 06 January 2018, 07:55 pm
After I got home from an outing on the DR350 and fixing the side stand because I broke it during an off whille having a bucket load of fun on it I put new grips on the GSX and also removed the pannier racks as I'm just not using them at the moment.....
Then had a couple of beers to admire the beasts
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Post by: Andre on Saturday, 06 January 2018, 07:58 pm
Who is the baby beast for?
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Post by: Trav Man on Saturday, 06 January 2018, 08:45 pm
For the boys for when they're pissed :happy1:
Nah just kidding......
It's my daughters as she's just turned 5 and is wanting to learn how to ride a motorbike :onya:
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Post by: Andre on Saturday, 06 January 2018, 09:21 pm
Cool  :onya:

How is she coming along with the little beast?
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Post by: Sweaty on Sunday, 07 January 2018, 04:47 pm
New tyres put on, oil & filter + air filter & waiting for new chain & sprockets to arrive.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 07 January 2018, 06:23 pm
A fair ole spruce up there Sweaty, nice.
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Post by: Trav Man on Sunday, 07 January 2018, 07:44 pm
Cool  :onya:

How is she coming along with the little beast?
She's waiting until we replace the plastics and grips to pink then look out  :boogie:
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Post by: Andre on Sunday, 07 January 2018, 09:10 pm
I am very happy for you two  :smitten:
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Post by: Notty on Monday, 08 January 2018, 02:38 am
New "short arse" Hagon Nitro's fitted and test ride - yippeeeee  :) :) :) :)
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Monday, 08 January 2018, 05:42 am
Very nice Geoff - looks like you didn't have to adjust the SAG much  :onya:
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 08 January 2018, 06:42 am
Too clean!  :lol:
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 08 January 2018, 06:43 am
I did a bit more on taking my kitchen ornament apart. Almost ready to get the frame welded & then I can think about cleaning it up, sorting the paint & starting to put it together again. The last step will take a while as I'm rebuilding bits as I go.

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Post by: Gixerkid on Monday, 08 January 2018, 06:45 am
Picked up my 14 last weekend,been busy this weekend fitting new(new to me) rear shocks (thanks to Notty) oil and filter change and today new fork oil and sorted the leaky for seal..., now only one problem left to solve the bloody ignition switch....and a big thanks to Dave for all the info :onya:
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Post by: Andre on Saturday, 13 January 2018, 06:52 am
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Post by: KiwiCol on Saturday, 13 January 2018, 06:39 pm
Started the adaptions & modifications today when I got home from holiday. First up as a wash & degrease.  Mega chain lube & grit behind the plastic clutch / sprocket cover, gone now. Bled the clutch - wee drama in that but sorted it. Replaced the blown rear bulb - they're tight to get at aye. Tightened the clamp for the clutch lever / mirror assy, was loose & moving around. Fitted the rego label & the WOF label where they can be seen, not under the seat, polished the forks & engine covers. Cleaned & lubed the chain. This will need tightening as too much slack in it. Adjusted the indicators that were mounted wonky. Put some polish on the paint work & noticed the frame is rubbed bare from PO's boots on both sides - touch up req. Checked rear wheel alignment - yep fine. Will do an oil & filter change tomorrow, have to get a filter though, normally would have 1 ready, but not long used it in the black & haven't replaced yet.

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Post by: Andre on Saturday, 13 January 2018, 06:47 pm
Sounds like an appropriate celebration of the in several regards fortunate outcome of your crash. Life is good :cheers:
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Post by: lawrie on Saturday, 13 January 2018, 11:02 pm
I did a bit more on taking my kitchen ornament apart. Almost ready to get the frame welded & then I can think about cleaning it up, sorting the paint & starting to put it together again. The last step will take a while as I'm rebuilding bits as I go.

Hooli,
   
    Is that a OIF Triumph??  If so, you might want to consider cobbling up some sort of oil-filter as I did, since the mesh strainer at the bottom leaves a lot to be desired!!

I fabricated a bracket & mounted a spin-on removable filter just under the r/side cover, well out of the way, but very easy to get at, it can just be seen in line with the kick-start lever.
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 14 January 2018, 12:14 am
Started the adaptions & modifications today when I got home from holiday. First up as a wash & degrease.  Mega chain lube & grit behind the plastic clutch / sprocket cover, gone now. Bled the clutch - wee drama in that but sorted it. Replaced the blown rear bulb - they're tight to get at aye. Tightened the clamp for the clutch lever / mirror assy, was loose & moving around. Fitted the rego label & the WOF label where they can be seen, not under the seat, polished the forks & engine covers. Cleaned & lubed the chain. This will need tightening as too much slack in it. Adjusted the indicators that were mounted wonky. Put some polish on the paint work & noticed the frame is rubbed bare from PO's boots on both sides - touch up req. Checked rear wheel alignment - yep fine. Will do an oil & filter change tomorrow, have to get a filter though, normally would have 1 ready, but not long used it in the black & haven't replaced yet.

Hi Col
For the ‘boot rub area’ I use a piece of vinyl much more harder wearing than paint and you don’t see it 👍
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 14 January 2018, 12:30 am
I did a bit more on taking my kitchen ornament apart. Almost ready to get the frame welded & then I can think about cleaning it up, sorting the paint & starting to put it together again. The last step will take a while as I'm rebuilding bits as I go.

Hooli,
   
    Is that a OIF Triumph??  If so, you might want to consider cobbling up some sort of oil-filter as I did, since the mesh strainer at the bottom leaves a lot to be desired!!

I fabricated a bracket & mounted a spin-on removable filter just under the r/side cover, well out of the way, but very easy to get at, it can just be seen in line with the kick-start lever.

Already done old chap. Spin on filter fits under the swingarm pivot & is virtually invisible once the bike is built up, doesn't spill when changed either as it fits vertical.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 14 January 2018, 04:23 am
Cracker idea that Red.  Thx.
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Post by: Snapey on Sunday, 14 January 2018, 12:31 pm
It's been a while but today I got to ride the 14. Boy did it run like shit. Just wouldn't rev .... it now does because I have an external fuel filter & spent all of five minutes cleaning it
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Post by: grog on Sunday, 14 January 2018, 06:23 pm
Filter is great option Snapey. One of my fave mods. I often read on here about cleaning the tea bag, all good but high pressure is still blocked. 1/2 the job done.
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 14 January 2018, 11:24 pm
I put 200 miles on mine going to see Cosford RAF museum on friday. It was a bit cold n slippy out but nice to use it.
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Post by: Andre on Monday, 15 January 2018, 04:09 am
Had a nice couple hours as I took the opportunity of having the sun shining. Finger tips were freezing though. Had a late start because my friend had invited me over last night for some delicious beers, good music, and conversation. Then some needed maintenance work delayed me further.

Riding them well-known (to me) curves in 2nd/3rd gears convinced me that I did right equalizing them resistors inside the GP sensor. Noticeable improvement of smoothness in the first half of throttle. Costs where less than a ball of ice cream.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 06:24 pm

Got the wiring all done & the following fitted, Zumo GPS, Radar Detector, 12v USB Power Supply, GoPro mount, DRD Speedo corrector (and calibrated for speedo to read correct) 10.3% high with the 17 tooth front sprocket & the usual zook inaccuracy of around 6.4%.

50Kph on GPS is 50 on speedo, 60 on GPS is 60 on speedo & 100 is same on both, so she's close enough for me.  If the chance presents itself to compare at higher speeds, I'll certainly do that too. (on a track of course . . .)


Fixed the headlight adjustment & replaced the std bulbs with +120's from the donor bike. Swapped mirrors from bike to bike & added the fixing screws to the fairing from the donor too.
The 'old' black is looking a bit lean now, all the bits stripped off - looking more like a track bike every day!!
Now, got rear shocks to swap over. Might do that tank mod to enlarge the breather hole at the top too, have a go on the spare tank first I think.
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Post by: Andre on Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 06:38 pm
Sooo nice not having to wait for parts :cheers:
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Post by: grog on Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 06:59 pm
going well Col. most impressed. certainly picked yourself back up, on with life. we just have to do what we have to do. well done mate. i havent done the fuel tank mod on mine yet, just thought of it tonight after nearly running out this morn. maybe a hit with a screwdriver with shaft right thru? not totally sure.
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Post by: Andre on Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 07:28 pm
Haven't done it yet. Still using the trickle-method. Shouldn't take much widening to get desired effect. Will likely use a small awl . Don't want to use other things as small metal stuff might fall into tank. Will be holding on tightly to the tool so it does fall into the tank  :facepalm:
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Post by: Red Biker on Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 09:23 pm
Hi Col,
Good to hear your back in the saddle and well on with the fettling!

Doesn’t seem right referring to the old girl as ‘donor bike’ I had a tear in my eye reading that 😢
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Post by: KiwiCol on Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 02:23 am
I know exactly what you mean there Red, I feel awful myself. last night after I'd done everything I was going to do, I went to put the cover on 'ole blue' & it was weird, there's the black bike, in a striped down configuration & it's cover is being put on this other bike!  Know what? didn't cover the blue, I put it back on the disheveled black. 
When I'm taking bits off it & swapping them over, I'm telling the black these bit are helping to make the blue better & they live on.  The engines may even get a swapped at some stage - occasionally hear some odd noises while riding the blue, but that could just be the crap helmet I'm using till my new one arrives.

It still rides ok. I'll swap the bits I need & then maybe look at putting new handle bars on & a foot brake pedal (or try straightening this one) I've got the original headlight for both bikes, so easy to turn it back to std. Only issue is the tank has scratches, else you'd never know.

However, having it all striped of the extras, does make me think it would be a great track bike to play with. Just a big ole striped naked, with a big heavy rider!!

I'll see, main focus for me at the moment is getting 'ole blue' up to spec & how I like it.
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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 09:20 am
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Post by: seth on Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 09:59 am
looking good northern  :onya:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 06:24 pm
It's done!  Ole Blue is now ready for a life on the road with me.  I thought the change over would take quite a few weekends, but instead, I've got it done in 4 nights & an afternoon.  Really pleased.

The black is also running again, albeit with no exhaust past the collector (just have to re-fit) & no headlight or indicators on the right. I gave the scrape marks on the tank a bit of cut n polish & improved the appearance no end. Still visible, but looks more like a brush with a hedge or bush as opposed to going over a bank.

Still undecided as to what I'll do with it, but for all the parts I've got off it, it owes me nothing & yet it's still there & ok to ride. (would need new handle bars & brake pedal) Don't think I'll sell it anyway, just thinking of a cunning plan to have both on the road . . .
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Post by: seth on Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 06:43 pm
great news col you've done everything quickly
 :cheers:
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Post by: Andre on Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 06:57 pm
That was blazing fast :salute: Sounds like you need to catch up on sleep :cheers:
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 10:21 pm
Good to hear ‘ole Black’ still has a heartbeat Col.
Nice touch with the cover (you do have a heart after all!)
Nice to have the option of what to do with her, maybe Blue for day to day and Black for special occasions 🤘

Red
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Thursday, 18 January 2018, 06:36 am
Bit of BluTac on the VIN plate Col, then as Red suggests, just use the Black one for 'Best'  :onya:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Thursday, 18 January 2018, 06:45 am
The VIN us still there. Just bung the plate n rego label and wof on the black.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Thursday, 18 January 2018, 07:02 am
Happy deal Col.  :boogie:
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Post by: Sweaty on Thursday, 18 January 2018, 07:45 am
Great work Col  :salute:
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 22 January 2018, 04:01 am
Bad day for me today, I woke up in the middle of the night thinking where did I put the o ring for the fuel pump I cleaned recently, had I put it back on??
Got to the garage this morning and took it apart again and NO O ring  :furious:
ordered a new one at £7 plus £3 postage from Bristol ffs, it weighs about 1gm

Last week I found out my sump bolt had sheared the thread on the oil pan, so today tried to remove the oil pan ready to re thread it and one out of the 20 bolts to do, the one connecting the oil pipes, has sheared, it's gonna be a pig to do as the bike cant be raised at the mo!

Sheesh!
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Post by: seth on Monday, 22 January 2018, 04:14 am
hopefully you get it sorted without to much hassle buddy . :cheers:
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 22 January 2018, 04:23 am
Thanks Seth,
On the plus side had a mail yesterday from the wrappers saying my parts are now ready to pick up  :onya:
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Post by: seth on Monday, 22 January 2018, 04:31 am
today i replaced the middle 2 downpipe-collector box exhaust clamps as they had rotted away the outer 2 are still reslly good so can only think its road crud from the front wheel thats cortided them.
all good and shinny now .
 :cheers:
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Post by: VladTepes on Monday, 22 January 2018, 08:22 am

Yesterday I looked at mine and thought " I rally should put that bloody rear wheel back on..."


I reckon my shoulder and ankle are probably up to me having a crack at riding her again.

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Post by: Kiwifruit on Monday, 22 January 2018, 12:22 pm
Is it warm enough to go riding Vlad ?  :whistling:

We are heading for the warmest January on record.
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Post by: grog on Monday, 22 January 2018, 08:57 pm
living in same area as Vlad, all i can say is last week was way too hot, this week is perfect. one morning was super cold, 15c, could really feel the chill thru helmet.  :laugh:
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Post by: Red Biker on Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 12:22 am
Not funny Grog!!
Saturday was effin freezing here, I had to linesman for my sons footie team and came home with trench foot!
It took an hour of soaking my feet in a bowl of hot water before I could think of getting out to the garage!

 :thumbs_down:
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Post by: Andre on Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 02:01 am
Back then, think it was the 14/18 W....W.. winters (at least it feels like that long ago :rofl2: ) for every hour of riding I spent 2 hours in the hot tub.  :cheers:
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Post by: shanered6 on Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 05:13 am
well i started mine today and let him warm up to running temp after not being stared for a couple of weeks , its been to bloody cold here to do much at  -9c and the wind chill is about -14c so the only thing getting my attention on the weekends is the log burner  :thumbs_down:
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Post by: VladTepes on Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 03:24 pm


This is why you pommie fools made a mistake sending the convicts here.
Anyone with sense would have moved here and left the convicts behind in England.....


Yeah its been way to hot lately. But I detest sub-zero temperatures, so I'm not complaining too much.




living in same area as Vlad, all i can say is last week was way too hot,
Isn't that why you got the al-fresco redesign on your house... better airflow?   :whistling: 
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Post by: KiwiCol on Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 06:04 pm
Tonight took the Pairs out, removed the fuel pump, checked & cleaned the Tea Bag & re-assembled. There was only very minimal grit in the tea bag area, so that's good.   No leaks or explosions (yet) & the bike is running smooth, so must of done it fairly right then.
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Post by: shanered6 on Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 08:33 pm


This is why you pommie fools made a mistake sending the convicts here.
Anyone with sense would have moved here and left the convicts behind in England.....


Yeah its been way to hot lately. But I detest sub-zero temperatures, so I'm not complaining too much.




living in same area as Vlad, all i can say is last week was way too hot,
Isn't that why you got the al-fresco redesign on your house... better airflow?   :whistling:


You southerners realy know how to rub it in  :stir: :frustrated:
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Post by: Red Biker on Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 08:51 pm
Tonight took the Pairs out, removed the fuel pump, checked & cleaned the Tea Bag & re-assembled. There was only very minimal grit in the tea bag area, so that's good.   No leaks or explosions (yet) & the bike is running smooth, so must of done it fairly right then.

Hi Col,
Did you do the High pressure as well or do you have the external mod?
I've just done both and looking to do the injectors when I get my tank back at the weekend  :onya:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 01:38 am
Hi Red, no, I didn't do the high pressure or fit the external filter. There is bugger all grit in tank & around the teabag area. The bike is running fine at the mo, so no real need. It's only done 33,000k, that's about 20,000 miles, so it's still new in there.
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Post by: Notty on Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 02:33 am
 I have collected lots of odd socket sets over the years ( mostly cheap ones ) - Got fed up looking for sockets so thought Halfords were offering 3 for 2 of reasonable quality and the 14 deserves it I thought - so cost £80 instead of £112
  :smile2: :smile2: :smile2: :smile2:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 03:20 am
That looks nice Notty.
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Post by: Andre on Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 03:23 am
A man can never have enough tools. When I joined the road club I got a socket set as a welcome gift. Never used it but still nice to have  :boogie:
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Post by: seth on Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 03:28 am
halfords tools are great quality and have a lifetime warranty.
i have alot of there professional range tools.

 :cheers:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 03:49 am
halfords tools are great quality and have a lifetime warranty.
i have alot of there professional range tools.

 :cheers:

Lifetime warranty is only applicable if you can produce the receipt though  :onya:
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Post by: Notty on Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 03:59 am
halfords tools are great quality and have a lifetime warranty.
i have alot of there professional range tools.

 :cheers:

Lifetime warranty is only applicable if you can produce the receipt though  :onya:
They email it to you now so safely filed away  :smile2:
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Post by: seth on Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 04:00 am
I've  not managed to brake any yet lol
a guy at work did get a socket swopped when it broke without the receipt but we do use the same place alot and they know us . :cheers:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 09:11 am
Down under we have a place called Repco, they also do a range of their own tools with a Lifetime warranty.  I've had occasion to take a couple of things back & were exchanged for new, no questions asked, it had the brand on it & that's all they needed.  That's a good service.
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Post by: grog on Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 07:48 pm
Col, repco is one minute from my work, we spend lots there. all the wrty stuff is just stored out back. they dont want any hassles, they dump it all 3 times a year. perfectly good stuff with maybe one broken bit. they just replace, great service. on my 3rd set of ute seat covers under wrty, my compressor pressure valve went, told to just check out back, grab one of wrty compressor. amazing in my eyes. i found ryco bike filters for 1/3 of their price. they matched and gave me 2.
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 08:04 pm
+1 for the Halfords Professional stuff. I've got one of their 1/4" drive socket sets, very good it is too. Much better than my 1/2" drive Draper set (although to be fair that is many years old).

The thing I've learnt over the years with tools - pay as much as you can afford, first time round. I've lost count of the times I have seen a bargain tool, bought it, broke it and then gone out to buy the good oneI should have bought in the first place.
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Post by: VladTepes on Friday, 26 January 2018, 09:31 pm
Got the back whee back in.  what a  :furious:  of a job !

Make sure the spacers don't fall out (RHS one is a bastard) get the caliper over the disc so the pads go one each side,  joggle this, move that, fuck it all up, start again.
and again.

3rd times the charm? Nope.

I can tell you when I finally got that axle in I felt like the man who had conquered the world !

Chain tensioned etc.

Bugger this chain is dirty....  luckily most of it is on my hands now.  :rolleyes:

Off to buy some kero tomorrow to give it a good clean.

Might even see if I can find some special chain lube Castrol VMX 80 gear oil.


So, does this citrus hand cleaner shit expire or something? and why?
I've run out of solvol (which I rate a 7.5 out of 10) and this citrus stuff is solid 3 out of 10.
Dishwashing detergent does a MUCH better job ...
I know years ago a workshop I frequented had this great stuff in a bucket where you pulled a stick out of it, grabbed some of the 'stuff' of the stick, dropped the stick back in. And the stuff on your hand was an AWESOME cleaner.  What WAS that stuff?

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Post by: Red Biker on Saturday, 27 January 2018, 01:02 am
I know no other man will ever see them but the old girls undercrackers were looking a little skanky so treated her to a new set  :embarassed:

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Post by: Red Biker on Saturday, 27 January 2018, 01:06 am
And..... a new little Black silk number  :boogie:



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Post by: Hooli on Saturday, 27 January 2018, 09:57 pm
Blimey those are shiney undercrackers! When I did mine it got brush painted with hammerite as even I don't see it that often.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Sunday, 28 January 2018, 02:08 am
When i was a young fella my undercrackers got painted with tyre black........
F..ckin tradesman !!  :thumbs_down:
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 28 January 2018, 05:20 am
Blimey those are shiney undercrackers! When I did mine it got brush painted with hammerite as even I don't see it that often.

It is Hammerite in a rattle can I used Hooli, good stuff 👍
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Post by: shanered6 on Sunday, 28 January 2018, 07:23 pm
I quite like the silk look a bit more sophisticated than mat and harder wearing  :onya:
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 28 January 2018, 07:27 pm
It’s a vinyl wrap Shane so will be very hard wearing 👍, my only issue is finding a decal to cover the join 😀
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Post by: shanered6 on Sunday, 28 January 2018, 07:41 pm
Yes that will be a hard one as its covering two different surferses ! 
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Post by: Notty on Monday, 29 January 2018, 03:44 am
Changed the spark plugs with mileage nearly 6K as tank gone off for repair and painting  - bike had iridium plugs fitted - service book shows running problems in 2009 and plugs changed  :smile2:
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 29 January 2018, 04:33 am
I've refitted worse than that!

50k seems to be about when normal plus start to play up in my experience, hence my 14 is on it's 3rd set.
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Post by: Andre on Monday, 29 January 2018, 04:38 am
One of mine expired badly (causing secondary damage) at around 46000 km
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Post by: seth on Monday, 29 January 2018, 04:38 am
i bet it runs much smoother now .
i change the plugs every 6th service about 24000 -28000 miles or every 3 years.
i only ever had 1 set of plugs fail and they were a set of iridium ones at 1 year old less than a 1000 miles.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Monday, 29 January 2018, 09:20 am
Just to add to the iridium plugs theme, while I had the tank off doing the wiring, thought I'd check the plugs. Bloke I brought it off said he'd had Iridium plugs fitted. Indeed he had, but, whoever installed them never tightened them. They weren't even finger tight! The crush washer was like new.  Needless to say I went through & nipped them all up.
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Post by: VladTepes on Monday, 29 January 2018, 11:52 am
jeez Notty those look ripe!
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Post by: Andre on Monday, 29 January 2018, 10:51 pm
Just to add to the iridium plugs theme, while I had the tank off doing the wiring, thought I'd check the plugs. Bloke I brought it off said he'd had Iridium plugs fitted. Indeed he had, but, whoever installed them never tightened them. They weren't even finger tight! The crush washer was like new.  Needless to say I went through & nipped them all up.

Shows that you got to check as much as possible when a bike passes on to you. Same when it comes out of a "professional" garage. Amazing what you pay for crappy work! I understand those who have all their service done by a garage as I hove done this a few times because of lack of time or laziness. EVERYTIME I found shite when I took a closer look, no matter if car or bike. Last time this happend with a tire shop. Guy was embarrassed when I showed him. One major and one "minor" screw up. I am not going to buy all the equipment to do a tire job but will inspect closely.
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Post by: Notty on Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 02:06 am
Changed the spark plugs with mileage nearly 6K as tank gone off for repair and painting  - bike had iridium plugs fitted - service book shows running problems in 2009 and plugs changed  :smile2:
and new air filter  :)
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Post by: Andre on Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 03:48 am
No like for that one - want to see a rusty full of crud filter :popcorn:
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Post by: northern on Thursday, 01 February 2018, 07:09 am
Yesterday Suzuki dealer send me email, informing what spare-parts ordered before Christmas are finally arrived. So yesterday evening I went to measure existing cams shims on my engine, so I could order new ones for valve clearance adjusting after Yoshi cams were installed. It did not take much time, and same evening, at home I make an excel table, to calculate new shims size... But, I'm stupid .... - I create wrong formula and calculation went rong way!
Somehow I did not notice the fact, what my excel tells me to get thinner shims, if I want to have smaller valve clearance!  :facepalm:
So today I get some shims, which I will try to exchange tomorrow  :embarassed: and because my calculation were wrong, I would need some more shims...

What is interesting - shims inside my 14, had numbers like 158, 160, 162, 165. But (as I understand) genuine Suzuki shims are 155, 160, 165, 170 - step is 0.05mm... Strange  :confused1:

Also, long waited assembly lube is finally here. So, if tomorrow I will get right shims, then I could finally put cams permanently in  :onya:




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Post by: froudy on Thursday, 01 February 2018, 07:16 am
Mine got a good clean today after two days of commuting in the rain..Loads of salt and crap on the roads again :rolleyes:
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Post by: Andre on Thursday, 01 February 2018, 07:43 am

What is interesting - shims inside my 14, had numbers like 158, 160, 162, 165. But (as I understand) genuine Suzuki shims are 155, 160, 165, 170 - step is 0.05mm... Strange  :confused1:

That strangeness is to my taste as I would want clearances matched as closely as possible. Good to know that these exist somewhere.

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Yoshi manual says:
IN: 0,18 - 0,22 mm
EX: 0,23 - 0,27 mm

Might be hard to hit within the ranges with the original shims.

One more thought. Measurement is prone to error. I would prefer to err on the side of higher clearance. I would shoot for IN 0.20 and EX 0.25 as minimum clearance (which will also leave you right in the middle - imo a good thing).

Spend another day in the warm, make sure your calcs are correct, and source some shims that may make the job more precise.

EDIT: Here an example https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/bestsellers/7.48-Valve-Shim?format=size (https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/bestsellers/7.48-Valve-Shim?format=size) Their Pro X valve shims with 7.48 OD come from 1.20 -3.50 in steps of .025 mm



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Post by: northern on Thursday, 01 February 2018, 08:05 am




One more thought. Measurement is prone to error. I would prefer to err on the side of higher clearance. I would shoot for IN 0.20 and EX 0.25 as minimum clearance (which will also leave you right in the middle - imo a good thing).

Spend another day in the warm, make sure your calcs are correct, and source some shims that may make the job more precise.

Your point it's totally understandable, but it seems to me, what is better to try to get lower clearence (as long as they are OK). In this case, cam's should run smoother less "hitting"... IMHO.
Anyway, I will double check all clearances and If it will be needed, will replace some shims.
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Post by: Yoda on Thursday, 01 February 2018, 08:13 am
Got a good set of Nissin 4pots with the intention to change over the existing 6 pot callipers. Looking forward to see if there is any betterment from this mod.
Yoda
Forgot to say the front end is a 1st gen busa
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Post by: Andre on Thursday, 01 February 2018, 08:23 am




One more thought. Measurement is prone to error. I would prefer to err on the side of higher clearance. I would shoot for IN 0.20 and EX 0.25 as minimum clearance (which will also leave you right in the middle - imo a good thing).

Spend another day in the warm, make sure your calcs are correct, and source some shims that may make the job more precise.

Your point it's totally understandable, but it seems to me, what is better to try to get lower clearence (as long as they are OK). In this case, cam's should run smoother less "hitting"... IMHO.
Anyway, I will double check all clearances and If it will be needed, will replace some shims.

@northern  I edited (added a shim source) my previous post!

You are right as in "you get less ticky ticky" but you buy that with a higher risk to burn your valves, especially in a performance tuned bike.

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There is some debate on user forums about the value of setting motorcycle valve clearances to a spec at the ends of their factory-recommended ranges. As a lifetime tech, the fact that this is even questioned surprises me. It is well known among career motorcycle mechanics that targetting the large end of the valve adjustment range is always a good thing, never a bad one, and in a few special cases, even critical.
http://www.motorcycleproject.com/text/valve_clearances.html (http://www.motorcycleproject.com/text/valve_clearances.html)

I have heard/read this in many places.
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Post by: seth on Thursday, 01 February 2018, 08:29 am




One more thought. Measurement is prone to error. I would prefer to err on the side of higher clearance. I would shoot for IN 0.20 and EX 0.25 as minimum clearance (which will also leave you right in the middle - imo a good thing).

Spend another day in the warm, make sure your calcs are correct, and source some shims that may make the job more precise.

Your point it's totally understandable, but it seems to me, what is better to try to get lower clearence (as long as they are OK). In this case, cam's should run smoother less "hitting"... IMHO.
Anyway, I will double check all clearances and If it will be needed, will replace some shims.

if i remember correctly the valve clearances wear tight not that they wear much .
hopefully you'll get them as close to spot on as you can but if you have to go to lower limit i would reshim to leave a slightly bigger clearance (within spec) rather than tighter .
good luck with it all and look forward to seeing your results once its re-runin .
 :cheers:
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Post by: northern on Thursday, 01 February 2018, 08:38 am
So... You, guys, make me think it over... Tomorrow (at work [emoji846]) will read more about this and maybe recalculate shim required sizes.

Thx for advices!
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Post by: Hooli on Thursday, 01 February 2018, 08:45 pm
I'd aim for the centre of the range too.

The engine will be designed for that, with an allowable error to the limits of the range.
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Post by: Red Biker on Saturday, 03 February 2018, 05:46 am
Got the tank back on 👍

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Post by: Globalrider on Saturday, 03 February 2018, 11:08 am
So .....your not going to paint it??
 :hat:
Stan
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Post by: grog on Saturday, 03 February 2018, 05:53 pm
I like that reply mr global
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 04 February 2018, 02:48 am
Continuing with the BLACK & red touches 👍
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Post by: Notty on Sunday, 04 February 2018, 03:56 am
Continuing with the BLACK & red touches 👍
OMG I am starting to like it black with touches of red  !!  :bugga:
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 04 February 2018, 05:47 am
Notice I didn’t  say Black and Red Notty!  Big difference 😀
I’ve had to order another oil pan gasket as co—ed the first one up !!
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Post by: shanered6 on Sunday, 04 February 2018, 09:28 am
That realy starting to very tidy and a nice job to  :clapping:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 04 February 2018, 11:13 am
Went for cruise though Cheviot, Leader rd, Waiau, Culverden to Waipara, Amberley then home. Pic is at Waiau. Can of drink & pie then off again.
Nice Sunday afternoon run.

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Post by: VladTepes on Sunday, 04 February 2018, 03:53 pm
First ride in 6 months.  Just 18km before rain and retired due to brand new tyre..   But all seems to be running well now!
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Sunday, 04 February 2018, 04:12 pm
Hows the new lid Col?
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 04 February 2018, 05:02 pm
Yep, really liking the fit & the extra width of vision the visor aperture gives - it's really wide & high. 
The flip up front is another nice feature, getting used to being able to lift it when coming into small towns & slowed down to 50k. Nice fresh air & 'free / open' feeling. Close it down as leaving the 50k area. Easy to do with gloves on & left handed.
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Post by: VladTepes on Sunday, 04 February 2018, 10:35 pm
What lid Col ?
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Monday, 05 February 2018, 01:00 am
Almost went for a ride today..
But when nutter mates are texting me saying its too icy and "I slipped and fell on my ass just walking to the garage" I thought it may be prudent NOT to take Sophie out...
She is sulking now cos shes not been out for a couple of weeks or so. That's a LONG time for me!
Bloody shame as its been a gloriously sunny day but bloody cold..
My car wind screen was frozen solid this morning..
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Post by: KiwiCol on Monday, 05 February 2018, 02:07 am
What lid Col ?
Brought a Nolan N100-5.  They're the next version of the N104 Absolute. Thought you wouldn't get any 'better' than 'Absolute' but there ya go, they did.  Have a google, great hat.  Made in Italy, brought from ChromeBurner in the Netherlands & airfreighted to Christchurch NZ.  Have not seen them avail in NZ yet.
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 05 February 2018, 03:24 am
Good news is my caliper Bolts came on Sat, bad news the seal set I bought is not right so I can’t finish them off just yet 😢

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Post by: Speedy1959 on Monday, 05 February 2018, 03:28 am
At least the colour of the logo is right for you Mr Red
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Post by: seth on Monday, 05 February 2018, 03:31 am
looking good red
how long untill you seals arrive as will look ace on the bike.
 :cheers:

i did a 100 miles on the bike coming home from a rally  (total 200 for the weekend) both fridays run there and today's run home were dry and sunny but a little cold 4° .
washed the bike down and its came up good .
  :cheers:
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 05 February 2018, 04:05 am
looking good red
how long untill you seals arrive as will look ace on the bike.
 :cheers:

i did a 100 miles on the bike coming home from a rally  (total 200 for the weekend) both fridays run there and today's run home were dry and sunny but a little cold 4° .
washed the bike down and its came up good .
  :cheers:

Thanks Seth,
Only discovered they were wrong yesterday so I’ll the order tomorrow hopefully to get them for the weekend 👍

On a separate note came out of the lock up today and some one had done this to my car with no note or anything 😡

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Post by: Andre on Monday, 05 February 2018, 04:09 am
 :furious:
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Post by: seth on Monday, 05 February 2018, 04:18 am
bet they never left a note saying who they were.
is their anyone nearby who might have seen the person who did this .
a very nice car too.
 :furious:
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 05 February 2018, 04:46 am
I’ve found the Brother of the woman who did It thankfully!

The parking area is around the size of half a Football pitch and there were 3 cars!  so Lord knows what she was doing!!
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Post by: seth on Monday, 05 February 2018, 04:48 am
hopefully you can get it sorted as easliy as possible with no cost or hassle to you.
 :cheers:
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Post by: Del on Monday, 05 February 2018, 05:01 am
its a crime to leave the scene of an accident . . . . . . . just saying mate

hope you can get the ding sorted
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 05 February 2018, 05:51 am
its a crime to leave the scene of an accident . . . . . . . just saying mate

hope you can get the ding sorted

Thanks both,  her fella has just called me from Prison....... he works there 😀so hopefully get sorted now.

 Gutted though there must be £20 worth of Meguires on that door and the cars only don 3k !!
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Post by: Sweaty on Monday, 05 February 2018, 04:26 pm
Sorry to see that sight Red.
 Geez some people are bloody arseholes😡, but glad you caught up with them in the end.
Probably drunk or on drugs by the size of the car park with 3 cars.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Monday, 05 February 2018, 05:30 pm
That's a real pi$$er Red.  Least you're on the track of who dunit & will sort it.     

Not much black on that car Red?  Just a bit round the windows, ya reckon it might be an opportunity to attack it with some rattle-can black?    Blue init?    Thought ya didn't like blue?  Tyres are black I suppose . . .
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Post by: Sweaty on Monday, 05 February 2018, 06:16 pm
Just get ready Col. Red will claim the car is some sort of shade of grey/gunmetal etc etc  :stir:
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 05 February 2018, 08:42 pm
Lol you guys!!!

Bikes have to be Black but Cars............. can be any darkish colour, although couldn't help myself with the badge  :doh:

ps
 excuse my retouching skills, Mrs red will testify that i don't do subtle!!

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Post by: froudy on Tuesday, 06 February 2018, 02:43 am
I boils my p*ss when I see what people do to others property with absolutely no guilt whatsoever...Should have left a note at least :furious:

Hope you get it sorted mate :onya:
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Post by: Sweaty on Tuesday, 06 February 2018, 04:51 pm
That car looks like a shade of grey/gunmetal in the last photo Red. ;)
It actually does  :grin:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Tuesday, 06 February 2018, 05:05 pm
It's deceiving Sweaty, It's actually bright blue but Red has photo shopped it to make it that colour, note the poor colour rendition on the number plate area.   Tisk Tisk, thought you'd be a bit more fussy than that Red, at least stay within the lines when colouring in.  :stir:
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Post by: Sweaty on Tuesday, 06 February 2018, 05:19 pm
Stupid me Col, I thought I could trust him.
Colouring in is definately not his strong point, he should stick to wrapping  :smile2:
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 06 February 2018, 05:41 pm
Hey cut the man some slack......there were numbers for him to follow !!  :cry2:
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Post by: Red Biker on Tuesday, 06 February 2018, 07:28 pm
Issac Blue Sweaty, It is a greyish Blue

When it comes to four wheels I don’t have the same motivation just meh that’ll do.
Four wheels move the body but Two wheels move the sole 🤘

@ kiwis don’t even think of putting arse in front of the last word  :jack:

Anyhow back on topic ordered more Black bolts and hose clip today. 😀
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 06 February 2018, 07:48 pm
As if we would do that...... :whistling:
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Post by: Hooli on Tuesday, 06 February 2018, 08:38 pm
I had a wee jaunt on my 14 this weekend. 280miles(ish) each way to the Isle of Bute. Overnight both ways so it was a touch* chilly, I saw 30mins of snow on the way up & about 3 hours of it on the way back! Piccy is the coast before I got to the Bute ferry.

Worth it though to meet a sodding lovely biker chick up there, I wonder how hard it is to move to Scotland?

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Post by: seth on Tuesday, 06 February 2018, 08:41 pm
my house is for sale  :cheers:
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Post by: Del on Tuesday, 06 February 2018, 09:42 pm
my house is for sale  :cheers:

Does Emma know  :whistling: :whistling:
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Post by: seth on Tuesday, 06 February 2018, 09:50 pm
my house is for sale  :cheers:

Does Emma know  :whistling: :whistling:

lol yes she's already in dundee with work and living there monday to friday so looking to move back together in the same house .
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 07 February 2018, 12:17 am
No rush Seth is there!
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Wednesday, 07 February 2018, 12:28 am
Worth it though to meet a sodding lovely biker chick up there, I wonder how hard it is to move to Scotland?

Well there are no border controls ... yet ...
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Post by: Hooli on Wednesday, 07 February 2018, 09:19 am
my house is for sale  :cheers:

Wrong bit mate, bad luck.
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Post by: seth on Wednesday, 07 February 2018, 09:38 am
no worries  :onya:
next stop out of the kitchen window is denmark  :cheers:
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Post by: Red Biker on Friday, 09 February 2018, 10:49 pm
Too cold to do anything!!!
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Saturday, 10 February 2018, 04:36 am
Great photo Hooli. Good to see you using that nice blue colour for the sky.  :onya:
Hope you got her phone number.......
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Post by: seth on Saturday, 10 February 2018, 04:52 am
that colour blue sky is seen regularly in scotland but mainly between November and March i think it goes south for the summer as we never see it then  :stir:
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Saturday, 10 February 2018, 06:11 am
that colour blue sky is seen regularly in scotland but mainly between November and March i think it goes south for the summer as we never see it then  :stir:


Nope we don't have it.......bike can stay in the shed today !!
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Post by: Red Biker on Saturday, 10 February 2018, 07:38 am
Lovely view Fruit 👍 even in the rain
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 11 February 2018, 05:07 am
Great photo Hooli. Good to see you using that nice blue colour for the sky.  :onya:
Hope you got her phone number.......

Phone number? do I look like an amateur?

She's coming down on thurs & staying till monday ;)
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Post by: Del on Sunday, 11 February 2018, 06:50 am
Bike up on Abba stand - removed all the plastics - removed teh old shocks - removed the swingarm

Cleaned all the crud and checked the frame touching in any chipped paint - fitted new swingarm and Hagon shocks - greased and cleaned

Tomorrow - tank off and then rebuild the struts

Photos to follow  :onya:

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Post by: froudy on Sunday, 11 February 2018, 11:41 pm
Notty popped in to see me this morning..Good to meet you :onya:

Someone had previously butchered the front disc bolts trying to remove them. He tried three different places and none were remotely interested in helping him get them out. I said to bring them over to me as he doesn't live far away.
About half an hour and the three remaining bolts came straight out..No problem.
I also replaced the teabag filter on his fuel pump.
A successful hours work. I like it when everything goes to plan :grin:
My bike got a wash too.

PS. As requested.A photo of Notty standing by the DRZ400 :imrgreen:
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Post by: Del on Monday, 12 February 2018, 02:41 am
Today forks stripped and cleaned - all new bushings and seals - hopefully this is the end of the right hand fork leaking - downpipes cleaned while forks off and again more crud removed  -

will hopefully got it all back together tomorrow

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Post by: seth on Monday, 12 February 2018, 02:58 am
washed both bikes
then we went gor a run around fife had icecream in st andrews then home washed the bikes again and relax .
bloody cold but good to be on the bike again .
 :cheers:
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 12 February 2018, 03:05 am
Today forks stripped and cleaned - all new bushings and seals - hopefully this is the end of the right hand fork leaking - downpipes cleaned while forks off and again more crud removed  -

will hopefully got it all back together tomorrow

Mine didn't stop weeping till I got them rechromed, but then they did have 100k of wear in all weathers.
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Post by: northern on Monday, 12 February 2018, 06:52 am
Today I f... up.

Was checking my valve clearance after Yoshis install and shims replacement. I was not happy with results, and deside to do it over. Some shims on intake were switch, and I decide to puit cams back, to do another measurements... But then I deside to do another turn a crankshaft while chain teesionnr was of... I was thinking, I can manage it...  :facepalm:
It doesn't work out...

I decide to take camshafts out and holding chain in hand, do a give crankshaft a full turn. It doesn't work out either...  :doh:

So as the result, cams chain stuck as on picture and I'm unable to free it or spin the crankshaft, course unfortunately crankshaft turns only clockwise...

So my decision was take a brake and think about possible solution. Any advice are welcome, course I really do not want take engine totally apart.
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Post by: seth on Monday, 12 February 2018, 07:02 am
you should be able to free it off anf re-aline everything if you remove the cams ,camchsin tendioner and front camchain tension blade( that should let you free up the cam chain)get the cam chain sorted and refit the removed parts and then retry to get all the marks to line up in the correct places.
just go nice and easy take your time and it'll be ok.
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Post by: northern on Monday, 12 February 2018, 07:41 am
@seth
Thank you for advice.
Reading service and Hynes manuals also make me think, removing front guide blade will help me to solve the chain issue... Will try this tomorrow.
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Post by: seth on Monday, 12 February 2018, 07:53 am
I'm sure thats what's locking the cam chain just take your time and relax small steps at a time and you'll be fine.
 :cheers:
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Post by: grog on Monday, 12 February 2018, 07:03 pm
youll un jam it mate. get the cams out so no valve damage. main thing to do. then just play around until chain comes free. it will. start again then.
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Post by: froudy on Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 02:51 am
Just took mine for its MOT.

Passed with no advisories :boogie:
We agreed that my pillion pegs WERE fitted at the time of the test and also that it had the full size number plate fitted :imrgreen:

Due to my two operations last year I only did 4153 miles since the last MOT!!
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Post by: seth on Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 02:53 am
now your getting back to fitness there'll be no stopping you  :boogie:
its great having a good fair mot tester who will keep you right but not get petty .

 :cheers:
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Post by: Stolichnaya on Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 03:23 am
So, not quite what ive done but just to say that my GSX14 left on Saturday for a bit of long overdue work.  Will be a good few weeks before I can post up[ any results but hopefully its going to look a tad "fresher"

Front end is coming out, new seals all round, new oil..new adjusters....  complete refurb.
Swing arm out and rejigged.
As much Ally as possible will be stripped and sent for Powder.
As many nuts & bolts as I can see on show that are a bit tawdry will be replaced. 

I'm looking at also leaving off the rear footrest hangers and having made some very small exhaust hangers to replace old ones.  that will need some thought as the  newish custom made Y Pipe and 2 Delcavik's need to be supported somehow. 

Watch this space for not a big difference in terms of spec but a nice refurb
Stoli
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Post by: froudy on Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 03:44 am
@Stolichnaya

Beowulf do stainless can hangers for the 1400.
The only issue you might have is at MOT time. If you remove the rear pegs it HAS to be a single seat bike. My tester is sensible though and lets it go :onya:

http://www.beowulfuk.com/proddetail.asp?prod=EXHBSU009
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Post by: froudy on Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 03:49 am
now your getting back to fitness there'll be no stopping you  :boogie:
its great having a good fair mot tester who will keep you right but not get petty .

 :cheers:

Thanks @seth  :onya:

Yes, it's good to be riding again even though it's cold and the roads are caked in salt n sh*t :grin:

My MOT tester is great. The first time I went to him with my Bandit he went through it with a fine tooth comb and I thought what a jobs worth. Now that we know each other, he's great. He knows I keep my bikes up together and doesn't make a big issue of things like loud exhaust and smaller than legal plate. He just says "Oh, you changed that when you got home didn't you" :imrgreen:
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Post by: Stolichnaya on Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 06:49 am
@Stolichnaya

Beowulf do stainless can hangers for the 1400.
The only issue you might have is at MOT time. If you remove the rear pegs it HAS to be a single seat bike. My tester is sensible though and lets it go :onya:

http://www.beowulfuk.com/proddetail.asp?prod=EXHBSU009

Thanks Froudy
I’m looking more for 1 single piece of Titanium from bike to pipe. Hidden too so it’s just a Stay. It will be hidden underneath
Thanks for the heads up tho
Stoli
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Post by: northern on Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 07:05 am
@seth
Thank you for advice.
Reading service and Hynes manuals also make me think, removing front guide blade will help me to solve the chain issue... Will try this tomorrow.
:boogie: solved!
It was quit hard to take out front guide blade (apparently because of chain stuck), but as soon I get it out, issue was immediately solved!
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Post by: seth on Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 07:11 am
fantastic
just take your time getting it all back together
good luck 😎
happy to help  :cheers:
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Post by: grog on Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 07:43 pm
well done mate. patience and perfection, they work quite well. walking away and re starting, just how i do things. i wasted 4 hrs last friday night, trying to put program on wifes phone. just wouldnt work. saturday morn, hated the phone by now, told her one more go. worked in 5 minutes. no idea why but i was over the moon.
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Post by: Sweaty on Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 09:13 pm
Could alcohol have been a factor on Friday night ? v Sat morning  :cheers: (it probably would of at my place) :smile2:
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Post by: northern on Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 09:53 pm
well done mate. patience and perfection, they work quite well. walking away and re starting, just how i do things. i wasted 4 hrs last friday night, trying to put program on wifes phone. just wouldnt work. saturday morn, hated the phone by now, told her one more go. worked in 5 minutes. no idea why but i was over the moon.
I know what you mean - had similar experience many times, during my work (IT and electronics). Solving issue after the brake is rising up a question - why the hell I could not solve it yesterday?! It was so easy!  :doh:
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Post by: Notty on Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 10:58 pm
well done mate. patience and perfection, they work quite well. walking away and re starting, just how i do things. i wasted 4 hrs last friday night, trying to put program on wifes phone. just wouldnt work. saturday morn, hated the phone by now, told her one more go. worked in 5 minutes. no idea why but i was over the moon.
I know what you mean - had similar experience many times, during my work (IT and electronics). Solving issue after the brake is rising up a question - why the hell I could not solve it yesterday?! It was so easy!  :doh:
I seen 43 years working on telecommunications faults - always walked away and went for a cuppa (or half a dozen pints back in the 70's ) and mostly it then just clicks what is wrong when you go back and often I used to think why hadn't I thought of that  :smile2:
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Post by: northern on Saturday, 17 February 2018, 09:13 am
Today I finally have my valve clearances OK (after yoshis install).
In total, have redone it now for 7 or 8 times :imrgreen: (just today 3 times) before I accept the result.
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Post by: Red Biker on Saturday, 17 February 2018, 10:41 pm
Well done Northern, now enjoy the ride 👍
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Post by: froudy on Sunday, 18 February 2018, 02:34 am
Today I finally have my valve clearances OK (after yoshis install).
In total, have redone it now for 7 or 8 times :imrgreen: (just today 3 times) before I accept the result.

As one of the old engineers at my work was heard to say one day...

Double check it three times to be sure :imrgreen:
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Post by: Andre on Sunday, 18 February 2018, 02:40 am
What a strange engineer. "Experts" and "Professionals" don't even check once  :coffeescreen:
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Post by: northern on Sunday, 18 February 2018, 02:41 am
Well done Northern, now enjoy the ride 👍
You know, Red, I'll have to wait ~2 more months, before I can ride  :whatever:: http://www.tallinn.ee/eng/Traffic-cameras
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Post by: northern on Sunday, 18 February 2018, 02:44 am
What a strange engineer. "Experts" and "Professionals" don't even check once  :coffeescreen:
I'm wondering - how this procedure is done during bike build at factories? I mean first time ever?
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Post by: Notty on Sunday, 18 February 2018, 03:07 am
Waxed the tank after picking up from Brisol  :)
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Post by: froudy on Sunday, 18 February 2018, 03:13 am
@Notty
Looks lovely mate..Hope you're pleased with it :onya:
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Post by: Notty on Sunday, 18 February 2018, 03:18 am
@Notty
Looks lovely mate..Hope you're pleased with it :onya:
looks great Steve - thanks for recommending Ace - Top Guy  :)
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Post by: froudy on Sunday, 18 February 2018, 03:23 am
Not a problem Notty..He's a perfectionist and I'm always more than happy to recommend him :onya:

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Post by: gsxbarmy on Sunday, 18 February 2018, 03:36 am
Beautiful Notty - but surprised you have waxed it already? I've always been advised to wait at least 6 weeks before applying any coats of wax or similar to new paintwork by professional painters.
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Post by: Notty on Sunday, 18 February 2018, 03:36 am
Beautiful Notty - but surprised you have waxed it already? I've always been advised to wait at least 6 weeks before applying any coats of wax or similar to new paintwork by professional painters.
asked the painter and he said no problem  :)
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Sunday, 18 February 2018, 04:07 am
Got a new tyre put on the back this morning. The old one was so squared off that when I took the rear wheel off it stood up on it's own, like a car tyre does.

I went for a BT023 in the end. I was going to go for a more exotic one like the S21 but the local tyre bloke advised against it. He reckoned an S21 wouldn't be a good match for the 021 I've got on the front, so I took his advice because he knows his stuff. £108 fitted including a new valve and balancing, I'm quite happy with that.

I can't tell you what it's like to ride yet because I spent the rest of the day cleaning it and doing all those little maintenance jobs that build up over winter. While I was down there I discovered I'm missing one of the centre stand rubbers, which would explain the "clang" when it first rolls off.

Cleaning a bike is a very "Zen" activity I find. I hate cleaning my car, it's really boring, but the bike's a different matter entirely.
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 18 February 2018, 05:04 am
Luverly Notty 👍
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Post by: Notty on Sunday, 18 February 2018, 05:05 am
Luverly Notty 👍
Thats a compliment coming from the dark side !!  :rofl2:
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Post by: seth on Sunday, 18 February 2018, 06:12 am
Thats a great job well done I'm liking the full suzuki rather  than just the s .
Hopefully get a few of these smart bikes together in 1 place at some point soon .
 :salute:
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 18 February 2018, 07:40 am
Luverly Notty 👍
Thats a compliment coming from the dark side !!  :rofl2:

I can appreciate the more 'Ostentatious' colour scheme is attractive to some  :rolleyes:
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Post by: grog on Sunday, 18 February 2018, 04:08 pm
Notty, looks superb. I also love the full badge. Great addition👍
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Post by: froudy on Sunday, 18 February 2018, 05:25 pm
Notty, looks superb. I also love the full badge. Great addition👍

When I got my 14 the PO had removed the single "S" tank badges. They cost stupid money and I'm not keen on them anyway. A mate of mine did me some full Suzuki decals in silver vinyl...Five years on and they are still on there and still looking good.
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Post by: BJ on Sunday, 18 February 2018, 06:57 pm
Got a pic?
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Post by: froudy on Sunday, 18 February 2018, 08:18 pm
Got a pic?

@BJ  :onya:
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Post by: BJ on Monday, 19 February 2018, 12:34 am
V nice
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Post by: Notty on Monday, 19 February 2018, 02:48 am
Newly painted mudguard refitted and wheel back on after polishing forks  :smile2:
Never taken a wheel  off before so many thanks to all the help given  :)
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 19 February 2018, 03:03 am
Nice polishing Notty! Although not somthing I'm familiar with  :whatever: :onya:
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Post by: Notty on Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 12:41 am
This arrived today !!  :)
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Post by: Basil Brush on Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 02:00 am
Just in process of fitting a new Delkevic 4:2 collector. Honest - it nearly took me longer to fit the the 'grommet' from hell supporting the rear of the collector. Then dropping cans/taking old SBS collector off.

Mrs Brush saw me struggling. Why not use some lubrication - hmmm... :embarrassed:
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 03:52 am
oil leak is back!  :facepalm:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 04:40 am
oil leak is back!  :facepalm:
From the sump plug?  Didn't you just get a helicoil put in there?
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Post by: seth on Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 05:03 am
Plan talked through the leak is from gasket faces .
So hopefully now has a plan on next moves .
 :cheers:
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Post by: rekib on Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 05:26 am
First run of the year, Matlock of course.....running like a dream.
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Post by: Blubber on Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 05:31 pm
oil leak is back!  :facepalm:

I too thought my drain plug was leaking
...twice.
First time it turned out to be melting off slung chain lube after a spirited run.
Cleaned the sprocket cover area and Jobs done.

Second time is was oil leaking from the check valve gallery plug. That plug is hidden under the left engine cover between the frame rails.
Tightened the plug and again... Job done.

Might be your issue too?
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 06:50 pm
oil leak is back!  :facepalm:
From the sump plug?  Didn't you just get a helicoil put in there?

Hi Col,
No bolt is ok, it's from the side, old bollock thumbs here trapped the belly pan fastner in it when bolting back together  :doh:
I've put a new gasket on and gently wet and dried it but still no good, I've just ordered some of this to try:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Liquid-Gasket-Threebond-1215-Engine-Sump-Gearbox-Sealer-250g-Tube-ADV/352130830596?epid=1023501129&hash=item51fca21104:g:r~MAAOSwQfpZulz8


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Post by: Sweaty on Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 08:03 pm
That sucks Red, hope that solves the problem.
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Post by: Snapey on Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 08:20 pm
I don't know the product Red but I avoid using any silicone product as a filler gasket. There's a big chance of residue silicone floating around in the sump and clogging up an oil passage.

I've used Knead-it to fix problems similar to yours with great success but maybe only available in Oz. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Selleys-Knead-It-Multi-Purpose-50g/192210458141?epid=1029805030&hash=item2cc0a2d61d:g:T9UAAOSwQwZaev2i
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 08:24 pm
That sucks Red, hope that solves the problem.

Sure does Sweaty, I was pretty much road ready but back to square one again now !!
TBF I'm strictly a Summer rider so I do have time on my side  :salute:
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 08:32 pm
I don't know the product Red but I avoid using any silicone product as a filler gasket. There's a big chance of residue silicone floating around in the sump and clogging up an oil passage.

I've used Knead-it to fix problems similar to yours with great success but maybe only available in Oz. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Selleys-Knead-It-Multi-Purpose-50g/192210458141?epid=1029805030&hash=item2cc0a2d61d:g:T9UAAOSwQwZaev2i

Thanks for the tip Snapey  :onya:
It doesn't mention temperature tolerance in their description, have you used it on/inside the engine casings?

Cheers
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 08:46 pm
I would also avoid silicone sealers for the above reason - you don't want stray blobs of dried sealant blocking an oil passage, it could be a disaster.

I use Threebond 1184 when putting crankcases together on Japanese engines. It's re-badged by manufacturers as Yamabond or Hondabond (with a suitable markup of course) and it is designed for metal-to-metal contact where there isn't a gasket. If you use it correctly it will seal like a bank vault and you will be the envy of anyone with an old British bike.

However, it probably won't work in your case because it sounds like you have damaged the mating surfaces and there may be too much gap to fill.

In that case you might want to try JB Weld in the dents, it's a very hard epoxy resin. You can fill the indentations with it, let it set for 24 hours then gently file and sand the mating surfaces flat again. You will need to be very careful to get it dead flat and not damage the adjacent surfaces, and it also has to be scrupulously clean and oil-free beforehand, but it does work. It's a bodge, but a good one.
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 11:34 pm
Thanks for the input guys
I've spoken to their technical dept who assure me it's tested and used by Subaru race team amongst others and is sponsored by them.

Re getting inside the engine, he's said that as with all applications if you put too much on it will get inside, the idea is to use this sparingly from the outside edge, if applied in one piece it has zero chance of separating as it sets so hard. It can be applied with or without the exisiting gasket.

Its on its way so kinda stuck (excuse the pun) now!
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 11:49 pm
Sounds like it will do the job then. Good luck.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Thursday, 22 February 2018, 01:28 am
You can get a high temp epoxy 'glue' as well. Safe for engine temps (285 degrees c from memory) & not bothered by petrol / oil either. Sets in 5 min, can be filed / drilled etc.
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Post by: Dave on Thursday, 22 February 2018, 03:41 am
Hi thanks for adding me. New to this stripped down the bike looking for a pair of pipes to go on my 02 any ideas.

Thanks
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Thursday, 22 February 2018, 04:20 am
Assuming you want to retain the wheelbarrow look on your K2, maybe look at the range of cans from Beowulf, well made, not stupid money, I had a set of Tri-ovals on mine and was very happy with them.
http://www.beowulf-performance-products.com/

Another option are Blueflame
https://www.blueflameperformance.com/

These are just a couple of examples, plenty of choice out there with Growlers, Delkevic etc - any you have your eye on particularly?
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Post by: Dave on Thursday, 22 February 2018, 05:01 am
Would like a pair but can't find header pipes
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Post by: seth on Thursday, 22 February 2018, 05:11 am
Remember you'll also need a left twin pipe rear footrest hanger a set are for sale in that section of the forum .
Later models down pipes are better than early model ones and all years will fit as will collectors .
After market pipes and collectors are available .

Google is your friend so is eBay.
 :cheers:
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Post by: Dave on Thursday, 22 February 2018, 05:45 am
Can find headers but do any end cans fit or are they all different
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Post by: seth on Thursday, 22 February 2018, 06:44 am
Aswell as down pipes you'll also need a 4-2collector and link pipes for the end cans you want to fit .
If your K2 is standard part from the exhaust you should have the correct exhaust and footrest hanger.

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Post by: Notty on Thursday, 22 February 2018, 07:28 am
Fitted  :)
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Post by: Hooli on Thursday, 22 February 2018, 07:43 am
I'd keep the Akra, more power & a bit lighter which you can feel flicking it around in bends. I'll admit twin cans sounds better though.

If that's a full system like mine you'll need down pipes too & selling that setup would probably pay for what you're fitting. I think mine was about £800 new in 2002 according to the receipt I got with the bike.


EDIT: If it's got a PC3/similar to suit the akra it'll need a different map for twin cans too. Although you could just run it stock & sell that as it'll be fine with just non-standard end cans.
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Thursday, 22 February 2018, 07:02 pm
 Went for a ride with a mate to a bike meetup place about 35 miles away.
Whilst drinking my coffee I noticed the bloody back wheel seemed very near to the ground.
Yes you guessed ... A puncture.
The tyre only had 6psi left in.
I hadnt noticed anything untoward on my ride....
Soooo
Luckily I have under the seat a " Stop & Go" punture repair kit complete with mini compressor.
No nail sticking out...Just a small hole in the centre of the tread.
It was simple to use and plugged the hole very well.
The compressor took 5 or 6 minutes to reach 35psi.
That was enough till I got to the garage to top up.
When I got hom I wet around the rubber mushroom plug area and very small bubbles were appearing.
The point is the bike got me home just fine..
In fact I would have been happy to ride home from a greater distance and check pressures every 50 miles...

After watching a youtube "howto" I suspect I didnt pull the stem of the mushroom hard enough outwards to seal the head against the inside of the tyre. Hence the small leak.

My local tyre guy is putting a permanent vulcanised repair on today.
Its certainly well worth keeping under the seat.
Recommended.
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Post by: grog on Thursday, 22 February 2018, 07:37 pm
toss the tyre in the bin. no repairs for me.
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Post by: seth on Thursday, 22 February 2018, 07:50 pm
We carry a picture repair kit and a can of tyreweld under the seat of each bike .only use once but got Emma home from Newcastle(300 miles as we couldn't find a place who would repair it there)the kit we have leaves the tyre inseparable so a new tyre was needed but it got her home .
If we'd have been further away or mid Europe it would still have got her home .
I'm happy to use a plugged tyre if repaired by a professional.
 :cheers:
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Thursday, 22 February 2018, 07:54 pm
...
Soooo
Luckily I have under the seat a " Stop & Go" punture repair kit complete with mini compressor.
...

Top tip, but also - big round of applause to the Suzuki designers who gave us a massive under-seat storage area. It's amazing what you can get in there.
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Post by: mjgt on Thursday, 22 February 2018, 09:22 pm
I've used plugged tyres a few time with no problem but they have always been professionally fitted mushroom plugs from the inside of the tyre.
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Post by: Hooli on Thursday, 22 February 2018, 10:38 pm
I've done thousands of miles on temporary tyre plugs, often the same plug. I think one lasted over 4k till the tyre was worn out.
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Thursday, 22 February 2018, 11:01 pm
For me stuck in the middle of nowhere it was either fix it myself or wait up to 4 hours for the flatbed truck to arrive..
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Thursday, 22 February 2018, 11:13 pm
Had a thought..
Being keen to grasp an atom of positivity I think before the wheel goes back in I will remove the swing arm, clean the bearings (white spirit) then thoroughly re grease them.
I was planning on doing it in the springtime anyway.
So subject to Saturday morning being dry I shall do it then.
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Post by: Notty on Friday, 23 February 2018, 12:18 am
Newly painted tank back on , tea bag changed, inline filter added and a gallon of petrol - she started after being stood for 3 months ( and yes I DO USE A BATTERY CHARGER lol ) - a wash 2mrw if its dry and not too cold then perhaps a few miles  :)
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Post by: stick3 on Friday, 23 February 2018, 06:03 pm
gave it some love  i mean oil and filter  change  :cheers:
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Friday, 23 February 2018, 07:09 pm
Put some new rear pads in her....... naughty boy got caught out by that rear pads are worn out noise. Gave myself a stern telling off for that one.
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Post by: grog on Friday, 23 February 2018, 07:22 pm
Kiwi, just too many things on your mind, 2 bikes would make me forget stuff. searching for new rear axle nut myself, refuse to pay stupid price. 25mm is just hard to find. searched every bolt/nut place in the world. 50 bucks just seems too much for a bloody nut.
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Post by: Red Biker on Friday, 23 February 2018, 09:23 pm
Hey Grog,
Think I have an oem one you can have for postage cost, let me know if interested and I'll get a price for you?

Cheers
Red
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Post by: grog on Saturday, 24 February 2018, 04:13 pm
Thanks heaps Red. Stored in my brain. Still not sure if i want a fancy one or not. Nothing really wrong with mine just a normal 11 yr old axle nut. Bit dull & used. Stainless cover on sprocket & polished adjuster blocks make it look even duller. Do those nice shiny ones stay that way or mark up with socket? I like the ones that look like they have diamonds in them. Of course ill get real diamonds if i buy one. 😂
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 26 February 2018, 04:18 am
No worries Grog, just let me know.
Mine are now Black with Black nut and bolt 😀
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Post by: Notty on Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 09:52 pm
Picked jacket up from Tailor after having badge sewn on - she wasn't happy said leather too thick and jacket too heavy !!  :)
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Post by: Red Biker on Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 11:25 pm
Nice touch Notty 👍
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Post by: mjgt on Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 01:11 am
A Triumph GSX 1400 mmmm, does that count as cross dressing  :whistling:
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Post by: shanered6 on Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 01:16 am
Thats very nice  :onya:
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Post by: Notty on Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 01:27 am
A Triumph GSX 1400 mmmm, does that count as cross dressing  :whistling:
Triumph make the best clothing for my shape and the 14 is the best bike  :)
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Post by: mjgt on Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 01:31 am
Lucky git, no one make clothes for my shape  :lol:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 01:31 am
A Triumph GSX 1400 mmmm, does that count as cross dressing  :whistling:
Triumph make the best clothing for my shape and the 14 is the best bike  :)

Personally I think it absolutely a sacriledge  that a Triumph jacket could be so defaced but then I might be a little biased  :whistling: :whistling: :stir:
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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 02:58 am
Someone is going black... I'm going white  :smile2:
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Post by: seth on Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 03:02 am
Interesting
 :onya:
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 03:04 am
Someone is going black... I'm going white  :smile2:

Eeeek! Just had a palpitation!
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Post by: Blubber on Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 03:06 am
Someone is going black... I'm going white  :smile2:

Eeeek! Just had a palpitation!

Just switch the polarity on your screen
..white turns black then  :facepalm:
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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 03:19 am
To be honest, I liked polished look very much. I even do not have problem cleaning polished parts every time after the bike wash. But having rennteck engine bars, make it very hard to access engine cases for polishing... I would like to chrome those covers, but unfortunately we do not have proper chrome shops anymore here. Custom bike builders from my country, send their parts to Finland to chrome... And its not cheap.
So I chose second best option (for me) - painting polished parts white. Cost me 2 evenings ~12€, and I still have paint to paint swing arm (may be :) ) ...

Going white - I even was thinking painting exhaust headers white, but didn't like the result, so grind paint of and make them bling again...
You may see headers look in my signature gallery...
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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 03:25 am
Specially for Red!  :lol:
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 05:47 am
Ha ha thanks Northern, I can’t see anything negative to say about those images 😀
Seriously though it’s great to see fresh ideas, I’ll have look at those headers 👍

I like working with different finishes together, so I’m testing half an engine case in Satin and half gloss at the moment 👍

Black in case you were wondering ✊
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Post by: Andre on Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 09:39 am
Pics Red Pics :tongue:
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 05:52 pm
It’s Not a great photo Andre!
The removable case is gloss and fixed is satin 👍
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Post by: grog on Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 07:26 pm
wish you were here to paint my clutch cover, couple of scratches. been contemplating on it quite a while. polish? get a window fitted? get body shop across road to paint? powdercoat, means removing sight glass? just rub down myself, spray can it? im very good with spray can, done heaps of bits. still not sure
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 07:49 pm
Hi Grog,
For what it costs There’s no harm in having a go with cans. If it doesn’t work out get them powder coated.
My HTP of choice is the Plastkote BBQ, very forgiving and comes with a technical nozzle. Only comes in Black though 😀
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 11:09 pm
I'd spray it personally with a high temp black paint, masking off the sight window.
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Post by: Red Biker on Thursday, 01 March 2018, 02:45 am
To be honest, I liked polished look very much. I even do not have problem cleaning polished parts every time after the bike wash. But having rennteck engine bars, make it very hard to access engine cases for polishing... I would like to chrome those covers, but unfortunately we do not have proper chrome shops anymore here. Custom bike builders from my country, send their parts to Finland to chrome... And its not cheap.
So I chose second best option (for me) - painting polished parts white. Cost me 2 evenings ~12€, and I still have paint to paint swing arm (may be :) ) ...

Going white - I even was thinking painting exhaust headers white, but didn't like the result, so grind paint of and make them bling again...
You may see headers look in my signature gallery...

Having seen your pics Northern, I see what you mean, just doesn't seem to work, with the colour scheme on your bike and I know I would say this  :whistling:  But black headers would look great I think  :onya:
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 05 March 2018, 06:20 am
Finished the rear wheel off today, as the wheels are Red calipers had to go Black  :imrgreen:
Got all the body work back on as well, just leaves pesky front calipers now  :onya:
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Monday, 05 March 2018, 06:27 am
Got to say Mr Red it looks bloody gorgeous.
Well done you !
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Post by: seth on Monday, 05 March 2018, 06:37 am
That's coming together lovely
 :drool:
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 05 March 2018, 06:44 am
Thanks both,feels like I'm on the home straight now! just need some sunshine!!!
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Post by: lloydjames on Monday, 05 March 2018, 07:09 am
That front end is way too shiny Red.... I'll just leave this here  :stir: :whistling:

https://www.brooksuspension.co.uk/stanchions-inner-tubes-titanium-nitride-coating.html
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 05 March 2018, 07:14 am
Yeah your right Lloyd  :smitten:, the forks are all I see now when I look at the bike!
I was considering a whole new front end so didn't want to spen too much on them.. next Year  :salute:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Wednesday, 07 March 2018, 04:22 am
Decided it was about time I fitted some bits to the Triumph I'd acquired over the winter months, so the following items fitted:

- Denali Soundbomb horn (LOUD!!!!)
- Aluminium Bash Plate (replacing the plastic one there previously)
- replaced gear change with trick folding one (sprung load end that folds in the event of a tip over)
- rear hugger fitted
- replaced front GoPro case with a new one (last one disagreed with the pigeon that hit it  :whistling:)
- sheepskin seat covers fitted front and rear
- Givi S250 toolbox fitted (inside the pannier rails)
- tyres pumped up
- oil and filter change
- sealed and polished blue painted parts and shaft drive (didn't need doing but found a wee spec of dust - outrageous - so had no choice really, the Megs had to come out  :lol:)

All ready for a run out this weekend rain or shine  :onya: :onya:
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Post by: Andre on Wednesday, 07 March 2018, 04:27 am
I like that Givi toolbox idea even though I don't like panniers  :whistling:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Wednesday, 07 March 2018, 07:34 am
Not cheap Andre, but quite spacious and fits nicely inside the Pannier frame.
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Post by: seth on Wednesday, 07 March 2018, 07:45 am
Great idea for using wasted space .
I use soft paniers these days so not quite as much gap behind them as with hard luggage and frames.
Of course the 14 has all that lovely space under the seat most bikes don't have.
 :doh:
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 07 March 2018, 06:05 pm
Loving the sheepskin Dave, have you got the link for those?

Cheers
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Post by: KiwiCol on Wednesday, 07 March 2018, 06:22 pm
I've just got a sheepskin, for the seat. Now waiting for the gel pad to arrive. Going to have best of both worlds, a gel filled sheep skin seat cover. Making it myself too.  Give it a whirl anyway.  :boogie:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Wednesday, 07 March 2018, 06:24 pm
Loving the sheepskin Dave, have you got the link for those?

Cheers

Sure
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Motorcycle-Sheepskin-seat-cover-BMW-Honda-Suzuki-Yamaha-KTM-Kawasaki-Triumph/202224652084?hash=item2f15874f34:g:cYkAAOSw~4NZrqYX

Proper sheepskins Nigel, they lace on so easy to remove for cleaning, just tell the guy (very helpful) that you have a GSX1400abd he’ll match the skin as best he can

@Red Biker
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 07 March 2018, 07:17 pm
I've just got a sheepskin, for the seat. Now waiting for the gel pad to arrive. Going to have best of both worlds, a gel filled sheep skin seat cover. Making it myself too.  Give it a whirl anyway.  :boogie:

That will be heaven for the old ‘farmers’ Col 😀
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 07 March 2018, 07:22 pm
Loving the sheepskin Dave, have you got the link for those?

Cheers

Sure
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Motorcycle-Sheepskin-seat-cover-BMW-Honda-Suzuki-Yamaha-KTM-Kawasaki-Triumph/202224652084?hash=item2f15874f34:g:cYkAAOSw~4NZrqYX

Proper sheepskins Nigel, they lace on so easy to remove for cleaning, just tell the guy (very helpful) that you have a GSX1400abd he’ll match the skin as best he can

@Red Biker

Great, thanks Dave I’ll give him a shout 👍
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Post by: grog on Wednesday, 07 March 2018, 07:29 pm
sheepskins rule, mine is over 30 yrs old, still works perfectly. rear for mrs is few yrs only. warm, cool, no sliding. when you camp, a great pillow. give it a scotchguard spray, water just rolls off. best invention ever. maybe not but up there.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Wednesday, 07 March 2018, 09:51 pm
Worth every penny for a more comfortable bum on long rides  :onya:
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Post by: northern on Thursday, 08 March 2018, 06:38 am
Swingarm get a primer coat.
What do you think - what paint is better as a main coat - wheel or engine?
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Post by: Red Biker on Thursday, 08 March 2018, 07:05 am
I’m sure one of the paint experts will be along to advise Northern, what colour are you doing?
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Post by: northern on Thursday, 08 March 2018, 07:12 am
You know, Red...
It's hard to admit, but after some thinking, I decide to paint swingarm black...  :grin:

First, I want to do it white... But white swingarm is only for show bikes. And mine will not be a showroom bike
Then I was thinking about gold... But just for a fraction of a second  :lol:

as a result - it will be BLACK  :hat:
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Post by: Hooli on Thursday, 08 March 2018, 08:14 am
Toolbox sounds interesting but probably too expensive for me to consider.

Not quite bike related as it's not moved since going to Scotland at the beginning of feb but I took my leathers in to get fixed today. I fixed seams falling apart would get annoying over the summer when it arrives.
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Thursday, 08 March 2018, 06:45 pm
Now I have a replacement swing arm thats Black (Thanks again Del) I would say Black is the way to go.
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Post by: Red Biker on Thursday, 08 March 2018, 09:42 pm
So much love for Black on here  :boogie2:, the swing arm was how I started so take note  :whistling:

Wise choice Northern :hat:
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Post by: seth on Thursday, 08 March 2018, 09:46 pm
Once down the darkside you go forever will it control your destiny  :stir:
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Post by: Hooli on Thursday, 08 March 2018, 11:25 pm
Once you go black, we don't want you back  :rofl2:
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Thursday, 08 March 2018, 11:44 pm
An early Christmas prezzy to myself arrived at work today...
Yipee !!
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Post by: northern on Friday, 09 March 2018, 05:33 am
Paint still wet, but no turning back :)
year ago, it was slightly different...
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Friday, 09 March 2018, 06:00 am
Hi Northern..
I think you've done the right thing..
Also the black paint covers up that awful crack nicely !!!

 :stir:
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Post by: Red Biker on Friday, 09 March 2018, 06:30 am
Yeah looking good Northern 👍

I sometimes look back at old pictures and I’m very happy with how mines turned out. No reflection on others but I really don’t like the oem alloy on alloy at the chain adjusters, sends a shiver down my spine 😩

As we always focus on the parts we love, Be interested to hear others least favourite part of their bike?
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Post by: northern on Friday, 09 March 2018, 06:45 am
Thx, mates! I like polished look, but cleaning it is pain in the... So I went the easy way :)
But tank and rear end will stay white :)

As we always focus on the parts we love, Be interested to hear others least favourite part of their bike?
I personally hate when front wheels get dirty - because of brake disks it's very hard to clean them  :furious:

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Post by: Hooli on Friday, 09 March 2018, 07:16 am
Be interested to hear others least favourite part of their bike?

It's not made in England using proper imperial nuts n bolts.
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Post by: northern on Friday, 09 March 2018, 07:29 am
proper imperial nuts n bolts.
Harley use imperial nuts n bolts... Is it making those bikes proper?  :devil:
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Post by: Hooli on Saturday, 10 March 2018, 09:34 am
HD used yankie crap, if it was proper imperial then they wouldn't have taken so long to learn to make Merlins properly.
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Post by: grog on Saturday, 10 March 2018, 06:18 pm
Least fave things. Not a lot really. I wish it had drain plugs in forks, grease nipples in head& swing arm. Fuel cap on mine, wont stand up, not sure if just mine. Most annoying
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Post by: KiwiCol on Saturday, 10 March 2018, 07:03 pm
what do you want to grease in the head Grog? 

Fuel cap?  That's a new one, haven't heard of that happening before. wonder what's causing it?
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Saturday, 10 March 2018, 07:29 pm
HD used yankie crap, if it was proper imperial then they wouldn't have taken so long to learn to make Merlins properly.


 :cheers: :rofl2:
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Post by: grog on Saturday, 10 March 2018, 08:37 pm
kiwi, steering head for grease nipple. such a blistering typist, i missed out a word. one finger wonder actually. fuel cap open, stand up on others, mine just falls down.
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 11 March 2018, 02:33 am
Big day today.. started her for the first time since putting the tank back on, off to a worrying start as didn’t hear the pump kick in when I turned the key but then realised the old kill switch was on 🤞lots of blue smoke due to my oil issues but ok in the end 👍

Bled rear brake and clutch but still waiting on new seals for front Calipers 😡
Cleaned and lubed chain that had been laying on the floor for a couple of weeks.

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Post by: gsxbarmy on Sunday, 11 March 2018, 03:00 am
Rode mine about 150 miles around country lanes and the suchlike and got it absolutely filthy and loved every minute of it!!!

Be too dark time she has cooled down, so major clean tomorrow, should take ....oooh..... 30 minutes or so with a jet wash  :whistling:
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Post by: froudy on Sunday, 11 March 2018, 03:22 am
Just got in from cleaning mine ...AGAIN :rolleyes:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 11 March 2018, 03:01 pm
My gel seat pad arrived, made up a temp fitting for it (as stuffing in a sheepskin) & fitted it up on the seat.

(http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/gallery/0/5-110318141645.jpeg)

Not convinced on the wool, & reckon the gel insert would be best fitted under the seat cover, after trimming down some of the foam that's already there.  I'll end up taking the gel to an upholsterer to fit up correctly.

I adjusted the rear suspension to softer settings. I increased the frame rate of the SJ4000 from 30FPS to 60FPS and changed the mounting for the camera. The combination of these 3 things has given me a much sharper recording - no where near as much shake / blur.

Took it for a good ride over the Port Hills & back through TaiTapu.   Then it's the black ones turn. I fitted the original bar-end weights to the Renthals by making up internals that fit.  Then move some vital requirements from 1 bike to the other, check of tyre pressures & top up.  Off we go for a spin. 

I was interested in comparing the 'comfort' as far as the wind blast goes of the 2 styles of bike, it's been blowing it's t*ts off here today. The blue has the fairing & an additional wind deflector on top. This works very well in keeping the wind blast off my body, however, (cause I'm tall) it deflects the wind directly at me lid, making it very noisy with lots of buffeting. When I lean out from behind the screen, there is less noise in me lid but more pressure overall, so this aspect was what I wanted to look into.

Riding the 'stripped back to bare bones' black was definitely quieter over all, but, doing 100 - 110k into a 70k wind was really pushing me back & I found I had to really hang when I 'inadvertantly' went above 110 by another 40 or 50. The wind force with that strong head wind on my body was very noticeable indeed. Riding with the fairing on, yes I'm getting more helmet noise & head buffeting, but the bike & myself are having a much easier time of it. Same road & same conditions. It's absolutely less tiring riding with that wee fairing, so it can stay.

The black, well, it's just for local runs at the mo, so it doesn't need one anymore.  I found it more flickable for some reason?  It's an odd thing, but I definitely noticed it, the black 'felt' more nimble through the twisties than the blue.  The blue has PR3 on & the black has Angel GT's.  BUT, the Angels are a flatter profile than the PR3's, which is unusual.  I was looking at them side by side today & the difference is very noticeable, the Angels look more 'flat' like a car tyre compared to the PR3 & they're both 50's.
Anyway - I digress (again) so that's what I did to the bike(s) today, mucked around a bit with things & rode both of them - couple of hundy k's all up.
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Post by: grog on Sunday, 11 March 2018, 04:26 pm
Col, adjustable clip on air deflectors on ebay, maybe what you need. First thing i noticed changing from Michys to Pirelli was how easy it tipped in.
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Post by: Sweaty on Sunday, 11 March 2018, 05:11 pm
Went out for a nice 300 km ride yesterday with Snapey & 12 others up to the wineries area of the Pokolbin & back the Putty rd. Good weather with 3 1400’s on the ride & a good group of people. Great way to spend a day.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 11 March 2018, 05:50 pm
Col, adjustable clip on air deflectors on ebay, maybe what you need. First thing i noticed changing from Michys to Pirelli was how easy it tipped in.
I've got one of those Grog.  They definitely help, but a different screen fitting that goes higher would be the best way to fix it. The existing screen needs to be higher with a 'kick' up so the air goes over the helmet.  Course, if I was Notty's height, it wouldn't be an issue.  I can duck down lower than the screen & it's good in there, but you'd look like a try hard riding along like that.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Sunday, 11 March 2018, 09:35 pm
You must be ready to replace those over used worn out number plate bolts Col.  :whistling:
Just as an aside. Had a little 3.2 at 8kms deep this evening, just enough to get that rattle going and the plants swaying.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Monday, 12 March 2018, 02:00 am
Well, I was thinking of sorting out some sort of 'quick release system' for it and the other 2 bits.   Like a 'stay put' fastener on a cover, or heavy duty Velcro?  But, I don't want anything there that would look out of the ordinary & draw unwanted attn. to said items.
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Post by: lloydjames on Monday, 12 March 2018, 03:58 am
Got myself a Hel oil cooler today.. didn’t need it but oh well. Boredom internet shopping. I need to go home and put my bike back together now. Only 2 1/2 months to go  :onya:
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 12 March 2018, 07:37 am
I washed mine today, it had lumps of salt on from the trip to Scotland a month ago... then I took it out for 50mile or so to get it mucky enough to be mine again.

I was going to recover the seat, but I've managed to lose the material I got to do it. So that job has to wait till it turns up, which is annoying.
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Post by: Basil Brush on Thursday, 15 March 2018, 12:34 am
Fitted a pair of Delkevic stainless tri-oval cans. If I had a quid for every time I had to stand up walk backwards to check they both matched - I reckon I'd have over 100 quid... :furious:

Look great though. Quality kit. Goes with new Delkevic collector.

Whilst on a roll. Stripped and cleaned rear calliper and fitted new stainless bleed nipples. And royally skinned my knuckle in the process. Bleed nipple too tight - spanner slipped. Only noticed when I saw Latex glove full of blood. Bollocks. Gone down to the bone. Double bollocks. Stopped whilst I was on a roll... :doh:
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Post by: Andre on Thursday, 15 March 2018, 01:00 am
@Basil Brush

Do you know how much the Delkevic collector (maybe the headers too) weigh?
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Post by: Basil Brush on Thursday, 15 March 2018, 01:37 am
Andre - I have just posted a SBS/BW collector this week (identical). Just a smidgeon under 2.7KG. The Delkevic was virtually identical. A set of SS headers are in region of 4-5KG.

I had a SBS collector fitted for years. I preferred the look of the Delkevic collector - as it has the side covers like the OEM. And so far have stayed stainless steel colour!
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Post by: ARH on Thursday, 15 March 2018, 02:05 am
I like them as well.... but they don't have type approval for use here and when I spoke with them it was clear they have no interest in that :whatever:

Complete bummer cos I would have also gone for the triovals....
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Post by: Basil Brush on Thursday, 15 March 2018, 02:10 am
Shame cos I've just took a pair of stainless oval (short) Beowulf road legal cans off... apart from where the missus has scuffed the can with her rubber heels - are prefect. I bought her proper boots. But, she insists on putting fashion boots with heels on.
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Post by: ARH on Thursday, 15 March 2018, 02:31 am
Basil.. then maybe you should show her this:

https://imgur.com/gallery/ZqH1NpA

BUT!!!    Warning:   Don't look at this if you are even remotely squeamish!!!
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Post by: KiwiCol on Thursday, 15 March 2018, 03:29 am
That's bloody awful alright!  But, IMO, that's not the result of a bike accident, more like getting caught in a wood chipper or the likes.

Agree, don't look at it if you're even remotely squeamish.
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Post by: Andre on Thursday, 15 March 2018, 06:02 am
Andre - I have just posted a SBS/BW collector this week (identical). Just a smidgeon under 2.7KG. The Delkevic was virtually identical. A set of SS headers are in region of 4-5KG.

I had a SBS collector fitted for years. I preferred the look of the Delkevic collector - as it has the side covers like the OEM. And so far have stayed stainless steel colour!

@Basil Brush  Thank you very much :)
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Post by: Andre on Thursday, 15 March 2018, 06:20 am
That's bloody awful alright!  But, IMO, that's not the result of a bike accident, more like getting caught in a wood chipper or the likes.

Agree, don't look at it if you're even remotely squeamish.

Its called "degloving" injury (in this case desocking would be more fitting), fairly common in bike accidents when the "victim" didn't wear protective gear. Skin with underlying tissue gets ripped off, like taking a glove off. Wood chipper injuries mangle a bit more (seen them too).
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Post by: Sweaty on Thursday, 15 March 2018, 06:49 am
Yeah, I probably shouldn’t of looked at that in the middle of breakfast.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Thursday, 15 March 2018, 08:07 am
Shouldn't have looked at that.......


Maybe the kids riding the scooters in bare feet should tho ??
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Thursday, 15 March 2018, 08:30 am
Did the tank mod so now fills faster.

Talked to the bike and told it i will clean it at the weekend !!
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Thursday, 15 March 2018, 04:55 pm
Did the tank mod so now fills faster.

Talked to the bike and told it i will clean it at the weekend !!

Nice one Kiwi..
You wont regret it.
I never have!
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Post by: Basil Brush on Friday, 16 March 2018, 12:21 am
Fitted a pair of Delkevic stainless tri-oval cans. If I had a quid for every time I had to stand up walk backwards to check they both matched - I reckon I'd have over 100 quid... :furious:

Look great though. Quality kit. Goes with new Delkevic collector.

Whilst on a roll. Stripped and cleaned rear calliper and fitted new stainless bleed nipples. And royally skinned my knuckle in the process. Bleed nipple too tight - spanner slipped. Only noticed when I saw Latex glove full of blood. Bollocks. Gone down to the bone. Double bollocks. Stopped whilst I was on a roll... :doh:

Finger turned a funny colour of black and blue. And as it's the index finger - absolute pain in the arse. When it comes to number two's... :devil:
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Saturday, 17 March 2018, 05:32 am
Cleaned out the tea bag today. It was a bit scummy but paint thinners and compressed air did the trick.

Also changed the high pressure fuel hose, so the shed doesn't stink of petrol any more.

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Post by: northern on Sunday, 18 March 2018, 01:56 am
Put a top coat on engine cover bolts, clear coat on some other parts, and left them to cure for 1.5 weeks (going skiing).
Not sure, what will be with those engine bolts next year, but now they look definitely much better then before  :cheesy:
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Sunday, 18 March 2018, 06:48 am
Re-greased the steering head bearings while the front end was apart. I have to say, Suzuki didn't exactly put a lot of grease in there back in the day. You can just about see it if you look carefully.

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Post by: Hooli on Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 08:09 am
That's why on every 14 I've taken the apart the bottom steering bearings were rusty as hell. Funny how that doesn't happen with the ones I've fitted & greased properly.
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 08:22 am
That's why on every 14 I've taken the apart the bottom steering bearings were rusty as hell. Funny how that doesn't happen with the ones I've fitted & greased properly.

My bearings aren't rusty, but there's an alarming amount of rust lurking around the front of the frame. I have rubbed it down and repainted it as best I can, but I just know my fussy streak is going to kick in next winter and I'll be getting the frame powder coated.
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Post by: mjgt on Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 12:08 am
Changed my coils over to a spare set to see if I cant cure my poor running when hot.
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Post by: Del on Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 02:22 am
pushed it outside so it could see the sun for the 1st time in several months - didnt ride it today was -5 here in Glasgow at going to work time . . . . . . hands are too sore for that stoopidness these days
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Post by: Notty on Thursday, 22 March 2018, 07:48 am
reversed the bike out of the garage to check the if the Tortoises were awake - No - so started the bike (first time) and rode it back into the garage - too much fun for a cold day !! Oh the Tortoises hibernate in the garage rafters and so I didn't want anything dropping on the bike as the young tortoise did escape from his box last year and fell the 7 foot or so the the garage floor - thankfully missing the bike but cost £120 in the vets to glue his shell back.... :)
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Thursday, 22 March 2018, 09:03 am
Fitted an Oxford Analogue Waterproof Clock - very impressed with the bracket supplied and the clock itself (whilst the Triumph has a clock, I much prefer an analogue I can glance at when riding).

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Oxford-Essential-Motorcycle-Motorbike-ATV-Clock-Black-Scooter-Water-Resistant/252750505754?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
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Post by: KiwiCol on Thursday, 22 March 2018, 09:25 am
reversed the bike out of the garage to check the if the Tortoises were awake - No - so started the bike (first time) and rode it back into the garage - too much fun for a cold day !! Oh the Tortoises hibernate in the garage rafters and so I didn't want anything dropping on the bike as the young tortoise did escape from his box last year and fell the 7 foot or so the the garage floor - thankfully missing the bike but cost £120 in the vets to glue his shell back.... :)
Never heard of anyone keeping Tortoises on their garage rafters, just shows, ya learn something everyday.  :onya:

You've not got Geese in your basement have you Notty?   Just wondering  :stir:
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Post by: Sweaty on Thursday, 22 March 2018, 09:59 am
reversed the bike out of the garage to check the if the Tortoises were awake - No - so started the bike (first time) and rode it back into the garage - too much fun for a cold day !! Oh the Tortoises hibernate in the garage rafters and so I didn't want anything dropping on the bike as the young tortoise did escape from his box last year and fell the 7 foot or so the the garage floor - thankfully missing the bike but cost £120 in the vets to glue his shell back.... :)
Never heard of anyone keeping Tortoises on their garage rafters, just shows, ya learn something everyday.  :onya:

i agree Col, you could say, he just Tortoise something new there.  :grin:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Thursday, 22 March 2018, 11:23 am
That's very sharp of you Sweaty,  Good man.

It's a wonder the Tortoise & the B/W analogy grouping hasn't started - Red must be still asleep or at work.
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Post by: grog on Thursday, 22 March 2018, 12:31 pm
Funny subject, trying to imagine tortoise on rafters, Then along comes Sweaty, nearly choked on my lunch.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Thursday, 22 March 2018, 02:27 pm
Im just surprised there was room for the Tortoise on the rafters.......a space usually reserved for Mother in Laws.  :facepalm:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Thursday, 22 March 2018, 02:32 pm
But they hang underneath Col!
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Thursday, 22 March 2018, 04:17 pm
Fair point Col.......silly me !!
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Post by: grog on Thursday, 22 March 2018, 04:35 pm
Imagine the size of our rafters
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Thursday, 22 March 2018, 04:42 pm
Was twiddling my thumbs wondering what other not needed maintenance I could do when I suddenly remembered I had a brand new OEM clutch switch that I could fit..
I actually bought this as a preventative measure..
Had read of some instances of it failing and they aren't that expensive. My bike is 13 years old and god knows how many times the switch has been activated in that time.
I was very pleasantly surprised at what an easy job it was to replace.. 5 minutes maximum..
Now I wonder about the side stand switch..... Only kidding as those ARE pretty expensive !
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Post by: KiwiCol on Thursday, 22 March 2018, 05:32 pm
Imagine the size of our rafters
As they say Grog, everything is big in Australia
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Post by: froudy on Thursday, 22 March 2018, 06:55 pm
Put a top coat on engine cover bolts, clear coat on some other parts, and left them to cure for 1.5 weeks (going skiing).
Not sure, what will be with those engine bolts next year, but now they look definitely much better then before  :cheesy:

@northern

These are a good option if you're not happy with your painted cam cover bolts. Listed for Bandit 600/1200, but are exactly the same as the GSX1400 bolts :onya:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Suzuki-GSF600-GSF1200-Bandit-Titanium-Cam-Cover-8-Bolt-Set/202267322688?hash=item2f18126940:g:O2kAAOSwdBlasbWw

Or these...
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Suzuki-Gsf-600-gsf-1200-Bandit-Titanium-Cam-Cover-Bolt-Set/152934475321?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D49920%26meid%3D5064199a8aa745808e6c8882c8b3cae9%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D202267322688%26itm%3D152934475321&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Thursday, 22 March 2018, 07:59 pm
Imagine the size of our rafters
As they say Grog, everything is big in Australia


Our Health and Safety laws would prevent us from having one on the rafters.......maybe on the ground surrounded with orange cones....... but only maybe !!
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Post by: mjgt on Friday, 23 March 2018, 02:02 am
Imagine the size of our rafters
As they say Grog, everything is big in Australia

According to a recent survey that includes waistlines, as Australians are fatter than Brits and the Brits are the fattest of the Europeans  ;)
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Friday, 23 March 2018, 06:31 am
Bought this for £70. Seller states its only done 21,000 miles (my own has done 28k)
I stripped it down and examined carefully. Both filters were clean..
The teabag filter had a very small amount of bits stuck to it but nothing like what I have seen photos of!
The HP filter seems spotless!
No restriction at all when I suck or blow via a snug fitting rubber pipe inserted into either inlet or outlet of the HP filter.
I tried flushing carb cleaner through from both side and caught what came out in some white kitchen roll.. It seemed like clean carb cleaner !!

Nothing wrong with my bikes own pump / filter as far as I know..
But wanted to strip down and clean (Plus do the regulator mod) without feeling pressured by potential crappy weather.
Remember all my DIY is done outside so I have to keep my meddling as quick as possible in case of rain.
This way I can simply swap my bike pump for the pre prepared pump.

Overall I think I got a bit of a bargain for a genuine GSX pump in such good condition..
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Post by: seth on Friday, 23 March 2018, 06:36 am
That looks better than you described bargin indeed it should only take a few mins to swop once the tank is off.
  :onya:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Friday, 23 March 2018, 09:07 am
@seth @Speedy1959

Can you explain where that additional piece of wire is routed & how it holds what on?   I though it had to be over the top of that silver cap thing, to hold that on.

I was going to do the wire thing, but couldn't see where / how to hold the wee cap thing on.   Thx
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Friday, 23 March 2018, 04:59 pm
@seth @Speedy1959

Can you explain where that additional piece of wire is routed & how it holds what on?   I though it had to be over the top of that silver cap thing, to hold that on.

I was going to do the wire thing, but couldn't see where / how to hold the wee cap thing on.   Thx

One minute Col..
I will photo it close up for you..
I double wound the wire around the fuel pressure regulator..
Will take some photos now..
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Friday, 23 March 2018, 05:08 pm
Here you go Col..
These close ups should answer any questions..
I must admit I am surprised the regulator is known for detaching itself. My white clip was very secure.. However a bit of stainless steel wire wont do any harm either way..
Basically the wire acts as a support..
You don't need to wind it super tight.
I tensioned mine firmly without over doing it.

P.S I put my wire below the wide part of "the silver cap thing" to be totally sure it wouldn't vibrate off.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Friday, 23 March 2018, 05:33 pm
Thx for the pic & explanation Speedy.  I thought the wire was to hold the cap thing on, not the whole assembly together.  I'm like you, surprised those clips come apart.
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Post by: seth on Friday, 23 March 2018, 05:55 pm
It's not a thing I've done
it's a @gsxbarmy top tip.

@Speedy1959 and @KiwiCol
 
I think the problem can be  those plastic clips are very fragile if you try to remove them you need to be very careful if you remove the pressure regulator they can become lose or even brake off.
I don't think it's a very common problem but if it happens it's a pest especially if your out on the bike and away from home.
Great write up speedy show just how to strengthen things up and stop the regulator coming off .

 :cheers:
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Post by: grog on Friday, 23 March 2018, 07:17 pm
im still not sure on wire tip. what does it actually do. have had hundreds of pump assemblys apart, i need an explanation of problem. Speedy, id wrap that new pump up and store, looks brand new.
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Post by: seth on Friday, 23 March 2018, 07:20 pm
@gsxbarmy
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Friday, 23 March 2018, 08:10 pm
The wire tip - I'll try to explain

Basically there have been a few instances in the past - originally found by Gnome I believe many years ago on the old org - whereby the clip holding the assembly together breaks or comes off (more it springs off I believe) inside the tank so disabling the pump from working - so bike doesn't start. The fix put out in the past was to use an electric tie to hold it back in place, however over time petrol affecting some of the plastic electrical ties so basically the pump failed again!
Can't remember who suggested it, but the updated "fix" was to use stainless wire to wrap around the pump to provide extra support to the clip to prevent it snapping or springing off. So essentially wrapping the wire around before it happens is "preventative maintenance" essentially against the possibility of the clip coming adrift (as the last thing you want is for your bike to be disabled miles from home and having to have the tank upside down to fix a penny clip (which incidentally you can't buy by itself)

Hope that explains

@grog @seth

(I've also updated the Tech article with Simon's pictures - http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/index.php?topic=1610.msg31038#msg31038)
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Post by: Basil Brush on Saturday, 24 March 2018, 02:23 am
Just fitted replacement set of HEL lines.

Followed Barmy's instructions to the letter. Worked a treat. Never done a dry fit before. Well pleased.

Dave - you are a star.  :smitten:
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Saturday, 24 March 2018, 04:15 am
im still not sure on wire tip. what does it actually do. have had hundreds of pump assemblys apart, i need an explanation of problem. Speedy, id wrap that new pump up and store, looks brand new.

Hi Grog..

I fitted the pump I bought today and it all went without a hitch (Thanks Dave for your brilliant write up).
I will clean the filters on the one I have taken out and more than likely sell it on. (28,000 miles old 2005 bike)..
Whilst the tank was off I thought I would re grease both upper and lower taper head bearings...
Loosened everything off enough to be able to wodge loads of posh grease I have via a long slender artists brush.
Its quite a challenge doing it this way but I sure got plenty in all the way around.
Once everything was back in place I had to thoroughly clean the excess grease that had unwodged from the bearings.

Oh and a top tip from Seth re removing the HP fuel line.. He told me to remove from the fuel rail rather than the tank as the fuel rail connector is far more accessible... Thanks Seth.

Whilst the tank was removed I cleaned the frame and totally cleaned underneath the tank which had 13 years of grime on it.
Then took her for a spin...
I cant say there is a difference on how she runs but I did it for preventative maintenance reasons rather than because I had a problem.
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Post by: Hooli on Saturday, 24 March 2018, 07:18 am
I got fed up with the torn wet seat on my 14, so got £10 of material off ebay & a staple gun.


Apart from slight creasing on the OSR I think it came out damn well for an hours effort & as a bonus it's more grippy than the original seat to ride on.
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Post by: seth on Saturday, 24 March 2018, 08:12 am
 :onya:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Saturday, 24 March 2018, 09:08 am
Well done Hooli, good job!  :onya:
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Post by: Del on Sunday, 25 March 2018, 01:18 am
All Cleaned and polished - did the pipes with Harpic and it does work really well - a good clean - several coats of polish and half a can of Mr Sheen

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Post by: Paulpmy on Sunday, 25 March 2018, 03:51 am
Couldn't start my summer until the fork legs look ding dang do. Also had 2 new boots fitted, just waiting for the poxy sun now
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 25 March 2018, 05:00 am
Gave up on the 4 pots spent ages bleeding but leaking all over the place so changed the 6 pots from Red to Black and put them back on😩

Was hoping to do egg run tomorrow but ran out of time now 😡 as still need to bleed them!

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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 25 March 2018, 05:16 am
That looks bloody nice Red.  :smitten:
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Sunday, 25 March 2018, 05:24 am
Fitted my lovely new powder coated centre stand.

Also assembled my lovely refurbed forks, with rechromed stanchions and vapour blasted sliders, but in the process I broke one of the little plastic rings that goes on the bottom of the fork leg. I believe this is going to cost me £21 plus postage ...  :facepalm:

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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 25 March 2018, 05:31 am
I do like the finish on your fork legs Fishy & the powder coated stand.   :onya:
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 25 March 2018, 05:32 am
That looks bloody nice Red.  :smitten:

Cheers Col, was hoping to test the difference on the 4 pots but on Ice now 😩🤘
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 25 March 2018, 05:36 am
Fitted my lovely new powder coated centre stand.

Also assembled my lovely refurbed forks, with rechromed stanchions and vapour blasted sliders, but in the process I broke one of the little plastic rings that goes on the bottom of the fork leg. I believe this is going to cost me £21 plus postage ...  :facepalm:

Yeah nice work Mr F, I’m contemplating removing the main stand as pointless now I’m jacked up 😳
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Sunday, 25 March 2018, 06:38 am
I do like the finish on your fork legs Fishy & the powder coated stand.   :onya:

Thanks, I did the engine cases the same as well, they look mint now. Well, a lot better than they did before. The nice thing about vapour blasting is the alloy gets peened on a microscopic level, so it resists corrosion for longer. Hopefully the occasional wipe with an ACF-50 soaked rag will keep them presentable. They aren't as shiny as the original polished-and-lacquered look, but we all know how long that lasts.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 25 March 2018, 12:29 pm
No blue to play with, so cleaned, adjusted & lubed the chain on the black. Pulled the new renthals off, & removed the top yolk to get access to the head bearings. Re-greased both (no sign of rust there btw) & re-assembled. Used a cold chisel (as per Grog) to gently torque the head nut down to 'just right'  :facepalm: then put it back together.
The head nut wasn't very tight originally, was surprised at how easily it undid. 

Then decided I hadn't drilled the hole correctly in the bars for the indicator switch locator, so off with that & have a good look inside the switch to see what the gubbins are in there for when I get the blue back.

Elongated the hole so it's now an oval & the switch sits nicely for thumb activation. Assembled everything else & went (very slowly - like walking pace) down my street & back a few times. No rego, no warrant, no licence plate. Steering is a little firmer now, which is fine by me.  I know there's a spec for how much effort it should take to move the bars & reckon I'm still well under that. Before you could blow on it & it'd turn. 

Also, uncovered the boat, got both batteries out, tested & load tested each then put them onto charge. Tidied up me shed (a bit) & thought about washing the car, only got that far though.  Cleaned me up, made a casserole & peeled the spuds ready for tea. 
Beer o'clock now I reckon.  :cheers:
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Sunday, 25 March 2018, 02:45 pm
Col I re greased and adjusted my steering head bearings whilst my tank was off.
In my case I suspected they were on the loose side as when I went over a pot hole (on our beautifully maintained roads in the UK) I noticed a loud metallic clunk..
Anyway since greasing and tightening there are no more clunks!
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Post by: grog on Sunday, 25 March 2018, 04:44 pm
Normally im not into measuring bearing pre load, feel works. With head bgs i decided to do by book. Bought electronic spring balance, maybe $10 off ebay. Has lasted 5 yrs or so, good value. I did up by feel & then measured. Cant remember numbers but found i could go a lot tighter to get to specs. Once set never seems to change.
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Sunday, 25 March 2018, 08:40 pm
I made the same mistake on my Renthals, drilled the switch locating hole in the wrong place on the right hand side. I didn't want to make it into a slot in case it weakened the bars, so I cut the lug out of the inside of the switch. I hate cutting things about like that, but there you go.

I might pick up a spring balance and do the bearing adjustment thing, seems like a good idea.
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Post by: Paulpmy on Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 06:35 am
Freshened up the fork legs, just waiting for wavy discs now
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Post by: Notty on Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 06:38 am
Freshened up the fork legs, just waiting for wavy discs now
Looking good Paul !what did you use?  polished mine but may change to a low maintenance finish :)
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Post by: Paulpmy on Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 04:16 pm
Rubbed them down with p180 dry paper, sprayed primer nice and thick, wet and dry with 800, base coat aluminium silver then clear lacquer fit it all back up ding dang do. Took a bout an hour and half so can do this every year gives a reason to be in the man shed.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 04:23 pm
3 coats in an hour & a half?   Thought it was cold over there?   Ya have them in front of a blast furnace or boiler maybe?
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Post by: Paulpmy on Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 06:45 pm
Had my heater on in the garage so nice and warm in there
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Post by: grog on Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 06:52 pm
well done mate. lookin good.
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Post by: Sweaty on Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 07:10 pm
Nice job there Paulpmy, looks great.
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Post by: Red Biker on Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 09:43 pm
Freshened up the fork legs, just waiting for wavy discs now
Looking good Paul !what did you use?  polished mine but may change to a low maintenance finish :)

AKA Black Notty?
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Post by: Paulpmy on Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 06:19 am
Thanks for the comments guys, this is low maintenance once a year they will always look fresh for a couple of hours work.
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Post by: Paulpmy on Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 06:20 am
It is cold over here very at times by rubbing sticks together life seems much nicerer lol
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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 06:28 am
@northern

These are a good option if you're not happy with your painted cam cover bolts. Listed for Bandit 600/1200, but are exactly the same as the GSX1400 bolts :onya:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Suzuki-GSF600-GSF1200-Bandit-Titanium-Cam-Cover-8-Bolt-Set/202267322688?hash=item2f18126940:g:O2kAAOSwdBlasbWw

Or these...
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Suzuki-Gsf-600-gsf-1200-Bandit-Titanium-Cam-Cover-Bolt-Set/152934475321?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D49920%26meid%3D5064199a8aa745808e6c8882c8b3cae9%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D202267322688%26itm%3D152934475321&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851
@froudy
Know them and even was thinking about them. If my paint solution will not work out (rust will come out), will get them from ebay or ProBolt.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 09:25 am
My new seat is ready, collecting this afternoon. Really looking forward to see how it's turned out & how comfortable (or not) it is.  Bit of a bugger as I'm not going to get a chance to ride it before Easter or over Easter as we're away.
Got those indicators to sort out first too.   I'll put a pic & report up once I have the info.

Here it is, re-covered, re-sculptured & gel insert.  Think he may have cut it a bit further back than I wanted, but I'll have a crack at it as it is.  Feels very different, in a good way I guess.   That band is silver, looks good in the flesh - comes out whiteish on here.

(http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/gallery/0/5-280318184526.jpeg)
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 04:59 pm
Removed hand guards (Mate reckons I am optimistic) and the mirrors ready for the bar end mirrors that arrive later today.
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 06:26 pm
My 'blingy' red bolts/spacers arrived, bolts are £4.50 for 10 and are coloured stainless from GWR, seem excellent quality  :onya:

Ps
For all the 'wierdos' they also come in Blue  :jack:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 06:31 pm
Mate, your bike is very lucky to have an owner like you!     Hope ya spend as much on Mrs Red as ya do on the bike.
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Post by: Sweaty on Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 06:36 pm

Ps
For all the 'wierdos' they also come in Blue  :jack:
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 :rofl2: :clapping:

Looking good mate👍
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 06:49 pm
Mate, your bike is very lucky to have an owner like you!     Hope ya spend as much on Mrs Red as ya do on the bike.

Lol thanks Col, I keep the spend ‘proportional’ to the reciprocal value gained in return  :grin:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 06:51 pm
Sounds perfectly reasonable to me Red, good man!
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 06:53 pm
Mate, your bike is very lucky to have an owner like you!     Hope ya spend as much on Mrs Red as ya do on the bike.


Looks like no expense is spared on Mrs Red. I can see the comfy chair by the basin in the background and to the left I see the blow dryer.  :onya:
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 06:57 pm
Good looking seat Col.
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 07:07 pm
This was Mrs Reds valentines gift
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Post by: grog on Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 07:08 pm
very nice Col. hope it works.
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 07:09 pm
Oh yeah missed your seat Col!
Looks great, very streamline and a splash of colour  :onya:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 07:12 pm
Black n Grey Red, Black n Grey.
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 07:14 pm
Mate, your bike is very lucky to have an owner like you!     Hope ya spend as much on Mrs Red as ya do on the bike.

Well spotted fruit, I occasionally tig her eyebrows and clean her filter out  :embarassed:


Looks like no expense is spared on Mrs Red. I can see the comfy chair by the basin in the background and to the left I see the blow dryer.  :onya:
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Post by: Notty on Friday, 30 March 2018, 02:39 am
These arrived at Froudy's today - thanks to Paulpmy  :) oh they are at Froudy's cos Mrs Notty doesn't know about them  :)
@Paulpmy
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Post by: ARH on Friday, 30 March 2018, 02:42 am
 :happy1: :happy1:    Notty...will she not notice them on the bike?  Maybe not even ask why the bike Is now waking up the neighbourhood?
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Post by: Notty on Friday, 30 March 2018, 02:45 am
:happy1: :happy1:    Notty...will she not notice them on the bike?  Maybe not even ask why the bike Is now waking up the neighbourhood?
she not even sure what colour the bike is and I have had it 2 years Lol  :)
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Post by: seth on Friday, 30 March 2018, 02:55 am
@froudy and @Notty
Motorcycle ninja's  :smiley-happy036:

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Post by: Paulpmy on Friday, 30 March 2018, 03:06 am
@Notty sounds like Notty  many , Mrs Notty nil. Need to see the smug face to go with this though.
If she doesn't know what colour it is then new tank, tail unit and hugger this would confuse her no end lol.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Friday, 30 March 2018, 03:12 am
Let us know how that goes when you introduce the new exhaust to management.  :whistling:
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Post by: Red Biker on Friday, 30 March 2018, 05:49 am
Very sneaky Notty... I like it  :boogie:

I told mrs red I painted my wheels and bodywork myself  :embarassed:

To this day she thinks my season ticket includes away games as well  :whistling:
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Post by: Blubber on Friday, 30 March 2018, 06:53 am
:happy1: :happy1:    Notty...will she not notice them on the bike?  Maybe not even ask why the bike Is now waking up the neighbourhood?
she not even sure what colour the bike is and I have had it 2 years Lol  :)

Mine could not tell the difference between my naked goldwing project and the 14... One is bright red, the other is nebular black.... :whatever:
 It's just a hobby / bike to my missed
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Post by: Andre on Friday, 30 March 2018, 06:59 am
Wonder what them girls are sneaking past you :stir:
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Post by: grog on Friday, 30 March 2018, 02:52 pm
Todays ride spoilt by bloody rain, hasnt stopped for weeks. Instead fitted usb/ voltmeter. Both handy i reckon.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Friday, 30 March 2018, 03:21 pm
What's the round thing by the clutch master cyl Grog?
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Post by: grog on Friday, 30 March 2018, 03:46 pm
Air temp gauge, i put on one hot summer, never got round to taking it off. Getting older now, might put a blood pressure meter there. 😀
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Post by: Snapey on Friday, 30 March 2018, 06:38 pm
Quiet day today with the Katana. Removed tyres, bearings & rotors to get the rims ready for powder coating, they had tubes fitted FFS, washed the frame for media blast & powder, made a cradle for the engine then lunch with the grand daughters.

There's not much more I can do now as I need to buy a parts washer & sand blaster but the supplier isn't open until Tuesday.
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Post by: grog on Friday, 30 March 2018, 06:45 pm
Snapey, great choice to rebuild. beautiful bikes. RickC mate did one not so long ago. i sent him original sales brochure for it. sorry i dont have another.
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Post by: IanH on Friday, 30 March 2018, 10:28 pm
Crash bars fitted....finally!
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Post by: ARH on Friday, 30 March 2018, 10:35 pm
Started after winter layup...  1st time off the button  :onya:  Oil change and new K&N oil filter fitted... running smooth as.  Wheels off on Monday for new tyres, front calipers to be cleaned up, new pads and front end cleanup while I’m there.   
In case you are wondering... still a bit too cold and showery for a run out this weekend..
And yes I am a wuss  :rofl2:
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Post by: Red Biker on Saturday, 31 March 2018, 06:11 am
Go careful on the new tyres ARH I’ve seen lots give it too much too soon  :onya:
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Post by: Andre on Saturday, 31 March 2018, 06:52 am
Continental claims (confirmed by some) that there tires (Road Attack 3) don't need scrubbing in. Still tending to wards Michelin Road 5. Won't be till next year though. Maybe mid-season a new rear Metzeler Z8 first.
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Post by: ARH on Saturday, 31 March 2018, 07:04 am
Go careful on the new tyres ARH I’ve seen lots give it too much too soon  :onya:

Cheers Red.... yep seen one or two having a wobbly ‘momemt’ on new tyres... will be taking it very easy for the first 100km or so...  :)
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Post by: Red Biker on Saturday, 31 March 2018, 07:17 am
Continental claims (confirmed by some) that there tires (Road Attack 3) don't need scrubbing in. Still tending to wards Michelin Road 5. Won't be till next year though. Maybe mid-season a new rear Metzeler Z8 first.

I’ve seen goo prices on the Road 4 now the 5 is out so may go for that Andre
  :onya:
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Post by: Andre on Saturday, 31 March 2018, 07:32 am
The Continental Road Attack 3 is a great tire but... it's advantages are more for the sportive rider. If you want grip grip grip go for it. Otherwise you might be better of with another tire. Not much one can do wrong with any of the newer sport touring tires (even some of the older ones like the Angel).
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Post by: northern on Tuesday, 03 April 2018, 07:35 am
So, today I finally finish some rear-end projects started month ago:
All together: like how it looks, but now I see torque arm could also be black  :)


Almost forget - new DID zvm-x gold chain also was fitted.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Tuesday, 03 April 2018, 08:34 am
Looks a cracker Northern!  Very nice.  I intend to do my calipers one day
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 03 April 2018, 09:07 am
Looks a cracker Northern!  Very nice.  I intend to do my calipers one day


Yep have to agree, looking sharp Northern.
Gave my front calipers a bit of a birthday over the weekend. Really do need painting. Cleaned the bike, headers came up nice. Polished the paintwork.
Wifey complemented the bike on its good looks, l stood back.....
Nice, just like the bike !!
  :worshippy:
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Post by: Red Biker on Tuesday, 03 April 2018, 07:48 pm
Yeah I like it Northern, it all works well,
I even did the end of the spindle in Black as it pokes through the adjuster blocks  :grin:

@ kiwifruit just to clarify the wife was complimenting the bike on its looks?

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Post by: shanered6 on Tuesday, 03 April 2018, 09:36 pm
Northen that looks realy sweet and i think the brake arm looks good in gold !  :onya:
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 03 April 2018, 11:50 pm
Correct Red  :onya:
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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 04 April 2018, 02:55 am
thx, mates.

@Red Biker
I keep ens unpainted on purpose - they have nice rough look, and also ends will get max abuse during wheel change, so paint will not last there.

Regarding wheel change - I was thinning to purchase second rear wheel and have it with some old tire on. For everyday rides, I would use normal Pilot Roads, but sometimes (for example for bike rallies) install spare wheel on a bike and do some hooligans burnouts....  :devil: (I know, I'm mentally 9...  :lol:)
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 04 April 2018, 03:37 am
Hey sounds like a plan Northern  :onya:
Growing up is for girls  :whistling:

Red
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Post by: Hooli on Friday, 06 April 2018, 03:44 am
Noticed the MOT runs out on my 14 today, that'll be me waiting outside the garage at 8:30am tomorrow to get it tested then.
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Post by: Andre on Saturday, 07 April 2018, 12:13 am
Passed MOT with flying colors :boogie:
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Post by: ARH on Saturday, 07 April 2018, 02:38 am
 :onya:
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Post by: Hooli on Saturday, 07 April 2018, 07:10 am
Passed MOT with flying colors :boogie:

So did mine, another clean sheet.

Only 6k miles since the last one though, that's embarrassing. I'll try harder this year.
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Post by: Notty on Sunday, 08 April 2018, 09:55 pm
Gave her the first wash to get the ACF50 stuff off before I go for a ride as its DRY  :smile2:
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Monday, 09 April 2018, 12:54 am
Looking sharp Notty  :onya:
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Post by: ARH on Monday, 09 April 2018, 01:09 am
Looks good Notty!

Good weekend for me... brownie points scored  :onya:  deck done, grass done.... most important...bike done!  New tyres on, front brake pads changed (still had some miles in the old ones but had a new set ready and it made sense cos I had the calipers off anyway), calipers and front end cleaned up, chain cleaned and lubed.  No pics... cos the bike is not cleaned and polished and I don’t do dirty pictures  :happy1:   
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Post by: Notty on Monday, 09 April 2018, 01:11 am
Gave her the first wash to get the ACF50 stuff off before I go for a ride as its DRY  :smile2:
Donkeys on the beach - the Black ones are the slowest of course !! strange no super fast Blue and White Donkeys ?  :)
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Monday, 09 April 2018, 06:03 am
It wasn't dry here, it absolutely pissed down all day. But I went out anyway and undid all my cleaning and polishing work.
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Post by: shanered6 on Monday, 09 April 2018, 07:37 am
never mind it will give you something to do well it keeps raining  :whistling:
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Monday, 09 April 2018, 07:47 am
never mind it will give you something to do well it keeps raining  :whistling:

Don't worry, I cleaned it already  :grin:
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 09 April 2018, 07:58 am
I shoved a bogbush up my Bonnie t'other day!

Needed to degrease the oil tank to get a leak welded & they are the perfect fit, just the small* matter of a rebuild to do now. Along with a bit of a redesign of course....

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Post by: Cykik on Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 03:15 am
Over winter removed entire exhaust system, replaced header bolts with m8xm6 studs. Cleaned collector with Harpic & replaced Quill cans with Beowulf  tri ovals. Seriously impressed with look & sound from tri ovals.
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Post by: northern on Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 07:06 am
I'm lazy bastard! It's April, but my 14 is not ready yet...  :embarrassed:

But today, I left office early, and hope bike will be running by the end of this week  :boogie:
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Post by: Red Biker on Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 06:42 pm
Gave her the first wash to get the ACF50 stuff off before I go for a ride as its DRY  :smile2:
Donkeys on the beach - the Black ones are the slowest of course !! strange no super fast Blue and White Donkeys ?  :)

All the B&W’s are in the ‘Wimpy’ shed Notty  :whistling:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 06:43 pm
Gave her the first wash to get the ACF50 stuff off before I go for a ride as its DRY  :smile2:
Donkeys on the beach - the Black ones are the slowest of course !! strange no super fast Blue and White Donkeys ?  :)

All the B&W’s are in the ‘Wimpy’ shed Notty  :whistling:

Didn't know donkey's ate WImpy's thought they ate hay and grass  :happy1:
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Post by: Red Biker on Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 06:46 pm
Don’t know if you’ve been to Skeggy recently Dave but have you seen what the Donkeys have for Lunch??
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Post by: northern on Thursday, 12 April 2018, 05:35 am
Throttle Body was cleaned (inside and outside) and installed back on bike!
Really hate this procedure - fitting rubber manifolds from engine and airbox side  :confused1:
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Post by: seth on Thursday, 12 April 2018, 05:54 am
Throttle Body was cleaned (inside and outside) and installed back on bike!
Really hate this procedure - fitting rubber manifolds from engine and airbox side  :confused1:

http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/index.php?action=gallery;cat=19

Have a look at @gsxbarmy's tip for removal and reporting of throttle bodies
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Post by: northern on Thursday, 12 April 2018, 06:05 am
Thx. This should make it easier. Will try it next time.
This time, before installation, I take out airbox to throttle body rubber tubes, and install throttle bodies without them. After throttle body was in place, I put those airbox to throttle body rubber tubes back... Cant say it was super easy... :)
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Post by: stick3 on Friday, 13 April 2018, 11:36 am
adjusted and cleaned the chain and guard using kero and lubing with gear oil and i also fork out 650 bucks for rego (ctp 503 rego 128 inspection 23 )and tomorro another 250 for insurance now time for this :cheers:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Saturday, 14 April 2018, 10:55 am
Took it for a wee ride, but, wouldn't ya know it, it stopped at the Little River pub! Think its getting to know the routine.
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Post by: Sweaty on Saturday, 14 April 2018, 01:45 pm
Looks great Col, the bike looks good as well.  ;) :onya:
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Post by: Notty on Saturday, 14 April 2018, 05:49 pm
Looking good Col  :)
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Post by: seth on Saturday, 14 April 2018, 06:08 pm
Great to get out on the bike col looks a good day for it and the bike is looking brilliant
  :onya:
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Saturday, 14 April 2018, 07:13 pm
You've got that bike looking smart Col.  :onya:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Saturday, 14 April 2018, 08:11 pm
Thanks guys, took it out for a bit last Saturday & gave it reasonable clean up on Sunday, wash, dry, polish & do the shiny bits. Got bugs on it now. Probably another ride tomorrow - from 1 end of the hills to the other.
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 15 April 2018, 02:21 am
Looks really clean Col 👍
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Sunday, 15 April 2018, 04:19 am
Had a little trip to the coast.
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Post by: seth on Sunday, 15 April 2018, 04:43 am
Well this morning looking out my stuff for a trip over the water next week .
Only to discover my mot ran out in January. After lots of phoning found a place not to far away that could fit me in got there and all was going well untill the final part when the front brake was pulsing.
FAIL doh
Que go home strip clean and refurbish the front brakes and disc including buttons and fitting new pads .Not how I was expecting to spend my Saturday.
All seams ok now will give it a test in the morning and re-mot either Wednesday afternoon or Thursday at 8am before heading to the ferry .
 :doh: :facepalm:
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Post by: northern on Sunday, 15 April 2018, 05:01 am
Bike is 99% complete. New oil and filter is in! Tomorrow, battery and Power Commander adapted map from @seth (:hat:) for Yosh+Akra will be installed, and then 14 will first powered up with new cams.
Really hope so...   :notworthy:
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Post by: seth on Sunday, 15 April 2018, 05:08 am
Good luck buddy youll soon have it run in and then on to the dyno for a full remap
 :cheers:
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 15 April 2018, 05:11 am
Well this morning looking out my stuff for a trip over the water next week .
Only to discover my mot ran out in January. After lots of phoning found a place not to far away that could fit me in got there and all was going well untill the final part when the front brake was pulsing.
FAIL doh
Que go home strip clean and refurbish the front brakes and disc including buttons and fitting new pads .Not how I was expecting to spend my Saturday.
All seams ok now will give it a test in the morning and re-mot either Wednesday afternoon or Thursday at 8am before heading to the ferry .
 :doh: :facepalm:

Bit of a mare that Seth! Hope you get it sorted on time  :onya:
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Post by: seth on Sunday, 15 April 2018, 05:27 am
Cheers buddy
All should be good now I just that bit of paper  :frustrated:
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 15 April 2018, 05:44 am
I popped down to Coventry to see the Shackleton there do an engine run, it's a bloody impressive noise I must say.

Then on the way back I did some testing on a private road, I've always thought my 14 felt a bit slower with the newer style air filter in. They've got a smaller inlet & a longer trumpet so won't flow as much. Well tests have proved that a bike which has always been able to indicate 163mph now only reaches 158mph.

Anyone know of a properly made air filter for sale that doesn't restrict the quickest version of a 14? (K2 B/W obviously).
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 15 April 2018, 05:55 am
Is 5mph at that speed worth the effort?
My top end is restricted as well, but mine is more to do with the lump sitting on it!  Mine thinks it's 2 up all the time!
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Sunday, 15 April 2018, 06:19 am
Cheers buddy
All should be good now I just that bit of paper  :frustrated:
Maybe your powder coating was on a micron too thick Seth !! :stir:
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 15 April 2018, 06:35 am
Is 5mph at that speed worth the effort?
My top end is restricted as well, but mine is more to do with the lump sitting on it!  Mine thinks it's 2 up all the time!

Yes because it feels slightly down on grunt when pinning the throttle in lower gears too. Only very slightly but it's there & annoys me as I know it should pull slightly harder.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 15 April 2018, 06:38 am
Fair call.   K&N any good?    Seem to recall someone modified the inlet on the avail air cleaners to allow it to flow better, could of been T24, not sure.
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 15 April 2018, 08:00 am
K&N was my first thought as a replacement to be honest.

I've have been considering using my dremel & getting the silly intake trumpet out of the filter too. If I bend it inwards as I cut around the top it should just drop out without much effort afterwards. The other advantage is it'd get rid of the crappy induction noise it causes.
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 15 April 2018, 08:17 am
Oh forgot to say, it ticked over 115k miles today too.
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 15 April 2018, 10:56 pm
Right I took a look at the air filter today & the differences are pretty obvious in the first pic. A bit of thinking later & by running my angle grinder around the outside of the trumpet I cut the four spot welds holding that restrictive trumpet in. Pulled it out, filed the edge of the hole smooth by hand (with the filter upside down so the bits fell out) and that should be that.

Test rides will occur at some point, but I'm confident it'll have fixed it. Shame I can't replicate the small intake trumpet to smooth the air, but the solid section at the top of the filter (which the original doesn't have) is about the same depth so should do the same job.

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Post by: gsxbarmy on Monday, 16 April 2018, 02:41 am
It will be interesting to see how she runs without the smoothed edges Andy. Years ago on a Ford tuning forum i used to be part of, a guy went to some pains to smooth off the square edges of the air intake box, and gained a bit if performance as it “smoothed” the air into the aur filter.
So a question - with a bit of ingenuity would the trumpet off the old air filter fit onto the new one oerhaps?
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 16 April 2018, 03:12 am
If I cut back the hole by about 1/8th of an inch it'll be flush with the inner edge of the filter, I might do that if it doesn't run right. I don't think the small lip will restrict it much, certainly less than the massive trumpet thing it had in before.

I did consider trying to swap the top plate but as I can't see what holds it all together yet I've not bothered as I need the bike to go to Scotland on friday. I might well disassemble the 'new' filter when I replace it next to see if that's plausible.
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Post by: northern on Monday, 16 April 2018, 05:32 am
Today bike was completely assembled and started first times this year, and first time with new cams!  :boogie:
Next week I would need to pass MOT, get insurance and riding season could be open.

Also, because throttle body's were off the engine, I would need to run position and idle sensors adjustment, and run sync procedure again.

@seth PC map, you send me, was rejected by my PCV (after converting from PC3 map to to PCV), but I copy-paste values from your map to mine and engine runs  :onya:. Not smooth as it was before, but as I write - throttle bodies need to be adjusted, and dyno setup is required.
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Post by: seth on Monday, 16 April 2018, 05:43 am
Looking good buddy
Hopefully you get out on it asap
Do you have a chance to get it on a dyno ?
 :cheers:
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Post by: Andre on Monday, 16 April 2018, 05:47 am
Right I took a look at the air filter today & the differences are pretty obvious in the first pic. A bit of thinking later & by running my angle grinder around the outside of the trumpet I cut the four spot welds holding that restrictive trumpet in. Pulled it out, filed the edge of the hole smooth by hand (with the filter upside down so the bits fell out) and that should be that.

Test rides will occur at some point, but I'm confident it'll have fixed it. Shame I can't replicate the small intake trumpet to smooth the air, but the solid section at the top of the filter (which the original doesn't have) is about the same depth so should do the same job.

A weird "new style" filter you got there. When and where did you buy it? I got the filter in the pic I attached last summer from Suzuki dealer and it looks like your old one.

@Hooli
@seth (I think you mentioned having one like Hooli's new one too)
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Post by: northern on Monday, 16 April 2018, 05:53 am
Do you have a chance to get it on a dyno ?
 :cheers:
Thx!
Yes, we have dyno here, and I have been measured there before. So, same dyno, same tuner - it will be interesting to compare results.
But looking realistically - it will be beginning of the summer. Cams have to break-in first. So fare - Autotune, with AFR target 13.2-13.8
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Post by: northern on Monday, 16 April 2018, 05:56 am
A weird "new style" filter you got there. When and where did you buy it? I got the filter in the pic I attached last summer from Suzuki dealer and it looks like your old one.
I think, it's aftermarket HIFLO air filter.
I have the same on my bike, and now I'm start thinking to replace it with Suzuki OEM one...
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Post by: seth on Monday, 16 April 2018, 06:01 am
I'll be following with interest hope all goes very well with the running in of the cams .
And seeing your AGE table once it's done.
 :cheers:
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Post by: Andre on Monday, 16 April 2018, 06:05 am
A weird "new style" filter you got there. When and where did you buy it? I got the filter in the pic I attached last summer from Suzuki dealer and it looks like your old one.
I think, it's aftermarket HIFLO air filter.
I have the same on my bike, and now I'm start thinking to replace it with Suzuki OEM one...

I think you are right (after looking at some net pics).
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 16 April 2018, 06:38 am
In all honesty I can't recall what or where the filter is from, aftermarket sounds correct as OEM prices are mental.

I'll see how this mod goes, if it works I'll stick to cheap ones. If it doesn't I'll have to sell a kidney to buy a real one.
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Post by: grog on Monday, 16 April 2018, 07:11 pm
Northern, not usually a white bike fan, even though mine is blue n white, yours looks superb. not  liking white gauges shells but that is picky. beautiful bike.  :hat:
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Post by: grog on Monday, 16 April 2018, 07:22 pm
Hooli, these any help to you. had these for 5 yrs plus, very cheap and good. might give you something to experiment on. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/KR-Luftfilter-Air-filter-SUZUKI-GSX-1400-GSX1400-02-07-/160880859473?pt=DE_Motorradteile&hash=item25753f1951
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 16 April 2018, 08:45 pm
Ta Grog.

It run a lot better this morning, still bogs down a touch near full throttle though. Feels kinda fuelly as it pulls harder as I back off a bit, reminds of a blocked high pressure filter. I'll get some injector cleaner as I had a few running issues over the winter.
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Post by: northern on Monday, 16 April 2018, 09:09 pm
Thank you, grog.

White gauges shells are white, because they are cheap chines aftermarket ones, and they were painted very badly black when I get my 14. So it was also repainted, according to main paint scheme - white, less blue, little red and some gold :)

Now I have some new ideas, to join look and practicality, but they could be implemented next COLD seasons :)
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Post by: grog on Monday, 16 April 2018, 09:19 pm
Hooli, forget about cleaning high pressure filter, drill it out, fit external filter. one of the best, if not the best mod youll ever do. all written on this site. my bike has been brilliant since doing. costs not much, i reckon, dont really know, so many probs i read on here are caused by that restrictive filter. stupid design.
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 16 April 2018, 09:23 pm
That filter is new, it's just how the bike is playing up reminds me of when it was blocked.
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Post by: grog on Monday, 16 April 2018, 09:32 pm
Fuel pressure gauge to start with. Next is injectors cleaned. If filter is new, those two give a clean bill of health to fuel system.
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Post by: Hooli on Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 07:55 am
I'll have to speak to my neighbour & borrow a pressure gauge if needed.

Current plan is get new pipes for my vacuum gauges, balance the throttles, set both TPS & let the injector cleaner I put in the tank run though. It's not far off right & run sweet on the way home, it's a little funny when it's less than about 10c out these days. So I'll make sure the temp/pressure sensors are clean too.
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Post by: Andre on Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 06:53 pm
I think that the flow test is a better indicator of fuel delivery. See service manual 4-50. Best is to do both, pressure and flow test.
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Post by: shanered6 on Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 07:28 pm
Well i got round to changing my bars and mirrors last night but im not sold totally on the bar end mirrors ! .... i supose i'll just have to give them a go and see how i get on with them .


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Post by: shanered6 on Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 07:32 pm
Danm there was supposed to be a before pic ... oh well here it is !

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Post by: grog on Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 07:33 pm
flow and pressure both needed, a way lot of people get fooled by not doing both. no, i dont like bar ends you have, dont think you will either. get the cheapy ive recod in past, work perfect.
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Post by: shanered6 on Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 09:19 pm
the thing is i like my bars wide and quite flat so the bare ends are way out there so i may try the ones that clamp on the bars and are under slung  :confused1:
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Post by: shanered6 on Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 09:36 pm
OMG im dull  :doh: ive just relised there two way so can come out of the ends like now or you can mount them in the middle as well ! ...
Ok will have a play about with them after work  :boogie2:
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Post by: Sweaty on Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 10:19 pm
My thoughts Shane are, bars look great & sporty, but that style of bar end mirror looks more cafe racer.
The style that Grog is talking about, does suit the bike better if you are staying with bar ends, but it’s what you like, not us, as I think it’s your bike ;)
 :onya:
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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 03:09 am
If it doesn't I'll have to sell a kidney to buy a real one.
Ordered today from local Suzuki reseller: 35€ and have to wait 1.5 week.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 03:10 am
Too dear!  Mad price for a bloody air filter.
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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 03:20 am
Too dear!  Mad price for a bloody air filter.
Local price for aftermarket HIFLO (HFA3909) is ~25€, so OEM is just 10€ more.
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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 03:21 am
btw - MOT is passed today!  :boogie:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 03:23 am
Things are expensive in general up that way then. I'm sure you can get filters off e-bay for way less.
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Post by: Andre on Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 04:29 am
Of cause you can get them cheaper but are they as good? OEM Filter here is 30,89 €. Could have picked up a DELO filter for 15 € today at Louis. Incidentally that equals the price with shipping from the cheapest on ebay.de (from Poland). Looking at the pic of it on their web site I can see poor quality and a restrictive tubing like the one in Hooli's pic.  Cheapest HIFLO via ebay is 22,65€.  I rather pay 45-88cents/1000 km (given 18k service interval) more. The air I put into my tires cost more  :rofl2: But it is my wallet/choice - not yours.
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Post by: grog on Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 07:35 pm
rang suzuki today, oem air filter now $49. good price i thought . 6 yrs ago, last time i priced, were $120. now thats a big reduction. ill be getting one. have had Polish filters for 6 yrs, quality is excellent. they now wont post to australia. DNA is apparently the best. from web bike in japan. just over $200. bloody expensive but if you want, they supply. have had 240 top end from mine with Polish filter fitted, why should i worry about restriction.
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Post by: Buddynq on Thursday, 19 April 2018, 09:01 pm
T-Boned an Indian UBER driver that pulled out in front of me today.
Thankfully stayed upright and impact (I think) twisted forks in brackets so hopefully they straighten by loosening bolts. Still rideable so taking to doctor for assessment
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Post by: froudy on Thursday, 19 April 2018, 09:08 pm
Hope both you and the bike are ok Buddynq :onya:
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Post by: northern on Thursday, 19 April 2018, 09:35 pm
Everything could be repaired, as far you are OK.
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Post by: Sweaty on Thursday, 19 April 2018, 09:49 pm
Good to hear you are ok Buddy. Hope you and the bike are back on the road soon mate.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Friday, 20 April 2018, 02:28 am
What a bugger, glad you're ok.  Nah, your forks are naff!  New set of USD required, with radial brakes & Thug yolks.  :whistling:
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Post by: Blubber on Friday, 20 April 2018, 02:32 am
Bet he was in a real curry and never noticed you. :stir:


Glad nothing is broken  :onya:
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Post by: Andre on Friday, 20 April 2018, 02:46 am
... and never noticed you. :stir:

Probably the most used idiotic "excuse". Today in the local paper: "Didn't see that BUS". How densely unaware can you be?  :frustrated:
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Post by: Hooli on Friday, 20 April 2018, 04:54 am
... and never noticed you. :stir:

Probably the most used idiotic "excuse". Today in the local paper: "Didn't see that BUS". How densely unaware can you be?  :frustrated:

Back when I drove coaches a young female child breeder once pushed a pram into the front wheel of a coach I was driving, I was doing about 15-20mph at the time & she pushed it off the pavement into my coach without looking at all....

Kiddlet thing seemed ok after, the dumb breeder was a touch shook up.
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Post by: Red Biker on Friday, 20 April 2018, 05:47 am
Was going to get out today but have a knocking brake pad on front right, probably a ceased piston right?

Cheers Red
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Post by: Notty on Friday, 20 April 2018, 06:28 am
Bought a bit of bling on Ebay    :)
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Post by: Buddynq on Friday, 20 April 2018, 06:56 am


Back when I drove coaches a young female child breeder once pushed a pram into the front wheel of a coach I was driving, I was doing about 15-20mph at the time & she pushed it off the pavement into my coach without looking at
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 I drove a big bright yellow 50 seat coach for a while. Unbelievable how many people cut me off or pulled out in front
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Friday, 20 April 2018, 08:00 am
Bought a bit of bling on Ebay    :)

Be careful of that "bit of bling" Geoff - on the old org a couple of members had their 14's which had them fitted roll off them, can't quite recall why, but I vaguely remember that they either don't come as far forward as the standard side stands, or they don't sit square to the ground, enabling the stand to flick back up whilst the bike is on it. Either way when you do fit it, please closely assess it so that it can't happen to you as I don't exactly recall what the issue was, only that some had an issue with them that made the bike "fall off the side stand"

@Notty
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Saturday, 21 April 2018, 03:12 am
Was going to get out today but have a knocking brake pad on front right, probably a ceased piston right?

Cheers Red
My brake pads rattle and nock on the front..

"They all do that Sir"

That's how I know they a free and unbound :whistling:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Saturday, 21 April 2018, 03:20 am
Was going to get out today but have a knocking brake pad on front right, probably a ceased piston right?

Cheers Red
My brake pads rattle and nock on the front..

"They all do that Sir"

That's how I know they a free and unbound :whistling:
What ya need there is high density ear plugs, problem disappears straight away. I don't need them because
1) mine sit snug in the calipers and
2) I'm deaf as a post without my hearing aids
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Post by: ARH on Saturday, 21 April 2018, 04:51 am
Was going to get out today but have a knocking brake pad on front right, probably a ceased piston right?

Cheers Red
My brake pads rattle and nock on the front..

"They all do that Sir"

That's how I know they a free and unbound :whistling:
What ya need there is high density ear plugs, problem disappears straight away. I don't need them because
1) mine sit snug in the calipers and
2) I'm deaf as a post without my hearing aids

Col.... I’m curious... why the hell do you fit high density earplugs in your calipers?  :whistling:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Saturday, 21 April 2018, 04:55 am
So the pads don't rattle!  :happy1:
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Post by: ARH on Saturday, 21 April 2018, 05:13 am
So the pads don't rattle!  :happy1:

Doh.... :rofl2:
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Post by: northern on Saturday, 21 April 2018, 07:06 am
After installing yoshi cams, bike was working very unstable. Like a tractor.
I was thinking there was a problem with a plug or ignition coils. But when I look on a sparks plugs, I notice what plugs from cylinder #1 and #2 were like on left picture, and from cylinder #3 and #4 like on right picture.

As a first step, I deside to do a valve sync, and it was only thing what I need to do. Now it's much better :boogie2:
Valve synchronization is not perfect, but will do it again, before bike will go on dyno for custome tune.

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Post by: shanered6 on Saturday, 21 April 2018, 07:09 pm
Well i got round to putting that nice bit of bling on that i bought of @seth ( thank you @seth  :onya:) and got my bar end mirrors in a better posision .

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Post by: shanered6 on Saturday, 21 April 2018, 07:25 pm
I think they look better now but weather i will be able to see anthing in them is another matter  :whatever:
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Post by: Sweaty on Saturday, 21 April 2018, 07:45 pm
They definately look better in that in that location.  :onya:
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Post by: Notty on Saturday, 21 April 2018, 08:00 pm
Look soooo much better  :)
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Post by: northern on Saturday, 21 April 2018, 08:18 pm
I think they look better now but weather i will be able to see anthing in them is another matter  :whatever:
I was using same mirrors for some time on my 14 year ago. Size was not a problem for me - I was able to see everything I need to see behind. What I did not like - I need to look much lower, and move my head instead of eyes only when mirror are on regular height. For me, it was enough to go back normal mirrors...

At least, it was then [emoji846]. Now I have new set of bar-end mirrors, which I try sometime during this season, because it looks much better
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Post by: northern on Sunday, 22 April 2018, 04:19 am
So, riding season is finally open  :boogie2: . Did ~90k today.Still cold a little, especially on seaside. But it doesn't matter - 1st ride since October!

Cant say yet anything about yoshi cams - will try to keep calm until cams will brake in. But what i did not expect - it seems to me what exhaust sound change... But again - I haven't run my bike since October.
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Post by: mjgt on Sunday, 22 April 2018, 07:25 pm
Well i got round to changing my bars and mirrors last night but im not sold totally on the bar end mirrors ! .... i supose i'll just have to give them a go and see how i get on with them .

What Bars are they, how wide are they?
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Post by: ARH on Sunday, 22 April 2018, 08:56 pm
Nice gentle 100km out this morning...new tyres scrubbed in, new brakes pads bedded in.. all good!
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Post by: Andre on Sunday, 22 April 2018, 09:22 pm
I bet that eagle makes it the fastest flying B&W :smile2:

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Post by: ARH on Sunday, 22 April 2018, 09:27 pm
I bet that eagle makes it the fastest flying B&W :smile2:

 :rofl2: :rofl2:
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Sunday, 22 April 2018, 10:37 pm
Good looking bike ARH :onya:
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 22 April 2018, 10:59 pm
Does look in good Nick ARH even for a B&W  :onya:
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Post by: Sweaty on Monday, 23 April 2018, 07:36 am
Great looking bike ARH  :onya:
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Post by: GSXKING on Monday, 23 April 2018, 09:45 am
what does riding season mean  :whatever: :whatever: :whatever:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Monday, 23 April 2018, 10:41 am
what does riding season mean  :whatever: :whatever: :whatever:
In our case Chris, it means 1st January to 31st December.   :stir: :lol:
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Post by: northern on Monday, 23 April 2018, 05:01 pm
what does riding season mean  :whatever: :whatever: :whatever:
In my case, usually middle of April till middle (end) of October  :thumbs_down:
All other time is for bike build (or not :) )
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Post by: T 24 on Monday, 23 April 2018, 05:59 pm
what does riding season mean  :whatever: :whatever: :whatever:
In my case, usually middle of April till middle (end) of October  :thumbs_down:
All other time is for bike build (or not :) )
Same here, normally
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Post by: grog on Monday, 23 April 2018, 07:10 pm
i sort of wish we had a riding season and a fixing season. we dont, all done on the run. makes it hard sometimes.
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Post by: northern on Monday, 23 April 2018, 08:52 pm
there is very simple solution - 2 bikes :)
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Post by: grog on Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 07:31 pm
northern, been there, had lots once. now happy with just one. today i re adjusted throttle cables. seem basic/simple. havent done for a long time. adjusted so tight as revs dont rise lock to lock. amazing the different feel on ride home. just seems everything working in unison, gear change etc. please check you blokes, just a major improvement for a simple task.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 07:35 pm
They certainly are sensitive to having rhat throttle adjustment just right.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 12:07 am
Fitted some SW-Motech Vario Barbacks to my Explorer - these raise the height of the bars by 50mm (you can also add a spacer to raise by 60mm) and you can also adjust the rake back and forward. What a difference, so wish I had fitted a set of these to my 14 when I had it, as I could have got the sitting position just right for me.

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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 12:18 am
Fitted some SW-Motech Vario Barbacks to my Explorer - these raise the height of the bars by 50mm (you can also add a spacer to raise by 60mm) and you can also adjust the rake back and forward. What a difference, so wish I had fitted a set of these to my 14 when I had it, as I could have got the sitting position just right for me.
I wondering for a long time - are those (or similar) any good...
What are benefits - relieve spine tension?
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 12:28 am
They do Northern as they enable one to sit more upright, but also angle the bars back to suit the length of ones arms - so enabling you to find the perfect sitting position for you. For me, I have a bad back, so just getting that little extra lift and being able to move the bars back has taken the tension off my spine and made it a much nicer bike to ride. Many owners of Triumph Explorers fit Rox Risers which do the same thing and which I did fit previously - the only reason I changed is because I prefer the way the Motech risers fit (the Rox Risers are all one piece, so making it a little difficult to torque down the standard clamps - the Motech are two piece, making it easier to torque down the standard clamps before fitting the bars)

Mine are the 28 to 28mm ones, you can get 22 to 22mm also 22 to 28, so from a 14 point of view, you can use the standard bars, or fit fat bars if you prefer. ALso they do them in silver or black so one can take ones choice.

If one is struggling to find the ideal sitting position, these could be the answer  :onya:

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Post by: Macon on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 06:17 am
Fitted some SW-Motech Vario Barbacks to my Explorer - these raise the height of the bars by 50mm (you can also add a spacer to raise by 60mm) and you can also adjust the rake back and forward. What a difference, so wish I had fitted a set of these to my 14 when I had it, as I could have got the sitting position just right for me.

No problems with your brake lines barmy?
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 08:09 am
No - they are just long enough (fortunately) - ok, there is no slack per se when on full lock, but then not tight either. Make it a much more comfortable ride though  :onya:
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Post by: grog on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 07:36 pm
great looking kit Barmy. not sure why , my back also not the best, had risers, sore back, went back to standard height, much better, now thinking of lower bars. funny how us humans are so different. problem with lower bars, at least in past, i go quicker. i once took clip ons off ducati, fitted higher to save my licence. worked well.
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Post by: froudy on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 08:08 pm
Just off outside to clean mine AGAIN!
Rode home from work in a monsoon last evening and it's stinking dirty again :furious:

Since I started back at work mid January after my hip operation, I haven't yet had one whole three days of dry commutes..This week was close..Five out of six journeys were dry..Last night however was a really nasty wet and very windy ride :rolleyes:
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Post by: Hooli on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 09:47 pm
It was a lovely* evening for a ride last night wasn't it? I swam back from Bute on the 14 & almost drowned on the A1. There are the odd occasions when I miss using a full face lid...
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Post by: froudy on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 10:06 pm
It was a lovely* evening for a ride last night wasn't it? I swam back from Bute on the 14 & almost drowned on the A1. There are the odd occasions when I miss using a full face lid...

It was horrendous...My kit is still drying out on the clothes airer in the lounge :furious:

As for riding with an open face lid...SOD THAT!!
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Post by: Del on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 10:27 pm
Its been non stop up ere since last week - I did stupidly think about removing the liner from my jacket but that was utter nonsense it still freezing

the rain has been relentless - summer want to get its finger out . . . .  soon !!!!
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Post by: seth on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 10:37 pm
We had 32°c over in the Netherlands last weekend .the run home from Newcastle on Monday was 11°c Bbrrrr indeed . :doh:
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Post by: froudy on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 11:01 pm
I haven't been cold riding to be honest.
The heated gloves have gone away now until next winter and I'm back riding in leather troosers again as opposed to my winter textiles. The winter liner however is still in my jacket as it gets a bit nippy on my 35 mile morning ride to work!
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Thursday, 26 April 2018, 02:38 am
Well weather had better improve for Friday, as I'm off up Derby way for a tour of the Norton factory (maybe even get to get a glimpse of the new V4). On current weather it will be textiles rather than summer gear  :sad:
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Post by: froudy on Thursday, 26 April 2018, 03:06 am
Best of luck with that Dave :onya:

Forecast for tomorrow in Sunny South Wales is ermmm...Sunny :onya:

AND pissing down all day Friday when Mrs F is at work and I was thinking of going out for a blast in the Brecons on the Bandit :furious:
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Post by: Del on Thursday, 26 April 2018, 03:48 am
As we were getting al the seasons today I decided to hide in the garage and get the radial calipers Ive been refurbing to put on the 1400 - they have been stripped celaned repainted in a gunmetal grey with all new seals - these calipers were a joy to work on as the level of quality in the Nissins is excellent - brackets are here will test fit this weekend and go from there

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Post by: ARH on Thursday, 26 April 2018, 05:14 am
They look great Del! :clapping:
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Post by: Red Biker on Thursday, 26 April 2018, 05:43 am
Phwoarrrrrr Del! love those puppies   :smitten:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Thursday, 26 April 2018, 07:54 am
Best of luck with that Dave :onya:

Forecast for tomorrow in Sunny South Wales is ermmm...Sunny :onya:

AND pissing down all day Friday when Mrs F is at work and I was thinking of going out for a blast in the Brecons on the Bandit :furious:

Yep - looking at the forecast - piddling down all day for Friday, great day to do the best part of 400 miles on LOL. Ah well, guess it's what the Tex is built for, but even so....damn weather
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Post by: Notty on Saturday, 28 April 2018, 06:30 am
Got these off FleaBay before they become unavailable  :smile2:
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Post by: Hooli on Saturday, 28 April 2018, 07:39 pm
Oil n filter time for mine today, then out on it tomorrow as it's due to be dry & my new lass is here. I'm thinking of Whitby if we get up early enough.
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Post by: froudy on Tuesday, 01 May 2018, 04:35 am
Fitted some new "Shorty" levers I picked up for £20.
If I don't get on with them my 4 year old "Chinky" levers will be going back on and these will be sold :imrgreen:

I have to say that the Chinese levers have stood the test of time and for the money you can't go wrong. They're in as good a condition as the day I fitted them.
You just have to be aware than on span adjuster 1 they don't operate the clutch switch due to them hitting the bar grip before the switch is actuated :rolleyes:
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Post by: northern on Tuesday, 01 May 2018, 05:39 am
today I ride my 14. Best think happens to me, during last week  :)

Before I ride it, new screen was installed. So fare, it's best compromise between look and wind protection. IMHO :). Think, someday will paint it white & blue. :grin:
After the ride, I decide to play with my levers and handlebar position. And after some attempts, I did what I had to do long time ago, when I install my HEL brake lines. Stopper "pin" is gone now, and much better angle for brake line banjo is achieved :onya:

Also, something I actually did few days ago: new heavy bar end weights.
Purchased on eBay, from down-under. 250g each (OEM ones, blue on a pictures, are ~215g). Chrome cated steel. Pretty decent quality. Bolt is M6, and it can be fitted on OEM or Renthal bars. But, I have to admit, I will modify rental mount a little - will post here, when I will do it.
In case anyone is interested, this is where I get them: http://stores.ebay.com/RatedR-Custom-Motorcycle-Parts?_trksid=p2047675.l2563
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Post by: Sweaty on Tuesday, 01 May 2018, 06:14 pm
The screen is so clear Northern, that it still looks naked, so a good result to me  :onya:
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Post by: Eric GSX1400K3 on Tuesday, 01 May 2018, 10:19 pm
I also buy parts from Rated R - good stuff at reasonable prices.  Nice custom look to the 14, Northern. :clapping: :hat:
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Post by: Hooli on Wednesday, 02 May 2018, 02:39 am
I adjusted my throttle cables again now they've bedded in, feels better now. Also found a bit of oily goo in a sensor, so between those I should have cured my cold running roughness.
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Post by: mjgt on Saturday, 05 May 2018, 12:46 am
Had it MOT'd along with my MZ and Triumph, all passed  :clapping:
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Post by: Notty on Saturday, 05 May 2018, 02:36 am
Fell helplessly in Love and Bought some more bling  :)
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Post by: Red Biker on Saturday, 05 May 2018, 03:01 am
Looks all ready for spraying Notty  :onya:
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Post by: Notty on Saturday, 05 May 2018, 03:04 am
Looks all ready for spraying Notty  :onya:
Only shiny bits and blue and white on my 14 - NO BLACK !!  :)
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Post by: KiwiCol on Saturday, 05 May 2018, 03:27 am
That does look smart Notty, good find!  'Good' price too I suspect!
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Post by: KiwiCol on Saturday, 05 May 2018, 03:35 am
Well, it's Saturday morning down under, taking one of the bikes out for a wee jaunt round the hills today, not sure which one yet.
The weather is closing in & there'll be fewer days avail for an ole coot to go riding, so I'll make the most of it today. Reckon I'll do a couple of hundred K's of hills & twisties before I get back to enjoy a visit from the grandkids. 

Possibly even partake of an ale later this afternoon, just maybe . . .  :cheers:
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Saturday, 05 May 2018, 03:43 am
Enjoy your ride Col.  :onya:
Getting cooler up this way too. Had the heated grips on riding to tennis on Wednesday evening.
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Post by: bigian14 on Saturday, 05 May 2018, 04:31 am
Fitted some new "Shorty" levers I picked up for £20.
If I don't get on with them my 4 year old "Chinky" levers will be going back on and these will be sold :imrgreen:

I have to say that the Chinese levers have stood the test of time and for the money you can't go wrong. They're in as good a condition as the day I fitted them.
You just have to be aware than on span adjuster 1 they don't operate the clutch switch due to them hitting the bar grip before the switch is actuated :rolleyes:
Got them on already  :)
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Post by: Paulpmy on Saturday, 05 May 2018, 04:32 am
Looks all ready for spraying Notty  :onya:
Only shiny bits and blue and white on my 14 - NO BLACK !!  :)

Where do you get the blue tyres with white writing on them then.
I want some
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Post by: KiwiCol on Saturday, 05 May 2018, 05:07 am
Believe it of not, it can be done Paulpmy.  I used to make tyres years ago, in another life.  They actually made all white tyres a few times whilst I was there. Vingage size 30" x 3.5" if I recall correctly, went to a Saudi prince to put on his fleet, wanted white tyres.  They look the same, but won't last bugger all, about 300 miles if driven on, they're for show. 
The stuff that goes in to making the 'white rubber' is very different to what's in a normal tread mix.

So, pay yer money & it could be done, but only for looks.
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Post by: northern on Sunday, 06 May 2018, 08:33 am
Today I was planning to go there: https://www.facebook.com/mootorratturid/videos/10156199457909070/ (annual Estonia riding season opening parade)
but instead my 14 got a ride (on a picture)....  :thumbs_down:

After tanking, it just did not start. Fuel pump was working, but pressing starting switch did not get any effect. No error message (I was checking by hot wiring service switch pins). Clutch switch is new (installed less then month ago). Starter relay was not even clicking. I check fuses - OK. Using my Letterman multitool, I take apart right hand handlebar switch box, and clean all the contacts inside. Taking apart was easy, putting together - not so easy :)
It doesn't help. So I call towing service and it take my 14 to my garage.

Before it was mounted on truck, I try it does not start.
When I take it of the truck, I try to start it again. It starts without any issue...  :furious:

So I have a problem to fix, and i do not know what to fix, because everything is working... I start checking everything what are related to start process, and among other thing I take apart and clean ignition lock. Also made a pictures, which I will post in technical section of this forum.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 06 May 2018, 11:24 am
Kill switch?
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Post by: Buddynq on Sunday, 06 May 2018, 07:07 pm
T-Boned an Indian UBER driver that pulled out in front of me today.
Thankfully stayed upright and impact (I think) twisted forks in brackets so hopefully they straighten by loosening bolts. Still rideable so taking to doctor for assessment
Update

My insurance blames Uber mate so getting new inner fork tubes and no excess to pay
Yay
In the mean time I am riding the Mrs’s MT07. A light zippy little machine with no suspension adjustment but still fun on the twisties and using the edge strip that she doesn’t use :rofl2:
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Post by: northern on Sunday, 06 May 2018, 07:59 pm
Kill switch?
no - in case of kill switch issue, fuel pump is not acting.

Also, starter relay was not clicking. If I wouldn't replace clutch switch, I would think issue is there... But it still may be the case.
Anyway, I would take for today ride some tools, electrical tester and sime wires :)
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 06 May 2018, 08:07 pm
You had this in bits all winter didn't you? I'd start by rechecking all the connections are good, it'd only take one loose multiplug or earth lead to cause all sorts of issues.
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Post by: northern on Sunday, 06 May 2018, 08:58 pm
My bike is spending winters in heated (at lease +12 C°) garage, and it was taking to pieces with engine out, this winter. So all major connections were reassembled and cleaned...

Strange thing - it start working again, after it was shaked on a track... And after that - 10 times with no issue...  :confused1:

One thing I find in service manual: turn signal relay is also an side-stand relay, and it's also involved in to starter motor circuit. On my 14, it was replaced 3 years ago, by cheap ebay version, because of LED turn lights. Maybe it's have issues from time to time. Will put OEM relay under my seat, for just in case.


Also, to eliminate all possible issues, yesterday I did what I was planning to do long time ago. Take me less then 2 hours:
http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/index.php?topic=321.msg34298#msg34298
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 07 May 2018, 01:04 am
I didn't know they'd combined that relay, but then I've never had an issue with that part of my bike.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Monday, 07 May 2018, 02:53 am
Thx Northern, that's interesting about the indicator relay.  I'd never have considered that in a non start issue, but now, seeing the wiring diagram I would.   :cheers:
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Post by: Mrg on Monday, 07 May 2018, 04:50 am
Hi guys had a bloody good clean of the beast made her shine great ,but can anyone tell me the best way to keep the rust build up around the two header pipes in the Center and if any how is the best way to clean this tight little area  any advice would be great full. And it was a great day to get out on the beast lovely weather  just hope this is the start of the summer for U.K.  :onya:
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Post by: Andre on Monday, 07 May 2018, 06:09 am
I use a long and narrow piece of cloth to polish that area. Has to be long enough for both ends to extend to the "outside" for grabbing with both hands. Then pull one end then the other in turn to my hearts content. Probably the best polished chrome part on my bike.
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Post by: Mrg on Monday, 07 May 2018, 06:37 am
Yes a good idea I will give this a go and some autosol to help remove the rust bits.   Cheers  :onya:
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Post by: Notty on Monday, 07 May 2018, 06:41 am
Made an early start to avoid the nutters - police camera vans everywhere even at 8.30 am on a sunday !! stopped at Abergavenny Bus station a top place for bikers - rode around a 100  miles  through Breco National Park - those Campbells sound awesome !!  :smile2:
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Post by: froudy on Tuesday, 08 May 2018, 10:13 pm
Popped outside to fit some new mirrors I've had sitting in the shed for ages..The flaking paint on the other one's was getting to my OCD :twisted:

I'd just fitted them when Posty knocked on the door with a "Sign for" parcel...Strange I thought, as the only thing I've ordered recently was a pack of 4 oil filters, and it definitely wasn't those :confused1:

Unpacked it and it was a gleaming chromed side stand..Now I can only assume that Notty was responsible for this after I fitted his Campbells for him.
So THANK YOU @Notty it looks bootiful  :boogie: :boogie:
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Post by: Notty on Tuesday, 08 May 2018, 11:08 pm
Ho bloody ho  :)
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Post by: Celtic32 on Thursday, 10 May 2018, 05:29 am
So it's not really doing something to the bike, but I had it out for its first real run out of the year around the North Yorkshire Moors. I've been slowly bringing it out of hibernation over the past month or so with the drawn out winter we've had so was nice to get out on it properly again, especially after some very limited use last year. I've not been particularly active on here of late due to circumstances with family and work but I do still drop in from time to time for a quick read, lurking in the background. Hopefully I can start to address that a bit this year.
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Post by: Hooli on Thursday, 10 May 2018, 06:49 am
Popped to a local bike night after work, my fiddling with the throttle cables & cleaning the sensor in the airbox has sorted the cold running issues. Now I just need to use up the last 1mm of back tyre & get it replaced before riding to Scotland again for the next bank holiday.
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Post by: ARH on Monday, 14 May 2018, 01:51 am
Adjusted throttle cables, took for a wee spin just to test it out.... 400km later... all ok ...well it was a nice day for it :whistling:
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 14 May 2018, 05:01 am
I went to the ride in thing at the IBCC Lincoln, £10 to get in. Yeah fine it's a good cause n all but...

The classic vehicle 'show' was three cars!
The only interesting thing there is the exhibition and a member of staff was saying you had to pay more to get into it!
Oh & they had a a Lanc flyover booked but didn't bother to tell anyone so I left 10mins before it.

Conclusion, utter rip off and I'm not going again.

Then to top it all the A57 was closed so I struggled to get home. When the road closure says you can access the A156? to Gainsborough but the road is closed about 10mile before that it's 'slightly' annoying.

I should have stayed at home instead of wasting half a tank of petrol & £10 to park for 30mins. Still at least every marshal there had a brand new hi-vis, I'm sure most the £10 went to buy one of them.
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Post by: bikerface on Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 05:38 am
Got my new wheel fitted after I smashed up my old one, massive thanks to @Latty66

(https://i.imgur.com/c2Q8giF.jpg)
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Post by: Latty66 on Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 06:27 am
Sound mate nice to meet ya glad to help out now show us a pic of the whole bike  :cheers:
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Post by: ARH on Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 06:53 am
Excellent results!  That wheel looks almost brand new!  :onya:
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Post by: bikerface on Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 07:37 pm
Excellent results!  That wheel looks almost brand new!  :onya:
Here you go, just had a quick visit to the hospital here she is parked up in the car park  :smile2:

(https://i.imgur.com/rtIYu7k.jpg)
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Post by: Hooli on Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 09:44 pm
K2 B&W, the best choice that.
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Post by: Latty66 on Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 10:53 pm
Canny  :salute:
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Post by: ARH on Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 06:24 am
K2 B&W, the best choice that.

Yep!  Nice bike...
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 08:35 pm
Well finally got to the route cause of my orrible noise!
Bleedin powder coater guy didnt locate the new front wheel bearing properly  :furious:

I'd already taken the back wheel back to him as I couldn't get the axle back in!

The front went in ok but was making orrible noise which I thought was either old discs or new calipers!!!

So new discs and 4 weeks later.... kin knut 

May actually be able to ride this weekend now!
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Post by: seth on Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 09:04 pm
Glad you finally got it sorted buddy .
It sounded horrible when you called me as we said it could only have been the bearings
Sometimes you out your trust in others only to be let down by there workmanship.
Hopefully that's the end of your problems and you can get some miles in
 :cheers:
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 11:33 pm
Thanks Seth, does my nut in, last thing I expected!  Last winter has been a bit of a curve, this coming winter I'm doing nowt to her!
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Post by: Notty on Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 11:35 pm
If it had been Blue and White there wouldn't have been a problem !!  :rofl2:
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Post by: seth on Thursday, 17 May 2018, 12:30 am
We all say that @Red Biker but every winter in the garage tinkering  :doh:
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Post by: Red Biker on Thursday, 17 May 2018, 04:21 am
If it had been Blue and White there wouldn't have been a problem !!  :rofl2:

If it was B&W Notty Id have loads to do to it to get it half decent  :cheers:

TBF on the plus side I have learnt loads though  :onya:
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Post by: Hooli on Thursday, 17 May 2018, 08:10 am
I rode to Ladybower & didn't see a Lanc as it was cancelled. The officials around the place said the Typhoon had cancelled too so everyone started to leave. Then a Typhoon roared past where no-one saw it as we were queuing on the road behind trees.

BAH!
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 21 May 2018, 06:32 am
250miles around the Yorkshire Dales today with my lass on the back, bloody lovely day for it too. Chippy tea in Hawes along with a couple of rest breaks in country pubs.


Noticed a slight oil leak on my bike though, I guess it's allowed now it's got a few miles on. I've not checked the manual to see what the pipe is yet but it's the small of the two oil pipes up the back of the barrels, the one that doesn't split in two & just goes up over no1 intake & into the head. It's seeping from the bottom banjo. I'll have to pop it off, clean it up & put it back to see what happens.
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 10:51 pm
Hooli we may have passed each other..
I was out in the Yorkshire dales on Sunday with a mate on his XJR1300.
I met him in Settle then we rode over the tops to Malham Cove and then on to a most gorgeous unspoilt village called Arncliffe.
After that we meandered back via Leyburn then on to Hawes and then to Ingleton and then for a brew at Devils bridge (Kirkby Lonsdale).

Best ride this year for me.
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Post by: Notty on Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 12:13 am
Noticed brakes were binding as I have to reverse 10 metres from my garage to the drive and its only a few inches spare each side ( house extension was built making sure could get a bike to the garage ) I cleaned my callipers and bled my brakes- no air bubbles but lever feels much firmer - surprising how much crap there was and only 1500 miles since last clean and I only ride in the sun now I am retired -  road test after rush hour when its cooler  :)
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Post by: Hooli on Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 12:14 am
Hooli we may have passed each other..
I was out in the Yorkshire dales on Sunday with a mate on his XJR1300.
I met him in Settle then we rode over the tops to Malham Cove and then on to a most gorgeous unspoilt village called Arncliffe.
After that we meandered back via Leyburn then on to Hawes and then to Ingleton and then for a brew at Devils bridge (Kirkby Lonsdale).

Best ride this year for me.

I did see a couple of 14s about, wasn't paying a huge amount of attention to what bikes I saw though. Just pretend I waved if it was you  :cheers:
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Post by: Hooli on Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 07:14 am
My new rear tyre turned up today at the bike shop I live next door to, so I popped the wheel around after work & got it fitted. Then because of all the nasty clean bits on the wheel from his hand prints I had to wash the whole bike to make it look even again, I don't like removing the stealth & anti theft coating it feels unnatural to do so.

I had most of a bucket of soapy water left so I cleaned the car too.
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Post by: ARH on Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 03:51 pm
My new rear tyre turned up today at the bike shop I live next door to, so I popped the wheel around after work & got it fitted. Then because of all the nasty clean bits on the wheel from his hand prints I had to wash the whole bike to make it look even again, I don't like removing the stealth & anti theft coating it feels unnatural to do so.

I had most of a bucket of soapy water left so I cleaned the car too.

 :rofl2:  I take it you don’t use the 2 bucket system then Hooli?
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Post by: ARH on Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 03:52 pm
My new rear tyre turned up today at the bike shop I live next door to, so I popped the wheel around after work & got it fitted. Then because of all the nasty clean bits on the wheel from his hand prints I had to wash the whole bike to make it look even again, I don't like removing the stealth & anti theft coating it feels unnatural to do so.

I had most of a bucket of soapy water left so I cleaned the car too.

 :rofl2:  I take it you don’t use the 2 bucket system then Hooli?
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Post by: Hooli on Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 09:06 pm
I do have two buckets as it happens, I just don't wash my cars or bikes until they are actually dirty.
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Friday, 25 May 2018, 03:41 am
I'm taking the 14 on its first trip overseas (well the first one under my ownership). We are having a lovely time so far on the roads of Ireland.

The picture is of us arriving a bit early for the ferry at Pembroke dock.

One thing I like about Irish drivers is that they pull over to let you past when you come up behind them. Makes passing a lot easier.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Friday, 25 May 2018, 04:55 am
Looks like a great day to be on a roady Fishy......enjoy your trip  :onya:
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Post by: Hooli on Friday, 25 May 2018, 06:18 am
Ireland is great if you don't fall in the potholes!



I checked my tyre pressures tonight & loaded my panniers, off to Scotland again tomorrow.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Friday, 25 May 2018, 07:53 am
I loved Ireland - drove the Wild Atlantic Way the past two years, fantastic - and as you say the Irish drivers are so very considerate. Enjoy your trip!!!!
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Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 26 May 2018, 12:34 pm
Just gave the bike a wash. It's gone from awful to presentable. :)
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Post by: Tony Nitrous on Saturday, 26 May 2018, 02:41 pm
Just gave the bike a wash. It's gone from awful to presentable. :)

Haven't cleaned mine this year, its not looking good.

Still go's well, apart from the 3rd gear whine.

I'm resisting posting any pics to avoid further abuse...

It's my "Black Rat".
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Post by: Sweaty on Saturday, 26 May 2018, 04:46 pm
7 off us went for a nice ride & through in 4 ferry crossings.
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Saturday, 26 May 2018, 05:23 pm
That "House of refreshment" looks excellent..
Definitely my sort of place..
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Post by: KiwiCol on Saturday, 26 May 2018, 05:31 pm
Very nice Sweaty, hoping to get out for a bit of a run myself tomorrow.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Saturday, 26 May 2018, 09:51 pm
Was one of your ferry crossings Wisemans Ferry. I seem to recall that name from years gone bye.
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Post by: Sweaty on Saturday, 26 May 2018, 10:19 pm
Was one of your ferry crossings Wisemans Ferry. I seem to recall that name from years gone bye.

Sure was KF, good memory👍
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 27 May 2018, 04:26 am
Had best day ever today, glorious day and a fab route :smitten:

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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 27 May 2018, 04:31 am
More
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 27 May 2018, 05:36 am
The bike looks bloody good Red!  Is that a beer or a glass of orange on the table by your hat?  :cheers: Cloudy looking beer that's all.  :onya:
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 27 May 2018, 05:41 am
Lol definitely Orange Col !
You would have liked Melton today, market day so all manner of Pork pies on show 🤪


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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 27 May 2018, 05:42 am
It'd be the internals of said pies I'd be examining . . .  :onya:
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Post by: Buddynq on Sunday, 27 May 2018, 02:39 pm
Hanging out at one of my favourite places for couple days
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Post by: Sweaty on Sunday, 27 May 2018, 02:56 pm
You seem very religious from your photos Red  ;) and a nice coat hanger you found there.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 27 May 2018, 03:34 pm
You seem very religious from your photos Red  ;) and a nice coat hanger you found there.
Father Ted?   :lol: :rofl2: :stir:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Sunday, 27 May 2018, 03:34 pm
Fitted some DRL’s and extra spots (lower down on the crash bars) to my Tex. I think with that lot on, those continental drivers should see me when I pop down to Switzerland in a couple of weeks to ride the 5 passes  :whistling:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 27 May 2018, 03:50 pm
Looking bright Dave!  How many watts do you draw with 'em all on?
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Sunday, 27 May 2018, 05:21 pm
Looking bright Dave!  How many watts do you draw with 'em all on?

All 4 LED spots draw just around 20w in total, the DRL’s 1w. The Tex has a big generator on it, more than capable of taking it all. Ive wired the extra spots and DRL’s in using a Fuzebox, that way i avoid any CanBus errors from fitting them.

https://www.marksmotorcycleparts.co.uk/product-page/5-way-switched-fused-power-outlet-1

To be honest i doubt i’ll run the spots that much.. DRL’s are on with the ignition and glimmer, the lower spots i’ll use when needed on motorways, the upper spots when filtering.

Turns night into day though with them all on!
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Post by: Sweaty on Sunday, 27 May 2018, 05:30 pm
Looks like a UFO coming in to land Dave. Nice work & great for visibility & safety.
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Post by: Sweaty on Sunday, 27 May 2018, 05:32 pm
You seem very religious from your photos Red  ;) and a nice coat hanger you found there.
Father Ted?   :lol: :rofl2: :stir:

No, Father Red?
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 27 May 2018, 05:36 pm
Somebody started calling Red, "Ted" n it's sorta stuck.  Think it was Seth originally, with his 4 thumbs & eloquent spelling.  :stir: :whistling:
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Post by: seth on Sunday, 27 May 2018, 07:49 pm
Nothing to do with me . :stir:
Dave your bike looks good they can't say they didn't see you but I bet you still get folk pulling out on you .
 :onya:
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Sunday, 27 May 2018, 08:40 pm
Not a truck driver in a previous life were you Dave  :stir:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Monday, 28 May 2018, 02:01 am
Nothing to do with me . :stir:
Dave your bike looks good they can't say they didn't see you but I bet you still get folk pulling out on you .
 :onya:

Yep - you betcha I do "oh sorry I didn't see you"

As for "Not a truck driver in a previous life were you Dave " Colin - no, never liked the illuminated Budweiser signs on the cabs  :happy1:

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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 28 May 2018, 05:06 am
You seem very religious from your photos Red  ;) and a nice coat hanger you found there.
Father Ted?   :lol: :rofl2: :stir:

 :notworthy:
Just coincidence Sweaty, I think if I went inside I’d shrivel up!

Middle England is full of the damn things😇

@ kiwi Col
A guy makes one mistake an tarred for life!

Red not Ted
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Post by: seth on Monday, 28 May 2018, 06:57 am
Cheers Ted I knew you would forgive me 
 :cheers:
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Monday, 28 May 2018, 07:40 am
Got back from Ireland tonight. I was really worried about the early morning run to the ferry, I had to leave at 5am and there had been massive thunderstorms all last night, flood warnings and everything. The skies were grey, the roads were slick but on the plus side I passed only 3 cars and 1 truck all the way from Cork to Rosslare (just under 200km).

Still, after a full English (sorry, Irish) breakfast on the ferry and a bit of a kip, all was good this side of the water and it was actually hot when I got home this afternoon.

Anyway here's my 775-mile insect collection.

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Post by: KiwiCol on Monday, 28 May 2018, 08:06 am
775 miles, that's a good run Fishy. Bike don't look too bad for that distance, or did you get rained on, which washed the first lot off?
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Monday, 28 May 2018, 08:48 am
Not really a mans collection of insects Fishy. Can't see any that would chew thru the visor to get at you.  :rofl2:
Sounds like a good ride hope you enjoyed every mile.  :cheers:
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Post by: VladTepes on Monday, 28 May 2018, 09:39 am
That feeling you get when English people talk about "lots of insects"    :happy1:
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Post by: VladTepes on Monday, 28 May 2018, 09:44 am
Haven't cleaned mine this year, its not looking good.
I'm resisting posting any pics to avoid further abuse...

Go on... we can call you the "anti-Barmy"

He being the God of shiny chrome. and you the dark lord... :D
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Post by: grog on Monday, 28 May 2018, 07:17 pm
ride 1200ks here, wouldnt even see the headlight globe for insects. well done mate, a great ride effort. go a like from me.
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Post by: Sweaty on Monday, 28 May 2018, 09:52 pm
Good to hear you had a good time in Ireland Fishy  :onya:
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Post by: T 24 on Monday, 28 May 2018, 11:56 pm
I didn't do anything to my bike, but to my wifes XJR yes. She almost lost her right side end can on motorway. Those two allen screws that are holding exhaust hanger dropped. Flagline rope can fix almost everything. :grin:
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Post by: froudy on Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 12:23 am
A lucky escape and fix there @T 24 :onya:
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Post by: seth on Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 02:21 am
Very lucky as I doubt you'd find a replacement in as good condition if it had came off it would have been very damaged  :cheers:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 05:03 am
Fitted motorway / breakdown lights to the Tex
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Post by: Notty on Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 05:04 am
Fitted motorway / breakdown lights to the Tex
I would have thought Triumph would have fitted breakdown lights as standard  :rofl2: :rofl2:
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 05:07 am
775 miles, that's a good run Fishy. Bike don't look too bad for that distance, or did you get rained on, which washed the first lot off?

It did rain - after all, there's a good reason they call it the Emerald Isle - but not enough to shift the bugs. I must admit I didn't think before posting the pic, there are people on this site who live in places where the bugs are big enough to appear on radar.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 06:39 am
Here ya go Fishy. NZ Giant Weta, one of the biggest insects on the planet.
More likely to find one in your helmet or boots than on your headlamp. fortunately they don't fly.  :onya:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 07:04 am
That's a cracker Col, and you've got size 13 mits too!
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 07:20 am
Can't say its my hand Col.
Did find one in my pyjamas when l was a kid.....amazed there was room for both of us !!
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 07:38 am
Fitted motorway / breakdown lights to the Tex
I would have thought Triumph would have fitted breakdown lights as standard  :rofl2: :rofl2:

Pushing it Geoff, pushing it.......... :rofl2:
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Post by: Sweaty on Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 02:33 pm
Here ya go Fishy. NZ Giant Weta, one of the biggest insects on the planet.
More likely to find one in your helmet or boots than on your headlamp. fortunately they don't fly.  :onya:

No shortage of bugs over here, but they would nearly make me, Weta my pants :grin:
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 07:02 pm
Here ya go Fishy. NZ Giant Weta, one of the biggest insects on the planet.
More likely to find one in your helmet or boots than on your headlamp. fortunately they don't fly.  :onya:

I think they are too bloody heavy to fly, by the look of them. You wouldn't be wiping that off your headlight - you'd be buying a new headlight.
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Post by: grog on Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 07:41 pm
Rhino Beetle, wait until one these gets in your jacket. strongest animal by body weight. they hook on, never let go.
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Post by: Red Biker on Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 08:19 pm
UK guys chances of winning Battle of the bugs= Zero

Battle of the bulge! Different story ✌️
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Post by: mjgt on Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 07:39 pm
UK guys chances of winning Battle of the bugs= Zero

Battle of the bulge! Different story ✌️

Yes, British fat bastards are the fattest in Europe  :clapping: we ARE good at some things  :whistling:
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Post by: Andre on Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 10:19 pm
After receiving the parts (gearshift shaft, cam plate, return spring and a few more little bits) a week earlier than announced I put everything back together yesterday and went for a test ride (115 km). No more scratchiness when shifting :boogie:

Also blocked the PAIR again (un-blocked for emission testing). Runs certainly smoother, at least sound-wise.

Would have liked a longer trip but heavy thunder storms are a distinct possibility. Had a big one yesterday. The mall in out biggest city in the county is still out of action. The area where I would have liked to ride today (Eifel) saw up to 80 liters. Normally I would not have risked it but I had to relieve the withdrawal symptoms after not riding for 3 weeks.
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Post by: Hooli on Thursday, 31 May 2018, 07:33 am
I spent another weekend on Bute & did a lap of the SW Highlands while I was up there. My bug collection after 850ish miles is slightly better than the last one posted...
 You don't want to know how long it took me to wash all the ones in my beard out either.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Thursday, 31 May 2018, 07:40 am
Thats more like it.....
So you had lunch on the run then  :rofl2:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Thursday, 31 May 2018, 07:53 am
Thats more like it.....
So you had lunch on the run then  :rofl2:

....more like on the fly I'd say  :happy1:
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Post by: Hooli on Thursday, 31 May 2018, 08:07 am
Fresh protein is good for you right? that's what I tell the girls anyway!

I had to keep stopping to scrape my sunglasses clean & later on the clear ones. Riding with that light at night was fun, it was like looking down a kaleidoscope with the odd spots of light still getting to the road.
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Post by: Globalrider on Thursday, 31 May 2018, 10:03 am
Now that is buggage!
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Post by: KiwiCol on Thursday, 31 May 2018, 10:23 am
Damn fine effort there Hooli, well done.  You're leading the "Best Buggage" pics. That'll take some beating.  :onya:
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Post by: Mister Fishfinger on Thursday, 31 May 2018, 10:54 pm
Ok, sand has now been well and truly kicked in my face.
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Post by: Latty66 on Friday, 01 June 2018, 01:15 am
Well tramped up to the north lakes at the weekend did the scottish borders on sat and the lakes on sun about 850mile in total met up with some mate up there weather was very warm rds in the borders were sound smooth and traffic free for the most part the lakes was a bit busy in places i.ll try and add a pic taken from hartside on top of the pennines into yhe north lakes
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Post by: Latty66 on Friday, 01 June 2018, 01:56 am
Jedburgh abbey
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Post by: Red Biker on Friday, 01 June 2018, 05:24 am
That’s a proper weekend brimble Latty  :onya:
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Post by: northern on Saturday, 02 June 2018, 12:58 am
Today got some goodies for my toy: SV1000 calipers.  :boogie:
From US eBay. Visually in pretty good condition, but will be refurbished anyway (EBC HH pads are already on the way).

Cost me ~123€ including taxes and shipping.



BTW - for everybody, who is interested:
find it on eBay UK, sv1000 calipers https://www.ebay.com/itm/suzuki-gsx-1400-front-calipers-sv1000/332665439066?hash=item4d7467c35a:g:JH4AAOSwIzBbCuJ9&vxp=mtr
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Post by: Red Biker on Saturday, 02 June 2018, 02:47 am
Hi Northern,
I don't know if the fixings are the same spec as the Nissin's but I have a brand new set of stainless you can have for postage if you wanted them  :onya:
They've never been on the bike as I'm sure you are aware Black is ma ting  :onya:

Red
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Post by: northern on Saturday, 02 June 2018, 02:58 am
Thank you for offering, Red.
Which do you mean? Those, which are joining 2 caliper sides together? In this case I will go my usual way - get A4-80 stainless allen bolts from local shop and give them some buffing shine :)

If something else - PM me a picture  :onya:
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Post by: Red Biker on Saturday, 02 June 2018, 03:08 am
Sorry! yes, I was referring to the 'pinch' bolts, having said that I may have 'mounting' bolts as well  :onya:
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Post by: PWM on Monday, 04 June 2018, 03:37 am
Chopped the yoshi system down - kept the original sleeve, bought a carbon one from PJEngineerring - always oversized, as usual - tacked a 1mm shimm on before the sleeve went on 110>112mm.

400mm. Better look than the 550mm of the original.  Bit more bark, quite a nice note - not the demon howl of the supersport but for a bike that doesn't rev, not a bad sound.

Quick blast out for a listen/feel - 50 or 60 mile from home, oil cooler gets a deluge on.. limp home, new cooler from ebay & 240£ lighter. Happy Days.

(https://image.ibb.co/kAyUYJ/IMG_7677.jpg)
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 04 June 2018, 04:19 am
Oil cooler? they all do that sir! Bottom left corner at a guess?

Reminds me though, next winter I need to get the oil cooler pipes off, de-rust & repaint them as they are getting manky & I can do without breakdowns.
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Post by: PWM on Monday, 04 June 2018, 04:29 am
Oil cooler? they all do that sir! Bottom left corner at a guess?

Reminds me though, next winter I need to get the oil cooler pipes off, de-rust & repaint them as they are getting manky & I can do without breakdowns.

You got it.. me, and the left hand side of the bike need a bath...
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 04 June 2018, 05:22 am
Yup that's where they all go, no idea why it's always that side. I'd guess it's down to oil flow, maybe that side is the input so it suffers a bit more from expansion & contraction over the years.
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Post by: PWM on Monday, 04 June 2018, 06:48 pm
Yup that's where they all go, no idea why it's always that side. I'd guess it's down to oil flow, maybe that side is the input so it suffers a bit more from expansion & contraction over the years.

Sometimes rhyme nor reason Hooli...  Both my xjr1300, run hotter in pot one, (left) always the pot to be more tappity -take the rocker cover off and that corner is a different colour to the rest.. Why? direction of oil flow?

I did think maybe the 14' rad, drains out, it's on its side stand, condensates in that corner, corrodes.

Or maybe it's the leprechauns at the bottom of the garden doing it?!!
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Post by: grog on Monday, 04 June 2018, 07:05 pm
ill go with , cant spell, leprechauns.
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 04 June 2018, 07:40 pm

Or maybe it's the leprechauns at the bottom of the garden doing it?!!

Kamikaze leprechauns who live in all jap bikes maybe?
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Post by: PWM on Monday, 04 June 2018, 08:04 pm

Or maybe it's the leprechauns at the bottom of the garden doing it?!!

Kamikaze leprechauns who live in all jap bikes maybe?

Or maybe it was just all under a bit too much pressure and it went pop when I decided to finally show a clean pair of heels to that fcuking annoying GS rider bitch [is there any other kind?] who thought he was the next -as-yet-undiscovered-hero-of MotoGP...

(cos that's when the smell of exhaust sizzling oil hit the nostrils )
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Post by: northern on Tuesday, 05 June 2018, 06:58 am
Today I take apart SV1000 calipers, which I got last week.

What  the hell!!!  ???
Never seen brake fluid in this condition.

Otherwise, seems calipers and pistons are in OK condition.
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Post by: T 24 on Tuesday, 05 June 2018, 01:09 pm
@northern , That's water in brake fluid. That happens when you store your bike out on back yard and forget to change fluids.
I'v seen those a couple of times. Normally calipers are OK after cleaning and new fluids.
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Post by: Hooli on Wednesday, 06 June 2018, 06:12 pm
My lass isn't well enough for us to use my 14 for a weekend near Aberdeen from tomorrow so we're going in the car. Obviously 14 heard her say that as it played up yesterday. From cold the clutch only disengages for a few secs before it pulls away on it's own. Pump the lever a few times first & it behaves for the whole ride.

Guess I'll be stripping hydraulics down next week then...
I don't know if it's lost fluid as it was dark last night when I checked, I'd got in at 1am after a blast home across the Snake Pass. That's so much easier with a LED headlight so I can see where I'm going.
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Post by: Red Biker on Thursday, 07 June 2018, 01:53 am
Today I take apart SV1000 calipers, which I got last week.

What  the hell!!!  ???
Never seen brake fluid in this condition.

Otherwise, seems calipers and pistons are in OK condition.

Are they going to be sprayed White Northern!  I know you like a bit of White  :popcorn:
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Post by: northern on Thursday, 07 June 2018, 04:20 am
@Red Biker
it's an interesting idea, Red... :confused1:
In case I would build a showroom bike, I would do it. But not with bike I'm planning to ride.

To be honest, I'm even considering to repaint them black...
In total, I'm thinking of "new" colour scheme. Not going away from white, but replacing most polished details with black and white... And some little blue touch...  :stir:

but this is plan for future winters... Brakes will be just first step.
Or they will same gold, as my 6 pots are.....

Anyway, calipers casings are at soda blasting and hope to get them back this week.
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Post by: Red Biker on Thursday, 07 June 2018, 11:57 pm
IF I had a second 14 I’d go white tank and body with everything else Metallic Black and Red callipers  :smitten:

Black sounds nice  :whistling:
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Post by: northern on Friday, 08 June 2018, 06:39 am
@Red Biker
You know, Red I have something similar in my head. Except red calipers (they could be red, if they would be original radial Brembo's :) )

only thing - plain white tank seems a little bit "empty" and cause I don't like to point out branding, I'm thinking about some strips...
Something like i recently saw on facebook. Like idea very much, except front fender. And obviously, in opposite colours :) (may be blue stripe)
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Post by: Tony Nitrous on Saturday, 09 June 2018, 01:38 pm
I used mine !  (I haven't recently).

A trip into the city, through the traffic and free parking.
My ute has a longer tray and isn't great in city car parks.

I now have my shoots for Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis-A and Whooping cough.
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Post by: Blubber on Saturday, 09 June 2018, 07:01 pm
I used mine !  (I haven't recently).

A trip into the city, through the traffic and free parking..


I now have my shoots for Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis-A and Whooping cough.

If you need all that for a ride on the 14.... Might i suggest cleaning it first  :rofl2:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Saturday, 09 June 2018, 07:29 pm
Ripper Blubber!!   :rofl2: :happy1:
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Post by: Tony Nitrous on Saturday, 09 June 2018, 07:38 pm
I used mine !  (I haven't recently).

A trip into the city, through the traffic and free parking..


I now have my shoots for Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis-A and Whooping cough.

If you need all that for a ride on the 14.... Might i suggest cleaning it first  :rofl2:

I was going to post some pics up of my "Black Rat", but I'm not sure I'd want to be banned just yet...  ;)
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Post by: KiwiCol on Saturday, 09 June 2018, 07:49 pm
Irish has a grey rat on his bandit, guess you can have a black rat on yer 14 Tony, you've got a blue tongue in yer garage after all . . .  :lol:
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Post by: Del on Sunday, 10 June 2018, 01:03 am
Since I rebuilt the front end of my bike its always felt a bit hard and something in my mind made me think I could have filled with the stanchion fully out ... Yip I had (seriously don't give me anything sharper than a pillow) so emptied out cleaned and refilled this time with the stanchion fully depressed - all good - I filled it with the Smith and Allen Limitless fork oil (was £29.99 for 5 litres)

changed the oil again Smith & Allen Limitless another issue was some eedjit (me) horsed the old oil filter on so was a mare to get off but all done now

Adjusted the TPS

washed and polished it

Jobs a good un - but Im a bit buggered
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Post by: Tony Nitrous on Sunday, 10 June 2018, 05:15 am
Irish has a grey rat on his bandit, guess you can have a black rat on yer 14 Tony, you've got a blue tongue in yer garage after all . . .  :lol:

... and a Blue Heeler guarding it.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 10 June 2018, 12:45 pm
Managed to get both bikes out for a wee spin today. Got bloody cold, but was good to be back riding again. Did a lap of the local area which includes motorway, residential & open country, about 85k each time.
Something that I noticed straight away, was the different handling of the 2.  The blue is all 'decked out' for touring & the black is naked, but it was the cornering & 'flickability' of the black that really stands out.  It's strange as both same bike, tyres both pumped up to same pressures front & back. Suspension all set the same too.  Only thing I can point to that's different (apart from the screen etc) is the tyres.  The blue has PR3's (about 1/3 worn) and the black has Angel GT. (about 1/3 worn)

Honestly, I wouldn't have believed it would be so noticeable myself, but to go from 1 bike & then straight out on the other, the difference in feel was very apparent.  I soon adjusted though, no issues, just something I noticed.


On the black I'm very wary of my speed, the radar detector is on the blue, & it's 'possible' (read definitely)  that it saved me a couple of times on this mornings run. So when I covered the same route on the black, I was a bit more hesitant with opening her out.  Didn't stop me altogether, just a bit more hesitant, after all, the girl has to breathe & stretch her legs now and again . . .

I should be out there now cleaning etc, but they're not going anywhere soon, always next weekend. Might be time for another wine.  Cheers    :cheers:
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Post by: Tony Nitrous on Sunday, 10 June 2018, 01:14 pm
I moved the GSX14 to get the King out, you have to share the love, and the King hasn't had a spin recently, does it good to give everything a work out.

I had played with the idea of trading the King in, I don't use it that much, but I quite enjoyed today, riding home I realised that love or hate the King, it shares something with the 14. When Suzuki dropped it they never gave us a replacement. Both my King and 1400 are 10 years old, but I can't find a better replacement in their class.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/2wcp9pe.jpg)

Im loving these Queensland Winters!

(http://i63.tinypic.com/10n5cfd.jpg)
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Post by: Mrg on Sunday, 10 June 2018, 04:49 pm
hi guys just got my self a set of road michelin 5 tyres £254 the set look very good so they will go on asap and see what there like  so wait and see  :onya:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Sunday, 10 June 2018, 05:11 pm
Finished packing and preparing my Triumph before the start of my trip down to Switzerland later today to ride 4 passes (was going to be 5 but Susten Pass will not re-open until the day after we start our trip back). Ah well 4 out of 5 isn't bad given winter was 2 weeks late finishing this year  :whistling:
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Post by: grog on Sunday, 10 June 2018, 05:47 pm
sounds amazing trip mr barmy. enjoy. mrg, keep us posted on new michys, might even sway a pirelli man, me, if as good as they say. would need to be good.
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Post by: Andre on Monday, 11 June 2018, 01:40 am
@gsxbarmy Watch that speedo down there and have a great trip to that great place.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Monday, 11 June 2018, 02:44 am
Have a great trip Barmy   :onya:
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 11 June 2018, 03:48 am
Ooh that sounds great Dave  :tongue:

Before the breakdown! I was Gavin a great day, was a vintage Jap day at claycross and there were some gems there.


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Post by: seth on Monday, 11 June 2018, 04:03 am
Just back from a wee run around the west coast of Scotland Friday - Sunday
360 miles great roads and missed all the rain .
 :cheers:
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Post by: Basil Brush on Monday, 11 June 2018, 05:18 am
Red biker - great second pic. Two of my old bikes there. A Honda CB250N and the GSX1100ES. Happy days... :smitten:
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 11 June 2018, 06:31 am
There were a couple of 350 RD's as well Bas which was my first proper bike  :onya:
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Post by: Del on Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 03:49 am
today I mostly enjoyed my commute - after sorting out the TPS and correcting the fork oil issue it was a joy to ride teh bike again 0 gone is the snatchy throttle and the harsh ride - enjoyed it so much my  mile commute home turned into a mile hoon 
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Post by: Hooli on Thursday, 14 June 2018, 03:11 am
My lass isn't well enough for us to use my 14 for a weekend near Aberdeen from tomorrow so we're going in the car. Obviously 14 heard her say that as it played up yesterday. From cold the clutch only disengages for a few secs before it pulls away on it's own. Pump the lever a few times first & it behaves for the whole ride.

Guess I'll be stripping hydraulics down next week then...
I don't know if it's lost fluid as it was dark last night when I checked, I'd got in at 1am after a blast home across the Snake Pass. That's so much easier with a LED headlight so I can see where I'm going.

Well I investigated this tonight & found some corrosion in the slave that was obviously stopping it sealing properly so it was dripping slightly. I've cleaned it all out, it looks good with no marks or ridges etc. Guess I'll find out in the morning if it's worked or not.
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Post by: Hooli on Thursday, 14 June 2018, 05:41 pm
Update - FIXED.

I like these free fixes, it makes running the 14 more affordable.
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Thursday, 14 June 2018, 06:06 pm
Got MOT for bike (on condition the could fit/sell me a legal number plate :devil:)

Also had new DID chain fitted..
its just a mid range DID but no doubt better than my "top of the range" fake DID !!
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Thursday, 14 June 2018, 06:12 pm
Haha, Speedy l put the serial number of my DID VX chain into Tonys fake chain link. It said my number was already registered.  :facepalm:
We shall see. Rides nice and not getting hot.
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Thursday, 14 June 2018, 11:39 pm
Mine is also a DID VX version.
 :)
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Post by: northern on Friday, 15 June 2018, 07:49 am
Today I was stopped by the police, after using a bus lane to overtake a traffic during a morning rush hour, on my way to wolk.

After a 5 minute polite chat with policeman, discussing this rule is ridiculous (electric cars may and motorcycle are not), police ask me what to do with me, and I told: "Let me go"... And he did, wishing me a good ride :)
Not even official warning. Not even checking my penalties records in the database...  :onya:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Friday, 15 June 2018, 10:16 am
That's it Northern, all your luck has been used up in 1 hit right there.  No more luck now till 2019  . . .  :lol:
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Post by: northern on Friday, 15 June 2018, 02:10 pm
Hope not...

Actually, my luck ratio is in quite balance by facts (not in finance way's):
My car is in the paint shop - someone did hit and run
Monday I got ticket from police (driving a car) for a right turn where it was not allowed at that time.
I got exchange of the damaged rain jacket (motorcycle, in local gear shop) which I purchase before Christmas and didn't notice up to the this week...
Police let me go and, I assume, if they would check and find out it was second time this week, I would be obligated to donate 100+ € to the budget of my state...

So, it's in balance [emoji846]
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Friday, 15 June 2018, 03:03 pm
Northern..
I do like the way you describe events in your life..
Sometimes a person who's native language is not English seems to get the message across in a more descriptive way.
Probably because native English speakers (in the UK) are getting bloody lazy with the language!

Its much easier to dumb down than to raise standards !!
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Post by: northern on Friday, 15 June 2018, 06:16 pm
@Speedy1959
Thank you, Simon.

I was leaning English since I was 12 (will be 41 next week), and for last 15 years, English is my second work language. Especially in written form - different software malfunctions reports and development requests. Also IT evolve every day.
My native languages are Estonian (max 1.5mil language carriers) and Russian, so I have to understand and speak English, to be able to use all the information and knowledge world and internet can offer. For example - in university, almost all study materials were on English.

But even my English is pretty OK, a lot of times I do not understand slang your (native English speaking) are using :)
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Post by: Aldi on Friday, 15 June 2018, 06:44 pm
Taking my *cough* Harley *cough* in for mot and going to polish her up for either eBay or autotrader.   :imrgreen:

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Post by: grog on Friday, 15 June 2018, 07:05 pm
great idea Aldi, get rid of a problem. Red, meant to comment on gt 750 you saw. blue/silver. slightly diff colours here. bought brand new L model in blue, 1974. ported. polished, built expansion chambers. very fast. gas guzzler. was my 2nd of four. ports were cut out to usa flat tracker specs. could blow away z1 kawas, that was a big deal back then. leave them for dead. memories when i saw that pic.
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Post by: ARH on Friday, 15 June 2018, 08:31 pm
Taking my *cough* Hardley *cough* in for mot and going to polish her up for either eBay or autotrader.   :imrgreen:

There...fixed it for you  :rofl2:   
maybe you should wait to sell it... with Harley included in the recent trade sanctions on US product the value might increase?   Then again... I would want to get shot of it soonest as well  :lol:
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Post by: Hooli on Friday, 15 June 2018, 10:11 pm

But even my English is pretty OK, a lot of times I do not understand slang your (native English speaking) are using :)

I wouldn't worry about that, there is a lot of slang over here that people 20miles away don't understand!
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Post by: northern on Saturday, 16 June 2018, 02:43 am
Today I finish bar end mount project, I start some time ago. Get this idea from motocross world, where it's widely inuse with aluminium bars. There is kits, you can get on eBay, but they do not suits me, cause the are made for M8 bolts... I needed M6, so I decide to DIY...

Get 2 bolts, A4 M16*35
Find a turner, who drill a central hole, tap a M6 tread inside and cut off the bolt head. Cost me 15€ (bolt + turner)
Then I purchase M16*2 tap (13€) and cut the thread into renthal handlebars.

As a result - I have M6 threaded mounts on my ultra-low  aluminium bar and my 250g bar-ends are much stiffer connected to the handlebar, reducing vibration much better  :boogie2:
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Post by: northern on Saturday, 16 June 2018, 02:44 am
Also, SV1000 4 pot calipers casings are back from soda blasting.
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Post by: Aldi on Saturday, 16 June 2018, 03:47 am
Taking my *cough* Hardley *cough* in for mot and going to polish her up for either eBay or autotrader.   :imrgreen:

There...fixed it for you  :rofl2:   
maybe you should wait to sell it... with Harley included in the recent trade sanctions on US product the value might increase?   Then again... I would want to get shot of it soonest as well  :lol:

To be fair it's not a bad bike, the problem is there's enough chrome to even make Stevie Wonder squint  :8:  I've enough going on in my day without having to polish up a bike after every run out  :imrgreen:

*no offence intended to any blind bikers using the forum
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Sunday, 17 June 2018, 12:26 am
Nice work Northern..
My SV1000 calipers fitted now..
I have posted my impressions elsewhere.
Don't worry.. My impressions are good ! :grin:
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Post by: northern on Sunday, 17 June 2018, 04:24 am
Nice work Northern..
My SV1000 calipers fitted now..
I have posted my impressions elsewhere.
Don't worry.. My impressions are good ! :grin:
I read it.
And I repeat - they are looking really nice!  :)
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Post by: northern on Sunday, 17 June 2018, 04:45 am
Today I had to work on site, but the weather was perfect, so I decide to combine business and pleasure. Did 470km.
I had to go on a island, but reword was 50+km of the best road for motorcycle I know in Estonia: https://goo.gl/maps/mZLvj6bx2eH2

Even it's not on a direct way to my destination, I ride it every time, whenever I'm on island with a bike.
It's quite empty, it's twisty, it was renovated last year, there is beautiful nature:
https://goo.gl/maps/CvKQiyxKifM2
https://goo.gl/maps/sNLbkuHozuK2
https://goo.gl/maps/hk8W5eoWF3K2
https://goo.gl/maps/EBmiKEvHanw

Perfect!
Only thing - I have to ride more than 200k and take a ferry to get on this road...
And I have to admit - I take this Saturday job only because I love this road so mutch :)
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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 17 June 2018, 05:26 am
Thanks for sharing, a true enthusiast.
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 17 June 2018, 05:42 am
Looks a great road in great weather  :onya:
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Post by: Tony Nitrous on Sunday, 17 June 2018, 06:32 am
I really do like that seat Northern.    :onya:
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Sunday, 17 June 2018, 04:19 pm
Beautiful scenery Northern..
Unspoilt and very few cars..
You are a lucky guy !
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Post by: northern on Sunday, 17 June 2018, 06:44 pm
I really do like that seat Northern.    :onya:
This seat is very comfortable, but I cant compare it with OEM seat - it was on, then I get my 14.
quite pricey http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=gsx1400+seat+delux

As for look - I would prefer, passenger cushion would be lower - I 99.9% ride alone.
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Post by: grog on Sunday, 17 June 2018, 06:50 pm
i like the seat, sort of same as mine which i love. i like the step up. great for 2 up and solo, my back pack just sits there.
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Post by: Red Biker on Sunday, 17 June 2018, 07:06 pm
I've downloaded the 'How To' for cleaning the fuel injectors and going for it today hoping I find somthing to explain the problem!
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Post by: seth on Sunday, 17 June 2018, 07:11 pm
@Red Biker you have a pm
 :cheers:
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 17 June 2018, 07:51 pm
That seat looks cramped too me, I've never been a fan of cut down seats as one thing I like about 14s is the leg room.
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Post by: Red Biker on Monday, 18 June 2018, 04:11 am
My issue was the old fuel pump clip had popped off so the valve had come out!

Easy fix with some steel wire to secure it as per the sheet on here👍

Back on the road again quickly thanks to the support given on this forum  :smitten:

Cheers Red
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Monday, 18 June 2018, 04:28 am
Well done Red. Great news   :onya:
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Post by: Sweaty on Monday, 18 June 2018, 02:23 pm
Good stuff Red  :onya:
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Post by: shanered6 on Monday, 18 June 2018, 04:44 pm
Thats Brilliant !   :onya:
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 18 June 2018, 06:44 pm
As it's international ride to work day, I rode to work as normal.
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Monday, 18 June 2018, 07:03 pm
As you know I fitted the 4 pot calipers on Friday evening.
Re bled the front lines on Saturday.
Sunday I went on my usual brisk ride with some friends and the front brakes got steadily better and better.
I can now say they are significantly better than they were !
When I got home I noticed the new sheen on the discs (caused by Suzuki pads over the old EBC HH previous pads) was still not at 100%.
So another say 150 miles should see them fully bedded in.
Very pleased indeed with the switch to 4 pots !
P.S I got the genuine Suzuki pads because the dealership in Preston had a very attractive discount on those pads.
He also had the EBC HH in stock if I wanted them..
The severe rattle of EBC in my 6 pots put me off those !
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Post by: mjgt on Monday, 18 June 2018, 07:20 pm
My issue was the old fuel pump clip had popped off so the valve had come out!

Easy fix with some steel wire to secure it as per the sheet on here👍

Back on the road again quickly thanks to the support given on this forum  :smitten:

Cheers Red

What's the chances of that, both our bikes had the same problem one day apart  :whatever:
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Post by: Red Biker on Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 05:58 am
Spookie MJ  :frustrated:

From now I’ll make sure I carry the tools to do this fix just in case!!

Red
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Post by: Notty on Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 06:59 am
My issue was the old fuel pump clip had popped off so the valve had come out!

Easy fix with some steel wire to secure it as per the sheet on here👍

Back on the road again quickly thanks to the support given on this forum  :smitten:

Cheers Red
Happens on Blue and White ones as well !! but obviously faster !  :)
@Red Biker
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Post by: Hooli on Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 11:27 pm
I found some pics from a couple of years ago while looking for something else. Figured it's rude not to post them, just to make Barmy wibble.

Remember kids it's a k2 with white* wheels.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 11:50 pm
 :shocked: :shocked: :shocked:

(just off for a lie down  :facepalm:)
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Post by: Latty66 on Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 11:53 pm
Hooli just shown that to the wife she said whats happened to that has it just come out of a canal  :rofl2: :happy1:
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Post by: Hooli on Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 11:55 pm
You must have mucky canals around your way!
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Post by: Latty66 on Thursday, 21 June 2018, 12:00 am
Thats the best way to keep em running all year round mate  :onya:
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Post by: KiwiCol on Thursday, 21 June 2018, 02:54 am
that'll be the 'anti theft' coating you've mentioned then . . .  :rofl2:
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Post by: Red Biker on Thursday, 21 June 2018, 06:01 pm
Jesus Hoolie what happened to her!  ??? 
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Post by: Sweaty on Thursday, 21 June 2018, 06:18 pm
:shocked: :shocked: :shocked:

(just off for a lie down  :facepalm:)

Even I need a lie down after that  :facepalm:
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Post by: Hooli on Thursday, 21 June 2018, 07:26 pm
Jesus Hoolie what happened to her!  ???

I used to live in the countryside & I use it all year for work. Besides if you stop washing a bike around september the sludge is so thick the salt doesn't get to it.
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Post by: Taniwha on Thursday, 21 June 2018, 10:17 pm
Took a whole bunch of measurements of the rad guard ends. Got an idea for mounting a set of spots there. Not sure how it's going to work, as such, but Ive got all my numbers, a big block of brass, stainless fixings, and free machine time. 😀
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Post by: seth on Friday, 22 June 2018, 12:55 am
@Taniwha
You can get very small but extremely bright mini spotlights thesedays
Good luck  :cheers:
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Post by: Hooli on Friday, 22 June 2018, 01:13 am
I found a LED headlight did the same without any of the hassle to get them fitted & doesn't look odd like a lot of spots do.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Friday, 22 June 2018, 06:18 am
Hooli, are you using a full LED headlamp or just the bulb ? Had a look at fitting just the bulb and found I can only buy a twin pack........and now the law says I can only use an LED bulb if the original headlamp came with one.
If anyone has used LED bulb, do you find the much better ?

@Taniwha.
Have a look in the Daytime Running Lights thread. That's where I have mounted mine. Went for a Warrant of Fitness at the bike shop and the mechanic was well impressed. Tiny but bright. Might have got that wrong if you are looking for spots.
Oh and I see you have that Musket us honkys have been looking for.......wasn't wrapped in a blanket was it ?  :onya:
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Post by: Hooli on Friday, 22 June 2018, 07:50 am
@Kiwifruit just a bulb mate. I can't recall the exact one but Barmy recommended them, I can check if needed.

I had to buy two too, but it gives me a spare to carry just in case when away from home.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Friday, 22 June 2018, 05:55 pm
Are they much brighter Hooli?
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Post by: froudy on Friday, 22 June 2018, 06:20 pm
Re. LED headlight bulbs.
I've got a pair here that Notty bought from Dave. I was going to fit one, but it seems they are now an MOT fail if I've read the new MOT rules correctly.
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Post by: Hooli on Friday, 22 June 2018, 06:48 pm
Are they much brighter Hooli?
I'd say about 3-400% more light which matches what they claim.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Saturday, 23 June 2018, 12:22 am
Re. LED headlight bulbs.
I've got a pair here that Notty bought from Dave. I was going to fit one, but it seems they are now an MOT fail if I've read the new MOT rules correctly.

I’ve read that as well Steve and the law changed just after I sold them to Notty (although I wasn’t aware of the MOT law change when I sold them, and that wasn’t the reason I sold them either).

Assuming it is an MOT fail though, if I still had them, I’d pop the original bulb back in for it’s MOT and swap it back after. Or just leave as is and see if they notice, as those bulbs are built so they work with the standard reflectors, hardly any (if any) adjustment to beam angle is required.

As far as I’m aware, so long as the Headlight is adjusted for the correct beam angle they are not illegal on the road.

Given the change in MOT law though if you and Notty are not happy with them, return them to me and I’ll refund Geoff incl return postage.

@froudy @Notty
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Post by: Red Biker on Saturday, 23 June 2018, 01:01 am
It’s my sons ‘Prom night’ whilst Mrs Red won’t allow him on the bike one of his mates mum has asked me to take her son Luke on the back.

I’ve secretly arranged for a group of us hopefully around 20 so we can give him a proper escort 🤟

Here she is all washed and ready.

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Post by: Red Biker on Saturday, 23 June 2018, 01:51 am
That’s my boys  :cheers:

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Post by: ARH on Saturday, 23 June 2018, 03:28 am
Both seem to scrub up well!  :onya:
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Post by: froudy on Saturday, 23 June 2018, 03:29 am
@Red Biker

Is your GSX14 a 1/4 scale model or is your Son 8 feet tall? :imrgreen:
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Post by: Hooli on Saturday, 23 June 2018, 03:40 am
@Red Biker

Is your GSX14 a 1/4 scale model or is your Son 8 feet tall? :imrgreen:

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Post by: Red Biker on Saturday, 23 June 2018, 06:29 am
@Red Biker

Is your GSX14 a 1/4 scale model or is your Son 8 feet tall? :imrgreen:

Lol It’s him Steve!
He was 16 on Wed and 6”2 size 12 feet. My cousin is 6’7 so he could be in that bracket  :facepalm:
Just means less to spend on mods feeding the big lump!
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Post by: VladTepes on Saturday, 23 June 2018, 10:19 pm
Well I have the bike back WITH brakes now. Fancy eh.
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Post by: seth on Saturday, 23 June 2018, 10:28 pm
Handy that as you'll only have so many pair's of pants
 :stir:
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Post by: froudy on Saturday, 23 June 2018, 11:11 pm
New chain and sprockets fitted..
Brake calipers all removed and cleaned at the same time.
Has anyone found a simple fix for bush wear in the gear change lever? .Mine has quite a lot of play up and down on the shaft :furious:
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Post by: Hooli on Sunday, 24 June 2018, 02:18 am
As it passed 118k last weds & has been running rough at low speed & not feeling quite right in bends I did a few bits to mine today -

Rebuilt the brakes
Cleaned & gapped the plugs - not impressed with iridium as I never had to do that with standard ones
Balanced the throttles
Gave her a bath

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Post by: KiwiCol on Sunday, 24 June 2018, 05:17 am
New chain and sprockets fitted..
Brake calipers all removed and cleaned at the same time.
Has anyone found a simple fix for bush wear in the gear change lever? .Mine has quite a lot of play up and down on the shaft :furious:
Andre & Grog have just recently been doing things to this. I'm sure they've replaced the bush with a metal one, to tighten up the slop that occurs over time.

@Andre  @grog
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Post by: Andre on Sunday, 24 June 2018, 06:14 am
@froudy
I replaced them with these (2 needed):
https://www.ebay.de/itm/2-Gleitlager-1209-12-x-14-20-x-9-mm-wartungsfrei-mit-Bund-/162814339976? (https://www.ebay.de/itm/2-Gleitlager-1209-12-x-14-20-x-9-mm-wartungsfrei-mit-Bund-/162814339976?)

Full thread here: http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/index.php?topic=2120.0 (http://gsx1400owners.org/forum/index.php?topic=2120.0)

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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 25 June 2018, 06:03 pm
I took my 14 for a little test run after saturday's work. 382 miles around the Lake District seemed enough :) Did ever pass up there & saw some hero on the Hardknott Pass riding a C90!

Oh & on the way back I caught a new McClaren who wanted to play. with rolling starts around 30-40mph I can prove my 14 is slightly faster to 100  :cool: he'd get away after that, but we tested it 7 or 8 times till he turned off.
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Post by: grog on Monday, 25 June 2018, 07:27 pm
Tony, Guzzler in Bris. will make you whatever. so comfy
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Post by: Notty on Monday, 25 June 2018, 10:36 pm
Went for a 200 mile ride with 10 mates - one had an 07 R1 he has only ridden a few times - a. Ex track bike apparently- anyway he heard a clunking so when we stopped he had a look, one sprocket nut missing and all others nearly off !! He was a lucky boy - the guys reckon they were cheap chines nuts - threads now buggered but at least he is ok - wud hav spoilt the day !  :) swingarm badly scored
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 25 June 2018, 11:10 pm
I've seen sprocket studs work out on a VFR, they were halfway through the (single sided) swingarm when spotted at a petrol stop! First day of a week euro tour too.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 26 June 2018, 01:59 am
I'm gonna check mine now......only put new sprockets on a couple of weeks ago......
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Post by: Hooli on Tuesday, 26 June 2018, 02:02 am
Mine always get a good dose of threadlock.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 26 June 2018, 04:05 pm
Got some new spark plugs along with some Loctite for the sprocket nuts.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Tuesday, 26 June 2018, 04:15 pm
Don't get carried away now Col, Loctite & Spark Plugs, Loctite & Spark Plugs, Loctite & Spark Plugs.  Wouldn't want that combination.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 26 June 2018, 05:00 pm
Got my Coppercote for the plugs Col. Havn't ever had them out so thought time l gave it a birthday.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Tuesday, 26 June 2018, 05:27 pm
Those plugs would have done a fair ole mileage by now then.  What'd ya get? Std or Iridium?
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 26 June 2018, 06:32 pm
Done 57,000kms on originals. Still runs sweet. More interested in taking them out now rather than later and having a drama. Been in at least eight years. Replacing with standard, as per handbook. Seen no real advantage for the cost of lridium. If l get another 50,000kms l will be well happy. 
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Post by: grog on Tuesday, 26 June 2018, 07:25 pm
Kiwi, hope they come out no dramas. coppercote a good idea, i usu never seize, same thing except zinc. iridiums in mine,i miss pulling plugs out every 10 th. back in old days, 20 th was abs max. that was leaded fuel days. points n plugs, do i miss that, sort of. bloody old gt750, 3 sets of points.
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Post by: Blubber on Tuesday, 26 June 2018, 08:26 pm
New chain and sprockets fitted..
Brake calipers all removed and cleaned at the same time.
Has anyone found a simple fix for bush wear in the gear change lever? .Mine has quite a lot of play up and down on the shaft :furious:

@Andre posted a link a while back for new bushes.

The bushings I used were a nice find by German-forum member. Simple install. Previously people used bushings made from sintered bronze, had to work them with a reamer to fit. I dont have the dimensions of the sintered ones. But you could orient yourself on these in the link.
Unfortunately they send these only to Germany, for your reference: https://www.ebay.de/itm/2-Gleitlager-1209-12-x-14-20-x-9-mm-wartungsfrei-mit-Bund-/162814339976?



I ordered them shortly after that  :onya:

Changed them recently and they work like a charm .
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Post by: Andre on Tuesday, 26 June 2018, 09:25 pm
Glad to see they worked for you and send to other countries. OZ and NZ not on the list, unfortunately.
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Post by: northern on Thursday, 28 June 2018, 12:13 am
Upgrade my front fender.
Before was some smaller aftermarket. Now I have OEM + extender...

Still not sure about look  :confused1:, but I hope it will protect my engine and oil cooler from dirt, cause what I had was total disaster on a bad road during a rain.
Las year, my engine and oil cooler were so dirty, I could manage to clean them only when I take engine of the bike (ok - that was another reason, but still)

Also, it seems to me, bigger fender "sounds" different... May be it's just seems to me...  :whatever:
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Post by: northern on Friday, 29 June 2018, 05:31 am
Fresh oil and filter (after new cam's breaking in period, decide to do it), wash and wax.

And 1.5 hour evening ride  :onya:
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Post by: V_i_c_i on Friday, 29 June 2018, 09:33 pm
Some time ago I made DWG drawings and now pick up camshaft locking tool. Made from inox.

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Post by: Speedy1959 on Saturday, 30 June 2018, 05:51 pm
Fitted Braided clutch hose yesterday..
Later I will modify the fitment of the rear Braided Brake hose.
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Post by: Hooli on Saturday, 30 June 2018, 08:14 pm
I plan to fix the LH front caliper today. One of the pistons was 50/50 if just sliding it back in would solve it sticking last week & it obviously didn't.
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Post by: Hooli on Saturday, 30 June 2018, 11:48 pm
I did both again to make sure it was right this time, found one slightly sticky on the other side too. Odd as it felt ok last week, but never mind.

I've got brakes now :)
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Post by: cwhmotoa on Sunday, 01 July 2018, 12:13 am
I buy a rear caliper bracket adapter for my GSX1400 :boogie:
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Post by: T 24 on Sunday, 01 July 2018, 02:05 am
@cwhmotoa
Where did you find that caliper and adapter? Was it expensive?
I have tried to find better rear brake to my 14.
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Post by: cwhmotoa on Sunday, 01 July 2018, 04:52 am
@cwhmotoa
Where did you find that caliper and adapter? Was it expensive?
I have tried to find better rear brake to my 14.

https://tw.bid.yahoo.com/item/100469749749

TWD$6500 is about GBP$ 163
 +GBP$ 20 shipping
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Sunday, 01 July 2018, 08:03 am
Put the new plugs in, old ones looked ok but very dry on the threads. Put coppercote on the threads and they wound in with fingers until seated. Blew out the air cleaner but I will replace it next time I'm at the bike shop. Adjusted the throttle cables. Lubed the chain. Blanked the Pairs off with a rubber grommet in the line that was just made for the job. Interested to see if I notice a difference.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Sunday, 01 July 2018, 04:21 pm
Went for a quick ride this afternoon.  Today l checked and adjusted tyre pressures, lubed and adjusted the chain, l reckon it was 1mm out when measuring with vernier as suggested in chain and sprockets thread. That made a difference to how it sounded.Returned home after a couple of minutes as l had adjusted the gear shift linkage and had made it a tad too high. Much of the play had been on the actual shaft. The linkage had never been pinched up tight.
Adjusted the shift linkage and with a 10mm spanner in my pocket off l went again.
This time the bike was just a pleasure to ride. Just out for 20 minutes......my flu dictated this !!
Hard to say much about blanking the Pairs as l had done so much other stuff aswell.
Certainly thats the best it has ridden in a long time.
Steering head bearings are next on the list for a service. A happy day  :boogie2:
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Post by: Irish in Oz on Monday, 02 July 2018, 02:04 am
I buy a rear caliper bracket adapter for my GSX1400 :boogie:

Nice pipe.
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Monday, 02 July 2018, 04:11 pm
I buy a rear caliper bracket adapter for my GSX1400 :boogie:

Nice pipe.

Lol
God I forgot just how big those Bazookas are !
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Post by: froudy on Monday, 02 July 2018, 06:23 pm
Fitted new chain and sprocket kit last week and then yesterday I did the clutch slave cylinder seal mod.
It only took literally 20 mins to do the mod including cleaning the crap out from behind the round tin plate. It's definitely going to save all the crap getting into the piston area.
I got my Father in Law to bring the seal back with him when he went to stay with his Son in Florida. I opted to do it this way as it should have worked out a hell of a lot cheaper buying from the USA. Unfortunately the carriage charged to get it from the dealer bumped the price up to a total of £14 delivered. I could have got it from the UK cheaper :furious:
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Wednesday, 04 July 2018, 06:28 am
Finished giving the Triumph a complete top to bottom clean after my recent Alps trip. Also took the opportunity to fit my new DRL’s to my Barkbusters, these glimmer as well - very happy with how it’s all turned out, nice high position for them so hopefully those cage drivers will see me coming!
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Post by: Hooli on Thursday, 05 July 2018, 08:08 am
I rode it home from work thinking 'that feels odd'. Wiggled bits when I got home & after just 17 years & 118k one of the rear wheel bearings seems to be going clunk. Damn poor quality that!

I'll strip it down tomorrow night & if I'm right I'll replace the fronts too as they are also original. Oh & a sprocket carrier bearing for luck as they wear out just by looking at the bike.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Thursday, 05 July 2018, 08:14 am
I rode it home from work thinking 'that feels odd'. Wiggled bits when I got home & after just 17 years & 118k one of the rear wheel bearings seems to be going clunk. Damn poor quality that!

I'll strip it down tomorrow night & if I'm right I'll replace the fronts too as they are also original. Oh & a sprocket carrier bearing for luck as they wear out just by looking at the bike.

I think a letter to Suzuki about quality of parts called for Andy demanding they cover costs as a good will gesture (given its low mileage)  :rofl2:
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Post by: Hooli on Thursday, 05 July 2018, 08:23 am
I know, it's disgusting isn't it?
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Post by: Hooli on Friday, 06 July 2018, 04:03 am
This has now got odd. I stripped the back wheel out tonight after checking the slight clunk was still there but once it was out the bearings felt completely fine. So out of curiosity I put the wheel back in & guess what? no clunk...

We'll see what happens next time I ride then, whats really odd is I didn't find anything loose etc to cause the clunk either.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Friday, 06 July 2018, 04:18 am
Swing arm Hooli?
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Post by: Hooli on Friday, 06 July 2018, 04:20 am
Good call but no, the play was between the wheel & the swingarm as I checked for that.
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Post by: gsxbarmy on Friday, 06 July 2018, 06:19 am
It hadn’t done something odd like the rear wheel move out of alignment possibly - grabbing at straws here Andy as this is really odd....

The only other thing I can think of is whether the chain might have worn through the rubber guard at the front of the swingarm - after all, you have just finished running in........
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Post by: Hooli on Friday, 06 July 2018, 06:38 am
No idea Dave. The spindle was tight so I can't see how the wheel would have moved. I could see & feel movement between the wheel & the swingarm before hand but not afterwards.

I can only guess one of the spacers didn't seat properly due to a bit of dirt in the grease or something & that broke up leaving it loose. I'll see when I ride it next if it behaves & go from there.
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Post by: Red Biker on Friday, 06 July 2018, 09:15 pm
No man cave for me for a couple of weeks  :boogie:

This is my view as I type  :cheers:

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Post by: ARH on Friday, 06 July 2018, 09:49 pm
No idea Dave. The spindle was tight so I can't see how the wheel would have moved. I could see & feel movement between the wheel & the swingarm before hand but not afterwards.

I can only guess one of the spacers didn't seat properly due to a bit of dirt in the grease or something & that broke up leaving it loose. I'll see when I ride it next if it behaves & go from there.

@ Hooli - was that part of the stealth and anti theft coating that fell off then?    :rofl2:
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Post by: froudy on Saturday, 07 July 2018, 11:27 pm
Fitted an "Alarm" flashing blue LED.
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Post by: northern on Sunday, 08 July 2018, 10:06 pm
@froudy
Just throwing an idea to you...
I had alarm (real one, with 2 way communication) just on 1 bike in the past. Yamaha FZ6. Cause I did not want to drill any unnecessary holes in bike, I mount signal led inside bikes headlight, next to Parking (position) light, and flashing was magnified by headlight reflector. Just keep in mind to choose clear case led to keep it stealth when not used  :hat:
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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 04:31 am
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Post by: V_i_c_i on Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 06:48 am
Move USB socket from left horn to final position behind headlamp. Happy with that.  :boogie:

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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 06:55 am
@V_i_c_i
Great idea!  :onya:
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Post by: V_i_c_i on Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 07:12 am
@V_i_c_i
Great idea!  :onya:

Thank you. But I don´t know if this solution is possible with OEM headlamp. I have aftermarket headlamp and dimensions are little different.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 07:24 am
Love your spray booth Northern.  :clapping:
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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 07:40 am
@V_i_c_i
Great idea!  :onya:

Thank you. But I don´t know if this solution is possible with OEM headlamp. I have aftermarket headlamp and dimensions are little different.
I notice - had the same, when I get my 14, but replace it for OEM one.
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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 07:43 am
Love your spray booth Northern.  :clapping:
it's a package from ~5000€ HPE server...  :)
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Post by: Hooli on Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 05:03 pm
Probably the most useful part of the server too!
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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 11 July 2018, 06:37 pm
Probably the most useful part of the server too!
No. Those servers are literally moneymakers :)
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Post by: northern on Thursday, 12 July 2018, 05:18 am
Custom map for my Yoshi's.  :boogie:

Fast (2 hours), tuning, but good (not the best) result  :) Bike is running much smoother.
Red is last year with just Akra. Blue is from today.

Why it's not the best:
On a top end, tuner add almost 70% fuel on 80-100% throttle, but AFR is still lean. Possible injectors need cleaning or replace. Also possible, fuel pump and filter need replacement.
Also, I told tuner, during throttle valve synchronization, 4th cylinder valve reading was most unstable compare to 1-3, and also what cams engine cover from inside was slightly smoked near the 4th cylinder.  Tuner assume valves my need attention.

But still: +18% power and +10% torque (SAE correction)  :boogie:
uncorrected values are 129Hp 124H-m
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Post by: shanered6 on Thursday, 12 July 2018, 05:31 am
Thats quite an improvment  :onya:..... but a bit more work if you need to do the valves .
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Post by: northern on Thursday, 12 July 2018, 06:02 am
Thats quite an improvment  :onya:..... but a bit more work if you need to do the valves .

I do not have any issues with performance, so I would not deal with it now.
Someday, I hope to do a big bore, and the it would be a good time to do a cylinder head restore.

But fuel pump cold be replaced, and some fuel filter mod also implemented :)



P.S.
Almost forgot - HEL oil cooler was delivered today.
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Post by: seth on Thursday, 12 July 2018, 06:07 am
You should be looking at around 135bhp so your not far away
 :cheers:
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Post by: shanered6 on Thursday, 12 July 2018, 06:17 am
Thats quite an improvment  :onya:..... but a bit more work if you need to do the valves .

I do not have any issues with performance, so I would not deal with it now.
Someday, I hope to do a big bore, and the it would be a good time to do a cylinder head restore.

But fuel pump cold be replaced, and some fuel filter mod also implemented :)

I agree ... there's no point in in doing it now ! ... wait till your there next time  :onya:


P.S.
Almost forgot - HEL oil cooler was delivered today.
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Post by: northern on Thursday, 12 July 2018, 06:27 am
You should be looking at around 135bhp so your not far away
 :cheers:
Anthony, looking on a map you send me, I see max +26% fuel on top end on 100% open throttle. Mine maximum is +66 on 80% open throttle, and still not enough.
this may be indeed fueling issue...
Tuner told me, he had lately another 14 with full exhaust and it run 114HP versus mine 105HP. ~9Hp difference...

So 135 is totally possible  :onya:
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Post by: seth on Thursday, 12 July 2018, 06:43 am
It's seams to be with everything as it should be
And full akroprovic.
Every dyno I've seen is around  135bhp.
The slight differences higher of lower is due to the dyno's and how well the bike was built when new.
I'm sure you'll get there buddy and I was very glad I could help you get this far .
Keep at it buddy.
 :cheers:
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Post by: Irish in Oz on Sunday, 15 July 2018, 05:36 pm
Steering head bearings.
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Post by: grog on Sunday, 15 July 2018, 05:50 pm
Irish, they wouldve been good in a straight line. rock steady. rust steady. one of those.
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Post by: northern on Sunday, 15 July 2018, 08:42 pm
not today, but yesterday...

Had a 2 day trip to annual bike rally, where I take a part of 1/4 mile drag-race.

First, I got in to the heavy thunderstorm, when somewhere on the road was almost 10cm of water... Gore-Tex rules! :) I ride in gore-tex shell pants, boots and gloves, and put raincoat over raiding jacket when needed. But fortunately, rain was just for and hour and I get all moisture out during next hour while raiding.

Drag race - it was first race since I had Yoshi cams were installed and PCV tuned on a dyno. my goal was low 11's or even high 10's . 10's were under a bog question mark, cause dyno-run shows I have some issues with fueling - pump was unable to provide enough fuel on full throttle on high revs. HP fuel filter?..
Anyway -  best time 11.3s  :boogie:
Slowest in the outlaw class (bmw K1200R, kava ZZ-R1200, few extend swing-arm sport-bikes, stock and turbo hayabusa's), but faster when some 1000cc sport-bikes in other class (even some older R1). My big girl, is definitely capable to run out of 11's. Even with this fueling issue. I'm the weakest link here :). Few times were late with shifting, and start need some (much) practice - few times was wheeling and relise throttle after this...
But i was quite happy with the result  :onya:

On a way back, ~40km from home, in the middle of the field, doing ~120 km/h, my 14 start to misfire and then just stops. Right after overtake...
Long story short - good I had tools and zip ties. Everything shows, engine just did not have fuel, but tan was ~30% full. I decided to look over the teabag filter, so I take tank of the bike, and fuel pump out the tank.
it looked somehow different... I looked inside the tank, and what I saw? some part from fuel pump module was ling inside the pump, which I had in my hands  :confused1:

Whit plastic clamp, was getting loose, during 15 years, and was not able to hold fuel pressure regulator, and it felt off.
With 2 wooden sticks, i pick up parts from inside of fuel tank. Easy to write about, but it was the hardest thing during this fix :) Luckily weather was fine, and I had light outfit with me, and dont need to be in ring gear during this protsess: https://photos.app.goo.gl/b3swiAG8agtbptX4A (its 360° photo, so click on it twice and operate with mouce, or finger, to view all around).
Anyway, secure everything with zip ties, I was able to proceed with my ride home. No problems anymore.

In the end - I had interesting weekend :)

P.S.
this confirm my though about fueling need some attention and fixing.
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Post by: northern on Sunday, 15 July 2018, 08:48 pm
Use mouse to navigate and mouse wheel to zoom on PC, or swipe fingers on yor mobile devices.

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Post by: Irish in Oz on Sunday, 15 July 2018, 09:23 pm
Irish, they wouldve been good in a straight line. rock steady. rust steady. one of those.

Very true Grog, now I'm looking for a steering damper  :laugh:
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Post by: Andre on Sunday, 15 July 2018, 10:20 pm
Waiting for "track-days" and "choice roads closed to bikes" to be over with (every weekend on the public roads) to test steering head bearing replacement and fork rebuild. Them bearings were original ball-bearings. Didn't look as bad as expected. Very little rust and "medium" wear marks. Did not follow the workshop manual torque procedure in setting the bearing's tension as I read in several places that you should not do it this way with taper roller bearings.

@northern looks like you found the cause of the fueling issue. I hope mine holds up until I am ready to do the external HP-filter and pre-filter mod and take preventive action to keep that part from coming loose.
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Post by: northern on Monday, 16 July 2018, 06:51 am
@Andre
Hope so... Ask a price for OEM filter. if it will be OK, will go for it.
If not, I have to make external filter mode, but I haven't seen compact size fuel filter, what I could use...
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Post by: Hooli on Monday, 16 July 2018, 07:09 am
Steering head bearings.

They all do that sir!
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Post by: Andre on Monday, 16 July 2018, 09:42 am
@Andre
Hope so... As a price for OEM filter. if it will be OK, will go for it.
If not, I have to make external filter mode, but I haven't seen compact size fuel filter, what I could use...

@northern
I think that a 50-55 mm diameter, 70 mm long filter + AN to hose adapter will fit (checked it with a dummy). Important to me is that it is a 10 micron with well above 150 liter/hour unimpeded flow and serviceable. The Deatschworks DWFF70 fits that bill. A bit expensive though at 70+ € https://www.deatschwerks.com/sites/www.deatschwerks.com/files/DATA/DWFF70%20Tech%20Sheet.pdf (https://www.deatschwerks.com/sites/www.deatschwerks.com/files/DATA/DWFF70%20Tech%20Sheet.pdf)

As long as they meet the micron and flow requirements, I'll be happy to consider other choices.
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 02:52 pm
Removed forks..
Took them to work (Boss isn't in on a Monday) and stripped them right down.
We have the luxury of a vice at work, but not at home..
75% rebuilt them with new bushes, oil seals and dust seals..
Waiting for the uprated Hagon springs to arrive (Wednesday or Thursday)..
All being well Sophie should be back on the road for Friday.

Incidentally my bike has done 33,500 miles and the bushes looked totally OK. They were NOT worn through the coating at all!
I suppose I could have left the originals but I had bought all new stuff so fitted them anyway.
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Post by: shanered6 on Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 04:51 pm
Im a big believer in .... DO IT WHILE YOUR THERE !! ... even if you dont think it needs doing as there is nothing worse than stripping something and it all looks good then 3 months down the line something breaks and you wish you'ed changed it .
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Post by: Hooli on Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 05:12 pm
For comparison at 100k around 2/3rds of the bearing face on the bushes had worn off mine.

I'd say a quick test of if you need to change them is rock the bike back n forth with the front brake on, if you get a clunk or clunk from the forks they are worn.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 06:06 pm
Went for a ride to tennis and back only 60k but good all the same. Weathers been a bit scruffy lately.
Changed the oil and filter when i got home.
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Post by: grog on Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 07:23 pm
today was a 5 degree start, nose running like a tap. quite enjoyed that northern type weather for a change. bike runs so nice in the cold.
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Post by: Kiwifruit on Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 07:38 pm
Haha.....yup, runny nose mornings.   
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Post by: northern on Wednesday, 18 July 2018, 04:29 am
unlike the southern hemisphere, we have summer here. More then 30°C for my country is a lot.

Today I wash and wax my 14.
Sometimes I'wander - is it possible to do faster then 3.5 hours (including chain cleaning)? How long it take for you to clean your bike?
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Post by: shanered6 on Wednesday, 18 July 2018, 05:12 am
To busy to ride  :bugga:.... but did stick my head through the shed door had a  :drool: :smitten: and then went back to work  :thumbs_down:
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Post by: Notty on Wednesday, 18 July 2018, 06:31 am
Went in the garage for my toolbox as my daughter has plumbers in and 66 snags when they are half way thro - 14 sat there looking sad as not ridden for 3 weeks even in this glorious weather thanks to these cowboys  :bugga:
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Post by: Globalrider on Thursday, 19 July 2018, 01:21 am
The 14 arrived in Montreal today ...... in a crate...probably the first to touch North America.....in a crate.
She will be on a trans continental train soon???  :P
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Post by: Del on Thursday, 19 July 2018, 03:22 am
so are you sitting comfortably - then Ill begin

so it 10 to 6 this morning and off I go to work - 3 minutes later and its pishing down - Get to work and I'm drookit (really really wet to the non Scottish)   - so changed into work gear

end of shift gear still moist - hate putting on wet gloves more than anything - off home I goes and then decided to pop into the mates garage to book an MOT - he was busy on a GSXR1000 so waited till he was done
"what you here for mate"
"Need to book an MOT  for my 1400 whenever you can fit me in" (Im expecting Saturday or Monday)
"You go it here"
"yip"
"Bring it in and Ill do it just now"

 :shocked:

so end of the day me bike has passed again good for another year

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Post by: seth on Thursday, 19 July 2018, 03:31 am
You can tell if most bikes will pass by how they look as that shows how you look after it .
Happy ending to a dreich say
Irs been dry in sunny Dundee all day .
 :onya:
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Post by: Speedy1959 on Thursday, 19 July 2018, 05:32 pm
At 6.15 this morning I put my 6th and final coat of Satin clear coat on my forks.
Thats 6 coats of Satin Black Acrylic and 6 coats of Satin clear cote in total.
Got to say the forks look way better than I ever thought I could make them.

After work I will reassemble Sophies front end (Bike).
Then start playing with the set up.
Different springs and a 10W oil mean I cant really use the same settings as before.
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Post by: KiwiCol on Thursday, 19 July 2018, 05:38 pm
Yeah ya can, have a few more beers & eat a few more pies!!   :boogie: :cheers:

Hope it's not too tricky getting it right Speedy. I'd personally start with the same settings as I had previous & work backwards till you find a setting you're happy with. :onya: