Sunday, 10 June 2012

MY MAIN WEBSITE

Here's a link to my main website...




Saturday, 2 June 2012

GOT A FAZER

2007 Fazer FZS1000



Thursday, 3 May 2012

MORE PIX

You may notice in this pic that I've fitted clear indicators which really does help with the whole colour scheme. The old orange blobs looked awful. I've also fitted a TriboSeat for the pillion - which enhances the look. Oh yes - and that good old 46.











Tuesday, 1 May 2012

NEW LEVERS

Having read lots of good reports on some "PAZZO" style levers from Hong Kong, I decided to order a pair. Unlike the £140 Pazzo levers, these cost me a mere £22. According to a whole bunch of happy buyers (and an independent magazine reviewer), you would struggle to tell the difference between these and the Pazzo.

So, I paid my money and opted for a pair of black, regular length with a red adjuster.


UPDATE :
The levers arrived from HK today. Perfectly packaged, each lever in its own canvas presentation bag and complete with generic instructions. They looked great, felt great and took a mere 10 minutes to install. That's it! 

I'm normally VERY wary of buying stuff from Hong Kong, but let me tell you - this is the best £22 you'll ever spend!

Saturday, 28 April 2012

GRIPS & SATNAV

Fitted some Oxford Sports heated grips which have  nice low profile grips and then I installed the SatNav.


UPDATE:

With a little ingenuity, I managed to find a better place to mount the SatNav....



Here's a shot of the calipers which normally age a bike but as you can see, things look pretty sparkling here.



Friday, 27 April 2012

NEW CBR

Well, I couldn't go too long without a CBR could I? I spotted this MINT F6 and snapped it up for a bargain price. It had only done 5,900 miles in six years and is a nice original bike. It's fitted with a Thatcham Category-1 Datatool S4 alarm.

It has a BRAND NEW pair of Pirelli Diablo Strada tyres which feel great! Apparently, they are supposed to be nice and sticky, but with a long life. The bike is also fitted with those "Tyre Pressure Alert" valves which warn you when the pressures are low. And finally, it has HEL stainless-steel braided lines front and rear.

All I'm doing to this one is fitting a carbon yoke-protector, SatNav, Heated Grips and a Hugger. Oh, and a Tribo Seat Mesh for the pillion.



This is my all-time favourite colour scheme for the CBR600F - after years of gawdy colour schemes from Honda, this seemed quite refined. I'm going to remove the "600F" stickers from the rear cowl and leave it blank.

Monday, 30 May 2011

30th MAY 2011

NOW SOLD!!!


Monday, 23 May 2011

SOME MORE PIX



Thursday, 19 May 2011

FRESH NEW LOOK!

I wasn't too sure about the look of this bike - although it was the perfect colour for a Rossi-Fan, it seemed to be a bit too yellow! So I got a black rear fairing and put some decals on. Personally, I think it looks much better than before. Needless to say, I'm going to keep the original fairing for when the bike goes up for sale.

I also fitted a superb quality exhaust from Rebus called the "Okami" (Wolf in Japanese). Took 10 minutes to install and it sounds fabulous. Removing the baffle doesn't really improve the sound, so it's staying in.




Tuesday, 3 May 2011

10yr OLD TODAY! 4,000 MILES. SERVICE

On her 10th birthday, Service & Maintenance...
  • Oil & Filter
  • Four Spark Plugs
  • New Yaesu Battery
  • Replaced Brake Fluid
  • New Cam Chain Tensioner
  • Flushed & Replaced Coolant
  • Strip, Clean & Balance Carbs

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Thursday, 21 April 2011

3,600 MILES. NEW TYRES

Went over to SMD Tyres in Leigh today and had the 10yr old tyres replaced with a set of Michelin Pilot Road III's fitted. So pleased to be on fresh new rubber. In the past, I've had PR2's fitted to my bikes and they were fantastic tyres - especially in the wet. The 3's are supposedly better still (although with a bit less life). We'll see.

INSTALLING A NAUTILUS AIRHORN

I was in Halfrauds tonight and picked up a Stebel Nautilus Airhorn. I quickly put it back down though, because they're pretty damned huge!! Then I spotted a "Nautilus Compact" which still looked pretty big and I stood for a while wondering where the hell I could stick it (no suggestions on postcards)! Then I had an idea and so I bought it (£20) and trundled off home.

After spending a few minutes examining various cavities behind the front and side fairings, I soon realised that there were very few options available to me, so I decided to look under the seat area and lo and behold, there was a place that was almost perfect! Needless to say, the seat might possibly muffle the sound somewhat, but let's worry about that later.

So, first step was to get the bits together. Unfortunately, I only had blue spade-connectors, so I had to make do with them (I'll change them at a later date). The relay comes with the kit, so no need to buy one of those. You do, however, need some fairly thick wire for the connection to the battery and to the airhorn. Don't make do with thin cable! You'll also need an inline fuse holder, a "piggyback" or "double spade" connector and an assortment of cable-ties.



Once you've got your bits and bats, fit some sponge/rubber to the underside of the horn to reduce vibrations. I had a sponge gasket off something else, so I stuck that on.



Remove the seat and put the horn in place, securing it with the bike's rubber bands. It holds it plenty tight enough - it's going nowhere! Despite what you see in this photo, I actually ended up turning the horn onto the other side so that the outlet vents were point UP and not down as in this pic.



Okay, that was the easy bit. Now the fun starts!

1) Cut a length of cable (about the length of the bike) and on one end, fit a "piggyback spade connector" to it, like the one shown in the photo below...



2) The original horn has two wires going to it - a light green wire and a dark green. Disconnect the LIGHT GREEN wire and push it onto the piggyback spade connector. Then push it back onto the horn so that now you have TWO wires connected to that one horn terminal.

3) Now you need to route that cable to the underseat area. I did this by raising the tank a little and then followed the route of the choke cable and along the right side of the bike. Use plenty of small cable-ties to keep it neat and away from any hot or moving parts.

4) Once you've got this cable to the underseat area, leave it for a moment and refit the fuel tank. You can now fit the relay by drilling a hole in the subframe and using a self-tapper to hold it in place. Please note, that this is a good time to make a small lead to connect between the relay's "86" terminal and the self-tapper (earth). Here's how the relay is wired up...



5) Now route the cable from the horn-switch to the relay and fit a spade connector to it. Attach the connector to terminal "85" on the relay.

6) Now make up cable to connect between the positive connector on the airhorn and the "87" terminal on the relay.

7) Now make up a cable to connect between the negative connector on the airhorn and a good earth point.

8 ) Now make up a cable with an Inline 15Amp fuse to go between the "30" terminal on the relay and the positive terminal of the battery. Be VERY careful that any tools you use do not make a connection between the battery and adjacent earth points!



9) Double check you did everything right!

10) Turn on the ignition, take a deep breath and press the horn.

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

11) Check that the seat fits back on okay and you're done!



Can't wait to scare the next young brat I see pissing around at the side of the road, LOL.

Tom.

Monday, 18 April 2011

CBR600F REPLACED

Unfortunately, I had to sell the red F6 rather quickly and have since replaced it with another CBR600, but this time it's an F-Y model. Again, this is a low-miler with just 3000 miles on the clock and is like new!! Very striking looking "in the flesh", but I'm not too sure about that yellow rear fairing, so I might replace it with a black one.




The tyres obviously look like new, but are still 10yrs old and have hardened, resulting in a very squirmy ride when ridden over white lines. I'll have to change them asap.  I will also be fitting the Renntec rack to the bike and will no doubt look for a suitable hugger.

Monday, 12 July 2010

2nd JULY 2010 - SERVICE

3,000 miles. Took the bike into RR RACING for a checkover and new Oil & Filter. Great mechanic - really knows his stuff!

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

POWERBRONZE SEAT COWL

Seat cowl arrived today and it fitted fine. Looks brilliant!

Monday, 7 June 2010

SATURDAY RIDEOUT

A friend got a new bike (Ninja 600), so we went for a bit of a rideout last Saturday. Covered around 160 miles through North Yorkshire and South Cumbria. Highlight of the day for me was the stop at Dent. Beautiful little village! Had some lunch in the Sun Inn before carrying on to Hawes.

Monday, 31 May 2010

NIALL McKENZIE RIDEOUT

Whilst sat at Devils Bridge, Kirby Lonsdale, having breakfast and a cuppa tea, who should come along and park his bike right next to mine?? Three times BSB Champion, Niall McKenzie!!! Couldn't believe my eyes! Apparently, he was there to complete a rideout over to Rivington Barn in Horwich (where I live), so I figured it would be rude not to tag along.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

2000 MILES - SNOWDONIA

Well, the original owner took 3 years to put a thousand miles on the bike; I took 3 weeks. This weekend's trip to Snowdonia saw the odometer reach 2195. Time for an oil change methinks.

Anyway, I'd gone to Snowdonia specifically to see "Electric Mountain", otherwise known as Dinorwig Power Station. I'm glad I did too, cos it's an amazing place, buried deep underground in a slate mountain with a lake above and a lake below the mountain.

Water from the top lake is allowed to fall down huge steel pipes and through six huge turbines deep in the mountain. The water is then fed into the lake below. At night, it's pumped back up again. Amazingly enough, for every 3 units of electricity that they generate, it costs 4 units to pump the water back up to the top! Luckily though, they're on Economy7 at night. Seriously!

After Dinorwig near Llanberis, I rode over to Porthmaddog and then headed back home. On the way I stopped at Conwy because I spotted a very nice marina (I love boats). I pulled in and had some lunch and then a cool bitter shandy as I sat basking in the gorgeous sunshine overlooking the boats. Great day!





What's hidden in that mountain