I have a few bikes that I've bought over a number of years. Like many I wish I'd kept a few from earlier days, like my X7, 350 YPVS etc - at least I've got my FZ750, or one like it again.
I've just found out that my old laptop (RIP) had photos of my GS650GT and VFR750FK on it and I only have 1 poor photo of the VFR on my current laptop, I do have hundreds of my GSXR1100N, which I've spent a few years making it lighter and more up to date - it's now lost 100lbs (have made many things from aluminium if it was made from steel- it feels light now, no longer porky), recent GSXR750 wheels/brakes/Front-end, Nitron rear shock, big bore and flowed head etc - it's properly rapid, handles really well and is a hoot to ride, definitely not bland...…….
My VFR is pretty standard, I bought it because of how much Performance Bikes liked the bike in a 1988 issue, I'd ridden the later model, but not the early one - I like the twin exhausts and dual sided swingarm - I'm not a fan of single sided arms, they're too much of a fashion victim thing - heavier, work no better (at best) and I just don't like the way the 'non swingarm' side looks, especially on Panigale's - yeah, not a fan ! This isn't a good photo, but it's the only one I've got at present - the V4 engine is pretty good and a good bike overall. I couldn't afford a GS1000 Suzuki, so I bought the 'GS' styled GS650GT, it's a very late one, the same reg. as my FZ, but it's from a totally different era ! I've found a photo of a bike that looks very like it, although mine has lower 'Euro' handlebars.
Here's my 'other bike' with me trying to look nonchalant at last year's Manx/Classic it's a bit of a shed,but has the 600 motor in it - the cheapo rear shocks are brutal however. the photos make it look better
Nice XJ Jamie, I like the XJ550/650/750 look - definitely a bit of the old school cool ! I had an XJ750 seca in '87/88, it had high bars, more for the U.S. market, I put Euro bars on it - it was wandery with the high bars, but much better with the lower ones (Jota adjustable ones) - the shaft was intrusive if you used it as a sports bike, would've been nicer with a chain drive like the 550 and FJ600. The difference in performance between the XJ750 and FZ was huge, I traded in the XJ to get the FZ - power everywhere and very stable.
My GS650's suspension is std, I serviced the front forks, but the rear shock are as they were - the bike's only done 10,000 miles, but the years of being parked up by the first owner has added a healthy 'patina' to it !
The GSXR1000K6 was great fun, but I always ended up going fast and being too much a fool on it, sometimes you just want to have a more relaxing ride - a great bike though. I've had a couple of Hayabusas, a bit heavy, can handle pretty well with suspension alterations - the blue/black 2002 one was my favourite, it was quicker than my early one, they vary in output. I've had loads of bikes, but most of photos aren't on my pc. I generally bought sporty bikes, although one of my favourites was the first model ZZR1100, I went all over the place with it, a great bike at the time. Track days altered my requirements/expectations of bikes during the 90's - I loved the first R1 when it came out, that was a game changing bike - Fireblades didn't excite me much, but the R1 definitely did, I seemed to spend every other month changing tyres - I was still young enough (not married)to ride with youthful flare, that bike set corner speed records on my private circuits (hmmm)/TT course etc ! My absolute favourite bike is my GSXR1186N though, I've put such a lot of myself in the bike and have achieved pretty much everything I wanted to - I took it out earlier, it's a hoot, damn fast, very well balanced handling (yes a GSXR1100 !) and fills me with happiness ! - if I don't want to hare around, the big motor is happy to lug me around at 'sight seer' speeds. My FZ, VFR and old GS all have character and mean something to me - actually the GS650GT was just because I couldn't afford a GS1000, I remember seeing a GS1000 pull up at school in the early 80's and was in awe of it and that stayed with me . . .
The dear old A100 ! - nice expansion chamber too … led to the mighty GP100 and 125 I think - would've slowed me down a bit !!
Have you got that Metzeler rear tyre yet Jamie ? - just looking for good options for that micro Michelin pilot active I've got on mine, it's narrower than the front !! - says 130/80/18, barely 120 odd I think.
Yes, the Metzeler went on and looks good - not much different to the 130/80 Road Rider it replaced.. Not ridden it yet though due to my fueling issue. I saw the same with a part-worn Pilot Active i was going to fit (a 130/70 in my case) - it looked tiny! Not just width but also profile.
The avatar editor won't make me look nearly 50.. Bugger, now I am 50. Drat now 52, F*ck 53 already.
vtr: Hi from cape town; new at forum's not at bike building; the insanity is contagious. Recently acquired a "1FU" FZ750 with dropped valves and decided cool to rebuild as a 911conversion sleeper, what we do to ourselves...
Oct 28, 2018 18:19:43 GMT
Bill Inger: Hi Horse, I know this is a number of years ago when you was looking at a cable conversation, did you get it sorted. and could you help me with my race bike that I uses in the superstock at the CRMC. Cheers Bill
Jan 13, 2019 9:42:57 GMT
grahamfirestorm: Hi everyone my name is graham,from wakefield w.yorks,just acquired a restored 1991 fz750.
Jun 23, 2019 19:52:52 GMT
grahamfirestorm: Can anyone tell me why my bike doesn't seem to light up after 7000rpm like all the research I did before buying it.She has the standard 4 into 1 exhaust,carbs rebuilt with new jets,seals,floats,2 new diaphragms,all valve clearances checked and adjusted?
Jun 23, 2019 20:00:50 GMT
grahamfirestorm: She revs round to 10000rpm ok,but there is no urgency with it,my 1987 Kawasaki gpx750 was a lot quicker,and that was supposed to be 10-15 bhp down,ive been told the standard silencer and air filter are to blame but I don't believe that.
Jun 23, 2019 20:10:33 GMT
grpollard: After a header pipe ring nut (for starters). After 15 plus years trying to get my fz back on the road
Oct 6, 2019 9:52:13 GMT
2manyprojects: Hi all, just aqquired 2 FZ's (only one for me, one for nephew). Have a stable full of bikes, I do have a problem, some say its madness! Am based in North Devon, yes where its always raining! Lol😂
Oct 14, 2019 17:14:31 GMT
Graham : grahamfirestorm. Do you have standard size main jets fitted to your carbs? I would be tempted to go up a size or even two to see if it helps the bike pull stronger at high revs.
Oct 15, 2019 18:57:05 GMT
hybridfreak63: Hi could anyone give me more information about fitting R1 4xv forks to my FZ ...... much appreciated
Jan 18, 2021 10:17:37 GMT