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Old 10-08-2019, 03:14 PM   #10301
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Removed a pair of RS2's with the wheels, and put on a set of PR4's with spare wheels, on my 2001 FZ1. The rear RS2 has almost 5K miles on it, and not sure it would last for my upcoming tour, starting this coming Saturday. The front RS2 looks almost new, even with that mileage! The PR4's are almost new, and will with ease, make the ride. Going to Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Palm Desert, Las Vegas, Scottsdale, Az., then perhaps San Diego, and then home here. Should be about 1,800 miles, all told.

As the front brake pads had 25,500 miles on them, and i had to remove the calipers anyway, to change out the front wheel, easy to check them out. Had looked at them before the 4,000 mile tour i did in late July with a quiet rider and others, and they had about forty percent left, at that time. Well not so now! All four pads had about 1/16" to 3/32" pad life left! Time to change them out. I always keep numerous new front brake pads on hand. Pick them up, for eighteen to twenty bucks, per set. O.E.M. these pads, so i know they will work just fine. Hit the brake rotors with 80 grit wet sandpaper, and then went in the pads. And of course cleaned the pistons in the calipers, first.

So, ready for my tour of southern California and Arizona. Weather should be fantastic, for said tour.

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Old 10-08-2019, 03:24 PM   #10302
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Replaced the battery for the second time today. The original Yuasa lasted 7 years, the second lasted 8 years. I got no complaints.
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Old 10-08-2019, 09:42 PM   #10303
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Replaced the battery for the second time today. The original Yuasa lasted 7 years, the second lasted 8 years. I got no complaints.
I wouldn't expect your most recent Yuasa to hold up anywhere near as well.. they aren't allowed to put as much lead in the batteries anymore... so even quality batteries don't last like they used to!!!
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Old 10-09-2019, 06:49 PM   #10304
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The current Yuasa for the FZ1 is way expensive. I went for the Caltric AGM battery several here recommended for around $40. We'll see.
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Old 10-10-2019, 09:05 PM   #10305
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The current Yuasa for the FZ1 is way expensive. I went for the Caltric AGM battery several here recommended for around $40. We'll see.
I myself have been using the bike master AGM battery. Going on 6 years no issues. Never even trickle charger it over winter.
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Old 10-12-2019, 08:42 PM   #10306
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Hopefully fixed an issue I've been having with my tail lights. I run LED bulbs out back for visibility because I feel the stock filament ones are just not bright enough. I've run several brands from Sylvania to eBay cheap-o and eventually get the same problem. The problem is one or the other becomes flaky and goes out. Sometimes they'll come back on if I do a Fonzie impression on it and tap the tail, but usually I have to take the tail off and fix it. What I've been finding is the base of these LEDs, a standard 1157 base, seems loose in the socket. The bottom of an 1157 socket has a spring loaded plate to press up against the bulb to keep contact, but for some reason, these LED bulbs keep failing. Keep in mind here I've never had this problem with filament style bulbs. My usual fix is to use a small piece of duct tape on the side of the LED bulb base and force it into the socket to keep the bulb seated. This works for a couple of weeks, then the tape gets pushed out and the bulbs flicker or go out again.

Today I did something different. I have a spare tail light harness and was looking at the actual sockets on it. I even ventured to disassemble a socket thinking maybe I could alter the bottom base plate and spring. That was a no go. The base plate has tabs to keep it from being pushed out by the spring. So I took a look at the base connections on the LED bulb itself and compared it to the filament bulb. The contact points on the LED bulbs were much flatter than those of the filament bulb. So I grabbed a spare set of eBay cheap-o LED bulbs, an electric soldering pencil and some rosin core solder and did a trial build up of the contact points. It was successful in that I didn't melt the bulb while building up the contact points, so I did the more expensive bulbs that I am currently running and did those. I let them cool for a minute and reinstalled them. The connection now seems tight as it should be and are working flawlessly.

Time will tell if this fix is a more permanent solution.

If anyone wants, I can post some pics of the process. I didn't take any while doing it today, but I can redo the spare cheap-os if you would like me to.
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Old 10-24-2019, 09:13 PM   #10307
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Today was an epic day. No wrenches were turned today. Instead the only thing I did to my 05 was flog the crap out of it on an epic 270 mile ride. Had only planned on about 140 miles which included an "epic" road my buddy told me about. Said there's like 121 corners in 11 miles. Was a pretty dull road and I have no clue what he was thinking. Got out to hwy 30 where I had planned on turning right and heading home. Well, it's been beautiful weather and the high today was somewhere around 68. Thought about it for a second and knew I was already half way to Astoria Or on the coast so I dropped my visor and was beach bound! I tell ya, it's been way too long since I've been to the coast especially since I used to go at least once a month before I had injured my neck over a year ago.

This was the most fun I've had riding that I can remember. I almost feel sorry for the poor old FZ1 cause I really put her through the wringer. The only time she got a breather was when I had to slow down through town and a couple stops for fuel.

Long sweepers hanging off the bike at 100+ are now my favorite thing and if I lived where the best ones were I don't think I'd ever be home.

I know this doesn't mean anything really to y'all but for me to ride that long, especially that hard and not feel miserable and in major pain afterward is awesome. Definitely sore and who knows how I'll feel tomorrow but the fact I can still lift my left arm and move my head after all that is serious progress from how I've been over the last year +. I honestly wasn't too sure how I'd handle riding since a disc blew out in my neck and I lost most the strength in my left arm. Even 16 months after surgery I still can only do maybe 3-4 push ups which is depressing since I was a rock climber, snowboarder, kayaker, etc. Physical therapy was only making things worse. I guess the motorcycle was kind of a last hurrah since I was beginning to feel like I'd never be able to do much again. Seems like riding "normally" has been just enough exercise so as to not make me go backwards in recovery but actually make progress finally. I hurt less and less the more I ride and who knows, maybe by Christmas I'll be able to do 5-6 push ups lol.

Ok enough of me rambling. Moral of the story, or at least mine is, when life has you down, just ride!
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Old 10-24-2019, 10:02 PM   #10308
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Sounds great! Congrats on the long ride!
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Old 10-24-2019, 10:29 PM   #10309
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Sounds great! Congrats on the long ride!
Thanks Fitty!

This is the longest ride I've done on this bike since I got it 3 months ago. Definitely cements the fact that I need to pony up and have my seat re-foamed and re-covered.
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Old 11-01-2019, 02:27 PM   #10310
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I know it's like 14 years too late but I sure wish there were more actual active FZ1 posts on here instead of all the non FZ related stuff, especially the stuff that is in the completely wrong category and isn't even motorcycle related let alone FZ1 related....
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Old 11-01-2019, 04:12 PM   #10311
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I know it's like 14 years too late but I sure wish there were more actual active FZ1 posts on here instead of all the non FZ related stuff, especially the stuff that is in the completely wrong category and isn't even motorcycle related let alone FZ1 related....
Part of what makes this forum special for either generation of the FZ1, is that there probably isn't much that hasn't been covered in the past. The wealth of information is just a search window away.

I've spent far more time reading previous posts, or searching for answers, than I have posting in NEW threads.
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Old 11-01-2019, 05:46 PM   #10312
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I know it's like 14 years too late but I sure wish there were more actual active FZ1 posts on here instead of all the non FZ related stuff, especially the stuff that is in the completely wrong category and isn't even motorcycle related let alone FZ1 related....
I know, right? These people SUCK! LOL!!!
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Old 11-01-2019, 07:10 PM   #10313
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I know it's like 14 years too late but I sure wish there were more actual active FZ1 posts on here instead of all the non FZ related stuff, especially the stuff that is in the completely wrong category and isn't even motorcycle related let alone FZ1 related....
The beauty of this place is the community. We have long time members who have never owned an FZ1. Especially now that they’re no longer made, this is just as much a place to hang out as it is to learn about a motorcycle.
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Old 11-02-2019, 10:54 AM   #10314
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First couple of things on the list done.
Pulled and drained the tank. Compression test (200,190,185,200). Pulled the battery and drained the oil.

Tommorrow will get the coolant drained and radiator off.
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Old 11-02-2019, 03:13 PM   #10315
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Some new rubber before a long trip next weekend, initial impressions compared to the Road5/RS combo is some thing the Road Attack is better and some things the Michelin combo do better, no surprise there. Only 40 miles so far, a jaunt to the mountains tomorrow to get more familiar with them.
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Old 11-03-2019, 10:23 PM   #10316
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I know it's like 14 years too late but I sure wish there were more actual active FZ1 posts on here instead of all the non FZ related stuff, especially the stuff that is in the completely wrong category and isn't even motorcycle related let alone FZ1 related....

Kind of like this post, eh? Maybe this should be in the suggestion box.
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Old 11-06-2019, 04:39 PM   #10317
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Continued the rear teardown. Pretty much all apart, now everything just needs to be degreased, cleaned and regreased. Sprockets were not that bad but the chain was missing 4 or 5 O-rings.

While I'm at it I should order some new brake lines, 16 years seems like a good long life.
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Old 11-06-2019, 05:47 PM   #10318
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Good call on those lines.
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Old 11-06-2019, 06:13 PM   #10319
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after having to cut my wcg mini gather short, i replaced the battery. starts up so quickly now.
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Old 11-07-2019, 09:37 AM   #10320
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Continued the rear teardown. Pretty much all apart, now everything just needs to be degreased, cleaned and regreased. Sprockets were not that bad but the chain was missing 4 or 5 O-rings.

While I'm at it I should order some new brake lines, 16 years seems like a good long life.
Steel braided of course! Much firmer feel. You will not regret it.
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