Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bits for sale

Since I sold a couple of motorcycles in the past 12 months, I still have severals parts that I'm selling to clear the garage. Here's what I've got :

- 2003-2006 CBR 600 RR foot hanger plates :

- 2003-2009 SV 650 N top yoke (with bar holder) :

- 2003-2009 SV 650 brake discs :

- 2003-2009 SV 650 rearsets riser kit :

- 1999-2002 SV 650 race fairing bits :

- 1995-1998 CBR 600 F3 rear wheel (ideal for a 180 conversion for an SV650) :

- 2000-2005 FZS1000 Fazer jack up kit (25mm) :

Let me know it you find something that'd suit you.

Sold the SV

You're reading it well. I sold the SV. After a year spent on it trying to get it ready for track and only one track day with it, the decision was easy. This is mainly because of these reasons :
- the bike is finished, so the project has lost most of his appeal.
- despite incresing exprerience and lowering lap times, I don't feal the bike like I used to feel others on a track
- the "ride" part of the project that consisted in riding it as often as possible on a track really didn't start well when I had to cancel 3/4 of my riding season
- I want to taste something else
- I need cash

Just for memories, here's how it was prepared :
- Öhlins fork spring and 15W oil
- 2006 ZX10R rear shock
- Lust suspension jack-up kit (20mm higher)
- CBR F3 rear wheel conversion + 180 tires Pirelli Supercorsa
- Timing Retard Eliminator
- BMC air filter
- Yoshimura TR3 complete exhaust
- Hel braided lines
- EBC HH brake pads

Farewell little SV, you're gone with a lucky young rider. I whish you luck with him on the track.

Monday, July 13, 2009

FZ project bike

If you like motorcycles and guys who like to spend years on theirs to end up with a heavily modified but still nice looking one, then you're a project-bike addict.
As I was having a little web surfing session the other day, I came accross that project bike. It's a Yamaha FZ750 prepared to compete in the british thunderbike series. Back in the 80's, the FZ was the only serious alternative to all-time winning Honda VF750. Nowadays, It looks like a proper classic bike with history. Check the blog for full story.

Clutch story short

So I went back from Croix with what I thougth to be a fried clutch. After a little oil drain, and a 20 minutes thinking on how I would efficiently pull the clutch cover out, here's what I found :

Yes, discs and springs were looking alright. So the problem had to come from somewhere else.

So I headed to the push axle that goes right through the engine from left (where the cable links) to right (where the discs reside). Everything seemed ok there too.

So at that time I had absolutely no clue on what was wrong with that cluth. What was making it slip so much ? So I went back on the other side of the bike to have a look on the really poor cable system that Suzuki fitted on that bike. After an hour spent on the push rod system trying to figure out how the whole system is actually working, I discovered what the probem was. The clutch cable was simply misrouted, preventing him from working properly on the push rod ...

By just re-routing the cable and put everything back together, I solved the problem. I went out on a little B road next to home to have a little taste of how the clutch should have been from the start. At several corner exits, the front lifted very easily. I'm taking that as a validation.

Some other pics from Croix

As I found my camera back, I can now offer you to have look on some additional pictures of Croix trackday.
Quick view at the track from were I was parked. With the not-so-grippy and wet tarmac, I didn't want to go at that time. The fact that it was early in the morning must have had something to do with that too ...

There was some serious material that day. Not a lot of people, but the famous ZX10R (on the right with these guys) I couldn't fight with and a RG500 (the blue on the left) that finally didn't quite put a wheel on the track.

That camping car (which requieres a truck license!) on the right belongs to some really nice guy that I found on the parking lot every time I'm having a track day.

It looks like someone's not keen on new Honda's Fireblade exhaust design and finally found it more practical as a cup holder.

Looking at the weather one could not guess this was in june, right ? Sorry no action shot that time. They were looking great with nices postures, but the photographer must have forgotten that a decent rider is broke most of the time ...

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Cool link

One has got to visit that Bike Exif website at least once. For you bike pictures lovers out there, this website is one of the greatest. I'm having a look at it every day and it always pleases me with some great and quality pictures of past and recent motorcycles. Not a lot to read, but still a lot to learn from.

Croix trackday

Earlier in june, I went to Croix-en-Ternois for a little track action. Since I had to cancel every earlier events (like two days to Le Vigeant track and 2 more to Les Ecuyers track), this one meant my first track sessions of the year and the first one since a little training session back in september on a local frightening track. As it turned out this also were my last track action of the year ... It's funny how this year does not look like expected with so little time spent on the track. Hopefully, this is going to change but it's going to take some time to come back.

Well back to Croix sessions, I went there with a Suzuki SV650 I preped up during a whole year. Yeah I took my time a little on that one.

The weather forecast was not very good with rain during the night and local storms and showers for the afternoon. As exptected, the track was all wet for the first session and since I was in the 'expert' group we had the chance to dry the track up. With a bike to discover (it hadn't been ridden yet except a couple of yards in my hood) I must admit I wasn't the faster of the group. Some experts bikes were fully fitted with rain tires and with my Pirelli slicks there's nothing I could really do again a ZX10R in the straight and out of every corners.

So the first session ended on a drying tarmac and a mixed feeling about the bike. The front was still too soft despite Öhlins springs and thicker oil while the brakes gaved me a dodgy feeling when applied hard. The lever flet way too spongy as I could jam my fingers between the lever and the bars at the end the Croix long straight. I cannot imagine what it would have felt without these braided line I had fitted ... The front master cylinder is definetly a joke on that bike.

By the time of the second session, the track had dried enough to apply full throttle on some corner exits. I still had to stay distrustful on some other points of the track. One part still wet is one I just hate about this track. It's the double-curved right hander before passing under the bridge. It must have something to do with that "near-highside" moment I had there 2 years ago.

This second showed up a major problem on the bike : the clutch was still splipping when it supposed to be applied. It was either fried or not properly setted up. In any case, the result was exactly the same since the clutch was slipping when applying at least 3/4 throttle. This led to a wasted second session and an aborted third after only 2 laps. I had kind of a scooter at that time instead of a proper track bike. Have you ever tried to battle against a ZX10R with a scooter ? Well I did and guess what the 10R wins.

Between session #2 and #3 I really thought I had solved the problem, but it seemed like there was nothing I could do without opening the clutch cover. So I packed everything up in the car and off I went home to fix that. While driving home, I thought about my track times as really disapointing ones. But I when realized I had succeeded in shaving one and a half seconds off of my previous times with a bike that felt like a scooter, I just came to realize I did some major progress in 2 years.

While I was about to leave, the rain came back to wet the whole track again. From what I've been told, almost everybody left after me.

Back and wider

I know I haven't blogged a lot these days and some of you out there wrote me down about this ... not that they were really waiting for another hectic message to read here. No I suspect some were kind of worried of something that could have happened to me ... again. Well no, be reassured everything is ok. The "ride-break-fix" cycle has restarted after a choke due to way too much work and unexpected and not so funny events that make life what it is.
But something has changed, isn't it ? Well yes. As you might have noticed now, I decided to switch to english. I'm not sure it's going to be always standing, but a couple of thingies have made up my mind about this. This is mainly to widen my audience but moreover, since I started making friends abroad, I really thought that this would help them knowing a little more what's this is all about here while still keeping you faithful readers around.