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On Two Wheels / Re: Yamaha 900 Tracer GT
« Last post by chubbleybear on 16 August, 2019, 09:04:00 AM »
*Originally Posted by oldtimer03 [+]

For me, the Kawasaki Versys 1000 is the nearest modern version of a biffer, but boy do you (and especially the good lady) need a stepladder to get on, and dislocating hips to get off the monster. Itís a great bike but nowhere near as easy to manage two-up as my biffer.

I changed from a MkII to a Versys 1000 just over a year ago. Yes, it is a tall bike but the benefit of that is that it gives a better riding position and a commanding view of the road: it's like being in the cab of a Transit van! The dash is a bit jumbly and it's never going to win any beauty contests, but pretty much everything else is as good or better than the Biffer, especially the suspension and the POWER HA HA!  :007: Not at all sorry to have changed but I can see that, eventually, it might get too much for me.
New Members / Re: Evening, all ...
« Last post by Silverdart on 16 August, 2019, 02:51:20 AM »

This site is a great resource with some fine people who know a TON about the CBF.

Glad you're here. Welcome from Canada!
New Members / Re: Evening, all ...
« Last post by Art on 16 August, 2019, 12:17:40 AM »
Welcome Mark

You'll find everything you want to know about the CBF1000 via the search function

Happy Days
New Members / Evening, all ...
« Last post by MrW on 15 August, 2019, 11:54:52 PM »
 :046: I bought a CBF1000 just two days ago, part exchanging a CB500X for it, which I rode to Russia and back on, returning about a month ago. I decided now was the time to get my first bike over 500ccs. I rode a variety of bikes in the early 80s, including two CX500s before getting boring and buying a car - financial bribery by the parents, I'm afraid. I hatched a plan to ride with my friend Steve, who has an NC750, out to Russia with him - he lives there - so I bought my first bike in almost 40 years last October, successfully returning from Russia in one piece - see blog < > So now it's time to upgrade to a bigger bike and I reckon this is a good place to begin.

I'm well impressed by the noise of the engine compared to the 500, which gave off a tinny rattle. The seat height is lower which really helps and I'm finding it more comfortable. One or two early niggles: the screen could be higher - I expect it's possible to get a taller one; and I was really hoping there might be a gear indicator but there isn't - can one be fitted, I wonder? I also need to fit a socket for a satnav - I expect that's relatively easy too, but I wouldn't have a clue. There is one addition to the standard spec and that's Oxford heated grips which I haven't yet tested. The way they're connected to the bike looks a bit bodged so that needs a bit of a fix, I think. Finally, the 500 was 2015 vintage and had a nice digital instrument display; my CBF is a 2010 model and the instrument display is analogue and I can barely read the numbers. I'll adapt no doubt.

Can't wait to get out on the road for a good run. The bike is a beauty and is just begging to be ridden. Looking forward to chatting with other members of the forum.

Mr W (Mark)
Lighting, Electrical, and Wiring / Re: Non starter
« Last post by phild on 15 August, 2019, 09:47:52 PM »
Same symptoms as mine......battery was on its way out, replacement sorted it.

My MK2 as never been one for bursting into life.........itís more of a whimper.  :001:

Lighting, Electrical, and Wiring / Re: Non starter
« Last post by Art on 15 August, 2019, 09:40:19 PM »
I'd suspect a faulty battery too but before writing the battery off with multimeter to hand and a fully charged battery with an initial voltage >12.5v test for

Standby current drain - For the MKII (SC64) that should be < 0.002A.
Cold Cranking Amps - Battery voltage should remain >9.5v while cranking the starter motor for 15 seconds.
Electrical load test - Expect >0.5v above the initial level of charge with all electrics turned on and engine revving to 1,500 revs.
Lighting, Electrical, and Wiring / Re: Flywheel kits/generators and prices for mk1
« Last post by Art on 15 August, 2019, 09:14:51 PM »
If you book it into a workshop (bike shop) don't be surprised if the the labour isn't nearer two or three hours and the job may take several days to complete. As they should endeavour to do a proper job and test the charging system to properly diagnose the fault and attempt to identify the root cause, order in and wait for the parts to be delivered. Fit the parts and re-test the charging system to be sure they correctly diagnosed the fault in the first instance.

Its a very simple DIY job requiring the minimum of tools that I've heard tell wouldn't be a challenge for a seven year old armed with the under seat toolkit, multimeter and a tube of RTV sealant to complete working kerbside!
They are very easy to change, but if you go to a bike shop I reckon 1 hour maximum for labour.

Lighting, Electrical, and Wiring / Re: Non starter
« Last post by Westoneboy on 15 August, 2019, 02:59:09 PM »
Sounds like it might be your battery...
Lighting, Electrical, and Wiring / Non starter
« Last post by cbrog on 15 August, 2019, 09:54:21 AM »
All kitted up for my marshalling duties at Croft circuit last week , and what happens , slow turn over  ! stuck it on Optimate for 2 days , test across battery 12.5 v , started up fine , tested with bike running 14v , no fancy electrical gadgets on bike , this is Mk 2 supposedly with  no stator etc problems .
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