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Messages - Farmer Giles

Bike Talk / Re: Aprilla Futura- question
May 26, 2017, 10:26:42 AM
a guy in my club has one. It's a 2000 I think with about 76000 miles on it. He's had it from new and obviously looked after it but just goes to show any bike can be reliable if looked after correctly.
Quote from: The Wizard of MOz on May 05, 2017, 09:12:04 AM
A remap (even if you don't decay or change the can) sorts out the snatchiness of the higher modes. Transforms the bike.

I can't believe you ride in standard and miss it on the sharpness A mode remapped can bring yet you waste money on the aesthetics of the Akky can which does very little for the bike outside marginally better looks.

Just my 2p

gives me somewhere to go when I get bored with 150bhp..  :tongue: 
sounds like it might be over fuelling in the mid range as you switch onto the main jets..

If your sure that the carbs are sound, ie no air leaks perished diaphragms etc, then they probably just need balancing and the fuelling set correctly by someone who knows what they are doing and with tiny tiny hands..  lol..

looks good though.. well worth the effort..
an excellent choice..  I've had mine nearly a year and I still love it..

I looked all around at the time for aftermarket end cans and IMO the official akropovic can is the best for looks even if not noise.  I know of two people that bought other manufacturer cans that were cheaper and have subsequently changed to the official option..  It's expensive mind..  if you want noise then de-cat is the real option but that involves a remap as you loose the exup valve.

Things I've done to mine are tail tidy, quick shifter and got the suspension set up properly. Other than that I've just ridden it and it's awesome..  engine modes A and B are a bit snatchy in town so I ride in STD mode all of the time and I've not been left behind yet.  ;)   I also ride in Traction mode 1 as it's open enough to be fun but still a little safety net there should I need it..  Setting the shift light is a bit fiddley but you can ask the dealer to set it to what you want after you've run it in..  I have mine set to 10k so it gives me a chance to change before the rev limit but in the daylight you've got a job to see it anyway unless your looking at the dash, which you wont be at those speeds.

enjoy and i'll be interested to hear your thoughts and what you're gonna do to it.. 

Bike Talk / Re: The bike that started it all....
February 05, 2017, 10:10:26 PM
Quote from: the invisible dog on February 04, 2017, 04:18:35 PM

My F3 was registered in '97  :cool:

ahh..  surfing the Maple Cross roundabout.. happy days..  well evenings..   I have a very similar pic on my G2, even with the indicator on IIRC..   :moto:

G2 was my first Kawasaki but my first 'sports bike was a FZR600..

Bike Talk / Re: ECU re-flash Z1000SX
January 03, 2017, 10:10:14 PM
Quote from: Maddog on January 03, 2017, 07:00:30 PM
Dave wood in Aylesbury is worth ringing. He has flashed bikes with staggering results.

I took my FZ8 to DWR, he could not flash the ECU on this model but he produced a most excellent map on the PCiii I bought..  :evil: 

thoroughly nice bloke too, although a bit tight with the tea..  lol...
Bike Talk / Yamaha MT10, three months in.
October 21, 2016, 06:58:40 PM
Well first of all I have to say it's still fuckin' awesome.. 

got about 1400 miles on the clock now so really starting to have a nice feeling when riding it.. 

Got the suspension set up by Mark of MH Racing a couple of weeks ago and it's so different to ride now, like learning a new bike again but with the standard set up it was to choppy at the front and to soft at the back and, ignoring the amount of power it has, would push the front and/or wheelie way to easily as the back end squatted down gassing it out of corners.  but that's now resolved..

Also fitted the Yamaha option quick shifter today and even just on a short blast it builds speed so much faster just flat shifting through the gears..  it's a bit clumsy at lower speeds but on WOT it's stunning..  In fact I'd go as far to say it's the best money I've spent on the bike after the suspension set up..

Traction is either off or on 1 now I'm more confident on the bike and with my right hand but still only using STD engine mode as 1 and 2 are way to snatchy for anything other than flat out attack.

so all in all very happy with my purchase.. The only thing I'm gonna have an issue with I think is keeping to the 3000 miles p/a on my PCP agreement.. 

Quote from: Gobert on July 28, 2016, 12:16:01 PM
Impressions so far?

Just getting better each time I ride it.. cant wait to finish running it in so I can have a proper play. but yeah, no regrets at all..  Rides greats, sounds great, looks great IMO. Just all starting to gel together with it..  and I compared it side to side with the Fluro and grey demo bike at another dealer the other day and I think on reflection the Blue is a better colour..  even if it was not my first choice originally..   just cant help thinking about a yellow speed block design though...  and it would only be the wheels and tank to change, plus a couple of small bits and bobs so not a huge outlay either..  hhmm.. 

still haven't seen another one on the road yet.

Quote from: Jarse on July 28, 2016, 12:34:47 PM

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Looking good FG

little treat to myself..

plate size is 8 x 6.  actually it's probably 7 3/4 x 6 as I had to trim it cause the letters were set to one side. Obviously the person who made it was blind / could not give a toss.. 

only a couple of hundred miles to go and those wil be taken care of via a little road trip this weekend then it's service time and all hell will break loose.. I hope..  lol..

Aero bungs fitted, just waiting for my Rad guard now from the dealer and we are done..  for now..

PS I have already changed the left hand screw to black..
Quote from: The Wizard of MOz on July 13, 2016, 06:45:03 PM
Decat decat decat decat decat decat......

Fuck me it's ugly. The engine just about makes up for it.

yeah yeah...   

it's a beast in more ways than one..  have a ride on one if you haven't already..  you can have a spin on this one if we ever happen to meet up.
Well it's started already.  only had it since Friday. 

Done 200 miles already so excuse the dirt..... 

started like this..

Ended like this..

not 100% convinced on the carbon cover on the Akra but the OE guard does not fit..

anyway,  whole bike shots...

Enjoy..  I know I am.. 

Just R&G Aero bungs to fit when they arrive.. 

Also colour coded a few sliver bolts to black and the sprayed the oil cooler guard black to match the rad guard when it arrives. Subtle little things that make it a bit different from the standard. Still not seen another on the road yet..

Bar end mirrors are also on the list but as yet have not seen a pair that fit the bill and the fitting is different to the ones I had on the FZ8 so new it is when I find some bike specific ones I like.
Bike Talk / Re: new bike day looming....
July 07, 2016, 08:26:53 AM
no QS yet but once I've sold all the goodies from my FZ8 then maybe I might find it in my heart to buy one after the first service and I get my can fitted..
Bike Talk / Re: new bike day looming....
July 06, 2016, 02:51:51 PM
Quote from: Dom1 on July 06, 2016, 09:01:23 AM
Happy New Bike Day!

How does it compare with the Fazer?

TBH it feels very similar to the FZ8 just 25% extra..   everywhere..  The suspension is the biggest weakness with the FZ8 even with the upgrades that I made and riding the MT10 just highlights that weakness even more..  and obviously the MT10 is a rocket ship in comparison as you'd expect with an extra 40 bhp and 20 or 30 ft/lbs on top.

just cant wait to settle in with it, get it set up for me and make it mine with a few 'tweaks'
Bike Talk / Re: new bike day looming....
July 06, 2016, 02:45:58 PM
Quote from: The Wizard of MOz on July 06, 2016, 10:41:47 AM
Very nice. The blue would be my colour choice.

I wouldn't bother with the Akra, I'd go with a decat and can instead and a Seton remap  :evil:

Has it got the QS or is it an upgrade that a dealer can fit?

They cut me a bit of a deal on the akra and TBH out of all the aftermarket cans I've seen it's the best looking by quite a margin.. and I know what it sounds like as the demo had one fitted..

Decat and re-map are future options. There are some cosmetic things I want to take care of first..

QS is a £200 option but I've never had one or felt the need as I'm quite used to clutchless changing so it's a nice to have.  A rad guard is higher up on the to do list. Oil cooler has one as standard but not the radiator for some reason.. 

Quote from: 636steve on July 06, 2016, 02:11:54 PM
Nice bike.

Whats with the reflector on the front mudguard? Thought only the American models had those?

yeah my thoughts as well.   but they will be the first things to go as they are only held on with a single bolt..  Then it's tail tidy and a couple of other bits just to clean it up abit..

roll on weekend..  hope the weathers nice or else it will be traction control set to the max and just wobble it home.. 
Bike Talk / new bike day .. let the mods begin..
July 05, 2016, 08:41:32 PM
Well I've gone and done it after all the chat about 'super nakeds' in the other thread..

pushed the buy it now button on this..

Excuse the crap pics. Some better ones will be posted soon after I've taken delivery of it..

TBH it was not my first choice of colour but the waiting time for any colours was about 4 months and they this one unsold in the show room.. 

Rode the demo again today just to make my mind up and what a machine it is..

Hopefully getting it this weekend and then they will fit my Akro end can at the 600 mile service in a couple of weeks.. 

It's a bit of a marmite bike in terms of looks but I actually quite like it and you can't see it once you on the move..

There are a few things I have in mind such as a rad guard and a tail tidy but those things will get done as and when. Next couple of days will be spent returning my FZ8 to it's standard form before selling off all the stuff and that will pay for some goodies.. 

Can't friggin' wait now..  and insurance is a pretty reasonable £250 fuly comp..  bonus..