Zing – first mods
Alrighty then…. quite a successful day 😀
First up, I got a call from Laurie this morning to say the bike was already right to go. Pretty damn good considering the ETA was Friday. So thanks to Oddlily, I got a lift out there. He did some last minute fine tuning with me on the bike – and then I was right to roll.
I also then ducked into Joes for a H4 biub connector – but more on that in a sec.
Now the ride home from Fyshwick to Lyons, isnt an exciting one; so I wasn’t really able to test out the new suspension. However the bike handled some serious ducking and weaving up Redhill brilliantly – it just gripped and changed direction like nothing else Ive ridden.
Another test I try, is turning, flat stick, from Hindmarsh, north onto Melrose Drive. Reason being as long as the traffic is clear – you can hoot through this right-hander with relative pace, however the road cambers all over the place due to it being an intersection and is also full of bumps and humps. God Damn!! The Fazer just ripped through there sensationally. Absolutely brilliant.
So once again, the genius that is Laurie has worked his magic again.
So I got home and remebered that there was a parcel to pick up at the local Post Office. So I jumped in the car and went down. Well, it turned out that both my mirrors and exhaust had shown up.
So straight home, and straight to work.
While the bike cooled down, I fitted the mirrors.
Now – no set of bar-end mirrors are going to look great on this bike. In my mind they just dont suit faired bikes; however the other option was for my hands to keep hitting the standard mirrors everytime I needed full lock. And Dids can attest that this wears thin very, very quickly.
I’ll let you decided for yourselves if you think they look OK or not. I’ll go as far as saying that I dont hate them.
Next was the exhaust (*Insert Evil Laugh Here*). Now my past experiences with after-market exhausts hasn’t been great. They are generally a pain in the arse to fit and even more of a struggle to get them to seal properly. So considering this made in China DanMoto can and link pipe were $120 delivered, I honestly wasn;t holding my breath for this to be good.
Oh, how wrong I was!
Now the build quality isnt up there with Muzzy’s or whatever. I wouldn’t expect it to be for a small fraction of the price. However the build quality isn’t a small fraction in comparison. In fact I’d say it was pretty damn good. No ugly unfinished welds, no sharp poorly cut edges, nothing like that. And it actually fitted…. WELL!!
Within a 20 minutes or so I had the old pipe off and the new one on. And it sounds sensational. It give the bike (at idle at least) a really nice, deep purr. Give it a rev and yeah – its pretty loud. I’ll see how I go, but I might invest the whole $8 on the street baffle.
So all in all – I’m very happy, and my initial opinion is a solid 9/10.
Oh, the H4 connector. Ok – nutshell version; the number one thing that everyone (including myself) reckons lets down these early Fazers are the headlights. To be frank – they suck. The big one. At low beam, only one headlight is on – and its really piss-poor. However there is a really common mod. The RHS light normally takes a H7 buld (I think), anyways, it has the same socket/fitting as a H4. The big difference is the H7 is single (high) beam and the H4 is dual beam.
So essentially, you replace the bulb with a H4 and wire in the low beam across both light. Simple.
And it was – all done and dusted – I had two headlight at low beam in minutes.
Now for the pics;
I’ll let you decide if you like the mirrors or not. I mean, they’re staying but yeah…..
The new exhaust is physically a lot smaller than I expected – but I like it none the less.
Now I can see!!
Dual headlights FTW!