I've had my FZR1000RU for 17 years and today riding it felt like an old romance rekindled!
I mot'd it last year after it had been off the road for 8 years. i replaced tyres, chain all that sort of stuff, i even put new stanchions on the old ones being corroded from it being sat in my parents garden for years, but when i rode it was a pig, a total pig. The rear shock being the main culprit.
I moved house last summer, so it was put on the back burner. Now having sold my FZ1S, i decided that i'd get it back on the road. So last week put it through the MOT, fail on rear shock, quelle surprise.
So I ordered a new YSS shock and fitted it. MOT passed Saturday.
Well i really cant believe how brilliant it feels. Just brilliant. Fuelling has always been an issue, but when i sorted last year, I put replacement emulsion tubes in. Last week I set the idle jet mixtures. Not only does it start cold with choke, hot without, it idles nicely and pulls like a fucking train to the redline. I forgotten how good it is. The FZ1 would eat it alive above 8000rpm, but between 5-8k the FZR would smash it.
Handles now too, even in the piss rain.
I've had a lot of bikes in the last 17 years, in that time the FZR has been to the Alps, been dropped, ran like a pig and handled like one too. Today it felt like new machine. Bliss.
Shite formerly owned: Primera renault 11, peugeot 405, renault 19, renault laguna x3, all more shite than the previous one), kia clarus, mondeo, jeep cheroshite.
Shite at present: New Autoshite Gold - A 64plate DACIA DUSTER ACCESS: to quote a widespread takeaway - i'm lovin' it....
Shite taxi'd: 406, fried montego, vectra, fiat-house-on-wheels.
Moto-shite owned: [un]superdream, simson SR50 (east german thingy), cb250rs, jinlun (china-shite).
Not motoshite owned: ZR50, RXS100 x 2, RD350YPVS, FZR1000 x 2, TDM850, XV535, ZX6R, XJ6 x 2, FZ1S, RG250 Gamma