Official FZ6 Thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by lake_harley, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. Roark

    Roark n00b

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    I finally found myself a nice first bike!

    After a long, 3500 mile driving (is it a half-cage if it's a convertible?) trip around Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah I got back home and could start bike-shopping in earnest. I immediately discovered that the selection had whittled down to maybe 1/3rd of what it was before the season started, and after looking at several old/high-mileage/expensive/dropped examples I found this:

    A 2007 S2 with only 14.500 km (9000 miles) on the odo, perfect history, flawless condition, decent tires, a givi rack, 12V outlet and Tomtom Rider for just 5.000 euros ($6300). It's even red for added sexiness and matches my helmet :D

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    You can imagine my joy upon discovering it, as I had previously found only pre-2006 models with as much as 30.000 miles on them and various dings and scrapes at this price point. Most clean S2's have an asking price of over $8.500, so this was a real find. And yes, bikes are expensive here in the land of lakes and taxes. A new FZ8 costs around $13.000-14.000!

    Now, to put some more miles on it and maybe find a Givi or Kappa box for that luggage rack! My local store has Kappa K48Ns and K961N at reduced prices atm, any thoughts on either of those?
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  2. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    ^ ^ ^ Holy crap! I'll never complain about the prices of things in the US anymore! :deal
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  3. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    So after hearing everyone rave about how smooth the FZ6 is, I have to admit I was a little bummed out over the buzziness I felt in my hands and feet. I got actual numbness in my hands after an hour ride, that I never had with any bike before, ever.

    So after talking to a mechanic and reading some posts on the FZ6 forum, I decided to check my rear wheel alignment. I did a rough estimate and adjusted the axle in the swingarm a couple of pussy hairs, and the vibrations felt in the bars? Noticeably reduced.

    Also, the mechanic at the shop suggested the rubber mounts of the foot pegs seemed a bit loose, so I cut some rubber washers out of a bicycle inner tube, and shimmed out the mounting bolts, and now everything is much tighter, and again, noticeably less vibration. It's not eliminated, but now it's no problem. :clap
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  4. Superzoom

    Superzoom Been here awhile

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    Maybe try synching throttle bodies?
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  5. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    Yep, that's definitely a possibility. But with about 900 miles on my 2008, it seems crazy they could be out. I'll look into it though...
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  6. Worroll

    Worroll Been here awhile

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    I think in the first few break-in miles is where the sync will go out, but I could be wrong. Syncing these are real easy.

    Also if you have buzz, maybe kick it up a gear. If I cruised at a higher RPM it was a bit buzzy, just had to run in a higher gear, and be ready with the down shift when you want to move.
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  7. mikesova

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    I'm looking at an 05 FZ6 w/ a steering damper, dynojet computer, and aftermarket exhaust (Remus, maybe) . It has 15,000 miles. The owner is asking what kbb retail value shows for. Is it worth that, or more, or less?
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  8. Paulvt1

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    Some truly great photos on this thread. Well done to all.
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  9. SmokingBear

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    Just got my 2008 FZ6 earlier this year and I love it!
    Working on the "naked" single headlight mod right now, will post pictures of the finished product soon.

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  10. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    Loving my new FZ6:

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  11. SnappNBrrap

    SnappNBrrap Been here awhile

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    Just a note. don't let the year 2009 deter you from this bike, they made both the FZ6 and 6R in 2009. i have a regular 2009 FZ6 and its fantastic, also i have heard some good things about the 6R, but it is not even related to the regular FZ.

    the 6R has a more neutral front/back weight distribution and more low end grunt than the regular FZ and is easier to pop the front wheel. and it is definitely a more entry level bike because when all stops are out, my 98HP is always gonna dose the 6R's 78HP, ALWAYS.
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  12. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    When I first bought my '05 FZ6 I noticed a little bit of surging at idle. No big deal I thought, just a little out of sync, and rode it. Lately it has a stumble off idle, especially with just a blip of the throttle, and sometimes it "misses out" on hard acceleration, but eventually smooths out sort of like an engine loaded up and finally clearing out. The two problems don't occur all the time. I'll say most of the time it's just fine. Well, today, riding in town accelerating away from a stop I noticed the roughness off idle and also "pinging". Any ideas what might be the problem? The roughness, I'd suspect injection, but the pinging I'm wondering if there's an ignition control going bad. The bike has just under 29,000 miles on it. I have only had it about 700 miles and it appears to have been well maintained.

    Thanks, in advance for thoughts and experience you might have had with anything similar.

    Lynn
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  13. Worroll

    Worroll Been here awhile

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    I'd check your fuel pressure. Pinging can be caused by lean running, and a flaky fuel pump/regulator will make it run inconsistently lean.
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  14. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    Thanks, Worroll. Sounds like a good place to start. I got a manual for the bike from the PO, so now all I need is time to get it checked.

    I sometime think I have accumulated too many toys and projects. Right now a couple of the toys need attention so I'd better get them "scheduled" into my shop before I have none left running correctly. I have a small steel fabrication business (just me) and right now I have a fair bit of work to do so the toys get ignored.

    Lynn
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  15. FuriousGeorge

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    Lynn, have you had a chance to sync the throttle bodies yet? I don't think it would cause pinging, but the bike definitely runs much smoother after it has been done. If you have something like a carbtune it's really easy to do and only takes a couple minutes. At 29K it's due for it's first valve check. From what I've read it's pretty rare for FZ6's to need adjustment at the first check and even then I wouldn't suspect any of the valves could be so badly out of spec to cause problems running.
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  16. mikesova

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    I made some frame caps for my silver framed FZ6 and a few guys on the FZ6 forum were interested in me selling kits of them, so I am. If you are interested in a set, let me know.

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  17. SmokingBear

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    Just finished my naked conversion.
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  18. BanjoBoy

    BanjoBoy Been here awhile

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    I dun got me an '07 awhile back fer dirt duties; great little all 'rounder. :happay

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  19. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    Called the local Yamaha dealer two days ago to ask about having them check out my bike. Told him the symptoms and he said they had NEVER had any fuel pump/fuel pressure issues so suggested I use some fuel injector cleaner. I bought a bottle of Lucas injector cleaner, put about 1/3 of it into an almost full tank and rocked the bike long enough to mix it in. Left for a ride and almost didn't get back. The bike died on me twice in about 3 miles. At times it sounded like it was running on 1 or 2 cylinders and then would rev up.....kinda like a loaded up engine clearing out, but with a more "dead" sound before it reved. At this point I think I might have to call another nearby dealer and take the bike to them. I'm afraid I'd be getting in over my head on this "new-fangled" injection stuff.:amazon

    Lynn
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  20. lake_harley

    lake_harley Been here awhile

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    Thank you for that link!:thumb There's a lot of ideas and similarities to what my bike is doing. Within the link you posted there's also a link to another thread that has a link to a YouTube video, and that video was about what my bike was doing (hesitating and then reving) until it got much worse (today). My bike was almost impossible to get started when it died today. Finally it would take off, even got it up to 8K at one point in a lower gear, but it always bogged with lots of throttle for a while and then would rev, or I'd have to ease up on the throttle to keep it running. I'm almost wondering if it's maybe some bad electrical connections on the injectors or (more likely) TPS???

    I'll have to take another look at the threads to gather ideas, but one thing seems clear, the solution doesn't seem like it's going to come out of a bottle.

    Thanks again. It may take me a while to get back to the bike to check things, but I'll post updates and hopefully findings that fix the bike. Maybe it'll help someone else through something similar in the future.

    Lynn
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