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spent last night removing rear wheel in order to drop shock and physically put it in the vice in order to turn the preload spacer on Works shock. Happy today as I have taken preload out.
 

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Had to realign the forks, had a brain fart and didn't have the kickstand extended all the way, dropped it in the garage. Luckily the trash can cushioned the fall so the only thing that hit the ground was the bar end, so that got scraped but no other damage.

I consider myself extremely lucky since the bar end was already damaged, it took longer to pick the bike up than it did to align the forks. Started it up, ran like crap for a minute, all is well now.
 

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In the interest of fully conforming to legalities, I'm getting NY state inspection stickers updated on all 4 motorbikes here. With the Covid thing pulling focus away, I allowed them to lapse. SS800 done yesterday, VFR today, other 2 next week. Goal to be in compliance (fully legal) through the majority of next spring/summer riding season.

Edit: VFR done, 2 to go.
Re-edit: CBR done, 1 to go
 

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In the interest of fully conforming to legalities, I'm getting NY state inspection stickers updated on all 4 motorbikes here. With the Covid thing pulling focus away, I allowed them to lapse. SS800 done yesterday, VFR today, other 2 next week. Goal to be in compliance (fully legal) through the majority of next spring/summer riding season.

Edit: VFR done, 2 to go.
HAHAHA!!! I don't miss NY at all. EVERYTHING is taxed. Here in Florida, no such thing as an "inspection", nor is there a "fee" for said "inspection"!
 

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I'm fully indoctrinated. Working at a dealer, I actually became a card holding, licensed NY state motorcycle inspector in another lifetime, long ago. Late 70's

Most folks ride functional bikes, reality is there are those who do NOT. The idea to weed these out, get them in compliance in best interests of public road safety.
Many riders here get away with non compliance....stickers so tiny, authorities must stop and look for it, a technicality usually written up within a larger, more meaningful traffic stop. I choose to simply get 'er done, legally comply. All my machines fully functional, in good nick, no reason to evade legalities.

IF I'm ever stopped for minor speeding, for example, I'd stand a better chance of talking my way out of a ticket while in compliance. If not.....traditionally the ticket book comes out.
 

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In the interest of fully conforming to legalities, I'm getting NY state inspection stickers updated on all 4 motorbikes here. With the Covid thing pulling focus away, I allowed them to lapse. SS800 done yesterday, VFR today, other 2 next week. Goal to be in compliance (fully legal) through the majority of next spring/summer riding season.

Edit: VFR done, 2 to go.
HAHAHA!!! I don't miss NY at all. EVERYTHING is taxed. Here in Florida, no such thing as an "inspection", nor is there a "fee" for said "inspection"!
Funny, the "The People Republic of New York" - I used to go through the inspection bs in the lovely state of New Jersey too. What I used to do was just not get my bikes done, this way I would have some bargaining tools when and if I got pulled over for some traffic infraction, "officer, could you write me for non-inspected vehicle instead?" Sometimes it worked, other times---Eh. Thing I disliked was that you used to have to stick the inspection sticker on your fork leg. Its a racquet, here in FL there is no state inspection for passenger vehicles or motorcycles. I was here when they had DMV inspections though a long time ago.Peace
 

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I filled it up with 89 ethanol free gas this AM and took it on a 30 or so mile ride, urban where speeds were 35-45 and highway speeds up to 120mph (a few seconds) but generally cruised on the highway at 90mph at around 7000+ RPM. When I got home I took the caliper off and removed the braked pads and gave it a good scrubbing with Simple Green and washed it off with H20. I forced the pads out with the lever and gave them a pass with a red scotch brite pad. When I was happy, I re-assembled everything with a new one of those rubber gaters that I had kicking around in my drawer. Satisfying job when you see the pools of brake dust you were responsible for cleaning puddling in the baking pan (I use as a collector) on the driveway floor. PeAcE
 

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Because there were some leftover 40mm (1.6") elbows, T-pieces and pipe, my motorcycle buddy and I decided to fabricate something for the tired old GPZ.



Including a connector for a mini lambda sensor M12x1.25 for proper tuning on a Dyno.





We could have make it "flow" better with the frame, but most of it will be out of sight by the belly pan anyway. This set was mostly practice for a project where the exhaust pipes will be in plain sight.

 

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Installed ZZR600 ignition coils on the bike yesterday, took it for a 50 mile trip today and sweet baby jesus its like night and day. Should've done this mod from the get go instead of screwing around with servicing the stock coils. Didn't even have to use choke at cold start.
 

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The good news is
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this years nail came late in the season. Got that plugged, will probably replace the tire this winter anyway.

Now for the unbelievable

if you remember what my bike looks like with a broken left hand turn signal bracket. (I just fixed it a week ago)
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This is now what my bike looks like with a broken right hand side turn signal bracket.

 

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Aaarrgh! That rear tire looks relatively new.

The front indicator situation is a :rolleyes: for sure...
 

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Today the GPZ went on the Dyno to test the stock 35mm headers and the custom 40mm headers. Turns out the 40mm headers wint 0.8 hp at 11.000rpm. Not much to impress, and even worse, it looses a lot in the low- and midrange. So with this original cilinder head I'll keep the stock 35mm headers.

With both headers, stock and custom, a slightly more tapered needle and drilling the vacuum hole in the throttle valve to 3.25mm, made the bike pick up much better, faster and more smooth. Main jet and idle jet are still stock.



Next step is to swap the cilinder head for a modified one and test again with both headers.
 

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Just got my front brake parts in today. Got brand new EBC HH pads and a used rotor from a Ninja 500 that had only 9 freaking miles, so basically new. Rotor still has the factory cross hatching on it. If I get time this weekend I'll install these and my new SS brake line. Got all 3 for about $100.
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Tires! Gave Revzilla an extra $50 to try the new BT46s. I got through 10k complaint-free miles on the 45s, apparently the new ones are the same in every way except better wet grip. I guess we'll see🤷‍♂️

While my rear tire was off I took the opportunity to stuff some extra rubber in the sprocket shock thingie in the wheel. Best thing I ever did; it (combined with the properly tensioned chain) takes almost all the slack out of the driveline! Much more confidence inspiring when each throttle movement doesn't try to buck you off the seat...
 

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Ninja got some much needed service this weekend. Got the valves checked and adjusted, front fork rebuilt and seals replaced (cause it was leaking all summer and my damper holding tool was in CO). Front brake rebuilt and new pads cause oldies were trashed from leaking fork and the front wheel all clean from that mess.

Then onto the rest of the bike, Fresh oil, new rear wheel bearings, kush drive shimmed, rear caliper rebuild with fresh brakes, and an alignment. Also cleaned up some previous wiring and got it looking pro. Now to ride and wait for some steering stem bearings cause o'boy are mine notched ever so bad.
 

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Added some heavier bar ends, OEM weighed 4oz each and my new ones weigh 8oz each. If it lowers my vibration cool, if not at least they're not all beat up and look better. I'd say just aesthetics alone was worth the $15.
 
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