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Post by SteveWalsh » Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:55 am

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After 20 plus years on 1500 Goldwings I have just sold my last one, I have been thinking of a Triumph Rocket 3 as a replacement and even a Yamaha 650 Dragstar like the wife's, then had a complete U Turn and decided on a Kawasaki 11 Zephyr.... Very Retro, Needs a bit of TLC but but a very nice tidy bike. Collecting tomorrow.



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Post by wizzard » Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:06 pm

SteveWalsh wrote:
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After 20 plus years on 1500 Goldwings I have just sold my last one, I have been thinking of a Triumph Rocket 3 as a replacement and even a Yamaha 650 Dragstar like the wife's, then had a complete U Turn and decided on a Kawasaki 11 Zephyr.... Very Retro, Needs a bit of TLC but but a very nice tidy bike. Collecting tomorrow.
A lot lighter than a Wing , thats for sure. And maybe quicker. I was out for a run on my classic Honda cafe racer the other day - a bit chilly but fun. When I look at that skinny back tyre and the damp, mossy lanes, it makes me think twice, but its actually very sure footed.
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Post by SteveWalsh » Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:05 pm

It is a bit like riding a moped after the wings, and 6 x Z1300'S before them, looking forward to getting back to basics, I used to enjoy winter biking in the UK, ( not much choice living in the Lake District), but not done much in the 11 years living in France.. It's only got 63000 km on the clock, so I hope to remedy that soon

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Post by ChrisD » Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:49 am

I like a bit of retro which is why I went for my Bonny. Looks a neat bike Steve. I'm in the UK at the mo but have only managed 2 short rides, you might recognise the location of the second one.
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Post by SteveWalsh » Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:40 pm

Looks like Devils Bridge, Had many a bacon butty there

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Post by ChrisD » Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:46 am

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Looks like Devils Bridge, Had many a bacon butty there
Spot on, it's still going strong but only 4 bikes that day. Mind you it was cold and wet.
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Post by SteveWalsh » Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:02 am

Eventually got the Kwacker sorted, was running weak at idle and popping back through the carbs, previous owner gave me all the receipts from the dealers who have been trying to cure this. he has spent around 1000 euros and they have done everything including a new cam chain even though its only done 93000km . I have found various o-rings missing from the carbs but the main cause was a vacuum operated valve thats part of the Kawasaki Clean Air System, it allows air into the exhaust ports when the throttle's closed and its got twin plug heads, the second plug fires on exhaust stroke to burn any fuel left over.... This vac operated valve was leaking. A new one was 175 quid from a dealer, found a new one on French ebay for 35 delivered.
Now runs like a swiss watch.

Had a couple of short runs out and ready for a few more

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Post by wizzard » Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:43 am

Typical of the mechanics in modern dealerships - they dont seem to know the basics or how to diagnose problems without replacing everthing. Enjoy the Kawa.
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Post by coeurdelion » Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:23 pm

wizzard wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:43 am
Typical of the mechanics in modern dealerships - they dont seem to know the basics or how to diagnose problems without replacing everthing. Enjoy the Kawa.
Spot on wizzard,if they cannot plug it into a laptop it confuses them,same if you ask for a plain cheeseburger in mc Donalds,it's not the norm and they still get it wrong icon_no

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Post by kitcarman » Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:30 pm

Hi sounds like a great ride, just intime for the new season. I had a goldie brilliant bike in a straight line, a possible licence looser, it was so quick off the mark, good days. Enjoy We are not here for long. Make the most of it!

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