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by nickst4
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: General Technical
Topic: Suspension work
Replies: 3
Views: 197

Re: Suspension work

Hi WesternT, If I can attach it, here are the dimensions of the standard Raptor shock measured for the purposes of getting a Matris version. The length is, of course, from the centre of the upper eye to that of the lower one. Be aware that any valving arrangements at the lower end will likely foul t...
by nickst4
Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: General Technical
Topic: Brake & Clutch Levers
Replies: 53
Views: 8219

Re: Brake & Clutch Levers

Thanks for the link Nick. Bought a pair for my vrap, just in case! At less than twenty quid I felt it rude not to. Delivery was quick and they look good too Like you I chose long levers, black with red adjusters. I'll now get a replacement set for my bandit as well. Thanks again. My pleasure! I tho...
by nickst4
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Raptor 1000
Topic: Matris Fork Kit
Replies: 21
Views: 1306

Re: Matris Fork Kit

With Andy B's helpful advice, I've now put a deposit down on a pair of Matris fork cartridges. More than that, Matris have undertaken to build a shock too. They don't actually list Raptor shocks as standard, but will be making one for me that matches the dimensions of the original. Everything will, ...
by nickst4
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Virtual Bar
Topic: Drinks are on me :)
Replies: 13
Views: 303

Re: Drinks are on me :)

"Sorry to hear about the tank , looks like you may be in for a new fuel cell, not sure i would trust cleaning the old one out and getting rid of all that crap in there ? I don't know why people use that stuff! " Because they want to protect the inside against ethanol-containing fuel. If left standi...
by nickst4
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tank covers
Replies: 3
Views: 398

Re: Tank covers

Strewth! Who'd have thought it? Now that means I have to trawl Amazon as well as ebay for bike bits. Why couldn't they have stuck with CDs, books and kitchenware? :?

Nick
by nickst4
Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: General Technical
Topic: Odd Stuff in Petrol Tank
Replies: 11
Views: 151

Re: Odd Stuff in Petrol Tank

After writing my prev., it occurred to me that if you can get to most all of the inside of the tank via the spout and the FI pump opening, you might be able to remove enough of the gunge to make it worth seeing if the tank will hold fuel in it without lining. Maybe I'm being too optimistic, but I ca...
by nickst4
Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: General Technical
Topic: Odd Stuff in Petrol Tank
Replies: 11
Views: 151

Re: Odd Stuff in Petrol Tank

The Raptors being fuel-injected with pump etc in the tank, you'd have to remove that for any repairs. Once that installation is out, might you not have sufficient access to get most all of the gunge out? Caswell suggest that the internal surface be prepp'd and cleaned by shaking dry-wall screws (whi...
by nickst4
Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: General Technical
Topic: Odd Stuff in Petrol Tank
Replies: 11
Views: 151

Re: Odd Stuff in Petrol Tank

Nasty business! It's got to be a cheapo tank sealer, but the question is why was it necessary? Nylon tanks are unlikely to split and they don't have crimped/welded seams that might leak. Modern fuel makes nylon tanks swell but it also degrades the inner surface, causing big problems with carburated ...
by nickst4
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: General Technical
Topic: Headlamp Upgrade
Replies: 4
Views: 82

Re: Headlamp Upgrade

You have a V-Raptor, I think? I'm not familiar with that but whichever model or indeed make of bike, I'd go for modern LED bulbs. You can get high output halogen bulbs but they are still relatively-weak, hot and power-hungry, while HID are simply too unreliable (I have one HID still operating out of...
by nickst4
Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fuel Reserve
Replies: 9
Views: 152

Re: Fuel Reserve

norrie wrote:
Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:13 am
It has a reserve light? I usually just fill up once I get to about 220 Miles. :ride:
That'd be 220 rather slow 650-powered miles I guess? :nerner:

Nick
by nickst4
Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Raptor 1000
Topic: gear change assembly
Replies: 2
Views: 77

Re: gear change assembly

Commiserations! Is the friend still a friend? :? If so, you are a rider with a big heart! Otherwise, if the gear lever is simply bent, I'd just straighten it slowly. Take it off and clamp it in a vice, put a tube over the end and start playing a blow-torch on the bent section while applying gentle p...
by nickst4
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: External oil (?) pipe
Replies: 3
Views: 246

Re: External oil (?) pipe

That's got to be the Pulsed-Air feed to the exhaust port, added by Suzuki for emissions reasons and of no value at all to the function of the motor in my experience. On the contrary, I have a feeling it contributes to the awful discolouration of the exhaust headers by virtue of increased heat. You c...
by nickst4
Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Virtual Bar
Topic: Thanks
Replies: 9
Views: 231

Re: Thanks

Lol57 wrote:
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:22 am
Norfolk and Suffolk have some great biking roads we are dead lucky! :D
Welcome, Lol,

I'm to the west of Diss, Norfolk, so also close to you. I agree about biking roads, but the surfaces could be a lot better!

Nick
by nickst4
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Raptor 1000
Topic: Chassis Number Location?
Replies: 5
Views: 148

Re: Chassis Number Location?

I'm sure my mechanic/guru Carl Harrison in Harleston said something about Raptors often being given new frames, presumably under warranty, when he was at a major dealer here. He didn't mention stamping numbers though.

Nick
by nickst4
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Vespa gt125 for sale.
Replies: 1
Views: 108

Re: Vespa gt125 for sale.

Very fetching colour and seriously curvaceous! Otherwise, thanks but no thanks... :blink:

Nick