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Old 14th July 2010, 14:44   #136
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Cool, just smsd you my postal details. Thanks again.

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Old 20th July 2010, 23:38   #137
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It took a while, but the Fireblade was back from the mech only on Saturday evening.
The mech managed a great job on the cooling system. I took the 954 for a spin the following Sunday morning, about 15 odd kms in normal traffic with a 'few' first and second gear open throttle bursts and the temperature stayed below the 100 degrees mark all along. The highest I saw through that ride was 103 degrees whilst I was idling it once I was home.
The mech said that there were crystal remains in the coolant hoses, and even the Thermostat was slightly choked up. The crystals he said looked like they had formed out of old coolant. I suspect there being any old coolant as I topped up coolant regularly due to the marginal leakage I had been experiencing.

I rode again later on Sunday evening to a friend's place at 7.00 in the evening, and the bike kept its calm, the coolant system worked perfectly and kept the bike around 100 degrees once it was warmed up.
On the ride back though, it had started pouring and I barely crawled back most of the ride back home. The rain was almost blinding me and I don't remember stretching the blade's legs even once till I got to a dry surface and no rain. The good part was that the temperature did not exceed a mere 86 degrees while riding back, which pretty much made the crawling back worthwhile.

The only downer was that I could hear the whistling sound was back again, very faint this time and I noticed it to come on only above 100 degrees and below 1500 rpm but it really is going to bother me till I get around its source which I am suspecting to be the same coolant hose clamp. Will work around it this weekend itself before it gets more annoying.

The wheels are a nice glossy black, and the reasonably new look is going to take some getting used to. Initially I thought they looked out of place for bike as old as 2002, and I was used to seeing dark gray wheels with a bunch of rashes.

Got some pictures for you guys, kindly excuse the picture quality. Will have a camera handy next time around for sure.
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Old 20th July 2010, 23:52   #138
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Bike's looking good man!! Even i need to do some preventive maintenance work on my bike.just not finding the time.Have been yearning to ride it.has been almost 3 months since i last rode it.
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Old 21st July 2010, 00:39   #139
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Navpreet, what do you think about this
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Old 21st July 2010, 00:46   #140
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Ah! a very very nice addition.

But i'm a bit skeptical riding with a damper.

I rode an R1 with a factory damper and that thing just refused to bend in the corners.I mean it behaved very differently with the damper.

that was the reason i dropped the damper out of my shopping cart.

By the way are Pazzo levers available in mumbai?
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Old 21st July 2010, 01:27   #141
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I actually bought the damper on impluse and because almost everyone around had advised me to get one for the 954 for its light weight front end. I must've googled tank slapping more than anyone in the last one year odd, and my style of riding really did not need me to add a damper.

I am a very lazy and laid back rider through the curves and can only storm my way through the curves. Off late I have been watching a lot of tutorials on cornering and body positioning though. Hopefully I'll get better and make more effective use of my bike then.

Coming back to the Ohlins damper, in the 50 odd kms I have ridden with it already, trust me, it has only seemed like a great decision to have one. Critics world over complain about how the dampers reduce feel, and can fool you over a bad front suspension.
These exact things seem like a total advantage for me. The 954 simple glives over the bumps, the smaller ones not even being felt one bit. Its a lot like eibach suspension (did i spell that correct) for cars.
In simple words, go over a bump in say an OHC, and then do the same in a Scorpio. While the OHC would unsettle at half a deep bump, the Scorpio would almost, just almost glide over. This is the magnitude of difference between riding without a damper and riding with the Ohlins.

Coming to your concern of cornering with a damper, you could always come down on the clicks, down to two or three for that and suit yourself to a perfect compromise between the extreme cornering setting and being flung into a tank slapper.
I frankly do not know what number of clicks I am on currently, just been using what the mech setup for me. Will play with it over the coming weekend.

From what I have read, the factory dampers are quite useless and kind of nowhere close to in terms of flexibility in settings to what an Ohlins or say a Scotts provides.

PRS in Mumbai is the distributor for Pazzo in India, priced at about 10K INR last I checked. Getting a set of shorties for the Kwacker eh?

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Old 21st July 2010, 01:32   #142
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Not shorties but a full sized ones.Lets see.the bike needs some pampering after 5 years now.its in showroom condition but its been a long long time since i've splurged on her.so its her time now to enjoy.
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Bike's looking good man!! Even i need to do some preventive maintenance work on my bike.just not finding the time.Have been yearning to ride it.has been almost 3 months since i last rode it.
Unpardonable Nav and still no photos...

@Manson--Hope you get through the 'whistling' source soon and the bike does look, sooo beautiful. No wonder even abroad, guys aren't parting with CBR 929/954

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Old 21st July 2010, 11:09   #144
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I just cant seem to get enough of this bike Manson. The front looks so menacing and she looks so fast even at standstill. Would love to hear what she sounds like. Did you get the Devil already?
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@Manson--Hope you get through the 'whistling' source soon and the bike does look, sooo beautiful. No wonder even abroad, guys aren't parting with CBR 929/954
I mostly know the source, just need to get around to pulling the fairing out and tightening that clamp.

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I just cant seem to get enough of this bike Manson. The front looks so menacing and she looks so fast even at standstill. Would love to hear what she sounds like. Did you get the Devil already?
I feel what you're saying Aditya. I myself can never seem to get enough of the side profile of the 954.
I think S6 has a couple of flyby videos, will check with him to upload them here. The Devil will not ge here till the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, here's another addon from the weekend. Looks awesome in person.
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Thats beautiful manson. Its good to have the bike with a person who really appreciates it for its worth!
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In the meantime, here's another addon from the weekend. Looks awesome in person.
Thats a Motografix tankpad right? Looks awesome. I got one for my ninja but did a custom fit since it was overlapping with the paint protection film on the sides of the tank. Moreover the top part of the pad was a tad too big for the ninja's tank. Here is how i installed mine. Looks "different".
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Yeah, motografix. Love the resin finish on these.

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Old 8th October 2010, 13:08   #149
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It is rather funny how most of the recent odo reading on my fireblade has come off from rides to the mech than actual riding. It does eventually get taxing if you're one of those who pays attention to detail.
All that whistling noise and overheating trouble was ultimately diagnosed to a kaput water pump, something that Mr. Honda charges a small packet for, I was wondering if we could at some point incorporate a water pump from a Hacksaw machine instead.
Coming to the point and the highlight, I have found a superb alternative for OEM parts, Indiana, Yamaha, Suzuki, ATV, Motorcycle, Dealer, Xtreme Motorsports. The guy to speak to is Mark for the Honda shop, and they are a breeze to deal with.
They do not keep you waiting endlessly for an order update like Motorcycle Parts, Motorcycle Accessories ? BikeBandit.com, and ran a check for availability of the part at the Honda warehouse before I ordered.
Hectic work schedule, and not so flexible work time at the mech had me wait it out for a few days before I could have the same fitted.
Anyways got around to having it done last weekend, am attaching some pictures for you guys.
Also spotted Rpanicker's former Ninja, and the veteran favourite ZX 11.
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Old 8th October 2010, 14:01   #150
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Just curious , how much was the pump with shipping and taxes ?. BTW ,how much has the bike done (kms ) to have the water pump failed ?
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