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Discussion in 'Owners Bikes' started by Paul Grant, Dec 26, 2018.

  1. Paul Grant

    Paul Grant New Member Club Sponsor

    Hi all
    I’m purchasing a blackbird in red 1997 model,26000 miles with full service history.
    I’m looking at bar risers and scottoiler and Givi top box and thats it complete as the bike is totally standard which I prefer.
    Any tips on the bar risers and is it worth fitting scottoiler.

  2. Squag1

    Squag1 Can't remember.... Club Sponsor

    Welcome Paul.
    Just leave your sensitivity at/outside the door :D
  3. jerryt

    jerryt Old Hand Club Sponsor

    Welcome Paul.
    Red is the best colour! :rolleyes:
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  4. Oldandbald

    Oldandbald Been there, and had one Club Sponsor

    Welcome Paul. I've got Jaws bar risers on mine. Easy to fit and no cables to mess about changing. Nicely made piece of kit. And don't mention the colour ever again.
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  5. Paul Grant

    Paul Grant New Member Club Sponsor

    Cheers all
  6. Beardybiker

    Beardybiker Old Hand Club Sponsor

    Welcome to the forum Paul they’re a friendly lot and really useful when I’ve had questions with my new toy a 98 Darby-oil cooler lines, cam chain tensioner amongst others.
    I find the standard bike very comfy particularly at higher speeds
    I thought about the scottoiler but am still using chain lube spray which seems fine on short runs.
  7. DEG5Y

    DEG5Y Been there, and had one Club Sponsor

    I had the JAWS risers on but swapped to vfr bars for a neater look. The scottoiler is probably the best addition to my bike!
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  8. Cougar377

    Cougar377 Express elevator to hell Club Sponsor

    :angryyell: Feck off....!!!!! :devil-flip: You won't find a more degenerate, twisted, anti-social bunch of sociopaths anywhere.....

    Well worth the £5 to join. (y)
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  9. Jaws

    Jaws Corporal CockUp Staff Member Moderator

    Welcome to the nut house Paul..
    You may experience a bit of front wheel wobble if you sit up when coming off the throttle and let the bars go.. rarely develops in to to tank slapper but can be unnerving

    Do not worry as there is nothing wrong with the bike, it is usually caused by the back box believe it or not... Very common and well documented
  10. Beardybiker

    Beardybiker Old Hand Club Sponsor

    Thats what I like about this forum...
    Post a polite comment stating the best in people and someone has to jump in and rip your throat out..
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  11. Beardybiker

    Beardybiker Old Hand Club Sponsor

    Wahll no probs though .worth the entertainment value to see the unwarranted abuse
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  12. Beardybiker

    Beardybiker Old Hand Club Sponsor

    Avatars arnt working kept wanting to add a bit of humour and its flat
  13. Beardybiker

    Beardybiker Old Hand Club Sponsor

    Here ya go
  14. Cougar377

    Cougar377 Express elevator to hell Club Sponsor

    It was a race between getting the best quality abuse anywhere on the interwebs......or AB banging on about cars again. :D
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  15. noobie

    noobie Clueless in most things Club Sponsor

    Condition on birds is the key thing

    Being a carby there are no worries with the loom fix. Mileage really isn't a problem on the bird. Bar risers are a good addition, Scottoiler. if it was fitted in the price then cool but I'm not sure I would buy one now doing less touring. Some people love them so have them fitted as a first thing type a thing.

    The top box, if you are just top box and not pannier then a givi monorack or sw motech kit should help. If you use the monokey top plate, it will accept givi monokey and Kappa boxes. Depending on the helmets, 48 litre upwards works best for 2 lids. John mentions the wobble, this does not happen on all birds and when it does happen it tends to be when you take the hands off the bars when the top box is on. Normal for a bike designed to aero to around 180mph then put a brick on the back.

    Sometimes however other things have been found to be the cause so in matter of cheapness start off with tyre pressure, always 42psi no matter what make or the load, then get the tyres balanced, headset bearings is worth checking next and of course tyres. This is a thing that is not as big as it sounds. My zzr 1400 had the same thing, the amount of bird owners who have toured for years shows how well they are sorted for two up and touring.

    Beyond that
    hid lights on dipped are a massive improvement and some are now moving onto led's
    Fender extender
    An aftermarket seat helps as some see the standard like cardboard
    10/40w semi synth oil
    linked brakes work okay, work better with braided hoses and some prefer to de link
    led bulbs for the backlighting of the clocks improves readability
    Jaws motorcycles pretty much can supply whatever you need at a fair price
    and David Silver spares seems to be able to get Honda stuff when needed

    Everything else will be covered by search, enjoy your bike.
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  16. andyBeaker

    andyBeaker Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    Sod off
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  17. andyBeaker

    andyBeaker Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    Sod off
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  18. andyBeaker

    andyBeaker Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    Sod off
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  19. andyBeaker

    andyBeaker Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    Did someone mention cars??

    1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
    No other car captures the essence of the “jet age” quite like the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado, with styling that could have been copied from a fighter plane. While many believe that Cadillac’s tailfins were a product of the 1950s, their use actually dates back to GM’s 3/8-scale “Interceptor” design studies of the early 1940s, which were inspired by the radical P-38 Lightning fighter aircraft of World War II.

    Available in Biarritz convertible and Seville hardtop form, along with the hand-built Brougham four-door hardtop, the Eldorado was Cadillac’s undisputed image leader for 1959. Standard Eldorado equipment included a heater, fog lamps, air-assisted suspension, a radio with a rear speaker, power windows, a six-way power front seat, power door locks and whitewall tires. Power was provided by the top Q-code 390 cubic inch V8, which thumped out 345 horsepower with a trio of two-barrel carburetors, teamed with a four-speed Hydra-Matic Drive automatic transmission.

    Just four options were available for the Eldorado – air conditioning, cruise control, the Autronic-Eye automatic headlight dimmer and E-Z Eye glass, along with a no-cost bucket seat option for the Biarritz. Both the Biarritz convertible and the Seville hardtops carried a lofty base price of $7,401 when new, with only 1,320 examples of the Biarritz produced.

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  20. sr71caspar

    sr71caspar B̶a̶n̶n̶e̶d̶ Club Sponsor

    Sod off.!!!!
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