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BlackheathMatt

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  1. That's my current thinking too. I'll wait to see and ride the NT1100 (and the about to be launched Triumph Tiger Sport 660 too) before pulling the trigger.
  2. Update to an old thread (and apologies to Grum for not replying to his PM on the subject). Disconnecting the PAIR valve electrical connector definitely made the chirping noise go away. I reconnected the connector I couple of weeks ago out of interest and the noise returned. Bike is also noticeably nicer to ride with it disconnected - less low RPM/light throttle snatchiness. Have disconnected it again and will leave it disconnected. Thanks all.
  3. Not intentionally - but my bike has only done a couple of hundred miles in the last year due to Lockdown (like many of ours' I imagine). Changed oil and filter last week at the 1 year point as usual anyway - oil came out surprisingly dirty, so perhaps a flush with cheap oil every few oil changes is worthwhile.
  4. Interesting read - thanks. Even though I've done countless oil changes in cars and bikes - I always hate watching the oil light stay on for those few seconds that always seems like an age whilst the engine circulates oil and fills the filter - worrying how much wear is occurring. Those few millimetres that you don't get out on a warm/hot oil change aren't in the sump because they're still coating the bearings and moving surfaces for those few seconds of the post oil change startup - that's a good thing surely ? I'll be sticking with warm oil changes.
  5. Thanks both. Didn't occur to me to put a magnet on the outside of the oil filter but that's a really good idea - will do that too. Will put one on the filter on my car too. What glue do you use to attach to filter ? I've got some Gorilla Glue that seems to stick anything to anything and stay stuck when it gets wet - will use that unless you suggest anything better.
  6. Going to change the oil and filter on my bike this weekend. Thinking I might fit a magnetic drain plug when I do it - on the basis that I can't imagine it will do any harm and might do some good. Anyone used one ? Do they catch any debris that the filter wouldn't otherwise trap ?
  7. Do you get a different ECU map with the Akropovik OEM exhaust ? Aware that Triumph does this with their Arrow OEM exhaust option.
  8. Lovely - and you're just down the road from me - will keep a look out for you. Enjoying my 6th Gen enormously - but at some point soonish I'll change it for a clean low mileage 8th Gen and keep it until we're all forced to ride electric bikes. Seems the perfect motorcycle for my wants and needs. What difference does the Akrapovic exhaust make apart from looking good ? Would it upset my neighbours ?
  9. Welcome. I've had my 2005 6th Gen for little over a year now after a 10 year break from riding. Mine looks just like yours and has similar miles. I've thoroughly enjoyed owning and riding it and also the friendly and knowledgeable support from this forum. Check the previous owner's records for any record of a new regulator and/or stator. If you find that the original R/R has been changed for a MOSFET one then that's a good sign. Charging system failures are one of the few weak points of this bike - but sorting them is a well trodden path and not difficult or expensive. I inherited my previous owner's charging problems - sorting it out is a rite of passage for VFR ownership and all the info and support you might need is here. Consider installing a voltmeter for peace of mind. Make sure the chain tension adjuster in the rear hub moves smoothly - they're susceptible to seizing if they haven't been touched for months or years. It's a DIY job to refurb if it has seized, but you're better off knowing now if it has.
  10. Nice one, thanks. Enjoying a New Year's Eve glass of Malbec right now but will check it out tomorrow. I'm enjoying learning about my bike with all of your help as much as I'm enjoying riding it. Happy New Year !
  11. Thanks once again. At the risk of sounding like a total newb - where is the flapper valve solenoid and the connector I need to pull to disable it ?
  12. Here is the connector I disconnected in the first picture, which leads to the solenoid just behind the airbox (with my finger on it in the second picture). I assumed this is the PAIR valve and its solenoid - but perhaps I misunderstood and this is actually the flapper valve mechanism.
  13. Apologies for delayed update - life has been a bit crazy recently and I only just got some bike time this week. Unplugged the power to the pair valve solenoid and went for a longish ride - didn't hear the noise under the circumstances when I normally would - so pretty sure that was it. I think the bike feels smoother and less snatchy on and off the throttle at low rpm - but could be a placebo effect ! Thanks for the help.
  14. Great pictures. Really enjoying my 6th Gen - but when the time comes to replace it with something newer I think an 8th Gen will be the bike that I'll choose to own until we're all forced to ride electric bikes. Particularly like the front end styling - could be mistaken for something Italian, but with Honda quality, reliability and longevity.
  15. Not really - but thanks for asking. Weather has been terrible in the UK for last couple of weeks - and we're still under lockdown for the next 10 days - so haven't ridden much. Irritatingly the last time I did ride the bike I didn't hear the noise. Have however familiarised myself with unplugging and reconnecting the solenoid - so next time it happens I can quickly disconnect it know if this is the issue.
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