Why two FJs? Well I bought Big Blue way back in 1993 when it was 18 months old with 14,000 miles on the clock. By 2004 it was nearing 100,000 miles and whilst it was going ok I though I should replace it. Since it did everything I needed out of a bike I bought another FJ. But what to do with the old bike? Although it looked and ran ok who would buy it? I didn't want to scrap it for spares so I kept it and ran both bikes. Big Blue hasn't been used for two years but I don't like not using a bike. Things go wrong with a bike that just sits there - a sort of mechanical arthritis. I went for a short spin today to blow away the cobwebs and the bike was going fine - pulling like a train despite its 134,000 miles.
The next step will be to take the bike for its MOT (UK annual vehicle inspection ) & buy a tax disc. By mid March the weather is usually good enough to take Big Blue out for some longer runs.
|Old (front) & new (rear)|
|A bit of heavy braking will shift the rust|
|I bled the clutch because the lever was feeling spongey|
You can't photograph a bike starting - so I made a video for you. A sign of man with too much time on his hands!
Getting my Yamaha FJ 1200 back on the road from Stuart Wade on Vimeo.