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Another thought on my next service;

I haven't ridden the bike for a few months now due to surgery, and not likely to till the end of the year at the earliest.
I have the bike on a trickle charger, and have been starting it every couple of weeks, until the last month or so when it refuses to start up. It turns over but does not "catch" and spark up to start. It certainly fills up with fuel as I can see it pumping out the exhaust as it's trying to start, with the occasional pop/bang as it sparks once.

I'm not looking forward to checking out the stator and electrical system again, as this bike, my second A1, that I got in '09 at 17,000kms, has gone through 3 stator rebuild/renewals! It just seems to eat them up! My first A1 had done over 94,000 kms and only had the oil wicking up to the reg/rec connector. Those of you who have been on here long enough will know the posts I've done over the years to the sticky threads on the stator issue etc. Seems like I've just got a special one with this A1! I've learnt a lot about the electrical system on the 12 over the years due to these problems, and promptly forgotten most of it, Ha! (consumption of a few brown frothy sherbets may have helped...)
 

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I have an Optimate 3 which I used to leave plugged in, but I don't think it does the battery any good long term, so went for the optimate 4 which charges, monitors, and occasionally puts a load on the battery to help keep it in a good condition, and I'm happy to leave that one plugged in all the time.

Went for a quick ride over to Squire cafe to check the bike out, at about 85mph the engine feels so smooth it's like having the clutch pulled in and coasting along.
It sounds different too, but I don't know if all that was down to it being a windy day. It will pull away from junctions without any throttle now, and tics over nicely at 1k and will tic over down to 600rpm before stalling out.
Then again it could all be just in my head, I'll have to get out and do more miles on it to be sure.
 

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Ninjayorkie, that's interesting about the Optimate 3 charger.

I know what you mean with the bike running so smoothly after a good service & tuning, even if it is all in the head it's still great! These bikes are still capable of giving the grin factor even after so many years.
 

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CS1200K CYLINDER STUD INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
1. Long threaded end must be installed in the case.
2. Note stock stud location before removing. There may be several different stud lengths.
3. After removal of stock studs (removal tool #SP-100 available from APE) thoroughly clean holes with solvent and blow out.
4. Use two 7/16 nuts on the short end thread. Dip long thread in oil and install in the case. Torque to 12-15 ft. lbs. maximum.
5. Using APE head nuts, torque to 70 lbs..
 

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Last Sunday I got 171.3 miles before the last fuel segment started to flash, steady 60/85 mph. A convenient Shell Station appeared 3.5 miles later. only put it 17.1 litres absolutely brimming it. So I reckon I could have gone over 190 miles easy, but without carrying my 2-litre fuel bottle I did not want to get stranded at the side of the dual carriageway. Wish I had been carrying it so I could beat my last record of 182 miles before filling up.
 

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Last Sunday I got 171.3 miles before the last fuel segment started to flash, steady 60/85 mph. A convenient Shell Station appeared 3.5 miles later. only put it 17.1 litres absolutely brimming it. So I reckon I could have gone over 190 miles easy, but without carrying my 2-litre fuel bottle I did not want to get stranded at the side of the dual carriageway. Wish I had been carrying it so I could beat my last record of 182 miles before filling up.
That has to be a ZX12R record.

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Got Voltmeter for the bike and plugged it into a side/running light plug I had unused hanging under the headlights, patched it in. It works great when the sidelight switch is on.
Noticed the other week that occasionally it would reset and start up again, so figured that the plug or battery terminals were poor or loose.
I was just about to start stripping it down when I suddenly remembered that I wired it through the lefthand switching unit from a z750s which deselects the running lights when the indicators are used, its no wonder it's switching off and then back on again :ROFLMAO:. I'll have to wire it in before the lefthand switching unit. :)
 

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12r turbo up for some maintenance and fiddling.
valve lash is spot on. No change. First time I have checked the lash with the rad out. Much easier. Plugs look really good.
I’m going to be adding a blow off valve to the charge pipe, so with the rad out will have some good access to the tb vacuum lines. Also lowered the bike another 30mm. To do this I had to move the clip-ons to the top of the upper triple. With them below, the forks would not slide up anymore.
lowered the rear also. Installed a heavier shock spring too. From 600lbs to 650.

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Finally got to ride the '03 I bought last year! Bought it at the end of June with a couple of little jobs to do, beginning of July myself and my triumph tiger get totalled, long recovery for my broken leg.
New front tyre (one of the jobs) and an MOT (roadworthiness test in the UK) last Saturday and I'm back on the road 🙂
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