Kawasaki GPZ500S Specs and Information (1987 to 2004 – aka Kawasaki EX500)

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GPZ500S specs
1998 Kawasaki GPZ500 S (‘R’ reg – D5 model)

Kawasaki GPZ500S Specs…..

The Kawasaki GPZ500S was a bikini faired, 498cc sports motorcycle produced by Kawasaki in the UK between 1987 and 2004.
Confusingly, the bike was called the ‘GPZ500S’ in Europe and the UK, the ‘EX500’ in the US and other areas for a while then the name outside Europe was changed to the ‘Ninja 500’ in the mid 1990’s and the Ninja 500R in the late 1990’s).
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Yamaha XJ900F Specs and Info (1985 to 1994)

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Yamaha XJ900F specs…..

The Yamaha XJ900 F was a half faired sports touring bike manufactured by Yamaha between 1985 and 1994 (in the UK). The XJ900 had an 891cc inline 4 cylinder engine, shaft drive and a ‘bikini’ style top fairing. Later models also had a belly pan as standard.
The original XJ900, released in 1983 with the 31A model code, had a small fairing mounted to the handle bars which affected the bikes handling and caused a ‘weave’ at higher speeds. After this, Yamaha fitted, to the XJ900F, a larger frame mounted fairing and a few other modifications which improved the handling.
Due to the ease of servicing and maintenance, as well as the shaft drive, the XJ900 F proved a reliable and popular bike for Yamaha and the XJ900 was produced till 1994 when it was replaced by the XJ900S Diversion.
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Honda CBR600 FX/FY Specs and Information (AKA CBR600 F4)

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Honda CBR600 FX in red/blue

Honda CBR600 FX/FY Specs…..

The Honda CBR600 FX and FY models (also know as the CBR600 F4 outside the UK) was a fully faired, 599cc sports motorcycle produced by Honda and available for sale in the UK between 1998 and 2000.
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Triumph Trident 900 Specs and Info

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Triumph Trident 900

Info on the Triumph Trident Sprint 900 (aka Sprint 900, the half faired version of this bike) is available HERE

Triumph Trident 900 Specs…..

The Triumph Trident 900 was a naked roadster motorcycle produced by Triumph and available for sale in the UK between 1991 and 1998.

The Trident 900 was was built in Triumph’s Hinckely (Leicestershire) plant from July 1991 and was discontinued in August 1998. The Trident 900 was succeeded by the Triumph Sprint ST.
The Trident used Triumph’s 885cc, 3 cylinder engine producing a claimed 98 BHP.
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Triumph Trident Sprint 900 Specs and Info (aka Triumph Sprint 900)

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Triumph Trident Sprint 900 (1994 model)

Info on the Triumph Trident 900 (the naked version of this bike) is available HERE

Triumph Trident Sprint 900 Specs…..

The Triumph Trident Sprint 900 was a half faired, sport tourer motorcycle produced by Triumph and available for sale in the UK between 1992 and 1997.

The Trident Sprint 900 was a half faired sports tourer that was built in Triumph’s Hinckely (Leicestershire) plant between November 1992 and October 1997. The Trident Sprint used a 885cc, 3 cylinder engine.
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FIltrex OIF032 oil filter fitment problem…..

We have, unfortunately, encountered a slight fitment problem with the Filtrex OIF032 oil filter in some Aprilia 1000cc motorcycles!
We have removed the Filtrex OIF032 filter from sale on our website and in our shop and have replaced it with the Hiflo HF152 filter.

The OIF032 filter is a paper element, aftermarket replacement filter for the genuine Aprilia OEM part #0256187.
The filter should be 74mm long and 56mm wide.
The filter is also supposed to be the same dimensions and fitment as the Hiflo HF152, K&N KN-152 and the Champion X312 oil filters.

OIF032 and HF152 side by side
Front view of the Filtrex OIF032 and Hiflo HF152 filters side by side

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How to change the engine oil in a Suzuki AN125 (1995 to 2000 model)…..

Tools and parts needed:

AN125 oil, filter and tools
Oil, filter and tools needed for a Suzuki AN125 oil change
  • 1 litre of good quality** 10w40 scooter oil (you can also use a fully synthetic 10w40 oil). You will need 850ml of 10w40 oil to refill the engine.
  • 1 x Filtrex OIF011 oil filter (alternative filters: Hiflo HF131 and Champion X327)
  • 1 x waste oil container (a washing up bowl or similar will do)
  • Ratchet with 10mm (oil filter cover bolts), 12mm (oil filter drain bolt) and 14mm (main engine oil drain bolt) sockets (you can use spanners*** of the same sizes, but it’s easier with sockets!)
  • 1 x Phillips/cross head screwdriver (to remove the front access panel)

** = We ALWAYS recommend using a good quality semi synthetic or fully synthetic oil in a scooter. Due to the bodywork on most scooters, they tend to run fairly hot (mainly because the bodywork tends to restrict airflow and cooling), a good semi or fully synthetic oil works better at protecting the engine at hotter temperatures than a lower spec oil.

Tip:*** = If you are using spanners instead of a socket set, please try, where ever possible to use the closed, ring end of the spanner instead of the open end as the closed end gives a better grip on the nut or bolt (this helps to avoid slipping and rounding the head off!)

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Yamaha XJ600 Diversion CDI Wiring…..

We have had a few enquiries and questions about the wires that connect the CDI to the electrical wiring loom on the XJ600 Diversion.

The pictures and info in this below should show where the different coloured wires connect to the CDI unit.

The info and pictures are from a 1998 Yamaha XJ600 S Diversion (half faired – 4BRE model) and should be the same on the XJ600 N Diversion (naked model).
Other years may be different though!

XJ600 CDI unit
View of a 1998, 4BRE XJ600 Diversion CDI showing where the connector plug goes in

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