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Old 02-18-2012, 12:24 PM   #31
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'kin hell, caught that just in time.

Is it charging ok !

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Old 02-18-2012, 01:09 PM   #32
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WOW that was lucky
I have had oil dripping out of my connector but no sign of burning, i have stripped back the insulation and soldered the cores to hopefuly stop the wick effect, approx 1500 miles ago and so far all looks good
there is a sticky regarding this problem makes essential reading for a 12er !!
   
 
Old 02-18-2012, 01:32 PM   #33
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yes, only had the bike 1 week and first thing I checked once it was home. I need to check the charging voltage but seems ok. I ran it up after I soldered it all and whereas before the wires got too hot to touch they now don't heat at all. The reg/rec now just gets warm to touch when idling and it made no difference whether lights were on,off,high beam etc. I also put the grips on and waited for fan to kick in and the lights didn't dim. I have a charge indicator coming from ebay so I'll be able to keep an eye on the charging whilst on the move.
Gonna fit a mosfet reg/rec for piece of mind as they are more reliable and I'll know the wiring will be all ok. Wouldn't want to have charging issues whilst out on an euro tour!
   
 
Old 02-19-2012, 12:21 AM   #34
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G'day Yox,

Good to see you've joined the site, Great bike and best year

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Old 02-19-2012, 06:11 AM   #35
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Welcome Yox, you will find bags of 12 info here that is well worth a few hours searching. One that will catch you out one day if not done is when working around the tank etc. take out and leave out the top bolt of the battery cover. This way you can then get at the battery 'easily' in case of emergency on the road etc. Also if your 12 still has the luggage bolts through the back seat fairing be 100% sure they are secure as otherwise you will lose anything sterapped to the rear seat with possible awful consequences.
If Route Napoloeon is a first either completely or for some time make sure you look carefully at all the recent changes required to ride in la belle france.
Photos show you have a gem, you wont regret it. From 30years of big Kawasaki's the 12 to me is it......apart from the fuel range that is!!!!!!
   
 
Old 02-19-2012, 06:14 AM   #36
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Welcome Yox, you will find bags of 12 info here that is well worth a few hours searching. One that will catch you out one day if not done is when working around the tank etc. take out and leave out the top bolt of the battery cover. This way you can then get at the battery 'easily' in case of emergency on the road etc. Also if your 12 still has the luggage bolts through the back seat fairing be 100% sure they are secure as otherwise you will lose anything sterapped to the rear seat with possible awful consequences.
If Route Napoloeon is a first either completely or for some time make sure you look carefully at all the recent changes required to ride in la belle france.
Photos show you have a gem, you wont regret it. From 30years of big Kawasaki's the 12 to me is it......apart from the fuel range that is!!!!!!
HERE HERE To all of the above !!
   
 
Old 02-19-2012, 10:03 AM   #37
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Cheers for the 'frankenstein bolt' tip
Rode it again today, first time since I picked it up when it was - degrees
Bloody hell it's quick loved it, will be better once I get some new rubber as well.

On the subject if France, what are the new requirements? I got a bit confused when reading up about it as some sites say one thing and others say another or it only applies to cars
   
 
Old 02-19-2012, 10:23 AM   #38
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Cheers for the 'frankenstein bolt' tip
Rode it again today, first time since I picked it up when it was - degrees
Bloody hell it's quick loved it, will be better once I get some new rubber as well.

On the subject if France, what are the new requirements? I got a bit confused when reading up about it as some sites say one thing and others say another or it only applies to cars
As far as I can tell the regulations say "motorists". So, its hard to tell if a lot of it applies to bikes or not.
I am confident you should have spare bulbs and fuses for the bike.
"Motorists" are also supposed to carry, fire extinguisher, warning triangle, first aid kit, spare spectacles and a breathalyser.
Definately cars need Hi Vis for each occupant, bikes need 150cm sq of reflective clothing but not til from Jan 1 2013.

I have asked MCN to confirm what applies to bikes but they have not responded.
I'm going to carry bulbs, fuses and documents. I carry spare glasses anyway.
The rest I am not carrying!! Although there is a spot fine for the breathalyser if it applies.

Any clearer...nope

Oh and I believe that radar detectors are now banned. As are Sat Navs that warn you where fixed cameras are. Most of the Sat Navs can have the camera warnings turned off. But, I also read that the police are not allowed to infringe your rights by checking if you have disabled the feature. My experience is that all fixed speed cameras are sign posted about 1k in advance. They do not seem to bluff like ours, if there is a camera sign there will be a small grey camera unit soon.

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Old 02-19-2012, 01:07 PM   #39
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YOX.....Shep has the same info I have except perhaps my relatives living in France say their local press are saying camera warning signs are now being removed completely. In August last between Rheims and Calais I twice saw Gendarmes partly hidden in the Peage road side bushes filming every vehicle going by. We were running at 130/140K and werent stopped. A Lamborghini that went by us easily topping 200k was in handcuffs at the final Peage and his car being loaded onto a low loader!!
   
 
Old 02-19-2012, 01:16 PM   #40
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Noted.
We tend to stick to 80/90 mph on the autoroutes anyways makes for a stop at just over the hour.
150cmsq reflective clothing....is that all in one go or spread about?
   
 
Old 02-19-2012, 01:27 PM   #41
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YOX...150cmsq. is the only ref. I can find from lots of sources so far. My family 'over there' say there is no interpretation so far and some bike clubs are telling members to start thinking about the old Sam Brown belts (ugh!) or arm bands of reflective material. If I find more, assuming no-one tells us here, I will post what I get.
   
 
Old 02-19-2012, 01:29 PM   #42
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Noted.
We tend to stick to 80/90 mph on the autoroutes anyways makes for a stop at just over the hour.
150cmsq reflective clothing....is that all in one go or spread about?
I'm led to believe you can spread it like arm bands, sash/belt thing etc. Between waist and shoulders.
I am convinced that this is not due to be put into law until 1 Jan 2013 though. I have been keeping an eye on these things as a lot has been detailed on the MCN facebook page for the Brussels protest that we went on.
A post on there today does say the following...

At the AA desk at The Channel Tunnel, there is a note warning that "from 1st Jan 2012, all bikers should wear a Hi-Vis jacket while traveling through France, or risk 'problems' with the French Police".

So, who knows? There is a £100 equivalent fine for lack of Hi Vis in cars and lack of Breathalyser is 17 Euros. Spot fines.

If you get anything confirmed please post it here. Cheers.
   
 
Old 02-20-2012, 12:30 PM   #43
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YOZ....found this on UKFrancebiker.com There was a picture of a bloke wearing an arm band but it hasnt come across. Looks like we are OK for 2012 but SHEP's comment about the AA is a bit worrying.


2012

France: be visible or get done!




Claude Guéant, French Interior Minister, has just announced one of the most ridiculous and absurd pieces of legislation that will force all bikers in France from 1st January 2013 to wear at least 125 cm2 of reflective clothing between the waist and the shoulders. Not only bikers who reside in France will be obliged to comply with this policy but also all those who visit France by motorbike/scooter. If you are caught not wearing the required reflective clothing, you will be liable for a fine of 68 euros payable on the spot and at least two points taken
   
 
Old 02-20-2012, 01:26 PM   #44
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Strangely, mopeds and 125s are going to be exempt from Hi Vis. Explain that if you can. No experience, no license, no Hi Vis, makes no sense.
   
 
Old 02-20-2012, 01:39 PM   #45
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Cheers for the info fellas

It does seem a tad bonkers ref 125's Will be ok for this year then but I don't fancy on the spot fines and points so will prob invest in a reflective vest or something once I work out what 125sqcms looks like
   
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