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1988 FJ still running
« on: April 29, 2021, 02:06:45 AM »
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Re: 1988 FJ still running
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2021, 07:16:50 AM »
That's a great view but you may wanna check the profile on that rear tyre mate!
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Re: 1988 FJ still running
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2021, 13:37:20 PM »
 :schilder017:

Yup.  And the front's about the same.  I've been looking this week and got it down to:

- Arrowmax GT601, again.  Or
- BT46, or
- TT900GP, or
- BT39

I've only ever fitted the Arrowmax til now.  How about you?

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Re: 1988 FJ still running
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2021, 14:31:24 PM »
Hi Joe, Welcome back, 10 years on and still riding the same nice bike?( as am I)
@G, I think the pic isn't sharp enough to tell, I use Michelins for over 10  years now.
@Joe, did you notice we have workshop manual in English now?

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Re: 1988 FJ still running
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2021, 15:27:29 PM »
Hi, Rob.  Yes, still the same one.  It never gets old :-)

Golem has good eyes, doesn't he?

Yes, I saw that and downloaded it today, it's great, I only had the separate pages for the ignition system that I downloaded - also here - back in nineteen-canteen.  OK, actually 2011.  It's a great resource you've created and kept running well all these years.  Thank you!

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Re: 1988 FJ still running
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2021, 08:22:43 AM »
I can see shadows of profile on the sides but the center seems pretty flat. Seems like I called it though. I used to have bt46 on my bike. Not a great fan too be honest.  I had a few moments where they slipped up a bit.
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Re: 1988 FJ still running
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2021, 11:43:26 AM »
Thanks for that.  In the end I've ordered the Dunlop GT601 Arrowmax again:

https://jp.images-monotaro.com/Monotaro3/pi/full/mono50002673-190924-02.jpg

I had similar moments in the wet on the older model Arrowmax's with a more traditional tread pattern twenty-something years ago, after which I learned from a bike-shop-owner friend they were popularly known as 'suberrowmax', which translates as "slidemax" or "lets-slide-max".

The model change to the current tread pattern sorted that and I've been mostly happy with them.  In the dry they're solid up to the limit, not that I spend much time there these days.  The TT900's and BT39's are more expensive - they tell me they'll give higher grip, but wear more.  "A good bit more but not as much as 50% worse".

I'll not be doing much wet riding anyway.

The only Michelin's I could find were a new model, "Road Classic".  Michelin lists the sizes and I could find one but the other hasn't reached here yet.
« Last Edit: May 02, 2021, 11:51:51 AM by Joe »

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Re: 1988 FJ still running
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2021, 12:19:25 PM »
Those Dunlop's are widely sold so won't be bad for sure, no real sports tyre but for that they'll probably last longer. Made in Japan I think? So even cheaper for you anyway winky5a

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Re: 1988 FJ still running
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2021, 07:19:22 AM »
Yeah, the shop's web site lists them at JPY9,200 front and JPY12,400 rear (oanda makes that 164 euros all in), and they fit them for less than anywhere else.  BT46 is a couple dollars more, the higher grip ones significantly more.  I'm booked in for later this week.  Looking forward to finding out how much the twitchiness at the front end last week was tyres, and how much must be other factors, most likely fork oil.
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Re: 1988 FJ still running
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2021, 11:37:21 AM »
Take care they fit the right tyres... I remember I was having my tyres done on my second bike once and it was the right size and everything but the guy was fitting it and a colleague of his asked why he was fitting a front tyre on a rear wheel! My second bike was a bit older and the sizes were right but... :D
I think they fitted Pirreli's which they did have on stock instead.
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Re: 1988 FJ still running
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2021, 12:36:40 PM »
Front(17") and rear (18") aren't interchangeable on a Hurricane, but indeed always check what was done.
And as Joe lives in Japan, that bike is far better known than in Europe. New tyres will make a big ( positive) difference!

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Re: 1988 FJ still running
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2021, 13:21:44 PM »
@G yikes!  Thanks for the tip.  The specialist at the shop I use is a good guy, really knows his stuff.  Pointed out to me at the last change that I should get a front caliper overhaul (which the tyre shop's not licenced to do).  I took his advice (I had a Honda dealer do it).  Anyway in this country you'd have to look long & hard for a shop that'd get it that wrong.  Riders here are lucky.

@R yes, I'm looking forward to it.  Haven't been able to figure out when I bought the last set!  You barely see a CBR on the road now even here - last one I saw that wasn't my own would have been at least ten years ago, though up till last year I'd still see one on the second-hand sites (mainly Yahoo Auctions or Goo! Bike here).  Ain't none right now.


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Re: 1988 FJ still running
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2021, 20:14:50 PM »
Our member xpd153 is japanese and still owns one....I don't know where you live, I only know he lives in Nara, but if it's not too far you should meet, the Japanese chapter of the Hurricane forum gribbin12
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Re: 1988 FJ still running
« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2021, 04:59:10 AM »
That would be cool.  I'm in Tokyo though, so not so close.  I see he/she has a blue & white - like this SC21 https://www.goobike.com/spread/8201243B30210226002/index.html?disp_ord=2 on sale for 511,000yen.  And has posted 10X more than me!

The only forum I knew here in Japan was mm4's - the bloke with the 500,000km bike that I posted in New Members https://hurricane.isalive.nl/forum/index.php?topic=1763.0 - and is now archived at http://geo.d51498.com/dream_mm4/mm4_CBR750FJ_top.html - so maybe we should have a Japan chapter.  The last forum post is from 2015 - https://8021.teacup.com/bbs2_mm4/bbs
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Re: 1988 FJ still running
« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2021, 15:08:39 PM »
That's more like it.