A few years back I had a big workshop with not-a-lot happening in it. Modern bikes are pretty reliable and unless you are using them for something they weren’t mean’t to do they don’t take much spannering. Yes winter boredom had set in and I fancied a project.
A ‘friend’ spoke of an 1984 Yamaha FJ1100 ‘going cheap’ that would make a good project – especially with my long interest in the Yam XJR1300 which uses the same motor. I found my FJ in the middle of a D&G forest and of course paid too much for the bike which had been shut in the guy’s logshed for a number of years. She started up with the aid of a set of jump leads as the battery was duff and on the whole she didn’t look too bad.
Previous owner and his dog are not impressed by my first offer —
but she ended up in my workshop and it bit-by-bit she came to pieces —
despite a few pauses to read the newspaper which always looks more interesting second time round —
Wiring? it’s all there —
Sixteen inch rims on the FJ —
with big fat tyres to compensate —
She originally came out as top of the range sportsbike —
then Kawasaki spoiled her fun with a neatly packaged (for the day) Z thou —
A good condition Z thou will cost a small fortune nowadays —
and while prices may be creeping up for an old FJ1100 —
spares parts are still cheap —
and available —
if you know where to look —
but they still have a long way to go —
to catch up with the Z1000 —
The FJ with it’s strong wrap-around front end —
handled well for it’s time —
A dirty beggar right enough when the plastics came off but cleaned up well —
she will make a nice bike when completed —
Just can’t make up my mind whether to go for the ‘Luing Scrambler’ look – build her back as standard – or – flog her as ‘an unfinished project’.
Labouring in a cold workshop doesn’t have the same appeal as it once did 🙂