Ian King's Top Fuel
Ian King's Top Fuel
The FJ is a great machine
just the way Mr Yamaha intended it and many people are content to leave 'well
alone'. However there are an increasing number of tried and tested ways of '
improving' or ' updating' the FJ.
Of course, I haven't tried
them all myself, and so I am indebted to the many people around the world who
have shared their knowledge with me.
It follows therefore that I
cannot personally endorse all modifications, you will have to use your own
common sense and judge each one for yourself. If you are not competent to assess
this or carry out work of this nature, please ask a qualified person to do it
If you have carried out
modifications to your FJ, please don't keep them all to yourself, share them
with your fellow FJer's and help keep the FJ right up there, as:-
"THE DEFINITIVE SPORTS
Horst Blim's FJ Streetfighter
Rittner's Engineer's Delight
Carter - FJ Ace
Dave Dean Down Under
THE MINI GALLERY
Information on the bikes
featured in the Mini Gallery was given sometime ago. Should anyone see
their bike and wish to forward further information for inclusion, please feel
free to do so.
- Performance & Reliability. It could be
said that the FJ lump needs no modification. With an overdose of bottom-end
grunt, it's a great engine. However, sometimes out of necessity things have to
be renewed and suddenly new options appear. For example, the standard exhaust
system has a finite lifespan, when time comes to replace it, what' are your
options? Sometimes though it's ' too much is not enough' and the search for more
and better can become completely obsessive!
2. HANDLING -
Suspension Improvements. Personally I have not
got any greater satisfaction, than gradually upgrading my FJ's suspension and
running gear. The improvements live with you all the time and give confidence in
pushing 'just a little harder'.
3. BRAKING -
Optimum Performance. Fully fuelled, loaded and
ready to go with pillion, the FJ is no lightweight ! The brakes need to be in
good order. Touring through hilly or even mountainous countryside is one of the
most pleasurable forms of motorcycling and descending these, can be most
punishing on the brakes.
4. WORTHWHILE ADD-ONS
- The FJ is a great load carrier, which is
what perhaps keeps it head and shoulders above some of the other 'so-called'
SITE SEARCH -
6. FEATURED BIKES
Norbert Stephan's Classic FJ
Mark Alva's Immaculate
Takumasa Ueno's FJ Babe
Bob Shammas' FJ1314 Turbo
More Mark Alva
Rodney Mumfords FJ1380 Drag bike
Horst Blim's Pride and
FJ Drag King Dan
Ronny's Eleven Heaven
7. THE LINKS - Top FJ Links. Drop me a
line if you wish to be included, make sure you've got a pretty logo though
8. OTHER MODELS -
ADDITION TO THE FAMILY
I have a Thunderace that has
also started to feel the effects of my meddling, if only in a subtle way.
Several other Ace owners have been kind enough to send me pictures and
information of their Ace's which you may also find interesting. Don't
forget, chop a Thunderace up and there's some bloody good bits for the
Latest addition is a GTS1000.
Strange beast that I'm starting to enjoy. Hope to get some serious two-up
touring done on this next year ! I have also started a small resource for
Any comments or potential
contributions are most welcome. Drop an E-mail to Barry Edwards
LAST UPDATE -
4th October 2005