Zed is sold again…

Well it’s sold after all. AS-IS. (See previous)

I’m going to trailer it to the guys house tomorrow. He’s taking it as0is, not running the way it *should*, but it’s been appropriately discounted.

I could either spend time and $ fixing it, both of which are in short supply, or let it go and save the guy a few hundred that he can put towards getting it running right. I left it up to him and he decided to go for it.

So along with the bike he gets:

  • Origian screen plus speed screen
  • 6 extra oil filters
  • Extra set of carbs (plus miscelaneous vacuum hoses)
  • Extra Dash that I had picked up on ebay just to get the rubber grommets
  • Shop manual.

It’s all good but I’m going to miss that bike 🙁

Update: It was picked up tonight. Loaded in the back of a pickup truck and strapped down the most ridiculous way. They didn’t want my advice on how to strap it. They guys’s that was transporting it is a ‘stunta’ so obviously he knows what he’s doing. (that was sarcasm in case you didn’t get that).

If he makes it more than 10 miles down the road with out the bike falling in the back of the truck or breaking the side stand I’ll be impressed. Good thing he signed the bill of sale, AS-IS-WHERE-IS.

What ever happens to it now, aint on me. I sincerely hope that the buyer invests in a helmet and some gear. He seemed like a nice guy, and I really don’t want to read about him in the paper.

1998 ZX11D For Sale Ready to Ride, Sort of…

Well tit was sold, then I rode it to make sure it was all ready to go..  It wasn’t right.  I eliminated a ton of vacuum issues tonight but it still has one small issue.

It *may* stall after getting off the throttle after being under load…  Grr…


I put Zed my 1998 ZX11D up for sale in June. Other than advertise it on a few motorcycle forums I haven’t been very proactive about selling it.

In fact when I put it up for sale then, it wasn’t ready to ride. It was still in about 900 pieces in my barn.

Until today. The carb issues have been solved, and it’s runs better than it did for the last 10,000 miles that I rode it.

It’s put back together, and I took off that stupid looking (but effective) Givi windscreen. It now looks like you’d expect a ZX-11 to look:

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IMG 0102

The Givi Wingrack is still installed and I have e41 bags that can go with Zed for the right price. The Wingrack is removable, and that’s all that needs to happen to have a ‘stock’ ZX11D. That, and put on the crappy stock back seat on it.

The facts:

– 1998 ZX-11 D model, with approx 25,000 miles.
– near new Michelin Pilot Roads front and rear.
– Bike has two powerlet power adapters installed, one in the dash one on the left side.

What’s wrong with it?
Mechanically? absolutely nothing. It’s ready to ride.

This bike was droped on the left side by the prior (first) owner. He replaced the plastic, but the left can was still all little rashed. I never replaced it because it didn’t bother me. Both could stand to be polished.

I tipped it over on the right side, breaking the single screw tab that holds the right turn signal on. I attempted to epoxy that and it lasted about 2,000 miles. The right turn signal is current held in with hi-tech- black duct-tape. The right fix is beyond my ability to save this panel, but you can get a new upper for around $120 on ebay from time to time.

Other than that, it’s nearly a 10 year old bike that has been ridden. It’s not a garage or park and polish bike. It was ridden, alot, when it was my primary bike. It has dings and scratches that you’d expect on a 10 year old bike.

Price: $3000 Firm, we can negotiate on some of the extras; Givi screen, seat, bags, etc. Looking at ebay that seems fair to a little low for a 98. It will go on eBay soon.

To see what this bike looks like in touring trim, see the prior post.

Please contact: matt(at)dishers.com

So when is leather not leather?

When it’s plastic that’s when.

OK so it starts like this:

I buy and sell things on ebay from time to time. Yes, it’s true, you can get decent deals on some things on ebay. But you have to know what you’re looking for and be patient. There is a lot of ‘crap’ on ebay.

I do some pretty routine searches for things like, FJR1300 for things for my motorcycle. Occasionally I’ll look for other motorcycle gear too. I ended up getting a great deal on a used Joe Rocket Jacket. A $250 jacket for $65 bucks plus shipping was $80 and it was like new.

So once in a while I’ll search for something like “Yamaha Leather” or “Yamaha Leathers” or what not.

Well, one day this turned up:


Now, I need another jacket like I need a hole in the head. But this is a Valentino Rossi replica GO!!!!!!!!!! ‘Leather’ jacket with CE armor (good stuff) and I could use it on a track day with appropriate pants. Two piece zip-together.

It was advertised as:
Go ! Team Yamaha Moto GP leather Jacket in Size L & XL
and it was cheap, $115.00 US buy it now.

What in the world? So now if something is too good to be true it usually is. I have bought a couple XL things from over seas and their XL people are not the same size as our XL people. So I was a little concerned about that. But no, the fine print says an XL should fit me.


I kept looking. Now if this was a single item from an individual I wouldn’t be so skeptical but it isn’t, there are a few of these things.

Then I find it. In the fine print:

Features: AAA synthetic leather.

Just what is Triple-A synthetic leather anyway? Sounds like plastic to me.

So I asked the seller: Hum, You say leather in the title, but synthetic in the fine print, that’s a little miss leading don’t you think?

The response? “There are lots of different type of leathers. The one we are selling is synthetic PU leather which provides better breatheability and advantages over other leathers such as : Easy to clean with a sponge and water. Impervious to absorption (sweat won’t cause rotting). Highly flexible in cold weather.”

Yeah, that’s plastic. While that’s fine, it’s not good to crash in, which is what this jacket is supposed to be for, to keep you from getting road rash. It’s made from PVC and is very dangerous stuff for motorcycling. This stuff will more than likely melt to your skin in the event of a crash. No good.

Leather is animal hide, like from a cow or better yet a kangaroo if you’re going to drag across the asphalt.

Thanks but no thanks.