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:

IMG 0100

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

1998 ZX11D for Sale

OK, here’s the dealio…

Zed, is a Black 1998 ZX11

It’s most recent configuration looked like:

(Full Size Photo here: Clicky) More Photos of this bike here: Click

It’s a 98 with approx 25k miles.

Valves were adusted at 20k and were all in spec. I’ve always used synthec oil and good gas.

What’s wrong with it now?

Zed was parked when I got the FJR last year. It had carb issues. I’d had them rebuilt but something still wasn’t right. I purchased a new set on ebay and they are mostly installed. She runs great, but… (it’s leaking gas between two of the carbs). If your mechanically minded, this is a $.50 cent 0-ring that needs to be replaced.

Zed is currently sporting Micky Pilot roads that have about 3/4 of their life left in them.

The bike has been down on the left side (former owner) who replaced all the plastic, but the left can is a little rashed, not enough though for me to have replaced it.

I dropped it in the driveway on the other side, the right side turn signal mounting tab is gone. That light is currently held in with a piece of black duct-tape.

It runs, and runs good.

Differences from this pic include:

It’s a little dirtier 🙂
I’m keeping the top box, but will leave the Givi Wing Rack (or remove it if you wish).
I can negotiate on the e421’s, these bags rock and at some point I’ll put them on the Feejer for their superior storage ability and eas of access to said stuff in them.

Goodies that go with it:

Corbin Seat.
Stock screen, black-smoke speed screen (flip) and the Givi screen pictured.
There are a couple of powerlet power outlets that are installed as well, one in the dash, one behind the riders left leg.
Kawi Service manual.

I bought Zed with 2400 miles, and put a happy 22k on it. Side graded to the FJR becuase Zed is not comfortable at all for my wife.

It would make someone on a budget a very fine ride. I’ve done a couple of saddle sore rides with it. One bone stock and it’s actually pretty comfy, the other in touring trim, which affects its handling a bit when totally loaded down.

$3000 firm, as is.

It’s currently Not ready for the road, it’s top half is apart and mostly re-assembled from the carb issues. I can (and will) put it back together if that’s what someone wants, or give you the parts and show you where everything goes.

I’d probably do better parting it out but I don’t have time.

I can also deliver within 200 miles of Cincy Ohio, give or take.

email: matt (at) dishers.com if you have any questions.

Sciatic nerve, what a pain in the butt…

During my MD2020 ride, towards then end of our 1300 mile ride, I was in agony.

Now in the past, I’ve ridden more miles than we did. I’ve done a couple saddle sore rides, all of which took some riding to get to to get started and to get home. More miles in the same amount of time.

My past experience with longer rides normally goes like this:

About 300 miles or 6 hours in, my buns get tired and sore.
About 400 miles or 8 hours in, my buns kinda hurt.
At about 500 miles, my buns are just numb, but not painful, either that or I just don’t care anymore.

I’ve done a lot of miles on the ZX11 on the stock seat, then on a much better Corbin saddle. On the FJR, I’ve done a couple long trips, one to NH, and a bunch of miles to the EOM meet, riding during the meet, and back home, all of them on the stock seat. I have an Air Hawk to get a little comfort now and then but it was more for a change of pace, it’s not the end all – be all answer for me. But it made things a little tolerable.

Now back to the agony part.

During our last 200 miles, I was hating life. I have (3) leg positions on the bike. The standard pegs, the passenger pegs (which I use from time to time), and the newly installed highway pegs just for this trip cause I knew there’d be some time my legs would get tired.

During that last 200 miles I was constantly switching looking for some relief. I’d change pegs then in less than 5 minutes the agony and pain would be back. I could feel it down my leg, and in the end my feet were throbbing. This wasn’t good. I described it to Kyle and he said, my sciatic nerve(s) ware being irritated. He gets that sometimes from sitting in a car too long.

Man that sucked.

We made it back but I could not have ridden another 100 miles, no way, no how. All other aspects of my body were fine. I wasn’t that tired, and my back, neck and shoulders were good, which usually they cause me some pain.

The ride home was long, but we stopped about every 100 miles for either gas, or a bathroom break and that helped break it up. Even so, when I got home my rear was in bad bad shape. It’s hard to describe this pain, it wasn’t a saddle sore type of pain, no, it wasn’t plain soreness. This was agony from the inside out. I could feel it down the back of my legs, but at least my feet didn’t hurt.

After some digging on the net, and talking to a guy at work I decided to go for some massage therapy.

The lady worked on my gluts and thighs. She said I was unbelievably tight. But I think I got some relief. Actually, I was very sore the next day. But I felt like her poking, pushing and prodding did me some good, I think.

Sunday I went on the BMW ride, not a lot of miles about 250 round trip, but towards the end it was all I could do to ride home. I’m still aching as I write this.

Don’t know what the solution is, more than likely a new/better seat. Something that provides more support.

I even took some ibuprofen last night, which in the past has broke me out in hives, but I needed some relief.

I go back to the massage therapist tomorrow and I’ll have her work the area again. But I’m weary about riding for a while. The bike is calling me, but I’m scared 🙁

If you have any sure fire relief for sciatic pain, please post a comment cause at this point I’m willing to try just about anything. It’s not sciatica, because it doesn’t start at the base of my spine, it starts in the middle of my buttocks, and runs down the back of my legs. I have no back pain, none, only a burning stabbing pain in my gluts down my legs. Or maybe it is back related and I just don’t know it or can’t relate my pain to my back? In any event some time off the bike is in order until I get this figured out.

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