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  1. Balancing Carbs

    Africa Twin
    I've Had my Rdo7 coming on 3 years and have never touched it as runs like a swiss watch, The fuelling is nigh on perfect I would say for carbs. But is it possible to get an absolute linear tick over or am I being too anal as it is very slightly uneven?
  2. Honda XL1000V Varadero verses Yamaha XT1200Z

    Chatter
    Okay. I'm in the market for a newer bike. I've been looking at KTM990's but as much as I love the look of them, my head can't let go of the fact they seem to be expensive to run regarding maintenance and fuel, and not ideal for long distance work etc... If I did a lot of dirt then it would be a...
  3. Skinflint heated jacket

    Bodgers Corner
    Jesus wept, talk about not seeing the wood for the trees..... I've been looking for a heated jacket type of thing & figured there must be a cheaper way than the ~£150 bespoke stuff. Take one of these; A few of these; Can you see where this is going..... End up with this; It works an...
  4. Who was Fred Hill ?

    Chatter
    Fred Hill died in prison on the 10th February 1984, while fighting against bureaucratic interference with his choice to ride a motorcycle without wearing a crash helmet. Many people may have heard of Fred Hill but not actually know who he was and why he is remembered with such respect by the...
  5. First Impressions of the new Africa Twin CRF1000L

    Africa Twin
    For those of you that are still "on the fence" wondering about the new Africa Twin CRF1000L, I thought I'd put together a first impressions write up. I've had my bike on order since 7th November 2014, and finally collected it this morning. Today was a particularly crap day here in East Sussex...
  6. Where did they find this one??????????

    Africa Twin
    What an absolute beauty HONDA XRV750 AFRICA TWIN. ONLY 660 MILES FROM NEW. 1 OWNER. OFFERS INVITED | eBay
  7. Best place to sell bike

    Africa Twin
    There are five twins on eBay including mine that have been listed twice but no bites, where's the next best place, bike trader or MCN ? Anyone had any experience of these? Or is it just a case of sitting tight? EBay fees are an absolute killer, 10% of final price, outrageous! You have to list...
  8. The Simpsons do Europe! 2014

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    The Simpsons tour Europe! 2014 Hi all, just back from our summer vacation 2014! Fiona, riding her BMW G650GS and myself riding the Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer set off for our usual summer trip on the bikes from Elgin in the northeast of Scotland heading for the other side of the border to catch...
  9. The Blue Oyster Club, a ride report from Saturday 22-02-14

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    The following is my ride report from ATR I hope that you enjoy it. The Blue Oyster Club. Yes I know it’s a strange name for a ride report, but (and this isn’t the only butt that you’ll have the dubious pleasure of reading about) it is pertinent. Hands up those who can remember the gay bar in...
  10. 800 test ride today :)

    BMW
    I finally found a dry day and some time to bugger off and get the test ride on a 800GS in Wolverhampton I have had earmarked for 2 weeks, I did about 45-50 miles of M/way, Fast A road, country windy, and too much town work. Cracking sunny day too :-D First impression after the Vara, was that I...
  11. Spent some time and a little cash to sort my Transalp

    Transalp
    Hello, For anyone with buffeting or wind noise issues I though I would post a couple of pics of my recently purchased Tranny which I have been spending a bit of cash on to sort out the screen issues and to lower to accommodate my 29" inside leg getting both feet on floor. Firstly the screen, I...
  12. Sold: Fournales Shock & Pump for Transalp XL650V ** NOW SOLD**

    For Sale / Wanted
    FOURNALES MONOSHOCK – HONDA TRANSALP XL650V (2000 – 2007) This shock absorber is ‘as new’ as it was only fitted to the bike for a photo shoot and then removed. Comes complete with the optional Fournales 0-60 Bar Pump so you can adjust the shock absorber yourself. Shock Absorber Part # MA...
  13. The Vectra is gone, Long live the Skoda

    Chatter
    Well my trusty Vectra SRI has finally kicked the bucket. After 120 000 miles of hooning around the West Coast roads of Scotland, I've decided to part company with the old girl. Time for a change, so I went and bought this little beauty Picked her up in Newcastle last weekend, absolute...
  14. What power output does Honda claim for the 650 transalp?

    Transalp
    Our club had the use of a dyno for a few hours, and whilst the streetfighter riders with their tuned GSXRs and turbo'd bandits were most active on it, for a giggle I put my transalp 650 on. Ignition, carbs, exhaust airbox etc are completely stock, except it has a pipercross foam airfilter...
  15. Possibly the most stupid thing I've ever done......

    Chatter
    Picked the bike up yesterday after MOT and 36K service. It run like a god, no advisories whatsoever. The weather was beautiful and the evening pleasant……I needed petrol, pulled up into the station, filled up the tank, left the forecourt with a wide grin on my face…..50 yards down the road the...
  16. Deposits down, now which essentials?

    Varadero
    Hi guys after lots of research, I have finally taken the plunge and put a deposit down on a brand new XL1000 from Hunts in Manchester. I've part ex'd my yamaha fz6 and take a huge leap of faith without ever even sitting on a Vara, as there is none locally and I hope I don't regret my decision...
  17. Happy Yader's day yesterday

    Chatter
    Ok, it's a day late, being 4th May. or May the fourth be with you :D I was at a music festival yesterday dressed as Yoda as it was my eldest lad's stag do, an all day drinking sesh. The rest of the motely crew were Chewbaca, R2D2,The lord himself of course, and last but not least my son dressed...
  18. First time out since my off

    Chatter
    Well with the help of some pain killers (the none drowsy variety) and some determination I managed to get on the bike for first time today, I stayed relatively local to me but managed to clock up 77 miles in 3 separate sessions. The nervousness lasted about 10 minutes until I got stuck behind...
  19. BMW Off Road Skills

    Riding
    This is a writeup I did for my local IAM rag but I thought it might be of interest to some here. There was more that a nip in the air when we all assembled in Ystalyfera, South Wales at the BMW Offroad Skills headquarters to be greeted by husband and wife team Simon and Linley Pavey along with...
  20. Happy Days on the way

    Chatter
    Yay!!!! Daughter Steph has just got herself a 6-8 week research project placement to do the Geology field work for her 4th year at Uni. Funded by a private company although accommodation may be an issue. Now why am I so happy? Well, she has got funding for another year at Uni... :thumbup...
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