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  1. Alarming discovery

    Africa Twin
    Last July the AT let me down a mile and a half from home. I rode to the local BP for a pastie, and then the bike wouldn’t start. Nothing. The AA man turned up in due course and to his credit he figured out what I already suspected, which was that the Meta immobiliser had ‘immobilised’ me. Not...
  2. DVLA - Licence renewed and motorcycle entitlement debacle from a different angle!

    Chatter
    I think we've all read before about the DVLA errors (read horrors) when renewing a licence and having it returned missing entitlements, sometimes HGV but mostly Category A motorcycle entitlements, in some cases resulting in having to take a test again as they wouldn't admit their mistake. Well...
  3. Clutch Rattle

    Africa Twin
    Greetings all, Changed the oil on my RD07 last week and since then there's been a mysterious and loud rattle / whine when I throttle off, in gear. No noise when I'm accelerating, clutch take up is good, clutch is only 3k miles old and there was no noise prior to the oil change. Now, well, a...
  4. think im gonna buy one tomorrow, a few questions tho....

    Transalp
    Hi all just wanted to drop in and officially say hello, been lurking for a week or 2 now but finally have decided (99.9%) to get a trans-alp. Now this will be my first ever road bike, used to riding motocross most of my life but due to the better half pressuring me into a house i have to...
  5. Mystery oil burning

    Africa Twin
    Hi from cape town Sorry it has been so long since i have written any thing but we have been very out of contact (playig wiht cheetahs and leopards --NO JOKE!!). Any way i have a mystery on my hands. I am burning oil at a alarming rate. (1300ml in 200k!!!!). I have ripped the engine out and the...
  6. Pyrenees and Humm

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    So Mel and Myself book a week off and set off to the Pyrenees. After seriously good bacon butties and coffee at Stormforce and Annettes we head for Portsmouth and board the Ferry. Of course after viewing Mels amazing new build and chattin to Jonathon about its gizmos. Well done its a seriously...
  7. loud and concerning rattle!

    Varadero
    Tizer has developed a loud and frankly alarming rattle! I'm guessing cam chain tensioners but not 100% sure, has anyone changed theirs and are they a pain to do? will i need to change the cam chain too? Haynes seem to have it as a two spanner job (out of five) any encouraging tales...
  8. Wind & Weave

    Africa Twin
    I have recently acquired a 1997 AT which is a great bike except...I find that when riding it fully loaded with Givi top box & panniers, it develops a pretty alarming weave, especially in high winds (60 mph+). Have had suspension & bushes checked & all seems fine. My bike shop suggests...
  9. Screw that

    Africa Twin
    Main reason for dismantling my AT this Christmas, aside from the now-traditional festive cleanup, was to urgently determine the source of an increasingly alarming rattle. This had been with me since earlier in the year, but it appeared to have been getting louder to the point where I was sure...
  10. Born to be, um, mild - and possibly damp

    Chatter
    A Japanese study of men who ride motorcycles SUFFER in your jocks, bikers. Yes, that means you, you wussy Hell's Angel. And you, Bandido boy. The secret's out. You aren't just overweight, smelly, middle-aged drug dealers with more tattoos than teeth. You are soft in the pants department - and...
  11. Handling and brakes

    Transalp
    Just thought I would get some views on TA handling/brakes. As I have just been on a fairly long 170 mile getting to know the bike ride a couple of things came to light. As I am really a novice again after 15 years away from a trials orientated bike , I had a couple of moments that concerned me...
  12. buying a newer 650

    Transalp
    Anyone had any problems with later TA's. I'm thinking of trading up from my '94 to something a bit newer. Also been looking at Deauvilles....Seem to rot at an alarming rate, 6 year old bikes looking like wrecks! Am I correct in thinking that they are both built in the same Spanish factory...
  13. Transamtrail

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    Hi, After finishing the Blue Ridge Parkway, and spending a bit of time in and around the Smoky Mountains, I made my way across to meet PaulR at Jellico, to start the Transamtrail - an 'Off pavement' trail from NE Tennessee, to the Pacific coast in Oreagon: http://www.transamtrail.com/ We set...
  14. Poor throttle response?

    Africa Twin
    Now this could just be me, but... When your giving the bike some serious stick, i.e. Changing at the redline through the gears and you give it full throttle (and I mean full so there's no more twist on the grip), the bike seems to be over fuelled for a second or two. Now this is a bit...
  15. I turned my AT into a plough!

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    Worked late last night so I could take this afternoon off to go ride a green lane. Ended up in a LOT of mud.... My front wheel became completely stuck. In a space of 150 yards I had to stop three times to try and clear the mud in between the mudguard and the wheel. Got home with the chain making...
  16. Steering Head Bearings

    Africa Twin
    Hi guys. I'm looking for a bit of technical help as I attempt to get my AT ready for an MOT following some time on south America's roads. I rearranged the front end of my AT in southern Chile earlier this year causing damage to the frame at the bottom of the stock where the lower bearing is...
  17. RD07 AFRICA TWIN AT 118,000 MILES

    Africa Twin
    Well, I’m bored and stuck at home so I thought I’d do an ‘Africa Twin at 118,000 miles’ thing. It’s all the rage at the moment. I bought the bike new in March 2000. It’s been taking me to and from work (100 mile round trip) ever since then. It’s also taken me to Brittany, Morocco, Spain and...
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