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  1. Removing brake caliper pistons with a bicycle pump......A BODGE

    Africa Twin
    Yesterday I started on the brake re-build for my RD03. This bike had been sitting for a few years with the brake systems drained and partially disassembled. Problem: How to remove the old crusty brake pistons from the caliper while not destroying them in case they can be cleaned up and...
  2. 650 review

    From here (2004 - he's in Australia, I think) ------------------------------ Now that the dust has settled on the new 650 Tranny, these are my observations and experiences thus far. The engine is feeling...
  3. Registering a French XRV 650 in the UK - Certificate of conformity

    Africa Twin
    Hi peeps, Has anyone had experience of registering an RD03 in the UK or any bike for that matter ? I have recently moved back from France and I have brought my trusty steed with me, now im in the process of trudging through the paperwork... The DVLA are asking for a certificate of conformity...
  4. For Sale: Keep the winter rust at bay with ACF-50!

    For Sale / Wanted
    With summer coming to a close, autumn is just around the corner. Of course, once autumn is out of the way, we've got winter to look forward to, and we all know what the greatest danger to our vehicle over winter is...RUST! Opie Oils can help you keep the rust and corrosion at bay, thanks to our...
  5. How to import an old motorcycle from France (or another EU country) to the U.K. NOVA

    I just thought this information might be useful to anyone who has bought or is thinking of buying an old Honda or whatever from France or elsewhere in the EU and registering it in the UK. There are two stages to this. One is satisfying HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) that you have paid...
  6. Tubeless Tourance?

    Africa Twin
    Need some new rubber, currently running Tourance with tubes Rang around for some quotes and am being told that you can only get the 90/90/21 for tubed application now, and the 140/80/17 needs to be tubeless? I'm confused - can I still run a tube in a tubeless rear Tourance? Thanks.............Sam
  7. Interesting info from FACET about the fuel pumps we use

    Africa Twin
    Some time ago I wrote Facet, asking about why my pump was making such noise. The reply was quite interesting, so I thought I would share it, as I know many people here use the their pumps ... Here's my mail: I bought this pump 2 years ago, through Rugged Roads, and it's a 40105, as far as I...
  8. Africa Twin RD04 Fuel Tank: Can you identify this fuel tank (OEM or Aftermarket)

    Africa Twin
    XRV Members: I've scanned the AT forums and Internet sites for an application of the bolt mounts on my AT's fuel tank. They appear to be uncommon and I would like to learn if this is a stock fuel tank or an after-market fuel tank. I don't think the mounts are for a map pocket or panel. Could the...
  9. Varadero & the fitting of a 17” front wheel.

    Hi, here we go, I have been wanting to try this for quite a while now, here's how I am going about it. So far so good. Firstly, the dimensions I am looking for are disc to disc (outer) spacing of 130mm & 296mm disc diameter. These measurements are essential. I have purchased a CBR 1100...
  10. Bikers can do good in the world

    Charity Events
    I am in the process of finalising a UK wide charity ride ( in aid of Motorcycle Outreach) . The XRV forum has the privilege of advanced notice before the official launch at the end of the month. If you like the sound of it, or have ideas to add , then please feel free to express your interest...
  11. Elefant and Castle No. 2

    Well, half term week so I thought I would service the Elefant (big two year belts and shims service) but my car got jealous and decided it needed new pads/discs/front wheel bearings. And as my garage is full of bikes the car gets repaired on the drive, so in between the showers, coffee, and...
  12. Medals - Arctic star and Bomber command

    With these 2 new medals now available to apply for i just thought i would post the link for the application forms for both medals. As i'm applying for Arctic star i though it might make life a bit eaiser for other people if i put the link here Arctic Star and Bomber Command Clasp
  13. Galloway Forest Park 2013

    Austin's Adventures
    Event now full Its on - off roading in Galloway forest. Date is the weekend of 29th/30th/31st March - that's Easter weekend 2013. Arrive Friday 29th, set up camp, socialise, eat&drink. Ride through the forest on Saturday 30th leaving at 9.30 to 10am. The ride will be about 120miles in total...
  14. hello, i'm a newbie to and to TAs

    hi all, i found this forum and have busily reading away, lots of good info, so already thanks for the hints and tips that i've read. im a 20stone bloke and was used to using an innova 125cc which patently wasnt cutting the mustard on the chelmsford essex to brentwood essex part of the A12 -...
  15. Unscheduled drop - damage to look for?

    Africa Twin
    Because I am a numpty I managed to drop my AT in Wales on Saturday (walking pace, hill). The right indicator now points up at a jaunty angle and the throttle was stuck open for a while. Cable jiggling and application of WD40 seems to have cured that, though it does still stick occasionally...
  16. Spec question on RD04

    Africa Twin
    Pop quiz folks! What is the maximum power engine speed of the RD04? I've owned six @T's over 15yrs and know most stuff about them but this one has me stuffed! The reason? The DVLA want me to put my bike in for an MSVA test! They say it's been rebuilt and want it approved by VOSA. I'm trying...
  17. My mates R90/6

    This is a mate of mine from work. He bought a R90/6 -75 in october last year, and he have spent a lot of time in a small shed, without heat, and only one 75W bulb as light, fixing the bike up. First bike for him, and he's enjoying every mile. Just shows that an old Airhead, and a lot of elbow...
  18. Africa Twin Boano vs. Africa Twin Marathon

    Africa Twin
    Hey there guys, Its now available the final video from the "duel of the beasts", the Africa Twin Boano vs. Africa Twin Marathon, the most well prepared Africa Twins in Portugal. You can see the whole report in our blog Here is the video, and a few pics so you...
  19. hilarious - applies to malta too

    ACTUAL PASSPORT LETTER-----HILARIOUS! PASSPORT LETTER This, apparently is an actual letter received by the UK Passport Office. Dear Sirs, I'm in the process of renewing my passport, and still cannot believe This. How is it that Sky Television has my address and telephone number...
  20. 2012 - Back to the Rhine

    Vader's Tours
    Change of plan What with that silly sausage eating Kraut mucking up his passport application and not being able to make this year's Northern Germany trip we had a bit of a rethink about where we would go. Yes we all still wanted to go to Plon but it was felt that that would best be left for...