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  1. I'd like to introduce myself....................
    Hi, I've been living in Thailand for the last 14 years and just recently returned to the UK, but still making regular trips back to Thailand whenever I get the opportunity. How long I'm going to stay is anybody's guess and at the moment I'm looking around for an XRV750, I have my eye on...
  2. Africa Twin
    Weather finally arrived so with some new insurance and a shiney new registration plate i ventured out ! The weight of the bike was really noticeable on moving her around the garage and i was beginning to think i had enter'ed one of those it's a knockout competitions when i tried to get her off...
  3. Transalp Technical Specs
    Hello , just bought my first transalp va8 , Picked it up today from Birmingham (uk), Great bike , ride home was cold , but hay , had a smile on my face all the way,, bit of a wheel shake , looked and found that the balance weights on the rims were missing , so that's my first job,, But overall...
  4. Africa Twin
    I have a 1989 RD03 and the front end feels like it's made of jelly. If I shake the bars when stationary the whole front end wobbles back up through the bars. This also happens when moving at low speeds (below 10mph) and when coming to a stop which throws the whole bike off balance. Once moving...
  5. What's it worth?
    XL600R in fairly standard nick. Red. Twin carb kickstart model. A hoot to ride, especially when that second carb kicks in! ;) Not immaculate condition but not a tatty old dog either. No hard to find bits are missing (like side panels for instance, ask me how I know that!). Engine fully rebuilt...
  6. Transalp
    Clocked up 2300 miles in 4 days and she feels different now. Sounds graunchier too I've had no time to investigate but tickover is a sod when she's not fully warm where as before she just needed 30 seconds and then choke could go off. Also the revs hold but bounce 200-300 revs - as in it's...
  7. Transalp
    I've got a 2000 + on road trip coming up soon and just noticed the perishing on my tyres is worse than just a bit on the side wall. They need replacing ASAP. Now here's the quandry. I can get tyres and have em fitted in days but I don;t want to make a rush decision. For most of the year...
  8. Africa Twin
    Fitted led spots to the crash bars on my rdo4..... 2 of them have blown inside of a week, last one last night lasted 35mins, started looking at why and when revved the bars really vibrate, pegs are vibey bars not so, mirrors are good at any speeds..... Wondering whether to balance the carbs...
  9. Africa Twin
    Oh no not again. This is my new AT battery. It's a 4 cell pack of 15Ah capacity. It weighs less than 2kg and if I'm honest it scares me a little since those cells will discharge happily at 150A. It cost less than 100GBP. Whilst bits are painted plated or otherwise fettled I'm getting on with...
  10. XR
    Hi everybody I'm new on here & i would like to ask why everybody who fits the trx400 crank to do an electric start conversion on the XR400 also changes the balance shaft ? i have fitted the trx400 crank & used the original XR400 balance shaft, but here is the hitch - I'm 99% finished on the task...
  11. Transalp
    How about a side stand each side of the bike that automatically flips out when stationary and leaning more than a few degrees to either side. Sure would save a lot of damage.:) Just an idea. Pete
  12. Transalp
    Morning All, I'm getting some Aluminium panniers for my 'Alp and was looking for some advice on size and which rack to use and how to mount them. The seller offers them in a standard size of 500x190x350mm but can change dimensions to suit I'm just waiting to hear back from him, but I was...
  13. Africa Twin
    Just fitting new tyres on my new to me RD04. I have gone for Tourances, they seem to have a good rep and in my current financial state are cheap. Fitting them? I have a local shop ho do it for a tenner the pair, lucky old me. Question. Both wheels have those bolt on thingies that clamp the tyre...
  14. Dominator / FMX
    I have a few ideas on the go.. One is an undertail abomination that might make the die hards cringe.. but it would leave more than enough wheel clearance. One thing that has struck me about the original exhaust system on the Dominator. You might have already come across this and spent a lot of...
  15. Dominator / FMX
    Bit random went for a ride this evening, and whilst riding felt like a wobble from the rear sort of, checked tyre for air checked over shocks etc for anything obvious nothing rode steady back from friend only 5 miles didn't seem as bad but still there. Feels like the equivalent of rear tyre...
  16. Africa Twin
    I did this years back on my XBR500 and dont remember any real problems. Are there any AT weirdnesses to bear in mind or is it just pop the front wheel and brakes off, drop the fork legs, bars off and remove the steering head. Then drift out the top and bottom races and refit new ones. One...
  17. Africa Twin
    My AT didn't come with the stock one, K&N's on top of the carbs, which run fine in cold weather but break the temperature needle on the red after 20 minutes idling in warm weather... Got this snorkel from EBay last week for 1 pound 40 p, with the carb rubbers in tip-top shape: Hamart sold...
  18. Chatter
    I am having a problem with my teenage son. We have been talking about buying him his first bike so he can take his A1 licence and we discussed buying him a Honda XR 125 as his first bike. He found a video of a Yamaha DT 125R and this is the bike he now wants. Do you guys have any suggestions of...
  19. Dominator / FMX
    I've stripped a spare FX650 engine and it's got a worn small end (which seems to be the weak point on these engines). Research suggests that the rod kit for an XR650L will fit, can anyone confirm? I've approached Applebee Engineering to press and balance the crank, has anyone used them or any...
  20. Transalp
    Hi folks, hoping somebody can point me in the right direction to cure an irritating fault; 1987 600 transalp always fires up on just the rear pot sometimes the front kicks in after a minute or two but normally I end up riding off down the road for half a mile or so before it decides to join...
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