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  1. riding to Dartmoor area

    Africa Twin
    So I may be taking a ferry over to Dover from Belgium in a couple of weeks. Was thinking of going up to the Bath area but now just thinking of taking a left off of ferry in Dover and heading out towards Exeter or such. Really don't have a plan per se just trying to get a little riding in. How's...
  2. Insurance good throughout Europe?

    Africa Twin
    I am hoping to spend a couple of days heading to Bath , England towards end of May on bike. Does my insurance i have in Belgium cover me over there since it is part of European Union? Or do I need some sort of supplemental insurance ? Thanks
  3. 2006 fmx 650 surging / lunging

    Dominator / FMX
    Hello I'm new on here, I ride the fmx650 all year round all weather's to get to work and back anyway I have a problem, I obviously bought the bike second hand and it has remus system which was already on her, while I'm riding at around 30 or 60 or 70 with throttle stable it starts to surge bit...
  4. I need my head examined

    Chatter
    I know some of you are thinking it but far too polite to say it...:D:D:D My son called me today with some bad news about the carb he was going to ultrasound clean so I headed over to his work place and took my cylinder head with me to see if he could clean it before I strip it down to see whats...
  5. Dead camshaft with less than 3000 miles on the clock!

    Dominator / FMX
    Dead camshaft Got a Vigor here, serviced it and started to use it. 200 miles later and I can hear a tappet opening up, so I adjusted them again and 100 miles later I can hear it again. Pulled off the cam cover and found spalling on both exhaust cam lobes, only a little patch but when viewed...
  6. 10 years ago today.....

    XR
    March 1st 2005 I picked up my XR400 from the Honda dealer in Edinburgh. March 1st 2015 the bike is still taxed, tested & insured. This is the longest that I have ever had a bike in constant use. During that period other bikes have come and gone but this was never going to happen with the XR (I'd...
  7. Cleaned and painted my brake calipers

    Africa Twin
    After changing my brake hoses my front brakes started seizing so I took off calipers and saw that seals are shot, pistons have some wear from dirt getting pass seals and there was a lot of crud almost impossible to clean. Some corrosion was present also but it doesn't look too bad. So, I decided...
  8. A wiltshire bimble

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    Went for a spin today taking in a few of Wiltshires easy Byways. Ideal big trailie country as its been dry for a while: One horse at Devizes Towards Cherhill Another horse! This time near Milk Hill Pewsey way Into my fave bluebell wood Westwood near Marlborough Along the Ridgeway only...
  9. Carb dimensions

    Africa Twin
    Does anyone know or have access to their carbs to give me dimensions (single and both connected)? I am in a process of building ultrasonic bath for cleaning them and would like to finish it and test before removing carbs from my bike. I found stainless steel dish 153x137x200mm (LxWxH) and I...
  10. The Quiet Road

    Great Roads/Routes
    I found a book that may be of interest to soft roaders more Vara than XR. The title is The Quiet Road by C Greenwood A5 format 72 pages. It is a series of routes, tours of 80 to 150 miles, generally starting from Bath that generally went over country lanes- the quiet roads, in the mid west...
  11. Screen cleaning advice needed

    Transalp
    What is the best way to clean my Transalps screen ? I never seem to be able to get it totally clean. I've soaked it in the bath for 24hrs but the dried on fly residue just won't come off. I don't want to scratch it anymore than it is already is so any advice/tips would be most welcome. Thanks.
  12. One more sleep to go........

    Chatter
    Tomorrow morning we will meet at Barftones in Bath and set off on our way for 12 days riding in Europe including a long train journey. I'm packed and ready to go but may need some massaging in the morning as I managed to pull a muscle in my back getting the bike off the stand this morning...
  13. South Wales

    Travel
    Will be arriving in South Wales around lunch time next Monday (8th), off the ferry from Rosslare, probably in Fishguard. The intention is to bimble along eastwards in a not very hurried manner. The initial destination (at the moment - this could change) is to arrive in Bath sometime the...
  14. Summer Solstice Run June 21st Stonehenge 04:52!

    Meet Ups / Rideouts
    Hi All. I shall be taking a run down to Stonehenge for the summer solstice on June 21st to see the sacrificial virgins being slayed at sunrise! Heading from Bath at 0330AM to get down for sun up at 0452. Been there on the solstice before but never for sunrise. Weather dependant to a point...
  15. Two days of summer...

    Transalp
    Well, I managed to get out for two sunny days in a row... The joys of the open road... My little mascot... MandoBear! I think he got a few flies in his teeth. :D Probably needs a bath (in the washing machine at 40) too... Out on the back of the Black Mountain - I love those wide open...
  16. Hose pipe ban do's and don'ts

    Chatter
    I was listening to a guy on the radio today from Anglian Water being interviewed about the hose pipe ban. Here are some of the points raised. You cannot use a hose to water your garden. You can though water your garden with a watering can. When you have done this you will probably need a long...
  17. Muddy Wet Fun

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    Met up with Nibby from ABR for a couple hours practice for the upcoming BBRC rally. Went to practice drifting but side tracked into some mud........and I got stuck and it took the 2 of us 40 mins to free the beast. I have smelt of bog all day. The missus aint happy. Esspecially as my bike...
  18. Is this how to commit commercial suicide by YouTube?

    Chatter
    I don't know how many have already seen this but somehow I missed it. Being Bath, it's fairly local to me. Bath can be a bit of a nightmare with road closures and traffic issues in abundance. When someone is filmed causing an obstruction they take exception to the guy filming and the woman...
  19. RD07a dies after a bath

    Africa Twin
    After a faultless 150 mile run back from the Dragon Rally & as it was very road-dirty set about with a cold water pressure washer. After drying of bike it started & I rode it about 300 yards before it cut out. Ignition lights all working, cut out switch in the on position but when the starter is...
  20. Engine rebuild & swap

    Africa Twin
    engine in last night 7pm.... 2.30am went to bed leaving me the exhaust, tank etc. Gonna have a bath then finish her off .... and fingers crossed.... she'll purr. NOTE TO SELF.... Ok it was my 1st time installing the engine, but ****, those japs can somehow put something very big into something...
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