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  1. New Rubber Compound

    Chatter
    Flying back from SE Asia last week got talking to a Malaysian guy who works in the rubber industry. He reckons they have almost perfected a new rubber compound that never wears out! Apparently the boffins have identified some natural enzymes, which, when added to the latex, react with one kind...
  2. Punctures

    Chatter
    Picked up a hitchhiker on Thursday!! Anyhoo, took the wheel in to my local small independant; couldn't be faffed with the irons. Asked him to fit a new tube if he thought so and he said they generally fit new tubes anyway, as they've had some problems with patches bonding recently. Now, last...
  3. For Sale: For Sale Africa Twin 1996 RD07A

    Bikes For Sale / Wanted
    For sale is my beloved AT. The bike was was originally registered in Hungary I believe, and stolen whilst the rider was in this country on a touring holiday. It was recovered and kept in a compound for a number of years as its status was in effect in limbo. I eventually got hold of it, and...
  4. anodized an archery bow ,,,,,,, things of no relevance ,lol

    Chatter
    orange compound bow was scratched to death ,,,, now its orange wot ya think dudes ??
  5. Triumph Tiger 800XC one season later.

    Test Ride Reports
    I bought a Triumph Tiger 800XC at the beginning of 2011 and following a summer season here in the UK I would like to report my findings, if for no other reason, to clarify the half truths regarding my complaints over the last six months. Following the press releases through the MSN I was...
  6. Mitas E-10 Adventure

    BMW
    Ok so my Heidenaus rear tyre was eventually changed after 10000 miles. It looked not to bad considering I do a lot of motorway and 2up with the occasional light off-road. Sorry about the.attached road kill ;)So I got myself the mitas to see how they last compared to the TKC. After being Boris's...
  7. What next-Tyres???

    BMW
    Done now 7500miles on my Heidenaus and love them.Still got a fair amount left on my rear tyre(should get 10k out of it) but started to look around for the next one.Heidenau changed to the new compound and design and are not available in the big bike size. So i was looking at some different tyres...
  8. Went to see my babies today................

    BMW
    with one thing and another not been out on them for far too long and with limited space at the house they are staying with a friend a few miles away in a secure compound even an American Seal would find difficulty penetrating, but when the sheets came off I just sat down and took in the...
  9. Help !!!!!!! Part 2 The rebuild

    Africa Twin
    A follow on from.http://www.xrv.org.uk/forums/africa-twin/39867-help.html all parts cleaned ,checked and measured and ready for assembly. one question though to the more knowledgeable out there, what is the best sealant or jointing compound should I use when joining the engine caseings or is...
  10. XRV650 Ignitech CDI

    Africa Twin
    Had to be recovered the other day due to one of my CDI units packing up; classic symptoms: no spark or rev-counter. I tried re-soldering the connectors as per the known procedure but wasn't very happy with the joints which looked a bit dry. Nevertheless it ran fine.... until failing again...
  11. Transalp Aussie Style

    Transalp
    [i]Transalp Aussie Style A mate of mine just built up a great TA, here it is[/i] It wasn’t originally part of the plan (is it ever...) but upon arrival of the kit, I decided to strip the bike down for a complete re-spray. So, apart she came: Above: Bare chassis @ about 126,000 km. (Note...
  12. Cast-iron brake-disks. HELP!

    Mechanical Advice
    Remember kids: when leaving your bike with cast-iron disks under a cover outside for a few months, do something to avoid the brake pads fusing to the disks. I now have a bike with two front disks and one rear absolutely welded. The bike has 100bhp so I put it on the centre stand put it in the...
  13. Its a sad day...advice needed

    Transalp
    Hi all, I've decided I need to sell my Transalp as the riding position is giving me too much back pain ( i think the bumpy roads in blighty are giving me some kinda compound pains in my back from sitting upright on the bike) I'm thinking of moving to a bike that has a more leant over riding...
  14. Some BMW info

    BMW
    Two replica BMW 1200GS Adventure motorcycles, one of Ewan McGregor and the other of Charley Boorman. The replicas stand out thanks to the same leopard and zebra patterns while traction control, ABS brakes and a tire pressure control system are standard and ready for those who feel like going on...
  15. New rubber - New life!

    Transalp
    Just got a set of BT45's on my 700 Alp - removing the renown deathwings I lived with until the front went off. WOW!!!!!!!!! Feels like a different bike. I mostly do tarmac miles with daily commuting and a fair bit of motorway miles so dual compound was a must as was slow and fast speed...
  16. Buried Treasure?

    Chatter
    I just saw a thread from the AT section, This looks like a nice one and a comment by GSPD750:- "You just know they're out there.... 1300 miles is hard to beat but I would bet $ that somewhere out there is an Africa Twin still in the crate." Well, albeit not Africa Twins, but it reminded me of a...
  17. Bridgestone BT45's

    Africa Twin
    Does anyone out there use BT45's on their @. I'm embarking on a trip to Europe in September through France and Spain (lots of road miles!) and have been tipped to use the dual compound BT45's. On shopping around for these there seems to be lots of variants of the same tyre. Could someone please...
  18. To Slime Or Not To Slime

    Riding
    There seem to be conflicting reports on pre injecting tyres with repair fluid in the hopes that it will prevent a puncture. Can anyone advise whether they run with the compound installed and if it causes any wheel balance problems. Hope to to hear from someone, James.
  19. Output shaft damage due to aftermarket sprockets

    Transalp
    Hi, some time ago I was looking for some 14T front sprockets for my 2007 650 TA. Mudwiz :headbang:very kindly put me onto a supplier of Afam sprockets and I ordered and received my 14T sprockets. I also have the genuine Honda 49T rear sprocket which I am running at present. However I've been too...
  20. Now you're Torque'in!

    Africa Twin
    Okay! Using Threadlock as a substitute for the missing torque settings in the Haynes 'Africa Twin" manual is not giving me peace of mind! Just recently, while replacing the front brake pads of my @ I grabbed the manual and searched for the Front Brake Caliper mounting bolts torque setting. I...
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