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  1. Suitable tyres

    Hello, I am wondering which tyres others use that would give good onroad and offroad performance. I apologize that I cant tell you what's on her now as i didn't look when i bought her recently though they are road tyres.... I did a small spin up a forest track last week and was quite impressed...
  2. Which dual tyre

    Wheels, Tyres & Tubes
    Hello, I am wondering which tyres others use that would give good road and offroad performance. I apologize that I cant tell you what's on her now as i didn't look when i bought her recently. I did a small spin up a forest track last week and was quite impressed, but i felt a little bit more...
  3. What's a full service entail?

    Had my Vara for 5ish weeks, done an oil change as standard soon after pickup... But what should be my next steps? I'm thinking filters, fluids and plugs. But add carb balancing, valves etc... My reason for asking is that I don't mind tackling some jobs, but some are beyond me and I'd rather...
  4. Today's Bealach Pic

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    Taking the scenic Gairloch - Edinburgh route, really enjoyed the dry singletrack roads after 'biblical' Friday and 'gradually improving' Saturday. Well worth the hour or so's diversion (particularly with new-found confidence in the twisties courtesy Mr Ric Or & his Intiminators!) :)
  5. Adventure bike days on Salisbury Plain

    Meet Ups / Rideouts
    Ladies and Gents, A friend of mine runs a riding school on Salisbury Plain. He focusses mainly on small bikes but is branching out in to Adventure bike days. I joined him on the AT to help out on his first event last weekend and would encourage any of you who are thinking about going off...
  6. Help with exhaust studs

    Dominator / FMX
    The Dominator is fighting me at every turn! :( Now two of the exhaust studs have broken off leaving about 1cm clear of the head - actually everything exposed beyond the nut just crumbled away at the slightest touch. Not sure what to do next as there is not enough clear to even contemplate...
  7. Valve clearance check advice please.

    Africa Twin
    Hi, Just got my first AT and have a query about checking the valve clearances. The bike has 18k on it with service history. Up to 8k by a Honda dealer then independant after that. There's no record of the valve clearances being done.Even though the 8k service was done by a Honda dealer I don't...
  8. AT Marathon Replica Panels on eBay

    Africa Twin
    Just came across these on eBay. Anyone have any comments on the vendor? I wonder what the quality would be in comparison to Boano...... The photos don't instil confidence from what I can make out, but thought I'd post for comments. honda africa marathon | eBay
  9. Who are Halfords trying to fool?

    One thing that really gets my pi$$ boiling is blatantly misleading advertising. Take Halfords for instance. They briefly doubled all the prices on their Pioneer car stereos back in June. Surprise surprise, shortly after this they started running a 50% off Pioneer car steros offer which seems...
  10. Expert Dealer

    Would you buy with confidence from this dealer? 2009 Yamaha XT Yamaha XT 660 Z Tenere Petrol | eBay No, me neither!
  11. changes to bike test for 2013

    does anyone know much about the changes coming to the bike test(s) next year? the best I can find out is here 404 :: ART Surrey & Sussex Premier Motorcycle Training Schooluth wants to take her test but was planning on waiting until 2013 and due to most bikes being too big for her direct access...
  12. XR400 advice

    Hi everyone, I've just got an 97 XR400 I'm a total newbie so please go easy on me for the inevitable daft questions. 1st thing I need is a new back tyre before it's MOT in December, I've had a look round but all the info on tyres and sizes seems quite old and tyre technology has moved on, so...
  13. How much swingarm flex is normal?

    Africa Twin
    Hi, I've got an Africa Twin RD04 swingarm on my Transalp. I'm testing out some new tires, and the handling just doesn't seem as confidence inspiring as I remember it being back in the day (i.e. years ago, on stock suspension), so I got off the bike and had a close look at everything. I...
  14. Track day confidence

    :D I had a ride out on saturday to wasdale head in the lakes taking in hard-knot and rhinose passes on the way, I only went to test out my newly fiitted Touratec ali panniers(home made brackets to fit 08 vara standard rack) BUT it was also the first time out since I had a Ron Hasslem race school...
  15. Confidence took a blow.

    Started my 8 month old & 1000 mile only 700 up this morning, did about 10ft and it died on me. Re started easy enough but I noticed the abs light stayed on i then put it in gear and the engine died , repeated this action about 6 times with the same result. not sure if this is a safety feature so...
  16. Dealer confidence.

    Now i have fitted the centrestand maintenance becomes a little easier. I have checked the oil level and have drawn off just over 1/2 of a pint to bring it down to the highest mark. I bought the bike from a Honda dealer last back end and because i have not ridden it much over the winter and...
  17. New Rider - Gaining Confidence

    Hey guys, Not sure if this is the right place to ask, but you all seem a good bunch! I passed my test new years eve and have a new (well 650cc) Transalp. Obviously the whole sensation of riding is still new to me, and my confidence was growing with every mile under my belt. Collected the bike...