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  1. Transalp
    Following on from "Hello from the Vienne" I’ll confess that my appetite has been wetted re the Trasalp. I did go to the local dealership in Poitiers where they had a range of new TA’s reduced so I thought I would find out how much I would get trade in on my Bandit. Long story short, I need to...
  2. Riding
    On my way to work this morning in the pouring rain the car in front of me in the left hand lane of an urban duel carriageway decided without indicating to drift into the right hand lane in front of me and then as I slowed down to about 25mph he decided that he wasn't going to carry straight on...
  3. Africa Twin
    and fuk me the head bearings were the originals, rusty as fek and seemingly welded in place! After getting a tad biblical with them I managed to get the head stock collars out, using of all things a crowbar, sounds brutal I know but it caught the lip nicely without catching anything else, a...
  4. Transalp
    mmmmm big box from Talon arrived today - now wi' pic hurrah :D A big box arrived from Talon today containing my hubs rebuilt with stainless spokes onto some fabby and very shiny Black excel rims. The result of my tyre fitter noticing that beneath the winter cr*p my rims were seriously...
  5. Africa Twin
    ok. ive followed what i believe to be the correct procedure (or one of them at least) loosened the locking nut, then using a copper bar as a drift, trying turn the lower nut downwards (clockwise) the movement i got when doing this was so little as to be next to none. in about 5-10 mins i didnt...
  6. Africa Twin
    tried to adjust the preload nut on my rear shock lastnight. I borrowed a c spanner to try an undo the castellated nut at the top - but it just wont budge...SOLID AS A BLOODY ROCK Tried wd40 - and still nothing.... ended up buggering up one of the little castellted bits and gave up:mad: any...
  7. Transalp
    Hi Guys Just finished doing my steering head brgs today on My 99 xl600vx. The old standard ball races were so shot it would only go in a straight line! Got a set of taper rollers complete with seals from Wemoto and set about the job.. Stripped off the front fairing uppers, wheel out and bars...
  8. Africa Twin
    i fitted a recon shock to my @ about 4 months ago -its all good, but its wound right out so its really springy...and i want to stiffen it up a bit. in the past ive used my modified heavy drift with a couple of clobs on the hammer and the castellated undoes.. However, this one seems to be a...
  9. Transalp
    my new chain and sprockets arrived so thought I would fit them yesterday. Apart from some 'interesting' effort required to drift out the rear wheel spindle all went swimmingly until it was time to fit the final linking clip. i.e the open plate side of link with 2 pins and the side plate for...
  10. Transalp
    :thumbright: keep you warm and safe, but so dull I'm ashamed to say I've driven to work these last 2 days, -10 last night, and the roads were covered in ice. I drove to work, and thought 'I could have come on the bike today' as I thought this the steering went light and the car started to...
  11. Chatter
    My 2008 XRV Awards ! I have been a bit preoccupied this last six months or so and therefore a bit light on XRV input. Although I have come up to speed with things now and having a little more time on my hands than I really needed right now. I think this thread may well cover the bulk of the...
  12. How to.....
    This is a test article for a new section we might have against each bike forum. The original posts were from Yen and I've just cut them out, as you will see they aren't complete but are good to demo this method. As I said last night, my rear wheel bearings were Donald Ducked so I shot to work...
  13. For Sale / Wanted
    Anyone got something nice languishing, underused, in their garage? I'm after a winter ride/green laner and every one I spy out on fleabay goes before I have chance to get to see it. Ideally Electric Start, a 250's not really going to have the grunt I want so I guess a 350 at the minimum. Long...
  14. Chatter
    PLEASE forgive me if indeed this is a genuine sale, but you know when alarm bells start ringing... :rolleyes: Last week I thought I'd stumbled across a cracking bargain of a 2004 Suzuki DRZ, one owner, FSH, mint condition and only 3,554 miles for the bargain price of just £1,200. Just the job...
  15. Africa Twin
    Ah well I had read enough about it but didnt think it would happen to me - My bike is well maintained by me and sprayed with copious amounts of Duck Oil and the like. However it is used all year round and so it is perhaps inevitable that the choke lergy would strike. I think the choke might...
  16. Africa Twin
    The rust on the frame of the @ was beginning to bug me - damn you mr Honda and your lack of decent primer! - So I decided to strip the rear end down and respray it. On stripping it I was faced with this: But, she now looks like this: It has taken me all week, due mainly...
  17. Product Reviews
    On a recent trip to Rome, I was attempting to take some night shots of the Vatican, when low and behold the Corpo della Gendarmeria (Vatican Cops), drove their car with flashing blues within millimetres of my camera. Without getting out of the car and with little room for interpretive error...
  18. Recommended Dealers/Service Providers/Campsites
    I found a pic on the forum for some funky looking lamps, www.tech-line.nl will do the above lamp for 50euro inc post to UK. They do warn that the pattern is right and not left for UK but as I am using as secondary, keeping the main headlamp, I don't see this a huge problem. I can easily...
  19. Africa Twin
    Dont get me wrong I love my @ BUT I have been thinking about it and watched a few vids etc. If we wanted an off road bike the we should buy a bike that was made for off road. If we want a tourer we should have bought a bike aimed at touring, if we wanted a commuter...you get the drift. So...
  20. Transalp
    New Transalp - Possible Competition? Hello all, I just published the new Tiger, new Tenere, Versys, etc photos from the Paris show. Please see the Album of the same name under the Members' Gallery. I am waiting for the abuse already - "that's not competition!".....etc, however, from the...
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