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  1. Transalp
    I'll be changing the steering head bearings on my 650 at the weekend - I'm fed up with living with the slight play in the old ones (can't adjust it out any more) and the MoT's due in a couple of months anyway. It all seems fairly straight forward but can anyone tell me what size the main nut...
  2. Varadero
    Hello Varadero people! I've been away for a while in CBF1000 land but today ordered a (hopefully black but may be silver!) Varadero as I missed it soooooo much, cost me a load of dosh but hey you only live once. Rode the demo bike for 5 miles and it was like riding an old friend! if you get my...
  3. Chatter
    Not a lot to do with bikes except you sort of lean to steer, powered by a rattly 2 stroke twin and are LOADS of fun! But I went hovercrafting on Sunday. Around 18 months ago I got bought a voucher to go learn to fly / drive one for my birthday.Due to bad weather then...
  4. Transalp
    Riding Monday and the speedo needle starts vibrating....then about 10 miles later starts jumping....then about 5 miles later lays down and dies.....CRAP. I know what this is. The dreaded Transalp speedo drive gear failure. Drive ring ordered that afternoon from the friendly local dealer. The...
  5. Meet Ups / Rideouts
    I see the big meet is on this weekend! I shall be working Friday and Saturday. What have you got planned for the Sunday! Will every one get up late and drift off or is there any organized action. On the calendar it says 3:00pm finish.
  6. Ride Reports and Pictures
    Hi, After finishing the Blue Ridge Parkway, and spending a bit of time in and around the Smoky Mountains, I made my way across to meet PaulR at Jellico, to start the Transamtrail - an 'Off pavement' trail from NE Tennessee, to the Pacific coast in Oreagon: http://www.transamtrail.com/ We set...
  7. Chatter
    Sick of having to remove the side panel, battery and battery tray to then have to use a hammer and drift to adjust the rear preload on the 650 Alp, I thought I'd have a go about fixing the problem myself.... A donor shock (unknown bike) was purchased from the BMF show at Peterborough, the...
  8. Chatter
    No not me - you lot. Motorcyclists can be a critical lot at times and we winge quite about the faults of other motorist, so in the spirit of being fair what are you guilty of when riding / driving. Mine are: Riding: 1. I am overcautious and sometimes even when I am going into a corner with...
  9. Transalp
    Hi everyone. This year will be my first year out touring with the bike. The bikes kitted out, spare bulbs, tyre inflatant, touring scot oiler, honda tool kit, crash bars and panniers and top box.. Got me tent, trangia stove, carry mat, kipping bag. Obviously clothing..... Some wedge.... I...
  10. Africa Twin
    Just in the process of changing my steering head bearings and I find the top yolk pretty much seized to the steering stem! No idea how this happened because I had the whole lot apart not so long ago. It being made of aluminium, I can't hit it with a wooden drift too hard, and all I've managed...
  11. Ride Reports and Pictures
    Just back from the Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meeting, being held near Ripley this weekend. Of course having it on the same weekend as both Wimbledon and Glastonbury was a recepie for crap weather, but as you can see it wasn't that bad! Officially 390 people turned up for the weekend, so the...
  12. Africa Twin
    Well coming home this morning after the last of my weekend night shifts I was riding down a road called "Nightingales Lane" This is an unlit country road but it is a two lane road defined by the usual white lines. I call this road "bunny highway" because of the amount of wildlife that decides...
  13. Transalp
    Just had to replace lower head bearings on my 01 650 for MOT. This turned out to be major hassle. The lip of the outer race in the head tube that you can hit with a drift is only about 1mm. Also the recess in the head tube is machined off-centre so the lip is not accessible on the whole...
  14. Transalp
    I've read where some owners of the new 650 Trannys have dropped the front forks a little in the trees to help get their bums closer to the ground. Being one of those challenged in the inseam dept, I've invested in the factory low seat, it's a good start. Taking this a step further to...
  15. Ride Reports and Pictures
    Pyrenees May 2004 - Col D'Aubisque. I'll add more if I can work out this uploading business being a computer dunce. :oops: At last - the ride to the top was quicker. Here goes...... Another view - snow drift behind the slug (fat & slow) closing descent Col Ibanete On the D934 On the way...
  16. Africa Twin
    Came home on the beakdown Friday evening so I thought I'd share it with the group in case a similar thing happens to someone else, fore armed is fore warned etc. Riding along merrily on my rusty trusty AT when all power stopped. As I was rolling a quick glance at the instruments showed that...
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