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  1. Empty top oil resevoir. Okay to start bike?

    Dominator / FMX
    Greetings fellow dommie enthusiasts. I'd be grateful for some expert input on this question. My '99 dommie has not been started for several months. There is ample oil in the engine, but the top oil tank is bone dry. (Oil check valve isn't working as it should?) Is it okay to start the bike...
  2. Running Temperature

    Africa Twin
    I'd be interested to know what average running temperature you guys have. I went for a 150 mile ride yesterday and the temp reached 107. The road conditions were dry, 19C and an average speed 80-90, continuous for 2hrs or so. The temp gauge showed two marks below red so nowhere near boiling but...
  3. Damp Garage or Open Car Port?

    Africa Twin
    Hi there, Well its winter again here in northern Germany. Bloody freezing and damp. I have a choice of parking my pristine AT in a damp garage, which I air as much as possible, or under a car port where it will stay dry with no problem with air flow. The bike gets a coating of moisture in the...
  4. Top end rebuild

    Dominator / FMX
    Due to oil starvation to the top end, I need a new cam and rockers after I ran about 200ml dry at the top end (how do you know u ntil its knackered?!?!)...wondered why the tappets needed constant adjustment!! Now very badly worn. Anyway, looks expensive so am looking at getting some used parts...
  5. Time for a service

    Dominator / FMX
    Quick question folks, i am about to do an oil and filter change to my 89 and cannot remember if it was sump first then downtube or vice versa. It was only four months ago too :( and did i, do i dip the filter in fresh oil or put in dry ? Bloody hell i'm doting :rolleyes:
  6. Tyres

    Transalp
    I will be buying a new pair of tyres over the winter and have always stuck to tourances BUT been looking at maxxis (seem to be a big saving on the metzellers)) has anyone been using them what are they like in the dry/wet, what kind of mileage did you get any advice appreciated.
  7. Transalp 700 actual weight?

    Transalp
    Searching up TA700 specs,I can't find any reference to the actual ready-to-ride wet weight. Any number of sites quote dry weight as 214kg. So, if that's correct, it puts the fuelled weight somewhere north of 230kg. That seems helluva heavy to me. Can anyone shed any light?
  8. Wanted: Enduro bike wanted.

    Bikes For Sale / Wanted
    Enduro bike wanted .Not been on the scene for the last 2-3 years but found road riding and a gentle dry track across Salisbury Plain on the Africa Twin a little less exciting. So in need of getting dirty again. Anything considered, been used to Xr 600's and Husky 510's but like i said anything...
  9. XL500s Spedo noise

    XL
    Hi All Just rebuilt my Honda XL500s 1979 which I've had from new, first time back on the road since 1990 The problem I have is a noise from the spedo head, at first I though it was the drive then cable but with cable disconnected from the head unit the noise has gone, so I'm presuming it must...
  10. Best Road tyres for AT

    Africa Twin
    Any advice on the best road tyres for my new rdo7a, two up touring across to Turkey this year as I have no experience of this bike, what is good in the wet and dry also what mileage could one expect to get. Thanks
  11. Time for Tyres Advice please on road tyres and pressures

    Transalp
    Hi Sorry if this is covered elsewhere but I can't see it? Transalp 700 I'm on Anakee 3's running at 30 & 35 psi. front is fine The rear has squared off like its low on pressure but the ride feels hard and I think should be 40 psi? I ride on road only and my main priority is wet & dry grip...
  12. Mobile phone (GPS) holder

    Africa Twin
    Does anyone know of a good mobile phone holder for fitting onto an Africa Twin that allows it to be charged and kept dry?
  13. My new ride!

    Yamaha
    Well when i say my new ride i've had it about a month,it's a 12 plate genuine Worldcrosser edition with 4k dry miles on the clock,just need some decent weather to get out on it,it's keeping the A/T company in the garage.:)
  14. Tripping hither, tripping thither

    Africa Twin
    OK, I'd thought I'd try to get rid of some scratches/cracks in the trip master screen. Armed with wet and dry, xerapol and some water I set to, after a while I stopped, happy it was getting much less scratched and not wanting to deprive the owner of such pleasure. There's a way to go so buy...
  15. Oil leak?

    Transalp
    Evening All, I appear to have a small oil leak I've just had a quick look and I think it's leaking somewhere on the front cylinder left hand side, I first thought it might be the valve cover gasket but that felt ok/dry when I ran my finger along it. Here's a couple of pics showing where the...
  16. so the curse strikes again ...... should i just give up

    Africa Twin
    well here we go again . started the rebuild this week . all new bearings in , gearbox in lets try a dry build with the crank ............................ and ...........one of the new black main bearing is not a black main bearing???? i took it to the local bike shop and we checked it its not a...
  17. handling

    Transalp
    Why do I seem to get a front end wobble at high speed and going over the white line Iv got conti escapes on there at the moment and I wondered if it was them. Iv seen a lot of gd reviews On the conti's but I think there crap in the wet and in the dry
  18. Does Hammerite EVER dry?

    Transalp
    I primed new new bars after stripping, had a tin of Hammerite Smooth and gave the bars about 3 coats. (Tin says 3-4 coats). That was yesterday afternoon and they are still tacky as hell :mad: Does this stuff ever dry? Read on another forum it can take TWO WEEKS - Really???? My new grips should...
  19. Running in after new rings.

    Africa Twin
    What is the general perceived wisdom on running in after fitting new rings. Standard rings no re-bore, barrels not honed but lightly abraded with wet and dry. Some seem to advocate the bimble along at low revs for 500miles others to allow the engine to rev a little higher for short periods...
  20. Stalling 700

    Transalp
    Finding an annoying problem with my 700 TA of late. If I do a sharpish right turn the old girl just dies on me. No probs on roundabouts, only sharp rights, into my drive or parking spaces. Happening quite often. No difference if fuel is full, empty or anywhere in between. Hot cold dry wet, no...
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