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  1. Tom Tom Rider Wiring

    With me being totally electrically illiterate (with bikes at least I'm afraid) could anybody Please explain in the most simplest of terms, how to wire my Tom Tom into the system so it is able to charge whilst the ignition is on and not when the ignition is off, many thanks in advance, feel a...
  2. RD engines???

    Africa Twin
    At the risk of making a total dick of myself... Whats the difference between the RD03, 04, 07 etc?? Ive had a little looksie about but thought it be quicker to ask directly. can anyone point me to a thread or explain the differences and pros and cons. best/most reliable etc??? I really...
  3. Strange handling after fitting new tyres

    Mechanical Advice
    Hi Just fitted some anakee 3s to honda transalp 650. Bike seems to tip into corners realy easily, like too easily, nearly caught me out. Getting used to it but wondered if anyone can explain why. They seem much stiffer than other tyres , perhaps i could lower pressure a bit. Set at 30/ 36. Rick
  4. @ vs Transalp

    Africa Twin
    Could someone please explain to me, apart from the engine size, what are the main differences between the two bikes?
  5. Shaping up to be a bad day :-(

    Africa Twin
    I dropped my @ this morning wheeling it back out of the garage - smashed the screen and chipped the faring on the frame of the garage door. Unhappy doesn't even start to explain how I feel :-( Chris
  6. XR600R decompressor

    Hi, can anybody explain how auto decomp works on XR600R '92 in details? Is oil pressure involved in it's work? Can be faulty decomp the reason of not starting engine? How soft should be decompressor cam spring? It feels really soft. If all mechanism looks quite ok, no excessive wearing visible...
  7. Please explain eBay

    I don't get how selling expensive things works. I thought eBay takes 10%. So, when someone sells a bike and says pay £100 to PayPal and cash on collection, does eBay not charge 10% of the whole transaction, or 10% of the £100? If it is the whole transaction, why do people not just say pay...
  8. Hello to all

    Africa Twin
    Hi all ,, some already know me , most don't so im in the mids uk , have bought 2 @ over in Germany , 1st one was kept in a barn for 6 years under cover after it had ....errrmm a problem .. then trying to find a replacement engine bought second @ from a very nice Honda dealer for not alot ;-) My...
  9. Blue XL650V1 2001 UK - (E) part numbers

    Any of you knowledgeable ones able to explain to me how to deduce which colour corresponds to the Transalp parts secret code ? I seek the knowledge of blue bodywork for an XL650V1 2001 UK model ... body bits 19 & 20, as shown above (grrr ... f'in'reversin'4wd'ers).
  10. Valve timing

    Mechanical Advice
    Can anyone point me in the direction of some reading material that would explain the intricacies the valve/camshaft timing? I'm after something that would explain the effects of altering the valve timing - ie what effect altering the valve open times would have on the engine's performance I...
  11. Just got an XR650R but I don't know how to start it !!! :(

    Today I had to give up after 20 mins of kicking. My right thigh is going to end up a lot bigger than my left! The previous owner says I have to find the TDC before kicking, but he can't explain how I should find it. After a while, the carb gets flooded, and when leaning to the left, quite a...
  12. MATHS, can somebody please explain?

    OK, I admit it, I'm a numpty at maths, and clearly never paid enough attention in class. My invoices are never paid into the bank in consecutive order, and sometimes they are combined, and then have 20% deducted for income tax. The problem is compounded by not getting timely CIS statements...
  13. Which Hunt........

    So the story that's all over the news is the BBC which, as far as I can see, is guilty of being too careful ( plus an inability to explain it), followed by behaving in a seriously unsubtle way but without naming any of the senior politicians on the web. This organisation is being judged and...
  14. R reg Africa Twin

    What's it worth?
    I am thinking about selling my Africa Twin. It is a great bike but I have started doing a lot of 2 up riding and I am not sure she is the bike for the job. List of bits: Engine bars High screen Dash surround Center Stand Hand guards Scot oiler Not in the picture, Kappa / Givi pannier...
  15. screw to adjust the suspension

    Hi guys, can someone explain in baby language what the screw on the side of the bike for the rear suspension does on the 650. I can understand the concept of preload which i think basically makes the rear suspension harder...the screw does not adjust this it adjusts the damping correct? but...
  16. Central Heating question

    Okay, so not biking related! We've just had a new boiler and now have a wireless thingy on the wall. It is a Radio Tybox. What is confusing me, is you have two temp settings, Comfort and economy. Please explain?!!! The nearest I can guess is that comfort is the setting you set your heating to...
  17. Other XR's

    Other XR's i've had the pleasure to own over the years... The XR650R was massive fun but i used to struggle starting it with me dodgy knee. Not strictly a XR i know but the XLR250 as i've tried to explain to my mates is still one of the best bikes i've ever owned. I used to ride it to work, ride...
  18. Can someone explain this to me?

    Well, as I plan to register my new TA (to me) here in Estonia, I find one aspect of life here that was better in the UK. Admittedly, it was expensive but at least the you have choice. Basically, I just found out that my 1993 TA is too old for TPFT insurance (?!?!). Based on risk factors of...
  19. Any posties explain this

    I've ordered some stuff off the internet and the seller has sent me a tracking number. So I entered this in the box on the Royal mail site which searches and then informs me................................................ .................................................. can only track...
  20. can anyone explain this ?

    I have an RD04 which was first registered in 1993 (on a K plate) I know they stopped making RD04's in 92 but suppose it could have been late registered. Now here is the strange bit - the frame number starts RD07 !! Now its definately an RD04 and having checked with DVLA, The frame number...