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  1. Hone for new rings

    Africa Twin
    Hi all, I have been lucky enough to be the new owner of an 96 XRV750. As we all know there are not many here in the US and I'm excited to get her on the road. I'm working on rebuilding the motor and I can not find info on what grit of hone to use to re-ring. I have factory rings and the bores...
  2. 1972 and 1976 XL250 Part Out

    XL
    I have two complete XL 250's I am parting out. If anyone needs anything I expect I will put everything on eBay but I always try to hit the forums first for the guys looking for one part. If you need anything specific you can contact me at four 19 90eight 8692 texting preferred or here for a...
  3. Reuild or road trip?

    Transalp
    Hi, I bought an '87 TA about a month and a half ago. I have been very happy with it, and bought it as a replacement for my Suzuki GS500E that I had grown out of. I bought this bike because I wanted to do a road trip around Europe, around 2000km, and I felt I wouldn't really be comfortable on the...
  4. What to expect after 150K regarding serious maintenance?

    Transalp
    Hello fellow Alpiners. My '91 XL600v has blessed me with many kilometres around the world and we still have many more to do. We've been on the road for over two years and done about 80k together and the bike has roughly done around 150k. I would tell you the exact number but the speedo unit got...
  5. Smokey XR

    XR
    Hi, first post and its a cry for help! My XR400 has started smoking :( I get a chuff of Blue smoke when bike is hot after I give it a handfull so Im thinking it may be the piston/rings starting to show a little wear. I dont notice much oil been used but then again its pretty early days. The...
  6. Restoring the " Blue One" a lost cause?

    Africa Twin
    OK everyone here goes for my rebuild thread, we could be in for a bumpy ride, hopefully all will end well rather than in bankruptcy and divorce. What have we got? 1999 RD07a type 10 Sahara Blue metallic, 28,000 miles. Stolen, crashed, recovered, written off, left out in the rain to rot...
  7. XL185 rebore

    XL
    I need to strip the top end of my XL185 to replace the bottom gasket so thought I should get it rebored bigger, so do I just get an XR200 piston and get them to hone to that size? and do I then just use an XR200 head gasket? Need to ask before I decide to strip it so I can get all the parts and...
  8. Another example of the need to wear proper gear

    Chatter
    Had another heart stopping moment this morning when my daughter rang me at about the time she should be getting to college. First thought was she'd come of the bike and smashed her and it up. It wasn't quite that bad thankfully, turns out she misjudged the entrance to the college car park and...
  9. dominator engine rebuild

    Dominator / FMX
    hi, im in the middle of a full engine rebuild on an 88 domi with about 45000 miles. it was running pretty much fine before apart from burning a fair amount of oil. i just wanted to open it up to replace a couple of things (snapped gear change shaft) and to check what condition its in before i...
  10. Noisey gearbox and engine - Rebuild costs anyone ??

    Africa Twin
    My newly aquired RD07a is how you could say... rough around the edges. Its had 40,000 rough miles. South Africa and back, south east Asia and back etc. The gearbox bearings are rough and noisey and the topend sounds like a skeleton ****ing in a biscuit tin.. :rolleyes: I did a full...
  11. Things I think I need to do......

    Chatter
    and would like any comments on. :D . Its a range of ideas to set the TA up for next year, and give options as well. Things I'd like the bike to do: The full season of UK rallies, probably by trailer. Christmas and National meets. Erzberg "Konigsclasse", again probably by trailer. End to End...
  12. DISASTER - HELP

    Africa Twin
    I bought an africa twin 2 weeks ago for a trip of South America. It had 50,000 miles on it so thought it would be a good idea to change the rings and deglase/hone the cylinder. Well, when i pulled the cylinder up..this is what i found (see pic). The bottom of the cylinder lining has two pieces...
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