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  1. XR Technical Specs
    Hi. Having had the piston disintegrate into the engine on my 2004 XR400 I am now looking at a fairly major rebuild. I am ok with that but I was wondering if all the XR400 engines are the same? It certainly would make finding all the parts easier. At this time I need a new barrel, 4 valves...
  2. Transalp
    Has anyone replaced both the top and bottom steering bearings on their TA 650? My one will fail the MOT evidently, so looking to replace them myself. Looks fairly straight forward. Are there any major problems with the job. Be great to hear from someone who has already done this. Regards Pete
  3. Africa Twin
    Does anyone know if its possible to do an engine swap with the VTR1000 engine? Has it been done before? Any major hurdles? G.
  4. Varadero
    My Vara 1000va-5 has almost reached 16000 miles and will be soon due the next service. The local bike shop CMC Motorcycles in Derbyshire are asking €482.97 (£350) to do the job, is this a fair amount for all the work involved bearing in mind it is a major service, or would it be better to look...
  5. Africa Twin
    Looking to upgrade the standard horn with something that grabs one's attention a little better. Any suggestions, preferably without major mechanical or electrical work. Thanks
  6. Chatter
    Morning all. We are making some major changes to our website and have to take it offline for a short while. If you need to place an order, or have any enquiries, I am still about, so you can contact me: By PM on here By phone - 07828 691741 By email - [email protected] Leave a...
  7. Dominator / FMX
    Hi All, doing an engine service on the weekend on my 1999 Dommie. I have a 1989 workshop manual, I do have the right riders book, so have tappet clearances etc. Are there any major differences to note, clearances, decompressor etc. I'm only looking at tappets, carb etc. Cheers
  8. Dominator / FMX
    In case you haven't seen it, the Dommie is featured in the Used Bike Chooser section of the March 2014 issue of Bike magazine. A bit garbled though: on the one hand it praises the "solid engine" then suggests that "the major worry on a Dommie is the motor..." Don't buy Bike just for this...
  9. Chatter
    Wife just got a text from our daughter in Uni visiting friends in Glasgow -- " don't worry, I'm all right " turned on Sky News, a police chopper has just crash landed onto a pub near her digs. Bloody hell. hope there are no major injuries, but it doesn't look good :(
  10. For Sale / Wanted
    Has anyone out there got an old but serviceable CR250 they're prepared to sell as a winter hack? Anything considered with/without MOT and Tax, but must be running and without major faults. Up to £1000 max. Hoping there is someone who can oblige. Thanks Paul
  11. Chatter
    No doubt he'd have some useful views on how to wear the latest protective gear... Major Hoad on the Button Hole - YouTube :D
  12. Ride Reports and Pictures
    ...to getting up before sunrise on a stolen, extra Summer's day and riding along the backroads to Whitstable for breakfast, before the sun seeking crowds descend. And if you do it on the newly revived Major, there is the extra bonus of grinning all the way there at his puttering, loyal service...
  13. Chatter
    Just been put through 2 hours of boring Chick flick with Birthday girl Sharrie and Daughter. The film was called eclipse some vampire doggy movie. Never before looked at my phone in a film but done it 3 times, and nearly burst out laughing when LV text me. These 2 are going to suffer The A team...
  14. The Longest Day
    So it seems that the spluttering and backfiring from Miss O on the final leg back to London was more than a passing complaint of fatigue :(. I stepped out the door on Friday morning to head off to Glastonbury and the lady was having none of it. She makes a dreadful noise when I try to start...
  15. Chatter
    OK, short story long. I've been out of regular work since last year, which I'm a bit naffed off about however... I've been offered a bit of work by a friend, but unfortunately it's doing something I know nothing about, but hope someone can point me in the right direction or help in some...
  16. Africa Twin
    Went to London t'other day and on way back, noticed a noise from the region around front sprocket. Got home as there was owt I could do at the time and found that of the two bolts holding the retaining plate to the sprocket, one was missing and one was so loose it was doing nothing! No apparent...
  17. Travel
    Hi. Off on a family camping holiday in Llantwit the week after next, wife and daughter in the car and my son and I on the XRV. Anyone able to give a bit of info on the town of Llantwit and facilities please, pubs, curry houses, chippies, pound shops???. Whats the beach like? Is it muddy? I...
  18. Chatter
    good old MCN... http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/08/17/mcn_ad_gaffe/
  19. Chatter
    I found out a few months back an old friend from student days now has his own brewery - won awards at beer festivals and everything so its a proper job. :occasion5: Anyway, all us old students put our email heads together and plotted and schemed a major reunion at, you've guessed it, the...
  20. Chatter
    Just been to get a beer from my drinks fridge and it's bloody empty! Where's the tears smiley?:crybaby::crybaby::crybaby::crybaby:Found it
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