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  1. Africa Twin
    Hello there, Have recently bought a RD07A with some overheating issues, the problem was the radiators but i took the previlage and changed all the gaskets just to be sure. When i was waiting for the parts to arrive i did a horrible mistake. The bike had an alarm system but since i was not...
  2. XL
    hey all I have a 78 XL100 i had running last season. I had the engine out this winter to put new valve seals in etc. and have recently put the engine back on the bike to fire it up for the season. I noticed it had spark at first but then suddenly no spark. I decided to check for power from the...
  3. Transalp
    Translap "pops" ( SOLVED !!!) Got 2 problems and here is the story ...English is not my native language so be nice to me .... Trasnsalp 650 in perfect condition 165.000 klm all service on time carburetors cleaned very very well 2000 klm ago by authorized service center . 1) At any...
  4. Mechanical Advice
    Hi all this is one for the mechanics on here I recently bought e full set of front brake pistons for the TA when they arrived they appeared to be made of plastic probably phenolic with a steel cap there are no instructions with them so I have no idea which way round they should be fitted...
  5. XR
    Hi, I am preparing a '98 XR600R for a two-week rally across Europe. Can anyone recommend a workshop in UK where they are knowledgeable about this particular bike? I have been to experienced enduro/rally shops but, while they're very good with current bikes, they're struggling with mine. Many...
  6. Dominator / FMX
    I was having a little lad n dad chat with jnr about bikes and he said he had shown one of his photos of my bike to his mechanics teacher. His teacher was impressed with the bike and said ,tell your dad if he gives us the back wheel and gets the spokes ,we will do his back wheel for free and do...
  7. Africa Twin
    Picked the Sept. issue of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics mag up the other day, and there's a good report on a chap in Wales who's done a nice resto on an RD04L. Mostly a standard refit and refurb, but a cracking livery conversion from "shell-suit" to HRC R/W/B :) All that's best in modern...
  8. Africa Twin
    Hi Guys I fitted new spots on my bike this weekend. After some errors made (wrong wiring diagrams etc....loads of my inline fuses blown.) it finally works great. However....this morning I use the bike again for the first time and my Bright (main) bulbs dont light up and nor does my right...
  9. Mechanical Advice
    A quick query for all you mad keen mechanics, I'm about ready to refit the engine into my 1989 transalp after it's refurb. My question is this, is it easier to fit the engine into the frame loose or into a rolling chassis ? I took it out with the frame on its side and lifted the frame off over...
  10. Africa Twin
    Problems removing seat on my AT heya, I've got problems, as per topic, with removing my seat. It's a 91. Now, the manual says to insert the key into the seat lock - which also appears to be some sort of wee storage area, turn clockwise (which I'm doing by 90°) and the storage door falls open...
  11. Dominator / FMX
    Hi There, I'm writing an article on the Dominator in the 'Emerging Classics' series for Classic Motorcycle Mechanics and I'm keen to find someone who owns an early-ish model that we could feature in the piece. Ideally it should be as close to stock as possible and have been owned for a decent...
  12. Chatter
    Ok many mechanics are experienced/knowledgeable but when it comes to detailed info re a particular bike where do they go? Is there a book of info or do they phone or go online to get details .? anyone know and what do you have to do to access it ?
  13. Africa Twin
    may be of help to someone/everyone sooner or later... AdF.ly - shrink your URLs and get paid!
  14. Chatter
    Now, whilst I have an encyclopaedic knowledge of bikes;) Cars......That's a different kettle of fish. My wife bought a Micra today and she showed me around it. There is an awful crack and star crack in the black area of the windscreenabove the mirror. - Yes, it is much longer than the 40mm stuff...
  15. Africa Twin
    Hi guys,i'm Federico from Italy,i would like present the Rd03 of my brother restored by me and him and my Rd03 with some changes.....we've done all in house,we have a hobby workshop beside our home so everything about mechanics,body,paint,etc is made by us.....result seem nice,let me know what...
  16. Dominator / FMX
    Hi people, I was originally after Transalp but because I could not find anything I would like I have changed my search to Dominator. I have chance to get one for good price, not a best looking bike but with the price tag seems to be fine. Now the odometer shows 19 000 miles but I have found out...
  17. Africa Twin
    So long story short my output shaft is spannered and the sprocket is tack welded on. :( Sadly I don't have any garage space to attempt this myself and I'd rather keep the bike, it's in reasonably good condition RD04 and I think if I do this it would be worth keeping for a good amount of time...
  18. Africa Twin
    I almost had my bike stolen last night, but in the process of forcing the steering lock, they must have damaged something on the front because the frontwheel is now misaligned. Hence they left it. I will need to have it fixed by someone in London but I have no clue of what this will cost. Any...
  19. Chatter
    This months Classic mechanics BMW GS history lesson It has a potted history of the BMW GS range, oh and do not look at the readers bikes will ya i need to go on a diet!!!!! and a nice write up about fellow Rd club member Dave Isherwoods RD250/350 hybrid as well merv
  20. Recommended Dealers/Service Providers/Campsites
    Hello all - can I ask, does anyone have any recommendations on dealers or mechanics either in the Fife area or in the Lothians? I really need to get my cam chains done, and the alternative is buying the parts (and tools as I don't have an alternator puller) and hoping for good weather. Not...
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