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  1. YACO (Yet another Chain Oiler)

    Bodgers Corner
    I wanted to get rid of the sticky spray lube for the chain and intended to build my own chain oiler.<br> My main objectives were: low tech, independent from motor vacuum or electricity/electronics. full manual control of the amount of oil being applied, depending on road or weather conditions...
  2. oil filter removal tool

    Bodgers Corner
    having broken my oil filter removal tool changing the oil on my brothers car I needed to change the oil and filter on my transalp 600 so the long slot head screw driver and hammer were put to use a couple of belts of the hammer and it was in then just a push down and it was loose easy peasy ...
  3. For Sale: Having a clearout... XR Acerbis tank, Rox risers, Renthal bars, Baja 250 project!

    For Sale / Wanted
    So it would turn out that preparing an RD07A for use in rallying is both a drain on time and funds! That and when im not working on the thing i'm riding the wheels off it working on my own skills. So as a result of that (and the fact that we really need the space) i'm having a clear out... And...
  4. Home made chain oiler

    Transalp
    Ive made a chain oiler today for my transalp 700 its cost under a tenner £4.99 primer bulb off ebay ,£2.50 water washer pipe and a £1 for some small bolts ,bits i already had were a brake resovoiir off my old street triple and some bits off aluminium to make a bracket to fix the resovoir to the...
  5. Painting rd07

    Africa Twin
    Hi all, I recently bought my first Africa Twin rd07 as a small winter project. The previous owner was kind enough to give her the most ugly paintjob ever. I want to paint her on a budget to get her ready for a trip to scotland next year. Is there anyone who did this by himself? I have a...
  6. TA Xl600v winter project

    Transalp
    I'm putting my 1998 TA xl600v on the ramp for a winter project with a view of it being my main touring bike next year. I'm trying to decide how far to go with it, so my question is has anyone repainted the frame before and what lengths did you go to? I would rather not remove the engine, but if...
  7. My 600 Transalp Rebuild Thread

    Transalp
    Hi All, After trying to find a nice TA for a while, I recently bought a less than ideal bike because it was local, cheap and I was getting impatient. The bike i've bought was advertised as a non-runner, it had a flat battery and a flat tyre. When I got the bike home I added some fresh fuel and...
  8. Fork Leg Paint suggestions

    Other Honda
    Looking to freshen up my latest toy, the lower fork legs are a little tired / chipped / faded and looking to apply some satin black rattle can paint. Anyone recommend the process / materials ie what primer/ etch, top coat and any clear laquer please, please don't be scared about naming names...
  9. What I did in the last 6 months...

    Africa Twin
    ...Just off the top of me head, I'd surprise meself if I went thru the receipts and saw the rest I guess ;) Front wheel (OEM used) Speedo shims x2 (OEM new) Speedo drive gear (OEM new) Speedo cable (pattern new) Inner tube (pattern new) Valve sealing cap x2 (OEM new) Caliper seals...
  10. Varadero starting problem - help please.

    Varadero
    I have a 2013 reg. Varadero XL1000 and just recently it has been failing to start when "hot". Basically every now and again I don't get that "whirring" noise when I switch the ignition on and subsequently the bike will turn over but not start. I then turn the ignition on and off a few times...
  11. For Sale: Honda 1983 VT500E Project Classic V Twin or Flat tracker style

    Bikes For Sale / Wanted
    SOLD A Honda 1983 VT500E project possible Classic V Twin or Flat tracker style SOLD The bike is a Honda VT500E the ancestor of the stagger crank V twins (Africa Twin, XLV750, Transalp etc) it is 6 speed gearbox and shaft drive.. The engine and transmission are standard, engine turns over on...
  12. 1989 XRV650 RD03 Restoration

    Africa Twin
    I managed to import a 1989 XRV650 RD03 from Thunder last year. As far as I know, it is one of five RD03s in North America right now (there may be more, but they have not come up on my radar yet). That makes this not only a wonderful bike in its own right, but a very rare machine that deserves to...
  13. Sold: XL600LM Dual Headlight Fairing

    For Sale / Wanted
    Hi, So I tried to fit my US-spec 1986 XL600R with the dual headlights, seat and large tank of the Paris Dakar Euro-spec XL600LM in time for a west American trip. It was a bigger job that I have the tools or time for, so I'm selling the parts I imported from a German PD04 XL600LM. Here is a...
  14. Part 2 of my tall transalp: Its now a Mad Max Post Apocalyptic survival bike

    Transalp
    Uploaded with ImageShack.us The below one was taken a while ago, I have since cut the rear mudguard extender right back. Part 2. of the story of my tall transalp.. http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc210/chrisyabass/Graffitti%20on%20Hosier%20Lane%20%20-%20Melbourne/alane1.jpg OK, I...
  15. rac du granville-front rack

    Bodgers Corner
    with a hybrid plan, shamelessly lifted from MondoEnduro & Open all hours(granvilles butcher bike)- I used a few more school chairs to attempt this fabrication. I have recorded the construction & will put it up when I can pull my finger out, but it broadly follows my previous attempt at rear...
  16. Painting for beginners

    Mechanical Advice
    Painting is one of the few things I've had little success with over the years. Wheels and such things I've used rattle cans and generally had a good enough finish but any sort of bodywork repair has been, to be frank, awful. Not withstanding the above and the fact that a pro job would push the...
  17. Repair and Repaint of all plastics.

    Africa Twin
    Repair and repaint of all plastics I purchased my 1990 RD04 several months ago, with a view to having a bimble around during the summer (that never was). This is the second RD04 that I have owned, the last one many years ago now. I purchased the bike privately for a reasonable price. It was in...
  18. Before and after I have painted my XRV

    Africa Twin
    Hi all. Name is Dennis and I live in Sweden. The first time I write here. Bought my Africa Twin 750 (96) a year ago. Now I have torn it down and everything will be painted. Pretty bad painted by honda. Seems to be a bad primer or no primer at all. Everything have begun to rust. Has received an...
  19. Front Rack

    Bodgers Corner
    Had a few members at the National ask about my frontrack. I did take photos when i made it, so here they are. It’s made from 3/4" conduit (the 20mm stuff has a thinner wall). A small length of flat bar was welded to the end and a corresponding piece welded to the crash bar I don’t have a pipe...
  20. engine painting

    Mechanical Advice
    time to start my rebuild now........ about to get under way and am going to paint my engine black....i see PJ1 to be the preferrred choice here which i'm happy with...... BUT how many cans are used on an africatwin engine as i'm going to need to order it online? and also did you use a primer or...
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