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  1. XL
    I have recently purchased a 1984 XLX250R & on my first ride today I am unsure if the speedo or tacho are reading correctly at 80klmh the tacho reads around 7k it seems to be quite high the gearing is 14--40 & I read std gearing is 13--38 which is not too far away can someone give me an idea of...
  2. Africa Twin
    Hi there, I'm currently rebuilding my 1988 RD03 beloved twin and I need to replace my 2 rims, and to be honest I'm not a fan of the Excell one proposed on rugged roads... so I had a few reads on the forum and eBay seems a good option, but I'm a bit confused about it.... so my question is...
  3. Africa Twin
    Like above reads : anyone know zinc playing in around Dublin ? Val 2 bikes , twice is happy
  4. XL
    hi ,new to forum and looking for advice please,working on mates 1982 xl500r ,problem with bike starting once engine gets warmed up, went to check ignition coil,secondary reading should be between 8k-15kohms ,his reading 4k,thought this was our problem so sent of for new one but that also reads...
  5. Africa Twin
    Had it apart, their capoot, red a few treads on the soldering of new Thermistor, but all seam to be incomplete when it comes down to make and type. Which one do I order ?
  6. Dominator / FMX
    Put the valves in spec' & retested the compression, reads 120 psi, any thoughts ?
  7. Mechanical Advice
    The (cheapo) battery on the Vara always sounds a bit sluggish so before I stump for a new one I want to ensure the charging system is fine as I'm still running the original 'unfinned' RR I bought a cheapy plug in voltmeter from China (of all places...!), checked it with voltmeter & tests...
  8. Africa Twin
    Hi all I have to repaint some parts (foot pegs, foot peg holders, etc.) and I'll have them powder coated. Some parts have to be black, some silver. Does anybody know the accordant color codes? There is a sticker near the battery compartement that reads NH-1 on the first line and NH1 on the...
  9. Africa Twin
    Ebay, 108 sqids, front wheel! Bit mottled, some valve hole rot but better than me current one! Apologies if whomever reads this are the other snipers what didn't get it, but I really REALLY need one :) Propa gold!
  10. XR
    Hi, could some kind soul with a XR400 measure the length of the stem on their dipstick for me? I have one of those that reads the temperature on my XR650L and I cannot get a clear reading on it, I wondered if one from a 400 will fit? cheers, Bob.
  11. Dominator / FMX
    I am trying to decide which exhaust system to buy for my project. At the moment I am liking the one backtracker used from a CRF 250 R on one of his projects and wondering if its an easy fit or is there a bit of fabrication involved. Will I need larger header pipes and is the system a straight...
  12. Other Bikes
    Just brought an unrestored 1963 Ariel Leader, speedo reads 5000 miles, last tax disc 1969, been in a shed since 1978. It has nearly every extra that were available for the Leader. Plan at this stage, to leave it unrestored and get it running. Even the tyres look good, no cracks and proper...
  13. Africa Twin
    Am I getting this right coz according to my manual the RD03 tryre pressure are the same for rider or rider & Pillion :o it reads 29 front & rear, surelyt it must be more if you have a pillion on, I have never owned a bike that had the same pressures but I could be wrong. Anyone else have a...
  14. XR
    Chaps, I'm trying to sort out the fueling on my 1999 S reg XR400 RX. Since making some baffles to make it quieter it runs a bit rough. According to the manual, 1996 and 1997 bikes have Keihin PDK1A carbs. 1998 and newer have PDK1C. The number on mine reads PD, and then below that reads K1FAMI7...
  15. Chatter
    I wonder if members can suggest some good bike books. My own favourites are Jupiter's Travels by Ted Simons: Zen and the art of Maintenance and The Complete Motorcycle Nomad by Roger Lovin. I hope to have a holiday later in the year and would love a good read. UP THE WORKERS!
  16. Chatter
    years ago when i was driving trucks i used to do a lot of overnight runs either to or from scotland. one of my abiding memories was having the company of john peel over the air waves 8) 8) 8) he always had a way of presenting that you could almost feel like he was a friend around for the...
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