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  1. Probably a very silly question - XL700 reserve tank/switch - fuel questions

    Transalp
    Sorry I have googled but no firm conclusion. XL700 2009 - is there a 'reserve' tank? If yes, where is the switch to chose it? Also do you have to fill it separately or just in the normal hole? Yes...this is my first proper bike :occasion8: p.s roughly how many miles should I get from a full tank?
  2. RD03 rpm per mph?

    Africa Twin
    Happily cruising at 75 today wondering how many rpms I'm doing. Haven't had a rev counter for a while and can't remember what it used to be, anyone know roughly how many rpms a RD03 would be doing at say 60, 70 and 80 in 5th? Cheers
  3. TA 600 rear shock snapped?

    Transalp
    I've been using the transalp all week without fault. Fired it up today to go for a spin and after only 30 seconds down the road, there was an obvious clunk. I pulled in at the local petrol station and bouncing up and down on the seat I could recreate the noise. You could feel it through the...
  4. Batteries: How long do they last roughly?

    Transalp
    I have a 2010 XL700VA Transalp, with 28000 miles on the clock, that this morning didn't have enough life in the battery to start it. It hasn't been started in about a week which is the longest it has gone without being used in the short time I have owned it. It took a charge from the Oximiser...
  5. Wanted PD10 1998 transalp swingarm

    For Sale / Wanted
    Due to rusting from the inside out I'm in the market for a replacement swingarm.
  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. RD04 Rally build

    Africa Twin
    So... Decided to give the bike a serious rework to freshen her up. This is the thread to share pictures and stuff... My bike gets used in anger off road. She'll be getting raced next year so time for some TLC and a weight loss program. I have been using her pretty much completely off road...
  8. RD03 buying guide please

    Africa Twin
    i'm due to look at one next week but in the photo the engine is black. the owner is adamant its original. did they ever manufacture one with all black engine? how easy is it to remove the front sprocket cover. is it too much to ask for it to be removed for inspection? seat and side panel easy to...
  9. HUMM 2015

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    Here’s some thoughts and photos from this year's Horizons Unlimited Morocco Madness. The 2011 event was going to be the last under the Horizons Unlimited banner, however never say never, and with a move from the Pyrenees to Ifrane in the Middle Atlas, the event was back. Grant and Susan Johnson...
  10. For Sale: Africa Twin alu radiator grills + brackets for secondary cooling fan

    For Sale / Wanted
    The parts will fit RD03. RD04 and RD07/a radiators. Protect your radiator with these lightweight anodized aluminum grills. You can transfer the rubber flaps from your old grills. Basic kit (without side baffles that keep air from escaping thru the sides). $60.00cad + shipping Kit with...
  11. BF Goodrich Brake Hoses

    Africa Twin
    Has anyone fitted BF Goodrich hoses to their twin? I've just bought a set of new brake calipers for my bike. Looking at the back hose, where the hose is clamped into the metal ferrule (caliper end) there is a bulge where fluid is getting out from the center hose, so I need to replace it. I...
  12. What's your idle speed?

    Africa Twin
    Hi guys! I have my AT set at roughly 700 RPM idle speed. Lower than that and it becomes a rough and jumpy ride. Higher than that and the bike becomes too eager, as well as some nasty clanking when selecting the first gear from neutral. So to me, 1200 RPM idle seems too fast, even though this is...
  13. motorway journey?

    Chatter
    hi guys just a quick question. i may have a job down in macclesfield and im looking to get a bigger bike(xr400or a xr250) when i finally get the money to pass my test. just wondering how you guys think it will be doing the motorway journey from bolton to mac? it will roughly be around 35 mile...
  14. How to access the rear mudguard behind the cross member on the subframe

    XR
    Afternoon all. That is - how to access the underside of course......top surface is a bit obvious, sorry... I want to fit a larger tool bag to the XR400 and have removed the two bolts holding the original tool bag in place, which also look like they locate/hold the back plastic undertray and...
  15. tyres again for Norway trip

    Transalp
    Hi folks Who knows very roughly how long i could expect to get from a set of tkc 80,s on my TA 650 used mostly on road but odd bits of soft roading?
  16. Withdrawn: 2 new ta cdi units

    For Sale / Wanted
    I purchased 2 new cdi units believing that mine were the problem however this isn't the case and the new ones don't fit my bike, there is mention they may not fit early 88-89 models and mine is an 89. I'm looking to get back roughly what I paid for them so £100 for the pair plus postage. Uk only...
  17. Hardalpitour...The Day(s) After...Military Streets, Forts And Loads Of Dirt Miles...

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    …what else would you call the days that follow a 24 hour nonstop off road ride up and down the Alps peaks :eek1 ???? Nevertheless, the desire of keep riding the West Italian Alps was too strong to stop us from riding :p3rry. I arranged for my friend Jeff of Colwyn Bay Motorcycles in North...
  18. Harvey's Christmas present

    Chatter
    We've been thinking what to get him for Christmas and couldn't really decide on anything. Then i was talking to a mate who had plans to build a scaled down land Rover. He had built one a bout 10 years back for his daughter and still had the plans and some other bits for the build so i bought...
  19. Model query

    Transalp
    Hello everybody, I recently bought a 600 transalp which was on a q plate. The v5 document says year of manufacture is 1996 but that can't be right as it has a drum brake on the rear. Now I can assume that the 1996 date was when the vehicle was re registered as the bike had been rebuilt using a...
  20. Europe in a Mini.

    Chatter
    Hope this is in the right section, its not bike related but my son has embarked on a month long trip around some bits of Europe in his Mini, with his girlfriend. To put it into some context, about six weeks ago the car had been off the road for roughly eighteen months, with no interior, glass...
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