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  1. Removing brake caliper pistons with a bicycle pump......A BODGE

    Africa Twin
    Yesterday I started on the brake re-build for my RD03. This bike had been sitting for a few years with the brake systems drained and partially disassembled. Problem: How to remove the old crusty brake pistons from the caliper while not destroying them in case they can be cleaned up and...
  2. RD04 Water ingress clear coat/film on tank?

    Africa Twin
    Hello Everyone, I came out to find what appears to be a clear film separating from the tank with water or air trapped underneath, after a night of heavy downpour. The safety stickers appear to be on the outside which suggests that this clear coating is original. Has anyone experienced anything...
  3. Getting a 700 onto the mainstand!!!!!!

    Transalp
    I’ve had a number of bikes, big, small etc and I’ve never had a bike as hard to put on the main stand as the 700. ive strained my shoulder. strained my foot. Airhead Beamers, heavier bikes... easier. sports bikes with main stands.... easier. 650 Trannie..... don’t remember this being hard...
  4. Varadero & my cure for the soft rear shock

    Varadero
    Right then, I've done heaps of mods to my 2000 Varadero over the years & tbh I fell out of love with it about 18 months ago. I still really like the bike & would never sell it, but I just ran out of ideas with the too soft rear end. I tried lots of things, first was jackup plates with the...
  5. Water Pump drain bolt problems

    Transalp
    I decided to change my coolant recently and found that when i replaced the drain bolt with a new washer it wouldn't tighten properly. I removed the bolt and found that what appeared to be the thread from inside the drain bolt hole had come away and onto the bolt. I decided to buy a new bolt to...
  6. Suspension upgrades, emulator/intiminator and rear damper

    Africa Twin
    Hello, I am an Africa Twin rider from Denmark, that are building a bit on my RD04. The ride ready weight with full tank is 210 kg (I am still trying to get the weight down to 200kg). I really like the bike, except for the suspension. It feels way too hard/harsh on fast bumps and holes...
  7. Soft Panniers & Frame.

    Africa Twin
    Hi, Anyone here recommend a soft pannier frame and soft panniers? Regards, Pat.
  8. Shock choice

    Dominator / FMX
    My winter project is coming along nicely and I like it so far The rear shock at present is from a zx6r but I think it is to soft. I have seen 3 other shocks I am interested in. Hagon Wilbers ( no preload) Wilbers more expensive but has a dial( able)setting I know it's a personal choice but do...
  9. Rear shock - A bit too soft?

    Transalp
    Hi. I have had my 99' TA 600 for a while now, and I want to make my bike a little less soft, and also try to lift the rear a bit. Is this possible just by modifying the original parts? Has anyone done this before? In the front I added a few mm. of fork-oil, and changed the viscosity. That...
  10. Q: Transalp 650 too soft front

    Transalp
    Hi all, i'm having a problem when going thru the small bumps.. front fork goes all the way down and hit my roll bar.. Can i do smth to fork with other oil? Or should i go with new springs?
  11. My FMX tracker project

    Dominator / FMX
    Thought I’d post a couple of pictures of progress so far. I picked up a tatty FMX in March 18 and since the have been slowly rebuilding it in the style of a tracker / Scrambler hybrid. Still lots of tidying to do but the basics are now done and I like the direction it’s going. It’s all my...
  12. For Sale: Crosso moto 80 soft panniers

    For Sale / Wanted
    Hi, I've got for sale my saddle panniers CROSSO MOTO 80 (capacity 80L). Made of cordura, all stiches are seald. Panniers were tested in every condition - 100% waterproof!! It is fit for almost all racks, fully adjustable. On the back and front is scotchlite like material for visibility . Price...
  13. Suspension upgrade

    Africa Twin
    Hi guys as the good weather is just round the next snowy corner and time to play will be upon us in no time, I’m thinking of trying to make some improvements I’m not planning a full fork swap for KTM stuff, but I find the front a bit soft, most of my riding will be on tarmac, and around...
  14. ISO Australian XRV or Taller Dualsport: Buy, Rent or Trade for American SW XRV750

    Africa Twin
    Australian XRV Riders, Hello. I hope this post finds you well. I am about to finish a two month tour of New Zealand and will visit Australia for three to six months. During my tour of New Zealand, I was fortunate to purchase XRV750 (RD04) with local support. I have owned a couple Africa...
  15. For Sale: FS: Givi soft panniers & racks for Transalp 650

    For Sale / Wanted
    Givi T213 I think they are, soft pannier frames used but in good condition, come complete with the indicator relocating brackets. Also some throw over semi rigid panniers for the above, as new. £35 for the frames £35 for the panniers Sent from my SM-A320FL using Tapatalk
  16. Chain warning!

    Mechanical Advice
    I'm just going through my new to me Transalp 700, fitting a scottoiler and have discovered a major defect in the chain. PO stated chain and sprockets were about 1k old, no discerable wear on sprocket and chain could not be pulled away from the rear sprocket teeth and plenty of adjustment left, I...
  17. Soft panniers frames?

    Africa Twin
    I installed Enduristan Monsoon soft bags on my RD07 for its maiden (for me) voyage in Europe last month. They worked great, but I had a heck of a time keeping them anchored in once place. They basically wanted to fall to the left all the time. I think I'd like some simple lightweight mounts to...
  18. Rough running?

    Mechanical Advice
    Hi I'm experiencing some rough running whilst the engine is ticking over I think it's referred to as hunting, it also seems to miss fire occasionally on a steady throttle at around 2000 rpm with a soft sort of wet fart backfire on the overrun. Can anyone put there finger on a reason for these...
  19. Crf 250 Rally soft luggage rack

    CRF - New Forum!
    Is there anyone local to me, sittingbourne who can make me a rear luggage rack for magadan soft luggage, with a rotopax fuel container on the opposite side of the exhaust and being braced across the rear, it needs to be lightweight neat and tidy. Many thanks
  20. CV carb (and Dave's mod)

    Dominator / FMX
    Hey NX650 from 1988. Have a jet kit in the mail and planning on doing Dave's mod. I wanted to take the carburetor apart and clean it up before hand, but having trouble getting two of the screws in the float chamber out - seem very soft and I don't want to ruin them. I have PH and PZ...
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