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  1. Engine spins and fires but wont pick up after being stood for a day

    Dominator / FMX
    Hi all So my incredibly reliable Dommie is developing an issue. It's getting colder in this part of the world (UK) and I suspect this is having an impact. So, if I don't use the bike for a day or two, when I come to start her, she spins fine and fires almost perfectly but takes forever to pick...
  2. 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...
  3. XL650-V Intermittent starting problem.

    Transalp
    Well not sure what this is. The bike starts up great nearly every time and runs well. But a twice now, it has started up, drove for about 2 miles, stopped to go in a shop for 5 mins. Come out and it just spins over without firing. I leave it for about 2 mins, and it starts straight away. Could...
  4. Speedo gear assembly problem

    Africa Twin
    My speedo stopped working so I removed the assembly and this is what I found. Firstly, can I still use it with the piece missing out the side (I did this trying to get the inner plastic but out)? Secondly, how the hell do you get the plastic bit out? The bit that spins around that fits into...
  5. Transalp ABS 2008 starting problems.

    Transalp
    Hello all. I've owned this bike since new and have 45,000 km up so far. I love it and am pleased with it's ease of use and reliability, with one exception. About twice a year on average, and this has been going on ever since new,- the bike will not start. The motor spins over ok but will only...
  6. AT Engine Rebuild - Stuck Cranks Help Please

    Africa Twin
    Hi, So I am rebuilding my AT RD04 Engine after a strip and repaint and have hit a bit of a problem: I replaced the crank journal bearing shells and took what I thought was reasonable trouble to identify the correct sizing for these (as you have a couple of options depending on the sizing stamp...
  7. sudden non-starting problem

    Africa Twin
    My AT has been running great, but suddenly it won't start, but without any obvious symptoms. The battery is really strong and spins the motor over easily. It did fire 2-3 times but then died, after which I could only get a very brief splutter. This did at least tell me that (a) the battery...
  8. doesnt start on button, bump start ok. any ideas?

    Dominator / FMX
    as the title says, when trying to start on button, sometimes it doesnt want to start and when check, either a weak spark or no spark but when bump started, it starts immediately!. i'm helping a friend with his dommie. has a good less than a year old battery.spins fine. we were thinking maybe...
  9. BMW Off Road Skills

    Riding
    This is a writeup I did for my local IAM rag but I thought it might be of interest to some here. There was more that a nip in the air when we all assembled in Ystalyfera, South Wales at the BMW Offroad Skills headquarters to be greeted by husband and wife team Simon and Linley Pavey along with...
  10. Fairing screws - difficult to remove

    Africa Twin
    Hi, Am giving my AT a bit of loving with new philips exteme headlight bulbs, spark plugs, filters, clutch cable.... but I am having difficulty in removing two of the fairing screws, both in the same location on either side. They are the bottom joining screws for each side panel to the front...
  11. Speedo packed up AGAIN!

    Africa Twin
    It's 1300 miles since I fixed my speedo after it had packed up, when I removed the drive mechanism it was obvious why it wasn't working because the drive pinion was stuck fast in the gearbox due to a build up of crap and corrosion, a bit of work with some wet and dry, a new pinion and repacking...
  12. Speedo problem

    Transalp
    Has stopped working so have checked the cable attachment to clocks, no problem there. Have had the white plastic bit that goes in the black piece which attaches into the wheel hub that spins, which was worn at the bottom and also some of knurling and replaced it with a spare. Put the grease...
  13. starter problems

    Dominator / FMX
    my dominator has developed a starter problem , with the starter motor fitted to the bike ,all i get is a click from the solenoid,when i press the button, if i remove the starter motor from the bike ,but leave it attatched to the cables, it spins like a good un when i press the button, the...
  14. Introducing my TA

    Transalp
    Hello :cool:, I'm a new member in this forum and maybe first one from Lithuania :] My new (also first) bike is the reason I came here:] I bought a 2005 Transalp with 15k km on it:blob7:. I have only had a a few hundred kms on it, including two drops ..oops. So now it's a lot of snow outside and...
  15. 110cc starting

    Other Honda
    i just go a 110cc honda clone engine the engine made clucnking noises sometime when starting and excelerating up hill on streets, started it no clunck it ran 10 sec's and loud clunk off, no more start when trying to start it, spins alot faster with little to no resistance, is it the rings or...
  16. XR400 Seized/Blown Engine Need Rebuild Advice

    XR
    Hi All, First post here and unfortunately a depressing tale of woe. I picked up a 2000 XR400 two weeks ago. It only had 12,000 km but was a bit ropey and I probably should have walked away but I was inspired by the Internet reputation and almost cult following of the bike and reports of bullet...
  17. Scary moments!

    Chatter
    We all have them, I had a few today while out for a run on the mighty Varadero but the worst were still to come! Once home I decided in my wisdom the barbeque coals would burn better with a bit of assistance, as in a good splash of kerosene out of the van! Well, Fiona ran off like a scalded cat...
  18. Brake seizing front wheel

    Africa Twin
    As per my style, I did an ass about face way of inspecting the brake pads and discs by removing the front wheel. When I reinstalled the wheel and tightened the caliper mount bolts, the wheel was no longer able to spin freely. I loosened either caliper mounts to check which one was the culprit...
  19. Brakes Q for a dummy

    Transalp
    Anybody got ideas why my caliper is not functioning, bearing in mind Im a mechanical dummy. I had taken off the front wheel to replace the speedo nylon gear drive and had taken off the calipers from the fork legs. Put wheel back on and replaced calipers.... but then the wheel was seized. Took...
  20. kiill switch or starter motor????

    Varadero
    New problem with my Vara... :(:confused: Its been stood for a about 6 weeks and I decided to start it today, which was difficult (ish). Got a sound and a feeling like the starter motor was spinning but not turning the engine. After about 5 goes all of a sudden the engine bursts into life (but...
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