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  1. Rear shock RD04: Rebuild or cheap aftermarket?

    Africa Twin
    The rear shock on my RD04 is really harsh at holes and bumps, and it goes thru the whole bike. Its feels like the compression damping is too hard. I have tried to adjust it, but I can’t feel any difference. I have 30 mm free sag, and 70 mm rider sag, so the spring should be ok. (from the...
  2. RD04 throttle cable problem - help please

    Africa Twin
    Hi All. The throttle on my bike recently became stiff to the point it would stick open. Before this it was working fine and there were no changes to the routing of the cables etc. I took it apart and it all looks ok. I put oil down the lines and they are totally free. I cleaned the carb end...
  3. Front Axle, what's missing ?

    Transalp
    Hi, I've just bought a '93 xl600 transalp and when removing the front wheel found the nut to be very stiff and the wheel binding in the calipers. Took the wheel off and on replacing found that as I was tightening the axle it started to get very tight but the forks were not yet touching the wheel...
  4. re-starting old AT motor

    Africa Twin
    Hi All i am an old forum member , was on here yr's ago when i lived in the UK. I brought my AT to Australia and its been a rebuild project for the last 5 yrs or so due to house renovations and having kids. I want to see if the motor still goes and have managed to turn the thing over by welding a...
  5. Ricor Intiminators unforgiving over bumps ??

    Africa Twin
    Latest rebuild is up and running will post some pics soon. I picked up some intiminators (cheers Ray) they are fitted as instructed with 5W fork oil, the front end now feels very stiff. I expected to loose a lot of the dive on braking and this has happened however the ride is now much less...
  6. Tire pressure, Honda manual vs manufacturers!?

    Africa Twin
    Looking at tire options for my RD04 and while looking at different manufacturers sites got confused by their recommended tire pressures. Honda manual says 2 bar front 2 bar rear and 2.27 bar with passenger Michelin: 2.3 2.3 (and 2.5 for RD07!?, why the difference) Metzeler: 2 bar 2 bar (2.5...
  7. 700 bar position problem

    Transalp
    For the last little while ive noticed that me left arm elbow goes stiff after about an hour of riding but couldn't work out why. Last weekend I was on the motorway for a 30 mile stretch and found it more comfortable to use the pillion pegs which pushed my upper body forward more causing my...
  8. Gunk or not to Gunk that is the question.

    Dominator / FMX
    I've spent a good bit of the day in the rain / sleet / wind trying to degrease various bits of the bike. Started of by going and buying a gallon of Gunk thinking/remembering this would cut through the grime and do the job. Gunk sure isn't what I remember it to be - despite serious scrubbing with...
  9. Free: Front rear tyres

    For Sale / Wanted
    Removed from my Honda NX4 as I wanted a more aggressive tyre combo. Good nick, no cracking or any punctures, BUT these are 10 years old! The bike was stored under cover for the 10 years, so no visible damage from sunlight and they did not appear to have got stiff. Only done around 1K miles, if...
  10. Transalp Indicator Switch Issue

    Transalp
    Hey Guys, I've got an infuriating issue with my XL600v, as far as I can tell, my left indicator switch is broken, right works fine. It was exceptionally stiff, I sprayed some contact cleaner in there and it stopped entireley. I can still inidcate right, but pushing to the left does nothing, no...
  11. clutch

    Africa Twin
    hi people just need a bit info as to why my clutch lever has gone really stiff in the last month or so on my 96 @twin... its not the cable i dont think but after a mile its absolutely agony to ride....its not the lever as that is free..any info please... thanks kev
  12. RD-03 and LC4 suspension exchange

    Africa Twin
    Hi there, seams that I can't find the answer just by lurking the other posts, so I'll just ask straight away: should I go with this exchange? I now the front end is an easy job, but what about the rear shock? And another thing, the LC4 is (was) a supermoto, so I'm afraid it is too stiff...
  13. How can anyone do this?

    Transalp
    At the moment I am servicing the Transalp that I bought 3 months ago, yesterday I got to the front brakes and noticed that the pistons were a bit stiff. Eventually I got them out expecting that I'd probably have to replace the seals but it was a lot worse than that. Some butcher has obviously...
  14. Speedo plastic gear thingy

    Africa Twin
    Hi Folks, I'm in the process of replacing the speedo plastic gear thingy and have hit a bit of a problem. The old isn't in too bad a condition and slides in and out of the housing no problem but the new one slides in so far (I've given it a good greasing) then feels slightly stiff. I'm...
  15. Bar end weights - cross-compatibility?

    Africa Twin
    One of my AT's handlebar end weight assemblies has broken, right where the end weight engages (well, engaged, because the weight has disappeared) with the lead slug that sits inside the handlebar. The whole thing contains two rubber bungs, the slug, the snap ring, the end weight and the machine...
  16. Heidenau K60 Scouts...

    Wheels, Tyres & Tubes
    Just took delivery of my k60 Scouts... First thoughts are, WOW, these mothers have serious amounts of tread depth. The Tourances I have fitted have lasted well with over 7,000 miles on them and probably a few more to go, but I was disappointed with the amount of tread depth on them when new...
  17. Wanted: RD07a left hand rear side panel like this...

    For Sale / Wanted
    Hi all, had a low speed off on my way home from work tonight, slipped on wet leaves on a bend because I took the corner a bit wider than I normally do and ended up flat on the lefthand side with the bike on my foot, managed to get it out but it's now a bit swollen and stiff, most important of...
  18. HT wires, Sparkplug wires.

    Africa Twin
    I am restoring an RD04. My spearkplug wires are 20 years old and are stiff as a board. I would like to replace them with new supple and reliable wires. Is there an easy way to separate the wires from the coils or are they manufactured as a single one piece unit? Every automobile I have owned had...
  19. 600 Front Springs

    Transalp
    I am thinking of fitting a set of Hagon springs to the front forks of my 600 Transalp. Has anyone here fitted a set of these springs? I really dont want to make the front end of the bike too stiff as l find the original set up comfortable, but would like to reduce the dive a little under heavy...
  20. Hagon Preload adjuster

    Transalp
    Trying to find a site to mount the preload adjuster on my Hagon shock. Just where in the name of all that's Holy are you supposed to mount the bl**dy thing?! The stainless oil hose is very, very stiff and doesn't like tight bend radii and I'm getting very frustrated trying to find a site for...
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