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  1. Taking the strain

    Dominator / FMX
    I've just bought a Divvie! The exact opposite of an FX650 in many ways. Why? Well I LOVE FX650's, bloody bloody LOVE them! I have three on the road at the moment and an SLR which I bought because it was cheap (turned out to be a bit of a hound but I'll get it sorted). I want to be able to...
  2. Highest mileage FX/SLR/FMX and cruising RPM

    Dominator / FMX
    Right folks, just thought I'd poll opinions here on what sort of speed/RPM you sit your FX/SLR/FMX at when on long motorway runs, when fitted with the standard gearing combination? I'll start the ball rolling with 60-65MPH indicated at about 4500RPM, the reason I pick this speed is that 4500RPM...
  3. skyjet125 engine in a xr125? help?

    Long story: I've had my little xr for just under a year now and I'm starting to get bored of it, I'm looking for something with a bit more power but i don't want a crosser as I like this bike, its just lacking a bit of umpfh! Know what I mean? So I had a go on my friends Honda CG125 but it had a...
  4. Post-storage re-birth of Africa Twin RD03, 1989

    Africa Twin
    Seven years ago I closed the garage doors on my faithful AT650 while I went to live in South America. No way was I going to sell her, but no way was I going to be able to import it into Colombia (they don't accept 2nd-hand imports!!!). So she was put in a dry garage until my return. Now I am...
  5. XLV750R ooh a bargin??????

    Africa Twin
    HONDA XLV750R Idle reseach.... came across this Pish above the bike is worth £1500 and its an ongoing restoration by their experts.....:D if its worth that then I have £14,000 worth rowed up as ongoing restorations really love this bit : "The bike is the Black and Gold model...
  6. I love my @

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    I love my @ After nearly 4 weeks of not being able to do a long ride due to a knee injury, today I took a ride north west, ending up at Lochinver, just to find out if the knee could take the strain. It did, helped in no small part to the @. After over 290 miles, the knee did ache a little...
  7. small bike for touring advice

    Hello I wanted the forums advice on a choice of smaller bikes for touring. Being retired I don’t have time constraints, the desire to go fast and I need to think about economy. My favoured choices just now are both Hondas a crf250l and a xr125l I am 16 stone and would be carrying perhaps...
  8. Centrestand vs. bike lift?

    Africa Twin
    Obviously both would be nice, but budgetary constraints mean I can presently only afford one or the other... The pros and cons so far as I can see are including, but not limited to: Centrestand - Pro... Always on the bike, wherever it and I am, Ease of blocking up, foot on the base and lift...
  9. Little GOPRO test on my AT

    Africa Twin
    Just a little GOPRO test whilst bimbling around Faringdon on my AT. Bike is a '97 with a modified Laser Produro Footage was shot at 1080p 48 frames per second. Pretty sure that YouTube constrain frame rate to a 30fps maximum Faringdon 1080p Ride Through TEST - YouTube Sam
  10. How slack do you run your chain ?

    Dominator / FMX
    just wondered if there's a consensus on how slack you should run your chain to avoid it being too floppy but also limit strain on the output shaft/front sprocket. In the past i've just made sure I've an inch of slack whilst sitting on the bike and therefore compressing the suspension a bit . ...
  11. Eighty!

    I'm somewhat surprised. Governments usually only increase controls, tighten constraints: BBC News - Ministers to consult on 80mph motorway speed limit
  12. FX650 to France - touring modifications worked a treat!

    Dominator / FMX
    I've just got back from a long weekend near Bayeux. I covered over 1000 miles in 4 days, a lot of which was the ride from Sheffield to Portsmouth and the return leg from Poole to Sheffield. Last year I did a similar trip on a Fazer600 which was obviously more suited to the task, so in...
  13. North West Posse - travel to the welsh invasion

    Welsh Invasion
    A bit less than 2 weeks to go and we normally have a thread about 4 pages long by now. Me and Mrs Austin are both going, we have the day off on Friday so can travel in daylight for a change. The only constraint is I have to take the dog to the kennel first. Anyone want to meet us at the...
  14. Let the Planning Begin

    The Longest Day (Planning)
    Welcome back for another year guys, the committee this year we have decided to keep quite small with delegating jobs out to members as and when needed. Barry and Mark, your both able to see this forum and were absolutely brilliant last year so I hope you don't mind that we have accepted your...
  15. Which replacement battery?

    Africa Twin
    Hi all I need to pick up a replacement battery asap and I've never bought one before. Surprisingly, the local Halfords have a stack of them. Any idea which, if any, of these I can go for? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Steve
  16. For Sale: RD04 1992 J reg for sale Manchester area

    Bikes For Sale / Wanted
    Hi folks, I am reluctantly selling my RD04 due to financial constraints. It's a 1992 bike on a J plate, with 45,695 miles on the clock as of today (23rd June 2010), but this will go up as I commute around 100 miles a week or thereabouts. I've had it nearly a year, and in that time its been...
  17. Turkish Twin // LES OTTOMANNE AFRIQUE (anybody with french?)

    Africa Twin
    Les Ottomannes, Afriqué… Well so much with the stale french pretence. This babe is mine! Got her at 26,000 km 5 months back (my second africa)did some face lifting; benchmarked from bavaria and touratech obviouslly but added a flair of my imagination and there she is. She has an extra 5-6...
  18. Sold: 1999 Africa Twin (spares - Cat B write off)

    For Sale / Wanted
    I was knocked off my RD07a and the insurers have it written off as a Category 'B' write off. This means that spare parts may be salvaged, but the bike should never return to the road. For sale is what remains of the bike. It has two decent rims, tyres are in okay condition (metzler tourance)...
  19. Silly old goat ...........

    ........... Yes !! thats me !! what a plonker, I never learn....... I'm almost 51 for gawd's sake !! Playing for FOG FC (Fat Old Gits Football Club) at 5's last night and tweaked a groin strain AGAIN !! FEGGIT, I just never learn . To old to play football , but not grown-up enough to realise...
  20. Did I do it right?

    Mechanical Advice
    I bled my clutch this week and it seems to work fine. But today I noticed that when i had the bike on the centre stand and pulled the clutch in and put the bike in gear the drive engages and the chain turns the wheel. It doesnt feel like its pulling when the wheel is in contact with the ground...