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  1. New (old) RD04 service tasks

    Africa Twin
    I suddenly realised I have been riding my recon RD04 for 12,000 miles. Effectively that is 12,000 miles from new (even though the engine had done 65,000 before the recon). I have changed the oil and oil filter three times in that 12,000 miles but done nothing else - just abused it. I'm going...
  2. Removing the RD04 bash plates - advice needed

    Africa Twin
    RD04 tinkering/service - advice needed So I finally started work on the RD04 today...well, me and Mr.Haynes. Here's my to-do list.. Stuff requiring removal of petrol tank check/replace spark plugs (all of them) - tidy up the garmin cables - have a general poke around check out the choke...
  3. Electrical work in Surrey

    Discounts / Deals
    Offering XRV members competitive rates on electrical work in and around Surrey and surrounding counties. I'm a time-served electrician who took a 'proper' apprenticeship in 2008 and worked my way to becoming fully qualified to City and Guilds standards (2330 and the gold standard 2391...
  4. Exhausting day

    Africa Twin
    Trial fitting rear tanks so took the opportunity to see what would be the best exhaust fit up:- Scorpion laser Pro ( no baffles ) Carbon fiber race can all sounded awesome ( preferred the laser though ) but all swept too high for the rear tanks so as I will have to listen to this can for...
  5. how to get more power?

    Africa Twin
    Ahoy there I'm the proud owner of @ (RD07a, year of mfg 2000) from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. She's pretty stock at the moment (except some minor improvements). It's a great bike for almost every purpose but still there is a lot of room for improvements. I wish there would be some more...
  6. Moral Dilemma

    Chatter
    As I like the GSA so much and I can't see any reason to change it I'm thinking about dropping it out of the dealer network next year and save a few pennies by taking on the servicing myself. Now to read any fault codes, run tests on sensors and perform such tasks as parking the stepper motors...
  7. Know any good DIY knowledge banks online?

    Chatter
    We are readying our flat to hopefully move in by late August. I have some tasks to do! Now I know less about DIY than I do about bike mechanics. Given how many of my posts are about how to fix my bike, any builders on here would be forgiven for running the other way!! So, can any one...
  8. Yet more maintenance questions! (Help me before I do something daft!)

    Transalp
    OK: as some may have seen in my other maintenance thread, the rear end is in pieces. Only the swing arm to go. I now have some tasks that I need input on before taking stuff apart. I will powder coat the swing arm. Rear Linkage: is it worth blasting, then powder coating the various shock...
  9. RD07A '97- What spares for a West Africa trip

    Africa Twin
    Hello, I’m beginning preparation for my trip through West Africa. It will be a 5’500 km tour, lasting 2 weeks. Expected terrain is 90% tarmac, 10% gravel.:D The bike that I’ll take is a ’97 Honda Africa Twin that I bought 6 months ago and it now has 30’000km on the clocks. Beyond the...
  10. Should pedigrees be banned?

    Chatter
    I love animals in general, wild or tame and I particularly like dogs. We have two here: both rescue dogs and, more importantly, both mongrels. I recognise that some pedigrees are impressive animals and they were bred for a task:but those tasks are now often no longer applicable and breeding is...
  11. Essex Serv - Any essex riders interested?

    Chatter
    I know we have many riders in Essex. Serv Essex has been in existence for more than a year now and currently serves three hospitals in Essex and liaises with other Serv groups at changeover points when blood/platelets/plasma/ etc have to be taken out of county to other areas. We collect...
  12. Thanks folks

    Transalp
    I am no mechanic, thats for sure. But I achieved some 'bikey' tasks today that I was quite happy with. The chief objective was to fit a 12v accessory socket to my TA700. At first I thought I would just stick it under the seat - that should be simple enough and no messing about with side colws...
  13. New zoo keeper

    Jokes
    most probably been done before but possibly could be put in the kids section as well A young man starts his new job at the zoo and is given three tasks... First is to clear the exotic fish pool of weeds. As he does this a huge fish jumps out and bites him. To show who is boss, he beats it to...
  14. weestrom tool kit

    Suzuki
    hi....i'm somewhat confused by the contents of my tool kit anyone able to enlighten me as to the function of some of the tools? got a metal tube that looks like a tank has run over it. is it perhaps a handle for those hex socket spanners? what size is needed for the front fork pre loads? a...
  15. Two good uns

    Jokes
    Voted Best Scottish Short Joke A bloke walks into a Glasgow library and says to the prim librarian, 'Excuse me Miss, dey ye hiv ony books on suicide?' To which she stops doing her tasks, looks at him over the top of her glasses and says, 'Fook off, ye'll no bring it back!' :p...
  16. An expensive week!

    Africa Twin
    After my "shakedown" run to Belgium over Easter (the first proper run on my @ since I got it), I decided I better get cracking with all the maintenance tasks in preparation for TLD. 4 spark plugs Air filter 2 sets front brake pads 1 set rear brake pads Chain & sprocket kit Pair of Conti Escape...
  17. a variety of jokes

    Jokes
    some old some i have never seen before they were in my in box this morning Paddy and Mick are two Irishmen working at the local sawmill. One day, Mick slips and his arm gets caught and severed by the big bench saw. Paddy quickly puts the limb in a plastic bag and rushes it and Mick to the...
  18. One for the Scots !!!

    Jokes
    Voted Best Scottish Short Joke A bloke walks into a Glasgow library and says to the prim librarian, 'Excuse me Miss, dey ye hiv ony books on suicide?' To which she stops doing her tasks, looks at him over the top of her glasses and says, 'Fook off, ye'll no bring it back!'
  19. Output Shaft

    Africa Twin
    Hi, I checked my output drive shaft earlier today and have a nasty feeling that it may need some attention in the near future. I don't think there is a problem with the bearing as there is very little lateral or radial movement, the splines, however, are looking very worn. I have compared the...
  20. New Transalp Review (full article)

    Transalp
    This is an article printed in a mag.. Sshh.. The Transalp has long been a star in Honda's constellation, but will the eagerly awaited incarnation shine as bright? It's been 20 years since the Transalp first hit our shores, and to celebrate it passing that two-decade milestone, Honda has...
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