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  1. Answers to Suspension questions you were too afraid to ask!!

    Varadero
    Hi, In my search for useful information about fork oil, I came across this good read. I found it very intresting, hopefully some of you might too?? The 10w40 fork oil experiment Doug Eleveld ([email protected]) Part 1: Fork oils, Engine oils and ATF I was recently thinking about...
  2. Are the TL version of a tyre much tighter than the TT on a spoked TT rim?

    Wheels, Tyres & Tubes
    Always had TT tyres on spoked wheels and fitted/removed /repaired them myself I'm now in the market for a new set of Avon Gripsters but the cheapest set in my required size are TL. Basically I don't want to buy tyres if they are likely to be a pain in the butt to repair on the roadside due to...
  3. XL700 front wheel spindle seized in situ

    Transalp
    Hi folks I need to fit some new shoes on my XL700 but cant get the front wheel out for love nor money. So far I have slackened the half bracket and removed the brake calipers. When I attempt to slacken the front axle I can get maybe 3/4 of a turn on it before it goes tight. The opposite end...
  4. Offroad training in Scotland

    Riding
    Last weekend I was fortunate enough to enjoy a day in the company of MotoScotland and below is my take on the days events. As the dramatic Argyll countryside rolled by the car window the temptation to stop and wait to see the sunrise was almost too much to bear but I was a man on a mission and...
  5. Broken chain - causes???

    Varadero
    My Vara broke and threw the chain on Tuesday. I'm not sure why. The sprockets are in good nick, and the chain itself was reasonably well lubed, and didn't seem in bad condition. My only thought is I was running a 14t front sprocket, would the tighter turning circle and greater torque effect...
  6. Tory Party Conference

    Chatter
    I listened to the Chancellor yesterday before I went to work and I've listened to some of it again today. Well, all I can say is I'm voting for them again next time after hearing what was said today. The biggest bit of common sense I've heard for a long time: "Getting rid of the Human Rights...
  7. Tiger 800xc test ride

    Test Ride Reports
    A good friend recently traded his (55 reg) 650 Alp for a Tigger. Tonight, I took it out for a spin ;-) ...... 1st impressions; the engine is sweet & soooo smooth with nice, strong linear performance from pretty much tickover. Once up to speed you notice how poor the standard screen is with...
  8. Setting up new cables

    Africa Twin
    Hello; Got my cables from Venhill finally. I have installed routed them but not done the final installation - slackness adjustment. Choke is no problem. But how do I set up the slack in the clutch and on the throttle. For the clutch I routed it, then on the lower adjuster (near the clutch...
  9. New Africa twin seat!

    For Sale / Wanted
    Hi all, I have just got my new bespoke made AT seat back and it is better than i thought is was going to be! I had a silver and black seat made to replace a Honda non slip seat that was on the bike. The seat is a completely new made seat with thick GRP base which was made to fit the 07 AT...
  10. CDIs

    Transalp
    Hello - these here CDI wotsits on the older around 91 bikes (where there is two in the wrong place where they get sat on!) I know there is an issue with these that the connectors get damaged - I'm gonna try a bodge to sort it without total replacement! am gonna put together a set of...
  11. Clutch problem on a TA or my imagination

    Mechanical Advice
    Hi all, Any thoughts on this. Do I have a clutch problem or a cable issue. I was out for an offroad spin last sunday. I came to a few very difficult sections with rocks the size of mellons. It was tough going. At one point I was hardly making any progress I thought it was becaust I was getting...
  12. Babysitting MPJ

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    I only put that in the title as that is what Michaela (Mpj) called it. We started with a vegetarian breakfast at the Ace at 8.30 and then headed out west to Gerrards Cross and past Clivedon and back again (getting lost in a housing estate at one point). Mpj would be politely described as...
  13. Stuck Mainstand!!!

    Transalp
    Hi again... I dont use my mainstand very often and every time i use it up until recently it has been getting tighter and tighter.... I now cant shift the damb thing unless i have a 6ft pipe on the leg of it.... has anyone else had this problem or do they know how to fix it... we're trying to...
  14. Cornering at speed with full tank of petrol.

    Riding
    Ok I had a bit of a brown trouser moment on the way home from work the other night. I had just filled up with petrol and was on my way home on wet roads and decided to give it a bit of throttle to avoid an idiot driver. I was going around a sweeping Left hand bend on the inside lane on a 2 lane...
  15. Finally some crash bars.

    Africa Twin
    Crash bars have been on my "list" for too long now . Fitted my new bars from Wemotto today . Thought u bolts were gonna be breeze to fit, but the bottom one was a right bugger to fit correctly . Very little space to menouver . Is an RD04 tighter than RD07 ? I know fitting fuel pump is a lot...
  16. Meesh's motorcycle adventures

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    Well, I understand that some of you have been waiting for this. So here it is... my latest MOTORCYCLE adventures! Hope you enjoy... Meesh’s first two days with her new motorbike - Ben! I got up early and rushed to look out of the window. Was it real? Had Ben really come to me yesterday? My...
  17. Nepal - A bikers heaven?

    Transalp
    Hey all, Well I just got into Nepal about a week ago and I have fallen in love with the place. Beautiful roads, people and scenery. I have written a blog post on a few of the rides I have taken in the past week but here is a bit of a sample to wet your appetite: My pace increased and I was soon...
  18. Shoei Multitech

    Helmets
    Not sure if there is any comment on this helmet here but if there is I am sure someone will kindly point me in the right direction. Anyway, after five years with my trusty Arai full face lid I thought it about time to retire her. After much prevarication I have opted for a Shoei Multitech. I...
  19. Rd03 air box - easy fitting ???

    Africa Twin
    Hi all, I've had my RD03 about 3 months now and when i got it i noticed theres lots of backfiring whilst decellerating (esp 20 - 30 mph) i took the tank off and noticed the large connecting rubber that joins the two plastic parts of the air box together had come off. The rubber has a round end...
  20. Latest photos

    Varadero
    I managed to get a bashplate from an AT and after a few hints and tips set to work hammering the living daylights out of it and making it fit a few inches tighter. I've made the front bow out and made more room for the fuel pump, I've also cut quite a bit off to get closer and higher up to the...
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