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  1. Fairing bolt chewed and stuck fast

    Africa Twin
    Evening All When I bought my bike I noticed that some of the large fairing / cowl fixings were chewed up and two weren't correct. Ordered some new ones and have managed to get four of the five undone but one is absolutely stuck fast and in a sorry old state. The cross head is non existent and...
  2. so why weren't we at the national?

    Chatter
    well I can tell you all now as I was sworn to secrecy until today. Ruth was doing her training for her Mod 1 the weekend of the national and passed on the Monday AND, she's just passed her Mod 2 :D we've got a nice little BMW F650CS (the one with the elastic band drive) in the garage for her...
  3. RIP Tia Sharp

    Chatter
    It was very sad news on this case today. RIP Tia Sharp. There is an interview with her step-granddad Stuart Hazell here: Tia Sharp: 'She's not staying away by choice'. Grandmother believes missing schoolgirl has been abducted - Crime - News - Evening Standard Watch the interview and see what...
  4. Brake pads changed...

    Africa Twin
    My new set of pads arrived from Lings.. The old ones weren't as bad as I first thought they might be; Lots of life left on them. However there was a shower of bits of pad as I removed the front ones, and some strange wear on one edge:confused: There were also some bits of gravel in there too...
  5. T/A Front sprocket question, similar question, but different to others?

    Transalp
    Hi guys, Sorry if this question seems to have been asked before, but I think it's slightly different and is causing me a bit of head scratching. Similar threads are ones like these: http://www.xrv.org.uk/forums/transalp/45700-front-sprocket-way-round.html www.TransAlp.org • View topic - Front...
  6. scramblers

    Chatter
    Morning all, Was riding to work this morning, mulling things over - as you do - and I was thinking[1]: Whatever happened to "scramblers"[2] or "dual sport" sort of bikes - aka "soft-roaders"? You know, 350 to 500 singles, slightly knobbly tyres, wide-ish bars, but not full-on enduro’s? IE...
  7. Evil XR400 Kickstart

    XR
    Went for a ride with the local DSMRA club on Sunday and foolishly tried a few tracks that were a bit too hard for me as I've just returned to riding. Unfortunately stalled the bike on one of the hills, came off and ruptured my Achilles.:mad: I really enjoy the XR400, but not having the e...
  8. cold but happy

    Chatter
    Just been on the bike for the first time in seven weeks, since breaking my ribs green-laning. Whoohooo! (I think that is the correct technical term;)) Only did a little 40 mile circuit. Testing new gear and the full body armour option I think I will be wearing from now on (the ribs are still...
  9. Unbelievable lake district hospitality.

    Chatter
    We had a little run through the Lake District today and stopped at the Royal Hotel in Dockray near Pooley Bridge. Now, we were early on account of the clock changing and my stomach not changing with it. But bang on 12.00 we ordered 2 Sunday lunches and a couple of drinks. About 20minutes later...
  10. Failure to stop and failure to report an accident not an offence?

    Chatter
    I was outside the front of the house a couple of weeks ago marvelling at the moronic driving and near grid-lock caused by the school run. A Thrifty hire van went past and there was a loud bang as the passenger mirror on the Thrifty van hit the rear corner of my neighbour's van. I got the...
  11. Sena SMH10 Intercom

    Product Reviews
    Just thought I'd post up a small review of the Sena SMH10 intercoms I've recently bought you can buy the units either singly or as a twin pack, I bought two single units as they were on offer and the supplier had sold out of twin packs. Helmet Fitting, the kit comes supplied with a choice...
  12. Varadero prroblem or not

    Varadero
    Had the vardero layed up quite a bit last year was doing so much offroading didn't have time for long journeys. Put i tin for the 32k service last year and since the sevice my reserve light has becoming on earlier than it used too. It used to be 180-190 miles consistantly but through this winter...
  13. Recommend a camping chair

    Chatter
    We managed to break 2 lightweight Gelert folding camping chairs today - brand new first use. I suppose at £6.99 I shouldn't be surprised but as they are supposed to take 100kg and weren't I am disappointed. I will get my money back but need a couple of light packable comfy chairs by next...
  14. new pads - no shims?

    Mechanical Advice
    recently changed my pads on the front end for the first time – only had the bike 2 years! Anyhoo, there were no shims behind the old ones, and in the manual it only states "remove shims, if fitted". Now they wouldnt have bothered to put them in there if they werent sorta important – So, not...
  15. TLD Brand New Facebook Page

    The Longest Day
    If you are not already signed up or weren't aware TLD has its own brand new Facebook Page, where we post regular updates about the event. :thumbup: Welcome to Facebook
  16. No new tiger for me

    Transalp
    Went over to on yer triumph at Aston Clinton to see their launch of the new tiger, I wasn't impressed. The bars were too far away even when they adjusted them and it felt sharp no rounded edges so keeping the transalp. Got speaking to a couple of guys who said Honda weren't happy with the sales...
  17. The Cheek!!!!!

    Chatter
    They weren't expecting that :D Quarterback scores cheekiest ever touchdown - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
  18. ride-out and camping in the lakes

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    me,craig,stuart and alan decided to brave the october weather and went camping over the lake district after a few beers and a huge curry the night before we set off from preston and stuart led us through some of his local roads and they were excellent... as we weedled our way towards the dales...
  19. Feeling like a bit of a prat....

    Chatter
    Having managed to navigate from Cannock to an imaginary location in Ireland (Garren Point) via Lowestoft for last years TLD with no problems what so ever I am ashamed to admit a failure to manage the same feat over a considerably shorter distance. Set off yesterday to get down to the working...
  20. random thanks re. twisted forks...

    Transalp
    Hi Guys I'm relatively new to the forum, having only bought an '03 ex-police 650 'Alp a fortnight ago, although the buying decision was informed by about a week's research...mostly on this forum. Yesterday I noticed that the 'bars weren't quite straight & true (why I didn't notice in the first...
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