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  1. CHEC Round 1, March 9th.

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    Oww. That sort of sums it up! Apart from that, a fab day. Daz and myself set off about half nine this morning. Quick spin to the site, it's really nice to have an event so close. (Didn't get up 'till about 9!) Sign on, "scrutineering", ie do you have a bike, a helmet and what tyres are on...
  2. Overtaking

    Riding
    I'm currently doing my IAM Skill for life course. I'm due my last observed ride, before my cross check and my test. I'm concerned about many things, but overtaking is worrying me. I've read the theory and those that have ridden with me will know that I don't hang around and I can overtake at...
  3. 2008 Transalp quick test ride

    Transalp
    Hi new member, after 18 years of increasingly quick sportsbikes in an increasingly congested road system I sold my last fast bike, that had become more a toy than a mode of transport, in an attempt to get back to real motorcycling. I need a bike I can commute on (14 miles backroads or 14 miles...
  4. Hay-on Wye. Sat 17/11/2007

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    Great ride yesterday. Nice to see some new faces. (and Bob's old one) ;) Met Bob and Steve (KTM) at Aust services 9am. Cold but dry. Then onto Chepstow to meet Le Box and Dennis on their "Mighty Varaderos." (Thought we'd better have some Hondas there at least.) Took some great roads to...
  5. Grey and murky Essex

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    Working from home today, so I went out for a little ride in the grey world that is currently Essex. Popped over to Hainault to meet my mum at the crematorium to sort out what was happening to my dad’s ashes. Stopped at Greensted Church on the way back or to give it it’s full name The Church of...
  6. We Survived

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    The weekend started on Friday night at our Mountain Rescue HQ in Bridgend, we packed up all the vehicles and left for the base at Penwyllt. When we arrived we were given a briefing and told what was expected of us over the weekend. We were told, You are a specialist demolition team who have...
  7. Ryedale Rally 2007

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    Well, with all the big things going on this weekend, I'll add my own little bit of muddy mayhem to the mix :D . The rally is held in the forests of the North Yorkshire Moors, up above Pickering. Apparently Pickering flooded quite badly last week, causing some shops etc to remain closed. It had...
  8. seized caliper piston

    Africa Twin
    Hi Folks, I am am newby on the site. I am in the process of putting a 2001 Africa Twin, back on the road. Having spent the winter months. Stripping and fettling the beast in a thouragh overhaul. I am presently servicing the Nissin calipers. I have serviced and replaced new pads in the rear...
  9. Why my Transalp has a place in heaven waiting for her

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    Well, I´m a bit tired and exhausted, and in the process of becoming a bit under the influence of alcohol, so I´m just going to put the same text here as I did in another forum, ok? since nobody opposed, here it is :lol: : I was thinking about today´s ride for a couple of days now, was...
  10. An Irish African becoming Manx

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    A weekend of travelling planned! Up at 6.30am on Saturday to get the bus down to the airport at 7.25am. Flight went on time at 9.05am from the IOM to Belfast City airport. Not a huge plane :D Simon met me at the airport and took me to his place for a cuppa and a muffin cooked by his...
  11. LAID UP FOR WINTER

    Africa Twin
    Hi all, Going to be taking my AT off the road as soon as the armpits from the council start to thrash the salt around! I'll take care of the obvious - batery off and on occasional charge, oil and filter change, keep on centre stand, tweak the choke lever and other levers regularly etc - but do...
  12. Transamtrail

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    Hi, After finishing the Blue Ridge Parkway, and spending a bit of time in and around the Smoky Mountains, I made my way across to meet PaulR at Jellico, to start the Transamtrail - an 'Off pavement' trail from NE Tennessee, to the Pacific coast in Oreagon: http://www.transamtrail.com/ We set...
  13. Fixed CDI

    Africa Twin
    Today I saved $150 by fixing my CDI. The whole repair took all of 1hour from removal to reinstallation. Works great too. The instructions and pics are great and easy to follow. Thanks for the link. :wink: I"m going to try and find another buggered up CDI that nobody wants, so I can have a...
  14. Overhauling brake calipers makes brakes spongey: discuss

    Chatter
    AT had it's annual trip to the dealers (I know, I know...) for service and MOT. Collected the bike, jumped on, front brake lever almost comes back to the bar. Hmmm. Tweaking the span adjustment stops the lever coming back close to the bar, but still far more spongey than it was before it...
  15. Steering top yolk problems

    Africa Twin
    Just in the process of changing my steering head bearings and I find the top yolk pretty much seized to the steering stem! No idea how this happened because I had the whole lot apart not so long ago. It being made of aluminium, I can't hit it with a wooden drift too hard, and all I've managed...
  16. Goodridge brake lines

    Africa Twin
    If you're thinking about fitting braided brake lines, do it now! Finally fitted them on Sunday. What a difference! Have fitted braided lines on other bikes and never been sure they did a great deal, but they are definitely worth it on the AT. They still feel rather wooden, but you start to...
  17. Test ride of DL 1000 vstrom.....

    Chatter
    Just a few words on the test ride of the Suzuki DL1000 V strom at the weekend . Yes I know its no good for off roading but seeing as my @ never goes off road ,I at least needed to try it out . The bike was a 02 with 11,000 miles , clean but I suspected that its was not that well...
  18. The Demise of the Transalp!

    Chatter
    Me and the wife stopped in the dealers 30 miles away for a cup of coffee, and I got talking to the owner. They're the same people I bought the Transalp from. So he said to me...."We've got a demo bike going...do you want a try?" Well I'm not one to refuse something for nothing, so instead of...
  19. Chapter and verse on brake overhaul req

    Africa Twin
    Right then. I've more or less had enough of the erratic behaviour of my front brake. Sometimes its really wooden (more often than not) and lacking in any power, sometimes it does a bit of 'all or nothing' braking, and occasionally its fine. I've decided that the pistons probably need a bit of...
  20. Home made headlightprotector

    Africa Twin
    Tikka wrote: I made my own headlight protector. Installed foglights. kiroh wrote : I am interested in both - can you post more info on that? No problem. A other AT rider made 1 and i got his technical drawing I made somewhat different mountingbrackets but used the measurements he gave me. It...
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