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Clocked up 2300 miles in 4 days and she feels different now. Sounds graunchier too

I've had no time to investigate but tickover is a sod when she's not fully warm where as before she just needed 30 seconds and then choke could go off. Also the revs hold but bounce 200-300 revs - as in it's audible and the needle jumps.

Other than that she seemed to get through half a litre of oil. I've been using 10/40 semi - should I be using a thicker grade? Cause for concern.

Other than the speedo dying - gear drive I assume but will diagnose next weekend she handled the situation really well.

The only thing I noticed was when cruising at 70 if I rocked the throttle off to slow down and brought it back on fast there was a hesitation/jump into power.

I'll balance the carbs and give the plugs a once over - no idea when her valves/tappets were last checked and I hear it's a pain without a specialised spanner - can I buy them or are they a home made job?

Ho hum

Oh and the Heidenhau K60 I had fresh on the back chewed down to 3mm left - Was not expecting that much to be chewed but she'll commute for another couple thou I guess. Shame. I was hoping this tyre would do the job for a while. I suppose I can look at the scout version.
 

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What pressure are you running in the back tyre? K60s seem to wear less with higher pressures than OEM standard. There was a thread recently about this, I think with a response from the manufacturer.
 

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Half a litre of oil seems quite a lot but not really cause for concern - no doubt Honda would consider it to be acceptable. I just did 2,600 miles and topped up around 100ml. My trip was done on K60 Scouts and I would say the rear is about 1/4 - 1/3 worn (squared off slightly) but that's after hundreds and hundreds of miles at 80+mph which is really not what these tyres were designed for. Amazing that they coped, really. They're pretty good in the twisties too as long as you're smooth. I'm not surprised the non-Scout version didn't cope so well.

I've done valve clearances on Transalps before without any special tools. Access is a bit awkward but by no means impossible.

It does sound as if you need a carb balance, but do the valves first - if the valve clearances out a carb balance will never make it run as well as it should. Mine seems slightly rougher than before over 5k rpm but I guessed the jetting when I fitted an AT exhaust system before the trip so it may be running slightly lean which could also make it a bit rough. I'm planning to do the valves at the next service - it'll be OK until then.

10W40 is good - I wouldn't go any heavier unless perhaps you're riding regularly in a hot climate (hotter than we get in the UK). It's amazing what fresh oil can do in terms of making an engine run smoother and gear changes slicker.

As for the tickover when cold, I find that as the weather gets warmer a TA doesn't really need full choke to start. If you use it (like I did this morning without thinking) it fluffs a bit. Best ignore the choke and just open the throttle slightly, then ride it immediately - don't bother warming it up before starting to ride.
 
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