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Blew the Head Gasket on the XT

The recent really cold weather has meant that I have not had much of an inclination to head out on the weekends. So, today I decided that I needed to start up and run the Hardly and the XT. I started off with the Hardly and could hear a rattling. Nothing to worry about, as […]

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The TDM has left the garage

It was with some sadness that I said goodbye to my trusty TDM 850 today. I brought in October 2008 for about £1200, and in the past three years have put around 30,000 miles. It sold for £1120 on ebay. I got it to replace my previous TDM850, which got taken out by a woman […]

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Flushed the hydraulics on the DX

The DX has 16,000 miles on it, which in itself is a bit mad for a Harley ‘cos most people don’t actually ride them. The 15,000 mile service can be a biggy though mainly because the valve lash needs to be checked. There is also a complete fluid change. I have known that the clutch […]

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Errrm, I found the lost socket

Whilst I was putting the cylinder back on the XT550 I seemed to have misplaced a 12mm socket.I did not think much about it ‘cos it may have just rolled under something and I have a spare. In fact it was just a niggling thought that I had lost a socket, and it was possible […]

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XT550 – Hole in the casing

So, once I had the engine in pieces it was simple to swap out the gear selector shaft, which was the whole point of the exercise. Now it was a case of putting the whole lot back together.  There is no gasket between the engine casings, so it is just a matter of cleaning the […]

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The XT550 engine fights back

I managed to get the engine stripped, though it was not all easy going. It was the classic case of tempting fate.  All was going well when one of the head bolts would not move.  They are about an inch long and made of aluminium (see photo). It turns out that it the aluminium of […]

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The XT550 lump is on the bench

Now that I have completed, and passed, the IAM Test, and I have finished putting the ST1100 (Pan) back together after it slid out from under me, I can now start work on the XT550. Back in April I had an encounter with a deep rut on a green lane. The outcome was that the […]

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Changed the Pan’s swingarm

Pan Europeans are know for the swingarm attracting rust. It is a common reason for older ones to fail an MOT, and definately something to look out for if you are buying one. I brought mine in October last year and saw that is what a bit holey, even though it had had an MOT […]

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Dry clay hurts

A couple of weeks ago, I finally decided to invest in a set of motocross boots. I had been using an old pair of normal boots, but they gave very little support and they had smooth soles. I was going to go for a test ride last weekend, but did not want to be writing […]

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Is it just me?

More and more now a days I am finding that if you want something done properly you should do it yourself. The latest, and final tale, in the DX swing arm saga is that I took it to my local garage to do. They also MOT all my bikes. I kept ringing back to see […]

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