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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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Vrod head stock bearing issues

A common problem with earlier VRods is a clunking sound coming from the front of the bike. It is often apparent on braking, and as a result the blame is usually directed at the brake callipers. The problem is actually caused by the fact that the Triple Tree stem is made of aluminium, so over […]

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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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Dehumidifiers for the garage

If anyone is thinking of getting one, here is my recommendation… My garage is a 24’x11′ detached prefab, with metal roof. It does have a waterproof sheet between the roof and general area. Last year I had condensation damage to the Hardley, and some light rusting of tools. There are two types of dehumidifier, those […]

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Six hours to install heated grips

Tomorrow I am due to get a MRA Vario Maxi screen, which will get rid of the terrible turbulence. So, today’s job was to replace the heated grips, as the oem ones had given up the ghost. The choice was the Oxford Hot Grips, a mere £45 from J&S All in all it should not […]

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Steaming………….mad!

The last step on the trike was top add water, and coolant. It seemed to be running ok, though possibly still a bit “lazy”. What was needed was a test run. Once it was filled, I let it run up to temperature. It was running a bit hot, but then there was a big gurgle […]

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Not the sort of question that would cross your mind really. Or, if it did the most likely answer would be that you would run the battery down. Oh no. This is the trike we are talking about. It occupies its own private spot in the space time continuum, and specifically the little part that […]

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Never buy cheap tools

I was out and about today, which included a visit to Machine Mart. I was really tempted to buy a compressor, so I could do the leak test on the trike, but they did not seem to come with a hose let alone any tools. I had shouted out on a forum to borrow one, […]

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I have decided to step away from the trike, before I find the BIG hammer. I have changed the head gaskets. I was going to test the compression before I put it all back together, but could not find one of the connectors. I knew it had to be in the garage, but it was […]

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