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by Richard Simpson Mark II
Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: BIKES
Topic: Adventure bike options?
Replies: 47
Views: 1587

Re: Adventure bike options?

TBH, I'd be wary of a cheap 690... https://www.ktmforum.co.uk/general-discussion/1367975-bought-lemon-690-enduro.html absolute money pit. Mechanically, the KTM V-twins are better with just the water pump, fuel pump and starter clutch being potential issues..all of which are fixable. The XT660 howeve...
by Richard Simpson Mark II
Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: BIKES
Topic: Adventure bike options?
Replies: 47
Views: 1587

Re: Adventure bike options?

Can't comment on the mpg of the 990, but the 950 does 10 miles per litre at motorway speeds. Twenty-two litre tank (I think). It has a huge appetite for miles...100 miles is nothing on it. I used to ride from Gloucester to Dartford, Kent, do a day's work of proof-reading against a deadline, then rid...
by Richard Simpson Mark II
Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: BIKES
Topic: Adventure bike options?
Replies: 47
Views: 1587

Re: Adventure bike options?

950/990 Adv...should be a lot around as people buy Yam 700s to replace them. All the info you need is here. https://advrider.com/f/forums/dakar-champion-950-990.34/ All issues outlined, all fixes described. Still no bike to beat it as an all-round proposition IMHO. But I haven't ridden the Yam 700, ...
by Richard Simpson Mark II
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: THE PUB
Topic: It's a BOY !!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 457

Re: It's a BOY !!!!

Oh come now people, that's not very 'woke'. Gender is a question of choice, not genitalia. And that's official Government policy, and anything else is 'hate speech'. Male rapists can now declare that they are women and go to a female prison, which is nice for them. What a strange world we live in......
by Richard Simpson Mark II
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: TECHNICAL
Topic: New bikes and engine oils and procedures
Replies: 10
Views: 409

Re: New bikes and engine oils and procedures

Modern oils and machining methods have transformed 'running-in'.

The worst thing you can do is 'lug' the engine along in top gear. Best thing is to go up and down the box.
by Richard Simpson Mark II
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: TECHNICAL
Topic: New bikes and engine oils and procedures
Replies: 10
Views: 409

Re: New bikes and engine oils and procedures

Running engines prior to shipping from the factory is a standard process.

Norton used to take their bikes from the Andover assembly plant to Thruxton for test. BSA ran their bikes on rollers in the factory using town gas as a fuel so they didn't have to drain petrol out of the carbs prior to export.
by Richard Simpson Mark II
Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: BIKES
Topic: If you've ever owned a TS, TM, RM, TC, DR or DR-Z
Replies: 38
Views: 3117

Re: If you've ever owned a TS, TM, RM, TC, DR or DR-Z

A lovely job...worthy of a magazine article, I'd say.
by Richard Simpson Mark II
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: BIKES
Topic: WK400 owners thread.
Replies: 795
Views: 78404

Re: WK400 owners thread.

Just a suggestion, but is the hot start issue down to fuel vaporisation? Sleeving the fuel lines and perhaps applying reflective/insulating material to the underside of the tank might help. Engines prefer their fuel in droplets rather than vapour. Be a lot easier than installing an oil cooler, which...
by Richard Simpson Mark II
Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: BIKES
Topic: CCM GP 450......was it any good?
Replies: 149
Views: 20773

Re: CCM GP 450......was it any good?

The prices seem to be holding firm at above £5k...so can the bikes all really be that bad?

Is it just a matter of sorting the injection?

Never ridden one, but I saw one taking part in the Exeter Trial and it seemed to be doing OK.

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