The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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my 93 xl600 transalp has developed a fault with the running. When riding it has an intermittent fault where in it loses power and wont rev properly, and to my ears it sounds like its fuel starvation as it makes a kind of baaaaaaaaaaaahhhh baaaaaaaaaaahhhhh noise when the throttle is opened, and wont rev properly and is very low on power. (no it isnt a sheep stuck in the air filter)
once the fault starts it stays low on power and wont rev, but every now and then it clears and gives full power again, but only breifly maybe 1 or 2 seconds then goes back to low power/not revving again.
ive looked at the fuel tap and checked the tap diaphram. cant see anything wrong.
the air filter isnt blocked, nor is any of the ducting to the carbs.
all the rubber seals and gaskets seem ok, and the rubber joining pipes and jubilee clips all look good.
all the cables are adjusted and operating properly
the fuel in the tank is all fresh.
im only ASSUMING that its a fueling problem, i havent checked the igniton system at all, other than to check that both cylinders have a spark, which they do.
The Transalp is known to have CDI problems sometimes because the seat bends down over the years and breaks off the conector plug while the CDI are standing upright...you can check one of them if your rpm clock goes to 0 while loosing power
To check the other CDI just replace them with each other and watch the clock again.
The baaaam baaaaam sound you descripes can be unburned fuel comes together and finaly burnes with hot gas from the other cylinder in the exoust pipe...
No i dont talk about the tacho. The tacho is moving as soon as you turn the front wheel but i ment the rev counter wich shows the turns per minute of the engine. New replacement CDI can be bought here (i could ship them down to you if you need them)
Ok, so the carbs are all back on, the bike is up and running again and it's running a lot smoother and the tickover is much much better. I've swapped the cdi units over to see if the tacho is affected at all but it seems ok. I'll give it a good run tomorrow and see if the problem has been fixed. Oh, and I've cleaned all the connections on the ignition to make that that isn't the problem.
Hello again! The running problem was gone for a while and now it's back again, but as I followed the advice and switched the cdi units over I can now see that when the bike loses power I also lose the tacho and in guessing that this is pretty much a sign that the problem is the cdi unit. I've found another one but uts from a 96 xl600 and mine is a 93 Xl600.
Is there a difference in the cdi units? I'm assuming that if it's from the 600cc variant then it will be the same? But the you know what they say about assumption being the mother of all f**k ups!
Are you sure you want to buy used electronics? Most wholesalers won't even accept returns if the package is opened never mind if it's been installed. I personally always buy new parts and then I know the someone isn't selling me their broken part and if the problem isn't fixed, I can eliminate one component as the cause.
I think if the plug fits it should be ok only the 88er ons have a different side stand cable but as you see the problem only comes back now and then you cant be shure the used part you want to bay does not have the same problem. If you want i can get you one of the dicital replacement cdi for 130.- Euro + Shiping. The company it just in the same city in wich i am and i dont belong to it only want to help and i use them as well:
just as a follow on to this problem, which I hope you"ve fixed by now...
the problem is caused by the underside of the seat base tapping the top (connector end) of the cdi's & breaking some of the connections on the internal circuit board. Some people have opened the cdi's & re soldered the 6 connections behind the plug & solved the problem that way. Yes you have to use a dremel or a fine saw blade & cut open the unit without damaging the curcuit board inside I have tried this fix myself & failed miserably
Once you have replaced the faulty cdi you need to reposition the cdi units under the seat. they are originally fitted upright, with the plug at the top thus: I I, you need to position them lying on their sides thus: = (they actually fit one behind the other in this position) Honda do supply a proper holder that puts them in this position & was fitted as standard from, I think '94 (or possibly '96?) This arrangement puts them further below the seat base & avoids the tapping & therefore a reoccurence of the problem. Been there. done that.
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