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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Hello, I'm hoping to find advice/help for checking the valve clearances on my Tornado 250. I've got the feeler gauges ready to go, and I think it's an easy procedure. But I've never done it, and I can't find any information... except I think the clearances should be:
exhaust .14mm (or .16mm?)
The "certified Honda mechanic" (at a brand new dealership where I live in SE mexico) says he'll just "listen to the engine". I talked to him about using feeler gauges to check the valve clearances and he looked at me like I'm nuts. I think he doesn't want to, or maybe doesn't know how to check the valve clearances properly.
I'd do it myself if I could find any information on how to do it. Any help is appreciated, thanks!
ps- my tornado has 18.000 km and runs pretty good. The valves have never been checked.
The main difficulties I had the first time I adjusted my XR250 is figuring out where top dead center is on the compression stroke, and getting the feeler gauges to fit into the inspection holes. While there are special made feeler gauges for the XR that are pre-bent, you can bend any feeler gauge to a 90 degree angle to fit in the confined space by folding and creasing it.
I can sympathize the difficulty of finding "espesores de calibre" (thickness gauge) in Mexico. I lost my feeler gauges years ago on a long trip to southern Mexico and ended up using a 100 peso note for the intake and a folded over note for the exhaust on my old beemer. Not recommended but it was okay at the time. This was years ago. Maybe they have feeler gauges in the bigger
Repuestos de motos (motorcycle parts store) these days.
it lists the valve clearances as .005 inch intake, .006 inch exhaust. That translates to .12 mm intake .15 mm exhaust in Mexican metric feeler gauge talk. So your above numbers are correct. The gauges you will be using are paper thin. If the tolerance is adjusted too loose, your bike will clatter like an old sewing machine. But it is better to err on the side of too loose than too tight. It sometimes takes a few tries to get the feeler gauge to glide through with just a little resistance since it tightens up slightly when you tighten down the locking nut.
It is not hard to do if you take your time. I wouldn't totally discount the Mexican mechanics ability to adjust by sound if he has a good feel for Honda Tornados. It's always better to do these things yourself and make sure it gets done right though. No better time to start than now.
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