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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Hi there, Ive just had the head replaced on my 3AJ, the newer head is also a 2kf, but I cant get it to start reliably with the tappets set to the recommended settings. It will start with them opened up, but not when set to the correct tolerances.
Panic over, the mechanic did the head just tightened the tappets and jump started it from a landrover and its sweet as.
Went to pick the bike up last night and it wouldnt start whatever. Going to try a new battery today hopefully. Seems to have a weak spark, should a new battery help this? We checked the wiring and tidied up some connections, but the spark is still weak. Also swapped the coil but it didnt make any difference.
The 3aj does not need battery power to run. If you have a spark, any spark, that should be ok.
Since you just replaced the head, make sure everything is connected and installed allright, valve timing ok, fuel arriving at the carburettor (with the fuel pump this can sometimes be a problem!), idle mixture set correctly, idle speed set correctly etc.
Hi there, thanks for that. We are getting fuel, and have sparks. The valve timing was checked when the head was replaced. The bike will run fine when it does go, but its getting it to start thats the problem. When it wont start, the bike will sometimes backfire as if there is unburned fuel in the engine. I was going to try the battery, as I have found myself, if the battery isnt great, the electric start wont fire the engine. Any other ideas?
Let's first sort out the battery / starter motor issue. Try it with another (car?) battery hooked up. If it's allright then, you probably have a bad or uncharged battery or worse, a defective charging system.
If the extra battery does not help, it might be in the starter motor system: check all connections are tight and clean, especially the earth connection?
If connections allright and still problems, take the starter motor apart and clean the collector of the motor with some sandpaper. A b*tch to put together again BTW.
That should sort the cranking issue and ends part 1.
This is maybe a bit out of the thread. A bike mechanic once told me that it´s a bad idea to connect a car battery to a bike. The car battery usualy puts out 50-70amps while your normal bike battery usualy ranges between 9.5 to 14amps. The starter system on a bike is not bulit to handle all that power and cranking it over time and time again while sorting out a hard to start bike might damage it.
connecting of the coil; that's OK. It's just that, a coil does not mind which way the electrrons go.
Did the bike run fine before the head overhaul? Was anything changed (to carb or ignition etc?) but the head?
Are you absolute sure everything is allright with head and valve timing? (reality surpasses fantasy in f*ck*ps!) Timing chain tensioner correctly installed, spring installed?
Are you absolutely sure all connectors are tight and clean; that you are not chasing this tiny little pin that connects and disconnects, just to tease you?
If all of the above is OK, would start thinking of ignition problem. Do you have access to known good parts from another bike? If so, start swapping: coil, CDI, stator and see what happens.
As for connecting car batteries: no prob: it is the consumer that determines how many Amps are drawn, not the battery. As Volts are the same, the Amps will also be the same. To put it simply, the Volts are the driving force, the Amps the result. So, more rated Amps on the battery do not give you more Amps through the consumer.
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