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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First timer here...just got back from 360 mile adventure. Bike ran fine to destination but on return trip the power dropped of substantially and was surging abit. Now after every run oil drips from the drain tube in the air cleaner box. Also, on hot start ups there is a random rattle almost as though there is oil starvation. Bike has 19,000 miles on it. Hoping one of you veteran XT guys could point me in the right direction. Thanks for your time
The oil dripping from the air box is a bit of a worry as this can be caused by the presence of a lot of oil mist in the crankcase breather pipe or high pressure in the crankcase. What happens is much more oil than normal gets sent into the air box and then ends up dripping out of the box. Have a look at the air filter and inside the box and see if it has any oil contamination.
If it has and the cause is not because you've seriously overfilled the bike with oil, you may have a more serious problem.
One cause could be a blown head gasket that is allowing combustion gases to blow into the cam-chain tunnel, the other could result from a partial siezure that's allowing gas to now blow past the rings. Both problems mean the gas has to go somewhere, and that means up the crankcase breather pipe into the air box carring oil mist with it. Take the air filter out and start the bike up. If there's a load of mist (looks like blue fog/smoke) coming out of the air box, you've definately got a problem of this sort
Both problems would reduce the power.
Not sure of the cause of your rattling as you don't say wher it's coming from
Check your valve clearances first though just in case you have a tight valve.
Is the bike smoking from the exhaust at all? Try and get mate to follow you and see. Are you having to now top-up the oil frequently ?
Thanks for the help guys. Rickg, great info. I thought the same thing and checked the air cleaner first thing and it's dry.Haven't got around to running it without the air box cover yet as you suggested. The rattle I referred to sounded like bearing knock to me but it only happened once while it was hot. Haven't got a feel for the oil consumption yet as I don't have many miles on it since it started misbehaving. I've got to find a manual to get my valve clearance specs. Funny, when started cold it sounds and runs just like it used to. Exhaust note has good "pop" to it. My gut feel is that compression is good but i need to confirm it. I hear guys talk about the cam chain. Does there seem to be an average mileage on these engines when they need replacement?
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