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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Just bought a high mileage 2003 XT600E with 32,000 miles it runs very well with a very quiet engine, very pleased in general however when starting from stone cold after no use for a few days it smokes for a few seconds as it warms up. It is smoke not water vapour, there is a strong smell of burning oil until it warms up then there is no trace of smoke or smell. It pulls well sounds sweet and the oil level hasn't dropped in 100 miles. The oil level was / is just above maximum mark on the dip stick. There is no history with the bike, my next job this weekend is to change the oil and filter, I have a new K&N performance oil filter and new Castrol high performance SEA 10/40W oil. I'm guessing it could be valve stem oil seals which could be letting it the oil by, are they easy to change, is it an engine out job? Any thoughts guys.
Classic symptoms of dodgy valve stem seals. My 88 bike was exactly the same. From cold, 10 seconds of smoke then no smoke at all and very little oil usage. Depending on your level of competance with the spanners, a relatively easy fix. no need to take the engine out, but you will need a valve spring compressor.
Thanks for the advice, I'm glad I'm not alone with reading the oil levels, yes I do intend to get out there and enjoy trouble free ridding, the bike is new to me I intend to keep it so just making sure all is well.
Valve stem seals shouldnt be bad after such "short" time. It sounds a lot like a classic overfilled bike, which you seem to have veryfied yourself. Poor in the right amount of ail, drain/clean the airfilterbox and see if that doesnt help, if not, take it from there.
I cant read a full oillevel when my oil is 60C, especially not with theese cold temps, a good run on the highway usually does it. I've had my bike for around 4 years, and have driven around 65.000km on it, and everytime I try to top of the oil 'cause it seems low, I end up overfilling it. They are a PITA tocheck the oil on, mine doesnt use any, but with 116.000km on it I get nervous and check it often, but usually it reads low, eventho' the correct amount of oil is in it.
It's definitely hard to get a consistent oil level reading, more so when draining/refilling. Each bike seems to be different, but for mine I get a consistent reading by
1. Ride until fully warmed up, at least 10 minutes
2. Let it idle for 10 sec or so
3. Wait about 3-4 minutes for the oil to settle
4. Check level with bike upright
This is most easily done when stopping for fuel. Fill the bike, go and pay, and check the oil level when you get back. I keep a bit of kitchen roll handy somewhere for wiping the dipstick.
Until I learned to trust this method, I have previously drained out around 3 litres and then refilled with a whole 4 litre can, and still had nothing on the dipstick. Of course, it all went in the airbox until I drained it out and started again.
With the above method, I have had a completely consistent reading for the last 15k miles - it drops about 5mm between oil changes. I'm happy with that.
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