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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Yamaha TechOriginally the Yamaha XT600 Tech Forum, due to demand it now includes all Yamaha's technical / mechanical / repair / preparation questions.
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I am looking at a 89 xt600 with 14K miles. Will this motor handle a big bore kit
which takes it to 633cc and has a 10 to 1 piston. I would also like to install a
mild performance cam. Have you don this? What doe you think? Would these
modifications add 10 HP?
If you use the low octane foreign fuel, you will trash the high compression piston.
If you are only using the bike for blatting around GB, undoubtably it will handle the extra HP (but don't believve the claims of the people selling the bits - they are biased). Try ringing a decent dyno house. They will have years of experience.
You will find most people on this forum are interested in long term reliablity, not Horse power. - having said that I use a c90 with a lumpy cam and big carb!!
Enjoy a reliable bike, you'll pay a lot each hp and they won't be that impressive.
XT is a torque mono, play with that and enjoy.
Power is the ability of the engine to remain on high rpm's as a supersport going upwards a hill without losing any rounds once in spin.
Torque is the raw strength of the engine, ever tried to screw a 22 nut with your fingers..take a long grip, that multiplicates the strength from your hands, torque is the same thing and is due to many things; size of the piston, weight of the crankshaft, weight of the rotor, gearbox demultiplication, clutch demultiplication etc.
Power and torque is a balance difficult to obtain by the yamaha enginers.
An XT is made very good orginally, the balance shaft compensates vibrations and has exactly the same weight as the original piston..torque is well distributed from 0- 5500rpm.
Changing the piston might give you naughty vibrations, only that makes the engine much less reliable.
You will change the engine character and in the end probably the bike will be less performant than original, high compression will create more heat to your aircooled cylinder, the vibes will torture your allready worn conrod and bearing + heat and torque on that= hello engine brake.
I won't say for sure, but I wouldn't do those changes, everyone is free of course.
mines got high comp piston 11to1 621cc,yoshimura cam,keihin race carbs,
gas flowed head,comp exhaust,its a hooligan runs very smooth very fast
eats ccm ktms put a wheelie wand on it to try keep front wheel on thr ground
i like it
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