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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I think we're all pretty much familiar now with the 5th gear story on the 34L- I was not a believer until I opened up my bike 5 years ago in preparation for a trans Africa trip, but I replaced the 5th gear and it's mate and rode accross Africa twice always considerate of the fact that these bikes dont like low rev riding in 4th and 5th and thought then that such troubles were over. I was wrong. Ive opened the old beast up again now to find that the "new" 5th gear as well as the old 4th need replacement! F**ck!
Anyways Ijust thought Id share that in case anyone thinks, like I did, that their 5th gear troubles were over.
I have photos I can send you but I dont know how to attach them on here.... I can email them to you.
The current 5th gear has about 35000km on it, but 35000km of riding by someone who was constantly aware of the 5th gear issue and so made a point of being careful not to ride in 5th below 3500rpm (as much as is possible on bad roads). The 4th gear is on 79 000km , when i replaced the 5th originally (at around 45000km) I saw that the 4th was not 100% but it looked good enough and I couldnt afford it then so I left it be. Incidentally Im also having to replace my oil pump, various seals and doing a top end overhaul.
Scary stuff! Having recently bought an 86 1VJ with 29000km on the clock, I'm now thinking I ought to take a look inside the gearbox! Is there any way I can get an indication of gear condition without stripping, eg backlash through the final drive sprocket, metal in the oil, noise etc? I'm not frightened of splitting the cases etc (honest!), but would just rather avoid it! BTW, anyone got experience of what the final failure mode is - ie do you just lose the top 2 gears, and can go on with 3?
Hi,I just bought a 2002 and the fifth gear sounds bad,how easy it to replace the gears and do I need a full gasket set?I may as well check the piston out as I need to take the top off too ,I was hoping to get through the summer but I don,t know how long 5th will last....
As far as I know the 5th gear problem is unique to the 34L Tenere which was the first one Yamaha made so later models came out with an improved gear. You can tell (sometimes) that the gear is going if you ride in 5th close to a wall or barrier and you can hear a sortof deep humming sound echo off the wall... Vague I know, but basically it seems that if you are riding a 34l with around 40000km on the clock it more than likely needs attention. Unfortunatley checking the gears does require a full strip down of the crank case which is a pretty big job. I would recommend that if you do go for it you use the opportunity to replace the big ends and any other bearings or seals that look even remotely suspicious (bearings and seals need not be bought from Yamaha- you can get perfectly good ones for a fraction of the cost from an engineering supplier). Of course also all gaskets will need replacing and hell you may as well do the top end too! Also to replce the actual gear you need a press to remove and replace the gears from their shaft- I have it done by an engineering workshop, there are clearance limits listed in the Clymer Manual for this job. The crank case halves dont have a gasket, they just take a bit of sealer. BTW no oil pump upgrade will have any effect on your gears. As for what happens when the gears do finally go- I would imagine that it could be disasterous and result in a totally mangled engine as there would be lots of little pieces of metal in the gearbox and oil pump... ugly.
Thanks for that Jim. Think I'll risk leaving it unchecked for next years Morocco trip, but will have to seriously consider getting stuck in if (when!) I manage to get my act together for a longer trip.
Hi Bob,mine has 74,000 kms on it and has a bad whine,don,t know how long it will last but maybe I can get a replacement engine cheap or wait till the winter and tear it down,I,ve asked a couple of questions on a local bike site and maybe I can find some one with a bit of experiance to help me do it.....know any where that is good for cheap gasket sets or parts .....cheers
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