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!
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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.'
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Finally got my xt all back together after installing a new top end. new piston and rings 1st os - rebore on the cyl - and recut valve and valve seats.
At first it started up just perfectly - second kick - idled smooth and ran really well.
I was taking it easy for the first run being cautious not to exert too much force on the new parts but making sure to run it up and down the rpms in low gears. after about 5 or 6 min or running i noticed it was backfiring a bit on decel, just a small pop once in a while.
I then put it in the garage for the night and the next day I took it out and it started up just fine - first kick this time and idled fine.
after it warmed up, I started to run the motor up a bit higher in the rps to about 3/4 throttle and after about 10 minutes of riding it started to backfire a lot more on decel and then it was running really rough at idle and it stalled out on me a couple of times.
it became difficult to start but did fire it up again and I managed to get it home by keeping the throttle on.
it is pulling fine and there are no flat spots but the backfiring is quite bad and the bike will not idle. it runs but skips, sputters and it is hard to tell but sort of sounds like it is popping out the exhaust and maybe a little gasp from the intake as well.
If the choke is open it will idle at about 2000 rpm but it falters, sputters and is generally unhappy.
I checked the plug and it looks perfect.
checked the valve clearance and the exhaust was still good, the intake had opened up a bit so I readjusted it. still no running improvement.
I have tried adjusting the air screw and it doesn't make any noticeable improvements.
I sprayed wd40 around the intake boots and noticed no increase in rpms, I check the exhaust manifold tightness and that all seems ok too, it doesn't appear to be leaking anywhere although I believe a leak would diagnose the running problem.
Also, while the bike was apart I did a very thorough carb clean so I am pretty sure that jets are ok. everything was spotless and cleaned in an ultra sonic bath - all jets removed and looked clean.
Any ideas? My next step is to pull the carb again and inspect the pilot jet and its circuit, pull the exhaust and check my seals. also will do a compression test and see where that is at - hope i didn't blow something up in there.
any other tests i can do to help diagnose the running issue?
"gotta check the jets" - quote from Two-Lane Blacktop
thanks guys, sometimes all it takes is a once over.
I pulled the air filter - gave it some gas, and whatever was stuck in there - probably something in the pilot circuit - came dislodged and now she runs just dandy. - i am running some seafoam through it to clear any left over debris but i'll pull the carb when i have a chance and give it another once over - for now it seems like whatever was clogging is now gone.
happy to have my baby back. now i just have to wait for better weather and then the hot springs are back within reach again.
thanks for all the help, glad there is all this support out there,
i'm still learning but hopefully i can pass on all things learned to others out there.
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