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  2. I used to own an xs250 with the very same symptoms. I eventually sorted it, well my sanity, by using "Burn ya bastard"
  3. Welcome to the forum bud
  4. You basically say you have some problems and have done stuff. When you tested the charging voltage, what were the numbers? £k revs, 6k revs lights on or off. What did you do to check the draw, in line meter? There is normally something leaking current, nothing is perfect on a 60k bike. Ultimately your first suspect will ALWAYS be the rec unit on a 600 yam.
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  6. Hi there, long time no see, I finally upgraded my trusty steed, and then my course of electronics curse jumped bikes. So I have a '99 Thundercat about 60k miles on the clock, she was running okay and I added a LED strip, after a few more months the battery started dying on the regular. so I disconnected the strip but the problem persists, Bought a new battery, same problem, I have tested voltage when running at 3000 rpm and higher and there is an increase to the battery, so it doesn't seem to be the regulator or stator. There is no draw when the ignition is off. The only problem I can seem to find is when I have my headlight on, the voltages steady drops, instead of increasing, even at high revs. it's the same bulb that I bought the bike with and that she ran fine with before the problems started, and the correct bulb for the model (55/65w) Another issue (previous owner pointed it out) the rev meter will sometimes climb to 8000rpm and then drop again when the ignition is on, but engine is not running, then when running the rev meter will stick to 0, the only way to reset this is to close the throttle completely and then open again, then it will read correctly for a time. So I'm at a bit of a loss, and also getting tired of being stuck on the side of the road, any ideas/help would be appreciated.
  7. Hello everyone just joined might learn a few things am from Barnsley always had bikes my first was a yamaha fs1 e
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  9. Strip them carbs ,and get the pilots out ,
  10. Wont help, the ally of the engine absorbs the heat. unless you really heat it with mixed gas or some such. You should try a proper penetrating oil, even diesel is better than wd40. I have had some luck in the past with the torque setting on my drill in the past, setting it to the max torque and letting the drill rattle like its fully tightened it but not. Bit like a rattle gun, even better if you can borrow or steal one of those. (I have the socket adapters so I can use sockets on my drill). The vibrations and the twisting action seem to work sometimes.
  11. Hi Slice, Thanks for the response. Yes I do have a Haynes manual which is very detailed & useful but it just says "remove the bolt" but as it is stuck fast I'm not sure if I am supposed to force it out or maybe 'unscrew' it. Having removed all the petrol thingies I'll try heating it gently with a blow torch, thanks for the advice.
  12. Yep Cynic is right if "start yer bastard" makes it run then you definitely have a blockage.
  13. Hi, First and most important do you have the workshop manual? Cos that will give you all the info (well most!) that you need, they are on EBAY for about £15 and well worth the price. If you do have the manual and it still won't come out then hopefully someone on here will have an answer for you. Usually it's corrosion between the steel bolt/stud and the ali engine mount that get's stuck, if all else fails try HEAT but not to much just where it passes through the engine, your doing the right thing with WD40 but there are other penetrating oils out there and even freeze sprays that might help. Good luck anyway.
  14. Hi, I'm Harrington & joined a few weeks ago. I am in the process of removing the engine from my Virago XV 535 & have a problem removing the mounting bolt from the lower rear of the crankcase. I have removed the nuts, & slackened all the other mounting bolts but this one won't budge. I am not sure how to remove it, I have applied WD40, hit it with a hammer (several times), tried 'unscrewing' it using 2 nuts tightened together bit still no joy. Any ideas??
  15. Go back to the carbs, if 'start ya bastard' gets it going you got/there is something wrong in the choke/idle circuit.
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  17. Thanks for both the Ebay and Aldi advice. Not spotted bespoke liners on Ebay but didn't think to search for 'bespoke'. I'll give it a try. Failing that ... Ali here I come.
  18. Sounds like you need to keep a decent distance behind you too.
  19. Driving on the Parkway in Plymouth, outside lane minding my own business - outside lane hoggers galore - see the red brake lights light up couple of 100 yards in front so start to back off a bit - the chap in front in a crappy Fiesta drives it right slap bang into the back of a very nice Audi in front of him ........... WTF !! Bits flying everywhere but missed most of it because I was hugging the centre anyway. While they were slowing down passed them on the inside giving the guy in the Fiesta the one handed salute Be safe out there peeps ............ AND ........... keep plenty of distance between your front mudguard and the cager in front.
  20. I use Aldi bags in my 36L Givi panniers. Fit great and are waterproof
  21. Finally got round to getting the carb off and found that on the side with the diaphragm one corner had snapped off and glued up with exhaust paste... guessing this would cause the above symptoms. Anyone know where I can get a good quality replacement?
  22. Hey guys, I have just joined after perusing your forum for many answers over the last couple of months. Love the forum and the great advice going on here! I have recently inherited a 'recently running' 1983 XS250 special, to add to my collection of not yet running XS's. It's the DOHC YICS model. I started with the usual stuff, ultrasonic cleaned the carbs, inline filter, new plugs, new oil. It WILL NOT START. unless I spray it with 'start ya bastard' an ether spray, then it fires instantly, I have to keep the idle speed at 2000+ RPM and it will run all day, as soon as I let go of the throttle, she dies. Even when warm, it won't start again until I spray it again and then it starts straight away. Any ideas?
  23. I know I should be in the "for sale" section, but I'm giving this away for nothing. The only stipulation is whoever want's it must collect from Chippenham, Wiltshire. Also the only drawback is that about 15 years ago the tank sprung a leak, as you can see I have sealed the bottom of the tank but I think that the inside of the tank will need some sort of internal sealant. BTW, the colour is "Dark Siam Metallic"
  24. Mary

    Tdm 900 buying advice

    The steering lock on my 2002 900 jams and i am reluctant lock it. I would like to replace the ignition switch but cant find one online at a reasonable price. There are plenty for the 850 at reasonable prices but the 900 prices are horrendous. need help. Mary.
  25. It's brilliant when the bike off road due to ill health and you get it back on the road again. Mike.
  26. Have a look on eBay, I bought some for a set of panniers a couple of years ago and seen that a few sellers on there offered bespoke ones
  27. Just in from a 12hr shift, a wee bit tired and read that as "Panty Liners"
  28. Hi all, I'm looking to buy some liners for my hard yamaha panniers fitted on an XVS1300 midnight star. I seem to be able to get some from the USA but only if I am prepared to spend way more on postage than the cost of the liners! Is anyone aware of other options? Thanks
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