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  1. Have you tried to bridge across the terminals from the starter motor to the engine to see if the motor is in fact working? Turn on the ignition, place a screwdriver on the end of the starter nut and touch it to the engine case. You will get sparks but the motor should turn over. Just to see if that might be the problem before replacing more stuff, the bendix on the end of the shaft can stick if not used for a while and it might just be in need of a good soaking with lube. You can also replace the brushes on the motor if they are worn beyond the max wear point. I did mine on the FJ and it worked like new.
  2. I just found this on the net it states that there are some problems with valve seat arrangements that have been known to cause issues. You might like to think about using the updated heads that they mention. just a thought! The first models had some problems with warping valve seats, so later cylinder heads were changed to round exhaust ports to help the heat dissipate. Heat remained a problem, frequently causing the head to fracture. The balancer and camchain arrangements needed regular attention.31 Aug 2015 Not saying this is the problem but valve seals are a source of smoke if they are old or worn plus valve seats do wear and that might be an easy fix!! Press out the valve seats and put in new round ones plus seals.
  3. Hi Christian, Welcome to the YOC. Ok mate I am not being sarcastic here but there are loads of "tubes" on bikes so a little more info if you would. A photo is better or a description of the part and the place it occupies would help. We like to help other bikers so come back with another question and details so we can help.
  4. Hi Michael, Well done mate, 75 and still going strong. I'm 70 and still using the 2 wheels but I'm sure the time will come when I need that bit more stability. As to your original question EBAY is a good source of parts or even your free local paper and Gumtree can have some surprising parts listed. What exactly are you looking for in the way of parts? and does it have to be off of an XJ900 divi? Between us we probably have loads of parts knocking about so just list what you want and see if anyone get's back to you. Good luck with your project.
  5. Hi Michael and welcome to the YOC, can I ask why you want to change your bike into a trike? If your disabled there are people and organisations out there who will offer help. I belong to the NABD (national assiciation of disabled bikers). They can help out if your struggling. Just sayin!
  6. Snakebite is right, you should really check the bike at the front, bikes are incredibly delicate at the front end, even a small 1 or 2 degree bend can mean the difference between leaking forks or not. Your right that ageing plastics do break easier than new ones but it still takes force to break even the most manky ones. When your life depends on it always assume the worst till you have had it checked.
  7. As Snakebite said go through the loom front to back, seat off tank off and check it all. It's a simple loom and usually easy to spot broken wires if the rodents have been munching on them. After 12 years also oil down the bores (just a teaspoon full) buy yourself a tin of "EASY START", makes the whole thing much easier to get running or at least fire if it's going to.
  8. Unfortunately as Cynic say's it does sound like a bearing eating itself! Best option if your up for it is to take the chain off and see if the final drive sprocket at the gearbox end is loose or worn. Grab it with your hand and see if you can get any movement out of it wether up and down or back and forth. Snakebite is also right in a bad chain can make it sound like that as well. There is definately a problem there you just have to knock off the faults till you find where it is. A garage will help but if you just ask them to find the fault then do it yourself when your sure where and what it is. Good luck.
  9. That's great, remember tho always check her work if she is a newb at spannering. Good luck to you both.
  10. Welcome to the YOC, as above a video is what is needed, it's easier to diagnose something you can see.
  11. Hi Tom, It's always difficult to tell what a problem is without seeing it! A few photos or even better a video of the problem makes it much easier. Just a few questions tho. Do you have a manual? are you sure that the new carb kit you have fitted is not the problem? usually when a bike is running well and you fiddle with it and then you get problems it's the bit's you fiddled with that caused the problem. Just sayin!
  12. I'm with Finnerz on this, it's not a critical part and if it lasts a couple of years then go for it, worst that can happen is you have to walk home!
  13. Hi Andrew, welcome to the YOC. Must say you have done all the things I would have but your still stuck! How old is the fuel in the bike, have you put fresh fuel in it since you stored it? I only ask as if your firing when you physically put fuel in the spark plug hole it sounds like your NOT getting fuel to the cylinder, which is odd. If you turn it over on the button is the plug getting wet? Something between the injector and cylinder is blocking the fuel perhaps. Not worked on one of these so just guessing mate. A video or pictures really helps with this sort of thing. You might have a stuck inlet valve or even a broken valve spring whip the head off and have a butchers inside and see if there are any obvious problems. If not then come back and we can think of something else to spend your money on.
  14. Welcome to the YOC Steve. We can ride all year as well just depends on how cold you want to be.
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    XVS650 exhaust

    It is possible to remove these bolts but as above you need patience and care. I have been known to use a "nut spliter" to cut the nut off and then remove the stud afterwards. if you try to remove the nut and stud in one you will almost certainly break off the stud in the head which will lead to swearing and tantrums! I use a thermal coil tool on really stubborn nuts and studs, works most of the time but can still snap off if your a gorilla.
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    Clutch let down

    Actually there might be, not saying Tommy is wrong but the cables do strech over time, depending on how hard they have to work to pull the plates apart. You might want to check the length of the inner cable first against the recommended length and also check the mechanism for the clutch cable fixing point on the engine just to make sure that they are still in the correct place as it can get knocked and moved out of alignment. If you have a hydraulic clutch check the ball bearing and the rod for wear or if they have become seperated. Also measure the plates (steel and Cork) for thickness just to make sure they are still in tolerance, nothing worse than buying all the kit and it's a bent rod or slack cable. Also check the length of the springs as those buggers can also get squashed over time and lead to a dodgy clutch. My FJ1200 had a problem with the springs just replaced them and it was all good. Not saying it is any of these things but best to check them before you shell out on plates and don't need them.
  17. Ok if it's going to be shit weather then let's leave it till it get's better, as Tommy said Stafford show might be fun anyway for a quick trip out and if some of us meet up there we can talk about it then.
  18. I,m in! If you can let me know where and I can see if there is a nearby hotel/guest house, YES I,m old!! bike is ready and setup for 1st of April anyway (Taxed on the 1st of April) I need to get out after 2 years of covid. Brixam is a nice spot, can be a bit full on tho, does'nt one of our regulars live down in the west country? Sorry can't remember his handle but he works in one of the small town harbours and has an FJ1200. Ah just had a flash of inspiration "DUTCH" anyone heard from him lately?
  19. As above, welcome to the forum. Thank you for your service. .
  20. Hi Steve. On the FJR if it ticks then it's probably the cam chain tensioner on the way out, so having said that it might be worth while swapping out the cam chain tensioner on yours. But as Jimmy said a video would make it so much easier to get a proper look. Make sure you video both sides of the engine AND the whole bike front too back all the way round. Believe it or not I took mine in to the garage for a similar thing and it was the top box lower bolt clanking against the frame! Yeah I did feel a dick head?
  21. Hell's teeth Jimmy kept that to yourself mate! So a year off the road it is but you will be back. We can all wait so you can catch up with us, we will have to take lot's of photo's so you can pretend your there. Just think you can now strip the bike down and spend lot's of cash on new mod's. Just tell everyone you have been banned for a year! That should make a few eye's bulge. If we can do anything just ask. Take care and get well soon mate.
  22. Ok as the bloody covid is at last coming to a conclusion we should start thinking about a meet, where and when? Can be nice and warm in April if you want to go early in the year or wait till June- July if that makes it easier for everyone! Down in the west country is usually warmer than anywhere in the UK, Devon or Cornwall would be great I suppose and the roads are tiny and Exmoor can be interesting or out to Lands end if you fancy a windy morning. Lots of camp sites and small pubs and even a hotel or two . Just sayin!
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    Merry Christmas 2021

    Merry Christmas folks, hope to see you all out there soon!
  24. Decompressors are used so that the engine does not have to start with the piston at TDC it allows you to pass the TDC point then get a swing on the kickstart so you don't break your instep with a kickback. Most BSA's had one plus the odd high compression engine that would fire you over the bars if you tried to start it witout taking it past TDC. That's why my old biker boots had a metal strip on the instep! cos it hurt like fuck if you got it wrong.
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    Xmas Present

    I wonder if they do a CASTROL 'R' Race candle ?
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