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    2003 TDM 900 and Ducati S2R Thou
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    Fireblades, VFRs, various Ducatis, Nortons and a dire Le Mans

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    Drax, near the massive Power Station !
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    Bikes, crashing model planes and walking dogs ( four collies )

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  1. Hi All, I am loving my 2003 TDM 900, travelled over 2,000 miles since december. The suspension is a bit lacking, bit it is a 19 year old bike, so time for some upgrades I guess. I've tweaked the pre-load and rebound which has helped a bit; bit less sure about the fork brace though ! The next step is progressive fork springs, I'm looking at a set from Wirth DE, anyone tried them ? Cheers dave
  2. I bought the TDM 900 in December 2021, rode it a good amount, changed engine oil & filter, bled the brakes, fettled the calipers and generally fiddled about - as you do with a new bike. I could not find any history re the valve clearance checks so tried to book it in with a pal who is a great mechanic, but he could not fit me in until mid-march ! Right, I am fairly handy so I'll do it myself. While I'm in, I'll fit the SmartMoto secondary air valve bypass system and some posh coolant hoses from AS3Performance I got the rad, tank and airbox off and looked at the access to the valve cover, or rather the lack of it. The manuals all show the engine being worked on while it is on the bench, a very different situation to the engine in the bike. I decided to leave the technical stuff to my Pal ( what a wimp!) Do you do the valves and shim work on your TDM ? Is it as tricky as I am making out ? Or do you leave them alone as they never need re-shimming, similar to a lot of the older Hondas like the Blackbird ??
  3. Many thanks drewpy, it's so easy when you know how !! Cheers dp
  4. Hi All, and thanks for letting me join! I bought my 2003 53k miles TDM 900 mid December, and have done 800+ miles so far, what a great bike. Very easy to ride, comfortable and fast enough.! I have fettled the calipers, changed all the fluids and am just about to start on the valves – dont think they have been done before ! I have got a set of posh hoses for her and a SmartMoto air bypass removal kit. I also have a 2008 Ducati S2R Thou which is playing up a bit, but will get it sorted soon. I have just sold a Moto Guzzi Le Mans, what a gawd awful tractor that turned out to be ! I have had dozens of bikes over the years, mainly Hondas, Ducatis and even Rotary Nortons for a while but only one other Yam, a XS500C, bought new many years ago, an S reg, 1977 !!
  5. Hi All, sorry to ask a daft question but how do you release the fuel line connectors. There are a couple of pads which must be locking devices but I cant figure out how they operate. Not a good start to the valve service I've got planned !!
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