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Old 04-25-2011, 03:09 AM   #286
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G'day baldtire, you could try contacting these guys http://www.motorcycle-parts.com.au/Bitubo.htm and asking them, the spring rate seemed about right on my one when it arrived. Not sure
if the spring comes with a number on it or anything, maybe that'd be a start.



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Sharks,never got a reply back from them,I usually use this as a guide for "after sales service support" guide.
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Old 04-25-2011, 03:35 AM   #287
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Sent ours rear shocks down to Frank Pons, Siderney. They came back betterer than new.
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Old 04-29-2011, 09:10 PM   #288
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cough..cough $1168 cough...agh
Yeah, that is a little unreasonable. I must have been lucky and got in at the right time.

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Old 05-02-2011, 05:53 AM   #289
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Fitted panniers to XLV

I was tired of travelling with bags attached to the seat, so I wanted to mount panniers.
The original H&P rack for our bike costs, if available at all, around 280€.
Too much for my budget so I bought one for a 500GPZ on the bay and we "adjusted" it a bit.
Out came grinder, drill and welder.
I still have to clean it up and paint it.
On the left hand side you see the 30l box, on the right there's a 40l box.
On this solution we got rid of the pillion foot rests, they are not needed anymore since I ride alone.

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Old 05-02-2011, 04:01 PM   #290
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What brand of mufflers are on this machine

Do you have to put clearance lights on this
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:04 PM   #291
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What brand of mufflers are on this machine

Do you have to put clearance lights on this
they look like Marvins same as I have .. nice sound

mmm could be wrong as one has a honda stamp on it?
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:34 AM   #292
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Got to bring this thread up.
There are voices saying the good old XLV is not suited for long distance riding.
I just returned from a 2800 km trip in Europe riding the Autobahn, the twisties of the Austrian/Swiss/Italian alpine passes and the coastal roads of Italy.
She never missed a beat, the fuel consumption was around 5,3 to 5,5l/100km loaded up and I added a bit of oil.
Was good fun.

By the way:

I have replaced the dipstick with an RR oil thermometer and get readings up to 120C with 100 to 110 being the all day normal range.
Can anyone confirm these temps? Seems a little high, so I am actually thinking of adding a second oil cooler.
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Old 06-13-2011, 02:20 PM   #293
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Got to bring this thread up.
There are voices saying the good old XLV is not suited for long distance riding.
I just returned from a 2800 km trip in Europe riding the Autobahn, the twisties of the Austrian/Swiss/Italian alpine passes and the coastal roads of Italy.
She never missed a beat, the fuel consumption was around 5,3 to 5,5l/100km loaded up and I added a bit of oil.
Was good fun.

By the way:

I have replaced the dipstick with an RR oil thermometer and get readings up to 120C with 100 to 110 being the all day normal range.
Can anyone confirm these temps? Seems a little high, so I am actually thinking of adding a second oil cooler.
oil over 100C is not a problem, cant confirm the temps, but I run a Trailtech with cylinder head temperature sensor on the left hand rear spark plug ( it a copper O ring that fits under the spark plug.)

runs 150 to 170C ( have had 200C on a hot day, 30C in Aboyne Scotland, a record :-) bike peaked at 200C but then cooled as it ticked over to a 175C as the rich inlet charge cooled the head. in the winter ( 0C) the head temp is 125 to 150C.

I would not worry about oil temp as much as head temp.. the unit saved the bike last year as I had a blocked pilot jet on the rear and it ran weak.. temp shot to 220, limped the bike home run stop run stop. the bike ran ok so with out the temp alarm I would have just known there was a problem when something more sinister happened.

The XLV will do long runs.. I have completed a run from John-o-Groats, Scotland to Lands End in Cornwall England some 880 mile in 14hrs 50 minutes on a charity Run stopping only for fuel.. and another run for 24 hrs, biker never missed a beat.. 80-90 on the Motorways..

if your worried about temp, fit a Cylinder head temp gauge ( Trailtech ).. oil temp high is too late :-)

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Old 06-16-2011, 01:09 PM   #294
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Cylinder head thermometer

@ Ray,

Could you pls share some pics / info's regarding that cylinder head thermometer you are revering to above?

Idd, the cylinder head temp is important - overheating of the cylinder heads is mostly the course for your head gaskets to blow out... Not high oil temperatures; like you have written, if oil gets (far) above boiling heat, it will be too late...!

Tnx for sharing.

For the H&B panniers... I still have an orininal XLV750R rack from H&B for the original H&B standard Alu Panniers which I use on my XL1000V. Been to bussy working on our house extension and renovation... But this coming winter, I will have the luxery of an central-heated garage!
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Old 06-16-2011, 03:05 PM   #295
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@ Ray,

Could you pls share some pics / info's regarding that cylinder head thermometer you are revering to above?

Idd, the cylinder head temp is important - overheating of the cylinder heads is mostly the course for your head gaskets to blow out... Not high oil temperatures; like you have written, if oil gets (far) above boiling heat, it will be too late...!

Tnx for sharing.

For the H&B panniers... I still have an orininal XLV750R rack from H&B for the original H&B standard Alu Panniers which I use on my XL1000V. Been to bussy working on our house extension and renovation... But this coming winter, I will have the luxery of an central-heated garage!

Will post pics when I am back from France
Spending a week on the Africa Twin after doing the TLD with the other XRV guys

http://www.thelongestday.org.uk/?page_id=778


I fitted this :-)

http://trailtech.net/vapor.html

cheers

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Old 07-07-2011, 11:03 AM   #296
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It had to happen

After 2 years and 11000+ km it happened...
Rode of the freeway, everything was fine when all of a sudden she didn't respond to throttle inputs.
Opened throttle and it felt like fuel starvation, closed it and she came back for a second.
Pulled the clutch and there it was: engine failure.
Looked around, everything fine, cranked it, good but no start.
Tried full choke and she went into a very poor idle for a second or two and out she was again.

This is where we came to a rest, 25km from home.




This is how I got home after making a phone call to the insurance company




The first thing I checked was the exciter coil, a 6 minute job.
The coils are supposed to have 250 to 350 Ohm each against ground.
329 Ohm, good on number one, 63 Ohm on number two

Off to Ignitech I am.Didn't listen to the inner voice, wanted to buy it last year already...
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:36 PM   #297
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Off to Ignitech I am.Didn't listen to the inner voice, wanted to buy it last year already...
had my Ignitech in place for 4 years now.... you will kick your self for not doing it earlier :-)
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:45 PM   #298
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Well I might have found the problem,going from the information supplied about the spring length(compressed) that should be set on the shock,email said that the length should be 202mm,I reckon it was 220mm(I adjusted it when it was on the bike to 205mm), simple mistake.(by the builder) Because I installed the repaired one I dont think I'll be rushing around at present to swap over as it's a major job(for me ), so it'll just have to sit until I get interested again.
I've placed this unit on eBay to cut my losses, tackling the rugged Flinders Ranges goat track next weekend to test my reconditioned shocker and my new backtire
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Old 07-09-2011, 02:40 AM   #299
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Hi everybody,

Because i'm new on this site i will introduce myself.
I'm a 41 years old and from holland. When i was young (14) i could not wait to reach 16 so i could ride an honda mt5.
Above my bed i had (beside the mt5 posters) a poster of the xlv750r.
It was and is in my opinion the most beautiful motor ever build.
Now after many years (and riding a dominator) i decided a few years ago to buy an xlv.
It's a beautifull one and i'm the happiest guy in the world.
While the spareparts are rare i had many sleepless nights
So last week i bought a spare bike in belgium.
My plan is to fix the old bike (search for parts, paint the bike etc).
Because i'm not much of technician I found this site with many usefull discussions between you guy's.
Can anyone tell me if the fender and front cover of the xlv are also used on another bike and if so, do the have the right color?
With other words can i buy a new one?
My apoligies for the broken english......

Grtz

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Old 07-11-2011, 12:06 AM   #300
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After 2 years and 11000+ km it happened...
Rode of the freeway, everything was fine when all of a sudden she didn't respond to throttle inputs.
Opened throttle and it felt like fuel starvation, closed it and she came back for a second.
Pulled the clutch and there it was: engine failure.
Looked around, everything fine, cranked it, good but no start.
Tried full choke and she went into a very poor idle for a second or two and out she was again.

This is where we came to a rest, 25km from home.

This is how I got home after making a phone call to the insurance company

The first thing I checked was the exciter coil, a 6 minute job.
The coils are supposed to have 250 to 350 Ohm each against ground.
329 Ohm, good on number one, 63 Ohm on number two

Off to Ignitech I am.Didn't listen to the inner voice, wanted to buy it last year already...
Suitable for long distance touring, h? ;) Sh*t that this happened to you. Neither if it is on a new 'modern' bike or an semi-classic like the XLV. Hopefully the problem will be solved ASAP...

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Hi everybody,

Because i'm new on this site i will introduce myself.
I'm a 41 years old and from holland. When i was young (14) i could not wait to reach 16 so i could ride an honda mt5.
Above my bed i had (beside the mt5 posters) a poster of the xlv750r.
It was and is in my opinion the most beautiful motor ever build.
Now after many years (and riding a dominator) i decided a few years ago to buy an xlv.
It's a beautifull one and i'm the happiest guy in the world.
While the spareparts are rare i had many sleepless nights
So last week i bought a spare bike in belgium.
My plan is to fix the old bike (search for parts, paint the bike etc).
Because i'm not much of technician I found this site with many usefull discussions between you guy's.
Can anyone tell me if the fender and front cover of the xlv are also used on another bike and if so, do the have the right color?
With other words can i buy a new one?
My apoligies for the broken english......

Grtz

Wilfred
Hi Wilfred,

There is a Dutch club for XLV750R Owners where we have gathered a lot of information regarding the XLV750R; including an active Forum.

The direct link to the XLV chapter at the Forum (in Dutch available only, srry guys!)
http://www.transalpclub.nl/forumrc2/index.php?board=9.0

I'm 'Two Plugs' there as well.

One of our members has a 'shed' full of XLV parts and could most likely help you out with the parts you are looking for.

XLV750R riders are welcome at the Dutch Transalp Club (together with Africa Twin and Varadero riders) at www.transalpclub.nl
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