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Forum: Old's Cool 08-05-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 2,340
Views: 626,241
Posted By mike.l
Should I buy this XL250?

I'm looking to buy this XL250… venture classics.com for about $2000. I'll have to travel from Ireland to Britain to see and purchase it, so it's a bit of a gamble and I'm no expert. I've ridden bikes...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-16-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 835
Posted By mike.l
Any reason for this?

Got some amount of oil being blown out the oil breather hose of my 950. I keep the oil level at around the mid way mark and never over fill. It started happening 500 miles ago.
Any ideas would be...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 01-03-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,175
Posted By mike.l
+1=4...nuthin compares!

+1=4...nuthin compares!
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-06-2013, 04:35 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,905
Posted By mike.l
Hi John, I'm in Clare and have a 950 as...

Hi John, I'm in Clare and have a 950 as well...amazing bike, you'll have great fun. I took it down
to and around Morocco (8 k miles). The only problem I had was a leaking fork seal.
If you're ever...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 09-09-2013, 07:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 665
Posted By mike.l
Ok, thanks for that. I suppose that means I'll...

Ok, thanks for that.
I suppose that means I'll have to drain out all the fresh oil I've just changed! Still could be alot worse.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 09-08-2013, 05:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 665
Posted By mike.l
950 oil leak. What is this plate?

Anyone have any ideas? I have a slight oil leak coming from a black, kind of oval shaped plate attached with two 4mm bolts to the casing above and behind where the side stand is fixed. It sits above...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-31-2013, 04:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 649
Posted By mike.l
Thanks Eric, I'm interested and so might some of...

Thanks Eric, I'm interested and so might some of mates in Clare so could you message me the details.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-30-2013, 03:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 649
Posted By mike.l
[B]950 Dream Machine[/B]

About a year ago I finally got a 950A ('06 with 30k miles done). I say finally, as I wanted one since the first time I saw them in '03 when they first appeared. They looked awesome - great for long...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-15-2013, 09:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 891
Posted By mike.l
Ah yeah sorry lads, it's a '05 carb'ed 950. The...

Ah yeah sorry lads, it's a '05 carb'ed 950. The Odometer's sort of working ok, though It's not autmatically switching to TRIP F when fuel has gone into reserve + there's no warning light coming on.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-15-2013, 03:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 891
Posted By mike.l
No low-fuel light after Facet pump Installation

Is it normal for the low-fuel warning light not to work after installing the Facet fuel pump?
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-24-2013, 11:14 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 341
Posted By mike.l
Tachometer acting weird

So replaced the fuel pump with a facet pump and the bike's working great except the the tacho constantly reads 7000 rpm, then when the bike's turned off the needle instead going back to zero goes the...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-23-2013, 02:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,070
Posted By mike.l
yeah that's the truth

yeah that's the truth
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-23-2013, 06:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,070
Posted By mike.l
We sussed it, just a kinked fuel hose pressing...

We sussed it, just a kinked fuel hose pressing against the skid plate!
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-21-2013, 03:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,070
Posted By mike.l
another fuel pump episode..!

So fitted a new facet pump+kit onto my 950 and then fired her up and she sounded sweet. Ran beautifully for 7 miles down the road, before engine began to fade and then die. The bike just about starts...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-19-2013, 03:03 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,038
Posted By mike.l
On the button!

On the button!
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-11-2013, 02:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 650
Posted By mike.l
Well said that man!

Well said that man!
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-10-2013, 07:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 650
Posted By mike.l
Easy way of replacing Oil Pressure Switch

After deciding not to remove airbox and too scared to remove carbs(tricky enough), we went route 1.
Go in via the triangular section of frame adjacent to Oil Pressure Switch.

You will need: a 12"...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-02-2013, 10:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,329
Posted By mike.l
I think the engine should be hot

That's a good idea, Makes sense...Tanx!
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 03-01-2013, 07:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,141
Posted By mike.l
Can a 2nd fan drain a battery?

Can a 2nd fan drain a battery?
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-27-2013, 01:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,329
Posted By mike.l
Thanks very much lads, sounds easy enough

Thanks very much lads, sounds easy enough
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-26-2013, 02:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,329
Posted By mike.l
Raising the Front End?

I need to raise the front of the bike by 50cm to change the coolant...anyone got any bright ideas on how to do this?
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-24-2013, 11:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,141
Posted By mike.l
Mmm ok, thanks Frog I know all about the dudes in...

Mmm ok, thanks Frog I know all about the dudes in the Rif mountains offering exotic herbal remedies while looking in your tent bag!
Now you've thrown a spanner in the works as Buzybraza &...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-24-2013, 01:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,141
Posted By mike.l
What does a second fan plug into?

What does a second fan plug into?
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-22-2013, 06:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,141
Posted By mike.l
Oh yeah,, I also did the slave, rear light sensor...

Oh yeah,, I also did the slave, rear light sensor and clutch booster(which had been put back in wrong by the previous owner)... so I fecking hope I'm good to go!
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-22-2013, 04:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,141
Posted By mike.l
short way down!

So, off from Ireland to Morocco again. Seven years ago I was on a Honda Dommi 6000miles+alot of off-roading and it only required a new rear wheel nut! This time, I'll be on my beloved '05 950A. I'm...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-20-2013, 01:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 955
Posted By mike.l
What GPS setup for my beloved 950

What is a turbulence-generator!? and where is it located?
I like the idea of mounting the GPS on the dash as it makes it easier to see.

Does anyone know if I can get a free topo GPS map download...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-18-2013, 02:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 955
Posted By mike.l
What GPS setup for my beloved 950

Hi.
I have to take the tanks off to locate an oil leak...so I might as well install
a GPS device for a ride around Morocco in June. I've never used one before
and have read that the Garmin Zumo's...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 02-12-2013, 01:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,481
Posted By mike.l
It all depends on you, and whether you wanna work...

It all depends on you, and whether you wanna work on a proper good motorcycle!
There's always the next thing to do on any bike you own,
whatever the millage.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 01-02-2013, 12:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 681
Posted By mike.l
Is that the same Clutch holder that's in the...

Is that the same Clutch holder that's in the workshop manual's 'special tools' drawing? Part no 600.29.003.000.
I want to be able to tighten all the clutch up again once it's re-assembled. I'm a...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 01-02-2013, 04:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 681
Posted By mike.l
Clutch Assembly

After some amount of hassle with the clutch on my '05 950 Adv, I discovered that the previous owner hadn't lined up the dots on the clutch pressure booster when re-assembling the clutch... new parts...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-30-2012, 08:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,279
Posted By mike.l
A few weeks on and my 05' 950 adventure clutch...

A few weeks on and my 05' 950 adventure clutch issues continue! Changed the slave, re-kitted the master, changed the pushrod(old one looked ok)...anyway long story short, the previous owner had the...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 12-20-2012, 10:50 AM
Replies: 578
Views: 81,792
Posted By mike.l
When you get sucked into the bike shed for the...

When you get sucked into the bike shed for the nth time that day to just
look at her and think fck me!
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-18-2012, 12:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,279
Posted By mike.l
Right ok...I do change into neutral before coming...

Right ok...I do change into neutral before coming to a stop( it's a pain in the ass
when you're hiccuping through traffic). Point is I should be able to get neutral when
stopped. I was able to, up...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-15-2012, 01:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,279
Posted By mike.l
Ok thanks. I'm going to change the pushrod to see...

Ok thanks. I'm going to change the pushrod to see if that helps...at 37,000 miles (late '05 950)
it's probably a good idea anyway. The oil jet is a new one on me... Where is it and how do I fix it?...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-12-2012, 01:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,279
Posted By mike.l
Clutch not finding neutral

Replaced the the slave+backing plate with new Oberon kit and it's working well except
I still can't get neutral when I'm stopped in traffic. What else should I be looking to fix
this...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 09-22-2012, 01:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 606
Posted By mike.l
clutch issues

So the clutch on my beloved '05 950 is starting to feel like a bag of old nails. I can't get neutral when the engine's warm, then it rattles away in 1st. It's okay once I'm moving along. Anyway she's...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-23-2012, 12:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,488
Posted By mike.l
So finally retrieved the bit of tube that's been...

So finally retrieved the bit of tube that's been buggin me every time I take the bike out. After removing the petrol tanks, loosening radiator and then taking off the oil tank, and giving it a good...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-25-2012, 03:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,488
Posted By mike.l
I can't seem to find it, let alone grab it with...

I can't seem to find it, let alone grab it with the flexible grabber. I'll try again a few more times. Maybe it's been sucked down to the lower chamber of the oil tank and is beyond my reach. Is it...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-18-2012, 11:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,488
Posted By mike.l
Right okay. It'd just had an oil change before it...

Right okay. It'd just had an oil change before it happened, so I when I do the next one I'll take off the oil tank and shake it upside down and hope for the best. It pissed me well off when it...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-18-2012, 11:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 811
Posted By mike.l
Hiya, it was my friends's 950, he managed to sort...

Hiya, it was my friends's 950, he managed to sort it using brute force.
good luck with it.
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