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Old 06-03-2008, 02:20 PM   #91
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This is my big baby. Bought it at the end of last year (2005 model). I made a few updates like chainoiler, white indicators and painted some plastics. A little heavy but great bike.
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Old 06-05-2008, 04:26 AM   #92
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Great bike...! Western parts of Germany? Dutch, Belgian or French border?
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:16 AM   #93
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Dutch border. Perhaps you know one of my favorite sites near emmerich:
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:16 PM   #94
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Old 06-06-2008, 02:48 AM   #95
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Dutch border. Perhaps you know one of my favorite sites near emmerich:
I know!

But I must admitt that I am living in the Northern Province, Groningen (Near the German Province of Niedersachsen).

We do ride a tour allong the Dutch / German border with the Dutch Varadero and Transalpclub this summer, kickin' of in Enschede. It will be held om July 12th, you (and all others!) are welcome to join in. Check the 'kalender' on http://www.varaderoclub.nl (our the Dutch Forum) or just send me a direct e-mail to info(AT)transalpclub.nl for details.
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Old 06-06-2008, 03:22 PM   #96
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Hi Rod Rat,

Would appreciate some action pics with those tyres!
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I am looking into getting something besides what came stock.
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Old 06-19-2008, 12:49 AM   #97
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Show us your best Varadero XL1000V pics!

Inspired by some of the postings above... Lets share it!
(Have to search for my own though... )
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Old 06-24-2008, 04:31 AM   #98
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International Varadero Forum changed to new URL!

Hi Varadero Riders and friends,

The International Varadero Forum had some serious troubles with hackers the last few months. There fore the administrator team (Me, Ratman and JamesMC) have decided to move the entire International Forum to a new, updated CMS system. The old Forum will stay online for some time, but will be closed soon.

Due to this actions, we have to ask ALL members of the old Forum to make a new registration. We are starting all over again, and the donations made by many of the members will be used to make the new International Forum as solid as possible.

I would like to invite all of you in to have a look; I will post a short invitation at the other Varadero related topics here.

Have a look and be free to subscribe:
http://varaderoforumcom.h826747.serv....net/index.php
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Old 06-24-2008, 03:53 PM   #99
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Timing Chain Problem on Dero?

One of our VTA group recently mentioned a possible problem with Varadero timing chains, around 30,000 km. Any advice on this, Bernard?

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Old 06-24-2008, 05:30 PM   #100
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Had the Varadero been available when I bought my DL1000, I would have purchased one instead. I came off of a VTR, to the DL. One would have thought that the engines would be similar, but not a chance. I loved the motor on the VTR and I really think that there is no comparison to the Strom. Now, maybe if I put 52mm carbs on and changed the timing, they would compare, but a stock DL1000 engine is not nearly as fine as the VTR.
If I could find someone in Canada who could do a good job of tuning my Strom engine, I would do that and see if it matched the VTR. But, the Dero looks like a good buy to me!
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Old 06-24-2008, 11:44 PM   #101
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For Vstrom you can slot in almost all "internal" engine pieces from TLR motor. That's a beastie. Even TLS ain't too bad. That'll be hell of a Vstrom after that!
But catch is - "donor" VTR-F motor is all about low to midrange and superfine trottle response, it is as linear and grunty as they ever get in sport V-twins. And "donor" TL motor is kinda OK lower in range but all about mid to top range.
Same with Vara vs. VTR - the motor feels similar but only up to the point in rpm range. And VTR had superfine trottle control with those huge 48mm carbs, but :( consumption, while FI on Vara felt to me nowhere that fine but people here say - way more practical and easier on fuel.
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Old 06-25-2008, 02:10 AM   #102
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One of our VTA group recently mentioned a possible problem with Varadero timing chains, around 30,000 km. Any advice on this, Bernard?

Paul

I have heard about this, but for my knowledge it only affected the very first MK1 series (end 1998 / early 1999). There was a 'total recall' from Honda and the specified parts should be replaced.

However... one of our members imported a MK1 Varadero from Germany, which was affected, but did not had the modification... With lots of damage as result (bent valves, etc) which where (for his luck) repaired under warranty.

The problem was caused by using faulty camchain tensioners (not the tensioners them selves, but a little part of them)
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Old 06-25-2008, 07:01 AM   #103
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Dero Timing Chains

Thanks for that information, Bernard. I've passed it on to our group, the V-Twin Adventurers. I noticed your reference to Enschede a while back.
Friends of mine with three ATs (all RD04s) were at university there.
We loved Holland, particularly the Kroller-Muller Museum, near Otterlo.

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Old 06-25-2008, 08:35 AM   #104
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Thanks for that information, Bernard. I've passed it on to our group, the V-Twin Adventurers. I noticed your reference to Enschede a while back.
Friends of mine with three ATs (all RD04s) were at university there.
We loved Holland, particularly the Kroller-Muller Museum, near Otterlo.

Paul
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Well... the invitation to join us with our ride out on July 12 from Oldenzaal (near Enschede) is still open. Just e-mail me for details!

varaderointernational (AT) gmail.com

Invitation is also open for the rest of you guys.
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Old 06-25-2008, 04:08 PM   #105
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Well... the invitation to join us with our ride out on July 12 from Oldenzaal (near Enschede) is still open. Just e-mail me for details!

varaderointernational (AT) gmail.com

Invitation is also open for the rest of you guys.
Love to come, but I'm back in Oz. Edgar and Kiki have moved to Munich (Kiki has just won a teaching job in Western Australia... hope they ship their ATs!) but Johann is still in Leeuwarden. These guys have a great bike collection... and a black pearl Cadillac they've converted to gas (LPG). You may have seen it up your way sometime. You'd certainly remember it.
Cheers,
Paul Pix show them staying in a cottage on our property in WA. RTW bikers find it a welcome (free) pitstop: www.ozmoto.net/bradstreet.html
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