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    Well, there you have it. Anyway, i'm going to...

    Well, there you have it. Anyway, i'm going to check the XR's valves, but i guess no surprises, the engine runs like clockwork, very good mileage, no strange noises.

    Lee, when you tighten the...
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    I had this problem with the XR250, original...

    I had this problem with the XR250, original bearings were reported to have failed in off-road use, so i replaced them with SKF conical. I had to have them machined to 22 mm inner diam from 20mm (if i...
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    Most of the hassle Mark describes would be the...

    Most of the hassle Mark describes would be the same whatever the valve clearance system, i guess. Anyway my (very limited) experience is that it's very hard to be confident with screw adjustment,...
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    My very basic XR250 has shims, and i was told by...

    My very basic XR250 has shims, and i was told by the Honda mechanic not to think about it before 30000 km at least. And the DOHC CBX 750 had hydraulic. I think adjusting with this screw system is...
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    Could someone explain why this nut and bolt valve...

    Could someone explain why this nut and bolt valve adjustment system is still used when shims seem to be so much more reliable, maintenance-free and exact, or also hydraulic tappets ?
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    Lee, that's interesting, since on the Ten there...

    Lee, that's interesting, since on the Ten there was an idle adjust screw (albeit terribly difficult to get at). So the FI systems are different for honda bikes i guess. Yes, the clutch lever has the...
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    First gear clunk question

    Gear shifting has become much better after i added Militec-1 to the oil. Really quite acceptable compared to the noises i had before. But, the first gear clunk won't go away, and it's loud enough to...
  8. Very comprehensive article (in french) about the NC

    A huge lot of info, many magazine articles, photos...

    Honda NCX 700 Tourmalet: 25 ans après, l'enfant de la Transalp
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    So are mine, and i've had my share of trouble...

    So are mine, and i've had my share of trouble with some of them because often these are puppy mill dogs, and they're abandoned after the owners find themselves burdened with health or behaviour...
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    Here's an old picture of our poodle Taffy with a...

    Here's an old picture of our poodle Taffy with a baby possum we tried to rescue after our (many) dogs got its mother. It's very hard to rescue wild animals, they eventually die as this one did.
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  11. I would also advise you to be careful, don't be...

    I would also advise you to be careful, don't be over confident, that's easy with a bike that is so user-friendly. An over filled truck fuel tank with a leaking cap will spill fuel exactly where it's...
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    I like to start a mental stopwatch whenever...

    I like to start a mental stopwatch whenever something is running that i have to keep track of. I don't know if it'll work for you, but as soon as you turn it on, start counting. It helps me also for...
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    Thank you for this, wonderful results, what a...

    Thank you for this, wonderful results, what a great machine !
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    I found this paragraph The motor itself is...

    I found this paragraph

    The motor itself is quite smooth, except for a buzz that's apparent at 4500 rpm, blurring the mirrors. Shifting or adjusting speed easily avoids that, though it would be...
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    That's good news, i have these Pedaleira OXXY -...

    That's good news, i have these Pedaleira OXXY - TORNADO

    on my XR250 and i love them, a good firm wide peg makes a huge difference. So i'll try and see if they fit the NC.
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    I can confirm that, was next to the mechanic who...

    I can confirm that, was next to the mechanic who changed the oil, no need to remove anything. Even though the owner's manual says you do.
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    Well, maybe we can sort some things out now : if...

    Well, maybe we can sort some things out now : if it's getting worse, then it cannot be due to some structural flaw, to an inherent design error. The same conclusion can be arrived at from a different...
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    Looks like something the kids made...if it...

    Looks like something the kids made...if it weren't a sealed cartridge they could never sell something like that.
    There isn't much left you can trust nowadays.

    Lee, now i see why you said the...
  19. The one thing i'm not too happy about on this...

    The one thing i'm not too happy about on this bike are those plastic clips everywhere, looks like they're meant to be discarded every time they're taken off.
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    Maybe the six months period adjusts for the...

    Maybe the six months period adjusts for the hotter climate, bad, corrosive gasoline (20% ethanol, next year it will be 25%), that's why i also add synthetic two stroke oil to the gas.
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    What they say is that since there is no metal to...

    What they say is that since there is no metal to metal contact in the clutch, there is no risk of slippage. I used Militec on a Yam XT600 and a XT660 besides the XR250, for the better part of two...
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    What i can tell you is that i've been using...

    What i can tell you is that i've been using Militec for some time now, on three bikes not counting the NC, one of which i've had for over three years, and i've never noticed anything related to...
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    Maintenance schedule and oil changes

    I've always read that oil should not be in the engine for more than six months, because it deteriorates due to combustion residues, etc. So if you don't ride the km between service intervals in six...
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    Well, i took it out for a ride yesterday after...

    Well, i took it out for a ride yesterday after adding a 200 ml bottle of Militec to the oil and it's way better, no surprise there since i've been using it for years and it always improves things. I...
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    It does make sense, only that what you have to...

    It does make sense, only that what you have to check is if there still is slack when loaded (something like 10-20 mm), not the prescribed one. Ideally you should check if you still have slack when...
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