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Perhaps I'm Not So Tough. Davie said :-
Hi ren,met you at southwaite services on Saturday while you were in for a heat,I take my hat off to you heading up north,and you must be mad camping lol.Hope the weather is kind to you matey.you have an interesting blog also.
You take care on they roads up north,roll on the spring to I get out on mine.nice to have met you and all the best.



Perhaps I'm Not So Tough. Latchy said :-
Bad weather passed? Not up in Scotland it hasn't mate, I've seen it for myself training with the army in the 80s

CBF 250 Cam Chain Rattle - SOLVED! Daf said :-
I'd say it's most likely that either the chain's a tooth out, or that it's badly worn... has the bike had a lubrication failure/really dirty oil in it at some point? That could account for it.

The other possibility is that it's some other part of the engine... Starter sprag clutch and the transmission clutch centre bushing/release bearing are usual suspects on these engines. Could be main bearings if you're really unlucky.

CBF 250 Cam Chain Rattle - SOLVED! Ren - The Ed said :-
Hmmmmmm Nate...that don't sound right at all. Both Steve and myself had to just take up the slack, no pressure, barely even finger tight. It's possible the camchain is very tired or there's something else amiss.

Check you're not a tooth out on the timing. It might be worth changing the camchain. It may be worth stripping the motor to really get to the nub of the matter. How many miles has it got on the clock?

CBF 250 Cam Chain Rattle - SOLVED! Nate said :-
well I put the engine back in and made the cam chain tensioner manual. tightening the cam chain did reduce the noise but I had to really over tighten it and the bike started struggling.

Review of the BMW F650 GS - By Simon Walters Ben said :-
Hi Simon

Great review

I have a BMW K75S and a Honda Cb250.

I use the Honda most days as the BMW is a little bit big and expensive for my 28 mile round trip to Central London.

The CB is great to use in ALL weather and road conditions, snow/ice/rain etc and it gives me approx 350 + miles between fill ups (plus no expensive oil filter :) )

I find the CB easier to ride around town as I can get through gaps easier!!

Happy riding

France, Germany And Belgium 2012 – Even More Pictures Again Ren - The Ed said :-
I'm glad you enjoyed the story Wayne. I generally take a 3 man tent now even when I'm alone. While I'm not expecting the lap of luxury I need some space to cook, store and shuffle around in. Lesson learned the hard way.

Cheers, Ren.

CBF 250 Cam Chain Rattle - SOLVED! Ren - The Ed said :-
It's hard to tell from a video as the sound gets messed up by your mic and my tablet, but, yeah it does sound fairly similar. Go for it bud! Worst case scenario is you have to pull the lump out again.

CBF 250 Cam Chain Rattle - SOLVED! Nate said :-
cheers guys I'll put the engine back in and let you know what happens. Before I loosened the tensioner I could get a good 5mm of movement with my finger. I also took it upon myself to record the engine noise before I took the engine out, did yours sound like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAaLevbYkb0&feature=youtu.be

France, Germany And Belgium 2012 – Even More Pictures Again Wayne said :-
Spent the last few days reading your trip report and loved it
I had to laugh as I still have a token for the showers at Bastogne camp site - paid for it , moaned just like you at the cheek then didn't use it as the showers looked in a similar state to the toilets
I too took a tent that was to bloody small to save weight wheas my son against my advise took a 3 man and loved it
Your comments on " someone to share it with " and and annoying yourself ring so true as I have done both over the years
Oh and it rained when we were camped in Belgium too

Great report and pics



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