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Old 06-14-2013, 09:57 AM   #16
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PSSST, BREW? was he talking to you? (aka :vacation).
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:41 AM   #17
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PSSST, BREW? was he talking to you? (aka :vacation).

Geez, I hope not. I did not have a dog in this particular fight.
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:33 AM   #18
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I ended up buying an Explorer, way too early in the game to comment on reliability but it's a damn fun bike.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:27 AM   #19
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:10 AM   #20
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I picked up a 2014 OSSA Explorer very recently. Only 4.5 hours on it so far but I'm quite enjoying the bike.
I'm not going to be doing trials on it, just plan to use for the mountain trails any really tight stuff I like so much.

Starts very easily (easier than my old GasGas TXT Pro, but it was 10 years old also and not really Hard to start), runs perfectly and rides great.

I'm not sure if the oil change question was on the OSSA, but it certainly has drain and fill plugs (the Explorer hang he same power plant as the TR). Air filter maintenance a snap and I like that it is very high on the bike, and larger than the other Trials filters I've seen. The GasGas would flood with water in deep puddles and water crossings. I don't see that issue no the OSSA.

I'll post up how it turns out after getting more hours.

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Old 10-20-2013, 01:23 PM   #21
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:07 PM   #22
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FWIW - there are a few OSSA Explorer owners on the OSSAforum.com - if you want to know all about these bikes from actual owners.
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Old 12-27-2013, 04:12 PM   #23
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I've had th bike awhile now.
It has been fantastic! Incredibly light and easy to handle, wonderful int y really nasty trails and no trails,
No reliability issues at all- starts well, IF I give it a good kick. After the plug gets a little dirty it certainly wants a healty kick. My KTM was the same way.

40-50 miles before the low fuel lamp comes one (I understand about .75 litre) with single track.
Works really well for single track, more work not he whoops and really rough stuff and going quickly. It will move right along, but you need to give the bike it's head and use your legs and good timing on weight transfer when larger holes/bumps etc than on my 300 with over twice the suspension travel.
For the tight mountain trails I like so much it is outstanding. Much nicer than an enduro bike, at least for me.

The non-O ring chain wears quickly in the mud- I'm going to see if the DID narrow will fit. There are a few things to do, did th the stock brake pedal is one. The trials one fits rigtn on and is just right. I have no idea why they fit these phony pedals.
I fit some KTM plastic handguards so I wouldn't keep doing stoppies from brush applying the front brake and clutch. THe 2014 foot pegs are good (I heard early ones were not).

Two year warranty, but I've not needed anything. I'm at 30 or 40 hours now.

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Old 01-10-2014, 08:43 PM   #24
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I had my first big failure on the OSSA.
The chain tensioner spring broke.
Lewisport had them in stock and not expensive.
Not really a huge deal anyway, but it is nicer with it working.

Having a blast on it!


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Old 01-18-2014, 05:41 PM   #25
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I had my first big failure on the OSSA.
The chain tensioner spring broke.
Lewisport had them in stock and not expensive.
Not really a huge deal anyway, but it is nicer with it working.

Having a blast on it!


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Thats not too bad. Could you have rigged a temp repair if necessary?
What kind of spares list are you compiling? Rich
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Old 01-18-2014, 07:41 PM   #26
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I rode it with it broken with no bid deal.
Certainly could have come up with something, but I just bought a spare for $5.

I'm getting a little linger throttle cable made up by Barnett for the bar risers- I'll probably get a couple.
I should buy a spare air filter I suppose, but it stays very clean.
Wheel bearings will be high on the list, but those are cheap.
Stock chain is crap, but I just fit a DID VT chain (narrow O ring). It will probably last forever I this bike.

The only thing that has broken is the chain tensioner spring...

Build quality is very good.

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Thats not too bad. Could you have rigged a temp repair if necessary?
What kind of spares list are you compiling? Rich
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Old 01-19-2014, 06:55 AM   #27
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The only thing that has broken is the chain tensioner spring...

Build quality is very good.

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Is it a helical extension spring as is typical? It may just have been a supplier and heat treat spec issue. Heat treat specs are something new manufacturers struggle with to get right and build experience with, whether with gears, shafts, or springs. Too soft and the string will stretch. Too hard and the spring, specially a short one, may fail in fatigue. The O-ring (or X-ring) chain may help your next spring last longer because the O-rings will damp some of the vibrations, effectively reducing the number of loading cycles.
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Old 01-19-2014, 07:10 AM   #28
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The spring broke right were the straight 'fixing' arm of the spring goes out at a 90.

I'll see how well this one lasts, but I have another spare. It still sort of works even broken.



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Old 01-19-2014, 07:27 AM   #29
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The spring broke right were the straight 'fixing' arm of the spring goes out at a 90.

I'll see how well this one lasts, but I have another spare. It still sort of works even broken.



http://trialstribulations.net/index....image&pID=1717
Aha! A torsion spring. That base of the crook would be the highest-concentrated-stress part of the spring. It looks like they have enough coils to prevent a fatigue failure in the coils themselves.

Suggestion: a dab of grease where the pin contacts the hook. Cracks can 'nucleate' from galling in high stress contact surfaces. The grease may encourage some polishing rather than galling. If already on the bike, a drop of oil every blue moon will do the same.

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Old 01-19-2014, 05:32 PM   #30
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Sounds like, a good idea!
I'll give it a go.

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Aha! A torsion spring. That base of the crook would be the highest-concentrated-stress part of the spring. It looks like they have enough coils to prevent a fatigue failure in the coils themselves.

Suggestion: a dab of grease where the pin contacts the hook. Cracks can 'nucleate' from galling in high stress contact surfaces. The grease may encourage some polishing rather than galling. If already on the bike, a drop of every blue moon will do the same.
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