CT/RI Small Bike Crash-o-Rama rides!

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by alcontrast, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. RhodeHazard

    RhodeHazard ex halligan hooligan

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    Here is another video I threw together... White Rim Trail, Canyonlands National Park, Utah...

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  2. Rhode trip

    Rhode trip guided by voices

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    Thanks, Ernie. great Vid. Did you ride the Shafer switchbacks?
  3. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    Awesome views. Wow.

    What bike are you on? That looks a LOT like the 400exc I sold you. You brought a bike with you all the way out there on a trailer?
  4. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    Awe man, now I'm getting kind of sad thinking about it.. :cry

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  5. RhodeHazard

    RhodeHazard ex halligan hooligan

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    Aw man I don't want you to be sad but it is your old EXC. She ran great even at 8800ft elevation without having to re-jet (or change mixture for that matter).

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    Yeah, xJake and I popped the little bikes into the back of my pickup and drove 42 hours straight to get to the desert to meet some friends.

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    We rough camped in the desert near Green River, Utah for 3 days, hung out with great folks and rode some incredible trails. We attempted some single track trails, but quickly found that our lack of oxygen and more importantly, skill kept us on the jeep trails.

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    We then headed into Moab for a few more days before heading back.



  6. jgormley

    jgormley Been here awhile

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    Just got the Harbor Freight trailer assembled...
    lots of bolts and only one or two steps backwards...
    Even got all the lights to work!

    Anyone using the Harbor Freight front wheel holder...
    Is it ok, or is there something else that people are using?
  7. Hurricane Bob

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    Put some grease on the hub bearings, they only come with a smear from the factory to keep rust at bay. Those tiny 8 inch wheels turn a lot faster than your tow vehicle and generate heat.:bueller



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  8. alcontrast

    alcontrast at least I'm trying

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    I agree with Bomber. I have 12" wheels on my HF trailer but I still blew a hub last year.. A bearing failed and the outer race cracked which in turn shattered part of the cast iron hub. Thankfully I was only a couple of miles from home when it happened.

    More grease in there may have prevented my problem but I am pretty sure I added grease when I assembled my trailer. It sounds like you already sprung for a spare wheel with your trailer.. A spare hub may be a wise investment as well. HF doesn't sell the hubs but supposedly you can get an interchangeable hub from Tractor Supply although I haven't confirmed this yet. Just replacing the cheapo HF China bearings in the HF hub with quality bearings from a supplier such as Timken may actually be a better option. The bearings are the critical point.

    No matter how you look at it Harbor Freight products are essentially a starting point for the tool you want to end up with.. Almost everything they sell needs a bit of refinement to be truly useful.
  9. jgormley

    jgormley Been here awhile

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    I was asking about a front wheel holder for a motorcycle...
    not for the spare tire...

    I added synthetic grease to an outer bearing,
    but not the inner bearing... guess I should take it out and
    pack the inner bearing also...if it comes out by hand...
    or use the injection port if that is the only way...
    don't want to go buy yet another tool if I don't have too...
  10. alcontrast

    alcontrast at least I'm trying

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    for a wheel chock (aka: front wheel holder) I mounted this harbor freight item to my harbor freight trailer and it's been working fine for a couple of years now.

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    I'm pretty sure I paid under $30 for it when I bought mine but I may have had a coupon of some sort. It locks the front wheel in fairly well and I suspect that when parked it alone would keep my DRZ upright without use of straps or the bike's sidestand but I haven't fully tested that yet. The chock definitely keeps the front wheel where you want it. It mounts with four carriage bolts but I use two standard bolts and two T-Nuts.

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    The T-Nuts get drawn into the plywood decking material the first time the chock is installed. When the bolts are tightened down the nuts dig into the wood and stay there.. To remove the wheel chock I simply undo the 2 bolts from the top side of the trailer. Easy peasy. My trailer is the 4' x 8' folding trailer but it wouldn't fold as easily with a permanently mounted wheel chock.
  11. Hurricane Bob

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  12. jgormley

    jgormley Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the tips!

    The T-Nut idea that will make it easy to get the wheel chock off..

    I will have to check out the trailer store in Lincoln,
    and get some tie down straps that close completely.
  13. tmlee

    tmlee It's "Lauren" now

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    I have a couple of the Condor chocks. I like them as the front wheel kinda locks into them and will hold the bike upright without straps. Of course you do need straps attached prior to transport.
  14. Happy Seal

    Happy Seal Long timer

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    How's your bike doing? Is it out of the hospital yet?
  15. mrt10x

    mrt10x Dumba$s Jarhead

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    I have the harbor freight chock on my harbor freight lift and it is OK.. It is too wide to hold a MX front tire real securely. I put a condor chock in my trailer and it is really great.. bike could probably be transported w/o any tie downs with the Condor.. well maybe just for safety :D Then again the Condor cost $100 more than the HF. If I was setting up a trailer from scratch for hauling bikes I would use these http://www.motocinch.com/products/off-road

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  16. tmlee

    tmlee It's "Lauren" now

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    Nope, still at the dealer. Seems there is some upheaval in progress at Husqvarna motorcycles. The new owner has closed the factory and fired the employees, leaving just parts and marketing somewhat intact.

    The dealer says that the Northeast Husky rep has been fired and they are now playing phone tag with someone in California as they are looking to Husky for some guidance on what to do to fix my poor running bike.

    I plan to call tomorrow start applying pressure, we'll see.

    I just returned home from a trip, off today and tomorrow, flying Wed-Fri, then off for the weekend and I really want the bike back by then.
  17. mrt10x

    mrt10x Dumba$s Jarhead

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    not sure I want to travel up to the Berkshire ride this weekend.. thinking about camping at Green Falls Friday/Sat night.. just throwing it out there.
  18. Happy Seal

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    Wow, what a shit sandwhich. Who would have thought the whole network would disintegrate right after you bought the bike. Especially a brand like Husky. Good luck.

    So what happened? Husky was owned by BMW and then a guy bought Husky and is now in chaos?
  19. mrt10x

    mrt10x Dumba$s Jarhead

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    The CEO of KTM bought Husqvarna.. There are several threads.. and lots of speculation.

    edit: got my H bikes mixed up there for a second
  20. Happy Seal

    Happy Seal Long timer

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    Is he going to keep the brand, incorporate and merge to KTM.