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Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by tpar1220, Jan 2, 2009.
We made a little bunk bed for the kids.
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Oh yeah you cant see the checkered flooring under the bed. The bunk bed is removable just incase a motorcycle somehow makes its way inside?
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another sweet day of loving the WR hard - cracked my side mount, bent my lite mounts, & busted my mirrors - but this stuff at renfro valley - rocks, water, sand, dirt, dust, hills & the guys i rode with & the riders i met - made it a freakin' awesome one
FULL DISCLOSURE! THIS IS A COPY OF A POST THAT I PUT UP IN A ADV TRIAL THREAD. IT WAS A LOT OF TYPING SO I DID'T WANT TO DO IT AGAIN HERE. HOPE I DON'T BREAK ANY RULES "REPOSTING" THIS. BUT I THOUGHT YOU WOULD ALL ENJOY IT! HOPE I DON'T MAKE THE ADV GODS MAD...
Man do I have a good one. I have been on a loaner bike for a bit for numerous family/financial reasons. It was an early 80's SWM 280. Previous to that I had a 03 GG 280 that I only rode for about six months before I had to sell it. In the middle of this all my boy was getting old enough to start out on a Oset then graduate to a TY80. This spring we were able to spring for a NICE Sherco 125. His skills have just improved over and over throughout the summer. Meanwhile I have been riding the SWM. It turns great the power is awesome the clutch is usable, but the rear shocks have been sacked since day one. So I have avoided just about every log that I could. Loaner bike..vintage..decent shape..did I mention it wasn't mine? So I have practiced with my boy doing all the turns and clutch control . Meanwhile everyone else that he practices with has let him do just about anything he wanted to do. This kid will ride up, over, down,or through about anything now. 12 year old pixie dust.
So Tuesday my buddy, that has loaned me the SWM so graciously, shows up with a "modern" bike. He would like to see me on one so that I can "keep up" with my boy. It is a 95 or 96 GG 250 that he snagged for $1000. General inspection showed a few flaws. Forks are HARD. Can't fully compress em. Seaps fuel from petcock. Throttle is sticky. Front brakes aren't great, but are an improvement over the SWM. Fuel tank and furniture were all not attached properly. BUT overall it runs great! Clutch works great. Decent tires etc.
The fun started when we decided, after our quick inspection, that I should ride it in a trial...today! Funny thing was that we had decided that my boy was ready to move up a line in the competitions to intermediate. I knew that if I was going to move up with him that I was going to need to start doing more than decent turns. Intermediate line means we will be doing some log crossing etc. I thought that this bike would be a better bike for this line than the SWM. So I agreed.
I rode the bike for about 25 minutes then put it in the garage. Loaded it in the trailer last night. And headed to the trial today with little mister pixie dust in the seat next to me. When we did the riders meeting before the event today they stressed how long the loop was going to be. Around 5-6 miles, times 4 loops.....GULP. Screw it lets see what happens. Should be a good shake down run for a 20+ year old bike!
So we get geared up and head out on the loop. First section-log then logs with a drop and hard left drop on off camber and so on. My boy insists that I go first because he is nervous. So I suck it up and go. RODEO! Wasn't pretty. But I managed a clean or a 1. Don't remember. The boy aces it! This pattern continues all day. Dad does meh..boy aces it. My boy runs almost clean all day. Total of 5 for 32 sections. Me 25 for 32 sections.
So my boy hands my ass to me, for the first time, and the sweet old GG makes it through the whole trial without any repairs.
AND HE PLACES 1st! 12 riders 11 of which were adults (adult thing was a big deal for him) and 1 other kid a few years older than him.
So TODAY ON MY TRIALS BIKE we both had a win. I made through the whole trial on the sweet red of the GG and he WON his class!
Logs kicked my butt all day as I watched him deal with every single one of em with great control. And he did great every other time he thought that he was going to have a problem. He just put all the bad stuff out of his head and concentrated. So proud, so much fun!
Huge thanks to all of my friends on the Southern Indiana Trials Team that have been working with him for so long! You guys are great!
Wow, impressive! Congrats to both of you!
Picture of Hayden getting his medal..and of new loaner bike that survided the trial..
Was a great Trials event at Saddle back! Hayden killed all us Intermediates!! Atta boy Hayden!
You folks gotta try trials. It's incredibly fun, 5 hours of riding for $20. Youth sections that my boy loved. Trials inc is an amazing organization. Family friendly. Rode with 6 of my friends all day. Everyone rooting for each other. No egos. Was a blast!!
5 hours of riding yesterday and I had to get back out to Austins this morning! Ha.
Wanna try trials? Let me know. You can borrow my bike and we can ride at Stoney or Austins.
Yup like I tell everyone that comes out. Don't wait for an invitation, just tell me when you want to come out! Chili dinner and night ride Oct. 28th. PM for address...
I spent a little time breaking in the Husaberg today. 3.3hrs on the clock. It's time for the 3hr oil change and to let it loose! These are such great handling bikes in the woods. They had a few kinks to work out, but what bike doesn't?
I been kinda sorta lookin for a trials bike for couple years. Last week Tyler sends me a link to one he knows of local. I set up a meet to check it out. I was also selling a utility trailer and both deals going in same town on same day. Nice! The bike looks solid so bring it home. Came with brand new tires and chain n gear set. Only issues I could find is front brake kinda weak and clutch drags. Today I met with Jerry for lunch then home to fuss with bike. Figured I would change fluid in clutch and brake reservoirs. Which didn't help so figured to change oil. And ..... think I found problem.
Pretty sure has a bad seal. Assume a water pump seal is bad. Could be head gasket I spose but typically is at water pump. Radiator was full so filled with fresh oil and instantly clutch improved.
Figures, now I gotta work on it. Hope is worth it. gas gas contact txt 320cc
Also when I rolled klr out to meet Jerry it just clicked when I hit button. So... my 10 1/2 yr old deka battery finally bit the dust. That was one bad hombre to last that long...
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May just be condensation from not being ridden enough. Ride it. Get it up to to temp each time you do. And monitor what happens to the oil.
I'm jealous....nice bike. Bet its a mother to kick
Oh wait! I know that bike! And it's previous 2 owners. Now I am really jealous! I love that bike! Power from the bottom alllll the way to the top of anything you have the balls to climb. Regardless of what the problem is with the trans fluid I think you will like that bike..mother f#$ker to kick though....
i don't think it is just condensation. but i will change oil few more times to see what happens. but the oil change helped the clutch tremendously, and it shifts better. and heck yes it is a mutha to kick over. i wasn't expecting that. no way a girlie man... or nick could kick it! i did kick it over a lil easier today and surely i will figure out what it likes the more time i spend with it. the rear fender is ziptied together and i see why. the thing will wheelie in any gear.
you prolly do know him, he is in columbus and knows of your place. he must have ridden there before as he said if he lived closer he would never sell it.
yup once you get the hang of kicking it you will be in love with it. I have a couple of days on that bike and I wish I had the funds to buy it a couple of weeks ago. He had it out here for the trials event we hosted for sale. Don't let the power spook you away from trials. After a couple months of riding it you will be happy you have it. Like I said....jealous. You should touch base with me and come out to meet and talk to all the folks that ride trials here. PM me if you are interested in times we ride and address. We would love to have you out!
Tpar, add a slow throttle helps those 300+cc bikes, from what I've been told. Happy you got it! Now let's ride!!!
You might want to check the water pump shaft the seal has been known to wear groves in the shaft ,that happened on my 99 & my 2k gas gas .if I remember correct the tranny holds 600cc Havoline5w30 with only 500cc fixed my clutch drag double check me on the amount that's been a few years & bikes ago
This is also the perfect time that Bill and Tyler should agree that you should come down here and ride with us...
yeah, thats kinda what i said in post above. the water pump shaft seal is most likely bad.