The rehabilitation of Sir Gustave Sabastian (‘Gus’)

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  1. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Its all good riding with Bart :D
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    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    This guy?
    Pull a camera on him. Does wonders :evil
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  3. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Nordie, can you please reduce the picture size to a max 640x400 & 100KB? :evil. No real reason, but it would really make me feel much happier...
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    I was just about to post something like that on TSPFMs thread:freaky
  5. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Bart " I don't do panadol" the hard man:D
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    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Good job no one looked in the WAR ride thread. Would have been some spankings there. I've brooded about this all day. Time to let it go. Great PR for them though, & I must keep the link for the next time DucatiJim tries for a ADVrider put down...

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    Took Mandy out for spin out to Ocean Beach. This was the 'alternative' to riding to Cemetery Circuit. Stinking hot day, & I'm feeling burnt. While it was good to show her what we do, & she did appreciate the destination (we had a picnic), this may have been an EPIC FAIL of a ride - similar to the Easter Trip. Making her walk the sandy bits didn't entirely help the cause. But then I don't think she can quite come to grips with the bike moving around in the loose stuff. I give up.

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    Got to feel envious of the bach owners on days like today

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    Had a great Xmas Day. First one by ourselves, & at home, for about 25 yrs (aside from when we were o'seas - if that makes sense). Luxury....Roast Lamb & all the trimmings. Mmmm. :wings
  7. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    nice photos as usual

    I suspect you should have limited yourself to a few more local latte run's first

    does it really matter if most of your two up riding is on the seal and you save the adv stuff for when you are on your own?

    when do you want to go for a (one up) ride through the Mungy's?
  8. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Don't give up Nutsy.
    Everytime I ride around the hinterland here (which is really really lovely) I wish I was sharing it with Mrs Padmei on the back where we could have a nice ride for a couple of hours then have a coffee. Unfortunately that doesn't happen due to our girls being not quite at that age where they do their own thing. Hopefully in the future that will change.
    I'm damn sure in different circumstances Mrs Padmei could be easily persuaded to ride her own bike & enjoy it.

    I think Marks is right. While we like challenging ourselves it may seem to be unnecessary to others that we put up with the uncomfortability & potential danger to get to a place. (Remember being a kid feeling sick in the back seat of the family car during the long drives on gravel roads to those holiday destinations?)

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    BTW great shots. - what camera you using:D
  9. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Most photos, if you save them, you'll also get the information that come with them.

    That shows that I used a Sony W35. That camera is a 7mp, but with a nice Carl Zeiss lens. There are some other third party lens to look out for on point & shoots - like Leica on the Panasonic range.

    I also use a Finepix S1500. That's a 10mp, & is a 'transition' camera between point & shoot & DSLR. That means it can do many of the manual function so the DSLR. But I find it a bit bulky (the Sony can just ride in my pocket) & slow. Just a note - higher mp sensor usually slow the camera down. And you don't need the mp unless you are going to blow the pictures up. Which is when you need a good lens.

    Aside from the lens, the other function you need to look for is the speed that the sensor will react to movement. That's where my S1500 has issues. It's one of the reasons that Bart can take action shots & I struggle with it. By the time the Finepix has focussed, the subject has moved on.

    That's what I thought we were doing - but she stuffed around all morning so we ended up riding in the hottest part of the day

    Back to work tomorrow. But have the 3 days off after New Years. Looks like the weather is going to pack a sad through...
  10. advNZer?

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    next time you going out to ocean beach givvus a heads up i love it out there.
    I cant imagine it very nice being on the back when off the road.Its hard enough for me to get a comfortable co ordinated ride let alone some one on the back.
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    Ahh ocean beach! The first place I ever rode my KTM640a with Joe..... Remember the KTM Nuts? :)
  12. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    How's the KTM treating you. See that you are going down to the Dusty. Need a place to stay on the way thru? Welcome, anytime.

    I do think fond thoughts about the KTM, usually when Gus is misbehaving.
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    Nutso I may change my fork oil & have a look however am loathe to do it now with the dusty approaching. if I decide to do it before is there anything I should purchase as a precaution. I'm not sure if there would be seals etc that could get damaged during the process or parts that should be replaced normally.



    I spose I could look at both my manuals & snobums site etc but yu're much more easier
  14. NordieBoy

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    I'd remove the fork legs, caps, springs and put the caps back on.
    tip the forks upside dwn and pump a few times and leave overnight.
    With them upside down and whatever gunge hopefully at the cap end, drain the oil.
    Some new oil in.
    Shake, pump and drain.
    New oil to recommended levels.
  15. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    The short cut is to remove the allen headed bolt at the top of the forks, & the hex bolt at the back of the forks nr the bottom & let the fork oil drain out. Once things slow, pump the fork a few time to push the last of the oil out. Pop the hex bolt back in, fill with oil. Here's my write up. I found a mix of a 50/50 mix of 15w & 10w for the left compression side worked for me, & 10w in the right. The levels are in the write up. Didn't bother dropping out the fork springs, or replacing the copper washers. Didn't get any leaks. Made a difference, & was easy to do.

    Be aware that are differences in oil weights between brands, ie a 10w Spectro may not be equivalent to a 10w Belray etc.
  16. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    Drain screw?

    Luxury!


    Once that's done, just for shits 'n giggles, stick your compressor in the top end and give it a blast to remove any residue.

    :evil
  17. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    No, the best way to make sure that the fork oil is well distributed in the internals is to fill it with the appropriate level of oil, then drop it off the stand. Make sure you do this BEFORE putting the top allen headed bolt back on. Lets all the xs air out, don't you know....:lol3. Here's my write up on the process
  18. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Yep, that worked for me, let all the air out and a lot of the oil as well. I must have had a hell of a stupid look on my face, even worse than usual.
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    KTM's been great.
    We are coming down to catch ferry on thursday the 19th at 18:25 and staying at my mums in Picton then riding to Fairlie on the 20th :)
  20. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    After the rain over New Years the Wellington contingent must have picked up MarkS&#8217;s phobia about rain, because they stayed away in droves from the Wellington Wairarapa, Waikanae attack on the track. Actually the day was cloudy but fine, with just a brief shower at the end.

    Met Shewolf NZ at Martinborough Square. Toppys / Tui&#8217;s is now &#8216;The Bach&#8217; - I assume a further change in ownership. But that was closed.

    Had a chat with Glen who was off to do &#8216;Bill&#8217;s ride&#8217; to Riversdale. They&#8217;d attempted Sutherlands on Sunday &#8211; but the streams were too high.

    With that info on board we decided to switch to an alternate plan & do Ocean Beach first, then see if we wanted more.

    Fair to say that Ocean Beach had seen its share of heavy rain too, & most of the previously tame stream crossings were: 1. silty; 2. swift; &; 3. had scoured out new channels for themselves. I waded one before putting the bike into it.

    The photo is of the second stream crossing. The usual line has been washed away. A new crossing has been formed downstream near the beach.

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    The track had some changes since the last time I rode it on Boxing Day. Then, the track was in good nick because of the fine weather & no of 4WDs that had been through it. This time the track was softer in some places than I expected, the track had seen water & rock run off on some of the climbs & descents, but in others (the sandy bit before the gate) it was actually much better than expected.

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    Shewolf filmed the 1st 1/2 of the return leg. She pulled a leg muscle just after a stream crossing on a sandy bit, so that may have coloured things for her ride back.

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    At first / last stream at the access end there was a fairly horrific clack clack sound from the Gus's back end, which made my stomach drop. Fearing the worst, I thought that the drive shaft had taken a dump. I got off & checked over the bike, & initially could make the sound recur, but couldn&#8217;t see anything obvious. I spun the wheel backward & then the noise just stopped. Given I couldn&#8217;t get the sound to reoccur then, I got back on & rode it to the sealed section & checked it over again. Nothing. After I got home & cleaned the bike I noticed: 1. new scoring on the rear wheel rim, & 2 the final drive boot is torn near the wheel. I&#8217;m wondering if we got some rocks stuck in there.

    When we&#8217;d stopped to at the sealed section to pump up my front tyre & recheck Gus for damage, Richard trundled up. He was about to check the spur out to channel across from Lake Ferry. We passed on this & the opportunity to look at Sutherlands Hutt.

    We toddled back to Featherston, to the pub, had a couple of cups of coffee, fries & a chat, & let the shower clouds that had amassed over Martinborough way pass, then parted. Thanks for the company Rhondda.


    May come down to the ferry & say hello.