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Discussion in 'Alaska' started by richardak, Jul 30, 2014.
Met him in Dawson. Small world because I used to live 45 mins from his home town. Have a great ride!
Mike has 59K on the Ruckus
Go Mike Go !!!
He is a very near n dear friend of ours..
62k and counting. On to my 5th set of tires, 7th front axle, 3rd set of forks and 4th set of front wheel bearings. I took this pic the other night on my way back from South Bend, WA when my clutch began slipping. 10 minutes later I swapped on my spare clutch and kept on Ruckin'.
Set to replace the original brake shoes and cables too. 62k mi on the stock shoes, no wonder my braking is worse than usual.
Sounds like Some Assembly is Required.
7th front axle???? That's surprising.
And 3rd set of forks?????
Are they bending, breaking, or what?
I can understand bearings but axles and forks?
The forks are less than 18" long and don't contain any oil, just springs. They are built asymmetricaly from Honda so one fork receIves more force than the other. Ive had one get bent but usually the sliding tubes sans oil gows out the outter tube so it doesnt seal fully and fills with dirt and muddy water. Rusty triple trees anynone?
The axle is smaller diameter than my pinky and the wheel is not centered along the axle but has a spacer on the non brake side. The single track, snowmobile trails, urban potholes and northern frost cracks leads to a lot of sudden abuse on that 2" of suspension travel and a poor design. The tire can soak up a bit of that but usually the axle bends. Surprisingly, the one in there has been from CA to the Arctic and back to WA in great shape. They're cheap to replace since everyone customizes these bikes and tosses the original parts. Catch ya'LL on the wet coast soon.
Thanks for the details Mike.
I guess Honda didn't realize how much some riders would do on the little bike.