Chillis rolls out of Vegas

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Chillis, Feb 29, 2020.

  1. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Did some tooling around today on the Monkey. Tried fitting a longer intake onto the big throttle body but clearance is an issue so without a custom made pipe that clears cable and dances around oil cooler brackets, I'll stick to the Uni straight off of the throttle body.

    Up to Mt. Potosi and then back down to tool around in the dirt a bit.

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    This is at the turn off to get to Potosi Mine where the Mormons mined lead up on the mountain.

    Look close in the next one and you may see a rock climber sitting on the face of the small cliff. He just ascended and was just sitting there hunched up. Depressed looking even.

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    Back down the mountain I'd decided to go get the tires dirty. From the 160 and into the dirt north of the Cottonwood Road.

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    Paralleling the 160 towards Potosi brings heavy gravel wash. I run it for a bit before getting my share of skating on street pressure small tires on what is almost like being on ice.

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    Views are good.

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    On the turn around in the gravel to head back the terrain provides decent views of some hotels.

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    Instead of taking a quick detour run back to the 160 I may as well keep the tires dirty and do a small loop.

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    Many vehicles parked in camping areas out here and as I take a picture in this next spot going through a heavily rutted dip in the terrain I manage to capture a van that looks odd.

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    Seemed odd to me, bunch of weird writing but not one of those oddly painted rental van camper jobs. Turns out another type of job was going on in the van. This is a couple that do porn. I looked it up when I got home. If anybody wants to see what I'm talking about search Sparks Go Wild. That is what was stickered or painted on the van.

    They were either up in the hills having fun or in the van getting their ride on while I was on mine.

    I've seen nude modeling shoots in the desert. This is the first time I've ran across porn stars.

    Cruised back home after getting back to pavement. Got bad gas mileage from cruising at 60 mph on the flats(mid 70's mpg). I'd went back to tall gearing again because it is more relaxing at higher Monkey speeds. It does worse on fuel economy and off road is not good though. Lots more clutch use to get moving.
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  2. Chillis

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    The locked in seating position of the current Grom definitely makes for a compact riding position. The new one has a flatter seat which should help out being able to move around.

    I've got an aluminum Grom handlebar by Takegawa on the way. Hope it opens up the seating position on the Monkey.
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  3. IndianRider

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    Just installed the Takegawa looks clean and stock.

    The stock exhaust system was app 14-15lbs. The Takegawa is app 5-6lbs.

    I’ll get a feel for it tomm and if I remember correctly, Takegawa claims the low end response a big stronger which would be welcome and I’m already running smaller front sprocket.

    The header Ground clearance for the DV trip was the main purpose of the install
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  4. IndianRider

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    Stock vs Takegawa,

    Chillis, based on your DV rides looks like the higher header should be ok for the DV route I was planning esp Titus Canyon and Hunter Mountain if it’s open


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    Glad to see you've resumed posting. Always enjoy your write-ups and photography.
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  6. Chillis

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    I never had an issue with the stock header and clearance.

    Having all the extra piping gave a little comfort as rock protection.

    Regarding power with the new exhaust; give it a half a tank of fuel or so for the computer to adjust for it. It won't adjust for 80-100% throttle percentage but below that it will and you will pick up extra power.
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    I haven't been up Hunter, but they grade Titus Canyon often enough that it isn't all that bad. If you hit a big enough drop-off at a washout, you could probably just walk the bike through it.
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  8. Bill Dirt

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    What is the attraction of the Monkey over the Husqvarna?
  9. Chillis

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    There isn't. The more I dwell on it the more I think the Husqvarna is the best bike I've ever owned regarding capability, enjoyment, and looks.

    If I didn't need to pull the money from it I wouldn't have sold it.

    That said, I love the Monkey and it is a ton of fun in and of itself if you set it up right. A blast to work on too.

    Opinions and whatnot.

    I like that you can cruise slower to get to places, go slower but go almost anywhere in the dirt with great ease. Something about it lends to a stripped down basic motorcycling fun. You're not worrying about beating yourself up from doing things too over the top.
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  10. Bill Dirt

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    I didn't know you sold it, ride what'cha got.
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  11. villageidiot

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    hunter isnt too bad, unless its wet/mucky
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  12. IndianRider

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    Thanks for the ecu relearning tip. I was going to just do the reset but let me experience the Takegawa under default setting and see how the Monkey learns
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  13. Chillis

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    Resetting the ECU just helps it along faster to adjust fuel trims from idle to 80% throttle. From there on up it is a fixed figure where a piggyback controller, ECU flash, or new ECU is necessary to adjust settings.
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    I'm not sure what to do with the Duke. Cool bike that I want to keep because, yeah, it is a sweet machine that can slay corners and is slow enough to stay out of the radar on highways. The wife wants it gone though.

    Working capital and all.

    I'll tell you that this bike brings a strong lust for the Husqvarna Vitpilen 701. There is definitely a difference in poke between this motor and the 701/690 with the setup my 701 has/had.

    The vibrations without that second counterbalancer aren't as bad as I thought they would be. Definitely a rideable machine for distance. If I could get a license plate(our DMV is still jam packed and they force us to get a reservation which takes 90 days) I'd go blast off some miles to see how she rolls.

    No fuel gauge is just like the 701 but I don't know how efficient this one is or range so that needs testing too.

    This bike feels like a super moto in its stature. Very tall and upright which is sort of strange out of a street only back road killer. Clearance should never be an issue.

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    I think I see weeping fork seals, fluids all need a freshening up, needs muffler, and from there???
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    KICKNBACK Old enough to know better young enough not to care

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    Does it have fork bleeders?
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    I don't believe so. The stock forks were non-adjustable but there are Andreani inserts installed.

    Also have a pair of R forks that are off of the bike that could be installed. I believe those are adjustable. Hadn't looked for air bleeders though.
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  17. Chillis

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    New buns, skins, or shoes installed with the Ride On balancing/flat sealant goop. Rides so much smoother than stock.

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    I can’t believe you ride that thing on the 95 to Searchlight! Everyone hauls ass on that road! Unless you rode across the desert?
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    That road is nothing compared to Vegas city streets and freeways and the I-15.
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  20. IndianRider

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    I have yet to install the big blocks Chillis. Maybe on Friday and hit the dirt park on the weekend. Please me me know how you like the Pirellis in stock sizes off-road.

    BTW, Monkey ECU learnt Takegawa in few miles of almost WOT , nice idle and response no loss of anything maybe a bit top speeds but I have a smaller front sprocket
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