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About riles

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  • Birthday 05/28/1964

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    Apart from riding..tinkering in the garage with my bikes.

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  1. We ended up with 15 riders yesterday. No rain, a bit of fog and some sunshine towards the end. I want to thank the sweeps, Habs, Mess and Dann. Also to centralvic who, having got all ready to ride, got in his car and rescued Mess who had mistakenly gone to the wrong car park. While waiting for Mess/central Vic I took the group on a quick loop which was a bit harder than advertised but it got everyone warmed up. Back at the car park we regrouped, took the footy team photo then headed off. We had a Cobaw local join us and he offered to lead for a bit which was good but some of his trails were advanced/technical and perhaps a bit more than advertised! In any case during the day we did the usual “trials section”, some trails around the top carpark and fenceline track (where we ran into Babalu and friends) Conditions were good in general with plenty of traction. Cobaw is good like that in winter. Thanks Cruiser for making the long trip over to the West. It was good to meet and ride with some new Dirtriderz/faces yesterday, welcome and glad you joined us guys.
  2. Marko is now a seasoned drinker
  3. I have a sweet tooth!
  4. Thanks Mick for putting it on and showing us around. Very enjoyable. A few of pics from me including “what’s for lunch “. Pete finds the only bit of water in Neerim and gets stuck in it. Chains for tying the Suzuki on the trailer,
  5. I’m guessing there will be a few ride reports from this big Dirtriderz Goughs Bay weekend. Here’s one from Gypsy’s ride today Camping up there on Friday night was fun. A good fire with plenty of people to talk with. We were ready at 8am :Buzz44, Gypsy, Mick, Chewy, Pittman, Cluffie, me. Heaps of long trails, hill climbs, ridge lines, testing down hills, Gypsy gave us the lot. We met up with two of the other groups briefly during the day. Good day to be on the bikes up there. It’s spectacular. Thanks guys and all the camping/riding crew.
  6. Thanks for coming along guys. Good morning ride. We set off just before 8 and finished at 12.30. Technical, flowing, get lost a bit, then back on track, a good mix. 2 x Yamahas YZ125 & FX250, 1 Honda 450, 1 gas gas 300, Ktm200. Only one orange bike??? The strong winds and cooler than the city temperatures made for good conditions. Thanks Wishy for the help/GPS directions in getting back. Buzz I’m glad you rode the 200. A few pics.
  7. I’ll throw in my 2c here Biggie. Id be inclined to probe deeper and find out if the $100 is to clean and grease the swing arm bearings and head stem bearings properly. It sounds too cheap to me. Break it down from wheeling the bike in and back out.... take off back wheel, undo shock at the heim joint (clean it) take off frame guards, take out swing arm bolt, clean seals, pack with new grease, put back together, put wheel back on. That’s an hour or more. I’d say at least an hour and a half if you do it carefully and properly. Same for head stem bearings which can be fiddly to clean properly, the put it all back together (wheel, forks, fork protectors etc) including torqued bolts, align properly, handlebars and so on. It’s at least an hours job. A workshop charges close to $100 an hour. My point is ensure you’re getting the proper job otherwise it’s wasted money.
  8. Some rest day pics from car team 409.
  9. Thanks Noodles, It was also on SBS last night, snatch strap it was. Here are some pics from today’s rest day.
  10. Lots of tough sand, It’s good to watch on TV! Cluffie, brother Stephen smashed a diff half way through day 3, limped home and fixed it but I heard on day 4 (yesterday) at 80km the clutch went. Got towed in and I think if they can fix it organisers will let him continue but at the back of the field. He said they are confident to rejoin and try and do some more of the event. Here are some snaps from their work area, day 3, evening (2am).
  11. Buzz’s Dissa level 4 step up ride. I think Buzz was a little surprised at how many people came out of the woodwork and turned up for this ride. I think we had twelve in total and a very capable group too. No hold ups from riders or mechanical issues although a couple peeled out at various points during the ride. Weather was overcast and mild for most of the ride. Later in the day it rained a bit then the sun came out, four seasons indeed. Top mix Buzz and thanks for putting it on and leading. We did the exactly what you said and we finished spot on 3pm Very technical and slow going for a lot of the ride with just the right amount of more open trails to have a brief rest. The long section with an aboriginal name that sounds like “buttermixer” was the highlight for me. Best on ground IMO was Crusty who stepped up to the challenge and rode extremely well (with some encouragement from Gypsy) Also Magenta got through all on his relatively large WR450 (most of the others were on two strokes with BenG on his 150) but we are all placing bets on how long before he buys a two banger. Ghost rider had a good day and took some videos and photos Thanks Brownballs for being sweep all day (Who was forced to ride a Yamaha all day!)
  12. I didn’t stay to find out but he was heading in the right jetting direction. From a distance it looked like an old shiiiter but up close it was a well restored Husky 380. New carby. That’s why he was testing. He knew how to spin a carby which made it easy so after talking and testing we ran it leaner on the needle and main and he came back with a smile. He then went out with leaner again settings and I left him to it.
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