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About riles

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

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  1. riles

    New Mechanic Wanted

    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.
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    Dakar 2019

    Some rest day pics from car team 409.
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    Dakar 2019

    Thanks Noodles, It was also on SBS last night, snatch strap it was. Here are some pics from today’s rest day.
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    Dakar 2019

    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).
  5. 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!)
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    Hoffs Dissapointment.

    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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    Hoffs Dissapointment.

    ^^^ what these guys said! We were a big group today. Glad we got Hoff’s bike back out (trusty Yamaha) and the word on the street is that it didn’t seize, it was a flywheel loose bolt. Good to ride with lots of new and old crew. Thanks Megenta
  8. Thanks Barclay and fellow pirates. Thoroughly enjoyed the trail mix, banter and fun.
  9. Katman, I had a laugh when I read your post. Wildwood would have to be the least romantic place on earth. I’ve been there many times and always enjoy it. It’s a big and well run event to watch as a dirt bike loving spectator but if not...your wife won’t appreciate the rubbish tip next to the entry, the thistles, rocks, crappy entrance track, no shade, flies and cow dung. You will love the mixture of bikes and riders, rock garden, horse power hill and the prologue section. Take her to the cinema on Saturday night, a star is born, choc top and enjoy
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    Found it Cobaw 3+ with Marko

    Loved it. thanks Marko and all the usual suspects for a great flowing ride. Here are my pics including.... whats for lunch pics Marko not only leading but clearing fallen trees off the trails for us. Toys with that stick in his forks a sign we found with a pic of the late Burt Reynolds Typical Cobaw rock ledges
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    Chewton Explore

    Biggie, thanks for getting the group of six together yesterday. Between you and Twin Cam you scouted and found some good trails to suit the good conditions. At a couple of points we went through the bush “Gangnam style” which (I reckon) is good fun as long as you look out for mine shafts. Twin cam got a rear flat and was going to ride back on the flat be we made an executive decision to “fix it” which we did no problem. We had two hand pumps between us but both were not very good. I think it took longer to pump up the tube than it did to change the tyre A couple of pics from me yesterday. At the top of the big hill and “the crew” changing a tube