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Offline Welsh

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The Slow Cold Canal Run.
« on: July 31, 2006, 08:37:41 am »
Well I was waiting for one of the "leaders" to start the post since I thought that was good etiquette, but since nobody has, let me start.

After a good evening at the Dros on Friday, the Shark (complete with 3 week old broken collarbone) and myself arranged to meet at 7.00 AM in Kyalami.
It was seriously cold getting to Kyalami one of those Highveld winters morning,s I was not unhappy that he was 15 minutes late, but I called him a p#es anyway.

My first attempt at an on the road photo, the traditional thumbs over the lens trick.



At Schurverberg, Shark could not go any further, the hands were gone, mine were freezing even with the heated grips on full, so the BMW Cylinder head warmers were used. The photos do not do justice to how cold it was. But you can see my Annakee is getting tired.



Pelindaba in the distance.



Anyway we met up with Wino, Funacide, Blouvark and damn forgot the name on his original KLR. And we disappeared onto the first canal road.



Took very few photo,s for some reason, smoke break time.



The ride was by far the most relaxed and least challenging so far, but was pleasent.
Except after one smoke break, we got about a km up the dirt and I got that snakey feeling, the pig had a puncture.

Shark was riding sweep and everybody disapeared, by the time they came back, the pig was plugged and the compressor whirring away. We were concerned it was losing pressure a couple of times but this was just imagination, we gave it some air when I stopped to remove a dead bird from my engine! But then it was fine, it was lower after an extended lunch, but that was just the tire cooling down I think.

So we said our goodbye,s and headed home, as usual there were a couple of unplanned detours.

   

But they did not lead anywhere.



All in all fun, and would have been loved by some of the real novices as it was not challenging at al. Except for avoiding the KWATS and KTM,s coming the other way.

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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2006, 10:03:14 am »
Shark is mad, imo.

Good going there. Sometimes lekker to just relax and ride.

Waiting for the rainy season to do the Canal/Klip again! :twisted:
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2006, 10:10:07 am »
Nice one...nothing like cruising around lesuirely...
 

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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2006, 10:11:19 am »
Either my spark plug is fouled, or I have some dodgy petrol in the tank, or I need to back out the mixture adjust a little , but it sounded like Southern Lebabon on the KLR this weekend.
Backfiring so bad I better check I still have an air filter there.

First thought it was something to do with the cold, the temp guage hardly moved from frozen all the way to the dam it was so cold. But even once it was hot, it still had some popping that was not there before.

Will ride the cage today and get home early this afternoon and do a check.
 

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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2006, 10:13:55 am »
Big thank you to everyone for the ride. A real "Sunday cruise".

I did'nt take a lot of photos either, but heres some.

First stop of the day.


Wilhelm I think, on the KLR


Shark & Fun.


Nice back drop to the discussion.


Wino & Fun in the distance.


Stopping because we INCORRECTLY doubted Welshes tyre plugging
abilities. :roll: Atleast it gave hime time to remove one dead bird
from the black pig :oops:


After too many beers & something to eat at Upper Deck, we headed home. I was still in the mood for some riding & took the long way home.




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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2006, 10:16:04 am »
Quote from: "shark_za"
Either my spark plug is fouled, or I have some dodgy petrol in the tank


Could be something you ate... it can cause some backfiring you know...
 

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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2006, 11:34:04 am »
Dual-sports rule! :thumbup:
 

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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2006, 06:48:59 pm »
Turns out the one exhaust bolt had fallen off, by the exhaust port.
Air was leaking there.

Eish, I hope that got no other effects on the valves for example.  Replaced it and did the carb mixture mod while I was at it.
2.5 turns out.

Might be in bigger trouble, think I broke the adjust mechanism of the shock, will take another look at later, its stuck on 1 preload :(
 

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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2006, 07:22:59 pm »
Quote from: "shark_za"
Turns out the one exhaust bolt had fallen off, by the exhaust port.
Air was leaking there.

Eish, I hope that got no other effects on the valves for example.  Replaced it and did the carb mixture mod while I was at it.
2.5 turns out.

Might be in bigger trouble, think I broke the adjust mechanism of the shock, will take another look at later, its stuck on 1 preload :(


Hey Fat F##k#r !!!! I quite like saying that, you could not possibly have done his Saturday, at no stage did we send it! See, we are not as daft as everyone thinks, we said, Exhaust Leak!!! In between pretending we had been shot!

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« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2006, 08:46:15 pm »
Not done riding, but done today with a spanner. Eish, shes broken.
 

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« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2006, 11:46:02 pm »
nice ride, I hate numb hands :( Shark I was going to say exhaust leak my bike did the same, thumpers likes to  shake rattle and roll :)
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« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2006, 07:46:13 am »
Quote from: "shark_za"
Not done riding, but done today with a spanner. Eish, shes broken.


PM me, or get me a pic etc see what I can do.


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« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2006, 08:12:12 am »
Do I need to send you guys some cold weather gear? Monkey mittens and bunny boots?  :D  Geesh, how cold can it be without snow?  :D

All kidding aside, it gets cold once you start moving. This last winter was my first with heated grips and what a revelation that was! A heated jacket works nicely too, even up around the 40?ºF mark, keeps the main body warm so your body sends some blood to the hands and feet.

You guys were having fun though, that's the best part.
 

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« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2006, 10:18:10 am »
hahaha, we feel the cold easier than you lot.

Reports of snow falling on the west rand btw...   JHB is freezing.
 

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« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2006, 10:26:16 am »
Soem tiny flakes here... Corlett Drve JHB...Faaaarking cold outside...I need my scoot!!!! I wanna go and see the snow in Bloem