DOLORES RIVER RALLY

DOLORES RIVER RALLY

DOLORES RIVER RALLY

The First Dolores River Rally will be held on 12/13 August 2010 and will be open to any make of
motorcycle.

The route for the Rally will be The Ouray Loop, 250 miles of beautiful Colorado scenery with
“Rider’s Bends” including the Million Dollar Highway from Ouray to Silverton.

On 12 August the route will be ridden clockwise from Dolores and the fun will take the form of a
Scavenger or Treasure Hunt, so bring pens and cameras.

Now for something different, the 13 August route will take the form of a Poker Run but it will be
“Amazing Race” style where 1 clue leads to another. There will be a couple of “Road Blocks” along
the way and today we are riding the reverse of yesterdays route.

Several GS routes will be available for riders wishing to try some Colorado off roading and this will
be open on 11 and 14 August for those who want to try it.

The Rally HQ will be the Cozy Comfort RV Park in Dolores where parking will be available along
with tent spaces, please see www.cozycomfortrvpark.com  for rates and location.

A “beer garden” will be available at the Cozy during 11-14 August  and other watering holes are
available at the Hollywood Bar and the Dolores River Brewery.

A “Free” in town Taxi service will be available for those requiring it up until midnight.

A “Recovery Service” trailer will be available on both days of the Rally for any unfortunate who
breaks down on the loop.

Entry fees for the Rally are $25.00 per day.

Within Dolores there is one motel and 3 RV parks, a bar, a brewery, 2 gas stations, library, post office
and a grocery. Eating out there are several places available including the Ponderosa Restaurant,
The Bear’s Den, The Depot, The Hollywood Bar, who tell me they will be having fresh Oysters,
hand crafted burgers and maybe a special or two along the way. The Dolores River Brewery not only
makes some superb beers but they also offer hand made pizzas built to order and finished in their
own wood burning authentic pizza oven….. seeing is believing!

On 14 August Dolores has its own Escalante Days with a full small town parade to kick off the day
followed by a chain saw competition outside the Hollywood Bar and then the ever popular Ladies
and Gentlemens arm wrestling competition and a short walk away  the annual Duck Race on the
Dolores River leading up to the evenings festivitites with local bands at the Hollywood and the
Brewery

Contact Rally Masters Tony Down & Brenda Savage on 970 882 2483 or email us at
downdiversified@aol.com  with questions and to make your reservations for what should be a
fun week.

TONY DOWN

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WHAT DID I MISS ?

WHAT DID I MISS ?

WHAT DID I MISS ?

Three Ahrma events as a couch spectator, and now I have the results to hand, I can try and piece
things together and take the information into the War Room and prepare my season attack.

Initial sightings see Graham Foster out and about on what looks like a beautiful trick Ariel, Jimmy
Allison on a good looking BSA, and Randy Black also on a big Beesa. Fred Martinson back on his
trick Yamaha and giving rising MC Int potential Champ, John Dowson, a run for his money and
Jimmy Allison swapping his ride for DD’s, maybe the BSA quit ?

Graham’s new toy, not sure about the forks? look a little Montesaish

Nice looking BSA for Jimmy, but v high footrests

Another big Beesa for Randy

Turnouts for all 3 events were good which bodes well for the rest of the season and marks were
cast about liberally at all venues. That in itself is another good thing as we do tend to have events
on the “easier” side or perhaps we are all better than we think we are !

Reviewing Terlton first, obviously an event I should have done well in, as it looks like it was mainly
muddy ditches and banks just like my childhood riding back in the Kentish countryside. One
seemingly easy day and then one to sort everyone out with plenty of marks lost and clearly not a
one dab affair to sort out the winners. Diamond Don’s, which should be a great event if it was well
planned had a better than normal entry and considering the land available should provide excellent
vintage sections. From the mud of the Bayous, (seldom used), the old ruins, and a whole host of
banks, climbs, and plenty of fallen trees, and tight nadgery sections around any corner, it is a
Trialsmaster’s delight. Add to the ground the fact that it will most likely rain then you have a Trials
feast and perhaps one year I should lay this one out and give them the full potential of what is there.
This year they started early thereby preventing the annual screw up with the Cross Country riders
who seem to insist on using the Trials loop and in some cases even going through our sections.

With 6 events completed and my quest not even started I have to consider the remaining rounds
and which machine is better on which course and will provide the most fun. 3 choices, Enfield in
Premier Heavyweight, Cub in Premier Lightweight and perhaps a run at the Brian Martin Trophy, or
a defence of Classic Expert again on the Cub?

In Premier Heavyweight Graham Foster is looking superb on that new Ariel with 2 wins, Rob Poole
has notched up his second win at DD’s and of course Derek is there abouts after a win and a third
at Buckeye. Will any of them be at Cotopaxi at the end of May ? Derek was there last year as was Mike
Parsley on his Matchless. Rob never goes there as he prefers the double of Trials and MX. Cotopaxi
doesn’t really lend itself to big bike riding as the sections are often large rock steps and a little outside
the big bangers capabilities on the 2 line unless the sections are modified. Rob and Derek will no
doubt be head to head at Donner, Chehalis, and Hollister and Derek could sneak in a win or two at
Casper and Tooele, but there again Graham and  Mike might take on Casper again as they both did
Steamboat last year.

Wish my Enfield was that slim!

Mike Parsley on the big “M”

Derek with his big Velo

Over in Premier Lightweight Hugh Campbell has a runaway lead with 96 points from 5 rides. Randy
Black having taken the other win and no idea of which other rounds are on his quest. Clearly the Cub
would do well at Cotopaxi, as it always has, but I would have to beat Hugh every time out as he has
the age advantage on me in the event of a tie!…….. and of course Mike Buchholz could bring that
Greeves out again this year if he doesn’t finish his Suzuki. Other contenders in the class are Dave
Dewonnia who can sometimes have inspired rides and maybe Mike Parsley will be back on his Cub
this year?

Hugh Campbell on last year’s Cub

Best ride of the day for Randy

Classic also has a clear leader in Eugene Waggonner with 4 wins to his credit, Smithy won his
round at DD’s and may have enough rounds in his neck of the woods this year. Never count out Rick
Wolff who is still there with a third and a second and a lot of events that he can do to get the magic “7”.
He has Cotopaxi, Donner, Tooele, Chehalis and Hollister all on his normal shopping list.

Eugene on top of the points

Never count out Rick !

So where am I hoping to ride? Well I’m hoping I’ll be a Cotopaxi as its only 280 miles away. I want to
do Donner but Brenda is not too keen and then we are all the way to September and Casper followed
by Tooele and Milliken. Unless there is a major change in financial fortunes Hollister will not be on.
Being poor is beginning to suck!

Cotopaxi, Casper and Tooele, from past experiences, are not big bike venues so despite my wishes
to ride the Enfield its looking very “Cubish” for this season so will it be Hugh or Eugene that I’ll be
battling ?…….. well a lot of food for thought, so I’m thinking I might have to wait and see the sections
at Cotopaxi and see if I could drag 280 lbs of Enfield round them without looking like a beginner.

I think I might have to do something I haven’t done for a very long time and actually get some
practicing in. Trouble with that as you get older you only do what you know you can do ! Might have to
force myself out of “my” comfort  zone and really see what the Enfield is capable of. Just so happens
I have a huge pile of rocks behind the property  where some housing is planned and this could
provide the challenge I need.

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HANNIBAL CROSSES THE ALPS

HANNIBAL CROSSES THE ALPS

HANNIBAL CROSSES THE ALPS



Two monster Ducati Elefants make it to Dolores just before Christmas

Two Elefants arrived to over winter here in Dolores and after the biggest snowfalls for many years
they can now begin their journey over the Alps get fitted for all that they lacked and once more tour the
Alpine Passes. With the trials bikes all prepped and ready the two giant Ducatis will roll into the
workshop and be suitably stripped so that their refurbishment can begin.

With the Cub and Enfield complete the Elefants are in !

The expensive wiring harnesses arrived sometime back in January but with winter conditions being
what they were the route to the workshop was closed off and my fingers would not have survived the
delicate fumbling work in the cold. Despite yet another surprise snowfall last night the temps are
cresting 60 now so work must commence.

Batteries need to be located, removed and charged and then the planned surgery will begin. There
has been a history of the wiring looms either catching fire or services dimming as the wires heat up
so Richard has decided to replace the lot and have me deal with a few extra problems like misfires
and oil leaks. Never had a Ducati in pieces so this could be fun and no doubt a whole series of
pictures will be needed as we saunter down this path.

Yes, it is spelt ELEFANT !

The Elefant is Ducati’s answer to the big BMW GS ugly mother that comes with those awful box alloy
panniers. A sort of 2 wheel RV that goes everywhere and up forrest tracks, personally if you are going
for that sort of ride I would use a KTM,  .. but each to their own….. and why would you want 2 ? Maybe
when the work is done and I have a test ride I will be able to give you a better idea. Perhaps they ARE
for going over the Alps ?

Richard e-mailed to check on progress! Well that has to be the incentive to get my proverbial together
so I grabbed the workshop manual that he left me…………. about as much use as a chocolate teapot !
Not the worst I have ever seen but very close. Not one picture or series of tips on “how to” do anything
and believe it of not not a solitary picture of anything other than a straight line map akin to the
London Underground.

The wiring loom from the Ducati manual

So, this will be a major camera operation so that I don’t end up burning anything out and I will have a
general reference tool to put it back together as Ducati just say “zey are veeery happppy” ……. this ain’t
no bloody Lambretta baby !!!

The mysteries of unveiling the Italian girls will be attempted and we will see what exotic lie
underneath the tank and seat. Side panels removed and off with the seat and now try and discover
(the manual being worthless)  how our Italian friends have put this thing together. Off with the
headlight assembly and here someone has been in before! ….. a few tape things dangling but
should be easy to remove side panels and then the monster tank. The Red machine amazingly still
had enough juice to crank the engine having sat for 4 months!!!! however battery removed and now
on the charger. Blue baby not so lucky as someone has already removed the battery ? Well score
that as Item 1 for the shopping list. Other things to note, Miss Red is missing her bash plate and the
lower pipes are nearly caved in ….. they have beautiful Alloy wheels…… yes, I tested them with a little
Solvol.

Old age is a bugger ! better get the camera…..

A naked Elefant

Next task will be to see what is in the box and what I’m actually going to be replacing as on first look
I’m not seeing the same electrical layout on both machines.

Finally a “naked” Ducati Elefant and all the wiring mysteries come into view……. no wonder they go
wrong!

Time to get the assistant and some camera work before we end up with a buried treasure map
and nothing at the end of it other than blown fuses!

Meanwhile time to tidy up the shop and load up some panels from the blue one and then compare
notes. Trouble is Elefants are always messy things so time to clean up the workshop before I do
anything else.

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SPRING INTO SPRING


SPRING INTO SPRING


SPRING INTO SPRING



Ground Zero after all the winter damage

Having missed the 2 Day Ahrma Trial at Terlton, OK it is now time to concentrate on all things spring
like not fitted to a trials iron. The winter carnage is going to take a fair bit of rectification this year as the
snow and ice have caused considerable damage in and around the park.

What a mess!!!

Some 2 hours of digging were done yesterday afternoon to remove huge snow and ice banks close
to the house in a hope that smaller pieces might melt more quickly. The damage already visible is
the weight of snow has buckled the side of the bar-b-q and pulled the potting bench off the wall. Ice
and snow have destroyed flower pots and anything ceramic left outside. Some guttering has been
pulled off outbuildings and the upper frame of the Gazebo looks awful, and all this from snow and
ice just falling off the roof.

Is it worth repairing ?

The power of snow

Over zealous snow plow drivers have destroyed all Brenda’s edge lighting around the lawn and the
raised rose garden at the base of the Cottonwood has moved  due to the plow! Other beds in the
main park are now covered in gravel, once the main stay of the park, ….. a lot of raking and shovelling
here. Branches are down in the Shade garden and there must be another 30 black bags of leaves to
rake up to expose the grass.

Expert snow plowing

Only one leak has been noticed between slots 1 & 2 so the plumber will be here next week to do
some digging and repairs. A lot more shovelling through the immense snow and ice banks and now
the park looks like the artic ocean with ice flows everywhere but at least it IS melting. The love seat
was recovered from its snow grave and what looked like broken legs was in fact just pushed down
6″ into the ground under the weight of all the snow. The Gazebo is not so lucky and will have to be
taken to pieces and straightened rod by rod.

The Dolores Artic with all the icebergs

A severely bent Gazebo

Thinking back to last year we were well ahead and I was busy in the Shade Garden constructing
the raised stockade bed and that was finished before we set off for Scotland and the Pre 65 Silver
Jubilee. The snow melting trick seems to have worked so just one more session this morning and
then further rectification can begin. All the furniture needs to come out of the Shade garden and then
the big rake up and another full Waste Management bin of broken this and that. A daunting task but
the sooner it gets done, on my time scale, the easier life will be !

I might get a start on it today but I have the duty TV to watch for both rounds of World Superbike and
then Moto GP so 3 hours of the working day is already lost. Looks like I might get a window of time
after next week’s 5 days of training when we should have a gap before training the Enumerators
begins and this time can be well spent on gardening and the start of Richard’s Elefants by Ducati.
At least I can now get them in the workshop and now with the temps between 50-60 F I might be able
to weild a spanner or two without freezing!

The last of the snow banks were chucked into the sunshine and the woodman’s axe came into play
to destroy the ice blocks holding all the gardening equipment prisoner. This was all tossed into the
park and has now melted. Brenda did a great job removing leaves and debris from the stockade
bed and getting the Rodin fountain up and working again.

Forrest’s dog Sprocket, tests the rebuilt Rodin Fountain

A full weekend Sunday at the task and now it looks like someone lives here! The top of the Gazebo
was removed, the potting bench refabricated, debris removed and the barbie straightened. By
nightfall we were back on track.

Leaves and branches gone, Brenda declares ” Spring” and the cushions
go on

A bit different !

A lot of clean up but well worth it

The lumber yard in front of the house was cleaned up and put back to its summer location, patios
swept and five “Welcome” mats recovered from the park where RVers had left in a hurry. This phase
is about done and the shade garden is useable once more. A lot of work, and a load more to do out
front and another new bed planned for this season……….. to be continued………

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THE FRUSTRATIONS OF POOL

 

THE FRUSTRATIONS OF POOL


THE FRUSTRATIONS OF POOL

A standard Saturday in the Hollywood

Since our acquisition of the Pool Table as a joint Christmas present our games have both improved
but for whatever reason I’m having immense problems trying to qualify for the finals in our small town
bar. Every Saturday I’m there on time and try and stay focused and work my way through some pretty
stiff opposition to get into the top three.

Nearly every week the result is the same……. FOURTH ! Seems I can beat everyone at some stage,
including our two semi professionals but when I get to the critical last couple of games I lose to
somebody I normally beat who just happens to be having a good run. Last week I had the 1 ball jinx
every time I played solids! Didn’t seem to matter what the shot was, that bloody 1 ball was not going
to drop come what may. Jaw rattlers, lip rollers, and a 1/2 in 1/2 out stop and each time a critical shot
to finish off the frame.

Now this season has been better in many respects, and so far, I haven’t lost any by sinking the 8
prematurely or scratching the 8 on the last shot. I have been using the dusting chalk on my hand
which makes for a much smoother cue action but no matter how the game progresses I always
seem to end up FOURTH ! Its not the cash I’m after its the 3rd place or better that I want. If this
happened in Trials I really would be annoyed !

Only 2 more weeks to qualify so I’ll be trying my best to break the current run of  “nice game, not quite”.
Another week over and still no further along! Being first to the 8 on all my games I should have sailed
through but I didn’t, so one more week to get it together. Post the pool game they all wanted to play 3
ball and as I hadn’t had enough with the cue I joined in to show willing. Two games of this and I win
them both and walk away $53 to the good.

Rumour control has it that the 2 NEW pool tables arrived at the Hollywood this week so out goes any
more excuses of bum cushions etc and the game will be on this Saturday. Brenda has a day off so
she too will be trying for that top place slot to get into the final. The Pool tables had indeed arrived, all
part of the new owner’s revamping plan, so on my return after another day in the classroom time to
check them out.

Nice new tables

The tables are similar to our own with the obvious exception that they are coin operated but appear
taller and narrower than the previous ones. This of course is an optical illusion caused by narrower
top rails and the different style carved legs. They play well enough but the corner pocket jaws are 1/2
narrower so some of our hard shooters will be in for a surprize! The middle bags are slightly wider
but the tips of the cushions protrude and could be a problem for some people. Overall a nice
improvement and at least you can see the color of the balls!

So today is the big one. Brenda has a day off, I’m free from Census duties and we BOTH need to
qualify! After breakfast I think we will try for a 20 frame practice session and then venture down a
little earlier and get “lubed” up ready for the contest, which I believe will be a big one.

Well it came and went, she did and I didn’t ! Yes, despite all the play I couldn’t get my proverbial
together. Brenda however sailed through without a hitch and finished in 3rd place. Well done to her!
……….. so another weekend of watching and no play for me.

Oh well, there is always next year if I’m still here………

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THE LIFTS STOP

THE LIFTS STOP

THE LIFTS STOP

Still a ton of snow

……And so after perhaps the biggest annual snowfalls for South Western Colorado in many years
and another 21″ only a week ago, and despite many, many protests from the locals, the Telluride Ski
season came to an end on Sunday April 4th 2010.

Of course the average skiier has no idea of the daily running costs of the operation but sees the
closure as a loss of his or her recreation for another year. Difficult to understand when the conditions
are still so good and the white stuff is still in abundance. I have been up there in the past for spring
skiing when there have been rocks poking through and patches or grass appearing on the lower
slopes and a lot of frantic work by the lift operators shovelling snow on the take off ramp to stop
beginners falling off the lift at the loading platform.

So we ventured out once more even though the forecast was for a windy day which neither of us
really enjoy. The wind was not blowing at all and was in fact still, so back up the 60 mile drive to
Mountain Village taking care on some of the tighter bends as the hazard is now falling rock as the
ice that had formed in rock crevices now melts and split rock tumbles into the roadside. No near
misses to report and after a couple of weeks of looking for the Hot Springs at Rico, they are now
located ! Must be a very closely guarded secret as you can’t find directions anywhere on the internet
without paying a fee!

It does exist !

The snow conditions are good and all bodes well for our last day of the year. Crowds are small
and lift wait times are minimal. Still no wind and abundant sunshine so several runs are
completed in near perfect conditions. Brenda is now working the “Big Toe, Little Toe” principle of
parabolic skiing often referred to as “Railroad skiing”. Well at least she is not “arse steering” or
driving with her shoulders so by next year she should be pretty good.

Big toe, Little toe……

Today is a traditional party day on the slopes with a full band playing at mid mountain on Telluride
Beach, special cocktails and other goodies and for locals and tourists alike its fancy dress with
outrageous costumes, some brave bikini ladies, a host of multi colored wigs and a sprinkling of
HOOTERS girls from Tuscon.

Fire hazard !

Pirates, rock stars, a butterfly, somebody from the Casablanca film set, an out of place Harley rider
and hats that would be more at home at Royal Ascot. Yes, its all here today and can only get worse
with alcohol.

Fe, Fo, Fi, Fum

Rod Stewart and lady friend

If you knew how ridiculous you ……….

“In all the bars, etc”

“I’d never wear a Doo rag on the ski slopes”

“My dear, this IS my Ascot hat !”

Can’t do a thing with it

Just everyday attire

See you in the Royal Enclosure

As thirst approaches time to go to the “Beach” for a little refreshment……… seems everyone needs
a wrist band to order drinks and of course there are a host of grossly overweight policemen on hand
to give you a DUI on a snowboard or driving skis without due care and attention.

The Band kicks off

Brenda joins the queue and after an age returns from the Outpost Bar  with refreshing beverages
where it seems some young lady has just eloped, saved a ton by not having a reception, and is now
buying drinks for everyone! Methinks a $1000 won’t last long amid this crowd with every drink
around the $7 mark. Say thank you and remember something about gift horses.


Party goers get stuck in

Not camera shy

More professional posers

The party continues with Brenda snapping all and sundry but then there comes some upper level
cloud and the temps drop like a stone and the promised chilling wind picks up. Hooters and bikini
girls are gone in a flash and with the clock approaching 4 its time to say goodbye for another year
and load up and go home.

Delightfully Tacky

Time to look round once more for the most ridiculous head gear and this is the group that made it
to the final although there were others that were equally absurd !

Jokers wild

I was feeling Horny

Chief Wanna Drinkum

The “last run” or to be more correct the “recovery” to the base of the Gondala was achieved with only
one minor slip as madam caught an edge in some slush but managed to get it together and  kept
her fall free day in one piece.

Nice recovery! for a NO fall day

As a birthday present Brenda wants the multi day pass again next year.

As a Ski Instructor I can safely say they are completely Mad! Oh well,
thats it for another year

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UP THE JUNCTION

UP THE JUNCTION

UP THE JUNCTION

In somebody’s hands ?

The ever changing face of the Census sees me on the road again to Grand Junction for yet more
training. Not entirely sure why, but I believe it is to appease someone on the recruiting side to get the
numbers up for a particular phase for which I cannot see myself being used as I’m already
scheduled for further training the following week for the last phase. This last phase could go until
mid July and is the No Response Follow Up, or in other words a lot of knocking on doors for all the
people that didn’t send their forms back in the first time round.

No matter the reasons, I get paid for it, so shut up, sit, look, learn and listen. Another good
opportunity to get some more “clues” for the proposed Rally in August and I can fill in the portion
between Telluride and Ridgway. That will leave the hairy bit from Ouray to Silverton to do on the bike
when the weather is a bit more sociable.

The “Hot Springs” were found last weekend in Rico, no thanks to the locals, not sure why such a
mini facility should be such a closely guarded secret….. perhaps there are some debauched goings
on there?

The mystery hot springs

Yesterday the winds picked up but it was relatively mild but last night they had become the forecast
and promised howling gale. This morning I find we have had yet another dusting of snow…… when
does it ever end? Bloody cold again and the crisp mind numbing wind goes right through you.
Hopefully by departure time the temps will be up a bit and these winds will have abated a little.

Departure time and still very, very windy and now as I drive northbound to Telluride it starts snowing
again! Stop to take pictures of some of the clues as photographic evidence will prevent arguments
come the check in post event. Snowing and Blowing over the Lizard but the temps are around 40 so
it shouldn’t settle. Not much in the way of interesting clue material on the run from Telluride to
Ridgway but I suppose they can have a ride without thinking of the meaning of life.

A lot of wildlife around with Elk grazing anywhere they can find food as the snow line retreats, a few
predators also out looking and birds are plentiful as they sense spring in the mountains is nearly
here. Out of Ridgway and blowing a gale across the long 100 mile open stretch to Grand Junction.

Wildlife a’plenty

Wednesday morning and 40+ Enumerators, some new, sit through another few days of listening.
The Crew Leaders are given the task of doing the training so at least I get a talking part but then like
so many things of the Census nature it all changes. The Crew Leaders are told we have another
task for the next day and a half so …. bring it on !

We have all the data from the Student colleges but now with yet another accelerated time scale we
have to transpose all the information onto the standard questionnaires. I manage to complete my
task of 99 forms from one Hall of Residence and by 1700 my eyes are dot crossing !

Thursday and back to the grindstone and my Hall of Residence today has 187 occupants thirsting for
knowledge. Predictably the task takes all day and by close of play and 8 hours worked the thought of
another 4 hours driving into the setting sun is not on the cards so I elect to take their kind offer of
another night in the hotel and get on the road early Friday morning.

On the road before 0800 and once more the mystery of trying to find a way out of Grand Junction. It
seems they want to keep you here as the only road signs are for the freeway and precious little else.
A third different route is found, not from choice, and at last I’m on the right road for home.

Even more wildlife around this morning with Elk, Deer and a moth eaten Coyote. A quick stop at the
Chocolate factory for some more goodies and a little homecoming present and then plain sailing all
the way in delightful driving conditions on uncluttered roads. Up through Telluride where the snow
has taken on a pink color from all the blowing Arizona dust, only a few unexpected rock falls to
contend with but the tires escaped without hitting anything.

Chocie time!

Pool today and some extensive gardening clean up for tomorrow and then back to another 5 days
in the classroom to learn all about the last of the census phases which might last until August
unless some high priced gnome decides to accelerate this one. Just remember “It’s in Our Hands”
but from what I’m seeing it seems to be mainly in MINE !

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ENFIELD UP NEXT

ENFIELD UP NEXT

ENFIELD UP NEXT

A good ride last time out at Sandia in 2008

There is no doubt in my mind that I can ride this monster but nearly every time I go to an event I elect to
ride the Cub. Well I have to do it sooner or later and take on the likes of Derek Belvoir, Rob Poole and
the rest. So now having missed the next 3 rounds of the Championship with 2 out for Oklahoma and
another year without a shrimp Po-boy and a train ride round the bayou at Diamond Don’s I need to
consider where 280 lbs of Brit Iron can come into its own.

First event at Milliken for a zero card

Perhaps I need a lot of practice on this one, it handles well enough and despite my reservations it
went over all the big logs and rocks that have ever been put in front of it. If it were 50lbs lighter I don’t
think I would have any second thoughts but it sure is a big mother!

2 Days at Donner for the loss of 1 mark

So now its her turn for a mechanical once over as she hasn’t had a ride since Sandia in 2008. To
her credit she sailed round that year for 7 Championship wins and only lost 7 marks in the whole
season. The Ossa VM 26 needs a good clean and I know the pilot is blocked but it started easily
enough on the old fuel. Still need to get it to rev out at altitude so with the carb off time to fit the 90
main and see if that does the trick here at 7000′. That should be ideal proving for Cotopaxi which is
“Up” there and may still have some snow come the end of May.

Lego Land at Casper and it steers well with the short wheelbase

Wet and muddy Day 3 at Casper

Should Donner be back on Brenda’s shopping list then the same settings should be good there
and there will be no excuses for poor running. Must fit some new plugs of the “4” kind as both the
Cub and the gun carriage are demanding on the spark source.

A quick once over and some dusting and she is looking better already. The decompressor is a two
service part on these machines being a good smooth way to brake on big downhills in slippery
conditions and also the only kill switch for the engine. like all decompressors the drawback is the
mess they make as all the excess sprays out all over the head and fins of the barrel.

Decompressor leakage spoils the effect

The seat was designed as a push fit so thats off in a flash and off comes the podded air filter which
has its own neat support. To get at the carb for normal running there is no need to remove the entire
unit as there is plenty of room to remove the bowl and get at the jets, however today I’m taking it all
off to check for all the gummy deposits. This involves removing some of the frame connecting bolts
as the top of the engine is a pretty crowded place on the Oilfield. With 2 bolts removed and the
coupling plate turned the carb is off and cleaning can begin.

The stainless frame plates

The “crowded” top of the engine

As expected the pilot was yukee and now time to change the main. The lowest one I previously had
was the 110 and the new one I thought was a 90 turned out to be a 100 ! Well its in now and maybe
just what the Doctor ordered, but as always trying something new like the VM26 on this motor is a
bit trial & error.

Compressed air through the choke system

Daylight through the pilot

The older mechanics carb essential tool! yes, it’s a 100

A quick reversal of the process and it will then be time for oils and autosol!  Might give the fins a
little “Harley” treatment . All went as planned and the decompressor leakage removed from the fins.
Seriously low on the Solvol Autosol so a rush order is now on its way. Every time I look at the bike I
wonder where weight could be saved but other than rebuilding a frame in unobtanium it is difficult
to see where savings could be made. The engine and gearbox weigh 120 lbs then add frame, forks
rear shocks and wheels and I’m up to 280. Still it is now 30 lbs lighter than when it left the factory
back in 1960.

Frame plate undone and the carb can be refitted

The last of the Solvol at work

Does a nice job on all alloy and the copper oil pipes

Every last drop squeezed out

DON’T TOUCH !!

As clean as it gets

Polishing done and the autosol tube squeezed for every last drop. No sooner finished when Fed-Ex
arrives with 3 more tubes which had been shipped priority overnight from texas…. now that’s service!

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  • 4/14/2010 12:32 PM Doug wrote:
    Nice to see the “Oilfield” in use Tony. The big pre-unit bikes extract a little more effort out of you in some sections but can be rewarding at times too. Sure brings a “presence” to a vintage event too. Keep the Solvol stocked up! Looks great.
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  • 4/17/2010 1:34 PM Glenn Swanson wrote:
    Tony , Get her out and get her dirty ! Still one of the coolest trials bikes I ever swung a leg over !Gonna take the Fantics to NC. tomorrow and check out another new spot for events … May head out west this fall for some play time . Will be in touch if it happens .
    Glenn
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  • 12/2/2010 3:39 AM philippe wrote:
    Ever tought of fitting a side car???I really love your Enfield , I’ll really have to change my front fork and maybe one day do something about the frame, and yes it is an indian RE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ww76C0GruM
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CUB DONE


CUB DONE

 

 

CUB DONE

Despite the crap conditions the work continued. The Cub bashplate was refiled and smoothed where
the concrete or rebar had stopped me in my tracks. The stripped engine bolt was replaced and the
others tightened. The gearbox oil, what little there was, dripped into the pan and the clutch was drained
and refilled.

There’s a hole in my bash plate Dear Liza ….. a hole!

The weather has certainly not helped this week with some good encouraging thawing but then
another unexpected burst of snow to remind me that its not quite over yet! There was a rush on as I’d
rather hoped to be trailing this coming weekend over in Oklahoma at the new venue that Ed and Evelyn
have secured at Terlton Ranch. Sadly, finances being what they are that has been put on a back burner
until next year as I can’t afford it and Brenda is less than keen.

I believe the Safari would have made it on time as RV Guru, Howard, has found a suitable bearing for
the Onan generator at a 1/4 of the price Onan wanted. The windshields have been replaced so I might
be able to see where I’m going next time we do take to the road.

Back in the shop the work on the Cub went ahead, she went on the gearbox intraveinous drip and the
200cc’s of soothing fluid were replaced through the surgical appliance. Amazing the number of things
that have to be built of designed to get oil in holes where an ordinary funnel just won’t go.

Another surgical appliance for the oiladectemy


Some lubricant for the chain to get rid of the Arizona egg timer sand and some spiffing up from the
last of the Solvol Autosol. More tubes on order!!!

all buttoned up

As the machine itself is as close to perfection as I can get  it there is very little else to be done.
Anything I do to her now is only icing on the cake as the machine wants for nothing. In terms of
desirability then maybe a flat alloy bash plate would be the way to go and perhaps the long awaited
Stealth tank from Ray Iddon would be pretty, and just maybe remove the SM side plates and fit a full
width mud preventer for the back wheel ?

on with the Autosol

Ready again

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SERVICE PLEASE

SERVICE PLEASE

SERVICE PLEASE

The route to the shop

For the first time since Thanksgiving last year the temperatures crested the 50F mark yesterday and
that white stuff seems to be in retreat! Some grass has come into view and during the course of the
day I believe it actually started to change color back to green. The path that I must have dug out 4 times
to the workshop shows signs that it might melt and I just might be able to unload the trailer which has
sat for over a month.

Assuming it continues then the Cub and Enfield can be wheeled in and start their long awaited service
schedule. Oil changes all round please, but of course the Enfield will have already started hers!
Straight 50 for her, and something lighter for the Cub. Carbs off, standard cleaning and blow through
and maybe come down on the Enfield main jet one more. A little refreshment for the clutches with a
light apperative and change the up down juice in the forks……. and then out with the Autosol for some
pre main season polish.

With the Premier bikes done it will be time to set about Richard’s Elefants of the Ducati kind and get
their batteries charged and rip out all the old wiring harnesses. Another interesting project for warmer
days and hopefully not that tricky to rectify. Then if more spare time comes in the window the last few
touches to that Jumbo of his with some new fork boots, a decompressor, a new kickstart spring and
shaft seals and then the long awaited test ride for real. Maybe if its any good I can persuade him to let
me use it for the Ute Cup or even the Rothman’s Honda RTL which must be the prettiest bike ever and
one that I never got to ride in an event after rebuild.

It’s warmer today, the snow line is retreating and I can see the workshop! A quick poop scoop first all
round the park and then the unloading will begin and the happy smile may well return. Quite amazing
how “spanner withdrawal” can cause all these feelings of non well being and the thirst to just tinker
with something whether it needs it or not. However there is a time frame as the next event I would like
to ride is only 3 weeks away and after Buckeye I will need my “A” game to crush Eugene’s confidence
after his superb riding at the opening event. Of course I will probably take the Enfield as well as I’m
keen to let her rip amongst the opposition and settle a few scores.

All goes well, the park gets depooped and the workshop door is opened for the first time since 8 Feb.
The trailer is just about ice and snow free and the locks undo to reveal none of my loading plans went
wrong. Always an unknown on the very bumpy drive out of the Indian Reservation. One day they will do
something with that road!!! All the tools are humped back to the workshop and the Cub follows over the
very wet and soft ground.

A little light cleaning to remove the AZ dust and a few spots of mud on the swinging arm and then off
with the SM bashplate. No surprise then to see a small hole in it where the rock that stopped me dead
in my tracks on Day 1 had impacted. It had roughed up the hard plastic and plowed the stuff back
before going through.

Something went through here and stopped me Dead!

Some filing and cutting here and sanding back to a smooth finish. The clutch gets topped off and the
gearbox is left to drain. Looks like the engine wanted to leave the frame as the upper rear bolt that had
stripped and come loose during the event had then passed a message on to his buddies. I had
replaced the the loose one in Buckeye but now I see the underside bolt is also loose.

All the engine bolts were loose ?

One day I will cut out this lower tube and put in a solid alloy bashplate as the SM one is such a
strange shape the bike won’t stay on a workshop stand and just wobbles about.

More pushing and the Oilfield is back in her berth and ready for a go through this week. I noticed the
pilot is blocked but she started Ok so time to get the carb off, blow it all through and come down on
the main jet for this season. One day I’ll try and cure all the leaks and then have the only oil tight
Enfield out there! Very much a case of wishful thinking but a mans got to try.

This morning, April First, awake to yet another blizzard! No its not April Fools but I was looking forward
to working on the bikes today as there is a minor lull in the census. Well I suppose I can still get out
there as the thaw had allowed access and the bikes are in there and all tucked up safe and warm.

When will it end ?

Well it snowed on and off all day so nothing was done as its cold, wet and miserable. Regrettably the
decision has just been made and we will not be going to Ok for the new venue at Terlton as I can
neither afford it, Brenda is not too keen and it will clash with some Census commitments so I guess
I’ll try and find my 7 rounds elsewhere. I do still have 8 planned and perhaps 2 more if we can get to
Donner in July. A small year, but what can you do ? So Cotopaxi at the end of May will be my next
outing.

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