MINING IN THE MOUNTAINS

MINING IN THE MOUNTAINS


MINING IN THE MOUNTAINS

Currently rock rolling, humping and dumping to transform a million rocks into a non Disney version of
“The Yellow Brick Road” and get the Saturday sections cleared out and lines established.. phew!  The
lake sections I have envisaged WILL ride well but present a problem getting a route to their start
points so 2.5 hours spent searching for a way in.

A lot of rock laying for the Yellow Brick Roads of sections 4,5 and 6,7,8

Locally with all the town forms approved the local paper sent a reporter over to get the skinny on the
event. Amazingly the report was accurate and not a series of comments taken out of context or linked
with misquotes and other erroneous information.

While trying to find a Saturday “2” a new section jumped out at me and I’ll call it  “A Bridge Too Far”,
but then while I’m “4 lining” in my mind I find the perfect exit which I’m now calling “The 39 Steps”.
Should be able to get to grips with some of these sections over the next few days and at least have
them in a rideable condition prior to taping and carding.

“The Bridge too Far” under the main road. 4’s come down the gravel on
the left, 1-3 through the gap about center, a couple of back ups before……

“The 39 Steps” as seen from the Ends cards

The rider’s view to the exit of 2

With Brenda away for the weekend seeing, son Phil in LA, time to get out with the pruners and sort out
some of the required gardening on sections 1, 9, 11 and 12. That only took 1 hour so just a few
branches to saw off and those four sections are complete in terms of line and access. Still more work
on the beach sections with rocks to roll, holes to fill, and a few black bags worth of bottles and trash. I
hope to have most of that done before setting sail for Turkey Rock.

On our return from TR my attention will be turned to the Town Dump and time to actually walk a few of
the “mind’s eye” sections and see what can be ridden up there without too much alteration to the piles
of concrete and other obstacles.

With Brenda safely back in the fold out again today with the saw and 11 and 12  de-branched and
ready for taping. Just started on 1 when the afternoon monsoon arrived so that terminated operations
for this portion of the day, might get back there when it stops raining. Tomorrow a loading day for TR
as I’m off driving the girls to a soccer game 200 miles away with a 0500 pickup !! So plan to get bikes
and tools in the trailer and bus fueled and ready to roll so I can just hook up the trailer and be ready to
leave at sparrows on Friday morning. About 6 hours to Turkey Rock so if we can EVER leave on time
it would be nice to be there early afternoon and get out and see what Ed has lined up for our pleasure.

Moonsoon gone, time to finish off sections 1, 11 and 12 and see how they have shaped up. With all
the offending branches removed here is 11 for a pictorial ride round.

Section 11 with a gentle downhill start. 1 & 2 go around the tree to the
right, 3 & 4 turn left before the tree

The 1 & 2 line, with 3 & 4 just to the left   ….. up around the fallen tree for 2,
3 and 4 while 1 goes around the stump midway to the tree

There will be a series of uphill gates before exiting top left where the fence
changes

The start of 12 and all lines go up and round the tree to the left

Rounding the tree you will see this, 1 & 2 will be gated close to the tree

The 2 line goes bottom right to top left

1 line is straight on !

1 liners close to the tree, 2 & 3 further to the left

Uphill for all with a left, right up to my car and the Ends cards.

The next series is Section 1 and has shaped up nicely with the removal
of dead branches



Downhill start for all with the 4 line staying down by the Cottonwood  

1, 2 & 3 all cross this rock staying on the adverse with 2 & 3 coming down
to the left of the marker post, 1 goes the other side

1 & 2 turn back up the hill around this sawn down stump turning to the
left at the top, 2’s go to the Ends while 1’s ……… 

Sting in the tail finish for 1’s crossing the rock run before turning right on
the grass for the  Ends

Friday morning, bikes loaded and rest of the goodies going onboard soon for the Turkey Rock event.
More news when we catch up with E&E and John who have been on the Mountain top for some time
now.

Ed, Evelyn and John lay out the colorful route marking …… I know Ed said
he wanted something “special” but the “Graded Hill” might be a bit  too ambitious !!      See you all there.

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TO BE A TRIALSMASTER

TO BE A TRIALSMASTER


TO BE A TRIALSMASTER

Maybe not everybody’s No1 desire, but as they say someones got to do it. For those who fancy a “go”
at it here is a rough “idiot’s guide” as to what takes place, before, during and after the event.

First things first, pick a date trying not to clash with other established events. Once you, or the
organising body have the date fixed the next question will be venue. Here you need to know what piece
of land you are hoping to use and what permissions and permits you will need. If you are working with
a private landowner this will often be easier with a simple yeah or nay. If you are working with
government agencies (BLM, USFS)  then think anything up to 6 months in advance to get the
paperwork in and get the ball rolling……. and in all cases keep a copy of what you sent in and when.

I would personally start a file and keep a record of contacts, telephone numbers and any pertinent information that was “word of mouth” when the contacts were made. Another good idea here is to
have a battle plan with a list of “action dates” when various items need to be done by. Here you can
list such items as Insurance, how long to set up and get certificates etc? Awards and trophies? how
long to produce ? Score cards, do you have enough ? Port-a loos ? who to rent from, duration at site
etc? Spreading the word, contact list, emails, Trials Central, and in our case ITSA forums.

A little map like this may help the memory banks when you come to
laying out

Next in the sequence will be finding the sections, and best loop. Remember here if you went and did
a site survey in the winter months it is most likely going to look a lot different when you come back in
the summer. So draw a little map with section locations and the planned lines. Depending on terrain,
the loop not only needs to be negotiable by all riders but maybe by others who are not competing,
just spectating or taking pictures.

Thought and imagination required here ! It finally becomes a double
section for all 4 lines and was very popular with all the riders

Section changeover top left, Mike Salsman on the 1 line descent

On the “now” cleared area Jim Wagner in the turn to line up for the uphill
exit

When it comes to laying out sections try and divide the section into a series of acceptable hazards
and likewise a series of recovery areas. NO section needs to be so HARD that it stops the ENTIRE
entry ! You may have to modify the hazards by filling in holes and crankcase busting rocks or stumps
…. or find a different section. Remember, the moment you put a START and an END card up someone
will make a mess of it and in a lot of cases often the easiest section takes marks and I would always remember Town Hall Brae in the Scottish which we always thought of as a bit of a joke but MANY
riders, including some that went on to become World Champions have lost marks there !! Try and
design the section such that one person can SEE the entire thing and accurately record a rider’s
progress from one vantage point.

A great find here at this Ironwwod tree with a long tapering root that
almost shows the 4 lines. It can be used both ways up and down 

Running downhill

With the 4 lines identified time to decide if the splits and their sequence are clear and unambiguous?
Then look to see if you have left any “cheater” lines that if discovered will radically alter the section. If
you have any doubts about the rideability of the section either try it yourself or a get a helper to ride it
and then make your decision as to whether the section will get easier or harder with the passage of
riders. Use the maxim of mud gets harder rocks get easier.

You will need to become a landscape gardener so be prepared to lop off any helmet banging
branches, nasty thorny bits of vegetation and any sage type bushes that are within the natural lines as
these have a nasty and unforgiving habit of tangling themselves around boots, footpegs and shifters.

It also helps to have both the start and ends areas reasonably free such that a rider arrives at the
start gate in balance and ready to give it a go. Likewise after the end gate there should be an area
where the rider can safely stop and get his or her card punched.

When using multi subs the transition point between one and another should allow a rider who has
“5’d” a lower sub to be able to start into the next sub without major difficulty.

With sections cleared and traditional ribbon laid, unless natural features define lines, split markers
can be placed but remember other “visitors” to your in use land may destroy everything if you lay out
too early and ribbons can either be eaten or broken. While on the subject of ribbon make sure you
have enough or a good local source and always leave a little extra at each section to cover repairs.
Use natural resources to secure the ribbon and make it visible and preferably low where it won’t catch
on boots, pegs, fork legs etc.

ONE MONTH TO GO
Time to readvertise, emails one last time and TC reminders to attract last minute entries. Check that insurance certs are on their way, split markers, pens, punches, stakes, staplers, hammers, pruners
and saws are all available. Check all your paperwork, score cards, indemnity forms, entry sheets etc
are sufficient for your presumed entry numbers. Final check with landowners and permission from
other agencies.

TWO WEEKS TO GO
Another check on planned sections, any land changes, work in progress etc. At this stage some
“gardening” adjustments to fine tune section boundaries and hazards. Check for helpers or whether
it will be a one man show. Check on awards.

ONE WEEK TO GO
Ribbon time! I like to allow one day per set up for each competition day and one final day for route
marking and staking. Final checks on all paperwork.

DAY BEFORE
Ride the loop making sure animals, children and vandals have not changed all your hard work. Adjust sections according to weather, either actual or forecast. Check start area for trash and debris and
port-a-loos.

DAY OF COMPETITION
Another ride around loop and sections checking tape, splits and direction marking. Have all the forms,
pens, punches ready at the start table along with a general interest map showing approx layout of
event, loop and sections. As Trialsmaster have your info sheet ready for the rider’s meet with some, or
all of the following;

Welcome and thanks (helpers, landowners etc)
Basic game plan (3 loops of 10 sections etc)
Time allowance
Rules of the day (stop or no stop)
Special notes (hazards, non beginner sections, multi subs, graded hills)
Groups (start points)
Ride or become Travelling Marshall/ Trouble shooter/ Photographer

POST EVENT
Run as backmarker with last group of riders if using checkers and close the sections
Check scores, winners, deal with protests etc
Present Awards, thanks to those helpers etc
Tear down crews with any special instructions
Drink heavily
Publish results on blogs and forums
Complete any post event forms as required
Letters of thanks
Check land for missed ribbon, left over trash etc.

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DOLORES PREVIEW

DOLORES PREVIEW

DOLORES PREVIEW

With the Mountain West Trials Series now in full flow we are really into our busy period with Turkey
Rock, Dolores 2 weeks later and then a brief 3 weeks until Casper which as you all know is my
personal favorite.

Well lets see what SW Colorado has to offer for our Escalante 2 Day Trial. Many people asked why I
chose to do it the same weekend as the Town’s Escalante Days Festival.  Simple really it just adds to
a fun weekend and we will get to ride our unregistered bikes through the town killing several birds
with one stone.

Home sweet Home,  Cozy Comfort in full summer

Our start venue will be the Cozy Comfort RV Park and although in peak season we should be able to
fit most people in but BOOK NOW or you will be on internal power only  but water, hot showers and
dump facilities will be available.

A shade garden beer awaits

Assuming all route and section marking has been completed by lunchtime Friday 10 August  O’beer
thirty will be declared early and we will be drinking in the Shade Garden.   Saturday an early sign up
between 0800-0900 in the CC front desk area or Lodge Room and then a short ride down Central Ave
to join in with the town parade…. might even get our newly elected DA (Will Furse) to join the fun on his
new Gas Gas.

The Parade stops at the Town Hall

“Many horses come this way Kemo Sabe”  ….. The Town’s fire service
closes the parade with bells, sirens, horns and whistles. I think we should
be just ahead of them

With the parade done we will be free to ride down the dirt road CR28 to our real start area at the Town Cemetery Parking Lot. Once there we will brief the running order and start sections for our 3 loops of
the now 12 sections. Its a very short loop so we should all finish early and be able to get back into
town (1/2 mile) and join in the fun of the last chain saw competition outside the Hollywood (town bar)
….. or if we are later it will be the arm wrestling comp which is definitely worth watching!!!

The annual mountain bike race gets ready

Chainsaw competition outside the Hollywood Bar

The ladies arm wrestling competition…… not to be missed!

Sadly we will now all be prisoners in the 2 bar areas (bummer!) until the Mountain bike comp is
finished and they use Central Ave as their finishing sprint to the line. Well never mind there is always
the Duck Race on the river which pays 1st,  2nd,  3rd and last place sometime in October when the
river goes up and your trapped duck is released.

The Brew Pub opens at 4 p.m.

Dancing the night away on the Brew Pub patio…… yes those are “real”
hops

Sunday we are at the Town Dump area about 2 miles from Cozy Comfort so we can either load up
and go or double up on trailers with extra bikes for those staying Sunday night. Another 12 sections,
all singles today and perhaps a bit more variety. Another shortish loop so we should finish fairly early
and be able to get the long distance people away on their return drives.

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ITSA COMING

ITSA COMING

ITSA COMING

Just under two weeks to go to Turkey Rock and Rounds 3 & 4 of the Mountain West Series. Ed and
Evelyn will be looking after our interests for this one so you know it will be good !  John (Sec) will be
there too helping with layout and Mr Bill from the old Perris Trialsland will have just completed the
Youth Nationals so we might be riding some of their proven sections.

Last time I was there was back in 2009 and I was on a bit of a roll with 2 zero cards in my previous 2
rides after the 2009 Pre 65 Silver Jubilee Scottish. Turkey Rock is BLM land and perfect for Vintage
trials usage with traditional style sections all around.

As the name would suggest there are plenty of rocks both of the granite variety and a lot of grippy
pumice. Ed did find some soft sand, along with rocks, in some of the washes. Last time we were
going to use the “up and over” trail as part of the loop but it was considered too hard……. but could be
used as some sections this year with a bit of modification.

The trail to the top

Still going up !

Above this trail to the top is “moon” country with a whole new vista of rocks which the modern bikes
often use. It also has a steep downhill on the other side which was deemed a bit too hard to use as a
loop for beginners and spectators.

Here are some more of the sections we used last time to give you an idea of the terrain

A section down by the start area

Fun grippy pumice ride up through the trees

A technical twister coming in from the road around the hill

Solid rock uphill with steps

Steep, but safe downhills

 Day 2 was similar and this section by the start was technically challenging and very good for
spectators.  From the start up and around a tree with solid rocks and grooves, then back down onto
a loose sandy plateau before picking a line up the rock face and then a further wiggle up by the tree
and into a rock jumble crossing to the ends card

Round the first hazard and now on the sandy plateau

Up the cliff face, steep or shallow ?

Now up by the tree and around the split you can see through my forks

 Some great sections last time and I’m sure the team will have done even better this year. ED told me
he wanted to do something “rather special” this year !

Hope to see you all there

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GREEN GETS READY FOR BATTLE

GREEN GETS READY FOR BATTLE


GREEN GETS READY FOR BATTLE

Fast approaching Turkey Rock so a morning dealing with a few minor issues on the Cub and then
tomorrow the joys of flushing the radiator on the Safari. First item was the fuel crossflow under the
tank which was just a nano smidge too long almost a full tad so that had to be shortened to prevent
an unpleasant melting and full blown upper engine fire.

A little shorter for safety

With all the changes to color schemes the front number plate needed a little redo so out with the new
look black Triumph logo and the low contrast Union Jack emblem.

The new colors of the Cub “Escutcheon”

While searching high and low for something else a pair of old Yamaha brake arms appeared and
were brought back to a high polished state before converting one for the Cub and replacing the heavy
steel rear SM unit.

Well lookee here, some TY brake anchors

Quick redrill and reshape

Much nicer !

Next item will be a selection of plumber’s hardware to find something suitable as an adapter for the
Spark Arrestor that we have to have fitted for Turkey Rock. Last time I borrowed one from Ed but this
year I now have one, just never needed it as yet. Not sure whether the Yamaha WES exhaust has one
or if one can be adapted to fit.

On with the Safari “flushing”. Removal of grille, compressed air, and then followed up by the hose to
get rid of all the dust and debris on the radiator. Eventually get my pinkies on the drain cock and undo
same…….. nothing!  Well thats a great start but Shade continues with some mechanic’s tapping and
finally a drip…… more tapping and coolant runs free. 30 mins later it stops, buttoned up, flushing fluid
added and topped off with water. Follow instructions and run for about 30 mins,allow to cool, and
drain once more.

Ready to flush

Now refill with plain water, run for 30 mins, cool, drain and then refill with proper coolant and perhaps
take it for a run and see if there is any difference. Amid all this Safari engineering I’d better check the
generator for liquids and maybe do an oil and filter change and a blow out of the air system.

Safari done, now onto the Spark Arrestor thing! A little rumaging around at the local hardware store
and I find a bit of tubing that should work. Well it nearly fits in the Cub tailpipe but it WILL if I cross
hatch cut the metal allowing for a little compression. That works well but Shade then cuts off the
excess about 1/16″ too short……. looks like I’ll be going back this morning for another piece and this
time do a better job measuring same!

While I’m waiting for that I notice the “New” Doherty grips I fitted a couple of months ago have split!!!!
Must be a bad or very old set of rubber. More ordered so more waiting. Having done the “Escutcheon”
The Knight’s helmet needs some attention and that should come together over a few beers.
Remove old which had an affinity to a different make and the colorful Union Jack which peels back
some paint on the peak so that has to be resprayed. Everything else plays ball today and the new
logos go on without too much hassle.

Logos go on and the “missing link” is found ….. buckle looks a bit yukky

More logos and the “key to success” …… now for the buckle

2012 helmet ready !

Meanwhile back at the town hardware store more searching in plumbing bits and I manage to find
something else in copper which I’m hoping will work better without any sawing.

It fits without any sawing

Ready for Turkey Rock

Arrestor finally fitted to my satisfaction attention switches back to the helmet buckle which was
decidedly nasty !  This helmet was originally a Dougie Lampkin YES model and I last used it back in
2005 when I was aboard Superglitz.  Many years of blood, sweat and tears in the strap and buckle but
something to do on a very stormy afternoon as the thunder rolls and the rain pours down.

The new grips, replacement Dohertys, were ordered and I thought I would try something new with the
green/black Pro Grips who also had a smart shirt in the green livery at a giveaway price.

Good old Dohertys which I’ve been using since the 1960’s

Maybe time for a change with these from Pro Grip

A bargain shirt  from the mysteries of Ebay

Sitting and mulling life over with a coffee it came to me that my birthday is only 3 weeks away and I
really didn’t have a list as yet ……….. well following the King’s directive from an earlier story it seems I
can be in full compliance with a set of the latest MOTS pants in a tasteful black/green design. Also, a
pleasant Ralph Lauren rugby style shirt to complete the outfit.

Seems to match the rest

With all my tasks done, save for the grips on the Charger,  the  Knight is ready for the battles to come,
the Sidi boots are polished, Von Zippers at the ready……….

Knight ready !    …… nice job with the Autosol

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ONE MAN, ONE MILE OF TAPE, AND TWO DAYS IN AUGUST

ONE MAN, ONE MILE OF TAPE, AND TWO DAYS IN AUGUST


ONE MAN, ONE MILE OF TAPE, AND TWO DAYS IN
AUGUST

 

“Is this all town land ?”

Here we go again feeling a bit like the Lewis & Clarke expedition as I seek a route to the back of
beyond with 15 worthwhile sections along the way. Having established that USFS land is really not
worth the hassle of pursuing the Town of Dolores seems to have enough real estate to provide what
we are looking for the “in town” Saturday event.

No excuses for lack of time as I’m enjoying the 3 month school break to the full so as the clock clicks
into July I have almost a full 5 weeks to find what I want and get them to a satisfying standard.

First thoughts are 5 Scottish style sections, single line for all abilities, in a double and triple sub
layout. As many know I’m not wildly keen on pandering to beginners. True we all have to start some
where but the only way to learn is to ride sections if you won’t take a course of instruction. To that end
a complete beginner will no doubt struggle on some of these, they will of course be safe, but they can
use them as a “yardstick” to judge their own performance. The other 10 sections will have a simple 4
line as normal.

4 lines!

My planned sections in the trees will need an easy enough loop route such that beginners can get
round without gulping at the trail and losing total confidence.

In other news we have been told that due to the very hot and dry conditions in Colorado and of course
the current fires still raging we will ALL need SPARK ARRESTORS fitted for Turkey Rock. No real
surprize on that one. I see the “Ahrma Observed Section Ends” article on Trials Central has now had
over 5600 views and within Ahrma itself another Trials event at Honey Lake CA was cancelled  and
that now drops their total rounds down to 12…….. and at the last event they had 10 riders at their
“parade”…… of course they should do better at Donner which is proper trials terrain. I hope we can get
entries in the 20-30 bracket for Turkey Rock which is a fantastic piece of trials land. The initial all go
for Roswell seems to have slowed to almost a dead stop and we really need someone to step up to
the plate and get this show underway or we will lose the event. Also a minor point, but at Casper we
will be working to Ahrma no-stop rules so just remember the “in balance stop” could get you a nasty
unexpected 5 from over keen checkers.

With the Fourth behind me, time to get out there and find the final five sections. Weather a little cooler
today and just a hint of an afternoon thunderstorm…… wouldn’t that be nice !

The lake continues to go down, not that i’m planning on using the water so here is a look at the
“3 Subber” starting about 20 feet above the water line. From there, once I’ve cleared a load of the drift
wood the line should be fairly obvious leading up to where these shots were taken, (a lot of the holes
will be filled in !). I’m standing in the second sub and from there a little right left to line up for the uphill
3rd sub leading on to the exit by the road.

Start will be to the right of the big rock center screen and exit photo at
bottom right

Second sub, follow the line from the blue water bottle to the orange rock before left turn into third sub

Up and out !

Over behind the new town utility building I was hoping to use some of the land on the hillside in the
trees but on closer inspection its all a bit TOO STEEP ! However, I did find 3 more, two of which will
NOT have a 4 line, so beginners I’ve given you a break. The first one in the trees needs a bit of
“gardening” but its a nice jiggle, wiggle through the trees and leads us into a downhill section for a
change…… better get some good brakes !

Coming down from the tree line

Still going down

From the downhill a short ride over to what on the face of it could be the Saturday “TD” gimmee ?
Simple follow the wash section and then into some left, right, turns over a berm to the finish.

The Saturday “gimmee”

Over the road where I have two other sections in what appears to be an emergency retention basin
we have this little beauty which has two entry points either side of a cottonwood tree where I’m
standing. From there up around the fallen tree for 2/3/4 lines with 1 staying up and going around the
other minor tree……..

2/3/4 all come down between the fallen tree and the “V” stump while 1 goes above the “V” and then
sidehills before a left uphill to the exit up by the fence.

1 liners will be about center frame side hilling the adverse, 2 and 3 come to the bottom of the hill and
then turn for line dependent gates for a “S” uphill to the fence and exit top left. 4 get a break and exit at
bottom right of picture.

Some gardening then and it will all look very different come the day ! Meanwhile time to get back to
the town dump for day 2 and have the 10/12 sections mentally planned.

“Is that the town dump Lewis?”

“Lewis, how in God’s name are you going to get 12 sections here? ”

“Whey aye Sir, I think we might be in the wrong place”

Lewis and Morse eventually find the town dump and plot the trail through the maze of possible
sections.




“Just remember Lewis, they can’t all go up there and this is a trial and not
a planned suicide !”

With the Sunday sections mentally laid out Morse and Lewis adjourn to the Dolores River Brewery to
draw the maps and enjoy a few of the local beverages.

Saturday in town


Sunday at the Town Dump

“Nice job Lewis, I think they should ride well. Maybe we should stop here
for Escalante Days and enjoy this real beer.”

So to that end if YOU are coming to Dolores for Rounds 5 & 6 accommodation within the town will be
tight as it is the busiest weekend of the year. Book early either with us or the in town motel if you are
not RV’ing or tent camping. Special rates at the “Cozy” will apply and there are good hot showers. It
will be tight on room but as the sign says “Cozy Comfort”

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OK FOR AN OKO ?

OK FOR AN OKO ?


OK FOR AN OKO

Having bought one, read all the rave reviews, the time has come to give it a go. First I have to say the
Mikuni VM26 that I’m currently using works like a charm so if this “new boy” is better then I will be
impressed big time !

The kit came from Mid Atlantic Trials with extra jets and a guarantee so they think its the Bees Knees
on just about all the bikes they have tried it on. With all the engine mods done on mine I had to come
up on the pilot  using the Mikuni so may have to go the same route with this fella, and of course I’m at
7000′ so my final jetting will be different from anything people are using down at sea level.

Lets have a look at the beast in some detail and see whats what. First thing to note is the float bowl
is only secured by two bolts instead of the conventional four. On the air intake side it takes a 2″ filter
body and they recommend my favorite podded UNI system which I have used for many years. The
airscrew Is an airscrew and not a fuel screw and the final position needs to be between 1 and 2 turns
out when it is set correctly. You can buy a see through plastic float bowl as an extra.

Rough castings and only 2 screws holding the bowl on

Chromed flat slide, top cable adjuster would not fit my cable

Taking it to bits it is much cruder than a Mikuni as the casting in many places is rough and looks like
it needs finishing. Internally the “flatslide” is flat on the air side and semi curved on the engine side and finished in chrome. The Cable mechanism I quite liked with a plastic locking unit to secure the nipple
in place that is connected to a very strong spring. In order to fit it was necessary to give a little more
free cable so the Domino had to be undone. My cable would not fit in the OKO cable adjuster so I
swapped the Mikuni adjuster over.

The jetting that mine came with was 115 Main, Needle on 2nd clip from top out of 5 and a 48 Pilot with
airscrew at the 1.5 out setting. It also came with a spare 45 Pilot and 112 and 110 Mains. All breathing
through the UNI podded filter. Worth noting here that during the SG rebuild I used a “stack” type hi-tech
filter but this proved to be worthless as it let a lot of dirt through….. so stick with UNI or K&N in my
opinion.

Fitted and mated up to the big angled UNI

It fired up on the second kick and after warming the tweaking began. Increase idle, and now adjust
the airscrew for that increase in revs and the treasured sweet spot. Seems I was bang on with those settings !! and the afternoon temps were around 90F up here at 7000′.

Out for a little testing and it pulled cleanly all the way off idle, (and I always set mine with zero tickover
and a smidge of free play in the cable), right through the range in first and second. To be honest I
can’t say if there was any discernable difference between the two carbs but I’ll be looking at some
further testing in the coming weeks.

Running with zero tickover and no clutch 

Smooth pickup from tight turns

Instant wheelie

I have certainly enjoyed riding SG in the first 3 events of the season and my return from the enforced

sabatical, however, I still love riding that Cub so I have plenty of choice for the next bunch of trials only
a month away.TONY DOWN

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  • 7/21/2012 1:49 PM Chris wrote:
    You would have found that a 28mm OKO would have worked better than the 26mm (?) that it looks like you have.On your bike a 28mm OKO working in conjunction with a large volume air box, bit of a clean up of the ports, and .6mm squish clearance, would really make a big difference and might be worth looking at some time?
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