YAM ON THE ROCKS

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My favorite trials venue “Casper”

With the weekend plan right on schedule time to drag out the Yam and give her a run as she hasn’t been ridden since Casper 2013.

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Casper 2013

Since Casper she has had the new Apico footrests, new rear tire, sprocket and chain, tensioner block, and Rockshocks to replace those Magicals that were anything but! My favorite Renthals were put back on along with new grips The bike feels really good and very lively with the super motor.

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NEW tire, sprocket & chain, those Rockshocks to replace the “non” Magicals and some new Apico footrests.

Going back to when Superglitz last had a revamp. The Engine and head got the BJ porting treatment along with the reed block mod. The through the frame Big Bore WES exhaust went on. New hangers from SM for the footrests as the originals were too thin. New Apico rests to complete the back end. Up front Ty350 forks, the IT front wheel and Gas Gas mudguard and brace. All singing and dancing OKO 26 and Iridium NGK topped out by the Shedworks retro tank seat unit.

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TY350 forks and IT front wheel

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Through the frame Big Bore WES system

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MkII SM hangers with the Apicos

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Gas Gas fender and brace

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Flatside OKO

Sunday morning, an early start so we will be on the road early. Today no Mooning and all the sections are along the base of the Rock or close to the circular trail. Peter, John and Ed are all non starters this morning and we have Sam Reeder and Rick Fields joining Mike and myself both on Suzukis.

Section 1 is a climb over some grooves up a path. Plenty of rollers, dirt and stones and several turns to stay on line before a right turn through rocks and then run out to the ends card and the drop off!

Finding the way down and over the next adverse is 2 which is a popular bit of trials real estate and we have used this in every conceivable direction. Today take the loose path to the left and follow the slot upward over some steps to get high enough for a right hand turn then down 2 four foot drops to get on the lower bedrock plateau for a tight right hander to set up for the last two boulders to the exit.

Section 3 should be easy for everybody being just a ride around a huge rock in long grass then climb up a path for a 180 left to the exit. Took a long time to beat the grass down to see what was in it.

Section 4 is just inside the gate by yesterday’s 6. Getting up to the start gates was trickier than the actual section. Flat path with loose rubble into right turn uphill onto bedrock and turn around outcrop before dropping down steps and bigger rocks to the exit.

Follow the loop to yesterday’s 7 and here is 5. Big looping ride up a shale path and then a couple of steps, a few gnarly rocks and prickly pear.

Up the more challenging portion of the loop and I can feel that Yam power! The suspension is spot on and the Apico footrests feel great. Over the back of Saturday 8 is Sunday 6. An adverse climb up the bedrock to a loose dirt path staying on this through a series of dips to right 180 turn across the wash and the run down to the ends.

Back around the loop taking us back to the start for Section 7 with an uphill start into a precise left 180 descending turn amid rocks and loose and then following the blue through scattered rocks and dirt up and around to the exit.

Leading up to the start 8 begins on the trail, a couple of turns on loose flat rock amid knee high boulders then bounce into gulley and stay in the upward groove to the exit. Beware loose rollers!

The Trialsmasters  gave us a gift at 9 or a split marker has gone missing ?

10 is all on pumice bedrock and unless you clip a roller this should be an easy ride for the clean, in by the blue and follow all the way round the section to the exit.

A clean loop for me and reviewing what we have ridden the ones that will need care are 2, with the entry and uphill and again on the exit. 6 could get loose through the dips. The first turn of 7 must be precise and 8 could end up with a lot of loose rocks on the first turn.

Out again and safely through 1-5 but as I suspected there has been a lot of wheel spinning in the dips of 6. Re-walk that left turn on 7 and it steers well with idle power. 8 looks a bit “wobbly” and Sam rushes in and finds himself flat on the ground!

2 loops done, clean for me, and Sam on 6 after the get-off in 8. The other 2 are averaging about 15 per loop but enjoying themselves.

Once more then and clean all the way to 5. Have a look at the dips in 6 and they have all firmed up. Turn in 7 is now clearly established and the loose rocks in 8 have gone. Another clean loop and another zero card.

Easy drive home arriving at 1900 having achieved exactly what I wanted with 2 good rides and NO problems! The Yam really is a joy to ride! A stunning bike and one that deserves to be ridden a LOT more often!

TONY DOWN

 

 

 

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