Working out the kinks

Gave it a good shakedown over the July 4th weekend. Slowly coming together. Unfortunately the front suspension is a MESS. I have been playing with the settings but I think a fork rebuild is in my near future.

Dialing in the TE610

So… Made it back from Yakima, Washington in one piece. The Husky had some issues but nothing major. I noticed that the caliper was shaking a bit and braking was wonky.  And running on full knobbies on the street was “special”. I decided to just slab it back in speed run and I was glad that I did.


My main motivator for that decision was that the tires might not make it, but once I actually got in the city my front brake seized at a stop light and wouldn’t let go. I had my tools so  I managed to get it loosened again and just used my rear brake to get me the 1/4 mile home. When changing the tires ( I went with Shinko 700, which is more street friendly while still aggressive enough for mild dirt) I

noticed that the front rotor was very visibly bent. Ordered some an EBC rotor. When it arrived I noticed that it was the exact same pattern as the OEM one, so I guess the stock is EBC. I rebuilt the caliper, though I reused the seals ( I’ll order and change them shortly). I also cleaned out the master. Getting the air out of the system was a PITA, but managed to do it finally by pushing fluid up from the caliper ( I tried bleeding it normally for about 45 minutes with not success, but the up from the caliper method had the air out in 5 min). The other gremlin that had me annoyed was the HID low beam would go out. I cleaned up the rather janky electrics behind the lights but it is still an issue. I have some new HID I can put in there but will try some LED lights to see if I like them. I am REALLY liking the bike, My KTM 625SXC is quicker and nimbler, but the Husky is closer to an everyday “KLR done right” that I have been looking for. 

Day 2

Picked up a nice Jesse Top Box for the GS. Funny how I was looking for one for a few months, bought a Hepco Becker one from an ADVRider inmate. And that day there is a jesse one on Craigslist. So now I have 2. I’ll see which I like better and sell the other one.

swapped the DRZ for the monster to go to work tomorrow morning.

First post of a new year.

So 2017 is here. So glad that 2016 is over. Personally 2016 was a pretty good year, but politically it has been the worst year in my memory. I really don’t understand people anymore. I think that there is just a total disconnect. This is a post-fact, anti-science country now. At least I am in my bubble within a bubble in San Francisco. Even though I have witnessed the city I love and what I love about this city erode away. 

What is the Chinese Cure? To live in Interesting times.

Well, the times they are definitely interesting. 

My half-assed New Years Day resolution is to write more, hopefully every day if possible, if for no other reason that to document this “Best of Times, Worst of Times” year.

At the Mercury Cafe in Hayes Valley, having a cafe latte on this most beautiful of days, Jan 1, in SF. I’m going to ride around on my DRZ and take some pictures.

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