Harold Bawlzangya Racing

Posts tagged “highland park

One last warm weather ride

It was going to be near 70 and I decided that morning to get one more ride in before things got colder.  I pulled into Highland Park’s parking lot, got out of the truck and heard a hissing.  Sure enough, front tire was leaking:

HP 11.111.14 (31)

(click picture to enlarge)

I wasn’t sure if I was getting any bad luck out of the way in the parking lot or if it was just the beginning.  After getting the spare on, time to go riding.

I was in such a hurry to get going that morning, I forgot that I didn’t have my skidplate on.

HP 11.111.14 (12)

(click picture to enlarge)

HP 11.111.14 (2)

(click picture to enlarge)

HP 11.111.14 (3)

(click picture to enlarge)

HP 11.111.14 (4)

(click picture to enlarge)

HP 11.111.14 (5)

(click picture to enlarge)

HP 11.111.14 (6)

(click picture to enlarge)

HP 11.111.14 (7)

(click picture to enlarge)

HP 11.111.14 (8)

(click picture to enlarge)

HP 11.111.14 (9)

(click picture to enlarge)

HP 11.111.14 (10)

(click picture to enlarge)

Mostly dry, but I still found a little mud:

HP 11.111.14 (13)

(click picture to enlarge)

HP 11.111.14 (14)

(click picture to enlarge)

HP 11.111.14 (16)

(click picture to enlarge)

HP 11.111.14 (17)

(click picture to enlarge)

Several years ago the view from this lookout was great, not so much anymore:

HP 11.111.14 (18)

(click picture to enlarge)

HP 11.111.14 (19)

(click picture to enlarge)

HP 11.111.14 (20)

(click picture to enlarge)

HP 11.111.14 (21)

(click picture to enlarge)

HP 11.111.14 (22)

(click picture to enlarge)

HP 11.111.14 (23)

(click picture to enlarge)

HP 11.111.14 (25)

(click picture to enlarge)

HP 11.111.14 (26)

(click picture to enlarge)

HP 11.111.14 (27)

(click picture to enlarge)

HP 11.111.14 (28)

(click picture to enlarge)

Coming down this hill, if you blow this turn . . .

HP 11.111.14 (29)

(click picture to enlarge)

you’ll be going for a little ride down the side of the hill.

HP 11.111.14 (30)

(click picture to enlarge)

HP 11.111.14 (32)

(click picture to enlarge)

I didn’t think I got going fast enough to get bug splatter:

HP 11.111.14 (15)

(click picture to enlarge)

It looks like all of my bad luck was focused on the flat tire.  The worst thing that happened was this new dent.  I heard the dull thud as I was riding the trail.  I really like riding at HP, but it hasn’t been easy on my pipe.  All the dents in my pipe have come from riding here.

HP 11.111.14 (1)

(click picture to enlarge)

Advertisements

5.22.14 Highland Park Ride

I hadn’t realized that it had been almost 53 weeks since I’ve last been here:

HighlandPark5.22.14 (2)

I really need to get the kickstand put back on:

HighlandPark5.22.14 (3)

Many of the trails were reversed from last time, which made some easier and some more difficult.  It was a great day for riding.  It only got up to 87, but the humidity wasn’t too high.  They must have recently gotten some rain because the lower trails were muddy and trails that are always in the shade were perfect.  But even the trails that are out in the sun all the time weren’t too dusty.  It was a nice mix of mud and dry conditions.  The following are just random pictures of the scenery:

HighlandPark5.22.14 (4)

(Click picture to enlarge)

HighlandPark5.22.14 (7)

(Click picture to enlarge)

HighlandPark5.22.14 (8)

(Click picture to enlarge)

HighlandPark5.22.14 (9)

(Click picture to enlarge)

HighlandPark5.22.14 (10)

(Click picture to enlarge)

HighlandPark5.22.14 (12)

(Click picture to enlarge)

HighlandPark5.22.14 (14)

(Click picture to enlarge)

HighlandPark5.22.14 (1)

(Click picture to enlarge)

A new obstacle they installed since my last visit:

HighlandPark5.22.14 (5)

(Click picture to enlarge)

About half way through the day:

HighlandPark5.22.14

(Click picture to enlarge)

Before poking the snake with a long stick:

HighlandPark5.22.14 (13)

(Click picture to enlarge)

After poking a snake with a long stick:

HighlandPark5.22.14 (15)

(Click picture to enlarge)

Who would have thought that the little sign could have taken down that big of a tree?

HighlandPark5.22.14 (6)

(Click picture to enlarge)

Just about ready to pack up for the day:

HighlandPark5.22.14 (17)

HighlandPark5.22.14 (18)

 


Finally – going to test the Rekluse EXP and initial observations

I will be heading to Highland Park tomorrow to finally test out the Rekluse EXP in the KDX hybrid.  The engine is broken in, gassed up with 90 octane ethanol free gas mixed 32:1 with Yamalube 2R and the EXP adjusted:

Ready to ride

After riding around the yard a number of times breaking in the engine, the EXP seems to be working exactly how I would expect.  If you gently roll on the throttle and at low RPM, the EXP slips until the RPM’s come up.  If you get on the gas hard, the EXP locks up instantly and there is no problem getting the front wheel in the air.  If you ride a gear or two high, the EXP slips as well.  And most importantly, if you slam on the rear brake the engine doesn’t stall.

Highland Park will be a great place to test the EXP because of the countless hills they have there.  Although it has been several years since I had the DynaRing, I can still remember the two hills there where the DynaRing would slip when I thought it shouldn’t be slipping (high RPM and in the appropriate gear).    I will make sure to hit those several times.


Sucking dirt at Highland Park – 5.17.13 ride

Early in the day, the Lectron was running great and all was good.

Hills,  rocks, roots and ruts . . .

DSC05531

(Click picture to enlarge)

DSC05530

(Click picture to enlarge)

DSC05529

(Click picture to enlarge)

DSC05528

(Click picture to enlarge)

DSC05527

(Click picture to enlarge)

DSC05526

(Click picture to enlarge)

DSC05525

(Click picture to enlarge)

DSC05523

(Click picture to enlarge)

DSC05522

(Click picture to enlarge)

DSC05521

(Click picture to enlarge)

DSC05520

(Click picture to enlarge)

DSC05519

(Click picture to enlarge)

And my pipe/silencer coupler fix worked:

DSC05533

(Click picture to enlarge)

But as the morning went on, the bike started running strange.  The culprit was dirt getting into the intake and impacting the fuel metering of the carb.  In addition to be the first ride with the Lectron, this was also my first ride with a new air box / air boot combination.  In the past I’ve used the KDX airboot with the KX air box and KX air filter.  This new air intake is a KDX airboot, KX airbox and the KDX air filter.  I decided to cut the day short and not risk sucking in any more dirt that I already did.

Once I got home and could examine things, I tracked the problem down to the KDX holder.  See below . . .

Gap2

(Click picture to enlarge)

Gap1

(Click picture to enlarge)

Tightening down the nuts to secure everything to the airbox just makes the gap larger.

Some 1/4″ aluminum took care of the warped mating surface:

DSC05547

(Click picture to enlarge)

DSC05546

(Click picture to enlarge)

DSC05551

(Click picture to enlarge)

 

And the finished holder:

DSC05558

(Click picture to enlarge)

DSC05559

(Click picture to enlarge)