Third ride of the season on Sunday at a new circuit by the name of Ashby Puerorum with the Banovallum Club in Lincolnshire near Louth. Arkley123 and headed off up there nice and early and after a really good 'dump' I knew I was in top tip shape - the new Taff! you can't beat a good 'sit down' just before the off, it tells you all is working well!
it was to be a 1H 30M, 1H lunch and again 1H 30M in the afternoon on a great little circuit that included lots of ditch bottoms and hillocks with a lovely long blast around Farmer Fred's fields.
since the last ride I had plonked a set of .48s in the front and checked the oil heights without removing the forks - cheating I know. well anyway, settled on 125mm air gap and same settings otherwise.
other Huseys there included just 2 of the 4 Howe clan now on Huseys while the other two have moved on but last years O45 champion was back. Arkley rides a 2T Husky and will I presume one day go to hell in a handcart.....
a belting start in about 5/20 and saw Howie go over the edge of a ridge and I'm in 3rd and kept it steady there as I learnt the course which was festooned with soft semi-bog just dying to grab the wheels and suck you down into damnation! this of course was afflicted on the righteous on the third lap when i was launched over the bars in a bog that marked me out for riding like a tart!
did you know husaberg's don't like starting on their sides whilst emmersed in thick BOG!
well we got going again and bar one more sticky moment it all went 'swimmingly', the suspension was georgous compared to the last ride and soaked everything up. the new springs needed another 5 clicks of rebound at the lunchbreak and I sensed the same on the rear now that the bike is behaving itself - lady and gentlemen: we are now moving into THE ZONE!
there was a lack of grip on the front and so i dropped the clamps 5mm and that cured that in the afternoon as well. I can now tell the gearing is a little 'awkward' as I'm tapping like hell all the time on the lever. whatever standard is isn't right for me methinks.
as said the forks are far better but there is an initial light harshness that will be dealt with I think with the removal of a face shim or the scaling down of. also the bike was a little harsh at 90-100mph but I don't blame the bike but rather Farmer Fred (you bugger!) actually it does have a high speed whack but it was sooo stable! the 570 took everyone, EVERY ONE it bloody mullered the lot of em! the problem at 90mph is riding in a crouch like the hunchback of Notre Dame a stance that you may think I'm used to as a modest man (and much to be modst about!: WS Churchill) but it was an awkward stance and I often looked like I'd sh** meeself.....
this look was further exacerbated by my size 28" waste camouflarged troosers I'd borrowed for my 38" girth and which split wide open down the arse vertically. I was glad of the fresh air for a while until I realised my flesh was sticking to the mud sludged seat and starting to open my skin quicker than 'Smokin' Joe Frazer. I then realised that the troosers were falling round my ankles every time I took the "H.B.o.N.D position". This was easily cured with the thoughts of a scantilly clad woman-on-a-berg, now with this new 'feeling' and the resultant "standing to attention"!!!!
I knew I could sally forth to the end, sometimes the 'semi' faded and my troosers fell down again but then I just pretended instead that she was on the bike ahead of me! killed two birds with one stone - with that one!
anyway, I reached the end of the race shattered mentally but the body was now refreshed!
this week we'll try some different clicks and maybe a little more oil in the forks before deciding on a new shim stack. the Yokes at 20mm offset no longer seem an issue for now but I'm starting to like this bike.... throttle is a bit strong at times and I'm thinking how to just trim it at certain points when I have to switchback and leave a corner, bloody thing is like a mountain goat!
it's well heavy though and very tall so we'll see what comes from the changes.