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April 26th, 2013, 10:48 AM   #11
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Taffy, I think we were talking today about a mapping switch for my 350fe Berg? like your reports keep-em coming my TBEC rider number is 68. I've a crappy left knee with fluid on the joint and it stopped me riding at Stourport. my Berg has 4hrs on the clock, 2.5hrs were running it in and i've owned the bike since December. I marshalled at Stourport and watching all the riding gave me some much needed enthusiasm to get out and ride. I see Nick just pipped you in the results, on the plus side he's struggling on hill climbs and Ironstone has those short hill climbs, i reckon you could beat him he's fighting that GG 250. I know Nick to talk to in the pits so perhaps if you make it to Ironstone i can have look at your awesome bike . I too am old and am now able to ride in an over 45 class.

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whato Cliff

yes we did chat, and enjoyable it was too!

I'll have to see about Ironstone.... I've sponsored a Sidecar Cross round on the same day.

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Ashby Puerorum, Horncastle, Lincs
Sunday 12th May 2013

back to Ashby - three times in three months!

since the previous weekends green laning in Wales had - again - no chance to work on the bike but did so from Noon on the Saturday.
we stripped the back end and checked all connections before fitting a new battery and the new starter relay I had. new numbers fitted and that was it. in Wales I'd adjusted the rear brake level up, gone to NO BAR RISERS, and strengthened the rear spring to get the sags right.

the rear tyre was now over half worn and after 10-months use the front Maxxis is also useless!

but my biggest trouble was the headrace bearings etc. having fitted the 2000-2008 yokes with the 22mm offset I'd left off a washer that was required and the headraces were impossible to tighten without them going solid.

with the bike making a corner in 5 straight turns I would then tighten the headrace crown nut and the steering would go solid! lack of time allowed me to correct this 3-hour job.

well anyway, there were some 15 in my class and at the dropping of the union jack I left the line second and then in 50M was leading, the star - No$ got beside me three times on the first lap and made a real hash of it before he got me on the 'chop' of a farmer's field.

I held onto second and thought that that would be it BUT a No64 got me and slowly pulled away. so third for the morning. I was having so many incidents though with the steering and going up slopes had virtually no control as the front wheel would weave like I had a puncture!

during lunch I tightened the headrace nut another full turn (as you do....)

after lunch I shot off for the 1.5 houtr afternoon in 5th and then pulled through to 3rd behind 64. 4 had disappeared. I began to realise I could keep with him and then decided to attack.

however, there was a nasty area in the woods where the track was so chopped that you had to stand in the single rut at 5mph as the jarring was too much! next time around, still right behind 64, I could feel that this was as much as I could do! if I got by him, could I keep it going? was I weakening....?

well I rode through this little woods section and slightly got the line wrong, I lent back so I din't smash my shoulder into the right-hand true and pulled a wheelie up to the right. I closed the throttle with the bike's front wheel way to the right and me falling to the left. as I clomped the ground downhill of the bike it pinged up on top of me.

the bike laid on its bars, tank and my left leg was still around the other side of the bike somewhere up near the footrest. the right leg was straight but under the seat and had all the back half of the bike's weight on it.

the engine was screaming away because my hand was still holding the throttle but my hand was pinned under the bars!

if the bike fell towards me now I'd be in trouble because I was looking back and staring at the chain going around - fast!!!

luckily the bike was very stable perfectly upside down. instead of 5 seconds to stop - the bike went on for 20-30 seconds so it seemed to me. I managed to get one leg out and kept kicking the bike but I couldn't get it tall fall away from me.

eventually it did, all I had was the one free leg and eventually it fell and now I could feel the hot exhaust - now I really moved quickly! anyway, I stood there for about 2-minutes trying to just get composed. my left knee had been badly twisted.

I set off again and had a quite uneventful last hour as I built up my ryethm again.

I guess third and third for third overall in class and second place in the championship is now looking good.

no race this week with TBEC (sorry Cliff!) as I've sponsored a sidecarX meeting and I'm taking that in. that means I';; have missed the only two TBEC rounds I'm allowed to and will marshall the Butts Quarry round as well next Month. then I must do 5 meetings from 5 with no bad results to do well in that club.

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No probs.

I tried out the new mapping switch yesterday, results: mild - stock (noticeable change); stock - wild (couldn't notice it). The Rekluse EXP has now got the softer springs (silver) in the Rekluse part of the clutch to engage/lock at lower rpm. I was finding yesterday it would slip for quite some time when I wanted it to lock and drive me forward more aggressively. My new Scotts steering damper should be with me by Friday I can feel my excitement cant wait for it to turn up . Have you ridden a 350 Berg? - Its unbelievable how much throttle abuse its getting and to think its putting out the same bhp as my former Husky 449!.... Check this out! TBEC have been grading the land at Ironstone and we have a new jump being built!!! Your gonna miss a good ride. My boring knee injury is not 100% sorted i'm aiming for a top 30 finish overall fingers crossed
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No probs.

I tried out the new mapping switch yesterday, results: mild - stock (noticeable change); stock - wild (couldn't notice it). The Rekluse EXP has now got the softer springs (silver) in the Rekluse part of the clutch to engage/lock at lower rpm. I was finding yesterday it would slip for quite some time when I wanted it to lock and drive me forward more aggressively. My new Scotts steering damper should be with me by Friday I can feel my excitement cant wait for it to turn up . Have you ridden a 350 Berg? - Its unbelievable how much throttle abuse its getting and to think its putting out the same bhp as my former Husky 449!.... Check this out! TBEC have been grading the land at Ironstone and we have a new jump being built!!! Your gonna miss a good ride. My boring knee injury is not 100% sorted i'm aiming for a top 30 finish overall fingers crossed
I'm dying to ride a 350 and also it needs tuning which is my forte!

I also found the differences between stock and wild to be small but it is CLEANER! so would you say it is worth doing? can I recommend it to customers?

as for the rekluse well my experience is that tungsten balls = faster lock and take up. the initial point of take up was the gap in the plates. the belleville springs that we had would delay the start. there is an excellent thread here somewhere where I put every single post on setting it up. but 7 years is a long time and it must be a lot easier now.

have a good weekend!

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Originally Posted by spud1968
No probs.

I tried out the new mapping switch yesterday, results: mild - stock (noticeable change); stock - wild (couldn't notice it). The Rekluse EXP has now got the softer springs (silver) in the Rekluse part of the clutch to engage/lock at lower rpm. I was finding yesterday it would slip for quite some time when I wanted it to lock and drive me forward more aggressively. My new Scotts steering damper should be with me by Friday I can feel my excitement cant wait for it to turn up . Have you ridden a 350 Berg? - Its unbelievable how much throttle abuse its getting and to think its putting out the same bhp as my former Husky 449!.... Check this out! TBEC have been grading the land at Ironstone and we have a new jump being built!!! Your gonna miss a good ride. My boring knee injury is not 100% sorted i'm aiming for a top 30 finish overall fingers crossed
I'm dying to ride a 350 and also it needs tuning which is my forte!

as for the rekluse well my experience is that tungsten balls = faster lock and take up. the initial point of take up was the gap in the plates. the belleville springs that we had would delay the start. there is an excellent thread here somewhere where I put every single post on setting it up. but 7 years is a long time and it must be a lot easier now.

have a good weekend!

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May 21st, 2013, 10:52 AM   #17
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Results are up looks like I got 16th overall 3rd in class (150+ riders). Not to bad when my main goal was to not put my left leg down, which I didn't for 4 hours. My left hand is also in very good shape now that I've got the Rekluse fitted. I need to change the rear tyre (s12 140) its to soft for the fast track. I wont be riding at Butts Quarry i'm on call, so next ride with be Washbrook. O yeah, its looking like I just beat your mate Nick

The Rekluse was easy enough for a DIYer to fit, but I don't now about the pressure spring thingy? If you wanna ride my 350, a few mates are talking about hiring Ironstone in early July for a private ride, we would camp overnight. The Rekluse clutch can be fully dismantled at the track side in minutes without draining the engine oil - let me know and if you wanna ask Nick I don't see that being a problem?
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Results are up looks like I got 16th overall 3rd in class. Not to bad when my main goal was to not put my left leg down, which I didn't for 4 hours. My left hand is also in very good shape now that I've got the Rekluse fitted. I need to change the rear tyre (s12 140) its to soft for the fast track. I wont be riding at Butts Quarry i'm on call, so next ride with be Washbrook. O yeah, its looking like I just beat your mate Nick

The Rekluse was easy enough for a DIYer to fit, but I don't now about the pressure spring thingy? If you wanna ride my 350, a few mates are talking about hiring Ironstone in early July for a private ride, we would camp overnight. The Rekluse clutch can be fully dismantled at the track side in minutes without draining the engine oil - let me know and if you wanna ask Nick I don't see that being a problem?
http://www.tbec.co.uk/results/ironstone-190513/

looks like until that really dodgy last lap you did you had done the previous lap a whole second quicker than him!

I'm green laning on the 6/7th July which is a great shame as I'd love to have spun the wheels on yours!

good ride by yourself, plenty of Husabergs out there.

really pleased with Lewis Ede (97) a superb effort from a novice...

I'm marshalling Butts Quarry and then I must do every round.

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My second to last lap I started to take lots of risks and should have been my fastest, but I got delayed at one of the hill climbs by a fallen rider blocking the course. My last lap again out of my comfort zone on the single tracks with no delays and very risky riding. I'm actually disappointed with my last two laps I was expecting more getting close to Smithy and when you I put that much effort in and the likes of Haskett and others still blows me away its disappointing. Its difficult to understand I know but that's just me.
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back racing and was at the hopelessly flat Washbrook Farm near me at Chatteris in Cambs on Saturday. the temperature was over 30 degrees celcius which is bloody hot here in the UK!!!

since my last ride we sorted the 22mm offset clamps by fitting the 2009 headrace bearing kit with the thicker base washer and seal all-in-one. this worked a treat and the steering worked well. what a nightmare I've been through this past 3 Months being unable to find the time to work on my own bike!

the forks were stripped for the first time in a year and the front 4 shims on both MVs were a mess. they hadn't been done since before poland last year so they were well overdue!

I altered one mid valve shim on the basis of my report 14-months ago in my suspension 'bible'.

I fitted two new tyres. also I turned the light switch upside down and put it underneath. that left the flat bottom on top, I then sliced off the shoulder of the grip and was then able to ride for the day with my broken thumb over the bar.

I was first of some 12-15 on my row away and settled quickly. the track was 90% a series of u-turns in long wild grass and grip was low until you broke through to the soil. you then had the soil brake up immediately and then a lap later the stutter bumps were awful!

I had to break sitting as my standing isn't that hot this year and it is hard to be sensitive with the rear brake. I had one simple fall over using this and then I came around and remembered after about 1.50 to look at the clock. trouble was I didn't know how long I'd been doing a lap in? I had 13 minutes left so I said "what the hell! push on!!!" and did another lap. unfortunately I'd been doing 22-minute laps so i came back 9+ minutes late and lost every point!

the bike was handling the best it has ever gone! the best full stop. the suspension was good and the steering was sublime!

my set up was
front: forks showing just the caps
22mm offset clamps

rear
95mm sag but with the X bushing at the lowest position.

In three years riding it I have never been able to hold a tight corner but this thing was using the grassy inside shoulder even with the throttle open (and on a 570....)

I was very drained and the good news was that the afternoon was to be 1.5 hours and not another 2 hours - yipee!

I was very slow, the stutter bumps just made me give up the will to live....too much beer! too much good living!

anyway, I should have come in with 4 x 22 laps making a nice 90 minute run but I conspired to do it in 91.09 seconds.

my rival Nick Nifty did 5 clean in the morning and 4 clean in the afternoon. I'm thinking I get 266 to his 270 points.

we'll see...

http://www.tbec.co.uk/results/washbrook-130713/

would I use 24mm offsets if I still had the bike (it was stolen that night)? on what 22s did after 20s I'd say an emphatic "yes!".

[youtube:cqsh7gka]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97bMN_TdhpE[/youtube:cqsh7gka]

here is a video of the track in last years mudfest - totally the opposite of Saturday this year!

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