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July 22nd, 2007, 01:38 AM   #81
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that orange lever is a lever from the left bar being UPSIDE DOWN! so just go buy a black lever for your usual left bar manual decomp and that nasty katum rash (is it viral?) will be gone before it gets a chance to spread at looue.

you know it makes sense - they may have to impound you for the weekend if you look at all kinda OOORRRAANNNGGGYYYYYY!

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July 22nd, 2007, 12:42 PM   #82
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Its not Orange Taff, its red, and the same colour as the button on the carb it replaced. I can remember now which side its on, because red on the right rhymes nicely. I linished the Orange anodizing off the cap, to the only Orange evidence is under the screw heads, in the countersink. Im living with that, so far.

I did paint the orange 9.7 WP spring yellow to rid the orange from that obvious spot.

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July 23rd, 2007, 02:10 PM   #83
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G'Day Steve,
Well I am one very very happy camper after our DSMRA ride Sunday. The combination of the heavier springs front and rear and I set my fork compressions out to 20 clicks and the shock low speed compression out to 15 I think ?(I do have it all written down at home) The high speed compression out to 2 1/2 turns. I think I have almost jagged it first go. It was unbelievable Steve. So plush yet so in control. We had 19 riders, with two of them being competitive riders ( they do Finke and Condo and Yellow mountain) and on the very snotty rocky downhills I was able to just blow past them. It was unbelievable, I really surprised myself, and them I think !!! There were two other Berg riders there, one of which is one of the racing blokes. He put me onto the Bergs initially. He has brought himself a 99 Fe600. He went for a ride on my bike and came back shaking his head. He said "I really shouldn't have done that, how plush is that ! And very nice power". He is trying very hard to convince himself that he doesn't need to buy a new 650. Ha ha, how many times have you seen that ? Never go for a ride on a nicely set up bike, or you will want one !!!!! Oh yes, and the steering damper was great as well. I didn't really notice it working until one nice rock !!! It saved me big time. I suspect it saved me quite a lot on the rocky downhills, but you just don't notice it.
There was a nice mix of single track, fire trails, snotty rocky hills, slippery muddy stream crossings and some very fast fire trails. The Berg exceeded my expectations yet again. On the fast section I was chasing an EXC450 and I had an EXC 525 on my tail. The guy in front was going very hard and it was hard to stay out of the roost, but once I had picked my line I took him on the inside around a corner and I didn't see them again until the next stop. They said that when I went past the roost was enormous and the guy on the 525 got hit on top of his helmet by a big stick that I flicked up in the roost and he was 30 m behind at that stage. The Motoz tyre is very good !!!! I hit 147km/h in that section, scary in a forest !!!
OK enough of my enthusiastic ramblings. I would like to get you to view my suspension in action at the AGM if you don't mind, just to confirm that I have it right or to do that last little tweak
You sort of know that you have it right when at the lunch BBQ guys keep walking up to the bike and just looking, not saying anything but just looking.
God bless the Bergs !!!!

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Garry.
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July 24th, 2007, 01:01 PM   #84
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Sounds great Garry. We'll have a play at the AGM soon. Are you still on a high, or going through withdrawal symptons yet, not having ridden the Berg for a few days now?

Thinking out aloud now, do you think that it might be possible to gain access to the Portland workshop, or similar, for a Force Ride 2008 suspension day on day 1? Once the date is locked down I expect that it won't take much to convince Frank to attend and we could do 4 or 5 Bergs in a day in preparation for the riding, assuming there is an adequate level of interest.

Any thoughts?
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July 24th, 2007, 02:54 PM   #85
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Funny you should mention that Steve. Tim, who is the guy from Portland who organised our suspension workshop suggested that we may like to consider the AGM site at Wallerawang as a possible venue for the 2008 Force ride ? Incidentally Tim is looking at buying Wal's bike and is on this site as MEDOGROCKET. He has a dog called Rocket !!! This venue is right in the middle of a pleather of riding areas, as you will find out at the AGM. The only drawback is registered bikes only. So a suspension workshop would be a snack as Tims place at Portland is right next to the AGM site at Wallerawang, as long as Tim is happy for that to happen.

I am still on a high Steve, and I think it will last until the AGM. I had a look at my clicker settings that I recorded and I wasn't quite right in my previous post. I weigh 98kg all up with gear and water.The settings are:
Forks: 4.6 N/mm springs. Compression 18 clicks. Rebound 15 clicks.
Shock: 92/250 spring. Low speed comp 14 clicks. High speed comp 2.5 turns. Rebound 15 clicks. Static sag set to 30mm.
This may help others who are following this thread, judging by the amount of PM's I'm getting on this !


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July 25th, 2007, 03:41 AM   #86
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suspension workshop

gday Steve and Cafey

That is no problems holding a workshop for the force ride
I spoke to Frank today, he is planning on coming up for the AGM to catch up, try to round up some more business and give some advise and I am trying to convince him to come for a ride as well or possibly the next Bathurst DSMRA ride late August.
I am checking out 3 X 06 550's but all depend on me selling my bike, hopefully at the AGM as I have a DSMRA member interested.
I did a ride today with another DSMRA member (Mal) checking out some more brilliant single tracks for the AGM, I'm sure all will be impressed.

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P.S I have stopped shouting at you Cafey.
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July 25th, 2007, 02:07 PM   #87
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Re: suspension workshop

Originally Posted by MEDOGROCKET
gday Steve and Cafey

That is no problems holding a workshop for the force ride
I spoke to Frank today, he is planning on coming up for the AGM to catch up, try to round up some more business and give some advise and I am trying to convince him to come for a ride as well or possibly the next Bathurst DSMRA ride late August.
I am checking out 3 X 06 550's but all depend on me selling my bike, hopefully at the AGM as I have a DSMRA member interested.
I did a ride today with another DSMRA member (Mal) checking out some more brilliant single tracks for the AGM, I'm sure all will be impressed.

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P.S I have stopped shouting at you Cafey.
Good stuff Tim, thanks for that mate. We will work on the finer points over an amber ale at the AGM with Steve. Actually you and I can talk about it next Wednesday at our club meeting. It has been bought forward 1 week so we can discuss issues before the AGM.
Ha ha, yes very good Tim, I'm glad to see that your CAPS lock is now off.
Might I suggest that any further discussion on the 2008 Force Ride be had on the Force Ride thread instead of us high-jacking Steve's thread here !!!

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November 18th, 2007, 06:59 PM   #88
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Hi Gang,

I thought it was time for a bit of an update. I'm currently recuperating from knee surgery and hope to be somewhat rideable again in a few weeks.

Not a real lot to tell really, but after my last ride in August before setting off on my around the world adventure to visit Taffy, I noticed that as i parked the bike in the shed, the bash plate was full of coolant from the weephole! No oil this time. Ah well, park it and worry about it when I get home in a few months.

Still leaking when I got home, no magic fairy fix, so what to do. If you have been following this thread then you may recall that the engine has been split twice by Suttos to fix oil leaks already. The first time I gave them an OrangeBerg kit to fit to hopefully sort that bit, which it did for a while, but did start to leak again and was fixed again as well as the cases and the c/s shaft the second time.

I decided that rather than pull it apart myself, I would take it to Orange and get John and Aiden to have a look. I guess that I was a bit suspicious of how it might have been fitted by Suttos, and it is still under warranty.

I rang John, and he was about to head for Milan, but he reckoned that Aiden would help on the day that worked for me, which happened to be the day John got back from Europe.

Arrived at 09.00 as agreed and Aiden got into it. He discovered that the kit had not been installed correctly which meant that the outer bearing had failed, explaining the extra steel on the sump plug at the last oil change, and allowed the shaft to flail about a bit and stuff the water seal.

A new bearing, carrier, seals and gaskets and all fluids are now contained.

The best part was that even though I was happy to pay, Aiden insisted that he'd sort it through warranty. This is my second experience with Orange KTM and Husaberg, the first being the supply of the wp kit originally, and it won't be my last.

Thanks guys, I really appreciate the genuine service and interest.

So, 3000 km now and the ride continues to be wonderful. If the body cooperates next year I will have to do some more racing, can't wait for a grass track or two.

Steve
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November 18th, 2007, 08:16 PM   #89
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Hi Steve,
Good to have you back on deck mate, albeit not on the bike yet ! Hope your recuperating is short and you can enjoy your now "leak" free machine !!!
Aiden and John are a wealth of knowledge and experience. I hope Husaberg appreciate them. We certainly do.
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November 19th, 2007, 08:19 AM   #90
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good luck with the post-op steve, get out there ASAP my man!

Garry
have you ever sat on the bike and done all your sags nice and proper like? you know:

wheels free
standing
you sat on it?

your springs look good the 92 or a 94 look good.

regards

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