Riding farther afield now and wanting dirt/gravel road experience, so today I headed about 30 miles south on Hwy 90 to Gold Gulch Road and turned onto it. I wanted to go to Jack's Peak, about 15 or 20 miles in and hike to Burro Mtn summit. Ha.
I'd forgotten about the long run of loose sand where the road meanders back and forth down a long, huge dry wash. That 2" extra leg reach the Seat Concepts kit gave me saved my bacon many, many times today in that awful stuff.....altogether a little more than 4 miles of it, before heading up the mountain on a whole 'nuther type of bad road.
I didn't "quite" lay it down but came very close umpteen times. After about 75 total miles today, my butt was keeping pretty quiet back there. Seems to like that new seat just fine. On the stock seat, I'd be in misery by 50 miles.
You've seen documentaries of the Jesus Christ lizard (google it) that runs on water by windmilling it's back legs fast enuf to stay on top ?? That must be about what ol' Lar looked like going thru that loose sand. Bike did its durndest to squirm out from under me - at 5 - 10 mph and me booting it upright about every other second. (I'm only exaggerating a little) Tiresome. Is there any special technique to help in that stuff ??
Also based on today, I'm going to put 1" lowering links on it (and lower the front to match) and not sure which brand is best. One of the mfr's webpages talks darkly about "someone's" aluminum links being prone to breakage. Any idea which one ?? Any preferences ?? I'm too damned old to go cartwheeling down the highway at 70 mph. (yah, I'll be officially 70 yrs old at midnight tonight. How did that happen to wonderful, immortal me ??
I'm aware that many don't like lowering the KLR because of dragging pegs, etc., etc. I'm not even a little bit interested in roaring down rocky trails or jumping logs or going around 30 mph curves at 70 mph. I want my feet to plant solidly when I need it.
In addition, I'm thinking seriously about the Top Gun rear spring upgrade - the 6.6 kg version. Has anyone had experience with their Chain Master ?? A goodie or not necessary ??
The picture shows a good spot where I was able to park for a minute and you can see where the tires were sliding around as I stopped.
I noticed that the power band on the bike seemed to go flat around 4500 to 5500 rpm. Still held 70 mph on the hills but didn't feel like it was really interested.
Thinking on that, the muffler mod really did make a difference. Now I'm thinking about the air box mod. ("L" mod ??)
I've read a lot and thought a lot about the JD kit and think I'll order one tomorrow. Also, I read somewhere about an idle "mixture" screw to replace the stock one under the little aluminum cover so that you can tune idle more easily. Turn it with your fingers. Mixture, not speed. Don't remember where I read it, but haven't seen anything about it on this forum. Is it a good thing or no ??
I'm having a bit of trouble with that sight gauge for engine oil level. (I "much" prefer a dipstick so I can see just what I've got) It looked low this morning, so added oil....just a bit, like 5 or 6 ounces and now it looks over full. What am I not doing right ??
Has anyone had any experience with the 02 sensor air/fuel mixture gauges ?? Seems like it'd be a good tool for fine tuning mixtures and not all that spendy. I like the looks of the Equus brand.
Can't remember where I read or saw it, (old age, again) but someone, I think on this forum, made a "cruise control" out of a length of vacuum tube and just jammed it between twist grip and front brake assembly. It worked like a charm for me last week and this week didn't want to stay put. I'm tempted to spray a bit of silicone lube on it, but not sure how that will affect it. Any thoughts out there ??
Sorry for the long, long post, but thanks in advance for any help............Lar.