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post #1 of 12 Old 05-19-2013, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Old Conklin Trail

I went for a ride up the Old Conklin Trail today on my Gen1. The one I installed the KXf front forks on.The road is a mix of gravel, dirt and sand sections. About 60k in I caught a rut as I entered a sand pit on the road. This resulted in a double side swap into a spectacular highside at about 50kph. I felt things go crunch when I hit the ground and I went blind for a few seconds. I was able to cure the blindness by opening the visor of my fullface helmet and letting the sand drain out. Other than a few pulled muscles in my back and a slightly sprained ankle I was OK.
The bike on the other hand had a problem. As I vacated the seat to the right, the top of my left boot caught the fuel petcock lever and pulled all the guts out of the petcock. It wasn't leaking much fuel while laying on its side. I found a small branch and whittled two plugs to plug the fuel ports in the petcock so I could stand the bike up and get it out of the middle of the road. After much searching I was able to find the rubber gasket and lever in the sand but none of the other pieces.
I put the gasket and lever in place and wrapped it with about 6 ft of electrical wire to hold it in. This sealed well enough that I was able to ride the bike home. Boy was I glad to get home!



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post #2 of 12 Old 05-19-2013, 10:20 PM
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woohoo glad your ok brother. kinda funny how zip ties duct tape and some tie wire can fix this bike.

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Thanks Scrapper! This type of spill is common on sand, but what are the chances my boot would hook the fuel lever and pull it apart in the middle of nowhere?
If I couldn't get the petcock to seal, I was going to plug it off and use the vent hoses to syphon fuel down to the carb. Try THAT on a fuel injected BMW Dakar/Serato!
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Holy Crap Jeff! Take it easy out there.
Glad you is okay. The bike can be fixed.

Probably going to hurt worse tomorrow or the next day..

Great trail side repair.

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Thanks Cabrito!
I hate sand and mud and gravel....Crap! Why did I buy a KLR anyway!!?? I fondly remember the riding skills I used to have!!
This is just part of the adventure, I would much rather have a small wreck off road than in the City with the traffic!
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Glad your okay Jeff. Blame it on that free power mod.
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Hi justjeff - glad you are ok - are you going to be able to repair those panniers ?

So did you limp into the machine shop and start milling up a fuel petcock left boot angled crash guard, anodized?
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I found a small branch and whittled two plugs to plug the fuel ports in the petcock so I could stand the bike up and get it out of the middle of the road.
Glad to hear you made it through that one okay with no serious carcass damage, justjeff. Your field-expedient repair skills are certainly impressive. How many people would think of whittling two plugs from a tree branch?

Sorry it happened, but thanks for sharing the tale, man.



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Ouch! Sounds like a pretty good tumble! Glad to hear that you didn't get to banged up and you managed to get the bike back home under it's own steam . Your field repair of the petcock is very impressive! When the zombie apocalypse rolls around I want you on my team!
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Thanks Guys!
The panniers are fine Slowpoke! They are the AdventureSpec Magadan saddlebags of Colbach fame. Tough as nails. All the stuff is on the ground because I was digging out tools.
The Zombie Apocolypse is on the way Stew. The Zombie hunters are having a training session this weekend an hour north of Regina Sask. That is no BS, it was on the news Friday. I wouldn't want to be mistaken for a Zombie there this weekend!!
Rise safe all....justjeff

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