So here it is Sunday morning as I start to write my weekend summary, even though the weekend isn’t completely finished yet.
My original plans this weekend, was to do some more exploring of the Forest Road I had explored a little of last weekend, but my weekends plans were cut short when on Thursday night I broke a rear spoke on the way to meet up a buddy of mine for Super Bike Night at Paddy Coynes in Seattle.
So instead of spending Friday out and about, it was spent running to Eastside Motosports and ordering myself a set of rear spokes.
Hopefully they come in this week, as this coming weekend looks like it will be clear and warm all weekend. This should provide a couple of really good days to go do some riding.
I should eventually purchase a set for the front as well, considering if this happens again with the front I’ll be going through this whole waiting game again. But for the time being, I’ll just order the rear set.
Thursday wasn’t a complete waste however. I did finally get my 16 tooth sprocket in to play with. It really does make a difference around town. The great thing about the XT is you can replace the front sprockets in all of about 5 minutes or less with a few items. A 22mm wrench for the back axle, a screwdriver to take 2 screws out of the cover, and a 10mm wrench to remove the 2 bolts that hold the retailing clip on the sprocket. Quick and simple.
I took it out for a quick test ride after I made the change, and instantly noticed a difference. I could not easily accelerate through the intersections without having to shift mid intersection, and my freeway speeds picked up so that I can now cruise at a much lower RPM all around.
While I was at Eastside though, I decided to order another doodad.
I’m not 100% certain it will work, but I’m not sure why it wouldn’t. But I ordered the Cortech ATV Tank Saddlebag setup they offer.
Now, from the looks of it, I do not see why it would not work on the XT with the Clark Tank. I believe the tank with its large cap, and high rise hump for the fuel will allow the bag to sit firmly and out of the way from my legs and controls. We will see though. For 50 bucks, I’m willing to take the chance and if it doesn’t fit I’ll just throw it up on the classifieds.
So I am looking forward to that. If it does work out, it will be the perfect Day Trip companion to keep water, snacks, and tools easily available without carrying around the backpack.
The only thing that concerns me at the moment though, is it seems that Cortech has ceased manufacturing of this product. It would be nice if I could find some kind of review on them, or someone who has them and has used them. I have seen a few pictures of them mounted up on ATV’s, and that’s how I kinda “guesstimated” that they would work on the XT. We’ll see I guess.
Friday night was good though. I won my auction in Ebay for a set of TTR225 front forks. 51 bucks! Includes forks, front axle, and complete yoke!
I plan on throwing the TTR shocks on the XT, while I rebuild the XT shocks with Emulators, heavier weight oil, and see if I can’t find some heavier springs. The TTR Shocks came stock with heavier springs over the XT, but still would like to find heavier ones.
I’m definitely looking forward to that little upgrade project.
I also finally got around to setting up the new tent. It took me an hour and a half the first time. The 4 easy step directions were not so easy, especially with the rain fly, as it said to thread the support pole through the pocket. It didn’t show any picture of where this pocket was, so I was thinking down the center. Finally my roommate found the pocket on the very end of it, it’s what creates the hoop support to the entrance from the front.
But once I figured that all out, I was able to take it down, and put it back up in about 30 minutes, so I’m sure that will eventually get knocked down even further as I spend more time with it.
I slept outside as well, since these last couple nights have been what I will see as average lows for this trip. Although it looks like the daytime highs can get in the 70’s, it still can get very cool at night from just above freezing and even some below freezing nights by looking at the weather history.
Friday night was a low of 44 here, it was rather warm due to the clouds trapping some heat in. Yesterday evening however, the clouds cleared out, and when I awoke this morning it was 33 degree’s.
My new Sleeping Bag, which I need to do a research overload on, worked perfect.
I am looking forward to doing some camping this year. Not only on my trip coming up, but out and about on the weekends. I would, however, like to get myself a sleeping pad. Which is cause for another research overload.
Well, I guess that’s enough rambling for this update.
Oh, one quick note: Over the next couple of weeks, I will be working on moving this blog from its current location of http://mic.phrozen-phaze.com to its new location of http://micsadventure.com
I’ve owned the Phrozen-Phaze domain for several years, and it has always kind of acted as my project site, which is why I started the mic.phrozen-phaze.com for this blog.
Because of the blog growing, and expanding to be more than just projects, I have decided to take some advice given to me to simplify it. I would have liked a smaller, simpler URL, but it had to be related, to the site, and well, the ones I came up with were already taken, so micsadventure.com it is. And really, it is an adventure =)
Until Next Time,