DUAL SPORT REPORT BY DAVE & VINCENT HARRELL
RIDE REPORT FOR JANUARY 14, 2014
Hello and welcome to our first ride report! We are starting a new weekly tradition in which we will inform you about the conditions of our fine riding areas in Northern California. Not only will we be doing a ride report, but also a tech report in which we will give you helpful tech tips. The featured item of the tech report will be on sale in our online store for a discounted price for the remainder of the month. We hope you can spare a little bit of time each week so that you can catch up on the conditions of the mountains we love to ride and hopefully get a few tech tips that could help along the way. So enjoy the reports and remember to leave your comments and criticism (hopefully not much) at the end.The area that we will be covering this time of year would be the Greeley Hill riding area outside of Groveland, California.
In preparations for our January 25th and 26th ride we have been going and prepping the course and creating new trails. We are sad to say the conditions have been less than perfect so far with the dry weather and it’s been quite chilly in the mornings. The course that we have been working on consists of about half single track and half dirt road dual sport riding around the Greeley Hill riding area. The single track in the beginning of the ride will take you about three hours to go twenty one miles. So, have your bike prepped, give us a call or email to sign up, and we hope to see you on the 25th or 26th of this month.
TECH REPORT FOR JANUARY 14, 2014
Welcome to our first tech report! Like it was previously stated in the ride report this is a new weekly tradition that we are starting this year. The tech report for this week relates to Suzuki’s DRZ400 but can be adapted to every bike that has a carburetor. Our report this week is about how 10% ethanol (also known as E10) is ruining all “soft” carb parts. Every oil company has a cure for the problems that ethanol creates, but none of them are 100%. So what all of this means is that, if your bike doesn’t get the mileage that it used to or if it does not perform like it used to, you may need a carb rebuild.
Here in our service department we do a fair amount of carb rebuilds. If you have either us, another shop, or if you do it yourself remember to change every o-ring, u-ring, and diaphram. The reason you should replace all of them is because whatever “soft” carb parts that you do not replace will continue to leak, and they will continue to effect gas mileage and the performance of your motorcycle. Now after your carburetor works correctly you should check your fuel valve. If your fuel valve does not work correctly it could compound the problem and may need replacing or replacement of the parts inside of it. And of course all of these parts are available inside of the online store for a discounted price for the month of January.
Once again thank you for your time and remember we will be posting a new ride and tech report every week from now on. Also leave whatever comments or suggestions you might have in the section below. Ride safe and we hope to see you on the trail.