|I’m wearing my gloves for added safety.|
There is a start up routine to that beast that my buddy Willie told me over the phone, turn on the fuel, apply half choke at the carburetor, turn the lights to run with the Baja Designs light switch (it’s the run position), decompress and kick about four times to cycle fuel into the cylinder, then release the lever and kick at TDC over and over until it fires into life.
Well, it worked to a point, and sparked up but ran for a few seconds and shut off. Over and over and over again until I felt like a tired old man who is out of shape. I resemble that remark, and I was very glad I’d quit smoking 6 months back, or I’d have lost more than my dignity trying to get that thing to spark to life.
It would run for a brief for up to ten seconds, then die, so we thought perhaps pushing it down the hill and bump starting it might work, but that didn’t work as well as I’d hoped, so my crew chief, Kirk, fired up the tractor and and we rigged it up for a tow…
|Darryl and Willie can relate to this|
And it ran, then stalled, ran and stalled, so we needed a longer run, and took our fun out onto the road to get a flat, straight run up to speed with lots of traction…
|Where there is power equipment, there is a way…|
My crew aka my big sister got bored while I was on my test ride…
|Bald Eagle sizing up the cat for a snack|
Read and Follow all the rules for each ride and instruct any children in your care on how to behave appropriately. Follow all instructions from the ride operator at all times.
Be sure to remove any loose articles such as sunglasses, hats, phones, and jewelry that have the potential to fall off during the ride.
|Closed course, professional riders, do not attempt etc. etc.|
|You know, we could still be getting some good use out of a sled if we had one.|
|I can report that she comes up nicely in first and second gear.|
While kicking it we had the air cleaner off, and it was probably too lean, so with the air cleaner back on, we found that this bike really doesn’t need a lot of choke. Very little at all, and with a clear tank like that, I just run the bugger on reserve.
Okay, first ride of the year in a sweatshirt and -2 in the sun, and my ear to ear grin froze as did my tears of joy. 😀
I’ll let you know if I can kick that beast to life again tomorrow.
Cheers from this Red Dirt Rider!
But you can’t tell on the island when there is snow in the forecast.
But those snowbanks are melting, and as my nephew Tyler proudly reported, he was the first one to ride his bike this year, albeit on the driveway hemmed in by snowbanks.
Who else is out in the garage prepping their bikes for the coming season?