My Biggest Fear ....
Posted September 09, 2010 - 08:55 AM
Flats, or something obviously malfunctioning or broken I can [hopefully] deal with..Getting hurt is a concern of course as well, altho I try to ride within my reach and try to keep off the throttle as I build skills...not easy with this much torque available!!!!
It's the wierd glitch where the bike dies or won't start that creeps me out.... a loose wire , a clogged tube, an electronic failure ...that I couldn't diagnose on the trail....
I consider myself an average + backyard wrench
Riding a new 2009 WR450F Yamaha , that from what I hear is very reliable. I am new to dirt riding, and for better or worse I will do a lot of solo rides, likely in places that won't see alot of traffic, esp as I ride weekdays more often than weekends, with a big chunk of time spent in Utah and Colorado mountains ev year, altho this issue can happen close to home of course [N Calif]
The QUESTION IS: what do you guys do beyond the obvious [good tool kit, regular maintenance, pre flighting your bike, yourself, etc] to keep your bike reliable ?
ARE THERE IMPORTANT SPARES TO CARRY OR MECHANICAL CHECKS I CAN PUT INTO EFFECT TO GIVE MYSELF/ THE BIKE A BETTER CHANCE OF SURVIVAL...???
The best answer I have for myself is easing into the more remote areas and build confidence in myself and the bike. Read alot online about others travails on the trail, maybe get a SatPhone, tag along with others as the op arises,.....
Be great to hear any and all advice from you guys about this concern and any offbeat problem you may have had on the trail!
Posted September 09, 2010 - 10:16 AM
The few times that I have ridden alone I dial things back a bit so they don't have to come looking for the carcass. Get a riding buddy, and a tow strap.
Posted September 09, 2010 - 10:31 AM
Riding alone is never wise. A breakdown is nothing compare to a real bad fall.
A few years ago, I was up 'at the farm' and it was hot, my goggles were bugging me, so I took them off. Within 30 seconds, I caught a pricker in the left eye, pooped a contact out and hurt like hell. I stopped as quickly as I could safely. A nick on my eyeball and a scratch on my face. I was lucky but I was 70 miles from home, missing a contact. Fortunately, my contact was stuck on my jersey! I learned a lesson. Never took my goggles off when the engine was running again. The moral is even though you are just out motoring about, crappolla happens. Minimize the risk, do not take a stupid risk.
Posted September 09, 2010 - 11:16 AM
Posted September 09, 2010 - 05:56 PM
actually the only fear I'd have is running out of fuel, that would suck
Posted September 09, 2010 - 09:50 PM
I ride a lot solo as well ... just sometimes hard to coordinate getting guys together last minute and all.
I've been thinking about buying a Sat phone. Those SPOT things would be good if you crash and can't get out of the woods, but if the bike breaks down you can't hit the 911 button and get a helicopter ride out for that.
Posted September 10, 2010 - 11:22 AM
I never worry about a bike breakdown. In almost 40 years of riding I have only had one problem which was a loose and shorting kill switch which I fixed with the tools in my pack. That bike still has that switch and it has not been a problem in over five years now.
Posted September 12, 2010 - 02:02 PM
Posted September 13, 2010 - 09:48 AM
knock on wood.
Posted September 13, 2010 - 10:24 AM
Posted September 14, 2010 - 01:38 PM
Thanks for all the feedback guys!
Posted September 14, 2010 - 07:33 PM
As some readers may know (should anyone care) i busted a hole in my case cover not too long ago because I had an inferior skidplate (the stock plastic POS) and a rock got through it, so... go out and get the biggest baddest thickest skidplate and set of bark busters you can find. Pushing your bike out through the rocks and a river isn't 1% fun and (In my case) it totally is preventable. Its a 1 time investment that will really pay off the one time you have to use it.
Other than protective gear (for you and your bike) regular maintence (Maintence nazi-ism) will reward you. Other than that treat it like a WR and enjoy it to the fullest
Posted September 15, 2010 - 01:56 AM
Basic spanner, wheel spanner. cutters, and longnose pliers.
All fits in my fox bumbag, some of the heavier items i zipty under the seat on the frame,
Posted September 15, 2010 - 05:50 PM
And I too agree about the stock bashplate, is crap, plastic. Not worth a butt, I haven't got myself another yet , only just got the bike, no $$$$