Blog: June 3. Everyone wants the Challenge rides!

This could be a One Day Challenge section.

This could be a One Day Challenge section.

It’s been another wet week. I actually managed to take the Dominator our for a very short blast around the block yesterday. That might not sound like much, but the bike’s been unrideable since I returned from the Cameron Corner Caper. It had some maintenance issues, and I’m sorting them as I have time. In this case the main problem was the chain. The one I used on the Caper was stretching like cheese on the ride. I was adjusting it three times a day. When I went to chuck that one, I noticed the front sprocket was badly hooked, so I needed to replace it as well. For some reason the sprocket on the bike was a little different to the recommended standard sprocket. Fortunately, Amy at Coffs Honda was able to round up one the same – as always. The service in that store is really excellent – but I had to wait a few days.

The other thing I’m not keen to admit is that I destroyed my TerraX chain breaker.

I’ve already ‘fessed up to Keith at TerraX, so I may as well ‘fess up here as well. I was trying to break the old chain to reuse it until the new sprocket arrived. With my head firmly inserted in my fundamental orifice, I forgot to remove the tiny allen bolt from the Terrax…the one that’s there for securing rivet links (those who know TerraX’ excellent product will know what I mean). I proceeded to wind the beejeezuss out of the bolt until I shattered the drive pin. That’s not such a big deal, but I managed to apply so much pressure I actually destroyed the thread in the tool itself. Again, those who know TerraX product will know it takes a really superhuman effort to damage the tools, so I feel I’ve set new low standards for stupidity and abuse of good equipment.

So I bought a new TerraX chain breaker and whacked the new chain and sprocket on. The bike’s a goer again, and I did enjoy swooping it through some of the rodds around home here, even if it was a little wet at the time.

There’s more repair to be done, but it’s minor cosmetic work that’ll I’ll pick off as I have time.

The new mag has had me flat stick all week. It’s been great to talk to a whole batch of people I’ve know in the industry for a long time. Some of these people I’ve been dealing with decades, and it gives me a warm feeling when they’re so enthusiastic about my being on another mag.

Katie Warfield, of the Cannonball Charity Ride phoned this week to say thanks for the route advice Marty Hardcore had given her for a recent ride from the Queensland border down through Dorrigo and back. It sounds as though her group had a tough run with the run, but that they loved it. Awesome. That’s the kind of thing that makes for a memorable adventure ride.

Last thing today, everyone’s peeing their pants for the Challenge One Dayers. The response has been pretty big, and just from e-mail. Whenever i go anywhere someone seems to bail me up and say hammer for the date of the first one.

Good stuff…except I don’t have a date yet. I’ll make it a goal to set the date this week. So next week you should be able to log on and find out when and where it is.

Gulp.

I hope I get it together!

TF

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10 comments

  • Craig Murcott on June 6, 2013 at 5:47 am said:

    Whats this destroying tools and equipment?
    You must be hanging around Marty to much…

  • pottsy on June 6, 2013 at 6:35 am said:

    Rito , its late notice but I am going for a ride this monday- 10th June, north of Coffs. may be some challenge sections depending on who you are but all very rideable. will be around 350km return. Nothing very hard but a whole bunch of great trails . So leave a reply if any one is keen

  • Dave & Karen Ramsay on June 6, 2013 at 7:52 am said:

    Hey Pottsy, How far north of Coffs are you talking, I could ride down & meet you somewhere;ie Coutts Crossing etc. As long as you leave a trail of breadcrumbs for me to follow, I might struggle to keep you in sight. Karen hasn’t got a new bike yet,rode the new Terra on sat & enjoyed it but still tossing up with the 650GS.
    cheers Dave.

  • pottsy on June 6, 2013 at 8:05 am said:

    Hey there Dave , heading back roads to Brushgrove , tullymorgan, rappville, whiporie back to brushgrove , well thats a bit of a plan and as usual it changes as it goes , there is nothing that would worry you in that lot , might see you there

  • Dave & Karen Ramsay on June 6, 2013 at 8:38 am said:

    OK, How about we meet at Brushgrove Pub or Lawrence as it sounds like your going to cross on the ferry. Maybe let me know your eta on sunday night. I’d be real keen to follow Mt Marsh road. Chris said he got thru there the other day on their way to Killarney.
    my m 0447788055.

  • tom on June 6, 2013 at 9:08 am said:

    Hey you pricks!

    I own this frigging website. How come I’m the only one stuck at his desk and can’t go for a ride?

    D’oh.

    If it’s a Pottsy ride, it’ll be a snorter. At least bring as all back some pics…so I can gaze at them and wish I’d been there.

    Sigh…

    TF

  • Dave & Karen Ramsay on June 6, 2013 at 10:24 am said:

    Oops, thought you’d be too busy to notice it had been hijacked.
    I guess we could post a photo or two & maybe send you some freshly roosted scrub soil smelling sweetly like damp truffles from the bowels of tullymorgan.

  • Dave & Karen Ramsay on June 10, 2013 at 6:23 am said:

    Well that was fun !! Rain certainly kept the dust down. Never did get any photo’s too busy riding sweep, bit like the Man from snowy river bringing his mares home, well you all had my DR brand on your bikes ! Besides it was better when I poked along at the back out of harms way. All different colours in the mud as I washed it off suggests we got about a bit, No truffles though sorry Tom.
    Thanks for a great ride fella’s, hope Pottsy & Marty got a few good photos.
    cheers Dave

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