The ideal would be to have been putting in lots of time on the bike, but it hasn’t worked out that way. Some bits and pieces I was waiting on didn’t arrive until Thursday and Friday, and of course I had work to do. I had to fit the fittings around what was happening at my desk.
A pair of Dalby Moto pannier racks arrived and looked awesome. The I read the instructions and found they couldn’t be used without a rack – the B&B rack was given a specific mention. I also couldn’t get the standard Husqvarna bolts to do the job.
A B&B rack was organised and despatched and I headed into the engineering suppliers to try and get some bolts. That turned out to be trickier than it should have been, but I ended up with something I thought I could make work.
Then the rack arrived and it was gorgeous. The finish on B&B gear is fabulous.
Not only that, but the rack was supplied with mounting hardware to suit all kinds of situations, so I was off to a start…except I couldn’t get the B&B rack and Dalby Moto pannier racks to fit nicely together.
Back to the engineering supplies place I went.
Eventually the luggage situation was satisfactory.
The tyres went on next, and it wasn’t too much of a drama, except I put the rear on the wrong way. The direction of rotation is 180 degrees out of whack. And I can’t get the bead up.
I must’ve put 1000PSI in that tyre. I deflated it, pushed the bead down, hit it with Inox and tried again. It still refused to pop.
Now I’m worried.
The tyre’s still holding its pressure, but the bead’s just a millimetre or two off settled in a couple of places on both sides of the wheel. I had a similar situation recently on the KLR when I put a 19-inch tube in the 17-inch tyre (it was the only tube I had on board). The bead refused to settle because I’d caught just the tiniest bit of the tube. The tyre stayed inflated for 200km or so before the tube finally tore and I had to do the job again. Fortunately I’d replaced the 19-inch spare with a 17-inch at the first bike shop I’d seen, so I was okay.
But back to the Husky. Maybe I have a similar situation? I don’t think so, but I’m not going to risk it. I’m going to ask Dan Vaughan to have a look at it this morning. He can chuck it on his tyre-changing machine, get the thing flipped so it’s running in the right direction, balance the wheel, and I can feel comfortable about it all.
Has anyone else been following Dave and Karen Ramsay’s ride this last couple of weeks?