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cyborg
11-11-2007, 10:15 PM
A quick little Early Winter ride report for any of you guys snowed in and jonesin' to ride...

A riding buddy Damon invited me to go riding up in Washington's Lake Wenatchee area. Never mind that it's Novembrrrrrrrrr. So off we went this morning.

Don't see 2 RXV's often around here. In fact Damon is the only other RXV550 owner I know of in WA state, and I was the one who helped him decide to get one...http://s3.amazonaws.com/advrider/deal.gif


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We head up a trail to see how far we'll get before being snowed out.

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Nice views on this very twisty and often narrow trail with nice steep exposure in places, usually at rocky tight switchbacks...


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Start to see a bit of the white stuff

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Damon is a podium level seniors enduro rider, so I rarely saw him except at intersections, waiting for me. :rolleyes:
He rides that RXV like it was a 250 and flys through the woods. Nice to see one being used well.


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I'm smiling, really...

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Many switchbacks on this trail, some a lot tighter and rougher than this one, and in the snow as we got higher.

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My RXV gets the hurt put on it...


I slid off a snow covered rock and plowed my left radiador into a nice sharp edged big rock, embedded just right into the trail side to wreak havoc. This was the re$ult.


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This was the offending rock, now with red plastic embedded in it.


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I'll be getting radiator braces/guards after I fix this blunder. As a side note, we both had the OEM plastic radiator guards/deflectors get ripped right off of the bikes as we plowed through some brush and downed tree branches. They snapped right back in, but still...


No leaks fortunately or this would have been a miserable walk out. However, the fan was no longer running and soon as I continued up the trail, grinding my way over snow covered obstacles in 1st and 2nd, I started to blow coolant even in the cold temps, not moving fast enough.



I finally had to stop and see what I could so to repair the fan or I wouldn't make it out of here.

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I discovered the fan was jammed, so some prying with a tool and I was able to get the fan clear of the crunched radiator and spinning freely, but it was still not running. I checked the fuses and sure enought a 7.5A fuse had popped when the fan was jammed. I replaced that and now ran fine and kept the bike from overheating.

At this point, about 6500ft we were getting into deeper snow and decided to turn back as a storm was heading our way.


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Slip and slide back out and down to drier ground and back home safely, 30 miles of RXV offroad fun.


:cheers:

tmenduro
11-11-2007, 10:54 PM
Guys, it's great to see aprilias in the washington state woods. The comment about overheating is kind of puzzling though.

RXV_Poor
11-11-2007, 11:06 PM
That looked like a fun ride cyborg. I'm looking forward to some snow rides this winter myself. Gotta love those heated grips.

RZRob
11-12-2007, 09:28 AM
That looks really cool, however I know snow can be slippery and crawling along can be difficult - on man and machine. I also know trees - and rocks:rolleyes: can be very unforgiving.

I guess I got lucky on my last similar adventure (Kennedy Meadows (Sierra's)). I took a tree branch to my right bicep, and a good rock scrape on my left forearm. As bad as this sounds, skin'll grow back; radiators don't:bangwall:.

RZ Rob

duc slayer
11-12-2007, 11:30 AM
ahh that's just cosmetic :D but hey my dad's a tv repair man, and he's got a sick set of tools :cheers:

mtothef
11-12-2007, 11:39 AM
cyborg,

i got the meca braces that af1 is selling. a bit of a pain to isntall, and since there is no downtube, they end up mounting to each other. looks kind of suspect, but after throwing my bike down a couple cliffs this summer hard enough to completely mangle the shrouds on both sides, the radiators are still straight and intact. the braces tend to suck up most of the impacts. it's a decent investment if you plan on making out with rocks like that...

good to see the bikes getting some weather in them. my break-in dirt ride was on tkc80s in snow about this time last year. took a few days for my hands to uncramp and for the fear-grin to fade frm my face...

cyborg
11-12-2007, 11:41 AM
Guys, it's great to see aprilias in the washington state woods. The comment about overheating is kind of puzzling though.

The RXV550's (the only model I know about) will overheat and start to boil the coolant when crawling along a low ground speed with significant revs even with WaterWetter, just like KTMs do and lot of other water cooled dirt bikes with no fans. When the fan works, it keeps the 550 cool enough, even on brutal slow riding. My fan was temporarily disabled, and it boiled a bit and blew off a bit of coolant. I didn't lose very much coolant overall befopre I repaired it. It stood a good chance of blowing off all the coolant because I still had to do a lot of slow riding after the repair.

cyborg
11-12-2007, 11:46 AM
cyborg,
i got the meca braces that af1 is selling. a bit of a pain to isntall, and since there is no downtube, they end up mounting to each other. looks kind of suspect, but after throwing my bike down a couple cliffs this summer hard enough to completely mangle the shrouds on both sides, the radiators are still straight and intact. the braces tend to suck up most of the impacts. it's a decent investment if you plan on making out with rocks like that...

good to see the bikes getting some weather in them. my break-in dirt ride was on tkc80s in snow about this time last year. took a few days for my hands to uncramp and for the fear-grin to fade frm my face...

Hey mtothef, I did the TKC80's in snow thing last Memorial Day, what fun! This time I was running D606's, much better.

By buddy's RXV550 had the Meca braces, but I wonder if even they would have stood up to the the straight-on rock edge being rammed in. I will be getting some anyway.

Anybody have a used but good left radiator? :cheers:

RXV_Poor
11-12-2007, 12:01 PM
Hey mtothef, I did the TKC80's in snow thing last Memorial Day, what fun! This time I was running D606's, much better.

By buddy's RXV550 had the Meca braces, but I wonder if even they would have stood up to the the straight-on rock edge being rammed in. I will be getting some anyway.

Anybody have a used but good left radiator? :cheers:

I have the Meca braces and dropped my bike quite a few times in the rocks with no problems. Crashing is a part of practice right, to test our own skills and be closer to the parts store.

duc slayer
11-12-2007, 12:52 PM
Anybody have a used but good left radiator?

try pm'ing Amuari, he might have some from the race season

QroMexicoEnduro
11-12-2007, 02:08 PM
Nice pictures Cyborg.
I also have the Meca and belive me I have put them to the test :rolleyes:. They work very good, but you have to be careful because they can break your oil sight tube if you are not careful.

RXV_Poor
11-12-2007, 02:10 PM
Nice pictures Cyborg.
I also have the Meca and belive me I have put them to the test :rolleyes:. They work very good, but you have to be careful because they can break your oil sight tube if you are not careful.

I flipped the bolts around so the head was facing the tank to help prevent this on both sides.

QroMexicoEnduro
11-12-2007, 02:12 PM
Very good idea, I have to do the same

RXV_Poor
11-12-2007, 02:17 PM
Very good idea, I have to do the same

I found it to be easier to do if you take off the front fender.

cyborg
11-12-2007, 02:23 PM
try pm'ing Amuari, he might have some from the race season

Will do, and thanks to all for the reports and tips on the Meca CB's.

orangerider2
11-12-2007, 02:32 PM
Last i heard AF-1 was not going to sell the Meca product anymore, but they did have some good used radiator pieces for sale.

Great pictures cyborg.:cigar:

SLORider
11-12-2007, 02:50 PM
http://www.motorcycleradiators.com/

One-day turn around in most cases. You'd be amazed what they can fix. 1/3 to 1/4 the price of a new radiator.

I've got the rad-guard, but haven't installed it yet. I heard the bolt on the rad guard can puncture the oil reservoir simply causing a different problem. :(

cyborg
11-12-2007, 08:14 PM
Thanks SLO and Orange for the info. I had been meaning to contact AF1 but this pesky thing called work took all my time today. I'm not in a panic because, hey, it still runs fine and isn't leaking. The left plastic 'wing' got bent totally back, so it has a nice white crease in it.

It sure has a LOT more 'character' now. http://s3.amazonaws.com/advrider/lol8.gif

cyborg
11-12-2007, 08:25 PM
That looked like a fun ride cyborg. I'm looking forward to some snow rides this winter myself. Gotta love those heated grips.

I have the heated grips installed under the grips, just not wired yet. I was waiting for it to get really cold, which is hasn't yet, to motivate me to finish the job. Normally I get so hot when offroading, even in the snow, that regular MX gloves are fine... until I stop of course :rolleyes:

I do have the RXV wired for a Gerbing heated vest, but thats' only needed for cold pavement rides. The same Gerbing socket is handy for keeping the bike on a trickle charger too.

RXV_Poor
11-12-2007, 09:13 PM
I didn't think of the heated vest thing. I might try it one day. I'll have to get a heated vest first though:). My ADV might make me get one for highway winter/rain/snow rides.:burnout:

cyborg
11-12-2007, 11:39 PM
I didn't think of the heated vest thing. I might try it one day. I'll have to get a heated vest first though:). My ADV might make me get one for highway winter/rain/snow rides.:burnout:

I commute by motorcycle all year round, except when ice and snow deny me traction and have for over 25 years. The Gerbing heated jacket liner (http://http://www.gerbing.com/heat/jl.html) is the cats meow and I've had it for 6 years now and wondered why I never got one before, for long cold road miles especially. I have a heat controller on the jacket (it's small and waterproof) and can move it from jacket to jacket.

http://www.gerbing.com/images/tmpcntrl/port.jpg

That way all I need on any bike, even loaners, is a power jack.

A simple battery harness coax power jack is all that's needed on the bike and easy to add to even dirtbikes with a battery, if they can handle an extra 50Watts.

http://www.gerbing.com/images/acc/batteryharness.jpg

It's also a handy jack to plug in a battery tender by getting the Control Adapter, Coax to SAE.

73583

http://www.gerbing.com


Nothing like active heat on icy rides. :plus:

smstroben
11-13-2007, 01:49 AM
cyborg: http://www.af1racing.com/store/Scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=5181

Blazing Saddle
11-13-2007, 12:04 PM
sweet photos, would love to ride in Wash. Looks like great trails. Am curious about the heated grips, might make riding in Michigan viable this winter.

RXV_Poor
11-13-2007, 02:54 PM
sweet photos, would love to ride in Wash. Looks like great trails. Am curious about the heated grips, might make riding in Michigan viable this winter.

I use the dual star setup with just a high/off/low switch with the rubber boot on the switch.

http://www.dual-star.com/index2/Rider/heated_grip_kit1.htm

cyborg
11-13-2007, 04:55 PM
cyborg: http://www.af1racing.com/store/Scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=5181

Thanks. Odd, it looks like the right side radiator from the picture (sitting in the bike perspective), but I'd have to look at it closer when I get home tonight.

MickyC51
11-13-2007, 05:13 PM
I commute by motorcycle all year round, except when ice and snow deny me traction and have for over 25 years. The Gerbing heated jacket liner (http://http://www.gerbing.com/heat/jl.html) is the cats meow and I've had it for 6 years now and wondered why I never got one before, for long cold road miles especially. I have a heat controller on the jacket (it's small and waterproof) and can move it from jacket to jacket.

http://www.gerbing.com/images/tmpcntrl/port.jpg

That way all I need on any bike, even loaners, is a power jack.

A simple battery harness coax power jack is all that's needed on the bike and easy to add to even dirtbikes with a battery, if they can handle an extra 50Watts.

http://www.gerbing.com/images/acc/batteryharness.jpg

It's also a handy jack to plug in a battery tender by getting the Control Adapter, Coax to SAE.

73583

http://www.gerbing.com


Nothing like active heat on icy rides. :plus:
I agree. I also have the Gerbing jacket liner it is great. I had a heated vest for many years and it was okay. Last year I got the jacket liner and it is many times better.

Micky Curry

smstroben
11-13-2007, 07:28 PM
the right side has the cap.