Friday, August 11, 2017

Trans West Virginia Trail 2017

Some buddies and I had another go at a version of the four day loop I put together from portions of the TWVT. Par for the course, we had some mechanical issues to deal with the first couple of days. We started the ride with eight riders and finished with six. We lost one to a failed hub and one to a seized engine. The weather ended up better than expected. Dust wasn't a problem and we didn't get too wet. Some of the roads look a lot different due to the gas drilling in the area. Next time I'm going to try a new route that I've been putting together that goes a bit more to the south.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Photobucket Fail

As I'm sure you've heard by now, Photobucket has made the questionable decision to disable all image linking unless its users pay up $400/yr. I am a long time Photobucket user and you will no doubt see a lot of this

here as well as on many of your favorite web sites.

I am not going to pay the ransom. I am hoping that the backlash will cause Photobucket to reconsider this decision. If not, I will have to go back through and try to manually repair all of the broken image links. This time around I will either upload them directly to this Blogger site, or I will implement my own photo hosting solution. If I decide on the latter, I'll share the directions for setting up your own photo hosting site. It is much less expensive to do than paying Photobucket.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Gas Gas is Back!

Specifically, my Gas Gas EC250. She was down for a little maintenance but is back in business now. I did a top end, new reeds, new air boot, and cleaned up and adjusted the billet SmartCarb. My buddy Al did some aluminum welding on the rear subframe to repair a crack. I did a little shake down ride this weekend (video below) and all seems well. She's definitely a little snappier with the fresh piston and higher compression ratio.