Sunday, September 20, 2015

CZAR Fall Ride

Dan K., recently proposed to host a CZAR (Colorado Zidecar Adventure Riders) ride in the roads and trails roughly centered on Black Hawk, Colorado.

It had been a long time since members of the CZAR had ridden together as this year's CZAR Rally fell by the wayside due to many factors.

So, six other Ural sidecar rigs, six drivers and three wives as the monkeys, all showed up along with myself at Morrison, CO yesterday for a breakfast rendezvous and subsequent ride.

Breakfast in Morrison
photo courtesy Tim L.

After breakfast we set off at a good pace down familiar and unfamiliar roads, with Dan K. leading the way.  It was a combination of paved and dirt, steep and flat, twisting and straight, smooth and incredibly rocky/bumpy/gravelly and dusty roads.  We would suffer. two clogged air filters and one flat tire on Mammoth Gulch Road (road being an incredibly kind description of what was at times a good imitation of a rocky goat trail), and one rig would end up being deadlined for unknown issues at Dan's place in Black Hawk.

 A brief respite after coming up Witter Gulch Road and parked
along Squaw Pass Road

 Dan K.  The Ride Captain.

Deana and Jay
photo courtesy Tim L.

 There was a bit of fall color, not much, to be seen so far.
Here's a pond side view from near Black Hawk

 Just prior to challenging Mammoth Gulch Road, Spat's rig
had to have its air filter changed out.
 Did I mention it was very dusty conditions on the dirt roads?

Jay B's air filter also needed replacing shortly AFTER we started up Mammoth Gulch Road .  Then to add insult to injury, Jay's rig also got a flat tire on the pusher wheel shortly before we got to the summit meadow area of Mammoth Gulch road.

 Cookie and Spat
photo courtesy Tim L.

Deana and Jay
photo courtesy Tim L.

 Everyone jumped in to help Jay change out the flat tire.

The ladies appear impatient.....(all in good fun)

 Posing Scarlett at the meadow summit area of Mammoth Gulch

 Getting the Uralisti to pose heroically, AND, point in the same
direction, can be a challenge.

 The only time I stopped for pics on the way down to Tolland
Road while on Mammoth Gulch Road.

 Finally at Dan's home, about two hours behind schedule or 
just about right for URAL and drink was had 
and camaraderie shared.

Update: video from the riding:

It was at Dan's home, after the meal, that I took a look at Mike S.'s 2014 rig which he said was acting rather badly.  I heard metallic clanking noises when I took it out for a test ride and quickly returned to Dan's driveway.  Much troubleshooting later, we were stumped.  The pusher wheel would, in neutral, stop rotating if turned by hand.  It would roll just fine, but something was definitely amiss with either the transmission or the final drive.

The rig being under warranty, the decision was made to button it up, leave it stored at Dan K's house for now until we can get a trailer to take it to the URAL dealer in Fort Collins, CO for diagnosis and repairs.

We left, rather late, due to all this but it also allowed for us to meet a fellow sidecar rig rider and his dog Blanca!  The picture below shows the rigs at the gas station near Dan K's home.

Blanca (#blancathedingo)

The rig's owner's name is Tim and he lives in Boulder.  He seemed quite happy to finally meet some local fellow sidecar riders.  Hopefully, he'll be able to join us on future rides.

Now with Miks S. as my monkey passenger, we rode in the falling darkness towards Mike's home.  No issues involved with this part of the ride, got Mike home safe and got myself and Scarlett home by 9PM.  Long day, and to top it all off, had a minor gas leak at the injector fitting on the right side throttle body!  No big deal, just lost some gas, the fitting had just come loose a bit.  


Unknown said...

Mmm, it looks and sounds like y'all tasted some mighty fine dirt--and had some especially chilly temperatures, mainly in the morning?

RichardM said...

Regarding the clogged filters, were they both non-EFI models?

Nice Fall photos. I like the one with Scarlet on the trail with all the yellow leaves. (Maybe the 14th photo).

redlegsrides said...

Thanks RichardM

The filters were for non-efi models, efi models have a rectangular flat filter similar to one used by airhead beemers

redlegsrides said...

Ry, it was in the 50s in the early part of the ride and would get quite warm by end of it. The dirt got into everything!

Trobairitz said...

Wow, that was a long day. Sounds like everyone had a great time in spite of the air filter/flat tire issues.

All the yellow leaves in that one picture make a nice backdrop for Scarlett.

redlegsrides said...

Trobairitz, a long day indeed....the Fall Colors around Black Hawk were even more spectacular the next day when we went up with the trailer to retrieve Mike's rig!

Coop a.k.a. Coopdway said...

This looks like SO much fun to me, a good group, those roads in that wide open country!! I've got to accelerate my Ural shopping.....even if a couple of other ones here need to find new owners.

redlegsrides said...

Coop, thanks for your comments, ride your future rig here....we'll show you around.

redlegsrides said...

added a few photos from fellow Uralista Tim L.

Anonymous said...

Love it! Great pictures from what looks like a great time!

redlegsrides said...

Thanks motoventures..

redlegsrides said...

To all who commented, added video from the riding.