Monday, March 21, 2016

Scarlett and the First Day of Spring

I retrieved Scarlett from the URAL dealer in Fort Collins on the 17th of the month, it snowed on me on the way up and on the way down.

Randy, the dealer, had coordinated the return of the malfunctioning gearbox to URAL HQ in Redmond, WA.  Here's what I got from Jason, the VP in charge of operations and support:

Sergey is not positive what could have caused the bearing failure. It is possible the bearing may have been defective and/or damaged during installation.
We have completed the repair of your gearbox and it has been shipped back to Randy.
Sergey replaced the rear cover, bearings, seals, and also the main shaft.

I'd not had a chance to give Scarlett and extended test ride till yesterday, Sunday the 20th of March or the First day of Spring.

Scarlett and I, motored out of the neighborhood shortly before 9:00 AM I think and headed through the morass that is the Metro Denver area to the town of Morrison, CO where I fueled her up.  We took Bear Creek Canyon road to twist and turn our way through the sleepy towns of Idledale, Kittredge and Evergreen.

Bear Creek Canyon Road

At Evergreen, I got on CO Highway 74 towards the eastern end of CO Highway 103 aka Squaw Pass Road.  I wanted to see how the recent snowfall had improved the scenery.

The road quickly became snow-packed with rare clear patches of road where the sun had melted the snow away; it was quite slicker in the areas where trees and the mountain itself had kept the snow in the shadows! Ironically, the higher we went, the better the roads got....sun exposure I suppose.

Still, traffic was very light and I would pull over when I could to let them pass so I could pick my photo op sites with care and not worry about some tailgating cager behind me.

 Snow decorated trees at a hairpin turn along Squaw Pass Road

 First good views of the top of Mount Evans
The road up to the top is closed for the season

I cruised by Echo Lake but chose not to stop for pictures, sorry.  Scarlett and I then plunged downwards, twisting and turning our way down the western half of CO103 until we arrived at the town of Idaho Spring.

Though traffic on the I-70 Super Slab didn't look too bad, it was heavy enough to cause Scarlett and I to take the usual frontage roads all the way to Georgetown, CO.

From there, there's no real choice, so we got on the slab and motored as the second slowest vehicle all the way to the junction with US Highway 6 or Loveland Pass Road where we got off to enjoy the sights leading up the pass summit.

 View of nearby mountain peaks from the first major hairpin turn
on the way up to the summit of Loveland Pass

 Just before the summit of Loveland Pass

 Above is about the midway point between the summit of Loveland Pass
and the Arapahoe Basin ski resort

 A view of the Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort

 A view to the west of the summit

 You can almost see the cars parked at the summit

One last shot of the view to the west from the summit parking lot.

An incredibly gorgeous and clear blue sky as you can see from the pictures.  Scarlett and I took I-70 eastbound all the way back to the high plains desert that is the Metro Denver area.  No snow-covered landscapes here.  

Hope you were able to get a ride in, wherever you are located, this first day of Spring.  I expect I'll start seeing more motorcycles on the road now, coming out of hibernation.

Fiona update:  She's all put back together, engine is running but needs some tweaking.  Awaiting a modified clutch cable as the one she's presently got is too tight and causing the clutch disk to slip.  That's the theory anyways, we'll see when I get the cable and put it on.


Jesse said...

Looks like a great day for a ride, love the pictures. Really beautiful quality. thanks for the post. Love reading your blog.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks for the kind words Jesse

SonjaM said...

Beautiful, Dom, as always. Scarlett's red make for a great contrast to the white and blue.

RichardM said...

Beautiful photos!

Probably a silly question but when you installed the transmission, the square end of the clutch rod was engaged in the pressure plate? If not, it could make the cable too short...

redlegsrides said...

Thanks SonjaM, that red sure stands out.

RichardM, well...on this particular clutch, it's not a square end like on the ural since one is using a /6 bmw clutch pressure plate. It's more of a cone in the pressure plate that the rod pushes against. I am sure I assembled it correctly. Though I wish I'd been able to take a picture of it before I mated it to the gearbox.

RichardM said...

The cone May be a better design as the rod doesn't have to spin within the input shaft of the transmission when the clutch is pulled in. But it does ass an additional wear point...

redlegsrides said...

Richard, yes it does, but I like the design single clutch disk vice two.....a spring disk vice six individual springs....

Trobairitz said...

The title sounds like the name of a book, not just a blog post.

As always, such beautiful pictures of Scarlett in the snow.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Trobairitz, Colorado's mountains make pictures easy.

redlegsrides said...

Working on improving things .... would like your feedback.

how could I make this posting like this better in the future? Less pictures? More people? More details on the ride? what would you like to see or read more of? Less words more pics?