Thursday, May 17, 2018

In the first half of May....

A little bit of catch up being done with this posting, no real events but one and that one is on hold in terms of being posted due to issues beyond my control.

The R3W steering damper has worked out great for Scarlett, I've had zero instances of "head shake" and she takes bumps and pot holes with steadiness and surety now.

We had us some rain on May 3 and here's a pic of Scarlett getting wet under rainy Colorado skies; a rather uncommon occurrence I assure you.

Rainy Sunset

The next day, the fourth, proved somewhat better in terms of sunset conditions:

 Hazy conditions for the capital of the Stoner State

May 5th through the 6th, I went through what was to me a refresher Basic Rider Course for riders of Three-Wheeled motorcycles.  Much more to follow but for now, just a pic of me during the class:


May 7th's sunset was pretty good:


May 9th's sunset was better:


The sunset on the 10th was the best of the month of May so far:





Some mechanical notes for record:

Replaced the clutch cable on Brigitta, my '87 R80 Beemer, I discovered the end at the handlebar lever quite frayed!  Luckily, I had a spare but am still tweaking the adjustment a bit.  Quite different from a URAL's clutch cable adjustment on the gearbox side.

Scarlett: After much fiddling with the original issue being a high idle when engine was hot and unable to get it to idle at 1000 rpm AND be balanced per the Harmonizer tool; I opted for correct RPMs and skewed balance at idle.  The left side throttle body is somehow letting air in (checked all components, no luck); which causes vacuum higher on the right.

Once off idle though, and through the gears, the throttle bodies are balanced withing 4 mbars of center!  She sounds better too, not racing when at idle and engine warm.  Hopefully, I'm not doing long term damage.

Thinking of going camping again at the Hugo SWA (State Wildlife Area) this Sunday, but not for certain.




Wednesday, May 02, 2018

New Steering Damper for Scarlett

All the trail riding riding in the Moab, UT area last week and before highlighted the fact that Scarlett's third stock steering damper had bit the dust.

I'd been feeling a bit of a head shake from her front wheel sporadically but maybe because it was so sporadic, maybe because it happened over a long enough period that I adapted to it or maybe because I'm just cheap....I'd delayed replacing it.

I wrote third, yep, the original and one more had been replaced (under warranty) by Ural.  Now that Scarlett's out of warranty coverage, options open up.

At Moab, I tried fellow Uralista Russ' rig which was equipped with "Sean's R3W" Steering Damper.  It turned and rode very nice I must say.  He rode Scarlett and was quite disturbed by the effect of the failed steering damper on her steering.

I got back from Moab and ordered the kit from Sean0262 (on sovietsteeds) and it arrived today.  Very nice communication (email), very fast delivery and great instructions.  Worth every penny of the $150 that this kit costs.  The replacement steering damper is north of $100+ I think so it's not much more.

The bonus is that the damper itself is a readily available Gabriel Steering Damper, not expensive at all ( less than $30 on amazon link below), if or when it should fail.

The kit though, with its brackets and hardware, are what make the kit a good buy...strong components, well made and designed, make the installation a true bolt-on job.






The kit fits the older Ural rigs along with the newer ones starting with 2014.  If you are having issues with the stock steering damper, consider this alternative!  Tell Sean I sent you!  :)

I went for a ride with the new steering damper, and could not induce headshake no matter what pothole or edge trap I hit.  No headshake when coming off the raised edge of the driveway either!  Yep, the expected initial resistance when going from a standing stop or real slow.  I'll have to find me some rough dirt trails to ride her on but I am confident Sean's R3W Steering Damper will do fine; after all, it's Moab-tested and proven!