Showing posts with label yagi Maintenance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label yagi Maintenance. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Light repairs, maintenance, Ospreys and fake missiles

 Still boondocking in the Block C section of the Barry Goldwater Gunnery Range and having a pretty good time with the isolation and quiet solitude.  

Still lots of traffic by Border Patrol vehicles but they've become background noise to me by now.

Tuesday, November 17


Rode Yagi, my TW200, to the town of Roll, AZ....Just north of the nearest town to my campsite: Tacna.  I was picking up a replacement 35 white lamp for the sidecar light on Fiona which had taken a rock and then broken at the beginning of the trip.


Got the bulb just fine, and then I decided to ride west on Old US 80 to explore for possible campsites in the Block B section of the Barry Goldwater Gunnery Range.

We used the 35 E. exit and ended up in the Camino Del Diablo (devils road ) which was very sandy but still doable by the URRV. I went south about 5 miles and found a spot by the roadside which would work but wasn’t as good as the one on the block C section of the Gunnery Range.

I wandered around for a bit but didn’t really like the area too much Boondocking. I then headed back north using a road created to put in a power line.   It was sandier than I liked and caused me to go really slow on Yagi.

Made it back to the town of Wellton, AZ just fine and used Old US 80 again to return to 40 E. Then went south back to the campsite after gassing up at the gas station next to I-80.

I had noticed some flat spots while accelerating on the highway on Yagi and decided to check the spark plug in the air filter. The spark plug was fine but the air filter was filthy!

I cleaned the air filter using some dishwashing detergent and put it back in l, once it was dry thinking that it would be OK to not oil it up since I did not have air filter oil with me. This would reveal itself to be a mistake during the test ride later on!

An observation vehicle I spotted set up on a nearby hill, I went
closer to it for pics

Those sure look like cameras to me, the rectangular object was 
slowly spinning around so I figured some type of radar.

Not sure who owned the above piece of surveillance equipment, the military or the border patrol but regardless, they soon left for somewhere else.

I spent part of the afternoon taking pictures of a couple of Osprey Tilt Rotor aircraft that were zooming about.  They're much faster than the Super Stallions I saw before when in airplane mode of course but can still carry troops and land like helicopters.....pretty cool aircraft.







I didn't see them do any landings or takeoffs though and rarely did they come close enough for my telephoto lens to capture them.

By the time I did the test ride, Yagi wasn't performing well, lots of hesitation on acceleration.

Turns out there was now too much air flowing through the clean air filter and causing the bike to run lean according to RichardM.  He’s always the first one I turn to when experiencing new mechanical symptoms.

It was night by this time and so it would wait till the morning when I would get some oil from the auto parts store in Wellton.

Wednesday, November 18

I rode Fiona after breakfast to the town of Wellton and got the K&N oil kit for air filters at the NAPA store.

Upon my return to the campsite I spent some time cleaning everything up really good and oiling up the air filter according to the directions.

Once finished I went for a test ride and all is well once again with Yagi’s performance. Later on I will go out on the highway to get her above 50 miles an hour and see how she does.

I also checked the air filter on Fiona; and while there was some light dust on top of the air filter which I was able to knock out it, it seemed OK otherwise.

The rest of the day was spent hanging out at the URRV, cleaning off the engine on Fiona and just reading my e-book in the shade during the hot part of the day.

As Sunset approached, I rode Yagi to the top of the telcom hilltop and spotted something I'd missed completely the last couple of days.  It was a fake missile complex, probably used in the past to train pilots in their engagement perhaps or just identification?  Not sure.


I then rode over to the missile site to get a closer view:



There were six fake missile emplacements similar to the one above, surrounding a set of six round barrel like structures in the middle, perhaps simulating missile silos?


Anyways, was a bit chagrined I'd not spotted this site before, it laying very close to the row of old armored vehicles.  I guess I focused on the armored vehicles and just rode past without spotting the missiles!

Sunrise of the distant mountains from atop the telcom hill:



Perhaps 40 minutes after the sun had set, I was sitting outside the URRV, enjoying the evening's cool breeze and relief from the hot temperatures of the day.

That's Jupiter slightly above and to the left of the moon above.


Sunday, July 26, 2020

Prepping for more camping

Some tasks prior to going camping again.

To hopefully remedy the weird engine performance behavior when trying to do steep highways and not being able to hold 55 mph when above 10,000 ft (3028 meters); I swapped out the main jet in my 2006 TW200's carburetor.

Based on info I found on the tw200 forum, I had bought Keihin Jets from carbjetkits.com:

1 x Main Jet 99101-393-105

1 x Main Jet 99101-393-110

1 x Main Jet 99101-393-115


The last number is the size of the jet.  The stock jet the TW200 came with is size 125 and the theory is its too much fuel above 10,000 ft where there's less air for the air/fuel mixture.  (Thanks RichardM for the reminder)

You have to remove the fuel bowl at the bottom of the carburetor to access the jets so I had to loosen the worm gear hose clamps, unhook the fuel line, and also unhook an air line going into the exhaust side manifold of the carburetor.

Then, I could rotate the carburetor's bottom side to the left so I could access the fuel bowl screws:


Once I had the bowl off, I also checked the size of the idle jet:

Idle Jet

Then, using an 8mm wrench to loosen the main jet assembly, using same wrench and I think a 6mm wrench, I removed the 125 jet and replaced it with a 110 jet:

#110 Keihin Jet now in place

Putting everything back together went smoothly, made sure the carburetor was as level as possible, reinstalled all removed hoses....went for a test ride and she ran as normal.  Hopefully I'll find some high altitude riding during this coming camping trip to see if it helps or hinders.

I geared up and rode to the RV storage yard to pick up Umarang and Yagi held 55 mph just fine.  In fact, I had to throttle back at one point because I was inadvertently doing almost 60 in a 40 mph zone!

The above speed could have been a result of one of three DAC*s trying to kill me with their cars though.

Retrieved the URRV, trailering Yagi back using the Pitbull Restrain System.

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Water notes:  Overflow tubes started at 30 gallons per the water meter as expected.  Put 6 gallons in the water heater tank and an additional 17 gallons in three containers for washing; 5 gallons in separate jub for flushing the toilet.

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Got 12 replacement caps for the ends of the steps of the RV ladder for $24 from here: LINK, some of the original ones are cracking and falling apart so I'll be replacing the ones that need to be replaced.


Saturday, December 21, 2019

Riding about the Three Rivers Area, NM

December 20, 2019

Lots of history in this small area, to include one of the major residents here being the first Cabinet Level official convicted in the Tea Pot Dome Scandal.

Found all this out via a quick read of a book titled Tres Ritos (Three Rites), the original name of the area where three creeks converge in the valley.  Written by Gary Cozzens, it was a book one can borrow from the campground office.


I would end up using captures of some of the pictures in the book to show "then and now" further in this post.

After it got above freezing, I geared up warmly and drove Fiona, the '99 Patrol sidecar rig all the way to the Three Rivers National Forest Campground, about 8 miles away closer in to Sierra Blanca Peak.  The road is well maintained so driving a big RV to the campground is not a big deal, though the campsites didn't seem to be very big as I cruised through.

On the way back towards camp, I explored every side county road I came across:


The above county road would end at the border with the Mescalero Apache Reservation, stopping any further progress:


Getting closer to camp, I took a different county road to check out the Santo Niño de Atocha Chapel

 I didn't go inside the church but I later found another blogger 
who did:  LINK

Circa 1960s
Source is Gary Cozzen's book

 Wooden Cross, I wonder if it used to
be on top of the church steeple?

 Santo Niño de Atocha Cemetery, note the white cross
atop the cliff in the background.

The cliffs are part of what's called the Palisades
 The ruins of a building near the church, with
the two crosses atop the cliffs visible


Just past these above ruins, is the dirt road leading to the Stations of the Cross trail which apparently leads all the way to the top of one of the Palisade Cliffs.  I found another post where someone hiked this rather steep trail which saved me the effort!  LINK to see pics from up top:

There's 13 stations of the cross along the hiking trail, I just took pictures of the first three:


 closeup of the above first station



I then returned to camp and finally got around to putting the Rideon Tire Sealant into Yagi's tires.  This is in expectation of picking up cactus spines while riding my TW200 in Arizona later on this trip.

As part of the installation, you ride the motorcycle 4-6 miles to spread the sealant evenly within the tire's inner tube.  As part of this riding, I rode east towards US54 and took more pics for then and now:

Source is Gary Cozzen's book

 The school is now a private residence

circa 1950
Source is Gary Cozzen's book


A couple of the "animals" on display:


 Anyone want a Barbed Wire Rhino?

I wandered about with Yagi, exploring side trails that I'd skipped while on Fiona.  Didn't get very far on any of them, they either ended up in very bad conditions:


or became very rocky and seemingly miles of the same stuff:


or, I hit the reserve point on Yagi's tiny gas tank (1.8 gallon) and had to ride back towards camp to get more gas as there were no nearby gas stations.



Friday, August 16, 2019

Reinforcing broken frame bracket, a new rear tire and storage option for Yagi

Follow up to my last post:

The replacement rear tire for Yagi, the 2006 Yamaha TW200 (T-Dub) arrived earlier in the day than I expected to day.

Got the old wheel off with no issues after reviewing the applicable YouTube video by tdubskid.


Note how worn down the T-Dub's rear tire had become.

Bundled the old and new tires into the trunk of the car and off I went to Performance Cycle to get the tires swapped out.  Cost?  $32.

Got the wheel with  the new tire installed with minimal hassles.  There's some slight juggling of components, and sequence is important but again, no big deal.

Then it was time to reinforce the cracked, almost broken bracket onto which the upper mount of the Cyclerack Cargo Rack mounts.

The frame bracket in question.
Not too bad, but time to reinforce it.

Bought some steel strap with 5/16" holes in it.  Cut to fit over the above bracket and modified it to still allow the use of the two smaller screw holes used by the cargo rack mount screws.

 Three bolts with corresponding washers, lock nuts and nut 
secure the steel strap  to the damaged aluminum bracket


I cleaned up the bracing I'd put in place to hold the top mounting bracket in place for the cargo rack, which had broken at the weld before.


Also added metal strapping as reinforcement

OK, so everything went back onto Yagi with only minor adjustments required to accommodate the center Hex Bolt in the middle of the steel strap.  

Gave the cargo rack a tug and it feels pretty solid; the only give is at the above picture's hold down points.

I also decided to remove the soft panniers that I'd been using on Yagi and replace it with a plain old plastic toolbox I had just laying around.  Easy to mount, fits nice, and looks OK.


 Now I have the option to carry one gallon of extra gas either
secured to the back of the top case or:

inside the top case!  Probably more secure this way.
But when I add in air compressor, jump start battery....


The weight of the gas is definitely more forward, and shouldn't cause oscillations that break things again when riding off pavement.

We'll see how this new cargo arrangement works out over the next few outings with Yagi.

Update: The metal strap in the middle broke, replaced it with small portion of same steel strap used as support, we'll see how long that lasts.