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This is it. After two years of theorising, trial and error, parts fabrication and emptied beercans, we’re ready to bolt the new forks on to Richard’s Beemer.
Last episode we discussed exactly what components we were using and the modifications being made to fit them up. This time round we’re actually installing the yokes, steering lock and stops, forks, wheel and brakes – everything that’s needed to get Richard’s “number one” bike back on its wheels.
Pete and Rich show off some custom bits that we made – a neat adapter plate set-up for the steering lock and a tidy steering stop that bolts up nicely.
As we post this episode, Horizons Unlimited Mountain Madness (the HUMM) is less than a week away, so Richard’s suspension will be getting a full workout as “Team Garage Night” (Waz, Richard and Garage Night apprentice Etienne) go up against about 150 other competitors, including last year’s second placegetters the Mushman Candidates – Pete, Trent and James.
While we are the “official” bannered outfit, Team GN will be there mostly for fun and comic relief. Most of the serious offroad know-how (and hardware) is in the Mushman “satellite” squad. Trent still shakes his head in disbelief at me taking my Cagiva Elefant on the Humm. Well, I might be able to show him a thing or two (but most likely not).
In the meantime, Richard’s bike is now in one piece and being ridden daily. It is very tall, courtesy of the KTM’s longer legs and the bigger WP rear shock that Rich had fitted when he rode to Singapore. He and Pete have been busy sorting out a longer sidestand.
But Rich is pretty happy so far. What we might need to address down the track are things like the balance between the front and rear spring rates, and the fitting of Richard’s long-range Touratech tanks.
For now, though, it’s time to turn our heads to the Humm and the prospect of enjoying our bikes as a group for the first time in quite a while.