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Old 02-05-2009, 08:57 PM   #31
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2009 DESERT DAY RIDE - WED JAN 14th


The night before, bike loaded and ready to GO!


Early departure!


On the road!


The sun is coming up and I'm getting closer to Barstow - riding destination!


Arrive to the meet-up destination and time for a little oatmeal. My trusty Jetboil has been great and simple to use. Bring 1-1/2 cups water to boil, add 3/4-cups oatmeal, stir and let set for a few minutes and it's ready to eat.



Desert vegetation of sort...


Time to unload the DirtDawg and get in a couple of laps before the crew shows up.
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Old 02-06-2009, 12:43 AM   #32
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2009 DESERT DAY RIDE - WED JAN 14th


DirtDawg early AM glory light!


Recently added the Moose rear-fender bag. I have a rear tube, chain-link, pliers, zip-ties, tow-strap, registration in here currently.


Powered by: HONDA XR400:)


My headlight is pointed in the wrong direction...
Wished my headlight was this bright - could get some
serious night riding in!


Desert view and the ol'trusty licking it's chops and ready toss some soil samples.


James Hickerson


John Schultz


Kevin Keep


My tool-roll that I carry in my back-pack.


Nice and rocky out here...


John was glad that I carry the tool roll in my backpack. Needed to do some lever attitude adjustment on his compression relever lever. He removed it for the time being. John, don't forget to fix that before our next ride!!!


Helemt collection at lunch.. Troy Lee, Fox, Klim.

Lunch is over and back to riding!!!

View of the terrain. Looks like nice riding area to me!!! Barstow has some nice rugged terrain!


A view towards Big Bear and Johnson Valley.





67-miles for todays little ride. It's my second ride since the neck situation and I am in no pain and stoked to be riding! I still like the rough stuff.
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Old 05-16-2009, 09:38 PM   #33
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2009 May 15 SILVERLAKE TO BIG BEAR TRIAL RIDE

It's been three months since I've last been able to take time to go ride the XR400! It's been way crazy busy at work, but I am not about to complain about that! BUT, Gotta' take a moment and hit the trails!


In Southern California, just getting to the riding area's is a HIKE!
On the 15-FWY heading to Silverlake for a day of trail riding in Big Bear as the desert is now hot and we head for the hills! While the desert is already in the 90's, it's going to be around 74-degree's up in the Big Bear area.


XR400 shadow being cast from the early morning light... I can't wait to be riding on this puppy instead of looking at it creeping up on me.



Harley crew is making their way out of town.


My exit!!! Meeting John Schultz on the edge of Silverwood Lake [camp ground] and will stage our bikes there.


Just on HWY-138 and as it wraps around to get a view towards Wrightwood, I see small traces of snow.


The HWY-138 of the 15-FWY is rather TWISTY!!! I've never been on this stretch of highway before as I am usually cutting across the hill on dirt via Cleghorn.


Bicycle rider making his way down HWY-138 to the 15-FWY.


A view of Silverwood Lake from HWY-138. Almost there!


John Schultz talking to a hobby shop.


My XR400 on the left and John's XR650 on the right.


10-100 break. 10-4 good buddy!



John leaving the Pinnacles Staging Area. Next stop, BIG BEAR!
3N34 Trail Head Start.


John scootin' up the hill. I like to let the dust settle a bit and then roll out.


Just checking which trails we are going on - 3W12


Trails, Trails, Trails... So many trails in this area! I glad John knows his way through this area and he leaves a nice dust cloud to follow too!


Crest over the hill and I just had to stop and take in the view of this cool trail and wanted to let the dust settle to take this image. BIG BEAR = TRAILS!!!!


John Schultz looking a bit like a Storm Trooper. We stop to take a view of the burn area that has hit a very big portion of the local mountains.


Lot's of burn area but the undergrowth vegetation is growing back in.


John's been telling me stories of this creek crossing at Deep Creek.


Deep Creek - next stop!


Well, it's been a while since John has cross Deep Creek...


As Deep Creek has this nice bridge across it now. So much for filling my boots up with water...


More burn area and in the background is Big Bear, the ski slop side.


Closer inspection shows SNOW over there! Man, this little Canon SD780 IS gets out there!


All burnt! But it's time for some good kind of burning - LUNCH!!! Just a few more miles to go!


Lunch time and more route planning!


This is Big Bear...


HELLO! MY NAME IS: John Schultz


Yes, I like pepper in my ketchup. So... Lunch down, 60-miles down and our plan is to run another ridge back towards Silverwood Lake. That was our plan.

Plans change... Everything [dirt roads] is Fawnskin is CLOSED!!! So we re-route and find our way across back to our original road:

Ran up on the Dirt-Dawpler Gang: These guys are all about eatin' dust as they where like 15 of them all riding together, all tearing out behind one another! Much too large of a pack for my flavor.


Arrowhead Lake in for far distance and where we are headed.


Arrowhead Lake zoom view. WOW, this little Canon SD780 IS gets out! Did I say that already?


There is a good amount of water crossing along the trails still.


For those who know the trails around Deep Creek will know this section of hills a few miles up the hill from the bridge. We went up this on the way up to Big Bear and back down - all the way back to Deep Creek where we saw 8 Jeeps working their way up and said they would be coming all the way up through here. So we heading back up as I wanted to see how Jeeps go through here... I'm curious as I have a '92 Land Cruiser and just want to see what it takes as it just gets nasty and littered with all kinds of rocky obstacles. I was tired and wanted a power-nap anyhow.


We wait....


We wait some more...


Those are some NICE AXO boots John!


My new KLIM helmet is nice too!


While waiting on these Jeeps, I start checking out in detail the surrounding burn area aftermath.



Bored yet? Me too! Lets roll!


OK, we could not wait any longer! 35-minutes [10-minute power nap thrown in] and we had to roll!!! We came down and these guys where just coming up from Deep Creek! Dang, John called it! They stopped to talk shop and knock tires before heading up. Will catch'em next time I guess. But just watching them roll up this first bit, and I think that the motorcycles are the way to cover the distance quick out here.





3W14 Trail Head Marker - This is where my story turns a little "SOUTH"


Transmission - R.I.P.


John is off to get the truck... It's going to be a little while. When you have a hour or more to wait, you get bored and start snapping images... but I think I snap images either way...

And you start thinking...

thinking about all the things you need to do to your bike. Poor XR400 needs some news tires. I was skating all over the place. Plus, I need to remember to replace the front tire spare tube in the bag on the front fender. Stuff like that, because I used it on my last ride.

Random:





Was it because...

I was talkin' smack about the slow Jeeps?

More boredum






R.I.P. - DIRTDAWG TRANSMISSION

I loved every minute of riding the socks off this XR400. I have gotten every pennies worth out of it! AND MORE!!! It has had a hard life so I can not be mad at the bike, just lucky it didn't leave me stranded so far out in the middle of the outback! Got LUCKY! Basically what happened is the bikes transmission or something inside there jammed up just as we cross the HWY-173 after about 110-miles of riding for the day, but not quite back to base-camp! It made the loudest grinding-clanking noise!!! Lot's of figuring ahead now for the DIRTDAWG! Not so, "ol'Trusty Dusty any more...

I sit and await John to come pick me up. I sit and think about what could it be... and what am I going to do about fixing it.

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Old 05-19-2009, 02:49 PM   #34
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Garmin GPS 60CSx - Trip Notes


I remember looking at the GPS at lunch time and seeing that we had clicked off 60-miles. We did some extra miles trying to find different routes back before I got cut short.



No time to start tearing down the XR400 yet!

Work is busy and going out of town this weekend:

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Old 05-19-2009, 02:52 PM   #35
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:02 PM   #36
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Sorry to hear about your XR400.

I just rode my 2000 XR400 on the "Sheetiron 300" last weekend and the bike performed perfectly. It makes me think that I'll have this bike for a long time.

Good luck with your XR400!
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Old 06-07-2010, 02:19 PM   #37
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13 Months Later!!!....

Thirteen months later... it's finally time to start working on the XR400. Yes, it's been way over-due on getting the motor out of the XR and seeing just want is ailing this puppy! Too much work, too much flux in life has prevented me from getting to work on the bike. If this is not bad enough, I actually picked up a ATK 605 in December and have yet to even take it for a spin. Life is such... OK, on with the Dirt Dawg Chronicles!


My buddy John Schultz put a little muscle into loosing the nut... Maybe a/one/the/some clutch plate/s fizzled out on me?


But they look just fine!


So maybe the clutch basket may have something going on? Well, it looks just fine too...

So, look around down in the belly of the beast:

And that is where we find something out of place... get the magnet stick out and yes the little foreign object is attracted to it's power like a mosquito to a bug zapper!


That right there my friends is a missing tooth! Not so foreign, just permanently displaced.

Of all the Honda'sperts I have spoken with, none have heard of the XR failing as such. But this old dawg has had a hard life and I'm OK with that. We can re-build it and bring it back to Trusty Dirt Dawg Spec.

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XR 400 Engine Removal

Honda XR 400 Engine Removal (1)
OK, so this past weekend presented some time to finally get the engine and get the DirtDawg revitalized!

Had some spare hands from step-son helping with the motor and daughter snapping the pict's:
Honda XR 400 Engine Removal (4)

Honda XR 400 Engine Removal (5)
According the the manual, the engine weights about 37-pounds in complete form, so it's nice to have the extra hands.

Honda XR 400 Engine Removal (12)

Honda XR 400 Engine
While I'm sure most of you would like to see the full tear-down... I too would like to see the same as well.. BUT... This is where I will be having a professional help! SORRY!!! But I will make sure you get some perks for sticking around...
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Old 06-10-2010, 12:09 AM   #40
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Ordered the H-Factory Manual

I have the Clymer repair manual....


But the Honda Factory Manual has been purchased for the more intensive or in-depth stuff that is not covered in the Clymer manual... such as transmission. I ordered the factory manual from RepairManual.com Read the "About Us" as Len Nelson has put in a lot of labor into his love and biz.
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Wicked XR400 Power Freshy-Fresh'en'ing




The XR400 powerplant is chillin' and ready to visit secret location. Time to get that tranny fixed and maybe even a little top end freshy-fresh'en'ing.
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XR400 Clutch Basket

Clutch basket looks like it has been used for basket weaving:


This clutch basket is TOAST! Notice the areas where the clutch plates sit in the basket and how they have worn grooves in the basket. This is what lends to "hard pull" on the clutch lever. I was always so excited to go ride, I never complained about how hard the clutch was to pull. So, now to see if anyone has an aftermarket clutch basket or go with the good'ol factory Honda clutch basket.

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Honda XR400 Rocker Arms & WEB CAM

The previous owner/shop/racer team of Rick & Phil Gero of Vance & Hines Motorcycle Center located in Sun Valley, California built this bike for his Phil to race in the desert. That was many years ago! Then the bike was sold. Then loaned to a friend and so on before I secured the bike and brought it back to Rick to service as it sat for 2-years or so before I saddled it up.


Basically, it's had a HARD LIFE!


So I guess this is what the HARD LIFE looks like.


The rockers have been over rocked like G-Pa on the turbo rockin chair!

WEB CAM:




This bike has the 440-kit in it, plus the cam, so I bet back in the day it ran strong. I will give WEB CAM a call an see if they do a re-build/grind, or purchase a new WEB or Honda Factory cam. Maybe a WEB CAM with some Cryogenic treatment? Either way, with the engine re-freshed, the DirtDawg is going be AWESOME!!!
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XR400 Busted teeth's on the Second Gear

SO, the main reason for tearing the engine down...


Second gear lost four teeth on one side and one tooth on the other side. This is a CRAZY RARITY for a XR400 motor! This bike has had a hard life before I got my hands on it. But still a rarity! Time to get some parts together to rebuild the DirtDawg!
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Scared Oil Pump Cogs XR400


The oil pump cogs are scared a bit and will replace these. Replacing these will help keep the oil pressure up to par and oil pressure is the lifeblood of the motor!
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