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    Moab Munched Mechanicals

    As usual Betty Boop and I returned a little beat up from Utah. Here are some of the souvineers from ten days in the southwest:
    These used to be turn signals

    Upper frame damage:

    Subframe and Cyclerack fractures:

    Main frame fracture:

    Burst can of ten year old flat fix sure made a sticky mess when it got eaten up by rear tire:

    "Held on by a thread" comes to mind:
    Accompanying soft tissue damage:

    Now I can't blame this all on Moab's terrain, I did get perhaps a little over my head free-ridding @ Swing Arm City:
    Unbelievable intense winds while camped there did toss Berry Boop downwind three times before I had to strap her to my wildly shaking van to keep bike upright.

    So who else has some repair work to be done? I saw several subframe failures and usual collection of broken turn signals. Come on, drag out the battle damage for our viewing pleasure.

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    I attribute most of this to an overloaded Cyclerack with one gallon of fuel hung at the very back. While I had transfered much of the cantelevered load to an extension of the sub-frame obviously the sub-frame then became overloaded. I shall be extending my frame rearward and likely leaving off CycleRack and fuel except for possible longer gentler rides. For day to day excusions I plan to restore an older smaller tailbag that also ties into frame extension for modular interchangable cargo hauling.
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    Does anyone from the MOAB adventures know what was the longest ride (MILES) ? Do you absolutely require more fuel than the 1.8-ish gallons of the stock TW tank? I see the need to carry a set of tools, but how much extra fuel is needed for the trails/riding that was done? Did anyone need extra fuel (aside from anyone who may have forgotten to fill up before each days riding).
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    holy crap Fred, you beat her up good! maybe a bobber style would be better for you. much less weight and things to break. you could take one light weight bike for the heavy duty terrain and one, well reinforced bike for the really rough long rides
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    I remember someone around the campfire saying something about 142 miles from camp to camp via the white rim trail.

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    If you have a larger fuel tank I believe most rides are doable.
    I ran out of fuel with the stock tank 1/2 way up the Shafer switch back on the white rim trail ride.
    I hit reserve on the flats a few miles past our stop at the river.
    Washington Larry had lent me one of his rota packs so I could continue the journey.
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    The White Rim Trail was the longest ride without any possible comercial re-fueling options. Without any diversions it can be as little as ~120 miles but we wandered a bit so I measured 142 miles. One dirt-crazed Canadian with a stock tank did run dry. Fortunately several of us carried extra fuel to give out but only efranz needed a splash to make it back to camp.
    I would recogmend a little extra fuel in any group just for emergencies.

    Edit: My 2.3 gallon XT225 tank went on reserve at 119 miles rather than it's normal 75 miles. I suspect the filter sock inside the tank on the petcock's Main or the selector valve has a leak allowing another ~45 miles of travel before needing to switch over to the reserve setting. Two days prior also ran ~120 miles on the main for a Mineral Bottom/ Island in the Sky ride before needing to select reserve. Will pull tank and inspect sometime.
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    Great title for a thread Fred - lol

    I see the Cyclerack casualties are still mounting up - mind you, in that kinda terrain I doubt that any rack could withstand the bashing of a gallon of fuel strapped to it

    Has anyone ever tried mounting the fuel on the rear seat (which is load bearing) - you'd need a couple of short uprights to stop it from slipping, but it does "sound" sensible - maybe save the rear racks for clothing and such .....
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    I can attest to some of the rough riding in Moab. Last year I broke my BBQ ManRack, thats perfect for me ; and sent it back to ManRacks. The guy over there was great, its just him I think. It broke where the tabs bolt under the seat. Not only did he re weld it but beefed it up with thicker steel tabs. Repainted it, Lightning fast return, and Free. Fred I think you should consider starting fresh. Your foot is looking old and I think you should buy a new bike.
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    I think back to how Lizrdbrth felt about extra fuel, "Put it between your legs where it belongs". A gallon of fuel weighs about 8 pounds which is not that big of a deal until you start thinking about the bashing we put it through while hanging off the far rear of the rack. Just about the same as swinging an 8 pound sledge hammer down on the rack. I think for rides like the ones out west I would save my stock tank and have a 4 gallon Clarke tank for this occasion. Just buy a second seat so you can modify it and a switch of the seat and tank might take 15 minutes.

    Wow Fred, You have poor Betty looking like a worn out old hag who was ridden hard and put up wet way too often. I sure hope you had more fun than she did.

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