Monday, 6 July 2015

Training and some Powys enduro prep

I took the opportunity this weekend to go and do some much needed maintenance on my ET James/Moto Rally Services KTM EXC 300, ready for the next race - the 2015 Powys Enduro on the 9th of August.

I started by removing the Acerbis 15L tank and re-mounting the standard 9.5L one. Then I replaced my Renthal R3 O-ring chain and the split link, along with the front sprocket. Then I adjusted the chain tension, replaced the air filter and spark plug and bled the front brake.

Once all that was done, I went out to do some training - it was nice to be out but it was hot! I filmed a little bit while I was riding so that I can see where I'm going wrong, especially with the more technical riding. I practiced some hill climbs, crossing big logs, brake slides, wheelies, drifting around corners, pivot turns and some jumps for good measure. I'm feeling good about my technical skills - it's a case of keeping them all together when I'm tired and that's something only bike fitness will give me.

Anyway, I had a great time messing about on the bike and I've only got a few things left to do before the Powys Enduro. I need to check my wheel bearings, change the gearbox oil and overhaul the exhaust system. The front will get new o-ring seals and new springs and the rear will get re-packed.

Hopefully I will be able to squeeze in at least one more practice session before the Powys, but I'm looking forward to it and I know I'll enjoy it, just like I do every year.

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