New legs

Boxer got some new legs installed. They’re Marzocchi USD45 out of a Husqvarna TE, fitted and shortened stroke, with the Husky front wheel and triples, too. It’s only missing top outer steering bearing race still, but otherwise it’s starting to get close to test ride. Hmm, probably need the front brake lever and fluids as well!

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Car Bon

Carbon, car-bon, rrrrr. I’m spoiled with a little nice shiny bit of carbon on my Husky 701 Enduro. Wings heat shield fits in very nicely with the Wings exhaust, in matching carbon bits. Light, protective, noice!

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X70 hits the spot

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I got the new Fujifilm X70 a few days ago, and have been shooting with it constantly. It’s like the 3/4 squeezed down X100S, with 28mm (film) fixed lens, and tilting backscreen instead of OVF/EVF, but still getting the same sensor and processor (and image quality) as with X100S. I was worried I’d sorely miss the electronic viewfinder (EVF) from X100S, but in all honesty, I have enjoyed the benefits of 28mm focal lenght and smaller size so much that the lack of  EVF has not come into being an irritation at all. In fact, the tilting screen has been a big plus for angled shots on waistline. Also, the 28mm f2.8 lens has proven to be of outstanding quality, right from the full f2.8.  The X70 has hit the spot in my heart, and I wonder what’s going to happen with my X100S now. I guess more of my typical shots benefit from 28mm focal lenght, so that’s the biggest single plus for me, and retaining that  b e a u t i f u l  X-series filmlike image tone, quality and emotion.

 

More here from Fuji: http://fujifilm-x.com/en/cameras/x70/

One + One = 1402

This may be the first ever private paparazzi shot of Husqvarna 1402 😉 At least haven’t seen any two privately owned 701 Enduro’s in the same shot before, so we of course did it with my riding buddy.

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A bunch of us went riding last weekend, through some nice wintery backroads, some of them uncared for – so it was a nice workout plowing through ankle deep new snow roads. Destination local amateur enduro race where our friend was partaking with a two-stroker. We parked an ad-hoc 701 show near the start line and basked in the sunlight, as did these fine bikes.

It was a first proper outing with my 701 and after about 150km of winter riding I am well pleased. The motor and fuel map are really good, soft at the bottom without any on-off jerking around, near impossible to make the bike stumble – a really well sorted out fueling. Suspension seems overall good, I have no complaints so far at all, but snow makes roads kinda soft and easy for the suspension, so I’m not going to praise it more before hitting some real rugged roads and trails.

All in all, a nice step upwards and onwards from KTM690 (because we all tend to compare this to it, all the time) 🙂

Because sound matters

Motorcycle sound is not about being loud, not for me, it’s the tone & character that draw my attention. With that in mind, I ordered a Wings exhaust silencer from Slovenia, because I know their silencers are exceptional good titanium value for money, and sound very nice.

They don’t specifically make a dedicated Husky 701 exhaust, but because the 701 is essentially an evolution from KTM690, with 100% identical LC4 engine, the exhausts are inter-compatible without issues.

Installation was a breeze, and I was ready for a soundcheck in no time. Thumpers just like I want it, don’t need it any louder.

Sparkless

So, I got the boxer to run on my first try, but it clearly wasn’t running properly and would hardly take any throttle. I was thinking maybe the ignition timing is off, better check that. A strobo-lamp attached to the spark plug wire soon told it’s clear tale: igninition timing seemed to be in spec, but more alarmingly the right side spark plug wasn’t firing at all. I knew the suspect, I had been warned before: the ignition coils of the 1990 GS’s were prone to crack, and will cause problems when wet, or start to fail in other ways. They should be replaced with later improved coil models from BMW. As they OEM’s aren’t exactly cheap, I decided to order a used later design model off eBay Deutschland, and try with that. At the same time, I’ll replace the spark wires, plug caps, too. I have all the parts now, but have lacked time and energy to finish up with the installation and re-run. Busy work and now a flu have kept me outside the garage.