From: JayC on 18 Jan 2008 17:23
On Jan 18, 3:25 pm, Mike Baxter <mgb...(a)comcast.net> wrote:
> Riding in a few inches of snow is a blast. Trying to cross deep, wet
> snow drifts really sucks.
Agreed. Mushy snow does suck - although if you hit it fast enough, it
rides just like deep sand (not that deep sand doesn't suck) - lots of
throttle and steer with the rear wheel.
From: dsc-ky on 20 Jan 2008 19:36
On Jan 16, 10:24 am, "Jeff Deeney" <jeff.nospam.dee...(a)hp.com> wrote:
> "XR650L_Dave" <spamTHIS...(a)yahoo.com> wrote in message
> > Looks like the straps might be a bit weak, unless you can get the
> > chains to wedge between rows of knobs.
> > I've ridden with rope wrapped around the rear rim, worked halfway
> > decent. How many per rim you thinking of using?
> The straps are double layer (tubular) climbing webbing, 5/8" wide. Doubling
> over the straps increases the strength, & decreases stress on the buckle.
> Yes, with the right tire, they happen to nest right between rows of knobs.
> The V- bar chain enables them to stick above the knobs.http://home.comcast..net/~jldeeney/chains/front2.JPGhttp://home.comcast.net/~jldeeney/chains/rear3.JPGhttp://home.comcast.net/~jldeeney/chains/rear1.JPG
> I'm thinking 8 per wheel.
Maybe if you can replace the straps with a bolt or turnbuckle like
thing that you can get really tight????
From: dsc-ky on 20 Jan 2008 19:39
On Jan 17, 11:53 am, "Jeff Deeney" <jeff.nospam.dee...(a)hp.com> wrote:
> "Jeff Deeney" <j...(a)nospam.com> wrote in message
> > "oldfart" <alan.westco...(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
> >> I've used chains for years but without any sort of success. It amounts
> >> to a 520 drive chain wraped around my rear axel and tire. My problem
> >> has been getting power to the drive wheel once I get traction to my
> >> tire. OF
> I get it. The part about wrapping the chain around the tire threw me,
> especially since I considered using an old 520 chain as a traction device.
> If I hadn't just cleaned my garage & thrown out an old chain, I would have
> tried it.
I once had an old tire that I attached 520 drive cain with stove bolts
through the sidewall... never had the guts to test it. I think it
might be possible to use 520 drive chain as the cross link and string
cable through the ends on each side... again just a matter of getting
it tight and having it heavy duty enough not to break. You could weld
some ice cleats on it too. Would be a good use for old chains. :)
From: dsc-ky on 20 Jan 2008 19:41
On Jan 18, 5:23 pm, JayC <j...(a)sysmatrix.net> wrote:
> On Jan 18, 3:25 pm, Mike Baxter <mgb...(a)comcast.net> wrote:
> > Riding in a few inches of snow is a blast. Trying to cross deep, wet
> > snow drifts really sucks.
> Agreed. Mushy snow does suck - although if you hit it fast enough, it
> rides just like deep sand (not that deep sand doesn't suck) - lots of
> throttle and steer with the rear wheel.
If it gets sufficiently deep everywhere, a paddle tire might work...
From: Tim H on 21 Jan 2008 14:31
On Jan 21, 10:29 am, "Jeff Deeney" <j...(a)nospam.com> wrote:
> During Beta testing, I reached two conclusions:
> -Screws are far better than chains
> -The 300XCW with auto clutch is a terrible snow bike (The XR200 rocked!)
> Next winter ride, I'll be putting ice screws in the XR200. That thing will
> be an ice monster. 40hp does no good when you can only use 5 of it. The
> autoclutch kept me from lugging the 2-stroke all the way down to idle, which
> is where the best traction can be found.
I'm jealous that you have such nice snow to play in.
Try adding more tungsten balls to the clutch. Rekluse sent my clutch
with 5 tungsten balls, and instructions that would lead you to believe
that you shouldn't
use more of them, but on the recommendation of our Mr. Cook, I doubled
that to 10 tungsten balls, and the improvement in low end hook up was
monumental. The bike
will still idle in gear, but as soon as you crack the throttle it
starts hooking up. The loss of the low speed hook up was the main
compaint I had with the Rekluse, but now I'm a happy camper. For the
kind of riding we do, more heavy balls is definetely better.