My new Elite bearings for my Works Connection https://www.worksconnection.com/ perch arrived today! And let me tell you, if you guys ever have to call them, they have really awesome customer service. And I have incredibly high standards on that since I have to do that myself on a daily basis so I am picky! Plus he was really knowledgeable about where to ride during red sticker season.
We spoke briefly about Foresthill and he said it used to be pretty awesome but since the last winter (which if you guys do not live in CA, our last winter was crazy raining and snowy). It basically has washed away a lot of dirt and left rock. Kinda figured that out on Trail 4. ugh! I thought it had always been that way. I mentioned that I thought I was able to handle a lot of conditions and read the trail reviews about Foresthill and was expecting rocky conditions but not the friggin the Dolomites or the Badlands!
When we went to Mendocino for my birthday the terrain was a lot different than usual after this past winter. The M5 road just past Cedar Camp (Lat – 39° 15′ 51.5592″, Long – 122° 41′ 55.086″) is gone. Literally washed down the side of the mountain. You can take Trail 03 just past Cedar Camp which is super rocky right now (not Foresthill Trail 4 rocky, haha) https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5145207.pdf Or press your luck and bank it and hope for the best. Which is what Shawn did with both bikes, as I chose to walk quietly across the landslide area. I wasn’t about to do that on the YZ my first time out haha! Or the entire weekend, for that matter. We have ridden this entire park from top to bottom, both sides (Penny Pines side: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mendocino/recreation/ohv/recarea/?recid=25164&actid=93 and Middle Creek https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mendocino/recreation/ohv/recarea/?recid=25162&actid=93 (District 36 Cowbell Enduro was out of there) , and even Trail 69 in Pilsbury https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mendocino/recreation/ohv/recarea/?recid=25176&actid=93 We have stayed at Beer Creek (do not recommend as sometimes there are weirdos that seem to stay there). If you do cross Bear Creek near Bear Creek Campground in the early spring, you had better know how to cross deep water. A lot of Dualsport guys like to take these roads, too.
Anyway, I digress! Now my clutch wrist won’t be hurting!! WOO!!!
The ones I got from Amazon? They are heavy, and bulky. And they don’t fit my Works Connection perch, obviously. Plus apparently my Works levers have 3 sealed bearings and although they are fried, if I get new bearings it will be easy to pull again. The clutch becomes unbearable after a day, it stresses my wrist. I have a ganglion cyst on the underpart of my left wrist , no kidding, don’t get old — ever. It gets worse if I ride for several days straight and the clutch is hard to pull. I have to smack it on a table and then it goes down. Weird, right?
I don’t know what I was thinking trying to replace the Works ones with some cruddy no name bran all in the name of rotating more under impact. They are pretty awesome, so I guess we are going back to the bearing store and hope hope hope they have some.
Going back to these!