Home from Michigan Friday afternoon, the original plans for the rest of the weekend sort of fell through. Perfect weather and temperatures, it was only natural to get out on the bike for some late summer miles, my adjustment to the schedule. Not all that early Saturday morning, I was anxious to take the Elite 250 out for a ride. A couple of weeks ago I rode it into Red Wing and all went well but on the way home, something was going wrong. The short story, somehow the airbox had come loose, the throttle cable clamp was loose and when I tried to fasten the plenum back on to the carburetor mouth, things just weren't lining up. Old hard plastic, apparently a bit deformed just wasn't going back into place. Cable clamp adjusted and tightened but I finally gave up trying to get the air passages back where they belonged.
Taking a better look, there was room for some other filter and a very cheap foam version was found online for a 48mm carb intake. With no real air filter oil, I just used some straight 30w that I used to run in the tractor. If I'd been thinking, the Bar Oil would have been a better choice but apparently I wasn't thinking. So a too short test ride out the driveway was successful, the scooter running at full strength.
Starting out Saturday on the Elite for my Wisconsin loop things soon went awry. The scooter ran fine on straight petrol, it ran very poorly on straight 30w. Off and on, on and off, I limped back home. Any time there was an extra load, the bike would quickly stall out and most of the time keep running. Most of the time.
I got home and swapped out the Elite for its bigger no-clutch brother, the 400 Auto and that fine machine ran like a top.
The Red loop Saturday on the Honda and the Green loop Sunday on the Morphous.
Bridge painting on the Wabasha-Nelson Bridge...
Along the river in Durand....
Twisted Sisters Bar.....I didn't stop
Five-Mile Bluff Prairie.....
Guess who I met on a Springfield Blue 2014 Indian this morning??
The Elite has been fiddled with and is now super tuned and race ready! I plan to share its many strong attributes with the guys at the Hiawatha BMW Rally in September.