Scrambler Exhaust Video

It was requested that I make a video, so I did.

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VW Bug Pipes on a Scrambler?

Yeah … it works wonderfully. I was looking at exhaust options for the scrambler and most are very expensive (looking at you Arrow). Knowing that the Scrambler is what it is, I’m not looking for performance so stumbling across this thread of using tail pipes from a classic Beetle really caught my eye.

Scrambler - Before and After
Scrambler – Before and After

They fit! Installation was probably one of the most simple things I’ve ever done on a motorcycle.

The good … It’s loud. Not drag-piped Harley loud, but she lets you know she’s there. The weight reduction is phenomenal! These two pipes are less than a pound and the stock muffler have to be nearly 20 pounds. It looks awesome. It really lightens the appearance of the bike considerably. Which is kind of a rabbit hole since now the taillight looks really big … and the mirrors kind of stick up too far … and … and …

The bad … It’s loud … and it pops a lot. I’ll definitely be blocking the secondary air injection today which should tame a bunch of the popping. I should also get it remapped. I’m going to see if Engle has a good map they’d be willing to drop on. If not I guess I’ll be looking for a cable to use TuneECU (and a Windows laptop).

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Every so often …

Looks like a wet commute
Looks like a wet commute

… a motorcycle ride in the rain is a great feeling.

I was with Dad the first time I rode in the rain. We’d been around Nevada, MO visiting Uncle Dan and the rain started pelting us as we were going 75 MPH north on 71. This was before I cared to wear much gear and I can still feel the rain drops hitting my skin like little needles. Once my skin was accustomed to being bombarded, the cooling effect of the rain soaked T-shirt was welcome on a warm day. But, that day was just warm, not hot. The refreshing coolness ceded to bitter cold bringing goosebumps and clenched jaws and shivers. We pulled off the highway to the nearest fast food place and ate some fries while we watched the rain pass.

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Motorcycling in the Midwest

30 Degree Delta
30 Degree Delta

This is one of the frustrating things about motorcycling in the midwest and Missouri specifically. Huge temperature swings. 39 is damned cold at 70 MPH and I need all the layers and barriers that I can fit on my body. 69 on the other hand is comfortable in my summer jacket with the liner in.

Pretty soon we’ll have the ice/snow mix in the morning followed by the 70 degree, clear afternoon.

Is this adventure riding?

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2013 Heartland Park Motorcycle Track Days

bug-eyed triumphs taped up for the track
bug-eyed triumphs taped up for the track
Trackdays are the most legal fun you can have on a motorcycle. If you have a sport bike and reasonable safety gear you owe it to yourself to do a trackday.

There are two riding schools on the schedule this year. I’ve highlighted those in bold. This is highly recommended for anyone new to the track. They go over track safety, etiquette, and the basics of riding on a track. I was very pleased with the school experience when I attended one last year.

This is a repost from Hector on KCSB:

Riding schools are instructed by licensed racers and cover street riding to advance racing skills (track safety, body position, braking, throttle control, visual skills, suspension, passing and track analysis).

There is classroom and one on one instructing throughout the day.

Track day bike prep- tape up headlight, tape up or disconnect taillight, tape up or remove mirrors.

No leaks, no loose body work, good tires, good brake pads, properly functioning controls, no stretched swingarms.

Free Track Experience Rides are conducted on track days. These are limited spots and must be reserved by private message to thesaint or through sponsored dealers.

Discounted Tickets at Motorcycle Closeouts, Reno’s Power Sports, Cafe Racer Inc
Tickets also through HPT.COM

Sat, April 20- Novice/Intermediate/Advance
Sun, April 21- Novice/Intermediate/Advance

Mon, May 27- Novice/Intermediate/Advance

Sun, June 23- Novice/Intermediate/Advance
Mon, June 24- All Level Riding School/Intermediate/Advance

Sat, July 20- Novice/Intermediate/Advance
Sun, July 21- Novice/Intermediate/Advance

Sat, Aug 17- All Level Riding School/Intermediate/Advance
Sun, Aug 18- Novice/Intermediate/Advance

Sat, Sept 28- Novice/Intermediate/Advance
Sun, Sept 29- Novice/Intermediate/Advance

Sat, Oct 19- Novice/Intermediate/Advance
Sun, Oct 20- Novice/Intermediate/Advance

Thank you
Hector St.John

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