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Re: WK400 owners thread.

Post by Andi_Archer » Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:07 am

Glenn_G wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 9:55 pm
'Does anybody know the sizes for the steering bearing and seals please?'

Hi Andi,
You need a couple of 32005 (go with a brand name they'll last much longer :roll: ):
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SKF-Single-R ... hhBMYlP5CA

and a couple of seals :

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/seal-for-tap ... 2749.l2649
Thanks Glen I shall endeavour to order ,being bank holiday I suppose its going to be the end of the week before they arrive :D

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Re: WK400 owners thread.

Post by prg4967 » Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:42 pm

Paul-F wrote:
Andi_Archer wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:33 pm
Glad you enjoyed it Paul and I hope you get to practise what you learned, was it all in the training area. If you dont mind me asking what does Molly charge for the day?
Don't mind at all Andi I paid £260 for the day. I think what happens will vary depending on the person and what Moly sees they'll benefit most from. I'm a novice as you know, here's how my day went:

Turned up at 9ish, had a bit of a chat and then headed off up onto one of the trails. Moly led a loop a couple of times, then followed me round the same loop 3 or 4 times. We stopped quite often for him to explain things to me (I was struggling with one of the tighter bends) then we headed back down.

After a cuppa and a chat we went to the skills area, actually just stayed outside the garages. First he did his tyre demo in the garage with a spare tyre, described the tyre profile and how to make the most of it. Then he had me doing figure of 8s, putting all the weight on the outside and leaning the bike RIGHT over at low speed. First standing then sitting.

I mean I did a LOT of figure of 8s! I can still hear him saying "again" after every short stop for a breather and for him to give me some advice and correct things. What I didn't realise until near the end was that he was surreptitiously moving the cones closer together behind me, bit by bit :)

It was pretty hard work. Eventually my concentration went and we stopped for lunch. He stressed practising constantly, even when we were riding back down to the log cabin for lunch, we were practising and he had me following his lines. I started to feel how much I'd just learned then.

After lunch we went off up the top again and I followed him for a bit. Suddenly the trails were a lot more interesting than the morning one! Steeper and some tight corners, water crossings and riding along a water logged ditch ("What? He expects me to ride through that!?") He led for a bit and then followed me. That's when I really realised what all those figure of 8s were for, everything felt more natural and much easier now, it really surprised me how much. I actually could ride through that stuff!

I think one of Moly's many strengths as a teacher is knowing when to push you but also when to stop. Within a few hours he had me doing stuff I would never have imagined I could do (you'll recognise that, I think!) but he also knew when I couldn't take more in.

He has a very systematic approach based around some core skills, and you're right, he constantly stressed the need for practice - not just riding - in between training sessions.

He gave me five points to work on, had me write them down and email them to him when I got home so I didn't forget. The main thing that strikes me is how committed he is to making sure you improve. Gives you some idea of how impressed I am that I'm going back in a few weeks for another day and expect to be back again after that. In the meantime I'm going to be hunting out empty car parks doing lots more figure of 8s!

The feeling in the afternoon when we went up on the top again I can't describe. Just sheer enjoyment and exhilaration. The practice was hard but when we hit the trails again afterwards it all made so much sense.

It was an absolutely cracking day and I can't wait to get back there. Glad I got a cheap bike so I can afford more training :)
Sounds like a cracking day and worth the money..Image


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Re: WK400 owners thread.

Post by Paul-F » Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:33 pm

Andi_Archer wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:05 am
Talking of which has anyone seen a set of pannier rack or a suitable top box for sale anywhere?
Andi I've got a spare set of the WK pannier racks you can have if you want, no panniers with them tho. When I got the hard panniers they came with racks but the bike already has them on.

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Re: WK400 owners thread.

Post by Paul-F » Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:36 pm

prg4967 wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:42 pm

Sounds like a cracking day and worth the money..Image
Totally :) Who'd have thought it tho, the WK put up with Welsh mountains no problem. I get home and have a gentle trundle up the fosse way and get a flat. And of course the one thing I forgot to put in my tool kit was the t-bar to get the fork pinch bolts off. Grrrrr.

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Re: WK400 owners thread.

Post by Andi_Archer » Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:22 am

Paul-F wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:33 pm
Andi_Archer wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:05 am
Talking of which has anyone seen a set of pannier rack or a suitable top box for sale anywhere?
Andi I've got a spare set of the WK pannier racks you can have if you want, no panniers with them tho. When I got the hard panniers they came with racks but the bike already has them on.
Ooh yes please Paul

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Re: WK400 owners thread.

Post by Paul-F » Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:20 pm

They're yours :) I'll see if I've still got some packaging for them. Or we could meet in the middle on the bikes maybe...

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Re: WK400 owners thread.

Post by Andi_Archer » Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:14 pm

Hi Paul thanks very much if you can post it would be best at the moment as getting lots of stand ups at the moment.
I will PM you my details please let me know the cost of postage and your paypal address.

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Re: WK400 owners thread.

Post by Andi_Archer » Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:34 pm

netsonic wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:20 pm
and today I be mostly fork oiling...……..

I did the fork oil way back in December 2017 , I had the customary knocking and what came out then was horrible, black slurry which stunk. I measured each fork oil volume that came out and had 460ml in each. Based on some research this was assumed too much so went for 360ml which just covered the top of the damper. The result was great, smoother ride no knocking...…... result...….

as I have recently noticed a decline in the smoothness of the forks after around 3000 miles I would do another fork service

again today what came out was grim and this time I did a bit more of a clean and flush, again went for my new baseline of 360ml each leg using standard 5w fork oil. I think as I did a more thorough clean and drain 360ml in the right fork didn't quite cover the damper so have used 370ml in the left and 380ml in the right and will report back once tested
Does anybody know whats needed to disassemble the bottom of the forks, on the DR a 1" square tube surfices to lock the parts up whilst removing the allen key in the base but on these the internals look different?

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Re: WK400 owners thread.

Post by netsonic » Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:40 am

Andi_Archer wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:34 pm
netsonic wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:20 pm
and today I be mostly fork oiling...……..

I did the fork oil way back in December 2017 , I had the customary knocking and what came out then was horrible, black slurry which stunk. I measured each fork oil volume that came out and had 460ml in each. Based on some research this was assumed too much so went for 360ml which just covered the top of the damper. The result was great, smoother ride no knocking...…... result...….

as I have recently noticed a decline in the smoothness of the forks after around 3000 miles I would do another fork service

again today what came out was grim and this time I did a bit more of a clean and flush, again went for my new baseline of 360ml each leg using standard 5w fork oil. I think as I did a more thorough clean and drain 360ml in the right fork didn't quite cover the damper so have used 370ml in the left and 380ml in the right and will report back once tested
Does anybody know whats needed to disassemble the bottom of the forks, on the DR a 1" square tube surfices to lock the parts up whilst removing the allen key in the base but on these the internals look different?

Hi Andi...……...this should help...……………

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=fa ... &FORM=VIRE

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Re: WK400 owners thread.

Post by Andi_Archer » Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:07 pm

Thanks Netsonic it looks like Id need to disassemble the unit to see what size the locking retainer is ensuring to align the adjuster hole on assembly

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