A different bike for me and another Sidcup Enduro in bright sunny weather, untypical so far for this month, somebody been selling their soul to the devil. I first rode the WRF 250 03 in the quagmire that was Portsmouth H & H the weekend before, did seven laps before the thought of picking the mud laden piece of lead of the ground one more time become too much, so I was looking forward to trying it out in a less demanding situation. Already had a couple of concerns bike wise, another iffy clutch, this time the cable pull was very heavy mainly down to worn inner hub and heavy duty springs, most of Saturdays bike prep was taken trying to fit the hydraulic clutch that was on the YZ 125 as a trip to moto-ward come up empty handed, IMS foot pegs and Ohlins rear shock also made the switch to the new bike.
Taken on the second lap..Warning occasional F word
Even though I tested the bike the day before and everything was working ok on my first lap the clutch would not disengage fully dragging me into corners, made a couple of adjustments in the pits and took it easy on the first special test. To be quite honest my riding was appalling had a complete lack of confidence on the WRF just seamed like a big weight to drag around by the end of the second lap it also develop a misfire/flat spot in the midrange not clearing until high up in the rev range, the previous owner had told me about this intermittent problem pointing towards the CDI as the culprit but I’m not so sure, anyway annoying as it was the bike was still rideable.
By mid distance the bike and I finally clicked and I was enjoying it, it’s nice to get a flowing rhythm going again instead of fighting it. With the tight check set at 19 minutes and my fastest lap so far being a 23 without pushing to hard I was just concentrating on reserving some energy for that. I looked at my timecard for the next check time noticed I had 30 minute check cruised round, come into the pits asked Malcolm how many minutes I had left which he replied none as this was the tight check, oh well live and learn, next time I’ll have the check times written on the bike like I usually have.
A very good course set up by Sidcup really enjoyable to ride, more flowing than previous years and the extra field was a nice blast or a good place to relax depending on your situation. The “hard” routes were also a welcomed edition it’s always nice to have the choice. I also have to mention the juniors they were no trouble at all moving out of the way quickly and respect to them for getting round.