I last rode in 99
on a 640 KTM and
had a minor ambition, this time, - to do better riding the Mighty
Pampera. A bike from
the other end
of the scale..........
It felt weird in
the first test,.
First I stopped the see if the rear brake lever had fallen off - it
but I've been riding other bikes & I couldn't find it straight off.
Then , & it took me all day to work this one out,
it felt loose &
the front, so no confidence in the corners. Which was a shame, as
it carves a good line. Next I binned it on one of those greasy roots. I
just wasn't on the ball. I guess it was odd going straight from
tarmac to off road against the clock without any warm up. Same
everyone of course.
Then on the first
I lost 3 mins - maybe this Pampera wasn't the best tool after all -
likely I was as unfit as usual...
To make matters worse
I then clock
in on the tank top duct tape time - my original running times - and
to add my extra lost time!
The awesome Strata
Florida was next
& I always struggle to keep speedy over those stones & rocks. I
see only pain & punctures! Another minute is lost, but thats
no bother. Just pleased not to fall in the water - which wasn't that
This year there
seemed to be more
road work and lots more firebreak going - we ended up riding most
a Hafren Rally stage , but with a few more off road diversions.
The last off road
stage was the
best - varied riding and the grassy hillside motocross test
round. Again the bike felt flighty on the front, but this test
a bit more open, which oddly enough, was better for the bike.
this was a rutted snotty climb which the Pamp was quietly purring up,
its tiring pilot along, when BANG- locked up transmission
no pressure on the clutch lever.
The chain had slipped
off , jammed
up & taken the clutch slave cylinder with it. Oh the joys of a
clutch! It took a while (& some cussing) to free & I then
carried on with no clutch disengagement.
The bike does
change gear very nicely
without that clutch, but there's no engine braking on a two
So it's take it easy time. Out on the road - I use the kill button to
the bike and wheelie off the line when I snick it into first. Bit
of a pain at traffic lights........
Get back 12 mins
late, but at least
I'm not stuck out in the forest. Of course finding a spare was
- Gas Gas only have enduro parts , as expected, and the Pamp is based
the trials bike. So I'm out.
Thinking about this
later - the O-ring
chain was very close to that clutch slave anyway and there is no case
fitted. Maybe I need to try a different sprocket combo to give more
clearance. The odd handling was down to fork mods I'd just carried out.
Tiger Cub valve springs gave a bit more support to the soft, short
fork springs. But I'd not stiffened the rear to match - so the whole
was always compressing the rear too much. The forks felt a lot better -
in isolation - but the rear is
too soft to match. At
my theory! However the engine did run superbly smooth - particularly on
the latter half of the course when the wind was with us. And
too - got to the fuel check beyond Strata Florida without using
It must have been the most civilised two stroke out there - judging by
the "bag of spanners" noises from following KTMs. And was it better
the 640 Katey for the Welsh? Difficult to call - overall the big
fourstroke was more fun on the fire roads(no, really!!) - but truly
you bogged it.
was definitely more nimble even with weird suspension, but ultimately
slower flat out - I only clocked 63 mph once. I suppose a real Enduro
is required - But I cant justify one for the few events I do.