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« on: January 11, 2015, 12:22 PM »

Has anyone here experimented with the bridle on an HQ Salsa 2?  Can you share?
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2015, 01:07 PM »

A very quick experiment is to wrap the upper leading edge bridle leg

around the connector one time on each side. This will shorten that leg

and bring the nose forward. You can also do the same experiment with

the lower leading edge bridle leg, which will have the opposite effect.

You can also try 2 wraps if you liked the effect of one wrap.

When you find a length for each leg you like, unwrap the bridle and simply

retie the tow point. Hope that helps.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2015, 02:52 PM »

Well, the kite has a very plain 3-point bridle arrangement (although it actually has four legs per side).  I was hoping that someone might have already figured out a turbo (or reverse) bridle for the kite.  Maybe similar to the update bridles that some people have made for other kites.  I was looking for a little more radical behavior and was hoping someone had already experimented with it.
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2015, 11:55 PM »

Just because a bridle is 3 or 4 point static, does not mean

the kite won't do tricks.

Many advanced kiters consider the static bridle to be like

having a stick shift transmission: immediate response when

you want it.

Turbo bridles and the like can be considered more like an

automatic transmission. The kite adapts more to any situation,

but is slower to react when tugged upon.

Just one way of looking at it.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2015, 03:59 PM »

That's an interesting point of view.  And I guess I didn't mean to put down static bridles.  This kite flies well, but doesn't really trick for me at all.  I was hoping someone had discovered a path to "trick-ability" and perhaps some insight into its odd behavior.  Maybe it's just a quirky kite, but I'm going to do something with the bridle.  If I can't find anyone who's re-done this kite already, I'm on my own I guess.
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2015, 04:27 PM »

Here is a video of the HQ Salsa 2:

HQ SALSA II on Vimeo


At 1.8 meters ( 71 inches ), the kite is on the small side.

Your inputs need to be small when doing tricks on a kite

this size. I would suggest flying on lines no more than 75 feet.

You might want to add some weight to the bottom of the keel spar.

Perhaps a nickel or two ( a nickel weighs 5 grams ) to see if the kite flips

faster in the pitch direction.
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2015, 05:11 PM »

Yeah, that's the kite.  And that's how it flies.  I have a 5 gram brass rod inside the bottom of the spine and I replaced the shock cord ties at the leading edge nocks with pieces of bridle cord.  Other than that it's stock.
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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2015, 11:30 PM »

sell that kite and buy one that does tricks easier?

life is short.
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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2015, 01:29 AM »

To be honest the Salsa 2 was never intended to be a radical trick kite, to quote HQ " This kite is aimed at beginners who want to make their first experiences with trick and artistic flights.", so it's only going to do basic tricks. If you want to progress you'll probably need a more trick orientated kite maybe the Jive2 or better still the Maestro 2 from the HQ range.
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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2015, 11:07 AM »

Well, first, I own the kite.  Second, I like to play with things.  Third, the kite fits in my suitcase.  So I want to keep it and maybe improve it.
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