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Husqvarna Motorcycles Unveil 2019 Enduro Line-Up
Featuring Key Upgrades Husqvarna 2019 Enduro Motorcycles Again Set The Benchmark for Quality, Technology & Performance   May 17, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Husqvarna Motorcycles are proud to lift the covers off their complete range of 2019 enduro models – a sophisticated line-up of premium machines that perfectly embody the brand’s pioneering spirit and feature the most advanced technology ever seen in the offroad motorcycles segment. Husqvarna Enduro TE 250i MY19 The whole range features state-of-the-art, powerful and light engines, together with the most advanced engine management systems. With innovative, recently introduced electronic fuel injection on the 2-stroke TE 250i and TE 300i models, all 4-stroke machines benefit from traction control with electric starters fitted as standard on all models apart the TX 125. Husqvarna Enduro TE 300i MY19 For model year 2019 Husqvarna Motorcycles introduce a list of carefully-considered updates across their enduro line-up. Combining top-level performance with unprecedented ease of use across all terrains, the 2019 enduro models are here to deliver a next-level enduro riding experience. KEY FEATURES ACROSS THE RANGE For model year 2019 Husqvarna unveil an exciting new generation of seven [eight with the TE 150 for the US market] new 2-stroke and 4-stroke enduro machines. Husqvarna Enduro TX 125 MY19 Remaining true to their commitment to never-ending development, for MY19 Husqvarna Motorcycles’ engineers introduce a new series of settings for both the WP Xplor 48 forks and the WP DCC shock. The latest suspension on all Husqvarna enduro models provides advanced damping characteristics with a stiffer setting for more bottoming resistance, to suit the needs of a wide range of offroad riders. Husqvarna Enduro FE 250 MY19 Updates for MY19 include the new Diaphragm Steel Clutch on the TX 125 and TE 150 and the new clutch cover with improved wear resistance on all models. Husqvarna Enduro FE 350 MY19 Retaining their dynamic, sharp and sleek looking bodywork, Husqvarna’s 2019 enduro models feature a futuristic design in their brand new graphics, which stylishly acknowledges the brand’s Swedish heritage. Coinciding with the unveiling of the enduro range, Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to introduce a new line-up of clothing and accessories. Husqvarna Enduro FE 450 MY19 Combining Swedish inspired design with premium quality, the 2019 clothing range offers casual and functional garments to meet the needs of all dedicated fans. Enriched for 2019, Husqvarna Motorcycles’ range of accessories contains premium parts designed to enhance and protect all enduro machines. Husqvarna Enduro FE 501 MY19 The new Husqvarna Motorcycles MY19 enduro range will be available in Europe from May 2018 onwards, at all authorised Husqvarna Motorcycles dealers. For all details on pricing and availability, please refer to your national Husqvarna Motorcycles subsidiary or importer. Media Partners, The full Media Kit is available for download here: http://bit.ly/HQV_ENDURO_MY19_MEDIA_INFORMATION   Husqvarna Motorcycles. Tradition on two wheels since 1903. Husqvarna Motorcycles are widely known and respected in the off-road world for a heritage of competition and numerous motocross and enduro world championships. Originally founded in Sweden in 1903, Husqvarna Motorcycles have been designed and manufactured in Mattighofen, Austria since 2013. Source: Husqvarna Motorcycles GmbH
Posted by Bryan Bosch on May 17, 2018

Trade your way to a better bike!
Tired of your ride and want to try something new? Bike too big or too small and think you need a size adjustment? Here are a few pointers on how to trade what you have now for that perfect bike you’ve been dreaming of at little to no cost! If you are thinking of swapping dirt bikes there are a few strategies that you must be familiar with to be successful.   The first strategy and the hardest part of trading off road motorcycles is getting one in the first place if you do not already have one. Riders do like to swap bikes, however it is uncommon that they want to trade it for something other than another dirt bike. The only people who are usually looking to get out of the sport are those that either have been injured or those who have a new family and no longer have the time to ride. In either case both those types of people are usually looking to maximize their profits to help out with their respective causes. If you do not already have a bike I found that there are two main items people usually swap one for. The first are ATV’s. People who have dirt bikes tend to be hooked to off road riding, though some find dirt bikes too hard to too risky. These are the types of people that want to swap for an ATV. It’s been my experience that most people prefer 4X4 ATV’s instead of the race ATV. I find this I mostly due to again race ATVs being too fast and higher risk. Also some people prefer them because you can have a passenger and is cheaper to ride 2 up on an ATV then have 2 bikes. If you don’t have an ATV to trade the second most popular trade item sought are boats. The most popular boats accepted as trades seem to be bow riders. After contacting a few of these people, it seems that they no longer have the time for both their fishing and biking past times and they chose fishing as their primary activity. Lastly if you have neither an ATV nor boat to trade you can try household items such as riding lawn mowers, snow blowers, hunting equipment etc. I was able to secure a 1984 Honda CR 125 by trading some camping equipment I had just sitting in my basement. I did have to drive over 6 hours but seeing as how I was looking for trades for a few months at that point I jumped at the chance.   The second strategy of trading is if you have a two stroke then trade it for a four stroke or vice versa. We all know the two vs four stroke debate. Some people just prefer to ride the one style vs another. This is your opportunity to profit by finding someone who just rode their buddy’s horse from a different pasture and trading with them. Nobody likes to lose out in a deal but you can turn that feeling of joy they felt in riding the other style bike into value in your bike. What I mean is people will trade their newer bikes for ones a few years older simply because they feel that style is better for them. This may take some convincing by reminding them how great that snappy responsive two stroke is vs their heavy slow four stroke, or how much smoother and more neighbor friendly your four stroke is vs their two stroke. The main point here is find out why are coveting their neighbor’s goods and play on that. Most of the time people are willing to sacrifice to trade for your bike that’s a few model years older to get what they want. The third way to trade up bikes is to trade one in perfect running condition for one that is not. The purpose for this would be to trade from an older model of either stroke to a newer one. For this you will need some mechanical prowess and a few dollars depending on what needs to be done. I wouldn’t really recommend trading a fully functional bike for a nonfunctioning one unless the nonfunctioning one is significantly newer. One of the main points here is that the newer bike should have a greater value when running then your old bike plus the amount of money you’re going to sink into the new one to get it running. This is how I was able to get from my 1984 Honda CR125 to a 2005 Yamaha 250F. The owner could not start it and just wanted a bike that ran. As it turns out all the bike needed was a valve shim (At this point in my riding career I was just starting to work on bikes and made a fatal error in placing the new shim causing a catastrophic failure but none the less the bike was able to start and run. Had I done the work correctly I would have been well ahead but more on this in a later blog) Beware of people who claim it just needs a carb clean, as this is almost never the reason it’s not running. Be prepared to replace the whole valve train. Another way of trading and the fourth on this list is trading from a motocross style bike to a trail riding model or vice versa. Often times a racer will want to give up on the motocross scene and get into the relaxed world of trail riding. This may be your opportunity to trade your slightly older comfortable Cadillac cruising trail bike for their newer high revving beast. On the contrary others may opt to want to get into the fast paced world of mx racing and give up their newer modded trail riding pony for your motocross bike. I personally traded my 2005 Yamaha 250F for a 2004 Yamaha WR250F for the reasons stated above. The race bike was all I could trade for at the time, but it gave me leverage to get into the WR. A fellow in my town build a new mx track so I was able to capitalize on someone trading in their trail bike to get onto the track. Most people are wary to get a bike that has been raced, but if you’ve taken care of it, have a log of the work that’s been done and can show receipts of work you will have a much easier time. I tend to trust racers who know their bikes inside and out more than I do the backyard trail riders who have never checked their shims or cleaned their oil screen. There are however some racers who bag the crap out of their bikes then dump them, and trail riders who meticulously care for their princesses so you have to ask the questions. What have you done, when and how many hours.     Lastly the fifth method of trading is for power. There are plenty of people out there who bite off more than they can chew and are looking to trade their 450 four stroke or 250 two stroke for the next smaller size down. This also works in reverse for people who have outgrown their bikes and are looking to trade up. Many times they are willing to sacrifice a couple of model years to achieve this, or go from a more expensive brand to a less expensive brand to get what they want.   Some other points when it comes to trading are to be patient. Frequent all of the different online used sites. Some people include a willingness to trade in their ad, others don’t, I would ask everyone who has an online ad regardless on if they say they will trade or not as often times they have just never thought of it. Never trust anyone at their word on what the bike needs to be repaired unless it’s backed up by a repair shops written opinion. Be willing to travel and check your neighboring town’s ads as well. Its rare, but you may also benefit by trading your bike for something not necessarily what you wanted, but something that is more trade-able or more desirable then what you have as a mid-step to trade for what you want. Do you have a good trade story? Share it in the comments below!
Posted by Husquire on May 09, 2018

Corner Line Selection with Garrahan Off-Road Training
In this training video I cover cornering line selection on the motocross track and the advantages & disadvantages of each.  As always, if you have any questions, hit me up in the comments section below. I look forward to hearing from you. Brian Garrahan Garrahan Off-Road Training
Posted by Garrahan Off-Road Training on May 08, 2018

Rhino USA Shackle Hitch Receiver
I hate empty receiver hitches, but I also hate having my shin or knee taken out by a hitch.  So a while back I bought a shackle hitch for my lifted and locked Jeep Cherokee from Harbor Freight.  Wimpiest little thing I ever saw, it was almost embarrassing to have it mounted on my Jeep.  Then, enter Rhino USA as a TT sponsor.  I always at least check out the products from new sponsors here, so I went to their website to see what they had to offer.  Their shackle hitch immediately caught my eye, it was massive.  16 ton capacity!  I could pull a house with that thing if my Cherokee were capable of doing so.  Ordered one up and when I got it I was even more impressed seeing it in person.  Very nice black finish, the hitch itself looks to be bombproof, and the shackle is the heaviest duty one I have seen short of the stuff they use in the oil field.  My receiver is not empty, and I'm not embarrassed either.
Posted by Bryan Bosch on Jan 15, 2018

Organic Dirtbike Film coming soon
The official Never Ride Alone film trailer   A couple of years ago, a big dream of mine began manifesting itself into a huge film project. The story has been there since our group of buddies took on the 2007  Baja 1000. We put together a hodge podge team of riders/friends to take on one of the coolest races on the planet. One that we had all dreamed about as kids...some day. The idea of the story was to bring the same team of riders together, ten years later,  to take on another impossible. Ride from the Peruvian Amazon Jungle through the entire Andes Mountain range, and end up at the beach on the Pacific Coast of Peru. No route, just overland enduro. Navigating however we could manage to reach our destination.  The plan was being put together by a professional film producer and director. The film and support crews were being built, the logistics plan was developing, and the excitement from the riders was explosive. At the finish line 2007 Baja 1000 Our project took a tough turn. With a number of obstacles in our way, we postponed the project until the right pieces lined up. In the meantime, there was a section of two months that I had blocked out for filming and doing the ride. I had arranged to keep that time free and not schedule any tours or travel. Capturing stories on film... During the months leading up to our original film date, a backup film project reared its head. I could see things unraveling with our original project and didn't want to lose two months without anything planned.  I developed the idea of doing a solo film project. This one would be all on my shoulders. Nobody to count on but me. No film crews. No other riders...just my bike, my backpack, and my camera. The Andes are a special place I am now at the final stages of completing the project. It's been a couple of years in the making. I thought I would share the trailer with the Thumpertalk community and let the cat out of the bag so to speak.  I still have a lot of finish work to do, but the end is near. I am currently building the promotion and marketing side of the distribution effort. Make sure to like and follow our Facebook movie page at Never Ride Alone Film. From there, all the updates and release information will be available. Some alone time... As with everything we do at MotoMission, the film project is another one of our endeavors to help support social projects in the area of Cusco, Peru.  Our hope is that the proceeds from the film will help support our partners at the Altivas Canas Children's Project for many years into the future.. Enjoy the trailer...And be on the lookout for an exciting film journey through the Andes by another Thumpertalk member gearhead and budding filmmaker.   Scott Englund Owner/Operator MotoMission Peru    
Posted by scottiedawg on Apr 24, 2018

Dirt Bikes

Cross Trainer Duribility and Maintinence
I've always been a Honda 4T fan. Basic, easy maintenance that a noob like me can perform and they run forever. I'm seriously considering the '18 Cross Trainer. It looks to be the perfect bike for my riding area (tight single track). I have no experience with Beta and my concerns are: Durability, I'm a crap rider and crash a lot. Maintenance, I don't overly enjoy wrenching. I don't hate it but if I have a bike that constantly needs to be tweaked I'll end up hating it. Constant rebuilds, adjustments etc is a deal breaker for me. Cost and availability of parts. Longevity, I ride easy to intermediate trails and would want the bike to last me 20 years (assuming it's properly maintained). For those of you who have one, are my concerns unfounded?
Naked (no graphic) Betas...
Curious if any of you dudes are rocking just plain plastic on your RR's with no graphics.  If so post them up so i can see! I split my rear fender yesterday and am thinking about getting a polisport set.  My shrouds are still in ok condition so i was thinking about yanking those and preserving them.  We ride tight PNW woods so the bikes are constantly getting hit by stuff. Also, for any of those that have the polisport plastic, is the red a match to the OEM stuff in color?   
Graphic proof of concept, buy a Bell or at least some other quality helmet
From Nuke The Quads this weekend. Don't cheap out on a helmet, and don't sacrifice a few grams of weight for protection. This guy probably would have died if wearing a cheap helmet or one of those super light oddball brand helmets. Buy Bell, buy 6D, buy Leatt, buy something good.

General

Motovan Sickness..
Ok, thought I'd share my finished motovan project, since this forum had many helpfull ideas. I've wanted to build a motovan for a couple years, so when I sold my toybox trailer last spring, I had the means to get started. Finding the right van to start with wasn't easy, I wanted an extended cargo, all power options with side and rear windows. I considered both Fords and Chevy's, it was more about finding the right one than brand. ( I do like the way the chevys extend in the middle rather than the ford off the back ). After a 2 month search I found the perfect van, a 2006 2500 Chevy Express. Took some build pics during construction, here is how it came togther over the last 7 or so months. Stock Cargo, full of Adrian tool bins, sold them for $800 Let the work begin, strip down, clean and prep for new interior. Wall construction, had a professional cabinet maker help me with this one for a precision fit and strength. Insulation, packed it in front and rear. Filled in the floor chanels with wood slats to level. New carpet over the oem underpad. Bedrug van liner kit Rear bench/bed that folds down from craigslist, finished cab interior details. Cargo area, e-track, pcv wheel chocks, anchortrax, fuel jug holder etc. Rear door modification. ProComp Alloys, with Pirelli Scorpion STR's Exterior details, re-finished flat black bumpers, window and park light tint, dimaond style headlights, 3D carbon fender vents, new badges etc. Rear details, hidden hitch etc. Couple more interior pics, custom dash/audio/etc With bike, OK Vans are cool again! Had alot of fun putting it togther, couldn't be happier with the outcome. Thanks All
Ramps for lifted trucks?
I’m wondering what size/kind ramps people are using to get their bikes into their lifter trucks? Such as a 6in lifted f250/350. 10ft Folding ramps would be enough?
Securing a bike in a truck bed
Going into a nearby city to work for 2 months. I’ll be staying in a hotel during the week and want to bring my bike to ride.  Looking for ideas on how I can safely lock my bike up in the bed of my truck. It’s in a shithole city, lots of tweakers and other things 

ATV/UTV

After 15 years out, I’m back in the game with a Beta!
Hello All,  After going the past 15 or so years with only street bikes, I’ve decided to get back into the game. I grew up riding 2-strokes in South Jersey pits and Englishtown. Lately I’ve been really wanting to get a plated bike to get back out on the trails. After spending the past few months researching, I’ve decided to go more the plated dirt bike route.  From looking at high mileage WR250Rs to new EXCF 500s, I ended up getting a 16’ Beta 430 RS.  500 miles with 25 hours. The bike looks like it never touched dirt.  Most of my former riding buddies are either out of the game all together or are ex racers that just rip around some local pits from time to time. I look forward to getting out with some new riding buddies.  Now I just have to see how the titanium rods and screws throughout my back hold up!
Clutch help/ advice 07 LTR 450
Hello everyone! Long time reader, first post. Love this forum!   To start, I primarily ride dirt bikes, but picked up this 2007 LTR 450 for my wife. It’s been a while since I had to replace any clutch components. I would like some advice on what to do next. The clutch is grabbing real far out, like almost fully released before it would start grabbing, but once it was full out it was completely fine and there was no slipping. Shifting was even normal and still had a lot of bite. Also, the lever is pretty hard to pull, harder then it should be.   Here is what I have done so far: -Lubed the cable to try and help the hard pull.. didn’t really work. -I have adjusted the play in the lever (used service manual) to get the correct mm measurement. I played with the major and the minor adjustments. All this just messes with the play and seems to not really have an effect on when it grabs. -I have taken out the clutch plates and fibers and measured them for service limit (service manual) with vernier calipers(micrometer). They seem to be above the service limits. Although, I have never measured new ones. Everything inside looks good, no abnormal wear on basket or anything like that.   Long story short, I don’t know why it’s grabbing so far out. Could it be that I just simply need new plates and fibers? They are just still considered serviceable. Or could it be the cable?( I have heard the the LTR450 cable is a little long for the bike and people have had fixed other issues with the shorter LTZ400 cable, but I haven’t found this issue). Or am I just being dumb and not adjusting it right?   I appreciate all response in advance, and thank you for the suggestions!
scratches out of plastic
I have a can am renegade 800 and its plastics are getting pretty scratched up and discolored... aside from buying new plastics what are some ways to get the scratches out and make them look a bit newer? I'm thinking something along the lines of sanding and putting a clear coating on?  

Inside TT

Amazon ad?
About twice a day when visiting TT, I get a pop up for Amazon. When I click close, it takes me to an Amazon page, and I can’t back out of it. I have to close my browser and go back to TT. Problem on my end? Your ads? Not sure. Screen shots attached. Not using TT mobile app. i8 phone. I’ve never been to amazon.com on this phone. Thanks
Thumper talk app searching
Could someone help me with how to search and get accurate results in the app. It seems like when I type something in it just pulls up some random results...
Riding Gear
Am I just not seeing forums for riding gear? Just might be useful if they do not exist. Jackets Helmets Boots Armor Gloves

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