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What's up everybody? As the title says I'm an Okie Newb and have just bought my first dirt bike in over 20 years... yeah, i know I'm getting into the game late at 32 years old, but I have been on 4-wheelers (Utility Quads to Banshees) for quite a long time and decided I wanted to do something new. So, I jumped out and bought a 2009 Kawa KX250F with low hours and decided it was time to learn. This is where the TT community will come in as I will have a ton of questions and am willing to learn from anyone that has more experience than I do from young to old. I have good mechanical knowledge and aptitude so with a  little coaching I can get through most maintenance or repairs on my own, but there are a lot of things about dirt bikes that I just don't know... I live south of the OKC Metro about 45 mins so if anyone is around hit me up... Looking forward to being an active member around here and maybe meeting some new people...

 

Later, Mike

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Welcome Mike-You say you live 45 min south, around Purcell maybe? You have several riding options available- Draper in S.OKC, Lake Murray, CrossBar Ranch in Davis, and Red River in Bulcher Tx. I live in East Okc (Choctaw), so I'm close to Draper. I don't get to ride much lately because of work, but when I go, I'll hit you up.

P.S. There is a lot of good info and people on this forum, so don't be afraid to ask questions. BTW I ride A KTM XC-500 Plated.

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Actually, I live in Pauls Valley which is closer to the Cross Bar and Murray. I've never been to Cross Bar and am considering checking it out when I get my bike set up the way I want it, but I have been to Murray several time on 4-wheelers/SBS and love the terrain there. My family has also ridden down in the Honobia Creek area and we visit Little Sahara quite frequently as well. I've also heard of the trails around Draper but have never been there. I will be much more apt to travel and ride as soon as the bike is set up and I can get out and do some ripping... Either way, hit me up when you head out and we'll see what goes... I don't have much experience on the back of a dirt bike, but I'm always up for new challenges and willing to learn...

 

Mike

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Crossbar at Davis is ok if you don't mind riding on a lot of rock/s good hills most definitely but don't go there with a fresh or soft tire for sure. It will be gone by the end of the day. Hills are fun and challenging but like riding on jagged marbles. Decent and scenic but just a heads up for ya. I've been there once and was a nice visit but prefer more dirt than rock myself...... I'd say 80% rock out there

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Crossbar at Davis is ok if you don't mind riding on a lot of rock/s good hills most definitely but don't go there with a fresh or soft tire for sure. It will be gone by the end of the day. Hills are fun and challenging but like riding on jagged marbles. Decent and scenic but just a heads up for ya. I've been there once and was a nice visit but prefer more dirt than rock myself...... I'd say 80% rock out there

 

Thanks for the warning, you are actually the second person that has warned me about CrossBar so I think I will lear of there for now... maybe I will visit it sometime in the future...

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Well, rode Lake Murray Trails over last weekend and what a blast with a few good technical spots... other than there being a ton of quads and SXS... I think I will continue to return there in the future...

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Not sure if your into motocross or just trails, but I'm heading to the track on I-35 on the south side of Norman Saturday. Just south of the river, East side off the highway 9 west exit (Riverwind Casino). If they are open that is. Not sure of the name but I'll be calling tomorrow to see that they are open Saturday. Looking forward to testing my rebuilt '00 Cr250

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Haven't done much in the way of riding a motox track but would like to after I get some more experience under my belt, unfortunately, I have to work this weekend or I would come join you...

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I might as well say the same thing... Haven't really even suited up in almost 3 years. Just gonna go out there and test my new suspension and get the feel of it again.... Trails are one thing, but going all out into a corner and laying into a berm is another not to mention a little air time.... I'm getting older so there may not be a lot of air lol....

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I hear ya man, I just jumped back on a dirt bike after a long hiatus from my teens... I'm 32 now and, luckily, I have been on and off quads (I know blasphemy right??) for the past 10+ years so it's not quite as bad on me, but I definitely feel my aches and pains more than I used to... Either way, I'm glad I made the decision to buy a bike again... Maybe we can get together some where another time...

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Well my story is close to the same minus the 4 wheelers and that was 12 years ago when I got back into it after my teenage years. And now about to turn 38 I've kind of found myself in the same spot again lol. When I got my 2000 CR250 back in '02 I rode for a year then went to the races in the summer of '03 and rode for the next few years and it tapered off to nothing. My now ex-wife attempted to get me to sell it and I obliged but was asking too much for it, halfway on purpose (he he) and never sold it. Now that things have almost cleared from that. I almost bought a new '13-14 CRF450 but decided it may be the best to rebuild my 250 and go from there. I still want a 450 but am very happy that I went this route as my bike is about as fresh as its ever been, feels like a new bike! And now looking to get back in shape and hit the races again. Check out my thread on my rebuild through my profile if you wish. I saw you were trying to get help with your suspension and would be willing to help but to be honest it would be a learning experience for me too. I'll be attempting to dial my suspension in at the track tomorrow and know the basics, sag, dampening and rebound, but have never really messed with it much. I do know that setting your sag is most important though to keep your suspension in its sweet spot to work the best for you. If you haven't already, look up sag setting on YouTube. Plenty of self help videos on anything you want to know.

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Well, Gazor, how'd it turn out? Thoughts on the track? Did you live to ride another day??

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Still here. Taking a break now. Man I'm out of shape!!! Lol.... Track was pretty slick at first but they just drug it with a tractor and with more people showing up, it's turning out pretty good... Bike is running great but I've got some clicker settings to adjust. Just can't remember which one is compression and which is rebound on the rear lol..... I feel like an idiot. And as I write this it has began to rain :-( ill see if it'll let up

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Glad to hear that the track day is going well and that the bike is running good... I've got the itch to ride something fierce and if I didn't have to work tonight I probably would be riding. I see that you have MUCH more experience than I do by reading your build thread, but that's why I'm here is to meet people and gain knowledge. I will most likely be looking for a lot of guidance in the future from anyone willing to help me learn.

 

BTW: Looks like just a few scattered showers according to Channel 4 Radar... if you can make it through those you should be okay to get some more riding done unless they shut the track down on you...

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Thanks on the build comment.... I know 2 strokes but wanting to learn 4 strokes too so that I can work on my future bike :-) I'd be more than willing to help you with things. Stuff like your bearings, that can't be overlooked and one of the most common. Rain cleared off and got another session in but it just came back again and it doesn't look like its letting up this time.... I need to quit while I'm ahead anyways lol.... There were some simple doubles out here that I have been rolling but was thinking about jumping, if I was fresh that is. Pretty tired and I think this rain is a blessing in disguise right now lol.... At least I got to get out and rip it for a bit!...

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I should be in pretty good shape for the current time as far as maintenance goes as everything was gone through right before I bought the bike in April, mainly I will need a lot of help with setup and then continued maintenance from there on until I can get up to speed on the main points that I need to know...

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