Bikes - From Beginner to Now

I just thought of a fun idea that i don't think i have ever seen on here. it is possible that it has been thought up, but either way it should be pretty cool.

Post your bikes, from the first bike you have ever had to the bike (or bikes) that you currently own. you might even post a little bit about each bike (example: why you got it, how you got it, how did you like it, ect.) Have fun with it and we'll see where it goes

Not all of these are pictures of my bikes, but you can get the idea... i'll probably upload the real things later on.

First Bike Ever: 1971 Honda CT 70

I was 9 years old when my dad went out and decided that my brother and i should get into dirtbike riding... what an awesome idea. even thought this bike was almost twice my age it was amazing to me.


^thanks google for the image

Next: 1977 Honda MR 175

I was moving up in the world, this was my first bike with a clutch and boy was it powerful!!! at least compared to that 70 that i had been riding. not only did it have power, it was actually comfortable to ride because it didn't have handlebars that were made to be able to fold down.


^on the far left

Next: 1971 Suzuki TC 90

This was a much taller bike, i have no clue why my dad bought this for me. it was a really good deal i think and he must have wanted to torture his kids. :thumbsup: man it smoked worse than those mosquito trucks, but another fun little bike for me. i never knew much better until my friend got an XR 200...


^i think it was just sitting in this ladys garage collecting dust.

I can't believe I forgot this one: 1980s something Yamaha IT 175

This bike was another fun old junky bike, I couldn't wait to finally get a more up to date dirtbike, but it was a real fun bike


^looked a bit like this one, not quite as nice though

Which brings me to my next bike: 1998 Honda XR 200

"Finally, a real dirtbike" I thought. bought it "lightly used" up at a local motorcycle shop (Donnells). It was one of the best used bikes i have ever seen. come to think of it, every single bike that my dad had bought was in extremely great shape. this was a bulletproof bike, what a step up in technology!


^looked exactly like that!

Next: 1998 Kawasaki KDX 200

Another great bike, you can't go wrong with a KDX for all around fun with little expenses.

(can't find any pictures that look similar)

Next: 2000 Kawasaki KDX 220

Just a slight step up from the last bike but only because something happened to the 200 right before a trip to Colorado. Bought it and sold the 200 on another great deal.


^Number 494

Next: 2004 Husqvarna TC 250

My brother had bought this bike brand new and let me ride it. wow, it was simply amazing compared to my KDX. I loved the smooth power and plush suspension. not to mention the electric start. Once he sold it to buy another bike i was quick to grab it from him at a fair faimly price.



Current: 2005 Honda CRF 250

I ended up having some bad luck on the valves on my husky, we replaced the top end (piston, rings, valves, springs) which was EXPENSIVE!!!!!!!! then i had to buy another set of valves not 2 months after that overhaul. We still have the husky (dad rides it every now and then) but I ended up getting a killer deal on a this bike (3,600 w/less than 10 hours on it) at the beginning of last year.


Thanks for checking it out, and be sure to post your own bike timeline. It is really fun looking back and seeing where you came from.

First bike 2003 xr50: Got it when i was 14. My parents would never let me get a dirt bike and after like 10 years of begging they let me get a 50 if i paid for it and never to ask for anything bigger.

Current bike 2002 cr125: When i turned 15 i started to get restless. I loved the 50 but i really wanted a fast bike. I begged for like 6 months and my parents concented to let me get an 85. As i was looking for an 85, a good friend of my mom talked to her and told her that i was way to big for an 85 (140 lbs.) and that i would be safer on a 125. She let me get the 125 as long as i paid for it and didn't ask for a bigger bike again. She freaked out when i brought it home though cause she had seen my neighbors 250 befor and she thought a 125 was smaller than that and a little bigger than an 85. Now she doesn't care and is letting me get a yz425 soon.


Used to have this kdx200. I got it from my uncle after i had my cr and now my friend wants to start riding dirt bikes so i sold it to him chead cause its a pos. Very fun bike though


i dont have pics, i'll post more up tomorrow. just gonna get through quickly since i have to go to work tomorrow.:thumbsup:

first off- (unknown year) honda trail 50.

i got it on june 8th, 1991, my 6th birthday. best day of my life. after 6 months my dad and i took out the engine and put in a trail 70 engine (just like yours).

2nd bike- '99 honda xr 80

got it for christmas in '99, wraped up under the tree with my brothers xr 70. i was 8.

3rd- '02 yamaha ttr 125L

got this one brand new also. n/m about this one. had it for 2 yrs.

4th- '04 honda crf 150

loved this bike, got it brand new and had it for two years also. took it a while to get tuned in, but once it was there was a hands-down difference between it and the 125.

5th and last (so far)- '00 kawasaki kdx 200

this bike is awesome and i plan on keeping it for a while. got it from my dad's friend and love it.

well, thats them. i reccomend all these bikes for anyone who considdered one, except the 125 which i think you would be better off getting a honda 150.:thumbsup:

2001 Yamaha TTR90

first bike i ever got, dad brought brand new, i was so excited about it.

still have it.




I think you can figure out which one it is, lol

next up, my namesake

2005 Yamaha ttr125l

Got this one brand new too, worked my summer for it. I enjoyed it for a while, still got it too.


1996 Honda XR250R

a child molester is cornered at the Arizona port, rather than face the authorities (coward) he decides to take a shot gun to his mouth. well at about 11 am we get called out there. my dads friend had to take the drive line of the toy hauler motor home out, while he was under there the guys blood was dripping down. 2 days later we discovered the guy had a cat. guess who went in after it? me. It was disgusting everything behind where he had been sitting had been completely wiped out, plus parts of his brain were all over the place, by the pedals was a huge chunk of his brain.

Anyway the family donated his banshee and xr to the sheriff, he decided to trade them to us for the storage we were gona charge on the bikes. thats how i got a xr and a banshee. I know freaky




lets just say its the last honda ill ever own

2001 Yamaha WR250F

by far my favorite bike, ultra clean for its year, love its power.





when i was 7 i got this for my first bike:ride: it looked like that but white


Then i sold that to my buddie, and got one of these bad boys, First clutch bike 89 kx 80


Then i was getting into riding tracks, and that just wasnt doing the trick, so i gotta little bigger, alittle more power, and alot better looking 03 kx 100


then i was too big for that and got this bad boy, blew up like 3 times that season, and had about 2 grand in motor work done to it, i was kinda sad to let it go, but 4 strokes were taking over 01 cr 125


and now i got my thumper 06 kx250f


Alright here goes......

At age 13, in the summer between 7th and 8th grade, I decided I wanted a dirtbike. My parents agreed and I started saving. Saved all summer long, and the first 2 weeks of my 8th grade year. Saved nearly $900. Went to my brothers g/f's lakehouse and rode their old yamaha tw200. LOVED IT. First time ever on a dirtbike. Bought that tw200 as a started bike for $200. It was a great bike. I never changed the oil or cleaned the Air filter. Was to stupid to know to do it. Here's the bike...(PS- Shortly after I sold the bike I found TT and PT and learned about the importance of maintence and how to...Dont flame me...)


Next/Current bike-1997 CR125. I knew I wanted a two stroke after riding my friends kx85. I fell in love. I had about $1000-1300 dollars at the time. I did some research and found some of the better years/models that I could afford. I was looking for a YZ125 96 and newer or a 95-97 CR125(heard the motors were just amazing). I hate Kawi's and the RM125 from that era didn't seem like a good choice(conventional forks, ugly shrounds, etc). I put up an ad on Craigslist for a wanted 125cc two stroke dirtbike. I got a reply from a man about 1hr 45min away. We spoke for a good while and I gathered as much info on the bike as I could. We decided to meet about 45 min from my house!! I was stoked. Bought the bike for $930. It looked like this.....


About $300 dollars later I am at this....



Yes I know, the chain is loose......

I started riding about 4 years ago.

I had a Honda CRF 230. (No Picture)

Now, i just got this about 2 years ago, and love it man!!!!!!


1st bike. 1985 KDX80

2nd bike 2003 RM85

3rd bike 2003 YZ125- later we bored it to a 144

current and 4th bike 2005 CRF250R

1st bike - YZ 85 with a bore to 105

2nd bike- YZ 125

3rd bike- CR250R

4th and current bike- 2006 YZ250F with a bore to 262

Ever since i was little i always wanted a dirt bike, i begged and begged my dad to get me one and after years of looking i got my first bike when i was 13 it was a 2005 DRZ 125L, rode that for 2 years but i soon outgrew it and needed more.


So i begged and begged and after looking for new bikes finnaly in January 2007 i got my 2004 YZ 125 New for a really good deal because it was a left over!!:thumbsup:


1st- 03 xr100 got it from a kid about 5 mins. down the road. needed more power and suspension so upgraded to my 2nd bike. was a great bike


2nd/current- 03 yz250f bought it off ebay and my dad had to travel to CT. is a great bike


3rd/current- 04 crf50 traded my xr100 for because i wanted a pitbike. this is a great bike to.

(first day i got it)




I started on street bikes, then added a few enduros then finally a MX bike, so here is my list.

Yamaha Maxim 400

Yamaha Maxim 550

1981 Honda XL250S (first taste of trail riding)

1986 Ninja 900 (decided not really what I was wanting)

1986 Yamaha XT350 (This one will prolly stay here for a long time)P1000623.jpg

2003 YZ450F (Man what an eye opener)P1000678.jpg

1st bike - 1982 Suzuki DS80, here's a pic I found on Google.


2nd bike - 1984 Honda CR125, not mine but here's a pic


3rd bike - 2002 Honda CR250, this was my bike, bought in 03 after 10 years off of a bike.


4th and current bike, 2006 Honda CRF450R


my first bike was a TTR125Le

2000 Pw 80 got it new from my parents when i was 7


2003 ttr 125 also got it from my parents, i was 10


2005 yz 125 i bought for myself for my 14 birthday. some guy rode it twice


since i was about 4, i constantly begged my parents for a bike and my dad promised me one but never came through until i was 8 when he got me a used pw80. it wasn't the bike i wanted, i wanted an mx bike (kx65 actually). after about a year he decided to sell that bike and never bought me another one.

it wasn't until i was 16 that i could afford to buy my own bike which was a 2000 ttr125L


about a year later, in 2006, i drove 3.5 hrs to buy my current bike. a 2003 yz125. it had very low hours and was in great shape! i love this bike although im hoping soon i can save up enough to buy a brand new kx250f but with college next year, i dont think that will be happening.


(this is after new graphics)

I went through several motor powered machines. (3 wheelers, go carts, 4 wheelers, motor scooters, etc.) I didn't get my first dirt bike till I was 12. My grandpa got tired of buying 3 wheelers and 4wheelers and then they would just break down. So he said " I'm tired of buying peoples shit " those are his exact words. He said "we are going out and getting a new one" So my first bike was a 2003 XR70R when I was 12.

This is what it looks like. (I still have it but I don't have any pics. It's on its way to being a full pitbike.)


After riding the 03 XR70 for a year my grand parents saw that I had quickly out grew it and decided to get me another one. My 2nd bike is 2004 CRF100F. (Which we just traded to a guy 2 weeks ago for a 2004 YZ85 for my bro.)

I rode this thing for awhile and got bored with it.

This is exactly what it looked like cause it stayed stock


Then I rode it for a year and I wanted more.

My dad found a 2005 TT-R125LE that a guy bought for his kid and the kid rode it twice and layed it over and became scared of it and wouldn't ride it. The guy even bought a FMF powercore4 pipe, aftermarket suspension, tag bars with triple clamps, etc. He bought it for $2000. We still have it too. I don't have pic but it looked like this. (Minus the fender reflectors and add all the parts I stated above and it's identical)


After riding the TTR I quickly got bored with it then me and my dad ventured back to the dealership. We looked at the 2005 CRF250R and we tried to finance but they wanted $750 down. Due to some credit problems. Then we financed a 2005 CRF230F. We didn't have to pay any money down on the 230F. My dad said I could put the money down on the CRF250R or I can get the 230F. So I went with the 230F. I rode it for a couple months then begged my parents for a new bigger bike.


This is what it exactly looked like cause it stayed stock. Other than the BBR fork springs I put in it in an effort to make it more MX like. I even competed in my first race on this bike. I raced "Begginer". I raced a ton of 85's and 125's. It had poured the rain the night before. I went to the track and got 2nd place in Begginer. Where it was so muddy I had an advantage over everyone. I had rode trails for several years and I knew how to take mud.

Then I got more serious about MX after that race, so me and my dad went around looking for a used 125 2smoke for me to get started out on we found a 1999 Honda CR125 (My 4th bike). We bought it for $1500 and we still have it. I raced several races in begginer and got better and better. My dad recognized that I might actually have a nitch for the sport and decided to support me more in MX. After I got better. It was time I got a newer bike a 250F.

The 99 CR125 we have looks identical to this.

(Only we have black plastic)


My dad said I could get a 250F he just didn't specify when. He wanted me to ride the Cr125 more so I did. Along with a lot begging in the mean time. After maybe 3 months of bugging my parents and riding my CR125 we went out on another search. We went back to our regular dealer. We finanaced another 2005 CRF250R. Now they wanted $1000 down :thumbsup: :thumbsup: So my dad and grandpa were like something isn't right. We had bought all our bikes brand new except the TTR from these people. Apparently the dealership cheated us on every bike we bought off them. My dad said what they did but I forgot. But they messed with the financing and had taken a lot of money from us. So we went to a new Honda dealership about 45 minutes from us where we financed one with the new dealership and they wanted $0 down. these people were really friendly and did everything they could to get me the best deal. So I got my 2006 CRF250R and they sold it to me for $5800. We were really pleased and gave them all our business from there. The 2006 CRF250R is the bike I have now.

This is my 5th and current bike. Definitely my favorite and a keeper.

This is my actualy bike not a pic of someone elses.




and here I am in action.



1972 Honda Trail (CT) 90, first bike I ever rode (age 12). Belonged to Dad, was really fun to rev the motor and stab the shifter and pop a wheelie. Of course, at the time, I did not know how bad this was for it.


1973 Suzuki TS250K, second bike I ever rode (age 14), first bike with a real clutch. Also belonged to Dad. No wheelies on this gutless wonder. It had hardly any power. Maybe it was worn out but it was reliable.


1980 Honda XL500S, first bike I ever owned. I thought I was so cool riding this thing to high school - no license or insurance but at least I wore a helmet. :thumbsup: I only had it 3 months when Dad discovered it under a tarp in the back yard and made me sell it. A really reliable and fun bike.


Now, my current bikes. 1984 Honda XR500R. This pic is the only one that shows my actual bike. Very heavy but very fast and totally bulletproof. Starts on 1st kick almost every time and makes loads of power. I ride it very hard and it's never given me any trouble (always well-maintained). Suspension and seat are soft and spongy, perfect for long rides but no good for jumping. Bought 3 years ago for $2000, was showroom stock and in excellent condition (OK, I paid way over KBB but I had to have it!)


1988 Honda XR250R. Just about the perfect all-around do-anything bike. The 500 will blow its doors off in a drag race and top speed contest, but the 250 is just easier to handle overall. The motor want to rev endlessly. Bought 4 months ago for $1100, it's in good condition with extras.


This next one belongs to my sister but I do all the maintenance and ride it WAY more than she does, so for all intents and purposes it's really mine. 1996 Honda XR250L. Beaten hard before coming into the family but runs great and very reliable. Even though the 88 XR250R (above) has WAY more power than this newer XR-L, this thing is really fun to putt around on and handles wonderfully.


Maybe someday will get a newer bike, like something made within the past 7 years or so, but until then I will enjoy the toughness of the 1980's XR models.

What a great idea for a thread!

The bike in this pic is not mine but is identical to my first one. My Grandmother bought it for me Brand New when I was 9 in 1972. She also taught me how to drive a car. What a great lady she was.


I have had many rides in between but this is my current one. I have come full circle and got back on a Honda. I have to say it's my favorite one so far after the QA. I am sure my Grandmother is looking down on me smiling everytime I ride it. I know I am always smiling and thinking of her when I am on it for getting me involved in riding.


my first bike was a 1996 kx 60. this thing was a factory freak. 100's of hours on that bike never a thing had to be fixed on it. i beat the shit out of that bike. Had the bike for 4 years

2nd bike was a 99 yz 80- had this bike for 4 years

3rd and current bike is a 2004 yz 250f

i keep bikes for a long time i wish i got a brand new one every year like some people do

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      ~Phillips and Flathead screwdriver (Be sure these are in perfect condition. A badly worn screwdriver will strip the screws)
      ~Needle nose pliers
      ~”Vise grips” or known as locking pliers (Two)
      ~Open end wrench 7mm and 12mm
      ~ It’s a good idea to have a extra hand around
      (Not needed, but I highly recommend tiny Phillips and flathead screwdrivers (Pictured next to the jar and the ¼” extension) I recommend these for removing a couple things since you can put pressure with your thumb on the end and unscrew it with the other hand. This insures that you will not over tighten any parts, and ensure that you will not strip the heads of the bolts.
      Ok, now that you have the tools, let’s start by putting the bike on a bike stand. I put it on the stand rather than the kickstand because it’s more stable and sits higher. I hate working on my knees. Start by taking the number plates off. Yes, both of them. The right side, you take off one bolt and the top comes off of its rubber grommets, pull the top off, and the plate comes right off. The left hand side, use the 10mm socket to take the battery bolts off, and then take the Phillips bolt near the back. Again, rubber grommets are used to hold the top in place. Take the seat off. There are two mounting bolts on the back:

      Those two bolts are both a 12mm socket. Use the open end wrench on the inside, and use the socket on the outside. You may need to use an extension if you don’t have a deep socket. Once you have the two bolts off, slide the seat back, and lift it up. This is what you have. Notice there is a hook in the middle and a knob on the tank. That is what you are sliding the seat off of.

      Now that the seat is off, you must take the gas tank off. Don’t worry, you won’t spill any gas any where, I promise. On the left hand side of the bike where the valve is, slide down the metal clip holding the tube in place. Turn off the gas supply, and slip the tube off slowly. Now take off the two bolts in the front of the take. This is on the lowest part of the gas tank in the front, behind the tank shrouds. The socket you will use is an 8mm socket. Take the bolts all the way off and set them aside. Now look back at the last picture posted. On the back of the tank, there is a rubber piece connected to the knob and the frame. Slip that rubber piece off of the frame. Pull the vent tube out of the steering stem and lift the tank up. Don’t tip it, and lay the tank aside where you won’t trip on it. This is what you’ll end up with:

      It may be a good idea to take a rag, and wipe all the dirt off the top of the bike if any. You don’t want anything dropping down into the carb. If you do, engine damage is the result. A clean bike is always a good thing! Now we must drain the gas out into that container. This is very easy. Make sure you open the garage door, windows, whatever, to let the fumes out. Breathing this crap is bad. Here is where the drain screw is:

      (Don’t worry about removing the carb, that comes later) This is on the right side of the carb, on the float bowl. The vent tube that goes down to the bottom of the bike is where the gas drains to. Put the jar under that tube and start to unscrew that screw, enough so that the gas leaks into that jar. Once the gas doesn’t drip anymore, close the screw all the way. Now on to the top of the carb. We are going to take this cover off:

      This cover comes off by removing the two screws. Once removed, the lid comes off as well as the gasket. Flip it over and set it aside. Do not set the gasket side down on the ground, as it will get contaminants! Here is what you are facing:

      The angle of the camera cannot show the two screws. But one is visible. It has a red dot, and opposite of that side is a darker red dot. I made it darker because it’s not visible, but that is where it is. This is where I use the miniature screw drivers to get the screws. I magnetize the screwdrivers, and use care to make sure I don’t strip the heads. Metal pieces in a piston are not good! Remove the two screws. Put these screws on a clean surface so they do not get contaminants. Now get your vise grips and set it so that it will lock onto the throttle, not too tight, not too loose. Set the vise grips on the seat. Start to open the throttle slowly as you guide that “plunger holder” (as I call it) up to the top. Once you have the throttle all the way open, take the vise grips, and lock it so that the throttle does not go back any more. What I do is I hold it pinned and lock it up against the brake so it doesn’t rewind on me. If you don’t have locking grips, a friend will do, just have them hold the throttle open all the way until you are finished. How fold the plunger holder to the back of the carb and pull the piece up to the top. Take care not to remove it, as it is a pain to get back together! If it came apart on you, this is what it should be assembled to:

      Once you get the holder out of the slider, set it back like this:

      As you can see, the bar is back 45 degrees, while the holder is forward 45 degrees to make a S. Here is what you are faced with when you look down on the carb:

      Where the red dot is where the needle lies. Grab needle nose pliers and carefully pull up the needle out of its slot. This is what the needle looks like once it is out.

      Now we must move the carb to take the bowl off. Untie the two straps on the front and back of the carb. Don’t take them off; just loosen them until the threads are at the end. Take the front of the carb off the boot and twist the bowl as much as you can towards you. Tie the back tie down to that it does not rewind back on you. This is what you have:

      Now we must take off the bowl. Some people take that hex nut off to change the main jet, which you can, but you cannot access the pilot jet, and you can’t take out the needle jet (a piece the needle slides into), so we need to take it off. It’s just three bolts. As we look at the underside of the carb, this is what you will see:

      The bolts with the red square dots are the bolts you will be removing. These are Phillips head bolts, and the bolt with the blue dot is your fuel screw. This is what you will adjust when the time comes, but keep in mind where that bolt is. You need a small flat blade to adjust it.
      Well, take those screws off, and you are faced with this:

      The blue dot is for cross reference, which is the fuel screw once again. The green dot is the pilot jet. You can remove this using a flat blade screwdriver. Just unscrew it and pull it out. Once you pull it out, set it aside and put in the 45 pilot jet you got. The red dot is the main. You remove this by using a 6mm socket. Just unscrew it. If the whole thing turns, not just the jet, but the 7mm sized socket under it, don’t worry, that piece has to come out as well. If it doesn’t, use a 7mm to unscrew it off. Here is what the jets look like:

      Pilot Jet

      Main jet attached to the tube. Take the main jet off by using an open end wrench and a socket on the jet. Again, it screws right off.
      Here is what you are faced with if you look form the bottom up.

      From left to right: Main jet, Pilot Jet, Fuel screw. Now in the main jet’s hole, if you look closely, you see a bronze piece in the middle of that hole. We are going to take this off. Since I did not do this part (I only changed my pilot jet when I took these pictures) there are no pictures taken for this section but this is really simple to do if you’ve been a good student and know where things go. You should know anyways, you have to put the bike back together!
      (Notice: There have been discussions about these needle jets being the same. Only change this needle jet if the one you have is worn out. If you do not have the old needle, a older drill bit bigger than 3/20ths (.150), and smaller than 11/100 (.11") Use the tapered side of the bit, set it down in the hole and tap it out carefully.)
      Now take your OLD needle, I repeat, the OLD needle because what you are going to do next will ruin it. Pull the clip off with your needle nose pliers, or a tiny screwdriver to pry it off. Then put the needle back in the hole where it goes. That’s right, just to clarify, you took off the needle, and you put the needle back in the hole with no clip. Slide the point side first, just as it would go normally. Now if you look at the bottom of the carb, the needle is protruding past the main jets hole. Grab another pair of locking pliers (vise grips as I call them) and lock it as tight as you can on the needle. Pull with all your might on the needle. Use two hands. Have a friend hold the carb so you don’t pull it off the boot. Tell them to stick their fingers in the hole that goes to the engine, and pull up. After pulling hard, the needle jet should slip right off. Then notice which side goes towards the top of the carb. There is one side that is a smaller diameter than the other. Take the new needle jet, and push it up into the hole the way the old one was set. Just get it straight. Take the tube the main jet goes into, and start threading it in. Once you can’t tie it down anymore with a ratchet, unscrew it and look at the needle jet to make sure it’s set. That’s it for the needle jet. Now let’s start putting the carb back together.
      (Notice: Many people have destroyed jets and such by overtighting them! Use the thumb on the head of the wrench and two fingers on the wrench to tighten it down.)
      Thread the main jet into the tube it goes into, and then start putting it back on the carb. Thread the pilot jet in as well if you haven’t done so already. Remember these carburetor metals are soft as cheese, so don’t over tighten the jets very much. What I do is I put my thumb on the top of my ratchet, and use two fingers closest to the head of the ratchet to tighten the jet. That’s how tight I go when I tie them back in.
      Now before we put the carb back together, let’s adjust the fuel screw. Take a small screwdriver, and start screwing in the fuel screw until it sets. Again, do not over tighten, just let it set. Then count back your turns. Count back 1.75 turns.
      Now we must put the bowl back on. The white piece that came off with the bowl goes back as followed:

      If you look directly under the carb, the round hole is aligned with the pilot jet. Take the float bowl, and put it back on.
      Untie the rear clamp and the front clamp as well. Slip the carb back the way it used to. Make sure that it is straight up and down with the rest of the bike. The notch on the front boot should be aligned with the notch on the carburetor, and the notch on the carburetor should be in that slot. Tie the clamps down securely.
      Let’s put the needle in. These are how the needle numbers go:

      The top clip position is #1, the lowest one, closest to the bottom, is #5. (The picture says six but it is five in this case) For reference #1 is the leanest position, while 5 is the richest. I put the clip in the 4th position. Read at the bottom of the page and you can know what conditions I ride in, and you can adjust them to your preference.
      Put the clip in the new needle, slip it in. Take the vise grips off your grips and start guiding the plunger holder down to the bottom. Remember not to let that assembly come apart because it is a pain in the ass to get it back together! Once you get it to the bottom, put the two screws on, and then put the cover on.
      Now that you have done the carburetor mods, there is still one thing you want to do to complete the process. Don’t worry, this takes less than a minute! On the top of the air box there is a snorkel:

      As you can see, you can slip your fingers in and pull it out. Do that. This lets more air in to the air box. Don’t worry about water getting in. There is a lip that is about 1/8” high that doesn’t let water in. When you wash, don’t spray a lot under the seat, but don’t worry about it too much.
      The next thing you must do is remove the exhaust baffle. The screw is a torx type, or you can carefully use an allen wrench and take care not to strip it:

      The screw is at the 5 o’clock position and all you do is unscrew it, reach in, and yank it out. This setup still passes the dB test. The bike runs 92 dB per AMA standards, which is acceptable. Just carry this baffle in your gear bag if the ranger is a jerk off. I’ve never had a problem, but don’t take chances.
      That’s it! Start putting your tank on, seat, and covers. After you put the seat on, pull up on the front, and the middle of the seat to make sure the hooks set in place.
      Turn on the bike, and take a can of WD-40. Spray the WD-40 around the boot where it meets the carburetor. If the RPM rises, you know you have a leak, and the leak must be stopped. You must do this to make sure there are no leaks!
      Here is my configuration:
      04’ 230F
      Uni Air filter
      132 Main Jet
      45 Pilot Jet
      Power up needle, 4th clip position
      Fuel screw 1.75 turns out
      Riding elevation: 2000ft - Sea level
      Temperature – Around 60-90 degrees
      Spark Plug Tips
      When you jet your carb, a spark plug is a best friend. Make sure your spark plug is gapped correctly, (.035) but that’s not all that matters. You want to make sure the electrode is over the center, and you want the electrode to be parallel, not like a wave of a sea. Put in the plug, and run the bike for 15 mins, ride it around too then turn it off. Then take off the spark plug after letting the bike cool. The ceramic insulator should be tan, like a paper bag. If it is black, it is running rich, if it is white, it is running lean. The fuel screw should be turned out if it is running lean, and turned in if it is running rich. Go ¼ turns at a time until your plug is a nice tan color.
      Making sure your bike is jetted correctly
      While you are running the bike for those 15 mins to check the plug color, you want to make sure it’s jetted correctly now. Here is what the jets/needle/screw control:
      0- 3/8 throttle – Pilot jet
      ¼ to ¾ throttle – Needle
      5/8 – full throttle – Main jet
      0-Full – Fuel screw
      Pin the gas, does it bog much? Just put around, is it responsive? When you’re coming down a hill, the rpm’s are high and you have no hand on the throttle, does it pop? If it pops, it is lean and the pilot jet should be bigger. If it’s responsive your needle is set perfectly. You shouldn’t have to go any leaner than the 3rd position, but I put mine in the 4th position to get the most response. Your bike shouldn’t bog much when you have it pinned. If it does it is too rich of a main jet.
      Determining the plug color, you will have to mess with the fuel screw.
      That’s it, have fun jetting, and any questions, post on the forum, but remember to do a search first.
      Also, if your bike requires different jets due to alititude, humidity, or temperature, please post the following so we can better assist you:
      Average temperature
      Altitude (If you do not know this, there is a link in the Jetting forum that you can look up your alititude)
      Average Humidity
      What jets you are currently running
      What the problem is (If there is one)
      Just do that and we'll help you out the best we can.
      EDIT: The girl using this login name is my girlfriend. You can reach me on my new login name at 250Thumpher
      Then again, you're more than welcome to say hi to her!
      -Phill Vieira
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