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post on this forum that is a bit wordy, so giving a condensed summary here for those willing to read a bit more (pics are also in that post), and help me out.
19 year old with very little mechanical knowledge, fairly proficient rider, looking for advice on proper bike maintenance and how to get started on converting my bike into a café racer/scrambler type of bike. In OP (and here) I included pictures of what I want the bike to look like more or less, and many other details. My bike has around 27,000 miles on it, and I've let it get a bit too rusted - so advice on the pics in that post and whether I need to replace certain parts or just get to polishing/scrubbing away rust with WD40.
Any and all tips are appreciated about this bike and project - thanks!
Hey guys, I just sold my yz80, for $1100. Im down to two choices for a new dirt bike to buy, a 2003 cr125r, or a 2007 rm85 big wheel. I sold my 80 because i outgrew it, and im ready for a faster bike. Im only 5'3, so I know i wont be able to touch both feet on the 125, its got a freestyle seat, so it sits a little lower. Then, the rm85 is a big wheel, but i already outgrew my 80, and i dont know if the rm85 will be much faster. I rode my 80 amazing, i ride enduro/trail and I go to mx tracks to practice often. Let me know on what bike you guys think i should get. (By the way, my brother has a cr125 as well, and ive rode it and control the power well.)
This is the saga of my poorly maintained 2003 YZ250 that I bought about a year ago. I added a few mods last summer to help me get by then deployed to Africa for 6 months. The poor bike was riddled with SAE hardware, spray foam where there should have been gaskets, and ziptied rear fender, a horribly cut seat, and plenty of other unspeakable things. However, it came with a title and the engine did run pretty strong at the time...even though it had a hint of engine noise. Over time, the noise progressed and I knew what had to be done. While I was away, I coerced my wife into sending a used crankshaft i bought out to Mr. Crankshaft so I'd have a spare for a quick swap...
This is it after I replaced the fuel tank that had a split in it and put a lectron carb on. It still wasn't that smooth and the wheel/tire combination were unforgiving, plus, the suspension and rebound were set for a wanna-be-freestyle MX rider.
This is the transition to where it was before I really dove in
GT216AA Front with Nitro Mousse
18" Rear with Shinko 505 Cheater rear and Nitro Mousse
Low Enduro bend Flexx bars (eventually putting steering dampener on)
SSS Forks and suspension done by W.E.R.
DEP Armored Enduro Pipe
Steahly 9oz Flywheel Weight
Non-cracked white rear fender
Tall seat...I forget who made it, but it does what it do and fits well.
Head cut by 218 (head was cut after this photo was taken)
During this ride, I had next to no bottom end due to a stuck powervalve. This was my first ride since I came home. I never really tore into the engine, so I got in there, cleaned it up and replaced a broken powervalve pulley and a few areas where parts were missing from the previous owner(s).
Two weeks after this picture, I took it out to the mountains for the fourth of july and it started to get real nasty sounding and not in a good way
This is why:
While I was in there, I figured I'd send the top end out to Eric Gorr...and since that has a 2.5 week lead time, I might as well get the frame in order.
Now my bike looks like this. The frame was spray bombed over who knows what, which was over the the original finish. That is being re-mediated.
To be continued...
I've been looking at a Kawasaki KX450F lately, but I'm wondering if a 450cc is too much for me.
I have a bit experience from dirt biking, but the problem is the gap. I have a 125cc 4 stroke "Chinese" bike that goes 70-80 Kilometers max. Used it everywhere, so I know how to use a dirt bike, but I'm not sure if it's really stupid to go from that garbage to a 450. A lot of power compare to mine.
I'm not gonna ride much on tracks, but more on dirt roads and a bit in the forest. I'm 5,8 ft ish tall.
Thank you for your time
Hey guys, I am newer to riding and am looking into getting and CRF250L most likely 2016 or 2017. I was just wondering what all plastics will fit I can only find plastics labeled as CRF250 plastics will those fit??
Also what brands of aftermarket plastics do you recommend?