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    Here’s my daughters new bike! A friend of mine gave me this PW50 when my daughter was 8 months old. I let the neighbor kids thrash it for 2.5 years and repossessed it after she mastered her Razor MX350 electric dirtbike with no suspension over the summer and fall. She is 4 and a half now and ready for a bike with suspension as she has gotten pretty brave on up an downhills. I’ve been working on it for the last couple weeks. I threw on a new carb, cylinder, cylinder head, piston, plastics, graphics, powder coated wheels, fresh rubber and tubes!
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    Almost none of my friends in high school who rode dirt bikes had parents that got them into it. Maybe 1 or 2. Back in 1982 life was pretty slow. We literally had 3 VHF TV channels and 2 UHF TV channels. There was no internet. No cell phones. Video games existed but were a rarity and not that entertaining. So when your buddy had a dirt bike, you went out and rode the crap out of the dirt bike. Then you went home and begged your parents for a dirt bike. And because it was 1982 and parents didn't fear everything and try to protect children from everything, they said "Sure, son. Save your money and you can buy a dirt bike". So you got a job delivering news papers or washing dishes at the local diner. The whole summer you worked and read every motorcycle magazine you could get your hands on. You saved up all summer and maybe with a little help from your parents you could now afford a dirt bike because a new one was $1000. Compare that to today. 600 channels of TV, Internet, cell phones that can stream movies, video games, parents that drive their kids to the bus stop every morning and let them sit in the car until the bus shows up because they are afraid if little Johnny isn't constantly protected he'll get injured. Culturally the world is so different it's going to be a very hard sell to get millennials to put down their phones and Xbox controllers and go participate in a physically demanding sport that is loud, dirty and expensive. Riding a a dirt bike can be very humbling. Physics won't give out a participation trophy. Kids that have been told their #1 at everything in their entire life probably won't be interested in doing something that involves a lot of failure.
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    Short riders, tall bikes. Single track, deep mud, many times a kicker is a problem. Batteries are strong and light as are starter motors. Bikes being FI now make having a battery more sensible. Because of the reliability, the need for a kicker is less. Did you know, cars used to have hand cranks.
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    This is absolutely a 2t vs 4t debate, its in the title. Rotella.
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    Looks like a 16 oz finish model with a hickory handle.
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    Thanks Bryan and Thumpertalk for helping spread the word! I dare say the members of this forum are probably some of the strongest advocates around. All it takes is a 5% conversion rate and we will have more new motorcyclists than you can shake a stick at. Thanks again Thumpertalk!
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    Can you ask for a better gift under the tree than 2 of these? My son and I picked these up the other day after many hours of research and reviews. 250 XCs were on the top of the list until we came around and chose these for our 6'+, over 200lb frames. We couldn't be happier to have the opportunity to assemble them ourselves. Recall that lucky guy who recently won the Sherco 300 SER from Dirtbikechannel? Yep, my son drew the lucky number. That Sherco is what led us to the 300s. We loved the playfulness of the 2T and how light and agile it felt even though it was heavier than our 4Ts. It was just was too awkward, buzzy and unique for his taste so it went to a good home and the funds put into the TX300. I myself had a 300 listed as my dream bike so when he began the hunt I couldn't let him bite alone, hence two in the assembly area! We've got many memories to make on these together. We've already ordered some goodies as I know my bike will be with me a long time so the investment is warranted. Upgrades such as: Lectron Mule, AXP full skid plate, Turbinecore 2.1 and some smaller mods. Now to get back out there and finish assembling it so we can ride!
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    Just to see if you all are paying attention
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    Because people wanna believe dropping 10k on a new bike isn't stupid and will make them faster. Seat time is the correct investment.
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    Awww phooey, if he chose KTM you'd be all up on his undercarriage
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    are we talking woods, track or a quadtard style drag race with unbuckled helmets?
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    I would like to see them move supercross outdoors with 40 minute motos over natural terrain.
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    This makes me feel better about the time I crashed and broke my pants latch. I always thought it was just because I was a fat ass.
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    Very possible. The works CRF150 and 230F are somewhat rare but more importantly not easily recognizable by your common everyday motorcycle lacky. Those poor souls are used to what the manufacturer has chosen for them to ride, an overly technical and expensive machine. Their bikes have to be liquid cooled to make up for the imbalance in the design, unlike a CRF150/230F which has been so meticulously designed and engineered, it need only for the air you are riding in to pass over the engine to keep everything in a proper state of mechanical harmony. Clearly these enlightened but desperate fools are trying to give you lots of disinformation so they might track down where this wonderful marvel is and try to get a peak at her. They might even try to offer you enormous sums of cash to motivate a sale. Little do they know that to own one is not about money, that you have actually been chosen by an elite group to care for her and enjoy the pleasure she brings. The $500 you paid is more like a gratuity. Cherish and keep safe this steed which has been placed into your life and recognize the honor which has been bestowed on you. Congratulations and welcome to collective.
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    Is it because you can ride wearing flip flops while holding a beer?
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    Knock off your fan boy shit and maybe you will learn something. People can discuss and disagree on a topic without being trolls.
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    IMO what is killing the sport more than anything is the manufacturers themselves. 10 grand for a new Husky or KTM? Nearly that for a new Honda, Yamaha, etc. And the number of decent used bikes is finite.
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    Man you really hate them 300’s dont you? Some one on a 300 steal your girl? . All of these “failed” 300 Colton haker videos you been posting Arnt because the bike lacked any power,tourqe or traction. It’s just flat out extreme terrain is doubt any of us on this board could make up in one shot. I’d LOVEEEE to see some videos of you climbing these same rock garden mountains on that fire breathing 500. Not silky smooth dirt hills. I guess graham Jarvis is a moron and should trade that shit 300 in on one of these miracle 500’s no one rides in extreme enduros,harescrambles,enduros,nuerzberg etc etc. that’s it I’m posting my 300 for trade for a 500. I wanna be a hill climb hero to!
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    If someone paid me, I would ride a four stroke too.
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    Gimme a couple days to decipher that post and I'll get back to you.
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    Sweet! I gave my wife a pearl necklace just because.
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    Hey guys, new to this thread. I enjoyed reading all of your stories! Smart riders not passing limits. I got the Dirt Bike bug in the 60's with my first bike a Honda CT-70 then going to a Yamaha CT1 175. Loved riding in the Southern California Desert every weekend. We could go anywhere before Allen Cranston state senator closed access to a lot of land. I think that they used the Desert Tortuous as a reason to close access. After fifty years of riding in the desert I have yet to see one. Maybe that is good or bad thing, not too sure. Loved watching World Champion Motocross in Calsbad California; riders like Brad Lacky, Rodger Decoster, Torsten Hallman, Juan Desoto and don't forget Bruce Brown's "One Any Sunday" (may he rest in peace) I loved it when Malcolm Smith forgot to turn on the gas petcock on his Husky 500 before climbing "Widow Maker" in Utah. I am pretty sure I may have misspelled some of the names but hey, I was just a kid! Rode AMA Sanctioned Enduro (SERA B Class) for many years. Loved the KTM 250 exc and the 300 mxc. Now I ride an 07 KTM 450 exc. At 59 years, I find that I have to work with my body positioning, like weighting the front end in deep sand turns etc.. Still the bug is strong even after sacrificing a rib or two on occasion. Just glad to see so many enthusiasts and like minded people! May you all live to 100 and buy the Dirt Bike of your dreams on your 90th! Cheers! Mark Hey guys, new to this thread. I enjoyed reading all of your stories! Smart riders not passing limits. I got the Dirt Bike bug in the 60's with my first bike a Honda CT-70 then going to a Yamaha CT1 175. Loved riding in the Southern California Desert every weekend. We could go anywhere before Allen Cranston state senator closed access to a lot of land. I think that they used the Desert Tortuous as a reason to close access. After fifty years of riding in the desert I have yet to see one. Maybe that is good or bad thing, not too sure. Loved watching World Champion Motocross in Calsbad California; riders like Brad Lacky, Rodger Decoster, Torsten Hallman, Juan Desoto and don't forget Bruce Brown's "One Any Sunday" (may he rest in peace) I loved it when Malcolm Smith forgot to turn on the gas petcock on his Husky 500 before climbing "Widow Maker" in Utah. I am pretty sure I may have misspelled some of the names but hey, I was just a kid! Rode AMA Sanctioned Enduro (SERA B Class) for many years. Loved the KTM 250 exc and the 300 mxc. Now I ride an 07 KTM 450 exc. At 59 years, I find that I have to work with my body positioning, like weighting the front end in deep sand turns etc.. Still the bug is strong even after sacrificing a rib or two on occasion. Just glad to see so many enthusiasts and like minded people! May you all live to 100 and buy the Dirt Bike of your dreams on your 90th! Cheers! Mark
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    What’s up riders! Pierce here with Rhino USA, you may have been seeing our name pop up more and more on the TT community so I’d like to post a simple introduction to help you understand more of who we are and what we’re about. Rhino USA is a family owned business based in Murrieta, California. We’ve been long time lurkers on the ThumperTalk community and just recently made the jump to becoming a TT sponsor, we specialize in all types of motorcycle accessories such as Tire Gauges, Digital Tire Gauges, Ratchet Straps, Cambuckle Straps, Soft Loops & more. Our goal is to provide our customers & fans with the absolute highest value our family can offer, we do this by offering how-to’s, Instructional PDF’s, cool content, the highest quality products & a free, 100% no questions asked Lifetime Warranty. We think hard about what we could do to provide you all with more value, this month we’ve partnered up with Thumpertalk to become a verified TT community sponsor, doing so helps keep the wheels running on the TT community and we feel it’s the least we could do for you guys. We’re in the works for much much more, so if you have any suggestions or ideas on what would be of value to YOU, please let us know by commenting below! We’re happy to be a part of this community and hope you guys will welcome us with open arms. and remember, we’re all in this together. - Pierce @ Rhino USA https://www.rhinousainc.com/
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    Factory Effex stickers?! I have a bunch right here, on my way out the door right now heading out to the shed to turn all 6 bikes into factory bikes.
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    At 76 years of age, the only resolution I have, is to still be riding when I turn 77!
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    Perfect gift for the little campers
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    I think the cost is absolutely a big factor why dirt biking is in a decline. Where I live an entry level house costs $500k, rents are over $1k/month for a 1 bedroom suite, and there are VERY few good paying jobs. A young person trying to get into this sport has to literally spend thousands just for old used stuff. Most people simply can’t afford it, along with insurance/travelling to riding areas, fuel, maintenance etc. Honestly any sport that involves an engine is really only feasible to a small demographic of the population. As an example, I a solid middle class blue collar worker, have a good paying job, put in lots of hours at work, pay a mortgage, child support, drive old cars that are paid for, have no habits like drinking or smoking, don’t go on holidays, and do all work to the vehicles/house myself and I can’t comfortably afford a new ktm. My current bike is easily $200+ a month just to maintain and operate, and I own it outright. Life has simply become too expensive for most people to have an expensive hobby like this. This hobby is for the people with disposable incomes or the hardcore that literally “live the lifestyle”. That is how i see it from where I live in BC Canada.
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    Judging by the hill climbs you posted earlier I'm not sure how you would be an expert on the subject? If you had your feet on the ground any longer you'd be walking that bike up the hill.
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    I bought my yz new from dealer. Decided to just see how tough it was. I changed the oil every 5 hours, amsoil metric with oem filters. Gytr (uni) air filter, cleaned when dirty. Raced once or twice a weekend plus weekday practice, every week when the ground wasn't froze. At 106 hours it was time for a new piston and rings. Here is what I found when I went into it. Cylinder cleaned up with scotchbrite and dawn dish soap. Crosshatch good, as you can see, the skirt of the piston still hadn't lost its coating so the bore was good. One spec of porosity on cylinder wall on side with kick start. Rings were not even close to limit, they were both just outside of installation specifications. Wristpin.....they won't go over 100hours. The coating was worn, I haven't mic'd it yet but the coating says enough, and the grooves will catch a finger. The new oem Wrist pin from factory has a black moly coating on it, may have upgraded. Rod was like new, after seeing pin I thought it's bore would be compromised, it's not. Overall, I put a new top end in with a timing chain and tensioner in a year and a half of a good amount of riding, intermediate level, and I won a championship at the local track..... cheapest date ever, most durable machine I ever had.
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    My current bike because I'm financially and emotionally invested in it therefore it's the best.
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    You rekluse people really can't comprehend the fact that some people can use the clutch really well can you?
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    He hit the ground, his pants broke... On another note, Roczen remained upright throughout the main and lost his visor....Fox has filed for Chapter 11...😅
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    I just can't behind a rider that raced Kawasaki all his life ,but now is a spokesperson for Yamaha , it doesn't feel right , anyone that knows what RV did as a racer , can't relate him to a Yamaha
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    sell your bike....a couple weeks after its gone you'll be dying to go riding again!
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    Not KTM. There I said it, you can close the thread now.
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    Another point that I forgot to mention was the availability of places to actually ride,the choices are disappearing fast.if I didn't have a private area of my own to ride,the next best place is a 3 hour drive. I don't hesitate to make the drive but most wouldn't even consider it, and that is a big deal,maybe one of the biggest factors to be considered.
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    You know...we talk about the issue like its a change with the current younger generation. Who raised these kids? Face it, most young people who got into motor sports when young were strongly influenced by a father, uncle, or older brother who was a gear head and into motor sports themselves. If you buy a cheap, used bike, you can't be afraid of doing repairs and maintenance. Let's see...the guys who are 40 - 60 yrs old today raised this group of 10 to 30 yr old kids? Something like that. Was this generation of fathers too busy to take the family camping, riding, and enjoying the outdoors? Or, was this generation of fathers more into cable TV, Madden Football, Fantasy football, etc? Just a thought to ponder...
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    Recorded by "The Boy" Ridden by "The Snake" Music by The KTM 500 😂
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    Here's my 10 cents. Only the very best riders (pros) can use a 450 4T to it's limit for any length of time. I raced 500 2Ts for years. I was an expert (A rider). I finished bottom end of the top ten experts overall in my district (combined points 125, 250 and Open) for years. I bought a Kawasaki KDX 200 2T in '83 and earned my best finish ever...5th overall. In addition I earned number 9 in the 200 A class in the AMA Wiseco 100 Mile National Cross Country Series (precursor to GNCC). The bottom line is that you can ride to your limit longer and harder on a smaller less powerful bike. John Penton started the small bike revolution in the late 60's when he realized that big British twins would beat you up in an enduro. Another factor is traction. You need a prepped MX track to really hook up on a 450 4T. If you are riding off road and it's wet, 12 horsepower is about all that you can put to the ground. At the Hangover Hare Scrambles in Maryland in January in the late '90's in 6 inches of snow I finished second in my class (Senior A) riding a Suzuki DR 200. I beat all the 450 4Ts and 250 2Ts. The guy that beat me rode his daughter's XR 100. I'll admit, 450 4Ts are fun for about 15-30 minutes but I can ride my Beta 300 2T for 2-3 hours at my peak. And then there's the cost of maintenance. Inquire about the cost of a valve job at your local dealer. I guess that I've given more than my 10 cents but I got started and couldn't stop.
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    Is this a Smoker vs. Thumper debate or a bigger vs. smaller debate? Upfront, I primarily ride tight woods sections connected by large grass tracts (Intermediate and Over 30X years ago). I've raced everything from a 125 smoker to the old KTM 525 on our local cross country circuit. Recently I returned to riding when I bought a used XR250R for my son. Went riding with a buddy and his RMZ450 a few weeks ago. He was really impressed I could maintain a such quick pace on such an "old fashioned" machine. I was impressed with how much work it was to ride that bull of his. While passing bigger bikes on long grass track sections would be a chore on a smaller 4 stroke, there is something to be said for the 'less is more' philosophy. On that topic, I was told recently 250F bikes will often set faster lap times in Supercross than their larger siblings. Begs the question, what's more important: a fast bike or a bike you can ride fast (consistently)?
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    Ha Ha... it went like this... (in my head) Me: "Honey I need you to go with me to pick up a pool table tomorrow... need help lifting it into the trailer. While we are out maybe we can swing by lowes and get our tree" Wife: "Yes Daddy" --------------------------------------------------- Later this evening when she gets home from work.... Me: "Honey check out this funny post I made on ThumperTalk. Wife: "a--hole"
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    We are in the view of a new generation. It's all about the tech. stuff. Unless the younger generation is letterly raised up on motor cycling then they have no interest. They prefer to set and text, play video games and lay around the house on a pretty sunny day? I ride in 3 different area's and I've noticed the age groups that ride are 35 and above? I do notice that the younger ones that ride are dear old Dad promoted! There also is the fear factor for the newbie that would like to get into the freedom of riding wheather on or off road. I really don't think the cost factor plays much in ones interest in getting involved? Boots helmet and a good used bike and give it a try. I've helped plenty of first time riders ride in the woods and on road also. We old timers can be the best promoters of off road and on road. Just remember how each of us got introduced!
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    Omg this guy does not need a 500! Ha he will did his first day we’re we ride trying to drag that tank through the rocks and roots of PA. I almost never see a 450 up here and if I do it’s squids riding wheelies around on the open haul roads. Not sure I ever seen a 500 actually. Watching your videos now is see you live in a more desert sand type terrain we’re yea I can see a 450/500 working well. We’re tight woods, heavy rocks, tons of twisties and single track. Not Wide open desert. Hell even the hill climbs are rocky. Must be nice to have a spot to ride we’re you can sit down all day!
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    I rode exactly were you Ride (RAC). I just bought a 2018 husky 300TX about 3 months and it’s amazing. Actually just turned over 40hrs today riding at 901. My favorite bike to date bikes I recently owned for reference 12 300xcw,13’300XC,13’ and 15 450 SXF FE’s, 16 450FC,15’350XCF,17’250XCF I raced moto for a while and recently in the last few years got pretty heavy into Enduros and harscrambels. Fast B rider moving up to A. Bike goes easily 50 miles on a tank stock, now i swaped in a lectron carb I easily can go 60+. I rode the whole RORR dual sport this year on it bone stock, roughly 75-80 Miles and only need to get 1 gallon of fuel. Though my 250XCF was best on fuel I hated it, was a pig and balls slow. We also climb all the coal hills, pulls 3rd gear on any of the treverton hills hanging the front wheel. I do plan on racing some local moto this year and I have no desire to even dust of the 450. This bike is just flat out easier to ride faster for the average guy. I’m defiantly faster through corners on it for sure and no wear near as tiring. And honestly the best part about it isn’t the peak power it’s the fact you can chug it along in the nasty rocks and ruff stuff at super low RPM and it just pulls right along griping everything not even attempting to flame out. And the new motor has Zero vibrations. My older 300’s would put my hands to sleep and make em tingly after a hour or two. This bike is easy on the hands and fore arms. To sum it all up this bike is killer and I couldn’t ask for more. He’ll toss the right shock spring in set the air for your weight and ride. Stock suspension is killer. Hated pretty much all the suspensions on my last KTM’s and spent a fortune on revalves to be still not thrilled with it. I’m 6’ 220lbs not geared up. So I’m no little guy either.