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  1. 28 points
    I'm a spontaneous kinda guy.. started last Saturday afternoon and ended up today with 300 XC W.. Someone should have told me about the cold warm up needed, but I'm past that now~ hopefully no harm no foul. Real hard to get a better deal than list price on these right now. However, I squeaked out no freight, no prep, and I'm happy w that after all isn't it all that really matters.. I will take some suggestions on excellent performance mods please.. something about rk head? Idle screw? Hell, I don't even know what teeth sprockets are on it.. Oh I'll figure it out, if you don't tell me, I'm good at counting my losses lol.
  2. 23 points
  3. 21 points
    I recently bought a 2002 WR250 with a seized engine with a goal to rebuild it. As I read the manual, I realized (once more) there are many "special tools" (see schematics) to tear down and rebuild a single cylinder engine. Two of the tools are the magneto (flywheel) holder and clutch tool. After some research and figuring out they both cost well over $120, I decided to build my own. I want to share the design and hope others find this useful. Both tool have a common high-level purpose - hold a rotating mass in place with enough stability to allow disassembly/reassembly. I am sure other have probably done similar things but I could not find them. Anyways, the third image is my home made tool - > about $6 in parts. The components are 3/16" cold rolled steel, 1 inch wide and misc. hardware (bolts). Since I have both a welder and a tap and die set, all it took was about 1 hour to make this. It works for both clutch and magneto sides.
  4. 19 points
  5. 18 points
    It began with a vague ad on Facebook Marketplace, showing an old Gas Gas enduro bike that didn't run. The seller wanted $1000. That was less than my Trump Check. Three days later we were in a trailer park in the middle of nowhere, loading up pieces of what was supposedly a Gas Gas. The reality of the bike--the stripped-down, faded, abused mess that it was--had tempered my enthusiasm and left me wrestling with my good sense. I had talked the kid down to $500 and his mother assured us of the VIN-less frame, "hell no, it ain't stole!", so we rolled out of the trailer park with the most miserable looking bike I've ever bought in tow. The first order of business was finding the VIN number. Remarkably, it was intact under the powder coating. It wasn't just the frame that was powder coated, either: the handlebars, linkage, footpegs, skid plate, triple clamps, wheel hubs, swing arm, subframe, brake pedal, shifter, and expansion chamber were painted too. It was well suited to be a rust-free boat anchor. A VIN check produced confirmation that our disaster project was, at least, not stole. So my husband embarked on an 8-month long "6-week rebuild." Neither of us knew it was possible to hold a European motorcycle together with nothing but over-sized Home Depot hardware, but 17-year-old dirt bikes are often full of wonderful surprises. As the Gas Gas rebuild progressed, I continued to ride the worn out XR200 that has been my partner for the last four years. We had long ago quit maintaining it, since all efforts were going into the Gasser, and over the months the bike smoked more as the brakes worked less. The suspension creaked like an old seesaw laboring under two chubby youths. And yet, as much as I was ready to put my XR days behind me, it just wouldn't give me an excuse. Hot, cold, flooded, crashed…the damn bike just wouldn't. stop. running. Last month, by good fortune (in other words: a loan), I added a third beast to the stable by acquiring a Beta trials bike. In stark contrast to the Gas Gas, the Beta was a low hour, all-original beauty. I parked the XR in the most inaccessible corner of the garage, realizing that it was now third in line for my affections. The Gas Gas, albeit temperamental and injury-prone, had been restored to an athletic, aggressive race machine and was the bike I drooled over. The trials bike--refined, clean, and preppy--was pure eye candy and always gave me a good time. When these hot shots let me down, I know the XR will still answer my call. I tried to make the relationship work when he was all I had, but deep down, I knew it would never lead to anything more. Reliable, easy-going, and patient though he is, he is "the nice guy": a bike that I could only ever like, but never love. The XR has been officially friend-zoned. The author and the XR200, in the height of their relationship.
  6. 17 points
    I would imagine it's short to provede a little spring load. But l think those things are a gimmick, l wouldnt even use it.
  7. 17 points
    Ride alone, weekdays when nobody’s out, its a different animal than riding with friends and resets different buttons for me. I can explore old springs and mines, check out a beehive or smoke my joint on a grassy mountainside away from the world.
  8. 15 points
    Just go outside and ride good lord. You aren’t a farm animal you don’t have to listen to the hysterical cowards on the Tv.
  9. 14 points
    So I sold my 2018 KTM300XCW because I realized I’m no Graham Jarvis, it was had to admit but I finally came to terms with it. So I bought the little Zinger to help get me back into the swing of things. First real mod will be springs, they are too stiff for my old carcass and weight. Next might be the tires. The pic is before my first ride!
  10. 14 points
    ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through TT, not a creature was posting not even Bobby. El Diablo and the Bandidos were snug away in there beds, with visions of M5B’s roosting in their heads. When all a sudden, arose such clutch chatter, I had to get up to see what was the matter. When I looked outside, what did I see? It was Steve the Snake and all the Donkeys. On Slippy, on TT Rider and InfectiousB. On Phucface, on Warden, on KennyM-SEE. Then from out of the dust, with an entrance that couldn’t be grander. Our boy the Riddler, with a look back one hander. Ballbags, and Ossi were left without words. And a message from Bolt was all that was heard. “Go back to sleep it’s Christmas Eve, damn you all. Merry Christmas you retards, now get off of my lawn”.
  11. 14 points
    Take it back to the dealer asap. BEFORE you just mess it up. Tell them your story. Let them solve it and tell you why... And how to use the bike going forward. If you listen to the internet then you deserve what you get. Take it back to the dealer.
  12. 13 points
    Years ago I did some research and found some tests that the concluded the cheap helmets protected as well as the expensive helmets, the difference seemed to be comfort. one thing that was interesting was the weight of the helmet played a factor in neck injuries but there wasn’t a huge difference in weight by price, there was actually heavyish expensive helmets and lightweight ones that were pretty inexpensive. One thing I’ve certainly noticed amongst my riding friends is the ones who buy expensive helmets usually expect to get a certain amount of time (several years) out of them before they need replaced. Or are unwilling to replace an expensive helmet even after a crash because of the cost. When in reality once you hit your head they should be replaced. I feel safer replacing my well fitting inexpensive helmet after every crash where I got my head then wearing an expensive helmet I’ve crashed in. $.02
  13. 13 points
    A modern Rekluse does not dumb down a 300. If you jumped on a bike with one and weren't told, you'd ride it, using the clutch as normal, like you're accustomed to and probably never realize it had one. Not every 300 rider is in the their teens, 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's. Me personally, with decades of injuries and getting older, not continuing to be able to ride, and ride even the hard technical stuff like 5MOH that I did at age 60, was something I couldn't yet bring myself to give up. I got rid of my heavy, over powered 4 stroke for such stuff, in favor of something lighter, more flickable on the trail. In my research, the 300 was considered the perfect replacement to a big 4 stroke, often called the 4 stroke of the 2 stroke world. I rode it stock for a year. I love it's power valve/jetting tunablity and low end tractability to suit whatever you're doing. But it's still a high spirited 2 stroke. For me, a Rekluse topped all that off to make it the perfect old man trail bike.
  14. 13 points
    Bike for sale i just put a topend in. > But it needs 2 years of mud cleaned off. Dose this piston look bad?> Well now since you didn't clean all the sand off before you took it apart, now it's a total rebuild. This (name brand) crank let me down in x hours> The pictures of your work space explains that. Were you out side? Work like a professional. In a clean environment. With clean tools, And the right tools. Don't be afraid to buy them. If your doing it once, more than likely your going to do it again on a another bike or a buddies bike. Cleaning is just about free. So do it. Work like a professional and your become a professional. Take your time, Your time is free, redoing it is not. There are a lot of GOOD videos on rebuilding and some bad ones. Look in the back ground and see how clean and neat there shop is. You don't have to be obsessive about it. Work a little then clean up. Work a little more. Take your time and enjoy it. Don't rush through it so you can ride right away. That will save you money so you can buy an extra bike to ride while working on the other.
  15. 12 points
    Haven’t used one of these in 55 years of hauling dirt bikes. No forks (seals) blown out ever.
  16. 12 points
    They come jetted too rich and you've most likely fouled a plug already. Put a new one in and it'll start right up. Put in a leaner pilot jet.
  17. 11 points
    They are the biggest load of cods, absolutely not required, they state they save your fork seals from blowing "Give me a break - what do you think the seals are doing when you are riding" total BS
  18. 11 points
    They're more of a risk to use them than not. Also a myth that it helps fork seals.
  19. 11 points
    Hi everyone, I'm new to the site. I just wanted to put up some pics of my xr200 build.
  20. 11 points
  21. 11 points
    Good luck. There is very little margin in a $6600 dirt bike. You may be able to catch a small break on the other fees. But, don't hold your breath. Btw, the cash thing is a myth. They hate cash. They want you to finance it, they get a kickback.
  22. 11 points
    my doctor says riding for my physical and emotional health is essential 😀
  23. 10 points
    Fork savers do nothing to save your seals in the bed of your truck while tied down. As mentioned, it's a myth. The original design of fork savers was not for seals. Tie-downs used to have open clips and not have soft straps (cheap tie-downs still do this). It was known that over more extreme terrain or bumps, the forks would compress while in the box of your truck and the hooks would become unclipped and your bike could either fall over or fall out. With the introduction of a fork saver, it allowed to pull the forks down to a set point and not allow it to go any further... Since then tie-down technology has improved. While riding, your suspension is cycling up or down 1000s of times, and bottoming often. The load your suspension is put under while in the bed of your truck is marginal at most when compared to what it's doing while your riding.
  24. 10 points
  25. 10 points
    Looks great came in yesterday can't wait to pick it up.
  26. 10 points
    Ran it for 3000 mile intervals in my 14000 RPM Yamaha 600. Came out looking very good. Analysis came back excellent. There is a 100% chance that you are talking out of your ass here.
  27. 10 points
    First US production bike pics. Supposed to be shipped here first week of January.
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  29. 10 points
    Everybody here knows that Beta and Tm already have efi on 2 strokes , Tm uses tpi technology and Beta has his own patent . Now I would like to tell a little story , for those who are interested , about another italian brand ( almost lost brand ) which has the efi technology , even if they are a very small company : Villa - maybe some of you remember them , it's an historical brand , they make great bikes and fast big hores in '70-'80 s . Now they are back with a very small handcrafted production , they make only on request this mx 125 with efi and pneumatic ev : Here you can see some tests : Now , I've discovered that they made a prototype of a 300 with the same technology in collaboration with GG and an italian famous technician which is well known with his company as 'the magician of ecus' , he works with famous riders and manufacturers around the world , unfortunately GG went out of business before starting production or better tests ( the crazy thing is how simple that engine looks like ) Here is the owner and the bike , go to minute 6:50 : A real petty that this maybe would have been a game changing project for both GG and Villa , life is very unfair sometimes . He is a very kind and passionated man , we are slowly loosing these old school experts who has spent their entire life racing and making parts , people who can build a winning race bike just with hands , experience and a small shop , no needs of engineers and PCs ( in every big company like Beta , Sherco , Ktm , Honda .... there are always a couple of these old men who knows EVERYTHING about bikes and engineers/designers/testers/mechanics needs them to know if they are making things right , they keep all the secrets and tricks ) Beta , why not invest a bit on them or make a little joint venture ?
  30. 10 points
    Greetings from Belgium, picture taken a few months ago. This is my first (of three) DRZ's. 2004 E model, lovely bike!
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  32. 10 points
    * reported Not using inclusive language. No trail can be illegal. Just undocumented.
  33. 10 points
    I've been thinking a lot today about this whole idea of riding alone. Someone brought me into this discussion because I am a woman who rides alone. We could argue forever about whether it is more dangerous for a woman to ride alone than it is for a man, and that would just take away from the true intent of the thread and serve no purpose. I started thinking about why some of us, men and women, choose to ride alone and others don't. It seems to me that it has to do more with personality differences than anything. Some people are risk takers and some are not, with a whole spectrum of semi-risk takers in between. There's no judgement here, no right or wrong. I've lived my whole life taking risks that Most think are too big. It's who I am. There is not an argument that you could make regarding the dangers of riding alone that would stop me from doing it. And then there is the social aspect of our personality. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Is dirt biking a social activity for you? If so then you'd have a more difficult time understanding someone else riding alone. Why take the risk, right? For those of us that enjoy doing things solo, the risk doesn't "seem" like it's a big deal. I think of people like Amelia Earhart who flew solo across the Atlantic. No one could talk her out of making those flights no matter how high the risks. She ended up losing her life as a result. I'm fully aware that I could lose my life during my adventures. I'd rather live and die this way than live without my adventures. I know I shouldn't compare myself with Amelia Earhart because I only have an ounce of the courage and strength she had, but I do feel like I share her spirit for solo adventure.
  34. 10 points
    Sometimes it does work out, met her at the track while she was racing in the women's class in the early 70's, still married, the photo of her on the 1972 Yamaha 250 MX, I loaned her my practice bike, she was test ridding
  35. 9 points
    Driving down the Columbia Gorge to Portland Thursday, Debbie gets a text and link to a discussion board about the desert 100 postponement for 2021. Several posters mentioned staging a 100 mile race at Starvation Ridge.By the time we got to Portland .....it looks like we will put on a crosscountry race April 10 &11th. It will be called "Starvation Ridge 100 mile protest Rally. " PRESERVE YOUR RIGHT TO PROTEST!!! 4 -25 mile laps comprising 3 different loops marked in yellow, white, and orange ,3 checkpoints, transponder scoring WITH punch cards for backup. Kids Junior A, Junior B, and junior C , and the 50 mile classes will race on Saturday, Sunday will be the 100 mile classes. Classes will be similar to the desert 100, with some differences. There will be no riding at the Ridge other than respective races. Eddieville will be open for playdays/ camping from April 5th through the 11th. One camping fee, daily riding fee . Eddieville is around 8 ish miles from the ridge. 1 1/2 mile MX track, 6 ish mile Grand Prix course, 1/2 mile flattrack. Riding from 8:30 to 5;00pm. Classes/schedules/fees will be updated in the near future, finisher t-shirt., Trophies will be "appropriate". More to follow Scott
  36. 9 points
    I’ve been out of the dual sport world for about 12 years. I started with a 1991 XR250L, went to quads for a bit, then a 1996 KTM 620 RXC (awesome bike), then a 2002 DRZ 400s (best fit for the Jersey pine lands) and now a 2019 CRF450L. Just bought it tonight, getting fluids changed and bring her home on Saturday. She’s basically stock with the addition of some bark busters and some Michelin AC10 tires. Only has about 1,000 miles and I’m happy to be getting back in the dirt at 49 years old. Lucky to have a great wife that said “Keep the Harley” too.
  37. 9 points
  38. 9 points
    Hi from Devon in the UK, OK, so this isn't a DR-Z400, but it uses the same engine - upgraded from the factory with the FCR39 carb. It's a 2003 CCM404E and it goes very well, having a lighter frame and White Power suspension. The photo shows it on Dartmoor in Spring 2019 after its overhaul following purchase in 2018. I used it to tour Europe in Summer 2019 and it rode very well (apart from the seat....). I am just giving it a winter lockdown "once-over" to get it ready for the Spring and possibly more touring in France and Spain. Sigean
  39. 9 points
    Ride it. It needs nothing. Congrats!
  40. 9 points
    So I'll chime in. Born and raised Cali. Joined the Military. Rode every single weekend in southern and northern california on more public lands than I can count or remember growing up. 17 years in, I have lived in Florida, Virginia, Japan, Hawaii, Nepal, Colorado, and Arizona, and visited lots more countries and states. Just got back to Arizona to finish out before retirement.. Did some racing in florida while I lived there. Almost zero public land, and a few tracks scattered hours apart. People went in on super small properties, and put on races, but basically the off road riding sucked. Virginia was ok, but basically zero public riding land. Again private land, people tried their best, but the riding wasn't amazing. Hawaii, same shit. Like one place to ride legally. Colorado, actually really awesome place. Maybe on par with what cali has. In terms of taxes and governmental policies. California has always been horrible in that regard. Arizona has a shitload of riding, right out of your house, and mountains, and everything in between. In terms of public land, tracks, and private land combined, Cali has some of the most awesome riding ever. I live in Yuma Arizona, and guess where I drive to ride every weekend, and race the most. Cali-&%$#@!ing-fornia. Basic premise? Unless your rich and have a shitload of friends who have property, the east coast sucks donkey balls compared to the west coast for riding. Are there better states for riding than Cali? maybe a few. But don't come in here trying to get people to move to WV. If you believe every californian is a Libtard or whatever, you're wrong. It has more "redneck" style people than you would ever think. More farmland too. It has more square miles of WV type mountain ranges in a few riding areas than your whole state has. It also has desert, tracks, rocks, high alpine riding, you name it. I'll live just outside of Cali and avoid the 13.3% state tax rate, but I'll always ride and race there. Cali is awesome, the government sucks. But so does many other places. Californians (the ones outside of hollywood and SF, are normal just like everyone else) Calm down on the cali hate.
  41. 9 points
  42. 9 points
    On Any Sunday. About bikes, riding bikes, talking about bikes. The various sequels were not nearly as good as the original.
  43. 9 points
    Good ride today. Lower elevation didn't have snow, but higher elevations had some. Rode 43 miles in about 40 degree weather. It started snowing 15 minutes out if the parking lot, but didn't last too long. Then the sun came out and it was a beautiful day.
  44. 9 points
    The pits are a contamination/plating issue.
  45. 9 points
    The issues with spoke skins are they trap water and dirt, causing deterioration of the spoke. They add weight (unsprung at that) and the trapped dirt adds more weight. Spend your money on air filters, oil changes and chains. Maintain the suspension.
  46. 9 points
    Merry Christmas, ya Filthy Animals!
  47. 9 points
    Merry Christmas to all TT’er’s out there and have a great New Years. I truly hope that next year will be much better for all.
  48. 9 points
    Guys, look carefully before suggesting a replate, that cylinder is already sleeved.
  49. 9 points
    Merry Christmas guys wanna say thanks for everything you guys have done to help me out 👊👊 this was a Christmas gift to me last year from my freind bernadette. I didn't drink those 🍻 😂 The water is mine 😊
  50. 9 points
    Spooned on some new rubber, replaced tubes, balanced wheels, and new front brake pads...still waiting on a head light bulb from New Hampshire that I think had a detour on a slow boat to China and back.
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