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  1. 7 points
    That's detonation erosion. Your head will have matching pitting in the same areas. Sort the detonation issue before doing anything else
  2. 6 points
    But then you have a bunch more other problems!
  3. 6 points
    250 is what I have on order after several years on a 200. I'm sure it will be fine.
  4. 6 points
    It's been a while since I had post on this thread. I've been busy the last 2 months building trails. The last ride on the YZ125x was on New year's day. I did fire it off today and rode it on my trails at the house. I still love the bike.
  5. 6 points
    You should call MotoXotica. If I order a part in the morning, it'll be on my doorstep the next day. If they don't have it in stock, which is rare, they'll get it very quick and ship it to immediately. I'd be pissed off too, if I had to wait that long. I'm very impatient when it comes to waiting for parts for my bikes. Call Dan and Ann 707-446-4282. Rocky Mountain is good too but I'd prefer supporting the dealer that sold me the bike.
  6. 5 points
    I've ordered parts from Sierra several times over that past few years. The only time I've ever had any issues was when I ordered blindly via their website without confirming stock availability or lead time first. Since then I just call Tom to verify availability and there's been no confusion. My "local" (I use the term loosely) Beta dealer is a ridiculously huge regional privately owned company that sells KIA, Mazda, Nissan, GMC, Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, Jeep and Fiat vehicles in addition to 1300+ RV and marine toys and 600+ powersports toys. Of the 600+ powersports vehicles in their local inventory Beta motorcycles are typically only 6 to 10 units, depending on time of year. Trying to find a salesman, service person, or parts person that knows anything about Beta is a joke. In contrast Tom Lynn rides a Beta, knows the Beta lineup, knows his shit about Beta parts, and has been an active and helpful participant in several of the Beta Facebook forums, where he's shared much helpful advice for newbie riders over the past several years. Thus he has my respect, and has earned some of my Beta business. I get that some of you aren't happy with your Sierra purchasing experiences, and that there are some other great dealers out there whom some of you really like. If you want to spend your hard-earned money somewhere else, then by all means do it. But the whining, pitchforks, and torches in some of the posts in this thread are overkill.
  7. 5 points
    250s are an old concept. Everyone needs tendon ripping torque 1000rpms below idle, and bigger is always better if you're a plastic surgeon. 300s are the new "450" from the 2000-2010 era. Mark my words, Eli Tomac will be on a 200CC two stroke for the 2021 SX season and wipe the field. Ok in all seriousness, I believe 250s are overlooked simply BECAUSE they were the norm for so long. Now we have 150/200/300 options. I still want a 200 for trail ripping. That's the sweet spot for me. Don't get me wrong, I do really love my 300, and I've created a monster with a gnarly pipe, high compression head, and PV flush. It's equally as stoopid as I am so the Italian Mistress and I get along real nice. But the 200 is her younger, thinner, more flexible sister that is starving for attention. Know what I mean? I consider myself a Polygamotoist.
  8. 5 points
    I thoroughly enjoy riding the 250rr. It has a quicker throttle response than my 300 but still plenty of grunt. It feels more nimble and is a very fun bike!
  9. 5 points
    Well that was quick! I've heard that RK is quick and this confirmed it haha. Some pictures of the insert before it gets inserted.
  10. 5 points
    That’s wide open compared to stuff we ride. You could do that on a 4 wheeler😜
  11. 4 points
    Only two rides in so far but liking it. Weather has been pretty cold and locally it is all rocks and roots. The warm day feel okay but the ground conditions have still be fozen with a lot of slippery leaves on the rocks. Only issue so far was a pinch flat on the rear today. I have Tubliss and Bibbs in my spare wheel and on my other bike 2015 450 XC-W. The Tubliss has really spoiled me on running soft tires in the roots and rocks. I was amazed how well I could run it throug the technical and tight and the lug it up a rocky hill all in third gear. Should be a good season looking forward to getting some time in the new bike.
  12. 4 points
    Just finished up my winter maintenance. Love the way it came out
  13. 4 points
    No beta princess marriage wrecker here... at least not yet! lol
  14. 4 points
    I am faster on the 200 at SDR than i am on the 300. The 200 is less tiring for me to ride. While i do not think the 200 is a huge advantage, it is more fun to ride than the 300. If i loose my balance the 200 does not punish me as bad as the 300 does. There is plenty of low end, not like the 300, but enough to make the bike very effective. The 2 like to be ridden at a different rpm. I found the 300 likes to be below 1/4 throttle, whereas the 200 likes 1/4 to 1/2. I think i could go to tanenum or naches in the summer and still be happy. Like the 300 the 200 is very stable. We have a gas line that has some whoops on it and it tracks through those whoops very well. Beta`s have very neutral handling bikes and handle very similar. For a trail bike the 200 is as good as it gets in my opinion for an average or even slightly above average rider like me. I think my skills will improve even more as i ride the 200. It also is versatile and willing to be ridden at different speeds. The last couple times i have ridden it has been by myself and i have pushed the bike harder and ridden faster that i used to on the 300. On New years day i fallowed an 80 year old on a trials bike where the pace was about 5 miles an hour slower. The 200 was happy going slow too, i just had to shift more and use 1st. My rides lately i rarely use first. I am ridding in 2nd and 3erd where i was in first and second with the 300. Really curious what a tire change will do to this bike. I want to see what this bike will be like with the GT fatty and the VE33s Gekkota. As of know i think i might have found my forever single track bike.
  15. 4 points
    Fast, that is awesome news!!! All I can say is, it is getting tougher to find good dealers as the internet is presenting some serious challenges to the business model. Find a dealer you can build a relationship with and do your best to buy from them even if it is a few bucks more. To many dealers are focused on unit sales volumes to sling bikes out cheap knowing the after sale support is not critical as people will drive hundreds of miles to save a few hundred dollars. The Mom and Pop stores want badly to be the resource for their customers and provide high customer satisfaction. But with out the front end sales profit it makes it tough to train retain pay service people to provide a superior level of service. Also the tools are not cheap for example an EGA runs $3500 and a set of filters run $100 that are changed pretty often. Not wanting to start a debate just sharing a thought.
  16. 4 points
    Stewards of the Sequoia’s is a very worthy organization for the support of anyone who enjoys the riding in the Sequoia NF. They work hard to maintain the trails in the Southern Sequoias, including Kennedy Meadows, the Kern Plateau, Piutes, Keyesville, Greenhorns, and many other locations. It’s a grass roots organization that has had incredible success in fighting to keep open some of the finest trails available in SoCal. I would encourage anyone to visit their website and see what they are all about. Membership and all donations go to a very worthy cause that directly benefits our riding community. Not only that, donations are tax deductible. http://stewardsofthesequoia.org/home.aspx
  17. 3 points
    So I recently purchased a 2020 KTM 500 EXC And I could not be happier. I am more or less making this post because I really haven’t found many reviews on this bike yet other then a few articles online. First off I would like to start off by saying maybe there is such thing as best of both worlds. The bike is excellent in the woods and could be used as a trail bike ,but then is more than capable of handling itself on the road also .Within 10 minutes of each other I had this by climbing a rocky steep hill covered in leaves and huge roots with loose rocks and then shortly after I found myself (now this is if the speedometer is correct which I would hope it is )doing 70 mph and that was not even close to revving out if I’m not mistaken I was only in fifth gear and not even completely on it. The absolute only complaint I have about this bike so far is the speedometer/info center is pretty complicated to figure out still a work in process 2 buttons to work 10 functions . But also the tires could be slightly better off the floor .If you have decent skills then you can still do plenty with these tires as I am still working with these tires as of this post but could see this bike being even more of a beast with a decent set of tires on it .The only terrain I have found these tires to be pretty awful on was sand and that was to be expected with the knob pattern on these tires. The bike has great power but does not feel overwhelming at all and is surprisingly nimble and light for its weight and size it definitely does not feel like it weighs 240. I could go on all day about this bike and how impressed I was with it and the suspension even tho some complain about the pds rear shock set up I didn’t mind it at all and in fact found it nice and someways to have the extra clearance and not worry about getting hung up also one last thing to worry about maintenance wise . The first time I went 55mph over a long set of whoops and barely felt them as the rear tire seamlessly rode along the top I knew I made the right choice . Not that all newer bikes don’t feel great , but coming from older bikes my newest being a 09 kx450f the leap in technology from the ecu to the frame to the components is just astounding. I could literally go on for days about this bike but I will wrap this up I guess I just wanted to put a semi quick personal opinion and review out there for anyone looking for some help . Any questions feel free to ask . And anyone who currently does have one of these that has figured out the mapping feel free to let me know thanks .
  18. 3 points
    Been watching the Wadzy/PNW reviews of the 200 and comparisons to the 300. Why is the 250 engine never given any appreciation? At the demo I attended the 250 RE instantly became my favorite after riding several different models both 2 and 4stk. I only rode the 200 momentarily and it was very nice but not enough to really judge it. Is the 200 so awesome that it makes the 250 irrelevant?
  19. 3 points
    If Sierra is not going to update their site to reflect whether something is in stock or not, they should at the very least contact the consumer when something is purchased that is on back order. This seems to be a common concern and I feel it’s justified. A simple “heads up” email would go a long way.
  20. 3 points
    When you stirring on a hill and need to restart the e button issues nice to have and being 60 I want the e button
  21. 3 points
    The trend I have seen from people who have done the demo days on here is that the 250 is at the top quite a bit. I literally was just thinking this and was about to post it. 250 2 strokes have been the norm for so long it causes people to often overlook them for the current trend in sizes.
  22. 3 points
    Running Keihin 1k to 9k feet without ever changing Jets. Went richer than stock as it would get lean under heavy load at low speeds. Would a lectron run cleaner up high? Probably, but I'm not dropping 500 bucks to fix something that ain't broke.
  23. 3 points
    I think we should all go to Bolts house and do some donuts on his lawn I mean dirt I mean desert sand. 🤠
  24. 3 points
    Ya, the world needs more shit talkers... Wish I was closer, I would find you on the trail and punt you into the trees..
  25. 3 points
  26. 3 points
    There are no stupid questions! We all learn from those who have gone before us.
  27. 3 points
    I tried some Maxima Pro+ synthetic in my 19 350XCF when the Motorex I needed was on temp backorder from our supplier. Zero diff in shifting feel and no visual diff when I change the oil. It meets the requirements KTM wants, but saves me a bit of money. I don't see any downside here. More money for Maxima SC1! That stuff is like the fountain of youth for bikes!
  28. 3 points
    Hello all, this post is for anyone with a 1982 Yamaha XT550J and 1983 XT550K. I wanted to share all of what I have leaned about the 1982 XT550J and 1983 XT550K. This info is related to primary three areas; Two stage YDIS carbs on the XT550J and XT550K, Cdi units and finally assembly problems at Yamaha with regard to engine noises rattles or knocking at idle, as well as hollow vibrations up into the gas tank at mid rpms at speed. I'm a retired engineer now spending my winters in Arizona along the Colorado River. This Christmas I inherited from my best friend a survivor condition 1982 XT550J. The bike only had 1500 original miles on it and it had been sitting since 1991 according to the last Arizona licence plate on it. Too bad that the original owner managed to damage the front wheel in a small crash, thanks to Chad at The Vintage Spoke, thevintagespoke.com for the nice quality German made replacement repopulated Yamaha front wheel, it worked perfectly. Also un-fortunately the fuel was not fully drained out and was also left in carb so the needles and float were glued into the carb. A couple of gallons of lacquer thinner and the tank cleaned up like new no rust at all. So I set out to getting the bike running, cycle parts nation shipped out my parts very fast, new fuel needle and seat, carb gaskets o-rings, spark plug etc from the site. With the carb and tank all cleaned up I tried to get the bike going but it nearly killed my ankle with wicked kick backs and not starting random hits and back fires out the carb and tail pipe. It was clear when checking the spark that the spark was random irregular and inconsistent. After some reading on the net I found out the reason the original owner stopped riding the bike, these bikes were known for bad CDi's. A stop at the https://www.hpi.be Belgium site, I ordered a new Cdi from them, after a lot of looking into it from venders that make box's for Yamahas every one seemed happy with the Hpi guys and for a reasonable cost and just a few days shipping via DHL-Fedex the new unit arrived and my 550 started on the second kick. However I noticed right away that the tuning on the bike from the factory was very lean, likely emissions EPA or something but in any case, lean misfires at idle and an audible knock at idle from the motor, thought initially due to being so lean. The pilot screw is an air screw on this dual stage carb is on the engine side of the prime carb or the left carb when sitting on the bike. I won't get into the layout of the carb as anyone that knows these bikes knows what its all about. But is should be noted that the pilot screw is in fact an air screw even thou its on the engine side of the carb; so when its turned in all the way this is the richest the pilot jet can delver turning out the screw leans the idle mixture. The stock idle pilot jet in the J model of mine was a #42 and a #125 main jet, and it was way too lean to ride, in my town we are at 400 feet above sea level and at Christmas time its cool low teens in the afternoon. I have now gone up to a #50 and this has helped a lot but the screw is still all the way in but no lean misfires anymore and stable idle, but still an audible knock in the motor that goes away with RPM. 550J versus 550K YDIS carb differences explained, well after getting the idle right I though I would ride the bike with the cleaned up stock J YDIS carb, well, I was not to happy with the smoothness of the power curve, the first time you opened up to where the secondary carb would come on there was a hesitation or a bog before the power was there. On eBay I found a seller selling a Yamaha update kit for the 1982 550J carb , the kit came with a new lower main carb float bowl, a connection hose some fittings and a spring to protect the hose from kinking, as well it had a blind jet for the main carb jet that used to feed the fuel via a hard pipe and passages to the secondary carb. The K model carb uses the external pipe and a passage in the new float bowl to directly to the main jet in the secondary carb, see pictures attached. I made a deal with this seller and Purchsed the NOS kit. I also found a 1983 550K used carb on eBay and purchased it as well, interesting the 1983 had a #44 pilot jet, and 130 main jet. This $44 still would be too lean for me but better than the J models tuning. So putting one carb together out of the two and using the new update kit and the 130 main jet from the K model and the #50 pilot jet I again put the bike back together. Presto! The bike purrs, beautiful smooth power delivery, know bog at all no lag lots of torque ran like it was fuel injected, so please don't attempt to remove the YDIS and go to different carbs, this system works fantastic when setup correctly. If you have one that’s now working right feel free to PM me and I will help you get it working. So running well now but still a persistent knock in the motor, remember this bike had only an 1500.00 original miles on it! So after a lot more scouring the internet I found a few random posts about engine knock in the the XT500, 550J &K, 600 and other big bore Yamahas having engine knocking issues. One post I found mentioned that the owner had opened up his 600 and found that the nut on the crankshaft holding the main gear and counter balance drive gear was backed off against the lock tab. Also another owner posted that he found a loose nut on the counter balance gear, and both said that the noise was most prominent in the low idle areas and went away under higher RPM's just like my bike, they did not mention anything about the strange hollow sound into the gas tank that mine would do at speed under mid rpms in 3rd and 4th gears. Anyway, I opened up my 550J last weekend and indeed I found a loose bloody crankshaft main gear nut! I was held only in place by the metal lock tab, bent the tab straight and turned the nut off the crankshaft by hand. Wow! I decided then that I would remove the clutch hub and the balance shaft gear and clean them up and when assembling them I found that the key way locks were really not tight in the crankshaft or the balance shaft. Using some shim stock I found the thickness I needed to shim the key ways so they were tap in tight. I then re-assmebled the gears and used Red Locktite on all the shafts and let it sit 24 hours. Presto, the next morning the motor ran at 1000 rpm dead quiet no knocking and the hollow sound at speed in mid rpms in 3rd and 4th gears was completely gone! I hope this helps anyone with one of these big bore Yamahas.
  29. 3 points
    For me, I got the X because I never has a 2T, wanted something light, almost no electronics/aids and going back to the basics of riding. I still feel that in the end, for me, 80% rider, 20% bike. Plus, I just love the overall response of the bike. I’m a noob, what do I know. Lol.
  30. 3 points
    I’m sorry, but I don’t agree with this. Seatbelt and helmet laws are good for all of us. They protect kids from not being buckled up by lazy parents and prevent a lot of serious injuries that would have been expensive to our insurance companies otherwise. Anybody who says that what they do to themselves doesn’t affect anybody else is ignorant to the world if you have health insurance. Increased costs to insurance companies increases premiums for all of us. It’s basic economics.
  31. 3 points
    I bought a Motoseat cover from Sierra.The cover was to large for the standard height seat despite Motoseat later claiming they only make one size cover and, Despite my friend having previously ordered one for a tall foam Beta seat only to receive one that was to small and subsequently having to send the entire seat from Canada to Cal to have a proper one installed.Not an inexpensive proposition.Sierra though sympathetic would only defer me back to Motoseat who were of no help whatsoever only offering to install the cover if I sent the seat to them.A pretty good way of them telling me to go &%$#@! myself while feeling good about it.I'm done with both.
  32. 3 points
    Well, my new rod didn't have the dimple on the end, it was flat and when I installed it the problem was fixed.
  33. 3 points
    Bummer dude. You passed me on my ktm 690 when I stopped to check my brake pads. I had tire irons on me. But by the moose I saw sticking out of your bag the deed had been done. Your a nice guy though, asking me if I was good when you had a moose sticking out of your bag and rolling on rim.[emoji23]
  34. 3 points
  35. 3 points
    I am very excited for electric bikes and all of the potential that comes with them. But an electric bike will never give the same sound, feel, and riding experience as a combustion engine. especially with the advances in technology over the next 10 years with the introduction of fuel injected 2 strokes and other tech. I would be interested to see how much gas you would have to put through a dirt bike to break even with the environmental damages associated with mining, manufacturing, and recycling Li batteries and electric motors. IMO this law isn't a terrible idea for 80% of new car sales but Sports cars, heavy duty trucks, and motorcycles should not be included
  36. 2 points
    Great video. It’s almost like he wanted to inform without an agenda and discuss the nuances of the issue. He’ll never make it in politics.
  37. 2 points
    I used cut up inner tube that I stuck to the skidplate. Beefy stuff and completely free, better than the foam that had mostly deteriorated after a few years. You can't see it from the outside
  38. 2 points
    I think the only conceivable way you could make the seat even slightly lower is gluing the cover directly to the pan.
  39. 2 points
    Changing engine oil/gearbox lubricant every 2 rides might be excessive, depending on conditions (say moderate rpms and loads), you could safely consider every 10-12 hours. As with any street legal dirt bike or dual-sport, it's always a compromise of off-road performance versus good street manners. Your anticipated road cruising speeds will determine which final drive ratio to pick (sprocket size) avoiding the unnecessarily buzz the engine at higher rpms down long stretches of road but also having the necessary grunt for off-roading. Mine isn't street legal but our provincial trail system regularly use long stretches of connecting roads, With longevity of the engine in mind, I prefer no to go past 1/2 throttle for sustained cruising, which allows for about 55-57 MPH.
  40. 2 points
    Update! Kickstand was my problem! Size 13 boots probably doesn’t help that situation. Bypassed and removed the switch. Good to go! Thanks
  41. 2 points
    This one was chosen for its $116.00 price tag.
  42. 2 points
    Oh heck, I thought you were going full bore and restore a real vintage bike, not a "newer" model. Heck, all the ones you and the gang listed will do just fine for modern riding and having fun, try restoring one of these gems!😉
  43. 2 points
    Lots of breaks, fair amount of trail work (clearing windfall etc), couple stalls, another break, some more trail work.... quite a bit of on/off with the motor.
  44. 2 points
    Ah, yes, the life of a divorced man, not much to worry about, it can be good, it can be bad, but it is what it is. Last I heard , my ex is living in Tennessee. You know, I never understood why folks still keep in contact with their EX's? Not me baby, she does what she does, I do what I do. I bet this guy sold it and found something newer....😉
  45. 2 points
    Your mean personal accountability wtf is that.
  46. 2 points
    Now if the Senate will shut off the Democrats' House bill for more CO wilderness, or Trump will veto that bill, two land grabs can be somewhat alleviated. But alas, the enviro"mental"ists will never be satisfied. https://the-journal.com/articles/168128-colorado-wilderness-act-passes-us-house
  47. 2 points
    Hey Traylor, Good choice, congrats. Really good supplier is CRFsOnly. Fair prices and they carry most everything for the bike with great customer service. Keep an eye out on this site's classified section as well. Seeking better performance and a bit of snarl, I started with the EJK controller, airbox mod kit and Yoshi spark arrestor. Also fitted bar risers (cheap from eBay), skid plate, radiator guard, adjustable lowering link etc etc etc. Rode 875 miles in two days on stock seat. Bad, very bad. On lesser rides the stock seat is just fine. Got the luggage rack, reserve gas tank and mount from CRFsOnly as well.
  48. 2 points
    Enjoyed the thread, a little hi-jacked at times, was hoping to see more by SRD_rider as I liked his honesty. I took the plunge, only it'll take a few weeks to get here as they are not officially imported into UK. I'll most likely start a project thread. I have been snapping up bits. Intent to rip stock plastics off and store for some day in the future when I'll hang this beaut up in my bar!
  49. 2 points
    The hate comes from his wild assumptions and crazy claims to sell his products. He has a video up where he dislocated the oil pump completely and ran premix and then disabled all the comments on the video and then I think took it down. To make a long story short there is nothing wrong with the TPI system and there are literally thousands of tpi bikes around the world running perfectly. These product have been invented to fix problems that don't actually exist
  50. 2 points
    Soaked packing. Replace.
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