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  1. 12 points
    As an introduction, I'm the "trail manager" who wrote the Facebook post getting all this attention. Name is Reid Brown. Been riding motorcycles for 30 years, represented the USA at the ISDE two times, and spent my entire life riding, building trails, and now working in the Tillamook State Forest as the Off-Highway Vehicle Specialist. I know it's a little tough to follow along with the original thread because it's a re-post from Facebook, but I feel I should provide some clarifying comments to help put people's mind at ease. Firstly, the talk of closing trails and riding areas isn't coming from me. These discussions happen higher up after other field staff and management have received complaints, or observed issues (perceived or otherwise) first hand out in the forest. At this point, I get called into an office, told what the problem is, and that if I can't come up with a solution, then other, more aggressive measures will need to be taken. The point of my post on my personal Facebook page was to help make people aware of the REAL threats our sport faces on a daily basis around the country from OHV-enemy land managers, environmental groups, and others who would rather dirt bikes not be used on public lands. The second point I want to provide context to are the specific situations I was referring to when I made the post. For those who aren't familiar with the Tillamook State Forest, it's steep. We also get 100+ inches of rainfall per year. This is a recipe for erosion. Part of the uniqueness of our trail system, and something you wont find in nearly any other place in the United States, are downhill-only trails that are steep enough that only the best riders in the country can stay on the bike to ride down (for context, last year we held an ISDE style event that used some of these trails, and of the 24 pro level riders who entered the AA class, only 3 were able to stay on the bike to ride all the way down the hills). The Tillamook Forest has lots of trails like these, and others that are less steep, but still no where near flat enough to climb for even the most advanced A level rider. The problem lies in riders who don't have enough skill to make it to the top of the hill who make a game each week of seeing how far they can make it up before they get stuck. Problem is, as you can imagine, these attempts aren't graceful. They're full throttle, rear wheel spinning, creating deep ruts, and getting stuck on roots until they finally lose momentum and come to a stop. But the damage doesn't stop there. Rather than backing down the hill, they'll try to start mid-slope. Again, rear tire spinning, digging big holes, creating massive root step ups, and loosening the soil beneath them. That's all fine and good until the winter months come and the massive rainstorms we get washes all that loose dirt away. This creates a rut all the way down the trail. That rut then channels water forever, and each year, it gets deeper, and deeper, and deeper until finally the top of the rut is to the top of the seat, and 4-5' wide at the top. So what was once a nice smooth downhill for every rider, and a make-able challenge for the most advanced rider, is now a trail people don't like riding, and also an environmental issue. My Facebook post isn't concerned with people riding trails responsibly and the sport of dirt bike riding that inevitably causes some wear and tear on the trails. It is acutely directed at a growing number of people who watch hard enduro helmet cam videos from Romaniacs, Erzberg, TKO, and other hard enduro races where Graham Jarvis and the other TOP RIDERS IN THE WORLD can ride like a mountain goat and traverse the steepest terrain without barely breaking the tire loose, then try to emulate those same moves over the same type of terrain, but don't have the skill to do it. Lastly, I saw some comparisons to logging and the amount of damage caused by that activity compared to dirt bike riding, even in these most extreme cases that I'm talking about. First off, you're preaching to the choir. I've grown up around logging my entire life (my family owns a timber farm), and I'm well aware of the environmental impacts that activity causes to the land. The best answer I have for you is that on the forest where I work, timber harvesting generated nearly $20 million for Tillamook County last year. That's pretty big money. Most politicians and members of the public see that revenue as a big enough reward that they're willing to sacrifice some level of environmental quality. Right or wrong, dirt bike riding doesn't have that same perceived benefit to local communities. I beat the drum almost every day in my office about the positive economic impacts of outdoor recreation, specifically dirt bike riding, brings to local communities, but it's not a tangible deliverable like seeing a fully loaded log truck being driven out of the woods. Thankfully, organizations like NOHVCC have produced literature that highlights the massive economic benefits of off-highway vehicles, and are working hard to distribute to elected officials around the country. Expanding on this topic, to assume logging is getting a free pass while dirt bikes take all the blame is naive. Right now, the Oregon Department of Forestry is being sued by the Center For Biological Diversity. This suit aims to make logging environmental safeguards so expensive and out of reach that it effectively shuts down timber harvesting on the state forest. They are under a lot of scrutiny right now, and the agency is taking active measures in an attempt to head off that suit. Thankfully for us dirt bike riders, logging has taken the VAST majority of the environmental groups' focus, energy, and resources while OHV use had generally slid under the radar. However, if there comes a time when the environmental groups win that fight, you want to guess where their attention will be drawn to next? You guessed it, OHV use. So in an effort to get our house in order before it gets to that point, my post aimed to help aim awareness to the issue in hopes that we can make some changes before it's too late. Since I hit the send button yesterday, I've received a lot of good feedback and ideas on how we can solve this issue. Signage is important. Our trails have to be adequately signed in order for people to know where they are and if a trail is above their skill level. We have a lot of problems with sign theft, but we're working on some strategies as we speak to help keep our sign inventory at 100%. Next is education. Getting the word out to riders about trail etiquette and how to have fun out there without causing trail damage is the single most important thing we can do. That will come in the form of official literature from land managing agencies like the ODF, to the USFS, and the BLM, and also peer to peer engagement out on the trails. There is no more effective communication and education than one group of riders talking to another group about why it's important to take care of the trails. People are wary of the government, but they trust their fellow rider, so that rider to rider communication is critical. Lastly, we need to raise the level of riders who enjoy recreating on state lands. These trails are for everyone, but in order for everyone to enjoy them, we need to make sure everyone has the skill to ride without tearing things up too much. Sorry for the long post, but after reading through this thread, it was clear I needed to chime in clarify a few things. If you have some ideas or want to chat with me, feel free to shoot me a message on Facebook or Instagram anytime. Also, my work email is reid.a.brown@oregon.gov. Happy Riding! Reid
  2. 9 points
    This probably wont be a popular opinion here but I don't get he "inexperienced riders ripping stuff up" thing. Yes there will be trenchers and idiots out there, but even the pros are spinning their tires and tearing stuff up at times. I am definitely guilty of doing this sometimes, especially when I am dead tired or don't get a good run up to an obstacle. I feel like its just part of the sport. Any trail with too much pressure is going to get damaged. Most of the reason I enjoy dirt biking is because it's challenging. Riding things that are over your comfort or skill level is how you get better. I don't think we should necessarily blame new inexperience riders for their inexperience. It seems like 99% of the issues we face have to do with overcrowded trails. Which is a direct result of a ridiculous amount of regulation that makes following all of the laws practically impossible and makes new ORV trails cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars a mile. They really need to make their own set of regulations for single track moto trails that allows for more miles of true single track. Let the quads and SxS do doughnuts in a gravel parking lot and tear up the tiny ORV park, and let single track users disappear into the woods and not bother anyone.
  3. 9 points
    The Boy catches the bird in flight and we saw The Old Jeezer blow.
  4. 9 points
    Pretty out here. Now Barbecue bear and beer time.
  5. 8 points
    We went for a mini break vacation over the weekend. Due to COVID it was in our own back yard, across the Southern Alps to a idyllic spot called Hokitika. I would loved to have ridden the bike over but due to current circumstances my wife is not allowed to drive, so the car it was. I will return to some of these spots on the bike in the summertime. Winter is just coming to an end here and the days are getting warmer and lighter.
  6. 8 points
    Riding partners didn't show this morning... like usual. So did a great 55mi loop solo, like always.
  7. 8 points
    Mostly peaceful protest ride to Winnemmucca Lake:
  8. 8 points
    Ya wanna beat your buddies 450's in a drag race? Find and purchase one of these.
  9. 8 points
    Ok fellas- here is the final product - my yz125 X build. - I had envisioned this bike , as it now sits, in my mind for the last 3 years. 2017 yz125. 18 inch rear, 3.1 gal IMs, bars cut down , hard guards , bashplate, full FMF, front and rear Bibs, gearing set up at 13/50 (same yz125x). Full Factory Connection woods/ Suspension set up for my weight. JD jet kit. Minus my graphics that I need to put on- this was my vision for my hare scramble weapon.
  10. 7 points
    IRVINE, CA – August 11, 2020 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Off-highway motorcycle sales rocketed 50.3 percent in the first half of the year compared with the same period last year, while dual-purpose motorcycle sales jumped 20.9 percent in the same time frame, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council Retail Sales Reporting System. Off-highway motorcycles include dirt bikes, trail bikes, competition motorcycles, and other motorized two-wheelers that cannot be used on public roads. Dual-purpose motorcycles are street legal and are also designed to be used on off-road trails. On-highway motorcycles saw sales dip 9.6 percent, while scooter sales rose 4 percent. Combined with off-highway and dual, this puts total motorcycle sales in the first half of the year up 6.4 percent compared with 2019. The MIC recently launched a Commuter Distancing campaign to encourage people to consider motorized two- and three-wheelers as transportation alternatives. The Commuter Distancing posts point people to FindYourRide.org, where they can quickly find information on how to get rider training and where to find a bike. The MIC Retail Sales Reporting System gathers new motorcycle sales data from the 14 leading manufacturers and distributors in the U.S., providing a strong indicator of sales trends. Source: Motorcycle Industry Council
  11. 7 points
    My 1995 CR250 looked worse when I got it at the end of December. It took 6 weeks of many hours every night after work. I tore the whole thing down, had the frame powder coated, bought all new plastic, new grips, new tires, had the cylinder re-plated, rebuilt the forks, rebuilt shock, rebuilt the brakes and got new pads, new decals, 250 piece bolt kit, and buffed every single part on the bike.
  12. 7 points
    I worked in the motorcycle industry for 30+ years and I am retired. I wanted to share some tips on buying motorcycles that I have learned over many years to possibly help out my fellow TT members. I see threads often about buying a new or used motorcycle and members want to know if it is a good deal or not either for their self or a family member or friend, to flip it or part it out to make some money. So this is what I came up with after reading another "Is this a good deal thread" tonight. Flipping bikes is a risky way to make money and you could loose money as well. Parting out bikes can be a pain in the ass and risky also, but if you can buy them cheap enough you might make some profit. I know a few people that buy new and used motorcycles and part them out on Ebay. But they enjoy doing it and do not factor in their time and labor on each motorcycle which would really let them know what their true net profit per motorcycle is. Whenever I remind them that they must like working for free they don't want to talk about it, but it really is very important to your bottom line. Shipping costs have gone up so much lately with UPS, Fed Ex, and USPS you really need to factor that in as well. Always remember to measure the size of the box that is being shipped, the destination and of course the weight, it can be very expensive. I could not tell you how many times someone has told me about a killer deal they got on a motorcycle. Then they realize they need to spend a lot more money fixing their killer deal up than they expected. It is usually more money than what the motorcycle is actually worth if it was in excellent (like new) condition. Then you might not even recover your cost reselling or parting out that killer deal. They would have been better off just giving the seller a $100.00 to not sell them the motorcycle, that way you only would have only lost a $100.00 on this killer deal. Buying used motorcycles is always a risk, but you are always better off paying more for a nice clean, well maintained motorcycle that runs good and everything works properly with no problems. Remember you get what you pay for. Buying new is expensive but at least you know what you are buying. Always pay cash if possible, dealerships have very high interest rates unless there is a special deal going on from the manufacturer. Always ask what the out the door price is right away, this is very important, if they can't tell you within a few minutes, just leave as that dealer will screw you over and is not to be trusted. Check pricing at multiple dealerships within a couple of hours from where you live for their out the door price, tell them where you live, you will be amazed at the difference in pricing, this can save you money for a short drive. I just bought a new 2020 Yamaha YZ-250X in May and saved $1,500.00 by driving 1 1/2 hours instead of buying at my local dealership. Use those other dealers prices if lower to try to negotiate a better price at the dealership you are at. The last day of the month is the best time to buy as dealerships are trying to meet their sales goals and will sell at lower prices to do it, saving you money. Always be sure to read the fine print on the sales contract, beware of dealerships adding on extra fees, extended warrantys (waste of money) and know exactly what your deal is before signing anything. You can usually save money by getting up and walking out, 9 times out of 10 the dealership will usually make you a better deal to keep you from leaving or will call you after you left with a better deal. I hope this helps out some fellow members on Thumper Talk when buying motorcycles.
  13. 7 points
    Where I am at, the people buying up all the dirt bikes don't even know who Eli or Ken are. They don't watch any races on TV, they don't lurk around forums. They are guys that used to ride and gave up their bikes when they had kids. With the 'Vid the kids finally got bored with playing video games and an excuse was found to get dad a new dirt bike and some playbikes to get the kids started off on. The family can load up the camper and go out to some remote spot (although usually with a half dozen other campers/friends) and the kids can ride all day around the camp, the dad can go on a long ride with his buddies, and mom can sit around in peace and quiet. A win for everyone compared to sitting at home. I also know a few situations where it wasn't dad buying the bikes, but it was grandpa trying to "right the wrongs..." There will be deals to be had maybe 2 years down the road, but hopefully many of these people stick with it once they are allowed/feel comfortable with the new societal norms. This is the motorcycle industry's chance to re-energize the sport.
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  15. 7 points
    Putting this out there if your like me and didn't find the information you wanted when you researched this trail. I hope this helps get you out there https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0cS8A_I7VU
  16. 7 points
    Well fellas - first real ride today. 3 hours and maybe 25 miles on a mix of single track and two track with some hills and gnarly rock gardens. In short- I am in love with this bike. The PO has the jetting spot on with a JD kit- starts one kick- and will not stall! I can lock up the rear and it will keep going- places where my ktm would stall- this thing just keeps running. The handling and suspension set up- amazing - I was ripping through rocks and logs and it just begs to be rode hard and pushed. For reference I’m a B level enduro rider - mid 40s 180lbs and my main race bikes for last 5 years has been KTM 300 and KTM 200 xcws. after today- I think I will leave the YZ as is. I was thinking of the X Cdi box etc. but I really think I want to keep it like it is. LOVE this thing.
  17. 6 points
    1. Revalve/respring suspension for your weight, speed, and terrain. 2. Bigger tank 3. Flywheel weight 4. 18" rear rim and tire 5. spark arrestor muffler Not sure you can get all those things for $1k though. You should do 1, 2, and 5 at a minimum if you can.
  18. 6 points
    There will be a flood of used bikes on the market in several months. All these guys that think they are Eli Tomac or Ken Roczen will tire quickly of the actual work involved in riding a dirtbike. Good deals coming in a few months, if you want a newer used bike I suggest holding off till this winter or early next spring. There will be a lot of bikes that just ended up taking up space in the garage.
  19. 6 points
    You should use 32-1 what it's jetted for. Well actually 30:1. And try yamalube2R. I can't believe dealer sold you dominator that stuff is garbage. You're actually making it richer with 80:1. That engine needs oil. Oii is power. Look up Klinger's jetting thread
  20. 6 points
    Small amount of progress. Got the ECU mounted inside the air box. Pay no attention to my horrible cut out, I'll get that cleaned up... And started figuring out what wires are going to go where. I'm also doing a R/R and battery upgrade at the same time. So my relay/fuse box will be going in the battery box as well. I also determined that the cheap crimping tool that I have wasn't up for the job so I ordered a better one. That came in this Friday but my weekend was jam packed so not much progress beyond what is above.
  21. 6 points
    Just out for a ride on my 350. I edited and sent that clip to a non-dirt bike riding coworker who is always insisting I should ditch the 350 for a 450....lol. All in good fun, but though it might be appropriate to post here 😂
  22. 6 points
    Yes it was. It’s a nice campground to stay at for that ride. We just picked the wrong spot. That fire ring was too close to the river. I swear, I thought my little girl was going to be swept down the river. But hey, it sure makes for a good story. Had a hard time convincing my wife that alcohol wasn’t a factor.
  23. 6 points
  24. 6 points
    Three years ago today I wrote this topic riding shotgun in the minivan with the family on the way to York Beach. I hope it’s helped some of you guys, I think it has. I wish everyone’s bike could run like mine, just unbelievable. Gear up and be aggressive, I find that’s the best way to stay safe. It’s a long season! Hope you’re all enjoying the greatest sport ever as much as I am. All the best.....Kinger
  25. 6 points
    Almost ready to roll! 10 hours across (LOL) beautiful western Kansas and eastern Colorado! Well, about 7 hours before get to mountains.
  26. 6 points
    Bought a used 2016 Yamaha 250 X a couple of years ago with 24 hours on it. Rode it for about another 40 hours and did a little work to her.
  27. 6 points
    I owned a 79 YZ 400. Great engine, very rideable. I've seen the dyno reports. They made a hair over 36 hp. Your a long ways away from beating any 450 and there are probably 250Fs would beat you in a drag race. IMO enjoy the bike as is or look for a CR or KX 500.
  28. 6 points
    Its the principal. Little by little they take our freedoms. Eventually they will take something you care about. This country (USA) can be turned into communist nation without ever mentioning Communism. Destroy the economy to where the majority are reliant on "stimulus" checks? humm... Not saying this is in our near future but as I think Drop-Bear noted, the 2nd amendment plays a big part in this. The government should fear the people - that was the point of the 2nd amendment, to hold back a tyrannical government. If we don't exercise our rights, they will take them.
  29. 6 points
    How about a new video? If you like drone footage, this is for you! Watch the cliffs for goats. I am in awe with every trip up here. I am blown away that I spent the last 15 years flying by this area on sport bikes and had no clue all this singletrack was here😡. I have heard quite a few trail stories about the "good ol' days" when nobody knew about this place. I must say I feel bad for the people who have had this place to themselves for years. But I am very thankful it is here to be ridden and shared. Please feel free to contact me if you feel that I am revealing too many secrets. disclaimer: No goats were harmed or even aware of my Mavic Mini surveying from high above.
  30. 5 points
    I think you guys are also overlooking the sheer amount of stimulus money that’s out there. This next spring or summer is going to be a giant fire sale. There’s going to be tons of stuff for sale because COVID 19 will probably be in the rear view mirror, the government is going to stop over paying unemployment benefits, and a lot of people will no longer be able to afford the payments on all the shit they bought during the lock down. Personally, I’ve sold a ton of stuff because I’m getting, in some cases, more than it cost me. People have been spending money irrationally and it’s soon going to come back and bite them. FYI, it’s not just dirt bikes. It’s bicycles, RVs, trucks, cars, boats....junk like that. We’re about to get another stimulus payment....it’s going to spike again. Just watch.
  31. 5 points
    I was on a conference call last week with land managers from the DNR, NPS, USFS, WDFW, etc and the recurring theme is this year they are getting slammed. Both the facilities and the guys on the ground are overwhelmed. Everywhere is overflowing with people and so many of them are clueless newbies that don't have a clue or desire to know how to behave.
  32. 5 points
  33. 5 points
    Stay away from any and all so called “power up kits” or jetting parts. For sea level at 70d outside air temps: Use “Mike Coes” jetting, IE 120 main, 45 pilot, set float level properly, stock slide needle clip in the second from the bottom slot, (4th slot from the top). Remove noise restrictor from the top of the air filter box (under the seat) Adjust engine valves with a dead cold engine. Clean and properly re-oil the air filter. Again the carb float level must be checked and set at the factory specs/level. Then after all of the above adjust the idle mixture screw for the highest idle speed and then set your base idle speed where you like it best. You will need a Genuine Honda factory OEM Shop manual ( E Bay) stock muffler is good (Unless you enjoy more noise) but an oversized header will make additional power. Another “best bang for the buck” power adder is a Pro Com CDI box install. From the photos, looks like it needs some TLC, some clean up and touch up paint, maybe a new chain and sprockets, checking all adjustments and settings, (clutch lever, throttle cables free play,) oil change?, preventive maintenance. good luck and enjoy your new toy.
  34. 5 points
    I've owned the Gnarly and Fatty for my YZ250. For me, a slow Senior C offroad guy, I found the stock pipe with the FMF Turbine Core sparky was the best combination on tight technical trails. The Gnarly hit harder down low, and honestly way more that I needed or wanted. I was more comfortable with the OEM pipe. Sold the FMF's and found a back up OEM expansion chamber for when one is down being repaired for dents. Younger, more aggressive, and even talented riders might appreciate the harder hit. But when I am doing clutch work and looking for traction, I appreciate the mellower OEM pipe. It never surprises me and frankly, the YZ250 has more power and bark than I'll ever need. Just my opinion, others will obviously vary.
  35. 5 points
    You didnt do any damage. One activates the power jet, the other is theTPS. You could ride indefinitely without them plugged in without damaging your engine.
  36. 5 points
    Well guys after day 3 on the T1 I had to throw in the towel due to a injury in my right groin that made it almost impossible to mount my bike I was also getting a weird pop when I would go from sitting to standing that was hurting really bad. We had a ktm in our group blow up just outside of Ketchum heading to get gas and it was at that point I threw in the towel to help with logistics to getting the rider of the blown up bike back home because I just didn't know how well I could ride safely with my leg. Man what a ride some of the steepest rocky loss sketchy stuff I have ever ridden. The single track was amazing. The first three days were more challenging than your lead to believe from the videos online imo but the xr400 did great and I REALLY REALLY appreciated the mello delivery of the throttle response on the off camber rocky exposed single track. It was over 103 degrees the first 2 days and my XR did get hot and the clutch stopped working (probably should have been running 20-50 oil) just before the first really steep climb on robbers roost 400 degrees 😳. Had to stop for 40 minutes to let it cool and then everything was fine thank goodness. The steep single track exposed down hill was sketchy at times and there are lost of it. My rear brake faded had to stop to get it back then never happened again the XR had more than enough grunt to get the job done and I was climbing stuff and maintaining with no run up at all. Picture tight super rocky double track winding trough the forest and with every turn the trail just gets steeper and steeper the XR had zero issues keeping a slow steady pace with zero bog down what so ever but you better be able to stand up while climbing because you get some big hits all the way up. The tight switch backs and water bars on Burnt Aspen trail were a handful but I made it up. I hurt my groin on day 3 in the begining up the third or fourth left steeping climb trying to navigate a steep narrow uphill put my foot down to maintain balance and over extended while trying to drive the bike up. Once to the top and things relaxed a little bit I could tell something was very wrong. My groin hurt like hell. In Ketchum were the ktm blew up my groin hurt so bad I could not lift my right leg up without grabbing my knee to help. Overall it was awesome experience and am glad I did it. I went with 14-48 gearing which I realized soon I was definitely way over geared for the road sections however that gearing was simply awesome for the dirt and single track. I was climbing Weston pass in second gear lol. There was more slab than I thought and my bike was screaming at 50 mph. I changed gearing to 14-45 after the second day and it was much better comprise. I snapped a picture of the ktm getting towed into Ketchum. We were lucky it didn't let go on the trail or it would have been really bad.
  37. 5 points
    If it's such a simple fix as cleaning a dirty carb, the current owner would clean it and get it running, wouldn't he? Price seems high for a non running bike. I'd be concerned about all the other "easy fixes" that can add up.
  38. 5 points
    I don’t like stuff in my pockets either. That’s why you have to choose the correct knife. Slim, very lightweight S90V steel, and very sharp. I never even know it’s in my pockets.
  39. 5 points
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  41. 5 points
    Sorry to say but honestly, if those are the pics you are using in your sale ad, it does look like a 24 year old P-O-S. Apart from a thorough washing required, the excess spooge on the swingarm points that you either can jet the bike correctly or, that the engine is tired (30 hours on a top end is actually more than the required service interval if MX riding, nowhere near of still being 'new') -the front brake line is route incorrectly which is basic knowledge when working on dirtbikes -it's missing little rear fender/airbox mud flap which mean the shock's shaft ($$$) has been sandblasted by debris off the rear tire - at a very minimum it needs tires, sprockets and a chain and silencer packing, easily 350$ in additional investment for the buyer While Honda 2-strokes do have following for a certain crowd, the fact that's it's nearly 25 years old and that parts availability is a concern makes anyone except the most diehard Honda guys not interested in it. Price it accordingly if you want it to sell, if that model year is a 'classic' or desirable, this specific example needs to be rebuilt from A to Z.
  42. 5 points
    Bike is back together and running!! During my break in run, I forgot to add sealant to the lobes on the valve cover gasket, so ended up leaking some oil. At first scared the crap out of me as I thought it was coming from the head or base gasket, but we should be good now. Bike is somethin else now, way more power to it! Even though I don't have all the top go fast parts, I'm pretty happy with it so far. I'll consider this the first iteration, I'll most likely end up getting everything else later down the road aha. I decided to remove the 4 layer and just run the 3 layer. That brought my squish clearance down to .50. Even tho that's on the looser end, pretty sure factory spec isn't far off, so I'll just keep to that. I might decide to mess with it later, I was just too eager to get the bike back together. setup: Millennnium Tech 94mm cylinder, 12.5.1 CP piston Cometic head gasket, 3 layer base gasket -Stage 2 hot cam intake, stock exhaust cam -Hotrods +4mm stroker crank -CVK40, 42pj, DJ 140 main, needle clip position#4 -compression ratio works out to be 11.4.1
  43. 5 points
    Wife's car will get a tab renew in March. my 450 plate is a year expired and will not be renewed this year either, Dualsporting since 2008 and the only time a cop was near me he was right behind me at a traffic light, my tags were expired and he just went on about his business. Utility trailer? got the notice this week and threw it away. Travel trailer I register every other year. Moto van next month? We'll see Yz250x has a plate and fresh tab but not renewing next year. It all adds up. Screw them.
  44. 5 points
    allen bolt is used to pin crank at top dead center, it is detailed in the service manual when checking the cams. Rather clever, i give beta props for adding details like that
  45. 5 points
    There definitely are proper and improper techniques. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t extremely successful riders and racers who don’t do the “proper” thing. However IMO if they had corrected those things in their formative years I believe they would be even better. My 16 year old son Cole has a bad habit/technique I’m trying to break him of riding trials. He’s actually getting really good and rides the top line at any local trials event. Being a teenager he of course argues with me, especially when he is beating riders that do it properly. However I know he won’t get as high as he wants if he doesn’t correct it now. My point is us old guys can make some corrections in technique, but if we change drastically we’ll feel so uncomfortable that we’ll go backwards and riding won’t be fun. We just gotta teach our new riders how to properly ride from the beginning and two of the most important things I see are standing up and foot position.
  46. 5 points
    When half the recent buyers don't get called back to work, or lose hours. Fire sale. Good time to sell now. Buy later.
  47. 4 points
    Put in another few hours today on the yz- I’m head over heals in love with this thing. I know some guys have had problems with jetting- the PO Has a JD kit on this and it’s freaking dialed in- starts one kick - will idle in neutral as long as I let it and it doesn’t stall - lock up my rear tires and won’t stall - I have about 6 hours running it on hare scramble loops and single track with some gnarly rocks etc in there- I will say this is my favorite bike of all time. Such a damn blast to ride! Only thing I’m thinking is maybe a Scott Stabilizer- I have one on my KTM and I really like it. Anyone run one on a yz125? You guys hear of Tough Like RORR hard enduro ? That’s where we rode today .
  48. 4 points
    Yet 'unofficial user built' hiking and mtb trails appear and are allowed to be used with no issues.
  49. 4 points
    Motul 800 is more of a racing oil. Like road racing, wot corner to corner, never off the gas, exc. Your probably rich not only at wot/main jet but probably everywhere else too. Spooge and smoke comes more from being rich on your pilot and needle diameter (idle to 1/8) throttle much more than 1/2 to wot(clip position/power jet/main jet.) Do you just have a little drip from your pv breather once in a while or black goo dripping from your silencer, pipe/silencer joint, exc? Leaning the oil ratio is not the right way to get rid of spooge. Going leaner from 32:1 to 40:1 will just make it worse because you've actually just made the a/f ratio richer by making the oil ratio leaner. That's because there is now more fuel in the same volume of oil/fuel mix. If you want to get rid of spooge, you should use a lower flash point oil and possible jet leaner. If you have spooge at 40:1 and you go to 20:1, your probably going to have less of it. Guys run 50-80:1 or worse to try and get rid of smoke and spooge which is the wrong way to go about it. You need more oil and less fuel. They will actually be scared to lean their jetting out but thing nothing of cutting the oil ratio in half. I run my 250x at 24:1 on 2r. I can go for 30+ miles in 1st and 2nd gear never getting much above idle. It never fouls a plug, doesn't smoke much when warmed up and never, and I mean never, drips black oil from the exhaust. Why 24:1 vs 32 or 40:1? When I pulled my top end, I checked the oil pooled in my case with a wooden stick and it was just under 1/8" when you want 1/8-1/4". I notice it runs much smoother now and low end power has increased. Running more oil and buying $30 worth of brass to cut fuel was the best mod I've done. It's better than any pipe I have(fmf, dep, oem), the PV mod, rad valve or head cut. She runs clean....just a film of dry, black smoke inside the silencer. I expect bottom end life to increase exponentially. Check out that smoke ring. Perfect. If you take the spark plug out, it looks almost brand new even after 50+ hours. I'm 500' msl 80f Running 24:1 2r 45 pilot Jd red clip 2 40 power jet 175 main 7.5mm float height.
  50. 4 points
    2001-2002. Slotted disc brakes . Not drilled like 2003. KYB rear shock and forks. Rear brake reservoir not integrated . Kick starter lever. Good luck. Clean looking bike. I had an 03 for 5 years. Eventually the right crank seal started leaking , easy fix.
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