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  1. 70 points
    I couldn't talk her out of it. She went down to the Honda shop and bought a new CRF125F. The last time she rode was at age 60. I made sure we rode the easiest trails I could find. She had fun and luckily didn't crash. Still though, 73?? I doubt I'll be riding at that age.
  2. 67 points
    You hang the helmet at the end of each ride then put it back on for the next ride. Not every ride has to be for the championship. You can ride and simply have fun. I still ride nearly every day. It is getting harder to bend to swing my leg over and that will probably be what eventually stops me from riding, actual physical limitations. I do not ride as aggressively as I used to, my crashing days are behind me and that is OK, I enjoy riding a trail, the peace, solitude, sun flickering through the trees, stopping by a river to have a nice lunch. I'm mid 60's. I ride dirt, hit the tracks from to time, both MX and flat track. I ride the street on my super moto. If not being able to go balls to the wall all the time means riding is not your idea of a good time, then it is time to quit. For me, it will be when I simply cannot physically do it.
  3. 49 points
    Hey all, great discussion on this topic and I'm happy to see that it's inspiring spirited debate! This topic is pretty close to my heart as the technology director at Maxima and primary formulator behind the new oils. I'd like to provide a little more info as to why we ran certain tests and why those tests matter. I'd love to hear your thoughts and will be happy to elaborate further and answer any additional questions as I'm able. For my part, I've been working with oil my whole professional career. I graduated from Pitt with degrees in chemistry and biology and went to work at a lube blending plant / refinery (American Refining Group) right out of college. If any of you are also 4-wheel guys you might recognize their former brand name Brad Penn. After that I was a technology manager at Lubrizol, the largest of the big 4 additive companies, where I developed additive packages, specialty chemicals and finished fluids for oil companies. It was at Lubrizol that I began working with Maxima, ultimately joining Maxima a little over three years ago to manage their technology. As a former moto rider, current motorcyclist and all around enthusiast for things that burn fuel and go fast, it was a perfect blend of my professional experience and personal interests. Maxima being located in San Diego had absolutely nothing to do with it... Sorry for the boring intro, but the intent in sharing my background is to add some legitimacy to the message and hopefully offer some assurance that I'm not some snake oil salesman blowing Castor 927-scented smoke back up your respective tailpipes. I'm not a marketing guy or salesman and am legitimately surprised they're letting me speak directly to consumers due to my occasional lack of uh...tact, if you will. So, on to PEAC, "Performance-Enhancing Additive Chemistry", pronounced "peak". I came up with the acronym myself and since I am neither a marketing guy nor especially creative, that's why it's lame. Sorry. Lameness aside, it has real meaning and really does improve performance. It was noted that our primary power gains in the dyno curve are at low to mid engine speeds. This is 100% true and the reason is because the aforementioned additive chemistry reduces friction at those very speeds, the "boundary and mixed lubrication regimes", in nerd-speak. As engine speed increases and/or load decreases, moving out of boundary and mixed friction, additives stop playing much of a role in regard to friction as the hydrodynamic lubrication regime is entered. In this lubrication regime, fluid viscosity is the primary determiner of friction and since both oils were 20W-50s, with nearly identical kinematic viscosity and high-temperature / high-shear (HTHS) viscosity, it makes sense that they start to look more similar as engine speed increases. The only way to see large differences at high engine speeds is to use a thinner fluis, but if we had used a 10W-40, for example, it would have defeated the purpose of the exercise. We wanted to show that if you have a machine that recommends viscosity grade X, the new oil will help facilitate more power output than the previous iteration in the same machine using the same viscosity grade. Factory Kawasaki was kind enough to help us prove that out with dyno testing. The reason we discuss clutch friction and compared with a leading OEM oil is because in most cases when you reduce friction to increase power, some slippage is experienced in the clutch, often to a detrimental degree. We wanted to show that our new oils help increase power while also still helping to facilitate effective power transfer through the clutch. You can have the most powerful engine on earth, but if the output doesn't get to the wheels, it doesn't really matter. For cleanliness, it's a fair argument that it is insignificant if you're changing your oil very frequently, but not everyone does. Also, we had to account for other applications where our oils are used, such as street, that do run much longer drain intervals. The 125cc engine was chosen not to mimic a dirt bike or a road bike, but to provide the most severe conditions possible. Power density (output/displacement) is typically higher with smaller displacement engines and provides the most challenging environment for an oil to maintain cleanliness. Running it for 48 hours at full load and high temperature ages the oil artificially to mimic the cumulative effect of many, many hours of riding. Ester-fortified means that we have selected and included specific esters to do specific things. In the case of Pro Plus, those esters help to improve power. In engine oils, esters are used as base oils, similar to a PAO or a grp II mineral oil. The difference between esters and most other base oils is that esters act more similarly to additives in that they're functionalized, meaning they interact with surfaces. Most other base oils act as carrier fluids and do not have any functionality, while esters add benefits beyond what can be achieved with additive chemistry alone. In this specific case, the esters we use in Pro Plus help to provide that increased power at high engine speeds you can see in the dyno comparison. The esters help to keep friction lower at high engine speeds, where in their absence, these two oils of equivalent viscosity would otherwise have equivalent power output. I'm not aware of any 100% ester 4-stroke engine oils on the market, since esters are like most other things, in that there can be too much of a good thing. Specifically, too much ester can compete with additives like ZDDP, detergents and dispersants, ultimately resulting in a loss of performance. Not to mention that since esters are polar, they can attack elastomers in seal and gasket materials, causing them to degrade prematurely. It's all about balance, using the right components, in the right amounts, for the right application. This response has been a novel and I apologize, but before I stop blabbing I have to address Rotella. With 100% cross-my-heart honesty, I can tell you Rotella is a fantastic oil. I personally know the fine gentleman who created the additive package specific to Rotella and who worked with Shell to develop the finished oils. He's one of the smartest people I know at a company full of very smart people. In retrospect, I have no idea why they hired me. Anyway, as I said, Rotella is an absolutely phenomenal oil...for heavy duty diesel engines. The demands of heavy duty diesel means that Rotella contains a bunch of detergent and subsequent TBN, a ton of dispersant to handle all the soot and contaminants produced from diesel combustion, boatloads of antioxidant due to long drain internals, etc. etc. All of these things are great for just about any engine, but do you need that much detergent or dispersant for a dirt bike or a street bike? You sure do not. "But it's cheaper, so why not?" Because you want to go faster, right? Or heaven forbid, want better fuel economy??? Dispersants and detergents are big, surface-active molecules that create drag and increase friction, reducing power. Diesel oil has tons of both, because it has to, so while it may be cheap, and it will work, and you almost certainly won't have any hardware issues, it's not giving you any more than protection. It's not giving you an edge or an advantage, even a minuscule one, because it's not a racing oil. It's made specifically for a different application, where our oil was designed from the get-go to help maximize power from your machine. I spent the last three years working on these oils and getting them as close to racing perfection as possible, because we're Maxima Racing Oils, not Maxima "Adequate, Cheap and Available at Walmart" Oils. Thanks for hearing me out, assuming you're still awake and I'd love to hear any more feedback, questions or castrations you guys have. I'm quite delicate, so please take it easy. Cheers, Mike
  4. 38 points
    If you choose to sell the bike be honest on what the problems are. Me I would rebuild the bike and no what I really had in the end. The joker who sold it to you wasn't up front on the problems. Don't choose to be the same.
  5. 37 points
    Don’t need to be solo. Got a helmet and gloves on and outside and away from most people. . That’s maybe the safest place. Can be with a group. I was going today but it’s the 1 year anniversary of my Dad’s passing. I’ll go probably tomorrow. We must celebrate being alive and being lucky enough to go ride. Life is short. Today was a cluster&%$#@! with my family arguing. I should have gone riding. My Dad would have appreciated it. He called Sundays the Holy day of motorcycles. He was a hardcore motorcyclist on the road and in the dirt. He made races.. cutting trails.. drag raced.. raced off-road hard enduro type hare and hounds. He loved riding and he was pretty good for starting dirt riding in his 30’s. But yea go riding and avoid the Corona virus. That’s the smart thing to do.. some old pics of my Dad..
  6. 36 points
    just purchased a 2012 yz125 If he JUST bought it, maybe the used bike didn't come with one and he's not had time to get one yet. Maybe he wants to ride now and thought TT would be a good place to get some key info in the interim? Want to help the sport? Help the new guys willingling w/o the condescending attitude. I'm confident that suggesting a user manual or even better shop manual can be made without it. Boom... and the doc makes my point. Thank you sir.
  7. 33 points
    Thankyou guys i appreciate it. Still in icu going to be long road or rehab ahead but ill be back on top
  8. 29 points
    Hi all, This has been brewing for a while. My initial goal was to sort a fuel injection system that left the stock CDI in place and was a "plug though". This however is quite difficult to achieve. The main issue being the way that the CDI gets it's spark timing with a long tooth and short tooth on the flywheel. This research, however, sparked something in my head and I began to look for a simpler way to get the correct triggering signals from a flywheel with the least amount of effort. So I went about setting up a dummy motor, less the head and a few bits. I removed the cam chain, flywheel bungs so I could rig it up to be turned with a battery drill. With the stator in place I figured that I'd check out the signals from the flywheel and see what I got. The way the CDI works is it uses a single wound coil on the stator for RPM measurement, this comes back on the black and white CDI cabling from the stator. this generates a nice sine wave with six complete cycles per revolution of the flywheel. This is a good start. Next the teeth on the outer of flywheel generate a long pulse and then a short pulse. My hypothesis on this is that it uses the long pulse to signify charging and short pulse to make the spark. No matter what I did the ECU (a MicroSquirt) didn't like the long pulse even with some code modification to allow it to ignore the long pulse - it was still too long. Did I mention that I like open source products, anyway the hack didn't / doesn't work (on a MicroSquirt at least). The next course of action, unfortunately, modify the flywheel. Not in a major way just a bit of tooth removal with a file, at home on the bench. Lets face it lots of us are in lockdown due to Corona Virus. So here we go: I marked what I thought I wanted to do: Now, the reasoning behind removing the existing short tooth and shortening the long tooth is to move the trigger to a point that is well before TDC and when we want the spark to fire. The ECU is really good at keeping abrest of where the flywheel is exactly thanks to those magnetic poles and single coil pickup. You can see above my rough workings on the flywheel and the magnetic pole markings around the flywheel as well as the material that I wanted to remove. I made a flywheel mummy from masking tape as its much easier stop the filings getting in the magnets than trying to remove them once they are there. You can see the exact parts of the teeth to be removed. Short tooth gone, big tooth modification under way. Twenty or so minutes of filing and some light sanding this is the result. The resultant combination of sine wave and single tooth fits the very closely to one of the trigger patterns that is standard in the MicroSquirt - commonly called dual, toothed, trigger wheels the exact pattern is 6 crank speed teeth (AC sine waves with zero crossing points) and one crank speed indexing tooth. In effect this is not dissimilar to the first DRZ that I injected, the main difference is I machined a ring that had 18 crank speed teeth minus one crank speed tooth, for indexing and only used one pickup. This way is similar so should yield similar results. This is enough information to let the ECU run spark and semi-sequential fuel injection. Now for the rest of the test rig: A MicroSquirt: This board, that simulates TPS, Map, Coolant Temperature, Air intake temperature and has lights for fuel pump, injector and ignition (its called a JIM Stim). You basically hook your ECU tails to it for test purposes (not needed for real deployment): You can see a little red board above the simulator, that's a FET driver and connected to that is a high output white LED. I have the trigger of that board connected to the simulator's ignition out and with the ECU told to fire statically at TDC this will provide a strobe light at TDC to check that we have the correct engine timing. The stator plugs into the ECU in very much the same way as the CDI. Note there is a shunt 33ohm 1/2 watt resistor required on the Blue and Green Stator wires as the signal from this little beastie is very hot, without this all sorts of chaos ensues. There is a video here, it's not very good because the modern phone's capture rate interferes with seeing the strobe so sometimes it looks like it doesn't fire, when it does in real life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwRMBvlUPeo The complete test rig: So with the test rig all set up and the computer plugged in here is what we get: One indexing pulse and six rotational pulses. Here's hoping perfect for fuel injection. Next stage - prep the throttle body and ECU. Then install the flywheel, throttle body and ECU on the bike! Stay tuned.
  9. 29 points
    All the above,,,,unfortunately. To start with Papa Honda loved racing and took enormous pride in getting Honda to the top of every competition form entered. Profits be dammed! He brilliantly recognized the money spent on achieving the top rung had a mental affect on potential buyers of Honda products and drew them to the brand. Then with his passing the lesser leadership that came into power has never fully understood how important that was. They totally fail to understand how important a small bike can be to a youngster in shaping his future purchases. Stupid! Then with the coming of the left and millenials who are embracing the pussification of America the process will be made complete. First the left will take over so they can exercise total power in controlling the freedom of the people to make independent choices. Those who express a different choice than what is PC environmentally will be dealt with by regulation etc to keep them in line. The millenials will go along with this loss of freedom due to them being totally spineless and fearful of any act to stand up for our rights. Go along to get along and let the Guv take care of them. My real fear is that America will closely resemble China's robotic populace within 30-50 years.
  10. 27 points
    I'm jealous of all of you guys with these massive shops. I have a 12x10 Tuff Shed barn style with a 80sq ft loft. 6ft7in tall double doors. Biggest I can do without a permit in CA. You'd be amazed at how much work I have been able to accomplish in this badboy.
  11. 26 points
    the problem with Facebook marketplace is that you have to be on Facebook. i dont like FB at all. i have no desire to tell people a edited version of my life story online.
  12. 25 points
    Or you could try being honest and just take a hit when you go to sell it... or just fix it, it may not be as bad as you think
  13. 25 points
    It is completely natural for humans to eat meat and the species would have been in extreme danger if it hadn’t been so. Humans have teeth that were designed for cutting and tearing flesh. Humans also have a digestive system that is designed to digest both meat and plants. This wouldn’t have been necessary if humans were meant to be herbivores. My brother and his looney wife and family went vegan. But they are also socialist democrats, voted for Hussein Obama and Killary. But you go girl!
  14. 24 points
    TT is a man down, a good man down. Micheal, better known as @irme42day, proprietor of the world renowned Swine Lake Resort has past peacefully on to the desert in the sky. He lost a righteous battle with the Brain Sucking Spiders from Mars. He never lost his sense of humour no matter how bad he was feeling. How many of us could make jokes while throwing up. Well he certainly did, and they were good ones. I'd like to quote IRME for y'all... He came in with a splash... First post - thought I would introduce my self - I have been a Yamaha fan from the DT1 - I currently have an 01 RoadStar and 03 WR250F - and I'm here in NW AZ, Golden Valley to be exact which is between the Black Mts and the Cerbat Mts. - also have some goats (13 to expand in june) 1 Llama, 2 Alpacas, 2 potbelly pigs, 1 cat and 2 TOTALY PAYED FOR EX-WIVES. Please barewith me and let me know if EYE step out of line or add too many BAD JOKES. I will post pictures as soon as I figure out how to do it. Thanks Michael G & H Acres Beautiful Golden Valley AZ Garden Spot of the Galaxy Vacation Destination of the Universe ...one of his last posts... Well it happened, I was amazed to the point of B-wilderness-ment-ed-dud! Air! 50 foot of it! And I was ride'n Red the Alien Hunter! The Set Up - I was out and about check'n the price of goat hay and catching up with a friend or two this morning and was on my way back home. I was ride'n the trail on the north side of hwy68 come'n up to the clinic. I was still a bit stressed from the trip to the principals office yesterday, no I didn't get kicked out of school (radiation treatment), and I was un-stressing a bit. Well I was in 5th do'n alot of right hand math when I remember the 3 foot tall berm of dirt, OH SHIT!!!!! No time to stop and regroup so wooo-ha!!!!!!!!!! I must have been 50' in the air, well maybe 5', but that's a whole bunch and a half on red (04 crf230f). I'm in the air things are look'n like they should from my point of view, I'm try'n to make sure my size 12's are on the foot pegs and then I touch the ground AND to my suprise when I did touch earth it was actualy some what controled! Amazed the live'n daylights out of my self and what's even better I have that in my bag of tricks if I need to use it. On one visit to the doctor, when asked about a broken rib he had to explain to her about his run in with Sand Aliens and Silt Suckers. Well she didn't find it as humours as the rest of us did. ...that was him right up to the end. His last ride out to do battle with the Sand Aliens and Silt Suckers. I'd say he kicked their butts that day. I'll miss you my friend and hope to kick some Sand Alien butt for you. RIDE ON always IRME.
  15. 24 points
    I'm 46, gave up MX years ago but still ride trails, though not fast anymore. It took awhile to get outta the got to be first mentality and just put it in 3rd and cruise with occasional bursts of excitement. I do ride occasionally in hare scrambles for a Xtra burst of fun. My Dad gave up dirt bikes at about 40, all us kids were old enough to drive ourselves by that point but at 75 or so he just picked up a YZ 125 and we went for a 2 hour trail ride Sunday 👍
  16. 23 points
    Quite honestly and with all due respect, if you have to ask, you are not qualified to repair it.
  17. 23 points
    Helmet is too big. It should not move about while you ride
  18. 22 points
    There's been plenty of ride reports and reviews for the 200rr but none from me. For those that don't know I have been on smaller cc bikes for the last 6 years. I Currently own a 2020 YZ125x and a 2018 150xcw. Had 125 and 150sx a 200xcw Also a 2009 Husky WR165 plus a 250xc and xcw all within the last 6 years. Plus a couple 4st too. I was on a quest to find the best bike for me. I was racing and thought the bike could make the difference. It really didn't. Now I'm trying to find the funnest bike for me. That brings us to the 200rr. After putting a 150 hours on the 150xcw and 80 on the 125x I was ready to play with something new. Me I'm 5'10" and about 220lbs. I should be 200lbs so I need to take some weight off again. Skill level wise I would class myself as very fast B or mid PAC Senior A depending on the day. I ride about 200-250 hours a year mostly slow tight singletrack. Let's talk 200rr now. After adjusting everything to my liking and cutting the bars down to 30.5 inches it was ready for a proper ride. The first hour was spent around the house. One thing is I need is heavier springs. I'm not going to talk much about the suspention untill it's sprung. Jetting is really close. Just a little rich in the first 1/8 throttle. One step leaner needle will probably take care of it. Once above 1/8 throttle or under load the jetting seemed spot on. Motor pulls good and is fairly smooth. Vibration wise maybe a little more than the 150xcw. Power wise the extra cc shows. It has good torque and smooth delivery. I've been on a lot of bikes. This has to be one of the best motors I've ever used. For singletrack it's just about perfect. The transmission gears are exactly the same as the 150xcw. The only difference is the final drive 15-49 on the 200rr 13-50 for the 150. That's a 17% difference. So you can't compare the bikes gear to gear. 2nd on the 200 is almost the same as 3rd on the150. There is no point to argue the 200 kill the 150 power wise period. The 200 out pulls the 150 in 3rd gear. At 17% higher gearing the 200 just has more nut. The 200 can be a leave it in 3rd and ride bike. From what I remember about the KTM200xcw the Beta is smoother and a better power delivery. I think the KTM 200 was stronger off idle into the 1/4 throttle range but it fell off to quick. The motor on the Beta is very easy to use but is also fast. If your a old slow guy you will like it. If your a fast guy your going to like it. I think it works on a few different levels. The power gets put to the ground and that's what matters. Ergos feel good and about the same as the ktm. Handling and cornering is spot on. The bike turns good. Once I got a feel for it the 200 did exactly what I wanted it to do with little effort. It tracked great and had a good planted feel. Very light feel that didn't take much effort. I would say it's just a tad bit slower handling than the 150xcw but it holds the trail better. I would say it's a wash. Considering the time I spent on the 150 the transition to the 200 was very natural. The 200 reminded me of the husky wr165 which is a good thing. Suspension the forks felt pretty good. I could imagine a lighter rider would find them stuff or maybe harsh. The one area they didn't feel good was slow multiple hits like you might find in a rock garden. The shock felt harsh. It's not the shock but the spring. I took the preload up to get the sag right. I've been through this before. Untill I get a stiffer spring it's not going to be good. I will probably go up one rate on the forks too. Brakes were spot on and felt good. The seat wasn't as bad from what I read. Its not great but I can live with it. Overall I'm very happy with the bike. It's a really good package. Just a few more small tweeks and it's going to be golden. I would buy this bike over the 150xcw or YZ125x so that says all there is to know. It's not going to be perfect but nothing is. There is always going to be a compromise. I think the 200rr is a great compromise bike. One thing I'm going to get out of the way is the weight. The straps used to hang the bike were 3lbs so 236lbs. That's full gas full fluids factory delivered. My scale is accurate. We like to make a big deal of it. The bike feels lighter than the scale says. I will get some vids this weekend and post some follow ups.
  19. 22 points
    The radiator probably didn't have anything to do with that one, that's the opposite of a cold seize
  20. 22 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
  21. 22 points
    Hi Guys and gals, this is my first post to this forum after being a guest reader for years! I`m from Norway so you will have to excuse my English 🙂 Picked up a 2013 Beta 300 RR in October. The bike had at least 300 hours to it (Speedo broken) First up a lot of cleaning layer by layer... Most of the bikes parts were past its lifetime, so the junkyard got some nice "gifts" from me.. Then time to start the "restoration" The frame was badly dented at the bottom and took a lot of work to be straight again Got the thing sandblasted and painted (Lucky to have the possibility to do it at work) Started the engine build, hoping it would do with just a new oversize piston.. But it needed.....everything! New cylinder and piston, new bearings and piston shaft +++ Checked out tolerance on the gearbox, everything was within specs fortunately! Also blasted the cases as they were not nice Was a lot of work, but I think it turned out great 🙂 Next up was the swing arm. Gave it some sanding and new paint. Changed all the bearings and spacers. The wheels needed some truing and new bearings. Also added a S3 parts wheels sticker kit to make them look a little fresher Some pictures from the rebuild: Finished result: Quite happy with the result myself! Now just waiting for some parts to rebuild the Rekluse clutch, and I will be out thrashing it again 🙂 Will also probably rebuild the rear damper in the near future, and add a carbon shield to the exhaust Upgrades from stock: IMS fuel tank Rekluse Exp 3.0 Core Tubliss 2 S3 parts wheelstickers, pegs and handlebar Polisport swing arm protectors Pro Circut muffler Blackbird seat cover Simplified wiring harness Led Head light Factory 2014 decals Kyb front fork (Was lucky to find a very low mileage from a Husky TE 449 2013) Brembo caliper front Sorry for the long post!!!
  22. 22 points
    Anybody that has done any suspension revalving knows you wind up with left over shims if you’re going from a motocross setup to an off-road setup. I think I’ve done 8 bikes so far and make small changes to mine every now and then. Anyway I had shims tossed in a bag and it got to be a pain finding what I had vs. what I needed to order each time. I ordered some cheap organizers and brought everything to the house to sort while I watched TV. Right after I started my wife asked what I was doing. After a quick explanation she said “I can do that for you tomorrow”. I’ll admit I was skeptical but told her what I wanted then gave her a basic lesson on reading a caliper and micrometer. First day she wasn’t happy with how she initially set it up but after she got rolling this is what she did. Married almost 21 years and she continues to surprise me. She’s a keeper for sure! Clay
  23. 21 points
    Going over my son's race footage from Saturday and I found this. I was pretty proud to see him stop and help a racer in need.
  24. 21 points
    Another fork tube wear victim here, mild anodizing loss on both tubes. I am out of warranty, and contacted the dealer I bought the bike from. New tubes coming, compliments of Beta USA. Tim Pilg and CO are some real stand up folks.
  25. 20 points
    Pie in the sky bullshit. Good luck banning gas vehicles in CA. Poor people can't afford Tesla's. Guess everyone will just ride E scooters? Newsom is a dumb bitch.
  26. 19 points
    I took delivery of a new (obviously) 2021 KTM XCW TPI this past Thursday. I've ridden it twice, put 37 easy miles on it and 2.1 hours. This is far too little time to do a review, but I can share first impressions. I've attached some photos taken before my first ride. Its not nearly as clean now. And I've managed to already drop it at 0.01 MPH doing a trivial U-turn on the trail. First, I really like the looks. Sure, all new bikes look good. But I like the gray detailing. I have custom graphics, mostly the number plates say "Pat". The design keeps the dealer's logo, and the standard brand logos. Photos attached. I had my "fat old guy" springs installed, but no custom valving. I'm not a racer, I ride trails. Here in Pennsylvania, they are technical trails with a lot of rocks, and the single track has a lot of tree roots. The suspension impressed me. My old 2017 300 XCW had custom valving and the stock valving feels very good, especially on the bigger rocks. The engine is not at all broken in, but I'm impressed. I had one flame-out in the first 30 minutes, just as the dealer had warned me. But that was the only one. The "jetting" feels great. The motor's response is amazing. It pulls hard at any RPM. It feels far more lively than my 2017 did. I'm having a ball on it. I'll see if I can ride a couple of times this coming week to get used to it.
  27. 19 points
    Yes to this. This is what everyone is missing. I'm a product exec for a very-similar-specialty-type-of-thing-but-not-motorcycles company, and rraypo's is the simplest explanation. I've just gotten back into riding motorcycles - AND I'M 41 with no kids. That's typical as far as I can tell. You read any motorcycle forum and, sorry, but it's a bunch of old men like me (or older) yelling at each other about how stupid the other one is. It's a pretty unwelcoming community, honestly. Not to mention every dealer I've visited is terrible - no sense for building a community, just buy a bike and push you out the door.....if you can get anyone to even talk to you. Plus, you need money, tools, knowledge after you get the bike. For a very small segment of the population these aren't real barriers. But they are for a young family looking to try something new. But basically, it just comes down to participation. Volume drives variety. In a manufacturing environment you've got to have high sku density for things to make sense, as in lots of units per model. Engineers not understanding this or that or whatever doesn't even really matter. Volume fixes that, too. This situation does, of course, get further complicated by the environmental regs being different in different places but if there were more participants, there would be more people in each of those places which would drive more units. It's just ridiculous to think that some publicly traded mega-corporation would put 'passion' in front of profit. Not making any judgment there, just saying it isn't reality. The purpose of a corporation is to create shareholder value, period. That's what we're all stuck with. A better use of all of our time would be to get off the keyboard, get on our bikes, and loan our old one to a friend who otherwise wouldn't try it to get them hooked. That and also just to be nicer to each other. The way people talk to each other on this site and others is really pretty gross and definitely doesn't make me want to meet anyone else who rides. Nobody should care what their riding buddy's politics are, just how they ride. A bunch of grumpy old men, banging their canes on the floor and ranting about how good it used to be is about as attractive to new participants as a broken arm. Just my 2 cents after a couple years back on 2 (motorized) wheels.
  28. 19 points
    I'm almost 49. Every few years I kept getting the itch. Finally, the right combination of a two-stroke electric start that has linear usable power was just too much to resist...I always liked that 2-stroke pep: 2020 Husqvarna 250i. I went out to Tahuya ORV park in WA thinking I'd ride for 15 minutes, let it cool down, open up the throttle a little more, do a cool down, as instructed by the dealer for break in and do this a few times. Well, 2.5 hours later, forearms and triceps shaking, I finished my break in ride which included more than a few higher rev runs across the trail. I just couldn't resist. I hope I didn't damage it because I haven't experienced that much joy since I was a teenager. I was stressed from corona, my career, being trapped in the house, and really, almost angry. It turned to elation, smiles, and the desire to ride more. If I only ride it 10 or 11 times, which would mean it costs me 1K per ride, it's worth every penny. I'm CALM, HAPPY and have a new reason to live. Yes there are dangers. I will have all the best protective gear I can afford. But life seems more full of potential today at 1:43AM. Thanks to Justin for inviting me along on his ride when the person that was supposed to go with me baled.
  29. 19 points
    I bought a 2015 drz400sm last year in mint condition as a donor bike for a scrambler project. I know many people will ask why I have gone this route so here was what I set out to do. I wanted a bike that looked like a vintage scrambler that I could take on dirt roads. It was as simple as that. Here is a couple of pictures. My total cost was just under 10K Canadian dollars but this included new tires, new FCR carb and a new subframe. I'm not all that mechanical so I paid about 1K to have certain fabrications done and the gas tank by the time it was done cost me 1K. I know I could have bought a good KTM or similar but I will be the only one with a bike like this one, at least around here.
  30. 19 points
    So, my middle son chose for his senior project to rebuild a 2007 Honda CRF150RB. It was given to us from a friend. The crank and piston had come apart, taking out one of the cases. Half the bike was in a box. He rebuilt the whole bike, engine, suspension, everything. He cerakoted the frame and several other parts. He also entered into Cameron Niemela's PrymeMX dirtbike restoration contest and made the top 20! If you would like to vote for him, you can go to https://www.prymemx.com/pages/teampryme. He's down at the bottom, Wyatt Frost. Regardless how it turns out, I'm proud of the boy. Oh, and his bike is the only four stroke in the top 20!
  31. 19 points
    Did something I thought I would never do yesterday. Sold my 2013 Beta 250rr. It was the first BYOB 250 in the U.S. I loved that bike it was a revelation at the time and the lightest, lowest, real electric start race bike available. I purchased it after actually emailing back and forth with the owner in Italy. My mother had passed at the end of 2010 and was a world renowned art historian specializing in the renaissance and Florence and the Plazzo Vechio. Beta being built just outside of Florence and hearing his passion for the brand and the art was a cool coincidence. My byob plate didnt say my name it arrived with "in memorial della madre" In memory of mother. It was tough as nails and still had the original unbendable handlebars. But I have grown older and I love my 2019 200 and now that I have a a second, I could not justify keeping her. I completely rebuild her and she was better than new. I was happy to see the youth and enthusiasm of the new owner. It was great to watch him test ride it in the alley and watch the wheel come off the ground as he shifted into 2nd gear and then his friend as well. I wish you well my old friend and hope she brings the new caretaker all the success she brought me. Good bye dear lady.
  32. 19 points
    Well all decent threads deserve a conclusion and good death... So wife calls me... she was speaking to a customer in her store from the Yucca Valley area that's supposedly a Dog Trainer... or was... and he fell in love with the photo of the German Shepherd... she explained that I want these two to stay together and he was very interested in both. But I was curious if he was such a dog lover why he didn't have any... then she tells me he said he thought 6 weeks was a good time to test compatibility with him... so I'd need to be open to taking them back in the event... blah blah blah. I said look, I ain't &%$#@!ing Walmart and even they wouldn't give him 6 weeks on perishables. Obviously, I dont want to let them go at this point. So Lexxie and Ty are officially staying forever. The END !
  33. 18 points
    I just picked up my new KTM 300 XC-W ErzbergRodeo yesterday - my first brand new bike. It’s even better in person than the photos - love this thing. I thought I would share a few shots while it’s completely stock (and clean) since I’ve got some changes coming that I will post up soon. Looking forward to getting her dirty!
  34. 18 points
    I now have about 450 miles (around 33 hours) on my 2020 KTM Freeride E-XC. I have ridden this bike in a variety of off road locations in Ohio and Pennsylvania. There are not many of these Freerides out there to I wanted to share my observations to date both the Good and Not so Good. Lets get the negatives out of the way first: The Freeride E-XC Negative List: 1. Range: For my off road riding (like you see in this video) I get 1~2 hours ride time and 20~25 miles ride distance. I have gone as far as 2.5 hours (about 38 miles) but that was riding slowly on level ground in Map 1 (50% power). The battery can be swapped out quickly so a spare battery could extend the ride time but the cost is very high for an extra battery. 2. 220V Charger: Needed to install a 220V socket into my garage and also limits portable charging as many small generators do not have a 220V capability. 3. Brakes: The Formula brakes have average stopping power and require a lot of effort at the brake levers. The 2021 Freeride brakes are supposed to be improved. 4. Tires: The Maxxis trials tires are a decent compromise and work well in the dry and hard pack dirt (just drop the pressures). Not so good in mud. The Freeride E-XC Good List! 1. Stealth: Quiet riding is a new experience. Fun to quietly ride in the woods or even around the neighborhood. Stealth riding could open up more places to ride 2. Instant Torque: The Freeride is amazingly quick from 0~30 mph. Trails (and wheelies) are fun with this kind of instant throttle response 3. Agility: The Freeride has few rotating parts (no piston/cams/crankshaft/clutch etc) so it feels light in motion and changes directions quickly and easily. Feels much lighter than its approximately 240 lb weight would indicate. Even though Freeride is about 7/8 size (which helps agility) the ergonomics feel good for me (I am 6' 2" tall). The steering angle is steeper and the wheelbase is shorter than a regular dirt bike and that helps with quick turning on the trails. Some other observations: There is no clutch. This makes extreme off road riding more difficult. A clutch would also add more weight and cost. I've adapted and like the simplicity of just throttle and brakes. The suspension is soft with a plush woods focused setting that absorbs the rocks and roots with little deflection. Fast guys will say it's way too soft. I think the spring and damping rates KTM selected match the fun off road character of the bike well. The Freeride is more capable than I expected. I've done back to back lap time comparisons with my gas bikes and the Freeride laptime is closer than I expected. The Freeride has (3) Maps that can really change the character of the bike. Map 1 is 50% power and great for beginning riders or simply letting an inexperienced off road rider try out the Freeride. Map 1 power is soft and smooth and even if the rider goes to WOT the bike is still controllable and top speed it limited to about 33 mph. Map 3 is full power and the bike is much more responsive to throttle inputs, feels more capable, and is quick off the line. I ride Map 3 all the time. Maintenance is simple: lube the chain and charge the battery. No gas, oil, or air cleaners to mess with or pistons/rings to change out after so many hours of run time. There is no vibration: totally smooth at the grips and footpegs so less fatiguing to ride. Nothing gets hot so no worries about hot exhausts or engines (this is especially nice when riding in the woods). Easy to clean up as the motor is simple and nothing gets hot so no burnt on mud. I don't see the Freeride replacing my 300XCW gas bike but is it a great 2nd bike in the garage. My Freeride actually has more miles on it than my 300XCW which shows how much I like riding the Freeride. If you can live with the Freeride run time/range and 220V charging requirements it offers a totally different off road riding experience. The electric Freeride is quiet, quick, and agile. And most importantly it is simply fun to ride and isn't that why we got into motorcycles in the first place? Here is my summary video along with a few pics of the Freeride...
  35. 18 points
    I'm about 7 hours north of you in the Denver Metro area, but if you're interested in dropping off the bike I will go through it all for you- just pay for parts unless the TT collaborative decides another gofundme is in order to cover part cost. Hard to say what all is wrong in there, but $3800 is overstated significantly. I go about 5 or so years before I feel the need to help someone like this. Your timing is fairly good. I might even be talked into meeting you in Trinidad, Co which is about the half way point for a bike swap if the mileage is tough for you. Up to you. @JD67 @smv ryder Some of my previous work below and I would venture to say at least 2 or 3 people here might vouch for my credibility.......
  36. 18 points
    Hey y'all keep the smart ass jokes to yourself. I'm getting sick of the everyone thinking they are comedians around here. This is a legit serious situation and since everyone rather act like clowns around here anymore. You're basically ruining the forums rep for solid technical information / problem solving. Sounds like your dealership is a joke but i had a friend. Go through something similar with a 2020 xc250 just this past month. It did the same thing after like 8 hours. Was hard to start as well. Dealer took it back says they put in a new top end. But it was still running like crap afterwards. I told him it looked like the dealer failed to properly setup the bike from the distribution warehouse when they received it. I said they probably didn't bleed the oil pump. He said the dealership finally admitted they don't prep the oil pump. They tried to pass it off and said ktm north America or even the ktm factory. Was supposed to do that not the dealership. I said that was bs because of shipping restrictions they couldn't send the bike full of oil. I'm also pretty sure ktm north America isn't uncrating the bikes just to do this since it needs to be running. Before shipping bikes out to the dealership. So the local ktm rep got involved and backed up what i said. That the dealer is supposed to prep the bike and properly bleeding the oil pump is part of the prep for the tpi's. Apparently the ktm rep also went out to his house with the bike to test ride it. Friend has some property with a small trail loop. Good enough for testing. They tried remapping it and some other stuff and it wouldn't run right. Kept cutting out he was not happy and ktm took the bike back and gave him a refund. This was with i-90 motorsports btw. If your dealer doesn't want to help contact ktm north America directly and see what they say. I believe my friend was in contact with both.
  37. 18 points
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    I was having some issues with my 2020 250 RR suspension. The shock was hard to get working the way I wanted and the clickers started with the compression pretty much maxed. The CC forks were good but had a harsh spike mid stroke. I contacted Steve aka motoxgiant. He went out of his way to get my boingers done in record time and returned to me in time for a ridecation. He really nailed it for me!!! Forks are awesome and really make me smile over every buried watermelon, log and rock field. The shock is now in the middle of the adjustment and with only a slight addition of 2 clicks in on rebound is really good. The bike is so balanced and rideable over the worst of Idaho/Montana gnarl I couldn't be happier. Thank you Steve, Job very well done!
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    And nobody recommended the PROPER way to install wheel bearings.Put the bearings in the deapfreacer overnight ,then heat the hub with a hairdryer or torch and the beerings fall into the hub all by itself.
  41. 18 points
    I'd hurry up and buy a new 450 while you're still young and know everything!
  42. 18 points
    My son and I drove down to Johnson Valley (JV) to meet up with my dad and do some riding between Christmas and New Years. Before leaving I had arranged with @Jeff aka Bolt to buy a new Fatty front tire on my way down and save shipping cost. The plan was to stop by his house about 3-4pm but the weather had other plans. It took 21 hours for us to get from Rocklin to JV due to the Grapevine and Tehachipi being closed. This included burying my truck up to the axle about two miles from our camp. This was a navigation error on my son's part and me not verifying which dirt road to turn down for Soggy Lake. Nothing more fun than digging your truck out at midnight wearing tennis shoes by cell phone light. Learned some valuable lessons on this one. The next morning we woke up to lots of snow and mud and I knew my Mountain Hybrid tire would be next to useless so I asked Jeff to add two more rear tires to my order. Jeff was super cool and met us in town which saved us about 20-30 minutes and let us pick from a couple different tires he brought. I picked an M5B which I have never ran and my son picked a VE-33 which I have ran. Turns out both of these tires were a bitch to change in the cold weather but they both performed very well in the mud, snow and sand. While changing my son's tire I noticed the fixed aluminum end of his axle was cracked. I texted Jeff a photo and asked if he had one. I fully expected him to say he could order it and get it two days later. He went out to one of his bikes and pulled the axle out and offered it for his replacement cost. This was incredibly generous and saved a ride for my son although the broken one held for a day of riding close to camp but we didn't trust it. The last day we decided to take a run up to Pisdah Crater. About mile 28 of a 36 miles run out to the crater, my dad's Yamaha SxS shifter shaft breaks off flush with the case. We tried to manually shift it into second gear to limp it home but that flush break made it impossible. Fortunately the gearbox was in neutral when it broke allowing us to tow it back with another SxS in our group. Jeff - Nice to finally meet you in person and thanks for offering local support for our trip.
  43. 17 points
    Hey y'all, This past Sunday, Kevin Jenks , (known on the forum here as @Motox367 ) was involved in an accident with another rider at one of his local motocross tracks and is seriously injured with a severely broken back and concussion. Latest word is he's in the ICU at Wilson Med center in Binghamton, NY, where he's still suffering the effects of the concussion and also can't move his legs. That is all we really know at this point. Medical bills are surely going to be huge so @TeamCoronaPilot, @F1Jim64 and myself started a fundraising effort to help Kevin and his daughter out . Anything you can give will certainly be appreciated and please consider sharing on your social media. thanks in advance if you can help . https://www.gofundme.com/f/kevin-jenks-medical-fund-raiser?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet We'll use this thread as the place where we can provide updates on his condition, as well as the fundraising effort. Here's a recent shot of the boss posing with some big hardware (no doubt attempting to lure in some groupies) 😁🏁
  44. 17 points
    It’s your bike and money. Do what you want, but if your bike is stock, increasing the octane alone won’t increase your performance, and could in fact reduce it. Just because you didn’t get the answer you wanted to hear doesn’t make any of your statement true. Something could be said for oxygenated race fuels making a cleaner running bike, but that’s not what you’re talking about doing. Increasing octane alone on most bikes is uselsss.
  45. 17 points
    We found her a leftover 150xcw. Going from a crf150R to the full frame Ktm she looks way more comfortable while riding. She had no idea when she woke up this morning that she was getting a new bike. I ordered a lectron for it Wednesday when we bought it for her and I can’t wait for it to arrive. I’m not even going to bother messing with this carb. lol
  46. 17 points
    Hey, everyone...Greetings from Windy SoCal... A recent trip to The Husky Monument renewed my hope and faith in humans. 2 weeks later, today, i bought a 1982 XR500R. Growing up, Mom, Dad and i rode bikes every Saturday, just to see how far we could go from dawn to dusk. Dad had a 305cc Scrambler, Mom a 350-4 and me on a 1969 SL90. Dad's 83 and still has a mid 80's Honda 400 twin. I quickly graduated to MX racing on 250 and 350 Bultacos. I later stepped up to AMA flat track on a Bultaco Astro and later, a home-built Yamaha OW72. I was a very OCD/ODD/ADHD kid, and i obsessed over things and rode like a maniac, sometimes wearing a Mexican wrestler's mask (I'm Elmer's Glue white and my Mom's name is Juanita) under my lid, so i got named 'El Extremo.' In 1989 when i was 24, a friend was nearly killed on a BSA 650 in a crash near Strathmore, California. My folks freaked out...i kinda freaked out...and my music career was pulling me in a different direction, so i sold out and moved on. I'm currently working as a full time guitarist and one of my drummer pals invited me on an excursion to Atolia, California recently. Our purpose was to scout a location for a video shoot. We got to talking bikes and my history, so he says, "You gotta see the Husky Memorial. " It's after dark and we are in his 2020 Rubicon LWB, winding our way to the monument. When i got there, i was stunned. No theft. No trash. No vandalism....all i could think of is "Man, these are my kinda people." I told my guitarist friend about the trip and expressed how i wanted a bike. He said, "Dude...i used to race MX. Let me give you all my gear, armor, gloves, pants, jersey, boots, everything, so you can get started again!" I started lookin at bikes and knew i didnt want EFI and all that. I wanted something tough, easy to get parts for and easy to fix. I also wanted something cool from my era, with a magneto and no trick CDI boxes. I found a 1982 XR500R in Hesperis and it was clean. Asking price was $1,500 with current 2020 green decal. It started and ran good, so i offered the dude $1,000 cash and rode it 67 miles across the open desert, up and around Hill 582, through Cajon Canyon, Blue Cut and Devil's Canyon to get home. It never missed a beat. It was scary 'A-F' and exhilarating at the same time. A mutual friend came over and started pointing out the Supertrapp, Single 40mm Mikuni and sticker from "XR's Only." I rang up and described the bike. It's alleged to be either a 540 or 560cc with 'EdCo' modded head, Web 'Torqer' Cam, and a "Billet Basket," which i am assuming is clutch related. The bike starts on the first 1/4 kick and idles good. It feels a little to high-geared (long-legged) for my low speed, crawly/climby style, so i will probably gear it down lower, even if top speed suffers. The right side cover is cracked from a rock strike, the kickstand flange is bent, the skidplate is broke and the chain is worn quite a bit. It also has crappy fuel lines which I'm gonna soon replace. I did all my own work, so no sweat... TBTH, I'm stoked, Man. So, just reaching out to say 'Wazzup' and introduce myself. I got lotsa questions. Here's the first pic, shot today near Devil's Canyon. Peace...
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    Hit the "store" link up top. We might accidentally ship to your state.
  49. 17 points
    Waivers help. Good, moral people are better. I was out with family recently, on a five day eating and wine tasting vacation. At the end of the day, I got clumsy and fell. Hard. So hard everyone in the vineyard heard me hit the deck. All came running with horrified looks on their faces. The owner and manager came over. Telling me they will pay what ever it costs. What kind of a society have we created where other people assume responsibility for a drunk old guy being a klutz? No way would I ask them to even pay a $40 co-pay. All my fault. It was nice the gave me a replacement glass of wine and a fresh baguette. I assume all risk for any actions I undertake when I wake each day. You hurt me from being irresponsible, your ass is mine. You hurt me due to a true accident (we lock bars in a corner) and no foul. You crash at a friends, you tell the insurance company you fell at home.
  50. 16 points
    MY20 390 RE! Ordered on 12/15 finally showed up 3/9, missing fuel pump o-ring from factory, beta usa made it right and finally home on 3/17. It's been a wild ride... Time to tear her apart and see if anything else is missing and put on some fun bits. Any idea the type of grease that comes from the factory? My best guess would be white lithium grease.
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