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  1. BlueFox

    Dual Sport Mirror

    I have to disagree. I only put my mirrors on to be "legal", but if you are going any distance at all to your riding spot, a decent mirror is a must. You can't hear squat while riding a dirt bike to know if cars are coming up behind you or alongside. It takes a pretty decent swing of the cranium to check six with a motocross helmet on, and the time it takes to look back should be spent looking at the road ahead. Most of us don't ride the street unless we have to, and that means we aren't proficient street riders. While street riding is easy compared to the challenges offroad, the mistakes are a lot more costly. It only takes a second to remove a real mirror, or fold away a decent working one once you hit the dirt. If we start getting killed left and right because of faulty equipment, you can bet some liberal moron will start passing laws that make it even more difficult to get our dirtbikes street legal. Take the tiny bit of time and money and get something that works. my $.02 Keith
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    Any pilots out there?

    As for the eyesight and flying military jets... I can't speak for the other services, but as long as you're correctable to 20/20, your eyesight can be pretty bad and still fly in the Air Force. My eyes dropped to 20/25 my senior year at the Academy and I still went to pilot training. They're a little worse now, and I just wear contacts...glasses under 9 Gs are pretty darn heavy! As for the gliding, what to do if the engine quits.... If you have a 1 to 1 glide ratio to a 7000 ft or longer airfield, you just glide it in. We practice this pretty often in the F-16, because we only have one engine and a lot can go wrong with it. You can't do much thermalling or catch any mountain waves in the Viper. If you can't glide it to an airfield, you just punch out (preferably after pointing it away from populated areas). Most other jets have two engines and can fly perfectly well on one. I could have used an ejection seat plenty of times on my WR. Keith
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    Dual Sport Mirror

    I replaced the back of the clutch and brake perch with screw in mirror adaptors from Dennis Kirk. Then I put some screw in foldaway mirrors on. They sell them in Dennis Kirk as well. You can use a wrench to set the tension on the foldaway so they down't fold in the wind from riding highway, but you can tuck them right out of the way when you hit the trail. Keith
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    Any pilots out there?

    I have a Comercial single and multi. About 500 hours in light aircraft and about the same in the F-16, plus some T-37, T-38, and T-3 time. I remember my first solo in a Cessan 172, one of the most exciting days of my life. Keith
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    Riding Alone........

    Please see my earlier topic, "I am a human shiskabob" about thoughts on riding alone. I mitigate the dangers as much as possible, but after this little incident, I think I may reconsider riding alone. Please check out the post. Keith
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    Kenda Trackmasters

    I have the Trackmasters on my WR strictly to get it plated. They seem to be the best on/off road tires around, especially for the price. They seem to be wearing well, only a little chunking, but not too grippy in the slimy clay and roots here in Alaska. Not sure about their road wear, because I've only put a few road miles on them. As soon as they wear out, I'm switching back to dirt only Dunlops. I doubt if any Alaska cops care at all what kind of tires you have considering some of the heap cars that drive around up here. If you don't have to have DOT tires, I'd look at just about any dirt tires instead. Keith
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    wr400f & white bros E series pipe question

    Mine didn't cause any melting on the reservoir. The cover seems to be reasonably heat resistant, because it is a pretty close fit. My number plate did melt a little bit on the bottom, but that happened while it was lying on that side, pressed against the hot pipe after a crash. Keith
  8. Been there, done that. However, about that oil cover bolt. With the stock exhaust on my '99, I just loosen the header bolts (actually its an allen bolt and a nut) about 6-8 turns, loosen the pipe clamp between the header and exhaust, and twist the header up about an inch. The bolt will slide right out. After you replace the filter, just twist eveything back into place and tighten. It adds about 5 minutes to the process is all. That is surely one crap design. I hope that engineer is designing the Iraqi nuclear weapons program now. The White Bros E-series I run sometimes is built at a different angle, so you don't have that problem. I think every aftermarket header probably fixed that major design flaw! Keith
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    I'm a human shishkabob!

    Well, yes it did hurt, but not as much as you'd think. I'd guess it was more fear than anything else. It just really freaked me out to have a tree sticking through me like that. I've been riding dirt bikes for about 20 years (started when I was 8 on a Sears built mini-bike called a Digger), and this has been my first trip to an emergency room due to a biking accident. Everyone tells me its so dangerous and that I should quit riding, but I've really been pretty blessed up until this point. I'll probably keep riding, because believe it or not, its actually more viscerally exciting than flying the F-16. I'm not saying that the F-16 isn't the best ride in the world. There is nothing as fulfilling as being called on to help army guys that are being shot at by F*ing terrorists, and then knowing that my bombs kept our guys safe from the savages for the night. But there is so much training, planning, and structure to it, that day-to-day training looses that pure exitement a lot of the time. I like to be able to just hop on the bike and blast as fast as I can or want on any trail that takes my interest. If only the Air Force would let me do that. That's not what you guys pay me for, though. Keith
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    I'm a human shishkabob!

    I was riding last Wednesday night with a buddy who happenned to be on a 4-wheeler. I will never bad mouth those guys again (more on this in a minute). Basically, we were blasting down a nice 4WD type trail, wehn a small fallen tree, useen by me, ran up the gas tank, along the seat, and then straight through my thigh! It was about 1.5 inches in diameter, and broke off to be about 4 feet long! So, I stop, lay the bike over, and try to figure out how to get this tree out of me. It entered my thigh just left of my "man-tackle", and exited through my left butt-cheek. I scream for my buddy to come over, and I laid down across the back of his 4-wheeler, hanging onto the spear with one hand to steady it, and him with the other to keep from falling off. He rode me about 5 miles back to the Air Force base we live on, and dropped me at the base fire station. They used a big pair of bolt cutters to cut about a foot off the tree sticking out my butt, just so they could fit me in the ambulance. Basically, we went to the hospital about 25 minutes away, they took a lot of pictures and I answered a lot of stupid questions like "Does it hurt?". They then used an electric hacksaw to cut about 2.5 feet off the tree in front of me and they put me in surgery where they cut a long slice into my skin, removed the tree, and cleaned up the wound. I'm back home now and doing pretty well for a guy thats been skewered by a tree, but I wanted to pass along a couple big safety lessons learned. First is a standard...Never ride alone! There aren't a lot of guys with bikes here in AK, and I find myself riding alone quite a bit. I minimize the risks by wearing every possible protective device, telling my wife where I'm going riding, and carrying a lot of basic survival stuff in addition to a small toolkit. However, if I'd been out there alone, I would have died before someone found me, period dot. Second, I usually try to carry a cell phone when I'm riding alone, but neither of us had one with at the time. Granted the coverage is terrible up here, but up on ridges it will still get a signal with some reliability. We could have called the base or 911, and scrambled the rescue helicopters for a pickup, or at least someone to meet us at a larger road with an ambulance. You don't always have a lot of time between injury and death and calling an ambulane while you stabilize someone's injury is a lot of times better than moving them yourself. I was lucky in that the branch missed my femoral artery, all major nerves that would have paralyzed me, my bowel and rectum, and most importantly my man-tackle. It scared the crap out of me, and I will spend the next month at least without being able to fly my F-16 which will upset my commander a bit and put me behind on training the next time we get to go blow somebody up. I'll spend most of that time trying to justify to myself that the riding is worth the risk, and defending myself from the constant ribbing I'll be taking from my coworkers over my being scewered by a tree. Hope you enjoyed my story and maybe reflect a little bit on your own riding habits. Keith [ August 06, 2002: Message edited by: BlueFox ]
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    The jetting language

    Sorry to ask, but I'm getting lost reading the jetting posts. I'm riding a '99 WR400. I'm looking at jetting specs in people's sigs and reading the dialogue in old posts concerning jetting (there's just a couple ) I'm having trouble understanding all of the lingo. Here's what I can figure out: MJ=main jet MAJ=main air jet EMM...#=needle type and clip position PJ=pilot jet PS=pilot screw SJ/starter jet=starter jet The ones I don't get are APJ, PAJ(S), PAS or pilot air screw, and timing the accelerator pump. For now I took my E-series pipe off and am running complete stock for stealth. I still have the lid removed and WR timing, grey wire intact. I am planning on cloning Taffy's jetting and see what happens. My main concern is with the sleepy/non-existant bottom end with this pipe. The E-series seemed to make power right from the bottom. I don't care as much about top end, but the talk of snap wheelies on the jetting posts really interests me to help lift the front end over logs and roots. Thanks for your help. In the meantime, I'll keep searching. Keith
  12. My '99 WR has seen a lot of action the last 4 years in quite varied locations and terrain. I never had a major problem with it until this last year. I sucked some muddy water into the engine and had to do some repair work. In the process I had a new top end, new valves, and gaskets put in. I should have just done it myself, because it cost about $700 at the dealer. Other than that craziness, its been reliable as can be. I change the oil every 5-6 rides, bleed the brakes (They get mushy pretty often) and change normal wearable stuff. I've had the same bars (O'neil Aluminum) since the stock ones pretzeled the first ride. The Acerbis Rallypros have a lot to do with that I think. Had to replace a couple of front spokes, after a nasty header into an orroyo in AZ. Its been just reliable as can be. Keith
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    MOmilkman.. Dude, Your signature!!!

    As long as you're just rubbing shoulders.
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    pilot Jet ?

    94Firehawk, Is this the kind of car you have? I have a '94 Trans-am and remember seeing the Firehawk in magazines. Very nice! Keith
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    pilot Jet ?