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  1. If it is moving when you hit the brake then your caliper is probably stuck. I don't know what bike we are talking about but most have the caliper on rails (so to speak) that allow them to float. If it is stuck then it will pull the rotor to the side when you apply the brakes, and when you are not it will continue to apply pressure which will overheat your brakes and cause poor function as well as eating up pads. You could also have a bent rotor causing the same effect.
  2. Your assessment of sxs users may be accurate for some. However I know several people who own them and they have been using trails for a very long time. I'll bet there is a higher rate of new users then there would be with motorcycles. Not many who know me would accuse me of being politically correct. Practical, yes.
  3. Ok. But are you certain no mountain biker or hiker has ever made the same claim of dirt bikers. From my experience I feel like there are a few hysterical Trail users with the same opinion of us.
  4. Change "SxS" for "dirt bike" and put this post in a mountain biker or hiker forum and it'll slide right in. The trouble is with individuals, not their equipment. You cannot make a meaningful judgement about the whole group based an a couple of butt holes. I've never ridden one of the machines and I do not like encountering them on the trail but most of the people in them are good folks out enjoying themselves. I think we need to maintain as much common ground with fellow trail users as possible in order to defend our right to use our lands. My irritation with them is when I encounter the 5'-6' wide models on atv trails. It hammers the trails and it's hard to get around them and scary when they are going fast. I've never seen one trying any of the single track where I ride.
  5. Sarcastic remarks aside, I would try not to sweat this too much. They heal quickly and this injury is easily avoided. Had you been wearing the bare minimum of riding equipment you could have avoided this injury. If I did not wear good boots I would have broken a foot countless times. So you made a rookie mistake, learn from it. Stop skipping steps. I would consider investing in knee guards, gloves, and maybe a chest protector as well to avoid these little dings from minor get-offs, which you will have many in your learning experience. BTW, your bike will suffer the same. If you can provide the same protection (bark busters, radiator braces, etc) it will also endure the inevitable abuse better.
  6. The last bike I bought new was about 4 years ago for my daughter--TTR50. The information I got from the dealer at time of purchase was non-existent. I got it home and sent her on a test ride before our riding trip the next day and it died after a few minutes with no spark. When I looked closely I noticed the bike was covered in screws with incorrect heads (or different from one another). There were hex heads and philips heads holding on the same piece of plastic. 8 millimeters with wide flange next to some with separate washers, etc. I took it back over and they kept it overnight and found the problem. Actually I think it took two tries. Anyhow, they had routed wires incorrectly and caused a short from the seat. Some black tape and it is all better, right? At the dealership I told him it was bunk and pointed to another of the same model and asked him to trade me. He said no way, he had already submitted the paperwork for that bike. There was no way he would give me a different bike. Fun fact, when I didn't get the rebate money after a few months I called to find out why. He had submitted an incorrect vin for the bike and I was denied my factory rebate. It had expired before the problem was discovered. Same dealer sold me an oil filter for the wife bike and it was wrong. The filter they gave me was exactly like the stock one but did not have a hole in the end. Not noticing, I sent her out this way. She made that engine scream, literally. It ran without oil. I took the filter back to the dealer and he gave me the right one, no charge. He even said he was sorry. I asked what he wanted to do about my engine and they were clear that they would do nothing. If you want to buy a Yamaha or Yamaha parts in Bozeman I cannot recommend a dealership. I've heard Livingston has a good one though. The Billings Yamaha shop used to be decent--we called their engine builds "Gunder's Grenades" for their fearsome but sometimes abbreviated performance. Now I thought the post was more about the industry in general rather than dealerships, but my experience with the latter has not always been great.
  7. Tell me what you think of the dirt bike industry as far as serving you? I think the Jap manufacturers generally abandoned my interests long ago. If I buy a new Jap bike I need to spend $1500 on suspension, exhaust, and accessories to bring it around. Happily KTM has stepped to the plate but it is almost an industry with a single option as far as attention to offroad performance bikes. Personally, I have abstained from the market largely. I ride a 15 year old bike with a 20 year old engine in it and love it. My wife has bothered me several times to upgrade but I have not fallen in love with any KTM's I've ridden and the improvements in Jap bikes are not worth starting over. The rest of my family rides newer bikes but it is a struggle to keep them on bikes that have an appropriate balance of performance, reliability, and size. What brought you in? I've ridden since I was a kid, so family. Your non dirt rider counterparts of wealth, why DON'T they ride? Are there things that might compel them to start riding? Some do. Of those that don't, I don't know why, don't ask, don't really care. We all have our interests and I don't push mine on others. Do exclusive ride training/adventure travel vacations interest you? Why or why not? No, I'm independent that way. I mean--I travel to ride but not in an organized way or using a service. How does your occupation/family accommodate your desire to spend time riding? Owner, so my company's opinion is mine. My lead guy rides so I take him out sometimes. My family rides. I watched friends who neglected to bother with all of the trouble of riding with kids (it can be some trouble!) start spending their weekends at soccer tournaments and decided I would try a different route. My efforts are paying dividends now as I take my kids camping and riding while my buddies are at basketball games and swim meets; some are the same guys who used to think I was lame for waiting on kids while they were out ripping. Wife is not a true enthusiast but comes riding some. There is no pushback from her when I'm taking the kids riding. Hope this helps your study. Good luck. OP, care to share with us what your interest in the subject is?
  8. I've used a few. I concur with mule about the contour. We've used a couple of the knock offs for the kids. They make a good video. The audio isn't as good as go pro nor is the end footage as the image stabilization is not as good. What is irksome is the case and functions. The case is second rate. The latches are crap and end up failing. On both of ours when you charge them they automatically turn on and start recording. The batteries don't last as well. Small things like that make them more irritating to use. You can save a bunch of money on them though.
  9. I have never raced c class but when i moved up I found less pile ups at tough spots and more fun riding. I also found it to be much more demanding. I think if I became better at losing I would enjoy it more. I've got a competitive streak that I don't control well...
  10. It will be a close fit. The swingarm bolt will go straight through but the spacers might need to be changed or modified to align the sprocket. There are many sizes from various bikes (125's, 250's, different years). The pipe is lower so will clear the frame Y. I think the bottom mounts and front mounts will be close or might line up straight away. Depending on the engine the carb might or might not line (case reed?). The head stay will need to be built. You might have to alter the radiators--I can't remember the plumbing between the two. Some of this really depends on the engine. It will be a relatively easy project because the steel frame is so easy to modify. The biggest problem is that it will be gutless...
  11. If you are set on a kdx expand your search. They are generally available around here (MT).
  12. The 150f is guttless. It should not be in the same sentence as drag racing. Don't fret the size too much--you can lower almost any bike on the market. Those with linkages are easiest (most bikes but many models of KTM). Look up lowering linkages. Then drop the forks in the clamps. You can also cut the seat by taking off the cover, cutting the foam, and re-installing the cover. Just watch the weight of the bike. Look for something close to 200 lbs and it wont' be too heavy to pick up.
  13. utah

    Assuming your machines were street legal, I think the places to ride from town would be out towards Kane Cr along the S side of the Colorado (skip Moab Rim, Cliffhanger aka Amasa Back, and Pritchett--all very difficult--and head to Kane or towards Chicken Corners), or out along the N side of the Colorado headed west towards Poison Spider (too hard on a quad imo) but maybe Long Canyon is ok (I've never been but it leads up to many options). If you want to hit the highway for a few miles your options open up. The easiest to ride to from town is the Sand Flat area, and if she is game you could try Fins n Things or Porcupine but I think you will agree with my assessment of the quad very soon. Can you get her a side-by-side? They have a longer wheelbase and a roll cage and are far more capable than quads on the terrain you will encounter there. I don't think you would regret it. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Fins or even Hells Revenge with a side by side. White Rim is too far out for a ride from town and it is a long ride on its own. Get the Moab maps by Latitude 40. I also like the digital copy available on Avenza by Nat Geo.
  14. The lower section is really open and fast hardpack with some surprise rock sections, rocks all around. My guess is that is where the accident happened as I've had a couple of close calls there myself. Anywhere up the creek from there is generally sand and brush with some trees and small river rock where head-on collisions seem to present the greatest danger. I usually ride that road pretty fast as it is a long loop and, frankly, a fun fast road. Fun to race through with the trail separating and converging, blasting through the creek. I prefer to ride up it in the morning to try and minimize traffic. I'm terribly sorry to hear of this accident. As a father of riders I can only imagine the sadness his family feels from this tragedy. I hope his father can find peace.