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    We're Back!!!!!! Kennedy Meadows Round 2

    Hey, I resemble that remark!
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    Controlled fires in Kennedy Meadows

    You'll be fine at Troy. The prescribed burn is north of Troy about 6-8 miles and the lightning fire is northwest about the same distance. The only closed trails are in the immediate area of the lightning fire near Blackrock Mtn/Little Horse Meadow. The rest is open at last check. Both fires are under control unless the wind suddenly blows. Update: wunderground shows wind up to 4mph today and tomorrow, but none on weekend. Wind is from WSW, so it's blowing the other way. I'd plan the trip if it was me.
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    Controlled fires in Kennedy Meadows

    Was just there this past weekend. Closures are indeed above Beach Meadow in the Little Horse and Osa areas, mostly west of the pavement. Albanita trail is open, and everything east of the pavement is open. I would not hesitate to plan a trip, but call Blackrock Ranger station before you leave to be sure. I'd also check the weather reports for wind. Anything over about 5 mph could be a problem. Update: weather report for Kernville shows wind from WSW, gusts to 4 mph today and tomorrow. Weekend shows warm, sunny, no wind issues. Even today's wind is blowing the other direction, so I'd go ahead and plan the trip if it was me.
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    Kennedy Meadows 3 Day Ride Report w/Pics (July 2009)

    Just got back from the Kern Plateau (Kennedy Meadows) from this past weekend. Weather was perfect, about 80 daytime and low-50's evening. Hauled the toy hauler up from Highway 395, and all was fine. Friends took tents. Stayed at Fish Creek. Great times! Don't know if anyone already mentioned, but the fire is still burning up there. Everything around Little Horse Meadow is closed (that's everything north of Albanita and west of the Sherman Pass Rd). They are also doing a prescribed burn near Jackass Peak. Plenty of riding, though. I'd only hesitate to go if it gets windy, which might trigger an evacuation.
  5. The friction modifiers are the clutch killers. Aside from that, you can use automotive oil in a 4 stroke motorcycle engine/trans. I don't choose to do that, I like having a margin for error. Sometimes I ride pretty hard, and put quite a load on both engine and trans. They sometimes run hot from riding hard and high RPM and from repeated idling. They are changed every weekend of riding. I have 8 years on my '00WR400F. I'd guess that translates to about 15000 miles or so. Never had the engine open other than valve cover for cam rotation and valve check. Never even had to change valve clearance. I currently use Spectro 4 and Golden Spectro 4 interchangeably in the WR and my wife's Honda. I've used Spectro Oils since 1981, and never have had an oil-related engine failure in either 2-stroke or 4-stroke.
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    Who's been riding 30 years?

    About 38 years for me. First bike I rode was a Norton Commando in 1969. Wasn't mine. I was 12 years old. Next, was about a 1964 or 65 Sears Allstate Puch 250 street bike. My brother and I rode it all summer one year about 1970. My first two bikes were mini bikes. One, a Cat 2-1/2 hp and one a Sears 3-1/2 hp chopper style, in 1970. My first real motorcycle was a new 1972 Yamaha LT-2 100cc Enduro. After that, a 1969 250 Husky, a 1973 CZ400, a 1976 YZ125, 1978 IT400 that belonged to Tom White (pure magic in the whoops), 1981 Husky 430XC, 2000 WR400F. My sons rode HOnda CT70's, Honda XR200R's, and how have a 1998 CR250 (Donnie Emler's at one time) and 1998 YZ250, which they don't ride much any more. I'm considering buying two new Husky TE250's for my wife and myself in the next year or so, for dual sporting and traveling around the country with the truck and trailer, riding trails whenever the mood hits us.
  7. By the way, when automotive engines were bigger, slower turning, and water cooled, they were very different than air cooled, high revving motorcycle engines. Since then, motorcycle engines have increased in displacement, have become water cooled, and automobile engines have gotten smaller and higher-revving. Many of both are now aluminum casting-based. They are more similar now than ever before. If you have a motorcycle with separate crankcase and transmission oil systems, and you're looking for the ultimate in lubrication, I'd say go ahead and use Mobil 1 in your crankcase and some motocycle transmission oil in your trans. IT's not going to save you a dime. If you're just looking to save money, synthetics last far longer, and need changing far less often. Twice the life means 1/2 the oil changes, which means less wasted money on labor, oil filter changes, and downtime. Outside of that, saving a couple bucks on an oil change by using automotive oil in your dirt bike could end up costing you plenty down the road. Personally, I think it's a false economy. You can pay now, or pay later. Your choice.
  8. SG automotive oils do outperform most motorcycle-specific oils in terms of lubrication, especially synthetics. But that is only an advantage if your crankcase and your transmission are separate systems, and you have a wet clutch. SG automotive oils will destroy your clutch media. Think about that a minute. All the lubricated parts in your dirt bike engine are intended to slip when up against each other except the clutch. EXCEPT THE CLUTCH. SG oils are so slippery, they cause even the clutch to begin slipping. Once saturated with SG oils, it's just a matter of time before the clutch loses its ability to grab. In motorcycles with separate systems for trans and crankcase, fine. But for most dirt bikes, it's not a good idea (Honda CRF and CRFX excluded). It's the reason most motorcycle manufacturers will laugh out loud if you bring your bike to them for warranty service with a slipping clutch when they find out you've been using Mobil 1.
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    wr400 wont idle

    If it idles better with the choke on, it's an indication you are lean with the choke off. Your red-hot header pipe is some indication of this as well, although many of these bikes will eventually heat up the headpipe. Equivalent bikes of same displacement can sometimes require different jetting combinations as well. I'd check the intake boot between carb and head, air cleaner, and then jetting. The Zip-Ty fuel adj screw is a big help. Now, when I go up significantly in altitude, all I have to do is change mainjet and fuel screw adjustment. Good Luck.
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    Advice on new boots

    I ride in California deserts or Utah hills. Both are pretty dry and sandy, so mud isn't my thing. I suspect my smooth soles would be pretty slippery in mud. Aside from that, the smooth soles are not a problem, for me at least.
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    Advice on new boots

    This is where Sidi Crossfire is really outstanding. No break-in period. Shifting was always a problem with all other new boots. Not Sidi.
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    Advice on new boots

    Sidi Crossfire seems to fit a narrow foot better, and Alpinestars seem to fit wider feet better. Mine are Sidi Crossfire SRS, and they are incredible. Protection is second to none, without the usual extreme stiffness. No break-in to speak of. They worked great right out of the box. I can't vouch for Alpinestars. My younger son has a pair of white ones that cracked on him in 6 months, with very little use. I think Alpinestars are very overrated. I know nothing of the Gaernes. I bought at the store that had them in stock for me to try on. There's value in that, and I don't mind paying another $20 for their effort and my time.
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    Husky Memorial Riders List

    Please tell me you didn't try to climb "that hill" with "that tire"....
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    Husky Memorial Riders List

    Nice pics guys. Thanks for letting a Yamaha rider tag along on the ride. We had an adventure in the hills, and the ride back from Randsburg was epic.
  15. Once everyone's there, we can discuss various routes. There is a road route, a low ridge route, a lakebed route, and a mountain goat route. If someone's got a map, I can show you all of them. For anyone interested in tagging along, my favorite is the mountain goat route, but it's also the longest. PS: I'll be at Camp B by about mid-day Friday. See you there.