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  1. blackoaktree

    2013 WR 450 - valve clearance

  2. blackoaktree

    2013 WR 450 - valve clearance

    Does anyone know the specs for the valves on a 2013 WR? I tried Google and searching this forum. Unfortunately my owner's manual, is lost in boxes since moving. So I think I did enough due diligence. Does anyone have that number? Thanks!
  3. I'm leaking out the weep hole, but I can't find a part number or any information about the water pump shaft seal. Does anyone know where I can find this? I checked all the microfiche stuff and the KTM parts manual - ironically they don't have anything there. Has anyone plugged the weep hole before? I know it's a cheap easy part to replace, but curious if I could fill this and keep riding?
  4. blackoaktree

    Safer MX Tracks

    I believe that by finding a way to help people better orient themselves to a track environment it would reduce the number of incidents that lead to the situations that wreck the day. This is not a government backed regulation, and as another poster stated, even the wisest of us might learn something new. I envision this being something like this... A bunch of seasoned riders and track owners get together (virtually) and write down a list of do and don't. Then this gets published on the web. Then every track would ask that you read through this before riding. The web page would have some trigger that walks the viewer through it and at the end allows them to print a certificate that says "congratulations you are know better aware of your environment". Since there is a semi captive audience this is also an opportunity to impart more than just ettiquite it is also an chance to pass along a couple of tips about first aid and bike maintenance. Additionally it breaks up the curriculum for those who have ADD and need some diversity in their reading material. Taking this out of context makes this more complicated than it needs to be.
  5. blackoaktree

    Safer MX Tracks

    Sorry, too quick to hit post... On post said it best, there are unwritten rules. I simply am suggesting that we collectively write these down and I am suggesting that there could be easy ways to distribute these. However this only works if riders and tracks support this initiative. It's not a cost issue, unless you talk about the hard costs of signage but that is minimal and potentially with advertising opportunities this could be free?
  6. blackoaktree

    Safer MX Tracks

    Thank you Brad, I think 10% is a overstatement but I am not a beginner. I appreciate those who have tried to refocus this topic back to my original intent. Towlie coincidentally I work with playgrounds and skate parks and sometimes even deal with liability issues. Those are highly regulated things and there are requirements to have signage that says that the pavement is hard otherwise there is potential liability.
  7. blackoaktree

    Safer MX Tracks

    I agree with all the points raised. We assume a level of risk when we participate in this sport and we are accountable for our own actions. For the record this is not my first injury and I'm not trying to make this about me. I use my example to illustrate that what happened to me was caused by ignorance (I'm hoping) and that my situation is not unique. I frequently see situations where the lack of knowing has initiated that. A good athlete will study their environment and react appropriately, but the vast majority of the riders are not able to react quick enough. Therefore I'm presenting that a small amount of education will decrease the number of situations. You can not regulate common sense but you can equip people with basic knowledge to make better decisions. Take for example a drivers license. Whether or not we had some one teach us driving skills, we still had a drivers education class. Did any of that make use better drivers? No, it is experience that does that. But it did teach the fundamentals like knowing to drive on the correct side of the road, wearing a seat belt, driving drunk, and what to do in an accident. People still drive drunk and it leads to acvidents, but at least no one can say they didn't know any better. In a track situation, how many new riders really know what it means to "hold your line", or not to get on the track anywhere, like the back of a jump? These are common sense things to many of us, but for the few people that don't know this, it might be one less incident. If James Stewart gets hurt at the track it's his fault, right? In most cases it probably is. But what if a down rider is in his way and the result is a career ending injury to him because he landed on a rookie? You still can't point a finger - its a cloudy subject. But it's talent that was lost because of conduct that was poor judgement. I think by having a captive audience it is possible to eliminate a couple of unknowns. Maybe this is better done as a voluntary program? Im trying to make this about enhancing the environment not necessarily changing it.
  8. blackoaktree

    Colorado Safer MX Tracks

    Frequently there are comments about unsafe riders and injuries that should never have happened. However it never really seems like anyone takes action from this. I am currently taking a year off riding because of an injury that resulted from a near collision with a quad that stemmed from ignorance or an intentional act. Regardless I constantly see things at the track that make me ask why did that need to happen? I've come to a conclusion that this is mostly because no one told them... So now that I have this year I can't ride aside from still hunting down the guy on the KTM quad that got me here, I thought I'd be productive and rally for a way to better our environment. I'd love to see some kind of a license requirement for operating a dirt bike. Every motor vehicle requires some level of training before going out and doing it. I had to take a class for riding my sport bike on a track (and that was just a practice day). I don't think the training or certification needs to be anything major (or even costly). Make it an online course that takes an hour to complete. The class should focus on a couple key points: 1. Track Etiquette - how to get on and off the track, what it means to hold your line, how to safely learn parts of the track, how to jump, if you are 36" tall, how to ride on the pro-track safely, ... basically just orientation and way finding. 2. How not to be a pit squid - there needs to be something that says if you do donuts or drag race in the parking lot your are subject to a well deserved beat down - and you just have to stand there and take it. 3. How to deal with falls. They happen but how many times has someone neglected to signal before a jump. There are a plethora of anecdotal stories with this but many of the stories yield two injuries because someone got landed on. 4. Really basic first aid and safety gear. We all know it's gonna happen. We are going to ride up to someone who is unconscious. Fortunately there are enough of us who know how to control situations but the vast majority of riders don't know if you should move someone, when to call a medical professional, how to clean a scrape, ... just really basic stuff this is not intended to be EMT training. The safety gear really comes down telling people if you ride in a tank top and tennis shoes you will get hurt. This module should also state that squid riders who do get injured as part of their Jackass auditions will not receive treatment. You aren't going to wreck my day and in fact if you are still on the track, that double just became a triple. 5. Basic bike care. If you have a mechanic and all you do is ride then this part doesn't apply. But there are many people that get cheap bikes off Craig's List because they want to try the sport. Great! But there's too many parts distribution locations along tracks. It's not fun to watch someone bend a rim because they didn't check their spokes. It's not fun when someone's kick start lever hits you as you pass their bikes ... it's also not fun when I have to spend my time helping someone in the parking lot or lending them my tools because their $200 bike needs to be a gasket change. Or how many times have you seen people not have a source of air for their tires with 5 psi in them because the last time they rode was the day after Thanksgiving (last year). But back to my manifesto and leading argument about making tracks safer to ride. There needs to be some more accountability for everyone. I believe a short educational forum should be mandatory for everyone before they can ride (and there should be some type of bi-annual renewal so we can all stay fresh on our knowledge). Track owners would need to enforce this policy without exception. It doesn't matter if you friends call you "Taddy" and you are pretty good at riding over obstacles - if you want to go on the MX track then get online the night before and get your "license". I also believe there should be more prominent signage at the tracks that help remind people of track etiquette, where to ride, and by placing these at strategic points on the track it become a good marker for entry and exit points. The signage could also be used to show people where they should be riding. The arena cross track at Berthoud is pretty inviting and we all think we have the cajones to do it, but c'mon if you're a 200 lb. guy riding your kid's PW50 it only tears up the track and still won't get you a spot on the Nitro Circus team. So that's my long winded pitch for getting some type of license program for motocross. Am I just ranting or pissing in the wind? Do you think this could get any traction? Does anyone want to help form a grass roots effort? Track owners, do you think this is a good idea - would you check licenses and erect some signs? Dealers, would you participate in this somehow? Sorry this is long - thanks for reading it. I really want to see more people on dirt bikes and more people having fun. When people get hurt it's not fun and it doesn't encourage more people to try this. Injuries will still happen but my non-scientific survey makes me believe we could reduce injuries by 1/4 and have better standards of care when someone does get hurt.
  9. Thanks a lot for making more confusing for me. All kidding aside as far as two strokes I have ridden a 300 XC-W on both track and trail and loved it! That would diversify my current bike collection and probably satisfy my criteria for a one do it all kind of a bike. I worry about the bike at the track and trying to jump it, but I've done amazing things with lesser bikes and was happier with that than having a bike that made easy work of the task I asked for. MX track with a WR250X (slick tires and all) and racing on a mostly stock DRZ and holding my own is the kind of stuff I'm talking about. I really like the idea of a 300.... Hmmm...
  10. The 2011 CRF is a great bike! However if you are used to something I think that holds more weight than how good the 2011 is. You will have less maintenance with the 2011 and out of the box performance is probably equal to the 2008. However there is more potential to get more out of the 2011 than the 2008. Would you be able to capture the added performance? If it were me and my bike was in great shape I'd keep it as long as I could. Unless you are a pro rider I think we all tend to over buy on bikes and get caught up in making it better.
  11. With great sorrow I sold my CRF 450R. However with great anticipation this means I can buy a different vehicle. I'm a little torn (literally I ruptured my ACL for the second time this year), but seriously I am waffling on what to think about for a bike. I'm 39 years old, have only ridden dirt bikes for about 4 years. I'm very fit - well I will be again when I am cleared for riding in a year. 175-190 lbs and I'm a mid pack intermediate rider. I love the fuel injection of the bike I sold because I enjoy track riding year round but I don't mind tinkering with my bike. I have also done some trail riding in Colorado on a DRZ and know that I would appreciate FI for elevation changes. I hate to admit but I think I need to start taking things down a notch because injury is pretty common for me in many activities. I am completely addicted to motocross practice (I'm slightly competitive but think I'm done racing). I like getting air and I'd like to perfect my handling of the bike in various conditions. I go to the track 2-3 times a week and push myself to improve each time, but I'm using my friends as the metric. There are good and bad things to that. So now I'm wondering what kind of a bike I should get when I return. I think I'll start spending less time at the track and more time exploring trails around Colorado. That seems safer (and cheaper). Has anyone gone from a 450 to a 250 (four strokes - I'm not a smoker)? It seems like I could get some beat up 250 motocross bike off Craig's List for cheap and just ride the piss out of it. It should have more than enough power to clear the jumps and it'll teach me to turn better? For trail riding I'm going to start doing that should be enough power, right? Even after I armor the crap out of the bike? Cost is not a huge factor - but I do like the idea of spending less or gaining the best value for the money spent. Am I the perfect candidate for the KTM 350's? It's definitely more money but that's a bike I'd probably keep in the garage for quite a few years, KTM makes solid bikes, and the components are better (I didn't mention I no longer want to waste money modifying a bike too much).
  12. blackoaktree

    2004 crf250r or 2007 YZF250?

    I have owned both bikes. The CRF valves suck, but if you change them to a harder metal they are equal to the YZ in terms of the frequency for shimming. Both are pretty easy bikes to work on but in my opinion the YZ is slightly more accessible, but checking valves on the CRF is much easier... I probably say that because I had more experience. The YZ can be scary fast while the CRF is scary when going fast until you dial in the suspension. Overall, I thought the CRF is a more rideable bike. Depending on your skill level and if you are trying to win races, I'd say go with the YZ. If you want a reliable, forgiving bike that will give you hours of comfortable fun, go with the CRF.
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    Thunder Valley Outdoor MX out for 2012?

    Wow! That looks sick. I wish we had tracks here with white rail fences, trees, grass. :-)
  14. I recently picked up a WR 250 X as a dual sport bike. Previously I had a DRZ 400 S model. The WR has been a game changer for me. I think this is hands down a true dual sport bike. In one week time I did a 250 mile street ride (with a couple of fire roads and single track thrown in) and yes on 17" tires. Then I rode the arena cross track, the motocross track, and the go kart track. The suspension is a little soft for airing the bike out but other than that, WOW! I was torn between that and a DRZ (which I did a cross country trip on so I have a basis for comparison). If I was riding another 3000 miles in a week on a dual sport adventure on the WR, the only thing I'd do is put on a bigger gas tank and something to make the seat a little softer. I recommend checking out the WR's
  15. blackoaktree

    The parking lot is NOT a track

    I share your frustration. I am biased against quad riders because I am waiting to get an ACL surgery as a result of what I'm hoping is ignorance (and not malicious intent; however i still question). Never the less it seems like there are many of us who have stories each weekend where someone is doing something foolish at the track and doesn't realize that the consequences of their actions is not just limited to themselves. I wish Darwinian law was the only rule that was enforced and incidents like this would weed themselves out. Until that happens ignorance of what should be common sense needs to be removed from the equation. In a perfect world anyone wishing to ride would need to take some type of ettiquite course that teaches acceptable behavior and basic safety. Add first aid training to that and it would benefit everyone. Also at my utopian track there are signs posted that matches the agreement everyone signed stating they will exercise common sense and follow some simple rules. Then anyone not in compliance could be reported and asked to leave by a track marshall. Oh and our bikes never get dirty either.