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    CRF 1000 Africa Twin

    That direction sounds promising. The road going 800s like the GS and Tiger are kind of gutless and have the budget suspensions and such. The 1200-1300 versions are too big. This could be just right. 21" wheel is a plus. However, I hope it's tubeless and they use a better system than KTM with that untrustworthy rubber ring that sits in it's own channel. Hit or miss with that.
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    Mini Light bar - HID's are a thing of the past.

    I have a small LED cluster in my nacelle (BD Squadron wide pattern) for night riding but I use it as flood lighting for lighting up a wide path so I'm not just staring down a tunnel. My halogen helmet lights have the throw I need and allow me to focus clearly where I am looking. From what I can tell, the other BD versions are reliant on lenses to focus for more intensity and better distance. I have no idea how good the long range version is but I like my flood version. The color temp is too high for my taste though. Light bouncing off dust clouds will blind you. not an issue with the warmer temp halogen. This is also why I didn't upgrade to HID. I don't have much time on my squadron but I expect a seriously long life from it. Even my halogen bulbed helmet lights are still working with the same bulbs from 6 years ago.
  3. Stock leak as Doc stated above. If you're mostly desert riding, I'd go to 50. And yes, the X is definitely not a woods bike without a bunch of work. It is definitely king in the desert. No smog junk in Texas to deal with. My current Christini even came stock with the smog blocked off.
  4. Preidster, I'm one of those people who spends a lot of time below 6000 rpm and putt along the majority of my time since I ride where there is barely enough room to squeeze a bike through the trees. Any more power, I would become a permanent part of the tree. So I needed to change the bike's behavior to suit my needs. -To smooth the throttle response down low, I needed to richen it up a bit in that range. I used the NCVS needle which goes against this logic but instead of the 3rd groove, I used the 2nd. Or you could go with the JD red needle. Also, in Texas heat and humidity, the jetting that worked best is 165, 48 and and the stock leak jet. I never had to mess with the AP. -2 other things I did to smooth it out (and prevent stalling when the sand or mud got wayyyyyy too deep or sticky or because I closed down the throttle while engine braking or just ran out of talent scaling a tree rooted climb) was to increase my idle another 100 rpms over what the manual said and I also put in a flywheel weight. -for better and more accurate control of the throttle opening, I used the G2 throttle cam system for a different cam profile. None really suited me, so I used the most aggressive cam supplied and custom ground it down so that the cable wrapped around it more and in a linear fashion. So instead of a 1/4 turn, it became about a 3/8 turn or so with an electric motor-like linear response...no surprises. This also prevented choppy throttle syndrome over whoops. After all this, the bike became a very controllable thick woods bike that didn't wear you out. I had an XL600R before that and was really smooth on it. The stock X was a nightmare until I did all these things.
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    SHNF Urgent. Trails expanding!

    Our ranger is a great ally. Our trails would have closed a decade ago if it wasn't for his passion for the multi-use trail system. Last fall we did lose our even greater ally in public office and the word is she could care less about our cause and wish it would go away. As for the money, yes, basically our bridges were donated but it still cost 1 million each to pay off every single bureaucratic department for pre-approval to install. The actual install was cheap even though a specific trail building organization was used.
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    Sam Houston National Forest

    Help me understand why a 4 stroke is to blame. As an asphalt racer, it's been proven that any time you brake or accelerate, you form braking bumps and bumps on corner exit. Whoops are nothing more than extreme versions of those because the surface is so much softer. I'd blame a cautious or less skilled rider on creating whoops, not the engine cycle.
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    Another Honda Survey... Who knows maybe they will read it...!

    Same here mostly. A 350 with the 450's stroke would be my cup of tea. Would make a nice tight woods bike. No need to rev to the moon when it's that dense with trees. Make it FI too with the ability to remap and a map switch. Wouldn't hurt to lose a few pounds too. Perhaps a charging system designed to use a LiPoly battery and you'd save at least 3-4 lbs right away. A more powerful "DC only" stator and a LED headlight.
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    3rd world country Pump gas on mildly modded engine?

    Actually, that's a nice idea if he can have it. I overlooked that part...the avgas. It'll be a cleaner fuel than what comes out of the grossly neglected tanks and metal jugs and he can do the other mods without worry.
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    3rd world country Pump gas on mildly modded engine?

    I've traveled to PNG for work a few times to visit a Nabors and Shell rig so I'm familiar with the terrain, having taken a bus, helicopter and grass plane to get to the rig sites. I'm thinking you might want to bring a trials bike with you! That's if you are anywhere near Mt Hagen. Nothing but rim taco-ing rock and mountains that are near impassable. If you're near Port Moresby, much, much bigger, there is potential for the X. Lots of trees and generally flatter near the sea. Wherever you are, watch out for the natives. Nabors keeps a sea can with A/C, toilet and rations in it to hide in when the tribes decide to attack the rigs. And bring a blow up doll with you. You don't want to put your pecker in anything in PNG...#1 in aids from what I hear. Also, PNG is British Commonwealth so British law applies as does their disdain for fun so I'm not sure where you can ride without getting harassed by the LEOs. The only people I spoke to that knew any English were at the airport and the rigs (barely). Get used to pointing or carrying pencil and paper to play Pictionary with them. As for the X, I'd recommend restricting your airbox to lower your dynamic compression ratio and rejetting accordingly. Like you said, the gas is crap to crappier. Worse than Pemex if the sounds their scooters makes is anything to go by. The only thing you need to do is take consumables and wear items (tires, tubes, fluids, lubes, plugs, filters) with you as you won't find a shop for your X and any replacement parts would likely have to be shipped from Queensland. PNG has scooters everywhere like any 3rd world country but bikes like the X...forgettaboutit. Beautiful place, too bad about the minimalistic infrastructure and poverty. Enjoy the slower way of life. Part of me is envious for that. Despite the few major cities, there's an abundance of dirt roads for dual sporting. Perhaps if you have a DS kit, they may let you plate it. If I had to spend a length of time there, an XR400 would likely be my choice for it's bullet proofness and tolerance of neglect and bad fuel.
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    450x race fuel

    Avgas has an energy density of about 112,000 BTUs and high octane pump autogas is about 115,000 BTUs. Weight per gallon is about the same at just a tick over 6 lbs. I know nothing about the burn rate, but I have a difficult time with believing that avgas has a slower flame front just because it is formulated for planes that spin 2500 rpm. The only 2 real world advantages to using it are: 1. Higher lead content makes things run a little smoother and quieter in the top end. The lead content is about 8-10 times higher than leaded autogas used back in the 70s. Up til about 4 years ago that number was only 4-5 times higher than autogas. 2. The octane rating. The disadvantages are more numerous, the most important being: 1. Latent heat vaporization is lower than autogas, meaning it is more susceptible to vapor lock. However, as the X doesn't use a fuel pump, this isn't much of an issue. But I would still keep the tank shielded from engine heat as best as possible. 2. Exhaust gas temp is higher. In the long run, It could cause head warpage, unnecessary material thermal stresses, lower piston and valve life (plus it needs more valve clearance), ring seizures (needs more gap) and in general excess heat transferred through all parts that touch each other. A common method to counter this is excessively rich mixes which also reduces HP. 3. Plug fouling is more frequent. 4. Less BTUs + more heat = less power... right around a 3% loss. But there is a place for 100LL in bikes. What most people don't realize is that you don't need to fill the whole tank up with 100LL. On my land speed bikes that run around 14 to 15:1 CR and up to 8500 rpm, I only mix 1/5 of a tank full. We get 114 octane at the salt flats which would be better for a full tank but I use it for the lead content. I race those archaeic air cooled American pushrod v-twins and the lead keeps all my heavy valvetrain parts from beating the hell out of each other. As the engines are torn down after each meet (and cooled at a little over 200 mph), I don't worry about the negative effects of the fuel as I would rather not experience broken valvetrain parts at speed. So, I can only speculate that Ti valves may last a little longer, but have no proof. On my dirt bike which sees speeds between 10-20 mph, keeping cool is more important to me. I'll stick with pump gas. If you really want more power, any of the oxygenated fuels are the ticket.
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    i used to ride 450X and now...

    I sold my X a couple years ago bcause of my ticker being problematic. Neurogenic cardiac syncopy complicated by exertion in Texas heat. Figured it was best that I quit and stick around for my wife a little longer. Was a great bike by the time I got done with it. Effin' horrible when I first bought it though. Didn't handle for squat in stock form in the woods. Took some money. But it proved durable for all the crashing it went through. And I got tired of the carb. I required it to perform flawlessly at all rpms, not flat out in one area. So I converted to a Marelli throttle body and ECM used for road racing and spent 2 years riding happily with no issues. I'd been using Marelli for several years on a lot of different road racing projects and had pretty good luck with their units. Now, Krannie will likely laugh his a$$ off at what I have now. I got the heart under control to a large degree and I "really" missed my time in the woods. I couldn't get a hold of the KTM 350 EXC for nearly 6 months (they were pumping out 500s like crazy) so I saw I banner ad one day for Christini and said &%$#@! when I saw the pricing. I've been known to own quirky, exotic street bikes before and I could likely put up with this as well. Basically a Chinese version of an '06 X so I was already familiar with it. Got the 450E. It's heavier by 15 lbs and the fit and finish isn't quite as good as Honda but, where I am now in life, it's doing the trick. Gotta say that the Marzocchi front and Sachs rear did not require any upgrading at all unlike the Honda. The fork offest is just right too and the bars clamps can move fore and aft to get the ergos right. It just works for me. The top end is slightly different and the FCR it comes with is crap. The brakes are also definitely not as good. Oh well. Brakes just slow you down. But I have to say, in the deep sand and mud, having that front wheel pull you through is giggle inducing. It stays on top of that stuff as opposed to having to use lots of power to push the front through it like a plow. It truly is cool. I'd seen Geoff Aaron use a Christini conversion for a couple years at the Last Man Standing and in some hard enduros with pretty good success considering the talent he was up against back then. All the aftermarket stuff that fits the X fits the Christini so adding the protective bits was a no brainer. But I do need to addrees the carb yet. Despite a NCVS needle, 45 and 175 jets, AP mod, the thing runs hotter than the X despite being a full compression point lower. Leak jet is built in. I can't adjust it any more than I have. Yep, crap version of the FCR. I've ordered another Marelli unit but the leadtime is still at least another 6 months out by their scheduling.
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    i used to ride 450X and now...

    Anyone who owns something and has lived with it for a while is definitely qualified to comment. Fact is, while others may have great experiences with a particular bike, others sometimes have nightmarish experiences. I've had my share with a handful of street bikes over the years. Sometimes you just get one with some parts that were machined and inspected on Friday 30 minutes before beer o'clock. I feel the same way as you when it comes to post count. Either you know your stuff or you don't, so low post counters do need to say their piece in a particular way to come across like they are knowledgeable. So don't let Krannie bother you. He's like an Islam extremist when it comes to the X. Ride something else and you're an infidel. If anything, your ownership isn't in question but possibly your maintenance dedication. The X is not an XR which can endure maintenance neglect for some time. Many of never had issues because bikes like these require lots of attention to detail to run properly and last when you need it to. That means doing more than changing the oil. Lots of adjustments to tend to. I got somewhere between 350-400 hours out of the stock top end with zero need for shimming before I sold it off. The ONLY issues I had was countershaft seals leaking after every 50 hours. Never had issues with the 520 chain either. As was said, location has nothing to do with it. The environment is important. But Australian sand is no different than So Cal sand. In the end, you have a Berg. I have only one friend with one, his 3rd, a 350 FE. Not only is it beautiful to look at, it handles amazingly well in the woods and the power delivery is simply better than what comes on the X right off the floor. It took $2000 USD to turn the X into a great handling woods bike. This is why KTMs are worth the money where I live. They make bikes that can do hard enduros the minute it leaves the dealership. The Berg one-ups it with slightly better suspension. The X is simply better at flat out desert racing off the floor.
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    Sam Houston National Forest

    I used to hunt SHNF up to about 10 years ago. Only archery though. Like anyone else that hunts public land, I didn't see the sense in spending huge money on a private lease for 3 deer. But I never hunted anywhere near any of the trail systems. I wish they would do the same for safety's sake for everyone...motorized bikes/quads, hikers, MTBers and equestrians. There's 55,000 acres for all of Sam Houston. Surely they can walk more than 50 ft from their trucks to find better hunting. But Texas gun hunters are lazy by nature. They can't use their quads in the NF so don't ever go further than 50 ft from their trucks. No deer there whether we ride there or not. They don't peruse the trail areas at all because we've chased them out with our exhaust notes the rest of the year and the woods are pretty thin there due the 2011 drought that required the felling of 15,000 trees. No cover or acorns. I challenge you to find rub marks or hoof prints anywhere along the MUT trails. My favorite spot was along a creek just south of the cemetery on 1374 and I always had great luck on opening day, often claiming my limit the first weekend.
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    Sam Houston National Forest

    I wonder how the trails will be with all this rain I'm being bombarded with. Hope they don't have to close the gates.
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