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  1. I'm trying to figure out how a message I posted about handlebars from 2001 ended up getting quoted here. Forum bug?
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    Yamaha WR400F (2000)


    Beats walking.
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    Yamaha WR400F 2000

    Beats walking.
  4. In all the years I've been riding I can't remember ever hurting a hand in a wreck. Did you hurt your thumb catching yourself on the ground or was your hand still on the bars?
  5. I think KTM should bail on their Orange for gray (at least as an option) but not Husky. Definitely Husky Red like on their old bikes.
  6. It's not like a catalytic converter that restricts your exhaust. I doubt removal of the can will impact horsepower much unless it screws up the fuel injection mapping by altering sensor readings. I doubt that will be the case here though. FWIW, if you block off the connections properly it shouldn't hurt anything to remove it. You will save some weight and it won't be in your way.
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    Compression release trouble. Help!

    It might help to know what kind of bike it is and what year/model.
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    Did your parents support you?

    Stop riding in the forbidden forest where the trees move.
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    Did your parents support you?

    For the most part, my parents didn't know anything about riding and didn't really do much to support me at it. They helped my brother and I buy our first bike but after that it was kinda my thing and they just left it to me. If I wanted something I had to pay for it myself. About the only thing they bought me was gas. I guess it doesn't quite end at that. My mom was overly protective and had a fit whenever she saw me ride so it was best she stayed away anyhow. I always wanted to race MX but never did. Later I found out my mom didn't want me to race and had intentionally tried to keep me from racing. Sucks too because everyone I rode with thought I would have been good at it, including people that raced.
  10. The size of your bike works both for and against you. It makes it easy to ride and reduces the fear factor induced by a taller (better suspended) / more powerful bike. But once you gain some skill it may feel undersuspended or underpowered. In other words, it may not be all you. There are several things you can do to improve your comfort on the bike. The first thing I suggest is making sure the suspension is adjusted properly. Make sure sag is set properly, bars are comfortable, etc... A poorly setup suspension can cause washouts in turns, excessive bottoming, head shake, etc... If the bars are too wide or narrow, have the wrong bend, are the wrong height... that can also make the bike uncomfortable. Read through some of the setup info on the forum and you should find tips to help you out. If you can't hold a line there are a couple things that may cause that. You are looking too close in front of your bike or are looking at what you want to miss rather than where you want to go (target fixation). Looking further away and where you want to go tends to straiten things out. If you are looking too close in front of you for long periods, you can actually get a headache. A little speed can also make you more stable. The rotation of the tires actually makes you more stable the faster you go because the wheels & tires resist changing their angle... one of those things you might have learned in a science class. The tires & wheels act as gyroscopes. Inertia also carries you through some things but I'll skip the science lessen. And most importantly... Lessons, competition, skills regressing, oh my! Sounds like you are way too worried about how well you are doing... more importantly I think you are worried about getting faster or about skills taught in class. If you want to work on skills, take the same approach athletes from other sports use. Pick a skill you want to work on. Focus on one at a time so you aren't in overload thinking about them. When you practice a skill, pick an area that lets you practice it over and over. Practice it for 10 or 15 minutes and then work on another skill or go for a ride. It sounds tedious but you develop what is called muscle memory. You are training your brain and muscles to do things automatically so when you just go for a ride, you don't have to think about it. Don't worry about skills when you just go riding! If you don't do something right or think you could have done something better, tell yourself "I'll have to work on that" and spend some time on the skill later. Worry about it while you are working on it, not while you are just riding. You will get better and you will worry less if you separate practice from riding.
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    Left at home because I'm not "hardcore"

    Oh man, I'm sorry to hear that.
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    Left at home because I'm not "hardcore"

    Legends one and all. Wonder if 2bb still has pet rattlesnakes and if he finally burned that photo of him showing his um... muscles. Notice the people actually replying to the subject don't have a lot of posts. Oh and "Saw a chick on here and had to write her".
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    Left at home because I'm not "hardcore"

    A thread from 2005 resurrected... that must be a record! <edit> Better yet, the author of the thread hasn't posted since 2006!
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    1985 Yamaha XT600 problems

    Too much fuel may mean not enough air. Perhaps the carb is choked even if you have it off? If you can run it in a clean area without the filter you might be able to see what is going on inside the carb. I'd also check the screw settings on the carb.