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CJBROWN

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    Riding, boating, RV'ing, craft beer brewing
  1. Ya, trade it off. LOL. There's a reason clapped out old bikes have very little residual value. I was seriously into the vintage scene for a time, restored several bikes, especially the old dirtbikes. There's a BIG difference in technological advancements from 'back in the day' and today. EVERYTHING works better on the newer bikes. That and get a bike that has the performance level that matches your skill level. Lighter is better - always.
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    Trail Etiquette- Hand Signals

    Yeah, it's all fine and good but about 90% of anyone you pass on the trail has no idea what you're signaling. BTDT for the past forty-plus years. BigBear/Arrowhead is so bad I had 3 head-ons in one day. That was it...never again. And the GD kawds hog the trail and don't want you to pass their slow asses. One of the best riding areas in the state has been completely ruined.
  3. There are a couple of those floating around here that may come up for sale. Excellent bikes IMO. Without regard to value, I would plan to pull the jug and inspect. When I had my '07 KTM 250XCFW I got leery after about 120 hours and decided to do this exact thing. Now those motors were known for soft rings and sure enough, ring gap looked like it was missing a tooth. No wonder it was using a little oil, but still ran good. Valves didn't leak so left them, a new oem ring set was almost as much as a wosner piston assembly so it got the latter. Very easy to work on - once you get the head off they're so much like the old 2-strokes it's uncanny. A clutch is also easy to remove and inspect, and as long as it's shifting and running good I don't bother with gearbox or crank 'till they get a LOT of hours on them. BTW, it's hours not miles for these motors. And it all depends on how hard you ring the throttle. An easy trailrider will get a lot more hours out of them than a guy that likes to race. Frequent oil changes with premium synthetic and clean the air filter every ride, and they last a good long time. Neglect it and it will just eat itself. That's what I know...2cents and all. Oh, and I would take one, they're a great trailbike!
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    How Much Does It Cost To Rebuild A Four-Stroke Engine?

    There definitely is a difference between trail riding and racing. Absolutely. There's no cheap ticket for the track. For racing, I think if the amateurs were more realistic, many would likely go back to 2-strokes.
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    How Much Does It Cost To Rebuild A Four-Stroke Engine?

    Yes, it's actually a pretty good article. And unfortunately as has been seen, the service personnel are bozos. I don't trust any of them to work on anything. And this really leaves the average rider that doesn't know how to wrench on their bikes at a complete disadvantage. I don't know about a honda, but a ktm RCF will go hundreds of hours on the bottom end - likely a thousand or more. The 450/525/530 is very durable and with proper maintenance will go four to five hundred hours before freshening the top end. It's common to hear that when the valves starting needing different shims it's time to rebuild or replace the head. Once you have the head off a 4-stroke the rest of it is very much like the super simple old 2-strokes. Yeah, been working on theses things for over 40 years. For a smaller motor, say 250 size, it's very simple to pull the cylinder every hundred hours or so and measure ring gap, cylinder taper, and piston wear. Renew where necessary. The bigger motors can go longer, but somewhere in the 2-300 hour range it is cheap insurance to see what's going on inside the motor. Labor is stupid expensive and in many cases you are paying a lot of money for a guy that is not all that great or well informed with what he's doing. The training these days is parts R&R. They are not troubleshooters. Oil changes on the modern strokers is critical, as is using a top-tier synthetic. ten to fifteen hour oil changes is not too frequent. And airfilters cleaned after every ride. Valve checks are really easy to do and a rider really should know how to do that. If they need a shim then learn how to do that or that is when to take it in and have it done. I also think indy's (independent garage or mechanic) are a much better source for work than the dealers. Sure, a dealer has 'factory trained' techs, but in many cases one out of several is the trained one and the rest are monkey's that ask for help when they get in over their head. And finally, the owners forums can be a plethora of information. There are also independents that cater to those threads and are sometimes pro's that are doing part time work out of their house. Like Dave Hopkins in Kirlkand for KTM - he's one of the best. But he doesn't have a shop. Anyway, I do feel sorry for the noobs, they're really behind the eightball when it comes to getting good work done on their scooters.
  6. I would tend to agree with this. As an older experienced rider, I mostly never modify suspension...it's usually good enough. And I rushed out and bought a TE630 when they dropped the price from $8999 to $6499. I wanted a cheap dualsport that was plenty good. And it has been, still love it to pieces. The dualsport riders I see are not very fast. There a LOT of noobs. They're out for the ride, not so much into the bikes. Anyway, lots of people like to argue with HR but he makes a lot of valid points. I know, I've been around offroading for about 45 years. My first new bike was a Penton Six Days. That was before anyone had ever even heard of KTM.
  7. 2011 TE630. About 6K miles of offroad dualsporting. Still love this bike!
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    uptite

    Consider just NOT posting. Please...just go away.
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    uptite

    ^^ This. Please. The guy is a complete moron. He wouldn't get 'troll' if it bonked him on the head.
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    uptite

    I don't dislike George, but all the excuses you give him for not being a real dealer is why he's not a real dealer. You're probably right, he doesn't care to do any paperwork for his dealership - one look at his desk and that becomes painfully obvious. And yes, he was grandfathered into the dealer network from way back when Cagiva owned them and before. Why is that confusing to you? And just what difference does it make to you where I finance or whether I finance my motorcycles or how much I am qualified to spend on one? We all have a diferent debt load we are qualified and willing to carry. I gave evidence of why he has not been a real husky dealer for at least 5 or more years, that's all I'm saying. If he wanted to move more bikes he would be setup to do so, whatever it took. Apparently someone at corporate decided to put more dealers on that would meet their requirements of being a legitimate dealer. I actually like George, used to stop and see him a couple of times a month, from about 15 years back. He's a great guy, but he admittedly refuses to follow any kind of protocol or requirement Husq NA would have for being a real dealer. He told me specifically he would not attend a dealer meeting and place an order for annual sales. He didn't want all the models, he didn't want to pay for them, and he didn't want them all showing up within a weeks period of time. He was very specific about that. This was probably at least 3 years ago. Whatever he did for them while under Cagiva is long since passed. There is not going to be any compensation for that effort. George made his choices. He carries animosity for Malcolm Smith. They both came from the same era, similar experience in the biz. But while he is the brains, Malcolm has the charisma, and success has followed him. George told me about parts he has invented/created and Malcom knocks them off or steals them. But George still sells parts to him. Anyway, I don't want to get in the middle of all that, all I'm saying is that George has chosen his own path. However it shook out with the new Husky NA is just as much his doing as it was theirs. Some here want to jump on Georges bandwagon, but he chose his path himself. I may be different than most in that I don't depend on a dealer for having work done. I am able to do my own, or I would source an independent tech for any specific work - like rebuilding a gearbox - I don't have the expertise for that, although I've never tried. I just see a lot of opinions about who did this and that but some of it is just pure conjecture. Yes, I have my opinion, and I will tell you I stand pretty close to the situation, I know the players. Some of us here just need to agree to disagree.
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    Bullshit. Dualsport bikes suck on the hiway. They are about as good on the hiway as my Tiger XC is on dirt. Yeah, they can both do both, but there's a reason different styles of bikes are made. They tend to be purpose-built, and in this case they are moreorless at opposite ends of the spectrum. I'm blown away this thread is still going. There's been so some much crap posted it's utterly amazing. 3-Bros Racing, the 'other' husky dealer down the street from George, is a very good shop. Ricardo is a great guy and a rider, his whole family rides and races. A riding buddy bought a 310 from them and my 630 came from Malcolms - another very good dealer. Berts has lots of Huskys too, they sell plenty of them. They have just about every brand, they aren't 'pushing' any one brand. 3-Bros is a KTM store, but they aren't 'pushing' them over huskys. What a crock of BS. George never wanted to be an 'official' dealer for Husky. He was moreorless grandfathered in because of his long history. He didn't want to place an annual order and take delivery of the bikes - he just can't make room. And he doesn't want to pay for them - he wants to order a couple and get more when he sells them. He couldn't get one financed for me thru BMW - he's just not setup with them. He also didn't want the whole line, just the ones he could move easily. He never liked the dealer program, so they parted ways. So what, so be it.
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    Gas preference?

    Always run premium in a 4-stroke racing engine. Period.
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    Ummm...yeah. Let us know how you would do it with this route. We just got back, 10 of us, 800 miles in four and a half days. If you didn't have extra fuel you weren't making it to the next fuel stop. Period.
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    uptite

    They're not. No one is listening to you. While I like your enthusiasm you're wasting your breath. The first few posts were fine, you said your piece, now move along and live your life. You have witnessed business in America and you don't like it. Too bad. They have to find a way to move units, that's what they've done. They have good product, it will sell. They don't care what you have to say, and you're not going to change anyone's mind here. So I'm not sure what you hope to accomplish other than to entertain yourself by ranting and raving.
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    Hmmm...I've known George for about 15 years. Some of what HR says is true, and he's obviously loyal to him, that's nice. But he and HNA have been battling it out for many years since about mid-2000's. Back then you couldn't even get bikes and when you did they had problems. George fixed them. Whining about someone posting about the manufacturer or HNA is just silly talk. People can say whatever they want on a forum thread. Make your point, have your opinion, and leave it at that. Unfortunately George is very disorganised and likes it that way. I've offered to setup computers, clean out the shop. even open a showroom so he could showcase his line. He doesn't want to do that. There have been times when he was more interested in racing buggies in Baja, or building accessory parts, or just going and riding his dirbikes. HNA is the new marketing arm for the brand and they will set up any dealer that will invest in the whole line. You have to buy the whole line and support it. Not only did they setup 3-Bros, but also Tom in Brea at the Triumph and Ducati dealer. He has been riding trials for years and has grown that business by selling a lot of bikes. And there's Tri-County at the other end of LA, and Georges oldest nemisis, Malcolm Smith in Riverside. There is no shortage of dealers in southern California. Losing George is not going to bother the 'brand'. So while yes, either HNA or George, or both at some point decided enough was enough. Bottom line is that George was very knowledgable about the bikes but he wasn't going to play their game so it was probably mutual. It is what it is. I doubt it's going to affect the brand much. They are growing and putting out product. The other dealers will sell them and service them. Mine came from Malcolm Smith because they have them on the floor and they sold me one with my signature. George couldn't do that. I would imagine they sell more than 10 for every one George sells. All of the dealers probably do. George just didn't have the capacity to move volume. Is he a quality guy? Hell yes! He's just not in the same place as the other guys but you can't blame the other guys nor HNA.
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