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  1. mrgem

    Where to ride in May?

    Trails in the Grand Junction area should be fine by May 1. Check out Fruita, Rabbit Valley, etc. Plenty to ride -- much of it year 'round. http://www.riderdestinations.com/grand-valley-ohv/
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    Cleaning a Bike

    Years ago, I recall reading an article in a magazine that suggested that you pull all the bodywork off your never-ridden new bike and spray silicone all over it before putting it back together. The writer says that having done so, the bike is easy to clean with a garden hose. Have no idea if it works, but that is what was claimed.
  3. 6 years ago, I stupidly took my dual sport Suzuki 400 out to a local MX track just to get out of the house. After a bad landing off a jump (on a 340-lb bike, mind you), snapped my 5th metatarsal on my left foot. No hardware needed after they set the bone -- but spent 8 months recuperating. I was 62 at the time and bones don't heal fast if you were born before the war in Korea started. Not only that, it caused a bad case of plantar fascitis (torn ligament) that has me limping sometimes. Hurt like the devil and hurt even more having to spend my afternoon sitting in my pickup bed watching everyone else ride. To this day it hurts and when I finally got back in the saddle I did so with a new pair of Gaernes. Yes, they give me a bit more confidence, but I'm not sure they would have made a difference had I been wearing them instead of the Fly Racing boots. Buy the best protection you can and remember, stupid hurts.
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    Silent Dirtbike

    In surveys taken of non-motorized users of public land, sound pollution is the number 1 complaint about us. Hikers and equestrians hate the noise we make. The only other group of trails users that comes close (to our level of unpopularity) are sport and target shooters. So yes, go back to a stock exhaust if you can.
  5. The first thing I do to every trail bike I buy is put hand guards (barkbusters), radiator guards (Devol, Flatland) and a bash plate. I even have all 3 on my KLR650, which sees most of its miles on pavement and dirt roads. Losing a radiator is one of the quickest ways to ruin your riding day. And if you are 30 miles out in the bush, it could ruin a couple of days. I fall- and with the rocky trails in my state, it never hurts to be over-protected. JMHO
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    2003 WR250F build from SWE

    Outstanding! Excellent work. I have a 2003 WR450F in similar condition. Your photos are an inspiration. This winter may be a good time for a restoration project. BTW -- Your English is excellent.
  7. Oh Lord...Here we go again. Always a lively debate when we rate various oils. Been tons written on this forum as well as dozens of other forums about oil and the subject never seems to be completely resolved. With that, I can only tell you what works in my bikes. After more than 50 years of owning and riding both street and dirt bikes, I discovered Shell Rotella T6 (5w40) full synthetic about 15 years back. It's about 22 bucks/a gallon at Walmart. Most motorcycle oils have to do double duty. They lubricate and cool moving parts in the engine AND the lubricate the gearbox. Different kinds of stress for the two applications. There is a forum called "Bob is the oil guy," hosted by an engineer named (you guessed it) Bob. He was the first I found on the net to gush (pun intended) about the virtues of Rotella synthetic. I tried it and have never looked back. Here is a link to Bob's site: https://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=2334311 The JASO standard everyone talks about is important. It means the oil is up to the rigors of double duty as both an engine and gearbox lubricant. Bottom line IMO is that there are alternatives to 9-buck/quart oil marketed by the manufacturers and specialty lubricant manufacturers.
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    Forest Mismanagement

    Because of resistance to forest maintenance (a policy often dictated by activist courts), we are poised to lose large tracts of land that provide habitat for wildlife and recreation for humans. It takes hundreds of years to recover from this sort of bad management and the resulting fires. Read this very prescient article on the perils created when courts engage in environmental activism in CA and other states in the West: https://www.libertyheadlines.com/environmentalists-lawsuits-to-stop-forest-thinning-the-main-cause-of-killer-wildfires/ Bear in mind that this was before some of the deadliest wildfires in US History this fall. I live in the Rockies at 8200 feet above sea level. My home is surrounded by heavily forested government land. My insurance company requires that I thin the trees and clear the underbrush on my 3 acres regularly -- but it has no control over forest management of the USFS land that surrounds my private property. People lose their homes, their livelihoods and their lives because of these policies.
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    Forest Mismanagement

    Yep. Thanks for bringing this up. The President's comments about the fires in CA (that offended so many) notwithstanding, leaving forest land unmanaged is a much worse problem than just about any human-caused threat. You look at all the standing dead in places like Grand County, CO and you know it is only a matter of time before a downed power line or a lightning strike torches the whole thing. And think of the added challenges whenever we are talking about Wilderness -- where motorized access is restricted and you cannot use chain saws. The policy of just letting dead timber stand (or waiting until fires on restricted land reach a critical stage before allowing heavy equipment in) has been a miserable failure. Hotter, drier weather in the West is a fact and aggressive management of timber is the only practical approach to dealing with it, IMO. http://www.gopusa.com/democrats-block-forest-management-bill/
  10. One thing you gotta understand: By declaring huge tracts of land wilderness you will make maintenance of existing motorized trails "unsustainable" (to borrow a phrase from the greenies). Whenever an area is closed to mechanical/motorized access, it also makes it easier to get a court to agree to shut down adjacent areas. It's a domino kinda thing. To quote the editorial's quote of Scott Jones, Esq., Counsel and VP of COHVCO: "Scott Jones, president of the OHVC, says that while access to existing recreational trails used by motorized vehicles will be preserved, restrictions on trail maintenance will make it prohibitively difficult to maintain the trails and keep them open for generations to come. What’s the point in having wilderness areas if no one can enjoy them for recreation?" It also cites COHVCO and TPA as prime resistors. These organizations, becasue their resources are so limited, have to chose their fights carefully. IMO, they wouldn't have taken a stand on this if it didn't have the potential for screwing us. This is federal legislation. The Post says pressure Senator Gardner to support it. I say pressure Senator Gardner to vote against it.
  11. As some may know, the Colorado GOP got their butts handed to them in last week's elections. The voice of the state's hard-core left lost no time -- putting out a call to Coloradans to petition their members of Congress to pass a bill that turns hundreds of thousands of acres of Western Colorado into wilderness -- accessible to only what I call our "Outdoors Elite." Here's a link to the editorial: https://www.denverpost.com/2018/11/14/dont-miss-this-opportunity-to-keep-colorados-wild-lands-wild/ Please read and respond if you support our rights to access public land. Also, make sure you support at least one land use advocacy group. We've been out funded and out lawyered and can use all the help we can get.
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    Riding in Denver & Aurora area

    As others have said, snow here in December -- even at lower elevations, is not uncommon. With the possible exception of very dry/warm years, you can count on the close by areas like Rampart, 717/Divide and Rainbow Falls having snow and ice on the trails. The Forest Service seems to be closing down trails to prevent erosion and avoid conflicting with wildlife migrations and breeding every year. So, consult the FS MVUM before picking a particular trail system. The long range weather predictions I've seen are calling for average temperatures across most of the state -- but above average precipitation for the next couple of months. That generally means snow above 7000 feet. The tracks seem to stay open year 'round, but even they can be closed due to weather. You have your choice of several, but call ahead. If you want to go to the Arkansas Valley (a 2+ hour drive), it is almost always warmer and drier than the Front Range trail systems. The western part of the state is also warmer and drier -- but getting there can be a challenge -- since you'd have to drive hours through some serious snow country. Day trips to the western slope aren't really practical. I'd play it by ear and have several alternatives planned. Have fun and ride safe.
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    Rico Dolores update?

    You said a mouthful. As the Front Range population grows, close by areas like 717/Divide are on the same path as Rampart and Rainbow Falls -- too many vehicles to police and too few rangers to do it. Weekends are getting scarier. A number of the districts don't have permanent LEOs and the hard partying crowd is free to do what they want -- which is to operate their vehicles like they are running Baja. The majority of FS funding (having gone from 15% to 55% over 20 years) goes to fighting (not preventing) fires. This leaves the FS with a severe shortfall in recreation funds. Recent legislation passed by Congress includes a plan shift much of the firefighting budget from Agriculture to FEMA -- but we cannot expect all the savings to be re-directed toward recreation operations...so we may be dealing with inadequate FS funding forever. One strategy to deal with it (I believe) is to shut down areas that are heavily used and management intensive, and that means fewer trails for responsible OHV operation. Not sure what the ultimate solution is, but the trend of shutting down motorized access is troubling.
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    Colorado Snowmobile Expo, 6/7 Oct 2018

    I've never been and will be attending the expo for the first time on Sunday. I understand it is a great show with tons of foot traffic, exhibitors and vendors. An OHV land use advocacy group I work for will be there with their 2018 Kawasaki Teryx side by side selling raffle tickets. If you are there check it out. Should be great fun.
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    21 inches tube in 18 inches wheel

    I've seen 21s on the rear last the rest of the day and beyond. But if you are heading into some remote area where towing might be risky -- I think calling it a day might be the right decision. Personally, I carry one of each size and a CO2 inflator. Also carry a couple of tire irons -- including a fairly long one in my front fender bag. Finally, I carry 50 feet of nylon rope. I realize that's a lot of stuff/weight, but riding on a flat and/or pushing a bike 10 miles over rocky terrain would be no fun. It really is a personal decision.