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  1. CrashMW

    2002 DRZ S w/ FCR help wanted

    That airboot connection is replaceable. That is where the Flo Commander that I mentioned earlier is. I removed the stock bellmouth piece that came on the FCR kit, which was sized for my bike (an "S") and it worked fantastic when changing altitudes as I was able to make changes on the fly. The kit came from CPW, and I tried calling them all day today only to keep getting a busy signal, then when it hit 5PM it finally rang through only to get voicemail telling me to call back during business hours... Unfortunately, since the bike will not idle no matter what I do, I want to get back to baseline, but am having big issues. I even went to a friends house who happened to have an extra FCR laying around that was pulled from a DRZ400E, but the throttle wheel was for the E bike and cables and did not play nice with my S cables. Never got to try that carb on my bike. I seriously DREAD having to work on this carb on this bike. I would pay a pretty penny to have FI. The limited space just sucks. Mike
  2. CrashMW

    2002 DRZ S w/ FCR help wanted

    Awesome, that will make it easy. Thanks, Mike
  3. CrashMW

    2002 DRZ S w/ FCR help wanted

    Thanks Noble...You are still going at it on the forums? I recall you being active back in the early (pre-2010) 2000s. You are helpful as always and it is much appreciated. I wonder if by some chance the new boot I have is an E boot? I will see if I still have the sticker... Just wish that I could find the original intake bellmouth...I KNOW that I did not toss it...i keep everything -wherein the problem lies. I also have 6 bikes, and kept all parts from them as well when upgrading or modding. Regards, -MW
  4. It's been a long time since I've visited and I am hoping that this is an easy question/series of questions for some of the experts on here. I have a DRZ-S with a CPW (Carb Parts Warehouse) FCR39 kit on it. It was a complete kit that dropped right in. Shortly thereafter, I purchased a Flow Commander and for the longest time, really liked it. Then I had a daughter in 2010, followed by a son in 2011, and I have not ridden since. I have been playing with the DRZ for a while now trying to get it running right, and I keep coming back to the carb. It has been cleaned up, and most internals replaced, and now I cannot get it to run right, so I am considering pulling the flow commander and putting an "S" sized intake bellmouth back on the FCR. Now for some observations... The flow commander has NEVER fit well in the airbox boot...it is much worse now. So I purchased a new Airbox boot for an S, and it still does not fit. I have the boot and carb off the bike and it is not going on. So my questions start as... what are the differences in diameter between the S boot and the E boot? (I do not recall ever replacing the S boot, but maybe I did, as I would have done it in the 2005 timeframe) If the difference is only a couple of mm, then it would appear that perhaps I need an E type boot? The current boot refused to play nice anymore and it is beginning to rip from all the fighting with it over the years. Would I be better off going back to an S specific intake bellmouth, with appropriate main air and slow air jets? If yes, what are the right main air and slow air jet sizes to order? I know this sounds a bit vague, and truth be told, there is no reason why the flow commander should not be working fine, but I feel that I have to try something to get the bike running again...I feel bad having to look at it every time that I go into the container where I have been working on it. Thanks in advance... Mike
  5. CrashMW

    Electric bikes for kids

    That bike does look sweet...but I am with Cap on this one...you gotta wonder what that thing will cost. I got to look at an Oset20 the other day and I sure do like the looks of that bike...meaning that while it is basically a small bike for big kids with a 36V motor and 20" wheels, it looked to be very high quality and the 3 dial adjustability (providing it works properly ) is really handy. You can change the top speed, the power to the wheel, as well as the throttle response. Plus, the suspension on these things looks like the real deal. The Oset20 has MTB front suspension which is fully functional...vs the Kuberg in which the front forks might as well be rigid forks. The Oset has disc brakes, and the shop tells me that the 2015 actually has hydraulic discs front and rear -even on the 12.5 (the little bike). I am trying to find out more about that Gio, which looks pretty nice aesthetically... trying to see if it is new or beginner rider friendly, but no reviews on that bike either. The price is about equal to the Pitster XJ e. Cap- no worries, it is all good. Congrats on the little one BTW...
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    Electric bikes for kids

    Here is the little guy on his bike. Colorado: I noticed you also have the Oset16...I am seriously considering that bike next since my daughter has legs that are easily 2" longer than my son, who is only 1" shorter than her...go figure. She would fit perfectly on the Start if I had the seat on it (which I have) but then my son would not be able to reach the ground and I am not likely going to be wanting to swap the plastics back and forth since ride time can vary from 2-3 minutes to up to 30 minutes. He turned 3 in these images that day... CapCity: I'm not looking to fight over what is best and what is not...everyone has their opinions. Fact is that I was of the same school of thought as you...hell I even purchased a used CRF50 only to learn that we are still a few years away from riding that as mentioned above. The PW50 is pretty much a new buy only option as craigslist does not have much to select from -only two bikes and both are clearly overpriced beaters. As for the speed controller/governors, when the bike is right, it is perfect. So I see the attraction. I will admit that I am surprised that you test rode one TBH, after all, you did not say as much until your last post. As I mentioned, there is so little information on these Pitster Electrics that I am posting here for any feedback anyone might have...your response was to buy a PW50. Advice noted. As for the speed controller not working, it seems odd that while I cannot find reviews, I have found 2 videos, and in both the videos, it is perfectly clear that the speed governors are working perfectly. And delivery is not abrupt at all. As for my bike, it is a 2015 with new electrics -much changed from 2014, and I WAS able to find review of the Kuberg, and nobody mentioned having any issues with the controllers...
  7. CrashMW

    Electric bikes for kids

    I should have gone into WHY the e bikes some.... The kids are under 40" tall. They both can ride bicycles, and they both want to ride... I already have a CRF50, but the seat height is closer to 22-23", and the bike weighs 110#s. The PW50, which I do not have, has a seat height of 19" which does not work for my son, and it weighs 90#s (which might work for my daughter). Of course, you could make the argument that if they cannot lift the bike, or respect the top speed, then they should not be riding...but that is where the e bikes come in. They weight all of 45lbs, and have a true top speed governor, not a throttle limiter like the gas bikes. So they can twist the throttle all day long on a straight and still not exceed the governed speed, whereas a gas bike with a throttle limiter can still hit some pretty high speeds...given enough room. Then there is the issue of hot exhausts...I am certain that more than few times there have been riding careers ended when young riders fall and have a hot pipe brand their skin. Kids this young do not have the awareness to get out from under a bike immediately after they have fallen, and by the time that they realize that something is hurting, they are already seriously burned. Perhaps by the time they are 5-6 years old, they will learn these lessons, but I am only trying to introduce them to my passion in the safest possible way that I can, so that they can share my passion. Never mind that kids at this age fall in some very odd positions, and would likely not be able to lift the bike off themselves even if they tried. The ebikes are a gateway to real bikes, not a substitute. They can learn some valuable skills on ebikes -such as standing while riding, throttle control, braking etc, and do so in their own yard without irritating neighbors and the like. Try taking a gas powered minibike to a park with grass, and cops will likely show up before you know it. Take an ebike and people want to know what it is... Trust me, the kids have the confidence to "touch a motorized bike" as you say...that does not mean that I have the confidence in them to do so...even so, the CRF50 is there for the day they can get at least one foot down if they want it. If you have kids and think something is safe because your kids think it is safe, then you may not be a parent all that long. That is part of parenting, teaching them and keeping them safe from harm -even when they REALLY want to do something. Hell, my 3 year old wants nothing more than to ride my CRF450 -but just because he "thinks" he's ready does not make it so. So I am guessing that you do not have much to offer on the Pitster XJ Electric?
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    Electric bikes for kids

    I am not sure where to post this, I did post under electric bikes in special interests, but there is not much traffic there...What I am really looking for is if anyone has experience with the Pitster XJ electric...as I am interested in purchasing that bike, even though they are several months out. Supposedly Pitster has sold hundreds of them already...but I cannot find any reviews anywhere. Kuberg, Oset, Pitster... these are the choices I am looking at. I actually have the Kuberg Start, which is a 24V, beginners bike, but it is having it's issues...Or I should say that I am having issues with it. I am hoping that Kuberg support steps up and starts to help out. So I have an OSET 12.5 coming to me...I asked to be put on a waiting list, and the next thing I know is that it is shipping to me. Huh!!! But at $1400, this is a pretty steep price to pay for a kid that will outgrow the bike in a year or two. The Kuberg came in at about $300 less... The I stumbled upon the Pitster XJ Electric, which looks like a really nice bike. I know it is Chinese, but I happen to have a Pitster X4R from 5 plus years ago, and it has exceeded my expectations by a country mile. Sure, I could be facing rust and corrosion problems if I was a ride it and put it away wet sort of guy, but I do take some care of my stuff. Wash after riding, and wipe down with WD40 or similar has extended the life of many inferior nuts/bolts, and exposed surfaces. IF you saw the bike, you would never guess it was over 5 years old, and it is only on it's second set of plastics, and is stored under a lean to (not garaged). The price on that XJE looks very tempting at half the cost of the Kuberg, and almost 1/3 the cost of the Oset. Here is what I have learned with the Kuberg. Kids simply cannot compress the suspension of a bike at that age. (at least on the Kuberg). My daughter is 4.5yo (33lbs) and she has ridden the bike for about 2.5 of the bikes 3 hours of riding time, and the whole "quality welds, build, etc" stuff is looking way over rated. Brakes...While tripoding to a stop is how they will start learning, they really do need a brake system that functions. The Kuberg has a front V-brake which is actually useable, and a rear band brake that is completely useless. I mean, neither my son (3yo) or daughter can budge the lever unless they are using both hands, and even then I suspect that the movement of that lever is having little to no effect on the rear wheel -meaning even if it were feasible to put both hands on the left side handbrake, they would not be slowing the bike. This is a HUGE mis. Oset supplies their bikes with front and rear disc brakes which is a winner. Discs, even mechanical discs are easily tunable and there are tons of levers to choose from to further tune the brakes, never mind pads and compounds to choose from. The XJE actually has mech discs. Some background on the Kuberg. This bike was "unveiled" on my son's 3rd birthday Christmas week. I originally purchased it in November, so had to store for over a month it until his birthday. The idea when I was first looking at these bikes in October was to help him and my girl learn to ride their bikes without training wheels. Well, at that same time, they both started riding bikes (without training wheels) but I figured the powered bike would be used even more now that they had some confidence on bicycles. So we take the bike out on his b-day and ride around the yard (dirt and gravel with lots of space) and I have the bike set to about 3-4mph top speed to keep them from any WFO moments, when right in front of my eyes, I see a WFO moment, and hear the motor running up past 10mph! &%$#@!??? So I adjust the bike down again using the potentiometer and find that the pot is only 1/4 turn from fully turned CCW (which is slowest)...but the bike is still running way faster than it should be. So I jump on, and the bike proceeds to accelerate with me on it to about 10mph or just shy of it. So I give it to my daughter and tell her to be very careful with the throttle. So off she goes, and gets a couple hundred yards away and she just stops. I tell he to go, and turn the throttle, and she is still sitting there. I am thinking, she must have been spooked perhaps, so off I go jogging to the bike to talk to her, and it turns out that she is wfo and the bike is not moving. Hmm! Ok, so the bike is back to the way it was when I originally set it. So about a 1/4 turn CW and the bike sounds like it did when the top speed was 3-4mph. And off she goes again, smiling -huge smiles. For about 5 minutes, when the devil inside the bike comes back out and another WFO moment comes. Lucky for me and her, she was able to bring it back down as she was going straight at the time, but had she been turning, she would have had her first soil sample, and on gravel, it would not have been pretty (even with gear on). So, because of the Jekyll and Hyde behavior of the bike, we have to reluctantly put the bike away. Not that hard to do as both kids were pretty freaked out. So now I am faced with only letting the kids ride in grass parks because the bike is dangerous. And I am not saying it is not dangerous on grass, just that the damage to be incurred is substantially reduced as grass acts as a natural brake, as well as a soft landing. So it has been almost 4 weeks and my son is afraid of the bike...a bike I purchased solely to prevent such happenings. After all, a 24V bike pulls very hard if left ungoverned. And I am certain that with confidence, I will be turning the speed controller to fully CW for full power, but not if I cannot get them comfortable first. FWIW, the first 5 minutes, and the intermittent times when the bike is operating as it should, I am very impressed with it. The governer does not affect the throttle at all. you still have full use of the throttle. Give it a little throttle, and you gradually creep up to the set speed. Wack the throttle wide open, and you have 3-4mph instantly (and not a single MPH more). Until Jekyll shows up that is, then the performance is the same, only with more power at the top end. Meaning partial throttle is based upon what the speed setting is. So partial throttle is still partial, but if you are not smooth, the bike will pull right past 3mph, making for some oh shit moments for 3 and 4 year olds. Anyway, I will update...I am supposed to be receiving a replacement potentiometer any day now and will know if that solves the issue shortly..
  9. CrashMW

    Kids electric bikes

    Kuberg, Oset, Pitster... these are the choices I am looking at. I actually have the Kuberg Start, which is a 24V, beginners bike, but it is having it's issues...Or I should say that I am having issues with it. I am hoping that Kuberg support steps up and starts to help out. So I have an OSET 12.5 coming to me...I asked to be put on a waiting list, and the next thing I know is that it is shipping to me. Huh!!! But at $1400, this is a pretty steep price to pay for a kid that will outgrow the bike in a year or two. The Kuberg came in at about $300 less... The I stumbled upon the Pitster XJ Electric, which looks like a really nice bike. I know it is Chinese, but I happen to have a Pitster X4R from 5 plus years ago, and it has exceeded my expectations by a country mile. Sure, I could be facing rust and corrosion problems if I was a ride it and put it away wet sort of guy, but I do take some care of my stuff. Wash after riding, and wipe down with WD40 or similar has extended the life of many inferior nuts/bolts, and exposed surfaces. IF you saw the bike, you would never guess it was over 5 years old, and it is only on it's second set of plastics, and is stored under a lean to (not garaged). The price on that XJE looks very tempting at half the cost of the Kuberg, and almost 1/3 the cost of the Oset. Here is what I have learned with the Kuberg. Kids simply cannot compress the suspension of a bike at that age. (at least on the Kuberg). My daughter is 4.5yo (33lbs) and she has ridden the bike for about 2.5 of the bikes 3 hours of riding time, and the whole "quality welds, build, etc" stuff is looking way over rated. Brakes...While tripoding to a stop is how they will start learning, they really do need a brake system that functions. The Kuberg has a front V-brake which is actually useable, and a rear band brake that is completely useless. I mean, neither my son (3yo) or daughter can budge the lever unless they are using both hands, and even then I suspect that the movement of that lever is having little to no effect on the rear wheel -meaning even if it were feasible to put both hands on the left side handbrake, they would not be slowing the bike. This is a HUGE mis. Oset supplies their bikes with front and rear disc brakes which is a winner. Discs, even mechanical discs are easily tunable and there are tons of levers to choose from to further tune the brakes, never mind pads and compounds to choose from. The XJE actually has mech discs. Some background on the Kuberg. This bike was "unveiled" on my son's 3rd birthday Christmas week. I originally purchased it in November, so had to store for over a month it until his birthday. The idea when I was first looking at these bikes in October was to help him and my girl learn to ride their bikes without training wheels. Well, at that same time, they both started riding bikes (without training wheels) but I figured the powered bike would be used even more now that they had some confidence on bicycles. So we take the bike out on his b-day and ride around the yard (dirt and gravel with lots of space) and I have the bike set to about 3-4mph top speed to keep them from any WFO moments, when right in front of my eyes, I see a WFO moment, and hear the motor running up past 10mph! WTF??? So I adjust the bike down again using the potentiometer and find that the pot is only 1/4 turn from fully turned CCW (which is slowest)...but the bike is still running way faster than it should be. So I jump on, and the bike proceeds to accelerate with me on it to about 10mph or just shy of it. So I give it to my daughter and tell her to be very careful with the throttle. So off she goes, and gets a couple hundred yards away and she just stops. I tell he to go, and turn the throttle, and she is still sitting there. I am thinking, she must have been spooked perhaps, so off I go jogging to the bike to talk to her, and it turns out that she is wfo and the bike is not moving. Hmm! Ok, so the bike is back to the way it was when I originally set it. So about a 1/4 turn CW and the bike sounds like it did when the top speed was 3-4mph. And off she goes again, smiling -huge smiles. For about 5 minutes, when the devil inside the bike comes back out and another WFO moment comes. Lucky for me and her, she was able to bring it back down as she was going straight at the time, but had she been turning, she would have had her first soil sample, and on gravel, it would not have been pretty (even with gear on). So, because of the Jekyll and Hyde behavior of the bike, we have to reluctantly put the bike away. Not that hard to do as both kids were pretty freaked out. So now I am faced with only letting the kids ride in grass parks because the bike is dangerous. And I am not saying it is not dangerous on grass, just that the damage to be incurred is substantially reduced as grass acts as a natural brake, as well as a soft landing. So it has been almost 4 weeks and my son is afraid of the bike...a bike I purchased solely to prevent such happenings. After all, a 24V bike pulls very hard if left ungoverned. And I am certain that with confidence, I will be turning the speed controller to fully CW for full power, but not if I cannot get them comfortable first. FWIW, the first 5 minutes, and the intermittent times when the bike is operating as it should, I am very impressed with it. The governer does not affect the throttle at all. you still have full use of the throttle. Give it a little throttle, and you gradually creep up to the set speed. Wack the throttle wide open, and you have 3-4mph instantly (and not a single MPH more). Until Jekyll shows up that is, then the performance is the same, only with more power at the top end. Meaning partial throttle is based upon what the speed setting is. So partial throttle is still partial, but if you are not smooth, the bike will pull right past 3mph, making for some oh shit moments for 3 and 4 year olds. Anyway, I will update...I am supposed to be receiving a replacement potentiometer any day now and will know if that solves the issue shortly..
  10. CrashMW

    Kuberg Start Review - way better than a 50!

    I just joined the club. I just brought home a new Kuberg Start. I have a 4 yo daughter and a boy that will be 3 in a month. Since his birthday is so close to christmas I am going to make sure he has a great christmas. The boy (Tripp) is motorcycle crazy. Motorcycles on the brain, so this should be a nice treat for him. He just learned to ride a bicycle last weekend without training wheels so it is on. I also have a crf50, but it is a big bike -period. The CRF at 110lbs and almost 22 inches is going to be a way off. Not to mention the inability to control the throttle from a parental standpoint. I noticed that if I take the CRF50 throttle limiting screw to the smallest increment to allow the bike to actually move, it would still climb up to 10mph easily if not more. Then there is the issue of not being able to start it himself should he stall it...or pick it up should it fall over...or burn himself on the hot exhaust (which is only a matter of time and how badly he will get burned...). Anyway, I feel like a sales guy for the Kuberg Start and I am the only one to have ridden it in my family. My daughter watched me go over the bike, and she was relentlessly pushing me to let her ride it (Tripp was taking a nap). I surprised myself by being able to say no. Needless to say it is going to be a long month waiting for his birthday. Oh, specs... The bike reportedly weighs 45 lbs -and while I lift weights, it did not feel that heavy to me. I have both the seat-less Trails type setup, and I have the optional seat for when he grows. The setup the way it is right now results in a 16" seat height. I put a quick write up with a couple of pictures up on my blog -here-. I am looking for suggestions on how to properly set up the bike (rear wheel alignment advise) so feel free to post if you have any experience with these bikes.
  11. CrashMW

    CRF50 carb frustrations

    Nope, I actually looked at that one, but the 8mm had me nervous. Not saying that it would not work. This is the unit that I am referring to...it really looks "identical" to the original, except it works better. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007PKJUKO/ref=pe_385040_30332190_TE_3p_dp_1?tag=viglink20633-20 Happy hunting.
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    CRF50 carb frustrations

    Update. I could not get the pilot unclogged. I tried every trick I knew. Finally just drilled it out, and the bike ran -but it was running for crap. That carb I got from Amazon, the PCC unit that looks just like the stocker, is in the bike. I used the old throttle cable, slide and needle (came out as a unit) dropped it in the new carb after pulling the cap, spring and slide out, and second kick the bike was running. Let it warm up a bit, and I am betting that the bike never ran this good, even new. So now this bike is running, and I just picked up a Kuberg Start today -which will be for my son's 3rd birthday a few days before Christmas. I am really liking that bike -but that is another topic...
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    CRF50 carb frustrations

    What did you end up going with? New stock carb? I just ordered this from Amazon...I went Amazon since I have prime and this looks identical to stock, even though I know it isn't... PCC Motor, Stock carb for Honda...Got good reviews. BTW -I purchased this bike from my brother, and he tells me that the bike has never seemed to run well and he has always suspected the carb. (even when new). I am hoping for a carb that just runs well on the stock bike. (should I run pod filter, or will that make it run poorly?) PCC Motor -Carburetor Honda Crf50 Crf 2004 - 2009 Stock Carb Ca28
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    Need some advice from the dads

    I am glad that I found this thread... I read the posts where wallrat insists that the quality of the Kuberg is much better than the Oset. Now I get that the Oset is built in China, but I happen to have a Pitster Pro that absolutely amazes me with regards to what it can take. So my opinion of a chinese bike is not as critical as it used to be, So what I want to know is "quantitatively" what makes the Kuberg superior from a quality standpoint? It does not have a standard swingarm, but that is not necessarily a negative. It looks like it would be more difficult to learn to stand up on, since I like the idea of the Oset and learning to stand on a bike at an early age...but ergonomically, they could be identical. I just have not seen them side by side in a comparison. If anyone has a side by side comparison that they could send me to, I would be much obliged. (BTW-I Have searched for everything Kuberg start and Oset 12.5 related that I can find). I know that I can probably drive an hour plus to Santa Cruz to see them myself, but without an Oset to compare, I would only be getting one viewpoint. Also, with regards to being suited to small kids, I rarely see the Kuberg without the seat. My son is almost 3 and is 34#s and about 38" in height. My plan is to limit top speed and teach him to start riding it like his balance bike, with both feet out (or down). I will take him to a park with grass so the space will be open and falls will be "cushioned"...I live on a gravel road -not ideal for learning to ride a bike or motorcycle. I have a CRF50, but that thing is big and heavy for him, he cannot reach the ground, and the throttle limiter does not do much to reduce top speed, only how fast he gets to top speed...So the electric idea is very attractive from this perspective. Anyway, thanks for listening...
  15. I remember loving this FC. I had my bike up in Tahoe one week, and I made a small turn on one of the screws (dont recall which) and the bike ran like it did at sea level only not as strong. But so much time has passed that I forgot way too much. Although I never forgot how much I hate working on that carb... Did I mention that I LOATH working on the DRZ carb? So, I have a new 150 main, 40 pilot, cleaned up the carb one more time and am putting it all back together. FC2000/FC200 -i cannot recall. I guess it is the FC200. My sticker, while still on the bell, it only silver...carb cleaner removed all coloring and writing...(Oops!)
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