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  1. hometheaterman

    What Bike Should I Buy?

    I had never even heard of Beta as a brand, but you're right. I'm liking it. I'm liking it a lot. I'm definitely going to have to research this one a bit more.
  2. I've been out of the game for a while. (Sort of). While I still have my DRZ-400E and my CR500, over the past few years I've ridden them once a year at most and I haven't really kept up with what's going on in the dirt world. I'm hoping my circumstances are going to change in the coming months and I'm hoping to get to ride quite a bit more this summer than I have been able to over the past few years, which has left me wanting something new. I've thought about fixing up my DRZ since it has had a ton of work done to the motor, but it needs quite a bit of work done to the rest of the bike. The spokes are loose and won't tighten in the wheels (I assume I need to have it replaced with new spokes), the front forks are leaking, it's been sitting for 3 or 4 years, and honestly, it's just not what I want anymore. It's just too heavy. My CR500 on the other hand is perfectly rideable and it's what I've ridden the past few times I've been out, but it's just a bit much for some of the trails I ride. I'm usually faster on the DRZ, just because it's more controllable. I've always been a huge 2 stroke fan, but it seems like my options are very limited to KTM when it comes to new 2-strokes. So I'm a 230lb guy that rides 90% trails with some track involved. I started looking at the new RMZ-450, but it seems like I'm going to pay almost $9k for it which is hard for me to stomach considering how often I've been riding. So, it's not out of the question, but I'm also strongly considering going with something used and having money left over for mod's, repairs, etc. Is the technology that much better in the new bikes versus one 4-5 years old? After doing quite a bit of reading, I'm also really wondering if I'd be better off with either a 125cc 2-stroke, or a 250cc 4-stroke instead of going with a 250 or 450. Having never ridden a 125 or 250f, I'm really concerned about it being under powered with my weight, but most of the articles I'm reading make them sound like they have plenty of power and are much more controllable on the trails. I have quite a bit of experience with a 250 2-stroke, so I kind of know what to expect there and I know I won't be disappointed. So coming from a CR500 and knowing that I mostly ride trails, what would you recommend? Another reason the 2-strokes are so tempting is that they are so cheap to rebuild. So if I got a used one and needed to rebuild the motor, it's simple and cheap (for the most part). Am I better off going with something older and used, something used and relatively knew, or just a new 4-stroke? I also don't want to spend more time working on this thing that riding it which is the biggest pro I see to going with a new bike. How much have the bikes improved since the 2000-2005 range that I've owned previously?
  3. hometheaterman

    89 lt250r won’t start

    Assuming it has compression, check for spark. Pull the plug and touch it against the metal and see if it sparks. (Make sure you're not touching the plug.) I prefer to do this holding the rubber boot with a pair of rubber insulated pliers. It may not even bad a bad idea to put another plug in. I suspect you're not getting a good spark. If you are getting a good spark, then I'd make sure it's getting good fuel and air. As for the oil under the exhaust, I also suspect the springs are weak, or the gasket is bad. That said, I also have a 89 LT250R and even with a new gasket/springs, I can never get it to completely stop spraying oil out at the exhaust manifold. It seems to just be the nature of these quads. I wear old pants as I know I can expect oil specs on them. BTW, great choice in quads. I also have an 89 and LOVE it!
  4. hometheaterman

    What's the Value of This DRZ?

    Thanks guys. That gives me a ball park idea. I honestly had $500 in mind, but I didn't know if it I was out of line or not. I guess I'll see what he decides he wants for it and go from there. I live in VA and I've always wanted to do this. However, it sounds like many people have a lot of trouble with this. I also bought the bike used and don't have the original certificate of origin which people are saying that they are needing to get dirt bikes plated. I'd definitely be open to this option if someone in VA has done it and has any advice. I'd just like to get this thing street legal so that I can actually ride it. When I have to trailer it close to 2 hours to ride it, it makes it a hassle to go riding.
  5. hometheaterman

    What's the Value of This DRZ?

    I have a friend that has a DRZ400S with a bad motor. I'm not sure what year it is, but I suspect it somewhere around a 2010. He cracked the case on a rock and didn't realize until he had ridden it several miles with no oil in it. It now has a knock in the bottom end. This happened 3-4 years ago and has been sitting ever since. Other than this it's in used, but good condition. He's finally to the point that he's considering selling it and I'm debating if I want to pick it up. What would be a good price? It's been a while since I've been involved with the forums on here so I've lost touch with anything current to do with DRZ's. That said, I have a 2000 DRZ-400E model which I had the motor rebuilt probably 10 years ago now, but it literally only has 5-10 hours on it. After rebuilding the motor life got busy and I kind of put riding to the side. I also bought a CR500 which I generally ride the 1-2x a year that I get to ride. The only reason I haven't gotten rid of the bike is that I hate to take such a huge loss on it, so I just let it sit. I am thinking if I had a street legal model I might ride it quite a bit more. The thought of buying this S model and swapping over my motor, carb, exhaust, suspension, etc. is really tempting to me. I just don't want to overpay buying this thing. What do they normally go for in this condition? How hard is it to swap over? I know the wiring will be slightly different, and I know you can't get a neutral light, but I'm fine with that. Can you use the E model CDI, or do you have to swap the whole wiring harness for that? Is this a project worth attempting if I can get his bike for a decent price?
  6. hometheaterman

    Master Cylinder Options

    I don't know if fade is the right word, but the brake just doesn't feel tight like it used to. I've bled it several times as that was my initial thought as well. I then rode my friends S model and his felt identical. With the Brembo the brakes grabbed a lot harder with a lot less force on the lever. I guess that's what I really miss. It made it very easy to do stoppies, while you'd really have to work at it with the oem master cylinder. I'll have to look at the caliper. I believe it's oem, but I'm really not sure. I haven't done much with the bike at all in the past few years other than let it sit.
  7. hometheaterman

    At what point do you need race gas?

    I'll try to do a compression test and report back. I've never done one on this bike. I also don't have any pictures of the piston. I can't remember if I ever saw it or not. I had the rebuild done about 2 years ago, but I've only ridden the bike twice since then. Since I've never torn into this motor myself I haven't personally seen anything inside of it. The first time Eddie built it, and the second time was at a time in my life where I didn't have time to work on the bike (or ride it), so I had someone else work on it then. As for the jetting, I guess I'm not 100% positive on that. I didn't see any signs of it being lean. The plugs didn't look white like I'd expect for a lean condition although I suppose that it's possible.
  8. hometheaterman

    Master Cylinder Options

    What are you guys running for a front master cylinder? When I bought my DRZ it had a Brembo on it, but I'm not sure which one. I know it used a different line as the fittings were a different size. All was great until I broke a bolt off in it. Trying to drill it out ended up with me needing a new MC. I got a stock one a few years ago and put on there with a SS line and I honestly can't stand this thing. I haven't ridden the bike much over the past few years, but now that I'm trying to get back into riding I want to do something about this. It doesn't grab anywhere near what the Brembo did, it gets brake fade after having to get on the brakes hard a time or two, etc. What do you guys suggest as far as a replacement? If I go back with a Brembo, any suggestions as to which one to go with and which line I will need?
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    At what point do you need race gas?

    I have a 95 CR500 that was originally built by Eddie Sisneros on this forum. When he built it, he ported said he ported the cylinder, but that it was still fine to run pump gas in it. Well after about 15 to 20 hours of riding it, it developed a transmission problem. I had a local guy tear it down and when he did he discovered that the piston looked deformed. His opinion was that it was likely from detonation. He said that my cylinder had pretty heavy porting and he thought I should be running race gas in the bike. I have ever since, but it's getting very expensive at $60 per 5 gallon can. I'm starting to question if I really need to be doing this or if I should go back to pump gas. If I do need to, I'm thinking I may be better off to get another cylinder to stick on here. Do you guys generally find that you need to run it after porting the cylinder?
  10. hometheaterman

    CR500 Needle Seat

    Well, I found a factory Pj27n for $40. Is it really worth spending the extra money to go with a Pwk?
  11. hometheaterman

    What's my bike worth?

    That's what I usually do!
  12. hometheaterman

    What's my bike worth?

    That's exactly right. That's what I ran into years ago when I built my DRZ. I had a bike that was worth probably $2,500-3,000 in stock form. I had around $3,000 into the motor, a $700 exhaust, suspension work, etc. After the $3,000 engine rebuild I put maybe 10 hours on it in the next year. (That's being generous.) Since I no longer had time to ride it, I decided to sell it. Everyone kept offering me the same $2,500-3,000 that I'd have gotten in stock form. They didn't believe that it had barely been ridden since the rebuild, they didn't believe that it hadn't been beat on, and they all made it very well known that you never get your money back when you modify a bike. I ended up keeping the bike and 10 years later I have maybe 20 hours on the motor. It pretty much just sits for the rare occasion that I do want to take it out and ride it. If you invest the money into modifying the bike you either have to keep it, or you have to be willing to lose every bit of money that you put into it.
  13. hometheaterman

    CR500 Needle Seat

    So, I'm 594' above sea level, the bike has a ported cylinder, FMF pipe and silencer, Vertex piston, and is running 110 octane race gas mixed 32:1. Any suggestions on the starting point with a PWK? I'm thinking I may go that way although it almost seems like it would be better to buy one of these $150 ones off of eBay and then jet it how I need it. Do you guys think it's worth paying almost twice the price to get one from one of the above places? Also, what else will I need to make the swap work? Do I need the rubber boots from the air box to the carb, and carb to the reeds from another bike to make this work?
  14. hometheaterman

    What's my bike worth?

    I agree. I think $2,000 is about right. You can pick up similar ones for that price range pretty much any day of the week. This is why I always have such a hard time getting rid of bikes after I've dumped so much money into them. You basically have to give them away for practically nothing. I see the other side as well though. Modifications are often a sign that they are ridden hard, you don't know what modifications have really been done and what haven't, and you don't know the quality of the work.
  15. hometheaterman

    CR500 Needle Seat

    I'm definitely open to a PWK upgrade. The only thing really stopping me right now is that I don't want to deal with rejetting it. In the past I've had a hard time getting things jetted correctly and when I'm only able to ride 1-2 times a year and I travel 2 hours to ride; riding a few minutes, stopping to read the plug, changing jets, etc. Isn't what I want to be doing.
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