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    Target Shooting (air and firearm, handgun and rifle)

    Self Defense and Martial Arts (Isshin-Ryu - Shihan Bill Adams, Shihan Jim Cvetkovski), (Modern Kenpo - Shihan Ernie McPeek), Western Boxing, Arnis/Kali

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    Carb, ignition, and suspension tuning
  1. Chuck is very active in XR200 and CRF230 forums. He rides a Powroll XR218 and CRF250X. He rides a lot of tough PNW areas and has a lot of experience with CRF250X. I have not ridden CRF250R and CRF250X but I have ridden YZ250F and WR250F and the engines, gearboxes, and suspension are VERY different. The YZ was very difficult to ride on our two-mile closed-loop enduro track. Great for fast long open work though...
  2. Rider I spoke to said same thing and he races 450 Kawi for local dealer. He said it was way stronger than his 450.
  3. Thank you for sharing. 100% agreed on meditation aspect for sure.
  4. Just out of curiosity what was T&M for that handful of bolts?
  5. Had 1984 XR250 and 1983 XL600 with twin-carb setup. Both bikes worked flawlessly and delivered the best of both worlds. Great low-speed response and great top end. My 1986 Yamaha SRX600 also has twin-carb setup and it too works flawlessly.
  6. MX Engine... MX gearbox... MX steering... MX suspension... It usually takes a lot of work to convert an MX bike to a trails/woods bike. Have you considered trading it for a CRF250X? Chuck can likely give you some very good advice on this topic.
  7. Did you used used/pre-owned rings? What was ring end gap?
  8. My CRF230 head temp will get pretty hot (350-400) when going is slow and there is a lot of load on the engine or if I am pulling a high gear for a long time under a lot of load. A quick downshift or a short run to get air over the fins brings head temp back down very quickly. Unlike an air-cooled street bike engine we often have very little air moving across our heads and THAT is the problem. Just imagine how much heat is being removed from a CRF230L going down a flat road at 45 MPH compared to our CRF230s climbing tough trails at 5-10 MPH. There is simply no comparison between these two conditions. The head temp and oil tank temps are so low on my old SRX600 that you can lay your hand on either and while both are hot neither is so hot it will burn you. In fact, the oil tank temperature is so low I often wonder if my oil is getting much hotter than 212, which would not be very good. I guess that is one of the advantages of a mild 8.5:1 CR engine.
  9. Some of this is due to ego. Too much bike and too little skill and too little experience. A modern bike will not make up for a lack of skill and a lack of experience. Sometimes just a good line selection along with setup* (Bruce Triplett stresses this all the time) makes all the difference in the world... * Not just things like sag, and clicker position but also line selection, gear selection, rider position, etc...
  10. Aprilia used to have a v-twin MX bike engine: http://www.motorcycledaily.com/2003/09/16september03_aprilia_v2engine Rider at our local Aprilia dealer said it was nuts.
  11. In the right context a god XR200 or good CRF230 is just hard to beat. Bikes like these just seem to make a lot of things really easy... I'll bet Chuck's XR218 with USD forks is an amazing bike...
  12. Does that fit in a Honda Hawk?
  13. Agreed. When I was younger I had an all-out 1984 Al Baker XR265R so been there done that. However... The little CRF230 has been just as rewarding, if not more, because it starts out SO BAD! The old 1984 XR250 was already a good bike with great engine and good shock so Al Baker made an already-good thing an amazing thing. In bone-stock factory form the CRF230 is a MISERABLE bike. Bad tires. Awful forks. Dangerous shock. Very weak engine. All these issues are affordably and easily fixed and the bike begins to get better and better very quickly. While the small chassis is not very good for fast long open work it excels for slow short tight work. It's like an old Jeep CJ or old Toyota FJ... Not amazing by any measure but it will get the job done...
  14. Check out this bad boy from the group... "1959 Royal Enfield Bullet 612 #scrambler by Hitchcocks Motorcycles, built for classic scrambling and hill climbs on a lightweight Crusader-based frame."