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  1. dirt duchess

    Lets see your vintage ride

    1974 Hodaka Super Rat 100.
  2. dirt duchess

    Finally got a new trail bike

    I have added a 48 rear sprocket in place of the 45. The bike now seems well rounded for trail and road duty. Lots of reasons that I chose the Husky. The dealer which I previously bought four bikes from is only two miles away. They offered to buy back my street bike for more than I owed on it, for the trade in. Good financing, ease of finding technical information, and aftermarket parts also contributed to my choice. There are no nearby Beta dealers, but if there were, they would have had to have beaten the Husky dealer's incentives by a good bit. There was also a KTM dealership nearby, but I don't think that they could have beaten this deal...and I don't like orange.
  3. dirt duchess

    Finally got a new trail bike

    Would you sell the 450? Not planning to at this time. It's the "spare".
  4. I bought OEM radiators that were listed under the Japanese supplier's name...I can't remember who it was. Doesn't list them that way on the latest parts list. And I bought them through my local dealer.
  5. Probably around 170 psi, usually not lower than 130. Not sure if there is an auto decompressor on that size engine or not. The 450 had both manual and auto decomp. The auto decomp will affect affect readings and make them lower I think.
  6. https://www.motosport.com/dirtbike/oem-parts/husqvarna/2007/te-250/cooling-system
  7. I ran an OEM upgrade that cost about twice as much as the Alexson. It was listed under a Japanese name back then, but now both upgrades are listed as KTM. but a lot of the guys get inexpensive Chinese radiators from E-bay and use them with success. That will probably be my next move if I damage a radiator in the future. They are ugly, really heavy duty and may require some minor fiddling to make fit. It is reported that they very rugged though. https://www.ebay.com/itm/R-L-RADIATOR-HUSQVARNA-TC-TE250-TE-TC450-510-2003-09-08-04-2006-2007-TE310-09-10/111300418880?fits=Year%3A2007|Model%3ATE450|Make%3AHusqvarna&hash=item19ea059d40:g:-MwAAOSw1ZBUr4g7:rk:4:pf:0
  8. Lower compression equals less resistance to kicking. Also, smaller displacement makes things easier too. Not sure why people are so down on Italian Husqvarnas. I own three of them and have had good reliability for the most part. My 450 has over 600 running hours on it, and I have checked the valves every 1500 miles. In over 12 thousand miles, I have only had to adjust a valve twice. The Alexson radiators were an issue on the 450 because they are sort of cheap and brittle and the 450s shake a lot. I have replaced both radiators with an upgrade and never had another problem. Do the maintenance and change the oil every 500 miles, and filter every other oil change. I don't even run expensive oil in the bike, mostly Rotella petroleum. the old war horse is still a trooper.­čśś
  9. Kickstarting the 250 all the time probably is okay. The 450 with it's short stroke 13 to 1 compression ratio was not a fun machine to kick start, even when using the proper procedure with the compression release lever. If all was perfectly timed, the kick was not too bad, but one mis-kick in the wrong start of the stroke, and my foot could get bit easily by the mighty kickback of that engine. Luckily, the battery didn't go bad often while I was out on a ride.
  10. Yep, the manual for my 07 TE 450 said the same thing. I rode it all over the place till I got the new 501. What I don't like about it for urban use is the lack of a key. So if I plan on parking it for longer than a lunch stop (which is also not out of my sight), I have to use the steering lock....which is a good idea anyway.
  11. dirt duchess

    1984 KDX 250

    I know a few big guys that ride the 200. It certainly isn't a desert bike, but will get around the trails pretty well. I would advise getting an 86 or later, as there are still enough aftermarket parts available. The C model, 86 through 88 was the last of the air cooled version and also the first of the KIPS valve motor. Almost any of those or the later water cooled ones would be a better choice than an 84-85. I bought an 86 brand new and I still have it after all these years. It doesn't get ridden as much as my newer bikes these days, but still gets out several times a year.
  12. dirt duchess

    1984 KDX 250

    From the picture in the ad, if that is the original plastic, it's a 200. That was the only year that the bike was offered in red. The 250 never was any other color but green.
  13. dirt duchess

    1985 XR200R question

    The carbs don't exactly sync. Each carb runs a different part of the powerband. One is for idle and bottom, the other is for the rest of the powerband, if I remember correctly. I owned an 84, and thought it was a great trail bike.
  14. dirt duchess

    Where did you ride?

    Last weekend.
  15. dirt duchess

    Autumn Apple Adventure 10/06/18

    Apple Days have been a local fall mainstay event in Julian for decades now, but I remember when I went up there in 1970. It was a quiet event that featured local varieties of apples at the few fruit stands that were up there. Very quaint and low key. Of course now, fall time is crazy with tourists and weekenders all trying to get a taste of this event....no parking left and big crowds of people all over the main drag. Just lately I have been looking for that quaint, low key, old timey experience again.... On my way up to Heart Bar about three weeks ago, I noticed a little sign along the highway that read: U pick apples. It was down a road that I never even knew was there. My friend that I was meeting up with also had spotted the sign and mentioned it to me. "we should go find that place" she said....but we rode too late to swing by and investigate on that day. Fast forward to yesterday. KJ and I were ready to go pick us some heirloom varieties of apples from the 100 year old orchard at Stetson Creek ranch. We meandered across the valley on familiar trails, cut back east on the highway, then dropped in on the dirt forest road. Two and a half miles later (with some side trail investigations thrown in) we found ourselves at the orchard, which was filled with Rome Beauties, Macintosh and Winesap apples...all the ones that I used to see in the markets when I was a kid, but have since been replaced with all the new"improved" varieties such as Honeycrisp, Gala, etc..... A lady named Patty owns the place along with her husband, but she seems to be the one who handles the groups of excited apple pluckers who brave the dirt road in their Prius passenger cars for a few bags of old time apples out of an organic orchard that is frequented by the local bears at night. You have to be careful not to step in any of the big piles of bear poop that that are scattered all over the orchard while you are scouting about for the best picks. So Karen and I each bought a bag, grabbed a stick and sauntered off to fill our bags up. Karen went for the larger apples, while my approach was to get a lot of little ones that created less air gaps between them in the bag. After foraging around a while and filing our bags, we found a clear patch of grass (bear poopless) and plopped down to take in the view. There were probably a twenty other people there, maybe four or five vehicles. We could have just taken a nap in the warm sunshine, but after some time, we were on our bikes again to finish our loop. Karen was in charge of carrying the load of apples and brought a roomy backpack for just that purpose. We really didn't have an itinerary, so we just sort of moseyed along, played in a creek, and investigated whatever path struck our fancy. It was a laid back day, and our loop ended up being less than 50 miles. But the day wasn't about putting on miles, or conquering technical stuff...it was just about relaxing and being spontaneous....and getting apples. We started at Heart Bar and went directly over to the Santa Ana River road. It was a beautiful day in the mountains with clouds rolling across the peaks, pushed by a cool breeze. We traversed the mountainside on some well traveled trails and snaked our way up to the highway. From there we worked our way back east until we came to an obscure forest road with an apple sign pointing the way down it. We dropped off the pavement and into the trees, but we didn't take the direct route to the orchard. We kept taking side routes that mostly dead ended, but were very scenic. There was one that looked like it should go through to Glass road that I saw on Google maps. I had heard from locals that it was not passable due to a rock slide, but we, being on bikes, decided that it was worth a look. The road turned out to have been well traveled, and when we got to the spot where the rock slide was, we found that most of the large rocks had been moved and stacked along the edges of the route. I'm guessing that a 4X4 club did this. A passenger car wouldn't have been able to make it through, but Jeeps and motorcycles would have no problem. We rode easily through and were immediately rewarded with a beautiful little creek. [ We played around there for a little bit and then went back to find the orchard. There were little apples. and big apples....just kidding, most of the apples weren't very big.