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  1. Not sure waht's going on in Alabama, but a good condition 200x 200 EXC will go for more than $1800. I can't say about the piston skirt issue, but I know of a few people in my area that are still riding the KDX (some faster than me on my 300XCW). They had a reputation for being a very good trail bike and Jeff Ferdette won a lot a races on them.
  2. while all cams have the same designed lift and duration, they are all not manufactured the same so the valve clearance msut be checked each time a cam is replaced. Futher, the tiiming marks for the 2004 Yamaha cam will not work with a 2002 head; as I understand it the head design and cover are diffferent requiring the marks to be in a different place on the gear. Counting the teeth would not work for the same reason. You would basically have to eye it up. The link below is for swapping the cam in a 400/426; I have used these exact instructions successfully 3 times; so if the 250 heads are different this should be very similar for the 250. .
  3. I put sta-bil in the tank, ride it a little to make sure it gets in the carb, remove battery and air filter the put it away. I try to keep up on the maintenance and repair all season so there is usually not muck to do. Come spring I drain the fuel, disassemble and lube everything. I use No-toil oil and grease on the air filter; I have found that if the filter is on too long the grease turns to glue. Last time I tore the filter trying to get it out. Oh, and I always wait until spring to change the shock and fork oil; I keep hoping that this will be the winter I get in shape and loose those extra pounds so I might need new springs. So far 2 bikes andn 9 years with no new springs. Maybe this year lol.
  4. Do you ride any of the Cycle Conservation Club events?
  5. Poldies4, when I look at the fliers for the D-14 Enduros, it seems like most are restart. While restarts are "timed;" that would not be a time keeper. I do know that the D-14 Family enduro Series (FES) is time keeper. It's been a while, the last time I rode one I think it was one "lap" at 10 Mph and a second for older classes at 18 Mph.
  6. After 03/04 (e-start motors) it doesn't matter if it's WR or YZ cam, the timing marks are the same. YZ vs WR timing by rotation the exhaust cam one tooth was pre-autodecompression. If you attempt to rotate the WR cam the autodecompression will not work properly.
  7. I keep a laminated photo copy of my license and proof of insurance in my fanny pack (which I never ride without). I recently ran into a DNR office on the trail who was giving out warnings for riding on the wrong trail (two trails side by side), sincde I was on the right trail he didn't stop me. Anyway he told me that , at least for him, the photo copy was fine and he understood not taking the original. By the way I also ride a plated 300; so I'm rarely riding around town, mostly on the trail.
  8. I too will be at color tour. Look for a 300 xcw with 827 on the number plates.
  9. You can get pre-printed ORV stickers for most of the motorsports type places (dealers, accessories..). I'm not sure if the state has a mail order option, but the CCC will send them to you through the mail (I know, I said CCC again). You can also get them any where hunting/fishing licenses are sold; they print them at time of sale. FWIW, I prefer the pre-printed stickers; the printed stickers can fade or bleed if you get cleaners or degreasers on them. For me most of the rides for the rest of the your will likely be more north. Based on your 3 3-1/2 hour preference (totally understandable), next year I'll be on the west side for the Spring Ringer and the CC Kids ride. Give me a PM if you make out to one of them. Just popped into my head, you should check out the western michigan trails riders. Nice group of people from the area you prefer.
  10. It really depends on where you are and the road your on. As far as roads go, it depends on the county or local city, for example in St. Helen they have a local ordanace in the city the allows more than the state Public Act that allows counties to allow riding on the side of certain roads. Interstate and "M" roads are excluded, further you have to have a headlight and tail light. There also three types of "trail" on the MI DNR Maps Motorcycle Only, ATV and MCCCT. Motorcycle Only and ATV only require the stickers (both), MCCCT uses a combination so the requirement depends on where you are. Going back to my post above, CCC events pull permits and work with local LEOs to put on a ride. This allows them to get permission to ride on the certain road sections but not require the headlight/taillight or license plate. A CCC ride is planned by one of the chapters; the chapters plan the route, mark the trail, provide gas stops if needed and sweep riders to ensure everyone makes it back. Depending on the event there could be 60 to 200+ registered riders. Many of them include additional activites like raffels, bike rodeo games, hot dogs. I think you said you where looking for a place to ride Weekend on Sept. 9th. I suggest you check out the Classic Ride. It will be a motorcycle only ride, no lights or plate required. Here's a link to the flyer:
  11. Was following up on my CCC Classic Ride post and read this one. You guys should check out the Cycle Conservation Club of MI (CCC): there are rides coming up on weekend of Sept. 9th and 23rd. The 9th is the Classic Ride, it will be single track and stage from the Lansing Motorcycle Club grounds (Home of the Jack Pine Enduro). The 23rd. is the Color Tour, it will be more open using the Rose City, Ambrose Lake and Ogemaw Connector. It stages at the Bent Wheels grounds in Rose City. Come as a group or come by yourself; either way there's new people to meet or sweep riders if you like to ride alone. I'll be at both (working the Classic Ride), if you go let me know and/or look me up. KTM 300 with 827 number plates.
  12. The Classic Trail Tour September 9th and 10th will be staged at the Lansing Motorcycle club grounds located at 720 E Johnson Rd, Lake City, Michigan; GPS: N44 28.76 W85 04.80. There will be two loops east and west of the North Missaukee Trail system. There will be a marked kids loop available. Also a Vintage motorcycle show with trophies awarded. For more information see links below:
  13. Mark, tire pressue seems backward. I typically run 12 -15 in front and 10 -12 in the rear; Michelin S12s with HD tubes. Softer rear that the tire be more compliant (grippy) on all terrain.
  14. Doc_d provided some really good information. Here's my 2 cents: MCCCT is not an organization, it is an acronym for Michigan Cross Country Cycle Trail. You can find in on maps for the MI DNR, VVMapping or the Avenza Mapping Site. Personally, I use the Avenza Mapping software on my iPhone (works with any smartphone); all of the MI Dnr ORV maps are available in the map store and it works very well. No need for a Garmin or other GPS unit. For single track there are a lot of choices, I like North Missaukee Trail. I've also heard Evart can be challenging. Both are close to other trials. If you head over to the West Branch/Rose City area the trails are more open but there are many choices that connect up. You could be in the area for a few days and not ride the same trail.
  15. I went a few years ago. It's held on private property owned by a gentleman named Bruce. Nice guy, we keep in touch and have been trying to get get otgether for a ride. Anyway, Burce has a great set-up of varying terrain; great fun to ride. Alot of what you will learn is obvious, but even Pros have a coach to make sure you're doing it right. If your new to trail riding riding you should also check out the cycle conservation club (CCC). There are lots of opportunities to ride as a family in a safe environment. First ride of the season in weekend of May 6 in Atlanta MI.