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moto9 last won the day on December 22 2007

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  1. Maybe this will help. Yes, the xt is smaller, but me it still felt weighty for what it was. The xt is at it's best when riding at a pace it can handle, which is ....slow and go, then it's fine. I have ridden it in some really wet, muddy, slick conditions, which made it tough to push it, basically it was survival riding, that's when the bike really shined. I was making sections others had to bypass after several tries. If you don't try to turn it into something it wasn't designed for and keep it in it's comfort zone, you'll probable love it. Hate to say this but after testing a friends modded freeride I think it's a much better bike, ya, it needs some minor tweaking but I though the freeride was a better bike in comparison. Might want to at least check one out.
  2. It comes apart like any other late model shock, good time to revalve it .
  3. Got it and frankly I know exactly what you mean. I was a factory trained Honda tech and after a few years of wrenching I left it all behind for a career in law enforcement. Even now after 40ish years of racing and riding I finally decided it was time to step away, at least for a while. Sold everything except my gear, still haven't found the desire to get another bike. But I do have 4 mountain bikes that get used on a regular basis. Happy to hear it was an easy fix.
  4. Well, a miss diagnosed statement of "loss of compression" was posted, so I can see where that would throw everyone off. "No spark" could have been easily been diagnosed and in your case fixed in the field....give or take an hour to run it down. If you want to be dragging your bike out of trail and letting it sit at the dealership every time you have an easy to solve problem, that's up to you. Just saying.... the more you know about your bike(s) and how to fix them yourself the better off you are.....jmho though.
  5. IDK, I never could afford to take my bikes to the shop every time they had an issue, that's why at an early age I had to learn to work on my own stuff. I'll admit that I got a lot of help and info on this site and hope I was able to help others with a few of my threads. Maybe Kran wasn't asking for help, he was just posting what happened so it's out there. If that's the case, my bad.
  6. Didn't quite understand "contaminated plug" (or) "lost compression".......if you would have said it has little to no compression then "ya" it's a mechanical issue somewhere from the valve train down. I have a bore-scope, once I hear loss of compression or little compression then tank off, plug out take a peek inside, if I don't see anything then valve cover off, check decomp, valve timing, still nothing head off, cylinder off. that's maybe a 2 hour job. All these modern 4strokes are basically the same if you've worked on one you can work on them all. Most shop rates are $80..ish + an hour and you're lucky if they follow flat rate, dirt bikes are money pits as it is, so anytime you can work on your own stuff you're saving money. Like most guys on here I do all my own work including suspension, it's not that difficult.
  7. Guys, you're arguing about what it could be and frankly the op didn't put much info in the the post. An easy quick check of a couple of things would eliminate what it might NOT be....didn't say weather it locked up? However, a Compression check, pull the spark plug check it..... is it dry, wet,....have aluminum deposits on it.....ground it on the cylinder and check for spark. Could it be a fuel delivery issue?....well there's an easy way to check that. Pull the valve cover, check for a stuck valve, doesn't take a whole lot to quickly tell needs to come apart. Oil in the air box isn't uncommon, specially if it's been overfilled and I don't know why guys arn't eliminating that feature and running a straight hose with a filter.
  8. Think Barcia learned a lesson that getting a paycheck in this sport isn't so easy and he'd better make the best of this opportunity because it could be his last.
  9. He could win, at least a moto, the track has no whoops, it's not too tech....more open than a standard sx track. If he stays off the ground he's got as good a chance as the rest. Would have liked to Herlings race this years mec.
  10. True that, After almost 50 years in the sport, most of which was racing mx and some sx, I finally quit and sold everything. I lived most of my life in socal where at one point I was racing 4 days a week, I was a dirt bike fanatic. Now it's mountain biking
  11. In part I agree, the cost has pushed the dirt bike market into a very small niche, it's become the "haves and have nots" But that's just part of the problem, land and track closures, stigmas attached to dirt biking, state of the economy.....etc I think the sport of dirt biking and racing is in a death spiral, fewer and fewer parents are getting their kids into dirt biking which equates to a shrinking market. Then as sales decline and the market shrinks manufactures are left with no other option but to scale back or even drop out completely.
  12. Props to them for stepping up, however IMHO...unless we can send over a top team don't send anyone. Problem is MXON is not a priority for most top U.S. riders for many reasons ......well fact is they don't want to race it......and if the riders feel that way don't expect U.S. fans to be pumped on it either. There was a time when I thought it was the biggest race of the year, now it's like whatever.
  13. I remember on my xt shock it had 2 grooves on the body which allowed me to slid the spring perch ring upward.
  14. JH put on a show, his speed was impressive...last to first in a 40 rider field tells me he's on another level. I'd be surprised if Tomac could match his speed at the GP.