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  1. Just what 4Sevens said... To often we "Have to Have it" and many times its not a good deal. You are in the buying seat as long as you are willing to drive for that deal elsewhere or wait to find another machine. See if he will take a lower offer, do your research. $6K is a bit high for a machine almost bike 5-6 years old as compared to the original price unless great condition, low miles and those extras add value to you but what do I know, my last 3 bikes were new off the showroom floor and the previous 2 were vintage/retro collector machines. Now here in Cali having a plate makes the machine worth about $1K more minimum, I am seeing 2016 WR450's new at the dealer for $7049.00 - $7700.00 OTD pricing just to put things in perspective.
  2. Flynn, 7Tktm covered it like most the guys... You problem is jetting for sure, I run 60:1 when doing single track typically but will go to 50:1 when dealing with desert riding or racing for that extra lube in extreme conditions. In case you do not have an owners manual to look up jetting specs here you go 250-380 KTM Owners manual
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    Mongo, all depends on your bikes set up stock vs. modified and also elevation of testing. On my 2010 300xcw I was running a Slavens Mule set up and if I recall that was around 195psi at sea level. My 2012 was closer to 235psi at sea level running a 0.4mm base gasket and an SX head milled. I've made some changes so have not checked it yet. Went back to the stock base gasket to align the ports better and increased the carb to a 38mm. Here are a few links that may help you a little... TT 300 compression thread Ring gap check thread Altitude and Compression testing (2T chainsaws)
  4. Heal up Jimmy Boy, JnR guess no 50th Anny B1K for you... I'll be at your pops place 2018 June and August making the road trip up to visit and ride but also race NHHA in Montana and Wyoming. Maybe see you around, if available pop in and give one of those races a go. Talk soon old man and welcome to the 50+ crowd.
  5. I have an XR600R that I too do not typically wash, since it is a desert bike its easy to just wipe down unless it hits muddy conditions where I will wash it. Inherent Honda problem on the rusting especially on the old Odyssey's and Pilot's. I have the same issues on my KTM's at the gas tank center mount. Water does not drain off as it should so if you are not aware that will rust through very quickly.
  6. No you do not have to change it that often but yes since you do have smaller capacities you still want to change often since you have 2 oils to deal with. I use to change mine when racing every 300 miles both motor and transmission unless the race was a 500/1000 mile event but this was also for inspection looking for metallic parts/shavings. I would run the complete 500/1000 event with that oil. I use to run Lucas synth oils all the time and still do on my bikes. This was on an 05 and an 06 450X. Also you can run an external oil cooler that would give you more capacity and cooling capability. Based on how you are now using this machine it may be a worth wile investment. Check out: 450X Oil Coolers You'll find some discussions here on TT about them too...
  7. Love those answers... Yep, Nope, Maybe... Everyone is so helpful. BigBob as I'm sure you know there are tons of places it all depends what you are looking for and where you are staying over so we know how close to set a staging area. You mention Wine which is always a great stop coming off either Cahuilla MX or Pala MX with some great eats in the area if you are in going to be around the Temecula area. Or are you thinking tracks or single track/open area near Gorman? High Desert? Low Desert, OC Wells or a little farther south to the Superstitions? Or single track/tracks out of San Diego? The Yes and Nope responses are about as informative as you saying you're going to be in LA or me saying I'm coming to NorCAL. I know I'm running down to the Superstitions for an AMA D38 race, expecting it to be a fast course. Wait until the following weekend (Nov 16-19) and you have the 50th Anny Baja 1000 just a little farther south. Give an idea where you are staying and what you are looking for and I'm sure there are peeps that can help out. Or jump in with me early Saturday to go check out a desert race, race it or just ride the area/course and help fallen riders and nail cheaters.
  8. Reach out to Travis at TBT Inc. http://www.tbtracing.com/
  9. Good Luck on either route Dave, new bikes are always great but then takes time dialing in occasionally but so much fun doing it. Talk soon...
  10. I wish Jeff... bunch of cop buddies in Riverside county, San Diego county and some in NorCal but not a 1 that can hook a brother up unless they pull me over themselves and give me 20 minutes of grief and laughter before sending me on my way.
  11. Wow, wish I could make it out there, seems like only time I get near there is racing NHHA, You all have an AWESOME time and post pics n stories...
  12. Dave, Give me a shout sometime, I actually took the last year off a bit for medical and job change but starting to get back out there. I can hook you up with some rides that will be fun and raise his skill level slowly creating a FUN factor so that he wants to get outside with you instead of indoors playing video games like most kids these days. Desert season has started coming back so we have quick runs down to OC Wells or Plaster City/Superstitions or make the haul into D37 country. As far as tracks we had discussed Cahuilla, he could do the Vet track, the off road sections, warm up on the kids track even. Have a good one... DD
  13. Temecula - So CAL Local (LBC, Corona (CrownTown), OC, SD), AMA District 38 50+ Stewart, AMA District 38 Congressman, ride single track, desert, gp's and pavement but getting off pavement other than tying DS routes together and bar hopping. Current bikes in stable: 2017 450 EXC-F 6 Days, 2014 450 SX-F FE, 2012 300 XC-W, 1998 XR600R, 1974 CR250M, 1973 CR250M(project), 2006 50th Anny R1 and 2004 BBC ProStreet Venom Tracks - Cahuilla, Pala, The Ranch (closed), 212Land (closed) and some private ones occasionally an several others but not regularly. Desert - California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Baja, I've been wanting to explore NM, CO, Washington and Oregon. Single track - SD county, Big Bear, been riding Kennedy Meadows since 1973 long before whoops existed or pavement except on top, Utah, Idaho, Montana No I am not looking for dates... Wifey wouldn't like that.
  14. The majority of my bikes are KTM but I don't have the problem for the most part even when pressure washing, I always spray front to back and only time I point back to front is doing the underside or under rear fender or occasionally once I'm back up by the motor. That way I avoid the air filter area but if I'm changing the filter I take that out first and put in the intake cover so I can wash out the filter box. I also remove seat bolts and tank bolts so I can remove and spray those areas if it was a real dusty/muddy ride. I also always remove the seat and I keep duct tape over the gas tank bolt area as that will fill with water and many people forget about it and it will rust out the tank stem. Also if you pressure wash often you need to open your stator cover occasionally as water will blow by the rubber plug/wires and get inside rusting that area out too. Only happens under extreme pressure.
  15. I still start all my bikes 2 stroke or 4 stroke after a wash and let them run a while to get the temps up and on the carb'd bikes run the bowl dry. Heating up the machine allows the water to evaporate where your digits can't reach when drying.Plus I like knowing it runs as I put them away... I've never had a failure from sitting, just bad gas. But then I don't have to deal with the temps you do... Iced hoses, no thank you.