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    Problem with transmission oil.

    Okay, I changed the tranny oil on the X, but didn't have an accurate way to measure how much I was putting in. I bought two quarts of oil, and I know the level in the engine is correct. The manual says to check the tranny oil by idling for 3 minutes, off for 3 minutes, yadda yadda. I know for a fact that I've added more than a quart to the transmission, I know, too much, but I haven't ridden the bike yet. When I pull the transmission check plug out after doing the warmup (on a level surface) but no oil comes out like the manual says it should. Do I prop up the rear tire and let it idle in gear and then check the oil level? I used all of the two quarts I bought, so I'm 99% sure there's too much in the tranny. But it doesn't give a reading. What gives? I'm throughly confused.
  2. As time has gone on and my riding career advanced, I've found myself shedding pieces of protective gear that I once thought essential. I seem to have a problem with becoming overheated when encased in layers of body armor while riding. I quickly find myself on the edge of vomiting and have to pull over and cool off for awhile. I cannot wear my Alpinestars pressure suit because it is too dang hot. Before I got my Leatt brace, I had to ditch my neck roll because it did not allow enough air flow to my neck. My kidney belt got binned as well. I have recently been contemplating discarding my chest protector as well. My standard kit would then include my helmet, goggles, jersey, pants, gloves, Leatt brace, knee guards, and boots. I realize the additional risk of going without, but it would allow me to be more comfortable and focused. Does anybody here ride without a chest protector? Do you think it's worth the risk? Thoughts and opinions are appreciated.
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    CRF250X PLEASED or REGRET your purchase

    I have to say I regret my purchase. Amazing little bike. Great power, amazing suspension and handling. Lightweight for what it is. Questionable reliability (note: I never had valve trouble with mine), pain in the butt to work on. I'm on a smoker now and couldn't be happier. Do I miss the low end torque of the thumper? Yes, but the light zippy pinger makes up for it. Ease of maintainence was a huge selling point for me as well. I loved my CRF, but the SX was more my cup of tea. I would reccommed the CRF to anyone interested in 250F trailbikes. Wanna buy mine?
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    How to push yourself???

    I've noticed the same thing in myself. When I'm out riding the trails alone, I ride much more conservatively than when I am with others. Having a faster rider in front of me gives me something to focus on and removes other distractions. Have you ever thought of somehow timing yourself? Having somebody standing trackside flashing youl laptimes would be awesome. However, setting up some sort of stopwatch on your bars might be possible, if a little difficult in execution. Talk yourself through the ride. Hold the throttle open a little longer in that section in each lap and brake a little harder and later coming into that corner. I'm not sure if this stuff works, as I am at the same stage you are. However, this is something I've been thinking about and will try myself.
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    the thread to end all noob threads

    Period, period, I'm looking for a period...
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    Thoughts on BMW R1150R

    You'll get far more replies over at advrider.com.
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    Dry ice in gas tank

    Give me a break. You are not going to be able to tell a performance difference from chilled gas. Maybe when you've perfected your riding technique will you benefit from such a small thing as cold gas.
  8. Alright everyone, I'm curious to see what handguards you would choose to run if you ride 50% woods and 50% MX. I'd love to have a different bike for each, but $$$ forces a comprimise. The woods trails I ride are more fast and flowing, nothing real tight. It's rare that I'll brush up against a tree. Full wrap around barkbusters seem to be taboo for MX, but I'd still like a little protection for my hands while in the woods. The Cycra and PowerMadd aluminum MX handguards look like they'd provide the most protection but I think I'd be snapping off the plastic guards with my rather frequent crashes. Is that the case? Should I just go with some cheap, no frills plastic shield? So those of you who ride a mix of woods and MX, what handguards do you use?
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    Changing Face of SX

    Four stroke = Faster, easier to ride Two stroke = More fun to ride
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    Deep sand and turning.

    I have a few questions for you guys (and girls). I'm brand new to riding, so I have very little experience. I suppose that's why I'm here, haha. Anyways, I'd like to know how do ride through deep sand. I live in the desert and some of the trails turn into sand along the way. When I get up to around 3rd/4th gear in it, I get a definite headshake. Is this normal riding through sand? Is there some way to compensate, or am I just going to have to deal with it? It's a weird feeling for me, as I'm brand new. Also, how do you come to a stop in the sand? When I slow to a stop, the front end usually washes out and down I go. Okay, now to cornering. I'm getting a better feel for it, but I have a lot more trouble making right turns than I do left. It doesn't feel natural at all. Any tips on this, or is it just something I'm going to have to practice a lot (as with everything)? Thanks.
  11. The title says it all. I'm trying to sell my X and the numberplates are trashed. Some new or near new number plates would freshen up the look a lot. PM me if you wanna deal. Thanks!
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    Msf Dirtbike School

    Even better than the basic class is the intermediate class. Give the school a call and see when they are offering one. It doesn't come around too often.
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    Does anybody want to sell me your stock numberplates?

    Yeah, I guess y'all are right. Not expensive, though? Not when you buy them from my local dealer. $58 just for the right side plate. Service Honda here I come!
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    Question about Cycra probend hand guards

    Get the side mount and alloy bar end style.
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    Piston replacement review.

    I'm gonna be putting a new piston, rings, etc. into my bike sometime this week. I know what to do but I'm just looking to do a little review. Is the general consensus still to install the piston dry? Also, do I need to have the cylinder replated or can I get away with a ball hone? Thanks!
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    KTM 400EXC or DRZ400SM?

    I'd go with the DRZ. It'll be more reliable and a little more comfortable for road use. You'd have to do quite a bit of maintainence on the KTM if you started to put any kind of road miles on it.
  17. I have the Alpinestars Bionic and it is a great piece of equipment. It's saved my elbows a few times. It can be pretty warm in the summer, but you can stay cool by wearing a thin polypro undershirt and the suit on top. Don't wear a jersey over the top. However, I don't practice what I preach because if I don't wear a jersey, the thorn bushes here in Arkansas rip my pressure suit up. Shop around some and you can find the Bionic suit for a great price.
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    Real-world piston life expectancy?

    15 hours is ridiculous. Unless you're a pro running WFO all the time in dusty races and constantly overheating your bike you can forget about the 15 hour schedule. I have 63 hours on my X and I just now changed the piston. I clean the filter every 5 hours of run time. Dust has never really been an issue since I usually ride alone. Half of those 63 hours were spent in the desert and the other half in the woods.
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    Seating the airbox to the carb.

    How the heck do you do it? I've done it a few times before but I'm having a little more difficulty this time. What's the best way to connect the carb to the airbox boot? I've tried disconnecting the carb from the front boot first but I wasn't too successful. I think I'll try that method again later today. There just isn't much room to get in there and work. So how do you all do it?
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    Seating the airbox to the carb.

    Went out and worked with it for about half an hour until I started getting frustrated. I'm currently cooling down right now. I swear, somewhere, some Honda engineer is cackling like the sadist he is. Wow, I'm not knocking the 250X, it is an amazing bike but I don't think there is another bike out there more difficult to wrench on.
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    Dealer screws up bad! Must read!

    Alright, after many hours of slaving away I am almost finished with the rebuild. All there is left to do is put the carb back on. Installing the circlips was sure a lot of fun. It took me awhile to figure it out but I finally got it. I got even more practice with the circlips when I realized I had installed the piston backwards. Argh!!! That would have been bad had I not caught that. Anyways, here's to hoping that she'll fire first kick.
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    Dealer screws up bad! Must read!

    As some of you may remember, I had a big adventure when I drowned my bike and had a heck of a time figuring out why the bike would not start. I finally took the bike to my Honda dealer (name withheld at this time) to have it worked on. Their diagnosis was worn piston rings. The bike started after I brought it home from the Honda dealer, but I never rode it afterwards. I only let it idle for a few seconds. After waiting a few days on piston replacement parts, I finally got to tear down the bike today. When I pulled the cylinder off I was surprised to see a fresh looking crosshatch pattern on the cylinder wall. I couldn't belive it looked that new that after over 60 hours of ride time. Anyways, I took the cylinder into a Suzuki dealer (not the dealer that originally did the work) to have a hone job done on the cylinder. The service guy took one look at the cylinder and could tell that a hone job had just been performed with a traditional ball hone. He was shocked when I told him it was a Nikasil plated cylinder. Him and all of the other service guys there agreed that the cylinder was toast and somebody had made a big mistake by not using a softer ball hone. I said thanks and brought the cylinder back home. I'm going to go to the Honda dealer tomorrow and they are either going to pay to get the cylinder replated or they are going to give me a new cylinder. If they don't take care of this problem to my liking I will spread their name far and wide. Everybody who reads this forum will know who it was that did me wrong. But until then, their identity will remain secret and I will hope for the best.
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    Dealer screws up bad! Must read!

    Running rich would be impossible, I still have stock California jetting in it. Well, I do have the fuel screw turned out 2.5 turns. All the carbon is most likely crappy pump gas. Once in awhile the bike will be a touch down on oil, but I usually go between changes without having to add any. I'll try to get a pic of the side of the piston. Thanks for the help, everybody!
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    Dealer screws up bad! Must read!

    Wow, it looks like I won't be going to the Honda dealer today after all. The only reason I started this whole thread was because the Suzuki dealer had me convinced that the cylinder had just been honed. Although I kind of like the Suzuki dealer, I don't trust them much. I guess your replies further deepens my distrust of them. I guess the show's over, everybody. You may return to your regularly scheduled programming.
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    Dealer screws up bad! Must read!

    Alright, here are two pics of the cylinder, one of the head and one of the piston. Let me know what you think: Edit: If you weren't able to follow my story, go back and re-read it. I made some changes to make it more clear.