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  1. EM_rider

    Is the XR400 the best bike ever made?

    It is the "best bike" for my needs. I have one through several KTMs and Huskys over the years. But the XR400 has been a constant and is now my sole ride. R
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    planning 4,000 km road trip

    Re-gear the bike, hit the road and have fun. People have ridden xr250s, xt225s, tw200s and many other smaller bikes around the world. Maybe not the most comfortable bike for a long ride, but easily within the bike's capability. R
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    XR 250 or 400

    I've owned and ridden both and am a big fan of the XR in general. If I had to pick one, I'd choose a well kitted out dualsport xr250 over a similarly setup xr400. I just liked the trail manners and handling of the xr250 more, and the six speed tranny is nice too. Never tried one, but suspect the xr300 option would be trail perfection. R
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    What Did You Do To Your XR Today . . . .

    Live in Pasadena, but visit SB often. When I get the XR ready will send you a PM. I'm looking forward to checking out some of the backcountry stuff up there. R
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    What Did You Do To Your XR Today . . . .

    Are you heading up to divide peak OHV area? Just curious because I was out on the trails (cold spring) yesterday on the MTB. Conditions were excellent. I like the low/dense fog. I've never checked out divide peak but will get up there when I get the new xr400 setup properly. Have fun. R
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    Thanks for Blowing Up Carly's 24 Hour Money Bomb

    Keep your checkbooks open and the money coming. I attended an event with Carly last night and she stressed two key points. 1) We're 18 days away from the election and the outcome will come down to who can spend more on the media blitz. This is the sad reality of politics in CA, but if you ignore this fact you're dead. Matt Fong was even in most polls with Boxer 3 weeks before election day 12 years ago......and then he ran out of money. In the end, he lost to Boxer by 10% points. Boxer has 2x the campaign war chest as Carly and plans to spend about $4mm on media airtime before election day. Carly needs to raise another $2.5mm to $3mm to be able to match Boxer's media spend over the last 2-3 weeks of the campaign. 2) Because Boxer has no record of accomplishment, she will do what she always does, get ugly and attack. Fortunately, she has made herself vulnerable here and Carly plans to be very aggressive. You'll be seeing a lot of this gem over the next few weeks. 10 months ago Carly was bald and in the midst of chemo-therapy. To remain fully committed to a campaign under those circumstances takes a lot of determination. I'm a perma-pessimist when it comes to CA politics, but I do like what I'm seeing today. Suffering does seem to change minds. R
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    Why did you choose XR250 over XR400?

    I've owned both and most recently picked up a plated xr400. Like many XR owners, I consider myself an idiot for selling in the past. If I had a choice between an equally farkled and plated xr250 and xr400 I'd go with the xr250. Great trail and dualsport bike. I could not find ANY late model plated xr250s, so went with the xr400. Good luck in choosing. Both excellent bikes. R
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    XR400 on the trails?

    I've had this experience many times. Not sure why/how either, because 10-15lbs should be hard to notice. IMHO, the heavier feel of the XR also comes with a greater feeling of stability. That I do like. R
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    250 vs 400 for a blend of MX'ing & Trails

    I've followed a similar cycle, and after a decade am back on a plated xr400. Started with an xr400, then went to a KTM 400exc, picked up an xr250, then tried out a KTM 200exc and then rode a Husky TE450 for a few years. For my riding needs/wants today, low-end torque, reliability and ease of maintenance are critical. Fortunately, I was able to trade the Husky for a friends almost literally brand new plated xr400. I'm looking forward to getting it ready for some long DS rides. R
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    Gas Tank for 2002 XR250

    I've had good luck with JB weld in fixing pinhole leaks in two tanks. Just rough up the area with sandpaper and follow the basic instructions. One tank has been trouble free for 4 years with two JB weld patches. Good luck. R
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    What Did You Do To Your XR Today . . . .

    Thanks Mark, I'm in pasadena, but come up to visit SB often. The front range MTB trails are outstanding, but I'd like to explore the area on a dualsport too. I won't actually take possession of the bike for a couple months, but will get in touch when it is ride ready. Going to have ESP do a few things to it first. Rob
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    What Did You Do To Your XR Today . . . .

    I bought one......a street legal 02 XR400 that has been sitting in my friend's garage for the past 9 years. After a 3 year hiatus from riding, I figured that a plated XR was the best fit for my riding needs. Reliable, low maintenance and very capable relative to my skill level and risk threshold. I want/need a wash-and-ride bike. This is full circle for me. An xr400 was my first bike more than 10 years ago. Then I went thru a bunch of KTMs and a Husky TE. I'm now firmly in the less is more camp in terms of fun and ease of ownership. My focus is on longer dual sporting and exploration, not hammering technical trails or speed. SB, once I get the new XR setup, I'd like to check out some of those areas for a ride. I'm in in SB often and have ridden the MTB all over that area. Very cool to be able to hit up this stuff only minutes from a crowded city. R
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    Camping in LPNF

    Mt. Pinos campground is a real gem, and at about 7800ft, relatively cool this time of year. Also has good tree coverage. I was up there two weeks ago for a few days on the mountain bike. The MTB trails up there are unreal, but not moto legal. There are also excellent hiking trails in the area, particularly a fun 2 mile hike to the summit of Mt. Pinos at about 8600ft. It has about 15 sites and there were only 3 other campers that weekend. It is accessible for a 21ft trailer no problem. Only thing to keep in mind is that there is no water available in the Mt. Pinos area so ya gotta be fully self contained. R
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    Got Cannondale Mnt Bike

    Wow, a nice cannondale super-V. Very cool bikes. I owned one for 10 years and rode probably 3-4,000 miles on that bike. Your comment is also 100% correct. Getting a singletrack fix is so much easier on the MTB. Not more satisfying, but far easier. I can hit very nice singletrack only 15 minutes from home. More like 2+ hours for anything I can ride on the Husky. R
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    You ride a husky? What's your profession?

    21 years in the investment biz, and past 15 years as a portfolio manager. My mission is to allow clients and shareholders to retire comfortably.