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    Prescription glasses w/ motorcycle goggles?

    I’ve worn glasses longer than I’ve ridden 2 wheels. Until las summer I’d always worn my Rx under OTG goggles. Loved my Oaklies. However, that’s another two layers to fog over when you get sweaty. Last summer I got a pair of Rx sport glasses that have temple inserts for a snug facial fit. I love them. Yes, a bit more dusty. Yes, In really high humidity I take the inserts out to increase ventilation. But I’m not going back. Also, the sport glasses let more air into the helmet which also reduces sweat fogging. Just being able to see through one lens instead of two or three is a big deal. Also, mine are photo-chromatic. Added bonus.
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    Motoz Tire Thread

    I got into the brand with an ST front and original hybrid on rear, both with Tubeless, on my 300 XCW going into the 2016 hare scramble season. I fell in love with the tires but hated the constant fiddling with the Tubeless. Swapped the rear to a tubed IT last year. Kind of felt bad tossing out a tire with so little wear. The front now has a solid 1500-2000 miles of Michigan off-roading and is still plenty sharp enough for my needs. Last year I also put a tubed set of HT’s on my XL650. Absolutely happy. From soft deep sand washes to axle deep mud soup I’ve not had a problem getting my pig through the single track. I think on a light machine the HT’s would be too much tire but the XL isn’t exactly a petite little princess. I even went with the Tractionator GPS on my 1200 adventure bike. Again, very happy. Much better dirt grip, and still rockets through traffic.
  3. The whatsy what? I'm intrigued! [emoji848]
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    Michigan roll call

    Around the corner? My crew was at Bundy Hill last Sunday! 60° and sunny, perfect day to break in my crf250x's new top end.
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    Trans Oil Too Thick?

    Having only thumpers until recently I'd never tried ATF. Year and a half ago I got my first smoker so I decided to try ATF. My dad was a Valvoline fan, so that what they all got for years. I've used Rotella T6 5w40, but found it made my transmission feel rough. Even the Ninja 300 didn't like it. Then I went to Mobil1 full synthetic 5w30 and loved it. I tried ATF in my smoker for a year and found it feels the same hot but has more clutch drag when cold. A minor quibble, but I'll be going back to the 5w30.
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    Gas stuck in right side of tank?

    I'm planning an oversized tank for my xr650 with dual petcocks.
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    Trans Oil Too Thick?

    Your description of the old fluid, was it ATF instead of motor oil? I've no idea how the two might interact. Also, my 2008 300xcw doesn't disengage properly unless it's hot. Enough to slow the Estart, but I can still kick it.
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    1998 kx 125 strange piston wear

    Makes me wonder if the jug is out of round. Is there matching deformation on the cylinder wall?
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    Michigan roll call

    Horseshoe and Holton are just a couple of miles from Cedar Creek.
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    Motoz Tire Thread

    Pics that wouldn't load in the prior post. [emoji19]
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    What kind of rider races a 150?

    My buddies 200 is capable of ridiculous speeds, it just takes a few more seconds to get there than my 300. However, I've met a couple of people who gave up on their 300 because they eat themselves up under extensive high rpm use. 250's last much longer, 200's longer still. As long as it's tuned well I can't imagine a 150 gives two shakes about being pinned out for a mile or three.
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    What kind of rider races a 150?

    My buddy and I have found that the big difference between his 200xcw and my 300xcw is when you come in to terrain a gear too high the 300 will muscle through but the 200 requires clutching or a downshift, or it will stall. KTM discontinued the 200 for the 150 because the smaller primary gears don't give enough clearance for the 200's crank throw.
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    Motoz Tire Thread

    I've got roughly 1,000 Michigan miles on this Motoz/Tubliss setup. That includes all 12 races of the D14 Hare Scramble circuit. Front is a Tractionator S/T, rear is a Mountain Hybrid. Both are on Neutech Tubliss. You can plainly see these have durability to spare. Yes they are above average price, but I'm not even close to needing replacements yet. I LOVE the front. It's fantastically stable, and grips well enough that I've shed my fear of brake induced down hill washouts. Doesn't wander in the sand or mud. Simply fantastic anywhere from 5-15 psi. I've had a lot of fun with the rear, but I'm not convinced it's the best tire for me. I wouldn't call it a failure by any means, just that my riding needs are better met by a conventional knobby. The good side is at lower speeds in difficult terrain their stability and grip makes a joke out of things. Steep hill covered in wet tree roots? No trouble. I passed other racers because I had grip and they didn't. Sand and mud was a bit of a "pin & pray" though. It had good thrust with a heavy wrist, but in deep mud it would pack up if you weren't roosting. Keep it pinned and it'll keep you moving, though. The trouble with this tire is that while it has decent side lugs for leaning into turns there's not a lot of resistance to lateral sliding, roosting or not. I'm certain this hybrid did me more good than harm, but it's a weird feeling to go down because your back end washed out unexpectedly. 5-0 psi. Also, I've had a rough time keeping air in both tires. I ended up having to Slime both of them to keep from being flat by the end of a race. By the end of the season it had become "another annoying thing I usually forget". Unfortunately, I think the Tubliss is really important for getting proper use of the Hybrid's advantages. Above 10 psi, where you'd keep a tube, a typical knobby will perform better.
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    Michigan roll call

    Wisconsin?[emoji6]
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    Off Road Tires - What, Where, How..?

    I've got roughly 1,000 Michigan miles on this Motoz/Tubliss setup. That includes all 12 races of the D14 Hare Scramble circuit. Front is a Tractionator S/T, rear is a Mountain Hybrid. Both are on Neutech Tubliss. You can plainly see these have durability to spare. Yes they are above average price, but I'm not even close to needing replacements yet. I LOVE the front. It's fantastically stable, and grips well enough that I've shed my fear of brake induced down hill washouts. Doesn't wander in the sand or mud. Simply fantastic anywhere from 5-15 psi. I've had a lot of fun with the rear, but I'm not convinced it's the best tire for me. I wouldn't call it a failure by any means, just that my riding needs are better met by a conventional knobby. The good side is at lower speeds in difficult terrain their stability and grip makes a joke out of things. Steep hill covered in wet tree roots? No trouble. I passed other racers because I had grip and they didn't. Sand and mud was a bit of a "pin & pray" though. It had good thrust with a heavy wrist, but in deep mud it would pack up if you weren't roosting. Keep it pinned and it'll keep you moving, though. The trouble with this tire is that while it has decent side lugs for leaning into turns there's not a lot of resistance to lateral sliding, roosting or not. I'm certain this hybrid did me more good than harm, but it's a weird feeling to go down because your back end washed out unexpectedly. 5-0 psi. Also, I've had a rough time keeping air in both tires. I ended up having to Slime both of them to keep from being flat by the end of a race. By the end of the season it had become "another annoying thing I usually forget". Unfortunately, I think the Tubliss is really important for getting proper use of the Hybrid's advantages. Above 10 psi, where you'd keep a tube, a typical knobby will perform better.
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