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    Wrenching...restoring a bike is almost more fun than riding it to me. Aquariums (planted freshwater). Music performance (drummer). Philosophy & study of the classics.

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  1. dingerjunkie

    JS7, the silence is broken

    Regardless of what his statement in a few days will be, the buildup of this pre-statement video has all the same queues as LeBron's "The Decision" event. Tasteless, classless, self-absorbed, all about him. The tone and setup alone makes me root against whatever he decides, regardless of his history in this sport.
  2. I think the point what was made was in regards to a previous comment of "much more performance at a quarter of the price." ...likely a reference to what people get out of a used, properly set up, XR250. He was challenging anyone to come up with something current that can match the bang-for-buck of forgetting the CRF and buying an XR, attempting to buttress the argument that the CRF doesn't even belong in the same discussion with the XR's. Not necessarily a strongly worded or structured argument, but I can see where he was going.
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    Texas Youth Racing

    My first try at Murphy's was in the middle of all the fall rain. I got on the "indoor" track for a bit, and the kids enjoyed the peewee track. Unfortunately the trail loop was shut down from flooding. Looking forward to giving that a try.
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    Texas Youth Racing

    Yeah, I get that comment about the 50. Ran into the same issue with my kids on a JR50 and a TTR50, especially at CTOR. The loose rocks out there are more than half the diameter of the front 10" wheel. Can't really off-road with the kids until they're on something with a 14" front. AMSA rides are quite a bit more family-friendly...but that may not get you to what you're seeking in race prep for your son. Summer was great at Del Valle last year. With the summer heat, we were always going to the night practices and running under the lights. Always brought the grill and cooked dinner at the track. Really looking forward to checking out the re-worked tracks this season. You're also correct about the split-personality weather around here...looks like a nice weekend coming up, though.
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    Texas Youth Racing

    I was taking my kids to ADVMX/Del Valle last year, when the vet track doubled as the peewee track. They had a great time with it, though we only went on practice days. Neither of my kids are old enough yet to consider that kind of racing. Have you considered hooking up with AMSA (Austin MotorSports Association)? They run monthly off-road events around Austin on private lands...think intro-to-TORCS. If he has a good experience there, you can get him out to CTOR (Central Texas Off Road), which goes from interesting to seriously gnarly/extreme stuff. Perhaps competitive off-road is where you son would need to cut his teeth before stepping into the super-competitive MX stuff in the area.
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    CR125 fouling plugs, JD jet kit didnt fix it

    Bummer to hear that the powervalve design does not allow for leak-down tests. Is there an aftermarket block-out plate or seal that could be used to eliminate that air leak and allow a proper pressure check of the low-end? Someone must have come up with something. Did you check the state/level of the coolant when you realized you were losing oil? Were you losing both?
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    The Industry-saver bike? or IT-200 Take Two?

    It was not the physical space...it was the legal/political impetus that impacted the long-term planning of the manufacturers. If the manufacturers continued to sell what WAS selling profitably under a "wink and a nod" as competition bikes to families going camping, knowing full well the purpose was not racing, there would have been legal repercussions from the legislature and bureaucrats. Do you recall the post earlier in this thread about the "gentleman's agreement" for OEM's to limit numbers of closed-course off-road bikes (non-motocrossers)? If the OEM's simply marketed and sold race bikes/quads to the "blaster-buyers" of the world, at the level sold at when positively marketed, there would have been further, more restrictive legal action for not "playing the game" with the State. It would have been worse if they had marketed/sold obviously "play-oriented" bikes as closed-course, knowing full well they'd never have a chance at being raced. The bureaucrats would have smacked them down hard. You are looking at where you can ride, right now, as an individual. The OEM's looked at which way the regulatory winds were blowing in regards to control of their market long-term.
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    The Industry-saver bike? or IT-200 Take Two?

    The Japanese won't support non-racing bikes (OHV play bikes like the KDX became) if they can't sell them in "all places"..."most places" doesn't cut it. there will be closed-course race bikes...but that is not what this thread is talking about or asking for. The writing was...and is...on the wall, which is now why offerings for non-racers are overweight, under-suspended dual sports designed for emerging markets. ...the idea of someone turning the project that started this thread into a sellable conversion kit or a turn-key niche bike.
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    The Industry-saver bike? or IT-200 Take Two?

    ...and I'll salute the minute any company actually does that...not holding my breath...the conversion kits are looking better and better.
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    The Industry-saver bike? or IT-200 Take Two?

    ...Federal emissions regs (linked thread) made the KDX illegal to sell/produce for the intended OHV play-bike-buying market. These regulations were heavily influenced by CARB regulations set in 1998 and 2003, which can be found at the CARB website. Given that CARB was driving/lobbying for the regs passed by the EPA, instituted as of 2006, it is reasonable to argue that the "idiots in California" did, indeed, make non-competition OHV two-strokes effectively illegal.
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    The Industry-saver bike? or IT-200 Take Two?

    ...or are they "giving up" and focusing on a future where trail bikes don't exist as we've known them in the US? They are selling less, and mostly to older guys. Could they sell them to younger riders who spend so much money on tablets, phones, games and the student loan they got for the Humanities degree? Maybe, but that would take either significant desire (like Honda had in the fifties) or a very low price point (like the Chinese have) with at least a moderate marketing campaign. An effort like the original "On Any Sunday"...not X-games trick videos...may help, too.
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    The Industry-saver bike? or IT-200 Take Two?

    I'm a Sr. Product Manager, so I'm all about solving market problems based on real market data. I know the IT didn't sell in the desired numbers, but it was being positioned as an ISDE competitor at the time, and that was, indeed, a very small market of riders. If the IT had been aggressively marketed as "Dad's play bike for family ride time," it may likely have done better. The KDX never stopped selling...it stopped getting upgrades. AND, it was made effectively illegal for the intended OHV play-bike-buying market by the idiots in California. As I stated earlier, no Japanese manufacturer will sell an OHV bike that can't green-sticker in CA...which is why the Brazilian and Pacific-Rim bikes are being brought in...they are clean and quiet enough to pass in California...market desires for power-to-weight and suspension performance at a price be damned. Would any established (read: not Chinese) manufacturer bring in what we're asking for if it were guaranteed to be "closed course only," with the likelihood of eventually being illegal for OHV use? Looking historically at the big successes in creating markets and new niches in bikes (Honda Step-through, DT-1, CB750, Magna/V-MAX power cruisers, Honda Rebel 250, etc.), the OEM's listened to, and took specific feedback from early-adopters and trend-setters. This was combined with very aggressive marketing ("You meet the nicest people on a Honda" is legendary) to create demand. It seems every time such an effort was backed with a significant marketing effort, the result was growth and long-selling models. Every time it was just, "bring in the bike they say they want," it has failed (Hawk GT, GB500, SRX-6, Yamaha Vision, Suzuki Bandit 400, etc.). But...once again...what good is the bike if the places to ride it will be taken away for the "family/play riders?" Would any "established" manufacturer take the risk to aggressively invest in a marketing campaign to create or grow a play-bike market in today's political/economic environment? The likely answer is "no"...which is why I started this thread thinking that someone should take this dude's project, put some real quality/effort behind it, and sell kits like hotcakes for about a decade like the CR500 AF guys are still doing.
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    The Industry-saver bike? or IT-200 Take Two?

    ...as long as the whole bike is relatively modern...I remember when Yamaha took away the IT200...only to be insulted with the RT180 a few years later.
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    The Industry-saver bike? or IT-200 Take Two?

    I said "CR-level"...not "the same." I remember the '91 XR600 coming with cartridge forks (big deal then) and a rear disc brake...one generation behind the period CR's...comparable to late-80's...which is a key indicator of being an "80% bike." That suspension was arguably better than what is seen on a current CRF-F almost 30 years later. The 96/97 XR400 was set up well enough to allow stock bikes to be competitive at races like the Alligator Enduro. Care to try running a course like that on a TTR and stay with leaders?
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    The Industry-saver bike? or IT-200 Take Two?

    This... writing is on the wall for red-sticker in CA, and I'd bet the Japanese companies will stop making non-MX closed-course if they can't sell it in CA given how quickly they dropped green-sticker models like the KDX.
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