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    More Single-Track trails on Public Lands

    Todd Levent has also confirmed that congressman Doug Collins is supposed to be there.
  2. You're invited to come discuss singletrack trails on federal lands with a congressman. Dual Sport rider and Forsyth County Commission Chairman, Todd Levent, has set up a meeting with Congressman Rob Woodall to discuss opening more single track trails for dual sport riders across the country. He had a conversation about the fact that we don’t tear up the land. We are explorers and adventurers and shouldn’t be kept off of Federal lands. He said Congressman Woodall showed empathy for the idea and said he’d never been presented with that perspective. Congressman Woodall agreed to meet with us and you are all invited and encouraged to come. We want to show him that we are responsible people that love the land and want to take care of it. But, we find joy in exploring the back country on our dual sport bikes. We need to fill up a good bit of the room. It holds 300 people. When: Saturday, February 25th, @ 11:30 am. Where: Forsyth County Municipal Building, 110 East Main Street, Cumming Georgia. Dress: Suggest business casual or better. Todd will lead the meeting. But, some may be asked to introduce yourselves and tell where you live and what you do for a living. Feel free to bring others - Friends, older children that can behave themselves, spouses etc. Help us by reaching out to others. Please let me know if you are coming - we are trying to keep a head count. PS: Congressman Doug Collins also plans to join, plus other local government leaders who ride dual sport. Thanks! Forsyth County Commissioner - Todd Levent
  3. Does anyone know how much training pro racers and upper level amateurs are doing today? How much time in the gym? How much time on the bicycle each week? How much time riding their motorcycles each week? etc?
  4. Who rides them? road or mtn bike? How much riding do you do? minutes per week? Do you ever find that you are enjoying your bicycle as much or more than the motorcycle?
  5. Ridleyredraider - thanks very much for sharing your experiences. Very interesting. Sounds like your recovery was much shorter that what I'm hearing and reading is typical. Maybe because you are young? Or some people just heal quickly? Has anyone else had experience with this surgery?
  6. With a small grade IV chondromalacia - lateral aspect of the joint space (from the report). Are there successful stories of management through physical therapy? If I get most of the pain to go away, do you think it would be a good choice to not do the surgery? I guess the risk of not having the surgery is doing further damage and wearing the hip cartilage out? Since I've quite playing soccer, it doesn't hurt all that bad. Thoughts?
  7. Dr. Mark - here are my X-rays. Right hip Both hips. Note: Doctor drew line on possible cam lesion. I also have MRI film - but have many views - not sure which one to post.
  8. Dr. Mark (and any others who would like to comment). What other treatments would you consider/recommend for this condition? Thanks for giving your helpful medical insights on the forum.
  9. mikem

    Mountain Bike or Road Bike?

    I think the answer to your question really depends on which on you think you would enjoy doing the most often, the one where you feel you'd have the most access to do it, and if you'd like to ride with friends, what do most of your friends have? A friend of mine who is a winning mid level amateur Hare Scrambles racer says the mountain bike is not only good for fitness but also for skills improvement. He tells me that while riding a mountain bike on trails you learn to improve your lines because it's so crucial when you only have your muscles to propel you. He feels like his racing has improved not only from a fitness standpoint. This is from a Russel Bobbit Bio (several time National Enduro Champion) "I love mountain biking. As similar as it may sound to dirtbikes, it seems completely different to me. Getting out in the woods, away from traffic and noise is soothing. I really enjoy the exploration aspect of it and riding new trails and being with a group of friends." But, others I know enjoy road biking more. Personally, I like to ride my 29er hardtail mtb with lockout forks across town - neighborhoods, small bits of trails, jumping off sidewalks etc. Kind of a Suburban-cross type of riding. Then occasionally I do formal mountain biking on it. Haven't done real road biking in many years, but considering one of those also to do group rides with local groups. But, the automobile drivers seem a lot angrier than they used to so that gives me some concern.
  10. Main question: What is Dr. Mark and other's current take on Arthroscopic Cam Impingement surgery? Some time ago I read he was still waiting on whether or not to recommend this type of surgery. My story: Through MRI with contrast and X-ray, was diagnosed today with moderate Cam Impingement (overgrowth of bone below hip ball of femur) and a grade IV chondromalacia in the articular cartilage (hole in the cartilage approx. the size of a dime all the way to the bone). No evidence of labral tear or detachment. No evidence of tendinosis or bursitis. Symptoms - pain while standing a while and certain movements. Some Pain/soreness after significant sports (soccer game, hard motorcycle ride etc). Reduced flexibility of hip. Doesn't really hurt when walking or standing around, unless I stand for a little while - then it hurts. Options Discussed: 1) Physical therapy to stretch and strengthen region, but this doesn't heal the hole in cartilage. Can possibly reorient the hip so less pressure and contact is on the cartilage hole and reduces the rate of additional cartilage damage. Risk - Continue to damage cartilage eventually to the point of hip replacement. 2) Arthroscopic surgery to remove Cam lesion (boney growth) and to put small holes in cartilage hole to help create grown of new (but less desirable type) of cartilage. Risks - typical surgery risks and it might not help pain. I'm 52. In addition to riding dirt bikes, I play soccer almost every week, train for soccer 1-2 times a week (for past 8 years), ride dirtbikes, bicycles, and occasionally water ski, snow ski etc. Hip has been hurting on and off for over about 2 years. First started with what I thought was a hip flexor strain. Felt like it pulled. I've had 2 more of these since then and 2 - 3 hamstring pulls in the same leg. Thanks for any thoughts, opinions or shared experiences.
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    KTM EXC to Something Else?

    At between 175 and 200 hours - Both bikes needed new valves. My 450's slave cylinder went bad and clutch needed to be rebuilt. Several normal wear items all wore out within a few hours of each other: Fork seals, wheel, steering and swing arm bearings. Stripped or broke 3 bolts on both boles while changing oil. Have always tried to be very careful with them - very soft metal but finally gave out. Seems a lot of folks have this. Some of my buddies are having to replace water pump seal/cam at around 200 hours. I love riding the KTM's, just considering the tradeoffs of other options.
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    KTM EXC to Something Else?

    CBus660R: I'm currently having an internal debate with myself about this very topic. When they are running, I do love riding the KTMS. I've argued for years with my buddies who have yamaha's, honda's and suzuki's. I've always said that KTM RFS's are no more maintenance than those bikes. I have extended my oil changes to typically between 500 and 1000 miles (less if on a hard ride). How often do you change yours? But, over the past few months I've had a rash of issues with my KTM's, some of which have come at very frustrating times. My old Yamaha just seems bullet proof compared to the other two. Have you ever seen this from KTM? "Matching the right customer to the awesome new KTM Racing Four Stroke (RFS) is very important. Much of the responsibility to do this lies with KTM dealers. Following is information to help you determine if a customer who wants to buy or has put money down on a new RFS is indeed qualified and will ultimately be a satisfied owner. As the name clearly implies, "Racing Four Stroke" means just that. This is no highbred dual purpose, play bike. It's built for the highest level of competition and assuch is best matched with an owner who is dedicated to maintaining and riding at the highest levels. As with all KTM competition-only motorcycles the RFS comes with a 30 day warranty. What the new 2000 KTM Racing Four Stroke is, is a new breed of machine. It was designed, developed and tested as a pro level, strictly competition racing machine. 100% of the design and development focus was placed on high performance and lightweight. Few compromises were made for convenience, comfort and versatility. The RFS is not a low maintenance, high comfort machine, nor was it intended to be. A real concern is for a buyer who expects the new KTM RFS to perform like KTM's LC4. One misconception is that since the 400 & 520 E/XC RFS has electric start it could be transformed into a dual-purpose bike. This misconception will prove to be aggravating for your customer and you. The RFS is vastly different than an LC4 -- in particular, to increase performance and reduce weight, it has: no mechanical ventilation (very important in stop and go riding/ traffic); no damped clutch (therefore faster clutch wear); narrow 5 th and 6th gears (not designed for permanent stress that occurs with pavement riding); the absolute minimum required engine oil capacity and no oil cooler or frame reservoir. The distinct differences and purposes between the RFS and LC4 are deliberately designed to give owners product that achieves the ultimate in its specific class. These results speak for themselves... • KTM's LC4 is the top-rated dual sport motorcycle on the market today (5 years!). • KTM's RFS is today's top-rated pro level competition race motorcycle (first year!). If you hear anything that closely resembles dual purpose, street, road, etc., in your discussion with a potential RFS purchase, do him a favor and steer him to an LC4."
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    KTM EXC to Something Else?

    Deinabolic - thanks for the info. I went searching and found this - Interesting stuff: http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/972833-wide-ratio-gears-but-no-six-speed/
  14. mikem

    KTM EXC to Something Else?

    Can be air cooled or water cooled in my opinion. The DRZ400s sounds good in many repects except one big one - I think it's 5 speed? Have already tried some dual sport tires - Like the MT21's. They last a lot longer than knobbies and do ok in the dirt. PS - We may also take these bikes on some longer journeys. Not just the hour to the mountains.
  15. Wanted to ask a question here in this section, because I know you guys have some interesting experience with bike modifications etc. Remember reading about some of Dwight's build up of smaller/older bikes in the past for racing and was wondering if we can take some of that same logic and apply it to dual-sporting. My two boys and I share 3 bikes - 04 KTM EXC 450, 06 KTM EXC 400 and 01 WR250f. They have tags and we like to do more dirt oriented dual sporting - almost race pace at times - single track etc. We love the KTM's but the maintenance requirements are getting a little old. We'd also like to explore bikes that do a little better on the street so we can ride them an hour to the mountains without feeling like we are beating them up. Wanted to brainstorm some ideas for modifying more of a lower maintenance dual sport bike and making it more dirt worthy. I think a 6 speed transmission and smooth counterbalanced engine would be two preferences. Looking for ideas and real life experiences. Of course we can draw from racing examples. I remember dwight taking an older XL or XR 200 and modifying the suspension and motor into a heck of a low, light weight woods race bike. A few ideas to give you an example: -Improving the suspension, and taking some weight off of one of the Yamaha WR250R's or new Honda CR250L -Improved suspension and power improvements to a DR350s (6 speed I think?) or to an XL250 Goal would be a lower maintenance, good on the road dual sport bike, that is also pretty good in the woods. Thanks for your thoughts