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  1. Pufferphish

    Sell my 450 for a smaller bike?

    for sure like that advice! and yeah, gotta get the 125 up and running, no worries, just happy with the responses Dude, you work in a substation and can't afford a truck? Gotta have a truck before you have a bike. Driving the truck makes your balls drop and that allows you to handle an open class dirt bike. Substation workers make $40/hr around here. Good luck. Not that I can't afford a truck, I don't really have the space for one, parking is at a premium, getting a truck would mean getting rid of my car, and not too keen on a truck as my daily driver. I have been looking at those haulers that I can hitch on the back of my girlfriend's Tucson though, i think that'd work pretty good.
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    Sell my 450 for a smaller bike?

    Oh cool! Spent a few minutes poking around, found their website, place looks real fun! About 2 hours away from me. I don't really have a way to haul the bike there yet, but will for sure start scheming on a way to get up there. Would it be tame enough for a newbie rider on a slightly overpower machine? Will do more research, looks awesome though!
  3. Pufferphish

    Sell my 450 for a smaller bike?

    yeah, you're right. It seemed like something I should know and that's why I have the tools, watched the videos and all that, but didn't follow through. I gotta learn one way another or be useless
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    Sell my 450 for a smaller bike?

    hah, ain't that the truth. Still very nervous wrenching around on a bike, especially a relatively new one. Always worry I'm going to do something wrong and it blows up in the middle of a ride or something. Funny you mention it, cause one of the first things I made sure to buy was a torque wrench, and a 3/8" at that! Also got tire spoons....but not sure if I'll use those, when I found out how much tubes were, figured it would be cheaper to bring the tire to the shop to swap out if need be, and did just that when I got some 50/50 tires. Working on equipment in high voltage substations, I know how important torque specs are. Ugh, need this weather to get a bit nicer so I can get some practice in, so close! Thanks for the tips!
  5. Pufferphish

    Sell my 450 for a smaller bike?

    Sounds like great advice to me. I'm trying not to get stubborn/testosterone get in the way of my judgement, so I feel giving downgrading legit consideration is what I should be doing, but something to be said about working with what you got I guess. For sure did not think about heating up a tight screw to loosen it a bit. I've already had complications replacing the clutch, first time I went to take it off the spring shot out into the abyss of my garage, and had to order a new one for 25$, the spring was the size of one that you find in a clicker pen.
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    Sell my 450 for a smaller bike?

    Thanks for the reply! Didn't think about track limits but for sure that makes sense. Yeah, that's what I get for letting my buddy convince me otherwise. that's sound advice there. I've had my share of major injuries and ER visits from tomfoolery on my snowboard, for sure proceeding with much caution in this semi-new venture. The 125 was a beast in and of itself for sure. I went through the course once last year, just a 1.5hr session with some buddies, rode around a small dirt track and then a bit in the woods, was a blast and looking forward to doing it again, but yeah, it is a bit of a hassle to get to legal dirt from where I am and I'd have to get a way to haul a bike if I want to do anything even semi-serious. Just doing what I can to have some safe fun. If my other buddies get bikes like they plan to, that might change, but for now yeah, some sort of holding pattern makes sense until I figure out what I really want to do.
  7. Pufferphish

    Sell my 450 for a smaller bike?

    I'll for sure look into that clutch lever, and thanks for the tip about the free play in the brake, didn't think about it. Will tinker around tonight! In my boots when I tried to cover the brake I think I kept hitting engaging it by accident, so this should help. I bought a fancy flexible clutch lever with adjustments after breaking off the tip of the oem one, but can't get it to where it will disengage sooner. Someone said to adjust it where it meets the engine, haven't tried that yet though.
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    Sell my 450 for a smaller bike?

    Agreed. My original thought was to get a smaller bike to learn on, but my buddy (that's only ridden street bikes) convinced me to get a 450 saying I'd "grow into it". Originally thought I'd be riding mostly on dirt, but he sold his truck and without a way to transport easily, figured a street legal dirt bike would be the way to go. So I still don't have great access to dirt, but still really love dirtbikes, so started looking at supermoto kits. Also signed up for dirt bike riding lessons where I use their equipment (honda 250's) to learn on. I think I'll do my best to get the old RM 125 up and running, which I kinda forgot about until now. I don't like the feeling that I'm wasting the potential of the race bike though, so maybe I'll check with the dealer to see what they can do for me. Thanks for the feedback!
  9. Pufferphish

    Sell my 450 for a smaller bike?

    Yeah, that makes sense and it's kinda what I was thinking when I posted originally. Just seems like it would be a pain to sell and re-buy, and I'd be losing out money since I financed it new, but a smaller bike kinda seems to make more sense. I was hoping to try to justify the size if I was going more street/supermoto....any idea what the standard supermoto size is? Or at least what size takes best to the supermoto mods?
  10. Pufferphish

    Sell my 450 for a smaller bike?

    Gotcha, I have trouble covering it when I wear my MX boots (used tech 3's) cause it's hard to feel the lever. I'm also having problems using just 2 fingers on my clutch, as it hits my fingers on my bars before the clutch completely disengages. Can't find a short lever for sale anywhere. but practice practice practice..
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    Sell my 450 for a smaller bike?

    Hey, thanks for reading my post and replying! That's actually exactly what I've been doing, rolling around, finding any secluded parking lot I can to do figure 8's, that's about where I'm at right now, trying to get as much practice and skills in that I can at low speeds. I feel the throttle tamer helped a lot, but not sure when or if I should get the 15% or 10% cam, or just go back to stock. I expect to get berated for getting such a big bike as my first, but doing what I can to stay safe and my mindset so far matches what you suggested so makes me feel better about things. Thanks again and have an awesome day
  12. Hi, looking for some advice. No real experience with bikes, financed a 2016 KTM 450XCW after riding a 125RM in a back lot for about a week. Don't have much access to offroad spots so I wanted a street legal bike that I could maybe supermoto. I have some 50/50 tires on there now, and installed a dirt-tamer cam that reduces the power by about 20% (https://www.g2ergo.com/store/g2-dirt-tamer/). For now I plan to mostly ride it on the street, but my buddy is getting a bike soon too and might look at finding some trails. Question: I know the bike is too big for a beginner and honestly is a bit scary, but if I'm mostly going to be riding it around streets and possibly going to supermoto it one day, was seeing people's opinions on if I should look into selling it for a smaller bike, or keep at it and learn this beast. Also, if I do end up trying to ride offroad with it, will I have a terrible time? I financed the bike new, so not sure how much I would lose out on trying to sell it...
  13. New rider here, KTM 450. I bought a pair of Acerbis mirrors for the bike that clamp right o the handle bar, but I feel I don't see much at all, and the vibration sucks. I'm going to get some HDB handguards, and I'm debating between getting the small, fold bar style mirror that fits with the handguards (first link below) or a set of doubletake adventure mirrors. As a new rider, my main concern right now is function and visibility. I love the look of the handlebar ones, and the price, but I'm reading mixed reviews on them and how much you can actually see. Right now I'll probably be doing mostly street riding until I get good enough to ride to the dirt spots (no trailer and no good dirt close by), but I'm mostly interested in dirt/trails. Can anyone give me a bit more insight into these? http://www.highwaydirtbikes.com/index.php?app=ccp0&ns=display&ref=help_mirrors https://www.doubletakemirror.com/build
  14. Pufferphish

    Where to get supermoto Kit

    I'm on a similar quest for my 2016 KTM 450 xcw. Just sent an email to Jim from Motoxindustries. They seem to have the best priced kit, but wondering what the differences are between the motoxindustries, motostrano, AMP and warp9 kits. The Mostrano and AMP kits is the priciest option (1,800), while motox and warp9 seem to be comparable (1,180), though warp9 is only listed up to 2014 for kits on the website. Here's the links I've found if it's useful. http://www.ktmtwins.com/warp-9-ktm-supermoto-wheel-kits http://motoxindustries.com/Supermoto-Conversion-Kit-SMCONVERSIONKIT.htm http://www.motostrano.com/Supermoto-Conversion-Kit-Quick-Switch-p/kit-qwik.htm http://www.ktm-parts.com/PSMSK.html Does the difference in price get me a better product, make the switchout easier, or use more stock pieces? Keep us updated with what you end up doing! I'd be very interested to see.
  15. Hi! Thanks for stopping by! I have a '94 RM 125 2 stroke, and I'm still a new rider (only around 5-6 hours on the bike so far), looking for street legal KTM. There's a brand new 2016 KTM 450 XC-W at a local dealer for 8,400. I see a used 2008 450 EXC-R "It has 5299 miles, only 162 hrs. Was used mostly on the streets very rarely on the trails." for 4,800. I heard of valve issues on the earlier models and such. I'm going to finance if I get it from the dealership, or get a bank loan for the used 2008. For a new rider, is it worth getting the brand new bike? Or should I go for the older cheaper one. I plan to use it for street and trails, probably a bit more on the street side, though I'm not planning to do any highway. Also, 5 speed XC-F or 6 speed XC-W? If anyone has any input I'd much appreciate it!!
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