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  1. TheLastByte

    are 2-strokes Hard?

    As with everything with dirtbikes it depends entirely on what bike you get and how well you take care of it. If you get an old air cooled four stroke like a honda XR and take great care to keep the oil fresh and the air filter clean you may never have to do any other work on it, but if you do wear out a piston it will be quite expensive and time consuming to fix. Something like a yz85 two stroke may require multiple top end jobs in a season of riding but it's something you can do with hand tools in an afternoon if you have a clean organized space to work in. How much are you or your parents looking to spend by the way? I notice that sometimes guys your age will look on craigslist, see that they can get a running bike for a few hundred bucks and get their hopes up, but the unfortunate fact is that those bikes have usually been worn out to the point where they actually are breaking down, they're just doing it very slowly. Those types of bikes will nickel and dime you to death regardless of make or model and are only worth buying if you like wrenching as much as riding.
  2. I figure I've spent about $3000 this year in total for over 100 hours of riding, $2000 of that being the initial purchase price of my bike and most of the rest being mods and replacement parts. I can't Imagine spending tens of thousands on dirt bike paraphernalia a year. On the other hand I did just buy a ktm 300 after the end of the season, so I may be eating crow (possibly literally) this time next year.
  3. Not just a standard user manual, but a shop manual with tightening torques and stuff. For some reason Rocky Mountain only stocks manuals for four stroke models, and Slavens only have them for year 2011 up. Any suggestions?
  4. TheLastByte

    What's the stator output on a 2010 300 xcw?

    Awesome info, thanks! So If I can run an x2 off the stock ac lighting circuit, why do you say I should float the ground and run everything off DC?
  5. TheLastByte

    What's the stator output on a 2010 300 xcw?

    Thanks, I saw that. The issue is I still don't know exactly how much power I have to work with. That chart makes it look like the bike has a stator output of 100 watts AC only, but if that were true it couldn't charge the battery for the e-start.
  6. I'm trying to figure out what headlight I need to complete my dualsport conversion. I like the look of the trailtech x2, but I'm under the impression that light will eat all 100 watts of my stator output, leaving nothing to charge the battery or run other lights. Any recommendations?
  7. Can anyone confirm what the 2010's stator output is? I'm under the impression that I have 30 watts DC to the battery and 70 watts AC to the lighting circuit to work with, but I can't seem to find any definitive specs. I'm trying to figure out if I will be okay bolting a 70 watt trailtech x2 onto my bike without a stator upgrade?
  8. Man this reads like it was written by a kid. He even admits to committing a crime in the first paragraph ffs. It also advocates for opening up some of the only singletrack remaining in the northeast on public land to quads.
  9. I'm currently looking to get myself a dirt bike that's a little less agricultural than my current xr650l, and need help deciding between 250s. My main use for the bike will be riding the rocky two track that's ubiquitous around my location, as well as connecting trails on back roads. Both machines have street legal titles (very rare on two strokes in the northeast) and fresh top ends. The four stroke has a 320 big bore kit installed professionally by thumper racing. The xcw has suspension already sprung for my weight. The four stroke's owner is asking $3600, the two stroke's is asking $3000. My main concern is top end longevity on the xcf. I don't mind doing top end rebuilds yearly on a two stroke, but I'm not interested in any four stroke that gets me less than three hundred hours with regular maintenance. I've also heard KTM spit out a few lemons in their four stroke like between 2008-2011, can anyone confirm or deny? My only concern with the xcw is with high speed stability. I've head that ktm two stokes of that era tended to have twitchy, disconcerting handling, especially at high speed. It would also would be helpful to know what my top cruising speed in fifth gear would be on the xcw, though that's not a huge concern as I'm not planning on doing much highway riding with it. Thanks for your input!
  10. TheLastByte

    any of you guys solo riders?

    If I never rode alone I'd only ride a few times a year. I've yet to find a riding buddy who's always gtg.
  11. TheLastByte

    XR650l Battery mod: Xr600r side panel installation

    Right, but the issue is the fastener is riveted onto the bracket. I'm trying to figure out what the correct way is to attach the dsuz receiver to the airbox once I drill out the rivets holing it to the bracket and the bracket to the airbox.
  12. So I've managed to successfully perform spud's battery mod on my 650l, now I want to throw on a xr600r left sidepanel since the battery box is gone. What's the best way of modifying that little bracket that pushes out the quick disconnect mount to accommodate the battery box on the 650l to the position the mount is at on the 600r?
  13. Cool! I've been meaning to hike out there sometime but haven't got around to it. I was under the impression the trails there were real rocky and torn up by quad and side-by-sides and such. What kind of paperwork do you need to ride there if you have a street legal machine from out of state?
  14. So I'm starting to get a bit sick of riding the same old stretches of quad/sxs trails along the mass/NY border, and am looking to stretch my dualsport's legs a bit more in New England. I know there's plenty of legal riding in the Western Mass state forests as well as class four roads in VT, I'm hoping there are some well traveled riders who can give me some recommendations for technical bike oriented trails in the area, or point me to riding groups who seek out such things.
  15. No, you don't, my 99 yz250 cruises at about 50 just fine with stock gearing. Thanks, that's the kind of info I'm looking for. Do you habe your yz set up for dualsport, trail riding, or mx?