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    2017 150 XC-W Review

    I have a 2018 with a little under 20 hours that is nearly never able to start in first gear (with clutch lever in, obviously), it requires a whole lot of effort to roll along the ground while in first, and while I can kick-start it in first, the bike jerks forward a little with the kick. This seems like an awful lot of clutch drag to me. I'm using the exact gear oil spec'ed in the manual, it's changed regularly, the gear oil is fresh, etc. This all happens while the bike is "warmed up" (though the riding I do is mostly low speed and in winter I doubt "warmed up" is very warm). My starter died completely around 15 hours and I replaced it with OEM. The new starter worked about as well as the old starter did before it died, meaning it's still hopeless while in first, and, while in neutral, it starts fine when warm and ok when cold. Seems like the problem is really the clutch drag, and a first-gear start is asking too much of the wimpy starter and battery. I don't really have a lot of clues about how to reduce clutch drag. Lighter gear oil?
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    ADVICE: KLX 110L vs KLX 140

    I'm about 6' and I occasionally ride my girlfriend's KLX110L around the backyard. Riding that bike I'm like a bear riding a tricycle in a Russian circus. It's hard to put my feet on the pegs, my knees are sticking out to the side, it's just goofing around for me to try to ride it. It's really a child's bike, maybe a short-term starter bike for a very small adult. A KTM 150XCW will take 100 lbs off a WR250R while still being physically sized for a grown-up and having as much power as you're ever going to need.
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    2017 150 XC-W Review

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  4. Looking through "bikefind" for a CRF 250x, it shows a bunch of Craigslist ads across the country for a 2016 CRF 250x for $2000. The ads are listed in Memphis, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Nashville, Cincinnati, and Boston. All the ads show the same bike in front of the same house, for instance: https://memphis.craigslist.org/mcy/6253426319.html https://cleveland.craigslist.org/mcy/6253400410.html Does anybody know what kind of scam this is? Are Nigerian princes making their fortunes selling dirt bikes? -harry