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  1. jtanman

    250xc died while riding

    Thanks for keeping us updated. Happy to hear you discovered the issue.
  2. Where thousands of dollars are at stake, I beg to differ!
  3. This is exactly the type of information that I'm looking to hear. Thank you!
  4. jtanman

    2 stroke rev limiters

    This is the most satisfying thing I've watched all day.
  5. Haha, I suppose you’re right. I changed the title to be more clear.
  6. I’m very pleased with all your input. Since I’m only 25 it seems reasonable to get a new bike. Shmoozing the wife would be in order, of course....
  7. My apologies if the title smells clickbaity! I suppose I could have said “Is buying a new bike a very bad idea financially?” I agree with the high maintenance costs. With my latest bike I’ve chucked around $500 at it just this summer to keep it in good shape.
  8. I've had a few different dirt bikes in past years that were aged enough that I was able to sell them for close to the same price I bought them for. Because of this, I've enjoyed the ability to ride on what basically feels like free/cheap bikes. There are drawbacks, of course. It's always scary buying a machine that has had several owners, which means its history is vague. Unexpected parts break down at unexpected times, and I suppose I've rarely experienced pure peace of mind because of that. The alternative to my past method which would provide peace of mind and fewer breakdowns is to buy a brand new bike or at least one that is newer than a couple years old. The bummer in that case however is that the bike would lose much more of its value and mean that I would sell it at a great loss. Or am I wrong? I'm not looking for those "well it's an expensive sport so buck up" comments. I'm genuinely curious about what seems like a financially smart move to you guys. Buy new and keep the bike for a decade? Buy older bikes and swap them out often? I often wonder what the prime ownership strategy is in order to keep money expenditures low and bike quality high. I'm not very hardcore. Just a weekend rider type who enjoys semi-vigorous trail riding. No racing. What are your thoughts?
  9. jtanman

    Replace these reeds or nah?

    Yikes. Locked up? That’s no good.
  10. jtanman

    My new, or new to me, 2000 CR250

    Guilty as charged.
  11. jtanman

    Replace these reeds or nah?

    Golden information, thank you!
  12. jtanman

    My new, or new to me, 2000 CR250

    Geez, what are those?
  13. jtanman

    Replace these reeds or nah?

    The ring gap was wider than spec by a bit and after a little contemplation I just decided to put a new piston and rings in since I really don't know how many hours are on the old one. The new Wiseco piston and Tusk gasket kit have arrived in the mail and I think I'm ready to reassemble after I check and set the ring gap. I of course also bought new reeds to install as well. Question: It may be hard to tell in the pictures, but the cylinder wall still has very visible cross hatching on most of it's surface (I also measured the bore and it measures perfectly stock without taper). I'm wondering if I need to get it honed still? This may be a no-brainer but like I mentioned before I'm still learning the no-brainer stuff. There is a shop I take cylinders to that hones them for 10 bucks, but the ones I've taken in the past clearly had glazed walls. Would it hurt to take in this jug when it seems to look alright as is? Thanks for the feedback.
  14. I frequently pull the clutch lever with all my fingers. I've done it since I started riding 10 years ago. On technical terrain as I'm feathering the clutch I have a poor hold on the left grip which clearly makes me suffer. Part of the reason I got stuck in the habit was because I got used to riding with poorly adjusted clutch levers.
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    Replace these reeds or nah?

    And here’s the cylinder. Some cross-hatching seems to be gone. Hard to tell. I think it’s free from grooves from the pipe, thanks for putting that on the checklist. Oh and thanks for detailing a way to check the crank seals! I appreciate ways to test if parts are good instead of opening my wallet at every turn and buying all new parts based on a faint hunch.