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  1. TheTyLife

    YouTube Channel Swap

    https://www.youtube.com/user/ccaarmerciill A channel full of Hawaii trail riding videos, of questionable nature and quality. Below is a video of the time I almost lost my YZ 250 to a river. And next is the last video I made of my new KTM TPI:
  2. TheTyLife

    2019 KTM 300 XC-W TPI Six Days

    Yeah, I will likely switch to that once the stock battery is toast. Right now I will just have a portable jump kit in my truck, worst case just ride a friends bike out to grab it.
  3. TheTyLife

    My new bike bubble has burst

    I think you're on to something... as soon as I turned 30 I was shopping for a new bike within a month. Science?
  4. TheTyLife

    Regrets Buying a New Motorcycle?

    I only bought a new bike to benefit all of you in the future. Knowing that my hard earned $ will be going towards R&D at KTM to develop the machines of the future! You can all thank me later...
  5. I would definitely ask if it's any logo you had to manually upload. As for policy, not entirely sure, I'm assuming they won't continue an order or get you stuck with that order if there is a copyright issue until it is resolved.
  6. TheTyLife

    Next enduro

    You'll get the hang of it pretty quick, it's a bike you can "grow" into and it will be able to handle anything you can throw at it. Watch reviews on the Husqvarna TE's and KTM XCW's, they don't behave like a motocross 2 stroke does. If you're buying a new bike, I'd get one that you will keep for a long time, not one that you wish was another model in a few months. My friend has a TE 150, and it is a fun bike because it does feel a bit more tossable (15? lbs lighter) and does "OK" at low RPM, but the tractor ability of the 300 and 250 at very slow speeds is something else. If you decide to get either the TE or XCW (any cc), let me know and I can give you some advice as I just picked up a '19 300 XCW, the new fuel injection is pretty slick but there are some preventative measures you can do to make sure the reliability can match the carb'd models.
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    Next enduro

    Honestly, I think in some ways the bigger bore 2 strokes will be easier to ride for you. They have more low end power, so easier to lug on the trails at lower speeds. The 150 likes to be revved out a bit, while fun, can be challenging for a newer rider (unless that's what you're looking for). The difference in size and weight between the 150, 250 and 300's is minimal, and the power of the 250's and 300's aren't that intimidating. The TE and XCW's are tuned to have a nice linear power curve to handle technical terrain easier. Power when you need it, but manageable power...
  8. My '05 YZ 250 was already modified by previous owner for the trails pretty well and had the older rekluse Z-Start pro on it. I always said as soon as the clutch packs go I was going to go back to stock. 4 years and 3 top end rebuilds later, still on the same clutch... That rekluse although likely didn't do my clutch technique any favors, allowed me to likely ride trails I never would've been able to at the level I was at, or do as well as I did in hare scrambles as I did at my skill level. When things got super gnarly, it was like cheating to be able to just worry about throttle control and traction at very low speeds. I rode a friends new TE 300 before buying my new 300 XCW and I have to agree... These 300 engines sure can lug! I have no intention of adding a rekluse to my 300 despite the great experience I had, I think it's better fitted to the YZ anyway, as I'm sure that bike wouldn't be nearly as easy to pick through nasty stuff on a stock clutch. To clarify, I had the LHRB on it as well and my friend had a rekluse without one and it was scary on hill climbs. I never once had to adjust my z-start and I still used the clutch lever like it was a manual bike 95% of the time. My gripe with the Z-start was the clutch lever feel was horrendous, no feedback at lower RPM's and stiff at high RPM's. The newer rekluse's apparently have more of a regular clutch lever feel, and have been updated quite a bit compared to my outdated version. I couldn't justify spending that kind of $ on one though, especially with a bike this easy to lug.
  9. TheTyLife

    New bike

    I have an 05' YZ 250 that is modded for the trails, with the exception of gearing and the slight detune on the X, my YZ is nearly identical to the new ones. There is a reason it's nearly identical, because Yamaha hasn't really changed much in over 10 years on this bike. While some may see that as a bad thing, it is a great thing if you look at it like this: They are bulletproof! You wouldn't believe what I have put my YZ 250 through in the last 4 years and it's running better than ever. Yes, the technology isn't quite there when compared to the newer euro enduro bikes, but it's a much simpler and reliable machine. KTM for example seems to be the company to do everything first, but by doing that their reliability seems to suffer quite a bit. You get the latest tech, the newest designs but end up being a bit of a product tester for them. They seem to come out with complete redesigns before they completely iron out the problems on previous generations. However, you end up with a more refined and in some ways more capable trail bike. I haven't owned one of the other euro bikes (Gas Gas / Beta / Sherco etc), but they seem to be more closely related to the KTM side of things. Maybe they are a better compromise, and wait for KTM to make all the mistakes? I have found the ultimate solution: Buy a newer KTM, Husqvarna, GasGas, Beta or Sherco and enjoy that new fancy technology. But also find an old, cheap YZ 250 that is already set-up for the trails (18" rear wheel, tubliss, guards etc) to back-up that euro bike when it inevitably breaks something serious enough to keep you off the trails. Or, if you're more reasonable than I am with your bike purchasing decisions... choose what matters more to you.
  10. TheTyLife

    300XC-W vs 520EXC

    Easy. 300 XCW if you want to get into more technical terrain and push your skills there. Get the 4 stroke if you want to be on more open terrain. I've never heard anyone call the 300 2t's weak, and even if it was, brute power in a lot of technical terrain is not ideal when you need traction. If you're afraid of doing rebuilds and the fear of doing a top end on a 2 stroke every year or so, depending on how often you ride, don't be. Seriously, it takes an hour and will cost $150 in parts. Watch a quality youtube video on it, and you'll see how simple it really is. I just bought a 2019 300 XCW six days to demote my YZ 250 to backup trail duty, and in just a few short rides I can say that 2 stroke technology has come a long way in recent years. Like I said though, if you want to ride on the street or mainly hit fire roads, ATV trails or the desert a 4 stroke will be better equipped for that and ignore all my advice about the 300.
  11. It was a spin off from the Troy Lee Designs KTM blue and orange kit. Some changes to logos and design but generally the same. If you google "TLD KTM" it generally looked like that. Was going to use the TLD plastics and graphics as my "Beater" kit to keep the stock 6 days plastics mint longer.
  12. TheTyLife

    My new bike bubble has burst

    I used to live in various parts of Cali (Norcal and Socal) before I got into riding and loved the time I spent there. It was always a potential landing spot for me at retirement, but with the sticker laws I am almost leaning towards the Pacific Northwest if I don't retire in Hawaii. I'm wholeheartedly a 2 stroke guy and the Cali laws scare me.
  13. TheTyLife

    Riding at the same phase.

    I think what is tough for me is the portions when there are no riders around. The trail races here are typically very long and can have decent turn outs (100 riders plus) but the pack spreads out after the first few hours. I definitely go slowest when I'm by myself and can't even see or hear a rider ahead of me or behind me. I catch myself start to just "zone out" and almost forget I'm even racing. I need to put a sticker on my handlebars that says "You're in a race still dummy!" or something! Unfortunately many of the trails I ride on with friends have so many forks that I have to stop frequently just so I don't lose them completely. I definitely do push my speeds even when I pull away from them, and sort of make it a game to see how long of a gap I can create before they catch up to the fork. When I'm in the middle of a hare scramble and haven't seen anyone in 10 minutes, I need to think of a good mental game to keep me pushing I guess?
  14. TheTyLife

    Regrets Buying a New Motorcycle?

    Same here, my wife is the more logical, frugal one when it comes to toys and she is typically very disapproving at first, but I am a good salesman apparently. I think she is rubbing off on me a bit, as I've slowed down considerably these last few years. I'm 30 now, but when I was 22 years old, I had already been through 9 cars as I was really into older, nimble, sporty German cars and got into autocross. Dirt biking has been unique for me because you get to try friends bikes out pretty often. My YZ-250 has been so perfectly set-up for me that whenever I rode friends bikes, with few exceptions, I was much happier with my own bike. If I ever scanned craigslist for a dirt bike it'd be to see if there was just any crazy deal out there, or a fixer upper for fun. Cars seemed to be much different, as that one model you always thought you'd love, you don't really know how it'll be for you until you own it no matter how many reviews you read/ watch.