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  1. Sup fellas, I live in Amherst, MA and solo ride a lot. I have no trouble finding awesome trails to ride but I've been searching for fellow riders for months with no luck. Asked around at my university, at parties, posted on reddit and here on TT but again, no luck. I know there are riders in the area because I've seen several tire marks in some of the trails I ride. I enjoy solo riding but would like a buddy to ride with sometimes for the more treacherous expeditions and to give me pointers so I can improve and vice versa. How did you guys find buddies and any ideas on how I can improve my search methods? For now I'll keep riding solo and maybe I'll run into somebody one day. Thanks guys
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    How to find riders (massachusetts)?

    That's what the website says.. as long as you already paid sales tax which I did. I guess I am "poaching trails" but I really am careful not to bother anyone.. I ride to imrpove myself and have fun, not to turn heads and draw attention. I also ride alone. I am young and inexperienced but I do think that if I have all my documentation in order and im caught in a trail with no indication that I shouldn't be there, if I play nice I have a decent chance of getting out with just a warning. On a side note does anyone know if trespassing is a criminal offense?
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    How to find riders (massachusetts)?

    Don't you worry about the cops seeing your plate?
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    How to find riders (massachusetts)?

    For $22 a year that chance is definitely not worth taking, I'll be getting that ASAP but my bike is still not inspected so maybe I should look into that first. Don't know if it'll pass tho as my kill switch stopped working yesterday and my horn's wiring is broken too. RIP. I am a respectful rider and my bike is quiet with stock exhaust. I never go near houses and when I see a hiker or someone walking their dog I always slow down, roll past them and give a quick wave. They always smile and wave back. I'm just worried since there is a lot of drinking water supply areas here and stuff like that, I feel like one day I'm just gonna run into one of the EPO guys or something. I better at least have my OHV registration when that happens.
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    How to find riders (massachusetts)?

    Damn, thanks for the heads up. According to the website since my bike is already registered i just need to bring my registration down to the springfield office and pay the $44. I'll definitely be doing that soon and I'll take my road test and get my full license while I'm there as well. Now after that, if I get busted by EPOs can I still get in trouble even with the OHV registration? How much trouble is it, are we talking a ticket or an arrest/court appearance? And until I get it sorted, how much trouble is not having an OHV registration?
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    How to find riders (massachusetts)?

    There seems to be an abundance of them too, almost everytime I ride I find new ones and they go for miles and miles and miles. I've also seen fresh bike tracks so I know I'm not the only one doing it! No way I'm regularly driving 2 hours to pay to ride in some park when I can be ripping through the woods 10 minutes from my front door. Having a dualsport and being able to dip in and out of trails, stop by friend's houses, cruise windy roads to cool off and ride my bike home at the end of the day is nothing short of incredible. I wouldn't have it any other way.
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    How to find riders (massachusetts)?

    Honestly man when I said trails in the area I literally meant trails in the area. I've got a dualsport bike so I just cruise around Amherst and the surrounding towns looking for random trail entrances and explore them, as long as there is no indication that I shouldn't be there. Usually powerlines and the trails that cut through them and stem off them. Haven't had any problems yet and everyone I've ran into has been friendly.
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    How to find riders (massachusetts)?

    Concord is a bit far, though I would meet halfway if there are any cool spots. I might get into motocamping eventually, and if I do I plan to explore NH and could stop by for a ride. Sucks that you got hurt... what happened if you don't mind me asking? I haven't gotten injured from the bike yet but I did snap my collarbone on a nasty downhill longboarding spill a few months ago and it was terrible staying off the saddle when it's so beautiful outside. I feel your pain brother
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    How to find riders (massachusetts)?

    I could be down depending on where in NH it is (basically how far from me), near what town are you talking about? I ride a DR350S, it's fully street legal. I've only been riding for 6 months but I think I'm half decent and am serious about improving. I'm no racehorse yet but I can hop some small logs and hold my own on steep rocky treacherous trails. I'm also not afraid to learn and attempt new things I'm not 100% certain I can do, as long as failure doesn't mean certain injury to me or the bike. Of course I have no one to compare myself to so take that as you will.
  10. Alright boys, So after all this grueling engine work for weeks is finally complete and my engine runs nice, I go and f*cking strip the threads on one of the bolts sitting on the pressurized cam oil lines by overtightening it. Still kicking myself over it. Anyways, oil sprays out hard when the engine runs and I can't tighten the bolt enough to stop it. I know the only true fix is to pull the head and helicoil the threads, and while I will someday do that I really really really don't want to disassemble my engine for the 5th time and wait god knows how long for it, just wanna ride my bike. I tried putting some silicone around the bolt head like a gasket but it cracked after a couple miles and oil started spraying out like crazy. It did work well at first though so I'm considering doing the same thing with some JB Weld and see if it will hold. Only thing is I'm concerned that it might lock the bolt in place making it impossible to remove when the time comes to get in the engine. My question then is how easy is it to remove in say, a year (hopefully)? Will it permanently stick on my engine cover if I slobber that stuff on there? Also, I was thinking of just getting more washers and stacking them so I can torque the bolt down before it reaches the point where it just spins, but I don't know where to find washers or a material like that. Any opinions on this appreciated, thanks again fellas
  11. Yeah I honestly knew it was a bad idea but was just desperate to ride.. the proper fix is only gonna take me one day longer though thankfully. Worst part is having to wait the damn 24 hours for the valve cover gasket maker to dry... wish we got a real gasket, I'd be riding again tomorrow afternoon. That's a smart trick, I'll have to keep it in mind for the future. I did find it funny that the threads seemed to keep going further in after the stripped ones.
  12. Damn right, I didn't even think of the compromise thing, once you half ass your bike it goes from being your baby that you'd do anything for to a piece of sh*t you'd do anything on, at least in your perception of it. It wasn't even $20, I called a machine shop and the guy said he'd do it for me while I wait for whatever I'd give him, "enough for me to buy a sandwich or something" he said. I'll give him a $20 for helping me out and being a good guy though.
  13. I do enjoy working on my bike but it's just been so much work (problem after problem) with so little reward lately that I'm starting to lose my mind. I would enjoy it more if I had a proper garage and place to store tools and whatnot. One day I hope to own a nice workshop but for now I'm just trying to graduate college and have some fun riding my bike. I just hate tearing my bike to shreds in an apartment parking lot and leaving it like that (under a bike cover with plastic bags over engine and whatnot). But honestly I've come too far doing it right to half ass now and possibly compromise everything, so &%$#@! the jb weld, I've called some machine shops that can do it for $20. I knew that posting here you guys would persuade me to apply myself and do the right thing and I'm glad you did. It sucks that this happened and the second I felt the bolt loosen while wrapping up weeks worth of engine work it felt like a cruel god spitting in my face, but it happened and I gotta deal with it. It takes courage to ride and determination to get your hands dirty time after time, and I still got a little left in me so back to black fingernails I go, to get this sh*t done right. It'll only be a couple more days and it'll be worth it. Thanks for motivating me once again boys, -Zamboni
  14. Fair enough, I can have the head off in an hour or 2 at this point... I'm still not nearly confident enough in my drilling abilities to drill into the engine head. I think it would be wiser to have a shop do it for me. I'll call around and see if anyone will do it for me.
  15. Also, I'd be thoroughly cleaning and sanding the area before applying the jb weld.
  16. You speak the truth but I just can't accept that something so stupid so close to the end is gonna cost me so much more work... and I don't even have a drill. I'm gonna start trying to find a place nearby that works with helicoil but there's gotta be a way to stop this leak so I can ride in the meantime. I'm gonna try the washers at least.
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    Valve adjustment locknuts gone...

    Alright fellas, So yesterday I buttoned up my engine after some grueling work on it for weeks. I cranked the engine to find TDC to adjust my valves but being the clueless idiot that I am I cranked it clockwise and the decomp engaged, giving me an inaccurate reading of the valve clearance, leading to some loose valves. I start up the engine, loud ticking. I wait for it to cool and adjust again. Same ticking but softer. I'm itching to ride and I just double checked that it was in spec so I say whatever and go for a short-ish ride (major bonehead maneuver). Well, today at work I read up and realize my mistake and go to fix the valve clearance and when I pull off the valve covers I see the haunting sight of 2 missing locknuts, one intake and one exhaust. The panic I felt when I saw it you boys can only imagine. damnit I swear I tightened them but I guess I didn't tighten them enough. Anyways I take the cam cover off and find the exhaust nut sitting right next to the spring, the intake one, however, is nowhere to be seen of course. I take the head off and the cylinder is clear. This to me means that the nut must be in the crankcase. Looking at the design of the cylinder head, however, it seems more likely to me that the nut fell into the center of the cylinder head and then into these 2 ports that go between the cylinder and the cam chain slot: It seems more likely that it fell in there than in the cam chain slot. My question for you veterans is where do those slots lead and where would you look for the nut next? Right now I am going to reassemble the top end as I've already checked it and tomorrow I'm gonna open up the bottom end.
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    Valve adjustment locknuts gone...

    Thanks for the quick reply roost - I found it. Thankfully it was in an easy place, stuck behind that little metal sheet on the clutch cover. Not sure how it wound up there but I'm glad it did. Funny enough I actually guessed that's where it would be when I first didn't find it next to the valves. Wish I would have checked before removing the head ­čś¬. Anyways, I thought I understood how to find the correct TDC but now I'm second guessing myself... The way to confirm it is by probing the spark plug hole to feel for the head sitting at the top of the cylinder correct? I ask because when I was doing the cam chain timing just now I realized that even though the manual says to line up the cam with the 2 notches flat against the engine it doesn't specify what position the lobes are in, you can flip the cam around and the notches line up but the lobes are in totally different positions. After I attached the cam chain I kept rotating the engine and finding TDC with the head on top, and could get the lobes to sit either way so I concluded it doesn't matter. I did notice that in both positions it appears that the rocker arms would not be under load, which is what you want for adjusting the valves. However, different sets of valves would be activated in the next rotation of the engine, which confuses me because that means there are 2 correct TDCs? . I also could not seem to get the T marking to show up at the sight window with the head NOT being at the very top, so I'm doubting if the sparkplug hole probe really is a correct indication and whether I'm understanding how this engine works (suck, squeeze(*), bang, blow(*)). * being TDC. If anyone could clarify to me what is going on there and how to check for correct TDC that would be appreciated. Thanks again
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    Valves too tight or something worse?

    Alright guys, the boys at the shop helped me get the bolt out, I buttoned the bike back up, she started easy and aside from some valve ticking (I double checked the valve clearances and were within spec so I didn't worry) the bike was running smooth. I went for a beautiful ride and came back feeling very happy yesterday. Unfortunately the happiness didn't last. I was reading up at work and realized I was cranking the engine backwards, engaging the decomp and giving me an innacurate reading of the valve lash, hence my loose valves. No big deal, I get home and go to adjust them... and 2 of my locknuts are f*cking gone. ­čśí The panic I felt when I saw it you cannot imagine. I swear I tightened them but I guess not enough. Thanks everyone for the help with the engine work, and it did go well but ultimately I cannot escape my terrible luck. I'm starting a new thread on the locknuts as this one has gone on for quite a while. Please take a look and join me as I did find one of the locknuts and need a little help narrowing down where the other might have gone. Thanks again for your service boys.
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    Valves too tight or something worse?

    Hey guys, My 93 DR350S engine started making a ticking sound recently, so I checked the valve clearances. Engine is at TDC on the compression strokes and the rocker arms are touching both the intake and exhaust valve springs. Looks like they touch at a weird angle too, like not fully flat against each other (pic included though not very clear). This is my first valve clearance check on this bike so I'm inclined to believe whoever did it last messed it up and now I'm paying the price. Can anyone tell me if they are supposed to touch like that or any insights at all? My friend and I are currently taking the top off the engine and having a look. Thanks guys
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    Valves too tight or something worse?

    I am sad to inform that this bolt has defeated me. Tomorrow I will take the valve cover to a mechanic and see if they can help me out.
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    Valves too tight or something worse?

    What do you mean by "farthest out"? And I just tried hammering in the next hex but it won't go
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    Valves too tight or something worse?

    Tried it, still won't move. WTF is up with this bolt, wasn't rusted or stripped and it's literally the last bolt before I can finally finish all the engine work. [emoji35] The metal seems really soft... chisel just digs right in and the hex key stripped it out pretty good even though it was fully inserted. Please boys I'm at my wit's end here.
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    Valves too tight or something worse?

    I figured out how to use the bolt to remove the rocker shaft but now the rocker shaft bolt on the other rocker is extremely stuck. I stripped the allen head a bit trying to get it off and then I hit it a bunch with a cold chisel and hammer and it absolutely will not budge. Someone please tell me how to get this thing out, I'm so close and just want my baby in one piece again. Thanks, Here is the bastard:
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    Valves too tight or something worse?

    I'm not sure what 6mm bolt you're talking about, the rocker/valve cover bolts are 10mm. I can't think of any bolts in there smaller than that but I'll have another look tomorrow. Does the rocker shaft have threads on it? and are you saying screw it into the shaft to spin it in order to knock it loose so it can slide out? Thanks
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