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Roy Kaplan

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  1. Broke my clavicle in gymnastics over 40 years ago. No surgery just a brace and a sling for a while. No ill-effects yet since it healed. It was a complete break as my shoulder was up against my neck. The healed bone is a little thicker than my other one.
  2. My foot is fine thanks guys. Yeah I'm pretty sure it was on the log didn't notice it for a while cuz I was in second didn't need to shift till the end of the trail. I'm pretty sure I must have lifted my foot out of the way. I did see the end of the downed tree hiding in the grass in time for my foot but not for the shifter. Lots of logs and broken trees where I ride. Had a couple of big wind storms this year. I know it may not prevent lever damage in the future but it will stop the branches from getting behind there which happens once in awhile. The cable works great on the brake lever haven't had an issue since adding it. The brake lever came with the cable, the OEM lever was worn out. The kdx does it right.
  3. Anyone ever put one of these safety cables like I have on my brake lever on the shifter? Just bent another one on a log in the woods. My plan is to get another shifter and buy a safety cable. I think I may connect it so it attaches at to the outside part of the folding lever.
  4. I've been riding a 450x for 10 years and never overheated once on the single track.. I've also putted around plenty. Has a coolant capture tank works very well in the heat and in the woods. I was riding singletrack a week ago and it was 91 out.
  5. I'm not a site I am me. I have both quads and bikes amd I have posted on quad forums too. I purchasef a Can-Am renegade 800 new in 08 and I still own it. It is more dangerous than my 450 or my 500 dirt bike. it weighs over a hundred pounds more than both bikes combined. Quads are fun but if it lands on you it will probably hurt. I think you made a smart choice. Just get lots of gear! Dirt biking is also similar to other fun like jet skiing and snow skiing and it will teach balance and control that you wouldn't learn as easily on a quad. It's not because of the danger that I prefer bikes. I personally have much more fun on a motorcycle.
  6. Agreed. Quads are heavy and can tip over pretty easily.
  7. Very true.. I leave my rim locks in and just balance the wheel. The rim locks are so heavy they make the tire leap off the ground at around 45 miles an hour or so. You don't feel it much in the dirt it's true but they do help there also. One thing to remember is your balancing out the rim lock and when you change tires you don't have to rebalance as the minor imbalance is no big deal compared to the rim lock 4-6 oz's. I use the motion pro wheel balancer and use it on my Street bikes too.
  8. Yes the more you ride the better you will feel. I'll be 62 next month and this year is my 50th anniversary in the dirt. I recently went on a trip and I rode 5 days straight. I would have kept going if we didn't have to come home. The key took me 35 to 40 years of riding to learn is to relax. I used to get arm pump now I can ride all day and never get it. Going to slow is also exhausting. Let the bike do its work - they are amazing. I do use a bicycle on non riding days to keep my legs in shape.
  9. I owned CF500's from 1985 until 2012. Never had to do anything except top ends and maintain the suspension linkage. The brakes sucked compared to newer bikes.
  10. Did you read the last sentence dude?WTF relax a bit will you.. either that or f off. Many people don't practice enough in quick stops and if you get used to using the back brake only that's what you going to do when you need to stop.
  11. Don't like this advice. you should be automatically using front brakes. In an emergency stop not using the front is bad news. I guess it's okay if your reflex uses them.
  12. Have used both of these solutions in the past and they both work.
  13. yes I had a 68 Yamaha 360 Enduro registered when I was fifteen and I drove it for years on the street and in the dirt and never serviced it. It ran great when I sold it. it was four years old when I bought it and I bet the guy I got it from never touched it either.
  14. I checked it turns out I bought them in 2007 with my CRf and now they're almost like new again. definitely the most comfortable boots I've ever owned and I've been riding for 50 years this summer. None of my other boots lasted half as long as these have so far. The inner booty makes them really comfy. My buddy just bought Tech 7"s they don't have a booty but I'm not sure if they're padded like these.
  15. This is true but you really can't read a used plug. Plug readings are supposed to be taken with a new plug at wide open throttle when the the engine is then cut immediately and rolled to a stop. Two strokes will generally always have dark plugs if they've been in there for a while due to the the oil they burn. If the bike is running fine and you're not fowling plugs... Forget what color it is and keep riding.
  16. A few years ago I did replace the smaller lower sole myself but they didn't last within three years they both fell off.. the soles alone were 90 bucks, I'll never do that again.
  17. I did repair the inner bodies myself before I shipped them with some 3M 77 adhesive. It worked well. The thin soles with separating from the booty. As I stated 125 including return shipping for the repair. I did pay ups at a shipping center to get them there in advance. They called after the repair was done for my card number and shipped them back the same day.
  18. I bought Tech 10 boots over 10 years ago and the souls were trashed and this year two buckles disappeared. I ordered a set of sg12 sidi boots for 400 on sale and they were so stiff I returned them. They might have felt better after a while but I didn't give them chance. Contacted alpinestars they told me 125 including return shipping to repair the tech 10's, they required pictures first. They sure looked sad. Today I received the repaired boots and they're better than expected. They replaced all the buckles with higher quality aluminum ones and replaced both upper and lower soles. Very happy with their service. For the weeks I was waiting for them (3k miles away) I bought a set of close out Tech 5's for 180.
  19. Good idea thanks. Just not sure if they'll fit over the knee braces.
  20. I'm wearing boots of course and knee braces and I'm sick of tucking my pants inside them all bunched up. I just cut up an old pair of long riding pants and I definitely like the length. Anybody using 3/4 length/just below the knee padded pants or shorts they could recommend for riding? I started looking and it looks like mountain bike shorts are the ticket.
  21. I've been wearing the same pair of klim leather riding gloves for over five years and they're still in good shape. They cost 90 bucks though, I've been wearing the same pair of klim leather riding gloves for over five years and they're still in good shape. They cost 90 bucks though. The only padding is on the outside. I agreed with you until I got these. Paddng on the inside never seemed comfortable for me, it ibunches up.
  22. don't use the clutch It all to wheelie bounce the front end a little use power to bring the front end up and use the rear brake to limit how far it goes. Takes practice but the rear brakes is the answer. Even if you do use the clutch to initially bring it up you don't need to keep your hand on it.
  23. So I just did 12 miles of singletrack after closing the pilot screw 1/4 turn clockwise and had 0 flameouts. I think I've never done a session without at least one. You should definitely try it maybe you might want to go half turn since yours is worse than mine was. I might try another quarter-turn just for the hell of it but I think I'm going to leave it there for now it ran so awesome. My idle is set at 1700 not one sputter. I went out alone probably going out again in a few hours with a neighbor.
  24. Wow you've got a foot in a hundred pounds on me.. I was considering that and probably would if I was riding in Rock gardens, thinking I could drop the pressure down to 6 or 8.. but my local riding is on singletrack without large rocks and I've had no problems running 11 up front. I have learned years ago not to go too slow because my legs don't reach the ground. Some of my friends have lowered their bikes but I don't want to sacrifice that soft first inch or two of travel nor reduce the ground clearance.. I do hop over lots of trees.
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