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  1. When I was on the AMA D-15 (Indiana) Board of Directors a proposal came up to ban "bark busters" for motocross use after a rider appeared to be using them to hammer his way through other riders. It didn't pass after several of us mentioned that anyone could buy and use them. We also pointed out that in a typical MX pile-up they might actually prevent injuries from levers and/or handlebar ends from impaling riders.
  2. It's an outside possibility but somebody's gotta have one lying around. It was part number 510-HXR-1011 for 7/8" handlebars. Contact me via PM. Gracias!!
  3. I attended one of the "Dude Dates" in Louisville, KY (gay sounding name but do a search on Youtube for vids of these wild fiddy street gatherings) and after seeing these guys go for miles without putting the front wheel down I got to wondering--how da fudge does the motor oil with the front end in the air??? I'm sure none of these guys have modified the engine with rear pickups like we used to do with street motors that got endlessly wheelied. Since the oil pickup on a fiddy motor is at the front I was curious as to what the serious stunters do to keep their motors alive. Do they overfill them? Seems to me with a horizontal motor it would make 'em smoke really bad anytime they weren't doing a wheelie. Feedback from you serious stunt guys would be most appreciated as I'm curious about this. By the way they've had at least four "Dude Dates" and the one I attended (#2) was about as wild as you can get. There were 30-40 guys (and one girl) riding through the streets of downtown Louisville doing endless wheelies and whenever they'd come to a stoplight and no traffic was coming they'd get out and do wheelies in the intersection until the light turned green. We started late in the afternoon, crossed the bridge into Indiana and back with several guys doing wheelies all the way across and back. After it got dark we headed to the "Highlands," an area filled with lots of nightlife and again no one said a word as we rode down the streets. Some of us ended up in Cherokee Park racing around in the darkness (including off road!) before we headed back downtown and rode the water front along the Ohio River. When I split they were doing wheelies through a fountain along a downtown street (!!!). We saw several cops but none of them said anything to us. The last Dude Date a few weeks ago had something like seventy minis out tearing up the streets and none of them were licensed. They're shooting for a hundred riders at the first one next spring. I can't believe the police don't say anything about this. Louisville must be the coolest town ever...
  4. Over on the Honda 50/70 forum I have a thread about my recent adventure of riding a BBR framed Lifan 125 with an autoclutch 430 over two days on an annual dual-sport ride through the Hoosier National Forest. My original plans had been to install a four-speed gearbox in the CRF-70 motor I have and freshen up the 88cc top end and while searching eBay to see if there were any deals on the AHP four-speed setup came across the Lifan motor. It was going to cost me $200 plus to freshen up the 88 motor and install the four speed while the Lifan motor, with coil, carb and wiring harness was only $300 DELIVERED. I figured it was worth a try and pulled the trigger. As it worked out the carb that came with the kit was actually smaller than the manifold opening and I didn't have a cable that fit it (although the stock 70 cable might have worked--didn't try it) but I had a Mikuni originally intended to go on the Jialing "Pitster Pro" motor on the shelf that matched up perfectly so I bolted it on and spent a couple of weeks jetting it in my spare time, using a "POD" foam air filter sold by Amsoil. With 10" wheels and 16/31 gearing the little bike will cruise easily between 40-50 MPH and tops out at 57 MPH on flat ground. The guys on big bikes I was riding with were amazed at how well the little bugger ran and it didn't use a drop of oil during the run. It might have been the results of my jetting work or the Mikuni's design but I only got 80 MPG whereas the 88cc motor with a stock 70 carb and a three speed returned 130+ MPG--but didn't perform even close to the 125 motor. I will say I carefully broke the motor in, did several oil changes prior to the ride as well as adjusted the valves and changed the oil again at the overnight stop just to be safe (I'm a big believer in fresh oil) but overall I'm so impressd with this motor that I'm going to use one for another project I have in mind. I also changed the Lifan stator to a Baja Designs unit that I was running on the 88 motor as well as the stock Honda coil which might eliminate some of the problems some folks have had electrically with the Chinese motors. Other than that I think I can safely say that while the Chinese might still need to improve their electrics and the quality in general on their motorcycles and ATV's at least on the Honda-clone horizontal motors they've got these right. At the risk of sounding like an ad they make a fantastic replacement or motor for a new build and based upon my results, along with friends and other folks here and on other web sites experience with the Lifan motors if you want to replace a worn-out Honda or just want more power these critters are the best bang for the buck. Highly recommended!!
  5. woodsrat

    430 Miles on a Hot Rod XR-50

    Based upon the incredible performance of the Lifan 125 motor I've got some ideas floating around in my mind for a larger wheeled (maybe 17") ultra-light adventure bike. Currently I've been riding what had been the wife's XT-225 and the WoodsWing (an XR-650L with bags set up for two-up use) but even the 225 is way too heavy for my liking. Maybe one of the Lifan motors in an 80 motocross chassis might be the way to go. If I could roll something together that weighed around 200 lbs. wet with token lighting to make it street-legal that might be cool. The fiddy's long distance adventure days are over, though and it'll return to it's role as an RV bike--unless somebody gets pit bike racing going again before I go on social security...
  6. Back when the local mini moto scene was hot-n-heavy around Indy I used to hang out here a lot but when the local zoning board shut the track down it died out almost overnight, leaving me with a frightenly expensive BBR/XR-50 in the garage with no use for it. Figuring it might be handy to have as transportation behind the RV I titled and plated it but never got around to finishing up the lighting and actually riding it--until recently. One of the "inmates" over on http://www.advrider.com rode his son's XR-70 from his country estate to the repair shop in town to pick up his truck and made a morning ride of it. Several of us got to talking about it and thought it would be cool to do a ride down in his neck of the woods so he laid out a 62 mile loop on the backroads of Greene Co., IN and we went for a ride, having a great time in the process. Afterwards we were enjoying some cold drinks on the veranda of his country estate and he mentioned how cool it would be to ride the little bikes on the upcoming "Hoosier National Forest Ride," an annual dual-sport run that this year was going from Martinsville to Tell City, IN and back over two days. That was all it took. Preparations began in earnest and last weekend I rode my fiddy on the ride, finishing with 430 miles on the GPS when it was all over. I ain't got the time to repeat the whole story again but here's a link to ADVrider where I'm relating my adventure on the fiddy: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=734488 And here's a link to the HNF ride with pictures and vids starting on page 41 (and are being added to daily): http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=673959 It was a helluva ride, dwarfing my previous long-distance fiddy record of 85 miles in a day riding at Hatfield-McCoy in West Virginia. Would I do it again? Not in this lifetime--but it was fun to do it once.
  7. woodsrat

    2003 XR70 gearing

    Try looking for Passport C-70 parts. They have the same primary ratio as the 50's and there's always parts for those for sale on eBay. Regardless of where you find the parts be sure to get the front and rear primary gears as well as the clutch part that the front primary gear fits into. Often you'll find the gears and clutch assembly for sale on eBay as one auction. The Passport clutch is the "old" style with rollers so the internal parts won't interchange with the XR/CRF-50/70 but the primary gears and the clutch part mentioned above work just fine.
  8. woodsrat

    2003 XR70 gearing

    As I've suggested about a gazillion times (moderator, please consider a sticky about this) adding the primary gearing from an XR/CRF-50 or similar motor with these gears makes a tremendous difference in making the 70's come alive without splitting the cases. 70's are way overgeared and between the primary gearing and the larger wheels it makes them a real slug, barely faster than a stock 50. The gap between 1st and 2nd can be fixed with a relatively inexpensive Takagawa kit available from Classic Honda. On my 106 that I use for trail riding I didn't use the closer-ratio 3rd gear that came with the kit and instead just used the 1st gear which helps tremendously in eliminating the gap between it and 2nd. It does indeed require splitting the cases to install and a total disassembly of the transmission. Trust me, these things ain't very complicated and are good training for doing a bigger bike's tranny.
  9. woodsrat

    CRF50 inner rotor kits ?

    True. Bonneville racers run full, heavy flywheels. They found that light flywheels actually hurt top end speed. I'm not sure why, though--I'm guessing it might have something to do with inertia.
  10. woodsrat

    70cc conversion

    No--not without using a 70 head. Sorry.
  11. woodsrat

    TB Heavy Duty Clutch

    I personally think you'll find the lower primary gearing beneficial. I ran a stock 70 motor for a day or two with 50 primary gearing and felt it really added snap to what was otherwise a stock motor. Between the tall final gearing and larger wheels the 70 is at a big disadvantage. Honda really overgeared this puppy. The only good thing is that 70's will last forever this way...
  12. woodsrat

    TB Heavy Duty Clutch

    To my knowledge the H-D autoclutch kit uses the stock 50 primary gearing. Since the one for the 70 comes with primary gears I can only assume that this kit changes it to the lower 50 primary ratio. Send them an email to confirm this.
  13. woodsrat

    Your bikes are now banned!

    More information, please. Looks like my street-legal BBR 50 will be put to use as a protest vehicle...
  14. woodsrat

    Your bikes are now banned!

    Well said. Just be ready to stand up for what you believe in--the time is coming...
  15. Well, it's done--Honda officially pulled their youth models as of Tuesday. If you go to their web site the smallest bike they now offer is the CRF-100. Are big bikes next? Anyone ready for a revolution?
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