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  1. dieseld

    How many hours out of a 2010-2014 KTM 250Sx?

    I can share my recent experience replacing first top end on my 07 250SX at 115 hours. I ride combination of desert, trail, mountain, and novice/intermediate class mx. Cleaned air filter after every ride, run Motorex 50:1, and have the jetting dialed for my mostly sea-level conditions. It still had such high compression that I didn't need to do it for that reason, but started wondering about part fatigue. It was still running sweet. I recently had a bad seal on the filter for a day and sucked some dirt at the track, that made my decision easy. It's torn down now.
  2. I'm gonna check out a used 2009 with 50 hours on it. Has a full FMF exhaust and upgraded rims otherwise all stock and looks very clean. Owner said he's replaced the piston/rings but valves haven't needed re-shimming yet. Anything to watch out for specific to this year ? and what is a fair price ? thanks
  3. If a proper valve train rebuild is performed, how many hours can you expect to get from these bikes ? I know there's plenty of you who have gone through this a few times, hoping you'll share your experience. Thanks
  4. Geez Andy, how did you know it was me - the guy who spent all Saturday making sure I only stopped on top of a hill so I could get that damn red bike started with a bump. Kind of disappointed though, I expect at least a little sales pitch in that reply since I'm looking for a 450 and you're selling one
  5. good answer, thank you
  6. Not worried about getting it plated. My WR has a plate but I haven't renewed it since 2005 since I don't enjoy the dual sport rides too much. Funny that only KTM/Husky has been mentioned so far. I'm gonna look into the KTM 300 and 450 since I have a good choice of local dealers, but I'm also considering some of the big 4, like an 06 YZF450, I've heard good things about that year. Don't think I want to go bigger than an MX trim 450 though, beyond that I feel I'll be sacrificing the 'flickability' and fun factor that I'm looking for. Now if I can get e-start with the same weight, of course I'm game for that....
  7. Thanks Wrfrk, I'll look into that 450XCF. I see you have a 300, been tossing that around in my mind as well as I do miss the old 2 stroke hit and ease of maintenance.
  8. So here's my story, and I'm interested in opinions and reviews if they are based on solid reasoning and experience. Currently I have the original WR400 (the reason this site exists) - it's super versatile as I have two tank/plastic kits that allow it to be a plated 3.2 gallon hog one day and a YZ trim profile the next. It's also ridiculously reliable, still running the original engine from top end to clutch. But it's old, and HEAVY. I also have an CRF250R. It's really fun to ride, very light and flickable, decent suspension, good low and high speed handling. The engine, well its enough to be fun but leaves me wanting more at times. So what I want to do is sell them both and buy a used late model 450. Optimally I want a bike that handles like the 250 but with 450 power and my old WR reliability. Can't afford new, so probably looking 06-08 model years. I'm about 195 lbs in gear, intermediate to expert level rider, and I'll ride just about everything during the course of a year - mx track, open desert, technical singletrack, sand, snow, rocks, etc. I've been a bit out of touch with the industry in the last few years, but now I'm riding more again (exiting the kids phase of life.) I don't know the ins and outs of recent years - who has the best engine for reliability, who had awesome or terrible handling, which bikes have bad headshake, good or bad suspension....you get the idea. So there's my wishlist - the best 450 all around playbike made in recent years, that won' break the bank with maintenance. Suggestions ??
  9. dieseld

    2004 CRF250 new to me - what to check ?

    actually, this one does burn a little oil, on the engine side only though, none on the tranny side. It seems to puff a little smoke when cold, then stops when warm. It burns about an ounce per 2 hour session I think.
  10. dieseld

    2004 CRF250 new to me - what to check ?

    thanks guys, just needed a little reassurance that I can ride this thing once a month with normal maintenance and not feel like I'm walking through mine fields. I guess the valves will tell me more once I open her up.....
  11. Thanks for that idea. Do you feel that you lost any ankle stability by widening the heel area with the softball ? And I agree with the other comments, with the exception of that one spot, they are extremely comfortable everywhere else.
  12. So I bought this bike used 2 years ago from Three Bros racing, on a whim after my son's CR85 seized in the garage and we were leaving for a weekend trip that night. Had I known of the valve issues prior, I probably wouldn't have got the Honda....hindsight. The bike has only been ridden about 10 hours since then, and by a beginner rider in the desert. I decided to take it out this weekend instead of the big bike, and long story short, I love this bike - so light, turns great, enough power, very fun. I'll be spending some time on this bike from now on. Here's my dilemna - I really don't know the history of the bike. It was very clean when I bought it, with a good pipe, triple-clamps, and new chain/sprockets, other than that looks stock and low hours. Now that I've heard all of the valve stories, I'm paranoid to ride the damn thing thinking it may grenade and cost $2k to fix. What would you do to check it out ? I'm planning to open it up and check the valves, but anything else I should look closely at for that year ?
  13. I've ridden a lot of boots over 30 years, and they've all been comfortable enough after break in to wear for a full weekend in the desert, until I bought the Tech 7's. I tried many different boots and spent some time walking in the stores. The 7's were very comfortable, although in every pair I tried on there was a small pressure spot on the inside of both feet just under the ball of the ankle. I figured they would break in and not be an issue, but now after about 10 hours on them, they've broken me. Each session, after a couple hours of them being on, they wear a hole in my skin that drives me frickin crazy, and I can't wait to get them off. Even putting gauze and tape over those spots of my feet this weekend didn't help. I've gone to the shop and checked other boots, and every pair is just like mine. There is a spot where 3 stitches cross over each other and it sticks out a bit. Other than wrapping my ankle in an ace, I don't see much I could do about it. Anyone else have 7's do this ? did you do anything to fix them ? I'd like to keep them if I can fix this, everything else about the boots is good.
  14. I know I can go to the dealer, but try to avoid it. I need a float valve and AP diaghram for my ol' friend 98 WR. The TT online store only shows year 2000 and newer, same with Sudco. Does anyone know if the FCR carbs are close enough so that I can order 2000 parts ? If not, what online resource will have part #'s and ability to order the older model parts. After many iterations of jetting this thing is dialed to perfection, and no cracked slide to date so I'm not looking for a replacement carb. thanks
  15. I have a 97 CR80 chassis in good shape but with an engine that needs a few hundred $$ to get back into working order. I just got an 04 CRF250 for my son, so now this bike is sitting and I want to put an XR100 engine in it if possible so my daughter can grow into it (and it could be a fun pit bike !) I have no idea where to start, or if this is even feasible. Has anyone done this ? Any pointers or suggestions ? Thanks