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  1. fixedbrian

    80/85cc MX bike with low-end?

    Thanks for all the advice. I bought a 2001 KX100. I got it for a decent price and it seems nice and "tight". I won't get to have a real ride on it until after Christmas when I give it to him :-( One final bit of advice - it has a full Pro Circuit exhaust system, but the original system was also supplied. I am guessing that the Pro Circuit will sacrifice a bit of bottom-end in favour of top-end so I plan to put the original back on until he gets used to it. Does anyone have experience with this bike and the stock pipe .vs. a Pro Circuit? Does it make much difference to the bottom-end power? Thanks, Brian
  2. fixedbrian

    Like my new fork tools?

    The Yamaha "Cap bolt ring wrench" that I plan to buy incorporates a rod holder... Regards, Brian
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    Like my new fork tools?

    He made them for me as a favour - in his spare time. I'm pretty sure there are way too many hours in them to be worth buying. I asked him how much they would cost to make when he bought them over and I think he got up to about 6 hours and then we started talking about something else :-) He said that if he was to make them again it would be a fair bit quicker as he was not sure how the plastic would perform so he was very gentle with it. Work out (say) 4 hours in a big machine shop plus materials... If you really want a set let me know and I will ask him if he is interested and a price. Regards, Brian
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    Like my new fork tools?

    I went to my local shop to order some Yamaha fork tools. They said there were none in the country and there would be a long wait. So, I had a described what I needed to a good friend of mine who just happens to be a fitter and turner (that's probably not his "real" title, but you get the idea). He admits he went a bit over the top, but I'm not complaining To open the top of my KYB twin chamber forks: To install fork seals: The tube is some really high-tech, strong, self lubricating plastic that was left over from a big job. The slide hammer is brass! Now all I have to buy is the tool for the big outer nut at the top. Almost makes me want my seals to start leaking so I can use them! Regards, Brian
  5. fixedbrian

    80/85cc MX bike with low-end?

    156cm (~5'1"), but just starting to grow...
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    80/85cc MX bike with low-end?

    Thanks for all the replies. Yes, the CRF150R would probably be perfect, but still too much money for the amount of riding he does. The KX100 sounds great and I have even found one at a decent price close to home. Does anyone know if they can be converted to "small-wheel"? The only specs I can find say the wheels are 16 rear, 19 front which would probably still make it too big for him. I have a set of 14 rear, 17 front wheels in the back shed so I am hoping I can just buy some shorter spokes and re-lace the hubs to the smaller rims? Thanks, Brian
  7. My son has just about out grown his 1981 YZ80H and I'd like to get him something a bit newer :-) He learned on the YZ and is pretty much used to having to rev it to go anywhere, but it does not really suit the type of riding we do - mainly hilly, tight trails. Problem is, I can't stand the thought of getting him something like an XR100 etc. with no suspension. The ideal bike for him would probably be something like an XR100 motor in an CR80/85 frame, but we don't ride often enough for me to spend that much. So, I am looking for a '00-'05 80 or 85cc MX bike for him. I'd welcome any experience regarding low-end power in these bike. I know none of them have much, but I am pretty sure some are better than others. My understanding is that the CRs are the worst for low-end, but I don't really know. Is there any particular model/year I should keep away from? Is there any particular model/year I should look for? Thanks, Brian
  8. fixedbrian

    Lets See Your Pitbike/Playbike Pics

    Have a listen to the sound - it matches the video pretty well and sounds like and old JR80 should. I reckon that is "normal" speed.
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    Gopher Dunes!

    Yeah, there is one of him on the ground - but it is the other side. Maybe it turned into a highside?? :-)
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    Gopher Dunes!

    If he rode that out it goes down as the best cornering pic. I have ever seen
  11. fixedbrian

    Is motocross better without ricky and james

    How can you say he's got them? He is not racing because made a mistake while racing and he is now injured. Yes, he is very fast - but to win races (and titles) you need to stay on the bike. I suspect that there are quite a few others at the top end who could go just as fast as James, but they hold back a bit to stay on their bikes ("hold back" may be a bit strong, but they seem to have a better balance between speed and control) - and guess what, they are still in the race for the title and one of them will win it... I still think he is amazing, I'm just saying: 1. he is not in the same class as Ricky outdoors. 2. he is out of the title because he made a mistake - the rest have beaten him fair and square. Oh, and yes - I am enjoying it more now that Ricky and James are out. I know it does not make sense when I sit back and think about it but I just find that I just much more "involved" watching the closer races. Maybe if I was watching it at the track it would be different to watching it on television...
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    Steel City Torrent??

    I'm starting to get worried that we might never get it. I have seen AMA MX torrents that look to come from two different people in the past and they both seem to have missed this one I'm in Australia - we got one round (I can't remember which) of this years AMA MX series about two months after it happened. We are now getting bits and pieces of the FIM series - Round 2 from Spain is on next week. What's that, nearly 5 months old
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    Roost anybody?

    Not me, but a friend: And another. Not huge roost - but still a nice pic: A bit more: Wow, I've got more than I thought: And finally, the one I was looking for:
  14. I agree that that is nothing close to Yamaha (or anything Japanese!), but if I were Yamaha I would be worried about the PeeWee clones! http://www.zuma.com.au/MotorcyclesPY50.htm
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    Photoshopped bike of the day

    If you want something free there is also Paint.NET. I use it for really basic stuff (because that's all I can do...) and it seems OK to me. I've read some good reviews about it as well.