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  1. dirtcurt

    Jumping with 5 missing spokes?

    I too wonder about this one. If you have to ride the bike and have no other means to fix it to get back it's better than walking. You may tweak the rim to never be able to straighten it again. Fix it. How hard is it to put in a few spokes?
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    07-On KTM, EXC HID Headlight Upgrade

    I was able to get some time behind 5 led BD led lights and a 18"led lightbar. All I can say is save your money and wait for those leds. They are instant on and so bright, so tough, and the only way to go in my opinion.
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    what happened to honda 2strokes

    Not Fast(2T)? Anybody remember the shootout between a Service Honda 5002t and a pumped up 5504T CRF? Not even close in the holeshot by 2-3 bike lengths. The 21 year old tester couldn't believe how fast it(2t) was after thinking the 5504t was really fast. In the test I think the 34 year old vet rider would eventually get passed by the younger guy after about 2-3 laps. Get em close in CCs and the pinger will kill 4t.
  4. Well I have to say I'd bust ya after 4k in SOD this summer. That grass is hard to keep nice without riding on it. What did your parents say?
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    Verplank trail (27E03)

    Well i suffered a setback today. i am one hand typing today because i went in for what i thought a simple clean out on my left shoulder. i had my right done 12 weeks ago and it was a clean out. i was able to ride street in three days and dirt in.....well self incrimation over-rides this comment. lets just say my doctor is great! and recovery WAS great to this day. however when they cracked me open they found the normal things in error like my right shoulder BUT one of the tendons that attaches my bicept muscle to my bone was detached! not good. 5 weeks of no use(in sling) and who knows how long recovery will be. i almost cried. All i can say is if you have ANY shoulder issues that come and go, go see your doctor! i had problems off and on for 8 years mri did not find it. xray found impingment and it caused the problem. i went back and fourth for 8 years with company and insurance. lawer fixed it( too late for my left side). now i cant ride for a while. its Razor time! long winded but i was able to ride to crabtree monday! i think by looking at the ridge and bottom of trails this could be doable! and a great trail! i was in my landcruiser so could not explore too much but think i have been on this trail from the bottom. i don't think this trail will be that steep. if it drops to the river it could be tough. the crabtree side used to have a road a mile up the ridge and ive been on it with a f-150. the connection might not be that bad because the ridge has one constant grade from the cherry gap side that did not look bad. i also found out that one reason FS might not be helpful is this is hard for the hume lake fs to get to. they might not want people to get out of millwood on this trail. it was also part of the water flume route from lake sequoia and had flume tender cabins along the way. i don't know this for fact but was told it came from "they felled the giants" a book about the redwoods. i also don't think you could have too much trouble from fs if they found you working on it when they just are about to pass a new road use agreement that says no road or trail closures in the SNm. it could even force them to open it??? It IS a numbered trail. my feelings are they can't close this trail for some reason, because if they wanted to and could they would. i also talked to the orv guy from fs and he claimed now its a monument and a stroke of a pen and they can do what they want. seems they would have stroked this trail away long ago, this makes me wonder and the trail number makes me wonder why it's so different from the others? the shift key is a pain when you are one handed! sorry!
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    California Smog Testing...You have been warned!!!

    Ok I pulled the pin and I'm gunna toss it. If half of the Bay Area guys and So Cal guys would get it together and toss those idiots out of office we would not have this problem. I'm going to blame it on you because Central Cal votes right and we get these laws stuffed down our throats along with the Boxers and Feinsteins/Pelosis. I too am planning my escape to get away from these liberal fools. I am eligible to retire in 2013 and until then I'm under siege. After that I'm packing my s##t. Maybe sooner. Yesterday and today I spent a total of about 8 hours trying to register my 74 Landcruiser after thinking of Non-Oping it. Well God help you if you let your insurance laps in this state you will regret it. It will be almost 2 weeks before I can clear it up all because Arnold decided to contract insurance policeing with an OHIO company of all things. Can you tell I'm pi%%ed, I AM. What happened to "pursuit of happiness" part of our constitution?
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    Oil completely vanished from 525 EXC

    No! ......Dealer.
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    Verplank trail (27E03)

    Well I planted a seed to get the trail cleared in the FS system. The person I talked to thought this was a good Idea for many reasons so we will see what he finds. He also mentioned once it gets open( if it does) a volunteer system needs to be set up to keep after the trail and keep a line of communication going with FS. As far as negatives he thought there could be Indian archiological sites that could be threatened. Currently the pot growers are damaging so much remote areas they may be a bit more open to having people(eyes) in the remote areas. I'm not that good at putting the volunteer side together but did contact Blue Ribbon Coalition to see what could be done. If anybody has any ideas post them here. Last Question is has anybody here ever gone through the correct trail from one end to the other? Would this be best set as a one way trail? Is it all downhill or uphill?
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    Verplank trail (27E03)

    I just got off the phone with a Miramonte CDC trail crew supervisor and got the skinny on the trail clearing training they need. According to him they LOOK for areas to train on and would need only permission to clear that trail and they could go. He said they charge $200 a day for the whole crew of 17 when they are hired to work for other agencys. I also will be calling another person today on the FS side to see what it will take to clear the trail from there. I suspect that somewhere I will meet the "kink" in the system but this looks like a good start.
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    Verplank trail (27E03)

    Hmm... I lost my post? Anyway, we need some green sticker money and to hire the Miramonte Convicts to clear the trail. They could do it in a day or two. That's interesting the trail goes the wrong way. I saw the right turn and decided not good. So where do we go from here? This trail is so cool. It was the old flume trail and houses were there for flume tenders. Lots of history.
  11. Are you sure it's a "gal"? We are in kalifornia fer sure fer sure.
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    Verplank trail (27E03)

    Hello, bumping this thread because I was looking for this trail and was wondering if it has been opened? Seems like the FS is trying to get this one closed or converted to walking trail. Saturday I rode about a mile down this trail and it seemed ok. Anybody ever get through? It seems strange that FS is now marking this on the maps(not closed) they give out???? I'm getting the feeling they would like to open it to foot travel so they are calling it a trail bike trail bikes are not using. Any thoughts?
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    My first KTM. 2008 450 EXCR

    I would take it out and run the heck out of it. My 450 would dump oil into the pipe and smoke like you wouldn't believe. I did lower the oil a bit and proceeded to give it hell until it was going to blow or get better. It got better and I run the recommended amount of oil which is past the sight glass with no smoke. When it did smoke to give you an idea how much, imagine at least 6 to 10 foot white stream 8"-10" wide for half a second. It was the perfect height to blast a person next to you right in the face if you pulled away from them first and the wind was right. Now after 1800 miles and half being in the dirt this is one of the best bikes ever. I did have to shake down a few things but they are long forgotten. I would have another 3k on it but I liked this bike so much I bought a 07 950sm. It to is a blast as well and everybody who takes it out comes back with a huge smile! I have had no issues with the 950sm.
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    Who Has GPR Steering Stabilzer

    If you really want to test it stand on the pegs and go through various terrain. Highway speeds 8, 4-5 most other times. I like being able to pull a hand from the bars while on the pegs. Mine is a GPR.
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    620 LC4 RXC SM Wheel Options

    I put a set of 2008 Behr wheels on my 98 620sc. The rear is basically the same for all bikes cush or not. You may need to look at the brake rotors to see if they are directional. I even think the rear will go on a DRZ 400. I put on a 5" rim and had to modify the chain guide plus change the offset by adjusting the spokes to move away from chain. The front was easy if you have access to a machine shop that will work with you. All you need is the original late model spacers to build the outer dimentions and then have them fit a 20mm(whatever size you have) axle into them. I also had to take a few thousands off opposite side of the brake caliper to fit it enough to not rub the brake assembly. Watch the front brake hose, mine got sucked into the rim and rubbed on it. I was able to run a 150 rear tire. The rims have worked well. You will need a 16t front and 40-45t rear. I think there may be a 38t rear as well and I would get one of those. The sc needs tall gears and it helps with vibration. You will need a new chain too. The stock brakes work fine. If you want to see it it is linked on the 1995 Plastic Orange thread in this forum. A funny side note is the tires don't like loading ramps and spin instead of grabbing like knobbys if you power up your ATV ramps. Look out! Hope this makes sense I had 2 Norcos tonight because of shoulder surgery.