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    How Much Damage Can An Improperly Cared For Air Filter Cause?

    Just before an enduro many years ago I remembered I hadn't cleaned my filter so took it off and used the old gasoline approach. Then to dry it quickly I held it in the warm exhaust of my motorhome hot water heater. You guessed it, it burst into flames. I threw it in the Bellingham mud and stomped out the flames while my riding partner almost died from laughing so hard he couldn't breathe. I had to pick off the mud, crud and fused foam which was like lizard skin on the outside. First enduro I ever won my class in. So, yeah, cleaning with gas works but don't be an idiot like me. For the air box, Formula 409 from a spray bottle and that T shirt with the ragged collar you should have cut up for rags years ago. Start by tucking a clean piece of it into your carb intake first to keep crud out of there. I keep a spray bottle of 409 by my shop sink and wash my greasy paws with it too.
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    How Much Damage Can An Improperly Cared For Air Filter Cause?

    +1 And their oil plus grease on the sealing surface
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    Dual sport jacket and pants

    I like a jacket that can be stuffed into its own rear pocket and worn around your waist with its built in belt. And has zip off sleeves. Versitile. I think mine is a MSR. We do a lot of Dual Sports riding in North Cal where morning temps can be cool, especially on the coast and up in the mountains where we ride up to 10,000 ft. Then it can get hot as we descend and the day progresses.
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    I've never found the dial type pressure gauges to stand up to the rigors of carrying them on a bike. A good pencil gauge is usually pretty bullet proof...just calibrate it against another one you trust and it should work well for years.
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    I go to a local cheap tool place and buy the extensions and weld them in a T pattern for that tool. Then paint with silver paint so it doesn't look quite so crappy. Works great! I also like to have at least one short wobble extension for those hard to get at places.
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    Dr. Mark - Knee MRI

    Have you seen any good results from taking liquid or pill Glucosamine and Chondritin? I was supposed to have had to get new knees about 10 years ago due to meniscus deterioration. But a doc turned me on to that and now no pain and still riding dirt bikes at 71 years old. I take liquid "Joint Fuel"
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    Stage 3 AC dislocation questions.

    Sorry I don't know how the medical system works for our northern friends, so I can't say if you have any choice in getting it repaired. Hopefully whining, sniveling and complaining of the intense pain and weakness it has now might work if you really want to get rid of the "bump." It sounds like, mechanically, your function is pretty close to "normal" and the weakness may be due to muscle atrophy from not stressing it while it hurts so much. But maybe not. Did they set you up with physical therapy to get strength and function back...which can also measure the differential between the good side and the hurt side. If it was me, I'd play the system for all it's worth to get it back to as close to normal as possible before giving up. I really don't want to get into a discussion on which medical system is better, socialized medicine, blah blah blah. I'd rather focus on what you can do within your system to get you back to what you want, rather than what some doc who doesn't ride thinks. I had to tell docs here that I broke one of my clavicles (I've broken them both) on a bicycle instead of motorcycle (I was lying) so he wouldn't give me hell like he did before. Lately I've been finding much more acceptance of my motorcycle addiction since I'm clearly in much better shape because of it than most of the docs I've worked with. So continue to be your own best advocate for a complete repair if that's what you want. Hopefully a positive mindset about that will carry the day.
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    Stage 3 AC dislocation questions.

    Sounds like you have what some call a "high rider." That means that the tendons and connecting tissue on the shoulder end of your clavicle have separated and now it rides higher than it used to. That's the "big bump" When I did it I insisted on surgery right away and got it within a week. They screwed the clavicle down to the scapula and laced and repaired the tendons and connecting tissue holding the end of it down. After some weeks (I don't remember how many) they went in and took out the screw. While I was out and they were doing that, the doc lifted my arm up over and across my head to stretch out the connecting tissue and break the lesions free. I'm sure that would have hurt like hell had I not been out. I also did quite a bit of physical therapy to get the strength and mobility back. After a year it still hurt and after maybe 20 I can feel a twinge if I really try to stretch the arm over the head. Now it goes almost as far up as the other side. I was told that leaving it alone would produce almost the same results as the surgery, but it was a crapshoot. It may have gotten worse. Probably because I would not have done as many flexibility and strengthening exercises, like hanging from a door with that arm, to try to get it back to normal...which it will never be...the docs can only do so much. However I'm glad I did the surgery despite quite a lot of pain and effort involved for at least a year. Now you can't see that anything was done except for the surgery scar and I still ride pretty hard (I did an enduro last Sunday...I'm 71 years old) and did a cross country, at least one other enduro and little motocross in the last couple of years...plus lots of dual sport runs. I don't know if I would have had the excellent long-term results without the surgery. A 57ish year old friend didn't have the surgery and has that "high rider" It's staying high and it bugs him but he still rides. He wished he had had it fixed. People who say it's OK usually aren't wearing chest protectors much. All this is anecdotal, meaning it's just us telling you what we think about it. I would Google the hell out of the internet plus ask as many surgery nurses and medical equipment supply people you can who is a good doc that has a handle on fixing it right. I was lucky and got a doc without researching at all but....I was lucky. I hope this helps. Jim West Sacramento, CA
  9. September 25th and 26th. I have a spot available and the ride is sold out. I checked with the organizer and he said it's OK to sell my spot and just notify him. I also have cabin reservations right where the ride is staged so you can get accommodations as well. For more info on the ride see http://www.familyoffroadadventures.com/YosemiteDualSportAdventure.asp Cost is $99 plus the cabin, and I don't recall how much it was. You don't need to take the cabin if you don't want it; I can cancel that but not the ride signup. Since it is sold out, this could be your only opportunity to ride it this year. PM me and we can get you set up.
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    esentials for riding alone

    My guess is that, if you lived in WA as I used to and rode by yourself and ever heard about what happened to people who stayed out overnight unexpectedly you'd take most of the gear that WA rider takes. Right now, if you do get stuck out overnight your family might not have to hear about your dying from hypothermia because it's CA. Or maybe they would. I've ridden dirt bikes now for about 48 years and have still learned much here from the sincere folks.
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    esentials for riding alone

    Hmm. How long have you been riding? Sometimes a small hole can be fixed with a patch or slime and sometimes a large gash requires a new tube. I've watched an ISDE Six Day rider change the complete tire and tube in about 2 minutes!! Of course they (and I) do the trick of shaving one side of the rim down just a bit so the tire slips off easier. However I'm likely to hour out on an enduro if I try to change a tire.
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    esentials for riding alone

    Just took a look at the Camel Back backpack and found something I'd forgotten to mention: Toilet paper in a ziplock bag. Also some newspaper to help start a fire in another zip lock and extra space blanket. Whole thing weighs just about nothing. I think I'll throw in a compass in case the gps gets knocked off or I forget it, extra batteries and the super glue. Also a little Marine Tex to fix a busted case if necessary. A little trick I heard is where a six-day rider (I think) who lost his crank case oil managed to milk the oil out of his forks and get it into the engine so he had enough lubrication to get him and the bike on in. I like the idea of the pepper spray, which I've heard discourages bears and cougers. Even in CA the bears are getting much less afraid of people and there are more and more cougar sightings. (They outlawed hunging with dogs, ie big cat hunting.) I might feel better at night with the Glock .45; however don't want it confiscated by some zealous person with a badge and don't think it stops a determined bear.
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    esentials for riding alone

    I carry the SPOT gps. Plus enough tools to work on the bike...in fact I always try to use only the tools on my bike and in my back pack when doing maintenance so I know what might need out there. Cigarette lighter, waterproof matches and some fire starter. Space blanket. Duct tape, wire, tie wraps, tire kit. (If I'm definitely going alone, on goes the front fender pack with the extra front tube.) Small, double-action tire pump, lightweight tire tools. Pen and small note book. Asprin (saved a friend's life, the doc said, who was having a heart attack with those once) small first aid kit, ID, some $$, light rope for towing or putting up a shelter, flashlight (actually small headlamp), a multipurpose tool (Leatherman) on the front of my chest protector. Of course the water in the the Camel Back (with some energy stuff mixed in) and a couple of energy bars. I usually also have a Garmin GPS on the handlebars which has gotten me back to the truck a few times rather than running out of gas. I know it sounds like a lot to carry, but I put some in the rear fender bag, some in my back pack and some in a little fanny pack I wear on the front and really don't notice it. After all, when I'm out alone I'm not competing in an enduro or hare scrambles, so a little extra weight to save my life is well worth it. EDIT: Whoa! I started this after reading page one, then got an hour and a half phone call. Finished it without reading all the other posts and posted. Just got back and read the rest. Lots of good advice from everyone! It's nice to see how many of us think alike.
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    450 EXC v. CRF 450x

    After retiring from riding for abt 12 yrs, got a Honda 230 to ride with my grandson. Then stepped up to 2005 KTM 450 EXC. What a hoot! Put a Rekluse auto clutch in, tuned the suspension and went out and won my over 60 class. Once in an enduro and again in a Hare scrambles. The combo of the Rekluse, elec start and great power band got me the hole shot at the hare scrambles. Got second in 2 other (family) enduros. No, I don't consider myself that good of a rider...the bike is so good it's like cheating! Suspension soaks up the whoops and the power band is so "just right" it doesn't wear you out...so quickly. I change oil, lube the chain, tighten up things and just ride the heck out of it. No problems. Plated it as well after adding aftermarket turn sigs, etc. Maybe the Honda is a great bike, but you definitely won't be sorry with the KTM!!