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  1. internetguy

    Importing bikes into Canada?

    No way would I ever bring anything across a border illegally. Really stupid stuff- and then to brag about it on an open forum? You could have a surprise in store for you, we have LEO's and others who are regular members. Smooth! Neil.
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    what is the average age of the wr owner

    49, been riding for 35 years, WR450, garage full of bikes. Still lovin' it. Full speed ahead.
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    teaching 6 yr old clutch tips

    Die Trying- I can see your point to be sure, but I'm thinking that while that's certainly a necessary skill, it's not one that little kids need at first-- there's a lot to get used to when they're first starting out. A 6 year old can barely pick themselves and the bike up after a fall- working a clutch is probably more than most little ones can do at first. Each kid is different of course, but a clutch was out of the question while teaching my 6 and 9 year old to ride their first bikes. Moreover, I think to MX154's point no one is buying her a bike, it's mostly about seeing if she can handle the CRF70. Good luck- good discussion here. My .02 cents. Neil.
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    teaching 6 yr old clutch tips

    I don't know that I'd put a 6 year old on a clutch bike. Let her ride a TTR50 or PW50 for a season; let her get used to riding, falling down, trusting her safety gear and all that. I taught my 6 year old girl to ride this year and she's having a ton of fun. A clutch is too much to ask for a first ride, IMHO-- there's so much else to get used to. She's a good little rider too-- as fast as her 9 year old brother on a larger bike. Take your time dad- auto clutch for first couple bikes then get her onto a manual tranny. My .02 cents. Neil Dallas.
  5. Dude-- no way trade straight across- the ZX is worth twice the XR. The XR's are good bikes and all; I had an XL500 (84) that was tricked out. One of the best wheelie and fun time machines I ever had. I bought an '04 WR450 for $3,400, fully set up. Sold an 85 XR600 for it. You wouldn't believe the difference in technology and fun factor. Blow the ZX out for $2,700. Sell it to the guy from Michigan, get him to kick in $500 for the freight (he'd spend that on the trip to Memphis), then ship it by Forward Air. You never make money on used bikes anyway, it ain't getting younger, plus it's standing between you and your next ride- unload it. Then take the cash and get an '04 or so WR450 or CRF and lower the suspension-- anyone building a streetfighter can certainly lower the suspension on a dirt bike- no drama there. All part of the fun. Enjoy! Cheers Neil.
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    Bike Shipping/Transport????

    I've used Forward Air four or five times. No prob, they're super at it, and the bike is enclosed in a metal crate made for motorcycles. The quote showed $300 if you use the small crate which ain't cheap but you'll spend most if not all of that with gas, hotel and food. Plus it doesn't sound like you want the drive. My .02 cents. Neil.
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    throwing in the towel

    Some good advice here; I'm near 50 and still really enjoy single track. I have to invest more in my strength and flexibility than before, but it's still fun. On the one hand, if you want to keep riding, cool, make the changes necessary to keep doing something you believe is fun. One the other hand, I've been around long enough to know that there comes a time when change is a good thing. I've ridden for about 40 years and yet don't understand why some believe it's a terrible thing to quit riding. It's not a death warrant or sign of giving up- it's just another change. Riding is partly about freedom- that includes the freedom to come into and go out from the sport. There's a lot of fun stuff to enjoy; riding is just one of them. Stay as long as it's fun, disassociate from any sense that you're not free to come and go in the sport. Life is much bigger than riding. My .02 cents. Neil.
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    Passenger Foot pegs

    I have a set of passenger pegs for my WR450, never used, brand new still in package. You can see them here: http://www.flandersco.com/action.lasso?-search&-database=_Flan_Levers.fp5&-layout=Accessories&-Format=AccessoryResultsP.html&-Error=AccessoryError.html&-Operator=Contains&Catagory=Accy7%20Footpegs Probably $20 labor to install at a local weld shop, 30 mins max, welds to subframe, then done, no reliability probs from clamps loosening. Can saw off and grind later if you wish, no drama there either. P.N. is 392-40024. Retail is $99, yours for $50 plus freight. Send me PM if interested, and thanks for helping me get more stuff out of my garage : ) Regards- Neil. Dallas, TX.
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    Most reliable 450?

    As was said, if you take care of them they're all pretty good. I've wrung out my WR450 all year and haven't put a nickel into it other than what I decided to change. That said, you're always going to replace expendables like tires, oil, the odd sprocket and chain etc. That's just paying your way as you go. And you sure as heck want to replace that stuff in your garage versus a failure ten miles from the nearest rock. The technology, build quality, materials and designs are just top notch these days. You won't go wrong but remember these are high performance toys; you can't wring them out indefinitely without some maintenance. All part of the fun I say. Enjoy! My .02 cents. Neil.
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    Lookout USA, dusty klatt is on the way!

    Congrats to Dusty, but he'll be lucky to crack the top ten in the U.S; he got smoked in SX. Might do okay in Europe if he went there though. My .02 cents. Neil.
  11. I've ridden for over 30 years, dirt, raced, street, blah, blah, the whole deal. I started when I was about 13. Not a natural rider, I had to learn my way by practice and learning from others. Did well as an amateur, top four expert in my region when I quit racing. I started my kids on dirt bikes one at six and the other eight. The younger one is a natural riding talent, the older one is more like me, a right brain rider. IMO it all depends on the kiddo, but unless the kid is really clamoring for one, I'd say generally wait until about six; they have decent raw strength and mental stamina for it then; there's no rush to get them into riding. More important than age is teach them the importance of always riding in full gear-- they're definitely going to need it. I've seen more than a few pinhead parents who let their kids ride without helmets "just in the pits". Sheesh. I can say in conclusion-- it's a ton of fun to ride with the entire family; even my wife really enjoys it; she has her own TTR-230. Just be patient for the first season-- they'll need most of that to become decent enough that you can go on trail rides. Focus on making it fun for each of them- please I pray avoid the little league dad syndrome. My .02 cents. Neil.
  12. I upgraded from an XR600 to a WR450 and you can't believe the difference in every important category. The bikes aren't even on the same planet. I liked my XR, don't get me wrong, but once you swing a leg over a modern 450, you'll be glad you made the move up. I chose a WR450 even though I really liked the CRFX; the price was way less for a used one and I like Yamaha's anyway. I've had mine for most of this riding season and it hasn't cost me a nickel except for the usual disposable things like tires. You won't go wrong with either the WR or CRFX-- enjoy and let us know how it worked out for you! Cheers- Neil.
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    Trail versus Motocross?

    Take a look at a TTR-230 if you're looking to put around and want a quiet, capable, very reliable machine. Lots of other good ones also, but I'd certainly recommend it for your use. I'd have to respectfully disagree with getting a 450; I have one and they're a lot more than what you need to putt around a couple acres in stealth mode. Cheers- Neil.
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    04 Wr450f

    I never rode a 650XR but I did have a 600XR and my WR450 is way faster. I'm still getting used to short shifting, but man does it haul when you cane it. Definitely more flickable in the tight stuff as well. Mine is tastefully and fully modded; I have not ridden a corked 450. Love the suspension also- it's like butter when set for your weight. E-start rules but it'll fire in one or two kicks also-- and no dang start sequence like a big Honda to get it lit up. I liked my 600, but the WR450 is way more advanced, and for me at least- way more fun in every way. You'll love the beast. Regards- Neil.
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    Should a noob buy brand new?

    Recommend buying used; I've been riding for a very long time and can afford either new or used. Unless you're planning to race, the difference between the latest and a bike a few years old won't make much difference, especially to a person brand new to riding. I bought a two year old WR450 for $3,400, a new one would be pretty close to double that out the door. I won't go twice as fast by spending twice the money, nor will I have twice the fun. When you decide to sell a used bike you can get most of your purchase price back unless you load it up with aftermarket items. When you sell a new bike, you lose probably 50% more on the transaction. Riding isn't something you do because it makes economic sense, but still- why not spend less money if you can have the same great time riding and spend less money? My .02 cents- Neil.