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  1. roee

    Leatt Brace is NO GOOD!!!!

    To my understanding, the Leatt should prevent most of the injuries to the spinal column by eliminating compression fractures that occur where you get hit straight on the head (by screwing a jump and landing head first, for example). It's not just neck injuries. Maybe any of the Dr's here could further address this issue?
  2. That's just grand. I have a Leatt Brace now that I've ordered direct from Leatt at South Africa (I don't live in the US, unfortunately ) but I don't think I will ever do business with them again, at least after another company comes out with a comparable product. Which WILL happen. I can't think of any common protective product that is only made by one company. It's a large business and others will catch up.
  3. Why doesn't the same reasoning apply to helmets? Anyway, don't forget this product was sponsored and endorsed by KTM and BMW, who use it for their factory riders (rebranded). KTM almost retired from the Dakar after having a rider die every year; This brace is part of the answer. I'd get one. I AM getting one.
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    Leatt-Brace - Yes or No?

    Don't forget this was sponsored and endorsed by both KTM and BMW. KTM were sick of having their top rally stars die every year (Meoni, for instance), so they now make all their riders wear it (rebranded "KTM" and painted orange). This isn't just a garage-developed product.
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    Riding computer survey

    So what is a reasonable price point? I doubt it could go below 450$ and still maintain the good features. It's not mass-market like normal GPS are. Also, don't worry about crashing it, it's designed for such abuse. So would anyone reconsider at 450$? Just trying to get some data straight. Thanks!
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    Riding computer survey

    Well, riding, computers?
  7. Hey guys, In case someone offered you a riding computer that is: 1. Completely CNC machined, anodized and looks $$$ - also very rugged, water/dust proof 2. Has GPS tracking/routing (but no maps, only direction indications, like old Garmins) 3. Can be loaded using USB with more GPS routes, or download the tracks into a computer (using common .GPX format) 4. Has handlebar controls (for ALL functions) 5. Has a large, sunlight readable screen (one-color, though) 6. Has a very very nice lap counting functionality (can even use the GPS to track lap starts, so you don't have to press a button) 7. Has full enduro computer functionality, and a speedometer mode with resettable odometers/engine hours/total odo 8. Software upgradeable with promise for more features in the future 9. Designed to fit your specific bike, in terms of mounting Estimated market price for such a thing would be approximately 600$. It can't offer what a modern Garmin can in terms of mapping and routing features, but it's extremely rugged, good looking and has many bike/racing specific features Garmins lack. The emphasis in the design is towards easy and safe use during riding, a thing no GPS offers at the moment. Would you be interested?
  8. roee

    Wr450 weight

    I don't think an alloy frame makes much difference in terms of weight, if any. Of course, the manufacturers would like you to think it does.
  9. roee

    WR450 vs. KTM450EXC

    Sure, but I'm guessing there is some similarity to the '06. I mean, it's PROBABLY not a world of difference. So I'd like to hear from '06 owners. I'm quite heavy, at approximately 270lbs with all gear, I'm wondering if the WR will fit me better in terms of suspension (after respringing, obviously). Thanks!
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    WR450 vs. KTM450EXC

    I know the responses are likely to be biased towards the WR, but that's not a bad thing. I'm looking to, perhaps, change color to blue at 2007 (new WR). What are your impressions about the differences between the two? Most interested in the suspension. Thanks.
  11. You make them monies, you buy them bikes, quite simple. Maybe they have spendy parents? Summer jobs? Look at the bright side of things - my 2005 KTM 250EXC cost me, here, 14,700$. Getting a new one is a hit of something like, err, 4500$. Now THAT sucks.
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    R and D

    Thanks for the great read guys. Good to have such threads among the "OMG I CLEARED TEH 200FT TRIPPLE TODAY AND ONLY BROKE MY L1-L6"
  13. Who did the transition? I know of many going the other way around. I'm frustrated by the suspension (2005 250EXC), thinking about changing color. It's not the bike fault as it's mine, at 270lbs w/gear, but still I'd like to get a plusher ride. Heard that the WR might be the ticket. It doesn't seem that KTM has done many changes to the 2007 suspension or I'd get one in a heartbeat. I really dislike the thought of leaving the KTM camp, but my back will thank me. Just one question though, do you think a WR will require a revalve at my weight to function in an acceptable manner?
  14. Hey guys, I'm trying to get rid of some harshness present in my suspension at the moment. I'm less troubled by the fork (running .46 springs, original .40, with Fabtech shim stack), much more troubled by the rear (running 9.4kg spring, original 7.6). It's harsh, the compression seems to ramp up WAY too soon. The problem mostly appears on high-speed compression stuff (like square edges at high speed). Most of the stuff I've read suggests that by going with considerably stiffer springs I'll make the suspension ride higher in the stroke, making a more compliant ride. Does this make any sense? Thanks!
  15. If anything, get a two stroke KTM, like the 300XC-W. Countless people have transitioned from one of the bikes you've listed and never looked back. Super-light feeling, lots of torque down low, will scream on top, it's a weapon.