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  1. I realize this is probably too little too late, but maybe someone else who is considering a carbon fiber helmet will read this. Albeit they are light, but I think they are too hard. Hard shell helmets do not give resulting in concussions. I just went through this when researching my helmet. The link has some really good info. http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/gearbox/motorcycle_helmet_review/index.html
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    This may be a stupid question.

    Basically, the Rekluse lets you shift the bike without using the clutch lever. I had one in my 02' KTM 400 EXC and put one in my 07' KTM 250 XCF-W. I ended taking it out of my 250 after 3 rides. They are fine in a larger bike as they have the torque to lug the bike, but the smaller bore bikes don't have the torque needed to lug the bike, so you end up having to slip the clutch anyway. Also, I found that I am a much faster and more aggressive without the Rekluse. I feel it makes you a lazy rider, which is fine for trail riding, but if you are a racer, and want to learn how to ride faster, I suggest you forgo the Rekluse and learn how to slip the clutch effectively.
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    Dieseljo.com

    Brad140, Here is a link to the Pearson Enduro info. http://www.madisonmotorcycleclub.org/enduros.htm I did this last year as my first Enduro ever and had a great time. I am definitely planning to go again this year. ~Smooth
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    Dieseljo.com

    Speaking of places to go... While having a mild panic attack after seeing the status of the DJ forum, I put a post on the Madison Motorcycle Club group regarding setting up a usable forum (i.e. dieseljo) and it got some legs. The monthly MMC meeting was last night and we got two thumbs up to proceed with getting the forum online. I am not sure of the time line, but I am anxious to get working on it. I will keep y'all posted as to the status as things develop. ~Smooth
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    Dieseljo.com

    I was thinking that she could ride the kids ride on Saturday. It is listed as a "Dual Sport" ride in the April American Motorcyclist magazine on P.87. I emailed about it and this is what I was told about the Dual Sport. "There will be a kids' trail ride on the Saturday before the enduro (4/28). It will be a low-key deal, short and informal, just something..." I would not expect it would be on any of the rocky trails. If I recall, there is an ATV trail there that is fairly low key that she could ride if it is available to motorcycles. ~Smooth
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    Dieseljo.com

    Hey all, Smooth here. Good to see the gang working through this huge loss. I personally would like to thank Joey for all his efforts for the past 10 years. If it were not for him and his work, motorcycling in Wisconsin would have been much less than it has been. Thanks Joey! I would also like to thank PhotoDan for posting on the Madison Motorcylce Club forum and pointing me to this link. On a side note, I just purchased my wife her first motorcycle! She is very excited to learn. It is a 2003 KLX125. If the weather begins to cooperate, I hope to get her comfortable enough to ride at Pearson on Saturday. ~Smooth
  7. Hi All, I just purchased a 2003 KLX 125L for my wife to learn on and it did not come with a manual. I have ordered the manual, but I need to know how to adjust the chain to the proper tension before it is ridden. I ride KTMs, so I am not familiar with the KLX's suspension. The chain is clearly loose, but I don't know how tight it should be. I was going to remove the rear shock and align the rear swing arm with the countershaft, but I am not sure if that is correct for this bike. I also don't know how to remove the rear shock, so any input on that would be helpful. My KTM does not have the linkage as the KLX does, so I don't know if there are any gotcha's on this. Feel free to chime in if you have any other helpful tips regarding mods, do's and do not's, helpful web sites on this model, sag settings, etc. Thanks!
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    Dual Sport for my wife

    Thanks for the input and the replies! I have been leaning toward the dr250s or the XT225, but finding a affordable used one is not easy. I don't want to sink a lot of $ into it as it may be something that she simply does not like. Too bad there is not some type of rental program that you could use a bike for a week or so to find out if it is something that is for you. I see plenty of bikes out there that were bought for my ... and they did not like to ride, so it is for sale with very few miles on it.
  9. I am in the process of researching what my options are for a dual sport bike for my wife. She is 5'2" and 120Lbs and this would be her first motorcycle so I am looking for something that would be easy to ride and would be very tame and light. I was thinking that a ttr125le would be a good fit, but I need to be able to title the bike in WI as we would like to do some dual sport rides as well as some country riding when camping. There is a Yamaha TW200 for sale in the area, but I am afraid that it would be too heavy. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!
  10. I could not get the seals out by themselves. What I did was bashed from the non-drive side with a 1/2" socket extension which pushed the seal out on the drive side. After the seal was out on the drive side, I bashed from the drive side (pushing the bearing back into the joint). I continued to bash the bearing from the drive side until both the bearing and the seal were out. As a side note, if I remember correctly, the 1/2" socket extension without a socket will wedge inside the bearing joint allowing you to hit the socket extension with a hammer pushing the joint out of the opposite side.
  11. I could not get the seals out by themselves. What I did was bashed from the non-drive side with a 1/2" socket extension which pushed the seal out on the drive side. After the seal was out on the drive side, I bashed from the drive side (pushing the bearing back into the joint). I continued to bash the bearing from the drive side until both the bearing and the seal were out. As a side note, if I remember correctly, the 1/2" socket extension without a socket will wedge inside the bearing joint allowing you to hit the socket extension with a hammer pushing the joint out of the opposite side.
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    bike desision

    Have you looked into the HT-Racing 315 kit for the 250 xc-f? A bit spendy, but there have been many positive reviews on the 315 kit on ktmtalk.com. http://www.ht-racing.com/motorsuspension.html
  13. I replaced mine last month on my 02' 400EXC. It was rusted and majorly crusty. I used a socket that fit just inside the diameter of joint and bashed it out. I replaced it with an F-bushing. A link to the F-bushing review is below. http://ktmtalk.com/index.php?showtopic=196238
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