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    Who Changes their own Tires??

    I have found these directions to be helpful in changing tires. I followed Doug's instructions after 30 years away from dirt biking and found that even I could change a tire. Like he says, if your struggling your probably doing something wrong. Look at this link: And these two:
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    new member from new zealand

    Shane, Welcome to the Thumper Talk community. Hope you enjoy this forum and sport as much as we do. Would love to see your country some day. I hear it is amazing. Regards, Geoff
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    When did you start riding and on what?

    In 1971 I starting riding a Yamaha 175 Enduro. This was strictly for transportation as I could ride it legally with just a permit. Then a few years latter a guy I worked with got me into off road riding. My first off road bike was a Penton 125 Six Days model with a Sachs motor. This bike just fit me like a glove and provided many memorable rides. I currently ride a 2008 Husqvarna 450 TXC. Boy what a difference in technology from 1971, but it doesn't put a smile on my face like the old bikes do.
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    Vintage MX pics from sunday @ metcalf..

    Jeff, thanks for sharing these pictures. I always enjoy looking at the vintage bikes and seeing that they are still being enjoyed by their owners.
  5. Great pictures and great location. Thanks for posting.
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    Lets see your vintage ride

    I had a Penton 125 six day model around the same year. It was by far my most favorite bike I have owned. Enjoy your Penton. I wish I still had my 125 to ride trails on.
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    Lets see your vintage ride

    I purchased it like this. I thought the price I paid was probably less than what I would have in one that I restored myself. I have only rode it on the street in front of my house. Hope to take it out this weekend to the local track for a few easy laps.
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    Lets see your vintage ride

    I'm starting to go back to my youth in the mid 70's when I rode a Penton and various Husqvarna's. This is a 1974 Yamaha 250 MX. http://s637.photobucket.com/albums/uu92/gbunton/?action=view&current=April182009032.jpg
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    Swing arm bearing, how to remove?

    This home made press has worked very well for me in pressing bearings in and out. I use two old sockets, one that fits as close to possible for the bearing diameter and a larger one to push up against the swingarm/linkage (also catches the bearing when pressing them out) with a washer(s) behind each socket followed by a nut(s). Buy a few extra washers to fit the diameter and in case you bend them. This has worked on used bikes that I have purchased that had no grease on the bearings and came out in a cloud of rust. The one time it did not work, was on my sons RM85 which required an air impact hammer to drive it out. I actually bent the threaded rod on this one. Once it let loose it shot out like a cannon. Moral of this story is don't neglect servicing those bearings. After using this I think you will be quite pleased with it. With the low cost you can even lend it to friends. Thanks to the person who originally posted this home made bearing press.
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    Swing arm bearing, how to remove?

    This is the link to build your own press: http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=433397 This press has worked great for me.
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    Swing arm bearing, how to remove?

    You can buy a bearing press or you can build one for $3-$4 from the hardware store. Someone on TT posted an article sometime ago on how to build one. I will try and find the link. I built one and it has worked great on swingarm and linkage bearings. It is basically a threaded rod, some washers and nuts that utilizes different size sockets that allows you to press the bearing in or out. Anyone else remember where this is posted?
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