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  1. Just a little update: talked to RaceTech and they advised on even softer mid and base valve stacks, and more float. This finally got the fork plush, maybe even a little too plush as I had to go up on the compression adjustment a little. What I was able to observe at this point was that there wasn't enough rebound dampening, and some of the harshness in the front end was actually coming from the shock. Went in about 6 turns and the difference was amazing. Being comfortable enough with the bike I finally raced it on Sunday, 40+ Intermediate, and I found a big improvement over the Yamaha. Faster lap times and better result. Was able to put the bike where I wanted in the corners much more easily.
  2. Interesting topic, I am struggling with the same thing! First ride the bike was pushing the front end and it was washing out on me. Little history - 03 yz250f, 06 yz450f, 08 yz450f, 225lbs without gear, 6'-4" tall, 48 year old b-c vet mx racer. Picked up the RM in March and re-sprung the shock (6.3 kg/mm) and revalved the fork and shock with RaceTech parts. All this was before riding (season started late this year). Installed Windham bend bars. I resprung and revalved all three Yamahas as well. First mistake was setting the preload from the build sheets instead of measuring. I figured I would confirm at the track but was too anxious to ride. Really struggled with front end pushing and washing out. Back home checked the sag and it was way off, close to 115mm, reset to 100mm. Next ride corners were better, but still not the effortless turning I remember from riding a 2005 RM. Fork pretty harsh as well. Tried backing off compression, 2 clicks at a time, until I was 18 turns out, better but still not like the YZ. Next I reset the compression back to 12 turns and increased the preload on the fork, about 5 clicks in for a total of 8 I believe. This improved the fork, and I am now out about 14 clicks on the compression. Considering removing some oil but am using all but the last inch of travel right now. Fork oil levels are L320, R350. Third time out was Saturday (yes, only about 2 hours on the bike) and the cornering and ride is getting better. I didn't adjust anything this time and I think I am faster than I was on the YZ, although my arms and hands are pretty beat about 12-15 minutes into a moto, and the track wasn't too brutal as far as braking and acceleration bumps go. I am thinking about removing a little oil from the forks next, and adjusting the fork tube height in the clamps (close to stock right now I think). I'm tempted to go back in the fork and pick a softer compression stack, but it seems pretty close. Also have to add in the fact I haven't been riding for six months and the season normally starts off pretty rough on the hands and arms. Overall however, I am extremely happy with the bike and am confident we will get it dialed in.
  3. Florida

    That is great news! I am glad your buddy got his bike back. They said they would call me if they found it but I might give them a call just in case. The Marion County Sheriffs Office seems to be trying pretty hard but even if they spot the bikes it is pretty hard to catch the person on it.
  4. Florida

    The police just recovered the RMZ250. Maybe there is hope for the other bikes still. I believe it was found in Ocala. As far as insurance goes my insurance company won't insure the bikes because we race them, and we can't get Progressive in Ontario, at least last time I checked.
  5. Florida

    We were sleeping in the trailers at the time (all 16 of us) . We figure it was sometime between 4:30am and 5:30am. The cable was about 5/8" or 15-20mm. The police were surprised the thieves were able to cut it. Next time we will completely surround the bikes with the trailers and the p/u so they can't get them out. If they find any of the bikes I hope it is before it is too late, I doubt the crack heads riding them will be too worried about regular maintenance.
  6. Florida

    The bikes in the pictures in the post are the missing ones, except we don't have a picture of the rmz250. They don't lock the gates but it wouldn't have mattered as the thieves cut a hole in the chain link fence and pushed the bikes through.
  7. Last Friday night we had 4 bikes stolen while camping at Hardrock. They were secured together, 15 in total, with a heavy steel cable (Krypton), and parked between our two RV's with the outside lights on. The thieves cut the cable and took the 4 bikes on the end. They were a 2008 rmz 250, 2006 yz450f (ae), 2004 rm85 big wheel with a PR2 105cc motor, and a 1999 yz400f. Please contact the Marion County Sheriff's Department, Case 10004991 if you have any information. Their phone number is 352-732-8181. I will gladly give a reward if it helps recover any of the bikes. This sure put a damper on our little holiday.
  8. Florida

    Thanks for all the info. Was a great time at Hard Rock. No one got seriously hurt and we were able to ride all but Friday afternoon when the skies opened up. On bummer though was that we had 4 bikes stolen Friday night. I will post details in a new thread.
  9. Florida

    Thanks for the suggestions. Latest weather shows rain tomorrow and Friday in SC, GA, AL, and north FL. Looks like we'll drive to Gainsville/Ocala area and hit up Hardrock and Motocross of Marion County if possible. They show decent weather and it is only another 5 hours.
  10. Florida

    A group of 15 of us are heading south from Ontario, Canada this Wednesday and hoping to ride Thur-Sun. We are committed on the timing but the weather doesn't seem to be cooperating. Originally planned to stay at Monster Mountain MX in Alabama but with all this rain we are looking for suggestions for an MX facility that is RV and rain friendly.
  11. From the TVR website www.tvrmx.com Small Track: Tyke beginner, intermediate, expert 65 beginner, intermediate Big Track: 65 expert Small Wheel beginner, junior, expert Open beginner 125 junior 250f junior 250 junior Open Ladies Open intermediate, expert Vet beginner, junior, expert Open youth On the big track smaller classes are combined with staggered starts, ie Vet junior and expert, 125 and 250 junior, ladies and vet beginner, and Small wheel junior and expert.
  12. Not the best picture but here you go. I missed the part about black hubs, but at least you can see the wheels.
  13. I had the number in TVR and CMRC last year in the "age" classes and 250f junior (TVR). I was thinking of signing up for SCR this year instead of CMRC, and haven't put numbers on the bike yet because I may not get 917. I haven't payed for TVR yet so the numbers are still up for grabs. (for now) I'll change my avatar.
  14. How long are the motos with SCR?
  15. You may have to pay PST too, depending on how sharp they are at customs (you're supposed to but they usually forget because it is a vehicle). You might want to get pricing from Ohio. They don't charge any state tax and it's not that much farther. We got our YZ's at Yamaha of Columbus.