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  1. Yeah, it's "special" in the Dana Carvey Church Lady, "Isn't that special?" kind of way.
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    Anaheim III sucked!!

    When you go out in public, there is a certain amount of decorum expected regardless of the venue. Your rights to act like an ******* end at the edge of your property. If you want to get drunk and act like an idiot, what right do you have to subject me or someone's kids to it? Why do I have to accept it? I judged you based on your expression (and the poor way you expressed yourself) that you have some right to act and behave as you see fit and that I must accept it simply because I chose to attend the same event as you. That just isn't how a society works. Nobody's trying to take away your rights to drink and party, just restrict how and where you do it. An event that is open to the general public and aimed mostly at underage kids is not one where people should be allowed to act as they please. And drunken behavior in public should not be tolerated anywhere.
  3. CycleWriter

    Carpool Kibosh

    Stick around and read more. Air injection does almost nothing to actually reduce emissions. All it does is dilute them so they measure less at the tailpipe. Motorcycles also have limits they must meet to be sold. Yes, they are higher because of the lack of sophisticated controls, but they aren't that much higher. The components of exhaust that do the most damage are not "stinky." Carbon monoxide is odorless and the biggest component of smog is particulate matter, which is caused mostly by diesels and engines out of tune or beyond wear limits. A smoking engine is one that is not operating properly and was not the point of this discussion. Unlike you and CARB, I was not referring to theoretical calculations, but to real-world observations. A motorcycle that meets EPA and CARB standards for sale in the US would contribute less emissions than an average passenger vehicle over the same distance in traffic. That statement is based on A) the smaller displacement of the motorcycle, and the motorcycle's ability to navigate the same stretch of roadway in less time. Also, because of the motorcycle's superior hp-to-weight ratio, it can operate more efficiently than the average passenger car. No matter how you look at it, getting drivers out of their cars is a good thing. Mass transportation would be best, but a motorcycle most certainly is a better choice than a car if reductions in emissions, traffic congestion and travel time are the goal. BTW, I've smog tested a number of motorcycles and with the exception of a few special construction models, they all came in well below the standards set by CARB. Most motorcycles fail in the area of evaporative emissions (which CARB factors into the per mile figure) and not operating emissions.
  4. I've been to many of those meetings and dirt bikers ALWAYS have to overcome the perception that we are irresponsible cretins with little respect for the law and our neighbors. Often, our opponents point to the appearance and activities of the MM as being the norm for our sport. They have a hard time accepting that the majority of us are hard-working, family-oriented members of society. Spending even one minute on dispelling the stereotypes is one minute less we spend on getting our views heard. Perception is everything when dealing with the public and government.
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    oil pressure check?

    Manuals are only good at the time they are written, which is often long before a model is in use. Apparently, the advice given in this manual to crack the banjo fitting caused enough problems for users that Yamaha designed a new way to check oil pressure that eliminated this practice. At the least, if you must use the old manual's instructions, have a new set of crush washers handy in the event of a leak. They are cheap and will also fit your brake line fittings, so having a half dozen around is a good idea.
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    oil pressure check?

    I already explained my confusion because of the model year. I've been doing this long enough to know that unnecessarily messing with a perfectly good banjo bolt is a bad idea. Apparently, so does Yamaha since they designed a way to avoid it on later models. Not only is there the very real chance of leakage from reusing the crush washers, but as Gray pointed out, the pipe is easy to damage from improper torquing or twisting of the brazed joint. The slightest deformity of the banjo fitting will often result in a leak that can only be fixed by replacement of the pipe. As the OP pointed out, he now has a leak at this fitting from trying to reuse the crush washers. This practice is even more likely and dangerous when done with brake line fittings. Trying to reuse a 20 cent part is beyond foolish, IMHO, no matter what the manual says. Service procedures are often revised from one model year to the next, and a manual can have info in it that is no longer accepted as proper procedure. Unfortunately, there's no way to update the manuals already out there. That's where forums like this one come in handy.
  7. Give me a break! Do you think Yamaha went out and hired a design team just to come up with the Anniversary Limited Edition concept? Design-wise, both models are the exact same bike. It didn't take a genius to come up with the retro idea of making some yellow and it didn't take a bunch of money to implement the idea. The same staff that designs blue ones designed the yellow ones. As for the gear to go with them, same deal. That team designs new gear every year. All they had to do was design another "Special" line. It didn't take any more manpower or expense. The premium they charge for "Special" gear is all based on making you, the consumer, think you are getting something "Special," not on any increased cost of manufacture. Do you think replica gear from Fox or Thor costs any more to make than their standard gear? If there is any additional cost it is in licensing, not production. Yamaha isn't paying itself to license its own retro look. And that's my point. If you're willing to pay more for something it should be because it's something you want, not because you are being deceived into thinking it is "Special." The use of the words Special or Limited Edition are designed to make buyers think they are getting something that isn't going to be available to everyone. Beyond color, there is nothing really Special or Limited about these bikes. They are exactly the same mechanically as the blue ones. They won't have any intrinsic value by virtue of their having been "Special Editions," especially if their owners have damaged or changed the SE plastic or graphics. That's like saying the 2005 red Dodge trucks are more valuable than the white ones because they made so few of them in red in 2005. Bingo! I say if you like the yellow and are willing to pay extra for it, great, go right ahead. But don't do so on some false perception that there's really anything "Special" or "Limited" about them. There isn't. Like much of the stuff you see on eBay, you have to take the seller's claims with a grain of salt.
  8. Well, for one, this is a discussion forum. Pretty boring without some actual discussion. Second, I already said I love the yellow. The original question was about it being a real limited edition deal. I voiced my opinion that, no, I really don't think so and explained why. Again, that's discussion. Sorry you aren't clear on the concept.
  9. CycleWriter

    2004 WR450F Exhaust Question

    There isn't a Q 4.1. You've mixed the model designations of two different mufflers. The Q is not listed as fitting the 450. The Q2 shows different part numbers for the 250 and 450, but it isn't a slip on, it has a welded pipe. The 4.1 has so many variations that I couldn't say. Your best bet is to give FMF a call and ask them.
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    Carpool Kibosh

    Dude, it's all common sense. A bike can't possibly be dirtier than a car per mile. The average bike engine is about 800ccs or just over 60ci. The average car engine is over 250ci. Even the biggest Harley engine is only 88ci. There are way more cars on the road than bikes so each bike ridden makes a difference. Every bike driven is polluting much less than a single car or SUV, regardless of what the CARB standards are. A bike also doesn't contribute to the congestion problem, whether it uses the car pool lanes or not. Since a bike will get you to your destination quicker, that is an even bigger reduction of emissions. The car will spend more time in traffic with the engine running than a bike. If you drive 15 miles to work with a smaller engine than a car that does the same trip in 30 minutes, how could you possibly pollute more? And what about the energy savings? Riding a bike is good for everyone as it reduces emissions, reduces congestion and reduces our dependence on oil. Only a fool could argue otherwise. (You might want to leave the fool part out of your argument to your employer.)
  11. When the greenies are fighting us over land access issues, these are the goons they point to as being representative of the dirt bike community. No wonder Joe Schmoe non-rider has a hard time supporting us.
  12. The only reason they were able to charge you that $149 is because Yamaha created this artificial hype surrounding their "Special Edition 50th Anniversary" models. It cost not one cent extra for Yamaha to make them in yellow since, mechanically, they are absolutely identical to the blue ones. Not a whit of difference! They're getting the extra $200 bucks by trading on the vanity and ego of riders who want something different to show off. And they'll be screwing them over every time they crash and need an SE replacement part. That's fine, but calling it a "Special Edition" is a crock. Now that all YZ's have black gas tanks, once the aftermarket catches up with the new shroud and fender molds, anyone can have a YZ in almost any color they want with ease. No more need to replace the gas tank to change colors. Acerbis, Polisport, and UFO could make a killing off plastic sets for ALL '06 YZs by offering plastic sets in various colors. Damn! I should buy stock in those companies.
  13. Exactly, dirt bikes are made to be ridden. I love the yellow, I think it looks awesome. The problem I have is marketing something like a dirt bike as a "Special Edition" simply because it has some different color plastics and graphics. Yamaha should simply offer it as a color option and leave it at that. Instead, they're making it out like a collector's 50th Anniversary edition that will have some special value as a one-time only issue. Kinda like a special coin or stamp. Give me a break. Once the decals start peeling (they always do) and the plastic gets roughed up (it inevitably will) the "SE" will be just another Yamaha only in yellow. A Special or Limited Edition motorcycle should be exactly that and they usually have something other than cosmetics to distinguish them. When a car company releases a true SE or LE vehicle they give it a special paint scheme, interior AND performance options not found on their standard versions of that vehicle. That's what makes them truly "special." I'm not being negative, just realistic.
  14. CycleWriter

    2004 WR450F Exhaust Question

    Probably not. Pipe diameters are usually different between 250 and 450. Some manufacturers use a reducer so that they can use the same stock # muffler for both bikes. Not sure if FMF does this, but you can measure the two and see since the FMF has a separate mid pipe design and not a welded midpipe like Pro Circuit.
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    Palm Savers?

    I use them. They work.