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  1. Not Exactly... Japan somewhat ties their currency to ours. When ours goes down so does theirs.
  2. I know that you said that you just checked the valves but mine was doing something similar. When I get to an area with slower riding and engine temperature went up it would start running bad and when I got to a more open area it would run better. I checked the valves and two of them were slightly tight. I readjusted them and the bike has ran perfectly ever since.
  3. Here is my rationale for considering only the 200 or 300: The 200 is the minimum power for my size and it has a definite weight and maneuverability advantage over its big brothers. The 250 is about the same size and weight as the 300 so there little (if any) penalty for the extra power. So… Small and nimble or big and powerful.
  4. I went to a KTM demo ride today and rode a 200XC, 200XC-W and 300XC. The course was about 4 miles and had a mix of tight woods, flowing woods, some sand, whoops, and an open grass track section. I started cross country racing in an age class last year and I think that I want to go 2-stroke for the light weight. Kudos to KTM for putting this on it really shows their connection to the sport and understanding of their customers. I am not aware of any other manufacturer that does this. Me: 215 pounds 35 years old Fast "C" level cross-country racer Current ride: 2005 WR450F Experience: 3 years off road, all 4-stroke My impressions: 200XC: It seemed to be either lugging or in over-rev. It really never stayed in the max power band very long. The top speed felt like about 50mph and ran out of RPM before running out of power. The forks felt like they harsh in about mid-stroke and over square edges. The handling was very sharp and predictable. I know that the bike was not set up for me and that all of these things can be fixed for a few hundred. This bike did not fit my riding style or my weight. 300XC: This bike ripped. It had power everywhere except just off idle (until a few hundred rpm built up). It was not a bog, it just felt like the power was not linear in that area. The forks had a similar mid-stroke harshness that the 200XC had. The bike seemed to push in the corners but this was likely due to the sag and springs not set up for my weight. This bike felt the most like my current ride except lighter. The 300 also produced the biggest grin! 200XC-W: I was not planning to ride this bike after my experience on the XC but the line for the 300XC-W was 6 people and the 200 line was one person. Man I would have missed a really cool ride. This bike although very similar to the XC seemed to have it together. The greater gear spacing seemed to allow the engine to be in the power little longer and the taller 6th gear REALLY helped the top speed. The suspension felt spot-on even though it was not set up for me. By about mile 2, I was really ripping through the flowing woods section, the fastest of the three. On the grass track section, the 200XC-W only gave up a bit of acceleration out of the corners to the 300XC. The Verdict: If I had to buy a new bike and pick one of these three, it would probably be the 300XC with the 200XC-W in a VERY close second. I would really like to ride the 300XC-We before I would pull the trigger. The main thought that I left with is that my current ride is heavy but actually pretty good overall. I will stick with it another year and continue working on my riding skills. I hope that KTM does this next year and by then I should be ready for a new pumpkin!
  5. 1+ Michelin S12. Just had a sand XC race and the front stuck and back hooked up very well. I will never use anything but a S12 front again. Also, I have used Maxxis IT rear and love it in all conditions.
  6. I have been following this thread and thought that you guys might be interested... Write-up http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=611365 Original thread: http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=609552 ...Snake
  7. The hole that is in front of the piston (and primary seal) before you pull the lever is the one that may be plugged. The one that is closest to the lever is in between the primary and secondary seals in a typical setup and is only there so that fluid gets between and pulled past the primary when the lever is released. When the lever is not pulled the primary seal should be in-between these two holes. The hole that I saw plugged was on an old bike and it had white aluminum oxidation in the hole. We just dissembled the m.s. and used a paperclip to clear the hole. Since you have verified that the hole is there (not missing because of a machining mistake) you could push something through it lightly and see how far it goes in. There are some other things that could cause this… the piston may not be retracting far enough back to allow the fluid to return to the reservoir. As wheelsoff said, be sure that the adjustment screw on the lever is backed all the way off of the piston so that it is allowed to hit the circlip in the back of the cylinder before you bleed the system and then adjust the free play in the lever. Another thought is… there should be a check valve somewhere to keep the fluid from just flowing into the rear master cylinder when the hand brake is actuated correct? If so, it could be in the wrong orientation causing the pumping up of the line or caliper depending on where it is. I hope this helps... In case you want to know more about a typical brake system: http://books.google.com/books?id=mNIhYSCBfmUC&pg=PA75&lpg=PA75&dq=web&ots=EdTTzzQWMK&sig=LJjCRU72TUWdrb6p1MtLcxlKKV0#PPA75,M1
  8. I have seen this before. The hole between the reservoir and the piston is probably plugged.
  9. The 03' kit part number is the same as my 05' kit and it came with a 14. Also, in the comments on the Rocky Mtn. website there is a comment about the kit not coming with a master link, this is not the case, it does. If I bought again I would probably go with steel rear to save a little money. Snake.
  10. I have a primary drive gold chain and aluminum sprocket that I bought as a kit from Rocky Mountain. I heard that the kit uses a D.I.D chain from a master roll and they only cut it to length. The sprockets are not as “bling” as some of the others out there but are good quality. I have a few practice rides and one cross-country race on it and it still looks good. I have only tightened it once after the first ride and it still does not need tightening again. For the price it is a good setup if you are not interested in impressing your friends.
  11. What about if someone runs their bowl out of gas after every ride by turning off the fuel at the petcock? Just as the fuel level gets below the pilot jet the engine should be pulling a vacuum through it and the vent lines for a second or two just after it runs out of fuel. Snake
  12. +1 I have had this mod for a few rides now and love it.
  13. I had a bent rotor on the rear of my 05 wr450 and just whacked it with a hammer and a block of wood. It straightened out in the second hit. I do not know how bad yours are but you might give this a try before buying new ones. If your bike is new enough you may be able to get OEM wave rotors for an 07 YZ450 Also, it is a good idea to list your year and make when asking questions about your bike (or in your profile "my garage").
  14. Stainless steel bolt when used with a stainless steel nut will tend to "gall" which will cause the threads to bind and strip or break the bolt. It is recommended to use a lubricant when assembling stainless fasteners but as mentioned above, you will have to use less torque. It might be better to go back with the stock bolt and nut or a non-stainless hardened set with a hostile environment coating. Snake
  15. Yes I have but you must be sure that your entry and exit point is almost level with the water. Also, if you do not get your speed right the water will try to push your feet off of the pegs. All you have to do is go about 50-60mph and put your weight toward the back of your bike and do not let off the gas until you are on the other side. Try a few times to cross at a shallower place to get your confidence. Your tire will act like a water wheel...quite fun when you get it right.