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  1. Anyone know if it's been cleared yet? It was a heavy winter and late snow pack.
  2. I'll be there with my family, splitting time between moto, MTB, and just general CO goodness. I've ridden a lot of the sweet singletrack in Cement Creek/Taylor Park area a few years ago ( Double top, Doctors, too many to recall) as well as Pearl Pass to Aspen. Got the Lat 40 map as well as a GPS. Intermediate to advanced rider. KTM 350 XCF-W w/ about 100 mile range though I can carry gas for longer. I don't mind riding alone but sure wouldn't mind some riding company or local guiding expertise either. Starting the long slog of a drive from CA tomorrow. If anybody is wanting to ride CB area give me a shout. Chris 949 812 8535
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    Right hand rear brake?

    Sorry to dredge up an old topic but nobody chimed in with actual RHRB experience the OP was seeking. Mostly a lot of old school moto guys saying how it would be easier to switch the brakes on the MTB. That may well be true but like the OP, I've been riding RHRB 'yank style' pedal bikes since I was a kid. Motos are relatively new to me (<5 years). I've adapted but moto style setup is still nowhere as near instinctual as my MTB setup. I want all my braking on the bars but in the same fashion as my MTB, RHRB/LHFB. I'm interested in going with a Rekluse and a RHRB/LHFB but I'd sure like to hear from somebody who's actually done it and any cons (outside of the more difficult line swap and MC sizing). It seems to me you couldn't trail brake with the rear while on the throttle, that's one potential negative...
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    Utah Brianhead WORCS

    So I see they're holding a WORCS in Brianhead in mid July. I'm a big fan of the mountain biking there, epic singletrack. I'm an intermediate moto rider, never raced. Not a fan of desert, GP, or even most WORCS stuff as I much prefer technical alpine singletrack over WFO bombing. That said, I know Brianhead doesn't have a dedicated MX track and I was thinking (hoping) the course would be predominantly singletrack. Curious if there's any inside info as to what a course there may be like? Have they ever held a race there before? I'm not a fan of riding in dust or trying to force an issue on somebody on singletrack or for that matter paying $ to ride but this could be the one locale that would convince me to give it a try if it used any of the awesome singletrack there...dark hollow, bunker creek, others... Anybody got any info?
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    DRZ died, suggestions? Stator?

    Well, it wasn't the stator and I'm stumped all over again :-( Took it out today to shake it down and for something longer than up the street to ensure all was good before I broke down in the middle of nowhere. Started cutting out, died once. Luck to make it back home. Apparently it wasn't the stator though that seemed to get it running again. It's going into the shop tomorrow to diagnose.
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    DRZ died, suggestions? Stator?

    Realized those Ohm readings were for the charging circuit only so I went ahead and tried the spare stator and connected the yellows temporarily with spade connectors. Walla, success!!! Took me the better part of an afternoon scratching my head but solved my own issue. DRZ lives on for another 5+ years, love this bike!
  7. 2000 DRZ E model I've owned it most of its life and its been well cared for. Died on me on a long stretch of fireroad at the end of a week of 150+ mile days of adventure riding. I was doing about 60 MPH when it started sputtering. I clutched in but it died. Wouldn't restart or bump start. Towed in the last 7 miles. Fortunately I was close to camp rather than high up and far away as earlier in the day! Anyway, charged the battery and tried starting a number of times today. It almost sounds as if the battery is very weak or has a bad starter motor. Neither would explain the way it died? But I tried a different battery and jump starting from my truck, all with the same result. It did start once and ran for about 10 seconds before dying so its' not seized. I pulled the plug and I do have spark. I checked the resistance across the yellow stator leads and all 3 are at .9 Ohm, right within spec. I believe thats the charging circuit though. How do I test the ignition circuit? I pulled the stator cover and the stator looked good - no burnt windings or backed out bolts. I drained the oil and it had plenty of oil and no shavings. My buddy has a spare OEM stator but the yellow terminals have been cut off and I'm reluctant to go to the trouble of installing it since it appears to have spark and I don't know how else to test the ignition circuit? Could/Should I test install the spare stator and just leave the yellow leads disconnected since they're only the charging circuit? CDIs supposedly almost never go bad. What else could it be? This bike has been old faithful for me, I switched to a KTM 530 for a while but came back to the trusty DRZ. I want to keep my baby running!!
  8. EXACTLY the case for me! I did notice that on the KTM I essentialy turned my Scott's damper off because it did nothing but make it hard to turn. As soon as I got back on the DRZ I found myself turning it up 3 or 4 notches almost instantly. For me, the DRZ is just as fast through flowy and tight singletrack.
  9. Started riding dirt bikes maybe 6 years ago. With the transfer of MTB skills I'm a sold intermediate trail rider. Started with an old XR 400 then bought a used 2000 DRZ 400E that was plated here in CA. After a year with the DRZ I was enjoying riding so much I figured I'd go 'all-in' and try a 'top of line' bike. Bought a new 08 KTM 530 EXC. Did all the mods needed to make the KTM run correctly. After a few months I decided the suspension felt like it was damped for supercross so I had it reworked by a reputable and respected tuner. Even after all that, I never felt at home on the bike. Turning no longer seemed intuitive or easy. The DRZ seemed effortless in transitioning from brake slide to accelerating out of turns. The KTM suspension stayed on top of whoops better than the DRZ but for trail riding the KTM still seemed excessively stiff. It didn't suck up the small rocky chunder like the DRZ. After 2.5 years I was feeling like a beta tester for KTM with that new for 08 model year. I had already replaced camshaft under warranty for 09 and went thru a piston and rings in 110 hours (replaced with 2010 updates). Then it started burning oil due to valve guide seals that had also been superseded. it was like every damn engine part was superseded in the fiche and I was paying the price for it. Well I sold the KTM and bought my old DRZ back from the buddy I had sold it to. Went riding this past weekend and after maybe 1/2 hour adjustment period I felt right at home again. I could turn effortlessly, felt comfortable sitting, and was every bit as fast or faster than on the KTM. I'm just wondering if anybody can tell me why? Most folks would agree the KTM is a more capable bike. It certainly has more power and torque. The brakes are certainly more powerful. The suspension more capable thru whoops. And it weighs about 25 lb less. So what is it about the DRZ that makes it faster for my skill level and wooded singletrack trail riding? One buddy suggested the KTM had too much power and it required too much carefull finessing to reign in that power. I never really felt like I had to be that in check on the power. I only scared myself once or twice with a whiskey throttle. The modulation on the DRZ brakes certainly seemes better on dirt. I can sit on the DRZ in the smoother sections of trail without feeling every pebble transmitted thru my spine. I'm 6' 180 lb and have risers on the DRZ so the bar height and ergos are fairly similar? Maybe the DRZ has a lower CG for cornering? I did hit my feet a bit more on the DRZ. Are the head angles, fork offsets, trail etc radically different? I'm just looking to learn why the DRZ suits me better, objectively and subjectively? Opinions welcomed! I may be the only guy that opted for 10 yr old technology, softer suspension, mellower power, and 25 more lbs but for me the DRZ is every bit as fast for trail riding.
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    Baldy Mesa?

    Have the rangers been out patrolling the 2 singletracks lately?
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    San Diego mountains Saturday

    Any interest in hitting some sweet singletrack in Baja (Santa Veronica)? All my riding buddies are out (broken wrist, torn ACL, broken bike) and I haven't ridden in many weeks. Going by myself but would much prefer some company. I'm in OC but obviously have to drive past SD to get there. Chris
  12. A series of misfortunes have all my bros down at the same time (1 broken bike, 1 busted wrist, 1 torn ACL). Ordinarily we hit Hacienda Santa Veronica just outside Tecate on a biweekly basis through the winter (2.5 hr drive from OC). Miles and miles of tight singletrack and not another moto in sight all day. Here's a sample video I shot: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1785759279818831697&hl=en After all this rain, conditions are truly EPIC. Would also ride Lucerne or Stoddar Welss or other high desert with some singletrack...not into Ocotillo Wells scene, most OHV parks, or wide open terrain. Los Pinos forest is shut for winter and the rangers are cracking down big time on everything at Baldy Mesa I'm a solid intermediate level rider. Have a truck and willing to do more than my share of driving so I can get some ride time. Shoot me a PM if interested.
  13. A series of misfortunes have all my bros down at the same time (1 broken bike, 1 busted wrist, 1 torn ACL). Ordinarily we hit Hacienda Santa Veronica just outside Tecate on a biweekly basis through the winter (2.5 hr drive from OC). Miles and miles of tight singletrack and not another moto in sight all day. Here's a sample video I shot: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1785759279818831697&hl=en After all this rain, conditions are truly EPIC. Would also ride Lucerne or Stoddar Welss or other high desert with some singletrack...not into Ocotillo Wells scene, most OHV parks, or wide open terrain. Los Pinos forest is shut for winter and the rangers are cracking down big time on everything at Baldy Mesa I'm a solid intermediate level rider. Have a truck and willing to do more than my share of driving so I can get some ride time. Shoot me a PM if interested.
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    08 450 exc emission removal

    Does the stock chain length work with the 14/52?
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    Rekluse Question

    I'm interested in the moutnain bike setup as well as that's what I'm most comfortable with. Did you buddy just get the z-clutch and brake kit? The brake kit is supposed to be LHRB...did he just swap the lines? I'm guessing that would neccessitate the brake levers taking the same banjo fitting? What bike did he do that on?
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