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  1. Take it a step at a time. Rejetting is #1 as others have commented. Makes a HUGE difference overall. I rode someone's 450X that was redone with an R cam and to be honest, I really didn't notice much difference between our bikes.
  2. I don't believe the 450X would pass emissions in its current form. Would need some sort of catalytic converter and cannister assembly for street wouldn't it? I love the idea of a street legal 450x, and I did fill out the form, but I don't know how much I'd be willing to give up on current performance, weight, etc. to get the street version. I think it would just end up being an overly heavy, underpowered bike compared to the current X. I suspect that Honda is going to go along with the hints in the questionaire and get their toes wet with the small electric bike and continue to ignore the performance-oriented dual-sport market KTM and Husqvarna currently participate in. The closest they'll get is maybe one day they look to dual-sport with a full-sized electric model when the battery tech, etc. gets there. I had a plated X for awhile and have to admit that it certainly was cool, but I don't have plans to go through the cost/hassle to try and plate my new '09 450X.
  3. I don't believe the 450X would pass emissions in its current form. Would need some sort of catalytic converter and cannister assembly for street wouldn't it? I love the idea of a street legal 450x, and I did fill out the form, but I don't know how much I'd be willing to give up on current performance, weight, etc. to get the street version. I think it would just end up being an overly heavy, underpowered bike compared to the current X. I suspect that Honda is going to go along with the hints in the questionaire and get their toes wet with the small electric bike and continue to ignore the performance-oriented dual-sport market KTM and Husqvarna currently participate in. The closest they'll get is maybe one day they look to dual-sport with a full-sized electric model when the battery tech, etc. gets there. I had a plated X for awhile and have to admit that it certainly was cool, but I don't have plans to go through the cost/hassle to try and plate my '09 450X.
  4. I was going to go the same route and look for a smoking deal on a gently used 450X. But after looking at the '09s, and seeing the OTD prices, the peace of mind for spending the extra $ and having it brand new was worth it to me. I'm very meticulous on my maintenance and keep records and many used bikes that I looked at really didn't have any information as far as true hours/miles of use, maintenance performed and when, etc. As far as your question on used models, the above post is correct, but I want to note that from mid '06 onward, Honda fixed an issue with transmission-side lubrication. Of course the "fix" on those earlier models could be done by the rider by simply running one full quart of tranny oil. So not really a big deal.
  5. California

    I can't speak for EVERY situation in CA, but if you're riding in a state OHV park with a plated bike, I was told you can remove your blinkers and mirrors as long as you are trailered in. If you dual-sport ride to your OHV, obviously you need to be on-road compliant.
  6. Supercross

    No matter who was in the booth, there would always be a thread about whatever it is that person (people) are doing wrong. Different strokes for different folks. Some people just like to complain.
  7. Quads are welcome, but if you're all riding together with bikes and want to keep a fast pace, well, then you may want to do some quad-less outings too. Honestly, the terrain is so hard packed with plenty of holes and bumps that on a quad you get really beat up on many of the trails dealing with the shake and constant side to side jerking. The ATV track is fun though, but any other quad riding around Hollister usually has to be pretty snail paced otherwise your body takes a beating. I love Hollister; it's my home OHV, but it's not a lot of fun for quads IMO! 2 wheels deals with bumps and such much better than 4. Also, for the bikes, the Renz property that is fairly new is awesome single track, but no quads there.
  8. I was very disappointed to see no 2010 dual sport announced...Anything is possible still, but it looks like they've cut out of this market for whatever reasons. Well, it probably won't be too much longer that the electric bikes take off from the major makers and that will make smog a non-issue. Perhaps Honda has decided to skip the hassles of street compliance entirely in part for this reason. We'll see. I know KTM offroad electrics are supposed to hit the market next year.
  9. I was just trying to correct the Agent Smith referenced site. But if you type in the full agentsmithracing, etc. it shows up. I realize now that this may be an issue if he's not an advertiser here, etc. and is seen as spamming so I suspect that's why the URL I provided showed up as being blocked.
  10. That's interesting, blocked again. Well, I guess I can't add any link or name reference, but others can?
  11. I guess the site here is blocking my ability to do hyperlinks. ********************* is the address.
  12. Actually at http://www.********************* I haven't yet dealt with him personally, but read enough here on the forums to see that he knows his stuff. I'll definitely be in touch with him when it's time for me to do valve work.
  13. Ditto on redrooster65. You can't use a compression tester tool like you can on the 2-strokes. If you're on your third re-shim, I'd cancel the big ride coming up or get to work on your bike quick and get it rebuilt (and properly broken in) before the big ride if possible. Personally, I would only shim once and after that, I'd just do the head and valves because, as you already discovered, the intervals are very short afterward. I always fear that I'll do bigger damage if I'm not on top of this.
  14. Much more responsive throttle, broader powerband, better braking, handling, and suspension. A completely different bike...
  15. I should have clarified... one of the primary reasons for EARLY valve wear is dirt/dust through the intake. Obviously, your mileage will vary too with your RPMs and just general use is going to wear the seats, etc. eventually over time.