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  1. Hey Kevin3769 -- I try to ride once each weekend, and normally go to Elsinore (or Amago when my buddy decides to ride). Like I said, feel free to stop by and say hi if you ever see #65 (white CRF450R with snow cammo graphics). Considering I'm not a morning person and its a ~60 mile drive from PB, I'm normally not there until the mid afternoon. What bike / number are you?? Later...
  2. Sky -- unless you buy race gas, the best "test" you can find out here is 91.
  3. Josh, the Chevron and Costco advice are exactly what I was looking for -- thanks.
  4. PSD -- I heard many other members say the exact same thing when I spent hours on here reading previous posts trying to self-diagnose, but the problem is that my bike has had a WC skidplate & engine guards AND full Unabiker radiator guards since its virgin ride, and the noise I'm talking about didn't happen until recently (12 rides / 15 hours in). I didn't do anything to their mounting bolts last weekend, but the noise went away (which to me means it wasn't the skidplate). Thanks for the advice though...
  5. CardiffChris -- is that down by El Cajon / National City??
  6. I'm originally from Massachusetts where we could get 93 octane from EVERY gas station, and Ultra 94 at Sunoco. Between the two I never had any detonation problems in any vehicle I've ever owned (well, except for a modified SVT Lightning running 12 lbs of boost, but thats a different story). Anyway, now that I'm a SoCal resident and riding MX again on a pretty regular basis, I was hoping you guys could get me up to speed on west coast gas. The highest octane I can recall seeing while filling up my truck over the past few years is 91 octane. Have you guys found anything better than 91 at a pump? If so, where was it / what brand? If not, are there specific brands of 91 octane that I should purposely look for OR avoid?? Finally, is there anywhere you know of that will sell race gas by the gallon (i.e., one or two, not a 5-gallong jug)? I live in San Diego, but normally ride at either Lake Elsinore or Amago. Thanks for the help. -Garrett
  7. Thanks for the advice Shawn. Like I said, I'm gonna run it this weekend on pump gas at Elsinore and see what happens. I'm 85% sure it was the cam chain adjustment that fixed the noise, so the only thing race gas did was put a smile on my face. Shouldn't be jetting because I went UP by 1 or 2 sizes on the pilot AND main when riding in the desert. Shouldn't be the gearing because I'm +2 on the back and stock up front. No idea about the cylinder oiling, but bike has less than 20 hours and has never sucked sand (i.e, airboot intact). I've seen coolant drip from the radiator overflow once or twice, but that was only if I let the bike idle too long while stopped to talk with a friend during a ride (no airflow). I'll take all those things into consideration though if my bike decides to act up again (naughty bike!). Later...
  8. Planning to ride at Elsinore this weekend, probably on Sunday 2/18 sometime in the afternoon. There's a chance I might make it up there on Saturday 2/17 instead, but I live down in San Diego and would rather not have to rush right back in time for the SX at Qualcomm Stadium. If anyone else is going to Elsinore this weekend, I'll be riding the #65 CRF450R with snow cammo graphics and a pretty loud DMC exhaust (see link in signature). My name is Garrett, and I drive a silver Dodge Ram x-cab. Feel free to stop by and say hi. Later...
  9. For those that are interested, here's my story: I have a 2006 Honda CRF450R that I bought new from FBC last year (my first four-stroke). Due to work being so busy last year and some non-MX injuries, the bike only has about 20 hours on it. At one point the bike sat for about two months, and the first time I brought it back to the track (Amago) the motor was making some new / bad noises under load. Bike sat for another six weeks before I had a chance to work on it (kept in storage unit), and I figured I'd trying just changing the oil (and praying) first before tearing into the motor. Problem was, when I went to start the bike to warm the oil before draining it, gas started just pouring out of the carb overflow lines. Tore the carb down to clean everything (jets were gummed up by old fuel), and finally got the bike started but couldn't replicate the motor noise on asphalt. Changed the oil and went riding at Elsinore the next weekend, but the noise was back. Had a friend with many years of non-CRF four-stroke experience take a ride, and he thought it was probably the valves needing adjustment. I brought the bike to FBC service, and they ended up adjusting all four valves (good). However, went riding on my first desert trip the very next weekend, the noise was still there in all its glory. Came home and read an hour or two of previous posts to this forum about motor noise, and decided to check the cam chain tensioner. Unscrewed the center bolt, and the spring still had tension (seemed fine). However, instead of just releasing the spring to its natural tension, I twisted an extra 1/8 or 1/4 turn to put a little bit of extra (manual) pressure on the cam chain. I'm relatively new to California, and so far the best pump gas I've been able to find is 91 octane (whereas back in Mass we could get 93 at any Mobil, and 94 at Sunoco). So, since I figured there was a chance the motor noise could actually be detonation (something I was very familiar with from previously owning a modified Ford Lightning), I decided to buy some VP-C12 race gas as an extra precaution (to make sure it couldn't possibly be detonation). Went riding at Elsinore this past Sunday, and between the cam chain adjustment and/or race gas, I'm happy to say that my motor noise was 100% gone (and the bike was a rocket)!! I'm gonna bo back to Elsinore this Sunday and run straight pump gas. If the motor noise is still gone then my manual cam chain adjustment to the auto tensioner fixed the issue, but if the noise is back then I'll have to start mixing race gas with pump gas or running some type of octane booster. Oh, and for those that I'm sure will ask, all the internals of my motor are stock (cam, valves, spring, piston), but I do have a bunch of bolt-ons. Thanks for all the help (from previous posts).
  10. Recently I bought a new 2006 Honda CRF450R (my first four stroke). Last week was my first time out on the bike, but I only got in a handful of slow laps on an MX track before it started pouring and I went home. Other than those 15 minutes of mild track use, the bike had never been put in gear before (but had been started a few times in the driveway). This past week I walked past my bike in the garage and noticed that the header was blue -- even though the bike was cold from sitting there a few days. I wasn't too worried about it a the time because the motor and exhaust are both 100% stock, and the ONLY jetting change I've made (before the first ride) was to go UP on the pilot by one or two sizes to make it RICHER based on an article I had read in Transworld, since they also ride in SoCal. Today was my second ride on the bike, and luckily the weather held out long enough for our group to get in 2-3 hours of mixed trail riding, hillclimbs, fire roads etc. When we were loading our bikes up at the end of the day, one of my friends commented on the color of my headpipe too, which had us both a bit concerned since the header on his new 450x looked nothing like mine. I didn't notice any major bike or power problems while riding, but then again I've never ridden a four-stroke before so I don't know what to expect, this was the first time I had ridden any bike in five years, and I was honestly more focused on trying not to crash while getting my new Tech 8's to break in. Is header on my bike BLUE because something is wrong with my bike, or is it just something that all new 450's are doing? Please help -- I'm worried... Thanks!
  11. motoxer65

    Any one ride Barona Oaks in San Diego

    Unfortunately I can't give you any advice because I haven't ridden there -- but thats because I just got a new bike and haven't ridden it anywhere yet!! I used to race motocross seriously back in Mass before entering grad school in 2001, but this is my first bike since then (and first four-stroke ever), and I'm new to SoCal. The reason I replied to your post was because I was hoping that whoever HAS ridden at Barona Oaks would be able to tell me what other tracks / areas are local that I should plan to check out. Right now I'm in the process of trying to sell my Trans Am to get a pickup truck, and until then I'm pretty much stranded. If there's anyone else in SD that does ride MX and wouldn't mind "hooking a brotha up" with a ride to the track at some point in the next few weeks, I'd really appreciate it (and would chip in / pay for gas). Thanks!! -Garrett motoxer65@hotmail.com Kearney Mesa, San Diego, CA
  12. motoxer65

    2006 hard clutch pull?

    I'm just getting back into RIDING for the first time since grad school in 2001, but when I used to race MX seriously and work at a large bike shop back east, I had really good luck with an easy-pull clutch lever assembly made by MSR (called the Raptor I believe). If its still available, any dealer can order it for you through a distributor called Tucker Rocky. The other nice thing is that the whole assembly (including perch) only cost about $40 -- compared to the $150+ that Works Connection and others are currently getting. Anyway, the lever had three slots cut into it where you could choose to position the barrel end of the cable. I think one position had the stock leverage, the 2nd position was about 20% easier, and the 3rd position was about 40% easier. I used to run it on my KX250, and would consistently get top-3 starts (out of 40) in the 250cc amateur class. Actually, I ended up winning the NESC amateur championship that year (2000), and I'd be willing to bet that was part of the reason why. Since you still end up pulling the clutch lever in just as far (but don't disengage the clutch as much), it always seemed to me (as an engineer) that you could "slip" the clutch more easily to get a good drive off the (concrete) gate -- insted of simply "dropping" the clutch and either getting excess wheelspin or lifting the front end right off the ground. I just bought a new '06 CRF450R myself (which I haven't ridden yet) and the clutch pull seems decent, but if it ends up bothering me a few weeks from now I'm sure I'll bolt on another easy-pull assembly (hopefully with similar results). Good luck!!! -GK