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  1. wameith

    Help me buy my next bike

    All the replies here have been super helpful. Thanks so much. As someone mentioned here, I really just need to get back into the groove. The past couple of weeks, I rode a KTM 300 EXC. I know, wrong bike, but I couldn't complain, just happy to ride again. The engine made good power, but it was almost too much for the condition of the track and my current skills. Lots of wheel spin. And I couldn't get it to turn. And I didn't like the feedback from the front brake. I blamed the bike, of course. But in reality, I think I was a bigger problem than the bike. I have to retrain myself to get up on the tank in the corners, inside foot out, outside elbow up. My timing is off for preloading on jumps. Etc. All of those things that seemed to be easy 15 years ago, I have to tell myself to do them now. That's the part that makes me feel old more than anything else! I guess I should say "out of practice", probably more appropriate (and makes me feel better). The $3,000 limit isn't really hard and fast, but I do need the green sticker here in CA, and for any of these bikes, that means 2002 or earlier. It could be I get a newer dedicated track bike after awhile, then the sticker won't matter. But for now, it'll have to be 2002 or earlier. I suppose I can thank the CA air resources board for that. I know we all have to be contributing enormously to global warming. Sounds as though either the two stroke 250 or the 426 from '02 should do the trick. I am a stickler for only purchasing well maintained bikes, so that'll be a challenge. It'll probably come down to the cleanest one I can find of either bike. A lot for sale around here, but they all seem pretty beat. If anyone here is looking to sell the above, I'm interested. Again, thanks for the input.
  2. wameith

    Help me buy my next bike

    Thanks for all the replies, guys. No, I am not looking to race competitively, at least, not at the moment. I'm sort of looking at this as a "transition" bike, as in transitioning back into MX. I'd like to work on my timing and corner speed, get a good workout and have fun. And I like jumping, at least, 30-50' doubles...I'll leave the 80' triples to guys with more balls/skills than me! I'd even thought about buying a 125, because that's what I use to do to work on my riding for the 250s. That got me thinking about the YZ250f, but the 426 is vrey attractive. I understand the handling might not be as good as the two stroke, but I might trade that off for stability as the tracks will be mostly faster outdoor types. Any other thoughts, I'd love to hear 'em.
  3. I know this forum has a more general "What bike should I buy section", but I think I've narrowed down my choices, and I'd like input from you folks specifically, if you would. I'll start with me. I'm 34, 6'2", 190 lbs. I started out racing motocross on CR125s when I was 14, graduated into YZ/CR250s as I got into my older teen years. I would be considered an "intermediate" rider at most of the tracks I'd ride. In my early 20s I started in on enduros with a WR250 (two stroke). Got to be a midpack B rider in AMA D36 events. In my mid-20's, I took a hiatus from riding. Not sure why now, could say I just got busy, could say it was because I moved to a new area. I want to get back into MX. Most of the tracks I will practice on are pretty poorly maintained. Typically hardpack (to the point of blue groove) with gravel/sand on top, lots of ruts and square edge bumps, pretty ugly. I do plan on attending open practice at a couple of local MX tracks, too, and I've heard they're either muddy (over watered) or hardpack with the gravel/sand overlay. My experience tells me that getting a 250 two stroke (i.e. YZ/CR 250) to hook up on these tracks is going to be difficult, at least, for me. I've fought two strokes quite a bit on similar tracks trying to control the power, and I think I'm getting too old for that I realize that you can get hurt riding MX, but I'd like to decrease the odds as much as possible. The bike must be green sticker legal (I'm in CA). And I'd like to spend a maximum of $3k. That seems to mean something 2002 or older. I've been told something like a YZ250f/YZ426f would be an ideal choice. I've also been told a 2002 YZ250 (two stroke) could be a good bike, too. At the end of the day, I'd like to be able to put in legitimate 45 minute motos. I realize I'll have to do my part in getting back to that level, but having an easy to ride bike will help. Of the three bikes above, which would be most appropriate? I know that is somewhat subjective, but any opinion would be helpful. I know nothing about the four stroke Yamahas, I've never ridden one. In fact, I haven't really ridden any modern four strokes. How would the YZ250f or YZ426f compare to the YZ250 (two stroke)? I assume most of you guys came from a two stroke background. I've heard the four strokes take a bit more to maintain, but I'm OK with that. I'm a mechanical engineer that likes to get his hands dirty, and I've always maintained my own bikes. Shim under bucket valve adjustments don't scare me. Thanks for the input.
  4. Have fun, guys. I was at GT last Sunday doing trail assessment on 1; some water, some dust. Be careful. Lots of people going to be jammed into the westside this weekend.
  5. wameith

    Foresthill OHV Volunteer Efforts

    Hi Cassie. Think you'll find quite a few people on this board interested in helping the cause at FH.
  6. My guess is that there is an OHV trail density limit on the TNF, which would limit the number of trail miles in any given area. Probably stated in the Forest Plan...and even if it isn't, the USFS will probably state that they can't maintain additional trail...unless either additional funding is allocated (unlikely) or more volunteers step up to help out.
  7. I was hoping to make this, but looks like I'll be in Medford on business the rest of the week. Please keep the board updated here. Appreciate all your effort.
  8. wameith

    Next GT Volunteer Trail Days

    Mark your calenders... ******************************************************** To All: Here is a notice for 2 upcoming volunteer workdays: Volunteers Needed for Trail Work on March 23 and 24, 2007 for Georgetown Ranger District Meeting Location: Georgetown Ranger Station 7600 Wentworth Springs Road, Georgetown, CA 95634 Meeting Time: 2:00 PM, March 23, 2007 Ending Time: 5:00 PM. Meeting Time: 8:30 AM, March 24, 2007 Ending Time: 1:00 to 3:00 PM. What to Bring: Bring work boots to wear with ankle support and good traction sole. Bring a lunch and water. A backpack for your food and drink is a good thing to have. If you have a favorite shovel, mattock or pick you can bring that too. Bring gloves, safety glasses and a hard hat. If you don’t have safety glasses or a hard hat, we will have loaners you can use. What we will be doing: At the Ranger Station, we will have a short safety briefing and make crew assignments. Our plan is repair the tread surface and drainage structures and to trim back vegetation on portions of the Dru Barner Trail (A Trail) on March 23. The work on 3/24 has yet to be determined. Please RSVP to Jon Jue at (530) 333-5550 or email: jjue@fs.fed.us, so we can be sure to have enough equipment, tools and people to work on the projects by 3/22/07. If it is raining or snowing on 3/23 or 24, we will plan on postponing the workday until April 21. Thanks for your support. Jon Jue, Resource Officer Georgetown Ranger District Eldorado National Forest (530)333-5550 email: jjue@fs.fed.us
  9. wameith

    Thank you quads. 1 reason Why FH is closed for winter

    I assessed a couple of trails at GT a few weeks ago with Bill Walker, the Forest Trails Program Manager for the El Dorado. Very interesting conversation with him. In so few words, many of the trails on the El Dorado (GT included), started life as hiking trails. I don't know if that is the case at FH or not, but siting is certainly key. If they were designed today, I think things would look quite a bit different.
  10. wameith

    Thank you quads. 1 reason Why FH is closed for winter

    Not so much an agenda, I don't think, although it is true that we aren't universally liked by people in the USFS (hell, we aren't universally liked, period). This is a NEPA-related problem (National Environmental Policy Act), and probably more specifically ties into the overall USFS Forest Plan. Sedimentation of running streams is a major red flag for aquatic life. Could be an OHV trail, could be an equestrian trail, could be a mountain bike trail, could be a walking trail. Doesn't matter. Per Forest Orders, the USFS will shut it down until the problem is repaired. The USFS does have an agenda, and it is to balance the recreation/environment scale. Stream sedimentation is a major environmental threat (and unlike many claims, scientific research backs this up). Trails right next to running streams are always a problem. That having been said, this area needs a lot of work, but it's manageable. As Bob points out, Jan Cutts at FH is really trying to work with us, she seems very fair. We need to offer her support by providing volunteer labor and obeying trail closure. Changing the current situation will take time and hard work (and I think you and I are in complete agreement here). We can fix those trails, and we can improve them for the future (tread hardening + proper drainage would probably go a long way here...a culvert or bridge would be a benefit, too). We've got to prove we can be responsible, and we've got to take ownership of our riding areas. Many of the people I see out on the trails understand this. But it only takes a couple of hamfisted guys riding through saturated soil like this to create problems, bike or quad. If we take ownership, we'll win trust outside the OHV community, something we desperately need if we hope to keep these areas...and perhaps, expand them.
  11. wameith

    Thank you quads. 1 reason Why FH is closed for winter

    I don't think this will be news to most of you, but as a USFS volunteer for both trail maintenance and assessment, the big problem here is the standing water. Couple that with quad or motorcycle use and you're going to have problems. All of this standing water needs to be drained off the trail tread into catch basins to protect against rutting and stream sedimentation (looks like the slope is good on a couple of those, so should be easy). This is not environmental BS. It's a real problem. Bob knows the story. I'm sure other do, too. These sorts of fixes are done on a routine basis at Rock Creek by volunteers. Keep the trail tread (relatively) dry and you can ride the piss out of it. If it's completely saturated, stay off it...quad or bike. It may be that FH takes longer to dry out...then stay off it longer. As yzwiley stated, there are A LOT more people riding these days (23 years myself, and I'm blown away by how big this sport has gotten). Trail usage is WAY up. If we can't volunteer labor and show some self control, I have no doubt that many of these places will get shut down.
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    If Foresthill closes for wet Weather - WHY THIS IS GOOD NEWS!

    I agree that ATV riders have the right to ride in the USFS, just like all the rest of us. But, it seems to me that ATV riders are motorcycle riders aren't always after the same experienece. First I have to make an admission: I started off-road riding ATVs back when you could only get them with 3 wheels. I raced a little flat track, I did a bit of ATVcross (or whatever it was called back then). Then one day, I decided to venture up into the woods. Frankly, with the exception of fire roads, it sucked. Within a couple of weeks, I'd purchased a motorcycle and sold the ATV stuff off a little time later (although the family kept a 185S around for the farm). In my experience, the fun in riding an ATV was drifting through relatively wide corners, well-groomed jumps (back then the suspension was pretty marginal), and the occasional mud bog. In my experience on motorcycles, fun is a narrow trail (singletrack), with tacky soil (not mud, however), and a good assortment of technical obstacles (roots, rocks, switchbacks, uphills, downhills). These two experiences can not be had on the same trail. As we all know, this is a contentious issue, and one of the challenges in front of us here is how to provide a quality experience for both ATVs and motorcycles in the same trail system (but not necessarily on the same trail).
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    If Foresthill closes for wet Weather - WHY THIS IS GOOD NEWS!

    Kevin, I think I recall seeing a presentation of yours at a Foresthill planning meeting a couple of months back. Good presentations all around that night, BTW. Let me make sure I understand what you're saying about FH. I don't really know the area, as I've only volunteered, never ridden there. It sounds as though 2, 5, & 6 are higher elevation and therefore, get buried under snow; however, all of the other trails remain clear. Is this correct? If this is correct, why not institute area-based closures? GT does this with the higher east side trails. Split FH into east and west zones. Close the eastern zones if they're snowed in. I do understand FH is not managed like GT, and perhaps this is more complicated than they're hoping for. And this doesn't address soil drainage problems on the western trails...and perhaps I'm just way off base here and not understanding what you're saying. Certainly these are things we'll have to understand to move this forward in any sort of productive way. Thanks for the input.
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    If Foresthill closes for wet Weather - WHY THIS IS GOOD NEWS!

    Bob, both Clark and Rick are CERA folks. Sorry, I should be more aware of what's happening in my own club . I'll see if I can get some information from them.
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    If Foresthill closes for wet Weather - WHY THIS IS GOOD NEWS!

    I think there's an important point here in this post (and the other good posts on here, too). There is a current, urgent need for volunteer organizations to directly assists the USFS in sustaining existing trail systems. I've heard this expressed by several USFS folks in the past year, at several different pay scales, in several different planning meetings. It is true that many of the existing motorcycle clubs do support the USFS as they are able, but this often isn't their primary mission. IMO, the key purpose of this organization is to closely work with the USFS to keep FH and GT viable well into the future (Elkins could be in here too, at some point). The USFS should be able to count on us for support, and we should be able to count on the USFS to make us part of their team. We need to intimately understand the environment in which these two USFS OHV programs currently operate. First, given a good assessment, what are the current states of these two trail systems? Are there problems that threaten the environment? Are there user problems/conflicts? How significant are they and where are they located? Second, what goals need to be acheived to shore up these trouble areas? Third, what budget is needed to reach these goals? Fourth, what is the current funding gap? Fifth, how does the organization help fill this gap? As Bob mentioned before, I also see this as a boots on the ground organization. Get your pick axe warmed up. This won't be a cure all, as I think we all agree. The USFS route planning is still critical. We will need to attend meetings, we will need to strongly voice our opinions and concerns, and we will need to write letters. However, a grassroots effort like this will build a positive track record for us and open clear lines of communication with the USFS where it counts.