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    What changes did KTM do to the 09?

    This letter has been issued by the CPSC. It appears there is now a 1 year stay in the requirement for lead certification. I do not know if this means mini bikes are back on the market yet, or not. NEWS from CPSC U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 30, 2009 Release #09-115 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772 CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908 CPSC Grants One Year Stay of Testing and Certification Requirements for Certain Products WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously (2-0) to issue a one year stay of enforcement for certain testing and certification requirements for manufacturers and importers of regulated products, including products intended for children 12 years old and younger. These requirements are part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which added certification and testing requirements for all products subject to CPSC standards or bans. Significant to makers of children's products, the vote by the Commission provides limited relief from the testing and certification requirements which go into effect on February 10, 2009 for new total lead content limits (600 ppm), phthalates limits for certain products (1000 ppm), and mandatory toy standards, among other things. Manufacturers and importers - large and small - of children's products will not need to test or certify to these new requirements, but will need to meet the lead and phthalates limits, mandatory toy standards and other requirements. The decision by the Commission gives the staff more time to finalize four proposed rules which could relieve certain materials and products from lead testing and to issue more guidance on when testing is required and how it is to be conducted. The stay will remain in effect until February 10, 2010, at which time a Commission vote will be taken to terminate the stay. The stay does not apply to: Four requirements for third-party testing and certification of certain children's products subject to: The ban on lead in paint and other surface coatings effective for products made after December 21, 2008; The standards for full-size and non full-size cribs and pacifiers effective for products made after January 20, 2009; The ban on small parts effective for products made after February 15, 2009; and The limits on lead content of metal components of children's jewelry effective for products made after March 23, 2009. Certification requirements applicable to ATV's manufactured after April 13, 2009. Pre-CPSIA testing and certification requirements, including for: automatic residential garage door openers, bike helmets, candles with metal core wicks, lawnmowers, lighters, mattresses, and swimming pool slides; and Pool drain cover requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act. The stay of enforcement provides some temporary, limited relief to the crafters, children's garment manufacturers and toy makers who had been subject to the testing and certification required under the CPSIA. These businesses will not need to issue certificates based on testing of their products until additional decisions are issued by the Commission. However, all businesses, including, but not limited to, handmade toy and apparel makers, crafters and home-based small businesses, must still be sure that their products conform to all safety standards and similar requirements, including the lead and phthalates provisions of the CPSIA. Handmade garment makers are cautioned to know whether the zippers, buttons and other fasteners they are using contain lead. Likewise, handmade toy manufacturers need to know whether their products, if using plastic or soft flexible vinyl, contain phthalates. The stay of enforcement on testing and certification does not address thrift and second hand stores and small retailers because they are not required to test and certify products under the CPSIA. The products they sell, including those in inventory on February 10, 2009, must not contain more than 600 ppm lead in any accessible part. The Commission is aware that it is difficult to know whether a product meets the lead standard without testing and has issued guidance for these companies that can be found on our web site. The Commission trusts that State Attorneys General will respect the Commission's judgment that it is necessary to stay certain testing and certification requirements and will focus their own enforcement efforts on other provisions of the law, e.g. the sale of recalled products. Please visit the CPSC Web site at www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html for more information on all of the efforts being made to successfully implement the CPSIA. Statements on this vote by Acting Chairman Nancy Nord and Commissioner Thomas H. Moore are in portable document format (PDF). --- Send the link for this page to a friend! The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. To join a CPSC email subscription list, please go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov.
  2. I just bought these three KTMs yesterday; a 300 XC, 505 XC-F, and an 85 SX.
  3. We just replaced our '06 KTM 300 XC with a '09 KTM 300 XC yesterday. The '06 had been desert raced for three years. It was on its sixth set of tires, its second chain and sprocket set, and had had a few fork seals replaced and a few countershaft seals replaced, but it was still on its original top end and still had good compression. Also, importantly, it was on its second air filter. We clean the air filter after each and every ride, and are meticulous about re-oiling it, and making sure all of the sealing surface between the air filter and airbox are adequately sealed. We had cleaned the original air filter so many times that it was starting to wear out, so it was replaced before it became a problem. As the others have said, a two stroke does not have as many parts to oil, such as cams, cam chains, rockers, valve guides, etc. The two stroke oil lubricates the top end, and the crankcase oil lubricates the bottom end. Keep the air filter clean, and use a quality two stroke oil, and they can be lower maintenance engines than most four strokes. 3TV
  4. What have you folks used for a preservative for the wood decking on an open trailer? I thought this might be an interesting topic to help people take care of their open trailers. I have used Thompson's wood sealer on a few trailers. I think it helps, but not as much as I had hoped for. I tried both the clear style and the redwood style, and liked the clear style better for that particular brand. Recently I used a product called Penafin. It is Brazilian Rosewood Oil, and I used the green label Penafin that is made for pressure treated wood. It claims 99% UV protection for a minumum of 5 years. And it says that it brings out the "natural beauty" of pressure treated wood. I had never thought pressure treated wood had any "beauty" to it. It is kind of ugly, with that green tint to it, if you ask me. Anyway, here is a before and after picture of the trailer I just used the Penafin on. I use the trailer for hauling motorcycles, ATVs, a Jeep, and the Mopar muscle car under wraps in the background of these pictures. I had just installed the e-track and D-rings before the first picture. before: after: I think the Penafin worked remarkably well on this pressure treated wood, certainly much better than the Thompson's had done on previous trailers. Anyway, just curious what other people have used on their trailers. 3TV
  5. I can't give you any direct comparison between a flat nose enclosed trailer vs a v-nose enclosed trailer, but I can between a flat nose enclosed trailer and an open trailer. This truck, with this trailer gets a consistent 9 mpg. Same truck, with the same cargo, on this open trailer gets a consistent 12.5 mpg.
  6. 3TV

    Southern UT tracks?

    Bull Hollow in Monticello is still open. Too bad it cost $400 in diesel fuel to get there, and back, from the rest of the state. 3TV
  7. 3TV

    The fastest dirt bike ever produced?

    I've owned dirt bikes for 30+ years now, including a series of different CR 500 dirt bikes "back in the day". It certainly takes more of a man to ride the 950 Super Enduro off road than it does to ride a CR 500 off road. Just like it takes more of a man to ride a CR 500 off road than it does to ride a CR 85 off road. Does that make the 950 less of a "dirt bike"? I think that answer is an individual thing. I know that David Knight won the Erzberg Rally (twin cylinder class) on a 950 Super Enduro. And I know that Ciril Depres raced the Dakar Rally on a 950 Super Enduro. The following year the 950 Super Enduro was banned by the Dakar Rally safety commission. There had been a number of deaths in the preceeding years, and the 950 was thought to be too fast and too dangerous, so it was banned. The problem with the 950 is its size, and its weight. The seat height is a full 1 1/2" higher than my KTM 530 EXC R, which already had a tall seat height. And its weight of 400 lbs makes direction changes on tight single track much more of a challenge. Anything this big has a lot of inertia behind it, and tends to keep going in the direction it is already going. As for the suspension, it is fantastic. It eats whoops and moderate (30 ft) jumps like they're nothing at all. And it is much more plush on rocky trails, tree roots, and other off-road type obstacles than even the 530 was. I haven't done a triple with the 950, ... just don't have the balls for that. 3TV
  8. 3TV

    The fastest dirt bike ever produced?

    Two other people have already said what the fastest dirt bike ever produced is. It is the 100 HP KTM 950 Super Enduro. Top speed with stock gearing = 143 mph on radar. Rev limiter in top gear on the dyno = 154 mph (no wind resistance).
  9. Here's a picture of mine from earlier today.
  10. Anyone interested in a dual sport ride in southern UT? The Duck Creek ATV Trail System and Cedar Breaks / Brianhead Ski Resort area have some great trail riding areas. The ride would include pavement from Cedar City to Duck Creek Village, via Highway 14 (about 30 miles of twisty canyon two lane blacktop). Once at Duck Creek Village there are numerous different trails that can be taken, ranging in difficulty from a graded dirt road to rocky, muddy, tree root covered ATV width trails. The trail system could be ridden north for 30 miles to Highway 143, then turn left and follow the pavement to Brianhead Ski Resort. Then turn off the pavement and return to Cedar City via the dirt road down Summit Canyon. Total distance about 100 miles. Alternative routes could include the ATV trail system to Panguitch lake. Could be done any of the upcoming weekends. Post back, or PM me if interested. 3TV
  11. I've had a 2008 KTM 530 EXC R, and now have a KTM 950 Super Enduro. Both are fantastic dual sport bikes. I think the ideal dual sport bike would be a bike that is right between these two. The 530 was way too buzzy and tiring for riding 100 miles on the pavement to get to your riding area. The 950 is a tad too tall and heavy once you get to your riding area, but does surprisingly well for a bike of its size. A KTM 690 Enduro may be just the ticket. Or another equivalent brand in that size range. 3TV
  12. I think your time has came, and gone, oldenfast. The new Jap and Euro bikes dont fit those criteria any more. It sounds like you want one of the new ultra cheap air cooled dual sport Chinese knock offs. The only problem with that, is that you can gaurantee that you will spend more time wrenching on it than you will with a Jap or Euro bike, and not less. And I don't agree that there are no good dual sports available now-a-days. I just sold a KTM 530 EXC R that in my opinion was an excellent dual sport bike. It was light, had good power, and absolutely superb precise handling characteristics in tight single track. It never overheated one single time, and the only maintenance it ever required was routine oil changes. The KTM EXC Rs are definitely on the dirt side of the dual sport spectrum though, and they can be tiring to ride for a hundred miles on the pavement. Now I have a KTM 950 Super Enduro. You wouldn't like it. With 100 hp it is too much bike for what you are after. It will cruise at 100 mph on the super slab all day long, and only needs an oil change every 3000 miles. But with a seat height of 39+ inches it is meant to be ridden off road. Keep it moving and it will go anywhere you have the sack to dare try, just dont try to stop and reach the ground. Despite its size and weight I would still consider it to be an excellent "dual sport" bike, although it is clearly more on the street side of the dual sport spectrum. 3TV
  13. I've done two dual sport rides in the last two days on my KTM 950 Super Enduro. The first ride was 106 miles, with half being graded dirt roads, and the other half being pavement. I got 53.3 mpg on that trip. The second ride was 138 miles, with 30 miles being technical very rocky terrain, with lots of tree roots, and numerous mud holes I had to get through. The rest of the ride was pavement, with 53 miles worth of 85+ mph on the super slab. And I got 47.7 mpg on that trip. Not the best mileage in the world, but not bad for a 100 hp dirt bike that has been geared down one tooth on the countershaft sprocket. 3TV
  14. I took my 2008 KTM 530 EXC R on a 71 mile long dual sport ride last weekend, with about 1/3 of the ride being pavement and the other 2/3 being dirt roads in the mountains. It took 1.1 gallons of gas to fill the tank when I got back to the gas station, so that comes out at 64.5 mpg. The bike has 15/50 gearing, with stock gearing being 15/45. I have been riding this bike back and forth to work every single day for the last three months, because even around town I routinely get between 55 and 65 mpg. The last month that I drove my diesel pickup truck to work every day my fuel bill for that month was $400. For the month of June it cost me a grand total of $14 to drive the KTM back and forth to work every day. 3TV
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    KTM 950 Super Enduro... Tires!

    The KTM 950 Super Enduro is rated at 97 HP by KTM. I've heard good and bad about Dunlop Rally Raid 908s. The front tire in particular has had some really bad reviews, with some people saying they wouldn't run that tire again even if it were free. Not sure what to think about the rear tire, other than they are real expensive (double what some other tires cost), and it would cost a lot to personally find out what I think about them. www.advrider.com has tons of tire information for the big bikes. Do a search on dual sport tires and you'll have hours and hours of reading to do. Personally, I'm going to try a set of Pirelli Scorpion Pro's on my 950 SE. 3TV