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  1. dnapier

    the rekluse

    I put one on my 05 YZ450F last year and love it. I have engine brake all the way down to idle so I can let off the throttle in high speed fire roads and do a controlled "supermoto" slide into corners without hitting the brake just like a normal clutch. The only time I've free-wheeled going down a hill is when I pull in the clutch going down a hill. The engine returns to idle then when you release the clutch the engine brake isn't there until you blip the throttle again. It isn't a biggie and is very easy to adjust to. It's an awesome product and the best product in my opinion!
  2. dnapier

    Kentucky Harescramble Schedule

    I started racing the KOHRS series mid season last year and loved it! I have rode woods all my life and raced MX a couple of years. I met some awesome people rode great terrain and found a few very nice places to ride that I didn't know existed. The series organizers do an excellent job and even moved people into higher classes this year based on the results from last year. Sandbagging will be taken care of in this series. One thing I was concerned with in racing HS was the race attitude of the riders and how aggresive riding was handled. The KORHS rules state that you have to get over for faster riders with no intentional contact. Everyone wants to place well but I can say that I haven't had a problem moving over for faster riders or having slow riders move over for me. A few national pro's will ride our events and that's way cool, Scott Summers, Paul Whibley etc. In my first race Paul Whibley blew past me, he turned back to me, took his hand off of the throttle and gave me a salute and yelled "Thanks Buddy!" and hammered on...I was amazed. The people in this series are great, you won't be dissappointed if you check us out. I am definitely racing the series this year again! 7 days 'til the firt race...
  3. I found the problem. There was a washer that I didn't see that was under the crankshaft nut, my initial thought was right, the flywheel weight was barely scraping the ignition cover enough to make it stall as soon as it would fire. The instructions said to remove the washer if there was one but I didn't see it because it was covered in oil. It was very difficult to get out because there was very little space and it was oily. It took a magnet and dental tools to get out. My bike has a large dead spot on the bottom end now, from dead idle a handfull of throttle makes it bog, big time. I just installed the Boyesen QuickShot but I'll have to rejet my bike now as well. I'll have to get educated on that aspect of my machine now so wish me luck on what will be my 4th upgrade.
  4. I installed a 7oz. Steahly Flywheel weight last night on my '05 YZ450F. The installation went very easy. My problem is that my bike will not start now. It seems to want to start but after a sputter it dies right away. It may turn over 1 or 2 times, just enought for me to think it's going to start. I plan on removing the flywheel weight this evening and seeing if my bike will start w/o the weight as it did before. The product came with their own thick gasket for extra room as well as a small gasket to seal. I made sure put the thick gasket between the 2 sealing gaskets. I used the right tool and when I screwed down the flywheel weight I used 40 foot pds of pressure then tightened up the set screws. Is it possible that the flywheel weight is hitting the side of the cover and causing it to not turn freely? Any ideas on what is happening? Thanks!
  5. dnapier

    Middle aged fear!

    I'm 35 (but mentally just as young as ever). Here's my motorcycle background story and where I'm at today. I've ridden dirt bikes since I was 7 so I have been on them for 28 years ...wow, that just doesn't sound right, I'm too young! I rode trails growing up and got pretty good at hill climbing. I didn't ride from about 18-23 then got a CR125 and started riding some MX. A buddy introduced me to tracks. I quickly picked it up and I rode MX for a couple of years and raced a handful of times in the C class. I felt I was cheating by entering races in the C class so I stepped it up to the B class to race in the amatures at the Silverdome Supercross (the AMA used to race the AM's on Sunday, the day after the pro's raced Supercross on Saturday night) but broke my arm and got a concussion on a practice track the weekend before so I didn't race in the B class. A couple months later I flew over a 50 ft. double on a supercross style track just to over-shoot the landing and hit the flat ground. I hit so hard that I cased flat ground, my legs went numb after I heard\felt my back crack. I thought I broke my back but managed to keep it upright and crawl into the bed of my truck in more pain than I care to relive. I didn't break my back but I did manage to do some damage so that now, 7 years later, I still have pain from time to time. My thoughts while laying in the bed of the truck staring at the clouds - "I have a new daughter and a wife, I'm too old for this and any hopes of making it to the A rank have passed me by, grow up dude, I'm through with this track stuff." So, I went back to riding woods aggressively and jus had a lot of fun at it. I got an XR250L, then another one, then a CRF450 then the owner of Yamaha of Troy introduced me to Brock Sellards one day while I was at the shop and Brock talked me into getting a Yamaha YZ450F. I figured if there’s anyone to take advice from it should be from someone I see on TV each week...I love that bike! I was able to ride wheelies one BMX bike that I had as a kid but after it was stolen one night. I never was able to ride wheelies on any other bike I ever owned, that bike was perfectly balanced to do wheelies. Well, the YZ450F, it's my new BMX bike. I can stand, sit, shift and do wheelies for a half mile or more, what a blast! It has awesome control and balance. So…finding good places to ride in Cincinnati Ohio is hard so I usually go down to the Daniel Boone National Forest in KY. I rode there for 9 years until they shut down 909 Livingston a few years back. I was able to find another place in Daniel Boone at the Red Bird mission where my father, who is 63, and I ride today. Every time I find guys to ride with on the trails I completely blow them away. I had been telling my wife for a few years that I would love to race in the woods because that's where my passion is and I just love going fast…I hate street bikes by the way, too many close calls and none have been my fault. I stumbled across the web site of the KORHS Kentucky Off Road Hare Scramble www.kyharescramble.com one day and saw that they had a race in a week down in a brand new trail system in the Daniel Boone forest! I was very excited, I didn’t know anyone who raced the woods, I had no idea what a Hare Scramble / Enduro / Hare and Hound / GNCC etc etc. was but I really wanted to try my luck racing the woods. I made it to the event and entered myself in the B class. I figured I could hang with these boys and show them my stuff. I was amazed at the level of riders and quickly found out that I was out of shape and needed to make some mods to my bike to do well. I had never passed anyone trail riding because we don’t race, we just ride, this was the first time I had ever had people pass me in the trails and the first time I had passed on the trails. I finished 7th out of 8 in the B class and 68th out of 96 overall. I spent half the day restarting my stalled out bike. Not the stellar performance I was assuming I was going to get but I completely got hooked! The guys rev their engines and might give a courteous shout of “YO” when they want to pass. This aint motocross for sure!! It’s like friendly trail riding as fast as you want and when someone goes down, you just don’t have to stop and wait for them…unless you want to. I’ve met guys who like to ride and go out there to do their best in a HS and help people out when they are in trouble. The KORHS series is really fun and I’ve met some great families! I just finished my third Hare Scramble last weekend and have learned a lot! My finish was 37th out of 115 so at 35 you can still focus on fitness and kinda cheat by putting mods on your bike for better results. My son is 5 and has raced 2 of my 3 Hare Scrambles, we put up the 4th place plaque on his wall so he’s hooked as well. The Hare Scrambles are 2 hours long and that’s a long time to race and not stop. Bike mods and physical fitness are important in woods riding and I didn’t realize this until I started racing woods. I’m not as young as I used to be and I’m completely done with MX, too dangerous for me. I enjoy riding at my own level yet still push myself. I have been running the Heavy B class this year but I’ll probably move myself into the Vet B (30+) class next year. Woods riding is great family fun and isn’t (in my opinion) as dangerous as track riding. Make mods to your bike like a Rekluse Clutch (awesome product!!) and a weighted flywheel and woods riding will become much easier, regardless of your skill level.
  6. Hey CAVSCOUT, you're everywhere! I know EXACTLY what you mean when there are only a few days a month that you get 'permission' to ride...choose them wisely I second your comment about standing up. A 2 hour event is hard on your body. I forced myself to stand up in the last race more than ever before. What I noticed was that I wanted to keep seated because I think I can go faster if I sit down but in doing so the trail was beating me up...which made me tired. As I stood up for longer periods, when I would sit back down I was actually refreshed! I stand up alot when I trail ride but I have to force myself to stand up when I race. You seem to glide through the trail when standing but your body absorbs all the bumps when you're seated.
  7. MX vs. HS, no comparison when it comes to rider friendliness and danger! I've ridden both and I am done with MX. I still like to get out and do some jumps but you're just not going to leave the ground in the woods like you are at the track. Every sport has it's own risks but HS is something that you can do in a less competitive atmosphere with more mature men who know a lot about riding and know about motorcycle products and can teach you many many things. I am amazed at the skill level and level of knowledge of the HS participants. While racing, you just get out of the way from the dude behind you that's revving up and/or shouting YO at you. That's good clean racing with an element of respect, you just don't find that at a MX track, at least not the 10-15 I've been to. HS is something that you can train for in between races and notice improvements each time too. For me, it's mentally hard to train for a 15-30 minute moto but when I know I have to survive for 2 hours I am more apt to train and eat right. Like I said, every sport has it's risks but HS for me doesn't present that much risk, if I go down, chances are, it's my fault and I'll get right back up and learn from it. I've ridden for 27 years and my injury list is short, most have happened on the MX track. Don't ride over your head and go out there to have fun! Many guys go out there just to ride for 2 hours and help others in difficult spots, that's ok too!
  8. Yes, the Hare Scramble is the way to go! There are classes for each skill level. There are 2 HS series near you that I know of http://www.kyharescramble.com/ (my son is on the front page today) and http://www.msws.org/. The classes go something like: Heavy A (Pro 250+) Light A (Pro under 250) Vet A (30+) Senior A (40+) Master A (50+) B classes just like A class breakdown C classes just like A class breakdown Beginner (no engine limits) Women (no engine limits) The race for kids are similar but you have to check with the series to see their offerings. These usually last either 30 minutes or 1 hour. PeeWeeB age 4-6 50cc limit PeeWeeA Age 7-9 50cc limit Then they may have some Jr. Mini, Mini and Super Mini classes. A few guys from Indy race the KY series.
  9. The 50/50 Gatorade is for the electrolytes & sodium loss. Pure water will not hydrate and give you the energy of the 50/50 mixture. I can tell a difference and now when I trail ride I also do the 50/50 mixture. The taste isn't bad at all. I used 50/50 Powerade in this past weekend's HS and it was fine. I ride a YZ450F, this weekend I ran the 2 hour HS on my stock tank but I was really low on gas at the end, I could not have run much longer on what I had left in the tank.
  10. I have 2 whopping races under my belt and I have my 3rd Sunday as well in the Heavy B class and am loving it!! Careful now, you will probably get hooked after your first race! My focus will be on your physical readiness instead of your bike so here are my suggestions seeing that the race is Sunday: 1) Hydrate yourself starting Thursday morning. Drink plenty of water, let your pee be your guide. It should be almost clear 2 days before your race and up until your race..Trust me on this one,you will cramp up a lot if not! 2) If you don't have a CamelBak, get one! During the race you have to take a CamelBak and a mixture of 50% water, 50% Gatorade is very good for absorption. I do not recommend 100% water or 100% Gatorade. 3) Sleep is important 2, 3 and 5 days before the event (look at any marathon web site). Since your race is Sunday, that means Friday night, Thursday night and Tuesday night are the most important nights for your body to rest. The night before isn't all that important believe it or not. 4) If you weight lift, stay away from Creatine Monohydrate, it will enhance muscle cramping in endurance sports. Eat 2-3 bananas Saturday and a couple before your race on Sunday because of the potassium that your body needs to help reduce cramping. 5) Plan on pitting for gas every 2-3 laps with a standard tank and don't worry about other riders, they should yell if they want to pass, get to your right and have them pass on the left...or whatever your race rules call for. HS racers are generally very courteous. 6) Get some lever guards such as bark busters if you can. Have fun!!