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About Dacota

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  1. I live in Lakewood. If that's near you, let's definitely get in touch. If you're interested in some fairly leisurely rides, there's a good thread here of local guys looking to ride: http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=482128
  2. The rear brake lever was moved to the handlebars.
  3. Hi Peter, I'm in Lakewood and am definitely up for cruising around the trails in a leisurely fashion. I hurt my knee last year in Moab, so I wanna take it easy for awhile. Full story is here: http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=369587 I'm just waiting for all the snow to melt in the hills. You may also be interested in joining Northern Colorado Trail Riders club, of which I'm a member: http://www.nctr.net/ They have some beginner rides. They've got an upcoming easy "Rabbit Valley Ride – Family Ride" this March 24-25. Doug
  4. Colorado is very easy to make dirt bikes street legal. All that is required for a crf450x is a horn, mirror, speedometer and brake light. Turn signals not required. In Colorado, the Dept of Motor Vehicles also don't even inspect the bike. They just have you sign a document that says "Yes, my vehicle meets the requirements to be street legal." It took me all of 5 minutes to go into the DMV and get plates for my bike. In our National Forests, most of the roads have "no dirt bikes/no ATVs" signs. Only street legal vehicles allowed. It's a great feeling to be camping and be able to ride the 450x anywhere on these roads which would otherwise be off limits. I've come across Rangers and they don't even look twice.
  5. I got that mirror at a local Napa Auto Parts store. It's really made as a wide-angle attachment for your car's rear view mirror. I then got a plastic pipe bracket from Lowes to attach the mirror to my handlebars. It worked OK, but I was only able to attach the mirror to the bracket using glue, which didn't hold up to my crash. I originally wanted the Dual-Star mirror, just like Johnnyairtime recommends, however, that mirror was sold-out (as it often is) so to have a mirror on my first ride, I had to make the alternative. I've now got the Dual-Star mirror after waiting on backorder for a month or two. I'm really happy with the Dual-Star. It's extremely solid and provides a great view; much more than I was expecting and much better view than my alternative.
  6. Glad you like the bike! Thanks for the compliments The bike is still practically brand new. On my first ride out in Moab with my club, I wheelied up some rock steps, put a foot down and my ACL ligament tore off all the bone where it was attached to the tibia. You heard that right; instead of the ACL tearing, it remained whole and tore apart the bone. So that was my first ride and last of the season. The knee is healed now and I'm ready to go riding again! Albeit, a little more cautious for awhile
  7. Looking at that photograph, there's not enough difference between the two to warrant arguing about it. I'm beginning to wonder if you're a Rekluse salesman On a side note, I believe the Rekluse Hot Start Lever also requires that you then move the start button to the left-side, another issue altogether. If you sat on this bike in person, you'd probably agree that there's nothing to be concerned about. To the guy that's thinking about doing this, give it a try by rotating your stock Hot Start lever so it's pointing down. If you then think it's a concern, you can buy the Rekluse lever. Otherwise, you'll be happy to keep your stock lever, stock start button, and save $$.
  8. I disagree. The Rekluse Hot Start Lever is in the exact same position, just on the right side:
  9. I put the Rekluse on my 450X, along with moving the rear brake to the handlebars. You DO NOT need to move the Hotstart. The Rekluse folks say you must purchase their Hot Start Lever kit ($100) when using any of their Rear Brake Kits, but that's not true. I was able to mount the Rear Brake Kit and the stock Hot Start Lever on the left-side of the handlebars by just moving things around a little. See photo of handlebars. Handlebars: Rekluse (no rear brake pedal):
  10. A note about the rear brake kits: "the Rekluse folks say it is required to purchase their Hot Start Lever kit ($100) when using any of their Rear Brake Kits. Essentially their Hot Start kit moves the Hot Start Lever to the right side of the handlebars. However, I was able to mount the Rear Brake Kit and the stock Hot Start Lever on the left-side of the handlebars by just moving things around a little. See photo of handlebars." Photo is in my own bike thread at: http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=369587
  11. Update: The small spring will work for me. Turns out my idle was too high and that was causing the cluth to engage enough at idle to cause the bike to creep. Once I brought the idle down, the small spring worked just fine. According to the Rekluse installation instructions, the small spring is used for trail riding where you're mostly in the low rpm's. The large spring is for motocross where you're mostly in the high rpm's. They do not recommend using the large spring in low rpm conditions (e.g. trail riding) because it'll cause the clutch to slip a lot, causing quicker clutch wear.
  12. I used the small spring and I'm now considering a change to the large spring. With the small spring, there's no creep at start-up but after riding for a few minutes, the bike begins to creep. The creep gets worse the longer I ride. I may try increasing the tension on the small spring. If that doesn't work, I'll change to the large spring. Interestingly, the installation instructions say the light spring works best for the 450x, but that doesn't seem to be the case based on this thread.
  13. Print out the ad from procycleusa.com and see if any of your local dealerships will match the deal. Doing that I got my 2006 CRF450X locally (in Colorado) for $6,000.
  14. This doesn't answer your question but I just have to say it: I saw that little part at the Honda dealership. In all seriousness, it must cost less than a dollar to make that little cover. When the parts rep told me the price of a hundred dollars, I just couldn't imagine spending that much on something so simple. Boyesen must be laughing all the way to the bank. Boyesen should make a profit but this is bordering on a scam in my viewpoint.
  15. I like it a lot. I haven't had much chance to use it while riding. My previous bike didn't have a mount so I carried the GPS in my pack and only took it out on occassion to mark lunch spots and camping spots. I've mainly used the GPS for in-car street navigation (I've got a dash mount for it in my car). The club I ride with will sometimes simply give longitude/lattitude coordinates for a camp 300+ miles away and tell the group to meet there. I simply enter those coordinates into the GPS and it maps out the driving directions, even down to the dirt roads. The GPS has also been handy for backpacking excursions. I'm really happy with this Garmin 60CS. It's very rugged and has withstood it's share of falls on the rocks, including bouncing out of my pack while riding. There's a new version out of this 60CS that has an external memory slot, which would be very nice for storing additional topographical maps, street maps, etc.