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  1. Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” When trying to enjoy our favorite pastime, Murphy’s Law comes into play …and there are many problems that can rear their ugly head, and none are more unwelcome than the dreaded flat tire. Not only can tire problems end your day of riding quickly, but changing tires and tubes is among the most frustrating (and time-consuming) tasks we can think of. In the ISDE racing, riders must observe strict rules and time allowances for changing tires and do them with no outside assistance. Watching the ISDE racers change tires proves that practice makes perfect and there’s both a correct and efficient way to do it. In this article, we’ll look at ways to avoid flat tires via good preparation and a few products that you can use to save your day when the dreaded flat tire demon strikes. Number 1: CHECK YOUR TIRE PRESSURE One of the biggest causes of flat tires is under and over-inflation. When tires are under-inflated, the tire, rim and especially the tube become much more vulnerable and the resulting tube movement can cause valve stem damage, causing a flat. Over-inflated tires can lead to an increased load on sidewalls, more exposed surface area as well as contributing to shorter tire and tube life in general. Neither situation is optimal and not only lead to flat tires, but also unsafe handling characteristics. Checking tire pressures should be performed prior to every ride without fail...this is easy to forget but important. Always use a low pressure gauge as outlined later in this article. Tires that show problems in your garage certainly aren’t going to get any better after you load them in the truck. What tire pressures should you run? No single answer to this question, but you can find tons of discussion this HERE. Motion Pro Professional Low Pressure Tire Gauge Number 2: INSTALL TUBES WITH CARE AND PATIENCE Many times when the dreaded flat demon strikes when you are within distance of your truck or trailer, the opportunity to fix it presents itself. Relax…Breathe. I’ve seen many riders and racers rush through the tire changing procedure only to find out they’ve punctured the tube during the process and ruin the only spare they’ve brought. A few tips: make sure the surfaces are clean and free of dirt, inflate the tube slightly before insertion, check for debris around valve stem, make sure surfaces have baby powder applied, be extra careful around the rim lock/stem and most of all, take your time. We’ve also found that the factory supplied rim strap is fairly ineffective so we also use a thin strip of duct tape on the rim surface cut precisely to fit in the rim groove against the spokes. The most important thing is to treat the tube with care and be patient when installing it, because once you’re even slightly nicked the tube, you’ll have to start all over again. Treat these with care! Number 3: DON’T IGNORE THOSE PESKY RIM LOCKS Rim locks and bead locks are strange little items that only off-road motorcyclists know about…because street bikes and scooters don’t have them. Even though they’re a pain in the butt, rim locks serve a very important purpose…to keep the tire from spinning on the rim under acceleration and preventing the tire from coming off if the tube is flat. When rim locks fail to stay in place, they allow both the tire and tube to spin. This places the valve stem in great jeopardy and a few inches of movement will actually shear the valve stem right off the tube, resulting in a catastrophic failure and a non-repairable tube. There are better alternatives to the cheap factory supplied rim lock setup such as the LiteLock from Motion Pro - a lightweight plastic rim lock that features a one piece molded design made from special high-strength nylon composite and a beveled washer that are 10 to 20 percent stronger than cast aluminum rim locks and only half the weight. Motion Pro LiteLoc Rim Locks Number 4: DON’T USE A CHEAP OR WRONG SIZED TUBE As our sport isn’t cheap, sometimes a bit of penny pinching can occur in the wrong place…like buying tubes. If you walk into your local motorcycle dealer and ask for a common 110/90x19 tube, you may have a myriad of products presented…everything from the standard $18.99 BikeMaster unit to the $44 ultra heavy duty MSR alternative. We’ve used both types and found the MSR heavy duty tubes to be very resistant to punctures and are worth every penny. Standard tubes are also made with street bikes and overall cost in mind and are very thin, while most of the heavy duty options such as MSR, Bridgestone, Dunlop, etc. are usually 2.5mm or thicker so look for this measurement as your benchmark when buying heavy duty tubes. Look for a box marked similar to this one: Look for the words "Heavy Duty" and "Puncture Resistant" on the box. Number 5: GET THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB Changing off-road tires is difficult and you can use all the help I can get. There are many products that address this problem and can make this job a lot easier. Here are some of my favorites: Motorsport Products Tire Changer with Bead Breaker: Forget the old 5 gallon bucket…this portable tire changing stand provides a compact answer to both holding the tire and has an integral bead breaker to help with the hardest part of the job. Motion Pro T-6 Combo Lever Set: This tire iron set has everything you need, like compact size, a 32mm hex on the lever end, and on the other a combination 10/12mm for rim lock nuts and a 27/22mm adapter included in the kit to tighten and loosen 22 and 27mm axle nuts, in addition to the 32mm size. Motion Pro Professional Tire Pressure Gauge: When filling tires it’s easy to be off by a few pounds and this is crucial to get correct. I used to use a cheap low pressure gauge but now I use this low pressure gauge. With low accurate low pressure reading and a handy bleeder valve, I feel there is no better tool for this job. Motorsport Products Tire Changer with Bead Breaker NUMBER 6: BRING YOUR SPARES Our crew always brings tons of fuel, food, brap mix, spark plugs and assorted sundries, but no one seems to have the right sized tube when we need it. It’s up to you to be like a Boy Scout and “Be Prepared” when it comes to tire repairs. Changing tires while at the track or favorite riding area certainly isn’t as easy as it is in the garage and may take even more time and patience, but once it’s done the fun can resume. So don’t forget to pack all the tools listed above and also a manual tire pump, duct tape, baby powder, soapy water in a spray bottle, gloves to avoid the scraped knuckles and a good friend to help you. Bring all your tire gear and even your manual...It may prove invaluable. Number 7: AVOIDING THIS PROBLEM UP FRONT One of the ways to avoid repairing flat tires is to prevent them from occurring in the first place and in terms of technology, the standard tire/tube/rim lock setup is growing old quickly…alternatives are available. One such alternative to the heavy-duty tube is to replace it with a tire mousse designed for Michelin off-road tires, as Michelin is the inventor of the “Bib-Mousse” product. A bib mousse is a foam insert that fills the tire cavity with a semi-solid object (molded foam) that is not susceptible to punctures in any way. Bib-mousse inserts are a sure way to avoid flat tires, but they come with a hefty price tag (around $125) and are notoriously difficult to install, but offer the ultimate in off-road protection against the dreaded flat tire demon. Another very innovative tire technology that has gained popularity is the TUbliss tire system. TUbliss states “TUbliss replaces conventional inner tubes with a small red 100 psi insert that creates two different pressure zones inside the tire itself. This enables an incredible 100 PSI of rim protection, increased tire stability and eliminates pinch flats. In turn, this allows you to run very low tire pressure for massive gains in traction and a much plusher ride.” Although a bit complicated to understand and install at first, many riders we spoke to highly recommend it. TUbliss Cutaway Diagram CONCLUSION In conclusion, getting flat tires is a part of off-road riding, are hard to prevent and can ruin a whole day of riding or racing before it even begins. Being prepared in advance can dramatically reduce the risk of flat tires, but no amount of prep can avoid them completely…so be ready for them! If you utilize the tools and techniques outlined above, you’ll be able to cut down on the frequency of flat tires as well as being able to get back up and riding in the shortest possible timeframe. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! How are you minimizing flats? What are you super-secret, home-brew techniques? Please share them in the comments section below. We'd love to hear from you!
  2. After experiencing some overheating while going slow in rough terrain I decided to try a cheap fix and install a couple of cooling fans. Here are some photos of my fan installation. The fans are not sealed but since they are brush-less DC fans, unless some debris gets in them they should not be affected by the environment. The fans are fairly inexpensive draw very little current and easy to replace if they fail. The fans are held on the radiator by zip ties. I inserted one zip tie through each of the radiator side mounting holes of the fan then passed the zip ties through the fins if the radiator and secured them with the clipped-off head of another zip tie. The 2006 250 xc-w does not appear to have a 12vdc circuit. It does have an output from the generator that I assume is alternating current. Since the stock regulator only has one wire going to it and ground on the other side I suspect is just a zener diode, that acts as a voltage limiter shunting anything over a certain voltage to ground. If that is the case the AC generator output would be fine for lights and a horn, but not a Direct Current Fan. I installed a inexpensive (cheap) aftermarket regulator/rectifier, inserting it between the generator and the rest of the KTM's electrical circuit. You can see the voltage regulator in the attached photos. The regulator/rectifier provides 12vdc to the fans, horn, lights and the battery. The battery pack is a ni-mh 1800 mha 12vdc, NOT lithium-ion. I opted for the ni-mh because there is less of a fire hazard in-case the voltage regulator goes nuts. The battery is connected to the rest of the circuit with a 7.5 amp fuse and is intended to act as a voltage conditioner. If the voltage provided by the regulator has any rpm related spikes, or dips, the battery should absorb the spikes by charging, and fill any dips by discharging. Or at least that's the plan. The battery also powers the fans if the radiators are still hot when the engine is not running. The fans are activated by an appliance thermo-snap switch. This switch is a normally open bi-metal switch that closes at 85c (185f). It is designed to switch 120vac at 8 amps. That is an order of magnitude more current then the fans require, so they are not likely to fail due to current draw. If it fails it will probably be a result of exceeding the cycle life of the switch and I have NO idea of how many cycles to failure this switch is rated for. It is attached to the radiator just below the radiator cap near the hot coolant in hose using JB weld epoxy adhesive. The switch activates after the stock thermostat opens fully and the coolant temp at the top of the radiator exceeds 85c. Since installing the fans, a coolant recovery bottle and a 1.8 bar radiator cap, even though I have been riding harder, I have not experienced any steam from overheating. I have seen the coolant recovery bottle over half full. So the cooling system with the fans running has gotten hot enough to overpressure the 1.8 bar radiator cap and over flow coolant into the recovery bottle, but it did not over flow the bottle, and all of the coolant was returned to the radiator as soon as the bike cooled. The fact that the coolant bottle did have coolant overflow in it is proof that the fans and 1.8 bar radiator cap are not a total cure to overheating. Though as I said overheating has happened far fewer times even though I'm riding more and harder than last year. The thermo-snap switch ensures that the whole system is automatic requiring no input from the rider. The fans turn on and off according to radiator temperature whether the engine is running or not. The fan system weighs less than 1 kg (2 lbs). All in all I am very satisfied with the way it works. I know the wiring is a rats nest. It was pretty much a proof of concept job. My son was going to clean it up and give it a more professional look, but I haven't gotten it over to him yet (1year+) >>> See my coolant recovery bottle system HERE.
  3. TT'ers, this isn't a post. It's a wiki. If you're not sure what that means, it means it's an article that can be written by many. What I'm looking for is to create a great article on how to buy a used motorcycle. Essentially, things to lookout for, how to get a fair price, etc... If you've bought a used motorcycle successfully, you're qualified to contribute to this wiki article. You don't have to be some expert as the contributions of many will yeild the best results. With a wiki, you can give your input, edit what's already been added, etc... All changes are tracked and contributors are logged. So, you really can't break anything. That said, give it a shot. Once there is some meat on the article's bones, this opening text and be removed. I'm just trying to get the ball rolling. Who's in? I'll start. Where to find used motorcycles? ThumperTalk Classifieds http://www.craigslist.org Search all of craigs list via http://www.adhuntr.com/ http://www.searchtempest.com/ http://www.onecraigs.com/ http://www.searchcraigslist.org/ (there may be others) http://www.cycletrader.com http://www.ebay.com Your local dealer's website How to spot the typical classified ad scams? If it's too good to be true, it's probably a scam. You're not getting a 2013 KTM 450 for $1,800 unless it comes in pieces. If you pay before you see the bike, it's probably a scam. If it's a "long distance" buy, it's probably a scam, If the pic of the vehicle has a background that looks nothing like the topography, housing & vegetation in your local area, not that it IS a scam, but something that should peak your interest. Scammers often use pictures of someone else's vehicle. If the only way to contact someone is via email and it's a freebie email account such as @hotmail.com, @yahoo.com, @gmailed, etc... this should also factor in to the total picture. If the whole ad is essentially a picture, the user is doing this so that they can place the ad 5 bajillion times and is likely a scam. Normal ads are created where use's type the text and upload actual picture of the vehicle. If you email and the reply back is some long story about military deployment and they can't show you the bike, but will happily ship it, scam. If you can't see before you buy, run. How to prepare before you even go look? Determine how much you're willing to spend or the condition and year of the bike you want to buy. Determine the reasonable price and condition range by creating a list or spreadsheet of used motorcycles in your area. Try looking at a few motorcycles that are close in proximity to you to get a feel for what you should be looking for. Do some research. Look at local listings for the types of bikes you're interested in. If you're not sure about what motorcycle you want, try a friend's bike, read reviews, and hit the forums here on TT. The more time you have before you must purchase the better. When starting the research process, take mental notes of the years, condition, and prices of motorcycles. Compile a list or a spreadsheet that notes the location, price, advertised condition, year, and anything else that you think is relevant. After a set amount of time, a few weeks is best, you should be able to make a good guess for how much the bike you want should cost, what condition is typical for the price you're willing to pay, and how far you're willing to travel to get the bike you want. How to evaluate a used motorcycle? Look the bike over for wear Check the controls for loose or sloppy movement Check the frame, engine, tank, etc. for wear from Sun, crashes and riding. Chromalloy frames will become polished from boots, aluminum frames will also show wear, as will magnesium engine covers Put the bike on a stand and spin the tires. Check to make sure rims are true. Also see if the wheels move up/down or side to side. Do the same with the swing arm. If the air cleaner is readily accessible, check to see that it's clean. If it's dirty, how dirty is it? If it's really dirty, it probably wasn't cleaned or changed often. If possible, pull of the header (2-stroke) and take a peak inside the cylinder to make sure everything looks good. Check the chain and sprockets for wear Check forks for oil leakage / blown seals If there is a kick starter, check for compression. If the kick start pushes through the stroke easily with your hand, the motor is worn out. [*]Run the motor, rev the bike and listen for any strange sounds [*]Test ride if you can, test acceleration, shifting, steering, and brakes, and suspension if able to [*]Ask about how the motorcycle was ridden, where it was ridden, and what kind of typical maintenance / work was performed on the bike. [*]Ask why the bike is being sold if it's a private party. If you're clever, ask at the beggining and check for consistency later in the conversation to determine trustworthiness of the seller.
  4. It is very important to have a well prepped machine BEFORE the start of your next ride because there is nothing worse than having your roost session cut short by a mechanical failure – no one likes being “that guy”! First off, it’s critical to have the correct tire pressure. With our tire pressure now, generally we like to have between 10 and 14 PSI in normal conditions. In muddy and sandy terrain you will want to try and get a little extra traction by dropping it down to between 8 and 10 PSI. That’s going to be more beneficial by allowing the tire to spread out a little bit, getting a wider tread pattern and hooking up a lot better. Any lower than 8 PSI definitely increases your chances of getting a flat tire which is what we don’t want, plus your tires don’t perform as well at this very low pressure setting because they start “rolling” out from under the rim. You always want to have a good set of brake pads – not just pads that have a lot of “meat” on them, but pads that also perform well. Some brands out there are atrocious at slowing you down. Sometimes you may needs to bed in a new set of brake pads to form the shape of your existing disc, or you may need to even generate an excessive amount of heat into them before they start working well – A great way to work on your skills improvement and to bed in front brake pads is to perform the “Front brake skid” exercise that we use at our DirtWise Academy of Offroad Riding schools. In very muddy conditions you may even consider using sintered brake pads for increased durability for the gnarly conditions you are going to be faced with. Be sure to have the correct chain tension on the motorcycle. When the swingarm is horizontal that’s when the chain tension is at its tightest. Initially you will need to either push down on the rear of the bike until the swingarm is horizontal, or remove the rear shock to make this easier to do. Keep adjusting the chain and checking it at the horizontal point until the chain is situated there with a little bit of slack in it. You want that little bit of slack in the chain especially in the mud and sand as the chain will tighten up even more when this muck gets forced in between the chain and sprockets. You definitely run the risk of snapping the chain, or locking the engine up if you’re running your chain too tight. Once you have the correct tension on the chain go ahead and position the bike back on a stand or leaning against something and then make a measurement of the resulting “slack” in the chain at a easily identifiable reference point/mark on the swingarm/front chain guide. Use that knowledge in the future to easily and accurately obtain the correct chain tension for your machine. - About Shane - Dirtwise Academy of Off-road Riding
  5. MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM Motorsports has officially announced its FMF KTM Factory Racing Team lineup for 2017, showcasing a versatile lineup of the nation’s best offroad racers. The six-rider roster includes Taylor Robert, Kailub Russell, Kacy Martinez, Russell Bobbitt, Cody Webb and Ivan Ramirez – all of which are returning from the 2016 season. TAYLOR ROBERT Shifting gears from his previous season in the World EnduroGP, Robert will contest the AMA National Hare & Hound Championship this season, as well as WORCS and select extreme enduro events across the globe. For this, Robert will race aboard the KTM 450 XC-F. Coming off a successful run at the 2016 International Six Days Enduro (ISDE), the ISDE Overall Individual Winner and leading the U.S. Trophy Team to its first-ever Gold Medal, Robert enters the 2017 season with an all-new set of championship-winning goals. KAILUB RUSSELL Russell, a four-time AMA Grand National Cross Country Series (GNCC) Champion, will return to the team’s lineup following an announcement earlier this year detailing a career-contract with the team. Aboard the championship-proven KTM 350 XC-F, Russell will attempt to become the winningest GNCC racer in series history as he enters the 2017 season only seven wins away from Scott Summers in the top position. Additionally, the 2015 AMA National Enduro Champion will return to the series full time after missing out on the opportunity to defend his title last season due to injury. Russell will compete on a KTM 250 XC-F for the National Enduro Series. KACY MARTINEZ With multiple national championships under her belt ranging from coast to coast, Martinez has proven her versatility in the offroad world as a two-time GNCC Champion, three-time WORCS Champion, X-Games Women’s EnduroX Gold Medal and two AMA Western Hare Scramble championships. Martinez is expanding her horizons in 2017 to compete full-time in the AMA National Hare & Hound Series, as well as the AMA EnduroCross Series, where she will pilot a KTM 250 XC-F in pursuit of two first-time offroad titles. RUSSELL BOBBITT Five-time AMA National Enduro Champion Russell Bobbitt will return to the lineup in 2017 to defend his title aboard the KTM 250 XC-F. Additionally, Bobbitt will compete in the full GNCC Series for the first time ever as he continues to prepare to become a serious contender in the series. CODY WEBB The two-time AMA EnduroCross Champion returns for his second season with the FMF KTM Factory Racing Team. Webb, who finished a close 2nd in 2016, will pilot the KTM 350 EXC-F in the EnduroCross Series as he looks to reclaim the title in 2017. Webb will also compete in select extreme enduro events aboard the KTM 300 XC throughout the season. IVAN RAMIREZ Ramirez will return to the lineup in 2017 to compete aboard the KTM 450 X-F in both the AMA National Hare & Hound Series and WORCS. The 2015 AMA National Hare & Hound Champion will look to reclaim the No. 1 plate after battling back from injury during the last season. With championship-proven equipment and riders on board, the FMF KTM Factory Racing Team is pleased to announce the addition of multi-time offroad champion Charlie Mullins as the exclusive trainer for its riders. Mullins, who recently retired from racing due to ongoing wrist injuries, will work under the umbrella of Aldon Baker to provide a championship-winning program for the offroad racing team. Team Manager Antti Kallonen: “The 2016 season was very successful as the team captured five major offroad championships and several other big moments throughout the season. With Charlie Mullins staying on as the team’s exclusive trainer, we will have the same solid group once again and we’re looking forward to going after even more championships in 2017.”
  6. Team KTM Team Husqvarna November 29, 2016 - (Motor Sports Newswire) - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team riders Pablo Quintanilla and Pela Renet are ready to take on the 39th running of the Dakar Rally – the world’s most iconic rally raid event, which kicks of in Asunción, Paraguay on January 2. Together with experienced former racer turned rider consultant Ruben Faria, Quintanilla and Renet will take on what is expected to be one of the toughest Dakar Rallies in many years. Faced with close to two weeks of competition aboard their FR 450 machines, both riders will have to deal with almost one-week of racing at high altitude while tackling the varied and demanding South American terrain. For Quintanilla this year’s Dakar will start with the Chilean being the recently crowned FIM Cross Countries World Champion. Third in the 2016 edition of the Dakar, in securing his hard earned world championship title he has shown that he will be one of the leading riders during this year’s Dakar. Fast, experienced and with his fitness and confidence at an all time high, Quintanilla is focused on a third consecutive podium result while also hopeful of improving on his 2016 third place result. Ready to tackle his second Dakar, French rider Pela Renet will again be Quintanilla’s teammate. Switching to rally at the end of 2015 the former Enduro World Champion has faced a steep learning curve. Despite crashing heavily during Dakar 2016, Renet has remained focused on his goal of adapting to the many challenges rally racing presents and heads into Dakar 2017 determined to gain further experience and reach the finish. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team heads into Dakar 2017 with another important asset – former racer Ruben Faria. Now retired from full-time competition, Faria will offer invaluable tactical advice and support to the two Husqvarna riders. As a regular Dakar starter since 2006 the Portuguese rally specialist will be on hand to back Quintanilla and Renet throughout the 39th edition of the event. Pablo Quintanilla: “In Dakar there are many factors that you can't control so making predictions before the race is never a good thing to do. I have prepared well, have no injuries, I’ve had a great season in the world championship and have a great bike and team supporting me. I have all that I need to do well. Because of my successful world championship season there is a little extra pressure on me to do well, but I don’t mind the pressure. This year’s event will be difficult, with many fast riders hoping to do well. I am sure that this year we will see what Marc Coma believes is a true rally. I feel confident in my navigational skills in the open deserts, and also on the mountain tracks, so I am looking forward to the challenge. It’s always hard to have an exact plan for Dakar, you have to let the race come to you. Of course my goals get harder to achieve each year, after finishing on the podium the next step is an obvious one for most riders. Dakar is a special race, an incredible experience, and together with my team we will do all we can to get the best result possible.” Pela Renet: “My goal this year is to finish Dakar. Everyone now knows that the 2017 Dakar will be very difficult – one of the most difficult in recent years. But I am looking forward to the challenge. Since last year’s event I have worked a lot on my navigation, in Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Navigation will be very important, also dealing with the riding at high altitude and the big differences in temperatures during the competition. The challenge that is ahead of all riders is going to be very special, very difficult. I have incredible support from my team and have so much more experience going into my second Dakar. I’m really looking forward to this challenge.” Dakar Rally 2017 The world’s toughest offroad event gets underway on January 2, 2017 when 146 riders in the motorcycle category set out from Asunción to welcome Paraguay as the 29th country to be included in the Dakar program. The 12 stages, which take riders on to Bolivia and Argentina, will offer brutal new challenges. These include almost a week at high altitude – six stages over 3,000-meters in the early part of the competition and what organizers say will be very special new demands in navigational technique. Quintanilla and Renet will also encounter every possible weather condition from freezing temperatures to a blistering 50°C, and vastly different, and very challenging terrain – from dunes to plains and grasslands, river crossings, rocks and the daunting Andes mountains. The twelve stages cover nearly 9,000 km, including more than 4,000 km of special timed stages. There will be one marathon stage where riders will fend for themselves with no mechanical or team support at the overnight bivouac. During the 12 stages there will be just one rest day, in La Paz, before the rally concludes in Buenos Aires on January 14. Please find all official photos of the 2016/2017 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Rally Team here
  7. PICKERINGTON, OH - December 1, 2016 - (Motor Sports Newswire) - Future U.S. International Six Days Enduro team members will prove their mettle in the AMA ISDE Qualifier Series, designed to provide a world-class test for American off-road racers with an eye on international competition. The American Motorcyclist Association has sanctioned qualifier rounds for the ISDE since the world championship event was known as the International Six Days Trial. The qualifiers have changed over the years to meet the needs of the U.S. team. For 2017, the AMA is returning to a series format. The AMA ISDE East Qualifier Series will have rounds in Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. The AMA ISDE West Qualifier Series will be held in California, Idaho and Washington. Each round of the East and West series will run a two-day format with four of the six days used to qualify riders. The top-five riders in each ISDE series will qualify. Following the regional series, an additional three-day qualifier will be held in Tennessee with all three days plus the best one-day finish from the East or West series being used to qualify eight additional riders. "Not only are we making it tougher, while giving riders more opportunities to qualify, we are also working very hard on raising funds to reduce costs across the board," said AMA Off-Road Manager Erek Kudla. "I want the U.S. teams to sweep the podiums at the 2017 ISDE in France, and making our qualifying competition even stiffer, plus helping our riders get there, is the best way to accomplish that." At the 2016 ISDE in Spain, the U.S. World Trophy Team won the event for the first time in ISDE history, which dates back more than 100 years to 1913. "After our big win at the 2016 ISDE in Spain, it is really important to ride that momentum and strengthen the USA team spirit, as well as bring back the prestige of the qualifiers themselves," Kudla said. In addition to reconstituting the qualifiers in a series format to qualify riders who submit a Letter of Intent to ride at the ISDE in 2017, A, B and C classes will compete for regional championships while developing the skills needed to be future ISDE qualifying riders. Additional rules and selection details will be announced soon and published at www.americanmotorcyclist.com. AMA ISDE East Qualifier Series Round 1: Jan. 21-22, Seville, Fla. River City Dirt Riders Round 2: Feb. 11-12, Gaston, S.C. Full Gas Enduro Series Round 3: Feb. 25-26, Greeneville, Tenn. Full Gas Enduro Series AMA ISDE West Qualifier Series Round 1: Jan. 28-29, Gorman, Calif. Ventura County MC Round 2: March 11-12, Payatte, Idaho. Boise Ridge Riders Round 3: April 1-2, Washougal, Wash. Lobos MC AMA ISDE 3-Day Qualifier May 12-14, Johnson City, Tenn. Full Gas Enduro Series
  8. Here's hoping everyone has a safe, fun, exciting Baja Mil this weekend!!! R.I.P. KC
  9. If you can, get Redbull TV and watch the Knock Out. The way Herlings ride through the sand is beyond amazing! It is absolutely ridiculous how good he rides and how he dominants the race near effortlessly...
  10. Hey TT, so I recently went through my xr400 and gave it a bit of the ktm style that i'm a big fan of . The idea at the time was to fix it up and sell it while it was still pretty, but with the season coming to an end without any satisfactory offers, it's looking like I'll be keeping the xr through the winter. Recently, however, I've been struck with inspiration to build a scrambler and people seem to like the xr as a base for these. I'm thinking I could offload the aloop kit and plastics to offset a bit of the price and make myself a nice vintage scrambler. Here are a few pictures of my influences. So here are the questions; have any of you guys build a scrambler like this before? If so are there any specific parts that you would recommend? Any to avoid? General thoughts or impressions? If i do end up going through with the build ill be sure to keep the thread updated. Thanks!
  11. Why didn't Walker or Jarvis participate in red bull sea to sky 2016? Wade young is done.. Bummer..
  12. Is some one coming to score San Felipe 250 this next weekend? I'll be leaving this next Thursday, bringing the heavy bike along...
  13. Tell Honda what you want in your next bike.Who knows,maybe we will get something we really want. http://www.hondasurveys.com/se.ashx?s=41783EA57771339B
  14. Rory Mead was injured yesterday at the GNCC race. My buddy was racing there and said he was airlifted out in bad shape. It's not looking good for him right now and he may be paralyzed from the waist down. Everyone keep him in their thoughts and hope he has a full recovery. Get well Rory. http://www.enduro360.com/2014/03/31/featured/rory-mead-injured/
  15. Hello Everyone! I want to inform all of you about my 2 day adult school on July 19th and 20th for ages 17 and up, located in Port Elizabeth, NJ. It consists of 2 full days of riding and learning the best and safest way to ride your dirt bike. We have an hour lunch break both days. It is $325 per rider. My school is for all skill levels. If you are just a trail riding guy who wants to learn to be safer but also have more fun and go faster, because isn't it more fun the faster you go!?? Well, I got you covered. Or if you are that racer guy who wants to do better against his/her competition, then that's fine too! I can guarantee that I can shave down your lap times. It is amazing how the little things can add up and have you winning by minutes. Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn a lot and have you faster in no time. Email me for a registration form at rich@richlaffertyracing.com. Bring your buddies, friends, family! Don't miss out on a great time with RLR, where you are actually learning!
  16. Starts tomorrow in Sweden , its been held since 1915 and has evolved into a Hard enduro event now. I must admit that i hadn't heard much about this race before. This is ISDE overall winner Pela Renet's Husky for the race , its 18 hours and has day and night stages. 190 miles. Heres one of the sections Looks pretty Gnarly from the vids on youtube. Anyone else familiar with this race ? Old school 1975 !! http://youtu.be/qI6VpJlK_i4 2013 http://youtu.be/lVZYgQlhdB4
  17. Hey guy been creeping for a month but feel it's time to post. Got this bike on a trade for a 91 suzuki lt250r quadracer. Bike has an athena big bore kit (280cc), pro taper bars, tokyo mods carb. I've rode bmx for the past 10 years and prefer two wheels. Deal seemed too good to be true and it was haha. After 3 hours of riding I lost compression. After dropping it off at the shop turns out someone put a stock size head gasket in it which caused the wire of the gasket to stick one of the valves open. $1100 later along with a new piston with rings, gasket set, kibblewhite SS valves and an overall check over and it was alive. Bike is a blast to ride and even harder to keep the front end down. I got bored with stock plastics (red isnt my thing haha) so I replaced everything with black and added some acerbid hand guards. I mostly ride trails but the parents also have a 10 acre field I like to take it over to and run it wide open. Before after http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f12/timernstjr/IMG_1465_zps49842e8b.jpg Update! Got some graphics in and got some good riding time in as well. Question, with the big bore kit I feel the exhaust is really constricted and holding the potential power back. Thoughts? I am just a weekend warrior so I know suspension would help but a seat of the pants feel makes me lean towards exhaust even though I dont need to haha. New pics! Video of my parents house
  18. This guy has lost his damn mind but I am diggin it !
  19. http://www.enduro21.com/index.php/component/k2/item/2152-villopoto-to-race-2015-isde# Now this i'm interested to see...
  20. in my experience with older guys such as my father and his brothers and there uncles, they all seem to have this idea that 2 strokes blow up and have ( zero ) torque. how did this happen? or do i just have bad luck with anti 2 strokers!
  21. I guess when you talk crap about the very equipment that pays you, finding a employer is going to become ever more difficult...
  22. Site was launched a few weeks ago but want to post here about the new sections and features! www.nationalhareandhound.com When you first get there you'll notice right away its a new, WHITE, look. Switching it up, but what it really does it makes it when you copy and paste information it wont have black background on the paste as often times it will also paste the color. On the Far right there are the live feed tabs - Facebook, Twitter, Youtube - Just click and the tabs will slide out - Make sure to cllick "FOLLOW" so that if you have automatic updates on your phone you will get them as the events are happening. On the Right side of the main page it has the live instagram feed. Just tag #2014NHHA and your photos will appear. Mouse over and the main photo change. Click and the large photo will open. On the right the 2014 Series Tab has all the information you need for each event. Location, Directions, Flier (when published) Google Maps link (just click add your start location and presto DIRECTIONS), Club contacts, Rules ect. - 2014 Results, Standings and a Getting Started page for new riders (Last page we're still working on) Now the "News Page". All the articles and write ups for the upcoming events. There is a Facebook like and share button on the top and at the bottom you can add comments via Facebook and it will post directly for you. http://nationalhareandhound.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/News.jpg the Meida page has all the promoto.tv videos, the NHHA instagram and the most recent event Instagram feed on the right. The racers page has all the riders that have submitted their information to NHHA posted. At the bottom it states what is required. Promote yourself, your sponsors and your accomplishments in racing! The Youth Page has all the Rules and Regs for the series, the Results and Standings and the most recent videos from the last event! Check out our up and coming rippers! The Directions page has the upcoming round of racing on the top and all the other rounds information. The biggest thing is the Google Maps link that you just click and insert your starting location and it will give you general directions to the race location! Plus the contact information for the club's race referee. THIS IS MY FAVORITE PART!!! The Club resources link - at the top of the page on the left. All the information each club needs. Sanctioning, entry forms, post race forms, Release forms and more!!! All clubs should check it out and print out anything else they need. MAKE SURE TO GO TO THE PAGE AND CHECK OUT ALL THE NEW STUFF AND INFORMATION! This is where the official NHHA information is posted NOT this message board. While yes, most information will be copied here, it does not make it official by any means. Also make sure to follow the Facebook pages, Instagram, Twitter ect. as that is where the most up to the minute information will be posted - www.facebook.com/nationalhareandhound www.facebook.com/NationalYouthHareandHound
  23. I have a 2011 530 EXC. I bought the bike new; it only has 800 miles on it. To date, it’s boiled over 4 times. Every time it does, I go to the blogs and find a new way to spend money on a gimmicky fix. To date I’ve made a number of recommended modifications, none of which has produced the desired result (a cooler running motorcycle). Here’s a list of the mods and inspections so far; Installed radiator fan (I’ve only heard it kick in once) Changed coolant to Engine Ice Installed Samco Hose radiator bypass kit Replaced the factory radiator cap with another new factory radiator cap Removed and inspected water pump Rejetted for altitude (3000’-6000”) Opened up factory exhaust pipe Performed regular maintenance including inspecting the oil for water. No trace of water found. Three mods above (Fan, Engine Ice, Samco Kit) were guaranteed to cure the boil over by bloggers and manufactures alike. So much for guarantees. How is it possible to boil over without a radiator fan turning on? Could the fan temp sensor be faulty? I know the fan works because I’ve bench tested it. So where do I go from here? I’m reluctant to continue the spend-fest without verifiable proof that a new part or procedure will fix my overheating problem. I’m considering one or more of the following mods; CRT Radiator overflow bottle Oversized water pump Extra capacity radiators Evans coolant Add a radiator fan switch to my handlebars for manual on/off capability Oversized radiators are really expensive, so we’ll call that ‘Plan C’. A larger water pump impeller is interesting, but I’m not sure if increasing the rate of water flow is the key. Changing the type of coolant is cheap enough, but just because a coolant doesn’t expand in the system when it gets hot, doesn’t mean it’s doing a better job of cooling. So at this point I’m thinking a manual switch for the radiator fan, and a CRT overflow bottle may be worth the effort. Anybody out there have experience with these mods? Will the overflow bottle add to the capacity of the system? Should I partially fill the bottle with coolant? Any hands-on advice will be appreciated.
  24. Finally we can watch the 2 hardest enduro races in the world live and online at Redbull TV.com http://live.redbull....erg-rodeo-live/ -This is where you watch. http://www.erzbergro...bergrodeo/xviii- Official site. http://www.redbull.c...021243137702894-Check this out! These are the details, videos and other links about the race! 1 mountain. 500 riders. 15 checkpoints. 4 hours of time. And only a handful of riders crosses the finish line! Welcome to the cruel reality of Erzbergrodeos true highlight - the RED BULL HARE SCRAMBLE, which is regarded the toughestst dirt bike race of the world! Only the fastest 500 riders of the Iron Road Prologue qualify for the technically most demanding offroad competition worldwide. The starting ceremony already is a legend in its very own right. When, at 11:00 am, Karl Katoch guides the competitors to the Erzberg lake, the thrilling atmosphere causes gooseflesh again. At 12:00 o’ clock straight, waves of 50 riders are set loose and places in the front rows are much sought-after. Starting positions correspond with the times reached in the prologue, so the fastest 50 riders of Iron Road Prologue start in the first row of the RED BULL HARE SCRAMBLE. When Heinz Kinigadner and Karl Katoch rise the starting flag, it’s 4 hours time for the riders to pass 20 checkpoints on the 23 kilometer track. At 4:00 pm, the game is over as the chequered flag is swung for the very last time. All riders still fighting with the track at this time are listed in the official results with their last checkpoint passed in running order. Right after the start it is clear to everyone that there will be only one way to the finish line - straight up the mountain! While the top-riders are served with a spicy potpourri of endless uphills, formidable downhills, narrow forest trails and unforgiving rock passages, the vast majority of riders will spend most of their four hours at one of the first uphill sections. Only the best of the best are able to reach the legendary Red Bull Arch inside the Erzberg-Arena, making them the elite enduro riders in the whole world. The prize for this inhuman drudgery is no prize money. It‘s a piece of rock, shaped directly out of the Iron Giant‘s side. A piece of rock from the mountain the riders have beaten with willpower, determination and quite some battle scars... Past winners of the Red Bull Hare Scramble: 2010 Taddy Blazusiak (POL, KTM) 2009 Taddy Blazusiak (POL, KTM) 2008 Taddy Blazusiak (POL, KTM) 2007 Taddy Blazusiak (POL, KTM) 2006 David Knight (UK, KTM) 2005 David Knight (UK, KTM) 2004 Chris Pfeiffer (GER, Gas Gas) 2003 Cyril Despres (AND, KTM) 2002 Cyril Despres (AND, KTM) 2001 Juha Salminen (FIN, KTM) 2000 Chris Pfeiffer (GER, Gas Gas) 1999 Stefano Passeri (ITA, KTM) 1998 Giovanni Sala (ITA, KTM) 1997 Chris Pfeiffer (GER, Gas Gas) 1996 Chris Pfeiffer (GER, Gas Gas) 1995 Alfie Cox (RSA, KTM) Also, tommrow at 5-6pm E on RacerTV (NBCsports) GNCC racing is on from Georgia 2012! RedBull Romaniac's 2012 will also be shown live this Tuesday June 13th @ 11am!!
  25. Anyone know what's up with this? When 2 of last years top 5 that are on the same team don't show for a race it makes you wonder. Maybe I just missed a press release.
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