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  1. Hey Thumpertalk! I'm a student in Norway and started a Youtube series called Freedom Key. Basically I hunt down and film bikes that intrest me. The videos are visually pleasing and show a lot of interesting bikes! My plan is not to get popular and have lots of views, I just really enjoy filming and I love bikes, so sharing my passion and exploring new film techniques is a priority. The first video is out, but it's only a teaser. Next video will be out next week. Check it out and let me know what can be done to make it more interesting. Thanks!
  2. 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!
  3. I've got a 1978 Ts 125 that was basically a barn find. The bike is in great condition and was up and running in a day, with little more than new gas/oil and a cleaned carb. The problem lies when after only about 10 mins of riding it dies due to what appears to be a Fouled plug. A new plug was inserted only to lead to the same result. Another note that may help is the fact that the bike doesn't seem to respond well until almost half throttle, basically to the powerband. Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated.
  4. Hi This is my first post and I hope I've done it right. I took the spark plug out of my Gilera sc125 and it was a greeny yellow colour. Its a NGK BR9ES,standard is BR8ES. I don't know why it was changed. It has a fuse for the power valve but no other mods. I was hoping someone would know what this means, as everyone I've asked hasn't heard of a green spark plug before. I bought a new plug thats been in it for over 250miles now and when I get a chance I will take it out and see what colour it is. It hasn't affected the performance, I just like to know this sort of thing. Sorry if the picture is crap and it was more greeny is person, my phone is stupid and so is its camera. Thanks
  5. I'm looking for a spot to do some practice of basic dirt skills before heading to the dedicated ORV spots like Tahuya. Riding 90 min on the super slab to do that seems kinda crazy. When I was a kid I seemed to be able to find every empty field and lot but now it seems everything is private and well-protected. Anyone out there know of something that will fit the bill?
  6. 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
  7. Just ordered my D606 with three tire spoons. I've done countless bicycle tire change and presume it's pretty similar. I've watched a few videos on YouTube and everything appears to be straight forward. Does anyone have any pro-tips or things I should watch out for? Thanks in advance.
  8. Tags are added so similar content can be located without the use of the search feature or in combination with it. Every member has the ability to tag or un-tag topics. They can be tagged by brand, location, miscellaneous, products and/or vehicle. There are sub-groups under each category. A total of ten different tags can be added to each thread. This is a relatively new feature. We are working on tagging the rest of the existing threads in the main forum. Anyone can help by adding tags. Tag results can be found by simply clicking on the tag. The results depend on how it is tagged. If you search the "Tire Tag" it will show all threads tagged by vehicle first if that tag has been added. After that you will see site wide results from the other forums, followed by any wiki results. The threads should be tagged CRF250L(skip the year, unless it is year specific). Product can be added, just like brands. If the specific product isn't available, tag it before that step. If a thread has many brands, just tag the main product topic and tag the brands separately. This seems to work well this way. Both the Main CRF250L forum and the FAQ forum are being tagged so you will see results from both when using the tag feature.
  9. This is a basic description to get you started. Searching is one way of avoiding repeat posts and clutter on the main forum. It is similar to the search feature used on other forums also. The search engine/ button is on the upper right hand side of the page. If you are on the CRF250L forum it's default is to search just "this forum", If you click on where it says "this forum" it will give you the other choices. Just click on a different one if you don't want to search using the default setting. If you choose search this forum it won't search the FAQ forum. Either search it separately or choose "all forums" for best results. If you search a forum and find a good thread that's long, just use search again once you are in the thread. Once you are in a thread the default is to search "this topic". This should help pinpoint the information you are searching for without the need to read the entire thread. This speeds up the searching process. You can search by member, forums, products, events, classifieds, reviews, garages and more. There also is an advanced search function available by clicking the tab to the right of the search box. It will open a new window and allows you to make your search more specific.
  10. First off, here's some background info...I currently ride a 300ex thats pretty much stock besides an fmf exhaust and jetted. I really want to get a bike because im done with ATV's. The only experience i have on a bike is a crf150f i road for awhile a few years ago. Im about 6'1" and 205 lbs. Im trying to stay away from a 250F because i dont wanna deal with the cursed valves and other complexities on those pigs. ive narrowed it down to either a yz125 or a yz250. I know the 125 would be better to start on, but im worried that I will grow out of the power too quickly because of my size. I mostly ride trails and field, but when i get a bike ill go to the track every now and then. I guess my main question is will the 125 be too small? and will the 250 be too much? Any answers will be greatly appreciated! 👍
  11. Would you buy a dirt bike with a rebuilt motor or not? I want to buy a 2010 crf250r but most of them have rebuilt motors.
  12. Hey all, this is my first post on here. I'm out of ideas on this, and reeeaally need some help. 2002 yz250. brand new top end with low hours above break in, brand new boyesen reeds, fresh packed silencer (firm but not over-tight), and brand new stock jets and needles in the carb. The problem is that it starts up just fine, but it will either die while idling or die as soon as I creep the throttle about 1/4 or past. It seems like it will run a little longer, or rev a tiny bit higher with the choke on. If I kick it and start riding right away to see what happens it will basically run poorly and then start to die in under a minute. When it dies while I'm riding it's a slow death where the revs slow over a few seconds until it stalls, and it doesn't matter whether I grab clutch, mess with the throttle, or choke it. I just ordered a new petcock to eliminate any other issue that might be fuel related, but other things I'm inexperienced with that have been mentioned to me are ignition timing and the stator. PLEEEEAAAASE HELP!! I've hardly ridden in two months!!!
  13. Hey guys, I'm planing on giving my new '06 CR125 a visual buff. I'm planing to get all new stock color plastics as well as a motoseat in the near future. I'm pretty decided on a cycra front number plate, but I'm not sure if I should go with polisport or acerbis plastics for the fenders, rad shrouds, fork guards, and side panels. Which is better? I've also seen DeCal Works plastic kits for this bike that seem to be a pretty good price and look pretty nice. Are those good? Also, my bike currently has a cylinder that is coated in a red color. I want to restore this to the stock condition and remove all of the red. I'm not sure if it is simply painted or powder coated. Is their an easy way to tell? How can I remove/get this paint removed and about how much do you think it will cost? Thanks, Will
  14. My kx250f won't run properly from idle and will stall if throttle is opened from idle to full throttle quickly. Some months back i had a big crash and was out for a while, in this time i rebuilt the bike. After this i noticed that it wasn't running well and harder to start than before. Its still ridable and power is still great but not sure whats going on. I have replaced the spark plug and still no improvement. Furthermore I can smell unburnt fuel when it runs and it pops when under engine braking. I do believe that I did the rebuild correctly. Any suggestion?
  15. Hey y'all, After 15 years since owning a Honda atv, I've decided to buy a CRF250L. I'm wondering if anyone could share their thoughts/experiences on buying a new one? I.e. Dealer cost, rebates, sales, gear incentives, etc. I'm located in Lancaster, Pa (an hour west of Philly), but can travel in any direction up to 200 miles. I thought about buying a used 2013, but they're pretty rare. Thanks in advance for any help!
  16. Using a coolant recovery bottle ensures that the radiator is all ways full of coolant. If you start running low on coolant when the bike is cool you can just add a little to the recovery bottle and it will cycle into the radiator after the next high heat cycle. Coolant recovery bottles should be placed as high as practicable reference the overpressure port on the radiator, even above that port if feasible. Doing so facilitates the syphon back into the radiator when it cools. My coolant recovery system is a 4-6 oz plastic bottle zip tied inside the headlight enclosure. The clear vinyl tubing is clamped to the over-pressure port on the radiator then the other end is cut at an angle and inserted into the bottle so that the long end of the bevel sits on the bottom. The smaller tube is the vent for the recovery bottle, it terminates just under the lid so the amount of coolant vented out of it is minimized. Both tubes are a snug fit through holes in the bottle top. It seems to work as expected as I've seen the bottle more than half full when I was working the bike hard at low speed, and almost empty after the ride when the bike cools. The middle photo shows the tubing as it loops from the radiator to the recovery bottle. Since is is a clear plastic it acts as a visual indicator of when the radiator is puking coolant. That's a lot neater than a cloud of steam. >>> see my DIY radiator fans HERE.
  17. Hey Guys, I got a DR 650 about 2 months ago, and ever since I've had it it has gotten terrible mpg (best 34 mpg, worst 30 mpg) When I got it, it was a bone stock 06 DR650 with 18,000 miles on it (very clean). At first I noticed an oil leak from the infamous cam chain tensioner gasket, which I promptly replaced. After that I changed spark plugs (ngk cr9ek), new air fliter (twin air), and added a jet kit (pro cycle w/ air box mod). Before the procycle jet kit I had to switch to reserve consistently at 88 to 91 miles on the trip meter. I just got done tuning the carb with jet kit, and I had to switch over to reserve at 73 miles. The carb is tuned with the 155 procycle/mikuni main jet (or the 165 for you dynojet guys) on the 5th notch of the procycle needle jet, counting from the top down. I know it sounds a little rich, but it's what the engine liked. Also when I got the bike it never needed to be choked, even when it was 35 degrees out, just two hits of the starter and I cranked right up. The OEM choke cable was seized up and would not move, so when I put the procycle jet kit on, I replaced it with a knob choke, which got it starting up like a normal engine, ie) need choke when cold. I have replaced the o rings on the carb float, and set to proper float height, along with all new carb gaskets. I will say though with all the jetting and new toy syndrome I have been driving the bike like a bat out of hell and have had long idles to warm up engine for jetting purposes, but it is hard to believe that that could have that much of an effect on my mpg. Any idea what could be causing this terrible gas mileage? It runs real strong, but something has got to be going on considering the mpgs this bike is supposed to be getting. Thanks all, this site members have helped me get at least this far with diagnosing.... I'm thinking dragging brake pad or bad fuel petcock. I don't think it's leaking gas through the stump into the oil, or else it would be way too full. Please help...I need to get better gas milage than a 4 door sedan 👎
  18. I'm trying to figure a good bike to get once I have enough. I am definelty set on a 250f, I am a new rider to an actual bike (only have experience on pit bikes). So what I'm trying to get at here is the best overall 250f to learn on and just have fun with on some trails. Height:6'0 Weight:200 Prefered Years: 04-11
  19. Whats up guys? Always looked at threads and never thought I would be doing one. Well back to the situation of why I ended up deciding to buy and build a moto van. I was at my GF house and had my 2 dirt bikes in the back of my truck. I went inside to get some food while I left my truck outside, my whole visited lasted around 45 minutes and in that time my two bikes almost got hijacked by some stupid motherf***rs. Thank god I went to my truck to retrieve my wallet and encountered 2 kids trying to unload my bike out of my truck. I quickly sprinted to catch them, but had a sore leg from that day of riding and wasn't even able to keep up with them. Me and my girl thought about how crazy that situation was and at the moment I knew i needed a van in my life. I was waiting for a perfect condition extended van with low miles, mint condition and under 5k. well you guys should know I was pretty much asking for a unicorn with tits. After 3 months of looking relentlessly everyday craigslist, I encountered a standard E150 2005, 70k miles for 5,700 mint condition and we had to jump on that deal. I was afraid that I might regret the decision of going standard length, but I went for it and guess what? I'm in route to a standard van that can fit 3 bikes (4 with hitch receiver) and have a sleeper sofa without the use of an extended van. Pros of having a van: - no more rain hitting my bike before or after the track - peace of mind - don't have to unload - can camp and road trip in it - no need for trailer - its a van - might give away free candy Cons: - mpg Please feel free to give me any ideas or steal my ideas if you want Well lets stop the writing and show the pictures: here is the van that was purchased Put the bike in and at least it fits. The van had these ugly grey front and rear bumpers with grey wheels, so I went to work with the matte black paint. Hit the exhaust while I was at it: and the hit the KX as well: Took out the floor to fix some underneath rust: While the floor dried I tok advantage and put some thermal-shield on the windows for insulation. Finished sealed floor with diamond plate aluminum so hide the connection between the two mats, the one located in the front seats and the cargo liner from the back Painted some rust in the roof I was going to put wood on the door panels, but went with aluminum and pasted some cardboard in the back for noise reduction. It was a cleaner finish and not easy damageable and can get wet. Added a table on this side of the van to make some sandwiches maybe even put a grill on top got the lock hinges on amazon, for the table I bought a bamboo cutting board so it would look professional and fir perfectly without me trying to pull my carpenter skills. Wall build, I wanted to maximize as much space as I could so we built the partition wall with a slant to it. The slant will be where the people who are sitting in the back will put their back against, there will be cushions but that is next to come. The window works to see if everything is okay in the back or if you need to grab something real quick without having to stop and get out. I wanted a shelf on top to store miscellaneous for trips. Pretty much I was asking for a lot but was going to try any way. The wall is a good idea to not get headaches from gas fumes and be able to store the bikes without the inconvenience of mud, gas, oil, etc in the sleeping and driving area. I met a guy one time with a van that said after the day of riding moto and storing the bikes back in the van. the car would smell like a gas nozzle for the next 40 mins until all the air went out the front 2 windows. Ask yourself in a situation where its raining and you can't put the windows down and all that gas smell is over you. that was something i was willing to avoid at all cost. (my girlfriend hates gas smell, for this reason the wall had to done)
  20. Just bought a 1998 Yamaha wr400 a few weeks ago, helluva bike! Problem is I took it for a ride the other day, stopped for a while then tried to start it up and the kickstarter stayed down. I had to manually pull it back up. That being said, I still needed to get home so I pushed it to a hill and had to roll/compression start it, this in itself took some doing because the first few times I released the clutch, it started then the kickstarter went down by itself and stalled the bike. Any ideas or suggestions would greatly be appreciated in regards to what I need to repair/replace!!! Thank you in advance! This post has been promoted to a wiki
  21. Hey guys!! this is my first ever post on tt!! I recently moved out to Utah for college (all the way from Ga) and I couldn't bring my 05 Yz 125 all the way out here (Let alone ride it on the road) so I decided to search online ads for dual sports because I love riding on road and off road, also my dad has a 2000 drz 400 which he used to ride on the street, and I used to ride it around my grandparents 24 acres. Anyway I have found a 1993 Dr350s for $700 that had the cylinder head that needs to be put on the engine and the engine needs to be installed back onto the bike. all parts are included (Including new gaskets 👍) and the guy I bought it from already rebuilt the bottom end because gears were slipping​. I decided to take the challenge of rebuilding the bike because I have had previous experience rebuilding some motorcycle engines and I'm kinda desperate to get riding again . I ended up getting the bike for just $600 because the cylinder head had one of the exhaust screws break off into it, and it needed to be drilled and tapped out. I ordered engine oil, Suzuki moly paste, hondabond HT, locktite blue....etc. I also took the head to a local machine shop to get the screw removed as I do not have access to too many power tools. I think I covered the background pretty thoroughly haha now for my question Can you guys offer some tips for putting the bike together at this stage? I have the digital manual and I have been studying it for about a week, but I would like to know some tips specifically for the DR (Or in general for rebuilding an engine) so I don't screw up the engine while trying to put it together. I will take all the tips I can get!! I will put pics up soon!! Thanks Trevor
  22. This is a 2014 drz i took mint care of unitil i brought it to my cabin which average temps are below freezing and salted snowy roads. I didnt have access to indoor storage but had it under cover. I consistently sprayed coats of tri foam rust and corrosion protection lubricant all over the bike. It was getting really dirty and weather made it un rideable so i took it back to my house in the city which has a garage i store it in. I am doing a very detailed clean and noticed these burn like erosion holes and a big deep long ones along the seam of the casing.
  23. Hi all, I'm trying to decide what I should do for my next bike. I ride mostly trails in California (No track as of yet) and am looking for a bike with a steadier power delivery and some bottom end. Right now I ride a 1999 cr 125 and am tired of trying to make it work on tight trails that my friends ride and I've gotten bored of the power as well. I'm looking at bikes 2002 and earlier since most of the time I have to ride is in the summer and I need to have a green sticker. Also I have a pretty small price range $1800 being my absolute max. I've been riding for about two years and I am a decent rider. Definitely not new to the sport but I'm no ronnie mac yet either. I had a few thoughts: a) Bore out the cr 125 to a 144 and port it for bottom end. Not sure if that would work well or not though. get a kdx 200/220/250 c) get a 250 2 stroke mx bike and try and make it like a kdx. i'm not sure how exactly I would do that but I am decent with mechanical stuff and I have friends who are really good so that would not be an issue. I really like this idea since there are a ton of cheap 250 2 strokes near me and well priced kdx's of the year i'm looking for are hard to come by. d) get a 250 4 four stroke possibly an xr250 or something comparable? I don't want to have a lot of maintenance cost since I don't have income except in the summer and like a said before my budget is a bit of an issue to begin with. However if a mx250 4 stroke would be the best option I could make it work. Any ideas/opinions/experiences would be greatly appreciated. I am not set on the bikes I listed and am perfectly happy with two strokes or four strokes. Thanks!
  24. Hey guys, I'm looking to plan a trip (The end of June) with the boys for some epic sand riding. We all live in Oregon and are experienced riders. We've ridden all over Oregon from Winchester to Christmas Valley and beyond... This trip is a pre-Bachelor party for the close friends that ride. We would like to get out of Oregon and explore new grounds, we don't mind driving. Any ideas for some epic sand would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
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