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  1. So, I'm new to this and dirt bikes in general. I did small engine repair in high school, so I'm not full on retarded in that respect. But I digress. My dad recently have me a 1980 Honda XL250s Dual sport bike. It's got the 6v system, and goofy 23" wheel. When I got it, it had sat for a couple years, but nonetheless, I had it running in no time. Then a month later, it was fine tuned with the correct filter, carb rebuild, etc. So it runs fine, no problems there. So now I'm onto electrical; blinkers, horn, things to make it road legal. So after I bought a brand new 6v battery, charged it, I was going through the lights. Headlight runs off stator, so that's fine, tail light runs off both, that's fine, turn signal switches are good, but lights stay solid. Horn switch doesn't work, but I haven't tested the horn itself. Most instrument lights work, but there may be an issue because I used LEDs for that, and when I hit the turn signal, the light comes on, but shuts off neutral light. Today I got all 4 signals to light up, after I grounded the rear lights. But now they don't come on with just the switch on. Only when the bike runs. And I'm only getting 3v at the battery when it's running. I feel like I just made it worse when I "fixed" the rear turn signals. And to make things worse, my 6v trickle charger doesn't work anymore.
  2. I know this topic has been discussed in the past, but I have not found any options available for the new 2018 bikes. I live and work for a new Beta Dealer (Auburn Extreme Powersports) in California, and we are having a difficult time mapping the RR-S bikes for full FMF exhausts. We have tried contacting Beta Support several times for this issue to no avail, and we typically are given the runaround when transferring to techs and secretaries. From what we can gather, the FMF flash is designed for the RR bikes, but not the street-legal counterparts. Every time we try to install the FMF map onto an RR-S errors occur, and the programmer screen goes virtually blank. We have heard through the grapevine that some are using the RR maps on the RR-S with success, but we have yet to try it, even on our own bikes for fear that it will permanently erase or damage the CDI. Any and all help or suggestions regarding this topic would surely be appreciated! Thanks, Ben.
  3. Hey all , away on vacation and want to buy some hand guards for the drz while I’m out here options for the bars that actually mount are 7/8 and 1 - 1/8 since I’m not near the bike I’m not sure which size I need I’m running stock bars on a 2017 drz400 s any input is appreciated as always
  4. So I live in Cook County and i was looking into buying a dual sport, however i wont be driving on roads until i get my license(1year). So i was wondering when i buy the bike do i need to get insurance for it anyway and license and all that. Or I dont need to, since ill be only riding on private trails and forests. Im thinking of buying the Yamaha 250r, 2016 or 17.
  5. Ok, first things first I haven't posted in a while and yes I have searched. Just need some more opinions. Riding a KTM 450 EXC. Mostly used AlpineStars Tech 3-8 boots. Decent but needing waterproof boots and something way more protective than the average "adventure" boot that offers little protection. I'm not doing Xtreme Enduros but relatively aggressive at times. Any opinions on AlpineStars Toucan, Sidi Adventure, Forma Terra, AlpineStar Corozal, TCX, etc. Thanks.
  6. I've seen a couple forums about converting an xr600, but i want to ask a few specific questions. First of all i'm a new rider and i'm looking at getting a 1994 xr600r and converting it to a dual sport. I will be doing quite a bit of street riding, commuting back and forth between work most days and some off road on the weekends. 1. Should i change the gearing? 2. Is there a cush drive I can put on the xr600? 3. What other advice do you have for converting an xr? exauhst? suspension? jetting? etc. thanks!
  7. Xtrainer as a Dual Sport Review. I plated my Xtrainer last year with a restricted plate here in Idaho when I first got the bike. The Restricted plate allows me to ride anywhere except on Freeways/Highways unless the posted speed limit is 45 or less and within 3 miles of an established city. That would have been good enough but I live about 10 miles out of town and I have to use the highway with a speed limit of 60 to get there. Along with other off-road designations I would use the Highway to get to I needed the unrestricted plate. My wife works for the DMV, she got me the proper paperwork for the unrestricted plate. She also got to look thru the “Dead” plate list and found me MTN 208, 208 is our area code. I added the turn signals and a mirror so now my bike is legal for any state anywhere, just as if it was a factory street bike. Insurance is only $75 a year. List of modifications. Cycra Probend 1” bar risers. FMF Spark arrestor. Hammerhead brake pedal. Generic Turn signals for the front and LED strip for the rear with LED Flasher. JD Jetting and slightly lower Float level. Everything else is stock, tires, gearing, suspension, ETC. Pavement Ride report. Nice and smooth in the 30 to 60 Miles per hour range. It will run 70+ but the engine is singing along at that rate. Trying to ride 25 or less at a steady pace was not as good. The bike didn’t like the lower steady RPM. It would gurgle and surge. This was a bit better than before I had the JD Jetting. Plug still looked rich, black. Adjusting the Air/Fuel screw didn’t change much. Off-Road the bike performs great, just as it should. Plenty of low end grunt. Varying the throttle off-road the low speed gurgle isn’t noticeable. Pavement Ride Report with Float set even lower, about 1mm. WOW much better. Low end gurgle is pretty much gone, just a slight amount but livable. I rode it 30 miles on pavement and it didn’t miss a beat. It is very comfortable at 50, the motor is running smoothly, about 1/4 throttle at this pace. Very little spooge out the muffler but it might because of the high revs I was riding at. Lowering the float a bit probably is the best free mod to do to this bike. It now is a very good Dual Sport especially compared to my old Dual Sport bike I have owned. Past Dual Sports include 1982 Yamaha XT200, 1996 Yamaha XT350, 1988 Honda NX250 and a converted 2001 WR426F. If I was to ride more on the street the 430 or the 500 would better but I think the Xtrainer is the best for the little amount of street riding I do and its off-road ability is fantastic. If you need to travel on pavement to connect trails I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the Xtrainer as a great all around bike. It even does well cruising downtown.
  8. Curious as to the overall feelings of dual sport riders reading about the 2019 CRF450L regarding the likelihood of buying one. If I've missed a question, reply and I'll consider adding the option to the poll. Also, votes are anonymous.
  9. Hey all, My name is Jay and i'm new to the forum community but not new to the sport. However I have reached my limit with my expertise and am hoping some of you may be of some help. Without further ado... I've stuck to a track most my life, I.E. Motocross, arena cross and outdoor national style tracks. I've made the difficult decision to leave to tracks to the young guns and ride more single track and trail riding up in the mountains. So i started by selling me Factory SLM racing 2012 Yz450F, yes i cried when he drove off with her. But i looked to greener pastures with hopes to have a KTM 500exc, Beta 500rr-s or a Husqvarna FE501. However, almost a year later and I still don't have a shiny new dirt magnet in my shop. I'm in the final deliberations and have narrowed it between KTM and BETA, with me leaning towards the BETA. This is where you come in. I would like to know the following. Is the Beta service intervals as daunting as the KTM's? Is the cost of parts between the two noticeable? And are the just as readily available? Those that have a 2017 of either bike, How are they holding up? Can I expect this bike to hold up like a 1985 XR250 (An almost impossible feat)? What are any major concerns about either bike? and finally what made you choose one or the other? Thank you for your efforts and advice. I appreciate it.
  10. Dual Sport riders in the Willamette Valley! I am looking for riding buddies in the area, specifically Corvallis. I am an XR400 rider, been at it since I was 8. Just looking for any groups that go out on monthly rides.
  11. Hey all, new here. I’m going to look at what I believe is a 95 dr650s. The owner said it’s a 96 but it’s a kickstart bike. I thought 96 started the e-start generation. The bike has 12k on the clock and has a fer aftermarket goodies. He’s the second owner and the first was his buddy. All the maintenance was done at a local Moto shop. I’ll be getting as a trade and Im just wondering what I should be on the lookout for when I go check out the bike, common issues that should be addressed, etc... Thanks Chris
  12. Do those who run sumo and dirt setups on the same bike swap chains and brake pads as well?
  13. I am stuck in between a newer XR650L and an older XR650R. From my research the R is better due to aluminum frame, water cooled, and power(I can live with the kickstart). I’ve found some plated R’s on the Craigslist from 01,07 years but concerned about trying registering in my name and finding its not street legal anymore because California rules are weird and hearing other older plated bikes are losing plates if someone could provide clarity it would be appreciated. DMV says it needs a emissions sticker but the information isn’t clear.
  14. I know someone who is looking to retire in northern California or southern Oregon. Any tips on where good riding areas are, or nice areas to live? He's got a KTM EXC 350, and likes everything from fire roads to challenging single track. He says that some of the property he looks like is backed up against BLM land. His wife will be having horses too, so they'll want the best of both worlds. Thanks, Toby
  15. Yo peeps, I’ve been away for a few years and it’s been too long. I’m an old man and have been without a bike for awhile for the first time and it’s gotta end. I’m in the market for a dual sport, am mainly looking for a CRF450L, a BMW 850 GS, and possibly a Honda Africa. My search is just beginning. So anyway I got the Cycle Trader app and started looking but there have to be more bikes around me for sale than that thing shows, Craigslist ugh what the heck happened there? Any good sources you guys can share? Also I’m not opposed to rebuilding something I’ve done that many times too. Thanks!
  16. Looking for a group of dualsport riders to group up and go for a ride and maybe get into a little bit of hooligan activity. Must live in northern maryland (Baltimore county, Harford county, Cecil county, etc.)
  17. I have a 2017 650L... I ended up going with the DG "RST" slip on which I found that it does not fit my factory mid section and there is a ring that comes with it which a helpful member let me know it's purpose was for taking the spark arrestor completely out to run wide open (I haven't done that unless I need to??). I put a FMF Power Up Jet kit into it, used the aftermarket needle and spring positioning the clip on level 3 from the top, smog block off kit, and I "think" I have desnorkled it by using the rubber plug from the smog block off kit into the bottom of the factory air box that I put an aftermarket high flow UNI air filter with the cage in. The Jet kit, I used the bigger jet in the kit which I believe was a 165?? I may be mistaken as it's been a few months. Any how, I ended up changing it out to the larger one as it was running too lean and not getting adequate fuel... Currently, the power loss is terrible comparing it to my last 650L which was a 2006 model and it was twice the power of this one. Now... the license plate bracket is even melting from the pipe and rear fender in that area turning yellowish. The engine skips fairly consistently at this point and very noticeable when holding the throttle consistent at the same speed. It was getting hard to start, so I ended up pulling the spark plug and it was completely black!! Obviously this means it is running rich?? Thinking I need to go back to the 160 main jet?? Also I put in the Amsoil high flow foam air filter and geared down to 14 tooth in the front with the regular XR sprocket. I feel that I am in over my head so to speak with things that I have done and not knowing exactly where to start. The exhaust was DEFINITELY LEAKING at the mid section where the slip on connects. I am tempted to spend more money which I would rather not if possible on purchasing the TM-40 carb, and the full FMF powercore system. I used the exhaust high temp putty and also wrapped it with high temp exhaust wrap but very well could still be seeping out having a portion to do with the skipping. Any suggestion would be so very helpful and appreciated.
  18. September 8th: https://waynecountymc.com/sprint-enduro September 14th and 15th: https://waynecountymc.com/monkey-butt-100
  19. Any riders outs there near Syracuse, Cortland or Binghamton? I'll be looking to explore the many state lands and back roads in the vicinity...come spring! I'm 1/2 hour south of Syracuse by Morgan Hill State Forest. There's tons of rural lands in Chenango, Broome & Tioga counties.
  20. I'm getting a new set before spring as my stocks have 1400 miles on them now. Their pretty tore up because of the trials in the black hills. I do more road riding although I want more traction for trials when I go so I'd prefer more knobby softer tires for dirt. I've heard the best setup is widely accepted to be d606 rear and a mt21 front. Although Tusk has released their dual sport tire and they look very good as well. Anyone used either of these? Which would you buy if needed new tires?
  21. I'm looking at these two bikes as dualsports for the price and mpg. Even though I just said I'm looking at these two as dualsports I plan on putting slicks on them because I already have a dirt bike. I don't plan on any crazy mods with them except for maybe an exhaust. Which one would you recommend and why? And if you want you can throw in the CRF250L rally model as well.
  22. Hey Thumper crew, I'm new to the dual sport world, and looking to buy a bike to commute and zip around on in the next couple months. I live in Brooklyn, NYC, and plan on bouncing around my borough and possibly commuting to work. I'd also like to be able to take a bike upstate and out of the city to do some camping, hiking, and eventually do week trips home to Ohio and back. I'm wondering if y'all think all of this is attainable on a WR250R or a CRF250L? I know I'll be hardpressed to keep up on the highway, but back roads to Ohio and back should be okay, right? Thanks!
  23. I’m headed over the mountain in September to start college in Bend and am I’m gonna need some riding buddies! Anybody know of any groups for just vintage bikes? I’ll be taking my ‘74 Honda XL250 with me, and although riding alone is fun, a group keeps it interesting and I don’t know the area super well, although I’ve done some riding out by Fort Rock and Hole in the Ground
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