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Forum: Road Warriors 05-08-2015, 08:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 860
Posted By bearcat1
Lots of variables but generally speaking yes,...

Lots of variables but generally speaking yes, because of your background. IMHO it is easier to transition a seasoned dirt rider to a street rider than the other way around. Like I said lots of...
Forum: Thumpers 03-29-2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 27,357
Views: 5,073,727
Posted By bearcat1
Congrats BobK0, the DRZ looks good in black. You...

Congrats BobK0, the DRZ looks good in black. You have to be ready to jump when one comes up at a nice price. In my neck of the woods you would think they were made of gold :lol3.
Forum: Photos 03-02-2015, 07:56 PM
Replies: 11,379
Views: 3,919,729
Posted By bearcat1
Your bike looks great. Long live the RFS! The 525...

Your bike looks great. Long live the RFS! The 525 EXC is a very nice machine.:thumb
Forum: Road Warriors 03-01-2015, 06:59 AM
Replies: 510
Views: 139,170
Posted By bearcat1
Orientation: Standing from the rear of the bike...

Orientation: Standing from the rear of the bike looking forward.

Slide that lever to your left, gently, it may get hung up a little on the plastic battery terminal cover (if it popped loose) so...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 02-17-2015, 07:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,978
Posted By bearcat1
I have been logging about 8,000 miles a year in...

I have been logging about 8,000 miles a year in Washington state and don't consider that hardcore. Most of the miles accumulate in a 8 month window with short "maintenance runs" during the colder...
Forum: Thumpers 01-23-2015, 08:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,660
Posted By bearcat1
WRR = WR250R, just a shorter term for the same...

WRR = WR250R, just a shorter term for the same bike. The WR250F is a different model and not street legal whereas the "WRR" is a street legal "dual sport".
Forum: The Garage 01-20-2015, 07:47 PM
Replies: 6,587
Views: 2,978,145
Posted By bearcat1
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-iXlsbtXWNIg/U1Y...

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-iXlsbtXWNIg/U1YqopdmXTI/AAAAAAAAcH0/mXznZ4VYbDM/s800/DSC02781.jpg


I love it! Your garage is unique and has character, a nice man cave for sure. :thumb
Forum: Day Trippin' 12-24-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,796
Posted By bearcat1
Hi ORexpat, I just came in from the garage...

Hi ORexpat,

I just came in from the garage and clicked on your thread. Instantly I recognized the area where your first picture was posted, kind of funny how that works.:lol3 Nice area for sure....
Forum: Thumpers 11-28-2014, 08:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,008
Posted By bearcat1
Washington state has a sales tax of about 8.2 ~...

Washington state has a sales tax of about 8.2 ~ 8.4%. The State of Oregon has no sales tax. I have no idea how the tax situation and registration works when you are a resident in another country and...
Forum: Thumpers 11-18-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,557
Posted By bearcat1
The 525 is actually 510cc so there is about a...

The 525 is actually 510cc so there is about a 61cc difference from the 450 (449cc). I believe the mxc model has a close ratio tranny?? In a highly scientific experiment :roflmy friend who weighs...
Forum: Thumpers 11-16-2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 908
Posted By bearcat1
I purchased a 05 450exc new and after 155 hours...

I purchased a 05 450exc new and after 155 hours sold it. I now wish that I kept it. It really depends on how it was taken care of and used by the previous owner. If the air filter was kept clean,...
Forum: The Garage 11-16-2014, 05:45 PM
Replies: 6,587
Views: 2,978,145
Posted By bearcat1
Thanks Arctica and EOD3MC, your bike lift designs...

Thanks Arctica and EOD3MC, your bike lift designs make great use of space by enabling you to store them under work benches. I am re-doing my garage and am close to building shelves and benches. Both...
Forum: The Garage 11-16-2014, 05:43 AM
Replies: 6,587
Views: 2,978,145
Posted By bearcat1
Perfect! Thanks ArcticaMT6 for posting that...

Perfect! Thanks ArcticaMT6 for posting that picture. It just inspired me to do something similar.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-13-2014, 08:29 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,279
Posted By bearcat1
Hi USMC Engineer, great to hear you are enjoying...

Hi USMC Engineer, great to hear you are enjoying your FZ1. I have a basically stock 06 FZ1 with just shy of 30,000 miles of which I put on 22,000 miles. I have had numerous bikes over the years and...
Forum: Thumpers 10-25-2014, 07:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,325
Posted By bearcat1
Former 05 450exc and Gen 1 KLR owner here. You...

Former 05 450exc and Gen 1 KLR owner here. You are looking at 2 different ends of the spectrum. If you have the KTM set up for woods riding then prepare to eat some tires on the street, they don't...
Forum: Road Warriors 10-18-2014, 09:23 AM
Replies: 3,545
Views: 551,630
Posted By bearcat1
I am thinking the FJ is the bike that will be...

I am thinking the FJ is the bike that will be replacing my 06 FZ1. Earlier this year the Yamaha dealer had a demo day and I rode the FZ09. I liked it but not enough to replace my FZ1. The FJ model...
Forum: Thumpers 09-28-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,456
Posted By bearcat1
Congratulations, nice bike for sure! I owned 2...

Congratulations, nice bike for sure! I owned 2 RFS bikes; 02 400 exc and a 05 450 exc. Join KTMtalk as was mentioned and learn more than you can stand to read about the bike.

I was down to...
Forum: The Garage 07-13-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 6,587
Views: 2,978,145
Posted By bearcat1
Woah! You're not messing around! It looks like...

Woah! You're not messing around! It looks like you got a great start to an awesome new shop!:D
Forum: Road Warriors 05-22-2014, 08:29 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,825
Posted By bearcat1
Yamaha Gen II FZ1 for a 40 mile round trip...

Yamaha Gen II FZ1 for a 40 mile round trip commute. The bike works great in this capacity and still gets around 43 mpg... taking it easy.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 04-19-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 814
Posted By bearcat1
Do a search on CL. There was a '84 Honda XL350 in...

Do a search on CL. There was a '84 Honda XL350 in the Olympia area for ~ $1000. I'm not sure if it is still posted but it looked like a decent deal for someone on a tight bike budget. Naturally,...
Forum: Photos 03-20-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 946
Views: 420,776
Posted By bearcat1
Sheds count for sure! I admire folks who make the...

Sheds count for sure! I admire folks who make the most out of what they have. :clap If you don't have a one, two, or multiple car garage then a shed is a beautiful thing. It keeps you out of the...
Forum: Thumpers 02-16-2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 869
Posted By bearcat1
I would take a hard look at the KTM. I've owned...

I would take a hard look at the KTM. I've owned three, 1 two stroke, and 2 of the older RFS models, nice bikes, all of them.

There's nothing wrong with the WR or KLX either, they are good bikes...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 02-08-2014, 08:56 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 25,323
Posted By bearcat1
I basically ride for the enjoyment of it, which...

I basically ride for the enjoyment of it, which falls into the recreation category. When the need arises I try to use the bike in a utilitarian capacity ie; commute with it about 7 months a year or...
Forum: Thumpers 02-08-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 12,612
Views: 2,816,068
Posted By bearcat1
I would pull apart the shock linkage and swing...

I would pull apart the shock linkage and swing arm bearings and grease everything.
Forum: Road Warriors 02-04-2014, 07:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,858
Posted By bearcat1
Nice bike! It sounds like you got a great bike at...

Nice bike! It sounds like you got a great bike at a nice price. I have the FZ1 which is similar to yours. Enjoy and ride the wheels off of that thing!:clap
Forum: Thumpers 01-26-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 4,180
Views: 677,345
Posted By bearcat1
+1 Nice posting!

+1 Nice posting!
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 01-26-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 297
Views: 21,482
Posted By bearcat1
Generally I don't think hi-viz hurts, every...

Generally I don't think hi-viz hurts, every little thing can help to some degree. However, I would not be lulled into a false sense of security wearing it. I had a lime green & black jacket and had...
Forum: Road Warriors 01-11-2014, 12:33 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,748
Posted By bearcat1
discoganya Sometimes it's just nice to mix...

discoganya

Sometimes it's just nice to mix things up and try a different bike for a season or two. At least you can put a check in the liter+ box. I ride a FZ1 and honestly it's overkill for what...
Forum: Thumpers 01-10-2014, 02:08 PM
Replies: 331
Views: 26,585
Posted By bearcat1
I have this feeling I'm about to take a big gulp...

I have this feeling I'm about to take a big gulp of orange kool aid in the not too distant future, the 500exc :D :bert
Forum: Thumpers 01-10-2014, 01:58 PM
Replies: 331
Views: 26,585
Posted By bearcat1
I'm not sure exactly when KTM went back to the...

I'm not sure exactly when KTM went back to the single sump, but there is a fix for the '08s. All I know is I miss my old '05 RFS katoom and never had any major issues with it, just preventative...
Forum: Thumpers 01-10-2014, 01:37 PM
Replies: 331
Views: 26,585
Posted By bearcat1
'02 400exc, '04 200exc, and '05 450exc. No...

'02 400exc, '04 200exc, and '05 450exc. No regrets other than I should have kept the 450 and freshened her up. Now I am in the hunt again except a little conflicted, go for a low hour RFS, an oil...
Forum: Road Warriors 12-22-2013, 10:00 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,545
Posted By bearcat1
Kuppenhiemer, Congratulations on the...

Kuppenhiemer,

Congratulations on the purchase of your new FZ1! I have a basically stock '06 Gen II and like the bike for my 20 mile commute and ~200 mile weekend rides. The I4 smoothness is nice...
Forum: Road Warriors 12-13-2013, 09:17 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,681
Posted By bearcat1
I installed mid controls, 13" Progressive shocks,...

I installed mid controls, 13" Progressive shocks, and fork springs on my '08 1200 Custom. It's not a full on Roadster but it has the ground clearance to lean it over in the sweepers without dragging...
Forum: Road Warriors 12-13-2013, 07:32 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 10,129
Posted By bearcat1
Sage advice! I also suggest the 1st generation...

Sage advice! I also suggest the 1st generation Suzuki SV650. You can find one in your $2K and under range, a lot of bike and smiles per mile for that money.

About 10 years ago I got back into...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 12-13-2013, 06:32 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 9,812
Posted By bearcat1
Well Done! Awesome video and thank you. I rode in...

Well Done! Awesome video and thank you. I rode in the over 40 amature class three years in a row on a KTM 200 and last on a 450. Watching you guys on those big 950/990s...respect! I thought I was...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 12-06-2013, 08:41 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,871
Posted By bearcat1
RIP Old X. I never meet him but I know that empty...

RIP Old X. I never meet him but I know that empty feeling when you lose someone near and special to you. My condolences and prayer sent for his family and you guys that rode with him.:cry
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 10-05-2013, 12:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,419
Posted By bearcat1
Congrats Enduroguy! Nice bike, enjoy. I grew up...

Congrats Enduroguy! Nice bike, enjoy. I grew up in Monroe, class of '82, Go Bearcats! Probably has some connection with my screen name.:lol3
Forum: Road Warriors 08-09-2013, 10:17 PM
Replies: 5,709
Views: 1,165,768
Posted By bearcat1
I have a '08 105th anv edition 1200 Custom #2412...

I have a '08 105th anv edition 1200 Custom #2412 of 10 zillion purchased new, set up with 13" progressive shocks and fork springs, mid controls, K&N airfilter, basically stock. The bike has 25,000...
Forum: Road Warriors 07-04-2013, 10:26 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 10,513
Posted By bearcat1
Colorado Rider, <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns =...

Colorado Rider,
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All the bikes mentioned are nice. It all depends on what your personal expectations are. I...
Forum: Road Warriors 06-02-2013, 09:37 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 6,014
Posted By bearcat1
+1

+1
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