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Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 10:20 AM
Replies: 8,262
Views: 1,614,692
Posted By bscman
+1 You can buy a full wave bridge rectifier...

+1
You can buy a full wave bridge rectifier from radio shack, rated to 50amps, for about $3. This will convert the AC of the bikes stator to DC to charge the battery.

The tusk Nicad battery pack...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-13-2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,950
Posted By bscman
I come from a trials and freeride mountain bike...

I come from a trials and freeride mountain bike background, and have been riding dirbikes since I was 8yrs old.

I cover the brake and clutch with one finger ALL the time, and can fully control the...
Forum: Thumpers 09-13-2014, 08:23 AM
Replies: 8,262
Views: 1,614,692
Posted By bscman
My experience is that it will be fine with the...

My experience is that it will be fine with the stock stator assuming:

You run LEDs everywhere (signals, tail/brake) and a 55w headlight or less.

Or a 35w headlight if you use the stock...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-12-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 418
Posted By bscman
Correct, it's all national forest service so you...

Correct, it's all national forest service so you must be road legal and have a spark arrestor.

A typical meeting place for us locals is on HWY between Clear Lake and Sedro Woolley. There is a...
Forum: Beasts 09-06-2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,102
Posted By bscman
I'm a firm believer in starting on the dirt. ...

I'm a firm believer in starting on the dirt.
Go buy a used $1,600 dual sport 200-250cc thumper and RIDE it. You'll be able to sell it for exactly what you paid (or more if you're savvy) 6 months to...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 08-29-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 824
Posted By bscman
The difficulty is 90% mental, simply because of...

The difficulty is 90% mental, simply because of the exposure.
There is only one (short!) section near the summit that gets a little dicey.

Not something to attempt in motorcycle boots, though!...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 08-29-2014, 06:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 824
Posted By bscman
Glad you guys made it up. You can get a pretty...

Glad you guys made it up. You can get a pretty epic sunset up there, too!

If you're feeling daring, next time hike to the top of white chuck--ya know, if you don't mind loose, rocky, steep...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-25-2014, 03:22 PM
Replies: 217
Views: 12,479
Posted By bscman
Kind of contradicted yourself there, didn't ya? ...

Kind of contradicted yourself there, didn't ya?
You don't have to go in debt to build credit, but go ahead and use someone elses money on everyday purchases, using high interest plastic, to build...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-22-2014, 10:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,165
Posted By bscman
I'd be cautious using WD40 on the tire. I...

I'd be cautious using WD40 on the tire.

I usually just use a bottle of water with a hole in the cap for an instant squeeze tube. You can add a couple (just a couple) drops of dish soap if you...
Forum: Face plant 08-12-2014, 10:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,517
Posted By bscman
I too am guilty of solo riding....probably 2/3 of...

I too am guilty of solo riding....probably 2/3 of my dirtbiking and dual sporting is solo. I do "dial it back" a couple notches when solo, though!

When spot came out, it really took a lot of...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 08-11-2014, 08:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,190
Posted By bscman
That's it. Just past Loretta Creek.

That's it. Just past Loretta Creek.
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 08-05-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 505
Posted By bscman
Nothing to know, really. 2 lane blacktop, with a...

Nothing to know, really. 2 lane blacktop, with a few houses and lake tyee "resort" scattered along the way.

I did almost hit a bear on Burpee Hill Rd once, about 2 years ago.
If you take this...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 07-09-2014, 10:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 320
Posted By bscman
XR400 & TW200 in Chelan 7-4-15 (WABDR)

To the the two guys we ran across in town, then again later on top of the mountain...(Mike and Dan, IIRC...didn't get yer ADV handle).

We never crossed paths again in Conconully or along 37...Just...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 07-01-2014, 07:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 637
Posted By bscman
The popular rides in our immediate area seem to...

The popular rides in our immediate area seem to be Finney-Cumberland, also know as Forest Service Rd 17, along with 18. Miles and miles of roads to explore.
You can make loop from the lower end of...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 06-18-2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,256
Posted By bscman
Holy ancient revived thread! Started in '05, last...

Holy ancient revived thread! Started in '05, last post in '06!

I'm not far from bellingham, but my "dual sport" is a plated dirtbike extended pavement pouding it not my forte.
Forum: Thumpers 06-11-2014, 07:03 AM
Replies: 8,262
Views: 1,614,692
Posted By bscman
Sorry for the delay. Yes, I ran the red...

Sorry for the delay.

Yes, I ran the red gripper sides with the black gripper top...I'll see if I can get a picture in the next day or two. Gripper seat covers are just that--grippy. I actually...
Forum: Thumpers 06-11-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 8,262
Views: 1,614,692
Posted By bscman
FWIW, I'm running the stock stators in my...

FWIW, I'm running the stock stators in my XR400's.

35/35w headlight, LED signals, LED tail/brake lights, and I have a USB power port wired in to run the GPS or charge gopro. Works fine with no...
Forum: Face plant 06-07-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,021
Posted By bscman
Whiskey Throttle strikes again! My last...

Whiskey Throttle strikes again!

My last experience with it resulted in a dislocated thumb and a couple cracked ribs. Never a fun feeling. Don't push the recovery!
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 06-03-2014, 07:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 852
Posted By bscman
Agreed. I find it does a decent job in mud as...

Agreed. I find it does a decent job in mud as well.

For the rear, I prefer a Kenda Trackmaster II.
One of the knobbiest you'll get for DOT approved. Works very well offroad for a DOT tire, but...
Forum: Thumpers 05-30-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 8,262
Views: 1,614,692
Posted By bscman
Having had both the IMS and Clarke 4ish gallon...

Having had both the IMS and Clarke 4ish gallon tanks, I prefer the Clarke.
However, I run a mikuni pumper...i.e. the idle screw is not an issue!
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-29-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 578
Posted By bscman
They're pretty proud of it too. They are...

They're pretty proud of it too.
They are advertising on Bellingham Craigslist under the name "Lifystyles Triumph." :evil
Forum: Thumpers 05-29-2014, 08:03 AM
Replies: 8,262
Views: 1,614,692
Posted By bscman
I have the seat concepts and I love it. I...

I have the seat concepts and I love it.
I bought a ragged old seat on Ebay for $26 shipped, just to have the seat pan...I stapled the seat concepts foam/cover myself. This way I can swap seats back...
Forum: Thumpers 05-12-2014, 07:18 AM
Replies: 8,262
Views: 1,614,692
Posted By bscman
Wow, the gearing some of you use is pretty tall! ...

Wow, the gearing some of you use is pretty tall!

I'm running a 15/47 most of the time, dropping to a 14/47 when I know I'll be mostly trail riding...Gets pretty buzzy much over 50mph (about 73mph...
Forum: Face plant 05-12-2014, 07:00 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 8,643
Posted By bscman
While I agree the truck appears at fault, it was...

While I agree the truck appears at fault, it was a VERY avoidable accident. You could see it happening well before you shifted to 3rd gear. You could have slowed down with PLENTY of time to spare.
...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-10-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,573
Posted By bscman
This is correct. It was still a through road last...

This is correct. It was still a through road last summer.

Once you hit the "dead end" sign, the road turns to gravel.
The road follows the river briefly, then winds uphill. You'll come to the...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-08-2014, 07:40 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,687
Posted By bscman
I bought a Klim Traverse jacket. It's more of...

I bought a Klim Traverse jacket.
It's more of a shell, but I wanted something waterproof that could also be ridden comfortably in warm weather. The klim definitely fits the bill.

It was...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-08-2014, 07:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,093
Posted By bscman
I found these shoes on the other side of the road...

I found these shoes on the other side of the road Monday afternoon, just beside the culvert. They looked to be in pretty good shape and still very white, so I tossed 'em up roadside in case some poor...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-07-2014, 07:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,573
Posted By bscman
Concrete Sauk Valley Rd is not a dead end. It...

Concrete Sauk Valley Rd is not a dead end.
It will follow the river and take you to Concrete. Just as you get ready to enter Concrete, there is a turnoff for South Skagit Highway.
This will...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-07-2014, 07:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,198
Posted By bscman
FWIW, I've had all my bikes inspected at Skagit...

FWIW, I've had all my bikes inspected at Skagit Powersports in Burlington.
Not a single inspection lasted more than 2-3minutes. Two of the three I didn't have to unload the bike from the truck.
...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-07-2014, 07:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 613
Posted By bscman
Its supposed to cool down and rain weds...

Its supposed to cool down and rain weds night/thursday, isn't it? I'm not sure it will drop below 6k feet, but Washington pass is pretty high!

I usually make it over the first bluebird day after...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 05-05-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,198
Posted By bscman
FWIW, they did not check my brake lines for DOT...

FWIW, they did not check my brake lines for DOT marking on 3 dirtbikes (WR250, XR400, CRF230). The CRF230 has mechanical drum rear brake.

The brake light only needs to actuate from one of the...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 04-26-2014, 09:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,336
Posted By bscman
No, however it's basically the MT18 which I did...

No, however it's basically the MT18 which I did used to run a lot on the trails. It is a very good rear tire...however, it's not DOT approved. The Front XCMH is DOT.

My bikes, being plated...I go...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 04-26-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,984
Posted By bscman
FWIW, I had a plated XR650R as well as an XR400R....

FWIW, I had a plated XR650R as well as an XR400R.

The 650R was a lot of fun, but there were a couple problems that ultimately led to me selling it off (and keeping the XR400R).

First is...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-24-2014, 10:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,380
Posted By bscman
I kept watching it to catch a glimpse of the bike...

I kept watching it to catch a glimpse of the bike vs. where you laid. Couldn't tell...but it looked like about 12 paces to get back to the bike?

Nice bounce!
Forum: Thumpers 04-24-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 8,262
Views: 1,614,692
Posted By bscman
Pirelli Scorpion XCMH (med to hard surfaces) for...

Pirelli Scorpion XCMH (med to hard surfaces) for the front.
Good wear on the pavement for a knobby, and great on fire roads and trails. About $75.

For the rear, i run Kenda trackmaster II's. It's...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 04-23-2014, 09:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,336
Posted By bscman
I've spent a lot of time going back and forth...

I've spent a lot of time going back and forth between dual sport tires on smaller bikes...ultimately, I keep finding that the more aggressive tires are worth the money if you plan to play in the dirt...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-17-2014, 04:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,660
Posted By bscman
The straps look pretty thin on those tie-downs,...

The straps look pretty thin on those tie-downs, as do the hooks...but I'm pretty sure most of us dirtbikers have had a similar problem at least once!

I upgraded to better quality tie-downs last...
Forum: Thumpers 04-08-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 922
Posted By bscman
Depends on local market. In my neck of the...

Depends on local market.
In my neck of the woods you'll have a hard time finding ANY running xr400 with an asking price under $2,000.

If it's been stored indoors, you likely won't have too many...
Forum: Thumpers 04-08-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,921
Posted By bscman
I went through the same thing last year, with my...

I went through the same thing last year, with my girlfriend of a similar stature.

We started on a DR200 in a big field...familiarizing herself with the controls and low speed balancing to build a...
Forum: Thumpers 04-08-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 693
Posted By bscman
I'm currently turning a '97 XR400R into a...

I'm currently turning a '97 XR400R into a supermoto machine.
Dirtbikes are pretty simple and cheap to convert to street legal here (Washington). I'll have the bike, redone/revalved suspension, all...
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