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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 07:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,257
Posted By markk53
Last two posts made the most sense. Do what...

Last two posts made the most sense. Do what works for you.

That is what makes fast riders fast - doing what works for them.
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 06:24 PM
Replies: 3,454
Views: 538,008
Posted By markk53
not really fighting, just pointing out the facts...

not really fighting, just pointing out the facts in the US market.

By the way, how's the back doing? Hope it's doing better than my ankle. I've been walking the halls of the school in the...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 06:19 PM
Replies: 11,149
Views: 2,370,804
Posted By markk53
There is a rider who's put around 100,000 miles...

There is a rider who's put around 100,000 miles on his. It won't overstress the engine unless you peen the snot out of it. Heck, same basic engine as the KLX300.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-19-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,052
Posted By markk53
One thing to consider when going downhill... It...

One thing to consider when going downhill... It is just like flat ground depending on surface conditions. Good conditions and straight - it is just like a fast straightaway. Besides, if you fall...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-19-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 6,167
Posted By markk53
He's off road and in dirt. You said if your KTM...

He's off road and in dirt. You said if your KTM was rolling in dirt you'd be standing, didn't you? You actually should lose points... It is Carr.

Point is the good riders know when to stand and...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-19-2014, 10:18 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,179
Posted By markk53
You are the one who misses the point. Just...

You are the one who misses the point. Just because you might help someone who gets in an accident does not mean you should ride with an accident waiting to happen. THAT is the point.

By the way,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-19-2014, 10:10 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,179
Posted By markk53
It is if any help is expect from me if tennis...

It is if any help is expect from me if tennis shoe man mashes up his foot! :huh

Of course I won't tell you to "go home". I just won't ride with the group you go with. If it means I don't ride...
Forum: Thumpers 09-19-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 562
Posted By markk53
Maybe they're going to cheap the 250 down like a...

Maybe they're going to cheap the 250 down like a Honda to see if they can get a good review

Maybe some "reverted" forks (de-inverted :lol3), 35mm tubes, single steel shock with no adjustability,...
Forum: Thumpers 09-18-2014, 09:04 AM
Replies: 3,454
Views: 538,008
Posted By markk53
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Clearly you never sold...

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Clearly you never sold motorcycles for a living and actually know what the market is like.

If a KLR650 was sitting beside an XR650L and a KLX650 (years back) 95% of the time the...
Forum: Thumpers 09-18-2014, 08:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 875
Posted By markk53
DRz400=early 2000s KLX400. It was a rebadged...

DRz400=early 2000s KLX400. It was a rebadged Suzuki - at least in the US - but green. :puke1

My KLXs are both red... thank goodness. I've never quite been a fan of the Rime Green (per a quote...
Forum: Thumpers 09-17-2014, 08:33 AM
Replies: 11,149
Views: 2,370,804
Posted By markk53
Not yet, I have to borrow a step drill and get my...

Not yet, I have to borrow a step drill and get my other work done first. The school grade work comes first, tensioner work comes second, work around the homestead third, then bikes. :cry
Forum: Thumpers 09-17-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 3,454
Views: 538,008
Posted By markk53
Before you spring for the chain, do the wear...

Before you spring for the chain, do the wear measurement the manual has in it, measuring over a span of pins to see if the chain is truly worn out. It would suck to do all the work, then find it...
Forum: Thumpers 09-17-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,530
Posted By markk53
Most companies will take care of true flawed...

Most companies will take care of true flawed equipment on a goodwill basis with racers and bikes out of warranty. Dealers do have to go to bat for you, giving their opinion about the issue, unless...
Forum: Thumpers 09-16-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 875
Posted By markk53
I'd say a DRz400. You know what you want and...

I'd say a DRz400. You know what you want and need, you picked it. They are tough as nails, relatively low maintenance, available... and on and on.

With a Translap (that's what everyone called...
Forum: Thumpers 09-16-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 525
Posted By markk53
There is no positive unless the tire is made for...

There is no positive unless the tire is made for the narrower rim, but of course you know that... so why ask? And "yeah, yeah, I know" there are differences in what manufacturers have in their tire...
Forum: Thumpers 09-16-2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 11,149
Views: 2,370,804
Posted By markk53
You can get low buck Chinese rip offs of the...

You can get low buck Chinese rip offs of the Acerbis hand guards. Looks like they popped the plastic out off the same mold. I put a set of red ones on my 250, near match for the Acerbis on the 650....
Forum: Thumpers 09-16-2014, 04:12 PM
Replies: 3,454
Views: 538,008
Posted By markk53
So you feel the Japanese manufacturers should...

So you feel the Japanese manufacturers should sell "a decent motorcyce" at a loss because they make profits on others? Not sure you will sell that thought process to them, much less their stock...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-13-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 261
Views: 7,770
Posted By markk53
Did you see where Motorcycist or Cyce World was...

Did you see where Motorcycist or Cyce World was braking their test non-ABS versus the ABS and stopping pretty much the same distance using both brakes. Makes you wonder what their rider could do if...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-13-2014, 12:09 PM
Replies: 261
Views: 7,770
Posted By markk53
where's the "I don't know" choice?

where's the "I don't know" choice?
Forum: Thumpers 09-13-2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 11,149
Views: 2,370,804
Posted By markk53
You need to put more sarcasm into it... ...

You need to put more sarcasm into it...

Although now, remembering $4500 is what a new CRF250 sells for, I get it! :lol3
Forum: Thumpers 09-13-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,152
Posted By markk53
A set of hand guards - aka bark busters, but...

A set of hand guards - aka bark busters, but that's actually a brand name, can take care of broken levers. They also save your hands from brush and other junk when riding.
Forum: Thumpers 09-12-2014, 09:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 375
Posted By markk53
I have both a set of rims (Suzuki GS500) and...

I have both a set of rims (Suzuki GS500) and extra set of C hubs that I planned to use on my own 650C. I had the front rotor cut to suit (300mm) and the rear done for the Suzuki wheels. Some...
Forum: Thumpers 09-12-2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 3,454
Views: 538,008
Posted By markk53
No they aren't stagnate. They use their...

No they aren't stagnate. They use their experience from sales.

The Gold Wing still remains near the top of all tourers. The CBR600RR and 1000RR are still at the top of all supersports. The...
Forum: Thumpers 09-12-2014, 08:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 525
Posted By markk53
It is all about what the tire manufacturer makes...

It is all about what the tire manufacturer makes the tire to fit.



The tire is made to have it spread a bit, getting the tread on the ground as intended. To pinch it up will change the profile...
Forum: Thumpers 09-12-2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 11,149
Views: 2,370,804
Posted By markk53
It won't, that's why you don't see a KTM level...

It won't, that's why you don't see a KTM level dual sport out of Japan.

You have to pay for what you get and the yen is fairly high, so there's no bargains to be had now. Just consider that a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-11-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,017
Posted By markk53
Hemmorrhoids... or farting. :D

Hemmorrhoids... or farting. :D
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-11-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,017
Posted By markk53
My friends said it cures hemorrhoids. ...

My friends said it cures hemorrhoids.

Actually you need to learn how to ride for yourself. Some excellent riders seldom stand, others stand a lot. It is all in what works. I started riding...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-11-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,342
Posted By markk53
Makes sense to me!

Makes sense to me!
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-11-2014, 09:54 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 7,636
Posted By markk53
Metric tons...:D

Metric tons...:D
Forum: Thumpers 09-11-2014, 08:35 AM
Replies: 3,454
Views: 538,008
Posted By markk53
Maybe they don't want to make the KTM guys cry! ...

Maybe they don't want to make the KTM guys cry!

I agree, the KLX650 should come back in a decent build as a good quality dual sport. See if the guys who say they'd buy one actually would.
Forum: Thumpers 09-08-2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 11,312
Posted By markk53
And what displacement is the KTM compared to the...

And what displacement is the KTM compared to the WR? I don't believe they have a 250 four stroke dual sport in the US at this time.

I could use your same (il)logic to claim a GS1250 is a better...
Forum: Thumpers 09-08-2014, 04:34 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 11,312
Posted By markk53
Geez, risers - aka adventure apes! :jack ...

Geez, risers - aka adventure apes! :jack

The 400 is set up like an off roader - lower bars make it easy to move around when needed. I don't run adventure apes on either of my dual sports,...
Forum: Thumpers 09-07-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 3,454
Views: 538,008
Posted By markk53
Foggy. I read the magazine and your artice (for...

Foggy. I read the magazine and your artice (for about the eighth time) and saw the littile shot about the 700 kick in the cartoon at the back of the magazine. Pretty good!
Forum: Thumpers 09-07-2014, 04:46 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 11,312
Posted By markk53
I'm thinking the KTM will carry the weight...

I'm thinking the KTM will carry the weight higher, not the best for a new rider or a short one (like me).

I have a friend who rides a 400 at higher speeds, no probems just high rpm.

One...
Forum: Thumpers 09-07-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 11,312
Posted By markk53
No matter how long you look at those blocks no...

No matter how long you look at those blocks no way will they get wider apart...

Go back, get a running start and bunny hop them like a trials rider! :eek1 :lol3
Forum: Thumpers 09-07-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 11,149
Views: 2,370,804
Posted By markk53
CAN DO! :lol3

CAN DO! :lol3
Forum: Thumpers 09-07-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,231
Posted By markk53
I personally like the Versys, but not so much as...

I personally like the Versys, but not so much as anything to ride on the trails. It is more road than dirt, but with set of Avon Distanzias on it the bike would be a riot as a supermoto type twin...
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2014, 07:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 877
Posted By markk53
The DRz400 makes sense, as does the KTM. With...

The DRz400 makes sense, as does the KTM. With the KTM make sure you read up on everything that needs be done to make it right. Seems they need stuff loctited on and other mods to do the job without...
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2014, 07:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 458
Posted By markk53
I run the Duros too, have for the past 14 years...

I run the Duros too, have for the past 14 years and 30,000 miles. I get around 4000 a set on the 650. Great road characteristics when you get used to them and have some faith in their stick. I...
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2014, 06:53 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,939
Posted By markk53
wow, love the test method! Never thought of...

wow, love the test method! Never thought of that.

Same could be done on the bike pulling the air boot and watching the slide while running, but what a bench method.
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