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Forum: Equipment Today, 09:27 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 49,038
Posted By markk53
To quote Trailrider200 (since my computer decided...

To quote Trailrider200 (since my computer decided not to):

"this is a bicycle helmet site, but same materials are used and they reference back and forth about motorcycle and bicycle helmets
...
Forum: Equipment Today, 09:09 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 49,038
Posted By markk53
Your commentary brought out that semi-sarcastic...

Your commentary brought out that semi-sarcastic question. You painted everything so grim...

As for the environmentalists... sarcasm again...

It can't shrink too much or crack too badly if it...
Forum: Equipment Today, 09:01 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 49,038
Posted By markk53
There is no argument there. Actually the liner...

There is no argument there. Actually the liner still is pretty much as it always has been on my MX helmet, but the trim strips and padding are taking a dump so it's time to change out - no calendar...
Forum: Equipment Today, 08:25 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 49,038
Posted By markk53
"Follow the legal department's recommendation... ...

"Follow the legal department's recommendation... See enclosed 25 page document, sign a copy and send it in with warranty card."

Your first line is totally correct, but it seems a lot of riders...
Forum: Equipment Today, 08:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 648
Posted By markk53
I am on board with the vents comment. It is...

I am on board with the vents comment. It is beyond m comprehension why helmet manufacturers cannot attain better venting than my old 1985 Marushin had. Nearly thirty years and still lousy venting....
Forum: Thumpers Today, 07:48 AM
Replies: 12,002
Views: 2,296,003
Posted By markk53
You are actually missing the point, you have no...

You are actually missing the point, you have no proof!

No one has done what it takes to prove what you claim. You are going on what you are told, but no one apparently can tell you the actual...
Forum: Thumpers Today, 07:10 AM
Replies: 12,002
Views: 2,296,003
Posted By markk53
Don't just limit it to the CRF! I worked in a...

Don't just limit it to the CRF! I worked in a shop in sales and parts for 22 years full and part time, plus hanging around there for some time after, I would get in trouble for being back in...
Forum: Thumpers Today, 06:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 979
Posted By markk53
State rider ed program first and foremost if...

State rider ed program first and foremost if riding street.

If self teaching, teach braking first, no engine if possible. When starting riding, be in as big and flat smooth field as possible. ...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 10:32 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 49,038
Posted By markk53
Even the cheap helmets use similar eps and pad...

Even the cheap helmets use similar eps and pad styles in many cases from what I've seen at various shows. Some are actually simpler to remove than the high buck ones and some are near identical to...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 10:27 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 49,038
Posted By markk53
Actually I am not over analyzing it and you are...

Actually I am not over analyzing it and you are not reading and understanding completely. I'm not focused on EPS degradation, just shoveling the BS back about the seemingly accelerated degradation...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 10:05 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,447
Posted By markk53
Best bet for the OP... Contact the...

Best bet for the OP...


Contact the American Motorcyclist Association (http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/contact) ask them. They will know if some states actually require DOT approved helmets...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 09:50 AM
Replies: 12,002
Views: 2,296,003
Posted By markk53
Key point though is... How tough does an oil...

Key point though is...

How tough does an oil actually have to be to work in an engine? I'm sure Singer sewing machine oil would fail that task, but it does fine for what it is intended. I'm just...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 08:18 AM
Replies: 3,856
Views: 613,762
Posted By markk53
I guess I was wrong about the 93, I thought the...

I guess I was wrong about the 93, I thought the bikes tested in the magazines were green.

The KLX C has two holes for the rack mount, I'm betting the R had holes for a tool bag, so the 250S might...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 08:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 979
Posted By markk53
Weight is relative... relative to where it is...

Weight is relative... relative to where it is carried. The KLX has the weight lower and thus feels and handles lighter. The carb can have the standard fixes done and pick up some power, no problem,...
Forum: Thumpers 03-26-2015, 10:26 AM
Replies: 12,002
Views: 2,296,003
Posted By markk53
I'm thinking the oil film test uses roughly 1"...

I'm thinking the oil film test uses roughly 1" diameter balls spun against each other at increasing pressure, but since the bike is only a 250 you could probably do some 12 ga. If you want to really...
Forum: Thumpers 03-26-2015, 10:24 AM
Replies: 12,002
Views: 2,296,003
Posted By markk53
I agree, that is the best trick. Many heavy...

I agree, that is the best trick. Many heavy equipment companies rely on oil testing to decide both when to change fluids and when to rebuild.

For a lark, back in the 80s when Honda brand oil was...
Forum: Thumpers 03-26-2015, 10:18 AM
Replies: 12,002
Views: 2,296,003
Posted By markk53
I had problems until I bought and used a vacuum...

I had problems until I bought and used a vacuum bleeder. It can suck fluid through faster than any air bubbles can rise. Just have to avoid drawing too much vacuum and need to have someone ready to...
Forum: Equipment 03-25-2015, 10:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,022
Posted By markk53
Depends on how much you want to keep it, how much...

Depends on how much you want to keep it, how much you want to trust human nature to be honest, and where you are at. :D
Forum: Equipment 03-25-2015, 10:30 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 49,038
Posted By markk53
That quote from the manufacturer sure looked like...

That quote from the manufacturer sure looked like something more than an assumption. I'd think they know their product. You think those houses with the eps wall forms are going to collapse due to...
Forum: Equipment 03-25-2015, 10:20 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,447
Posted By markk53
Fact is most state legislatures don't have the...

Fact is most state legislatures don't have the brains they are born with, so some may not even designate a DOT requirement. That is only for sales of legal helmets. It only governs the retailers -...
Forum: Thumpers 03-25-2015, 10:13 AM
Replies: 3,856
Views: 613,762
Posted By markk53
93 was green 94 Black 95 Red 96 no idea! ...

93 was green
94 Black
95 Red
96 no idea!

I'm thinking the front and rear fenders are same as the KLX300 and the green pre-09 KLX250, they and the headlight nacelle on the 250 appear to be bolt...
Forum: Thumpers 03-25-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 12,002
Views: 2,296,003
Posted By markk53
What do you mean "lasted a long time" and...

What do you mean "lasted a long time" and "problably would have lasted a lot longer"? My Kawasaki KLX650 single is still going strong at 47,000 miles! :huh

I mentioned the cleanness from...
Forum: Thumpers 03-25-2015, 08:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,401
Posted By markk53
Your opinion of your choice is 99% of the...

Your opinion of your choice is 99% of the satisfaction factor. I've seen guys tickled to death with riding a 250 Rebel and guys who hate their 1100 cruisers. I love smaller bikes myself and dual...
Forum: Equipment 03-24-2015, 02:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 391
Posted By markk53
Same here. I have the DBX Pro, same as the...

Same here. I have the DBX Pro, same as the motorcycle one, but a bit thicker pads if I remember right, nothing functional different.

I have fused C5/6/7 and cannot afford another break.


It...
Forum: Equipment 03-24-2015, 02:03 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 49,038
Posted By markk53
What data? Please provide a link. I've not seen...

What data? Please provide a link. I've not seen anything factual.

I rotate helmets based on more than just age. Condition plays the main part since I do rotate through three different ones in...
Forum: Equipment 03-24-2015, 01:52 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 49,038
Posted By markk53
So, do you ride? If so, with your narrative, why...

So, do you ride? If so, with your narrative, why would you do something that apparently you point out to be so dangerous?

Do you buy a new helmet yearly, every two years, or what interval? I'm...
Forum: Thumpers 03-23-2015, 05:57 PM
Replies: 12,002
Views: 2,296,003
Posted By markk53
FWIW I use one and actually like it... but...

FWIW

I use one and actually like it... but not at first! I fought with it the first several times.

Once I got the way it worked and did it the way it had to be done I can tank up the ...
Forum: Thumpers 03-23-2015, 05:51 PM
Replies: 12,002
Views: 2,296,003
Posted By markk53
Mike, gotta ask about the old style oil... ...

Mike, gotta ask about the old style oil...

When's it going to lose compression and start smoking? Been running dyno oil in the 650 for over 33,000 miles... I just don't see the sludge in the...
Forum: Thumpers 03-23-2015, 10:02 AM
Replies: 12,002
Views: 2,296,003
Posted By markk53
Problem I had with ear plugs - I went too fast. ...

Problem I had with ear plugs - I went too fast. On a smooth bike like my in-line 4 the noise level contributes to knowing what's going on. I did ear plugs and kept finding myself going too fast. ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-22-2015, 05:09 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,760
Posted By markk53
You guys are getting trolled along as usual in...

You guys are getting trolled along as usual in the original post. Another BS question or comment by the OP. If you didn't notice he basically gave his own answer twice contradicting answers or...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-20-2015, 07:11 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 16,771
Posted By markk53
Sure as hell sounds like profiling. Sounds more...

Sure as hell sounds like profiling. Sounds more and more like that attorney might be a good thought. You do everything by the book yet still get treated as if you are a suspected criminal. What...
Forum: Thumpers 03-20-2015, 07:02 AM
Replies: 12,175
Views: 2,653,785
Posted By markk53
Learn to do so - never know when a clutch cable...

Learn to do so - never know when a clutch cable may break...

To start out you can paddle with your feet then click it into 1st, then run normal. Avoid stops as much as possible, work the...
Forum: Thumpers 03-20-2015, 07:00 AM
Replies: 12,175
Views: 2,653,785
Posted By markk53
Doing it right makes for little damage. Fact is...

Doing it right makes for little damage. Fact is it is more about missed shifts wtih or without clutch that rakes the dogs and ruins them - like guys banging second gear for wheelies. Ever notice...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-19-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,138
Posted By markk53
Suffice it to say any place that isn't boringly...

Suffice it to say any place that isn't boringly flat and straight ar great places to live and ride. I'm in love with the Applachians with the beauty of the lower mountains with the huge quantity of...
Forum: Thumpers 03-19-2015, 07:25 PM
Replies: 12,175
Views: 2,653,785
Posted By markk53
No, they are not. It is just easy to do since it...

No, they are not. It is just easy to do since it is constant mesh and bikes are light.

I'm not saying "always use your clutch", hell I don't all the time. Just sayin' they are not built to...
Forum: Thumpers 03-19-2015, 07:17 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,705
Posted By markk53
If you want to go bigger eventually, which one of...

If you want to go bigger eventually, which one of your choices can you pound the snot out of and have the most to sell off while losing the least amount of money? That's the bike to buy.
...
Forum: Thumpers 03-19-2015, 07:07 PM
Replies: 12,002
Views: 2,296,003
Posted By markk53
Not sure what part you are referring to in my...

Not sure what part you are referring to in my post, but if it was the 650 pricing example, the KLX had a more modern frame, inverted forks, better handling, and still, after not being in the US for...
Forum: Thumpers 03-19-2015, 06:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 917
Posted By markk53
Clearly reality is not meeting opinion... likely...

Clearly reality is not meeting opinion... likely never will.

I will tell you I ran Duro Median HF903/904s (http://www.durotire.com/Tires.aspx) on my KLX 250 up in Michigan in the north end of the...
Forum: Equipment 03-19-2015, 10:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 276
Posted By markk53
You do realise the main difference between a tube...

You do realise the main difference between a tube type and tubeless these days is simply an air tight membrane inside the carcass? That's why there are so few tube type anymore. From the...
Forum: Equipment 03-19-2015, 09:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 525
Posted By markk53
I learned that $$$ isn't the main factor. Seems...

I learned that $$$ isn't the main factor. Seems the higher dollar Avon Gripsters really sucked compared to the low buck Duros I put on my 650 when I couldn't afford the Avons. Now I can afford...
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