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Forum: Thumpers 01-04-2015, 07:44 PM
Replies: 23,144
Views: 3,014,960
Posted By BikePilot
I would guess that it's way lean due to either an...

I would guess that it's way lean due to either an air leak or a clogged jet. I'd take the carb apart and verify. Jetting can be way, way off and it won't fall on it's face as you describe. I've...
Forum: Thumpers 01-04-2015, 03:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 828
Posted By BikePilot
I like the looks of that. Curious to hear how...

I like the looks of that. Curious to hear how the MotoZ works out. Hopefully the sidewall isn't "re-enforced" too much--I suspect the tall soft sidewall is a big part of what makes trials tires...
Forum: Ride reports 01-04-2015, 03:46 PM
Replies: 326
Views: 40,490
Posted By BikePilot
Awesome ride and report :clap:freaky

Awesome ride and report :clap:freaky
Forum: Ride reports 01-04-2015, 01:45 PM
Replies: 316
Views: 81,206
Posted By BikePilot
Great report and trip, I'm enjoying following...

Great report and trip, I'm enjoying following along! Awesome to hear of the GPS option. I'm pretty awful at navigation and might like to do this ride someday. :clap
Forum: Road warriors 01-04-2015, 01:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,528
Posted By BikePilot
I think that'd work just fine. Most bikes will...

I think that'd work just fine. Most bikes will do dirt roads, even fairly bad ones, without issue. You may not even need to modify it. As an example I did fair extensive dirt road and and some ATV...
Forum: Thumpers 12-30-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,198
Posted By BikePilot
Its enough of a pain to switch all the stuff from...

Its enough of a pain to switch all the stuff from DS to SM that it doesn't really add value to have the extra wheels and stuff. Because then you need different brakes, bars/guards, suspension,...
Forum: Thumpers 12-30-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,946
Posted By BikePilot
I've ridden with and without them. For street...

I've ridden with and without them. For street riding and most dual sporting I think it's a waste of money. On certain bikes they are actually awesome for MX. My CR when I was racing MX was setup...
Forum: Thumpers 12-30-2014, 12:31 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,359
Posted By BikePilot
I've run both off road. For everything but high...

I've run both off road. For everything but high altitude and dunes I prefer the 125. For heavy dune work you really need the extra power of the 250. Also if you have trails in the 8k+ altitude...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2014, 04:51 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,223
Posted By BikePilot
It's not like bicycles, the difference is much...

It's not like bicycles, the difference is much greater and is as much about width and tire type as rim diameter. Think a wide, low profile sports car tire vs the tall narrow tires on a jeep. ...
Forum: 2 smokers 11-01-2014, 09:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 853
Posted By BikePilot
The bike will live as long as you care for it...

The bike will live as long as you care for it reasonably. It'll make an awful street bike though. Why not buy a cheap street bike and keep the KTM primed for off road? Would be cheaper then keeping...
Forum: 2 smokers 10-30-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 7,427
Posted By BikePilot
A modern 250 at sea level has gobs of low end...

A modern 250 at sea level has gobs of low end grunt also, at least many do. A KTM 300 (which is basically a bored 250 with mild porting) grunts off the bottom in a manner that would probably match...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 10-30-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 330
Views: 15,423
Posted By BikePilot
I pondered the same question last year and bought...

I pondered the same question last year and bought a Porsche 968. Thought about a Boxster, and they are great cars, but I just liked the 968 better. Haven't seen a cayman in that price range--that...
Forum: Thumpers 10-30-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 670
Posted By BikePilot
I don't think changing compression is going to...

I don't think changing compression is going to impact engine longevity in a meaningful way.
Forum: Thumpers 10-30-2014, 08:46 AM
Replies: 274
Views: 34,926
Posted By BikePilot
The KDX doesn't have any quirky failure points or...

The KDX doesn't have any quirky failure points or unusual things to check. Just go over it like you would any dirt bike. I'd expect a really clean KDX to cost $2500-3k.

Like any dirt bike the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 10-30-2014, 08:42 AM
Replies: 526
Views: 64,911
Posted By BikePilot
I think their weak sales are because it doesn't...

I think their weak sales are because it doesn't have the starbucks cachet (or mechanical ability) of a BMW, can't compete with the KTM for hardcore big-bike off road duties, and isn't sporting enough...
Forum: Thumpers 10-30-2014, 08:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,784
Posted By BikePilot
I think it's mostly marketing. Now they call...

I think it's mostly marketing. Now they call everything a "CRF". Historically CRFs were race bikes and XRs trail bikes. Now we have CRF trail bikes replacing XRs. They could have just as easily...
Forum: 2 smokers 10-30-2014, 06:14 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 7,427
Posted By BikePilot
The actual power output of a 250cc 2t MX bike...

The actual power output of a 250cc 2t MX bike will surpass the YZ465 by about 5hp, and it's much more useable and doesn't go away as the motor gets hot :lol3
Forum: EMEA 10-29-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 730
Posted By BikePilot
For general riding around, site seeing, and...

For general riding around, site seeing, and having fun I'd guess 250 miles a day as a max and some days you might not want to do more than 100 if it's all bumpy dirt road.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-29-2014, 07:39 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 10,100
Posted By BikePilot
I used to have a Bandit 1250 and it regularly did...

I used to have a Bandit 1250 and it regularly did 50+ mpg. My buell will sneak up on 50 if the stars are all aligned.

My wife's 1500cc honda civic vx does 50mpg. :lol3
Forum: Equipment 10-29-2014, 07:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 882
Posted By BikePilot
I don't think brand matters too much. Main thing...

I don't think brand matters too much. Main thing is to wear it and all the other usual gear. For a pressure suit to work well you want it to fight tightly so the panels don't shift too much in a...
Forum: The Garage 10-29-2014, 11:53 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,619
Posted By BikePilot
My guess is totaled. Probably $15k to fix the...

My guess is totaled. Probably $15k to fix the visible damage and chances are there's a fair bit of stuff that's not visible but damaged (exhaust, maybe turbo, intercooler piping, who knows?)
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-29-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,420
Posted By BikePilot
I have AAA for my cages. There's a box to check...

I have AAA for my cages. There's a box to check to add moto coverage. I didn't b/c it's not a huge concern for me (reliable bikes + I have a wife and pickup truck :lol3). I'd probably place AAA...
Forum: Equipment 10-29-2014, 11:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,831
Posted By BikePilot
A hitch carrier is not going to be safe with a...

A hitch carrier is not going to be safe with a class II hitch, you def need a trailer. Lots of options, just depends on how much you want to spend and what your biggest priorities are. the HF...
Forum: Road warriors 10-29-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,459
Posted By BikePilot
How about a kawasaki Versys? Light, nimble, and...

How about a kawasaki Versys? Light, nimble, and just tall enough not to scrunch a big guy up too much. Ducati hypermotard? Bigger engine, but very nimble, flickable and stupidly fun around town. ...
Forum: The Garage 10-29-2014, 08:21 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,619
Posted By BikePilot
I'd guess totaled but hard to say for sure from...

I'd guess totaled but hard to say for sure from the pics. I'm assuming the air bags didn't go off.
Forum: Trials 10-28-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,209
Posted By BikePilot
This. Every kill switch I've seen on a dirt bike...

This. Every kill switch I've seen on a dirt bike either makes a connection between 2 wires or grounds one to the bar.
Forum: The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan 10-28-2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,240
Posted By BikePilot
I think it's all kinda relative. Traffic in...

I think it's all kinda relative. Traffic in Tampa/St. Pete from my point of view is extremely minimal (moved here from DC). Compared to most states, FL roads are smooth, flat, and straight.

I...
Forum: Thumpers 10-28-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 670
Posted By BikePilot
The 610 is a great bike and should be...

The 610 is a great bike and should be inexpensive. The 690 is quite good as well, but as you say pricy.

You might consider two bikes. A dedicated off road bike and a road going bike if you...
Forum: Thumpers 10-28-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 444
Posted By BikePilot
Great bikes. Think of it as a 4-stroke KDX 200...

Great bikes. Think of it as a 4-stroke KDX 200 if that helps. Relatively old school, low-revving, reliable thumper. Moderate power, easy to ride. Stock carb is not very responsive at all and...
Forum: Road warriors 10-28-2014, 07:59 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 14,110
Posted By BikePilot
I think that generally things pretending to be...

I think that generally things pretending to be something they aren't is distasteful. Doesn't matter if it's a dirt-bike looking fender/beak on a street bike or a bunch of plastic off roady looking...
Forum: The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan 10-28-2014, 07:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 472
Posted By BikePilot
Any shop that works on MX bikes should be able to...

Any shop that works on MX bikes should be able to sort it, very common carb. Sounds like either the cable is too tight or the slide is installed wrong and isn't closing all the way. Could also be...
Forum: The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan 10-28-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,026
Posted By BikePilot
Very cool! I think I have to be out or company's...

Very cool! I think I have to be out or company's christmas party then, but if not I'll try to attend!
Forum: Face plant 10-28-2014, 07:07 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,237
Posted By BikePilot
Fantastic story and writing. Sorry about the...

Fantastic story and writing. Sorry about the crash, but thanks for making it so darn entertaining :lol3

As for the cause, I can say it's not the unbalanced front wheel (I've done thousands of...
Forum: Road warriors 10-28-2014, 06:33 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 13,697
Posted By BikePilot
Ducati Monster 620. Dead sexy, low seat height...

Ducati Monster 620. Dead sexy, low seat height and extremely user friendly (very light clutch and shifting action, easy to manage air cooled 2-valve twin). My wife has one and loves ti. They are...
Forum: Racing 10-28-2014, 06:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,459
Posted By BikePilot
Nice! I raced 125s a lot and loved them. ...

Nice! I raced 125s a lot and loved them. Typically turned laps just as quickly on them as on my 250s and 500s, if not faster. Tiddlers are loads of fun too :clap If I got back into racing a 150...
Forum: Thumpers 10-27-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 12,400
Posted By BikePilot
That looks like huge fun! Find a way to strap...

That looks like huge fun! Find a way to strap fuel to it and it'd be an awesome single track toodling machine :deal
Forum: Thumpers 10-27-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 926
Posted By BikePilot
I think that's it. Look at page 5-13 of the...

I think that's it. Look at page 5-13 of the factory service manual and make sure the shim "B" is where it belongs. I think that part is #92025 in the image below.

Also when you go to put the...
Forum: The Garage 10-27-2014, 02:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,596
Posted By BikePilot
At 100k an e36 is ready for a full suspension and...

At 100k an e36 is ready for a full suspension and damper refresh imo. Fun, great handling cars.
Forum: The Garage 10-27-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,562
Posted By BikePilot
When filling sport bikes or the can for the MX...

When filling sport bikes or the can for the MX bike I either buy gas at a place with a dedicated hose or make sure the previous fill up was premium. You definitely get some of whatever the previous...
Forum: 2 smokers 10-27-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 29,773
Posted By BikePilot
For sand I'd take the KX500 for the better motor....

For sand I'd take the KX500 for the better motor. The CR500s have a bit better handling though.

FWIW The '87-88 CR500 made massive power with a really meaty, tractable mid-range, but were...
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