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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Yesterday, 04:51 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,409
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: 648
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: 5,201
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: 327
Views: 12,079
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: 584
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: 249
Views: 29,507
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: Beasts 10-30-2014, 08:42 AM
Replies: 486
Views: 47,020
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: 2,393
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: 5,201
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: 481
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: 6,953
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: 676
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: 6,201
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: 25
Views: 1,746
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: 1,481
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: 23
Views: 1,485
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: 6,201
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: 33
Views: 2,577
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: 4
Views: 536
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: 584
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: 327
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: 12,187
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: 407
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: 21
Views: 1,100
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: 32
Views: 3,927
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: 118
Views: 12,126
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: 1,077
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: 125
Views: 8,682
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: 745
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: 1,441
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: 3,801
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: 179
Views: 24,961
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...
Forum: 2 smokers 10-27-2014, 09:15 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 10,085
Posted By BikePilot
Nice project! CR5s broke pistons a lot in stock...

Nice project! CR5s broke pistons a lot in stock form. All three of the ones in my family years ago broke or cracked pistons. For light dirt work a forged wiseco fixed it. I think the root cause...
Forum: 2 smokers 10-27-2014, 09:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 779
Posted By BikePilot
The bike itself is quite good. Support from KTM...

The bike itself is quite good. Support from KTM for it is likely to be weak at best as the '13 is still the left over italian husky. I think it's the same basic engine they had throughout the...
Forum: 2 smokers 10-27-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,201
Posted By BikePilot
FWIW the older Gasgas models tended to be...

FWIW the older Gasgas models tended to be particularly mild and tight-woods oriented. Not unlike a higher-spec KDX in some ways. Great bikes, but prob not what you want for western/desert riding. ...
Forum: 2 smokers 10-26-2014, 07:57 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,201
Posted By BikePilot
Do it they are awesome! I'd suggest not limiting...

Do it they are awesome! I'd suggest not limiting to steel framed bikes. The ALU frames are bombproof and often come with much better suspension. Fwiw I raced a late steel framed yz for a while and...
Forum: Equipment 10-26-2014, 07:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,622
Posted By BikePilot
For pure road use I like race oriented boots. ...

For pure road use I like race oriented boots. Very comfy on the bike, more feel, and more protection than boots that are less focused. Just bring shoes I'd you'll have to d much walking.
Forum: 2 smokers 10-05-2014, 06:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,092
Posted By BikePilot
I rode my H1 to work a few times, that's about as...

I rode my H1 to work a few times, that's about as close to daily on a smoker I've come to. I use 2ts for almost all my off road riding though. I agree on the KDX, one of the all-time great dirt...
Forum: The Garage 10-05-2014, 06:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,325
Posted By BikePilot
Yep def not a clutch cover. I had a B1250 and...

Yep def not a clutch cover. I had a B1250 and never took that cover off. Mine also didn't have the goop there but maybe the guy putting mine together at Japan happened to be a little more careful. ...
Forum: Road warriors 10-05-2014, 06:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 525
Posted By BikePilot
Tires can definitely get less sticky as they...

Tires can definitely get less sticky as they wear. I try to keep them to 2 years or newer for typical street riding. Track day folks often count heat cycles and have limit there as well.
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