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Forum: Thumpers 07-04-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,448
Posted By Duken4evr
People have more money than brains. Also, they do...

People have more money than brains. Also, they do not have big enough testicles to ride a potent beast like the KTM 690. It probably is best they move along and sell their new bike, at a loss, to a...
Forum: Thumpers 07-04-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,322
Posted By Duken4evr
I would take it to a welder/machine shop, get the...

I would take it to a welder/machine shop, get the crack and drain plug fixed. You can do fork seals yourself if you try, or have someone do them, then ride it. Hell, the thing was running fine before...
Forum: Thumpers 07-04-2014, 05:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 944
Posted By Duken4evr
I enjoy doing wheelies. One thing I do is pick a...

I enjoy doing wheelies. One thing I do is pick a spot to lift the front end, visualize it and then it happens. It is kind of Zen.

I had a DRZ, it was not the best bike to do long wheelies on. I...
Forum: Thumpers 07-04-2014, 01:38 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 22,649
Posted By Duken4evr
I have riding friends that are 60ish who have KTM...

I have riding friends that are 60ish who have KTM 300s. Wise old farts they are.

If you have never ridden a modern 300, don't be put off. They have a truly WR trans with a rock crawling 1st gear...
Forum: Thumpers 07-04-2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 267
Views: 22,649
Posted By Duken4evr
The latest WR450F is pretty kick ass. Great...

The latest WR450F is pretty kick ass. Great suspension, with excellent YZ sourced forks and a far better than the KTM's PDS rear shock. The WR's engine is a beast too, after doing the requisite...
Forum: Thumpers 07-04-2014, 07:42 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 17,432
Posted By Duken4evr
That is hilarious. The DRZ forks are not exactly...

That is hilarious. The DRZ forks are not exactly paragons of rigidity on a comparatively flyweight DRZ. I guess it would work though, and nobody is going to jump a BMW.

Well, maybe this guy...
Forum: Thumpers 07-04-2014, 06:09 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 17,432
Posted By Duken4evr
Forgot about the last edition of the "off road"...

Forgot about the last edition of the "off road" "E" model having the 36mm CV carb instead of the 39mm FCR? What the hell is that?

Jeez. This brings an end to what was already a fairly mild party...
Forum: Thumpers 07-04-2014, 06:06 AM
Replies: 5,511
Views: 755,264
Posted By Duken4evr
I have that blue cover. Got it on sale from Fritz...

I have that blue cover. Got it on sale from Fritz at Gunnison Motorsports for $125. It is so damn sexy, I just had to have it :evil
Forum: Thumpers 07-04-2014, 05:55 AM
Replies: 267
Views: 22,649
Posted By Duken4evr
Interesting discussion. Once we get past 50...

Interesting discussion.

Once we get past 50 and achieve a certain level of prosperity, we realize that every good ride is a blessing, and that far more of our years of being able to ride our dirt...
Forum: Thumpers 07-02-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 17,432
Posted By Duken4evr
A stock "E" or "K" bike with the FCR carb makes...

A stock "E" or "K" bike with the FCR carb makes around 40 hp. Some dyno charts for you. It is well known that the CV carb really kills the power on the "S".

An "E" with a Yosh stainless pipe vs....
Forum: Thumpers 07-01-2014, 07:59 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,482
Posted By Duken4evr
KTMs do hold their value. They are the Harley...

KTMs do hold their value. They are the Harley Davidson of dirt bikes in that regard. Unlike HD, KTMs are high performance machines :evil
Forum: Thumpers 07-01-2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,233
Posted By Duken4evr
Your description of the Honda 250 experience...

Your description of the Honda 250 experience (parents watching) cracked me up.

Sell the Honda and buy a used DR, probably can break even on the deal. The big thumpers do fine on the highway.
Forum: Thumpers 06-30-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 267
Views: 22,649
Posted By Duken4evr
Thanks for the laugh, and the sound argument. You...

Thanks for the laugh, and the sound argument. You make good points here.

The Terra 650 seems like a worthy choice in the battleship class, with a proven and more more potent BMW based engine than...
Forum: Thumpers 06-30-2014, 06:44 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,908
Posted By Duken4evr
The bike will be fine for a long time with proper...

The bike will be fine for a long time with proper care. I am more impressed you are able to ride a real dirt bike on long street trips. Your ass must be made of cast iron, the remainder of your body...
Forum: Thumpers 06-29-2014, 09:30 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 17,432
Posted By Duken4evr
Suzuki is having a hard time by the way. They...

Suzuki is having a hard time by the way. They stopped selling cars in the US, and they are falling behind in the sport bike and other markets. Even their RM 450 MX bike has not seen any meaningful...
Forum: Thumpers 06-29-2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 22,649
Posted By Duken4evr
Alas, and Husaberg is completely gone. Kinda...

Alas, and Husaberg is completely gone. Kinda wondering if my slant engine 'Berg 450 will be a collector's item someday. Having too much fun riding it to care :evil
Forum: Thumpers 06-29-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 267
Views: 22,649
Posted By Duken4evr
The basic WR450F engine is more than durable...

The basic WR450F engine is more than durable enough for dual sport duty. Add a lightweight cush hub, 6 speed trans, a 200 watt stator and some Death Wing tires on it, with lightweight street...
Forum: Thumpers 06-27-2014, 07:27 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 17,432
Posted By Duken4evr
The 525 really is a great option for someone...

The 525 really is a great option for someone seeking an affordable plated dirt bike. A friend has one, it rocks. They are trouble free as long as you don't rev the snot out of them for extended...
Forum: Thumpers 06-27-2014, 06:56 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 17,432
Posted By Duken4evr
I wish anyone who doubts what a well set up...

I wish anyone who doubts what a well set up DRZ400 can do could have ridden with me out here in Colorado when I had my DRZ. I don't care what kind of bike - smoked plenty of guys on really pretty...
Forum: Thumpers 06-24-2014, 06:22 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 17,432
Posted By Duken4evr
Agree on the street bike front. Man, I miss the...

Agree on the street bike front. Man, I miss the 2T street bikes. What a kick in the pants they were. They could be so cool if development continued.

KTM has done a great job of continuing...
Forum: Thumpers 06-23-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 17,432
Posted By Duken4evr
Funny thing is, 2 strokes are the most "outdated"...

Funny thing is, 2 strokes are the most "outdated" bikes of all, and yet they are the absolute fastest way to cover many types of terrain. They are comparatively low maintenance too when compared to...
Forum: Thumpers 06-23-2014, 07:15 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 17,432
Posted By Duken4evr
Another useless post that will do nothing to...

Another useless post that will do nothing to "solve" this unsolvable issue. I will say this - given some imaginary choice of being able to ride in amazing areas on a DRZ or boring areas on a KTM...
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2014, 05:34 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 17,432
Posted By Duken4evr
Not really, not at my riding level anyway. The...

Not really, not at my riding level anyway. The DRZs other limitations (soft power, weight) are still there.

I used to go out to Watkins MX here in CO and clear a smooth tabletop jump on my DRZ....
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 17,432
Posted By Duken4evr
'02 and later "S" and all "E" models had a high...

'02 and later "S" and all "E" models had a high speed adjustment on the rear shock, it was a normal setup with the adjuster being the hex nut surrounding the compression adjuster on the shock res.
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Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 17,432
Posted By Duken4evr
Not really sure why people think the DRZ has...

Not really sure why people think the DRZ has "cheap" suspension. It is fully adjustable and even has a high speed adjustment on the rear shock. It is basically really old RM250 suspension. Granted,...
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2014, 07:50 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 17,432
Posted By Duken4evr
The DRZ is an old friend. I no longer own mine,...

The DRZ is an old friend. I no longer own mine, but I had a lot of fun with it for 8 years. Springing and valving the suspension makes all the difference for hard core off road. The rear shock got a...
Forum: Thumpers 05-10-2014, 08:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 648
Posted By Duken4evr
For what is worth, I have seen a few Japanese 4...

For what is worth, I have seen a few Japanese 4 cylinder liter class sport bikes with over 200,000 miles on them without a rebuild. Met one guy with a CBR900 that had over 300K on it. Seems a well...
Forum: Thumpers 04-27-2014, 05:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,057
Posted By Duken4evr
Beating on a dead horse, but it is important....

Beating on a dead horse, but it is important. Under no circumstances ride another person on the back until you are fully confident and in control. If the worst happened, it would be very hard to live...
Forum: Thumpers 04-27-2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,073
Posted By Duken4evr
A nice clean KTM 525 sounds perfect and you can...

A nice clean KTM 525 sounds perfect and you can find one in that price range. The 525 is one of the best "serious trailbikes" I have experienced. The KTM guys are generally decent about taking care...
Forum: Thumpers 04-27-2014, 07:25 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 46,879
Posted By Duken4evr
Anything is possible of course, but I doubt the...

Anything is possible of course, but I doubt the status (DOT or non) would matter. Insurance people have no clue about motorcycles, none at all.

I have worked as an adjuster/supervisor for 26...
Forum: Thumpers 04-27-2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 319
Posted By Duken4evr
Shift early and lug those things, it is the only...

Shift early and lug those things, it is the only way to stay alive and they do have wonderful low end torque.

Loved my Yamaha WR500. Simple and indestructible. Some fine tuning (port matching did...
Forum: Thumpers 04-27-2014, 07:11 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 46,879
Posted By Duken4evr
Another vote for the Pirelli MT43 trials tire on...

Another vote for the Pirelli MT43 trials tire on the back. They are not great in really sticky clay type mud, but fantastic in gnarly rocks, roots and normal trails, and they last a very long time....
Forum: Thumpers 04-26-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 657
Posted By Duken4evr
A Husky TR 650 is probably about as close a...

A Husky TR 650 is probably about as close a compromise to the ideal you seek that exists that is off road capable but more street biased. The KTM 690 is a fine do it all bike that can do off road...
Forum: Thumpers 04-25-2014, 02:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,092
Posted By Duken4evr
Pretty cool BMW - seems to me you basically...

Pretty cool BMW - seems to me you basically rolled your own 690.

The 500 would be good if you decided to only have one bike and sell your 350 and the BMW. Since you like your 350, I would keep...
Forum: Thumpers 04-19-2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 8,301
Views: 350,357
Posted By Duken4evr
Sweet bike Huskyfatman! A video of Graham...

Sweet bike Huskyfatman!

A video of Graham Jarvis doing ridiculous things on one for you :evil

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4qzh6YBW1Q
Forum: Thumpers 04-17-2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 8,301
Views: 350,357
Posted By Duken4evr
In the 4T realm, probably the best blend of...

In the 4T realm, probably the best blend of unbreakable Japanese reliability, decent if not KTM level handling and stout power is our old friend the Yamaha WR450. If you don't or won't ride a KTM,...
Forum: Thumpers 04-17-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 8,301
Views: 350,357
Posted By Duken4evr
Warning. Pointless dirt bike related meandering...

Warning. Pointless dirt bike related meandering stream of consciousness verbal vomit follows:

Funny thing is, my built up DRZ400 (big bore, cams, full exhaust, front and rear suspension springs,...
Forum: Thumpers 04-16-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 8,301
Views: 350,357
Posted By Duken4evr
The WRR is not too tall. The rider's legs are too...

The WRR is not too tall. The rider's legs are too short :evil

All kidding aside, tallness is the price paid for ability to handle rough terrain. Lowering shortening suspension travel makes a...
Forum: Thumpers 04-15-2014, 06:13 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,206
Posted By Duken4evr
I would go with the 500 if you ride high...

I would go with the 500 if you ride high elevation. The 350 is a fantastic handling bike, most 2T like 4T I have ridden, but at 10,000 feet, I found my friend's 350 to be a bit gutless. It needed to...
Forum: Thumpers 04-09-2014, 08:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 504
Posted By Duken4evr
Recent writeup on the Beta vs. KTM. The KTM is...

Recent writeup on the Beta vs. KTM. The KTM is clearly a better functioning bike, but the Beta really is sexy. I can forgive a lot for sexy :evil
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