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Forum: Thumpers 04-16-2012, 10:56 AM
Replies: 743
Views: 287,666
Posted By empirecycleman
XT 500 rear rack on steroids

I asked the guy at Cyclerack.com to consider making one of his super heavy duty racks for the XT 500. If you XT riders are interested in one of these it would be in our interest to calll him and...
Forum: Thumpers 03-27-2012, 07:06 AM
Replies: 4,589
Views: 1,105,276
Posted By empirecycleman
Question TW 200 Mikuni carb set up

Just wondering if anyone has tried setting up a Mikuni VM 26 spigot type carb for the TW. Have done a little research and it looks like the carb dimensions are close enough to fit the air box (the...
Forum: Trials 03-12-2012, 11:24 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 11,844
Posted By empirecycleman
inseam callenged

Does anyone know if the Betal Alp or other trials type bike will work/fit/ergonomically in the ball park for a taller rider. My only trials bike experience was briefly trying out and old mid 80's...
Forum: Thumpers 03-08-2012, 04:35 PM
Replies: 743
Views: 287,666
Posted By empirecycleman
Do I know Jeff E.

Yeah....I know the Jeffster. I think he is now the mayor of some town in Kansas and has turned the city park into a motocross track and there's a consession stand that will serve you cold beer and...
Forum: The Garage 03-06-2012, 03:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,168
Posted By empirecycleman
Save money.

Chain breakers are fairly easy to use and handy to have around. You will need the little press too in order to reassemble an O ring chain. Don't try to use vise grips...not worth the hassle. These...
Forum: Thumpers 03-04-2012, 08:05 AM
Replies: 743
Views: 287,666
Posted By empirecycleman
By 1979 Yamaha had to compete with the Honda XR...

By 1979 Yamaha had to compete with the Honda XR 500 and over the last few years the Yamaha was available in the XT/TT format the Honda's improved dramatically while the Yamaha pretty much stayed the...
Forum: 2 smokers 03-02-2012, 03:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,847
Posted By empirecycleman
Oil

My 1973 Yamaha 175 enduro always fouled plugs back in the day....bought it new. These days you can get good oil from any motorcycle dealer for the injector system. Yamaha makes a synthetic blend...
Forum: Thumpers 03-02-2012, 02:28 PM
Replies: 743
Views: 287,666
Posted By empirecycleman
Valve noise

If you have a higher lift after market cam you will have more noise and if your cam chain tension isn't adjusted you will have more noise. Other wise just set the valve lash to spec and all other...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-01-2012, 10:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,585
Posted By empirecycleman
Careful out there.

I work with 2 guys that have KLR's and always looking for people to ride with.....pretty sure one of them is a serial killer.
Forum: Thumpers 02-29-2012, 04:26 PM
Replies: 743
Views: 287,666
Posted By empirecycleman
Have a bunch.

None of them pretty...most in moth balls....use only one of them on a regular basis.....and it is my favorite bike of all time. Long live the Yamaha 500 in all of it's iterations. If you never...
Forum: Thumpers 02-27-2012, 08:16 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,894
Posted By empirecycleman
What the......!!

You have been riding that bike for a long time and I'm sure you know something is just not right. Seems like an old friend that you want to keep around forever. I wouldn't get rid of it either....
Forum: The Garage 02-27-2012, 11:23 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,834
Posted By empirecycleman
Your experiment.

Loved reading all the feedback you received....did you try it out? How did it work??
Forum: Thumpers 02-24-2012, 03:37 PM
Replies: 743
Views: 287,666
Posted By empirecycleman
Nice XT

Beautiful XT Husqzilla....I like the seat fur too.
Forum: Thumpers 02-24-2012, 03:30 PM
Replies: 743
Views: 287,666
Posted By empirecycleman
600"s are great

Good to hear a XT guy is also an XR 600 fan. Have (2) of them...1991 and a 1994. Both are stock motors and one is set up for longer range riding and the other for local trails. The stock XR and...
Forum: Thumpers 02-24-2012, 08:58 AM
Replies: 743
Views: 287,666
Posted By empirecycleman
Not a pretty one...just a good runner.

:nortonI have to figure out how to do pictures....the bike itself is not a pretty one and I have retained the stock exhaust system with the resonator chamber removed and a plate welded over the...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 02-23-2012, 05:58 PM
Replies: 8,648
Views: 669,154
Posted By empirecycleman
Better there.

Riding there looks better than here. Wished I still lived in Jacksonville....at least Nov thru March.....
Forum: Thumpers 02-23-2012, 05:53 PM
Replies: 743
Views: 287,666
Posted By empirecycleman
Boat Anchor

Good use for them......love boat anchors....
Forum: Thumpers 02-22-2012, 06:38 PM
Replies: 743
Views: 287,666
Posted By empirecycleman
Long live the XT 500

Riding the XT since 1979. The first one I saw at an enduro event in Colorodo in 1976 gave me pause to wonder what sort of piece of agricultural equipment it was. Little did I know it would become a...
Forum: Thumpers 02-17-2012, 10:01 AM
Replies: 10,572
Views: 1,432,091
Posted By empirecycleman
Xr 600

Best possible modification IMO is a license plate so you can go where you want to with impunity.
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