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Old 05-21-2009, 05:49 AM   #1576
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The tank availability is what'll make my choice about the XT having a long time home here
It's coming, hang in there. Pics to follow in the next few days. Clarke is picking up my bike this morning......4.1 gallons!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-21-2009, 06:17 PM   #1577
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:02 PM   #1578
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...pic of tire that works...
pic of tire that didn't work
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Old 05-22-2009, 11:43 AM   #1579
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Eh? Any XT riders in Santa Cruz CA area?

I am looking to meet fellow dualie riders in the Santa Cruz area to go riding with. Anyone out there?
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Old 05-24-2009, 05:26 AM   #1580
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ahem.. Z1 mod. search it out on xt225.com
i've read all about it... i just think it's hilarious that EVERY tiny online forum must come up with an obscure name to honor the first person that got off the computer - went into the garage for an hour - and figured out how to uncork the bike


rather than just 'uncorked' - WE WILL CALL IT: Z1-MOD - in honor of its forefather!

lol, i mean really - i wonder why penicillin isn't called 'Z1' also j/k



honestly - i'm not going to perform said mod, because the bike is my girlfriends and she needs the tame power. if she starts to complain - i'll open up the box, uncork the muffler, and rejet the bike... you know.... Z225 the hell out of it
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Old 05-25-2009, 08:32 AM   #1581
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Clarke emailed me today. They produced the first XT gas tank last friday. They have asked to borrow my bike again for final fit and install my new blue 4.1 gallon tank this Thursday. Pictures to follow when I get the bike back probably after the weekend. This is finally going to happen!!!!!!!!

They told me they would be accepting orders as of this week (May 26).

Tell us about the tank--does it use the stock petcock?

I need one BAD...
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Old 05-25-2009, 09:31 AM   #1582
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Bluhduh When I wear out mine a little more....

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Put on a Pirelli MT21 on the front when you are ready. Those Cheng Shins handle badly on the street. You could also have a problem if you are carrying all that weight seen on your previous post.

I am running the MT21 front and rear.
Here is my luggage. The bike works GREAT and is nice and stable. When these tires are done I am going with the Duro's or Avon Distanzias.
When I wear out my stocks on my XT250 (cheng shins) - I'm not sure what I should get. I'm only about 115 - 120 (depending on summer or Christmas Time), and I'm only 5'4. I ride both highway and dirt, but I really despise the way the stocks handle on the gravel in our driveway...

I know most tires don't do well in gravel, but sheesh!@ No matter how tired I am when I get home, I have to pray I don't dump it just getting it into our garage. Most days I'm fishtailing all the way up the driveway.
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Old 05-25-2009, 12:40 PM   #1583
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In my experience it seems that narrow tires do better in the type of gravel roads and driveways here in Western North Carolina. I replaced my stock tires with Avon Distanzias sized 80/90-21 on he front and 110/80-18 on the rear. They are fine on single track as long it is not deep mud. I don't ride in deep mud so they are fine for me.
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Old 05-26-2009, 09:31 AM   #1584
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In my experience it seems that narrow tires do better in the type of gravel roads and driveways here in Western North Carolina. I replaced my stock tires with Avon Distanzias sized 80/90-21 on he front and 110/80-18 on the rear. They are fine on single track as long it is not deep mud. I don't ride in deep mud so they are fine for me.
The bonus using those tires on the XT225 is they just might last longer than the rest of the bike! The 225 is very easy on my MT21's, making knobbies on the highway not such a waste of cash.
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Old 05-26-2009, 11:31 AM   #1585
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WE WILL CALL IT: Z1-MOD

Im glad you caught my sarcasm turblo! I too find it funny, which is exactly why I corrected the poor poor fella so he got is mod-moniker right! Theres all kinds of stuff like that online an its great fun to read the shade tree mechanic's tales of endeavour in say.. replacing a tire, or checking valve clearances, or one of my favorites the "3x3 mod" for a DRZ. call it what you want, it will make your bike breathe like it should from the factory if it werent for the damn epa standards. same for restrictive exhaust. I know I personally started out knowing not much about wrenching on bikes, and if it weren't for these online forums and their silly names, I probably wouldn't have gotten very far, and I certainly wouldnt be as comfortable as I am now at taking my bike apart an putting it back together.

Hey, at least they arent charging money for it - thats a great marketing strategy - give something a fancy name and it goes from something mundane and confusing to the average peanut eater to an exciting "mod"!

or maybe these guys have more of an imagination than yourself and yer jealous!
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Old 05-26-2009, 10:46 PM   #1586
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Clarke Tank Update

Okay, they picked up the bike today. Color options, see the website, take your pick. $209. I think was the price. They took my bike again to fit the new 4.1 gallon tank to it..... Pics to follow maybe Thursday, I do not think he will make it back up tommorrow. Get ready, it is happening, they are taking orders soon, if not already.........
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Old 05-27-2009, 06:27 AM   #1587
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They are taking orders--and hope to start shipping this Thursday, May 28, if all goes well.
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Old 05-27-2009, 06:32 AM   #1588
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Not listed on the website yet.... Do I have to call?
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:44 PM   #1589
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12k avon distanzias

here's a shot of the tread wear on my Distanzias at aprox. 12k miles, Still run smooth, but are starting to follow the grooves in the road when I transit the construction sites, which are everywhere here in Jax these days.

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Old 05-28-2009, 10:15 AM   #1590
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here's a shot of the tread wear on my Distanzias at aprox. 12k miles, Still run smooth, but are starting to follow the grooves in the road when I transit the construction sites, which are everywhere here in Jax these days.

That tire will probably go another 8,000 if you have done 12,000 and they still look that good. Man I need to get a set of those. Put those on in addition to the new Clarke tank and the XT225 will be a fine little KLR eater.
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