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Old 04-02-2012, 06:10 PM   #47011
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:11 PM   #47012
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unfortunately the 426 is still so far above my riding ability I'm better off on the KLR or 950. Since it looks like it will never sell for close to the amount it's worth I'm waiting for some extra $$$ to appear so I can try some mods to make it tight trail compatible. I'd love to find a bike like BigOhio's that has a better power band and magic button.
Love the 450, hardly worked up a sweat yesterday. Maybe had a few extra shifts but never felt underpowered for my size or ability. When you have a few $$$ you don't know what to do with, I have a spare 525XC just itching for a dual sport kit that I may be willing to part with, especially if the 450 happens to turn into a 540.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:29 PM   #47013
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Love the 450, hardly worked up a sweat yesterday. Maybe had a few extra shifts but never felt underpowered for my size or ability. When you have a few $$$ you don't know what to do with, I have a spare 525XC just itching for a dual sport kit that I may be willing to part with, especially if the 450 happens to turn into a 540.
Been thinking about a 450EXC down the road. Pretty suitable for a big guy, eh? Yours all stock still, or have you changed anything for ergonomics / comfort for a tall fella?
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:29 PM   #47014
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Well, I didn't have to work today so I went to my neighbors farm where he said I could take down a big tree to make some practice log crossings. Tree is down, a 100 yard path into the woods to get the tractor in is cut and I was to tired to even get the logs.
Maybe tomorrow, if I do I'll post some pics. Should make for a good practice setup for a summer get together out here.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:59 PM   #47015
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Oooooo I'm intrigued!

So, momentum, and loft the front wheel so the back tire is what make the main impact with the log. And hit the log straight on. That sound about on par? I've run into a few situations where I've needed to do it, but I'm always alone, and trying something like this for the first time alone in the middle of nowhere just doesn't seem wise. Probably one of those things that's not difficult once you do it a couple times.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:17 PM   #47016
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Love the 450, hardly worked up a sweat yesterday. Maybe had a few extra shifts but never felt underpowered for my size or ability. When you have a few $$$ you don't know what to do with, I have a spare 525XC just itching for a dual sport kit that I may be willing to part with, especially if the 450 happens to turn into a 540.
The 540 kit is really nice.... I may do that again or even a 570 to one of mine...
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:18 PM   #47017
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Oooooo I'm intrigued!

So, momentum, and loft the front wheel so the back tire is what make the main impact with the log. And hit the log straight on. That sound about on par? I've run into a few situations where I've needed to do it, but I'm always alone, and trying something like this for the first time alone in the middle of nowhere just doesn't seem wise. Probably one of those things that's not difficult once you do it a couple times.
Everything I know I learned from others and then fine tuned it for my use. Obviously the surface your on makes a difference as does engine power and gear your in. I'm about 75%-85% for crossing successfully using this technique. I still have issues with slippery logs, multiple logs in a row or over sized logs. I hope these practice logs will help with that.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:32 PM   #47018
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Oooooo I'm intrigued!

So, momentum, and loft the front wheel so the back tire is what make the main impact with the log. And hit the log straight on. That sound about on par? I've run into a few situations where I've needed to do it, but I'm always alone, and trying something like this for the first time alone in the middle of nowhere just doesn't seem wise. Probably one of those things that's not difficult once you do it a couple times.
You don't make the rear-wheel the first contact ideally, and in fact too much momentum + rear wheel hitting the log can buck the rear of the bike up and you over it if your body position is bad.

The most important part is getting the front tire enough over the log so that it doesn't jam down and into it - for this it's a size thing. If the log is under the height of the front tire's half-height (radius), you don't need any loft. The bigger the log gets, the higher the loft...until you might start contacting the log with either the skid plate, or in some cases the rear tire...but for that to be necessary you're talking a HUGE log, like 40" round.

Watch this clip...notice that he lofts to get up to tackle the whole obstacle (starting with the smallish log in the front) but the front wheel actually touches the small log and the bigger log pile. You don't need to loft the front wheel over any obstacle, you need it to be high enough to roll easily over it (and this is preferable because it maintains stability).

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Old 04-02-2012, 08:40 PM   #47019
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The most important part is getting the front tire enough over the log so that it doesn't jam down and into it - for this it's a size thing.
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:08 AM   #47020
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Been thinking about a 450EXC down the road. Pretty suitable for a big guy, eh? Yours all stock still, or have you changed anything for ergonomics / comfort for a tall fella?
Had the suspension redone for my ample weight and added some smallish bar risers. Probably could use some more rise and/or pegs lowered a bit for more comfort when standing. We won't talk about my a$$, but the front of my thighs are a little sore and think that may have come from a little too much bend when sitting (not from being too fat and out of shape). One of the bikes came with an EE tall seat so that may go on for the next ride and see if that helps a little.
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:23 AM   #47021
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The 540 kit is really nice.... I may do that again or even a 570 to one of mine...
You are such a bad influence! I sure do like the way the 525 lofts the front end and heck a 540 shouldn't be much more than that. Now that I look at it the 570 kit isn't much more $$$ so maybe...No, No, No, keep telling self, the 450 is more than enough bike for your ability and more than that will only serve to get you in over your head much faster.
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:50 AM   #47022
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You are such a bad influence! I sure do like the way the 525 lofts the front end and heck a 540 shouldn't be much more than that. Now that I look at it the 570 kit isn't much more $$$ so maybe...No, No, No, keep telling self, the 450 is more than enough bike for your ability and more than that will only serve to get you in over your head much faster.
Steve just buy a 640 or 690se and get it over with. Oh, wait.
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:26 AM   #47023
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You are such a bad influence! I sure do like the way the 525 lofts the front end and heck a 540 shouldn't be much more than that. Now that I look at it the 570 kit isn't much more $$$ so maybe...No, No, No, keep telling self, the 450 is more than enough bike for your ability and more than that will only serve to get you in over your head much faster.
The 525 is actually a 510cc. The 540 kit is pretty nice. It will add some heat to the rig though.. If you do decide on one, I'd go with the Thumper racing kit. The OEM KTM kit has the head bolts submerged in coolant, whereas the TR kit doesn't. Plus the TR kit is a LOT cheaper.

I haven't tried the 570 yet, but I sure am tempted...
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:29 AM   #47024
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Steve just buy a 640 or 690se and get it over with. Oh, wait.
Thanks for reminding me. When around Motodirtlover or just thinking of a big bore kit for the 450, set the FI map to "Power" and take the 690 out in the mud to play. There all better, no more thoughts of a big bore kit, until next time.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:00 AM   #47025
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