A n00b goes racing

Discussion in 'Racing' started by eatpasta, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    We can can adjust the chain too. I remove the shock and block the rear wheel to the tightest spot, which is 4 or 5 inches from bottomed. Very common for KTM noobs to over tighten their chain.
  2. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    dammit!! im a noob again!!

    :bluduh
  3. nobrakes

    nobrakes Long timer

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    Yes, if your Japanese-bike riding buddies say your KTM chain is too loose, it's "just right." :deal :lol3

    With the bike on a stand, pinch the chain toward the swingarm just behind the plastic guard and you should measure about 8mm, like this:

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  4. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    interesting.... ill check it when I get home.

    Ive thumbed the manual twice and it doesnt have anything about valve adjustments! Are they tricky? Is it a bucket and shim situation?
  5. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    Tappet w/lock nut. Kind of a bitch the first couple times, but you get the routine down. Need a special angled feeler gauge.
  6. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    oh sweet..... I love those. luckily I have never had to do one of those bucket/shim deals
  7. rider914

    rider914 Agnostic Adventurer

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    :clap :thumb RFS !

    ... or 1/6th turn method (in a pinch or when the stems get a bit worn).

    Intakes are the ones you need to keep an eye on. They move (tighten up) faster, but are easy to check and adjust. Exhaust are harder to get at, but hardly ever move.

    I think finding the right TDC, or at least the right spot to adjust, is often the hardest part. KTM didn't give us easy access to put a wrench directly on the crankshaft :bluduh

    -M
  8. nobrakes

    nobrakes Long timer

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    Yep. Ignore the manual's concept of TDC and follow this video tutorial instead:

    And if your experience is anything like mine on my '07 450, only the intakes will need adjustment, my exhausts never moved in over 300 hours. Fortunately, the intakes are the easiest to get to, and the exhausts are down in between the radiators and it's a tight squeeze to check them.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWS9RuEQzc8

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  9. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    yeeaaahhh on my 650R the nitwit previous owner wrote where TDC with SHARPIE all over engine.

    :nah

    it DOES make it easy to find TDC however....
  10. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    raced the astonishingly fast 525 today..... it was only the second time I had ever ridden it in the dirt.
    I know that I said I was going to stop doing videos but I have to do one about this race. The 525 feels like cheating out there.... its that good
  11. header

    header Chris

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    Agreed :deal

    Ill be waiting for the video :lurk
  12. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    Im going to buy a couple of these, but here are the proofs from yesterdays race start.

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    The KTM is fast. Very fast.

    here's Dennis, pre flat and pre injury.

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    Ran into Veron as well - we were all in the same class. There was only about 7 of us. The two or three guys that guest pitted with the Coyotes were on the same line.... weird. They were fast though
  13. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    got the results FINALLY.

    39th OA out of 71 and 3rd in class. Now considering that I started on the THIRTY NINTH ROW - im pretty proud of this finish because there were only two rows that started behind us. So I passed about 40 riders to get to where I was.
    and had I not crashed or gotten stuck that one time, or stopped to slow down traffic with the downed rider, I would have easily finished 10 or 15 spot higher.

    Still planning on doing the video... I just gotta get some time together
  14. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    Ohhhh kay - finally got this one done. Cant believe how long it took to finish and upload. It took literally all night to upload - but here's the latest vid

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  15. Bluebull2007

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    He's back! Nice video, so make it 8 guys watching your vids. :wave Im sure theres a lot more actually.

    Anyway. Nice new bike :freaky Told you suspension makes the world of difference! Now imagine if you could improve on that suspension.....Just watch out because you'll be riding faster now, which means you can crash harder.

    Tis why I wear a DS jacket over my shell. The ballistic armour helps but it helps even more for high speed crashes if you have a jacket over that. Not sure if it would be appropriate in an enduro though. You might get some funny looks like I do :D

    Great to see you racing again.

    Now I just got to stop being fat and go out there and start rallying again.
  16. pacadermng67

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    Hey man,

    Great stuff. I just watched all your videos and am extremely impressed with the quality. :thumb It really seems like a great time. Keep making the videos, I will watch every one.

    Thanks!
  17. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    hey thanks guys! I appreciate it.

    Wearing a jacket over the armor is usually a no go because its so hot.... also I dont have a jacket that fits over the top of it...

    :shog
  18. Bluebull2007

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    :lol3

    Yeah I know its hot, but you acclimatise. :evil Get one with vent flaps XXL. Camelback goes underneath and helps with the ventilation, keeping your water cool.
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    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    yer one of a handful of riders whose advice I will actually take...

    :nod
  20. Bluebull2007

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    Thanks, but as I said it may not be applicable for an enduro, which are often slower.