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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by ToriMish, Feb 4, 2017.
I have the same foot....it is a very nice addition!!!
Ha ha! Maybe. But it won't be because we're riding fast.
It's the Danskin Mountains OHV Area on USFS land about 30 minutes drive east of Boise ID (a.k.a. Traveller128's backyard.) It's usually open for riding from mid-April until snowed in in the winter. The area is winter range for deer and elk migrating seasonally from higher elevations. The delay in opening in the spring is to them time to move off after snow melts up higher. Winter before last was especially severe and the area didn't open until mid-May. The moral of the story is call the USFS to make sure it's open before travelling to ride there in the spring.
When open there's no USFS fee to ride here, but all off-road vehicles in Idaho operated on public lands are required to have a current OHV certificate or sticker, which has an associated annual fee of $12 or so. Nonresident visitors are exempt if they have a current comparable registration from their home state.
Yes! I mean no! Whatever, LOL. Last winter was strange one around here for sure. We had a short period in early February where temperatures in the lower Owyhee Mountains were in the 60's. I rode my WRR at 5800' on Slack Mountain where there was several feet of snow the previous winter. And then the snow came again a week later, blocking access again until late March.
The great thing about Idaho is that the variety of elevation, latitude, terrain, and seasons almost always permit riding somewhere most of the year. One of the reasons I enjoy taking and sharing photos of my rides is that I love to chase the snowline through different terrain as we progress through the seasons. I consider myself fortunate to live here. Dumb luck and all that.
A short addendum to that. If you want to ride on county/local jurisdiction roads with an out of state registration, Idaho does require you to purchase a "restricted" plate with the ID sticker on it. Still cheap though.
For living next door, we still haven't gotten up there to ride yet. Been down in the Owyhees, have hiked in the Danskins a bit, but my wife is finally getting to the point that she feels comfortable going on trail rides and I'm getting close to healed enough to do it.
Idaho sounds spectacular.
Does any one know of a company that makes number plate graphics for the ‘18 300? Decalmx only goes up to 17 model. Plastics are different for ‘18... at least the side number plate is. The front is still the same.
I'm pretty sure that the new 300RR airbox panels are the same size as 2015-2018 Xtrainer. Your dealer can probably confirm or deny.
I’m new to the thread here, but wanted to get more involved in the discussion.
I am picking up my 18 300rr next weekend and have added the following farkles prior to delivery.
Cycra pro bend hand guards
TM Designs plastic skid plate
Seat concepts cover and foam
Front and rear disc guards
Dunlop 606 (I think... I can’t really remember for sure)
And a carbon fiber pipe guard.
Am I missing anything?
Oh, and here are a few pictures of my 17 300rr that will go to my son.
That's a great start. I'd also put guards on the radiators and shock linkage.
For radiator guards I like systems that include a rear brace, such as those from Force Accessories made in Australia. Otherwise front protection is mostly just guarding the fins. Over the winter I ended up swapping my Unabiker rad guards on my Xtrainer for Force guards after discovering that front impact without rear brace allows the rad to flex back into the frame on the rubber mounts. In my case the upper rad pipe was smashed almost closed against the frame without any other visible damage to the radiator.
Here's the damage, with rad guards still mounted:
And here's the Force Accessories guard with rear brace and better side protection:
Instead of the TMD skid plate (which is a great product) I'd consider the AXP Racing Xtreme 8mm HDPE skid plate with integrated linkage protection.
I forgot to mention the radiator guards.
They are already on the bike.
The dealer sent this photo of her. Isn’t she a bute?
Idle adjustment knob, air/fuel mix knob and power valve adjuster knob. Makes adjustments on the fly very easy. Rear disc guard? Battery tender pigtail....the batteries are shite supposedly.
Is that Bonecutter's shop??
Just had my forks/shock resprung and the forks revalved. Picked it up just in time for 10 days of pouring rain forecasted. Guess I’ll be digging out that umbrella tomorrow. I need to test this out!
I’ll look int those adjustment knobs. That’s a great idea. I did get a rear disc guard.
Yes, that is Bonecutter’s shop.... he’s a great guy.
Finally got her back together after having the frame replaced. Mmmm, she looks good.
Hi all. I have a question. I have a 16’ XTrainer and I’m getting close to the magic 60 hour mark. I’ll be getting the suspension serviced. I like my trails slow, tight, and nasty. The stock suspension works OK, but if I’m going to be having the bushings and seals checked I feel that it would be a good time to revalve. I’ve checked out the crosstraingenduro vid on Xtrainer suspension and I like the idea of the FFRC mods. However Aus is a long way away. I’ve also noticed that Stillwell Performance does work on the XT’s. Has anyone had the opportunity to ride both? Or does anyone have any experience with the Stillwell Performance mods.
From the "if it was me" department: I'd take a chance on something new. I've been reading this guy's posts over on the Xtrainer Facebook Group and am impressed with his knowledge of suspension tuning in general, and especially his observations and results with Xtrainer suspension mods. (Be sure to read the detailed text accompanying the performance graph.)
He owns a suspension shop, his girlfriend rides an Xtrainer, and he's spent a considerable amount of time and effort taking the stock suspension apart, contemplating it, and making changes to it... all of which he can easily test and tune again over time. Most importantly he's intelligent and really appears to "get it".
He's not "well-known" (yet) because he's young and in a fairly remote area of eastern Montana, but I think he's got his $%#@ together. If I was starting on my Xtrainer suspension mod journey from stock again today I'd try him first. Seriously.
For those that "don't do Facebook" the link above is "public", so you don't have to be a FB member etc. Aaron's description of the Xtrainer's stock suspension limitations and his suggested improvements alone is worth the read. I haven't seen anyone else capture and articulate it this way yet. His prices are also very reasonable. (For comparison I have about $1800 into my Xtrainer suspension so far.)
I'm thinking about sending him my stock take-offs for upgrade and future resale... with a few hours of field testing in between.
$250.00 is a bargain to take the forks and shim stacks apart and put everything back together again. It also sounds like he's drilling or dremeling the valves to open up the ports. Even if you have to pay extra for the oil it's a good deal (if he gets it right)
I agree and would’ve given him a shot on mine if I had seen this option before I went the Stillwell route. That being said, I had Stillwell add the K9 kit and rework forks & rear shock, springs for my weight, etc. Works very well so far, just a bit pricey.
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Here’s a little taste for the type of stuff I ride.
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I really like the white plastic Betas. I think they look very sharp.
Thanks for the insight. I’m definitely going to contact him when I’m ready to get things freshened up.