Calgarians that dualsport

Discussion in 'Canada' started by macuser, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. dwayne

    dwayne Silly Adventurer

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    There are many bikes like yours running around street plated. I have a KTM 250 XCW (2 stroke) that is street plated, I had a 98 KTM 400 sc that was street plated and got an OPI, I had a KLX300R that was street plated. Once you have a street plate it will carry over owner to owner in Alberta unless you ask for a change to an OHV.

    I still have the 98 KTM, although now it is a 2003 Adventure. I bought a different frame for it without the RUM designation, bolted all the '98 components to it, replaced the blown motor with a '95 620 RXC motor, and Bob's you uncle 100% street legal. The bizarre thing is that all of the "dirt" components like brakes, wheels etc have the same part numbers as the competition vehicles.
  2. XSoCal

    XSoCal Been here awhile

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    The KTM sounds like a cool bike! I wish I had more space to work on bikes; as it is I might have to sell the XRR to make room, if I decide to stick with the 950. Which I probably will...only ridden it once but I really like it. But as you say the plates will carry over so I should be able to find a good home for it.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
  3. Beema Killa

    Beema Killa Beema Killa

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    200km loop today. Stopped out at the gate for Powderface. What a beautiful day. Hey Red Cat! We gotta get out sometime! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  4. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    Hey I was out yesterday also! 350kms mostly bumpy paved roads and some gravel. Was thinking of contacting you, but you being a young fella, figured you'd be working. Too bad. None of my regulars could make it. Probably the best day we're going to have for a while. Maybe next week.:clap
  5. Beema Killa

    Beema Killa Beema Killa

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    Yeah it was a great day. I only work Monday to Thursday, so after errands it's usually saddle time on Fridays.
  6. flossandfly

    flossandfly Been here awhile

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    Got the bike put together and it looked beautiful (the weather and the bike haha). Got cleaned up and it was blizzarding.
  7. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    We actually pay them to do it. Sort of like using you own Vaseline.
  8. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    Don't need a bearing puller to replace a rear wheel bearing. Pop off the seals, maybe a circlip, so be careful.Apply WD40 and let sit for awhile. Then from the opposite side, slide a long punch through the axel hole and get it on the edge of the bearing and tap with a hammer moving the punch all around the edges of the bearing. Should eventually start sliding out. Clean up with WD40 or lube with oil and tap the new bearings in. Put the new bearings in the freezer for a while. Helps them slide in easier cause they contract a little. Use a socket to tap the new bearings in. Make sure you tap just on the outer edges of the bearing. Just take your time. If the punch doesn't work try a screw driver. Anyhow, this is how I've always did it.
  9. dwayne

    dwayne Silly Adventurer

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    A couple of brass punches of diffrent sizes are a worthwhile investment (if you don't already have them). It can mitigate some hamfisted gouging of the hub/cush drive.

    I do know a good mechanic should you need one.
  10. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    You can get a blind bearing puller at Princess Auto but I have always used a punch, too.

    I also find that applying a heat gun to the hub helps on removal and install, too.


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  11. Jeathrow Bowdean

    Jeathrow Bowdean Been here awhile

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    I picked a good dealer to buy my bikes from, and I see a trusted family run buisness to do my service work. Family run shops take pride in thier work bing that this is what they live on. I don't trust big dealerships to work on my stuff, so the small dudes fill my needs.

    From Jeathrow Bowdean in Western Canada
  12. Shibby!

    Shibby! Long timer

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    I'm going back and forth with more things than one. Considering getting back into serious dirt biking, or new trip bike. XRR's aren't around so I revisited the WRR.

    Sadly this one is gone and the rest of them are on crack pricing. This bike was a pretty good deal!

    Anybody here pick it up? I'm to the point today that I thought I'd just buy it to ride around this summer and sell if I didnt like it, but when I went to check it out it was gone =(
  13. Shibby!

    Shibby! Long timer

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    There's a few on there that are higher than new pricing! The one quoted as being 10K+ has smoked a little too much. All I can see is full exhaust and tank. I know both those items are expensive compared to XRR pricing, but that doesn't mean they are 3 grand worth.

    As you mentioned, parts don't add to the sell price, they help sell the bike.

    3800 was a good deal. I've seen them over the years get listed for that price because they don't have a huge market. It's a solid bike for that price for sure though. 7500 used? Eh, there are other options just as good, or better. It puts you into Xchallenge, DR/XR, high mileaged 950/990's, TE610/630, GS800 and 690 range.
  14. windquest

    windquest Been here awhile

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    Shibby, I good friend of mine has a WR250R, I'm sure he'd let you try it out to see if u like it...
  15. Shibby!

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    I've actually rode on a bit in Yuma, AZ after a trip to Baja. It was hard to jump from the XRR to a 250, but I didn't give it a fair shot. Just around the neighborhood a bit.

    Things I instantly noticed:

    1) They still aren't light. (about the same weight of the XRR I believe)
    2) The power was missing, but that's not a huge issue.
    3) Gearbox, although it has 6 gears, felt quite notchy. Dare I say almost cheap? Maybe it was just positive and not like the XRR I just finished riding 4000km's on.
    4) Electric start, solid power generation, and a factory speedo/odo was luxury for me.
    5) Pretty smooth if I remember correctly. I only got on it a few times.

    Till I put more thought into this I'm not taking it overly seriously. If one comes up for cheap I might pick it up if I have the money laying around (:rofl) but till then, I won't even entertain the thought until I see numbers in either low 4's or 3's.
  16. desmodab

    desmodab Oversized Canuck

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    Hey guys - I know this is a dual sport thread so I'm hesitant to post here now that I have my Ducati (which despite their marketing materials is not and never will be a dual sport machine :rofl ). One of these days I'll get a second bike for DS but that will require a few more years of wife re-training. That being said, I was reading a few posts back about Lycan's challenges with the dealer routing his brake lines on the wrong side of the forks and thought I'd share this fun story of dealers (or lack thereof!) in Calgary:

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=862582

    So at least you HAVE a dealer in YYC!

    Good riding, DD
  17. Shibby!

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    You could always put it past your wife to sell the ducati and with the same money buy a Vstrom and dual sport. Win-win.

    At least you recognize it's not a dual sport, or even an adventure bike. You'd be surprised how many swear that bike is the "do it all wonder". They are nice bikes though. I'd get one for ADV Touring.

    Sure, you can flog them down whatever you want. I used to ride the odd gravel road on a supersport bike. It's do-able, but I won't recommend it. haha.

    I've given up on dealerships here long, long ago. I've only taken one of my bikes to one dealership a long time ago. I refused to deal with all stealerships hearing the horror stories and dealing with them on buying simple things in store. Of course, they did it wrong and tried to charge me for things I didn't authorize. I even clearly stated I didn't want it done when I brought the bike in. The reason I had to take it in was for a recalled swingarm. That dealership is now out of business (Aprilia / Ducati)

    It's more rewarding and most times cheaper to do the work yourself. The benefit here is you LEARN. Not only how to do it, but the mechanics of your bike. It's the first step to kicking dealerships and their 120$/hr charges.


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  18. Shibby!

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    Sad thing is their "tech's" are often very green, or unskilled all together, yet they still charge 120$/hr. Tire changers are often highschool students and the like.

    120$/hr isn't cheap, but for some things yes it might be worth it, but most often not. It's strange how mechanics make the same or less then most trades, but get charged out at nearly twice the price? Never did understand that. Oh yea, like you said, it's so they can have fancy show rooms with bikes that sit there and don't move because they gouge AND hire a ton of staff that know next to nothing about our industry and riding in general.

    I made this comment on another forum and a store sponser made a bad comment about it, but I go into stores expecting the worse, so in the rare event they have or know something I come out happy. Going in expecting something is the wrong approach and normally leaves a sour taste in the mouth. This was in relation to gun stores, but same thing applies. I'm also into precision shooting.

    What I do love and look forward to is either receiving incorrect information, or better yet the blank face received from asking a question that the person working at the store has NO idea about. Blackfoot is good for that one. The last time I had that I was asking about suspension shims for re-valving suspension. It went through nearly every person in their parts department like a domino effect of blank, dumbfounded faces. haha. GW (for honda parts) seems to be the best in town and often surprising how fair their pricing on parts can be. I always check there before buying stateside.


    I'm excited to ride this spring but I know it's a long ways away. Even easy, non-pass trails will likely have AVY debri. This season hasn't been too bad so maybe things will be accessible earlier. I'd like to get some early season DS and camping in.
  19. Jeathrow Bowdean

    Jeathrow Bowdean Been here awhile

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    I found a Ma and Pop shop to do my work. They take pride in every thing they do, and he has what it takes to get the job done right. His kids rock because he keeps a close eye open at all times !!!

    From Jeathrow Bowdean in Western Canada
  20. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    LOL - DesmoDab sold his Vstrom when he bought his Duc. It was the right decision for him and the riding he does. You can't compare a Strom to a MS12 for street riding .

    He is also pretty mechanically adept - he did a gold valve install on the forks of the strom and posted an instructional how-to thread.

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