Daily Smokers

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by ihatemybike, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. ihatemybike

    ihatemybike Been here awhile

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    Whenever it's not raining, ice isn't on the roads and it's operational I've been using my KE as my daily. Almost 5000 miles since I registered it last August. My commute is roughly 40 miles round trip.

    Anyone else using a smoker as their daily?
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  2. zetabird

    zetabird Been here awhile

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    i hope to for the 1 mile to work and around our little 8 sq mile town... that is onece i get it running
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  3. MATTY

    MATTY BORDER RAIDER

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    Yep! I use my 1978 Planeta sport 350 9 out of ten days , i do 30 miles a day round trip, it has been doing the same run now for just over 15 years. Has been very reliable a stator 9 years ago is all it has needed apart from general srvice items.
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  4. dhallilama

    dhallilama Long timer

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    '77 Yamaha IT250 served as my daily for the better part of a year, but just 12 miles/day. got bored with it and it sat in the back of the shop for 6 months. just dusted it off and using it off and on again, this time a 35 mile round trip. fun and using so little fuel it trips me out.
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  5. Scootern29

    Scootern29 Been here awhile

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    I'm building this one to ride to work. It should be fun. A mile each way.

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  6. altf4

    altf4 playground psychotic

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    just perfect for my 8 miles to and from work o)

    g max ~:)
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  7. ihatemybike

    ihatemybike Been here awhile

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    Barely long enough for it to warm up properly. I suggest taking a more scenic route.
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  8. MATTY

    MATTY BORDER RAIDER

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    Like the look of those MZs :thumbup
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  9. PistonPants

    PistonPants Crankcase Scavenger

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    Six years ago in September, my wife got me an '03 KDX200 for my birthday. It was practically new. Still had the yellow paint stripes on the stock Dunlops. winter was closing in and after a few short weeks of trail riding, I shot those stock Dunlops full of gold ice screws.

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    See how shiny!

    For the next 2 years, I made it a point to ride in every month of the year.

    And ride I did. Ice riding, tight woods singletrack, high alpine boondocking...

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    The KDX always was the daily dog walk ride. Riding zillions of laps on the back yard singlereack and motocross loops. Know thy trails like the back of thy hand, watch lap times fall. See the forest blur past at speed as focus narrows to the 3" wide line on the trail you are about to roll over. 3 or 4 times a week, all summer. Until ice season kicks off again/

    The bike itself is stock. Mostly. Stiffer fork springs and aluminum taper bars, bark busters are the only modifications. I have never gone deeper into the engine than taking out the spark plug and removing the carb. That's it. This bike is bulletproof. I am amazed at the situations this bike will lug its way out of without stalling. Japan has never produced a better small-bore enduro bike than the KDX.

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    It gets its periodic maintenance on suspension linkages, forks, steering head bearings, tires, driveline, etc. I run 50:1 premix w/ Amsoil interceptor.

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    My daily smoker. I love this bike.

    Peace
    Piston
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  10. ihatemybike

    ihatemybike Been here awhile

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    Good stuff! Ever thought about sneaking it though the DMV for plates?
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  11. PistonPants

    PistonPants Crankcase Scavenger

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    Street legal is unnecessary. The bike actually came with a title, but DMV said no way when i tried to transfer. I almost always leave from home and occasionally need to use no more than 1/2 mile of public road to get the goods. This bike is pure function. A license tag serves no function.

    Piston
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  12. MATTY

    MATTY BORDER RAIDER

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    I must say i like the KDX200:D they are constantly in the shadow of the 250s but should be looked at more favourably by riders.
    I have been looking for a KDX200 project for some time now.
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  13. PistonPants

    PistonPants Crankcase Scavenger

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    My Barkbusters are sticky and fragrant with spruce pitch. Daily tight woods singletrack in autumn foliage.

    Piston
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  14. ihatemybike

    ihatemybike Been here awhile

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    Sweet!

    Been off mine for a week. I need to do a compression check on mine and possibly get some new rings.
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  15. bogieboy

    bogieboy Long timer

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    man... what did ya do to it now?!?!
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  16. ihatemybike

    ihatemybike Been here awhile

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    Ride it. A lot.

    Turns out it had a cylinder head gasket leak.

    I cleaned the head, re-annealed the copper gasket and put it back together. Seems to be ok, but I'm going to get a head gasket kit, new piston rings and new clutch plates.
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  17. ststrider

    ststrider some guy on a bike

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    [​IMG]i love the commute to work on my rd 350 not so much in my truck.the ride home often takes much longer than the ride to work.
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  18. ChainsawCarver

    ChainsawCarver n00b

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    YES! That thing is SWEET! I've got an R5 350, basically an older, air cooled version of an RD but with a front drum. It's a hoot to ride. I used to commute to work on it, but nowadays my KLX250 sees more seat time. Can't offroad with the R5 :D I'll have to find a pic...
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  19. ststrider

    ststrider some guy on a bike

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    belive it or not that old girl has been off road plenty i have had it in water halfway up the clutch cover a few times.you just have to be real careful about line selection or you will need new pipes.
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  20. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    I rode my H1 to work a few times, that's about as close to daily on a smoker I've come to. I use 2ts for almost all my off road riding though. I agree on the KDX, one of the all-time great dirt bikes. Even today totally competitive in the B and C classes and easier to ride than most anything else. I love them. They even comport themselves respectably on a MX track. Mine was well used when I got it. I raced two seasons of harescrambles on it and did a ton of trail riding. Other than chassis lubing oil and air filter changes no maint. was required. They just go and go.
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