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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Sock Monkey, Apr 7, 2008.
What fuel mileage are you getting ?
Similar usage, i get 45-50mpg riding at 70-75mph. 60-65mph nets 50-55mpg, 45-55mph nets 65+mpg if not ridden too aggressively.
As far as covering the zeta levers, the boots will stretch and fit. Mine did on the first bike anyways. Im just as happy with the plain cheap short drc levers though.
I'll tell you what, I think I am rediscovering the WRR. Since I got the KTM, I have stopped riding the WRR on tight single track. Instead, I have been using it for a fun run around bike, able to do pavement or dirt. The last two nights, I have been using it for the TOR( Tag O Rama) games in the NE section of the regional forums.
For regular hard riding, and with hydration/back pack, I put on almost 30 lbs of gear. For the fun running around, and planning little dirt routes to get too and from the TAG's, I am squidding it a bit and riding in jeans, work boots, t shirt and of course DS helmet and gloves. I feel so free and giddy scooting down the roads, kicking out the back end, and just cruising along.
Now if I could just find a tire that would work well in sand AND work well on pavment, I'd ride it all the time.
I hear you Doug. During this hot spell, I have been riding around in jeans, a mesh armored jacket, Lee Parks deer-skin gloves and of course a helmet. If riding more than a few dozen kilometers / minutes, I wear Gaerne Oiled Balanced boots.
After all these years of ATTGATT, the weird thing is I almost feel guilty when not wearing all the gear. But it sure is nice to "go naked" sometimes.
I still cringe when I see a sportbike rider with his T shirt blowing up around his neck, and white sneakers pointing at the road like penguin flippers. Even worse when there is a pretty young woman on the back with exposed skin that would end up left on the road should something happen.
You're seeking the Holy Grail too, eh? Please let us know when you find it.
Yeah, I am not pushing lack of gear or anything like that, but since I am riding mostly dirt roads, and I accept the minor potential risk of injury. It is a lot safer on the dirt roads, than trying to race my friends over whooped out trails between 24" spaced trees.
But I know what you mean..I have some guilt feeling in the back of my head too.
as far as tire, I agree that is the holy grail.
I'm telling ya go try or at least look at a kenda trackmaster 2. Cheap enough tire dot approved and lasts 5000kms on the street with no problem. Now I don't like the front trackmaster
Love the trackmaster.
Dunlop 756 on the front.
I air up to 20-25 unless I'm in nasty mud though. It helps the spongy feeling of a MX tire.
I have TM2's, on my DRZ. I used to ride 50 ish miles round trip to get to where we would ride. I felt they wore down quicker than I would have liked, but did do well enough in the sand...the front not as well. That is when I went to the Pirelli XCMH's I am on now.
The spongy feel is what we have to have for the sand.
We got Travis to re-do the suspensions of our two WR's. For those of you who are wondering if it is worth it
It is. Go-Race suspension for the WR makes a HUGE difference on and off road.
I made the decision after struggling on very steep and rocky terrain and blowing front fork seals on three different week long trips. September of last year I also tested my riding's partner KTM. I then started reading on the web about what to do. Go-Race is not going to convert the WR into a KTM enduro or MX racer, but it does allow the bike to handle with much less strain and less effort on any condition, but especially when it gets rough, taking for riding to the next level. Needless to say, the KYB seals are great too and so far, no leaks.
Here they are doing Lockhart Basin and Elephant Hill in Utah a couple of weeks ago:
Nice. Always like to see action shots!
Anyone having "exposure" problems i.e. puntures, breaks, ruptures in their aftermarket tanks?
I really like the IMS 4.7 gal. but, I've only seen one mounted. It sure looks like that tank would be compromised on a fall-over, not to mention a GOOD fall-over.:eek1 I'll part with the $400-500 but kinda scared of bustin it. Sure do like the idea of 200-300 mile ranges though!
The plastic tanks are much more durable than the steel ones.
When I had a KLR 650, the going suggestion was to get an IMS 6.6 gallon tank, because it was so tough that the tank shrouds would protect the radiator in a crash. Thus, by buying the tank, you did not need to buy radiator guards.
I've biffed more times than I can count on the old KLR w/ IMS and on my previous WR w / IMS. Scratches aplenty, but never any leakage.
I had an acerbis 6.3 gallon tank on my last bike and I bought it well used. There were several deep gouges in it and I fell a few times doing up to 40 mph on some hard packed large gravel and it just adds more scratches. I never put anything larger than the previous owner had. I would think it would take a good fall on a really pointy object at the perfect angle to bust one open. Or maybe a car wreck.
Anyone know the thread pitch and size for the oil drain bolt? Lost mine going down the road this afternoon, out of spares, hopin the local shops have one in stock but given their previous record I'm not holding out hope. Motor is fine i think given the nice pool of oil tgat spewed out when i stopped.
12mm/1.5 20mm long
Funny that you posted today, I was about to ask a similar question. I dumped and added some character marks to mine yesterday. Glad to hear that they are so durable. A good portion of the cost is probably the diaphram pumps that suck fuel out of the wings. A replacement tank only might be less expensive from IMS than the full blown kit.
I noticed in Autozone the other day that they had a pretty good selection of drain plugs. You might check there if other sources fail.
311 miles yesterday, all but 96 on dirt.
One with the bike.