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Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Navin, Jun 1, 2019.
Can you cruise at 55-60 now?
Yep, right on the edge of “thats enough”.
Just like back in the day when we were 14! Gotta keep up with traffic on the blacktop so we can go to town for a bottle of pop. Just need to be back before my dad gets home.
Im even wearing a back pack again!
Yes, 65 is the start of some buzz. 60 is still pretty good. 55 is perfection in engine balance in fifth gear.
Nothing sixth gear wouldnt cure!
Wish my WR250F was air cooled, you couldn't stop me turning it into a Fantic!
Barely beat the biggest of the storms blowin in from the Gulf. Got a good dousing, bike rumbled along unbothered. Headlight bulb didnt burn the lens so Im hopeful it can run long term without water cooling assistance next time!
White UFO Gori/Beta fender slid on as I ordered a set just in case I ended up with a different color direction. Might bolt on the rear too just to eyeball it. Same rear, just in white so easy enough.
I like this too, silver might also be really nice. Preston Petty stuff comes in that tone.
A 38T rear gear is inbound. I just gotta know how it runs with that as its just lovely at 50-55 now with 13/42 and first is still quite useful in the dirt. Ive got plenty of sproxs to go full enduro on it when the need arises.
Note about off road, man you get spoiled by the modern interface of new bikes. My knees hurt really getting into running off road on this. As a streety DS its great, light and flickable. Tank is a non issue but stand up, try to get forward and meh. No, its not a better dirt bike in this configuration but I expected that.
Its a sit down dirt bike,pretty much what I wanted. Gotta remember to not get carried away (carried out?) on it.
Why is it not as good standing up?
Is it the stock bike ergos (peg location, etc) or the changes you made to the stock bike (gas tank, seat, etc.)?
I like the red tank with white fenders, it looks just right in my eyes, although still a bit tall.
Its all about the tank vs my knees. No grip/flex and hard lines that I noticed with my knee guards on. The seat stops too far back to sit up on the front, and Im too old to sit on the tank! Ouchies. I should beeven further forward in the pic, along with many other sins I see quite clearly. Clutch???
These things are all out the window against a true older bike. These brakes are fine put up against modern Brembos that my FC450 and SXF 350 use. Suspension can handle anything Id throw at a stock EXC, jump, whoops, whatever. Id take this over anything from that era but the evolution has brought a lotta good stuff in new bike ergos.
Dropped thru ratios from OEM 13/46-44-42-38 finally and found my happy gears. 65 is butter smooth. Fifth likes about 50 MPH as a basement, cruising at 65 is perfection. 70 brings a tiny buzz but your opening the throttle at like 1/8th so no straining.
Fourth gear has a cruising range from about 23-50 MPH.
So interstate is now an option, Im in the left lane on faster 4 lane secondary roads in Fla and not getting blown away. First will be fine for the tires Im on. As an exploring, poke around streety sit down DS its on the $$$. When I want to ride serious stuff I have my TSE250R wheels with proper knobs I can pop right on her.
In my area, a squeeze horn actually will get you through inspection It's great.
Navin, that's justa damn fine looking bike. I noticed this thread a while back but just found the time to sit down and look through it all. Now you gotta convert it to twin shocks
Navin, your rear tire is a Shinko, yes? Just out of curiosity, do you mind measuring it? Is it a 110-18? I've never had the Shinko version and Kenda version of that tire to measure. I wonder if either actually has more tread spacing/depth compared to the other. I've got a fresh Kenda on the back of my XL and wonder how the two compare.
Yep, Shinko 244 but its a 5.10-18”
What do you want, just depth of the tread?
Just curious if one tire was any more aggressive than the other. I doubt it. My K270 is a 4.50-18. Tread depth and lug spacing down the center are both about 17mm. I've used 244's in the past and the Kenda is definitely more squirrelly leaned over on the road.
I will check it out and get a measure for yah.
Let me know if these help...
Is 8.5mm tread depth correct? Are there many miles on that tire? Thanks a lot for this. Now I'm wondering if I was crazy when I measured. I did not expect there to be much difference between these tires.
Guess that's explains why the 244's feel so much better at speed. About 700 miles on this tire. Sorry for the derail
Its as close as I can get with HF tools! . That has a couple hundred at most on it. Four or five tanks of gas? It is basically new.
You see my HF calipers too.Ballin' on a budget!