2200 miles on a KX500? Yes, Crazy Al is really crazy...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by oemblaster, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. eaglescan

    eaglescan Borrego rocks Supporter

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    thanks again for showing the build, all good.
  2. guns&coffee

    guns&coffee Long timer

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    Sounds like a cool trip on a great old 2 stroke. In the late 80's, I had the other Baja master, '82 Husky 500 2 stroke.
  3. Joe Motocross

    Joe Motocross Adjustafork.com - CEO

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    This definitely deviates from the norm. I like it.
  4. CrazyAl500

    CrazyAl500 Adventurer

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    Almost ready to go

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  5. Oldschoolrocker

    Oldschoolrocker a.k.a. EZE Supporter

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    Great stuff and glad I found this !! I had a 2004 used in dunes only and can smell the passion!! Safe travels!! IDBDR should be sweet to start! Cheers!
  6. rick danger

    rick danger The further adventures of

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    Subscribed! :deal
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  7. bajaburro

    bajaburro Ancient Adventurer

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    Nice job on the prep and engine work.Those bikes ruled baja for many years so your not going to have problems.
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  8. CrazyAl500

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    Rack installed

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  9. jimroid

    jimroid Been here awhile

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    I think you guys are ready. Nice planning, prep, engineering, and wrenching. Yeaa ha!
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  10. BLucare

    BLucare Inmate At Law

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    Those graphics are the absolute business :clap So much classic 1990s nostalgia with that color scheme. Brings me back to tearing around on my green/purple-liveried KX in high school!
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  11. CrazyAl500

    CrazyAl500 Adventurer

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    Some food to get started.

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  12. rick danger

    rick danger The further adventures of

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    Is it angled forward for suspension squat? Or for when your crankin' power wheelies? :lol3....crazy fab skills. :nod
  13. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Long timer

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    Hahaha...I thought the same thing when I saw that pic.

    Then I remembered, I do the same thing with my KTM 500exc....it's worth 4 times more (used) than the piece of crap 93 Ranger 4x4 I haul it in, lol. :lol3
  14. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Long timer

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    Funny story regarding Kawasaki and Team Green back in the day.

    I was always desert racing my 89 KX500 in Southwest New Mexico back in the 90's and I did very well on it....but I remember one race in particular when I DNF'd.

    We always had dead engine starts but I practiced them so much I could usually pull a hole shot and get right out front.

    On this day I did just that, I was way out front hauling ass down the pole line road, settling into a great rhythm....things were really clicking.

    Then all of the sudden....bruuupppp....it just died on me!! No problem, maybe I whiskered a plug or something I thought??

    Whipped off my fanny pack, swapped plugs real quick...just then was the pack catching up to me. Kick, kick, kick...nothing.

    I ended up sitting there all day, waiting for race to end so chase truck could pick me and my bike up via the highway access point.

    Got her home and started dissecting things...found my carb needle had broken at the top clip groove and dropped into the needle jet, effectively plugging off the main jet hole...no gas, no go. :(

    This was the second time this bike had done this to me...first was on an even higher elevation trail ride at 9,500 feet (the race was at 4,500 feet).

    I was so mystified for answers, I called the "Team Green Racers Hotline" they had set up back in the day.

    I told the guy what had happened and that I had the needle clip in the top groove because of need for leaner jetting at high altitudes so as not to foul plugs frequently.

    His reply? "Oh, yeah....we never, ever run them on the top groove, they'll break every time from the engine vibrations!".

    No shit I said?? I told him how it cost me a race that I was way out front in and that it would be nice if they shared that sort of info with the general riding populace!

    He was very apologetic and at least recommended a different needle taper that they used so I could run the clip in the middle at my altitudes.

    I did as he recommended and I never, ever had another problem with it from that point forward!!

    Man I loved that bike and racing out there....great times indeed. :ricky
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  15. haystack

    haystack Just ride

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    It's not easy being green!
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  16. GR0NK

    GR0NK Got some screws loose!

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    Crazy. That happened to my on my 525 EXC. The clip fell off the needle and it dropped into the main jet. I did not have the 4mm hex to remove the screw on the slide that the needle is hidden under :baldy ) When I removed the carb drain bolt I could see the needle coming all the way through the main jet but I guess it still left enough room for fuel to come through because I could start the bike and it would idle. Any throttle would kill it. I was 50 miles from civilization on gravel roads so I cranked up the idle as much as I could and played with the fuel screw until I could get 10-15mph out of it in 3rd gear. On uphills I would have to downshift but it always chugged up and downhill I would upshift to get max speed out of it. Took me 5 hours to get out but I did. Now I pack a 4mm hex and some JB Weld. :lol3

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  17. CrazyAl500

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    Heading to the Canadian border to get this party on the road

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  18. GR0NK

    GR0NK Got some screws loose!

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    Weapons of berm destruction, we're not letting you in! :ricky




    Sean :D
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    Following the awesomeness....
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    grogger Been here awhile

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