I have the original OEM exhaust can I removed when I got my bike, in fine shape. If interested then let me know.. -snooker I'm baaaa-aaaack... Hi guys!! (and where are all the gals we used to have???) I've not been logged onto ADV for a few months over the winter, so it took me a few HOURS just to catch up on this ONE thread! I'll try to be on more these days, but it was great to still see all the interest in our little X bike! I still love my XCountry and it is my main moto, though I admit a year ago I got an '09 KTM 450 XC-W to replace my XR400 in order to get an electric starter and it has a Rekluse clutch that works like they really should - it is amazing the technical obstacles I can stop and then simply crawl over in first gear without using the clutch at all, and get total traction without slipping, all while paddling my feet in extreme cases, like uphill roots and boulders. I don't ride the single-track technical much, but 2 serious weeks a year and some minor stuff in between. Then I get back on the XCountry and still feel like it is the biggest little dirt bike and pavement cruiser I would want. It is just perfect! But I digress... As to the pic of the cracked swingarm above.... Yikes! Failure? What failure?? That's not a failure yet (yeah right!) but I wouldn't ride it. I was going about 50 when mine crapped out, I blame it on a bad shock that bottomed out a lot so I had to ride it slowly to prevent bottoming but some obstacles just creep up on you, this was with the Wilbers shock but it was never working properly on my bike. I had bottomed hard once the day before and it was all just too much for that fine BMW metallurgy. Other than mine I read about one in Europe years ago but it was involved in an accident on the street and in my mind it was inconclusive as to whether the swingarm failed first and caused the accident (per the owner) or whether the crash was first and cause the swingarm to break. Another one I heard about was Simon Pavey perhaps but more legend I don't remember any pictures. Put it this way. It happened to ME and I luckily didn't get hurt but if I thought is was a real problem do you think I'd be riding it for another 5 years doing 80 on the highway or riding cliffs in Moab??? Don't think about it at all anymore except when it comes back up here... I guess I'm now part of the X bike urban legend... haha. p.s. thanks again tbarstow for picking me up that day!