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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by sleepywombat, May 1, 2006.
Sure would be nice if it were that rather than the cylinder base gasket.
The trials bike discussion piqued my interest so I searched the local C List. No hits, but oddly, this popped up & relevant to the vintage bike topic. Wisconsin, tomorrow.
Any recommendation as to a good starter trials bike for 6'1 200 lbs? Could be a fun winter toy & maybe teach this old dog something...
I was reading somewhere about 'nostalgia' and the claim that some things are 'imprinted' within us when we experience them for the first few times. It could have been a warm sunny April day when I first went in the pits at Oulton Park and saw Mike Hailwood standing around some Honda's and Manx Nortons....it could also have been pissing down. They say smells, sights, sounds, touch all play a part. My um played piano in a local pub some nights and cleaned the same pub in the morning. She often took me when I was a toddler. To this day stale beer smells good to me......Castrol R too......I discovered that at Oulton Park. It's maybe not a persons age thing....but that will play a part in the things you get nostalgic about. Big Thumpers: We love our DR650's...so most likely will admire many singles. For me the best is a 500 Manx Norton, next best a 500 BSA Gold Star......but these are not practical....so I get a DR.
I don't know much about the youngster coming up. I see handlebar mustaches and bow ties. One of my sons has no idea what engine is in his car...but he knows it has Bluetooth, cup holders and USB ports. Another son has hair down to his shoulders..yet loves original Punk Rock. One of our daughters buys a new car every year...she drives REALLY well and safe and fast. This last go around she sold her Mini Cooper and got some type of Citroen (she lives in the UK).
I have a quote (in NOTES on my iPhone 7+ of all places)...it says "Set apart from the vulgar masses".......I like things that are old or different...I like people that are funny and weird....I appreciate what some of the young uns are doing......the son that drives a KIA with USB's also whacks his weeds with a hand sythe and raises goats and grows Loofa's........go figure.
Our USA daughter has this truck as her landmark to find her house. That’s her mother’s DR650
This is our every day kitchen: Dare to be different
I lucked out. We had a bunch of "Cow Trail" riders near the Chain O lakes. I got my first real motorcycle a Kawi G 3 enduro after cutting a seasons worth of grass at 15. I was exposed to MANY dirt bikes shortly after.
Once I hit 17, the job at the Suzuki / Laverda dealer really exposed me to all kinds on motorbikes. Against their advice, I had a Kawi H2 750 triple at 18. I used to ride it to highschool.......left the 750 badges off it so that I didnt look to illegal for a high school kid.
I had a H1 500 cc, crappy frame, suspension and brakes, but what an engine, take off in 1st hit 5000 rpm and it would go to red line so fast all you could do is keep shifting, I would pull up next to HD's and just laugh, I would be in another county before they shifted out of 1st, loved the bike but I was sure it would kill me so I sold it
Get the newest you can afford. Brand doesn't matter much, they all work but I'd avoid older gas gas bikes and pretty much everything made before 2000 due to difficulty getting parts. And Sherco 4 stroke bikes. You don't want those. Your size is no problem, they will work fine.
If I am not mistaken, Montessa is owned by Honda. We have had a couple Betas in here (300cc and 125cc). They are nice. I’d be pretty pleased with either. The 125 was really cool. They are quite responsive and I would learn some throttle control from one.
We built a custom shock for the 300.
I want an XTrainer in a bad way.
Xtrainer is really a cool bike! It would be about perfect for what you like to ride. The suspension is a little sucky but the size and power is fantastic. Your 200 is pretty good I would think, never been on one.
That is a big bonus for Montessa. You can get parts from any Honda dealership, and they have attractive factory financing.
Turning the fuel inlet to eliminate the sharp angle of the fuel line coming off a aftermarket tank... Is there any trick to it? Any risk?
I found a youtube vid suggesting taking the carb off, heating, vice, etc... but i won't be able to do that...
I got my H2B at 20 (1980) but never got around to selling it and picked up a couple of H2A's in the 1990's when they were cheap (by today's standards)
I tend to keep things, the DR650 will be 11 years old in January.
Be safe ride with your headlight on.
The risk is you can kink the inlet. Either a really big adjustable wrench, or even better a good vise is probably the safest way. They have straight knurls on the inside, so it will click as it rotates. Of course the best solution is a TM40 or fcr-mx with a swivel inlet.
I know that I’m beating my own dead horse here but the straight knurl in steel then pressed into aluminum can also act like a reamer and become looser. Agreed it could “index” to some degree but I’m pointing out what people may want to know before swiveling the inlet around. Has anyone pull one out to see if there is also an oring or is it just the fit in the body which seals the metal tube in the carb body?
Get the newest you can.As said before the older ones can be a pain to get parts for. 2002 was a bad year for gas gas but after that are nice bikes.Will cost over 2000 for anything decent.I have a 2015 pro race and love it.I'm reading this thread because I'm trying decide between a dr400 and dr650.
Plenty of folks stop by here for that same reason. Many of us regulars have had (or still have) both and the 400 didn't get much action.
we know that you'll pick the right one.
Will box up that shock and get it out to you next week.Sorry it took so long.Still recovering from my race accident lol.
Decided on an Olympia 3 season jacket and pants with over/under rain gear. A bit more than I wanted to spend, but I think I'll like it. Got the hi-vis one because I'm That Guy now I guess.
I broke my choke nut so I’m installing one of those Warp 9 metal ones. Does anyone know if I’ll have to thread that up at the lever, or do I pull the cable at the carb? Sorry if this is a dumb question but this is new territory to me.