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Craigslist and Ebay ads / Re: Don't F'in Die
« on: December 11, 2018, 01:49:21 pm »
Clean title, and new enduro tires.  Sounds solid to me.

And it is even Monkey Butt ready with a head light!  Alan, I think I found your next bike!!!

Craigslist and Ebay ads / Don't F'in Die
« on: December 10, 2018, 04:17:39 pm »
I can't believe this hasn't sold already.

Was a 1978 Kawasaki kz750 twin ... Runs carbs needs synchronized .. new Enduro tires .. sportster tank .. chain battery ....clean open title ... May trade

It's a great improvement over their prior dual sport jokes, but still way short.

When the 1993 XR650L came out, it was considered the most advanced and serious "dual sport" bike available to the masses.  Of course it has NOT changed in 25+ years.

But I get what you are saying.

This is a move in the right direction for Honda and it is now the most serious Japanese dual sport bike, dethroing the DRZ400S ... albeit at twice the price.

It may even be a better "dual sport" bike than the KTM and Husky offerings, but they are 30 lbs lighter and way better street-legal dirt bikes.

It'll be interesting to see what the after-market can do to uncork and remove some weight from the CRF450L.

Pictures and Video / Re: Stolen 2002 KTM 400 EXC, Webster, NY
« on: November 29, 2018, 08:36:44 am »
Sorry for your loss and the hassle that followed.

I "flip" or sell at least one bike or a snowquad year to help fund my hobbies.  I tell prospective buyers to drive to a Walmart about a mile from house and once they are there, I text them my address and warn them to stay in there vehicle until I come out to meet them because I have nasty, overprotective dog (which is true).   When they arrive at my house, my garage is all closed up, and whatever I am selling is in my driveway.

I do not offer test drives without them handing over my full asking price in cash for me to hold.

In this particular theft case, my buddy thinks it was a a kid in his neighborhood who probably needed cash for drugs.

In addition to my other precautions, everything is locked inside my garage and has a Kyptonite lock on it (not easy to remove without power tools and a lot of noise).  If I happen to be home and hear something in my garage, Cujo goes out first followed by me with the proper personal defense device.  God have mercy on them because Cujo won't.

Pictures and Video / Re: Stolen 2002 KTM 400 EXC, Webster, NY
« on: November 28, 2018, 11:45:37 am »
I would think retard chariots would be stolen more, as more people can ride them.

He does not commute on the bike.  He lives in a rice neighborhood in Webster ($250,000+ houses) and I am sure it has been out in his driveway while washing or maintaining it or while loading up to go riding.  The bike was chained and locked to a much newer KTM 300 XC and both bikes were locked in his backyard shed.  The older 400 EXC was closer to the shed door, so that is why he thinks it was stolen over the better bike.

He has liability insurance on both bikes, but no comprehensive or theft coverage as that would have been like an additional $18 on his policy.  I don't understand why more people do not insure their stuff for theft as it doesn't cost that much more.

He is pretty sure that a neighbor's kid or friend stole it .... probably for drug money.

Pictures and Video / Stolen 2002 KTM 400 EXC, Webster, NY
« on: November 27, 2018, 05:31:16 pm »
Here is a picture of my buddy's street plated 2002 KTM 400 EXC, VIN # VBKEXJ4382M340230.  It was stolen on November 13, 2018.  The perpetrator broke into his shed around 6:00 AM and drove it across the backyards of approximately 10 homes on John Leo Drive in Webster.

He saved like $18 on his insurance policy by not adding comprehensive / theft insurance.

Craigslist and Ebay ads / The Suzuki Cougar???
« on: November 27, 2018, 05:14:32 pm »
How did I miss the product launch of this???

I have a suzuki cougar 100cc 2 stroke parts bike the motor runs however the clutch basket is bad meaning I can't shift gears plus may be other issue 150 o/b

Who the hell let those guys keep their jobs at Honda? The new xr is only 80 lbs heavier!! The XR is widely known and has the reputation of a bulletproof Baja race champion. Why would you want to change it?

My 1999 XR400R was definitely not bullet-proof with a catastrophic engine failure at about 1,000 miles.

I imagine Honda figures that anyone that cares about weight, will buy a CRF250X or CRF250RX or CRF250R.  The weight on the CRF250F is not terrible at 265 lbs wet and full of fuel, except the suspension is incredibly cheap, bottom-shelf stuff for sure.

Honda's CRF250 line-up is overall, pretty diverse and impressive.

The only really flaws I can find with Honda's line-up is the lack of 2-strokes and the weight of the CRF450L and CRF450X.  But the CRF450L will sell well because it is a Honda and it is light years ahead of the DRZ400S.

A CRF450L Rally would probably be popular too .... if it wasn't over $11,000.

CRF250R - Race
CRF250X - Cross Country
CRF250L - Legal (street legal)
CRF250F - Family, fun, fucking slow (one of those)

But I think the F is Family.

You forgot 2 more:

CRF250RX - Cross Country Race
CRF250L Rally - Paris-Dakar Poser at Starbucks

Also, looks like the CRF250F has a REALLY crappy suspension.


The air cooled 4-Valve XR250 is back but with fuel injection and now they call it the CRF250F (I don't understand though why they have two "Fs" in the model name):

GasGas is moving full throttle towards the electric bike movement.

And TM now has an "injected" 2-stroke with electric start:

Craigslist and Ebay ads / Re: 2008 ktm 250xc
« on: November 12, 2018, 08:33:29 am »
Friend of mine is selling his bike.
Its in real nice shape.  Ive done most of the work on it, and its setup way sweeter than described.  Barely riden since rebuild.

Fair price.  Terrible time of the year to sell a motorcycle.  Hopefully, he is getting another bike.

Have you got it in the powerband yet?

I think so.  But I have not swapped the power valve spring or even adjusted the power valve yet.  The current settings and jetting from the dealer seem to be spot on for the type of riding I do.

I am liking this bike way more than I thought I ever would.  I have not installed a dampener yet, and cannot believe how well this bike tracks straight in the roots and over logs.

I am getting ready for snow-qwad season as well as skiing, and will be putting the bike into storage soon.  I will need to pull the rear shock over the winter for a heavier spring to accommodate my fat butt, as well as the "stink bug" fix.

So I took it to the Hammer Run AMA-National Dual Sport Ride this weekend for it's 177 mile break-in ride and this bike is REALLY impressing me.  Everyone told me that I would have to replace the Mikuni carburetor with a unit from Keihn.  But Phil at Five Star KTM told me he re-jetted the Mikuni for WNY and said to try it first.  Well, it ran AWESOME and I got 27+ MPG and at fuel stops I took the exact same amount as my nephew who was on a 2018 250 XCW TPi.

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