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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-19-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 33,138
Views: 8,080,297
Posted By Grreatdog
I guess you missed the part about way more money...

I guess you missed the part about way more money than brains.....:lol3
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-19-2014, 01:15 PM
Replies: 33,138
Views: 8,080,297
Posted By Grreatdog
If somebody is driving a 427 Cobra on a road as...

If somebody is driving a 427 Cobra on a road as nutso as the Dragon it is safe to assume it is a replica. Or the owner has WAY more money than brains because it is a seven figure car.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-19-2014, 12:57 PM
Replies: 33,138
Views: 8,080,297
Posted By Grreatdog
I have this out in my mountain of old Cycle World...

I have this out in my mountain of old Cycle World magazines. It might be my all time favorite article.


...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-19-2014, 12:10 PM
Replies: 33,138
Views: 8,080,297
Posted By Grreatdog
I find that opening with something along the...

I find that opening with something along the lines of "Man, that is a sweet replica" usually does the trick for getting them to talk. :evil
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 09-19-2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,221
Posted By Grreatdog
What AverageJoe can't realistically say but I can...

What AverageJoe can't realistically say but I can is the rangers aren't going to sniff your cup or search your cooler unless you give them a reason. "Cup" and "cooler" being the operative words in...
Forum: The Garage 09-19-2014, 05:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 412
Posted By Grreatdog
As Redprimo said check the compressor clutch...

As Redprimo said check the compressor clutch before you decide to tear into the thing. Is it engaging is the first question. If it isn't it may still be due to low refrigerant. But it may also be...
Forum: Thumpers 09-18-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 866
Posted By Grreatdog
Yep, could be a decent little bike hidden under...

Yep, could be a decent little bike hidden under all the crap they loaded onto the poor thing. :lol3
Forum: Thumpers 09-18-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 866
Posted By Grreatdog
People don't buy Chinese for performance. Price...

People don't buy Chinese for performance. Price is what sells Chinese bikes. So I doubt weight will matter much to people looking at these. Perceived value is all that will matter.

After all...
Forum: Thumpers 09-18-2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 866
Posted By Grreatdog
"250cc" and "touring bike" represents an oxymoron...

"250cc" and "touring bike" represents an oxymoron to me. Not saying there isn't a market for a dirt cheap bike like that. But I don't see it cutting into the adventure bike market enough to matter....
Forum: Thumpers 09-17-2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 719
Posted By Grreatdog
Most KTM offroad bikes are kick and electric...

Most KTM offroad bikes are kick and electric start. Some of the models have started losing the kick start. But you have everything from 200 two stroke to 500 four stroke with both.

So how low...
Forum: The Garage 09-17-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 2,099
Views: 271,056
Posted By Grreatdog
I installed a Sommer garage door opener. I don't...

I installed a Sommer garage door opener. I don't know how long it will last but it is seriously quiet and no more oily chain.

Who knew garage door openers come with mandatory photo eyes now?...
Forum: The Garage 09-17-2014, 08:08 AM
Replies: 952
Views: 165,850
Posted By Grreatdog
After a weekend of use I agree on the pass and...

After a weekend of use I agree on the pass and steal especially with the 20% coupon taking it home for a bit over $20. But, damn, the case was full of oil. I had to clean every socket and wipe out...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-17-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,121
Posted By Grreatdog
I only have trouble lifting mine when they are on...

I only have trouble lifting mine when they are on top of me.
Forum: Thumpers 09-17-2014, 05:49 AM
Replies: 4,560
Views: 633,715
Posted By Grreatdog
It is helpful to have a Clymer or shop manual to...

It is helpful to have a Clymer or shop manual to get the timing chain all the off. You have to remove the clutch cover, clutch and balancer gear. IIRC there are alignment marks on that balancer gear...
Forum: Thumpers 09-16-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 4,560
Views: 633,715
Posted By Grreatdog
I forgot the needle was also shimmed up the...

I forgot the needle was also shimmed up the equivalent of one clip.

With stock jetting it ran very hot and would start to knock and ping on hard trails. So stock jetting was not an option after...
Forum: Thumpers 09-16-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 4,560
Views: 633,715
Posted By Grreatdog
I can't remember the brand jets that fit. But the...

I can't remember the brand jets that fit. But the jetting that worked best on mine with a drilled airbox and Supertrapp was simply going up to the next larger available jet size for both mains and...
Forum: The Garage 09-15-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,790
Posted By Grreatdog
No choice here. Even the marinas sell E10. I just...

No choice here. Even the marinas sell E10. I just keep the tanks almost empty through the winter and in spring top off with fresh fuel and a fresh Racor filter. Maybe a splash of E-Zorb* if the Racor...
Forum: The Garage 09-15-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 952
Views: 165,850
Posted By Grreatdog
I do, too. I figured the driver would never get...

I do, too. I figured the driver would never get used when my wife bought me the Rigid 18v kit with two batteries, a drill and that driver. Now I can't live without that damned driver for working on...
Forum: Thumpers 09-15-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 434
Posted By Grreatdog
Seems to me if you want to carve one up into a...

Seems to me if you want to carve one up into a café racer a DR650 might be a better starting point. That XL600R twin carb setup is going to be interesting to work with and the XL brakes just flat out...
Forum: Thumpers 09-15-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 268
Posted By Grreatdog
Two things come to mind aside from gearing: valve...

Two things come to mind aside from gearing: valve adjustment and the pilot jet. Valves way out of adjustment changes the timing and pilot jets clog super easily from sitting which kills your low end...
Forum: Thumpers 09-15-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 10,353
Views: 481,387
Posted By Grreatdog
Looks like a South Carolina beer run. ...

Looks like a South Carolina beer run.

http://i427.photobucket.com/albums/pp354/grreatdog/mud.jpg (http://s427.photobucket.com/user/grreatdog/media/mud.jpg.html)
Forum: Thumpers 09-15-2014, 09:43 AM
Replies: 10,353
Views: 481,387
Posted By Grreatdog
Way to much fail in those pictures. Way too...

Way to much fail in those pictures. Way too clean. They should look more like this:


http://i427.photobucket.com/albums/pp354/grreatdog/2011-10-02141808.jpg...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-15-2014, 09:19 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,239
Posted By Grreatdog
I got off to early start. I probably wasn't more...

I got off to early start. I probably wasn't more than two years into street riding I took a high speed owl to the chest for a fun ragdoll down the highway. It doesn't get much more unavoidable than a...
Forum: Thumpers 09-13-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,158
Posted By Grreatdog
ALL alloy shifters and brake levers break rather...

ALL alloy shifters and brake levers break rather than bend. I have broken two shifters in one weekend on my 640.

If that is your biggest concern just buy the damn bike. They are so dirt cheap...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 09-12-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,221
Posted By Grreatdog
It took a few minutes and some open two track....

It took a few minutes and some open two track. Which explains the roost. But her KDX ain't quite in the same horsepower range as my 640.

The hardest thing was trying not to reciprocate on the...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 09-12-2014, 08:09 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,221
Posted By Grreatdog
Yep, that is very true. And, unfortunately, I...

Yep, that is very true. And, unfortunately, I have gotten to know them over the years. There was the five flat year, the bent dogbone year, the blown up engine year, the over the cliff year,...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 09-12-2014, 05:04 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,221
Posted By Grreatdog
Actually what trail marshals usually do is look...

Actually what trail marshals usually do is look over my shoulder and complain that the sweep riders are catching up. :lol3

I have only ridden out with the sweep team twice. Three if you count...
Forum: The Garage 09-11-2014, 07:41 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,790
Posted By Grreatdog
As I said, for my boat, aside from the phase...

As I said, for my boat, aside from the phase separation, the ethanol fuel destroyed the rubber parts and gaskets in my fuel pump and carb plus the lining in the fuel hose looked too bad to use. It...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 09-11-2014, 11:55 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,221
Posted By Grreatdog
The camp sites have power and water plus showers...

The camp sites have power and water plus showers and bathrooms. There are a couple of pavilions. So pack according to what you need to camp. But plan for any and all weather conditions.

The...
Forum: Thumpers 09-10-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 262
Posted By Grreatdog
I know Baja Designs sells a full dual sport kit...

I know Baja Designs sells a full dual sport kit because my MXC200 is wearing one.

http://i427.photobucket.com/albums/pp354/grreatdog/2012-08-16141933.jpg...
Forum: Thumpers 09-09-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 10,353
Views: 481,387
Posted By Grreatdog
Replacing my 640 Enduro with a 690 Enduro and my...

Replacing my 640 Enduro with a 690 Enduro and my plated MXC200 with an EXC350 or 500 would make me pretty damned happy.

But, if that 450cc 260 pound six speed street legal blue unicorn ever shows...
Forum: Thumpers 09-09-2014, 06:26 AM
Replies: 4,560
Views: 633,715
Posted By Grreatdog
I suspect you are right. My guess would be...

I suspect you are right. My guess would be over-tightening the flange bolts over a bad gasket donut. IIRC the torque for those flange bolts is less than 10 lb/ft. Plus the donut is what isolates some...
Forum: The Garage 09-08-2014, 01:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,790
Posted By Grreatdog
I agree. I never had any issues with the gasohol...

I agree. I never had any issues with the gasohol of the late 1970's in my two stroke boat motors or motorcycles and no issues with any of my 1960's vintage trucks (same motor as my current boat). But...
Forum: Thumpers 09-08-2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 10,353
Views: 481,387
Posted By Grreatdog
Both of my bikes have quick connects wired in for...

Both of my bikes have quick connects wired in for a charger and a charger on the garage ceiling above them. A friend in SC asked what the electrical plug hanging out from under my seat was for. I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-08-2014, 06:01 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,460
Posted By Grreatdog
When I hit a diving owl it didn't end well for...

When I hit a diving owl it didn't end well for either of us. The owl ended up more or less exploded and I ended up sliding down the highway at 50 or so with a helmet full of owl guts. So I don't...
Forum: Thumpers 09-08-2014, 05:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,635
Posted By Grreatdog
This. It is easy enough to see if any are...

This. It is easy enough to see if any are missing. If it has a master link that is where you especially need to check. Those are the four O-rings that usually fail. If you don't see any missing...
Forum: Thumpers 09-08-2014, 05:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 418
Posted By Grreatdog
I have the full Baja Designs kit on my MXC200...

I have the full Baja Designs kit on my MXC200 since it had no factory lighting. The kit looks factory right down to the old style KTM running light in the headlight. It might actually be better...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-07-2014, 06:35 PM
Replies: 261
Views: 7,790
Posted By Grreatdog
Any conditions? There is a reason it is...

Any conditions? There is a reason it is switchable on many dual sport/adventure bikes.
Forum: The Garage 09-07-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,790
Posted By Grreatdog
I agree about cars and trucks. But when Maryland...

I agree about cars and trucks. But when Maryland switched to E10 it immediately destroyed the carb on my old Honda mower, ate the glue holding fuel tank together on my even older Tecumseh powered...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 09-06-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,221
Posted By Grreatdog
On my first ride (01 or 02?) there was a guy who...

On my first ride (01 or 02?) there was a guy who rode a big GS down from like Ohio with his kid on the back. I don't think he took any of the bailout routes because every time we saw him it was some...
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