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Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States Today, 08:28 AM
Replies: 5,711
Views: 429,740
Posted By rufus
Not gonna be there this year. Wife and I are...

Not gonna be there this year. Wife and I are taking the Goldwing to Yosemite. Then maybe up to Crater lake, depends on the weather.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-18-2015, 07:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 282
Posted By rufus
Forum: The Garage 04-15-2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 781
Posted By rufus
I used this stuff on the aluminum panels of an...

I used this stuff on the aluminum panels of an enclosed trailer.
It did nothing....absolutely nothing. I might as well have used water.
Forum: Equipment 04-05-2015, 08:43 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,037
Posted By rufus
I can understand that. I am not too fussy...

I can understand that.

I am not too fussy with my helmets. They get dirty, sweaty and scratched by limbs ( and occasionally the ground). After a few months they look like shit, but I use them till...
Forum: Equipment 04-05-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 987
Posted By rufus
A buddy of mine does that. Heluva good idea, and...

A buddy of mine does that. Heluva good idea, and cheap, and easy to stack stuff on top of it while traveling. AND it doesn't spread out when you toss it in the trailer.

That will next my next...
Forum: Thumpers 03-31-2015, 07:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 512
Posted By rufus
I rode the western TAT (2500 miles) on non dot...

I rode the western TAT (2500 miles) on non dot knobbies. About 400 or so miles of that was on pavement. ........... No problems.

Did the continental divide on non dot knobbies. Lots of long...
Forum: Americas 03-29-2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 620
Posted By rufus
I did some checking on google maps. Kanab to the...

I did some checking on google maps. Kanab to the southern intersection of 89 and 89A is only 20 minutes longer on 89A.
Forum: Americas 03-29-2015, 12:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 620
Posted By rufus
It may be. I went through there at the end of...

It may be. I went through there at the end of may/ first of june. It was cold.

Flagstaff/Sedona area is higher elevations and may be very cold this time of year.

There is a small park with and...
Forum: Americas 03-29-2015, 12:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 620
Posted By rufus
Straight south from the GC at the intersection of...

Straight south from the GC at the intersection of hwy 64 and 180 is Bedrock City. If your kids are small they will like it. It's right on the hwy. Show them some flintstones cartoons before you go....
Forum: Americas 03-29-2015, 12:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 620
Posted By rufus
If you want to see blue man group I would get...

If you want to see blue man group I would get tickets before I get there.

Zion is really really cool!!! Take the tram and get off and hike to the end of the paved sidewalk. It will take a couple...
Forum: Thumpers 03-23-2015, 04:49 PM
Replies: 9,073
Views: 1,905,602
Posted By rufus
I used a set for about a year in my 525. ...

I used a set for about a year in my 525.

When it came time to clean them I put them in a jar of gasoline and shook it real good, I used carb cleaner in a clear glass jar, I pulled a magnet...
Forum: Vendors 03-22-2015, 08:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,125
Posted By rufus
Let me relieve some of your ignorance......... ...

Let me relieve some of your ignorance.........

The constitution mandates a postal service. Ben Franklin was out first post master. To say that it is a failed business model that takes market...
Forum: The Garage 03-17-2015, 06:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 710
Posted By rufus
Might be OK in winter.

Might be OK in winter.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-12-2015, 07:42 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,496
Posted By rufus
Soften the compression damping in your fork and...

Soften the compression damping in your fork and shock.

Soften the rebound damping in your fork and shock.

Get a steering damper, if you don't already have one.

Carry more speed.

Gear your...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-10-2015, 05:58 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 6,421
Posted By rufus
google -------motoman break in method. ...

google -------motoman break in method.


Basically it says,
don't let it sit and idle,
rev it but don't rev it hard or long
keep a light load on the motor with short blasts of heavier...
Forum: Road warriors 03-01-2015, 10:50 AM
Replies: 350
Views: 47,624
Posted By rufus
That's how almost ALL bikes looked back then....

That's how almost ALL bikes looked back then. They weren't made or marketed as cruisers. Just a bike.

By the late 60s early 70s most bikes had a similar riding position, --similar to each other,...
Forum: Road warriors 03-01-2015, 10:10 AM
Replies: 350
Views: 47,624
Posted By rufus
Common ignorance says that the japanese copy...

Common ignorance says that the japanese copy Harley.

The first cruiser style bikes, --high bars, low seat, feet forward,-- were built by Yamaha in the late 70s'.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 03-01-2015, 09:54 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,734
Posted By rufus
Go to Bigdogadventures.com Read his Ride...

Go to Bigdogadventures.com

Read his Ride report from last years Slap rally.

He describes eastern Ok as "like the smokies, with less people."

Go into NW Arkansas and you will find the best...
Forum: Thumpers 02-28-2015, 02:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,545
Posted By rufus
KTM hard parts catalog has a kit to shorten it.

KTM hard parts catalog has a kit to shorten it.
Forum: Thumpers 02-28-2015, 02:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,545
Posted By rufus
You've been riding for long enough on tall bikes,...

You've been riding for long enough on tall bikes, it won't be a problem. The dealer wants to sell you what he has, not what you want.

I have a 500 exc and a 28 1/2 " inseam.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-25-2015, 07:35 AM
Replies: 37,540
Views: 9,872,416
Posted By rufus
Dirt biker, force of habit. I've done the...

Dirt biker, force of habit.

I've done the same thing. I started riding dirt in 1972. I started riding street in 2007. I will occasionally stick a leg out during tight turn on my goldwing. I am...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-25-2015, 07:27 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 15,755
Posted By rufus
If possible, aim your bike directly at the...

If possible, aim your bike directly at the animal. This will stop them in their tracks, then readjust and speed away.
Forum: Regional forums 02-20-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,015
Posted By rufus
More people out riding on their own.

More people out riding on their own.
Forum: Thumpers 02-15-2015, 09:21 AM
Replies: 9,073
Views: 1,905,602
Posted By rufus
Replace the exc muffler end cap with one from an...

Replace the exc muffler end cap with one from an xcw. It still has a spark arrestor but it flows better. An FMF Q silencer is even better. I have one. Sound is reasonable and it has a spark arrestor....
Forum: Equipment 02-10-2015, 07:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 839
Posted By rufus
Alaska leather, sheepskin buttpad. they have a...

Alaska leather, sheepskin buttpad. they have a dealsport model

Works great. I used one on the transam trail on my 525 KTM.
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 01-27-2015, 03:51 AM
Replies: 5,711
Views: 429,740
Posted By rufus
You fill out a form once a year and pay $25. ...

You fill out a form once a year and pay $25.

Our treasurer ( naked Bob), wants to keep it simple and not have people saying "I mailed it to you last week". This way he only has to deal with...
Forum: Thumpers 01-24-2015, 09:23 AM
Replies: 9,073
Views: 1,905,602
Posted By rufus
I see things entirely different. A riders are...

I see things entirely different. A riders are smoother and generally do more and better maintenance.

Slow riders are constantly on and off the throttle which is very hard on clutch baskets,...
Forum: Equipment 01-21-2015, 04:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,087
Posted By rufus
I have owned the same 3 rail trailer for over 30...

I have owned the same 3 rail trailer for over 30 years. I have pulled it at 80 and 90 mph for hours at a time with 8" tires for years with very few problems. But in the last few years I have had too...
Forum: Equipment 01-18-2015, 04:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,087
Posted By rufus
The last one I had explode was less than 90 days...

The last one I had explode was less than 90 days old. The last 4 or 5 I had problems with were less than 1 year old.
Forum: Equipment 01-17-2015, 01:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,087
Posted By rufus
Thanks for the info. But I think that the trailer...

Thanks for the info. But I think that the trailer tires on the market today are different than they were a few years ago. Trailer tire problems seem to be common. We had to buy a couple of tires...
Forum: Equipment 01-16-2015, 07:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,087
Posted By rufus
Best 13" tires for trailer.

I am replacing my 8" wheels with 13 " wheels. 8" used to be cheap, not anymore, and i am sick of buying them.

I am ABSOLUTELY NOT going to buy trailer tires. They're junk and most of them are...
Forum: Thumpers 01-13-2015, 07:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,585
Posted By rufus
Get in touch with Cannon Racecraft in Oklahoma...

Get in touch with Cannon Racecraft in Oklahoma City.

They make springs, and are familiar with KTMs.

Tell them what you have and what you weigh. You will be happy.

PS>>don't let anyone talk...
Forum: Thumpers 01-11-2015, 04:50 PM
Replies: 9,073
Views: 1,905,602
Posted By rufus
The light on these bikes is shameful. I can buy a...

The light on these bikes is shameful. I can buy a new sealed beam headlight for my truck for about $10. There is enough light with 1 beam to drive 80 mph down the hwy.

I paid about $100 for a...
Forum: Thumpers 01-11-2015, 07:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 386
Posted By rufus
Clutch plates are in oil, when oil is cold it is...

Clutch plates are in oil, when oil is cold it is thick and will cause some drag between the plates.

If the bike has been sitting for a while the plates can stick together. Riding it and changing...
Forum: Thumpers 01-02-2015, 02:49 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,203
Posted By rufus
I am not "ranting", just informing. Ricky...

I am not "ranting", just informing.

Ricky Carmichael used a damper.
Forum: Thumpers 12-31-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,327
Posted By rufus
If the springs bottoms out (coil bind) before the...

If the springs bottoms out (coil bind) before the shock does it can rip the threads off the outside of the shock. A new shock would be $500 or $600,..... or more.

A heavier spring is about $130.
Forum: The Garage 12-31-2014, 02:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,905
Posted By rufus
Yes. I have read that less than 150lbs and your...

Yes. I have read that less than 150lbs and your shock will weep oil. It needs the pressure to seal.

KTM recommends 150 lbs. I could tell very little difference between 150 and 175. It is...
Forum: Thumpers 12-30-2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,203
Posted By rufus
Many pros do use them. BUT, they also spend a lot...

Many pros do use them. BUT, they also spend a lot of times setting up their bike, adjusting suspension, rebuilding their suspension etc. They spend many many hours getting their setup right to ride...
Forum: Thumpers 12-29-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 9,073
Views: 1,905,602
Posted By rufus
KTM recommends 10-60. Crushed filters has...

KTM recommends 10-60.

Crushed filters has been discussed on KTM talk several years ago.

The general consensus seemed to be that people who blipped the throttle or revved the bike on startup...
Forum: Thumpers 12-28-2014, 07:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 614
Posted By rufus
If the oil is white/grey, it has water in it. ...

If the oil is white/grey, it has water in it.

I saw a wr450 that went underwater. It took 7 consecutive oil changes to get the water out.

Buy some cheap oil to do the flushes with.
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