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Forum: Thumpers Today, 07:50 AM
Replies: 3,674
Views: 363,487
Posted By ChasM
I and most others depend on primarily the front...

I and most others depend on primarily the front brake and not so much the rear brake for most heavy duty stopping on both street and dirt. It goes without saying that the front brake must be...
Forum: Thumpers Today, 07:31 AM
Replies: 984
Views: 162,403
Posted By ChasM
The 500 is the obvious choice, especially for...

The 500 is the obvious choice, especially for what you have in mind. The 430 is the same weight as the 500. If you picked the 430, you would be selling yourself short regardless of the price.
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 08:26 AM
Replies: 9,433
Views: 1,971,969
Posted By ChasM
Wheel Balance

Note that both front and rear wheels require balancing.
Forum: Thumpers 05-21-2015, 06:56 AM
Replies: 9,433
Views: 1,971,969
Posted By ChasM
+5

+5
Forum: Thumpers 05-20-2015, 07:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 194
Posted By ChasM
I just googled Symtec grip heaters and find the...

I just googled Symtec grip heaters and find the actual Symtec website confusing but found the correct Symtec units at Revzilla , Ebay, Motorcycle Superstore, etc for about $53. Note that no...
Forum: Thumpers 05-19-2015, 07:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 194
Posted By ChasM
There have been many discussions of heated grips...

There have been many discussions of heated grips here on AR. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to install on any bike. I and many others prefer the Symtec brand which has dedicated clutch...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-18-2015, 03:57 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,114
Posted By ChasM
I am perfectly happy with the stock standard seat...

I am perfectly happy with the stock standard seat on my '14 R1200GS. It is as comfortable or more so than any of my previous bikes. I had a Sargent seat on one of my previous bikes which was OK...
Forum: Thumpers 05-18-2015, 03:33 PM
Replies: 6,813
Views: 1,455,710
Posted By ChasM
Why do you even need to kick start your bike? I...

Why do you even need to kick start your bike? I don't remember having to kick start any of my bikes since 1996 when I got one of the first E-start Husabergs. It should be a none issue.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-17-2015, 09:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 776
Posted By ChasM
I also had to adjust my LED headlight upwards as...

I also had to adjust my LED headlight upwards as others have already mentioned. I adjusted the headlight up so that the low beam was just to the point of not blinding oncoming cars. At this point...
Forum: Thumpers 05-17-2015, 08:21 PM
Replies: 6,813
Views: 1,455,710
Posted By ChasM
Best KTM Kickstand

The high tech PMB kickstand is the 'cat's meow'. It is robust, lightweight and well-made, albeit on the expensive side.
Forum: Thumpers 05-12-2015, 07:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 173
Posted By ChasM
A few years ago the stator in my '04 540 EXC...

A few years ago the stator in my '04 540 EXC gradually went bad and the old stator looked just like yours, i.e. perfect. I installed a new OEM stator and it is still working fine to this day (sold...
Forum: Thumpers 05-11-2015, 07:49 AM
Replies: 6,813
Views: 1,455,710
Posted By ChasM
RFS Shop Manual

I know that this has been mentioned before but don't forget that the RFS shop manual can be downloaded for free via the Beta website.
Forum: Equipment 05-11-2015, 07:39 AM
Replies: 1,142
Views: 314,835
Posted By ChasM
Mountain House Freeze-Dried Dinners

I don't recall the exact price offhand but it was about 1/2 of what REI charges with 10 dinners in each box.
Forum: Thumpers 05-08-2015, 09:18 AM
Replies: 9,433
Views: 1,971,969
Posted By ChasM
It has been a standard practice for years to use...

It has been a standard practice for years to use the LC4 cush hub and wheel assembly for KTM dirt bikes, however with the advent of damped clutches a cush hub is most likely unnecessary overkill.
Forum: Equipment 05-08-2015, 08:45 AM
Replies: 1,142
Views: 314,835
Posted By ChasM
Mountain House Freeze-Dried Dinners

I'm sure that this must have been mentioned before but as a reminder, don't forget that Costco sells Mountain House dinners in bulk at greatly discounted prices compared to REI. Each carton contains...
Forum: The Garage 05-06-2015, 07:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 823
Posted By ChasM
If the spring has 'sagged' (shortened ) a little,...

If the spring has 'sagged' (shortened ) a little, why not simply use the adjustors to compensate to maintain the proper preload?
Forum: Equipment 05-06-2015, 07:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 588
Posted By ChasM
Symtec Grip Heaters

Plus 2 on the Symtec grip heaters, however I have found that 1" shrink tubing alone works fine for the clutch side insulation. I have had bad experiences using electrical tape and duct tape.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-05-2015, 09:32 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,686
Posted By ChasM
Harbor Freight Wheel Balancer

I have been using a <$50 Harbor Freight balancer for several years now for my dual sport/dirt bike wheels. It works very well and is very accurate. I also purchased a BMW wheel adaptor for it along...
Forum: Thumpers 05-05-2015, 08:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 440
Posted By ChasM
RFS Shop Manual

Note that the RFS shop manual can be down loaded for free from the Beta website. Beta used the KTM RFS engine in their bikes from 2005-2009.
Forum: Thumpers 05-05-2015, 07:51 AM
Replies: 6,705
Views: 1,026,864
Posted By ChasM
Did you check the debris with a magnet? It would...

Did you check the debris with a magnet? It would be comforting to know whether or not the debris has any magnetic particles.
Forum: Thumpers 04-28-2015, 11:23 AM
Replies: 9,433
Views: 1,971,969
Posted By ChasM
One Way Gas Tank Vents

That's the whole idea of a one way valve, i.e no air escapes. That's the main reason that these one way valves should not be used in gas tank vents. The problem is that as the gas jostles around...
Forum: Thumpers 04-25-2015, 03:03 PM
Replies: 9,433
Views: 1,971,969
Posted By ChasM
Make sure that you balance the rear wheel as...

Make sure that you balance the rear wheel as well. Rear wheel balancing is just as important as front wheel balancing.
Forum: The Garage 04-22-2015, 11:36 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,320
Posted By ChasM
Has anybody tried using Pine-Sol as a parts...

Has anybody tried using Pine-Sol as a parts cleaner? There have been several threads here on how good it is as a carb cleaner.
Forum: GS Boxers 04-21-2015, 07:40 AM
Replies: 239
Views: 34,798
Posted By ChasM
Shortening Handlebars

Many of us would prefer shorter bars. How do you accomplish this?
Forum: Thumpers 04-15-2015, 08:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 309
Posted By ChasM
There is a ton of info on 450 big bore...

There is a ton of info on 450 big bore conversions in Thumper Talk and KTM Talk. The 540 (actual 532) and 570 (actual 554) are the most common. The best option would be the OEM 540 kit which...
Forum: Thumpers 04-15-2015, 07:31 AM
Replies: 3,674
Views: 363,487
Posted By ChasM
If you are trail riding with buddies and not...

If you are trail riding with buddies and not racing, it is only common courtesy for the rider in front to wait at the intersections to make sure that the next rider knows where to turn. I wouldn't...
Forum: Thumpers 04-11-2015, 12:58 PM
Replies: 7,465
Views: 1,232,448
Posted By ChasM
Of course you know what they say about K&N air...

Of course you know what they say about K&N air filters, desert racers notwithstanding. Stay out of the dust.
Forum: Thumpers 04-09-2015, 01:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 310
Posted By ChasM
I have installed the Synergy Seal X-Bushing on...

I have installed the Synergy Seal X-Bushing on all three of my PDS bikes and have been very happy with them. Also, they are more robust and last longer than the stock heim bushing. It is not a...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-01-2015, 08:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,335
Posted By ChasM
I have no complaints on the stock GSW windscreen....

I have no complaints on the stock GSW windscreen. It is so much better than the stock screen or even the Givi replacement screen on my '05 1200GS.
Forum: Thumpers 04-01-2015, 07:50 AM
Replies: 672
Views: 60,693
Posted By ChasM
The VE33 is still my go-to tire for the Beta. I...

The VE33 is still my go-to tire for the Beta. I also like the M5B. I just spooned on a Sedona MX907 120/90 on a recommendation via Jeff Slavens but haven't tried it yet. I prefer the Pirelli MT43...
Forum: Thumpers 04-01-2015, 07:36 AM
Replies: 7,465
Views: 1,232,448
Posted By ChasM
Hard to tell for sure but as long as the throttle...

Hard to tell for sure but as long as the throttle was cracked open it seemed to run well. Note that the float bowl can be drained and flushed in a couple of seconds by loosening the drain screw at...
Forum: Thumpers 04-01-2015, 07:25 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 240
Posted By ChasM
Stock 350 EXC gearing is 14/45 and stock 350 XCW...

Stock 350 EXC gearing is 14/45 and stock 350 XCW gearing is 13/52. 14/45 is very high and 13/52 is very low. 16/52 is higher than 15/52. I doubt if there is room for a 16T sprocket.
Forum: Thumpers 03-30-2015, 02:14 PM
Replies: 7,465
Views: 1,232,448
Posted By ChasM
My '08 HTR 350 XCF-W was acting in a similar way...

My '08 HTR 350 XCF-W was acting in a similar way on my last ride. The engine idle was very sporadic, and when I turned up the idle speed it would suddenly rev too high. It felt almost like a...
Forum: Equipment 03-29-2015, 07:44 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 46,984
Posted By ChasM
I have successfully run the Tubliss system front...

I have successfully run the Tubliss system front and rear on three bikes for a number of years using a variety of tires (mostly Bridgestone M403, IRC M5B & VE33, and Pirelli MT43). After I started...
Forum: Thumpers 03-23-2015, 01:21 PM
Replies: 672
Views: 60,693
Posted By ChasM
You will certainly appreciate the wide ratio 6...

You will certainly appreciate the wide ratio 6 speed KTM gearbox on the new Husky. It should be plenty smooth and easy to cruise at 70 mph, and it won't be necessary to gear it too low. For smooth...
Forum: Thumpers 03-23-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 760
Posted By ChasM
Incidentally, the best way to pull the spark plug...

Incidentally, the best way to pull the spark plug cap out of the engine is to zap the hole with air pressure from your compressor. This also helps to clean out the spark plug area when...
Forum: The Garage 03-23-2015, 12:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 725
Posted By ChasM
Sure sounds like a shorted out kickstand switch. ...

Sure sounds like a shorted out kickstand switch. It could also be sticky clutch plates. Make sure that the clutch plates have 'broken loose'.
Forum: The Garage 03-22-2015, 07:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,534
Posted By ChasM
Perhaps your problems stem from the fact that...

Perhaps your problems stem from the fact that Dyna Beads do not work.
Forum: Thumpers 03-19-2015, 01:15 PM
Replies: 7,465
Views: 1,232,448
Posted By ChasM
Spring Length

I just noticed this statement about spring length. The actual spring length is not really important, at least not as long as they are within 10mm in length, for example 250 vs 260 mm. Minor length...
Forum: Thumpers 03-19-2015, 01:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 368
Posted By ChasM
My '08 250 XCF-W had a thermo-sensor bung at the...

My '08 250 XCF-W had a thermo-sensor bung at the bottom of the right rad. If your rad lacks this, you have two options: 1) use the OEM fan kit for the older two strokes which splices the...
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