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Forum: Equipment 05-27-2015, 06:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 414
Posted By Auto-X Fil
What he said. ^^^

What he said. ^^^
Forum: Thumpers 05-27-2015, 05:31 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,699
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Forget the KLR if you're considering the BMW -...

Forget the KLR if you're considering the BMW - the GS is better in every way (except you'll cry less when you drop the KLR). The Suzuki DR650 is a better third bike to throw into this mix.

The...
Forum: Equipment 05-27-2015, 04:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 682
Posted By Auto-X Fil
D606 for sure, based on what you said. ...

D606 for sure, based on what you said.

Actually, you're on a KLR, so you might prefer the T63. I hear it's not quite as good as the D606, but close, and much cheaper. Only half-joking.
Forum: Trials 05-26-2015, 06:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,571
Posted By Auto-X Fil
My "back yard" is 600 acres, so yeah, a little...

My "back yard" is 600 acres, so yeah, a little range is nice. But realistically, we don't have the machines running for more than half an hour at a go, so a tiny tank and lack of seat is not a big...
Forum: The Garage 05-26-2015, 06:32 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 18,262
Posted By Auto-X Fil
I priced out some steel buildings. It wasn't any...

I priced out some steel buildings. It wasn't any cheaper than a stick-built for the sizes I was looking at, if you need:

1) Concrete slab
2) Insulation
3) Finished interior

Once you pour a...
Forum: Day Trippin' 05-26-2015, 05:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,373
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Have you seen the "15%er" thread? There's plenty...

Have you seen the "15%er" thread? There's plenty of good content, but also lots of spotless GSs and Tigers on dirt roads.

Where I live, dirt roads are everywhere. You can't get to a half your...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-23-2015, 03:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,773
Posted By Auto-X Fil
About the same as the 244. I'm horribly abusive...

About the same as the 244. I'm horribly abusive to my tires, so nothing lasts very long for me. 2,000 miles on a rear is a lot for me. Fronts can go double that.
Forum: Thumpers 05-23-2015, 11:02 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,660
Posted By Auto-X Fil
DR650. G650GS is awesome, but more road-biased...

DR650. G650GS is awesome, but more road-biased that it sounds like you want.
Forum: The Garage 05-23-2015, 10:55 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,060
Posted By Auto-X Fil
That's awesome. It's $75 here. Each.

That's awesome. It's $75 here. Each.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 01:24 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 14,424
Posted By Auto-X Fil
I'll buy that. Also, note that he finally...

I'll buy that.

Also, note that he finally went down after passing the photographer's tent. Kodak courage was the last thing he needed. That could be coincidence, though - it was also the first...
Forum: Thumpers 05-21-2015, 12:42 PM
Replies: 18,236
Views: 1,025,765
Posted By Auto-X Fil
On a clear, cool day in autumn, I found myself...

On a clear, cool day in autumn, I found myself sitting at the edge. There, before me, lay all that I had ever known. Distant towns stood out as blotches of grey against the sea of green forest canopy...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,773
Posted By Auto-X Fil
The 244 is predictable, but not grippy. The MT21...

The 244 is predictable, but not grippy. The MT21 (or MT21 front, D606 rear combo) provides far more performance on- and off-road. But they aren't cheap.
Forum: The Garage 05-21-2015, 10:46 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,917
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Depends on the car and the pads. On my track cars...

Depends on the car and the pads. On my track cars I didn't, because rotors last forever and pads last a couple weekends.

I'm talking about street cars in the rust belt. I get 30-50k on a set of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 10:35 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 14,424
Posted By Auto-X Fil
There were at least a half-dozen corners before...

There were at least a half-dozen corners before the crash that would have had me either pulling over to calm down, or riding at 15mph the rest of the day. How can someone nearly wreck over and over...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2015, 08:58 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,056
Posted By Auto-X Fil
F650Gs (thumper) Ninja 650 Wee SV650 ...

F650Gs (thumper)
Ninja 650
Wee
SV650

Maybe even a Ninja 300
Forum: Trip Planning 05-20-2015, 11:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,061
Posted By Auto-X Fil
I agree: fit a new chain, and inspect every time...

I agree: fit a new chain, and inspect every time you're in a city where you could easily get a new one installed.

On a 250 dual-sport I would replace the front sprocket at 5k, and replace both...
Forum: The Garage 05-20-2015, 11:54 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 18,262
Posted By Auto-X Fil
How long ago was that? I've build two: 1)...

How long ago was that? I've build two:

1) 20x22, 10' ceilings, insulated and drywalled. 100A electric service, 4" concrete floor, 4/12 shingle roof and vinyl siding. Single 16'x8' door with...
Forum: The Garage 05-20-2015, 11:47 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,917
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Way too many people think you can just slap pads...

Way too many people think you can just slap pads on a car and be done. That is what leads to this kind of thing. The BARE MINIMUM for a brake job is:

1) Remove caliper, pads, and slide pins
2)...
Forum: The Garage 05-20-2015, 10:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,008
Posted By Auto-X Fil
$5k seems about right for a 3rd gen (1996+), but...

$5k seems about right for a 3rd gen (1996+), but a 1995 should be a little less.

For a rust-free truck, the people saying $2000-2500 are smoking crack. Not a chance in hell is sells for under...
Forum: Thumpers 05-19-2015, 06:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 381
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Versys or GS650 thumper. Both have plenty of...

Versys or GS650 thumper. Both have plenty of power, good handling, comfy seating, and can do dirt roads. The Versys is much sportier, the GS is much better off-road.
Forum: Thumpers 05-19-2015, 05:30 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,298
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Retard the timing a couple degrees.

Retard the timing a couple degrees.
Forum: Trials 05-19-2015, 02:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,571
Posted By Auto-X Fil
A Rev 3 270 is the only trials bike I've ridden...

A Rev 3 270 is the only trials bike I've ridden for any amount of time. It was very nice, and part of why I want one now.

Trials bikes don't trade much on CL near me. Should I be checking some...
Forum: Trials 05-19-2015, 01:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,571
Posted By Auto-X Fil
What should I pay for something like a yellow...

What should I pay for something like a yellow TY250 in rideable shape?
Forum: Thumpers 05-19-2015, 08:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 375
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Are they that bad? Dude at work is saying they...

Are they that bad? Dude at work is saying they are as good as a KDX on the trail.
Forum: Thumpers 05-19-2015, 07:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 375
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Another WRR would be fine, but for an off-road...

Another WRR would be fine, but for an off-road only bike it's a lot of money for low performance.

A TTR230 is on the radar now, for a simple, cheap trail bike.


I have the quietest pipe I can...
Forum: Trials 05-19-2015, 06:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,571
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Help selecting a trials bike for backyard fun.

I have zero interest in competitive trials - well, that's not true, but I have more interest in other things, so it's not going to be something I dedicate time to. In fact, I'm considering a trials...
Forum: Thumpers 05-19-2015, 05:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 375
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Help me pick a new ride.

I currently have a WRR, set up for commuting and trails, and YZ250, which is set up for woods use. I ride the WRR almost daily and will be keeping that. I don't do much hard, fast enduro riding...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-07-2015, 09:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,233
Posted By Auto-X Fil
I ride my dual-sports in a horrible chain-life...

I ride my dual-sports in a horrible chain-life environment. I'll do 30-60mph on dirt roads, then ride through chain-deep water and mud, then do 60-80mph on the pavement for a while, then some dust...
Forum: Thumpers 03-21-2015, 07:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,121
Posted By Auto-X Fil
I would start with a 250 4-stroke for your first...

I would start with a 250 4-stroke for your first bike. 2-smokers can be a lot to handle.

Husky TE250?
Forum: Thumpers 03-10-2015, 09:06 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,773
Posted By Auto-X Fil
The KTM is WAY worse off-road than the BRP. It...

The KTM is WAY worse off-road than the BRP. It weighs 100lb more!!
Forum: Thumpers 03-10-2015, 09:05 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,773
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Plated dirt bikes are rare as hen's teeth here,...

Plated dirt bikes are rare as hen's teeth here, so the prices get pushed up.
Forum: Thumpers 03-09-2015, 06:59 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,773
Posted By Auto-X Fil
DRZ400S, or a plated E? The BRP is lighter, more...

DRZ400S, or a plated E? The BRP is lighter, more powerful, and better suspended than the S, so for mostly dirt, it would be a big upgrade. I'm not sure on pricing, but a well-sorted, plated BRP would...
Forum: Thumpers 03-09-2015, 06:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,205
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Revalve the suspension or you'll hate that YZ....

Revalve the suspension or you'll hate that YZ. It's valved for landing triples, not puttering.

Check this out for ideas. I've no idea on maintenance yet, but I bet you could cruise forever on a...
Forum: Thumpers 03-09-2015, 10:06 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 50,988
Posted By Auto-X Fil
I wouldn't run one on a 630 in PA. They grip...

I wouldn't run one on a 630 in PA. They grip until they don't - then they spin until you slow it down and regain traction. Knobbies will provide some traction while spinning. I think on a TE, on our...
Forum: Thumpers 03-07-2015, 10:23 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,845
Posted By Auto-X Fil
You do not want a 690, then. It's more capable...

You do not want a 690, then. It's more capable off-road, but it takes more skill to handle. It feels heavier (being taller), doesn't turn as tight, and the power can get away from you.

The WRR...
Forum: Thumpers 03-05-2015, 05:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 789
Posted By Auto-X Fil
On my CRF250L, my chain was shedding rollers and...

On my CRF250L, my chain was shedding rollers and I was on my third front sprocket by 8,000km. It's all in the use. Some dirt is far more abrasive than other.
Forum: Thumpers 03-05-2015, 07:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,298
Posted By Auto-X Fil
How are the chain and sprockets? The tires? Tubes...

How are the chain and sprockets? The tires? Tubes and valve stems? Are the rim strips intact? Are there any loose spokes?

Inspect and lube (and replace if needed) the linkage, shock, head, and...
Forum: Thumpers 03-04-2015, 07:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 536
Posted By Auto-X Fil
I just overhauled two bikes with All Balls kits....

I just overhauled two bikes with All Balls kits. Everything was high-quality. I'll use them the next time as well.
Forum: Thumpers 02-06-2015, 02:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,481
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Mostly off-road? Don't even think about the...

Mostly off-road? Don't even think about the Honda. WRR is my choice, but the EFI KLX would be a good one too.

Can you get a plated dirt bike? A CRF250X?
Forum: Thumpers 01-26-2015, 06:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 772
Posted By Auto-X Fil
This. Move the foot back after each time you...

This. Move the foot back after each time you shift or brake.
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