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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Today, 10:01 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,222
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Not in every state. NY has many places where...

Not in every state. NY has many places where small side-roads don't interrupt passing zones. For instance:

https://goo.gl/maps/nR8ZS
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Today, 09:37 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,450
Posted By Auto-X Fil
1,800 miles on an MT43 1500 from a Shinko 244,...

1,800 miles on an MT43 1500 from a Shinko 244, less from real knobbies. PA tar-and-chip roads are awful on tires.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths Today, 09:36 AM
Replies: 318
Views: 22,647
Posted By Auto-X Fil
You probably live in an are where there are lots...

You probably live in an are where there are lots of passing zones, and double-yellow lines mean it's quite unsafe to pass.

I commute 25 miles each way. There are a dozen good passing spots, and...
Forum: GPS Tracks - Northeast, Southeast & Florida Yesterday, 04:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 348
Posted By Auto-X Fil
This is correct as of 2010: ...

This is correct as of 2010:

http://www.dirtandgravel.psu.edu/pa_program/gis/documents/map_large.pdf
Forum: Thumpers 09-30-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 10,849
Views: 507,191
Posted By Auto-X Fil
I've seen numerous accounts of RFS bikes going...

I've seen numerous accounts of RFS bikes going over 20k on the stock bottom end. In fact, every 20k mile+ RFS bike I've seen was either on the stock bottom end, or it was re-built because it was...
Forum: Thumpers 09-29-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 10,849
Views: 507,191
Posted By Auto-X Fil
I don't usually go quite that long on my CRF250L,...

I don't usually go quite that long on my CRF250L, which specs 8,000 mile intervals - but I beat the crap out of that bike. I would go 3k on a 500, just like I do on my WRR. I only go to 4-5k on the...
Forum: Thumpers 09-29-2014, 01:04 PM
Replies: 10,849
Views: 507,191
Posted By Auto-X Fil
If the 500 isn't doing higher speeds, brisker...

If the 500 isn't doing higher speeds, brisker acceleration, and/or more wheelies... Why bring the 500? I'm a bit tongue-in-cheek here, but it begs to be asked.

But yes, I can't imagine grenading...
Forum: Thumpers 09-29-2014, 12:15 PM
Replies: 10,849
Views: 507,191
Posted By Auto-X Fil
In the right hands, an F650GS can go anywhere a...

In the right hands, an F650GS can go anywhere a KLR can go.
In the right hands, a KLR can go anywhere a DR650 can go.
In the right hands, a DR650 can go anywhere an XR650L can go.
In the right...
Forum: Thumpers 09-28-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 10,849
Views: 507,191
Posted By Auto-X Fil
I've ridded the CRF, WRR, and EXC around the same...

I've ridded the CRF, WRR, and EXC around the same highly technical single-track.

CRF250L<WRR<EXC 500

And, the gaps between the bikes are about the same. That is, for technical, 1st gear...
Forum: Thumpers 09-27-2014, 10:24 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,357
Posted By Auto-X Fil
You can buy a 500 and just not do the...

You can buy a 500 and just not do the maintenance. If you're nice to it, it'll last. There are option for adding oil capacity as well.

Still, for RTW... I'd think 690, to better handle the...
Forum: Thumpers 09-26-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 10,159
Views: 1,821,966
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Try 4-6psi in that MT43, with a tubliss setup. I...

Try 4-6psi in that MT43, with a tubliss setup. I run that with tubes and rim locks when things get gnarly. It's awesome.
Forum: Thumpers 09-26-2014, 04:04 AM
Replies: 10,849
Views: 507,191
Posted By Auto-X Fil
I agree that a 500 would be worthless after that....

I agree that a 500 would be worthless after that. Again... If money was no object, what would you buy?
Forum: Thumpers 09-26-2014, 04:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 642
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Budget? The WRR will do 80 on the highway -...

Budget?

The WRR will do 80 on the highway - barely. I don't like doing it for long periods of time, and headwinds or hills will knock that speed down quickly. It is awesome in the woods, however. ...
Forum: Thumpers 09-25-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 10,849
Views: 507,191
Posted By Auto-X Fil
This thread is hilarious. Money no object?...

This thread is hilarious.

Money no object? Get a 500 or 690, whatever suits your needs better.

Want to save some coin? Want to get there, but maybe not all that fast? WRR.

Any WRR rider...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 09-25-2014, 06:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 574
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Speed is usually off by 5% or so. Odometers are...

Speed is usually off by 5% or so. Odometers are very accurate, by law. I have yet to find one off by more than about +/- 1% with newish stock tires.

Note that a full knobby wears 2% in diameter...
Forum: GPS Tracks - Northeast, Southeast & Florida 09-24-2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 348
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Woah, check this out - it's traffic volume for...

Woah, check this out - it's traffic volume for each major road in PA! This would be great if you are planning a ride and want to avoid cars.
...
Forum: GPS Tracks - Northeast, Southeast & Florida 09-24-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 348
Posted By Auto-X Fil
I live right in the middle of the biggest red...

I live right in the middle of the biggest red section. :-)

Thanks!
Forum: Thumpers 09-22-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 956
Posted By Auto-X Fil
What kind of trails? I vote WR250R. It's a...

What kind of trails?

I vote WR250R. It's a much easier-to-ride bike than the portly DRZ. It's plenty tall enough for you as well. It's a little over-sprung for me, but should suit you pretty well...
Forum: Equipment 09-22-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 66,423
Posted By Auto-X Fil
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Etymotic-ER-6-In-Ear-only-...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Etymotic-ER-6-In-Ear-only-Headphones-Black-/281444120099?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item4187607623

I just keep snagging used ones and re-cabling them. :D
Forum: The Garage 09-20-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,118
Posted By Auto-X Fil
They make lever-operated valves with nozzle...

They make lever-operated valves with nozzle attachments for your compressor, for blowing air on stuff. Those work very well for bead-seating.

I find that lube helps a lot. If the bead is touching...
Forum: Thumpers 09-19-2014, 09:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,886
Posted By Auto-X Fil
You are going the wrong direction. The X is a...

You are going the wrong direction. The X is a killer bike - for those wanting serious off-road chops. I think the F650GS is perfect for you. It's a much nicer street bike than the X, and more common...
Forum: Thumpers 09-18-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 228
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Check out this photo. Many people have done...

Check out this photo. Many people have done something similar. I did mine with the following:

Tuff Lites LED turn signals ($60/pr)
Factory tail light ($0)
Tusk LED relay ($15)

I made a...
Forum: Alaska 09-18-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 580
Posted By Auto-X Fil
I own two rooms in our house: the kitchen, and...

I own two rooms in our house: the kitchen, and the garage. When I want to go play, I bake a cake in the kitchen - that's my permission slip. :-)
Forum: Thumpers 09-17-2014, 01:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 806
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Why do you need a kick?

Why do you need a kick?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-16-2014, 05:53 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,704
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Amen. I can pack for a week in a small backpack...

Amen. I can pack for a week in a small backpack (25lb), plus some tools mounted on the bike. All I need to get on the way is water. Most people bring entirely too much crap. Not just on bikes -...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-16-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,704
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Adventure bike: touring bike made worthy of some...

Adventure bike: touring bike made worthy of some real dirt.

Dual-sport: A bike equally at home on dirt or pavement.

Enduro: Streetable (but maybe not legal) dirt bike with headlight and...
Forum: Thumpers 09-10-2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 10,159
Views: 1,821,966
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Buy used? That's what I did. Mines a beater, but...

Buy used? That's what I did. Mines a beater, but nice models abound for $4k.

I see WRRs brand-new for $6k around here, vs $5k for th CRF. It's not that huge of a price jump.
Forum: Thumpers 09-10-2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 10,159
Views: 1,821,966
Posted By Auto-X Fil
WR250R. It'll do what you want.

WR250R. It'll do what you want.
Forum: Thumpers 09-10-2014, 09:32 AM
Replies: 10,159
Views: 1,821,966
Posted By Auto-X Fil
It is heavy, but I don't notice much once it's...

It is heavy, but I don't notice much once it's mounted. And the grip is just awesome. Almost too much, sometimes... get ready to wheelie where you used to spin the tire!
Forum: Thumpers 09-10-2014, 05:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,572
Posted By Auto-X Fil
I bought the WRR, and updated the thread. ...

I bought the WRR, and updated the thread.

Markk53 - yes, the WR does kick the CRFs ass, if you're the kind of person that thinks along those lines. People who don't spend a lot of time thinking...
Forum: Thumpers 09-10-2014, 03:11 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,483
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Why does she need to touch both toes? Most...

Why does she need to touch both toes? Most shorties ride by sliding off to one side of the bike. Heck, I'm almost 6', and I need to do that on big dirtbikes.
Forum: Thumpers 09-09-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 10,159
Views: 1,821,966
Posted By Auto-X Fil
He means on the side stand. You should try...

He means on the side stand.

You should try an MT43 for that use. It is unrivaled on firm stuff, and does great on the road.
Forum: Orange Crush 09-08-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 13,232
Posted By Auto-X Fil
I agree. I've gone back to normal-weight tubes on...

I agree. I've gone back to normal-weight tubes on my bikes, after running HD and UHD. I only ever got a flat on the UHD, and they weigh more, are harder to pack, and are a pain to change.
Forum: The Garage 09-07-2014, 04:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 564
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Fixed!

Fixed!
Forum: The Garage 09-06-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 6,744
Posted By Auto-X Fil
I always weld a nut on if possible. If you have...

I always weld a nut on if possible. If you have the room to do it, it's foolproof, especially when you have a steel bolt in aluminum.
Forum: The Garage 09-06-2014, 03:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 564
Posted By Auto-X Fil
License plate attachment that won't rip off

I have crumpled up and torn off several plates with off-road antics. While I was chopping the stock tail on my WRR, I decided to do something about the plate - so, I bolted a piece of heavy-duty fuel...
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 45,023
Views: 8,743,234
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Here's my tail chop, with Tuff Lites turn...

Here's my tail chop, with Tuff Lites turn signals. I also mounted the license plate to allow it to move when I loop the bike or catch something with it. It's a piece of fuel line bolted to both the...
Forum: Thumpers 09-05-2014, 09:21 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,112
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Good work! :clap

Good work! :clap
Forum: Thumpers 09-05-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 1,702
Views: 425,870
Posted By Auto-X Fil
I ran mine in hard without issues. By the book,...

I ran mine in hard without issues. By the book, the first 600 miles should be easy, low-revs, low-speed, with highly varying speed and RPM.

Just ride it. It'll be fine.
Forum: Equipment 09-04-2014, 01:22 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 10,135
Posted By Auto-X Fil
Yeah, that's awful. I make sure to lay something...

Yeah, that's awful. I make sure to lay something thick between me and the hammock in bad bug conditions. Otherwise I just give it a misting with 40% DEET and they stay off.
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