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Forum: Thumpers Today, 07:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 253
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: 11
Views: 257
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: 11
Views: 257
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: 11
Views: 257
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: 11
Views: 257
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: 8,803
Views: 1,844,691
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: 986
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: 639
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: 3,211
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: 5,611
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: 347
Views: 44,807
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: 347
Views: 44,807
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: 1,584
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: 20
Views: 1,206
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: 20
Views: 1,206
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: 36,690
Views: 9,596,916
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: 14,098
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: 1,534
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: 8,803
Views: 1,844,691
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: 797
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: 5,702
Views: 424,925
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: 8,803
Views: 1,844,691
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: 1,036
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: 1,036
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: 1,036
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: 1,036
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: 1,400
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: 8,803
Views: 1,844,691
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: 345
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: 3,092
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: 1,221
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: 1,809
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: 3,092
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: 8,803
Views: 1,844,691
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: 584
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.
Forum: Ride reports 12-27-2014, 07:15 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,821
Posted By rufus
Get springs for your weight + the big tank and...

Get springs for your weight + the big tank and luggage. Use synthetic ATF in the fork and shock and the suspension will be pretty dang good. Not as good as a real dirt bike, but it weighs about 100...
Forum: The Garage 12-27-2014, 03:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,074
Posted By rufus
I bought a sears craftsman multitool. It worked,...

I bought a sears craftsman multitool. It worked, but just barely. Battery kept falling out and it had very little power and the blades dulled real quick.

I had a coupon from harbor freight and...
Forum: The Garage 12-26-2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,809
Posted By rufus
Not enough to notice. I have tested mine hot and...

Not enough to notice. I have tested mine hot and cold and couldn't tell a difference. Just checking the pressure you will lose 10 to 15 lbs of pressure with a regular tire gauge. You will lose less...
Forum: Thumpers 12-25-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 448
Posted By rufus
yes!

yes!
Forum: Road warriors 12-24-2014, 07:41 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,576
Posted By rufus
My Goldwing manual recommends and oil change at...

My Goldwing manual recommends and oil change at 8,000 miles. After 2 or 3,000 I notice harder shifting. That is when I change the oil.

I used synthetic in it once. It was a qt. low at 2k miles....
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