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Old 05-28-2011, 06:02 PM   #46
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Don't worry about Hanksmybuddy....he's a riding buddy. Always yelling "GET OFF MY LAWN" and then "HEY....I'M A PLAYA!!!" at people. Even does it in restaurants, to old ladies, etc. Just yells it out, like some sort of tourette's. Bunch of us around here sorta look out for him.

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Beotch.......I've got something you can look at! Is that damn Honda ready to roll yet. Taking the KDX out Monday late.
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Old 05-29-2011, 08:21 AM   #47
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If the modded 2004 CRF250R I had was any indication, I would not like it.

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Can't get this out of my head, what is it that you prefer about the XR as opposed to the CRF? My brother has the 250x, I thought it was pretty good for a for stroke trail bike. Rode it back to back against my 125, and I love 2 smokers...
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Old 06-14-2011, 11:47 AM   #48
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Second ride.

Wanted to post a performance update.

I have the 280 kit in it, along with some porting and another minor jetting change. Starts much better, 4-5 kicks when cold, 1-3 when warm. There is still a small bog when transitioning from the idle circuit up onto the main. I need to dial this out with the AP bleed.

New top end is broken in. The bike now has a smooth, steady power that works when you are precise or sloppy. It is like a small electric motor.

The biggest improvement was the suspension. My settings were all screwed up. I was at 17 clicks out of 23 both on all three settings. Reset to 7 on compression, 10 on rebound, and now MUCH more controllable - night and day.

The bike is quite competent on tight singletrack, especially direction changes. It is easier to go quickly because of the wheelbase and easy power. The suspension still leaves some to be desired, but I have a CRF fork swap in the works. At that point I will hopefully be where I want.

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Old 06-14-2011, 06:30 PM   #49
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The question is......can it run with the KDX200? I think not my friend!
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:07 PM   #50
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The question is......can it run with the KDX200? I think not my friend!
Shut the fuck up and start your own thread jackass.
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:15 PM   #51
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Shut the fuck up and start your own thread jackass.
Brian.....some of your subscribers are getting a little riled up here. I think I've offended this dweeb! Let him know that you were on the KDX just last week. I don't want him to explode. He appears to be a very unhappy person.
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:17 PM   #52
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CW, you're misreading things.....HMB is a very, very good friend.

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Old 06-14-2011, 08:12 PM   #53
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CW, you're misreading things.....HMB is a great guy and very, very good friend. It took a long time before he became comfortable enough to consistently ride my ass. I guess I am fortunate?

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Oh yea..... I'm feeling the love here now. Let's go have a beer and continue this love fest.
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:47 AM   #54
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Shit fella's I'm sorry for being an asshole my meds aren't working to good..

Boy do I feel bad now.....sorry hanksmybuddy, I fucked up..
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Old 06-20-2011, 08:06 AM   #55
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more please

I'm very interested in this thread as I'm in the process of sprucing up my XR. What is the seat I see in the pics?
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Old 06-20-2011, 08:19 AM   #56
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It is from SDG in Socal, It is firm but of very good quality. I know they have a cover still available.

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Old 06-20-2011, 12:30 PM   #57
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Thanks for the info. I'll look into that. Looking forward to more details on your rebuild
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Old 07-12-2011, 09:47 AM   #58
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Big Bomber,

This thread is really going to cost me............already has..........found an 00 XR400 close to the house with little time on it...........HAD to HAVE it after reading your logic about these bikes.

Love the new gloves thank for the suggestions.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:52 PM   #59
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Version 2.0

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Rode the modded little XR quite a bit, and really liked it. It was a really forgiving bike, and the short wheelbase is good in tighter ST. However, it was being ridden harder than it's old-tech suspension was intended for. I finally gave up on it when I somehow jacked up my front wheel causing me to crash in some rocks.




I thought again about upgrading to a modern bike. I hated the suspension, but I really liked the basic package, mainly the simplicity and the turning. So, I decided to dump more cash into it and see if I could improve it.

I gathered the parts for a CRF fork swap. I did this on my other bike, and afterwards realized that I made a mistake on the triples I chose. Stock, early CRF triples have a 24mm offset. Stock XRs are 18mm. Putting the 24s on my other XR made turn crappy. I wanted to avoid that, so I got a set of 20mm clamps from Scotts performance, which are made by Billet Racing Products:



I had a set of 2006 CRF250X forks, but they needed to be shortened to get as close to proper geometry as possible. One of the best CRF suspension shops is Precision Concepts in Riverside, CA. Precision Concepts is owned by Bob Bell, who has a long history with Honda's factory Baja team, and has assisted with suspension development for Honda. Additionally, at some point in the past he actually sponsored a team of XR250R's for the Baja 1000.

PC shortened and revalved the forks, with a net increase in static height of 1".




To balance the suspension and the height, PC revalved the rear shock, and took out a shim that added 4mm of length to the shock. The shock leverage ratio starts at 4.0:1 which means the ride height is now 16mm higher. 1" = 25mm, so I made up the difference with a taller rear tire.



The fork swap is easy, it's chasing down the details that is the hard part. I had to get a new headlight, which meant adding a handlebar switch, which meant a new lever / comp release combination, new fender, few other things:








And the final result:









The XR styling is really dated, but the final result looks good.

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Old 04-22-2013, 08:30 PM   #60
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