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street legal 2-strokes

  1. #751

    Re: street legal 2-strokes


    Had a couple days off including Christmas and FIRED HER UP

    Took like 10 kicks but she went

    But...I...suck



    Twerk twerk twerk

    Re learning...again. I was way out of sync and could not find the central balance point

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  2. #752

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    well, I didn't change the transmission oil, I never drained/filled the radiator to make sure my water pump works and I'm not cooking coolant, I never checked the compression, never inspected the top end condition, and never checked the reeds

    reading through the posts since the rebuild, I'm guessing I have 50-60ish hours on that top end

    I think going on a ride will motivate me to get these done this winter...it's 28 degrees overnight in Barstow but looking to make the 3 hour drive to get some ride on.

    was prepping my toolkit and found a couple spare plugs...reading up either one will do



    left: BR8EG - R means resistor type (decreases electrical interference to radios...safe to run)
    right: BR8ES - thicker electrode

    the E is the most important part (pitch and thread)...number is the heat range...G vs. S is just the electrode. G is a racing one but may not last as long

    filling up gas and gear tonight....leaving super early tomorrow morning. should be 28-30 when I arrive in Barstow, and high of 48

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  3. #753

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    looking back, I think my last desert ride was March!

    yeah, yeah...I did a dozen other rides on mountain fire roads, around town, snow/beach (okay, well those were pretty cool ), but only a couple desert rides.



    finally got out with the re-valved shock - it feels about the same as before it wore out, except at the limits. Before, even with the compression clickers all the way up, it would bottom out on big bumps and whoops. But now, I can literally just romp on the gas and the bike feels like it will stand up in the whoops sections...I even came into a section way too fast, not anticipating a big drop off, expecting a bottomed out rear spring launch me sideways or off like a bronco, and it tracked straight! both compression and rebound were sufficiently dampened that it didn't bottom out, and it didn't buck me off! this is what it means to improve safety through good suspension...you see it at the limits of its use.

    started out covering graded desert service roads...whoops (that were SO fun...this bike saiiiiils through the whoops...I had to control myself from not going WOT the whole time)...and a paved hill climb





    cruised down, and almost immediately got into a canyon - more whoops and sandy berms (with whoops mid corner) and bigger rocks, so once again the bike was soo much fun. this thing just floats over loose sand washes, and for whoops in berms, you just stand and get on the gas once you find a line. I started to feel in-sync with the power again and started holding speed much more consistently. gapped most of the guys and we all stopped by a cabin, built in 1932



    saw a couple other guys and a group of quad/dirt bikes come through...maybe too many for us. we don't like too much 2-way traffic. one of the guys felt a little off after almost t-boning a kid on a quad, so we split the group and took a casual, scenic route back, stopping in tonka town





    on the way back to the truck, we found this area of soft silt/sand hills


    ^ find my friend in the pic!

    we stayed here for a bit, and it was tons of fun! fast elevation changes, and tight riding! we just did loops, jumps, ridge riding, and hill climbs



    then cruised back to the truck for some sandwiches and chill...surprisingly 45-48 degrees felt PERFECT. did not feel cold at all after a few hours of good riding. I was so tired I had to actually stop at a gas station and nap for 30 mins to make the rest of the drive home safely.

    destroyed all the headlight straps though...headlight was dangling and led bar doesn't work anymore...zip tied it once and it broke again...double zip tied it a 2nd time and it held up. need a better solution for holding that on there...

    also tried the new boots...toes are sore and the shift lever is too low. really needed to jam my boot at the right angle to upshift. did not have a spare tube on me and forgot my gps mount

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  4. #754

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    lighting damage report:
    -headlight out
    -front left turn signal out
    -front right turn signal lens destroyed
    -rear right turn signal out

    from a single ride

    oh well....at least mechanically it's good and the tail/brake light works

    rode over to a meetup of an "end of the year ride" and got some BBQ in the parking lot





    nice day out for a quick ride

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    Re: street legal 2-strokes

    Glad the riding was nice but I wouldn't feed that "BBQ" to my dog.

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  6. #756

    Re: street legal 2-strokes

    google “The Palms”, signal hill, CA

    You will learn that is what we would expect from such establishments

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  7. #757

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    well, maybe I was okay with the number of hours on the piston so far...



    got some carbon build up on the piston



    plug a little blackish...but paul said eff it...tune to throttle response and git r dun



    gonna replace the headlight plug...desert just eating everything away as usual



    needs an air filter, proper headlight mount, and front LED turn signals...should be able to do that all on Monday...then desert ride next Saturday!

    this year goals:
    -395/mojave/barstow/NV/AZ: feb/mar/apr
    -lucerne valley: may/jun
    -jul/aug/sep: pismo, san bernardino national forest
    -oct: ocotillo wells, jawbone canyon
    -nov: LA-B2V
    -dec: back to 395/mojave/barstow

    2020: try to join District 37 dual sport rides, try to venture farther north (Kennedy meadows, sierras)

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    Last edited by breakdirt916; 01-31-19 at 03:26 AM.
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  8. #758

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    braaaaap

    fun day in the desert! temps were in the 30's/40's and windy...if you're standing still or doing 60mph on an open/pavement section, you get cold, otherwise it felt great!





    headlight harness re-done...but it still doesn't work at all

    front signals may work...but the bullet connectors on the signals themselves are too small...f-it

    borrowed a giant loop mojavi - BEST DUAL SPORT BAG EVER! good construction, ties down well, and holds a lot. I stored a gallon of pre-mixed gas in a dromedary bag and carried it through the whoop sections! tried carrying my tools there later and that took so much weight off my backpack. bike averaged roughly 30mpg today, and we did around 85-90 miles, so without the extra gallon I would have cut it close...but this time around I had 2+ gallons to spare at the end of the day in case we got lost or I wanted to ride more. If I wanted to do death valley I could honestly carry a gallon on each side totaling 5.4 gallons - that's over 160 miles of range!

    engine sounds like it has worsening piston slap (is that a thing?). still getting used to the wide ratio transmission in the nasty stuff (where the close ratio mx gearing would have been better), and mostly keeping it in one gear and just revving it out. 5th gear overdrive in open sections is as good as I can get (we saw 75-80mph at times) on a 250 2-stroke. bike was leaking a little bit of premix when parked...gotta find out where.

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    Last edited by breakdirt916; 02-10-19 at 03:33 PM.
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  9. #759

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    finally got around to making a video and man...

    GO PRO QUIK SOFTWARE SUCKS BALLS.



    It's not user friendly, you have to dump all your gopro files onto your hard drive, if you don't view them all in advance you have to scroll through the whole clip ("scrubbing") by dragging your mouse over a preview of the clip, "click" on any part you can perceive to be a highlight which automatically adds it to your storyline, it maxes out at 60 seconds/12 clips (and you can't pick how long the clips are), and has a mandatory use of music which are limited to 10 same songs under the free edition.

    F-THAT

    Reddit has the answer to everything and recommends DaVinci Resolve...downloaded that after fighting with Quik for 3 hours...maybe future videos will be faster than Quik

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    Last edited by breakdirt916; 02-25-19 at 01:01 AM.
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  10. #760

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    rain finally slowed and daytime temps finally got into the mid 60's, so saturday was the day to play



    hmm...low res still from a video that I had to crop sort of looks like a 90's magazine shot

    went to the ktm street demo day, but they didn't have any available slots left...so I just rode local


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    Last edited by breakdirt916; 02-24-19 at 02:18 PM.
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  11. #761

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    so uhh...I "lead" my first 100 mile desert ride

    I kinda suck...and not very adult

    but overall, good temps, no crashes, great traction, and good times in the desert

    coffee start meant balls to the wall start...DO NOT START A DIRT RIDE THIS WAY YOU WILL NEARLY KILL EVERYONE...and make people tired



    hit the first ridge within 15 mins...seems to be consistently packed down and relatively smooth except for the embedded rocks



    after the 2nd ridge/fence ride we took the "scenic dark rocks" detour



    we hit a long sand wash...but since it rained recently, it was actually just packed dirt! never seen it this way in the years I've been going here



    past the husky monument, we took cuddeback road (something easy to do on a corolla) on an LAB2V easy way track and hit the only dusty spot of the day



    then cut through a dry lake bed WITH SICK WHEELIES BRUG then followed more the LAB2V track so we could avoid the pavement stretch of the 395





    on the way to Trona Street we found some hills and played around a bit...they were beautiful!



    the dudes wanted a burger, so quick stop in Randsburg

    the hills behind Randsburg were awesome...packed, smooth, fast, and easy to catch air



    the canyon after the hills were so fun...the soft, somewhat damp sand, and double track made for some super fun back and forth railing



    tried ear plugs for the long/fast sections AND LOVED THEM.

    my leading attempt: had room to improve...I need to budget 45 mins from parking to KSU, be on the saddle by 9:20 (for 9:30 KSU), turn off auto archive on the Garmin, & make clear what I plan to do with the ride in the post - KSU time, here's the route, here's how I will be doing it.

    Also no coffee in the AM...just a piece of bread, juice, trail mix & protein bar. Banana/trail mix, 2 protein bars and maybe a coffee at lunch to push me through to the end.

    but ready to try and "lead" another one!



    DRC edge taillight lost in the desert...plate destroyed and will need a DMV replacement...bent the clutch lever and need a replacement...lost a bolt for the shock mud flap....headlight and front signals still don't work...but made it 100 miles no problem with the 3.4 gallon tank!

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    Last edited by breakdirt916; 03-10-19 at 03:08 PM.
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  12. #762

    Re: street legal 2-strokes

    has anyone tried an ultimate MX hauer?

    I'm moving into a room for rent, and was thinking to use my truck bed (with locking hard cover or truxedo) to store:
    -gear bag
    -helmet/bag
    -hauler
    -ramp
    -stand
    -gas can
    -chemicals (chain lube, extra oil, 2t oil, etc.)
    -spare parts
    -camping gear (sleeping bag, tent, air mattress, air pillow)
    -beach/camping chair/umbrella/cooler

    keep all my dirty stuff in the truck ready to go, just load the bike (or surf board) and take off

    my only issue with covers is for the street bikes - loading the 500R - 2 man job to remove cover. Have AAA tows tho.

    ****FULL WARNING***WEIRDO POST BELOWWWW***

    EDIT: also looked into camper shells to just store the dirt bike (covered) in the bed. Most people say F-it and use a hitch hauler. Cab height is generally 36", and I only found one post that involved removing the wheel and the forks...and described as a PITA to do. Another post on advrider (pics long gone, no post about which bike) suggested a go-cart wheel/tire on the front is enough provide enough clearance. But every way I measure it up, 36" is really difficult without taking off the forks...40" (medium rise truck cap) would just be enough, 44" would clear sufficiently (but highly ugly & only one is $1,100). I may look into a go-kart or equivalent front rim...would be worth it for me just to leave the bike in the truck all the time, covered up.

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    Last edited by breakdirt916; 05-07-19 at 02:29 PM.
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  13. #763

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    alright, been a few months, but I finally got my living/storage situation sorted out

    replaced 1 rear signal & spliced the front signals back in - good 'nuff for streeting

    compression still a solid 160ish

    since it's been so long, I trucked to the start of the trail (bottom of a hill), and rode up, so I could always coast down if it pooped out. 25 min drive before unloading/gearing up was annoying. Next time I will just ride the whole way. Will keep an extra bicycle LED taillight and LED headlight in my tool pack just in case...

    I was rusty as usual, but the bike was great! so fun...not sure why my friends are trying to convince me that I need a DRZ400 or a 450L.



    the mirror came loose, so I snugged it down, then would like to replace the brake/clutch levers and add handguards w' some battery powered amber lights on the end as running lights



    now all I need is more saddle time!

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    Last edited by breakdirt916; 07-07-19 at 12:25 AM.
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