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post #11 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-24-2003, 08:07 AM
 
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Dan I hate you....

Ahhhhhh. Are you goona help me bust that armoured car or what. $5 g's for the bike, $2 for wheels, more for brakes, ......
But I absolutley have to have one. Maybe it will be bye bye Ninja, hello Super Moto. It just looks like more fun than anything else, not to mention everyones got a sportbike, but when is the last time someone wheelied down mainstreet on one of those XR650R's all done up? And all those un charted dirt roads.......
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post #12 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-24-2003, 10:40 PM
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Good thread!

I like the KTM 520 motard setups a lot!

But I know quite a few happy XR650 riders.

Try it...........You'll like it!
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post #13 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-25-2003, 03:48 AM
 
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Nice Shots

Well first of all the guy in that link spent a lot of cash on his XR. I read that by tearing the airbox out, restrictor, jetting it, and getting rid of the restrictor in the exhaust you can get an easy 55 HP on the 650R. That doesn't cost anything. If I can swing buying this bike I won't be sending a fortune on aftermarket parts, just wheels tires and brakes.
I am a bit scared of the 650R. I seem to think the reason there are so many for sale used is because people can't keep the front end from tucking, because it is a big bike. Sure I read that it handles like a lighter bike but in the hands of a pro? What about me?
Grok I love KTM's. Every article I have ever read about them raves about their motors. I ruled them out because they are expensive but if I take the price of a fairly new XR then ad the wheels and tires, and the Baja kit I am up into the price of a good used KTM SM. Bottom line is i am going to start saving my beans and hopefully the right thing will come up when I can afford it.
Is Super Moto popular on Vancouver Island? I am moving to BC in the spring, I was hoping for Prince Rupert, but I can always apply to some companies on the Island if the riding is good.
Your friends that have XR650R's say anything about them bieng a handful? Do they do any dirt riding with them? I talked to guys here that have the 650L (about 60 pounds heavier) and they can't keep them upright in the bush.
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post #14 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-25-2003, 05:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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Ok, I'll admit it, I'm a bit apprehensive about getting an XR650 'cause it's so big. Not to say that I haven't ridden bigger bikes before, but rather that I want an "athletic" bike and the XR strikes me as being a beast/pig. I'm more inclined to get a CRF450R 'cause the impression I've gotten is that it's more "athletic" and there's a ton of aftermarket parts available for it. Also, I'd like to have a good MX bike too 'cause I do intend to do some non-SM riding with this bike. That's another reason why I'm leaning toward the CRF450R.
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post #15 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-25-2003, 09:04 AM
 
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Yes

It;s the hottest thing on two wheels, it and the new 450 Yami, but I can't even consider it because like I said it's got to be a bike I can drive on the road with plates. Plus the maintenance on those high strung fours is a lot hight as well.
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Re: Yes

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It;s the hottest thing on two wheels, it and the new 450 Yami, but I can't even consider it because like I said it's got to be a bike I can drive on the road with plates. Plus the maintenance on those high strung fours is a lot hight as well.
Ok, this brings up 2 questions:

1) Is it possible to register a CRF450R for street use?

2) What kind of maintenance concerns are there with a CRF450R?
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post #17 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-25-2003, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
 
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And here's another question... What if I wanted to go smaller than a 450? Who makes a good "lightweight" bike for SM racing? Is it even worth getting a smaller bike to learn SM racing on? Seeing as how I'm completely new to SM racing I'm wondering if it's a good idea to start "small" and work my way up.

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post #18 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-25-2003, 09:29 AM
 
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Get to work ya bum

I read that these high strung motocross 4's are about the same maintenance as the 2 strokes they replaced. The biggest reason is the small oil capacities. The engines are high compression which means they are working harder and hotter, and won't last as long of course.
Baja designs has a great write up on the 450 Dan. They make the kit for dual sport conversion, but it costs ya more cause you need to get a stator for it. Actually their website has changed but before they would do a write up on a lot of the bikes we are lookin at and tell you the ups and downs of each and what they sell to fix the problems. If you go with the motocross bike you'll probably want to change the gearing to get a better top end.
I recommend the DRZ400 or KLX 400 for a mid sized all arounder. They have the wiring in place, electric start (that means a battery too) and if you look at the reviews and the stats for the bikes (they are the same just different paint) the DRZ has a compression ratio of around 12 to 1 while the XR400 is down around 10 to 1. All the articles I read say the DRZ is an ass kicker, not a high strung motorcrosser, but it's the best enduro.
Heres a good link. http://www.drz.info/
I want the KLX or DRZ400 but the problem is I have to buy a new one cause there aren't any around used. Lots of DRZ400s (dual sport) but they are down on power, suspension, up on weight and it is more expensive to get the performance back on the bike as opposed to making a dirt street legal. Thats why I have been looking at the 650R because there are a few around for a good price. Decisions decisions, who started me on this anyways, I want to kick his ass! Actually I think it was all the pot holes on the dam high way that left me thinking about this maniac sport.
Well I am off, back to those carbs.....
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'traPPer, check out this link!

http://www.supermotard-usa.com/classified.html
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