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nakman
03-01-2012, 09:06 AM
In an effort to separate the 2-wheel tech from the 4-wheel tech, and at the same time recognize a lot of forum members do like to play in both camps, we now have a new motorcycle forum. Please use this new area to post up anything at all that's motorbike related: tech, chat, for sale/wanted, buying/selling advice, mods, and hopefully a few trail and road ride reports.

We need a smiley for "Bbbbbrrrrrrrppppp."

nakman
03-01-2012, 09:22 AM
I'll start, I've owned a few street bikes in the past so do have some riding experience. But I just got my first dirt bike, so I'm feeling pretty new to the sport right now, which is a lot of fun.

We got our son Gavin a bike for his 6th birthday last year, a Honda CRF50. It's a kick to ride.. 3 gears, no clutch, start in any gear... he's more into it now than he was 6 months ago, and excited to go out riding with me (as am I). I'll look for a picture of it..

And my bike is a 2007 KTM XCF-w. I am thinking this is the perfect entry-level dirt bike for me- same size as the bigger CC KTM's, but lighter, so easier to handle. It's pretty fast too, if I get to the point where I'm held back by the smaller engine, I will have become a much better rider than I am today.

here's pic:

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/attachment.php?attachmentid=27329&stc=1&d=1330488491

subzali
03-01-2012, 10:10 AM
Here's mine, my first motorcycle period.

It's a 2008 KTM 250 XCF-W, bought brand new in January of 2009.
http://risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/attachment.php?attachmentid=18797&stc=1&d=1273548407

http://risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/attachment.php?attachmentid=18798&stc=1&d=1273548407

http://risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/attachment.php?attachmentid=18800&stc=1&d=1273548407

http://risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/attachment.php?attachmentid=18802&stc=1&d=1273548481

It came with a bunch of KTM promo stuff. 5 gal can, tie-down straps, plastic bark busters, FMF silencer, a "Ready to Race" graphics package, plastic skid plate, fluids, spare set of grips, spare set of some of the plastics, a couple other things I can't remember. It's street legal, I took it up to Elite KTM in Loveland after I bought it, they tuned the carb a little for altitude, put in a fuel adjustment screw so I can dial in the fuel ratio on the fly, and put on the headlight, taillight, horn, etc. to make it street legal. It's got a little mirror, lift straps FR/RR and Probends bark busters now (the plastic ones didn't last long). Also has a Trail Tech light switch installed to control the headlights, and a slight change of wiring so that my tail/brake light is on all the time.

Future mods: fender packs to carry tools and parts, spare plastics with "Ready to Race" graphics installed, and change out my tires (rear first, probably going to go with a trials tire and see how it does).

MDH33
03-01-2012, 10:24 AM
Just as I'm into Old Toyotas, I'm also into Old Hondas. Here's my '73 CL450K5 Scrambler:

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/20180362_VGryd-L.jpg

I also have rebuilt several CB350's and my wife Kim still has a nice '72 CB350K4 and I'm slowly restoring a '67 CB450K0. Here's Kim's CB350:

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/12495988_xBr8J-L.jpg

Kind of funny that all you guys are buying bikes and I'm considering getting ride of all mine. Having a kid means zero time to ride and the fear of getting killed/maimed has more meaning now. :o

Jacket
03-01-2012, 10:27 AM
Cool bikes Martin.

I've got a '95 CR250 hidden away in my garage somewhere that I've used for trail riding and other fun stuff. Hasn't been ridden in a couple of years tho and needs some TLC.

nakman
03-01-2012, 11:15 AM
Kind of funny that all you guys are buying bikes and I'm considering getting ride of all mine. Having a kid means zero time to ride and the fear of getting killed/maimed has more meaning now. :o

Martin those are some sweet bikes! way cool... you'd kick yourself for selling all of them. I hear you on the kid thing, and when Gavin was born actually sold my street bike for the same reason. But now I guess I feel I can control my fate a little better on a dirt bike, plus it's turning into something the family can actually do together.

MDH33
03-01-2012, 11:59 AM
Martin those are some sweet bikes! way cool... you'd kick yourself for selling all of them. I hear you on the kid thing, and when Gavin was born actually sold my street bike for the same reason. But now I guess I feel I can control my fate a little better on a dirt bike, plus it's turning into something the family can actually do together.

I told Kim I wanted to buy Ilsa a vintage Honda 50cc Monkey bike and I got the cold stare of doom. :Princess: Probably try again in a year or two, or maybe one might just happen to appear in the garage without mom's consent one of these days. ;)

rover67
03-01-2012, 12:15 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIP2w9qevCc&feature=player_embedded

Red_Chili
03-01-2012, 12:20 PM
2000 Honda XR650R, dualsported
27346

1997 Kawasaki KDX220, always wanted one back in the day and ended up buying it for Forrest. He got freaked by the whole 2-stroke gas and clutch dynamic... and I couldn't bring myself to sell it when I got him a thumper. Great woods bike.
http://www.bikez.com/pictures/kawasaki/2005/21506_0_1_2_kdx%20220%20r_Image%20credits%20-%20Kawasaki.jpg

2006 Buell XB12X Ulysses. Actually a lot of fun on fireroads. Anything more than that, it is a handfull... though I have taken it up Cascade Creek.
http://bikes.88000.org/wallpapers/30/Buell_Ulysses_XB12X_2007.jpg

2006 Ducati PS1000LE Paul Smart Limited Edition. Found it used. Missed my old F1-A 750, this one is sooooo much better. Classic lines, wire wheels, modern motor and electrics and injection... It was sort of a post-divorce reclamation of man space I guess... LOL
http://images.businessweek.com/ss/06/01/ducati/image/15_sc_052.jpg

gahi
03-01-2012, 08:49 PM
Does this Count??? Lined up to Drag race the guy in the bumper car. Wendover.
http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q146/gahifahu/drag1.jpg




1st bike '73ish suzuki 350

then I bought a XR650R that I had for a long time, last couple years of high school on till I sold it in ABQ.

'68 BSA 650 - I've owned this since 2002
http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q146/gahifahu/P1010409.jpg

Blew it up once on the way to Sturgis.
http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q146/gahifahu/100_0124.jpg

'57 BSA A7 - sold this when we moved here to Moab. I always seem to sell my nice stuff for some reason.
http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q146/gahifahu/1957BSA039.jpg
http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q146/gahifahu/1957%20BSA/1957BSA032-1.jpg

'71 Norton - This one is a blast up and down the River Road, and LaSal loop.
http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q146/gahifahu/100_2095.jpg

'77 Yamaha XS650 - most reliable, fun bike ever, 55+ mpg. I put over 15,000 miles on this commuting between Winter Park and Granby. My cut off temp to ride was 25 degrees. And it was still a short riding season up there. Still have it, but for some reason no pics.

I guess I'm a gluten for punishment with these old british bikes. But like Martin, I dont get a chance to ride much now with a 2yr old. I'd like to pic up a crf450 or something similar, but the Land Cruiser hauls everybody which is important now... I dont think I'll get rid of the bikes, except maybe the chopper

Beater
03-02-2012, 08:31 AM
Glad this is post divorce, as I would have been real lengthy then.

Current big bike - 1994 900ss - heavily modded hot-rod. track spec.

Beater
03-02-2012, 08:36 AM
current small bike - slightly modded vespa p200e
(everyone needs a 70mph scooter)
I am the one on the right back in 2006. this is a "slow race" seeing who can go the slowest. Yes, I was in a cast.

Beater
03-02-2012, 08:37 AM
Current itsy bitsy bikes -
two 1972 rd60 cafe bikes, currently in restoration project.

nattybumppo
03-02-2012, 10:52 PM
I picked up an 85 Honda Shadow Vt500 last summer, took the class for an endorsement, and had a blast riding around the neighborhood. Really looking forward to this summer on the road. Will add a picture at some later date.

Red_Chili
03-05-2012, 12:12 PM
I sense a Rising Sun dualsport ride in the near future? Like, cafe to cafe mixing dirt and pavement?
:perry:

Beater
03-05-2012, 01:06 PM
if you find me a multistrada or a transalp, sure.

Red_Chili
03-05-2012, 01:37 PM
We'll do fireroads and you can demonstrate feet-up scooter drift...
:photo:

nakman
03-15-2012, 11:44 AM
Hey I think we're missing one here.. :bolt:

rover67
03-15-2012, 12:09 PM
Alrighty..

I've been into bikes only since I was about 18. Before that I never got one out of respect for my mother's wishes. She had a bad crash on one in Argentina and thought they were death machines. Muy malo.

Anywho, the day I turned 18 I dragged an '85 YZ125 out of the cobwebs from the shop I worked at in memphis. it was the classic basket case, was "repoed" for money owed by one of the other guys in the shop. He gave to me. Seemed appropriate.

built it up with a new motor and blew it up in a few months.

got a CR250, started doing Hare Scrambles. Sold it, got another CR, newer, then sold it and got another CR. I liked those 250's. I weighed a buck thirty five then so they were fast with me on them.

Never got good in Hare Scrambles. Only ever managed to win Novice, then in C I cam in at the back of the pack. It was fun. We called it "cigarette class" and smoked a lot of cigarettes while riding. Probably drank a lot too.

since then I have owned several bikes. An XR650 for a while (got me in the most trouble), ZX6R (got me arrested), various honda and kawasaki 750's, a scooter, mini bikes, mini bikes with nitrous, bicycles with motors, ect. I also used to help a guy out that had something like 30 bikes in his garage. I'd take one, get it running, ride it for a few months, then give it back. I got to ride lots of stuff like old BMW R Bikes, stuff with side cars, Waterbuffaloes, newer stuff like r1200GS's, older 6cly bikes. went all over on them including long distance multi 1000 mile day trips. He was a really nice guy that got me even more into bikes. taught me a lot too about riding. He liked driving to alaska and back in his spare time and showed me how fun longer trips on bikes could be. He was actually my motivator to drive to alaska back in 2000.

I got my folks into bikes also. After owning a few mom decided she needed one. she rides an older Ducati monster 900 and Dad rides a Monster S4. I totaled the S4 wearing a tee shirt and jeans. That wasn't fun.. it is perfect again now though. They've also had some bimmers, and a '95 Ducati 900SS (beater). that 900 ss rode nice.

Anywho, I got a 2006 525 EXC yesterday.

I didn't latch onto the 100 trend, but I have decided the KTM's are pretty sweet. so badda bing.

Here she is!

I need to find something for Al next....

nakman
03-15-2012, 12:21 PM
So sweet! a welcome addition to the FCR carb braintrust :) and I'm the sure the 100 series is just a matter of time... :borg:

Red_Chili
03-15-2012, 01:16 PM
Geez we need some diversity around here! Everybody's on a Katoom.

jonharis
03-15-2012, 01:25 PM
Here is your diversity. I'm on the red KLR, friend in on the Blue. I bought her new right when they remodeled it. Purchased the second one in town.

D0Wort1j5wE

subzali
03-15-2012, 01:25 PM
Nice Marco! How is it for you height-wise?

rover67
03-15-2012, 01:49 PM
Nice Marco! How is it for you height-wise?

Kinda tall like a dirt bike.

it is set up for a 200+ lb rider though. I think when I get the suspension closer to my weight it'll settel some.

It's not too bad I don't guess though.

The newer KLR's are pretty neat. I spent a long weekend in northern California on one blasting around. They are pretty smooth for big singles. To bad we never got diesels.

Jacket
03-15-2012, 05:47 PM
Congrats Marco. Very cool bike. Should be a lot of fun to cruise around on.

wesintl
03-15-2012, 06:04 PM
Awesome. is that little black pack on the back where chili rides ;)

Red_Chili
03-15-2012, 07:27 PM
The KLR is venerable for sure. One of the very few bikes you can ride freaking ANYwhere, then take on a trip to Tierra Del Fuego.

If only they had suspension and a snappier motor... updated tech in other words. But you won't find the whole package anywhere else.

J Kimmel
03-15-2012, 09:54 PM
Geez we need some diversity around here! Everybody's on a Katoom.

not here :) 2007 YZ450

Red_Chili
03-16-2012, 08:49 AM
We definitely need a Rising Sun outing. Y'know, I've never actually ridden in the areas NE of Gunnison and I hear they are wonderful. I smell a camping riding weekend.

nakman
03-16-2012, 08:59 AM
We definitely need a Rising Sun outing. Y'know, I've never actually ridden in the areas NE of Gunnison and I hear they are wonderful. I smell a camping riding weekend.

By NE Gunnison do you mean Pitkin area.. with access to Hancock, Tomichi, Alpine Tunnel.. and all that other fun stuff? I bet we'd be into that..

And it figures Kimmel would have a dirt bike that can spank everyone else's, nice bike man! :thumb:

J Kimmel
03-16-2012, 09:04 AM
always game to ride :)


I think I end up riding more in the summers now than wheeling :)

subzali
03-16-2012, 09:06 AM
We definitely need a Rising Sun outing. Y'know, I've never actually ridden in the areas NE of Gunnison and I hear they are wonderful. I smell a camping riding weekend.

By NE Gunnison do you mean Pitkin area.. with access to Hancock, Tomichi, Alpine Tunnel.. and all that other fun stuff? I bet we'd be into that..

And it figures Kimmel would have a dirt bike that can spank everyone else's, nice bike man! :thumb:

It's called Taylor Park...

ScYFH9xzwMs

http://youtu.be/ScYFH9xzwMs

Why won't my embed work?

:confused:

Red_Chili
03-16-2012, 09:17 AM
Ahhhhhhhh....yessssssssss..... miles and miles of high altitude singletrack....
I went aphasic trying to remember Taylor Park.

nakman
03-16-2012, 09:22 AM
Why won't my embed work?

:confused:

Because you're including the entire Youtube URL between your youtube embed tags. You need to chop out the http://blahblahblah stuff that's ahead of the unique Youtube ID, in this case ScYFH9xzwMs. Try putting just that between the start and end youtube things.

subzali
03-16-2012, 09:36 AM
Because you're including the entire Youtube URL between your youtube embed tags. You need to chop out the http://blahblahblah stuff that's ahead of the unique Youtube ID, in this case ScYFH9xzwMs. Try putting just that between the start and end youtube things.

Cool, thanks. Didn't know there was a trick to it. I think it's working now.

rover67
03-16-2012, 09:39 AM
I rode the taylor park area a few years ago and it was awesome.

subzali
03-16-2012, 09:42 AM
Got a bachelor party this summer that will hopefully include a good day or two of riding up there. Super stoked about it.

rhyary
03-16-2012, 09:52 AM
I'll play.
Being on the Ducati since 2001.
I totaled two BMW K1200RS riding on the road.
So now I do very little road riding.
I may add off-road bike in the future.

Jacket
03-16-2012, 10:11 AM
Is that you in the pics? Good ones! :cheers:

rhyary
03-16-2012, 11:10 AM
Is that you in the pics? Good ones! :cheers:

Yes :-)

Jacket
03-18-2012, 04:19 PM
It's been hiding in the garage for 3 years (with a fresh top end), but all this motorcycle talk got me inspired. So I replaced the clutch cable and adjusted the clutch, disassembled the carb and cleaned everything up, fresh water, fresh oil and a new spark plug.....and voila (with apologies for the cell phone vid).

Ratta Tat Tat Put Put Tat (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/Jacket/bike/1047691782910_ORIG.mov)

Not sure what's next, but it was fun getting her going again....

nakman
03-18-2012, 04:59 PM
Sweet!

MDH33
03-18-2012, 07:48 PM
Not sure what's next, but it was fun getting her going again....

Making it road legal? ;)

Looks like fun! :)

rover67
03-18-2012, 09:34 PM
sweet, we need to plan an outing.

MDH33
03-20-2012, 03:45 PM
if you find me a multistrada or a transalp, sure.

Nice Transalp on CL:

http://denver.craigslist.org/mcy/2912265233.html

farnhamstj
03-22-2012, 09:23 AM
Jacket, I've got 21 and 18" DOT tires unmounted if you want to borrow them to street legal it. Combine that with Tim's tail light and you're most of the way there. Street legal is :cool:

nakman
03-22-2012, 09:31 AM
True. I've got an extra orange headlight now as well... :cool: Plus I's a really good wirer! :lmao:

farnhamstj
03-22-2012, 09:32 AM
2007 KTM 450XC-w Reklus clutch conversion. Rear brake on the handle bar. Street legal, and armored. Pic is of me headed to Buena Vista to camp out and ride 4mile area. Most difficult trail I've run is Pritchett. I don't know a lot about motorcycles. What I do know is you are either freezing cold, or sweating your b@lls off, or somehow both at the same time.

Jacket
03-22-2012, 12:31 PM
Street legal is not gonna happen with that little smoker....but I've been eyeballin' the WR450F:cool:. Never owned a Yammie before, but I like what I see and read (except the lack of a 6th gear).

cajunrock
04-05-2012, 02:43 PM
Currently on my 8th two wheeler. Still looking for that "right" fit.
2006 KTM Adv 950

Move from the Yam FJR1300 to the KTM

nakman
04-05-2012, 03:19 PM
George, great to meet you again last night, and welcome to the Rising Sun underbelly.. sweet looking bikes!

Jenny Cruiser
04-05-2012, 06:09 PM
I've had a few bikes in the past. This is the one I'm riding now. Paid more than I should have, but I had to have it. First two pics are from my last Alps ride in Oct last year and the last one is a stop on my way to Verdun, FR at a French Helicopter base. My Africa Twin. :)

farnhamstj
04-08-2012, 09:34 PM
That's a very cool bike.

J Kimmel
04-09-2012, 04:38 PM
new scoot, its a 2011 Yamaha Raider


and a pic of me partying with Mini Crue for the heck of it :)

Red_Chili
04-09-2012, 06:54 PM
I think the first RS motorcycle outing will need to consist of two or three disparate groups... unless you cruiser guys feel comfortable on singletrack.
:lmao:

J Kimmel
04-09-2012, 10:49 PM
I think the first RS motorcycle outing will need to consist of two or three disparate groups... unless you cruiser guys feel comfortable on singletrack.
:lmao:

let me know what bike to bring :)

cajunrock
04-18-2012, 09:49 AM
I had a Yamaha VStar 1100 custom. Very fun ride. So low to the ground I could drag my knuckles on the asphalt!!! Black with flames and all !!
I vote for a nice street ride for all types of two wheelers

RyanR
09-21-2012, 10:21 AM
Here's the bike I currently ride 95% of the time. It's my commuter and I ride everything from single track to several day dual sport trips on it. It's been a fun scoot and zero problems in the past 9k miles.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8321/7885170020_fdc98223fd_c.jpg
2008 Honda CRF250x

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8322/7976349499_64107e7cc0_c.jpg
Long-Haul mode with Rear Rack, Seat Concepts Saddle and IMS 4.0 Gallon Tank (260-300 Mile range)

I also have a 2008 KLR650 with a 685cc Big Bore kit and some other goodies and a 1978 Yamaha DT125e. The KLR is for sale if anyone is interested shoot me a PM.

subzali
02-18-2014, 11:16 PM
Here's mine, my first motorcycle period.



It's a 2008 KTM 250 XCF-W, bought brand new in January of 2009.

http://risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/attachment.php?attachmentid=18797&stc=1&d=1273548407



http://risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/attachment.php?attachmentid=18798&stc=1&d=1273548407



http://risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/attachment.php?attachmentid=18800&stc=1&d=1273548407



http://risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/attachment.php?attachmentid=18802&stc=1&d=1273548481



It came with a bunch of KTM promo stuff. 5 gal can, tie-down straps, plastic bark busters, FMF silencer, a "Ready to Race" graphics package, plastic skid plate, fluids, spare set of grips, spare set of some of the plastics, a couple other things I can't remember. It's street legal, I took it up to Elite KTM in Loveland after I bought it, they tuned the carb a little for altitude, put in a fuel adjustment screw so I can dial in the fuel ratio on the fly, and put on the headlight, taillight, horn, etc. to make it street legal. It's got a little mirror, lift straps FR/RR and Probends bark busters now (the plastic ones didn't last long). Also has a Trail Tech light switch installed to control the headlights, and a slight change of wiring so that my tail/brake light is on all the time.



Future mods: fender packs to carry tools and parts, spare plastics with "Ready to Race" graphics installed, and change out my tires (rear first, probably going to go with a trials tire and see how it does).


Battle colors...
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/02/19/2uha2ata.jpg

subzali
02-18-2014, 11:17 PM
One more
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/02/19/e7ahyru8.jpg

Jacket
02-19-2014, 02:41 PM
New plastic, or just new stickers? Looks good man.

subzali
02-19-2014, 04:14 PM
The decals came with my "Ready to Race" package. Also included were blank radiator shrouds. The number plate came factory on my bike and I added the headlight. So I had to buy about $200 worth of plastics to slap all the graphics on. My original theory was to switch back and forth depending on the circumstance (like having this scheme for race day), but I have found out that that is a lot of work. I have to take apart the rear subframe to replace the airbox plastic. And now everything doesn't fit together quite right. So have some massaging to do. But I'll run this for a while and then probably go back to the other and store these away.

Beater
03-01-2014, 06:37 AM
Ahhhhhhhh....yessssssssss..... miles and miles of high altitude singletrack....
I went aphasic trying to remember Taylor Park.

and we now have a family house up there... it's good to marry well.