First time out on the 650.

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  • big t

Posted January 08, 2004 - 11:43 PM


Finally got to ride the 650 in the woods. It was a little muddy and the bike kicked my a$$. The stock front tire sucks in the mud. Flooded the bike a couple of times and had to kick the hell out of it. All in all it was fun but definitely a learning experience. :)

  • 2000

Posted January 09, 2004 - 12:57 AM


Congrats on the XR ride Big T. I ride a MS12 up front in MD, about the same riding conditions. Hooks up real nice. Replace the stock front ASAP, it will hurt you, trust me. Also, there are 2 ways of re-starting the Pig after a tip over: 1)Hold throttle wide open, set piston at top-dead-center(compression stroke) and kick(works for some not me). 2)Hold throttle wide open, pull in de-comp lever, kick 6-8 times, set kick starter to compression stroke and kick(throttle wide open).
You can also replace the carb with a pumper type like Eldebrock QuickSilver from Barnums Pro Products. After a year with the stock carb and falling over a lot I just got mine in the mail tonight. Can't wait to use it.
Enjoy a fun all-around bike.

  • big t

Posted January 09, 2004 - 03:33 AM


Yeah, I think the carb is going to be my next big $ purchase. I'll probably order a tire this week. I think I am going to go with the s12.

  • TimBrp

Posted January 09, 2004 - 04:59 AM


This bike will eat up that s12. I like the Dunlop 756 for the front. It wears well and yeah it's a flexible tire so on the hard stuff it'll feel a little off. The 756 rear is nice too, but wears fast. I'm running a Pirelli Mt-16 in the rear now with HD tubes and couldn't be happier.

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  • stonewall

Posted January 09, 2004 - 07:48 AM


Pull off the stock tires and use them to burn a brush pile or something. They might work somewhere but I've never ridden there yet. Try a Pirelli MT44 front and a MT16 rear.
It will feel like an entirely different bike with this combo. IMHO the stock tires will get you hurt in the mud.

  • Dutch

Posted January 09, 2004 - 07:18 PM


I've had good luck with the S12. That tire has a lot of fans here in Michigan.
One of the most impressive things is how long it last.
By the way - it's 19 below zero at my house. :)

  • superslyko

Posted January 09, 2004 - 11:11 PM



Take it from someone who knows! :D Take that stock front tire off ASAP! It's a piece of [@#$%&!] in the mud! :D I'm still healing! :D

I've heard alot of good things about the S12 and M12. It's my next purchase. :)

  • big t

Posted January 10, 2004 - 02:59 AM


I have had the 756 on my 400 so I will probably go with it or the s12. I'll check on the Pirelli's but price will determine what I get. Can't wait to get it out and take another beating. :)

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