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Product Spotlight: Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots
Product Spotlight: Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots These days expensive protective equipment saturate the market, but Alpinestars has a motocross boot that offers high dollar protection with high end quality at the average man’s price.  I have worn the Sidi Crossfire 2, Garne SG-10, SG-12, and Alpinestars Tech 10 boots.  While these top-line boots all share impressive features my favorite is the Alpinestars Tech 7, with the low retail price of $349.  Once Western Power Sports became a distributor for Alpinestars I immediately tested the Tech 10 against the Tech 7 boots.   My initial thought was I would prefer the highest priced boot, the Tech 10.  While this boot is amazing, I felt like I could literally jump off the roof and have no ankle injuries (not recommended), I struggled with the lack of flexibility.  I am 6’4” and have suffered many foot and ankle injuries throughout the years, the most recent was a ruptured Achilles’ tendon.  I tend to look for boots that offer support and protection, yet allow me the freedom to ride comfortably and the Tech 7 meets this criteria.  If I was riding AMA Supercross I would opt for the Tech 10, but for me and my Vet B riding level the Tech 7 is heaven on my feet!  Look for both the Tech 7 and Tech 10 boots available in the TT store.   https://www.thumpertalk.com/shop/cart.php?m=search_results&c=&catID=4443&v=&id=&venID=&attrList=&manuf=1602&priceFilter=&sortBy=PriceHiLo&search=Tech+7&sort=5&asc=desc&page=2 KEY FEATURES • New dual compound sole is seamlessly integrated into the base structure for superior durability and features high performing rubber grip patterning and enhanced feel. The sole and footpeg insert are replaceable. • The anatomically profiled shin plate features a dual closure system with an internal microfiber flap attached with Velcro® for a precise fit closure while the rugged and durable shin plate attached securely with a precision adjustable buckle. • Wide entry aperture for convenience and allows broad ranging calf fit adjustment and support. • Innovative buckle closure system includes high-impact aluminium bridge closures, with memory settings and a quick release/locking system with self-aligning design for easy, precise closure and improved riding performance. All buckles are replaceable. • Redesigned instep and Achilles accordion flex zones construction for superior comfort, control and support. • Extended microfiber gaiter helps prevent excessive water and dirt entry. • Internal lining includes anti-slip microfiber suede on the heel to help keep foot in position.
Posted by Chris Cooksey on Feb 21, 2017

Turning Stones vol 1
The official ride video...Make sure to watch in HD The day started by waking up in a lavish hotel room at the Aranwa Resort in Urubamba, Peru. I had a couple of hours to eat breakfast, gear up, and drive across the valley to another fine hotel to meet up with Imad. A month prior, I received an email inquiry about running a one day hard enduro tour. I was available for the dates, so I began discussing the options for the tour. What I found out was that Imad, who lives in Dubai, was vacationing with his wife. He had come up with a brilliant plan to offer a full day at the spa for his wife which in turn allowed him to take advantage of another type of "SPA." Brilliant! Normally, I begin the tours from our headquarters in Cusco, but in this case, I was able to accommodate by starting at Imad's hotel in Urubamba. This gave me an excuse to bring my entire family to the valley, put them up at a nice hotel complete with all the fixings, and combine it with a one day enduro ride that has kept a smile on my face for days. I hung out with my family when I was at the hotel, then snuck out for a ride with Imad, then returned to spend more time with the family. Perfect! A couple of happy fellas I arrived at the Tambo del Inca, one of the finest hotels in Urubamba. I unloaded the bikes, prepped the lunches, warmed everything up, then headed into the lobby to find Imad. There he was with his happy wife who was about to be pampered for an entire day at the spa. She couldn't have been more happy. Imad was stoked to be able to enjoy Peru on a dirt bike. A win-win in my book! His wife made sure that I was legitimate. She was a bit concerned about me bringing him back in one piece. She mentioned the fact that there are two young kids who have a special relationship with their dad. I also fit that scenario, so I piped in my story to appease his wife that it was indeed my plan to bring Imad back alive and in good condition. Within minutes, Imad and I found ourselves mounting up on the two Husqvarna TE 300's. The trail head, just a minute away from the hotel was screaming for us to come try her out. The trail started out with a daunting strip of tight rock walled single track that resembles a jungle tunnel. It wasn't raining at the time, but it was extremely wet from the rain the night before. Imad pounded out the section with a bit of wonder about whether or not the rest of the day would be similar. I think it scared him a bit. To his pleasant surprise, I explained that it's not all as difficult, but that we would face countless obstacles in the days ride...But not to worry, it would all be worth it. Just a little rocky section to play around on We continued to work our way up the canyon with a goal of reaching the lower lake. I figured it would be a worthy goal to reach the lake, have lunch, then work our way back down the valley. Along the way up, we encountered numerous switchbacks, rock gardens, open meadows, creeks, and many a wet alpaca poop pile. The ride was just what Imad had hoped for. As a guide, I never know how people will do with the altitude. It can be a butt-kicker for some, and for others, it hardly makes a difference. With Imad, he struggled with it at first, but somehow caught a second wind as we reached the bottom of the last big obstacle before the lake. It was a rocky staircase climb that typically wreaks havoc when its dry, but this time it was soaking wet. We had  our work cut out for us. Like two mules, we worked up a good lather climbing up each of the rock steps. I made sure to tell Imad that the view would be worth it. Within a few minutes, he had the opportunity to agree with me. The view was just what Imad needed. In fact, he was so stoked about the view that he told me he wanted to try to reach the upper lake. We had plenty of time, so why not? Taking a break! The stakes go up on the route between the lakes. The terrain we saw below the first lake was only a warm up. Imad confirmed that he was indeed ready to give it a shot. Atta boy! The coolest part of the section is a waterfall that cascades down the mountain as the trail goes right through it. Check out the video if you want to see what I mean! We worked our way through the water, up a number of tight rocky switchbacks, and finally through a stand of scary red-barked trees where one would expect to find a creepy murderer with an axe. The ride is so fun that you forget the altitude. Just past the forest was the final climb before the upper lake. Imad was feeling his oats at this point. We crested the top to discover a sight to behold; The upper lake. It's absolute beauty. It was a perfect place to eat our lunch, take a million pictures and get ready to ride around the side of the lake to an untouched area where a dirt bike has never been. That is always a special treat that I can do for my customers. There are hundreds of places like that which can be explored on my tours. The upper lake never disappoints...well worth the effort! A bit of food and drink, then we mounted up and began a fun trials type of terrain complete with granite rock slabs, bright green grass, tons of mud, and views that continued to blow us away. We played around for a good hour until it was time to begin our descent to the bottom of the valley. Although it is the same trail, it seems like a different valley and route altogether. The downhill is sketchy. It's fast and rhythmic, but there are so many places to find yourself on your face. We experienced a couple of crashes, but coming down provides such a thrill...in fact, it's that type of thrill that keeps me riding. Pure smiles all the way down. A little ride through a waterfall We made it back to the hotel with nothing left in our tanks. No gas, nor energy. Completely smoked, but so satisfied! Another typical ride in the Andes of Peru! Make sure to check out the ride video to see what I am talking about. I can't wait to share another one next time around. Stay tuned and make sure to follow the blog so you can see the next post when it comes out. Until the next one, Scott Check out more of our hard enduro videos on our Youtube channel at MotoMission Peru Dirtbike Adventures.  
Posted by scottiedawg on Feb 19, 2017

Looking California feeling like Minnesota:
As the series hits the East Coast swing Ryan Dungey normally hits his stride by clicking off wins and asserting his dominance.  This year is proving different.  Musquin and Tomac are stronger and can sense a vulnerability in Dungey we have not seen before.  Are we witnessing Father Time catch up with Dungey?  Is he injured?  Did the Roczen injury mess with his head?  These are all factors I hear fans discussing.  I have a friend who is close to the riders at the Bakery who told me Dungey is suffering from an Epstein Barr/Mononucleosis type of illness.  While I am not 100% sure about what's going on with Dungey, clearly something is off.  Riders who are overworked and under fed (Aldon’s program) is news we have heard before, most recently Ken Roczen was extremely critical of the program. Assuming this is Dungey’s issue, Musquin has to know what is going on.  Training alongside your competition with an “iron sharpens iron” philosophy is how the riders in the Bakery train.  This can be a huge benefit to the riders, until they are attempting to hide a weakness from their main competitor.  While Musquin was riding high with confidence after his win in Dallas, maybe he had inside knowledge about Dungey struggling late in the races and that is why he charged hard late in the race.  I can't ever remember watching Dungey get repeatedly caught and passed at the end of races.  With 9 races, and two riders within 24 points of Dungey, the championship is wide open.  While 3rd place isn't a bad finish, Tomac gained 5 points and Musquin gained 2, it’s getting interesting. Loved seeing the 250 East guys.  Every rider wanted to come out swinging and establish themselves as “the guy.”  Confidence is important in Supercross, probably the most important thing a rider can have as the first race establishes the pecking order.  Joey Savatgy did what most experts predicted.  While his performance didn't overwhelm the competition, a win is still a win.  Jordan Smith may have found what had been missing the last few years.  In the past we’ve seen flashes of speed followed by spectacular crashes.  He rode solid in the Main event providing him the confidence needed to make him a consistent podium guy and maybe get his first career win this year.  Zach Osborne is desperately trying to get his first win and it shows, he is not content with a podium finish.  He will win or crash trying.  Round Two in Atlanta will be make or break for both Alex Martin and Christian Craig.  Martin’s night ended in the first turn with a vicious crash, hopefully he will be alright for Atlanta.  Craig had a bad start and got caught up in first round mayhem earning him a 12th place finish.  He will need a podium in Atlanta to get back in this championship. We are seeing the attrition of Supercross taking a toll on the field.  Last night we lost both Cooper Webb and Justin Bogle, not sure how bad their injuries are but both walked off and Bogle said via Instagram that he will be racing in Atlanta.  Webb’s injury looked severe, when somebody grabs their arm and immediately walks away from the track, not even removing their goggles, I get worried.  These guys are gladiators and being dramatic about injuries is not something they do, this isn't Soccer or Basketball.  Hopefully his injury isn't serious, we’ll find out in Atlanta.
Posted by Chris Cooksey on Feb 20, 2017

EVS R4K Race Collar
The R4K is a completely new race collar for 2016. It features a revolutionary Koroyd™ core with superior impact absorption and a reinforced nylon upper shell. The chassis has been completely redesigned to be lighter and more aerodynamic. In an impact, the head is pushed down on the race collar. The R4K effectively fills the gap between your helmet and shoulder with Koroyd, which absorbs impact energy better than standard race collar materials.   - Koroyd® engineered core for superior impact absorption - Reinforced nylon upper shell - Lightweight, aerodynamic chassis design - Rapid lock closure system for easy front entry - Integrated X-Strap cleats - Polyurethane foam base - Sizes: Youth, Adult
Posted by Russhole on Jan 27, 2017

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General

Motorcycle hitch carrier on 5er
I've been pondering this set up for a while.  What I have is a 99 Powerstroke, a 87' 24 ft Terry all 5er, a steel motorcycle carrier that mounts to the hitch, and my KTM 350 XCF-W. For day runs and local stuff, I can load the bike in the truck or use the hitch carrier on my 4Runner. No worries. If I want to go riding for a week and over night, I can beg the wife to come along and drive the 4Runner with the KTM, while I haul the 5er. For those trips where she isn't interested or doesn't want to drive separately, I've been thinking about mounting the motorcycle carrier on to the 5er using a Curt adjustable receiver hitch that is made for 5ers.  While a toy hauler would be awesome, I can't afford those stupid things. I've been thinking more along the lines of modifying a horse trailer with living quarters, but that's still a few years off. So this is what I have to work with. My concern is the bike is going to bounce around and get hurt. I'm not too concerned with the 5er, but at the same time I don't want to intentionally destroy the 5er. Does anyone else have a similar setup that could toss out some advice or pointers?  Thanks.
High blood pressure and Motocross
Age is catching up to me... Was at the Doctor and checked blood pressure, it was high so he prescribed Lisinopril. (Starting with 5mg and then up to 10mg) (HBP runs in my family) I exercise and live a fairly healthy life, besides riding Enduro/Motocross.... :-D After reading about some of the possible side effects, it scares me a little to start taking this, as I really want to keep up with my riding. Have not started taking this, but I know I have to. I eat healthy, do regular exercise but nothing gets my BP down. So my question is: Has anyone any information on how this might influence riding Motocross? Anyone with first hand experience? I really do hope this will not end my riding, as I have been on Dirt Bikes since age of 17 and now at age 48 I love it more than ever. Thanks.
Retarded injury's
Any embarrassing injuries? I was kicking my 600 single over today and like a Muppet kicked her on the wrong stroke .kicked back.. Took my boot clean off and threw it across the road... Had to hop across the road to fetch it in front of my local shops aha And ripped my bloody leathers open My pops dislocated his shoulder falling off his bike while stationary as well lool

Dirt Bike

Indiana Riders, where're you at ???
What's up fellow TT Hoosiers. There isn't much Indiana participation here in the Midwest forum. Well, sound off here and lets get some TT'er rides going. I'm on the West/Central side of the state, but I'm willing to travel for a good ride and to meet new riding freinds. Redbird, Badlands, Interlake, Haspin Acres, Motosupreme, or some private property, I'm game for anywhere. I'm even up for traveling/camping out of state. Last fall, I hit Turkey Bay(in KY) and Brimstone(in TN). Both places were awesome, I'm ready to go back. Let's try to keep this thread going, so post ride reports, planned rides, or just shoot the sh_t.
2017 whatchu listenin' to ? thread
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYQyqDRdd7E   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEqp9Fs1LrU

ATV/UTV

Yamaha warrior won't start
Hi guys, this might get lengthy so please bear with me. I recently got an old 88 warrior running that had been sitting for 10 years, only problem is I have to bump start it. It's won't even attempt to start with the electric start, not even a click. It has a brand new battery as well, bought one a week ago. But this is where it's weird. If I put jumper cables on it it used to start that way. I could tell though every time I started it that way it was turning over slower and slower each time. Now even the jumper cables won't do the trick anymore, it will only click now. What I find weird it I'm obviously connecting the jumper cables to the battery terminals themselves or the wire directly connected to the terminals. And that's the only way it's getting any power whatsoever. Like I said with the brand new battery alone it won't even try anything, light won't come on either. I checked the fuse and ground and the seem ok. I'm stumped and would really like the electric start going so my dad can use it. Thanks guys
05 blaster rebuild help
Can anyone tell me the difference between these 2 pistons they are both std bore but as you can see one is smaller then the other and also has more rings I know. One picture is oem and one is wiseco but wiseco sells a kit with that same smalller piston as well that I didn't post .. does it matter witch one I get?
01 blaster
So I have an 01 blaster and I know it needs a clutch side crank seal (already ordered) I know I need one because it burns tranny oil real Bad and it also fryed my clutch bcus it wasn't getting any oil to it, anyway the bike was running with very little power but would still rev up today I wanted to start it and it was acting as if the tors was engaged it would not rev..will the crank seal fix the revving problem or is that now something else, I read on a different forum someone with the exact problem and no one replied to it if anyone can help I would appreciate it

Street

KTM Duke 690 Suspension
My wife just bought a 2016 Duke 690. All is great except the rear suspension, even at no pre-load is much MUCH too stiff for her 128 lbs. It's like she's riding a hard tail. Is the rear shock's spring changeable for a lighter one? My guess would be if we change the rear, we need do the forks too but I know little to nothing about suspension mods. I'm hoping some here are more knowing ion the topic. Thanks. 
ninja 650 and sv 650 fans please help me decide
i want a kawasaki ninja or versys 650 or an sv 650.  I rode a versys and a sv today and was really impressed by the suzuki.  However I found a nice deal on a versys 650. So Im trying to decide which of the three I want to get.  The Kawasaki versys was stock, and it had a fair amount of carbon build up around the exhaust pipe, it has 18000 miles and has never  been serviced (valve check) do you think that is a problem? (the carbon that is).   also  I have a rather strange need but its fairly important.  Which of these three bikes can turn the tightest U turn?  any ideas  or do I need to get out a tape measure.  thanks a bunch  and while Im at it.  Ive read the suzuki will starve for oil if wheelied to far.  could one not relocate the oil pick up to remedy any problem? thanks
85 XL 600R rear suspension
I asked this in a different forum but perhaps it belongs here. I am going through my 85 XL 600 and am wondering if anyone knows of a rear suspension modification that will do better for street riding? It has the factory shock, although it feels ok it does squeak some.  thanks

Snow

Anyone get a timbersled kit or yeti snowmx for the holiday?
With all the bikers on Thumpertalk, aren't there some folks that got the snowbike conversion kits?  What is your experience?  
For the sledders...
How to prepare for snowmachining. 1. Go to your local snowmachine repair shop, smile and give the first guy you see $200. This will get you used to spending money there on a regular basis. 2. Fill a 50-gallon barrel with sand. Lower it into a hole. Now lift it out. If you can, add water to the sand and try it again. Do this 5 times per day. This will get your back in shape for lifting your sled out of the deep snow. 3. You must be able to count to 3. (IE: " On 3 ready, 1,2,3,") Practice this while doing #2. If your testicles don't try swapping sacks your not pulling hard enough. 4. Put on all your riding gear and go to the local pool and jump in nipple deep. Start walking, bringing your knees chest high. Do this for 15 minutes with a 5 minute break. This will get you in shape for walking in chest deep snow to dig your buddy out for the fifth time in 5 minutes. 5. Tie a rope to a heavy-duty spring. Pull the rope repeatedly with each arm until the pain in your shoulders meets somewhere in middle your back. This will get you in shape for starting your buds sled, which he conveniently forgot was out of gas. It's best to do this exercise while someone is spraying starting fluid into your nose and eyes also. 6. Drink four ounces of cod liver oil mixed with a strong laxative. Dress with long underwear, wool pants, snowmachine bibs, insulated boots and heavy coat. Walk far into the woods without any paper products and wait for a personal emergency. This get you prepare for the Beer ****s that come out of nowhere, and at the wrong time. 7. Place your hands in a bucket of ice water for 20 minutes. Put the carburetor from your lawn mower in the bottom of your deep freeze. Now climb in the deep freeze, shut the lid and overhaul it while holding a pen light in your mouth. This gets you prepared to work on your sled in the freezing cold and black of night. Advanced riders do this with a leatherman tool. 8. Dress up in your new $350 snowmachine bibs. Pour 2 stroke oil down the right leg, gasoline down the other and Peppermint Schnapps and Beer all over the front. Fill your boots with ice cubes and ask your wife or girlfriend to dance. This will prepare her for the stops at the local bar after a ride. 9. Put on a Balaclava and a full-face helmet. Attempt to drink hot chocolate through the opening. Advanced riders attempt this while riding a lawn tractor over in the nearest farmers' field. 10. Put on your helmet and goggles and get the lens as fogged up as possible. Enter a sumo wrestling tournament with three 500 pound sumo wrestlers. Let them throw you around for 5 hours. This will help you for when you ride in a white out blizzard. 11. Find a place where you can pay $5 a gallon for regular gas; $19.99 per quart of oil; $20 for a hamburger and frozen French fries; $4 for a coke and $100 to sleep in a cold cabin on a bed with springs sticking through the mattress. Stay for two nights, minimum. This will prepare you on the high cost of your future winter trips. 12. Practice explaining to your banker why you need another loan for a $50,000 truck to pull the four $12,000 toys, in your $10,000 trailer that you still owe $40,000 on.

PWC

2017 SX-R Jet Ski
Kawasaki had the new 2017 SX-R Jet Ski at the Toronto Motorcycle Cycle show this weekend. It has a1500cc 4 cylinder in-line 4 stroke engine. It looks awesome!
PWC FOR SALE IN FLORIDA
I have a 2004 YAMAHA FX160, 1100 cc PWC that I'm wanting to sell. 5 years ago I bought this PWC from the Indianapolis Colts Organization as you can tell on the title. Some of the areas were not repainted with the proper paint and there is a small amount of paint chipping. It was repainted using the Colts paint scheme which draws a huge amount of attention especially when you see the name of the former owner on the back. This PWC has a total of 60 hours of usage. It is one of the bigger PWC as it can hold 3 adults and has towed water skiers behind it with ease. The Yamaha FX has a reverse that you put it into when parking in tight spots. You can also adjust the tilt in 3 different gradients determined by water conditions. The PWC has been under cover in storage for 2 years. Eric at J.E.T. PROFORMANCE in Vero Beach completely went through it and can speak to how sound this PWC is. The trailer it sits on could use help. The axle does have rust on it even though it was covered. I'm asking $2600 for this FX160 which is a steal. I purchased it in Cincy and brought it to Ft. Pierce, Florida 6 years ago and it has seen minimal use. I didn't have the numbers of visitors that I thought we'd be seeing. Please call me or PM me with any questions you may have. BTW, it is a 160 not a 140. The Colts put the wrong stickers on it. Thanks, Todd
bringing back a 1991 and 1993 yamaha superjet's from the dead
hey guys just picked up 2 yamaha superjets one a 1991 and the other a 1993. both are the same 650cc engine. They both sat on a trailer outside for about 15 years. the 93's whole bottom half of the engine was under water from rain. the 91 was covered but had mice living in it. But ant ideas what both will need to run again?  

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