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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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Posted by King Louie on Apr 14, 2014

General

Help me in the fight agaisnt Diabetes
Hi! I am riding in this year's Tour de Cure to help Stop Diabetes. I have joined thousands of riders from across the country in this effort to raise money to further the mission of the American Diabetes Association: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all those affected by diabetes. You may already know someone who has been affected by diabetes. I ride for the millions of people who have diabetes and for their loved ones. I ride for people just like you and me who live everyday with this disease. Many people think diabetes is a minor inconvenience, but it is a disease with serious consequences. It is an everyday struggle of counting carbs, checking blood glucose levels and worry. I know my participation in this year's Tour de Cure can and will make a difference. Please help me in my quest to prevent and cure diabetes once and for all by making a donation. Your generosity would mean so much to me! IF you would like to do this electronically, just send me your E-mail address and I can forward all the information to you. It is very simple.   https://donations.diabetes.org/site/Donation2?df_id=19031&PROXY_ID=10931635&PROXY_TYPE=20&FR_ID=11753&s_subsrc=bfIphEmPfMsg&s_src=boundlessfundraising Thank you! I appreciate your support. Jon Paul  
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.
Posting links to off-site ads
With respect to forum rules, are we allowed to post a link to something we're selling on another site (such as eBay) for others to see? I know guys post all sorts of links when they find something interesting, but wanted to check before putting one up.

Dirt Bike

Mattawa Conditions
Anyone been down to Mattawa lately? I am wondering if they have gotten any rain the last two weeks or so? I am thinking of going down Saturday since it's looking like Taneum/Manastash are going to be pretty wet.....
Tips for Racing a Hare Scramble in the Rain
I plan to use roll off's and a waterproof jacket.  What else can I do?  I see some guys using rubber gloves under their gloves but what is the purpose of that?  Once your normal gloves get wet it's going to be just as cold with rubber gloves under them and I would think my hands will sweat a lot in rubber gloves so my skin will still be wet.  What else can I do to be prepared for 2 hours of racing in the rain?
Stabilizer Comparison
Which one would you go with and why?

ATV/UTV

Bend area camping / Riding
Our riding group is thinking of changing it up this year and instead of going to the dunes we wanted to try the trails around Bend that we have heard about. Can anyone recommend a place to camp that you can ride out of? Preferably somewhere with several spots or a group spot? It would be mostly ATV's, a few dirt bikes and maybe a couple UTVs. A few of us might load up a try different areas but it would be nice to be able to ride from camp. Might also be a couple kids riding.   Thanks Andy
Off Road Riders For Veterans. Welcomes COOHVA
Off Road Riders For Veterans.Welcomes COOHVA to Ride For A Warrior Dice Ride and Raffle. May 19 and 20 in Bend Oregon. COOHVA will be serving Friday nights dinner. This organization fights for the Oregon OHV's right to ride. Go to http://www.coohva.org/
Polaris Launches Second Turbo Diesel MRZR in Same Year
Minneapolis, MN – February 22, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Polaris Government & Defense, a division of the global powersports leader Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), today announced the expansion of the MRZR® platform to now include a two-seat turbo diesel (MRZR-D2), less than one year from the launch of the first turbo diesel MRZR, a four-seat version. As part of a highly innovative commercial company, Polaris Government & Defense provides customers with the best technology and capabilities tailored to their needs – backed by robust, large-scale design, development, testing and production of those vehicles.   “In 2013 we introduced the MRZR, which led to a rapid fielding of a critical capability for Special Forces, and subsequently the selection of the MRZR as the platform for the SOCOM LTATV Program,” said Jed Leonard, director, Polaris Government & Defense. “The pursuit of innovation and capability improvement at Polaris continues. And with the launch of the two-seat variant, our customers have even greater flexibility for their missions and can choose between gas, diesel, and now two or four seats for their MRZRs.” The MRZR-D2 complements the current platform line-up, which are all V-22 transportable and modular in design. MRZR 2: Gas, 2-4 seats, 1 litter mount, 1,000 lb payload MRZR 4: Gas, 4-6 seats, 2 litter mounts, 1,500 lb payload NEW MRZR-D2: Diesel, 2-4 seats, 1 litter mount, 1,000 lb payload, 80 percent more range than gas, more auxiliary power MRZR-D4: Diesel, 4-6 seats, 2 litter mounts, 1,500 lb payload, 80 percent more range than gas, more auxiliary power The MRZR platform is flexible and modular to support uses ranging from rapid personnel deployment, to command and control, casualty evacuation to supply transport missions. The vehicles are proven, affordable, reliable and easily maintained throughout the lifecycle with a commercial supply chain and the Polaris global network. MRZRs have redefined ultralight, off-road mobility for military vehicles and are mission critical for expeditionary forces in the U.S. and allied countries to meet current and future mission demands and threats. And because MRZRs are in service throughout the world, there is a high degree of interoperability and commonality among U.S. and allied forces. About Polaris Government & Defense Polaris Government & Defense vehicles are forged from more than 60 years of off-road innovation and leadership. The commercial prowess and innovative culture of Polaris Industries are leveraged to deliver unique value to government entities and military forces worldwide. This dedicated division provides highly capable, simple to use, and affordable mobility platforms and vehicles that are readily available through easy procurement channels and supported through lifecycle training, service and maintenance from Polaris – the original equipment manufacturer. Polaris Government & Defense | Mobility Made Easy | Polaris.com/gov About Polaris Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader with annual 2016 sales of $4.5 billion. Polaris fuels the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts with our RANGER®, RZR® and POLARIS GENERAL® side-by-side off-road vehicles; our SPORTSMAN® and POLARIS ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; VICTORY MOTORCYCLES® and INDIAN MOTORCYCLES® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; SLINGSHOT® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, SWITCHBACK® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories sold under multiple recognizable brands, and has a growing presence globally in adjacent markets with products including military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. www.polaris.com Source: Polaris Industries Inc.   

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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