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Fasst Company Impact Adventure Foot Pegs
When I get a new bikes, there is always some tweaking necessary to make it home. A number of years ago I started riding on over-sized foot pegs, I've grown to love them, so it's one of the first things I swap out. Recently, I picked up a 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R and while the stock foot pegs offered plenty of grip, they just felt tiny. I jumped on the interwebz to see what options were out there and I came across a picture of the Fasst Company Impact Adventure Foot Pegs. They looked awesome and I'll admit, the splash of KTM Orange caught my eye. KTM guys...  The unique feature of the Impact Adventure Foot Peg is that its bolt-on foot bed is completely isolated from its base by an elastomer. The idea is to reduce vibration and harshness from being transmitted to the rider. Not that I specifically set out to find something like this, but the approach made sense, the rest of the foot peg met my needs, so I figured there was no down-side to trying it. Fasst Company Impact Foot Peg elastomers come in 6 Flavors. Installation A couple of minutes per side with basic hand tools. Happy to report that the included springs aren't overly stiff like others I've installed that can make it way harder than it needs to be. The new cotter pins are longer than needed for the 690 Enduro R, but a pair of dykes fixed em' right up. Performance I'm going to jump right into talking about how they dampen vibration & shock because I think that's what most really want to know. At first, I thought about how I'd measure vibration vs. the stock foot pegs, but after some reading and talking with the Fasst Company guys, doing so was far outside my capabilities and budget. So, butt dyno it is! But, isn't that how the rest of you are going to judge them? Versus the ultra smooth 800cc in-line triple of my last bike, the 690 Enduro R's big single has a lot more vibration. Nothing to whine about on the trails or on 45 mph back-roads, but with fairly aggressive DOT knobbies, as the speed picks up, so do the vibes. While you still feel stuff through the foot pegs, the repeating, high-frequency vibration patterns of the engine are just about gone. My riding partner is on the 2017 Husqvarna 701 Enduro that not only has less aggressive DOT knobbies (TKC80s), the 701 has an all new mill with a 2nd counterbalancer. We traded bikes half way through the day and despite his smoother bike, he said that the Impact Adventure Foot Pegs on my 690 definitely felt smoother. So, for the slabbin' we do to get to the trails or connecting trails on higher speed hard-packed dirt roads with lots of square edged bumps & washboard, the reduced vibes is appreciated, even the feeling isn't overwhelming. But, you have to think cumulatively. Less vibes and shock over the course of a full day or a multi-day riding trip adds up to more comfort and less micro trauma. The later might not matter to the younguns', but as you age, it becomes more valuable. Since the off-road terrain I ride in central Florida is overwhelmingly soft sand and you couldn't find a rock if your life depended upon it, I'm not sure that I've really put the product through its full paces when it comes to shock reduction. However, I'll be up in NE Tennessee over the summer where I'll encounter plenty of embedded rock with squared edged hits. I'll report back then, so check back if you're interested. In terms of feel, control, and grip, the Fasst Company Impact Adventure Foot Pegs are great. The generous 4 3/4" X 2 3/8" foot bed means there is always a comfortable position to be had and it gives you extra leverage that is valuable when riding a heavier bike. Boot grip has been perfect, but to be fair, we don't have greasy mud where I ride, so your mileage may vary. Access to foot control was unaffected from stock, something I didn't have issue with anyway. Bryan's Bottom-line I really like my Fasst Company Impact Adventure Foot Pegs. Vibration & shock absorbing tech aside, they are competitively priced in the category and do everything that you've expect from a premium over-sized foot peg. Add the vibration & shock absorbing tech back into the equation and you have a winning combination. Not that I'd buy the product purely for the elastomers, but they are absolutely an added bonus to an already solid foot peg. Check em' out @ https://www.fasstco.com/collections/motorcycle/products/impact-adventure-peg As an aging rider, I'll now never not know what bike is mine. Thx Fasst Company! 
Posted by Bryan Bosch on Jun 21, 2017

Flying Machine Factory Fall 2017 Apparel Launch
From the fire, metal, fumes of the So Cal Horsepower Factory to the rolling hills of Zaca Station join us as we take a ride with the Flying Machine Factory for the Fall 2017 Apparel shoot. Since 1973 Don Emler has been creating iconic clothing to follow his power bred FMF exhaust systems. Now over 40 years later the FMF brand is still having as much fun as ever playing with dirtbikes. Join our FMF Athletes, and friends as we twist throttle and hit the 805 Brewery.  
Posted by Bryan Bosch on Jun 16, 2017

2017 KTM 690 Enduro R any good?
With approximately 450 miles of back-roads, jeep trails, and even some sandy, whooped out single track, what's the verdict on the 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R? Is the new bike honeymoon over? Did it live up to rather high expectations? I'll cut to the chase and say that I absolutely love this bike and have zero regrets on my purchase! Why? Keep reading and I'll do my best to explain. Currently the engine, suspension, and brakes are bone stock. Mods coming? Oh yes... There WILL be mods!  Bryan Bosch taking a mid morning break from the sand whoops - Croom OHV Brooksville, FL That Motor! The 690 Enduro R power plant in many ways defines this machine. It makes BIG boost from bottom to top in a very linear fashion that always puts a smile on my face. On the street, whack the throttle wide-open and the front tire lofts as you row through the gears. You're not trying to wheelie, the bike just pulls that hard. If you're a wheelie guy, this bike makes it easy. From the factory, there is a sticker that warns you not to exceed 100 mph, but my guess is that it will pretty easily. My buddy has the 701 Husqvarna and we dragged on a flat, long, deserted dirt road. We decided to back 'er down in the mid 90s, but both bikes had more legs left. Off-road, the gearing is a little high for tight single track, but this bike really seems to be the most at home in more open, flowing terrain. In ski racing terms, it's more at home on the giant slalom course. Not that it's not nimble or capable of tighter terrain. The bike has tons of low-end and a 'butta smooth Magura Hydraulic Clutch, so I find myself in 3rd a lot, just rolling on the throttle. But, a surge of power is a clutch pull away. I'm more of a short-shifter, so this torquey motor suits my style. Where we ride, it's just about all sand and even in tighter, slower sections, the bike is hard to stall, even with lazy clutch skills. Is the motor buzzy or vibey? Sort of a tough question because that's personal perception. I will say, before I bought it, this was my biggest worry. I've had Carpel Tunnel surgery on my throttle hand with mild nerve damage in both wrists, and things like string trimmers cause my hands to tingle after 10-15 minutes of use. I even had some issues with my ultra-smooth Triumph Tiger 800XC in-line triple. Maybe it's certain resonance frequencies, but I'm not having any issues with the 690. So, very, very relieved. And, word on the street is that after a couple thousand miles, the motor smooths out a bit more. For back-road dualsporting on the stock DOT knobbies, vibes are pretty mild, but as the speed picks up, so do the vibes. If you want to pound freeway, I'd suggest different tires. The stockers are happiest below 55, maybe 60 mph @ 20-25 psi. Not a fan of highway slabbin', so I'm keeping these tires. Suspension I really have no complains here. It's never harsh or chattery and always feels planted. Keep in mind that in central Florida, you couldn't find a rock if your life depended upon it. Most of our trails are soft sand, but there are plenty of sections with exposed roots. On Memorial Day, we rode an area called Croom and despite the unrelenting, deep sand whoops, this bike surprised me. For its 326 ready-to-ride pounds, it tracked through the whoops straight and both ends stayed pretty poised. However, I'm not going to say that sand whoops is where the bike shines. Most purpose built off-road race bikes would be a better choice, but I wanted to see how she'd do and it was surprisingly well all things considered. But, I hate to ride sand whoops all day, so not high on my list of performance criteria. Still nice to know what the bike can do. Brakes The over-sized Galfer front wave rotor and dual piston Brembo caliper with ABS offers plenty of initial bite & power, enough to tax the grip of the Pirelli MT21 DOT front tire on dry pavement. When the pavement is wet, this is where the ABS rocks. Off-road, ABS is easily turned off by pushing and holding a single button on the gauge cluster. However, it sucks that every time you turn the bike off, it defaults to ABS on. The aftermarket has options to fix this, but I'd prefer my last setting to be remembered. I'm sure a KTM lawyer will disagree with me. At least there is a button vs. having to nav to sub menus to turn ABS off like my last bike. Handling When compared to a dirt bike, say the KTM 500EXC, the 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R is a big girl on paper. However, I think it rides a lot lighter than the numbers would suggest. With the rearward fuel tank mounted low and relatively central to the bike's mass, it's slim in the mid section like a 450 and remarkably light on its feet. Even in tighter terrain, weaving the bike through the trees is easy and overall, the bike feels pretty nimble. About the only time you feel the mass is when you get the bike crossed up in deep sand and mistakenly grab a handful of big bore. For me, the most fun is rippin' down a sandy trail, power sliding from corner-to-corner. This is very easy with all the power the 690 has on tap and the handing is very predictable. Around town and on back-roads, the bike is a sweet heart.  It will do freeway speeds without issue, but without a windscreen, longer runs would be a chore IMHO. All Kittens and Rainbows? Hmmmmmmmmmm.... no. Where do I think KTM came up short with the 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R? Here's my list so far (not in any particular order): 1.  How tall do they think most of us are? This bike is tall! I'm 5' 10" and it's still tall. With boots on, I'm still just slightly better than on my tip toes. Thank God for the strong steel kickstand for getting on the bike. At the lowest point of the seat, it's 37". 2. For almost 11k before taxes & registration, no fuel gauge? This is a premium dual sport KTM. You made the tach sweep up and back at start up like a race car, but no fuel gauge? Booo! But, at least there is a low fuel light, just before you run out. 3. KTM, you still can't make a comfortable seat? I know you love your sporty, sharp angles, but they create pressure points that don't feel good on the ass after a few hours. Can't you compromise a little aesthetics for comfort? For 11k, I shouldn't have to immediately order a functional dual sport seat. And even worse, the seat pan rubber bumpers? I have extras in my garage b/c they fall out if you look at them wrong. 4. Handlebars are too low for standing. I understand that we all come in different shapes & sizes, but I'm much closer to the average that otherwise. 5. No power port for my phone or navigation? I appreciate the power with key on Accessory 2 wires in the loom behind the headlight, but again, premium dual sport. For the money it should come with this. But then again, dummies like me pay what you ask, so... 6. The shifting action is good, but if you're not very deliberate, a missed shift is pretty easy. I happens to me a couple of times on every ride, mostly upshifting into higher gears. There is an aftermarket fix that I might install if it really bothers me.  My Bottom-line My biggest regret is the two year detour riding a 500lb. ADV bike. The 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R has re-lit my fire for dirt biking. I'm once again excited for the next ride because this bike is just so much fun to ride. All of the gripes above are either completely livable or fixable in the aftermarket and none are show stoppers. I think that the 2017 KTM 690 Enduro is an amazing dual sport and for my needs, I absolutely made the right choice to sell my 2013 Triumph Tiger 800XC. I was a little worried that the 690 Enduro R might be a dirt bike with a license plate (had a plated KTM 450), but there is no question that it's a purpose built dualsport that is better on the road than a dirt bike and far better than a big ADV bike off-road. For me, I've found the middle ground that I was looking for. Fathers day is this Saturday and when my wife asked what I wanted, the answer was easy, "I'm going ridin' hon!"  Bryan Bosch & Steve Claus #dualsportduo   Got sand? We do and plenty. - Croom OHV Brooksville, FL   Richloam General Store - Withlacoochee National Forest Exploring some sandy single track - Withlacoochee National Forest Lunch on the way home at a fav BBQ pit - Zephyrhills, FL   If you have any question for me, hit me up in the comment section below. I'd appreciate hearing from you. If you want to follow our blog, click the "follow" button up top.
Posted by Bryan Bosch on Jun 13, 2017

Flying Machine Stories: EPISODE 002 – SLEETDAWG’S TWO WHEEL LIFE
Motocross is an addiction you have to know to understand. No one embodies the love for banging bars more than So Cal legend, Mike Sleeter. A born competitor... if Mikes riding he’d rather be racing. We followed Mike at the recent Glen Helen 2-Stroke National. Then we sat down with our close friend and lifetime FMF rider to talk 2-strokes and life in the moto lane. Check out the video and slide into the mind of Sleetdawg. Follow the links below to see Episode 002. Full Story: http://flyingmachinefactory.com/mike-sleeter-episode-002/  
Posted by Bryan Bosch on Jun 09, 2017

Fox Instinct Off-Road Boots
The Fox Racing Instinct Off-Road Boot is a new model for 2017 that shares the majority its design above the ankle with the MX version of Fox’s flagship Instinct line.  From the ankle down, the sole gets a wider, featuring a more open lug pattern and the toe box is fully enclosed with TPU for additional protection on trails.  Color choices are limited to blue/orange or charcoal and as with all Fox boots, the Instinct Off-Road is designed in California and manufactured in China.   Beginning with sizing, I have wide size 9.5 feet and found the boots to be fairly true-to-size.  I rounded up to a size 10 which provided a decent fit that was only slightly snug on the outside toe box.  Calf adjustment is pretty typical and I had no issue fitting with in-the-boot knee protection with room to spare (19" max opening). Fox did a great job with the hinged ankle, providing support and protection without limiting necessary mobility.  It provides smooth rotation in the first few degrees of travel and gets progressively stiffer to prevent hyperextension with a solid end-top to prevent hyperflexion.  I was surprised by how well it resists twisting and rolling of the ankle.  The only downside is a creaking noise that comes from the hinge cuff when walking around.  The noise has mostly subsided after a few rides but still isn’t entirely gone, even with the aid of silicon spray as Fox suggested. The toe box is an area that impressed me.  It’s stiff, but there is a recessed area on the top of the left boot with less material that allows for a increased shifter feel.  I had some missed shifts at first, but adapted within a couple rides.  I had no issues with rear brake lever feel and modulation which might be attributed to their low-ride chassis and smooth ankle pivot.  As someone that has struggled with ingrown toenails, the stiff toe box really helps distribute the force from the shifter. The wide lug pattern on the sole is great for walking around in mud and grass, but it has a tendency of wedging into the foot pegs when riding on the balls of your feet.  This requires a little extra effort to re-position your foot, something I’m still not 100% accustomed to.  This is my main gripe with the boots.  Riding on my arches was no problem and I think Fox did a good job choosing the right material for the replaceable mid-sole, balancing good grip and durability.  The tacky Duratac rubber works great on wet rocks and I only had a few small chunks ripped out of the soles after a couple months of hard riding and trail maintenance. There’s not much area on the inside leg of the boot not covered in Duratac rubber and this makes for awesome grip on the foot pegs and frame.  The shape of the boot paired up well with my YZ250F frame, allowing me to not pinch as hard with my legs (saves energy) while still maintaining good bike control. This is my first pair of boots without Velcro at the cuff and I love it.  It allows for a snug fit at the top of the boot as you move around, with a superb top seal. Sand is pretty much a given where I ride and I have yet to find any inside the boot after many hours of riding.  This also lends well to sealing water out as I never had an issue with wet feet, on or off the bike.  I even walked around in a small pond up to the third buckle and came out with dry feet.  The downside of the great seal is poor ventilation.  The dark color really soaks up the sunlight and proved to be warm on days only in the 70’s when you're off the bike. Warmer weather is tolerable when you stay on the bike and keep moving. The buckles have a metal base with a plastic lever that snaps into place by means of a stiff detent and ball-and-socket design.  The combination of a stiff detent and short lever makes them a bit hard to operate, but on the plus side, they do stay closed.  There’s a large TPU molded ramp at the bottom buckle to help deflect rocks and brush, keeping your buckles out of harm's way.  The serrated-back plastic straps are easy to adjust and have an over-molded metal connector where they meet the buckle.  I’ve managed to bash them against rocks with no more than a little rash.  Replaceable parts can be somewhat limited for a boot in this price range, but the buckles, straps, strap passes, rear cuff, and middle sole are available for replacement.  Fox included two spare buckles in the box. Fox markets the Instinct Off-Road as a no break-in boot, but that was not quite the case for me.  The initial fit was a little snug in the toebox and ankle area, but both have relaxed as the boot fully broke in within a couple hours use.  I’ve worn the boots all day for trail maintenance that  included digging, setting logs, and running tractors & other equipment to build tracks.  Being an off-road boot, off bike comfort should be equally important, but with the majority of its design borrowed from its MX brother, it’s no surprise that the feel is more like a comfy MX boot.  For boots, I rank safety over comfort, but I was expecting better all-day comfort out of a dedicated off-road boot.  I have managed to have several get-offs while wearing the boots, one in particular smashed the top of my left foot into a bowling ball sized rock.  Outside of a scuffed toe box, the boot and my foot come out unscathed. Pros  Great seal at calf. Strong buckles. Solid safety features. Grippy soles on/off the bike. Replaceable sole section. Cons  Marginal ventilation. Wide lug pattern sole has tendency to hang up in foot pegs. I haven't been a big fan of Fox boots in the past, but think that they have made big strides into the premium boot market with the Instinct Off-Road Boot.  I'd like to see better all-day comfort for a dedicated off-road boot, but I do really like the protection, feel, and control they provide. Couple a solid performance with great build quality, the Fox Instinct Off-Road Boot is easily my go-to boot for the trails. >>> more
Posted by Bryan Bosch on Jun 01, 2017

General

old trucks i saw today......
drove by and saw this place so i took some pics.......
I fell down and went crack/crashing sucks.
Last Sunday I had my first, and probably last, ride on a real trials bike. It bit me hard only moments after I decided that I'm too a old and fat to be riding a trials bike, and headed back to the road to bring it back to the owner. The course was about 3/4 of a mile of fresh cut medium tight single track. I'd ridden about a dozen loops on a 300 2t Enduro earlier in the morning. Half way into the second loop I knew this bike wasn't for me. I'm not sure exactly what went wrong, but I probably forgot there was no seat under my fat butt. Anyway, my foot snagged something on the trail, I got pulled back a bit and whiskey throttled a bit. I went down hard on my left hip right at the transition from dirt to tarmac and now I'm sitting at home with a fractured hip socket  and a prescription of very strong pain killers. The Ortho Dr said it's not nearly the worst acetabular fracture she's ever seen, but wants me to go see a pelvic fracture specialist just in case. She doesn't think it will need surgery, but wants a specialist to say so.  Easier said than done for me at the moment, since I can't even get from my front door to the car without a wheelchair and strong friends to get me down the porch steps. Honesty, I'm amazed that I'm not insane yet. I've never been still this long in my entire life. One week down of a minimum 6 week recovery period, but 8 to 12 is more likely from what I'm hearing.  I'm really concerned about what this is going to do to my body. I'm a big guy in my mid forties, my weight has been stable for years, but 50 lbs over what it really should be, but I'm otherwise pretty fit, probably thanks to my physical activity levels that I can not at present maintain. Some highlights from the experience so far: I got my first ever ambulance ride, strapped to back board on rough rural roads. I had the hospital try to discharge me from the ER at 1am, knowing full well I was 4 hours from home, after a few hours earlier telling me they were keeping me overnight for observations, and I made my transportation plans accordingly. The joke was on them though, I had to ambulatory to be discharged, I could sort of stand on crutches, but couldn't go anywhere. They brought me a walker and I managed to shuffle myself backwards enough to flop onto the bed, I declared that I was exhausted, and they stopped fighting with me and gave me a shot of something strong that knocked me out in seconds.  It took me several hours to get out of the passenger seat of our truck and into the house, it wouldn't have happened at all if my neighbors boyfriend wasn't there to give a hand with the wheelchair going up the steps.  Coughing feels like a gunshot to the hip, God help me if I sneeze. I'm basically living in a power reclining chair, like the ones you see advertised for old folks with arthritis. I do get in the wheelchair and roll myself around the living room for exercise a few hours before I go to bed.  #2 is a huge project. I have a beauty of bruise coming down the back of my left thigh, the side bar of the hospital commode presses right into it.  I smell wonderful. I haven't had a proper washing yet. My wife has been washing me down the best she can, but we need professional assistance. I don't see myself taking an actual shower for a few more weeks. Hopefully I'm wrong on that one.  Thankfully the groin pull that came with injury is better now, at least I can move my right leg mostly normally now.  Aflac doesn't seem to understand that dirt bike accidents on private property don't generate police reports, I say its a sports injury, but they say it's a motor vehicle accident, and they are holding up my claims. I've spoken to two different representatives, before and after I began the paperwork for the claim, both said it wasn't a problem, yet their system still says they can't proceed without one. The supposedly independent third party healthcare advocate service that my employer uses is useless.  My health insurance company claims to cover all sorts of things, so long as done through an in-network provider. Guess what, there are nearly none where I live. We went through dozens of phone numbers of durable medical equipment suppliers that they claim to be in network in my county. None are currently in business. One has been out of business for almost 6 years, I know because they were once a client of my employer, I serviced their warehouse forklifts up until the day they closed.  Clearly they are going to put me through the same runaround with transportation and in home assistance, did I mention that the health care advocate is useless yet?  They are supposed to solve these issues.   Any other old or middle aged guys with less than ideal fitness levels have any tales and tips on recovering from a hip, pelvic or other long recovery fracture?  I could use some encouraging words.  I need to recover well enough to go back into my old routines, and I definitely want to ride again, although I'll skip the trials bike next time.  
2000 Yz125 clutch not engaging?
Okay so I recently bought a 2000 yz125 a while back on Craigslist, the guy I bought it from was riding it when it got locked up in first gear and he forced it back into neatural where it wouldn't go into any other gear. I bought the bike took it home tore it down and found there was metal debri that came out the oil plug. I split the casing and found a barring holder came out and got grounded up in the gears wasn't a big probelem checked everything out, (shifting forks) (gears) etc then replaced the holder. When I put it back together and assembled the engine on the bike. It wouldn't go in neatural at all but it would shift into other gears, the clutch lever is really loose not like play loose like as the clutch has no tension at all and if I try to rotate my back wheel or the transmission it just locks after about half a rotation and tries to turn the engine over ;( please help I've ran out of options I don't know what it could be other than in the clutch cover it does have a little rod with a gear and the gear is missing two teeth but the clutch felt fine when I bought the bike I doubt it messed the two little teeth up. it has a Hinson billet prof clutch with a stock clutch cover thanks to anyone who can help greatly appreciated!!

Dirt Bike

Motorcycle Magazines
Just wondering what magazine I should subscribe to. I know there are several but I am curious as to everyone's opinion. Thanks in advance.  
Does the never ending maintaince get you down?
Today I headed off for a ride, but had to turn around because my engine was cutting out.  On the way home I some how cut my front tire right along the bead!?  My rear tire has a slow leak, but that's OK, because I need a new one every month anyway. Last week my horn stopped working, my kickstand fell off and my bash guard clamp stripped out when doing an oil change.  When fixing my horn wiring, I noticed my tail light wires were broken and my radiator shroud bolt was missing.  After putting the gas tank back on, it no longer sits tight, so I need new mounting hardware, or maybe a new tank? Two weeks ago, a sub-frame bolt disappeared and so did one of my hard guard bolts. Three weeks ago, I get my engine back from my engine builder (full rebuild plus big bore kit and porting).  First ride it starts leaking oil.  It's still leaking oil (engine builder has been pretty slack about getting back to me, but says it's OK to ride). My engine temp sensor wire broke and I ordered the wrong part to fix it.  With some parts of my bike I've given up and just use zip ties and duct tape to hold it together. Pretty sure my rear wheel bearing is toast and my brakes and clutch need bleeding. Tonight, I re-packed my silencer and burned off the carbon build up. In less than a month, I'm going to have to get my suspension serviced and my steering damper could use some fresh oil. Five weeks ago, my daughter told me she wished I could get a new bike.  So sweet, I thought!  But then she tells me her wish was because I spend all my time fixing my bike and not paying with her. In February I bought a brand new pro RMK 800 snowmobile.  I bought it new so I wouldn't have to start fixing the ****ing thing for a year or so.  On my one and only ride, I hit a rock and bent the a-arm and tie rod... $300+ in parts.  Then I get a recall notice in the mail... now I have to replace the pitman arm. So sick of all this *****.  Every year it's like this.  I just want to ride my bike! And yes, I do check over my bike after every ride and do a ton of preventive maintenance.  Never once have I not made it back home on time and I usually don't carry any tools.
2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Muddy Creek Bench Racing Rd5
Track is keeping up to its name.  Canard qualified 2nd.  That's smart....go out there and push to the limit your first race back from injury number #17635.

ATV/UTV

Another oil consumption thread
I have a 2007 Yamaha YZ450F, as far as I know it's never been rebuilt or anything, but it's never been raced. When I got it, it had the original white anniversary edition plastics and stickers. I decided to do an oil change after realizing the oil level was low when I got it, and now I have less than 6 hours on the oil and it's not even hitting the dipstick. That seems a little excessive if you ask me, but there is no smoke or leaks coming from the bike at all. The compression is still there also. I have no problem rebuilding it, I just don't want to rebuild it if it doesn't need it. I just don't understand where the oil is going.
Banshee dies after a hour or two
Runs good for a hour or two then dies and wont start again for like 30 minutes. Doesnt seem to be over heating. Any ideas? Maybe a stator?

Street

1984 xt600 salvage title
Hello all, So i bought a 1984 yamaha xt600 last year for cheap, had a salvage title but bike looked ok and rode fine. Story is the sidestand and its mount where broken off. it was welded back on and looked good to me. been working on it off and on to get it on the road, got everything ready to go untill chatting with the state inspector and he tells me the side stand saftey switch must work. I order one off line to go around the 2 month back order from dealer and it is no where near close to touching the side stand. Something is off but i dont know what, so ill include a picture of what i got and hopefully some one can reply with a picture of what it is supose to look like. Once i get this strait ill post some pictures of the year long engine painting, fork rebuild, carb rebuild and replacement plastics.
Honda GL650 --> Go Kart
Hey everyone. I am usually over in the Honda dirtbike forum but now its time to switch it up a bit. So heres the deal, a buddy of mine has come into posession of an (unknown year, I assume 1980s) GL650 from the owner of the house hes staying at who says its scrap but the only problem is a missing key. We plan to just rip apart the key assembly and hot wire it. We want to take its motor and throw it in our old beat up go kart to replace its 4 hp blower engine. The reason Im posting here rather than the custom forum is because the only problem that we think we might run into is converting the shaft drive into chain drive. I did some research and from what Ive read it seems that on most jap shaft driven bikes, the drive assembly just sits on top of the countershaft coming from the tranny and we could just put a sprocket on that and we would be good. Is this correct or would further modification be needed? If so we have a welder available to us. If any of you are wondering why we arent keeping he bike stock to ride as is, is because we ride dirt and have no need for a road bike and this one has been sitting up for about 5 years so its gonna need some work. Anyways sorry for the wall of text, any advice or thing I should know about this bike and motor would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Snow

2011 m800 162
Could someone help me, my m800 isn't working in deep powder as well as I want it to it is bone stock with a 2.25 inch powder claw track and I can't get it to climb in deep snow unless it's to the handle all the time. I am stuck most of the time. Could someone help asap!!!
DRZ400SM
I just bought 2015 DRZ400SM Came with Danmoto exhaust all ready jetted my question is if I do 3x3 mod do I still have to re-jet?
Mxz 800 renegade
I bought this sled last winter and only got out on it a couple times and I was doing a little bit of work on it and I want to do a couple of upgrades and I'm just wondering where would be the best place to start?

PWC

1987 js550 top end
What top end kit do you guys recommend for one of these ski's?  I'm having a hard time trying to find oem Kawasaki parts online.
my jet ski is filling the engine compartment with water
I recently got my jet ski(1990 650 sx) out of storage where it was for a year, when i fired it up (with the water attachment hooked up) it is leaking water out from around where the driveshaft hooks up to the motor. Does the motor have to be removed to fix? Any advice will be greatly appriciated, thank you...
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!

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