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  1. MSR Baja Fanny pack for regular rides (keeps the weight down low) , Camelbak trail builder pack for hauling the chainsaw.
  2. I did a review on the 505. It is a great tire and insanely inexpensive for what you get! I took it off for some DOT Motoz but it still looks fresh after 300 trail miles. I run and 18 and Tubliss and had it down to 3 psi and it was magical. Terrible on pavement. (too soft.)
  3. Street legal 2 stroke with a Tusk kit and doubletake trail mirrors. Trail tech endurance 2 in front of the bar pad.
    I recently plated my GasGas MC 250 2 stroke and needed to mount up some DOT tires in order to pass inspection. Most DOT tires aren't the greatest off-road, so I wanted to find some that would work both for my short commute and also for muddy mountain single track riding. Motoz recently released their Xtreme Hybrid tire that is supposed to cover all the areas I need. Along with the Xtreme Hybrid 120/100/18 rear, I also received a Mountain Hybrid 80/100/21 front to complete the set. Some of the highlights of the Motoz Xtreme Hybrid are that it is constructed like a trials tire with the exception of the stiffer sidewalls, deep tread block sypes, and reversible pattern. When compared to its brother (Mountain Hybrid), the Xtreme Hybrid is designed to handle better, run at lower PSI, and work in the soft stuff. To me, that is ultimately what I was looking for; a DOT approved tire that I could flog in the woods. The Mountain Hybrid front is also a DOT tire that is trials based in its construction. It has the dimensions of an off-road tire and is meant to handle well in a wide variety of terrain. It is also reversible like the Xtreme. Both tires are made from 100% rubber and boast long tread life. As I have experienced with Motoz Tractionator tires, this should be true with the Hybrids as well. Upon first inspection, both tires felt pretty dang stiff. However, mounting them was surprisingly easy. I even used a stand-up manual pump to seat the bead without any issues. The Motoz Xtreme Hybrid rear has deep tread and the syped blocks are fairly flexible, but not gummy. The Motoz Mountian Hybrid front tread depth doesn't seem to be quite as deep as most front off-road tires that I've run. That said, the blocks are pliable and the layout resembles that of a standard dirt bike tire. Also, Motoz gives you a sticker sheet. The kid in me loves that! Testing included about 250 miles of commuting and around town shenanigans. On the street, the tires handle much better than I expected. You can lean the bike over pretty far without getting that feeling the the knobs are going to walk out from under you. The deep sypes on the Xtreme create incredible off the line traction, especially in the rain! I am still amazed that I have to get up over the bars if I decide to leave the stop light aggressively. For road tire pressures, I ran 12 PSI up front and 6 PSI in the rear. The stiff side walls allow for pretty low pressures. I also run the Tubliss tire system. One odd sensation that you get with the rear tire is the feeling of swaying back and forth. If you look at the tread straight on, you'll see that the center blocks weave back and forth and you can feel it on the road at times if you're in a slight groove. Additional testing included another 100 miles of gravel, rocks, mud, roots, snow, and dirt. I ended up running an incredibly low 3 psi in the rear and leaving 12 psi in the front. Gravel roads can be ridden aggressively without doing much wear to the tires. Rocks and roots aren't too much of a problem either. However, when compared with a sticky or cheater tire, they don't really compare. On regular dirt and and even in snow, the Xtreme Hybrid does really well. In the sloppier the conditions, the Mountain Hybrid starts to struggle slightly. It still works really good, but I wouldn't say it's GREAT for nasty conditions. Some things are better seen that read, so checkout my tire testing video... My overall opinion of the tires are these: The Motoz Xtreme Hybrid rear is a great tire for both on and off-road. It handles well on the street and tackles the woods with confidence. It works in any weather condition and after 360 miles, shows very little wear. The Motoz Mountain Hybrid front is a really good tire. Again, it's fantastic on the street. It's also good in the woods as well, but the sloppy stuff is where it struggles a bit. 360 miles and it still looks brand new. DOT knobbies are a tough line to walk given the wide-range of conditions the riders will use them in and Motoz gets the job done without giving up much.
  4. 2 reviews

    The MOTOZ XTREME HYBRID tire is like a Mountain Hybrid, but with a more aggressive tread for extreme conditions, with serious straight line drive for those soft hill climbs and muddy bogs. It has traction characteristics of a trials tire, with the dimensions of a serious off-road enduro tire to maintain the bike’s handling characteristics. Climbs like a trials tire, but much better in mud, sand, and a wide variety of technical single track terrain. – Construction like a trials tire but with reinforced sidewalls to allow lower inflation pressure. – Flexible tread concave and lock system for increased traction. – Tread blocks with deep sypes for extra trials-like grip. – 100% Natural Rubber for durability and long wear life. – DOT and reversible.
  5. Unless you're riding on the street, 14 psi is about 8 psi too much. Run a heavier tube and air it down. Many of us run Tubliss or a bib mousse to avoid flats and keep the air down. Sand will always be slick but the air pressure will help.
  6. You're about 30-40 minutes from Walker Valley. You may have more bike than is necessary for that area though. You'll see lots of two strokes up there. The fast flowy stuff is out on the peninsula. During the summer there's a ton more trails up i90, hwy 20, and hwy 2 . Most are steep and technical. Welcome to Washington.
  7. Utah or Idaho. However you don't get the 365 days of riding there. If you're set, the Boise area is a nice place to live and it's halfway.
  8. It seems pretty good. I've got 100 miles on it. One more Off-Road adventure and then I'll be doing a review.
  9. I use a Bell Air Glide to keep the Tubliss at 110 psi. I installed my current set of Motoz with it as well. Under $30 at Walmart.
  10. If you see a tree down that's blocking a trial or creating a sketchy bypass, post it up on this thread and hopefully some lunatic with a dirt bike wielding a chainsaw will see it and take care of it when they have a chance. Post a picture if you can. It'll help to determine the size of saw required. ALSO, if you read of a blockage and fix it, let us know you took care of it so we don't haul a saw around while we ride all day for no reason. That sucks. I haven't seen any updates in a while on trail conditions at Walker, so I'll post what I know. As of Monday, anything not blocked by snow was open. I cut out the tree partially blocking Tooler. Someone else got the big one on Cavanaugh that broke the bridge railing. - Curt's and some of SMC are closed for logging - DNR was up there draining the lakes from JAM Trail
    Recently, I jumped through all the hoops required by Washington State to make my woods-ready 2-stoke MX bike street legal. Mirrors were required and while I did get a cheapo pair with the dual sport conversion kit I used, when the folks at Doubletake Mirror offered up their new "minimalist" Trail Mirrors for review, I jumped on it. I knew that Doubletake has a reputation for bulletproof mirrors and the ultra-simple design of their new mirrors appealed to me for conditions that I ride. I received a pair of mirrors that were individually packaged and noted that I they are no bigger than what many ladies carry in their purse for applying make-up (2" to be exact). Also in each package were two heavy-duty, UV resistant Panduit ® zip ties and a sleeve they ride on for added friction (helps the mirrors stay in place). Trail Mirrors have a convex shape to create a wider field-of-vision and its base is angled so that they point behind you. Of course, orientation will vary slightly based upon the sweep of the handlebars you are running. Install? About 30 seconds per side once you decide where on your handlebars to put them and to make fine( up/down) adjustments before fully snugging up the zip ties. I did read on the Doubletake Mirror website that the Trail Mirror is not US DOT approved, but I can't really see any LEOs giving you a hard time about them. I'm certainly not worried about it. Your mileage my vary. How do they work? For testing I did some commuting to work as well some full-on hard enduro trail riding at Walker Valley ORV. > On the Trail Despite plenty of rough terrain, trail brush, and a few "offs", the mirrors stayed right where they were installed and came away with not even a scratch. Replacement glass is $10.00, but if you manage to break these, you'll have bigger worries. Not that you need mirrors for trail riding, but I can see how they would be helpful if you needed to keep track of someone tailing you on group rides. A plus for us seasonal cold weather riders is that the mirrors are compatible with hand guard mittens. > On the Street Because of its "minimalist" design, Doubletake Trail Mirrors are only "adequate" for the street; better suited for connecting trails than daily commuting. You either have to lift an arm or lean the bike to see behind you. However, in the curves or at night when headlights are visible, the mirrors work fine. Since the mirrors are mounted directly to the handlebars, there is little-to no-vibration that effects the reflected image like there can be with extended mirrors. So, what's my overall opinion of the new Trail Mirrors from Doubletake? if you are going to be mostly hitting USFS roads between trails or zipping over to your local riding area, these things work phenomenally. But for more regular traffic use, they require a little too much extra work for my taste. Also, at $25.00 per mirror, there are cheaper basic options out there. At the same time, the Doubletakes seem indestructible and are rebuild-able. Like anything dual sport, these mirrors are trade off, ideal for some, not for others. Only you can decide if they are right for where you ride. More @ https://www.doubletakemirror.com/
  11. 1 review

    The trail mirror mounts directly to your handlebar with a Panduit ® tie wrap and sleeve. These are much stronger than ordinary ties and are UV resistant. Indestructible- Made from reinforced Zytel. Excellent visibility. SAE spec convex lens. Guaranteed against breakage. Made in the USA.
  12. I just plated a bike and it did take a while. The lady that helped me had not previously registered an off-road bike for Street use but they figured it out. I use AMSI locally. They seem to have their crap together better than the actual DOL offices.
  13. You can build on private land. The DNR doesn't like competition. The best way to keep your trails from getting beat up is to keep them hush hush and disguise the entrance. Avoid switch backs if you can. Flagging tape is your friend. Chainsaw and Pulaski are the basics needed. CamelBak makes a trail builder pack to haul it all. Or there's a few companies that make saw mounts. I prefer the backpack myself. For trail maintenance of course.