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mountain trails and desert riding...

Discussion in 'Moto Club' started by muscles, Jan 29, 2007.

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    Get the RM.

    For trail/desert riding, the 2-strokes are still very strong. In fact, this is the last place where they really excel over the 4Ts. FWIW, I am biased. I race a 2005 KX250 2-stroke (that I bought from a Kawi factory pro) in three separate series (AMRA, WORCS, and AMA National Harescrambles).

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    FWIW, 2-strokes are cheap to maintain. If you get that 99 Suz, you can toss in a piston kit for less than $150. A rebuild on a thumper can easily be in the thousands ($$$$). Since we beat our equipment nearly as hard as the pros, amateur racers love the cheap to maintain 2-strokes (I've already replaced 2 pistons and the crank main bearings in my 2005). If you wanna ride a thumper, it's almost cheaper to sell 'em before they need maintenance.

    My races are commonly 2-3 hour ordeals. The lighter 2-strokes with the lower CG really help my endurance.


    BTW: Ask your KTM buddy How (if 4 strokes are soo good) is KTM managing to dominate the off-road racing world right now with their extensive line-up of 2-stroke enduro bikes?? 200cc, 250cc, 300cc...



    2 strokes FLY BETTER
     

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    Ride and decide later. The 2 stroke vs. 4 stroke debate is the equivalent of 9mm vs. .45.

    4 strokes are fine bikes. But don't be afreaid to go 2-stroke is a good deal is there.

    A RM250 would make a good trail bike. I strongly recommend freshening up the engine with a new piston kit. The cheap way is to just put in new rings ($10) and new head & base gaskets ($15). It's a 20 minute job and makes the bike run like new again.

    Front sprokets are less than $10, so you can experiment for cheap. Low gearing helps off-road. 13/51 (teeth front/rear) is considered low off-road gearing. Going up/down a tooth on the front sprocket makes a larger difference than changing a tooth on the rear.

    4mm thick ultra heavy duty tubes are golden and won't flat on you. You can lower your air pressure to 9-11psi and not pinch... but you can turn like magic. The heavy tubes also help maintain momentum (kinda like a flywheel weight). It'll tone down the hit of the 2 stroke.

    Be sure to pull the wheels and shock linkage and put some fresh grease on em.

    If you get the RM and want more set-up ideas give me a shout.

    I have a race in Monticello, UT in August. I may stay over a day or 2 to play in your great state.
     
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    Like Daisycutter said, ride and then decide. I've had the privilege of riding Daisycutter's offroader and it was too much for me. The two-stroker's narrow and peakish power band was very difficult to manage by a novice like me. I can definitely see its advantage as a racer since that it will be ran WFO throttle, but to learn on? Too much for me.
     
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    For the record my bike is very squirrley and not easy to ride, even for a 2-stroke motocross bike. Most lower division racers won't even ride it.