Merry Christmas folk.
I'll put it simply, a YZ engine is bullet proof. Practically the same engine between the 125 and 250 and both are stupidly reliable. If you went by the book, you'd be taking apart the engine for inspection/rebuild after every race or "sortie". Which obviously not many people outside of a professional enviroment do, so my general advice on this is simple. If you ride smooth and with a good mixture, you should be getting about 60 hours on a top end. Both engines cost about the same to rebuild, the biggest difference is fuel consumption. You will be filling up more at petrol stations with a 250 than a 125 for sure. So it doesn't really matter when it comes to the technical aspect of it.
However, for a more "childish" approach. You will have a LOT more fun on the 125 if you're planning to be popping wheelies, letting the back wheel slide etc. It is a much more childish bike in that regard than the 250 and is more nervous, but if you one day want to do some hill climbing and you stall, that 125 will not get going again unlike the 250. A 250 is a much better bike if you ride in an enduro environment, a 125 is for the fields/tracks.
@Minia the engines? The KTM 450 exc
A 450 exc-f produces 62hp. Or 46.2kw. That is a power-to-weight ratio of 0.584. You're only allowed a maximum of 0.2. You'd need to get it down to 21hp... which you can't do because you are not allowed to restrict a bike by more than half of its power output. So why bother when you can legally ride a crm125 that produces 29hp?
I think you need to read up on the A2 restrictions. The only way you can ride a supermoto is with a full-power 125 like a crm125.
Is there some significance of who the dude is in that picture, Eg. He's connected to KTM or use to work/ride for them? Or he works for another manufacturer or something? Or is it just some random dude who does not like KTM's???
No it's just a meme I photoshoped. Feel free to suggest brands you don't like and I'll throw them at you
@Minia yes that’s true @NINJA the best thing about yammy hondy and ktmy is theres a large pool of used parts where as with the more niche bikes like gassy and hoosky you struggle to get used parts so you have to buy oem and it gets expensive
So I've finally been able to ride my DT around, paperwork took ages but I've now been riding the bike for several days and enjoying myself! A few months ago my father and I decided to pass our CBT together so of course he now needed a bike. We ended up buying another DT in France and brought it back up with the my own DT, this was convenient as we had to head down to France anyway.
Here are some pictures of his at the time we bought it! She's a 2000 model with a 3MB head, hadn't run often for the past year and refused to start 2 days ago so we bought some spare spark plugs and I installed a new one, gave it a kick and off it went! Runs well but needs some tuning on the carb, likes to stall at times so I'll give it a clean when I can.
I also gave my bike a cleanup and some polish to bring some shine back out, only did a quick scrub on the wheels as night was falling.
So I got my A2 license and been browsing for a simple urban four-stroke that I could use when I just want to go that little bit further than the DT. Ideally as a Yamboy I was looking at an MT07 or even an MT03. But I'm very picky on the colours and besides that it was too expensive for me to afford. So I ended up browsing gumtree for other options and I just happened to have discovered and found that Benelli were back and there was one for sale 1 hour away from me. So looked at the reviews and decided to go see it. Gave it a good look around, checked the tax, insurance etc and I came to the decision that I'd buy. So low and behold, the Benelli BN302!
Honestly I think it is the best looking 300 on the market and comes with nice features. Upside-down forks with adjustable dampening, single side-mounted shock absorber with adjustable dampening. Single brembo disk at the back, dual brembo front disks at the front. Digital speedo and standard tachometer. Full LED lighting. Engine is a 300cc 38hp DOHC in-line twin, plenty power to enjoy for me and it likes high revs up to 11k. It's the cheapest 300 out there but actually has a lot to offer. The only 2 downsides really is the weight, it's almost 200kg! Very different to the DT for sure and also I find it relatively low. Then again I am 6 foot tall and have long legs so... make of that what you will.
2015 model so no ABS, but I've never had a bike with ABS so I'm really not fussed about it. Only ~4800 miles.
Does anyone have any experience with getting a company to rebuild and refurbish shocks? My WR250's shock absorber is pretty much shot, feels like a marshmallow and well being a 2-stroke from 92 I can't really find anything original that's like new and then I bumped into Brooksuspension?
Supposedly, they'll refurbish my shock and send it right back for £156. Honestly, doesn't seem too expensive and it means I keep the original shock which I would rather do than buy a new shock that would fit but bother me since it wouldn't be pink lol
There is a guide on this forum already. Literally in the "derestricting" sub-forum.
@Calum I've been in the VR game for four years now. Honestly it's phenomenal how things have progressed, the amount of games which feel like they come from professional studios is still limited but the experience and immersion you can get is fantastic. I'm helping to develop a WW2 mecha-tank VR game at the moment, exciting stuff since that is kind of my niche. I enjoy the co-op stuff. Still early days for VR though, but Project Cars is one of those games that have full VR support and feels great.
@Calum Oh I have no complaints, but it makes it a very expensive TV. I have't played Forza, but I have enjoyed Project Cars a good deal with the wheel setup and a Valve Index VR headset. Honestly great stuff, cheaper than having a track day car for sure lol. Enjoy your fantastic setup man
@oldman It's just for playing games, not that I really do that. As you say, it's just for browsing forums, watching YouTube/TV and writing code on.
I may play a game here and there but it's more about the build than anything else.
That's a ridiculously nice build but I am sort of hoping you're being sarcastic there, if you only did it for bragging rights and being able to watch cute cat videos on youtube well... I wouldn't have taken a plunge like that. Even for 4k gaming, this is way overkill for most games unless you're fanatical about both quality and quantity. Still, it remains a very crisp and tidy looking setup which most people won't have so hats off to you!
@riley_racer Those tank decals you have there I have ever only seen on the '03 DTR. So you're looking for a set specific to 2003 mate. I'm not sure where to look for the set that you want, but I know the DTR market is a lot bigger in France than here in the UK so you might have more luck looking abroad. I speak French, so I could have a look around if you want?
What a memorable way to help the NHS and people who have been touched personally by this virus, some good news finally. Sad to hear of your loss Calum, you have my sympathy however good it is but glad to hear you are self-isolating and staying safe.
I've been stuck at home now for more than two weeks safe and sound but haven't felt this virus hit my "home" or close folks yet, despite the empty streets and being placed on furlough at one of my jobs. But I'm lucky and in a good position to wait this out for now, I can't imagine what some people are going through right now. Life is unusually cruel lately, but I guess we can keep our heads down working on bikes. Speaking of which, my DT is still in pieces... I need to get off my lazy butt at some point.
Take care everyone.