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    Apart from riding..tinkering in the garage with my bikes.

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  1. Ausberg. I hope your boy has a good step up to a full size bike. It’s always an exciting time for them (and you) My 2c is, the YZ125 would be a great step up bike. No worries at all. After a year or two he could then move on to a larger CC bike (2 or 4 stroke) with good experience and grounding. A 14 year old doesn’t “need” an electric start IMO. He’ll work it out. I bought my 13 year old a YZ125 and he rode it a couple of years and loved it. Trail rides (private property) pony express, WTMC club weekends. Never once did he say “I need an electric start”. It was light weight, reliable and a great bike. I rec regoed it. FYI it’s still going (must be over 500 hours now) and a dirtriderz member bought it for his 14 year old grandson! The 125X is nice but not a necessity. The stock YZ with a side stand, a larger rear sprocket is fine (and lights if you rec rego it) No need for any suspension or engine mods at all. The X comes with all that but you pay for it. In any case any small bore two stroke on your list is going to be fun and a good step up. A scenic pic of my 13 year old on his YZ125 (at Yea, in 2011)
  2. Jealous!! It’s on my bucket list to ride in the USA, somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. I’ve researched it. Will have to pick your brains when we travel again Bruce
  3. I don’t think we should be asking anyone about a rebate for rec reg not used during COVID-19. Why? because I think we are extremely lucky to be able to have rec reg in this state. There is/was discussion at government levels to get rid of it. I wouldn’t want to poke the bear (liberal or labour). The $90 we pay per year is a nice luxury we Victorians and Tasmanian’s have. In the big picture, like 2T4ME says, we will be paying for this period for many years to come. I think we should be thankful to have good health, a dirtbike and the ability ride it with our Dirtriderz friends in lots of good places in Victoria. To get a rec reg rebate for 6 or 7 months = $40 to $50. Most spend that on a new riding top or a bit of bling. Let it go and concentrate on other more important issues of this period.
  4. I’ve had two of those composite Husqvarnas and hundreds of hours, no problems (2015 and 2017). I once went over the bars, slowly, on a very steep downhill on a KTM 200. It landed upside down on a log and it cracked the alloy subframe. I paid someone to straighten it and do a dodgy weld repair. I never told Buzz that when I sold it to him last year....
  5. Cmarico, to explain the differences/similarities properly would take a bit of time. It’s not just a one sentence answer/explanation, plus we don’t know your jetting knowledge. The JD needles are a tried and proven alternative to OEM needles in both Keihin and Mikuni carbs (different shape needles though for each brand so you can’t interchange) and the NEC or RM Suzuki needles are for Keihin carbs only. Over on KTMtalk forum in the USA there is a current thread in the jetting forum that Is discussing exactly what you ask for and some of the jetting gurus are posting up good info. I suggest you have a look and read. Then jet your carby and come ride with us carby blokes
  6. Buzz, they are in your shed, I sent you some when we rejeted your beta. Let me know when you’re ready to sort out your new Sherco. I can fit you into my busy COVID revised schedule LOL.
  7. That’s a great story and pics Phil66. Thanks for sharing. You gave it a really good going over. Good job with the electrics and radiator too.
  8. Steviewonder, I’ve got the smaller style one. Not exactly the same but very similar. It’s branded 4enduro. They probably all come out of the same Chinese factory. Had it for about 6 years now. I use it all the time. Like the others have said it’s good for the price. Two things to note. I don’t use the footpeg holders it comes with. I usually work in the same spot in my garage so when I’ve raised the bike up to working height Ive set up a ratchet strap from the ceiling truss to the middle of the handlebars to hold it up and stable when you start taking wheels and forks, even swingarm off. After a couple of years the hydraulic oil started to seep out. I top it up now and again - must get around to fixing it, but it still works fine and a rag at the base soaks up a tablespoon or so of oil every 6 months. You can raise it to a seated working position or a standing working position. It’s very handy and makes maintenance easier.
  9. Noodles, reading your post brought back some memories. About 12 years ago I cleaned up a pretty worn out KX60 for my brother in law, for his boy. I gave it a top end but the Nikasil plating was wearing off, like you described , probably worse and I asked him if he wanted it replated. He didn’t so it went back together, ran for another year or so (trail riding) and he got rid of it. My advice is, if it’s got reasonable compression then just keep it going. Or if you plan to keep it a while a new top end wouldn’t be too hard or expensive. As for the running problem, did you take out the pilot jet and clean it and make sure you can se through it. It sounds like that is blocked. I’m not sure but I don’t think that carby had an air screw so you had to ensure the pilot was clean and correctly sized.
  10. Very well led 2t4me. Bushy brows, thanks for being the perfect sweep too. Another excellent Dirtriderz get together.
  11. All of the above BenG, ^^^. well done
  12. Thanks Shaun (and bigpete). We got a bit wet but it was fun and we all got around OK. The hills had more grip than the clay fire trails! Best on ground was Honest Tom on the very tidy Suzuki PE175. I had to have a go on it. 😄
  13. Thanks Rider. I’ll let others give more commentary. We had a very good day. No injuries or dramas. Conditions were perfect. Leeland joined us for his first Dirtriderz ride and now understands what “OMG, Dakota, 2+ means” in the original post for this ride. We ushered him back to the cars after 40 minutes. He rode with some others then had a chat with us when we got back. We came across a huge group of 4WDs at the base of a hill. They must have a lot of patience as they wait around a lot. It seems they move 30 metres per hour! Lots of good trails, lots of other groups out today. A good representation of Yamaha’s, Motochick (thanks for the go on your X!) Quentin. Dann and Rider. Mick and Rick, good to meet and ride with you KTM guys today, you were both on my tail regularly. Thanks Fab for being the patient, faithful sweep. Thanks to the cheese & wine club boys ( well represented today) Drinks at the end and firing up the campfire with plenty of petrol were part of the entertainment. Daniel got the chainsaw happening, I think he just likes listening to two strokes going flat out!! Some pics from me including what’s for lunch pics. We came across splints and Tripitaka vehicles half way through the day so we helped ourselves to their beers.
  14. Noodles thread that asked “who’s riding where on Saturday” morphed into a great ride at Cobaw, very handy crew of five. There were patches of light drizzle and conditions were good. At lunch we all laughed at the “level 2” that was asked for. Everyone rode well and aside from lifting Jonos bike out of a monster rut and a few topple overs, Rider put us through a good mix of tracks with no dramas Some pics from me Selfie at set off Noodles chooses the right line noodles and Eric tackle the rocks Rider shows us how to jump logs lots of 4WDs about, this one was winching Over a beer Rider and I discuss the joys of owning Yamaha’s.
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