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The soil a the park is mostly clay...  so when it get wet, its like riding on ice.  The video doesn't give the true perspective as to how muddy / slippery it was...  Although as you'll see many had to stop and take a break, as the extra effort required really sapped the strength of many riders.

I race an off road series on a similar clay course. Our season ending race is 6 hrs long, and the night before the last one it rained really hard. In the morning the woods were like ice. I got a good start but I had a strategy and by the end of the first lap I was in last place - out of ALL the classes.

I watched everybody fly past me, some off into the woods, but all of them slipping and sliding all over the place while I took it easy and preserved my energy until the course dried up. It did in the second hour and I had lot's of energy left to run a good pace.

I finished second overall

I've looked at new ones too but I can't get past those blue rims and you're right. They've been the same for a dozen years. There's a 2010 for sale locally, a kids bike with only 50 woods hours on it. It's a little more than I want to pay for a 2010 but it might be worth it.

No immediate plans for the Husky CR150. I'm not really sure what to do with it. It's a bit of an orphan, parts are going to get near impossible to get and at some point, probably soon, it will be worth almost nothing. But it's the best bike I've ever ridden, and I've got it working perfect on the motocross track, it's just a little too big for me in the woods.

Or maybe I just want to buy another bike  :P

I have zero winter projects on the go at this point, though I'm working on it.

I completed my KTM 105 experiment and it was a lot of fun. I'm fast on it in the woods but it's too small (and a little scary) on the MX sections which we have in abundance in our woods races. So I'm putting it up for sale soon.

After looking at the numbers (and from what I can recall when I rode one) I think I might try out a late model YZ125. It's the smallest of the 125's by at least 2" on the wheelbase, great suspension and a decent motor - at least something I can work with. So I'm looking for an 08-17 bike.

General Two Stroke Talk / Re: Beta Ride Day at Washougal 10/20/18
« on: October 24, 2018, 05:49:30 AM »
I went to the Beta ride day last year. They laid out a nice little loop in the woods on some private property which was fairly difficult with tight turns, roots, logs and a tight little ravine section. I went (tired as hell) right after a 12hr night shift, and my first ride on a 300RR didn't go very well. I hit the first of two logs a little crooked and it went directly south from there. But I got back up, tried the next bike available, and kept on putting in laps until I got comfortable. By the time I was done I had ridden every two stroke, including the 300 trials bike, probably, a half dozen times and pretty much owned the X trainer most of the day. I'm 5'6"/145 and the Xtrainer fit me just perfectly.

The whole 1 1/2 hrs home I was scheming how I would buy an Xtrainer for next year but when I got home I had a little spare time so I pulled my Husky out to wash it, rode it around my property a bit and realized I already have a bike that suits me better than anything I'd ridden that day.

Would like to try the 200 and 125 though.

General Two Stroke Talk / Re: New Two stroke piston design.
« on: October 10, 2018, 02:27:19 PM »
If you thought there was any performance advantage you could always make an insert for the pin in a conventional piston to take that opening away.

I machine quite a few pistons for a different application and use teflon inserts instead of circlips. It would be easy to fit them so they were perfectly flush to the piston.

Maybe I should start manufacturing them. Which one of you guys wants to be my spokesman and do testimonials?  ;D

General Two Stroke Talk / Re: It's Back
« on: September 04, 2018, 06:54:33 AM »
It would be nice if there was a little more action here  :P

General Two Stroke Talk / Re: So what to do with the 125?
« on: July 18, 2018, 09:31:40 AM »
You don't say what kind of bike it is but you don't leave many options.

Porting, compression, pipe and maybe see if you can get some oversize or rough power valves and grind them to fit better for more low end power.

General Two Stroke Talk / Re: New 2-Stroke?
« on: June 13, 2018, 04:37:13 PM »
People old enough like me remember when Japanese stuff was junk. Made in Japan was not considered a good thing when it came to just about anything, but that changed and so are the Chinese. Remember, people didn't buy Japanese bikes because they were better. They bought them because they were cheap.

YZ Project 2018 / Re: 122hrs on a top end?
« on: June 10, 2018, 06:00:23 AM »
I put 65 hrs on My CR150 Huskie and that was about a 60/40 combination of MX and hare scrambles. It still looked like new when I finally did it.

General Two Stroke Talk / Re: New 2-Stroke?
« on: June 10, 2018, 05:58:18 AM »
It's a Chinese built bike using a copy of an old 230cc Yamaha motor. They look and sound good in the videos but IMO are overpriced by about $1000. Not yet available in Canada but by the time they are and with currency conversion I expect them to be in the $6500 range. Too close to the price of a (dated but known quantity) YZ. If they don't sell I would expect deep discounts.

General Two Stroke Talk / Re: KTM 105 SX
« on: October 26, 2017, 03:48:06 PM »
So I've decided to start looking for a KX100. Prices are really coming down on the 2014+ bikes and apparently the upgrade in 14 was significant, and they are well known for good (for a small bike) bottom end power. They're a lot cheaper and easier to mod too.

Looking for any KX100 info/advice if it's out there

General Two Stroke Talk / Re: KTM 105 SX
« on: October 11, 2017, 10:56:44 AM »
So although I hardly rode this year (extended vacation, lot's to do around a house) I still got a good feel for how this bike is going to work for me. A few times at the club property I rode with guys I didn't know, good woods riders, and I smoked them all on the 105  ;D They were embarrassed, you could tell. So I took my wife to the track, ran laps on the Husky, then the 105, and in the woods I'm significantly faster on the 105. So I just have to decide at this point if I want to keep this one (It's a high hour bike I got cheap) or look for a newer, cleaner one. Would be nice to have one of the new Husky TC's, but they're a little out of my price comfort level right now.

At least I have a project for the winter, that's the main thing

General Two Stroke Talk / Re: Lectron vs. Smart Carb, vs Keihin
« on: October 03, 2017, 05:52:00 AM »
I'm sure that both are good, but the carb is not your problem.

I was thinking about this yesterday. I watched with great interest as the smart carb discussion accidentally kick started a Lectron discussion and people started buying them (and not smart carbs) in droves. The Lectron became the darling carb on Cafe Husky (and elsewhere), people singing their praises and boasting that the days of constantly jetting were over. Then came the custom metering rods, and the threads on which rod to use, how to set it up,  how to make the bike stop doing this and that - and lightly used Lectrons for sale. I found the whole thing really interesting on several fronts.

Anyway, if you're fouling plugs with the new oil at 60-1, you have either a jetting problem or low compression. The Husky bike that I ride is notorious for difficult jetting and many mistakenly swap the TMX out for a PWK or Lectron. The real problem is that they have very low compression, especially with the 144 factory big bore. So I increased my compression and fixed the squish. Now (still with the TMX) I have no spooge and crisp power from top to bottom.

General Two Stroke Talk / Re: KTM 105 SX
« on: July 18, 2017, 06:43:45 PM »
Fatty installed and +2 rear sprocket are on. I machined up a pair of bar risers and an adapter to run a spare husky 5.0 spring, and it's Much better. The gearing helped a lot, but the power and is a still a little in the twitchy side. Have to get in there and see how to adjust it. That will have to wait until after vacation.

General Two Stroke Talk / Re: New Project 04 RM 125 Barn find
« on: July 14, 2017, 10:06:20 AM »
They are really good motors. Probably the best thing on the bike.

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