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General Two Stroke Talk / Re: Winter Projects... what ya working on?
« on: December 11, 2019, 08:49:51 AM »
 One of my buddies built a small track for his kids, and it's literally 2 minutes from my place, but too small to have a lot of fun on a full size bike.  So while we were taking a break I mentioned this bike my son bought about 10 years ago. Turns out that my buddy not only knows the history of it but actually convinced the guy I bought it from to buy it for his kids many years ago so I decided that it's exactly what I need to ride on his kids track.

It's a low hour, but rough, 94 YZ80 that's been sitting in a corner of my barn rusting away and I've decided to do a quicky refresh. I've been looking for info, but there's not much out there.  Planning to do crank seals because it's been sitting for about 99% of it's life, and they're probably toast. After that, suspension, and probably change the colours from the original whiite and purple to blue and white

General Two Stroke Talk / Re: 175
« on: August 12, 2019, 04:17:19 PM »
175 is the perfect size, IMO. Always was and always will be  8)

General Two Stroke Talk / A few questions regarding YZ125
« on: June 02, 2019, 08:54:21 AM »
I've been looking for a late model YZ125 to build a woods bike. They're lighter, and have a shorter wheelbase than any other full size bikes, handle well, and parts are plentiful.

In my research, and looking at ads I see a lot of 1-3 year old bikes with not many hours, but new cranks, new barrels, or complete rebuilds. We're talking bikes raced at the local junior/novice level. On another forum there's a YZ section, and a guy who does a lot of work on them who says at 60 hrs it's time for a complete tear down and rebuild. Other guys replacing or replating barrels at less than 100 hours.

My (CR150) Husky has over 100 racing hours, is on only the second piston, and on the big bore 165's, guys are getting 200 hours on a top end only and I've seen Husky 2 strokes with 400-500 hrs on them with not much work.

Are these YZ's really that lightly built, or are people doing a lot of unnecessary work?
I'm not that concerned (personally)  because I set my woods bikes up for strong low end power and rarely wring them out

I do remember asking the Husky dealer when I bought mine about replacing top ends with regularity and he said no, It's not a Japanese bike  :P

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

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