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Tool Discussion / Twelve Tools of Christmas - #5 Metric Tape Measure
« on: December 04, 2018, 08:15:30 PM »
Metric Tape Measure

Why: Everything on your bike was designed in metric and all the specifications are metric.  Having a metric tape measure will make setting the sag much easier among other things.

TSM Technician says:
“Who wants to do fraction math? Nobody, that’s who!”

Spouse/Parent Argument: I wasn’t taught the metric system in school so now I need help!

Cost: About $11 on Amazon

Tool Discussion / Twelve Tools of Christmas - #4 Mini Chain Press
« on: December 04, 2018, 06:16:16 AM »
Mini Chain Press

Why: If you run O-ring chains (or plan to) you need this tool. Period. 

TSM Technician says: “If you only run standard chains never mind.”

Spouse/Parent Argument: I have an O-ring chain and I can’t change it without this tool.  You want me to be safe right?

Cost: About $10 at

Tool Discussion / Twelve Tools of Christmas - #3 Impact Driver
« on: December 03, 2018, 06:11:59 AM »
Impact Driver

Why: Allows you to loosen stuck screws without stripping them.

TSM Technician says: “Who doesn’t like to apply a little blunt force from time to time? Plus, stripped screws suck, remember?”

Spouse/Parent Argument: If I’m going to be pounding on something it should be productive right?

Cost: About $10 at RMATV/MC

Tool Discussion / Twelve Tools of Christmas - #2 Low Pressure Tire Gauge
« on: December 02, 2018, 08:01:51 AM »
Low Pressure Tire Gauge

Why: Your standard tire gauge isn’t going to be nearly as helpful in the low tire pressure ranges.  This gauge will measure 0-15 psi.

TSM Technician says: “Michelin recommends 13.5psi. Enough said.”

Spouse/Parent Argument: Correct tire pressure is important for my safety and the gauge I have in my car won’t read low enough.

Cost: About $25 on Amazon

Tool Discussion / Twelve Tools of Christmas - #1 Pipe Spring Tool
« on: December 01, 2018, 07:28:57 AM »
Exhaust Spring Tool

Why: Makes removing pipe springs easy and much safer than pliers! 

TSM Technician says: “So simple, but oh so necessary.”

Spouse/Parent Argument: You don’t want me to shoot my eye out with a spring do you?

Cost: About $9 on Amazon

General Two Stroke Talk / Re: Beta Ride Day at Washougal 10/20/18
« on: November 20, 2018, 05:29:10 PM »
Hmmm...well I know on the XT (and on the 125 that I rode at the ride day) I can pretty much flat foot them with my boots on and I'm 5'9"...sooooo, not sure if she can put both feet down maybe with the low seat and some suspension mods.  Platform boots???  ::)

General Two Stroke Talk / Re: Beta Ride Day at Washougal 10/20/18
« on: November 18, 2018, 07:53:01 AM »
Coop how tall is she?  Some of the bikes have shorter seat heights and there are low seats available too.  They are really popular among the shorter riders :) 

General Two Stroke Talk / Re: Beta Ride Day at Washougal 10/20/18
« on: October 24, 2018, 05:26:29 PM »
I own the X-Trainer and love it!  I bought it sight unseen and have never looked back!  I wish that the 200 had been there but it wasn't available yet.  I did ride the 125 and it was a kick!  Kinda like a mountain bike with a motor  ;D  It doesn't have hardly any weight to it at all and I fit on it quite nicely.  The 300RR-Race pictured above was quite the leg stretch for me (5'9") and I could only get one toe on the ground on one side so not my most comfortable ride but it was fun regardless.  I enjoyed all the bikes I rode (5 total) but I still LOVE my XT.

TSM Sponsors / Slick Products Off-Road Bundle Review
« on: September 24, 2018, 06:49:02 PM »
Okay, I admit it: I hate washing my bike after a ride, so anything that that makes it less of a chore, I am all for!

Recently, Slick Products sent their off-road cleaner bundle to try out.  We received a pressure washer foam cannon, a bottle of off-road wash, a bottle of degreaser and a bottle of shine spray as well as a cleaning cloth and a brush. Pretty much everything you need.

We had plenty of bikes to test the products out on, several of which had been sitting in a muddy state for (gasp!) a couple weeks. (See? Told you.)

Slick Products says that the off-road bundle is: “designed for off-roading enthusiasts who encounter dirt and mud.”  Well that’s good because here in the Pacific Northwest there is one thing we have a lot of off road and that is dirt and mud!

After un-boxing the foam cannon we discovered that the pickup tube referenced in the instructions was AWOL. Fortunately, we have some semi-rigid fuel line that was the right size laying around so that got pressed into service as a pickup tube.

We measured out the off-road wash into the foam cannon as instructed (way more than we actually needed for one bike) and attached it to the pressure washer. This actually proved to be a bit of a challenge for us since our pressure washer didn’t have the quick release to match the provided nipple on the foam cannon, so we had to find a fitting and attach it directly.  Most pressure washers probably come with this already, if not, you can find the quick release at the home improvement store or online easily enough.

After that was accomplished we sprayed the entire bike thoroughly with the foam.  The pressure washer makes that really easy, all you have to do is hold the trigger and out it comes. The foam cannon has an adjustable nozzle so you can control the spray pattern. We still managed to foam the tree the bike was parked under but that was operator error (possibly excessive exuberance) rather than an issue with the foam canon.

We waited a few minutes for the foam to work, 3-5 is recommended but we found that the longer time produced better results. 

While you’re waiting switch the foam cannon out to the regular wand on your pressure washer (if you have the quick release this won’t take any time) and once it has a chance to work just rinse the bike off. 

Two strokes are known for spooge (yes that is the technical term) on the silencer, rear fender, well…anywhere on the back of the bike really or front too if the head pipe is leaking, (BTW you should fix that.)

We tried the degreaser on the end of the silencer, sprayed it on, waited a few minutes and then wiped it off.  This produced a very clean silencer with minimal work! We then tested this on the rear fender as well, with similar results, all the spooge easily wiped off.  It also worked great on the swing arm by the rear axle where the chain lube had gotten on it even though the swingarm has a rough texture.

The foam cannon comes in two forms, one for a pressure washer and one for a regular garden hose, both are priced at $44.99.  The Off-Road Bundle which contains the bottle of wash, a bottle of degreaser, a bottle of shine/protectant, a cleaning cloth and a brush. It is priced at $54.99.

•   Easy to use and instruction are clear
•   Not a lot of scrubbing needed with excellent cleaning power
•   Non-corrosive so no need to worry about any anodized parts on the bike
•   Degreaser is perfect for two strokes and the spooge
•   Worked on dried mud (red clay, volcanic ash)

•   The pressure washer foam cannon needed a quick release to hook up to the washer which our pressure washer didn’t have. 
•   Foam cannon didn’t come with the pickup tube so we needed to fashion one

This is an excellent product, easy to use and a great choice for owners of two stroke motorcycles.  It easily removed the spooge from the silencer, rear fender and swingarm.  It worked great on dried mud, rinsed off easily, and didn’t make a mess in the yard.  If you don’t use all the mix that you’ve put in the cannon just leave it until next time.  The amount of product and number of uses makes it a good value.  Great product for lazy riders or those short on time.
You don’t need to worry about cleaning the bike right away, you can still get everything clean later. (Works for me!)

Everybody meet on Craigslist, 7pm sharp!  ;D ;D

TSM Sponsors / Re: Slick Products Enter to Win
« on: September 09, 2018, 10:17:34 AM »
Well by not doing all the social media you probably have a lot more time to do other things!!  How would you like some TSM stickers?  Send me your address at and I'll get you some  :)  All you have to do is help us get some activity going on here in any way you see fit  ;D

TSM Sponsors / Re: Slick Products Enter to Win
« on: September 08, 2018, 07:43:24 AM »
I'm so sorry that I missed this question!  This one was really geared towards the social media BUT I will keep this in mind when I set up future events like this!  There is a way to provide a direct link to the entry form if I set it up that way initially.

Photos & Videos / Re: Mark's Retro Review 1993 Suzuki RM125
« on: September 07, 2018, 05:20:07 PM »
You're welcome!  He's a fellow racer and pretty darn good at what he does.  Thought this would be some good entertainment.

Photos & Videos / Mark's Retro Review 1993 Suzuki RM125
« on: September 06, 2018, 08:05:41 PM »

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