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General Two Stroke Talk / Re: Looking at a 2019 KTM 300 XCW TPI
« Last post by eprovenzano on March 18, 2019, 06:32:38 AM »
Planned to the get new Katoom out over the weekend, but... Grand Child #3 came 3 weeks early, so riding was put on hold....  He's little under weight, but he's a fighter.  There was the potential for other issues, but each potential isses has subsided.  He's still in the intensive care unit, but getting stronger everyday.  Hope to bring him home later this week.  Mom and Dad are doing well, but just want to bring the baby home. 
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General Two Stroke Talk / Re: Sad Day.
« Last post by riffraff on March 08, 2019, 09:32:22 PM »
Damn, I hate bad news, when I saw the title I had a feeling it was going to be about Coop. Roost In Peace.
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General Two Stroke Talk / Re: Looking at a 2019 KTM 300 XCW TPI
« Last post by Boogsy on March 08, 2019, 01:10:39 PM »
man, thats a good feeling when you get a new girl.
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General Two Stroke Talk / Re: Looking at a 2019 KTM 300 XCW TPI
« Last post by eprovenzano on March 08, 2019, 06:26:32 AM »
The weather has been shitty... but I had to make a few laps around the house last night... 

With the TPI, there is a choke, but all it's really not needed. It does not enrichen the fuel mixture, but adds air. For a bike that's so close to lean, I'd rather not add air.  But, from a cold start, you can simply hit the magic button and go...  I'm still a little old school, and will slowly kick the bike twice before hitting the button.  When you slowly push the kick starter, the pumps (fuel and oil) kick in.  This way I know the oil pump is primed and ready.  Then hit the starter and she comes to life.  Even stone cold, she will sit there and idle... last night with the temps around 20, it did stall when I tried to blip the throttle, but hit the button and all is good.  This was the 2nd full heat cycle.  I let her idle and get a little heat in the rads and went around the house. 

The bike is very light compared to my ol 380, (it's 20+ lbs lighter and you can tell).  It very narrow as well, with a KTM rock hard seat.  One feature I like is this model has a counter balance in the engine to reduce vibs.  When idling is has a different tone, as the pumps are working their voodoo. The idle is set very low... too low from my tastes, but it's something I will look into after a get a few rides on the bike.  The Clutch pull is so light, so smooth.  Even in the short time I was on the bike, you could tell power is very linear.  Still has the two stroke feel, but very linear.  There's a reason these bikes have been called 3 strokes... this one is no exception.  I barely got it into 3rd gear, so this was far from a real test, but I did find it easy to loft the front wheel... I really didn't feel any vibrations from the motor, just a rock hard seat.  The ergonomics feel good, the suspenders I've not touched yet.  I still need to set sag, and get a base line of the clickers. One thing I did notice how it's funny that you get accustomed to something as simple as hand grips, and really notice them when its not "your" brand.  I've run pillow top grips for a long time... and the stock grips feel so small, I'll be swamping them out sometime in the near future

Hope to get a real ride in next week and will report back with an real ride report.   
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General Two Stroke Talk / Re: Winter Projects....how many do you have going??
« Last post by eprovenzano on March 08, 2019, 06:01:53 AM »
cylinder comes back tomorrow, so rebuild continues this weekend

Nothing like some quality time if the garage wrenching on your toys...  looking forward to an update Boogsy
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General Two Stroke Talk / Re: Winter Projects....how many do you have going??
« Last post by Boogsy on March 07, 2019, 01:19:37 PM »
cylinder comes back tomorrow, so rebuild continues this weekend
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General Two Stroke Talk / Re: Winter Projects....how many do you have going??
« Last post by eprovenzano on March 05, 2019, 06:43:24 AM »
Finishing up the winch install.  I utilized the steel bumper and made a bracket for the winch.  It tested my limited fab skills... but she's in, and now just need to run and tuck the wires.  I also put a used set of tires on the front and because it was a odd size I had to go new for the rear. 
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General Two Stroke Talk / Re: Looking at a 2019 KTM 300 XCW TPI
« Last post by eprovenzano on March 05, 2019, 06:37:52 AM »
Of course the weather is bitter cold and ll I can do is look at her...  Working on some honey do projects then I'll start setting the sag, and installing the hand guards. 
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General Two Stroke Talk / Re: Sad Day.
« Last post by JohnN on March 04, 2019, 02:07:44 PM »
I am so sad about this news.

Coop was instrumental in making this forum the welcoming place it is.

He will be dearly missed.
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General Two Stroke Talk / Re: Sad Day.
« Last post by Boogsy on March 04, 2019, 02:07:16 PM »
Godspeed Coop, he will be missed here on earth. Life to life.
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