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What is your trail set up?
« on: July 23, 2010, 12:50:07 PM »
Here's mine. 1988 Kawasaki KX125. MSR Dflector handguards, Moose toolbag, Sunline bars, frame guards, rear disc guard, rejetted, two teeth larger rear sprocket than stock. I bought this as a basket case last winter and completely rebuilt it. I'd still like to get front fork boots and front disc guard. I love riding small bores, always have. Don't laugh at my homemade bike stand  :) .

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Re: What is your trail set up?
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2010, 12:59:47 PM »
Nice machine... you build nice bikes! Do you happen to have a soft spot for Kawasaki?

I like the stand....
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Re: What is your trail set up?
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2010, 01:11:15 PM »
Yeah I like KX's. I don't buy based on brand though, I buy based on the deal I can get . :D
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Re: What is your trail set up?
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2010, 01:27:04 PM »
Your stand is nothing to laugh at.  You should've seen all the trouble we went through to find old ten milk crates to put all my dad's bikes on!  I like how they really sank the rider position down in the '80s, what's the seat height on that thing when it's just sitting on the ground?


Is this Maico a 440 or only a 400?  Well in all the confusion, I forgot myself.
But considering this is a 1978 Magnum, the best-handling bike in the world, you have to ask yourself one question.
Do you feel lucky, punk?

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Re: What is your trail set up?
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2010, 01:40:44 PM »
I used to always use milk crates, but this bike is too tall. I had it on a bucket for awhile, but realized I had enough left over 2x4's to build two stands for me and my nephew. Nick wants one now lol.
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Re: What is your trail set up?
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2010, 05:34:54 PM »
Nothing wrong with your stand coop. Make them with what ever you got.
I had some spare time last week so i knocked this up out off some rhs and an old outboard trim motor.



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Re: What is your trail set up?
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2010, 06:20:25 PM »
Man, talk about showing a guy up! LOL just kidding, awesome stand!
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Re: What is your trail set up?
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2010, 11:30:25 PM »
I have several setups right now, all include hand guards and skid plates.  However, I don't have a tool bag on the bike instead I use the Ogio Flight Vest since I can transfer from bike to bike.   Right now I have

1984 KTM 495 MXC
1982 Maico 490 GS
1983 Maico 490 Sand Spider
1986 Honda CR500 (One of the worst bike possible for trail riding, so I never ride it)

All of which I rebuilt.  I have other bikes I am rebuilding.


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Re: What is your trail set up?
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2010, 06:55:47 AM »
Sounds like nice bikes. Any pics?

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Re: What is your trail set up?
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2010, 08:39:49 AM »

I have lots of pictures and video

http://www.maicowerk.com/







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Re: What is your trail set up?
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2010, 08:49:39 AM »
That 82 GS looks pretty clean.
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Re: What is your trail set up?
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2010, 08:54:31 AM »
They were pretty clean just after rebuild, that bike no longer looks that clean!

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Re: What is your trail set up?
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2010, 09:23:44 AM »
They were pretty clean just after rebuild, that bike no longer looks that clean!

LOL yeah I know that feeling. My 125 looked great the day I finished it. After the first trail ride I wondered what happened to my prestine bike :) .
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Re: What is your trail set up?
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2010, 07:43:53 PM »
My set-up is pretty basic.  I have a KTM 300 EXC, so the bike was designed for the trails.  I've added hand guards, EE chain guard, EE clutch master cylinder guard, and try to keep a tire with sharp edges. I carry some basic tools in a fanny pack, and depending on the weather a camel pack with water.

A pic of my baby after a ride, she's washed and ready to be put away.

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Eric Provenzano
2019 KTM 300 XCW TPI
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Sold 1974 Honda Elsinore CR125

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Re: What is your trail set up?
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2010, 09:44:14 PM »
I've run a KTM 200EXC the last few years with an autoclutch. This is a spectacular woods bike. With the KTM motor, you can adjust the powervalve and jetting to make it either wild or like a tractor. It's really nice in the tight twisties. In the short little transition sections, where you cut across a cornfield to get back in the trail, it's just super fast. It gives up some to the bigger 4Ts on really long straights.

Last week I visited a friend and we did some riding. He put me on his 125 EXC. It was like riding a bicycle. Really liked that bike.