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Old 11-02-2010, 03:32 PM   #21
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Sport cycles of Houston does work on them and is knowledgable. Hall's Cycles in Illinois and Uptite Husky carry almost all the parts for them in stock. You will run into some parts which may take 3 weeks to get if they are not available in the US. I have had to order a bunch of parts for mine because it was damaged during shipping and they had everything in stock and shipped to my door in 48 hours (fork, plastics, caliper, hardware, clutch line, throttle cable, and even the accessories I wanted from the Husky catalog). It's not as bad as you think but definitely not as easy as it would be for a Honda.
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:34 PM   #22
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:12 PM   #23
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I have a 625SMC and touch wood it has been excellent. It will do 115 flat out and cruises well on the long straight bits. It is however the most uncomfortable bike in the universe. All is forgiven when you get to the twisty bits though.

To answer OP original question, it has to be the 400SM, or the Yam or Kaw 250s.

Who fancies a Sumo ride?
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:13 PM   #24
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...i wish my wife would let me run with the local sumo hooligans...

she knows me all too well
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:28 PM   #25
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:28 PM   #26
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I have a 625SMC and touch wood it has been excellent. It will do 115 flat out and cruises well on the long straight bits. It is however the most uncomfortable bike in the universe. All is forgiven when you get to the twisty bits though.

To answer OP original question, it has to be the 400SM, or the Yam or Kaw 250s.

Who fancies a Sumo ride?
I'd been down for a sumo ride sometime. I live in your neck of the woods too.
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:44 PM   #27
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I am probably wrong, but even putting a DRZ on a track, I would hesitate to say its maintenance interval is no different than a more agressive motard.

For example, when it ran, my KTM called for valve check every 10-15 hours. thats about 3-4 track days. I would tend to think if you are wringing the neck on a DRZ your valve check interval would be the same. Oil should be no different than any other motard, every trackday and oil/filters every other.

That being said, I am overly cautious with valves and oil, and well look where that got me. If you decide on a KTM, just beware of the Ti valves and brass valve guide combination in the 03-04 heads that dont play well together. Or crank issues with the 560SMR.
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Old 11-02-2010, 06:53 PM   #28
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Any air/oil cooled Honda (XR250,XR400, XR650L) or Suzuki (Dr models) will be bulletproof and fun, although not as fast as the liquid cooled 450's.

My old DRZ400E was a blast, faster, and bulletproof as well. Probably the best compromise (E model had better suspension, higher compression, and better carb at the time). I ran mine like I stole it and never had a problem with it.

All that said, my old LC4 KTM 620 (tankmonkeys now) was/is a beast, but I LOVE my KTM450SMR. If you go CRF, I would recommend a 450X (or 250X), not an R.

I haven't ridden one yet, but I would love to try a Honda 650R motard...maybe later.

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For example, when it ran, my KTM called for valve check every 10-15 hours. thats about 3-4 track days.
I thought you got your KTM going already?
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I thought you got your KTM going already?
For about 5 minutes.
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Well, I guess its time to put the trackbike up for sale, and start looking.
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I've had bottom end issues from my Yamaha 450, but not one single top end issue. I've also changed the way I am riding it, as to not zing the motor to the moon upon corner entry. It has not seemed to slow me down, but I can already tell it is easier on the motor. SO I hope that is the end of my engine woes. Other that that my 04' WR450 has been nothing short of awesome on the track. I will say this though, GET THE SUSPENSION BUILT. I've ridden with most of you guys and the suspension is holding you guys back big time. I'm building suspension now, and I can't tell you how much difference a well set up bike is.
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Old 11-03-2010, 11:14 AM   #34
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is there any preventaive maintance or parts you can replace on the bottom end so that you increase your chances of not having any bottom end issues?
I change my oil every trackday and oil/filter every other. I was just riding the motard like a inline 4. Too many down shifts and the motor was always wound up. Heck I was having to shift coming out of the corner and I wasn't even all the way out of the corner yet. I guess I was afraid to just let it pull out of the corner off the bottom of the revs, but I tried it and it works pretty well like that. It also doesn't put near as much stress on the crank. I've lost (1) crank bearing, (1) rod bearing & (1) snapped crank. So obviously I was stressing the bottom end with my riding style. The last trackday I made some riding adjustments, and I think I have things figured out now.
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Old 11-03-2010, 11:42 AM   #35
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I change my oil every trackday and oil/filter every other. I was just riding the motard like a inline 4. Too many down shifts and the motor was always wound up. Heck I was having to shift coming out of the corner and I wasn't even all the way out of the corner yet. I guess I was afraid to just let it pull out of the corner off the bottom of the revs, but I tried it and it works pretty well like that. It also doesn't put near as much stress on the crank. I've lost (1) crank bearing, (1) rod bearing & (1) snapped crank. So obviously I was stressing the bottom end with my riding style. The last trackday I made some riding adjustments, and I think I have things figured out now.
What brand of oil do you recommend ? I'm using Castro full synthitic right now.
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What brand of oil do you recommend ? I'm using Castro full synthitic right now.
Personally I like Motul 300V 15W-50
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Old 11-03-2010, 03:44 PM   #37
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I've got two track seasons and a few thousand street miles on my 450x.
Bone stock without any issues.
Just learn to check/adjust the valves, or pay HOH $80 bux for the race prep(oil change, valve adjustment) every few track days.
Seen some nice ones already sumo'd up for sale.
Easy to put a plate on em too.
What ever you do, get one with the majic button(e-start).
You don't want to try to kick start a hot 450 in full leathers.
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Old 11-03-2010, 04:08 PM   #38
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I change my oil every trackday and oil/filter every other. I was just riding the motard like a inline 4. Too many down shifts and the motor was always wound up. Heck I was having to shift coming out of the corner and I wasn't even all the way out of the corner yet. I guess I was afraid to just let it pull out of the corner off the bottom of the revs, but I tried it and it works pretty well like that. It also doesn't put near as much stress on the crank. I've lost (1) crank bearing, (1) rod bearing & (1) snapped crank. So obviously I was stressing the bottom end with my riding style. The last trackday I made some riding adjustments, and I think I have things figured out now.
We need to talk (assuming I get my bike back together). I think this is going to be key to a long lasting rebuild.
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