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Old 04-12-2012, 11:30 AM   #1
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Last week I sold a few things that were sitting around and got enough cash together to buy a KTM dirt bike. It's not japanese and it's a 2 stroke. Both of which I'm not very familiar with.

So I joined a couple of KTM forums and have been reading up and was ready to make a decision on a few mods based around some posts that had been made.

Then I thought what if this person, or these people, are like some guys I know on MH or the other various motorcycle forums that offer up a bunch of bad advice. (I only know it's bad advice because I have the experience to know better) With this KTM I really don't know any better.

So my thoughts are to seek advice directly from people who I know that have KTM dirt experience.. which are about 3 people, one of which works for KTM in a sales capacity. LOL

When I first got into sportbikes I made a bunch of mistakes, bought the wrong or crappy components only to have to buy the correct ones later, bought poor gear, etc etc. I'm trying to not make the same mistakes.

My question is... what do you guys do to seperate good advice from advice? And how do you limit the early noob mistakes?
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:33 AM   #2
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well you got me there... if I need advice, I generally read your posts.
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Just like choosing a business: reputation.
I joined MH after years of riding, and quickly started to pick up a lot of stuff I had done way wrong. There was lots of bullshit information on the site, but I quickly started to pick up on the folks that had the knowledge, and that people tended to listen to when their advice was offered. These were also the folks you would read about offering help, tools, garage space and a truck to a broken-down bike.

It was just like finding a good shop. I wasnt on MH more than a couple of weeks before I had figured that Motorcycles Unlimited was the shop for my bike. In the years since, I couldnt be happier with that decision. I choose Motorcycles Unlimited based on their reputation on MH.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:40 AM   #6
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Maybe talk to Ty Howard
Yea.. The KTM sales guy. Lol
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or just throw a leg over and ride it like you stole it....that's what I do.
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I check to make sure the guy giving advice doesn't do things like try to leave the paddock with his warmers still on...

Seriously though, it's a tough quagmire to navigate. Especially so knowing that most people give advice with the best of intentions making it even harder to determine who really knows the best answer for you. Over time, with exposure to the many facets of a community it becomes easier and easier to figure out who can best answer questions or provide advice in particular situations. In the beginning it's just a matter of getting advice and information from as many sources as you reasonably can and just do the background homework on your own to make the decisions.

The short answer: blind luck we're not all dead.
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Yup.. Even if someone has been doing something or been knowledgable in something for 30+ years, they can still give advice. In today's day and age, google and the internet are amazing tools and I don't say that sarcastically, either.

I can't tell you how many things i've learned and researched online regarding a product or item.

Research, ask around and learn. Then make an educated decision. You can't always count on one person's advice or opinion.
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as long as you dont listen to ^^^^this guy, you are ok....
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research alot, post a thread and asking then boucne that off the research you have done and if you know someone that is familiar with what your looking for ask them for advice aswell

dont limit yourself to just the ktm forum, there are several other forums that can yeld helpful information


as a fluent as you are in bs you of all should know how to spot bs
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well you could ask Tojo, I think he has blown several of them up.
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Old 04-12-2012, 12:39 PM   #14
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I check to make sure the guy giving advice doesn't do things like try to leave the paddock with his warmers still on...
Sheesh... I would never take advice from a guy who did that!
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I think the key to weeding out the good information vs. the bad on forums is the same with any type of research project. You can't be a "One book expert." In other words you have to pool together all the common knowledge then utilize that as you weigh your decision.

Also as others have said and again is true in the real world, reputation. On forums I think is becomes clear who really is an expert in a particular field because you see their posts focused in a certain field (e.g. electrical, ducatis, etc) and you see that they are able to give well justified and logical answers to a wide range of different questions in that area. Further more, when you see someone posting a question in that field you see a large number of posts from other members suggesting you refer to said expert. That usually means they've followed his/her advice with a certain level of success and satisfaction.

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I mayk shur two avoid taykin advice from peeps hoo type lyk dis.
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I MAYK SHUR TWO AVOID TAYKIN ADVICE FROM PEEPS HOO TYPE LYK DIS.
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All forums are like this one - hit or miss, and mostly miss. But Travis at KTMTalk.com is quite sharp.

Brian Storrie at SMSRacing.net for tech and know-how. Brian is an awesome guy and a very experienced racer. His shop is in Denton, Texas.

KTMWorld.com for parts. They're in Georgia.

MunnRacing.com for parts. They're in Elm Mott, Texas.
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All forums are like this one - hit or miss, and mostly miss. But Travis at KTMTalk.com is quite sharp.

Brian Storrie at SMSRacing.net for tech and know-how. Brian is an awesome guy and a very experienced racer. His shop is in Denton, Texas.

KTMWorld.com for parts. They're in Georgia.

MunnRacing.com for parts. They're in Elm Mott, Texas.
I would definitely avoid this advice.
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