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Old 06-23-2015, 10:07 AM   #1
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Just picked up an '04 (?) crf250x. It needs some carb love before I can ride it, but then what? I've really only ridden streetbikes, where do I start? My goal is to attempt to do some hair scrambles in the CMRA offseason.
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Old 06-23-2015, 10:17 AM   #3
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Hair Scrambles.. FUN!
Go to the track, both Rio and 3Palms have a few different tracks. I don't think all of 3P are open (due to the flooding), but you can certainly practice at Rio. They have three tracks up front, an enduro area, trails, and then an open field and an old track in the back.
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suspension set up!!

you will probably need to get the front and rear resprung at the bare minimum


spark arrestor?

Just get a lot of seat time! Once Im done rebuilding mine (and the SHNF opens up) we should go ride
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Check your valves, cardio, suspension resprung, boots, and health insurance. In that order.
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Yeah, but they were getting mad though. On more than one occasion I would be at the track and all of the sudden I can't see. Would pull over and there was a pair of panties covering my goggles. It's give and take.
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Check your valves, cardio, suspension resprung, boots, and health insurance. In that order.
^^ exactly! "health insurance"
... and buy a spare filter and of course gear
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the whole point of the bike IS cardio. I'll look into a respring, and I already have boots.
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the whole point of the bike IS cardio. I'll look into a respring, and I already have boots.
That's why I like to ride dirt. Fun and keeps me in somewhat good shape. Byrdman and I usually ride together. I'll PM you next time we go out. May be a while though. He is rebuilding his bike and I'm getting my knee scoped next week. I believe we actually met out at GSS about 5 years ago. I was on a Husky motard wearing Tim's leathers. Everybody thought he was out there sandbagging but it was actually my slow .
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That's why I like to ride dirt. Fun and keeps me in somewhat good shape. Byrdman and I usually ride together. I'll PM you next time we go out. May be a while though. He is rebuilding his bike and I'm getting my knee scoped next week. I believe we actually met out at GSS about 5 years ago. I was on a Husky motard wearing Tim's leathers. Everybody thought he was out there sandbagging but it was actually my slow .
That's the number one reason I like to ride.. best workout ever!
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That's why I like to ride dirt. Fun and keeps me in somewhat good shape. Byrdman and I usually ride together. I'll PM you next time we go out. May be a while though. He is rebuilding his bike and I'm getting my knee scoped next week. I believe we actually met out at GSS about 5 years ago. I was on a Husky motard wearing Tim's leathers. Everybody thought he was out there sandbagging but it was actually my slow .
Was that back when I was on the SXV? My bike is down at the moment for carb work anyway.
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My dad ha that bike and I didn't care for it much. It handled like garbage in sand. Apparently the fix is new triple clamps that give it a better rake angle and better stability. If you have a problem with that then maybe it's something to look at.
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Was that back when I was on the SXV? My bike is down at the moment for carb work anyway.
Yeah you were on the SXV. I always tell my friends who plan on having kids the story about that day. I ran two sessions and spent the rest of the day sleeping in Dinosaur's RV because my new baby hadn't let me sleep for 3 days.
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My dad ha that bike and I didn't care for it much. It handled like garbage in sand. Apparently the fix is new triple clamps that give it a better rake angle and better stability. If you have a problem with that then maybe it's something to look at.
I doubt I will be encountering that much sand, but thanks for the heads up.
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I doubt I will be encountering that much sand, but thanks for the heads up.
Stay away from 3P then... it's full of it..
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Stay away from 3P then... it's full of it..
AND the SHNF....plenty there too....and in multiple hare scramble events.
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Stay away from 3P then... it's full of it..
...and the SHNF, and Outlaw Trax, pretty much anything north of Spring.

If you plan to do hare scrambles, you will be riding in the piney woods, and you will be riding through miles of sugar sand.
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...and the SHNF, and Outlaw Trax, pretty much anything north of Spring.

If you plan to do hare scrambles, you will be riding in the piney woods, and you will be riding through miles of sugar sand.
But you can ride Rio.. it's all mud.. or cement by the time I usually get home to wash the bikes
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