Added reply in a thread Yamaha's big announcement 8/4/2016 5:29 PM

And fuel tank now carried in the wheels like a Rokon.

Added reply in a thread Bowers not with Pc.. 8/4/2016 3:00 PM

If there is truly a lesson to be learned from pornopraphy, it is that plumber is the most tail-gettin' profession on earth.

Added reply in a thread Bowers not with Pc.. 8/4/2016 2:31 PM

But is the average plumber married to a Monster girl?

Added reply in a thread KTM sells more 250/300 two strokes than anything 8/4/2016 2:29 PM

Summarized well.

Added reply in a thread The Rising Prices of New Dirt Bikes 8/4/2016 10:59 AM

When this sport exploded from nothing, manufacturers didn't make the bike riders wanted -- and by that I mean they often didn't even make bikes meant to touch dirt. People tore lights off bikes, raced twins, and all sorts of other non-ideal configurations. ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Rising Prices of New Dirt Bikes 8/4/2016 8:44 AM

To me, most of this discussion seems ass-backwards. We are looking to the manufacturers to grow the sport. That's not the way the sport originated, and it is certainly not the way it evolved (until very recently). They will chase the sales if the market ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Rising Prices of New Dirt Bikes 8/4/2016 7:15 AM

Small-bore street bike productions are heavily boueyed by an enormous (like an order of magnitude on the American/European dirtbike market) Asian market. BTW, this is also a major factor in the market availabilty of the previously discussed KLX140/150 ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Rising Prices of New Dirt Bikes 8/4/2016 6:53 AM

First off, that's not an adult sized bike. It's a nice trailbike, but you aren't just gonna throw a 33 hp engine in it and have anything decent. And they already make what you want with the venerable KX100 in that chassis/wheel size ($4599). Secondly, ... more »

Added reply in a thread Suzuki prototype RM125 8/3/2016 8:28 PM

I'll take a good frame every time. I'll take a '06 YZ over a '91 KX frame every day of the week. On the other side, I'd definitely ride a 86' CR frame over a '97 CR.

Added reply in a thread Suzuki prototype RM125 8/3/2016 7:53 PM

I understand that. I wouldn't take an $89 steel full suspension bike on the trail either. The point is we are not talking about any sort of exotic or difficult to work with material here. It's rolling daily out the doors of the crappiest, lowest tech, ... more »

Added reply in a thread Suzuki prototype RM125 8/3/2016 6:41 PM

They are selling complete, assembled shitty full suspension aluminum monocoque-style frame mountain bikes at WalMart for $89.

Added reply in a thread Suzuki prototype RM125 8/3/2016 5:25 PM

Because it's a 2-stroke engine in a more modern RM-Z chassis build? And modern RM-Zs have aluminum frames... It is what they wanted it to be.

Added reply in a thread Suzuki prototype RM125 8/3/2016 5:14 PM

Just get over it. It handles like a yellow turd, Bro.

Added reply in a thread The Rising Prices of New Dirt Bikes 8/3/2016 8:39 AM

I really don't think there is that much of a savings there, manufacturing-wise. KTM still uses the PDS system on their off-road models where it is preferred over links for maintenance reasons. They aren't priced any cheaper than their mx models; it's ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Rising Prices of New Dirt Bikes 8/3/2016 8:23 AM

As I mentioned before, the USD has killed the Yen since 2000. Significant portion of the time since then, the Yen has been down 20% from 1999. That definitely has had a downward pressure on the price of Jap dirtbikes vs a simple CPI adjustment.

Added reply in a thread The Rising Prices of New Dirt Bikes 8/2/2016 1:57 PM

It seems we need to give some more focus on "run what you got classes". Say like, air cooled 125-250 four stroke class (or whatever). There's no reason an XR200 shouldn't be raceable against like machines, if that's what some kid or adult owns. (Note: ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Rising Prices of New Dirt Bikes 8/2/2016 1:50 PM

An SSR (Asiawing) 250F is about $3700. Want something of less dubious manufacturing origin? Consider this; A CRF125F costs $3300. So price ain't getting down there. Maybe we just need to focus more on classes that allow people to race affordable bikes ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Rising Prices of New Dirt Bikes 8/2/2016 1:14 PM

Yeah, the new 4 stroke MXers def have a lot more R&D costs tied to the sticker than, say, a YZ125. On the other end of the cost chain, they do have some economy-of-scale advantages, as they are pushing significantly more units.

Added reply in a thread New 2 stroke,barn find 8/2/2016 1:11 PM

Probably just called for motor oil, but I'd use Type F ATF, till it comes out the weep-hole with the bike level.

Added reply in a thread The Rising Prices of New Dirt Bikes 8/2/2016 1:06 PM

Another thing that is not factored in a straight CPI comparison is that generally for the last 20 years the USD has kicked the Yen's ass to the tune of often around 20% of 2000 values. That should have (and probably did) give us pretty solid downward ... more »