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  1. Check your fuel cap for vapor lock. We did have a bad gas cap valve on a 2011 250 4T. When the bike gets warm and stalls open up the gas cap and see if all is well.
  2. I do not see a link to the NATC Hall Of Fame?
  3. I feel that it is easy to say that it could be the new bike or it could be going from a 4 stroke to a 2 stroke and maybe these things helped a little. However all the bikes made today are very capable bikes. The rider makes the difference. Nobody could of touched Pat the last couple of years and it was due to his strict training and riding ability. Pat could of had the same results on any make of bike! Why? because he was the best rider out there. Cody is in shape and is very solid on the bike this year. I would have to say he has worked hard this year in the off season and it is now showing! Lets make sure we give credit where credit is due. My guess is hard work has brought him up a level. It is going to be a great series between Pat and Cody for sure! Both top notch professionals and great representatives for our sport!
  4. Biff So with all this rain I am thinking of trying to add pontoons onto each side of the Beta. I think if I can add some paddles to the tire I could get it up on plane. Hopefully parking lot is not all under water!
  5. Biff, that picture is awesome. I don't often laugh out loud but that one still has me laughing. Pat you can only do what you want but how in the world can you not feel motivated after what you have done in your last 3 rides oversea's?????? If that doesn't motivate you than I am sorry to say nothing will! EVER!!!!!!!!!! You have to do it for yourself before anyone else, just know that so many people are cheering for you to go back!!!!! Simply do the best that you can do and nothing more. This is your year! It is up to you to make it happen!
  6. Thanks to all involved with putting on the event. It is alot more work for the club when it rains to make everything rideable. Hope your lawn wasn't tore up to bad Sam and thanks for the use of the property and all the hard work. I think we have about 20 lbs of your dirt on each of our bikes.
  7. Well the weather turned out nice and made for a fun day of riding. Thanks Keith for the use of your land and the work you put into to it also. Thank You to everyone else that helped make it happen also. I think all had a great time and no one ended up face down in the river under 2" ice. Always a plus. Thanks to Gary for coming out to take pictures also.
  8. Sounds like fun Keith. It might be a good excuse to try the shoulder out and see if its working.. Does this mean I might have to clean the bike again....
  9. I wasn't able to ride yesterday but the EXP line looked nice. They all seemed to be on the medium side as far as difficulty however there did seem to be an awful lot of hopping for a club that is so vocal about not liking to hop?????? Each section had 1-3different spots where hopping was required. I believe it bacame a battle of arm strength and fitness. Biff rode in with a smile on his face and then fell over onto the ground. His forearms were pumped up larger that my legs. Seemed like a good day to ride and scores were where they should be. All in all looked like fun. Thanks to Metro for the time,property and efforts.
  10. No I did not get Martin's fall into the water but I did see it. It was pretty cool to watch thats for sure. Glad he was able to jump up and not have the bike land on him. Sections looked fun fo the most part however some were back to the old hop, hop,turn hop,hop stuff but the riders seemed to enjoy it. It was fun watching the big uphill on section 7. Not a section I would of liked at all but fun to watch for sure. My hat's off to Jim and Aaron for making that look so easy every ride. Congrats to Jim Gawne for the season #1 in Expert class. I know how hard he has worked and has had to put up with alot of pain with his several injuries. His love for the sport is obvious since he has ridden with bad back, knee's and wrist for a few years now. Expert class is no easy class to win, I think this year was the first year we had 4-5 guys that could of won on any given day. The rest of us kinda fought for the 6th - 10th spots but always had a good time. All seemed to have a good day, Thanks for the work..
  11. Congrats to the U.S. Men and Women's TDN Team! I really do not think that people understand how difficult the sections are at that level. For those that make negative comments maybe they can jump on a bike and show you how to do it! Again Great job!
  12. I put a par of Pro Taper SE 7/8" bars on my sons 12.5". They are the school boy high bend. I cut approx 1.5" off each end to narrow them up. They are still about 2" wider overall than stock and approx 1.5" taller than stock. They have helped him with his control in slow technical situations. I put the black bars on so they look trick also. I also put Red grips on the bike that are aftermarket grips used on bikes like Honda Z50's.
  13. Thanks for the kind words. As you all know it is difficult to please everyone. We also like the "old school" style sections, glad to hear that others do as well. They really reward the rider that uses body english and can hold a line. Finally good weather for a Great Lakes event!!!! It just wasn't the same without Zippy though? You out there Zippy??? everything Ok??
  14. Any updates on the Youth Nationals down at TTC? I have not seen results or anything on TTC site.
  15. I have what you are looking for. I believe I still have your contact information and will contact you with the spring information. I have developed 2 different springs for the EVO, one I call a medium duty and the other a Heavy duty. I recommend the medium duty spring for riders weighing between 180-225lbs and the heavy duty spring is for 225lbs plus. Several different spring rates were tried and I narrowed it down to two to keep it simple. I have one on our #1 EXPERT rider in Michigans bike and he has had very positive results with his. I have the heavy duty on mine and there is no way I would go back to a stock spring! So far all buyers have had 100% positive comments after trying them out. We will talk off line to get you set up.
  16. Thanks for the positive comments. It is always difficult to lay each line out perfect for each class. We always have a club member lay his own line out for the class he rides. After he lays the line out he rides it 4 times to see how it goes in only 4 rides. If the rider is getting a 3 or 5 after 4 rides it is lightened up or if he gets a clean on his first tide it is made harder etc. Usually this works for us. The sections were long by design with the thought of changing start and end gates to shorten if the rain hit. Looking at the scores it looks like it worked out ok. Most of the classes 1st and 2nd place had under 40 points. We always aim for first to have around 30-35 points per class. Thanks to all for coming out! We have some ideas for the fall event and knowing Brian we will start laying ribbon within the next couple of weeks.
  17. I say just give Biff a straight shot to make it across the pond. That should make a great spectator section! Sorry Biff but you have it coming. New sections are always great to have. Thanks ahead of time for the work involved!
  18. Thanks for the event guys. Everything was easily rideable for the top guys and the rest of us could get thru it all as well. I seemed to have aquired 30 lbs of mud on my bike somehow?? You gonna want that back?? Riding cloths have to hit the hose before they are allowed in the house I am told. I think the Beta needs a mud flap hanging down or something? the day made the beer taste better also!
  19. Sink Holes, Mud, Teeter Totter, Ramps and spectacular jumps? Man you guys know how to sell an event. I'm sure it will be fun. Thanks ahead of time for the work involved and we will see you on Sunday! So it sounds like it might be a good idea to add some blue RTV to your ignition covers!
  20. Sam Speaking for the family great event! It was a nice intro into the season. Thank You and everyone involved for the hard work to make it happen. Yes the pre registration was great! It would be great for MOTA to have a system like that. I spoke with Lester and he did point out some things that must be thought about like a generator is needed, Printer - ink- paper expense, and operators that are will and able to operate at each event. Still I think the money is in the clubs so it should be discussed. I am sure all agree how nice it is to have lap results and final scores so fast. Sign up and event due to pre sign up was great! Again Sam a big Thanks and I hope that your lawn did not look to bad after everyone pulled out. At least it is the growing season.
  21. I have had 3 Rev 270's, and 04.07 & 08. Here is my take on the 09 EVO 290. #1 The engine is smooth!! The 270 was very smooth but nothing like this! #2 More torque! 270 did not lack but the 290 is stronger yet. Very easy to control though. almost 4 stroke like torque off bottom and never stops! #3 Light in the rear. The bike feels to me like it lost all of its weight in the rear end. much less effort to move around. #4 fit and finish and overall quality is still in a class by itself. Only a Montesa can come close in quality. #5 Rear linkage is very easy to maintain. Shock is off in 5-6 minutes. Rear was sprung a little light for my frame but I had the spring rate measured an wound up two different spring rates. Much better for me. #6 The bike still gets traction like the Rev. Its like cheating after riding any other brand. #7 Personally I though the front felt a bit heavy compared to my 08 but I have made small bar adjustments and fork setting s and it feels better now. Maybe I am just used to it? #8 Turns 8 inches tighter than the Rev did. For the record the Rev turned 7 inches tighter than a Montesa or Sherco. down side is you have to pay attention to the front end so it will not fold or push. Once you get used to it how tight it turns it is nice. Less hopping needed. Out of the 4 bikes we got in 3 of the carbs were spot on and one needed a float adjustment. So far everything seems positive on the EVO for me. I feel the bike has taken me up a level from my 08 Rev which for the record I really like that bike also. Once again I find myself saying how can it get better than this????? Time will tell!
  22. Any updates from Fun in the Sun??? Who rode Expert class and what were the standings...
  23. Sam For What its worth Beta and Sherco use the same flywheel puller. I could send you one but I doubt that is it. Take the kill switch right off and try for spark. Also try a couple new plugs. Last year I messed with my bike for well over an hour due to no spark. I added a new plug and nothing still so I messed with other stuff. Some reason I pulled the plug and tried another and it fired right up. I don't trust new plugs now and always have several. 1. Remove Kill Switch and check spark. 2. Check ground to coil. 3. plug boot It really should be one of those if it was running fine before tear down.
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    Sam If you do have a roast sell tickets for $10 or something.. I am sure it would do very well! Looking forward to your event!
  25. I just purchased a 1980 Cota 349 and am picking it up on Sat. Planning ahead can anyone give me the best part suppliers in the U.S. to go to. Is anyone aware of exploded views online or owners manuals? I will can Lewisport and see if they service the older Montesa parts since they are the modern Montesa parts importer, just looking for the vintage hook up. I figure B&J Racing may be a good starting point as well?
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