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Oooooooooooooooooooooo 2017 KTM 150 X-CW

2017 KTM-150-XC-W

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine Type: Single Cylinder, 2-Stroke
Displacement: 143.99 cc
Bore/Stroke: 58/54.5 mm
Starter: Electric, Lithium Ion 12 V 2 Ah / Kickstarter
Transmission: 6 Gears, wide ratio
Fuel System: Mikuni TX 38 Carburetor
Lubrication: Premix 60:1
Primary Ratio: 23:73
Final Drive: 13:50
Cooling: Liquid Cooling
Clutch: Wet Multi-Disc Clutch, Brembo Hydraulics
Ignition: Kokusan
Frame: Central Double-Cradle Type 25CrMo4 Steel
Subframe: Aluminum
Handlebar: Neken, Aluminum Ø 28/22mm
Front Suspension: WP Xplor USD Ø 48mm
Rear Suspension: WP Xplor PDS Monoshock
Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 300 mm/11.8 in; 310 mm/12.2 in
Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 260 mm; 220 mm
Front/Rear Rims: 1.60 x 21”, 2.15 x 18” Giant
Front/Rear Tires: 80/100-21”; 110/100-18” Dunlop AT81
Chain: 5/8 x 1/4 in
Silencer: Aluminum
Steering Head Angle: 26.5º
Triple Clamp Offset: 22 mm
Wheelbase: 1,471mm ± 10 mm / 57.9 ± 0.4 in
Ground Clearance: 370mm / 14.6 in
Seat Height: 960 mm / 37.8 in
Tank Capacity, Approx: 9.5 L / 2.5 gal
Weight (without fuel), Approx: 91.5 kg/ 201.7 lbs

Read more: Last bike waaaay down at the bottom: http://dirtbikemagazine.com/ktm-off-road-2017/

It is taller than my CRF, has bigger wheels, has a headlight, a bigger fuel tank (maybe I can finally finish an enduro now without running out of gas), but it is heavier by a good bit! I am not a 2-Smoker, but this could quite possibly convert me. Granted, I think it is worth more than the trade in on my truck. And that’s just sad. Does anyone need a kidney? *Kidney for sale!! Or will trade for 2017 KTM XC-W*

XX

p.s. Thank you, Alfie, for the recommendation! There. Happy?


Thanking My Customers : )

Through the years I have been fortunate to sometimes receive the occasional treat from my customers.  Today I received some Sina Ginger Candies from a customer which are soooo tasty!   Obviously it isn’t something that I expect but It is hugely appreciated, YUGELY!!

Through the years I have gotten M&Ms, Kona coffee (twice!), chocolate covered hazelnuts,  Maple syrup, champagne from the podium, Starbuck’s gift cards, (but I am boycotting them right now), Chili’s  gift cards, tee shirts, little die cast motorcycles, Christmas cards, keychains, all kinds of little things!  I love it : ) Recently we even received a King Cake all the way from from Haydel’s bakery in New Orleans care of the Big Easy Racing duo, Jimmy and Eeman!   And of course my longtime customer-now-good-friend, Mosberg, gave me the R6.  : )

The candies just reminded me how awesome people can be.  NO matter how big or how small, when I am working away over here, the idea that someone thought of me enough to go out of their way really makes my day!  So thank you all! 


Hollister Hills K.O.G. Poker Run – April 15, 2017 – BE THERE!

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This year’s K.O.G. Poker Run benefits the Katherman Family and Lovers Lane flood victims.   Come out and show your support and GET DIRTY!  As you guys up here in the bay area know, it has been raining all week so we are not going to come out of this event clean!  YAY!

Shorai is donating a battery and charger set for the prize giveaway.  We won’t have a booth there as we are goin’ ridin’!  But if you need help, or have questions, come visit us at the Shorai van.

XX


Love is…

Love is when your significant other agrees to rub lotion into your leathers while they are on you just so you can breathe.  It was not as enjoyable to either party as it may sound.

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I realized I hadn’t worn my leathers since I think October?? My insurance and registration papers I found in the inside pocket expired in October so I had to print out the new ones. Yeah. so sitting in the garage drying out and stiffening up plus winter lbs.  Does anyone have a shoehorn and some bearing grease??

By the end of the ride it was fine but getting in them at first?  I couldn’t even raise my arms to put on my helmet.  I felt like I was in my streetluge leathers.

It was pretty chilly, the roads were incredibly green, there were downed trees, areas which were still flooded, roads still closed, debris from mudslides.  It wasn’t all that great. Plus it is raining again.

Part of me wants summer to hurry up and get here while the other part still wants it to be boot weather!


Second Annual woman-led ADVWoman Rally dates announced

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GRANBY, CO – February 15, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Second Annual woman-led ADVWoman Rally dates Announced for July 20-23, 2017, at Flying Heels Rodeo Arena in Granby, Colorado.

Dates are announced for the second annual adventure rally organized for women and families. To be held July 20-23, 2017, in Granby, Colorado, the event will include a variety of self-guided rides, Geocache scavenger hunt, classroom training sessions as well as on-range adventure and dirt bike rider training. All instructors are women! Men are welcome too– this is a female and family friendly rally….

Second Annual woman-led ADVWoman Rally dates announced

I definitely want to get more into this.  But that would require selling a bike to buy a bigger onroad/offroad bike and I am not ready for that. 

XX

 


Monster Energy Supercross Oakland – Amerikuh!! F*** YEAH!!

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****SPOILER ALERT****

We went to Supercross this past weekend in Oakland, which was awesome! If you can believe it, it was my first dirtbike event where I wasn’t actually riding. I know, right? Out of all of these years I have never gone to an offroad event as a spectator–ever. Roadracing, yes.  Many, many, many [sometimes painful] times.  We watch Supercross every time on TV so I was stressing about being able to see as well as I can see on the TV. It was a last minute decision as one of the girls in our office sannounced that the tickets were really cheap due to the threat of rain. So everyone in the office jumped on StubHub.com and the prices were going up as we  were searching.  We got a hold of some awesome seats Section 133/row33/seats 20/21 – this would be my go to seat if I ever went again..

And 47,061 spectators stood for the National Anthem.  Yes!  Take that, NFL.

Video and Highlights: https://motorsportsnewswire.com/2017/02/05/tomac-charges-to-the-front-in-oakland-to-claim-back-to-back-monster-energy-supercross-victories-0205173/

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And Tomac takes the win!  That boy has the voodoo; I don’t know how he pulled this off. He is on a tear, that is for sure!

XX

p.s. And Yes, Oakland is everything horrible that you have heard about in the news.  I hate going there.  Sorry people, but if you want people to say things about your hometown, clean it up.  Although it is the Left you have to worry about, now.  There were 20 ft tall police towers in the parking lot at the event.  No need for it though because all the people at the Supercross event cared about was racing and beer.  You guys should pack up your towers and go to Berkeley.


The Beef-Bike Tariff

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By now everyone has heard about the efforts by the Beef Industry to impose a 100% tax on 51-500cc EU bikes.   If not, here is a good article:

Will the US Really Put A 100% Tax on Small, EU Motorcycles? https://www.revzilla.com/common-tread/eu-motorcycles-and-us-beef

Request to Reinstate Action Taken in Connection with European Union’s Measures Concerning Meat and Meat Products: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USTR-2016-0025-0001

Quite honestly I don’t like the idea of our beef either so I don’t blame them for not wanting it.  No one wants hormones and antibiotics in their food.  But we in the U.S. consume it in large quantities every year (well, I don’t so much, but! ).  The unrelated ‘we’ll tax your bike if you don’t take our beef’ imposition is ridiculous.