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Old 01-30-08, 04:09 PM   #1
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Winter's getting old.

Usually I love winter but this time it's just not what it used to be for some reason. The lack of snowmobiling probably covers about 90% of that reason, but hey. The cold, the coat and boots, the shoveling... bleh.

I get so depressed whenever I go downstairs. I see my bike scattered around the room in so many pieces, sigh, and turn around. That or I just open the boxes and look at the parts wishing I could be riding, or something. Go back upstairs and I see my car just sitting there as unused as my bike. Can't do anything with it until it gets warm, either (This is turning out waay more emo than intended)

At least I've got some stuff to look foreword to.







Finally getting rid of some of the original parts. Just waiting on a friend to bring me wheels and then I can start getting it together. I cannot wait for that.

Question #1: Levers. How much difference am I going to notice with some different ones? Any recommendations on a budget of, say, $20-$30? I currently have Shimano Rapidfire's, is it worth upgrading?

Question #2: Brake cables, I'll assume I should do this anyway. What to get? Is it was simple as taking the old ones out and putting the new in?
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Usually I love winter but this time it's just not what it used to be for some reason. The lack of snowmobiling probably covers about 90% of that reason, but hey. The cold, the coat and boots, the shoveling... bleh.

I get so depressed whenever I go downstairs. I see my bike scattered around the room in so many pieces, sigh, and turn around. That or I just open the boxes and look at the parts wishing I could be riding, or something. Go back upstairs and I see my car just sitting there as unused as my bike. Can't do anything with it until it gets warm, either (This is turning out waay more emo than intended)

At least I've got some stuff to look foreword to.

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Finally getting rid of some of the original parts. Just waiting on a friend to bring me wheels and then I can start getting it together. I cannot wait for that.

Question #1: Levers. How much difference am I going to notice with some different ones? Any recommendations on a budget of, say, $20-$30? I currently have Shimano Rapidfire's, is it worth upgrading?

Question #2: Brake cables, I'll assume I should do this anyway. What to get? Is it was simple as taking the old ones out and putting the new in?
Tell me about it. Mine has a no-longer-round piston and a scored cylinder wall. Around $1250 Canadian to fix

That stuff's sweet, it's going on an 03 Kona HT, right? Wouldn't mind seeing some pics when it's done.
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Yah dood. I'm turning into such a gimp!!

The previous 2 years, I rode in ice, snow, winter mud...all that crap. This year I'm having a bit of a motivational problem. I'm gonna be sooo outta shape this spring.
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Tell me about it. Mine has a no-longer-round piston and a scored cylinder wall. Around $1250 Canadian to fix

That stuff's sweet, it's going on an 03 Kona HT, right? Wouldn't mind seeing some pics when it's done.
Ouch! Dad traded our '05 Ski-Doo MXZ 500SS for a Arctic Cat 4-stroke 2-up thing (Can't remember what it's called lol) in an effort to get my mom into the sport.. so it's just been them riding on the weekends. I miss the Rev However, I don't mind the weekends home alone!

Yeah, that pile of stuff's headed for the Hahanna in my sig
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Ouch! Dad traded our '05 Ski-Doo MXZ 500SS for a Arctic Cat 4-stroke 2-up thing (Can't remember what it's called lol) in an effort to get my mom into the sport.. so it's just been them riding on the weekends. I miss the Rev However, I don't mind the weekends home alone!

Yeah, that pile of stuff's headed for the Hahanna in my sig
The REV platform has to be the best thing ever to happen to snowmobiling. When it runs, our 03 600 H.O is great. This time, it's Castrol's fault

That Hahanna's gonna be sweet. Makes me think I should update my 820 too.
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I'd KILL to look out my window and see everything drenched in pow. Ohh my, my board would be on my feet in a matter of seconds. I say we trade!!!
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[QUOTE=CrankshaftYQX;6080549]The REV platform has to be the best thing ever to happen to snowmobiling. When it runs, our 03 600 H.O is great. This time, it's Castrol's fault

I agree.

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Nice machine. That'd be a 600SDI, right? Lots of guys around here run GSX's.
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Yep 600 SDI. Sips oil and gas. Most people run 800s now but I never felt the need.
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Our 600 keeps up with the 8's no problem up to probably 60mph. The gearing's been knocked down a bit to get it out of the gate faster and it has a Cudney head, but otherwise stock. Less work than most of the 800's here.
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You really only notice the difference on lakes where you can spread out and run WOT, and
even then its only a few MPH. I really like the SDI. Where is "here" for you.
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Newfoundland. Like Whistler, but smaller and not as cool
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The REV platform has to be the best thing ever to happen to snowmobiling. When it runs, our 03 600 H.O is great. This time, it's Castrol's fault

That Hahanna's gonna be sweet. Makes me think I should update my 820 too.
Pretty much.


With my grandma's (yes, you read that right) GSX 600.

Two totally different animals that achieve awesomeness in their own ways. I rode the GSX for a lot of last year due to my dad selling his MXZ 600.
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Thinkin' I need to get the 600 out for some photo sessions.

Looks much like your 500ss but with a smaller windshield and a 6" riser block.

Friend of mine also just got a TNT, on the XP platform. Can't wait to try it
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I'm now bored with waiting for my friends' wheels.

How much should I pay to get my rear straightened and front hub rebuilt?
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Winter sucks balls, I'm sick of it, considering moving somewhere where there's no winter. There's no where to bike, there's nothing to do outside, skiing sucks and is expensive, gets boring, there's barely any sun, gotta wear pounds of clothing covering you up, man I hate winter with a passion, must be 22 years of the northeast getting on my nerves, get me outta here

Even with studded tires the winter sucks. Biking in the winter sucks.
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Stop whining, dammit. I just got my machine back together with some shiny forged stuff and winter can last all year as far as I'm concerned
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This winter has been awful for biking. This is my first season on studs and wouldn't you know it: tons of snow and high temps have meant a bunch of un-rideable trail days. It's been nothing but sticky, slippery slush. Oh well, better luck next winter. Until then I guess I'll have to "suffer" through summer. Crossing my fingers and hoping mud season is short...
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Stop whining, dammit. I just got my machine back together with some shiny forged stuff and winter can last all year as far as I'm concerned
You be quiet

My parents are out riding right now. I'm stuck in a town with nothing to do and no license and ALL my hobbies are cut off. My computer with alll my videos/music/games is dead, my camera is broken, and my bike is a pile of parts downstairs. Blah.
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So I've made a decision.

I'm getting my rear wheel fixed. Hopefully my parents can take it to a shop tomorrow. I'll run my not-particularly-healthy front hub for a while and upgrade it sometime, probably in the summer. I want this freakin' thing in one piece lol.
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Winter sucks balls, I'm sick of it, considering moving somewhere where there's no winter. There's no where to bike, there's nothing to do outside, skiing sucks and is expensive, gets boring, there's barely any sun, gotta wear pounds of clothing covering you up, man I hate winter with a passion, must be 22 years of the northeast getting on my nerves, get me outta here

Even with studded tires the winter sucks. Biking in the winter sucks.
I live in Southern California where we experience one season all year round
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In the last few days I've switched from winter-mode to not-winter mode. I've had enough of the snow. I'm glad to see the roads are looking more or less dry to may start doing some road rides soon. The mornings are still cool, though. This morning was -6C / 21F, but the days warm up to above freezing. We'll be heading towards warmer weather in the next little while

I now look at the riding pictures with a lot of envy.
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I was just getting my mind into spring mode; the only snow left was in the plowing berms and the shade and I was beginning to see my yard again. Then I woke up Saturday to this:










Welcome to global warming. I'm REALLY ready for this to be over with.
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I hear you. We had a small snowfall this morning and I know that we always get at least one last big snowfall in the early parts of April. I look forward to mid-April as the probability of another big snowfall diminishes significantly by then. Just two more weeks.
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Last two days, two very cold rides. 67 for a high tomorrow, thats gonna be nice for a change.
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