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I wish there was a good newbie tutorial out there, that would at least explain all the terms you people use and give some basics. There are so many questions that I see being asked repeatedly on the boards here, and they're always answered with all kinds of engine terminology... If I knew what all these words meant, I would know how to fix everything!

For example, I've been looking around at how to winterize my bike. The only help I can find comes in the form of "main jet access plug hand turn engine drain crankcase carb float bowl, etc. etc. etc."

Now that's all fine and dandy but I'm an idiot and haven't even been able to get my XR to run right because I can't understand all this jargon. I don't understand if some of that is only related to two-strokes, but I don't even know what my crankcase oil is or if I have any. There's just no way to understand people's advice if they use terms that aren't explained. And I can't find a source that explains what a crankcase or a float bowl is. And I can't count how many "Jetting 101" articles I've read that don't make an ounce of sense to me, because you have to understand how it works in order to understand the newbie guide!

All I want right now is to figure out how to winterize my bike so the carburetor doesn't explode and the camshaft rusts to the intake valve of the flywheel. :(
 

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Man, Im n ot sure what to tell you. I think reading everything you can and asking questions is good. The only way to understand what things are or what a part is is to ask and learn. I think the more you are around it, the more you will eventually know. I dont know much but technical people can dumb-down information if you ask them in a nice way. People here are friendly and full of info. You have been around long enough to know that!
 

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May want too go pick up a manual for your bike, a good source of info, and directions on how too work on your bike..
Rick
 

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First of all, your not an idiot. An idiot would sit back and quit, not asking any
questions. Sencond, feel free to ask anyone to explain what they mean.
I've been riding for about 7 years and I learn something new every time I get on DRN. You know your way around, you found the flame board and flamed ...us, so just keep digging and asking questions. The only stupid question is the one you don't ask! :thumb:
 
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Copy and paste this in you tool bar(or type if your board). Its a tread over on the KDX forum about what to do for winter.

http://www.dirtrider.net/forums3/showthread.php?s=&threadid=88938
 

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First of all I see you are here in lovely St. Louis with myself, GnarlyKaw, H2O, Colemanapp and a few others. Don't winterize the bike at all, most of us will be riding at least a couple times a month all winter long. E-mail me and we'll try to hook up down at St. Joe or something.

Drnspode@charter.net
 
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Thanks for your help, everyone on this board is too kind...

Hope I didn't come across as too much of a jerk, it's just real frustrating trying to understand everything when I'm completely new to the sport. Then again, that's why I came to the flame board :)

MrLuckey, I'll definitely send an e-mail your way, but before I go riding I think I want to put some work into my XR, maybe take it to a mechanic since I'm not sure what I'm doing yet... And I need to buy some serious jacket and gloves to ride in the winter. But hopefully I'll get it done soon and come out with you guys some time.

Thanks
Ben
 
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Ben, i'm learning too. I did a lot of nodding my head and smiling while guys where talking about their bikes. I had no idea what they were talking about. Now I have an idea what they are talking about but still don't know how to do much of this stuff myself. I did a search on "motorcycle repair" and "motorcycle maintenance" and found a website http://www.dansmc.com he provided some good information and I just bought a book to explain the basics to me "Motorcycle basics techbook". It explains how engines work and the differences between 2 and 4 strokes. maybe soon I won't have to pay the mechanic $60 an hour to do the basic stuff that I should be able to do.

Good luck :thumb:,
Guy
 

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Definately check the above listed site. When I read you first post I was thinking of suggesting that site! I have read the whole thing and its great read. He explains thing pretty basic and has pics to show what some of the parts he is talking about look like.
 

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You want an excellent place to start besides just asking here on DRN? CLICK
I assure you this purchase will give you plenty of great information in a reasonably easy to understand format.
 

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The manual for your XR is a sure bet. Getting a mechanically inclined buddy to help you work on your bike hands-on is another, you'll learn LOTS when you're actually in the thick of it and its a lot of fun too. Read and ask questions. I'm doing a whole lot more basic maintenance on my bike than I was a year ago and I'm actually starting to understand what my friends are talking about. Good luck.
 

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Find some riders to hang with. Almost every friday night the local riders gather in my garage to bench race. We just BS about everything motorcycle. That kind of conversation will teach you more in an hour than you'd ever get in a book.

Some of the information is true too. You can get real drunk at the same time.
 
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Originally posted by RV6junkie


Some of the information is true too. You can get real drunk at the same time.
So that is what has been happening tome and my buddies, I thought it was the gasoline :)

www.howstuffworks.com is also a good site if you do not know how say your carb acctually works.
 
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Any further thought son this web site & book?

gxdragon said:
Ben, i'm learning too. I did a lot of nodding my head and smiling while guys where talking about their bikes. I had no idea what they were talking about. Now I have an idea what they are talking about but still don't know how to do much of this stuff myself. I did a search on "motorcycle repair" and "motorcycle maintenance" and found a website http://www.dansmc.com he provided some good information and I just bought a book to explain the basics to me "Motorcycle basics techbook". It explains how engines work and the differences between 2 and 4 strokes. maybe soon I won't have to pay the mechanic $60 an hour to do the basic stuff that I should be able to do.

Good luck :thumb:,
Guy
Bringing back this old thread....Wondering if, a few years down the road you found the site helpful, and educational?

Also, wondering if anyone has any other reviews/thoughts on at-home study of the basics (in addition to the obvious recommendation of referring to the service manual)? Thanks!