No matter what the sub topic is, when it comes to dirt bikes, everyone seems to have an opinion about pretty much everything. There's certain things that it pays to listen to other people about. Things like riding techniques from pros, tips from good mechanics and advice from riders that are better than you. But what about the other stuff? All too often it seems people base their opinions and give advice based on something they "heard" somewhere.
This got me thinking about how many things I've "heard" since I've been around dirt bikes. Some of them true, some not, and some just pure speculation based on what someone else heard somewhere.
Take motor break-in procedures for example. There's a huge controversy surrounding this subject and there are so many opinions out there about it. You could read article after article about break in procedures and go cross eyed trying to figure them all out. A lot of the new motor break in advice still has some old school roots. Sure, those things were relevant back in the day, but are they anymore?
What about the great Air Fork debate? I had heard from numerous people that the air forks were SO BAD that I should never get a bike that has air forks. Well, I went from a separate function spring fork to an air fork set up, and in all honesty, I think the air forks work just fine. It had a slightly different feel from the start, but a couple clicker adjustments and BAM, I was good to go! They're a bit more work to set it up correctly, but they're not bad forks at all. Had I listened to the naysayers, I would have never picked up the bike I have now.
Another area people are really opinionated about is aftermarket products. The example I have here is Hot Rods and Wiseco Crankshafts.
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A quick search on the internet will reveal articles that bag on these brands, saying that their crankshafts are garbage. Yet I have used Hot Rods cranks in several bikes and not had one issue. Wrench Rabbit uses Hot Rods Cranks in their engine rebuilt kits and Jay Clark, of Jay Clark Enterprises, uses these kits to do his own rebuilds. So if these things are such crap, why are they so commonly used? Plus, look at product reviews on websites like Rocky Mountain ATV/MC and Revzilla and you'll find plenty of people that are satisfied with these products. There's always people that are like, "OEM or nothing"! Ok, but what about the fact that a lot of the parts made for our bikes are made by aftermarket companies FOR THE OEM'S?
There are certain things that are not negotiable in this sport. Safety is one of them. But overall, so much of it is just your personal style and preference. What do you prefer? Find the things that work for you and roll with it.
I've learned that in this sport there are so many different, and often times conflicting, opinions about pretty much everything. One of the best things you can do is do your own research and draw from your own experiences. You may make mistakes along the way, but as long as you're not compromising safety, then big deal. What works for one person may not work for someone else, and vice versa. So whether it's parts, gear, bike setup, etc. Find your groove and don't be afraid to ignore the naysayers.
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