Saturday, April 17, 2021

Acerbis X-Power Engine Cover Kit - Honda CRF450R 2017 Black

 ACERBIS X-POWER ENGINE COVER KIT - HONDA CRF450R 2017 - BLACK

My grandpa and I just received the ACERBIS X-Power Engine Cover Kit for the 2017 Honda CRF450R that we have for sale.  We thought it made the engine look even better by adding some more bling.



ACERBIS X-POWER ENGINE COVER KIT - HONDA CRF450R 2017 - BLACK

Motor Crankcase and Ignition/Clutch covers that protect against wear from boots, impacts, dirt, mud, and other debris.

Features:
Right side: provides protection for the clutch cover, water pump, and lower casing
Left side: provides protection to the ignition cover and clutch actuator
Molded openings to access the filter cover and oil cap
Easy to install by utilizing the original crankcase and ignition/clutch cover bolts
Resistant to high temperatures
Designed not to interfere with boots
Compatible with ACERBIS skid plates

To fit:
- HONDA CRF 450 R 2017



The Honda is still for sale.  Take a look at it on KSL Classifieds. https://classifieds.ksl.com/listing/62357606   I have it now listed for $6,250.00 or OBO.  It is scary fast!!!  You can scroll down to previous posts to find out more about the bike.  Take a look at it running on YouTube.

Let me or my grandpa know if you're interested.  It is a great deal and a great bike.


Saturday, April 10, 2021

891 SUSPENSION ON THE YAMAHA

 

891 SUSPENSION & PERFORMANCE

TJ took a photo of my bike ready to go.


Grandpa and I just picked up my Yamaha from TJ Bronson of 891 SUSPENSION located in Sandy, Utah.  I was spending spring break with grandpa and grandma with my sister, Katie, my cousin Presley and my girlfriend Piper down in Mesquite, Nevada.  We left early Friday morning and drove from Mesquite to Sandy just to pick the bike up.  I'm really excited to see the difference but still have a couple more weeks to get my strength back from the broken Fibula and muscle tear.  

https://891suspension.com/ 

email: TJ@891suspension.com  

phone: 801-824-1276

891 Suspension & Performance

OUT LAST THE COMPETITION WITH 891 SUSPENSION

What is 891 suspension & performance?

When I talk with other guys at the track I came to a conclusion that 891 Suspension & Performance is the best place to get the best set up for your dirt bike. With a specialty in suspension, TJ knows all the in's and out's to make your dirt bike handle better and believe me, safer! 

TJ will build each set of suspension to match your skill level, bike, and discipline. 

TJ also provides a wide range of services to help keep you out there riding. TJ has helped me with new tire installation, new tubes, new chain installation and new sprocket installation.  He can also do whole motor rebuilds and he knows what he’s doing. 

I know now that my problem with my brand new 2021 Yamaha YZ250F was suspension. I found out that most any handling issues can be fixed with basic suspension adjustments or in my case a rebuild to adjust for my size and weight.  I should have done the adjustments right when I got the new bike.  I might not have crashed and broke my leg.

From my point of view ask yourself; have you experienced any of these symptoms on your dirt bike during a race or ride?

Your rear wheel won’t track a line properly?

Your front wheel won’t track a line properly?

You’re losing some stability at high speeds?

You find that your front wheel won’t stay planted?

You’re finding that the rear wheel bucks too much?

Or even that your front end feels saggy and unresponsive?

I found out that my Yamaha bike’s stock suspension was tuned to work for a variety of riders and riding styles for a guy who might only weigh around 170 pounds; that didn’t work for me being over 5’11” and around 250 without gear. It’s a great mid-range setup for most guys that will get you out on the track with ease, but once you start pushing those stock settings you’ll often find they’re lacking in most of the critical areas. New bikes from brands like Yamaha are known for being well-balanced right out of the box, but I now know that even that new suspension will need a tune-up for a lot of riders.

So, my bike is done.  My broken leg is healed.  In a couple of weeks it’s time to test the new suspension from TJ at 891 Suspension.  Yeah, I’m excited.  


Monday, March 15, 2021

My BLUCRU YAMAHA Cast is OFF!


 The cast is off and I'm starting to rehab the broken leg and ankle in the pool at the Springville Recreation Center, Yahooooo and Yamahaaaa!

TJ Bronson of #891 Suspension and Performance https://891suspension.com/  is busy rebuilding my suspension redoing everything for my height and weight.  This should make a huge difference.


Just chomping on the bit to get back on the bike!


Friday, February 5, 2021

A Dirt Biker Rider's Nightmare - A Broken Leg

 It had rained for a couple of days and the Friday practice had been cancelled. It hardly ever rains in Mesquite, Nevada or where the motocross track is in what's called Littlefield, Arizona but it did.  The Virgin Valley River was running strong.  There was even snow capped mountains in the background.  Oh, yeah and Saturday's #RMX Series race was on.  Did you know that you can not purchase a pair of rain boots in Mesquite.  Walmart just laughed at us when we asked where they were.  Grandpa and grandma had to run into St. George, Utah to #Cal Ranch to buy the boots and of course I wear a size 13 boot.  But the race was on.  Pre-race practice was starting at 7:00 am PST and I was ready.

I had a good practice run and the day went okay.  I still need to get my suspension done because the 2021 #Yamaha YZ250F comes set up for somebody who weighs around 170 lbs with full riding gear.  I weighed myself with all of my gear and found out that with gear I'm around 6'1" and 277 lbs.  Hey, my #Gaerne SG-12 boots weigh over 11 pounds.  There is roughly 27 lbs of riding gear that I put on.  TJ Bronson of #891 Suspension has all the calculations and will be working on the bike here in the future.

Dan Felix of #Felix Designs took a couple of photos of me racing...thanks Dan.  I am proudly wearing his great design on my helmet.  Also, thanks to #FlowVision for the great goggles.  They are amazing!

Well, the rest of the story about my day at the track.

As you could guess, the mud was terrible; the ruts even worse and the track was extremely dangerous. The Littlefield Paramedics were busy helping people the entire day.  Riders were even LifeFlighted out to St. George with lacerated livers, broken ribs, concussions, and broken legs.  One pro rider even had to have the bike peg removed from his body surgically...ouch!

My last race of the day was going to be the 450 Beginners and I entered it for more riding time even though I was riding my 250. 
I've worked really hard on my HoleShots and have gotten pretty good at them.  This last race of the day would be one of my best.  Great start and great ride.  I was riding hard against the bigger bikes but after the white flag which meant it was the last lap towards the finish line I was actually battling for second place.  The ruts were so deep that they were up to my fenders and above my pegs but I was riding better than I ever have.  I was flowing around the track in the zone.  Then it happened! The rider coming up from behind me got into the same rut and hit my rear wheel which caused me to lose control and my boot came off the peg and got caught under his bike and my bike.  I was in a lot of pain.  My grandpa and the Felix Family came running over to the crash.  The other rider ended up breaking his hand in the crash.  The Paramedics drove up immediately to help out.
After asking me a ton of questions they loaded me into the back of the truck.  They took off my boots which hurt like heck.  The foot and ankle was swelling really quick.  There really wasn't much to see after they cut through my racing socks but I knew that it was bad.  My grandpa who is First Aid Certified and a Fire Marshal suggested a plastic ankle air brace but they didn't carry one on the truck but said that they could splint it so they had a temporary splint made of cardboard and wrapped the leg for transportation.  They asked my grandpa if he was going to take me to the emergency ward at the local Mesquite Mesa View Hospital and he told them of course.  The Felix Family helped load the bike and tools and the Paramedics helped load me into the front seat of my grandpa's Titan.  

We checked in and had X-Rays taken.  The Doctor on call came back after the Radiologist had told him that there was a break on the Fibula and ankle and had the nurses and assistants put on a soft cast.
Me laying in the hospital bed with the soft cast on waiting to be released.  The next step was getting a CT scan on the leg and ankle.  Yeah it was broken and pretty bad too.
The Doctor pointed out the breaks in red highlighted areas.  Fibula deep breaks as well as on the ankle itself.  I'm getting a cast for a week and then they'll decide if they have to do surgery on the break to hold it together.  They told me it going to be 3-4 months with a month of rehab after the cast comes off.
This was before my appointment getting the cast.  They put me into a boot to get around. Oh well, it looks like I'm out to around June or July.  Bummer!!!!

UPDATE ON MY LEG - BRAND NEW #YAMAHA BLUCRU CAST






I did get some neat news from #Gaerne in an email today.

Gaerne USA bootco@sbcglobal.net

Attachments2:42 PM (5 hours ago)
to me
Hello Taylor,

We had Gaerne Italy email over your email thread to them discussing your injury and potentially moving forward with some sort of Rider Support discount.

First off, we are sorry to hear about your accident and your injury! Sounded like a pretty brutal crash from how you described it. Pretty crazy how dangerous this sport is that we all love so much! Glad to hear the injuries were not worse and after some time to recover, it does sound like you will be back on the bike and stronger than before!

Secondly, we would be more than happy to consider you for a spot on our Rider Support team, which would provide you discounts on Gaerne products and can help get you all set to go when the time comes to start riding again! please take a look at the attached Rider Support contract, the 2nd page will include the product list and the discount prices, the 1st page will be the actually contract so if you would like to officially join the program feel free to fill that 1st page out and email it back to me here and I will get you officially into the system.

Sincerely,
Gaerne USA

I absolutely love #Gaerne and completely understand that the boots were not meant for this type of impact on the leg but looking forward to a new pair of boots when I'm healed up.  I also believe that my knee was secured with my #Asterisk Carbon Knee Braces; thanks #Asterisk.
COUNT ON IT!

















Monday, January 4, 2021

RMX #moto86 Winter Series Round 2 - 1/1/2021

This was my first race with my new bike, a 2021 YAMAHA YZ250F Monster Edition.  This has been a huge change from my other bikes, the 2005 HONDA CRF450R and the 2017 HONDA CRF450R. I'm trying to sell the 2017 if you're interested. It is "SCARY" Fast!!!😈💪💩


Click on one of the following links for more information:  CYCLE TRADER or CRAIGSLIST or KSL CLASSIFIEDS You can also watch it and hear it running on YOUTUBE

I felt really comfortable on the new bike but still need to practice more on it before making a difference.  I guarantee that you'll see a huge improvement on my lap times in the next race. My biggest problem was taking the wrong lines and was a little hesitant on the jumps not really knowing how to handle the difference in power from the 450 to the 250.


I used the 450 moto to just practice so I really didn't push myself.  My best lap time was in my second 250 moto which ended up with a 02:04.370.  I was also running 5th through 2 laps but picked some terrible lines with ruts that were really deep.  One rut my bike actually touched the front fender.  There were 4 big time sandbaggers in the 250 Beginners Class so if you take the cheaters out I feel like I had a great race this weekend. I ended up finishing 12th overall out of 32 riders; not bad for 1st Yamaha ride.















MY ESCAPE FROM MY BURNING CAR

 What a way to begin 2021 if 2020 wasn't bad enough! I just finished a great weekend at the Mesquite MX RMX #86 MX race with my new 2021 Yamaha YZ250F finishing 12th overall for 3 motos for 250 Beginners so I thought I was on my way.  

So after the New Year's race it was going to be back to school on Monday.  Never know when I have to go to school or if I have online classes.  School is a nightmare!  Anyway, Monday morning was school day for me.  I live in Payson but go to school in Springville.  I am working on getting my old truck in shape but still have a long way to go before it's worthy.  I love this truck but need money to fix it up.  With racing, gear, gas, insurance, school, food, etc., etc., it seems like it never ends; right?  So, in the mean time I am able to drive my mom's old Lexus which has over 240,000 miles on it.  Yeah, that's a lot of miles but it was still running and worked for me for the time being.

I got in the car and got on I-15 headed north to Springville this morning when after a few miles on the interstate between the Benjamin exit and the Spanish Fork exit white smoke started coming through the vents filling the car.  I pulled over as quickly as I could and jumped out and then immediately called 911 and told them my car was on fire. What next?




This photo was sent to us by a traveler headed South on I-15.

SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT CAR FIRES: 

There are more than 170,000 highway vehicle fires in the United States every year. Most of these fires begin with problems in the engine, drivetrain or wheel areas. They may also be caused by a faulty design or defective parts. 

There are more than 19 vehicle fires every hour in the United States. They account for 1 in every 8 calls that fire departments respond to.

Vehicle fires kill nearly seven people every week. They cause another 1,300 injuries and $1.1 billion in property damage every year. Passenger cars and trucks are responsible for 83 percent of all highway vehicle fires, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

The car is a total loss and I'm back to having no car to get to school or work.  I started work at Rocky Mountain ATV in Payson so I have to get from School in Springville to Payson to start work at 3:30.  I'll have to figure something out.

At least I'm okay and the car fire wasn't like a weird Hollywood movie and blow up!  If anybody has a good used beater let me know.  The weather gets pretty ugly this time of year with a lot of snow so it's got to at least handle in the snow so I don't kill myself.

I want to give a huge and big shout out to the Police and Fire Departments that responded to the fire.  It was also pretty neat that they had worked and knew my grandpa.  They asked if I was part of the Thomas family that used to run Dumbbells Gym in Payson.  The Policeman actually was one of the first members there.  The Fire Marshal worked with Grandpa at Provo said that he worked with him for over six years.  Grandpa was also the Senior Inspector and Assistant Fire Marshal in Park City where he eventually retired back in 2013.  Yes, it's a small, small world and I'm grateful for these guys who helped me.  Thanks to all of them that put themselves in danger to put the fire out and not get hit by crazy Utah drivers!

My GoFundMe page is still accepting donations if you want to donate click DONATE.  

Thursday, December 24, 2020

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERY ONE AND THANK YOU

 I still believe in the miracle of Christmas and still believe that this is a very special time of year; one of giving and being thankful for what I've been blessed with so I want to take this time to thank all of you that have made this a very special year and thank you for all you've done for me.






from

Taylor J. Thomas




Acerbis X-Power Engine Cover Kit - Honda CRF450R 2017 Black

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