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MR. KNOW-IT-ALL: BETA OIL FALSE ALARM

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, Last year I purchased a 2019 Beta 300RR, and while I am loving the bike, I recently had an issue with the oil injection. The oil light on the computer continues to stay on as if the oil level is too low, even after I…
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MR. KNOW-IT-ALL: TRAIL RIDING DOs & DON’Ts

GLUG OR SPRAY Dear Mr. Know-It-All, With all of the air filter oils on the market, is it better to use spray-on or pour-on filter oil? Everybody says spray-on oils aren’t as potent. It seems much more efficient to spray on the filter oil…
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2-STROKE PING STOP: MR KNOW-IT-ALL

Z 250 RING-DING PINGS Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I have a 2009 YZ250 that I race on both tracks and off-road. The bike runs extremely well, but I get some detonation when I put a load on the motor for long periods of time. My jetting is on the…
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YAMAHA’S 2021 TENERE 700 ARRIVES

Yamaha has just lifted the veil on its first 2021 model. The Tenere 700 has arrived in the U.S. and will be in dealers within a month. The official press release follows. MARIETTA, Ga. – May 22, 2020 – Yamaha Motor…
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ROGER DECOSTER’S 10 GOLDEN RULES OF MX

Roger DeCoster has mentored more motocross champions than any man in history. His own racing record is incredible. Beyond his five  500cc World Motocross Championships, he was a member of more winning Motocross des Nations teams than any…
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DECOSTER: BE A GOOD INVESTMENT

TAKE CARE OF THE PEOPLE WHO TAKE CARE OF YOU Every kid in the world wants to know how to land that big sponsorship. They spend a lot of time thinking about what a sponsor can do for them. It helps if you turn it around. Think about what…
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DECOSTER: RACE WITH YOUR HEAD

HAVE A PLAN A & PLANS B THROUGH Z Of all types of racing, motocross is fairly pure. The gate drops, and the guy who goes the fastest wins. Other forms of racing, like enduro timekeeping, are more strategy than speed. Some types of…
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DECOSTER: DIAL IT IN

MAKE YOUR BIKE DO SOME OF THE WORK Today's motorcycles are good. They have come a long way from the days when the buyer had to finish manufacturing them. Even so, the bike you buy isn't perfect. It can't be, because the people who made it…
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DECOSTER: PREPARE!

CHOOSE AND PREPARE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT I will be the first to admit it. It's good to be a factory rider. When you don't have to worry about the bike being ready, you automatically have a big advantage.  These days, though, motocross…
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DECOSTER: KNOW YOURSELF

PAY ATTENTION TO YOURSELF-- IF YOU DON'T WHO WILL? You are generally the last person to know something about yourself. Riders can let the most obvious things go by unnoticed--sometimes it's because of ego, sometimes it's because they just…
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DECOSTER: TRAIN SMART

BUILDING LUNGS YOU CAN LIVE WITH Jeff Stanton, Jeff Ward, John DeSoto, Mark Barnett, Johnny O'Mara. Sure, they all were fast, but they also were riders who knew the value of training. Basically that's true of almost any rider who made an…
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DECOSTER: MAKE IT FUN

There are a zillion different ways to train. There's running, bicycling, weight training, racquetball, basketball and a whole wealth of other balls. All of that is fine, but never forget that the best training for motocross is motocross.…
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DECOSTER: WATCH AND LEARN

IF IT WORKS FOR HIM, IT CAN WORK FOR YOU If you want to win, act like a winner. It sounds obvious, but even riders at the top levels can improve their technique by watching other riders and imitating certain aspects of their riding style.…
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DECOSTER: KNOW WHAT YOU WANT

SET REALISTIC GOALS TO MEET YOUR DREAMS No one ever became a motocross champion by accident. In fact, no one ever won a race by accident. It takes planning, strategy and goals to get there. The emphasis is on goals.  "That's easy,"…
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HUSKY OVERHEATING: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I have a 2017 Husqvarna FE350 that has around 1,200 miles on it. Upon the last ride, the bike started losing power and felt as if it were going to seize. This was at moderate-speed, fairly easy riding. I immediately…
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RUNNING ON EMPTY: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I’m sure this topic has been beaten to death, but figured I’d ask anyhow. On a two-stroke bike, is there any harm, no matter how small, in allowing the carburetor to run dry? Thanks. Ken via…
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