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HOT BRAKE SOLUTIONS: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, My 2017 GasGas  300 has been giving me a headache lately. The problem lies in the rear brakes; they keep locking up from getting too hot. I’ve adjusted them and made sure that the pedal isn’t too high up. While riding…
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PISTON REPLACEMENT TIME? MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

WR450F PISTON REPLACEMENT? Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I am a slightly overweight, 50-plus-year-old slow guy who has enjoyed my 2005 Yamaha WR450F since purchasing it new in 2004. I religiously service the bike myself, including regular oil and…
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HOW TO READ YOUR REED: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

STUFFED POTATO Dear Mr. Know-It-All, My 2003 KX125 has started running as if someone stuffed a giant Idaho spud down the throat of its exhaust. It’s super rich and loads up badly. It has a fresh motor all around from top to bottom. I…
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2003 SUZUKI RM250 PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

The late ’90s to mid-2000s Suzuki RM250 two-strokes might just be the best used motorcycles out there. They feature a strong engine and a great handling package that makes the bikes fun to ride. This is probably why we don’t come across…
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TWO-STROKE POTPOURRI: MR KNOW-IT-ALL

BAFFLED Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I have a 2002 KX250. I love the bike, but recently it has started running very rich. It’s not losing transmission oil, so I know the crank seal is okay, and I’ve played with a million needles and pilot jets…
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THE BEST-DRESSED KNEES: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

A FASHION RISK Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I have a fashion question for you. Do you know of a vented/warm-weather off-road pant that has a slimmer-than-normal knee area for those of us who don’t yet wear knee braces? The local shops have a…
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GLITTER OIL: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, This past winter I tore into and rebuilt the motor on my 2002 YZ 250—new rod and main bearings and all-new bearings and seals in the transmission. Had the cylinder re-Nikasiled and added a new piston. It runs great;…
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LISTEN TO YOUR TWO-STROKE: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

RUNNING ON EMPTY—the sequel Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I have a follow-up to Ken’s two-stroke running-out-of-fuel question. Let’s say someone forgot to turn on his petcock and sputtered to a stop on the trail at low-to-moderate throttle. No…
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MORE WAYS TO ENJOY BIKE RACING

There are so many ways you can get more from your passion for dirt bike racing. Yes, there is actually owning a bike and getting out and about. On top of that, though, you could attend live events, read some great books on the subject, bet…
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COOLANT QUERY: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

SHE HAS A BLEEDER Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I recently changed the coolant on my 2001 KDX200. After pouring in the fresh coolant, I was skimming through my shop manual and realized the bike has an air bleeder on the cylinder head for the…
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FOUR-STROKE ENGINE REBUILD TIPS: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr K I'm a two stroke guy who hasn't owned a two-stroke in years. Somewhere I gave in to peer pressure and got a used Suzuki RM-Z250. Unfortunately, I love it. It's unfortunate, because I have now ridden it for over 250 hours with…
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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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