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Mr KIA

USED BIKE CHECKLIST: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

CHECKLIST Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I’m going to look at a 2003 CR250R. The bike looks fairly clean, and the owner says the engine has never been rebuilt. What are some things I should look for to ensure I’m not buying into a mechanical…
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KTM STEERING-HEAD BEARNINGS: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

STEERING CLEAR OF DRAMA Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I think I have a touch of play in my steering stem. I can hear it click when I’m just rocking back and forth. My bike is a 2018 KTM 450XC. It has fewer than 30 hours and was never abused. Do…
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TWO-STROKE WARM UP: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, With the overload of “expert information” available for the proper warm-up technique for my 2020 KTM 300XC TPI, I wanted to go directly to the source of true knowledge to ensure I am doing it correctly. Currently, if…
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BETA SHOCK BODY: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, My 2021 Beta 250RR Race Edition’s rear shock literally came apart at the top of the shock body. I notice there is a seam where it broke. All of the oil had blown out of it in the process. What could have caused this?…
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SUSPENSION TUNING: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

TINY DANCER Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I have a ’20 KTM 300XC, and because of my size (240 pounds), I went to a much stiffer rear spring. My problem is that now it returns way too fast. I added rebound damping to slow it down, and all it…
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SAVE THAT PIPE! MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

HITTING THE PIPE Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I’m an off-road guy and ride a Husky smoker. It’s a little weathered but hauls my carcass through the woods just fine. On a recent ride, it started running poorly, and when I finally stopped, I…
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SUPER HUNKY IS FINE AND DANDY: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Editor’s note: We got a voicemail from Rick “Super Hunky” Sieman concerning the fact that a number of his fans thought that he had passed away based on something they read in the August 2021 issue of Dirt Bike. It came from a reader’s…
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DROP-OFF TECHNIQUE: MR KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, Waterfalls and drops scare the daylights out of me. My kids ride down them like nothing, but I resort to bull-dogging most of the time. I have more confidence to ride up them rather than down. Any pointers for a…
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NEGATIVE FORK PRESSURE: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I made an interesting mistake and require your insightful knowledge. As usual, the night before my ride, I load my bike into my truck. I use a fork brace and tie down the front end, then purge the air from the fork…
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KDX CLUTCH WOES: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

CHATTER Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I was riding my 2002 KDX 200R the other day, and upon pulling in the clutch, the bike started releasing a disturbing chattering noise. It was only when the clutch was being pulled in. It got progressively…
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SET-UP CHOICES: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I am an aging rider that is primarily riding off-road now on my 2004 YZ250 two-smoker. I had my suspension set up for motocross from Pro Circuit in my younger, more energetic days. I absolutely love the suspension,…
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KTM STAND MYSTERY: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I have a 2020 FC450. Husqvarna supplied a side stand that has four small clips on the front. I figured those clips were to attach the side stand to the bike while pushing it around, like hanging a T-stand on a…
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KTM TPI BOG: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I’m having grief with my 2021 KTM 300XC. For no apparent reason, it started bogging and running a bit rough at all throttle openings. I’ve changed the inline fuel filter and cleaned the air filter. Not having a carb…
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KX125 SERVICE: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I pulled my 2005 KX125 out of retirement the other day and decided to give it a once-over. After cleaning the carb, I noticed an air boot full of blue goop. Low and behold, I pulled the air filter, and the bottom of…
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BETA AXLE BLOCKS: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, My left-side axle block keeps coming loose on my 2021 Beta 250RR Race Edition and is also doing so on my buddy’s 300RR. I see it’s threaded but am worried, as it’s egg-shaped now from being loose and I don’t want to…
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MR. KNOW-IT-ALL: VINTAGE CLUTCH PLATES

CLUTCH DRAMA Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I recently purchased a 1984 YZ125G off of Craigslist. The first time I rode it, I realized the clutch did not work. I replaced the clutch cable, but that did not work. After tearing apart the clutch, I…
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MR. KNOW-IT-ALL: HANDLEBAR SPACE

A LACK OF REAL ESTATE Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I have a 2019 KTM 300 TPI machine and just spent the last hour and a half fitting a set of Renthal Twin Walls on my bike…only to discover there’s not enough room on the handlebars to fit the…
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