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CHAIN ADJUSTMENT TECH: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, This seems like a ridiculous quandary, but here’s my problem. When I adjust my chain, I make sure I have the jam nuts real tight on both of the adjuster blocks. I put a screwdriver in the sprocket and run the…
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HOW TO CLEAN YOUR KTM FILTER: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I’ve seen a lot of different opinions on cleaning KTM/Beta-type air filters. Do you remove the rubber grommets from the filter when you clean and oil? Most say no. Seems to me that’s an unoiled part of the filter if…
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BETA AXLE BLOCK INSPECTION: 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 it’s egg-shaped now from being loose and I’ll strip it. Any…
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KTM OIL LIGHT FIX: MR-KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, My 2024 KTM 300XC-W has been an excellent machine so far. The only issue I’m frustrated with is that I recently noticed that the bulb and grommet for the oil-indicator light keeps vibrating loose and falling behind…
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HOT RUNNING TRIALS BIKE: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, My 2022 Beta Evo 250 trials bike is having fan woes. It kicks on and runs fairly normal until about 30 minutes into riding. The fan starts surging and pulsing, then goes back to normal. The fan spins freely and…
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RIVET YOUR MASTER LINK! MR KNOW-IT-ALL

What is your opinion on riveted master links versus the generic alligator clip style? I was wondering this when the new chain I bought had two master links inside—one standard and the other a rivet model. Mark M via…
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RACE SAG FOR YOUR FORK: MR KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I’ve heard how important sag is and found a lot of information on rear sag, but, surprisingly, little on fork sag. Could you please trickle down some of your vast knowledge on this subject? As an example, I have a…
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DEALING WITH ROCKS AND ROOTS: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I bought a used YZ250 (coming off of an ’04 XR250) and ride off-road. Our area is rocky and rooty, and my old XR may have been slow but was super smooth on the trail. This YZ barks hard, but the suspension feels like…
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KTM TPI STARTING RACKET: MR KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I have a 2020 KTM 250XC-W TPI, and while I adore this weapon, it’s making a noise when I hit the starter button that is, frankly, quite alarming. I have replaced the clutch pack and the Bendix with no effect. Could…
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CHAIN BREAKER: MR KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I recently suffered a broken chain when I was miles from my truck. Do you have any advice here? Getting back in was terrible, because I didn’t have anything to fix it with, and no one in my group had a tow strap. My…
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LOOSE SPROCKET BOLTS: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I’ve been an off-road enduro guy for many moons and have recently purchased a nice used KTM 400. It makes good power for me. The brakes are strong, and the suspension is just fine for my riding. My question concerns…
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BULLDOG SHAMING: MR KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I’m an older off-road rider, have been riding since CZs populated the planet and have a steady diet of riding nearly every weekend of the year. Lately, our group has evolved with some new, younger riders entering…
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COLD HANDS: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

FROSTY DIGITS Dear Mr. Know-It-All, Hello, I’m a 63-year-old who has been riding dirt bikes since the late ’60s. Here’s my question: I have a nice, not-quite-two-year-old KTM that flat makes me smile every time I look at it. I’m getting…
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DOT TIRES: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

DOT OR NOT? Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I’m an off-roader who has made the transition to dual-sport bikes, mainly because I can explore and put together more territory with a plated bike. I have a KTM 350EXC, which I find quite wonderful. My…
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FOOTPEG HEIGHT CHANGE: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

STICK A PEG IN IT Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I have a ’21 KTM 300 TPI and have a question. First, the footpegs feel too high. Maybe it’s my 6-foot-4 height, but I’m struggling to sit and stay forward on the bike. What’s your recommendation?…
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DIRTY FILTERS: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

NO FILTER Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I’m an old guy (60-plus years old) and still am an avid rider. I ride a 2016 Husky FE350. I’m religious with the maintenance of the machine. My question relates to air filters. Several years ago, I started…
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