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Mr know-it-all

STEERING FIX: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

GET GREASED UP Dear Mr. Know-It-All, My 2019 KTM 300XC-W turns like it has a steering stabilizer. Only problem is, I don’t have one on there. Why does my steering feel like cement all of a sudden? I’m having trouble controlling my bike.…
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DIRTY FUEL: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

GREEN SPOOGE Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I’ve cleaned the carburetor and flushed the tank on my kid’s 2002 TT-R125L at least a dozen times, but I continue to get green debris in the jets. The bike had been sitting for years. Where is all this…
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BIKE STANDS VS. CENTER CASES: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

ROCK THE CRADLE Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I have been an off-and-on subscriber to Dirt Bike Magazine since 1982. I have a new Suzuki DR-Z125L. Since that bike has no full cradle, it uses the engine case as part of the cradle, much like the…
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PEG ADJUSTMENT: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

HIGH OR LOW? Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I am installing some Fastway Evolution pegs on my machine and am wondering which position to put the pegs in? The collar provided allows you to run them either in the stock position or a lower position.…
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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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