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This weeks Feed is painted with cool dirt, but the first look at stunning 'no holds barred' hop-up of a 2023 KTM 300XC is the headliner.

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BLAST FROM THE PAST

Larry Roeseler, Team Green mounted in 1989 honed his craft riding the tight trails and technical ridges at Reche Canyon. Known for his desert racing skills, LR was a multi-time National Enduro winner, Tecate 500 champion and of course, a 10-time ISDE Gold Medalist. And yes, he did OK racing in the desert being a 10-time SCORE Baja 1000 overall winner and 12-time Baja 500 overall winner.

 

NEWS

 

Viral Brand LLC is excited to announce we have partnered with Outlaw AX for the 2022-2023 AX series to be the official goggle of General Tire Arencross Outlaws brought to you by Geico. In a three year deal, Viral Brand will be the official goggle and provide holeshot awards for the 250 and 450 Pro Classes on Saturday nights events in year one.
“Viral Brand is very excited to part of one of the largest and well established AX series in the U.S” said Scot Steffy Direct of Sales and Marketing “The large turn out of both Amateur and Professional racers was a big factor in making this decision. We are also excited to announce that Mike Alessi will be our rider through out the entire AX season. We had a chance to work with Mike at the 2022 Reb Bull Straight Rhythm a few weeks ago and know he is going to be a force in the AX series.”
Viral Brand LLC was started in 2015 by Scot Steffy and Steve Oslund and has spent the last 7 years developing one of the industries top Goggles. Their new Patent Pending Signature Series + Goggle offers riders Precision Optics and Modular Goggle that no other brand provides. For more information head to ViralBrandMX.com

 

SOCIAL DISTORTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

2023 KTM300XC-BUILD…THE ULTIMATE WEAPON? 

My buddy Shaun Langham doesn’t skimp when it comes to building his personal off-road machine. This bike started out as an unridden 2023 KTM300XC. Shaun parked the stock suspension, triple clamps, wheels, exhaust system and most of the hardware before it ever kissed the dirt. Let’s just say he’s all about ‘excess in moderation’ and fit it with every high end piece of suspension, protection, performance and ergonomic upgrades prior to riding. We’re heading out this weekend for the virgin run and you’ll see a story on the machine in an upcoming issue of Dirt Bike.

Shaun stripped the 300XC down to the frame, greased and Anti-seized every bolt, including the Titanium kit he installed. The suspension is WP Pro (Cone Valve/Trax), X-Trig clamps, FMF exhaust plus a gaggle of focused protective parts from a number of companies.

 

X-Trig clamps, PHDS bar mounts, WP Cone Valve fork and titanium bolts highlight the front end.

 

 

Ti bolts everywhere, Titanium Raptor footpegs, Mika chain/rear sprocket, Dirt Tricks Countershaft and dome washer,  and a Fastway kickstand stand out.

 

Look for a story soon on this radical machine. It could be the ultimate off-road weapon!

 

• Suspension
WP Pro-Components (Cone valve forks/ Trax shock)
Set up by Billy at PowerBand for technical single track
• Triple Clamps
X-Trig ROCS w/ PHDS bar mounts
• Exhaust
FMF Gnarly pipe
2.1 Titanium silencer
• Handlebars 
Pro-Taper EVO (OEM KTM bend)
EMIG/ ODI grips
ARC memlon levers
• N-Style graphics
• Bulletproof Designs-
Swing arm guard
Rear rotor guard
Linkage guard
• Sprockets/ Chain
Mika Metals hybrid rear 49T sprocket
Dirt Tricks 14T front sprocket & dome washer
Mika Metals X-ring Factory chain
• Superlite (Doc Wob) full bike Titanium bolt kit 
• Raptor APEX Titanium foot pegs 
• Works Connection ELITE rear axle block kit 
• Hinson clutch cover
•Fastway kickstand 
• Ceracoated brake calipers 

 

JUST A COOL SHOT

Mike Lafferty, 8-time National Enduro champion floating the front end during testing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Wolf snapped the pic.

 

 

GEAR BAG

Polisport has new plastic kits that include front and rear fenders, radiator scoops, side panels, number plates, and fork guards for most of Honda, Kawasaki, HQV, Suzuki, KTM and Yamaha models. All these replicas were developed to have the look and feel of OEM parts that the owners are passionate about.

http://www.polisport.com

 

WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

Back in 1982 I had the incredible fortune of meeting Scott Boyer, a Ketchum, Idaho resident and the man spear heading the HRP line of protective gear for Bob Hannah. Scott was also close with the owner of Smith Goggles, Bob Smith. Bob was an Orthodontist and a gnarly skier who constantly fought goggle fogging when he was carving in the powder.  Dr. Smith had the brainstorm of building a double-lens goggle with breathable foam to provide better ventilation. Using dental tools, foam and glue, Dr. Smith began building his first prototypes on his kitchen table. He traded his new goggles for lift tickets to ski mountains in Idaho or sold them to ski patrollers, who provided him with feedback to tweak his designs. This blossomed into Smith Optics, which became a leader in the goggle industry since twin pane lens significantly reduced fogging, and the design became the industry standard.

Through Scott Boyer, we met Bob who was also passionate about off-road riding. Bob owned a 12-seat Cessna TurboProp aircraft and would fly down to So Cal and pickup myself and Paul Clipper to go riding in his backyard. He had removed most of the seats in the aircraft to make room for our machines and then we’d smoke it back to Idaho. The riding was epic, the trail system huge and the fun factor was full nuke. When I think about it now, it’s sounds like the ranting of lune, but the photos don’t lie!

Bob Smith shoe horning one of our test bikes into his Cessna for a weekend ride on the trail in Ketchum, Idaho.

 

That’s Clipper, Bob and T-Dub waiting to board.

 

And yes, we did get into some of Ketchum’s frosting at the higher elevations. That’s Wolf on his ’82 Husky 430XC.

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THE WEEKLY FEED: PROJECT BETA 500 RRS • NEW PRODUCT SPECIAL • SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE POKES https://dirtbikemagazine.com/the-weekly-feed-project-beta-500-rrs-new-product-special-socially-acceptable-pokes/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 18:33:26 +0000 https://dirtbikemagazine.com/?p=83316

This weeks Feed showcases a new Dirt Bike Project building around the Beta 500 RRS dual sport machine.

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BLAST FROM THE PAST

Another classic Mark Kiel shot from an Indian Dunes GP in 1975. The pilots? Gary Huber on the Cole Bros. Honda, Revell’s Donnie Hansen on the Maico.

 

NEWS

Cody Richelderfer named  FactoryONE Sherco Team Manager

FactoryONE Sherco announced today that Cody Webb’s technician Cody Richelderfer, (Rich-L-der-fur) has been elevated to FactoryONE Sherco Team Manager. He will be responsible for the day to day operation of the competition department. FactoryONE Sherco currently races in the AMA Hard Enduro series, AMA EnduroCross, FIM SuperEnduro and NATC AMA Grand National Trials Championship.

 

 

SOCIAL DISTORTION

 

 

 

GEAR BAG

Pro Circuit’s Honda CRF450X linkage will fit bikes from 2019 to 2023. Why grab this linkage?  The stock OEM linkage system for these newer models tends to be harsh and stiff at the beginning of the stroke and gets softer as the rear wheel goes deeper into the stroke. With the new Pro Circuit linkage system, it’s the complete opposite. The Pro Circuit CRF450X linkage system is plusher at the beginning and stiffens up as the rear wheel goes deeper into the stroke. A considerable amount of research and testing for this new linkage system has resulted in a more true-to-weight spring rate to reach the ultimate sweet spot in handling for your CRF450X.

And for all our Honda and Kawasaki Mini Bike riders, we’ve also restocked our supply of Triple Clamps for the KLX110 and CRF110F. Designed to suit the taller rider, the Pro Circuit top clamp and bar mount helps create more legroom by raising the handlebars. It’s the perfect solution to prevent knees from smacking the bars!

www.procircuit.com 

 

Polisport is increasing its graphic guard protectors’ range for Honda, Gas Gas and BETA new models.  These translucent plastic protectors will mount on the side panels to avoid graphics from peeling away easily. This system avoids the contact between the boot and the graphics, ensuring your graphics live much longer.

 

www.polisport.com

 

There is a full lineup of new products for the 2023 KTM SX/SXF/XC/XCF and 2023 Husqvarna FC/TC/FX/TX models. We have everything you will need to protect your new motorcycle. Everything below is available for 2 and 4 Stroke models.

https://enduroeng.com/

ON THE TRAIL TESTING: WOLF’S BETA 500 RRS

 

Last week TWebb picked up his 2022 RRS Beta 500 dual sport and immediately set out to dialing it in for his copious needs: bar height, footpegs, suspension and do dads went into the task. Here’s a quick look at his progress…

 

The Wolf picked up his bike at Jet World Powerports in Castaic, CA.

 

A big fire reeked havoc with the freeways, but she got loaded into the Honda and set sail for the garage.

 

An XTRIG PHDS bar clamp was installed (purchased from Slavens Racing) with a spacer underneath to get the bars in the proper position. Webb loves the clamps as they offer some flex. He drilled out the steering head nut and mounted a small screwdriver which is wicked good for quick trail suspension adjustments.

 

 

 

Enduro Engineering hand guards that mount to the perches were chosen and then their lever guards were fit up.

 

The new Fastway footpeg set in the low position helps hugely with gaining some needed leg space.

 

The TM Designworks chain guide got the call, they can take a major hit and function nicely.

 

The stock saddle is very low, especially for a guy 6’2″ with cranky needs. Beta accessories sells a tall Guts kit that is excellent and welcomed by the long legged.
Beta Factory suspension set up the Sachs dampers for Tom heft and preferences. The only other mod came in mounting smaller rear trunk signals from Sick Ass Racing.

 

A rainstorm made for perfect dirt and a very smooth, quite meaty power band, great brakes, a super easy clutch with great engagement and excellent suspension made for a killer day one on the Beta 500 RRS.

 

It’s all smiles for the virgin run on the Wolf setup Beta.

 

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THE WEEKLY FEED: BROC GLOVER: TROPHY DES NATIONS MASTER • WILD EXTREME ENDURO VIDEO https://dirtbikemagazine.com/the-weekly-feed-broc-glover-trophy-des-nations-master-wild-extreme-enduro-video/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 16:53:17 +0000 https://dirtbikemagazine.com/?p=83241

This weeks Feed looks back at Broc Glover winning the first moto of the 1983 Czech Trophy des Nations, which is shadowed by a great Hard Enduro video and a peak at one of the guys who put Can-Am on the map.

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BLAST FROM THE PAST

 

This classic photo of Broc Glover at the 1983 Trophee des Nations in Czechoslovakia was brilliantly captioned by the shooter, the infamous Jack Burnicle. In 1983 the format was the Motocross des Nations- 500cc motorcycles, the Trophée des Nations- raced  250cc motorcycles, and the Coupe des Nations, for 125cc machines. Before 1984, the three events were held in different locations on different weekends, today they are combined into a single event with one rider per class. Team USA won with Broc Glover, Mark Barnett, David Bailey and Jeff Ward.

 

 

 

 

VIDEO JUKEBOX

 

 

SHOT OF THE WEEK

Jett Lawrence, captured by Garth Milan (Red Bull Content Pool) at Budds Creek.

 

GEAR BAG

Enduro Engineering’s Sherco Ignition Wire Guard fits all Sherco 250/300 Four Strokes from 2013 to present. It bolts on easily and offers protection for the exposed wiring that can easily be snagged in the off-road environment. It sells for $29.95

 

https://enduroeng.com/

 Z1R F.1. FRACTAL HELMET

Z1R’s F.I. Fractal helmet is loaded with unique and valuable features. It is constructed of an injected polycarbonate shell that is DOT and ECE certified and equipped with a dual density EPS. They have fit it the latest generation MIPS® technology. The F.I. also has a deep channeled EPS for maximum air flow and a unique friction hinged visor that allows the rider to adjust it on the fly.  Suggested retail is $179.95. Available in sizes XS-3X.

 

www.Z1R.com 

Lighter and with extra ventilation for Motocross and Supermoto, the MX Disc & Bottom Fork Protector perfectly protects from rocks and roost. The bottom fork guard can be used and sold separately, and model-specific bottom fork guards are required.This performance part can be easily mounted without the need to remove the wheel, and all mounting hardware is included in the kit.

www.polisport.com

 

 

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WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY (BECAUSE I RACED CAN-AM’S)

While Dick Burleson was the dominating force in the National Enduro world, Can-Am’s Skip Olson was a thorn in his shorts. Skip finished second in 1975 and 1976 and the big rider from Wisconsin was a hero for all of us who rode the Canadian marque.

Good times here in 1980 on my Kolbe sponsored Can-Am. The Fools Gold enduro was held up in Northern California and was one of my favorite events for years.

 

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THE WEEKLY FEED: BILLY BOLT DESTROYS SUPER ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP https://dirtbikemagazine.com/the-weekly-feed-billy-bolt-destroys-super-enduro-championship/ Wed, 23 Mar 2022 16:51:40 +0000 https://dirtbikemagazine.com/?p=79809

Husqvarna's Billy Bolt, a new Red Bull athlete won every race in the Super Enduro World Championship en route to his second title

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BLAST FROM THE PAST

Suzuki’s Off-road race manager Charles Halcomb navigating a special test at the 1988 Idaho City ISDE Qualifier. Charles was mounted on a modified RM250, which was the test bed for soon to be announced Suzuki RMX250. Charles raced moto in the late 70s with success, went into off-road and won four ISDE Gold Medals along with strong results in the Baja 1000 and Nevada Rally.

 

 

NEWS

 

BILLY BOLT CROWNED 2022 SUPER ENDURO WORLD CHAMPION

HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S SUPERENDURO WORLD CHAMPION SIGNS OFF ON A PERFECT SEASON WITH FIFTH OVERALL WIN OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Drawing his participation in the 2022 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship to a close at round five in Germany, Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt has delivered another dominant display of riding, clinching the overall win in Riesa. Having secured the world title last night at the same venue, Bolt’s victory ensured a clean sweep of podium results across the five rounds.

Jonny Walker-“Second place on the night and second place in the championship, I’m honestly so happy for what we have achieved. I want to say a massive thanks to Marc Robert, my mechanic. He’s put lots of hours in to make this happen. Also thank you to my amazing sponsors, I really couldn’t do it with put them.”

 

Entering the final round of the championship tied on points for second, Colton Haaker had some small mistakes proving costly and having him finish third overall for the series.

 

Final Championship Standings
1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 321pts; 2. Jonny Walker (Beta) 232pts; 3. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 229pts; 4. Diogo Vieira (GAS GAS) 147pts; 5. Tim Apolle (Beta) 141pts

 

SOCIAL SCRATCHING

The dirt bike world has always been blessed with serious bad asses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO JUKEBOX

BILLY BOLT BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE FINAL SUPER ENDURO ROUND

 

 

 

GEAR BAG

 

Polisport extends the range of its Fortress Skid Plate Range. A new part is available for the Honda CRF450R, CRF250R and CRF450RX, CRF250RX models latest models.  The Fortress Skid Plate features a quick-release system that makes installation and removal quick and simple. The part can also be installed with two bolts, directly on the motorbike’s frame, by drilling the part in the indicated spots.  Fortress Skid Plate is a highly durable part that will protect frame and linkage in extreme situations. All parts needed for installation are included. The part will be available in OEM color and black.

polisport.com

 

Elbow and forearm protection is an often-overlooked piece of personal protective equipment that will help protect one from the agony of cuts, abrasion burns, punctures, or bruises common among those participating in action sports. By choosing a pair of high-quality, ergonomically-correct elbow guards, one will add an extra layer of protection against the falls, crashes, impacts with trees, shrubs, and other on-the-trail hazards that commonly occur with two-wheel action sports.

evs-sports

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K58GJ5B

 

WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

This is the 1988 Michigan ISDE Qualifier and I’m futzing with the rear brakes on my RM250. It was still early times for disc brake technology and in long off-road events where you spent a lot of time dragging the brake, they would overheat, burn the brake fluid and you’d lose the pedal. At least once a day we would provide a transfusion to replace the tainted fluid for new stuff. It was a critical bit of maintenance if you wanted to be aggressive all day long.

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THE WEEKLY FEED: COOP- AIRTIME TO GOLD • SUPER ENDURO COVERAGE AND HOT NEW PRODUCTS https://dirtbikemagazine.com/the-weekly-feed-coop-airtime-to-gold-super-enduro-coverage-and-hot-new-products/ Thu, 09 Dec 2021 18:03:03 +0000 https://dirtbikemagazine.com/?p=76131

This weeks Feed features Guy Cooper who made the transition from motocross star to ISDE Gold Medalist.

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BLAST FROM THE PAST: GUY COOPER MX TO ISDE

Guy Cooper was in his waning days as a motocross threaten the early 90s, though his airborne antics were still legendary. He worked out a deal with Suzuki to race select MX Nationals, GNCC’s, ISDE qualifiers and some dual sport events. Coop had great results for the team including winning his first GNCC at the opener in Gainesville,  a top 10 finish at the infamous Tecate Enduro on a DR350 and his podium finish in a flooded Alligator Enduro on a DRS250 street legal dual sport. Capping it off was a gold medal in the 1994 ISDE at the Zink Ranch in Oklahoma.

 

NEWS

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING ANNOUNCES ITS 2022 OFF-ROAD TEAM LINEUP

ANTHONY DIBASILIO NAMED HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES OFF-ROAD RACING TEAM MANAGER
Together with the announcement of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s 2022 off-road racing team lineup, Husqvarna Motorcycles North America, Inc. is pleased to also welcome Anthony DiBasilio as Team Manager of the highly accomplished program.
DiBasilio started working under the KTM Group umbrella in 2008, taking on many roles within the company’s off-road racing division including rider mechanic, chief engine builder, assistant race-team manager and service technician/manager at the Husqvarna Motorcycles’ dealership level. With nearly 15 years of trusted experience in the off-road motorsport world, DiBasilio looks forward to accepting a new challenge with the familiar Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team.

 

Coming into the 2022 season with a No. 1 plate proudly displayed aboard his FX 350, five-time AMA EnduroCross Champion Colton Haaker will look to defend his title and attempt to become the most decorated champion in the series with a sixth-career championship.

 

Also returning to the team is veteran Thad Duvall, who is looking to build upon his strong finish to the 2021 season where he claimed victory at the final round of the GNCC Series. DuVall battled injury earlier in the season but with a clean bill of health, the 32-year-old is ready to continue his title fight aboard the FX 350. DuVall will also compete in the AMA National Enduro Championship this season, where he is set to contest his first title in that series as well.

 

After a successful championship-winning run in the Pro2 division, Craig DeLong will fully make the jump into the premier class in 2022, racing aboard the FX 350 in both GNCC and National Enduro.

 

Trevor Bollinger heads into the 2022 season healthy and fully recovered from a long road of knee injuries. Bollinger will join his teammates DuVall and DeLong in the GNCC and National Enduro series this season, racing both aboard the FX 350.

 

Austin Walton will represent the team’s efforts on the west coast once again in 2022, competing in the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) and the AMA National Grand Prix Championship on the FX 450.

 

 

FMF FACTORY KTM OFF-ROAD

With a veteran five-rider roster for 2022, the FMF KTM Factory Racing team is ready to race into the new year with a total of four No. 1 plates – and two runners-up – across the country’s premier national and regional offroad championships. Additionally, the FMF KTM Factory Racing team is pleased to welcome accomplished offroad racer and experienced Team Manager, Tim Weigand, to the team for 2022 and beyond.

In 2022, three KTM riders will proudly defend their No. 1 plates from coast to coast as three first-time champions emerged in 2021 with Ben Kelley clinching the GNCC title, Dante Oliveira taking the WORCS title – along with his second NGPC title – and Trystan Hart emerging victorious in the AMA Extreme Championship.

Ben Kelley, the GNCC champion  is more than ready to back it up in 2022, once again racing aboard the KTM 350 XC-F in the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series and AMA National Enduro Championship.

 

Josh Toth returns to contest both east coast series, also racing aboard the KTM 350 XC-F. Toth finished a close runner-up in the 2021 National Enduro Championship and he will set his sights on a championship bid this upcoming season.

 

Dante Oliveira will return to defend his WORCS title on the KTM 450 XC-F, while also competing in the NGPC Series, where he is the reigning Pro Champion.

 

Taylor Robert, a three-time WORCS Champion, is excited to explore new terrain in 2022 as he lines up for the AMA National Hare & Hound Series, as well as AMA West Hare Scramble Series aboard the KTM 450 XC-F.

 

 

SOCIAL ITCHING

 

 

 

 

 

Ryder LeBlond

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO JUKEBOX

 

GEAR BAG

E-Blaze Headlight is the new addition to Polisport’s headlight range,  with its slim design that resembles a number plate.  This headlight comes with 6 LED light units, bright and powerful enough to make you ride in pitch black conditions. The LED lights are adjustable, so you can adjust them to fit your ride.  The E-Blaze will be available in 6 different colors to match your bike and features a mix of glossy and carbon fiber texture to make it look even better.

 

polisport.com

 

MOOSE RACING CARBON FIBER SKID PLATES

Moose Racing introduces their new carbon fiber skid plates. Reduce unnecessary weight while adding protection and durability with this high-quality skid plate by Eline. Composite plates are molded to the exact shape desired, making for a closer fit and a more protective plate. Carbon fiber plates absorb vibration and do not amplify sounds like aluminum plates do.  Mounting hardware included. Made in the U.S.A. Available for multiple applications at $174.95.

www.mooseracing.com 

 

Add a little style to your dirt bike with Nihilo Concepts Grip Donuts! Our Grip Donuts help prevent blisters on your thumbs as you tackle all types of terrain with your dirt bike, ATV, and bicycles. Pick up a pair today so you can start riding and racing in comfort for much longer. These grips work great for Motocross, Supercross, Enduro, and any other discipline. Made in the USA!

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Pro Circuit has just dropped three new hats for you. The notable Pro Circuit Globe is the focal point of two of the new designs, with the first being a well-liked Richardson Snapback. The Checkered Globe Hat in olive features a custom checkered globe patch stitched on the front and a mesh snapback in the back. They range in price from $23.92 to $41.75

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WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

This is the ’94 Mesquite Grand Prix, always one of the toughest races I went to every year. Casey Folks always laid out a great course, being a rider first and a promoter second. This year it was nice and wet, and had a riot on my RMX250. Of note, I was running the conventional Marzocchi fork for several reasons. It was easily adjustable and super plush. Two things always crucial in the Wolf book- comfort and easy on the bod.

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THE WEEKLY FEED: COOL POSTS• EXTREME ENDURO VIDS • NEW PRODUCTS • DB THE MAG- BITD! https://dirtbikemagazine.com/the-weekly-feed-cool-posts-extreme-enduro-vids-new-products-db-the-mag-bitd/ Wed, 07 Jul 2021 18:24:08 +0000 https://dirtbikemagazine.com/?p=73486

This weeks Feed is most definitely a hodge podge of posts, back in the day pics and a look at the first fuel-injected KTM EXC.

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BLAST FROM THE PAST

Dirt Bike Magazine 250 MX shoot-out: 1981. The place- Indian Dunes, Shadow Glen course. 
Can you name the riders? Answer can be found in Wolf: Back in the Day.

 

SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE

This is right up there as one of the best start shots ever!

 

VIDEO MADNESS

This is some stellar Go Pro footage from Cody Webb during the qualifier at Tough like RORR. Check out his passing skills!

Here’s some real Endurocross from Mario Roman’s POV

 

 

GEAR BAG

 

ASV Inventions C6 Levers for 2022 KTM / Husqvarna / GasGas Models

ASV Inventions is excited to release their popular C6 Levers for 2022 KTM, Husqvarna, and GasGas models. Both the clutch and brake levers feature an adjustable and unbreakable design that mounts into the stock perch or master cylinder. The C6 Levers are CNC machined in the USA from 6061 Billet Aluminum and feature a micro-indexing dial with four inches of on-the-fly reach adjustability. ASV offers these levers in five colors along with a limited six-year warranty. The going price is $110.00

www.asvinventions.com

nihilo concepts

Kenda Knarly K777F/K778 Front and Rear Tires

  • Extreme enduro FIM-aprroved
  • Super-soft and flexible for ultimate terrain compliance and grip.
  • Compound provides highest traction in both wet and dry conditions.
  • Reversible rear for variable terrain applications.

Polisport announces their complete line of CRF450RX plastics which come in an array of colors.

polisport.com

MOOSE RACING 3&1 RACHET
Moose Racing’s 3-in1 ratchet tool combines 3 tools into 1. This is definitely an item to add to your tool box or to any adventure kit. The ratchet provides ample leverage when extracting bolts and can be used with any socket sets. MSRP is listed at $25.95.

www.mooseracing.com

 

WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

The year, 2012. The place, St. George, Utah. The bike, the first fuel-injected KTM 500 EXC. This machine was a game changer via clean power, light weight and a total dirt worthy package. I was testing a brand new machine at a ride put on by my friends at Fasst Co. The St. George area is very unique featuring incredible sand drifts and rock formations that make for a killer backdrop. I was there with my buddies Mental, Bum and Mertz and on day two we snuck out with Mike Farmer who took us on a trail ride. Mental shot this pic of me after ‘he’ found a big ole gap jump. He said, jump this. I told him to suck on my toe. So he jumped it first and I was shamed into making the leap.
DB 250 MX Shootout- 1981: Jon Miller •Steve Schmitz •Kenny Zahrt •Mike Webb •Nick Hale
•John Caper •Rick Salmon

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THE WEEKLY FEED: RETRO MOTO • GNARLY OFF-ROAD VIDEOS • SUZUKI RMX450 BITD https://dirtbikemagazine.com/the-weekly-feed-retro-moto-gnarly-off-road-videos-suzuki-rmx450-bitd/ Wed, 30 Jun 2021 16:33:43 +0000 https://dirtbikemagazine.com/?p=73371

This weeks Feed features Gary Semics smashing his suspension flat at the bottom of Saddleback's Bonzai Hill, some incredible off-road videos and cool new prods.

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BLAST FROM THE PAST: Gary Semics-Saddleback- Fully engaged!

Back in 1975 Mark Kiel captured Gary Semics digging deep as he slams down at the base of Saddleback Park’s Bonzai hill on his Factory Kawasaki.

 

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DIRTY NEWS

CODY WEBB TAKES THE IRC ENDUROFEST LOGGERXROSS

FactoryONE Sherco’s Cody Webb had a good night of racing at the Orofino LoggerXross, which this year joined forces with the IRC Tire EnduroFest. The  event saw a few thousand fans pile in to the city park to watch an entertaining endurocross event.

Riders like defending EnduroCross champion Coloton Haaker, Sherco Factory Racing pilot Mario Roman, FMF KTM’s Trystan Hart, Max Gerstan, Will Riordan and Anthony Johnson and others all took their hand at figuring out the course. The matrix seemed to scourge for the riders, but Cody Webb seemed to have it figured out. Temperatures would continue to rise to unseasonably high temps so race organizers decided to cancel the heat races and go to a time trial qualifier with a two moto format. Cody battled hard with Colton Haaker ending up with a 1-1 score, Colton was second and Mario Roman ended up third overall.

SOCIAL HIGH JINKS

 

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BOY THIS LOOKS FUN…NOT!

 

CODY WEBB’S PROLOGUE RUN IS INTENSE!

 

MORE STIXS AND STONES: ROCKS? WHERE?

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The new PROoctane Multipurpose Funnel is a multi-function funnel that comes in handy at every garage or paddock. This accessory has a top cover to keep dust and dirt out, avoiding any impurities accumulate before you use the funnel. The hose cap will cover the hose between uses, and the added hose bender will help you find the right angle when re-fuelling or changing oil.  The PROoctane Multipurpose Funnel also has a small tip cap, meant to make easy oil change. The large integrated handle and the engraved graduation (ml and oz) will also help you using Polisport’s funnel.

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WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

Back in 2010 Suzuki launched the RMX450Z. It was based on their motocross machine, fit with an electric start and buttoned up with very lean ECU settings and a minuscule muffler opening to keep it quiet and Green Sticker legal. The gearbox was a wide-ratio unit, the power incredibly dummied down and in stock form was not a whole lot of fun. With a few ECU mods and a muffler swap it made strong power, the machine was beefy and a bit of handful in technical terrain but was still equipped with Suzuki’s good handling DNA. Unfortunately Suzuki made it too easy to modify the ECU  and got in trouble with the Feds. The machine really never got a proper shot.   I’m testing a Pro Circuit modded wagon here that we equipped with a Rekluse clutch up in our enduro testing grounds. Shortly after this shot we had to give the bike back and did not see another RMX450 until 2017.

 

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1995 HONDA CR250R: BEHIND THE BUILD https://dirtbikemagazine.com/1995-honda-cr250r-behind-the-builds/ Thu, 15 Apr 2021 13:00:34 +0000 http://dirtbikemagazine.com/?p=28624

The 1995 Honda CR250R is the ultimate Revo Racer

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By Ron Lawson

Twenty-three years can be a long time. Or not. When it comes to the evolution of motocross bikes, it depends on which 23 years you’re talking about. No bike illustrates that better than the 1995 Honda CR250R. The designs and concepts used on that bike are still alive and well on two-strokes today. Some might even say we’ve made no real progress since then.

Putting new graphics on an old bike changes your attitude very quickly. Decal Works did an amazing job.
Putting new graphics on an old bike changes your attitude very quickly. Decal Works did an amazing job.

THE BEST OF 1995

You can debate which bike was the best of 1995, but I was there. The Honda CR250R was first or second in every shootout throughout the ’90s. The CR had the same basic motor from 1992 to 2001, and it was really, really good. It still is. The chassis changed more often than the motor in that era.

Jeremy McGrath did most of his winning with the 1993 frame, which had been developed earlier by Jean Michel Bayle. There were subtle chassis changes on an annual basis until the mother of them all came in 1997. That was the much maligned move to the ultra-rigid aluminum chassis. Even that bike had a lot going for it, including a twin-chamber fork and a very fast motor. Everything changed in 2002 with the arrival of an entirely new bike. By then, four-strokes were taking over, and by 2007, the CR250R was completely gone, along with all of Honda’s two-strokes.

As it arrived, the 1995 Honda wasn’t pretty, but most of the original parts were there. That’s gold in the bike restoration world.

So, the 1995 is an iconic Honda CR250R that represents a whole era well. It’s a perfect subject for a Revo-class project for a bunch of other reasons too. There are a zillion of them out there. They’re cheap, and parts grow on trees. Don’t underestimate the value of that last fact. I’ve recently done restorations on a 1991 KTM 300 and a 1988 Kawasaki KDX. Parts are hard to find for both. The Honda, on the other hand, is still supported by the aftermarket.

My friend Bob Casper is a longtime advocate of old Hondas, and he found one for me almost immediately. The price was $750. It was rough. It had been looped out on the pavement and had a lot of superficial asphalt rash. None of that worried me. Most parts for the old Honda are cheap. As as I was to discover, though, all old bikes have a number of secrets that only time and work can extract.

A massive air leak was well hidden. Believe it or not, it ran like this.

SECRETS REVEALED

I planned on doing the restoration in stages. First, it just needed to run. I thought that would just require a top end and clutch—a Vertex piston, a Hinson clutch and a couple hours of work, right? Wrong. The bike had a massive air leak. I replaced the main seals with a kit from All Balls Racing, but that solved nothing. The bike would rev up like crazy as soon as it was started. There were secrets within.

The frame was powder coated by San Diego Powder Coat early in the process. A Scott’s steering damper post was welded on first.

It turned out that there was a hole in the crankcase the size of a dime. The damage was completely hidden from view and led to a passage that acted as a water drain from the ignition compartment. It looked as though a piston skirt had broken at some point in history and debris had done the damage before going up through the transfer ports and out the exhaust. Lucky break, because there appeared to be no damage to the cylinder. There are no new 1995 cylinders available in Honda parts stores. The 2000 cylinder is still in stock, but supplies are low.

 

What happened next shook my confidence in the project and my own abilities. I got the hole welded up, and when I was reassembling the motor, I installed all-new bearings. As I said, the aftermarket supports the engine well, and All Balls sells complete bearing kits. They don’t, however, sell common sense. I installed the countershaft bearing upside down! The result was a cracked engine case. The motor survived years of abuse, but its worst injury came at my hands.

Confessions of a lousy mechanic—not all of the damage came from previous owners. Some of it was homegrown.
Confessions of a lousy mechanic—not all of the damage came from previous owners. Some of it was homegrown.

After that, I made every mistake possible. There were torn gaskets, left-out parts and error after error. I’ve never considered myself a great mechanic, but this job turned into a comic tragedy. Was it age, failing memory or failing vision? Yes to all. Eventually, the cases were welded up (again) and the engine went back together to sit on the bench while I worked on the chassis. The motor had a bunch of new parts, a new Boyesen Rad Valve and several new OE parts, such as the kick-start gears. A Pro Circuit Works pipe and silencer were on the shelf ready to go. It looked great, but I was terrified that I had messed up something big.

Arc Memlon levers might not be period accurate, but forgivable.

MORE DRAMA

Mark Tilley tells me that the proper way to build a project bike is to send the motor in one direction, send the chassis in another direction and then just assemble the pieces. A man’s gotta know his limits. There’s some wisdom there. I sent the suspension to Precision Concepts to have it rebuilt and re-valved. I sent the frame to San Diego Powder Coating after having a steering damper post welded on. As much as I loved the 1995 Honda, I remembered the head-shake of the ’90s all too well. The Honda would have to share a Scott’s steering damper with my modern bike.

The Scott’s Steering Stabiizer was critical, but mounting kits are hard to come by for early bikes. Check eBay if Scott’s can’t help.

The wheels originally went to FasterUSA for a rebuild with new Excel gold rims, but the stock hubs looked a little shaky. I eventually settled on an entirely new wheelset. At $1139, that was the most expensive single component on the rebuild. The FasterUSA stuff is first-rate—not cheap Asian copies—and I figured I would keep the wheels forever. I managed to reuse the stock rotors but with new Supersprox sprockets and a Fly Hard Parts chain. I decided to go with STI’s new Tech 2 tires on the advice of Justin Jones, who’s been using them in the WORCS races.

The cosmetic stuff was easy. Polisport has full bodywork kits that are amazingly inexpensive. Instead of getting the ’95 kit, I got the pieces individually in order to match the color combo that McGrath used. Decal Works then finished it all off with full graphics. There were a few other hiccups along the way. I had to have a massive crack in the swingarm welded, for one.

STI Tech 2 Tires came from the advice of Justin Jones.

TEST RUNS

I’d like to say that my fears were unfounded. I’d like to say that after messing up the reassembly of the motor so many times, I got it right when it mattered. Not so. For the bike’s first post-restoration race, it ran terrible. They mixed the Revo class with the Evo and Vintage classes, and it was all I could do to keep up with bikes that were 20 years older. It turned out I had left out a power-valve bushing. It was sitting on the workbench. So it goes.

It made it though the next ride, but disaster struck after that. At 29 Palms, the motor locked up. I had installed the new piston in a loose cylinder. It was just barely within the manual’s specifications. Not good enough; the piston skirt came apart. So apart came the motor one more time, and I found  a new hole in the sad, abused crankcase. Weld, weld, weld. Then I sent the cylinder to U.S. Chrome for new nikasil, only to have them call me with some surprising news. “Did you know this cylinder already has a steel liner?”

“No.”

Then I had three options. 1. Find a new cylinder, 2. bore the one I had to the next oversize and install a Wiseco piston (one of the very few companies that make oversize pistons for this bike) or 3. Do something completely weird that the guys at U.S. Chrome suggested. They could put nikasil over the steel. I asked Terry Varner if he ever heard of such a thing, and he said he did it all the time to CR500R motors, which always came from the factory with steel liners. It required slightly more clearance than nikasil-over-aluminum  because of the different expansion properties of steel. Sounded good to me. The process was a little over $300.

U.S. Chrome put a nikasil coating over the non-original steel liner that they discovered in the Honda cylinder.

So many failures made success that much sweeter. The bike ran perfectly the next time out. It started easily, ran crisply and was really, really fast. The bike can hold its own against any modern 250 two-stroke. The only thing it gives up is the width of the powerband—it hits hard and signs off a little early. It also has some vibration, but that might be the product of a 23-year-old crankshaft. It was the one part I didn’t replace.

Is the Honda CR250R the best representative of MX bikes from the ’90s? Absolutely!
Is the Honda CR250R the best representative of MX bikes from the ’90s? Absolutely!

The old fork and shock give up a little more to modern components. In 1995, Honda switched to KYB, and it didn’t go well. It was, in fact, a step backwards. Precision Concepts did a good job of salvaging what I gave them, but there’s no getting around the fact that it was a 23-year-old fork that wasn’t very good 23 years ago. It was usable, but not comfortable. Most Honda Revo riders commit a minor rule infraction by using a fork from a later model. I saw a 2005 CRF450R fork for $200 on eBay last week. We’ll see. In overall handling, though, the bike is a huge success. It turns really well and, with the steering damper, is perfectly stable. At first I had a hard time with the scrunched-up rider layout, but after SDG built a taller seat, it was fine.

So, does the Rocket go just as fast as a modern 250cc two-stroke? Yes. The clutch pull is a little harder. The brakes are a little weaker, and you have to shift more, but all that is OK the first time you pass a modern bike. I originally built the bike for Revo racing, but why stop there? I think the bike hasn’t even reached middle age yet.

 

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2003 KAWASAKI KX144 RESTYLE PROJECT: TWO-STROKE TUESDAY https://dirtbikemagazine.com/2003-kawasaki-kx144-restyle-project-two-stroke-tuesday/ Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:33:42 +0000 https://dirtbikemagazine.com/?p=71537

On this week’s Two-Stroke Tuesday brought to you by Decal Works we give you the first look at our Kawasaki KX144 build with Josh Bombard. Tim Sharp was the man behind the wrenches of this project and we gotta say it came out amazing. If you are a fan of Kawasaki two-smokers don’t miss the […]

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On this week’s Two-Stroke Tuesday brought to you by Decal Works we give you the first look at our Kawasaki KX144 build with Josh Bombard. Tim Sharp was the man behind the wrenches of this project and we gotta say it came out amazing. If you are a fan of Kawasaki two-smokers don’t miss the exclusive link at the bottom of this post to our KDX500 build.

Polisport Plastics has released a couple 2-Stroke restyle in the last few years that have changed the game! The KX version used on this build gives the 2003 machine a modern day look just like the brand new 250/450 four-strokes.

Carbon Fiber and cone pipes just make everything look cooler! Light Speed Carbon has recently started reproducing two-stroke parts that at one time only made for factory teams. Scalvini makes exhaust for most popular two-strokes so a cone pipe and carbon silencer could be in your future.

Applied Racing has been around for a long time and continue to make triple clamps for older two-strokes like this 2003 KX125. Be sure to check them out for all your 2 & 4-stroke machine needs.

An Eric Gore Kawasaki KX144, YES PLEASE!

Suspension coatings galore ! Makes you wonder if these are A-Kit or just dressed up to look like them. You will have to wait for the complete story in the magazine to find out.

Companies that made this build possible include Scalvini Exhaust, Dunlop, Light Speed Carbon Fiber, Polisport Plastics, Pro Circuit, Renthal and Rival Ink graphics. Tim Sharp Race Prep was in charge of building this machine.

2-STROKE BEHIND THE BUILD

When it comes to 500cc two-stroke projects, they usually go one of two directions: the first is a complete restoration of the stock steel-framed chassis, or the second is taking the two-stroke powerplant and fabricating it into a modern-day, four-stroke, aluminum-framed chassis. The debate on these two types of builds could go on until the end of time about which concept is better, and even the magazine staff is torn in different directions. However, when it comes right down to it, we have to be honest and say both are enjoyable to ride. We decided to change things up a bit on this build, and you might be surprised with the results.

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THE WEEKLY FEED: BENGT ABERG RIP • NEW PRODS • 300 TPI HARD ENDURO SETUP https://dirtbikemagazine.com/the-weekly-feed-bengt-aberg-rip-new-prods-300-tpi-hard-enduro-setup/ Wed, 10 Mar 2021 17:49:44 +0000 https://dirtbikemagazine.com/?p=70729

This weeks Feed talks about one our early heroes Bengt Aberg, a 2-time World Motocross champion who recently passed.

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BLAST FROM THE PAST

RIP BENGT ABERG (1944-2021)

Bengt Aberg, a two-time World Motocross champion, and a three-time Motocross des Nations winner passed away after fighting diabetes for a lengthy time.  He was 76 years old. He won the FIM 500 World Motocross Championship in 1969 and 1970 racing for Factory Husqvarna. Aberg won his final 500cc GP in Luxembourg on a highly modified Yamaha TT500 built by Torsten Hallman and Sten Lundin. Bengt rode for the Bultaco factory in late ’74, 75 and 76. Years after retiring from racing he won he won the Swedish Ice Speedway National Championship in 1995.

This is from Terry Good at mxworks.bike.com

 

Bengt, 1969 at the Pepperell, Massachusetts circuit. It’s interesting to see the lack of logos (or the clean look), the Jofa, the big Hooska 400 and the classic style of a World Champion.

 

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SOCIAL DISTANCING

 

VIDEO JUKEBOX

BILLY BOLT’S HARD ENDURO SETUP- HQV TE300i TPI

BOY DOES THIS LOOK EASY!

 

GEAR BAG

 

Polisport presents a new addition to Armadillo’s range. The new performance part was designed to provide full protection to your silencer in extreme conditions. The Armadillo Extreme Silencer Guard is made of a dual compound -stainless steel and silicone – which provides better protection and impact absorption, also avoiding vibration noises like other full metallic protections.

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Pro Circuit’s Factory Team Thermal is stylish,  has an incredibly soft feel and is lightweight. With their factory flag graphic printed on the wearer’s left chest, logo print on the sleeve and contrasting stitch throughout, the Factory Team Thermal is a great way to help stay warm through the colder months of the year and is a great addition to any motocrosser’s wardrobe. $35.00

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Nihilo Concepts and Illusive Gloves team up to bring you the all new Nihilo Concepts Red / Flo Glove! Features a slim fit flex glove with adjustable velcro closure cuff, traction grip palm & finger points, stretch molded cuff, quick dry two-way stretch material & clarino fabric palm. $34.00

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MOOSE RACING REAR FENDER PACK
Moose Racing’s  new rear fender pack mounts securely and easily to your bike’s rear fender with supplied mounting hardware. Constructed from a tough tarpaulin material base and heavy-duty denier fabric, protecting your cargo and easily handles the rigors of off-road riding all while looking stylish in the new tonal colorway. A wrap around zipper, plus a wide flap helps keeps the elements out while permitting full access to your gear inside. Available in a small or large size. MSRP is listed at $39.95-44.95.

 

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WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

Michigan 2-day Qualifier 1988. I’m racing a modified RM 250 and can recall the endless sand, whoops through the woods and the fact that I was dragging the caboose by the end of day two. It was also a great time of camaraderie traveling with Charles Halcomb, Randy Hawkins, meeting Kurt Hough and the Texan Todd Harris. Good times on the trail!

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