THE WEEKLY FEED: KTM 300 XCW TPI MODS, RAD VIDS, DANNY CHANDLER BITD

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Danny Chandler

Danny ‘Magoo’ Chandler started his moto life as a wild child. By 1982, mounted on a factory Honda Danny was considered to be the fastest rider on the planet. Dominant wins at the Trophy and MX des Nations, a USGP victory and a Superbikers win painted his canvas as a brilliantly gifted racer. But his grit got him to the podium and a Never say Die attitude were pieces of the puzzle that completed his quest.

 

 

SOCIAL DISTORTION

 

 

HANNAH ON A HUSKY!

 

 

 

VIDEO JUKEBOX

 

 

 

CAPTION OF THE WEEK

Mike Webb, the former Team Manager for Team Suzuki called this photo the Calm before the Storm.

“I’m not sure what stadium that is but we’re getting ready for the riders meeting. The calm before the storm was fitting in both a positive and negative way when it came to James. It went from the highs of winning the first 4 motos of the outdoors to throwing away the season with a crash the next week in Colorado.

Or having an incredible pre season where he was on fire but blew out his knee in the first heat at A1.

I remember him getting into the lead at ‘Dilla and just going faster and faster. With a massive lead he just kept pouring on the coals, I was screaming in the radio to his mechanic to back it down but he never did. The following lap he threw it away big time.

It was such a roller coaster, his last to first at the Toronto SX was simply without equal, we would win again the next week in Detroit and close the points down to RV but the following crucial race at Houston went down in flames as he fought stomach flu all night.

It would remain this crazy swinging pendulum through out, right down to him winning both motos at Mt. Morris, he beat Dungey and KR94 straight up and the following monday I was notified that he did not pass the drug test from SX. It was a fascinating journey, the highest highs and the lowest lows……..”

 

TESTING…TESTING

KTM 300 XCW TPI

This machine rates as one of my favorites of all-time. Because of that I’ve been riding and testing as much as this carcass can handle, I’m finding out vats about what works, what I like and how to make it better. Here’s a little snap into the process.

Stripped down and waiting for some love. I had laced new Moose Wheels up (actually I suck at this, Russ Wageman did it for me!) and started to refit the Kreft suspension.

 

The GET ECU is a biggie in getting stronger performance out of the 300.

 

Once you rid the machine of its lean character, then you add some compression for a stronger, broader spread of power. The S3 head makes this happen.

 

Jeff Slavens came out from Colorado to map the GET ECU and help dial in the mods we were doing. He was instrumental in the success of this project!

 

Moose Racing wheels, Moto Z meats, Nitro Mousse inserts and my Rabaconda at work.
Decal Works provided the graphics. Their product is superb. Low 30-degree weather had me installing everything in the house!

Pretty much ready to rock. We tried a number of FMF pipe-muffler combos and came up with a scenario that worked well with the GET ECU and higher compression via the S3 head.

 

 

I shot brother Mike on the 300. He absolutely tore it up and loved the scoot. Once we were done with action photos I shooed him away and wouldn’t let him look at it!

 

WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

Back in the early 90’s my racing life was centered around enduros, Qualfiiers and making the ISDE team. But every year I raced Mammoth Mountain motocross. I had raced there on and off since 1975, and never really humbled the natural terrain, high altitude and brutally rough track. But I loved it none the less. In 1991 I raced my off-road bike, a KTM300 at Mammoth in the Vet class. I got killed on the starts (Honda CR500s and KX 500s were the holie machines) but enjoyed the spanking.

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