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INSIDE SECRETS OF BUILDING A MOTO-READY KTM 300XC TWO-STROKE RACER

You live and learn, one dollar at a time. By Jody Weisel The vast majority of my racing life has been spent on two-strokes, but I?m a realist. When the four-stroke revolution came along, I didn?t feel a need to fight it. I have said many times that, if I weren?t a motorcycle test rider, I would be racing a Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke. However, my lot in life is to race and test what’s put before me, and, increasingly, since the four-stroke revolution began in 1998 and went full complement in 2006, the bikes…

MXA TEAM TESTED: KREFT KTM 250/300 POWERDIAL POWER-VALVE ADJUSTER

WHAT IS IT? The Kreft PowerDial is an easy-to-install KTM 250/300 power-valve adjuster. It replaces the stock KTM system so that adjustments can be made in seconds. WHAT’S IT COST? $89.95 (black), $98.95 (Gold). CONTACT? www.kreftmoto.com or (970) 403-2715. WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with the Kreft PowerDial. (1) Function. The Kreft PowerDial makes it possible to adjust the spring preload on the KTM 250/300 power valve without tools. In fact, we could pull over to the side o…

2014 HUSABERGS: SEE THE LAST OF THE BREED… BECAUSE IN THE FUTURE WE WON’T HAVE HUSABERG TO KICK AROUND

Husaberg’s 2014 models are the result of 25 years of commitment, innovation, and passion for enduro sport. They also signify the final chapter in the companies celebrated history. As Husaberg’s state-of-the-art technology joins together with Husqvarna’s rich heritage, under the Husqvarna brand, the 2014 model range represents a unique opportunity to own a pure Husaberg for the very last time. Given that the majority of Husaberg parts are interchangeable with KTM parts?this bike will have a long life in …

MXA’S TWO-STROKE MOTOCROSS SHOOTOUT! TM 250MX VERSUS TM 300MX – ITALIAN EXOTICA IN TWO DISTINCT FLAVORS

Q: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A 250MX AND A 300MX? A: Since the TM 250MX and 300MX did not have any identifying marks telling which bike was which, it was impossible to tell them apart. Often we would send a test rider out to try a new fork settings on the 250MX only to watch they climb on the 300MX and take off. The advantage of testing two bikes from the same manufacturer is that they share the same suspension, frame geometry, shock linkages, brakes, wheels, engine cases, carb and overall design. S…

FIRST LOOK! 2013 HUSABERG MODEL LINE-UP WITH A 250 FOUR, 350 FOUR, 450 FOUR, 501 FOUR, 125 TWO, 250 TWO & 300 TWO

From the new frame and the second generation of the polyamide subframe to the new bodywork and new WP closed-cartridge fork with patented four-chamber technology, no stone remains unturned when it comes to the chassis. The new double-cradle central tube frame made from lightweight chrome-molybdenum steel profiles impresses with high torsional stiffness for precise cornering characteristics and high tracking stability and, at the same time, supports the rear suspension by absorbing energy created by rear…

TWO-STROKE TEST: A CLOSE-UP LOOK AT MXA’S FULL-RACE KTM 300XC MOTOCROSS BIKE

The MXA wrecking crew started out testing he stock 2012 KTM 300XC. That test is out in the February issue of MXA. It is an alll-encompassing look of the stock bike (but it will cover the basic mods needed to turn the 300XC into an 300SX). Then, new March issue, we have a test of our completely modified 300XC. We have been racing the bike in various forms since October and have learned a lot about the jetting, suspension, gearing, spring rates, bar mounts, fuel capacity and setup. We learn a little bit m…