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TWO-STROKE TEST: WE TURN OUR KTM 250SX INTO A KTM 300SX BIG-BORE

As the niche marketing specialist of dirt bike manufacturers, KTM has a wider variety of models than Baskin-Robbins has flavors. However, the model you won?t see at your KTM dealership is a motocross-specific Open class two-stroke. The KTM 300XC (cross-country) model is close, but ultimately not as good as the 300SX kit for racing. After spending a couple years holding our own against 450s and blowing the doors off 250Fs on our aged 2010  KTM 250SX , the MXA wrecking crew’s primitive instincts took…

2011 TM MX300 TWO-STROKE MOTOCROSS TEST: A BIG-BORE TWO-STROKE MOTOCROSS BIKE WITH ITALIAN FLAIR

2011 TM MX300-2T Cross: TM doesn?t just buy parts from outside suppliers. They try to build as much of the MX300 as possible at their factory. Q: WHO BROUGHT TM MOTORCYCLES TO AMERICA? A: Way back in 1994, Pete Vetrano was at the Trask Two-Day Qualifier when he spotted a three-man team of wily ISDT veterans riding full-size TM 80s. At the time, Vetrano was importing Italian motocross products and asked his Italian friends to introduce him to the people at TM in Italy. Late in 1994, Vetrano signed a deal…

FIRST LOOK! 2012 HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES: 14 DIFFERENT MODELS IN ALL (INCLUDING A 310 FOUR-STROKE AND FOUR TWO-STROKE VERSIONS)

Husqvarna was once a major player in American motocross. They won National Championships, sold thousands of bike a year and were a powerhouse in every aspect of offroad racing. They want to get back to where they once were. In real estate, the prime directive is “location, location, location,” and in offroad motorcycles the mantra is “product, product, product.” Here is what Husky has up its sleeve for the 2012 model year. MOTOCROSS BIKES: 2012 HUSQVARNA TC250/TC449 OVERVIEW Husqvarna has three purpose-…

MXA TWO-STROKE NEWS: HUSQVARNA’S TWO-STROKE PLANS FOR THE USA (150, 250 & 300)

Husqvarna CR150. The Husqvarna CR150 will have Marzochhi forks and Sachs rear suspension. Husqvarna has plans to bring an all-new 2011 CR150 two-stroke into the USA later this year. The reed valve and power valve-equipped engine will be have a 144cc displacement (same as the KTM) thanks to a 58mm x 54.5mm bore and stroke, plus have a suggested retail price below $6000. The six-speed tranny will power a chromoly tube frame (elliptical tubing), Marzocchi 48mm forks and a Sachs shock. The brakes are by Bre…

WE BUILD A FULL-RACE HUSQVARNA WR300 MOTOCROSS BIKE:

Husqvarna is back on the map in America. They have a super-powerful offroad team, led by stars like Ty Davis, Glenn Kearney, Nick Burson and Bobby Garrison, and a full line of offroad machines. So, when the MXA wrecking crew went looking for a competitive Husqvarna two-stroke to race in the 450 class, we quickly settled on the WR300 enduro bike. In truth, the WR300 started life as a bolt-on big-bore kit for the 2008 WR250 and CR250, but with the CR250 no longer in the line, the newly minted WR300 became…

MOTOCROSS ACTION PRODUCT TEST: RACE TECH KTM TELESCOPIC COMPRESSION NEEDLE:

WHAT IS IT? Race Tech’s Telescopic Compression Needle is a performance modification for WP’s PDS shock (which comes stock on all KTMs). It is designed to provide a more progressive compression stroke. WHAT’S IT COST? $119.99 (needle), $79.99 (TSPS T-handle tool), $110.00 (labor). CONTACT? www.racetech.com or (951) 279-6655. WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with Race Tech’s Telescopic Compression Needle. (1) Idea. Race Tech feels that the standard compression needle in KTM’s WP sho…

2008 KTM Intro: Are You Ready For Electric Start Two-Strokes?

When KTM rider Cyril Despres recently won his third victory in the Red Bull Romaniacs Hard Enduro he became the first rider to win on the new 300 EXC-E (which is KTM’s new electric-start 300cc two-stroke). According to Despres, “As riders, we are always concerned about the bikes having any extra weight and I was a bit unsure before the race about the addition of the battery and the electronic starter for that reason. But I have to say it was very helpful in many situations and it is definitely an advant…