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YAMAHA 125 INTRO-AN ONLOOKERS PERSPECTIVE

By John Basher As Tim Olson and I were cruising down the highway towards Glen Helen raceway on a beautiful Tuesday morning, I slowly began to see the track in the distance creep up on the horizon. It wasn’t my first time visiting the huge hills of Glen Helen, but today was different. I immediately discounted that the weather was different, simply because the weather is ever sunny at San Bernardino (or seems like it). I glanced in the rear view mirror, and then I remembered. With Tim at the wheel and myse…

2004 YAMAHA PHOTOS AND SPECS-

2004 YAMAHA YZ125 What’s new on the 04 YZ125? 1. The shape of the scavenging port and exhaust port is changed (the timing is also revised) 2. The setting on the YPVS governor spring is changed for better acceleration in the low to mid. 3. The carb setting at the bypass port is changed. 4. The exhaust pipe is increased in overall length by 5mm, mostly at the head pipe (not on European models). 6. The diameter of the stinger is increased 1.6mm (in front of the silencer) 7. The shift pedal is downsized 9mm…

2004 KAWASAKI PHOTOS AND SPECS

2004 KAWASAKI KX125 Kawasaki engineers succeeded in boosting overall power of the 2004 KX125 and revised the chassis for even sharper handling characteristics. *The combustion chamber of the liquid-cooled, 124cc, two-stroke single-cylinder engine is reshaped and compression increased to give it more low and mid-range power and crisper throttle response. *Aiding the enhanced throttle response is a new piston and ring, which has the piston ring locating pin at the rear of the cylinder to evenly distribute…

2004 SUZUKI PHOTOS

2004 RM-Z250 The engine was designed by Suzuki, but the full package is being produced by Kawasaki. The compact 249cc, four-stroke, liquid cooled engine features a four-valve head (the valves are titanium). The cylinder is plated aluminum and houses a forged, two-ring piston. Carburetion is via a 37mm Keihin FCR (with hot start and throttle position sensor) The lubrication system is a semi-dry sump with separate oil chambers for the crank and transmission, but shared oil. Five-speed transmission. Titani…

2004 CRF450R: IT’S NEWER THAN YOU THINK–MAY 13

The 2004 CRF450R has more changes than you might expect. Here are the key new features and some top-secret photos for you to check out: (Scroll Down For More Photos) NEW FOR 2004 1). New lighter piston is reshaped for increased compression, quicker response and improved torque over entire RPM range. 2). New Ignition cover made from new magnesium material reduces heat build up and reduces weight 3). New lighter ignition mass for improved response and drivability 4). New ignition timing for improved driva…

HONDA ANNOUNCES THE CRF250R TO THE WORLD

In a startling turn of events Honda has not only revealed the existence of their highly anticipated CRF250R, they have shown photos of it to anyone with an internet connection. It was originally thought that Honda would debut the bike at the last Japanese National with Ernesto Fonseca as the pilot, but instead they decided to announce the CRF250R at their annual dealer meeting. The bike is definitely a 2004 model so don’t get to excited yet, but after a few phone calls to Honda insiders we’ve learned th…