Rider: Marvin Musquin
Bike: 2019 Factory KTM 450SXF
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada Supercross
Photographer: Brian Converse
F Stop: 4
Sutter speed: 1250
TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT: SCOTT BEARD’S 2007 HONDA CR250
“I picked this bike up four years ago after riding a buddy’s mint 2007 Honda CR250 he had just bought. I grew up a Suzuki guy and had just got done completely rebuilding a 2006 RM250. After riding his bike, the search began. I was much more comfortable on the Honda compared to the twitchy feel of the late-model Suzuki RM two-strokes. It took a year for me to find a low hour CR250 that hadn’t been abused. Through a friend I found one that had been sitting in a garage since 2007 and had maybe 20 hour on it. It was armored out for woods racing. I took it home and tore it down to the frame. I cleaned it, removed the braces and cages, and rebuilt it as best I could. The radiators were a little bent, so I sent them to ICW to have Brett work his magic.
“The previous owner had already installed blue CV4 hoses, so I didn’t have to buy those. I took the Mikuni carburetor off and replaced it with a Keihin off of a 2004 Yamaha YZ250. I had read that the Mikuni could be finicky and the Keihin was easier to tune. I’ve had no problems with the switch and have the jetting perfect for where I ride. I run VP T2 fuel. The bars were replaced with Renthal 997 Twinwalls, and they were fitted with Renthal Kevlar grips. I got rid of the cheap looking stock killswitch and replaced it with a Fly Racing killswitch. Twin Air is my air filter of choice. Once the stock drivetrain was worn out I replaced it with a Sunstar chain and sprockets, which I have been very impressed with.
“For power, I installed a Wiseco GP top-end kit and added a Pro Circuit Shorty silencer to help boost the low end a little. I’ve read that the stock pipe is really good, so I decided to keep it on. I replaced the stock rear brake rotor with one off of a 2010 CRF250. I think the Wave rotor looks better. The front rotor was replaced with a Galfer 270mm oversize kit. I’ve always liked white bikes, so I switched out all of the red plastic. I used all Cycra plastic, except for the shrouds and side plates. For those areas I used UFO. The front fender and Stadium plate for the 2013 and newer CRF450 are from Cycra. I like the updated look it gives the bike. I designed the graphics and the carbon fiber fork wraps. I loved the team Peak Honda’s, which is why I always go towards a blue and black color way. Cal Northrop at FTI Suspension handled the suspension revalve. He has always done great work for me. I had the stock hubs powder coated black. I bought the gold Excel rims from Privateer Connection in South Carolina and had them laced at Carolina Cycle Service in North Carolina. BUR Seat Covers, also out of North Carolina, made the awesome gripper seat cover in the color way I requested.
“Even though this bike didn’t get good reviews when it was released, I’ve been very happy with it. I’ve kept the engine stock, because I like where the power is at. I have no other plans for the bike, except for some pretty parts. As my fitness fades with my youth, I’ve grown to appreciate a solid and planted feeling bike.”
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ASK THE MXPERTS | THE VILLAGE IDIOT INCIDENT
I’m always amazed by the things that MXA says about the AMA Supercross stars. I know sports reporting is a cruel business, but don’t the riders get mad when they are criticized? In the very first issue of MXA that I ever read back in 2002, MXA said that, “Travis Pastrana has finally managed to promote himself from factory rider to village idiot.” I knew then that being a motocross star was a tough gig.
We admit that the village idiot sobriquet was a little extreme, but there are two things you probably don’t remember: (1) MXA didn’t say it. It was in a letter to the editor criticizing Travis for jumping back and forth between motocross and freestyle. (2) Travis wasn’t insulted. He took the “village idiot” comment and played it up. He even had it printed on the back of his pants, raced in them and gave them to Jody as a present.
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