MOTOCROSS ACTION MID-WEEK REPORT | 2018 GEAR HAS ARRIVED

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Rider: Josh Grant
Year: 2015
Bike: TwoTwo Motorsports KX450F
Lens: 300mm
Focal length: 300mm
Exposure: 1/1600th
F-stop: 8
ISO: 400

TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT: JEFF SAVAGE’S 2005 SUZUKI RM250

Suzuki rm250The 2005 RM250 before transformation. 

“Daryl. Before having my shoulder replaced last November I bought a YZ125 and rode it for the last month prior to my surgery. In May I got back on the 125 and was having so much fun I started looking for a RM250. I ended up with a clapped out 2005 RM250 with a 2004 rear brake caliper, 2002 rear brake pedal that rubbed high on the frame, lower shock linkage that was so worn out the needles were embedded in the aluminum, and on it went.”

Suzuki rm250Since the 2005 RM250 was the last two-stroke to win a championship Jeff decided to go with the Ricky Carmichael number 4 using Decal Works graphics. 

“Thanks to Ebay I found an entire linkage set up for $39. From there I took it down to the frame and started over. The rear wheel was cracked so I laced up a Tusk rim to the Bulldog spline drive spokes and Talon billet hub with new Tusk rotor. Sent the cylinder with a new piston to Millennium for replating, and the bottom end to Reynard Modifications for a new crank and bearings. Robert also redid the suspension. Rocky Mountain ATV MC was the go to for all new bearings front to back, plastics, Moto Tassinari V3 reeds, carb kit, tires, tubes, grips, bars, new OEM rear brake caliper and hoses. What started out to be a refresh turned into a complete rebuild. Picked up seat cover and graphics from Ebay and due to the fact that the 2005 RM was the last two-stroke to win a SX championship I went with the #4 backgrounds from Decal Works. Now my YZ450F sits idle as this 59 year old has fun on two-strokes. Included is a pic of Jimmy Albertson taking her for a spin at Reynard Raceway.”

“Thanks for taking a look. Love the two-stroke builds stories.”–Jeff Savage

Editors Note: Please keep those submissions coming. If you would like your bike to be featured in the “Two-Stroke Spotlight,” please email me at [email protected]. All I ask is that you give a breakdown of your bike and a detailed description of the build. Please also send a few photos of your steed. By submitting your bike for the “Two-Stroke Spotlight,” you agree to release all ownership rights to the images and copy to MXA. Please don’t email me spam or try selling me Taylor Swift concert tickets or email me spam. Happy submitting your smoker. 

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT:  MOOSE RACING XCR WHEELS

A fresh set of wheels for a great price. 

  • 7000 series aircraft-quality aluminum rims
  • Three-stage heat treatment for highest strength
  • Forged, then machined, 6061-T6 aluminum hubs are stronger than stock cast or billet hubs
  • One-piece hubs are designed to match perfectly with stock or aftermarket sprockets and rotors – no need to buy carriers!
  • Sprocket and rotor bolts included
  • Captive wheel spacer for quick changes
  • Burley T305 Stainless Steel spokes for maximum strength and lasting finish
  • Forged 7075-T6 aluminum nipples with Nylock thread treatment keep spokes tight
  • Available with black rim, black hub, silver nipple and stainless spokes
  • Retail price: $483.95 – $515.95 www.mooseracing.com 

STACYC eDRIVE ELECTRIC BALANCE BIKES FOR KIDS

2018 GEAR GUIDE SNEAK PEAK

Thor Verge helmet Vortechs Flo Orange/Gray–$299.95
Thor Fuse Rampant Navy/Teal/Orange Pant–$159.95
Thor Rampant Navy/Teal/Orange Jersey–$49.95
Thor Void Rampant Orange/Teal Gloves–$19.95
Gaerne SG-12 white–$619.99
EKS-S Blue/Blake/White goggles–$64.99

Blur B-50 Magnetic goggle–$89.99
Oneal 5 Series Blocker White/Gray/Red helmet–$139.99

Shot Race Gear boots that are coming to the states for 2018–$TBA

Fox V1 Sayak helmet–$169.95
Fox Air Space Draftr goggle–$TBA

Scorpion VX-35 Golden State helmet–$149.95
Viral Factory Series Pro 3 goggles kit red–$74.99
Zox Z-MX10 Hi-Viz Yellow helmet–$229.99.
EKS Brand google–$TBD
TCX X-Helium Michelin boots–$289.00
Vexea VX-1 Grey/FloYellow jersey–$54.95
Vexea VX-1 Grey/FloYellow pant–$165.95
Vexea VX-1Glove Grey/FloYellow–$37.95
Dennis Stapleton messing with MXA’s male model dressed in Leatt gear.

Sidi Crossfire 3 SR white  boot–$595.00
Alpinestars Limited Edition Union Tech 10 boot–$599.95

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TIMBERSLED TRIO FRONT SUSPENSION

The added fork for the Timbersled kit improves control, handling and comfort. 

Timbersled announced, the brand fueling the rapid growth of snow biking, is taking the experience to the next level with the all-new Timbersled TRIOfront suspension. A first in the industry, the innovative TRIO system makes it even easier and more cost-effective to convert a dirt bike to-and-from a snow bike. Once installed, it also provides the ultimate in control and handling.

 Dirt bike owners will appreciate the quick-and-easy, bolt-on design which means more time is spent on the trails and back country than in the garage. A full install can be done in less than 30-minutes making the conversion to-and-from dirt to snow and back even easier. The system is also cost effective as the stock forks no longer must be retuned or rebuilt – saving more than $500 the first year.

The MXA wrecking crew has experience with Timbersled snow bikes. We love them! 

 TRIO also provides improved control, handling and comfort due to the front suspension shock’s dual-rate air spring that provides indefinite adjustability for all riding levels, terrain or personal style. The shock also counters rider fatigue by eliminating bottoming out and decreasing diving, and minimizes impact to the ski due to increased lower fork protection.

TRIO is compatible with all snow bike kits as long as the ARO spindle and ski are used. It also attaches to most brands of dirt bikes. The system retails for $899.99 and requires an install kit depending on bike type. It will be available at Timbersled dealers and online in September.

PHOTO OF THE PAST: THE KX450F’S OF TWOTWO MOTORSPORTS

Back in 2015 the Chad Reed TwoTwo Motorsports team of Reedy and Josh Grant had the best looking bikes in the pits. Chad also had one Supercross win and two podium finishes that year. At the midway point of the 2018 outdoor Nationals the TwoTwo team ran out of resources and withdraw from the series with Chad folding the team. 

Close up of the 22. 

Josh Grant finished 11th in the 2015 Supercross series on the TwoTwo KX450F. 

THINK! TECHNOLOGY NOW ACCEPTING RESUMES FOR 2018 SEASON

Press Release: THINK! Technology is proud to announce the opening of our 2018 Sponsorship season. Here is your chance to become a member of the THINK! Technology amateur support program. We will be accepting resumes from now until November 31st. Motorcycle riders of all disciplines are encouraged to apply for Sponsorship.

Resumes can be submitted via email to: [email protected]

Contact THINK! by going to www.thinktechnology.us or call them at (949) 379-4450.

2018 MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS SCHEDULE

KEN ROCZEN

Jan. 6…… Anaheim, CA…… Angel Stadium
Jan. 13…… Houston, TX…… NRG Stadium
Jan. 20…… Anaheim, CA…… Angel Stadium
Jan. 27…… Glendale, AZ…… U. of Phoenix Stadium
Feb. 3…… Oakland, CA…… Oakland Alameda Coliseum
Feb. 10…… San Diego, CA…… Petco Park
Feb. 17…… Arlington, TX…… AT&T Stadium
Feb. 24…… Tampa, FL…… Raymond James Stadium
Mar. 3…… Atlanta, GA…… Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Mar. 10…… Daytona, FL…… Daytona Intl. Speedway
Mar. 17…… St. Louis, MO…… Dome at America’s Center
Mar. 24…… Indianapolis, IN…… Lucas Oil Stadium
Apr. 7…… Seattle, WA…… Centurylink Field
Apr. 14…… Minneapolis, MN…… U.S. Bank Stadium
Apr. 21…… Foxborough, MA…… Gillette Stadium
Apr. 28…… Salt Lake City, UT…… Rice-Eccles Stadium
May 5…… Las Vegas, NV…… Sam Boyd Stadium

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