MOTOCROSS ACTION MID-WEEK REPORT

FIRST LOOK VIDEO OF THE 2023 YAMAHA YZ450F

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JAMES STEWART

 

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CAN-AM GETTING BACK INTO THE MOTORCYCLE BUSINESS (ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES THAT IS)

Can-Am motorcycles were a big player in American motocross back in the 1970s. They even managed to win the AMA 250 National Motocross Championship with Gray Jones at the controls (as part of a one-two-three sweep of the Nationals with Jones, Tripes and Ellis). Then a year later, Jimmy Ellis won the 1975 AMA Supercross Championship. They never reached the pinnacle of success ever again— even though they sponsored Buck Murphy, Gary Semics, Rich Eierstedt, Tony DiStefano, Jeff Smith, Jimmy Weinert, Mike Runyard and many others. Eventually, the Bombardier corporation shut down its motorcycle production line in 1987 to focus on ATVs, side-by-sides, watercraft and snowmobiles.

Four-time National Champion Gary Jones won the 1974 AMA 250 National Championship for Can-Am.

The sneak peek video above shows that they are returning to motorcycles with two new electric bikes—a dual-sport/adventure bike and a street bike. Most surprising is that they are sourcing their electric motors from Rotax, which supplied their two-stroke and four-stroke engines decades ago.

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INTERNATIONAL MOTOCROSS MUSEUM FUNDRAISER SEPTEMBER 21ST

Rare is it when history has the opportunity to repeat itself. But that’s exactly what’s going to happen for die-hard motocross fans when the International Motocross Museum hosts a second fundraising event. Last year’s premier event was a sellout and was thought by many to be a once in a lifetime opportunity, but the IMM will be making history anew by hosting “An Evening with the Champions II.”

If you missed the first event, now is your chance to spend a day and an evening with legends like Rick “Too Hip” Johnson, Bob “Hurricane” Hannah, Tony DiStefano,Gerrit Wolsink, Heikki Mikkola, Jeff Smith, Torsten Hallman, Harry Everts, Stefan Everts, Liam Everts, Steve Wise, Warren Reid, Gunnar Lindstrom and their fabulous factory bikes. They are right now negotiating with several of the other top US riders from that era.

The Evening with the Champions II fundraiser is actually more like a day with the Champions and will be held at the fabulous Pinstripes restaurant in the north Chicago area. The date is Wednesday September 21, just days before the historic Motocross of Nations on Sept 24th and 25th. at the world-famous Red Bud motocross park – just a short drive from the IMM venue.   

Individual Deluxe tickets are $500 per seat, but this year they also have table discounts of 20%; buy a table of 12 and each ticket is only $400 per person. This is for the whole day and a deluxe sit-down evening dinner, a great way for your business or group to be part of this wonderful event. You can also bid to sit at the table of your favorite rider! All details are available on the website.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event and/or museum, check the website contact link, they will get back with you promptly.

Thanks to Terry Good, we have the best collection of motocross works bikes and memorabilia in the world.  The Museum will display the personal collections of Les Archer, Ake Jonsson and other champion riders, over 125 works and other legendary motocross bikes, historic memorabilia and incredible stories of the riders, engineers and mechanics of these bikes.

The IMM is a registered 501 (c) 3 charity. All funds raised will go to support the Museum and its future 100,000 square foot home. If you cannot make the event, please consider a generous tax-deductible donation to support the Museum or visit the gift shop for some really incredible gift ideas – one more easy way to support your Museum!

FACTORY 250cc SMOKERS THROUGOUT THE YEARS

Larry Ward 1999 Suzuki RM250

James Stewar 2005 KX250 SR-2

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Jeff Emig 2000 Yz250 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame--0850 1998 FACTORY KAWASAKI KX250 JEFF EMIG

Mike Kiedrowski 1993 KX250 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame

Ron Lechien KX250 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame

Ken Roczen Honda CR250

Ricky Carmichael’s Championship Winning Honda CR250

TIM FERRY 2000 YZ250

Travis Pastrana RM250 MXDN Milestone-7735

David Vuillemin 2004 Factory Yamaha YZ250

1999 Kawasaki KX250 Damon Huffman

1999 Stepane Roncada YZ250

Grant Langston 2004 ktm 250sx-8637

Ricky Carmichael's 2001 Kawasaki KX250 two-stroke MXA

THOR 2023 FALL LINE

MXPERTS // HELP! MY THROTTLE STICKS

ThrottleCables

Dear MXA,
    Since the day I rolled my bike out of the showroom, the throttle has been draggy on closing. It works fine when the bars are straight ahead or when they are turned to the left, but when I turn them full-lock to the right the throttle stays on. This has not been a problem when I ride, but it bothers me. How do I fix it?

We would use a three-pronged approach to not just cure the problem but to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Additionally, we advise you not to ride your bike until you fix the issue.

First, since the problem occurs when the bars are turned, that suggests an interference with the throttle cable routing under the gas tank. Remove your fuel tank and realign the two throttle cables so they are not pinched or too tight.

Second, modern four-strokes have push/pull throttle cables, at the advice of the manufacturers’ lawyers. One cable pulls the butterfly open and one cable pulls the butterfly closed. You need to pull the rubber cover off of the throttle housing and check the throttle cable adjusters to make sure that both cables are adjusted properly. There should be an equal amount of tension on both cables, not one cable adjusted all the way in and one all the way out. Readjust your cables until you have a smidgen of freeplay.

Third, pull your throttle assembly apart and clean inside the assembly, inside the throttle tube and the surface of the handlebar. Apply a very light coat of lubricant inside the throttle tube. When you reassemble the throttle, make sure not to slide it on so far that the end of the grip hits against the end of the handlebar.

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TEAM TESTED // PRO CIRCUIT-TUNED KTM150SX BIG-BORE KIT

The 2021 KTM 125SX makes 37.52 horsepower. The stock KTM 150SX makes 40.70 horses. The Mitch Payton-tuned KTM 150SX makes an eye-watering 43.70 horses. Even better, the Pro Circuit 150cc engine peaked at 11,760 rpm, where it was 3 horsepower stronger. The Pro Circuit mods produce big power on top.

VERDICT: If you like big and bold power, you’ll love the Pro Circuit-tuned KTM 150SX. Our Pro Circuit-built 150SX holeshot both motos of the 125/150 Pro class at the 2021 World Two-Stroke Championships. It’s a no-excuses engine for experienced 125 pilots.

DIGITS: $831.99 (KTM 150SX Power Parts kit), $349.95 (Pro Circuit mods), $278.95 (Pro Circuit pipe), $155.95 (R-304 silencer)—www.procircuit.com or (951) 738-8050.

JETT LAWRENCE ON A CR250 SMOKER? RED BULL STRAIGHT RYTHEM 

MXA QUOTE OF THE WEEK // TALON HAWKINS TALKS ABOUT TRAINING WITH ALDON BAKER

Aldon Baker has really taken me under his wing, and I am so stoked that the Rockstar Husqvarna Team set that up.  It is an insane opportunity that not many people get to experience, so I am trying to take hold of it, make the most of it, and try my hardest every single day I am there. Every day that I show up, I don’t cut corners. There is no cutting corners in this sport. If you don’t do that one bicycle training ride, it reflects on yourself. You don’t feel confident. Say that you go and do bad at a race, you are going to blame it on that one bike ride you did not do. It is about putting in the work to get the results later. 

Check out the full interview with Talon here

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