MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: KTM TWIN, BAILEY’S BIRTHDAY & CARBON COUP

ALL NEW 500cc TWIN CYLINDER KTM ENGINE REVEALED


KTM has introduced a 500cc twin-cylinder engine. Obviously not for motocross, we expect this engine to power a new class of KTM street bikes. It will be made at the Bajaj/KTM factory in Pune, India.

BIRTHDAYS OF THE STARS: STEWIE IS 33, ADOLF 80 AND MOVIN’ MARV 29

Dec. 28…Dean Wilson 1991

steveramon2009Dec. 29…Steve Ramon 1979
Dec. 29…Chris Gosselaar 1981

Dec. 30…Marvin Musquin 1989
Dec. 31…David Herbreteau 1997

rodrigthaingasgasDec. 31…Rodrig Thain 1979

Dec. 31…Doug Domokos 1955

davidbaileyDec. 31…David Bailey 1961
Dec. 31…Romain Febvre 1991

larrybrooks3Jan. 1…Larry Brooks 1967
Jan. 2…James Dobb 1972
Jan. 2…Ron Hinson 1972
Jan. 3…Nathan Woods 1978
Jan. 4…Kelly Smith 1980

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: TWIN AIR ICE FLOW COOLANT

Twin Air has added a high performance, biodegradable coolant to its product line of on and off road motorcycles and ATV/UTV’s filtration products and accessories. IceFlow is a ready-to-use coolant formulated for long-lasting protection of all metals inside today’s motorcycle cooling systems, without harming the water pump seals. “Our goal was to create the coolant of choice for extreme off-road conditions as well as on-road usage year-round, in all climates, and make it totally eco-friendly.”

The new coolant offers the added assurance of an extreme freezing point (-26ºC / -14.8ºF). IceFlow is Mono Propylene Glycol-based, silicate-free and formulated with demineralized water and cutting edge nanotech and organic additive technology. It is non-toxic and biodegradable. Twin Air IceFlow High Performance Coolant is available in 2,2 liter (2,32 quart) bottles. For more info go to www.twinair.com

THE TV SCHEDULE FOR ANAHEIM 1 ON JANUARY 5

A1 will be shown live on NBC sports at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time.

BIKES YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE: 2004 SYNERGY Q450 MOTION

This an early prototype of the Synergy Motorsports KR400. The rectangular carbon fiber frame housed a Yamaha YZ400F engine.

Synergy was back with the Q450 in 2004. The frame had been improved, Synergy had they own reverse-cylinder 450cc four-stroke engine. The fuel was held under the seat and the frame cradle was aluminum The 2004 Q450 was stolen from the floor of the InterMOT show in one of the weirdest crimes in motorcycle history. They disappeared from motocross soon after.

MALCOLM SMITH’S “NO WIMPS IN BAJA” TOUR ON JAN. 27 TO FEB. 1

To register or get more info go to www.malcolmsmithadventures.com

WHERE YOU’LL BE IN THE FUTURE: 2019 RACE SCHEDULE

Weston peick
Weston Peick will not be on the line when the 2019 AMA Supercross Championship starts on January 5. We wish him a quick recovery. Peick’s facial injuries opened the door for Chad Reed to get a Supercross slot on the JGR Suzuki team.

2019 AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES
Jan. 5…………………………….Anaheim, CA
Jan. 12………………………….Glendale, AZ
Jan. 19………………………….Anaheim, CA (3-moto race)
Jan. 26………………………….Oakland, CA
Feb. 2……………………………San Diego, CA
Feb. 9…………………………..Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 16………………………….Arlington, TX
Feb. 23………………………….Detroit, MI (3-moto race)
Mar. 2……………………………Atlanta, GA (250 E/W Shootout)
Mar. 9……………………………Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 16………………………….Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 23………………………….Seattle, WA
Mar. 30………………………….Houston, TX (3-moto race)
Apr. 6……………………………Nashville, TN
Apr. 13………………………….Denver, CO
Apr. 27………………………….East Rutherford, NJ
May 4……………………………Las Vegas, NV (250 E/W Shootout)

2019 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 18……………………Hangtown, CA
May 25.…………………..TBA
June 1..……………….….Thunder Valley, CO
June 15..…………………Mt. Morris, PA
June 22.………………….Jacksonville. FL
June 29..…………………Southwick, MA
July 6.………………….….Red Bud, MI​
July 20.……………………Millville, MN​
July 27.……………………Washougal, WA
Aug. 10..………………….Unadilla, NY​
Aug. 17..………………….​Budds Creek, MD
Aug. 24.…………………..Crawfordsville, IN

2019 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 3…………………………… Argentina
Mar. 24……………………………England
Mar. 31……………………………Holland
Apr. 7……………………………..Italy #1
May 1……………………………..Shanghai
May 12……………………………Italy #2
May 19…………………….……..Portugal
May 26……………………………France
June 9…………………………….Russia
June 16…………………………..Latvia
June 23…………………………..Germany
July 7……………………………..Indonesia #1
July 14……………………………Indonesia #2
July 28……………………………Czech Republic
Aug. 4…………………………….Belgium
Aug. 18…………………………..Italy #3
Aug. 25…………………………..Sweden
Sept. 8……………………………Turkey
Sept. 22…………………………..Hong Kong

2019 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Sept. 29…………………………….Assen, Holland

2019 WORLD OFF-ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP (WORCS)
Jan. 18-20……………………….Primm, NV
Feb. 1-3……………………………Glen Helen, CA
Mar. 1-3…………………………..Lake Havasu, AZ
Mar. 22-24………………………Peoria, AZ
Apr. 12-14……………………….Las Vegas, NV
May 24-26………………………Mesquite, NV
Aug. 2-4…………………………..McCleary, WA
Sept. 13-15…………………….Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 4-5…………………………..Milford, CA
Nov. 15-17………………………Las Vegas, NV

2019 WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
April 20………………………….Glen Helen

2019 AMA NATIONAL AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
July 29-Aug. 3………………….Loretta Lynn, TN

2019 BRITISH ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 18-19………………………….Belfast, Irl
Feb. 1-2……………………………..Birmingham, GB
Feb. 15-6…………………………..Sheffield, GB

2019 BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 10……………………………FatCat
Apr. 14…………………………….Lyng
May 5……………………………..Canada Heights
June 2…………………………….Blaxhall
June 30…………………………..Desertmartin
July 21……………………………Hawkstone Park
Aug. 11……………………………Foxhill
Sept. 15………………………….Landrake

2019 AMA VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE DAYS
July 5-7…………………………….Lexington, Ohio

2019 AMA NATIONAL AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
July 29-Aug. 3………………….Loretta Lynn, TN

2019 RYAN VILLOPOTO AMATEUR MOTOCROSS CUP
Aug. 22-25………………………..Grays Harbor, WA

2019 GERMAN MX MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
April 14…………………………….Princely Drehna
June 2………………………………Moggers, Austria
June 30…………………………….Molln
July 21……………………………..Tens
Aug. 11…………………………….Gaildorf
Sept. 1……………………………..Biel
Sept. 15……………………………Wood Gerlingen

2019 MONSTER ENERGY CUP
Oct. 21……………………………..Las Vegas, NV

2019 WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 2-3……………………………..Las Vegas, NV

2019 SPRINT HERO SERIES STARTS ON JAN 5-6 AT GLEN HELEN

For more info go to wwwsprintheroracing.com

OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES 2019 SEASON STARTS ON JAN. 12

For more information go to www.oldschoolscramblesracing.com

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If you had subscribed to Motocross Action, the January 2019 issue of MXA would have already been in your mailbox, computer or iPhone.

It is jam-packed with bike tests, product reviews and moto-info. Not only do we test the works Husky TC250 two-stroke that Husqvarna built for Jason Anderson, but we also got Ryan Villopoto’s, Ivan Tedesco’s, Travis Pastrana’s and Damon Bradhaw’s current two-strokes—the bikes they are racing now, not back in their glory days. Plus much, much more.

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MXA PHOTO OF THE WEEK: JOHNNY O’MARA

Johnny O’Mara at the World Four-Stroke Championships on a lightly modified Honda XR500 — with the headlight still attached on the bike he borrowed from the Honda Baja team. Check out the black paint on the front fender to cut down glare for those long Baja nights, Johnny’s boot gaiters and the size of that 18-inch rear wheel.

MXA TEAM TESTED: HUSQVARNA TC150 BIG-BORE ENGINE KIT

If you are looking for a little more oomph from your Husqvarna TC125, there is a simple bolt-on big-bore kit that will give it to you. Since Husqvarna doesn’t offer a 150cc two-stroke, just a 125, if you want one you have to build it yourself. How do you make your own TC150? Husqvarna offers a $799.99 big-bore kit. All we had to do was order the kit and spend an evening in the garage swapping top ends. Since the stroke remained the same and only the bore was increased, the cases could be left alone. The transition was no tougher than changing a piston and rings.

There were a few tricks to installing the Husqvarna TC150 engine kit. First, we had to swap out the black box for the new one supplied in the kit. Second, the jetting had to be watched closely on the first ride. Surprisingly we had to go one main leaner; you will have to fine-tune it for your altitude, temperature and riding style. Third, the only part we had to steal from the TC125 engine was the power-valve linkage. We didn’t want to do this, so we ordered all-new power-valve links to install in our TC150 top end. Since we left the TC125 cylinder intact, we could set it on the shelf as a complete race-ready 125cc top end (head, cylinder, piston, rings and power valve) for an emergency.

In action the TC150 has a heavy throttle feel, as the bike tends to rev slower than the TC125. It was even noticeable that it revved slower than the almost-identical KTM 150SX. Third gear under a load was a little harder to shift compared to the TC125 because of the added torque. There was no doubt that the 150cc big-bore engine was more powerful than the TC125 engine. It could easily clear jumps that the smaller engine struggled over. However, it wasn’t as fluid from gear to gear, and most MXA test riders felt that they could turn faster lap times on the 125cc engine than on the 150. Race gas really brought the TC150 to life, as the big-bore head has more compression. A 50/50 mix of C12/pump gas was an easy fix. If you want to run the more exotic VP MRXO2, you will need jetting changes.

DIGITS:  $799.99 (head, cylinder, piston, rings, gaskets, ECU, wrist pin and power valve) — Your local Husqvarna dealer.

MXA RATING: There is a ready-made audience for a big-bore-anything—and the same thing is true for the Husqvarna TC150. It is the perfect way to make your 125 have more power while keeping your 125 options` alive.

CLASSIC MOTOCROSS ADS: RONNIE GOES TO THE DOGS

Ron Lechien’s old-school JT Dalmation gear would go perfectly with Marvin Musquin’s 2018 Thor Cat gear.

IN THE KNOW: 2019 MXA 450 SHOOTOUT VIDEO

 

Photos: Debbi Tamietti, Jon Ortner, Ketchup Cox, Brian Converse, Jody Weisel, Travis Fant, Daryl Ecklund, MXA, MXGP

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