MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: FIRE DRILL, MONEY SAVING BRAKE ROTOR, TWO NEW KWACKERS & A COOL PW50 PRODUCT
• JUSTIN BARCIA’S BAD NIGHT TURNED OUT TO BE ONE OF SKILL & GOOD FORTUNE
Not only was Justin’s 9th place finish a great result, given that he was stuck in first gear, but he got to keep the Red Plate.
• NEWS FROM THE TOP MOUNTAIN CROSSPOINT MUSEUM DISASTER
“Last week, a defective monitor triggered a disaster for our Top Mountain Crosspoint. Our motorbike museum with almost 300 unique exhibits caught fire and was unfortunately almost completely destroyed. Only the exhibits of the special exhibition “Indian Motorcycles” on the ground floor could be saved. The exhibits in the main hall of the museum are all irretrievably lost, 15 years of passionate work destroyed, an incredibly great loss for us and the entire motorbike world.
“Luck of the draw: no one was harmed, no one was injured and the entire cable car and restaurant area of the Top Mountain Crosspoint Museum remain unscathed.
At this point we would like to thank the volunteer fire brigades of the Ötztal and the rescue and police forces for their great efforts! At the moment the clean-up work is in full swing and we will start rebuilding our Top Mountain Motorcycle Museum as soon as possible. We will be back and it will be spectacular, we promise!”
From the Family Scheiber and the whole team of Top Mountain Crosspoint
• LATE RELEASE! TWO NEW KAWASAKI DUAL SPORT MODELS
Well, actually one is a late arriving 2021, while the other is an early arriving 2022
2021 KLX230RS DUAL SPORT
For 2021, Kawasaki has added a new model to its KLX lineup with the KLX230R-S. Keeping pure off-road performance in mind, the KLX230R-S is based off of the KLX230R model introduced in 2020, with modified front and rear suspension that lowers overall seat height by one inch from the KLX230R. The KLX230R-S off-road motorcycle has been purpose-built for serious fun in the dirt, while appealing to riders who prioritize a lower seat height and ample ground clearance while offering a full-size recreational trail bike option.
The forks are 37mm telescopic front forks that offers 8.7 inches of travel. On the rear, a Uni-Trak linkage system and single shock provide 8.8 inches of wheel travel. The four-stroke air-cooled single-cylinder engine offers smooth, reliable and durable performance in a compact package. The bore and stroke is 67.0 x 66.0 mm, with a displacement of 233 cc. Fuel injection ensures consistent fuel delivery regardless of outside air temperature or elevation. There is als f an electric starter, for easy starting at the push of a button, whether the engine is hot or cold. A six-speed transmission offers a gear for every type of condition on the trails, while also allowing for more comfortable cruising on long open straightaways. A short final gear ratio (46/13) was selected, enabling riders to continue moving forward even when navigating challenging trails.
The KLX230R-S takes its styling cues from Kawasaki’s line of KX motocross motorcycles, which gives the bike an agile, aggressive look to match its trail-riding prowess. A 1.9-gallon fuel tank allows the good times to keep rolling over the course of a long day. The California model is Green Sticker compliant, allowing it to be ridden off-road year round. The 2021 KLX230R-S is available in Lime Green with an MSRP of $4399.
2022 KLR650 DUAL SPORT
The KLR650 will return to the Kawasaki line-up for 2022. The powerful dual-sport bike is back and better than ever, refined and ready to make new memories. It feature new technology you’ve been waiting for, with the same reliability. The 2022 KLR650 receives fuel injection on the 652cc, single-cylinder,air-cooled engine offering increased fuel efficiency. A 10-hole fine-atomizing injector sprays 60 µm droplets, which contributes to efficient air-fuel mixing for efficient combustion. Revised intake and exhaust cam profiles improve mid-range power and torque characteristics. A stronger cam chain guide material and shape add to the increased reliability.
The exhaust pipe diameter has been reduced by 7.7 mm to improve mid-range torque.
Several updates have been made to improve shifting feel and reduce weight. In the clutch and transmission, the clutch release bearings were changed from ball to thrust-needle bearings, the gear dogs and shift fork have been revised on third gear, and a new finishing treatment is now used for fourth and fifth gears. A new sealed battery adds to the convenience and is significantly lighter than the previous battery. The starter, ignition coil, and evaporator canister have all been revised and are now lighter than on previous models.
Both front and rear suspension settings complement the new frame to help provide a more planted feel. In order to meet the demands of both on and off-road riding, 41 mm front forks with 200 mm of suspension travel handle the suspension duties up front and add the rigidity needed for superb performance. Firm fork springs provide excellent bump compliance and bottoming resistance while also reducing front-end dive under heavy braking. An adjustable Uni-Trak system with 185mm of suspension travel can be found on the rear and offers progressive rear suspension action while contributing to a low center of gravity.
The 2022 KLR650 is available in Pearl Sand Khaki or Pearl Lava Orange. There are four models: The base $6699 KLX650, the $6999 KLR650 ABS in Pearl Sand Khaki, the $7399 KLR650 Traveler model in Pearl Lava Orange (with ABS) and the $7999 KLR650 Adeventure model in Cypher Camo Gray (with ABS).
• MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: MOOSE YAMAHA PW50 HANDLEBAR KIT
Moose Racing introduces its new Yamaha PW50 handlebar kit. With the high demand of the bike that starts it all, we bring you the upgrade you need with the Moose Racing PW50 handlebar kit. It lest you replace the OEM non-adjustable handlebars with a four-post clamp system that allows you to adjust handlebar position and includes a brake mount so you can swap your OEM lever to the handlebars.
To reduce arm fatigue, the bars are designed to fit smaller children’s hands with a smaller diameter bar than the normal adult-size handlebar. This upgrade is a must for any young rider! It retails for $114.95. See your local dealer or go to www.mooseracing.com to check these out!
• A NEW NAME FOR THE BUD RACING TEAM
The French Bud Racing Kawasaki team has signed a multi-year contract with “9mm Energy Drink.” Stephane Dasse, team manager of the “9mm Energy Drink/Bud Racing Kawasaki team, said, “On behalf of the entire team, I would like to express the pride and enthusiasm of being associated with 9mm Energy Drink. Even before tasting the product, we were already conquered by the logo and especially the fantastic design including this ingenious cap.”
Dasse said, “Thanks to their involvement and a multi-year contract, we will do everything possible to “reach our target” both in competition and distribution, where Bud Racing will also be involved alongside its new partner. I would like to welcome 9mm Energy Drink to the team andhope we will share many victories and podiums with our other major partner—Kawasaki.”.
• WHO’S WHO IN THE SUPERCROSS ZOO? THE CURRENT TOP TEN
2021 AMA 450 SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(After 3 of 17 races)
1. Ken Roczen (Hon)… 60
2. Cooper Webb (KTM)… 59
3. Justin Barcia (Gas)… 59
4. Eli Tomac (Kaw)… 54
5. Dylan Ferrandis (Yam)… 51
6. Adam Cianciarulo (Kaw)… 51
7. Justin Brayton (Hon)… 51
8. Malcolm Stewart (Yam)… 51
9. Marvin Musquin (KTM)… 49
10. Zach Osborne (Hus)…40
2021 AMA 250 EAST SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(After 3 of 9 races)
1. Colt Nichols (Yam)…70
2. Christian Craig (Yam)…70
3. Jett Lawrence (Hon)…64
4. Jo Shimoda (Kaw)…56)
5. Michael Mosiman (Gas)…53
6. Max Vohland (KTM)…46
7. Joshua Osby (Hon)…42
8. Austin Forkner (Kaw)…40
9. John Short (Suz)…39
10. Mitchell Oldenburg (Hon)… 34
• HAVE YOU SEE “THIS WEEK IN MXA #5?”
• MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: NIHILO BRAKE ROTOR ALLOWS 2018-2020 WHEELS TO FIT ON THE 2021 KTM 85XSX
The new Nihilo Concepts 220mm Thick rear rotor is designed with four mounting holes to work on your new bike when using 2018-2020 rear wheels and hub. The new 2021 bikes comes with an entirely different rear wheel set up, a different 6-bolt hub and different diameter rotor. The engineers at Nihilo realize that many of you have both 2018-2020 and 2021 bikes in your fleet and would like the ability to use your perfectly good wheels from your 2018-2020 bikes on your new 2021. For $99.95 you can with the Nihilo erar brake rotor. For more info or to order go to www.nihiloconcepts.com
O’Neal Racing has introduced special run of Limited Edition tribute gear top celebrate their 50 years of product technology. The new Limited Edition Prodigy gear, in a special reflex black/neon red color combination combination all of most advanced features that a motocross racer would want. TheProdigy jersey features ‘’4-Cell” Performance Fabric with 4-way stretch. The 4-way stretch vented panel on the entire back to allow maximum movement for an athletic fit. Plus the proprietary “Infinity” cuff and collar are lined with stretch material for maximum comfort. The graphics are sublimated into the fabric so they will never fade and the Prodigy jersey weighs on 7 ounces.
As for the Prodigy pants, the feature a pre-curved leg design conforms to the ideal riding position, lightweight rubber patches at the knee (with integrated air-intakes for cooling), genuine Drum Dyed leather inner knee protection, a 900-denier rear saddle custom quilted cross-stitch for comfort and grip and laser cut perforation, with silicone-lined edges, to you you cool and dry. And, of course the Prodigy pant features O’Neal awesome 360-degree adjustable belt for the perfect fit that no ratchet closure can match. The retail price for the Prodigy gear is $74.99 for the jersey and $219.99 for the pants. For more information Click Here.
• 2021 HOUSTON 3 TRACK MAP: A RIGHT-HAND FIRST TURN? IT’LL BE UGLY OR SCARE THE RIDERS INTO BEING SAFE
• BIKES YOU NEVER SEEN BEFORE: 1980 FRENCH-BUILT BARIGO YB500
Barigo founder Patrick Barigault was asked by a friend to build a frame for his Bultaco in the early 1970s. People were impressed by the Barigault frame and he got an order from a distributor to build frames for Honda 350 engines. These bikes were marketed as the ITM 350. In 1976, Barigault made his first Barigo motorcycles. These were rolling chassis kits that used Honda XL and Yamaha XT four-stroke engines. If they used a Honda engine they were called HB 500s (HB stood for Honda/Barigo) and the Yamaha-powered bike were called YB500s (YB stood for Yamaha/Barigo). In 1983 Barigo’s switched to Rotax engines. Barigo stayed in business until the early 1990s making Supermoto and Rally bikes (and was the only French-made motorcycle of the time).
• MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: FMF VISION GOGGLES VIDEO
• CLASSIC MXA TEST RIDER PHOTOS: DARYL ECKLUND ONE-HANDS IT THROUGH A BERM
• ALWAYS ENTERTAINING: JOEL ROBERT MEMORIES
A very young Joel Robert leaning on the seat of his Greeves in the early 1960s. Who would have thought that this kid would become a six-time World Champion or that you could fit a bike into a truck so small?
Cigarette sponsorship was legal back in the day, and Joel Robert was the perfect athlete to be sponsored by Camel cigarette’s to promote their “Racing” brand. Not because he was a big star, but because he was a big star who smoked.
Joel loved America, especially when the European riders drove across the USA from East to West racing Edison Dye‘s Inter-Am series. Joel fell in love with the Wild West and when he got back home with his family, he dressed up in the cowboy gear he bought in the USA—not to mention the six-shooter.
• WATCH THIS 2021 HUSQVARNA FC350 VIDEO TO LEARN STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW
• REM GLEN HELEN THIS SATURDAY—FREE STI TIRES TO THE FIRST 5 RIDERS WHO NEVER RACED AT REM BEFORE
STI will be awarding the first 5 racers who have never raced with REM before a new rear tire. With races on Jan. 23 and Jan. 30th, it’s time to get in gear. For more info go to www.remsatmx.com or Click Here for REM’s Facebook page.
• 22ND ANNUAL TEXAS WINTER SERIES ROUND 3 AT VILLAGE CREEK ON JAN. 23-24
For more info go to www.freestonemx.com
• 2021 WORCS SERIES STARTS ON JANUARY 22-24 IN LAKE HAVASU
For more info go to www.worcsracing.com
• WATCH TUESDAY’S HOUSTON 450 MAIN EVENT IN UNDER THREE MINUTES
• MXA TEAM TESTED: KTM/HUSQVARNA XTRIG SHOCK PRELOAD ADJUSTER
The Xtrig worm-drive preload adjuster allows quick and precise preload adjustments for KTM and Husqvarna 125, 150, 250, 350 and 450 shocks. It eliminates the need to use a hammer and punch, or deal with WP’s iffy nylon preload ring. The biggest downside to installing the Xtrig preload adjuster on a KTM/Husky is that the shock has to be taken apart to get the Xtrig to slip on. This is not the case with the Xtrig on most Japanese bikes. If you want the Xtrig adjuster on your KTM or Husky, you should try to time the purchase to coincide with having your shock re-valved. That way you can kill two birds with one stone.
The Xtrig preload adjuster replaces the manual preload rings on your shock. In their place, Xtrig adds a mechanical worm-drive gear set that threads the adjuster up and down with the twist of an 8mm socket. The Xtrig preload adjuster makes race-sag adjustments quick and easy but with one catch—the small worm gear only has a 24:1 gear ratio. That means you have to turn the Xtrig’s 8mm socket 24 turns to add one turn of preload to the shock spring. MXA’s solution to this problem was to put an 8mm socket on a Makita power tool and spin the Xtrig preload ring with electric power. We could put two or three turns on the Xtrig preload adjuster in a few seconds.
Every MXA test rider hates KTM’s, Husky’s and now Suzuki’s and Kawasaki’s nylon preload rings. They deform easily and stick if there is any dirt on the shock body. Not so with the Xtrig. The Xtrig adjuster moves up and down the complete length of the shock body in the time it takes to loosen the lock ring on the stock WP preload adjuster. MXA test riders check their sag before every race—and normally have to make some minor adjustments. With the Xtrig preload adjuster, we can make minuscule or major adjustments in the blink of an eye.
DIGITS: $189.99 (there are models for Showa and Kayaba shocks also)—(909) 949-4155 or visit your local Husqvarna or KTM dealer.
MXA RATING: Let’s break this down by potential buyers. (1) If you never adjust the preload on your shock, you don’t even need a hammer and punch. (2) If you own a Japanese motocross bike, the Xtrig preload adjuster is very easy to install and easy to use. (3) The Xtrig preload adjuster works flawlessly on a KTM or Husky, and it bypasses the faulty nylon WP ring; however, it is a hassle to mount it on a WP shock (because you have to take the shock apart). We are willing to go through the trouble; however, we can’t speak for you.
• MXA MOTO CHALLENGE QUIZ: WE WERE ALL YOUNG ONCE
Can you name this 500 World Champion? He was one of three racing brothers and the first rider from his island nation win an FIM World Motocross Championship. He won on a KTM. The answer is at the bottom of this page.
• MXA SHOOTOUT VIDEO: 2021 HONDA CRF450 VERSUS HUSQVARNA FC450
• MXA AD OF THE WEEK: 1982 MALCOLM SMITH GEAR
• MXA SHOOTOUT VIDEO: 2021 KAWASAKI KX450 VERSUS YAMAHA YZ450F
• HAVE YOU SEEN THE FEBRUARY 2021 ISSUE OF MXA YET? SPECIAL SUBSCRIPTION OFFER BELOW
What’s in the newest issue of MXA? How about Shootout between the 2021 Honda CRF450 and the 2021 Husqvarna FC450—go ahead and guess which one won, you have a 50/50 chance of being right. Or how about complete and thorough tests of the 2021 KTM 450SXF, 2021 Yamaha YZ250F, 2021 Kawasaki KX450F cross-country, 2021 KTM 250SXF and Carson Brown’s BBR Honda 190.
We wanted to take a little confusion out of what is the most confusing shootout season ever by doing shootouts against worthy contenders—this month it was the 2021 Honda CRF450 against the 2021 Husqvarna FC450.
Why is MXA testing the 2021 Kawasaki KX450X cross-country bike? That’s simple, we race cross-country races, SRA GPs, WORCS races and endurance races all the time. And since the KX450X is just a KX450 motocross model with a few off-road concession, we felt right at home on it.
The 2021 Yamaha YZ250F has the perfect low-to-mid powerband for the average racer or play rider. It doesn’t have the high rpm power of the KTM, Husky, GasGas and Kawasaki, but it gets out of tight corners better.
In the hierarchy of Austrian motocross bikes the 2021 KTM, 2021 Husqvarna FC450 and 2021 GasGas MC450F managed to use the same shared package three different ways. If you asked KTM what the 450SXF was designed for, they would tell you that it was “Ready to Race.” We concur.
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• FLASHBACK TO CZECHO: UNO PALM’S FRONT TIRE HAS TARGET FIXATION
• 2021 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP IS UP TO ROUND THREE ALREADY
• THE COMPLETE 2021 MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS TELECAST SCHEDULE
• KEEPING TRACK OF THE 2021 RACE SCHEDULES
2021 AMA KICKER ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 8…….Starkville, MS
Jan. 9…….Starkville, MS
Jan. 15…….Lubbock, TX
Jan. 16…….Lubbock, TV
Jan. 22…….Guthrie, OK
Jan. 23…….Guthrie, OK
Jan. 29…….Denver, CO
Jan. 30…….Denver, CO
Feb. 5…….Reno, NV
Feb. 6…….Reno, NV
Mar. 5…….Amarillo, TX
Mar. 6…….Amarillo, TX
REVISED 2021 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP (UPDATED)
Jan. 16 (Saturday)…Houston, TX
Jan. 19 (Tuesday)….Houston, TX
Jan. 23 (Saturday)…Houston, TX
Jan. 30 (Saturday)…Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 2 (Tuesday)….Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 6 (Saturday)…Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 13 (Saturday)…Orlando, FL
Feb. 20 (Saturday)…Orlando, FL
Mar. 6 (Saturday)…Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 13 (Saturday)…Arlington, TX
Mar. 16 (Tuesday)… Arlington, TX
Mar. 20 (Saturday)…Arlington, TX
Apr.10 (Saturday)…Atlanta, GA
Apr.13 (Tuesday)…Atlanta, GA
Apr.17 (Saturday)…Atlanta, GA
Apr. 24 (Saturday)…Salt Lake City, UT
May 1 (Saturday)…Salt Lake City, UT
2021 AMA NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
May 29…Pala, CA
Jun 5…Thunder Valley, CO
June 19…Mt. Morris, PA
June 26…Southwick, MA
July 3…Red Bud, MI
July 17….Millville, MN
July 24….Washougal, WA
Aug. 14…Unadilla, NY
Aug. 21…Budds Creek, MD
Aug. 28…Crawfordsville, IN
Sept. 4…Pala, CA
2021 PROVISIONAL GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE (UPDATED)
Apr. 3…Muscat, Oman
Apr. 25…TBA, Italy
May 16…Agueda, Portugal
May 23…Oss, Holland,
May 30…Teutschenthal, Germany
Jun. 13…Orlyonok, Russia
Jun. 20…Kegums, Latvia
Jul. 4…Jakarta, Indonesia
Jul. 11…Semarang, Indonesia
Jul. 25…Locket, Czech Republic
Aug. 1…Lommel, Belgium
Aug 8…Uddevall, Sweden
Aug. 22…KimiRing, Finland
Aug. 29…Igora, Russia
Sep. 12…Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
Sep. 19…TBA, China
Oct. 10…St, Jean d’Angely, France
Oct. 17…Intu Xanadu, Spain
Nov. 14…Neuquen, Argentina
2021 SCOTTISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Jun. 26/27..Reserve date
Jul. 10… Doune (Youth)
Jul. 17…Doune (Adult )
Sept. 4/5…Desertmartin, Northern Ireland
2021 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 11…Wonthaggi, VIC
May 2 …Canberra, ACT
May 30…Gillman, SA
Jun. 27…Maitland, NSW
Jul. 25…Wodonga, VIC
Aug. 9…TBA, QLD
Aug. 14….Coolum, QLD
Aug. 14….Coolum, QLD
2021 ADAC GERMAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Sep. 5…Princely Drehna
2021 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Sep. 26…Imola, Italy
• THIS WEEK AT GLEN HELEN: THURSDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, JANUARY 21
8:00 a.m. to dusk
REM TRACK PRACTICE
8:00 a.m. to dusk.
8:00 a.m. to dusk
$30 per bike
8:00 a.m. to dusk
$20 per bike
10:00 a.m. to dusk
SATURDAY, JANUARY 23
REM MOTOCROSS RACE
Practice 8:30 a.m.
Race 10:30 a.m.
$30 Per Bike/$20 per bike REM Members
GBC UTV/QUAD/TROPHY KART SHORT COURSE RACE
Practice 9:00 a.m.
Race 10:30 am.
NATIONAL TRACK PRACTICE
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
$30 Per Bike
PEE-WEE TRACK TRACK PRACTICE
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
$20 per bike
SUNDAY, JANUARY 24
SRA GRAND PRIX
Practice 8:00 a.m.
Race 9:00 a.m.
Camping is not available at this time
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