DIRT BIKES

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2017 KTM450EXCF Six Days

It’s almost to the point in California where, if you love to have the freedom of exploring all the state OHV areas have to offer, you just can’t do it easily without a plate on your bike. My vision was to take the highest-performing plated bike and make it look as MX oriented as possible. I guess I was trying to build the Holy Grail of Dual Sport Bikes! So this fine machine ids what I came up with.

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2015 Honda CRF450R

So this bike was used by the Production Crew filming the Moto movie “Miles”. I sourced out the bike and it was used in a crash scene so the brand new CRF450R’s on loan from Honda wouldn’t get busted up. Well the crash was only a tumble on a grassy knoll with the bike sustaining absolutely no damage! So I got it back to the shop and set it up to look like a Team Honda bike. My favorite place to take it was Bean Canyon near willow springs and I had a blast doing the big sandy hillclimbs there with this incredible bike.

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2013 KTM250XC ISDE Qualifier 2015

This is the bike I used for the 2015 AMA East Coast ISDE Qualifier in Newberg, West Virginia. Ted Trey let me use it for the event, and Tony Kwiatkowski went through it and set everything up for me.

After being away from mud and grass for a few years, I thought it might take a while to get used to it again, but this bike works so good for that terrain it came back to me quick and we had a good finish in the event.

 

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2002 Honda CR125R

What can I say- I like the challenge of racing a small displacement bike. It is such a rush just holding the throttle open the majority of the time and shifting and clutching like a madman, with the revs right at the point where you can hear the powervalve rattling in the cylinder.  It’s a lot of work, but when I get everything right and pass a couple of 450’s it puts an instant smile on my face.

So for the 2013 AMA West Hare Scramble Series I decided to run the 200A class. I picked up this CR125 and went through it all to get it ready to race. At the first race of the year in Arizona I realized that this was the slowest 125 I had ever raced! For some reason Honda decided to make these things 5 speeds! So I changed pipes, milled the cylinder and head, changed sprockets, ran race fuel, etc to try and get a little more juice to run with the KTM 200’s.

The last race of the season was in Oregon, and I was prepping the bike before leaving for the race when I noticed the steering bearings felt weird. I checked it out closely, and the front of the frame was split open right it front on the steering head! A little last minute welding and off we went and won the race and the Championship.

 

 

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2008 KTM 144SX

This poor bike. This thing endured two years of riding, racing, trailblazing, smokey burnouts, and being thrown down every craggly hillclimb in Delta, Pennsylvania repeatedly. One area in Whiteford Quarries called The Dust Mills had the right combination of slate dust, whoops, and temperature that would make the spark plug electrode break off at full revs. Sometimes it would just shoot right out of the exhaust, other times it would rattle around in the combustion chamber for a few minutes and then fire out the pipe. It would still keep running, though. It just wouldn’t idle anymore.

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It was great having that extra bit of power from the 144cc motor over the 125’s I had been riding. I ran totally stock suspension and it worked with my weight and riding style. This bike would shine in the New Jersey ECEA Enduros that were held in the sandy pine forest near the coast. I also remember having good races in the GNCC’s that ran through virgin rock gardens covered with green moss. This bike only weighed 200lbs and I could always deadlift it out of a bad situation if needed.

And once in a great while, it would get a holeshot:

Click here for a KTM144SX Holeshot Video

Okay, maybe more than once in a while…

Click here for another KTM144SX Holeshot Video

 

 

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2007 Honda CRF150R

I got a hold of this cool minibike and set it up for some tight woods riding in Sequoia National Park. I cranked the rear spring preload down, set the compression to 1 click out from full hard front and rear, and slid the forks down in the clamps as far as possible. I rotated the handlebars forward to the point where it was almost too twitchy. This bike was such a blast weaving through the pine forest, even though I was 6′ tall and 170lbs. Guys on 450’s were pulling over to let me by when they would hear the little motor bouncing off the rev limiter behind them! When I would get into the nasty rock gardens, the wheels dropped into the holes a little more than the big bikes, but it is so lightweight that its easy to just pick it up and move it to a better line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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