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Karen and Kyle break down the racing from the Coliseum in Oakland on February 1st 2020.  We will cover both the 250cc highlights and the anecdotes from the 450cc class.  Good times!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Buying a left over model is a great way to get a good deal.  I’ve done this over the years and it’s a fantastic way to get a new bike.   You can get 1K or more off those left over floor models. Right now all the dealers are trying to get rid of 2019 models since all the 2020s are in stock and have been coming for months now. This question revolves around whether or not its and XC model or an XC-W Model.  THis is VERY important here.  Lets start with the XC line since I have even more passionate feelings about the XC-W line this time around.  XC Line Pro 2019 Comments This is the last guard of carbureted XC bikes.  Simplicity people  This bike still has a kick start.  I’ll take that.  It’s a good thing. The frame didn’t get any major updates.  The older bike is pretty much the same in most ways If you can save $700 to $1200 - go this route! XC Line Pro 2020 CommentsThis bike has EFI and TONS of you guys don’t want to play with jetting.  2020 TPI system is much improved from what I can tell over 2019 TPI system.   Bikes start better Bike adjust to altitude better TPI bikes run a little smoother from what I can tell.  I LOVE the little changes in they made in valving on the forks.  Feel more planted and plush (remember to run a lower pressure than 139 psi) XC-W If we were having this conversation a couple of months ago before I had the chance to ride a 2020 XC-W… this would have gone differently.  I’d have given you some speech about how the bikes don’t usually improve that much from year to year, so you should save the 1K and put that toward gas and tires.  I'm not going to do that here. The 2020 KTM 300XC-W is so much better than my 2019, I don’t even want to own it anymore.  If I could drop the mic, it would happen right now.New frame, new fork valving.  New geometry in that bike.  It’s the best combination of plush front fork to soak everything up while still feeling balanced and aggressive that I’ve ever seen in a bike. It’s stupid good.   I’ve ridden it in the mountains back to back with the Beta 200RR and the forks felt more plush.  The bike felt heavier to me than the 200RR, but that is to be expected.  The point is that the forks gave me the impression the trail was smoother than on the Beta… and the Beta fork was impressing me! I’ve ridden it on the Red Trail near 5 miles of hell… Long story there….but it was fantastic.  I have ridden the bike in whoops and it’s staying straight and true and confidence inspiring and  Holy crap I want one.  I want to dump my 2019 ASAP.  Sucks because I need to pour some more hours into it for the long term test.  Maybe I’ll ask someone else to keep slamming hours into it and see when it breaks.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Is it perfect?  Nope. But it's getting very close.  We are now 3 model years into this.Why will EFI will save the 2 stroke dirt bikes? Here are some of the reasons we talk about in this podcast.Emission standards in Europe Euro 4 and Euro 5 - Those are a Big Deal.  If KTM can't sell a 2 stroke in Europe, they can't sell them in the USA and the 2 stroke goes bye bye!Many people are getting and will get their first experience on how a 2 stroke motor can really run.  Most people aren’t even checking tire pressure, let alone turning their carburetors!  Now you just get on and ride. After EFI came to 4 strokes and they were so easy, it made the 2 stroke seem hard to tune.  That is gone. No Jetting!  No mixing fuel! Now it’s not as big of a target for the environmentalists in the USA mostly California.  Stupid argument because we have 500 lawn mowers for ever dirt bike, but I digress. Improved fuel economy because it’s not dumping gas out. EFI bikes run so clean and smooth, it makes them feel even lighter than before.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
This bike does something better than any other dirt bike I have tested.  It can be ridden and enjoyed by the first time rider and the seasoned veteran. Beginning and advanced riders can and will have a ton of fun on this bike in an unprecedented way.  The 200RR does this better than anything else I know of.  We will talk about that and many other things in the full review.  Thank you to Beta USA for providing this dirt bike to me at no cost for the review.  It is not a paid review.  I think this is the last podcast episode for 2019. Thanks for listening.  22 episodes isn't bad when you consider than I only started doing them in September of this year.  Hopefully you find them entertaining, and enlightening.  If you have topic suggestions, send them over to kyle@dirtbikechannel.com. We will keep going and improving in 2020 and would love to bring you along the journey.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Today on the podcast we discuss the reasons I feel that dirt bikes are a safer option than some of the four wheeled options we have to recreate on. Obviously there is risk with anything we do, and the more speed involved, the risks can multiply.  Either way, I'm much more comfortable with my kids on dirt bikes than having them on 800lb four wheelers or even 2000lb UTVs. Maybe you will be able to relate. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Karen, Kyle, and Kase break down the racing from Glendale Arizona.  It was the first of three "Triple Crown" races for the 2020 season.  Ken Roczen takes the overall win with 3 main event wins on the night.  Eli Tomac rounds out second with a strong overall performance as well. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
My amazing wife Karen and me took a quick roadie/date to watch the racing in person at Anaheim 2 this year.  Neither one of us had been to this particular race, so it was fun to get down there.  We talk about walking the pits, doing track walk, and break down the crazy night.  Hope you enjoy!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Ever wanted to know how to get more involved in dirt bikes as a woman?  Ever wanted to get advice on how to get your wife or girlfriend more involved in the sport?  Today's guest, Kelly McCaughey is the founder of "Over and Out" which is an annual multi-day, women's only riding event in the north east part of the United States. She has some fantastic insights for all of us.Find more information about Kelly and her events by visiting her website.https://www.overandoutmoto.comKelly was also highlighted on Supercrosslive’s Makeup-2-Mud series in 2019Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Rich and I sit down and discuss all things dirt bike related. We talk about how his racing career started and how that career has evolved over time.  We get into how often he rides and what that training regimen looks like.  Why the switch from Enduro Cross to Hard Enduro and where he thinks the industry is headed.  Rich will tell us why he rides a 250cc two stroke instead of the popular 300cc bikes.  He'll also tell us his favorite and least favorite parts about racing.  What are the best techniques for the average rider to work on and why? That and much more! It was great having Rich on the show and learning from him.  You can reach him on Instagram @richlarsen511Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
This is not my full review.  This is just my initial thoughts from the 4 hours I've ridden the bike. Beta has done an awesome job with this bike overall.   When you look at what Beta accomplishes with these bike, and the price point knowing they make far less bikes than many of manufacturers, it's pretty incredible. Motor Very good bottom end and grunt in the technical stuff.  Feels more punchy than a 200cc bike. It really screams on the top end.  It has stank on it! This is the better option for a small bore 2 stroke.  I don't get the 150cc. The 200 is better for my needs. Don’t get me wrong, this feels more like a 150 than a 250, but it’s good. Vibration only becomes an issue when doing longer transitions on roads.  Fine when I’m out on the single track. Suspension/Chassis These open cartridge forks are better than the ones I rode on the 2017 Beta 300RR.  More predicable.  Better compliance.  Not as harsh.  I have done a mix of faster stuff and a bunch of slower stuff now.  It’s good. Feels agile when on the move. Feels light and nimble  I don't like the limited mobility of the handlebars.  The radiators sit up very high, and you hit them with the forks really quick.  The stock steering limiters keep you about 3/16th of an inch away from the forks and it makes the bike very hard to ride in technical stuff. You can’t turn the freaking bars.  I pulled the bolts out and installed different ones.  I now have it so that I’m barely contacting the radiators with the forks and it’s not enough travel.  SEVERELY LIMITS you on tight, technical, rocky trails and switch backs.  It’s the worst turning radius I’ve had on a bike since I started paying attention to it.  Front brakes are grabby. Not sure why these appear to be more grabby than the 390RR.  Maybe a different piston or master cylinder?  Can’t put my finger on it. Pipe is tucked up nicely, but I’ve still managed to start denting it Linkage is tucked up better than some bikes, but I'm still hitting it.  Need a better skid-plate that covers this when doing hard enduro. Plastic/bodyI broke the tail light and rear fender when I wheelied over on a cliff face.  That is pretty brittle.  I don’t break the fenders when doing this on some of the other bikes. I smashed the radiator pretty good since the stock rad guard doesn’t offer any bracing qualities.  Much more to come on my full review.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
We have mandatory safety gear and optional safety gear in our sport.  We are going to talk about those things and which is which. Plan on spending between $500 on the low end - $1000 on the mid end - and Over 2K on the high end. The good news is that quality gear lasts a long time. I can still wear my first riding boots that I bought in 2010.   Know that your helmet will need to be replaced if you hit your head hard.  Don’t gamble on that.  They are designed to absorb one really good hit. I didn't even go into goggles, but I don't want you to forget eye protection either.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Let's get real here for a minute - there is a ton of money spent on aftermarket parts in the off road dirt bike world.  I think it’s more than motocross:  skid plates, protection, radiator guards, billet covers, billet parts, auto clutches, steering dampening, disk guards, swing arm guards,  plastics, grips, foot-pegs, clutch levers, risers, bars, brake levers, motor mods, head mods, carburetors, shift levers, brake pedals, radiator fans,  batteries, headlights, sprockets, hand guards, kick stands, wheels, hubs, exhaust pipes, throttle tubes, gas caps, titanium bolts, mirrors, fork guards, fork shoes, TUBliss, Bibs, tugger straps, tie downs, The list goes ON and ON.  Let’s talk about the benefits and discuss if it’s always better, or if it just looks better.  I’m all for the American dream. I want people to make money in our sport.If you can make a living by serving others in a sport you love, that is great!Most of these products are being made by small outfits.  That is awesome because it’s usually some very hard working people standing behind “their baby” and they want to put the best foot forward.  Aftermarket drives innovation forward because they are standing on the shoulders of the large corporations striving to “make a better mousetrap”.  Sometimes they really do make a better product than OEM.  But is it always better?Let's get real again for a moment.  Those large manufacturers (Honda, Yamaha, KTM, Kawi, Beta). They have put lots of R&D dollars and lots of years into these products.  Yes, they need to be able to make them for a reasonable cost so that they don’t blow their margins, but it also HAS TO BE GOOD.   In most cases, it is good and is pretty tough to improve on the OEM.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Today we have Mike Spurgin on the podcast.  Some of you may know him from his Baja Taco Tours.  Others may know Mike from his FB Group EXC/FE Performance and Tech Talk, or  Company Taco Moto Co.  Mike is passionate and relentless about helping dirt bikers. Mike and I solve the world's problems as they related to dirt bikes.  By the time you implement the plan outlined in this podcast, you will have solved world hunger and will be ready for the next challenge in life.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Here are my top 10 riding tips in no particular order:Stand up on the pegs - be in attack position - when it’s gnarly, stand up! Look ahead! At least 1 bike length for each gear you are in.  Maybe 1.5 bike lengths per gear.Carry more momentum than you think you need.  It will help! Bike Setup - bars, controls, and sag.Cover the clutch and brake - only one or two fingers.Don’t Skid the rear wheel when braking if possible - and don’t always clutch when braking. Point toes in - and position the pegs on the balls of your feet.Don’t clutch when shifting down. Much faster this way.Weight the outside peg in turns.Sit on the tank in turns. Shift that weight forward!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Here is our recap of what we saw this week in racing.  Congrats to Ken Roczen for getting his first win in 3 years!  Karen and I are super excited to be heading down to the next race at A2.  Maybe we'll see some of you there!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
How did we get here?  It all started at 2 years old on the front of "billy goat", my dad's 1980 Honda 500 XLS dirt bike.  We chronicle from those early days up to the present day with more than 40 dirt bikes under my belt in the last 8 years.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Today's special guests are Josh Knight and Kevin Egbert.  Josh is a two time ISDE (International Six Days Enduro) Gold Medalist and has also won a silver medal at ISDE. Josh has been selected as one of the USA Club Team members to represent the USA at the 2019 International Six Days Enduro event held in Portugal. He is an accomplished 24 year old rider from Utah with his roots in camping with his family and friends.  Dirt bikes are a very important part of his life.  Kevin is the owner of MotoXperts, a full service suspension and engine shop for dirt bikes and ATVs here in Utah.  We will talk about the unique challenges of riding in a six day endurance event such as ISDE and how both the rider and the bike is prepped for such an event.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Today I catch up Lynn Hodges, the president of Pro Moto Billet. Pro Moto Billet is the parent company to Fastway and Sector Seven.  We chat about how the company started, what product lines they offer, how they do R&D, and what makes their company special. It was a pleasure doing the interview and learning more about his company.  They are known for quality dirt bike and UTV products.  Give them a look next time you need something for your machine.  https://promotobillet.com/https://fastway.zone/https://sectorseven.zone/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Karen and Kyle recap the racing from Petco Park in San Diego on February 8th in Monster Energy Supercross.  It was military appreciation night and we had a great night of racing.  We will go into both the 250 class and the 450 calls and share our insights as casual fans watching from the comfort of our family room.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
For most adult men looking to get into dirt biking, I would suggest either a 250 4 stroke, or a 125/150 2 stroke.  The reason for these models is they don’t have too much power.  Most people make the mistake of buying a bike that has too much power and it gets them into trouble. The bigger motors also make the bikes feel heavy, and tend to ride you more than you ride the bike! Keep in mind that you aren't marrying the bike. You will have it on average 2-4 years and then try something different.  No need to think that you'll have this bike forever.  Some good bikes to look for are: More trail oriented: Honda CRF250X (4 stroke) Yamaha WR250F (4 stroke) Beta Xtrainer (2 stroke) More race oriented: Yamaha YZ125 (2 stroke) KTM 150 or 200 XC-W (2 stroke) Beta 200RR (2 stroke) - Highly recommend this bike.  Lower seat height on this Beta than the other brands. Yamaha YZ250 FX (4 Stroke) KTM 250 XC-F (4 stroke). This bike is probably the most difficult overall bike to ride on this list.  It likes to be pushed hard. Does not do well if you are a slower rider. Beta 390RR (4 stroke) very forgiving and easy to ride for most riders.  Lower seat height on the Beta bikes which is nice.  Is better to only get this if you are ridden some before. KTM 300 XC-W  - This bike is too much for most beginning riders, but many have started on it.  Is better to only get this if you are ridden some before Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
This is a new series we are hoping to do for the 2020 supercross season.  Since me and my family are big supercross fans, we wanted to do a little “Monday Morning Mechanic” action and tell you what we thought about the races that weekend. We have no agenda with this other than to share our passion of the sport as casual fans with everyone. Mostly though, it’s just an opportunity for me to listen to my wife talk into a microphone about cool stuff. I hope you enjoy!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
I share the story of getting stranded in one of the worst places in all of Utah to have a dead dirt bike.  What do you do?  Your bike was running one minute, and not the next.  What now?  Lucky you are only about a 7 mile (2 miles of nasty and 5 miles of easy) walk to the truck, but what do you do with this 250 lb piece of dead weight in the middle of hell?Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
I talk about what I think will happen very soon with GasGas enduro dirt bikes and the GasGas trials bikes.  This is me watching the industry, looking at what has happened in the past, and putting "2 and 2" together.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
https://www.lectronfuelsystems.comhttps://www.dirtbikechannel.com/lectron-carburetorsBrooks Tomblin and I talk about the performance carburetors they produce for the dirt bike fanatics out there.  Company has been around since 1974 Company advertises: Better fuel atomization, better throttle response, better fuel economy. What is your history with dirt bikes?  Can you give us a brief history of Lectron as a carburetor manufacturing company? 2014 dirt bike application timeframe? Street bikes and drag racing... Without sharing the secret sauce, how does the technology of your carb work to allow a dirt bike rider to ride their Lectron installed bike at sea level and 12,000 feet without tuning?  Sounds too good to be real. This audience is all about dirt bikes, but can you tell us some of the other applications where your carbs are being used currently if any? This year you have made improvements and released a new and improved version of the 38mm Carb.  How do you go about testing and improving your products?  Do you Dyno the bikes?  Flow test?  How does it work? Flow bench testing. They are also testing on the dyno.  Also sent the carbs out to the beta test riders. What changes were made to the carbs this year going to the H-series? Full 4mm of taper on the new carb, among other things  - added 60% of taper on the bore - tons of testing and refinement.  What are the main benefits (as you see them) for installing your product for a dirt biker? 2 stroke vs 4 stroke. I’m guessing that you are selling more 2 stroke carbs due to EFI technology being more mature on the 4 strokes, but do carbureted 4 strokes get the same benefits with Lectron Carbs as the 2 strokes do? Metering rods.  Seems like if I switch from KTM to Beta, or Honda to Yamaha, all I really need is a different metering rod installed in my Lectron slide.  Can you tell us why this is the case?   With KTM moving to EFI technology on their 2 strokes, what does that mean for your company?  How do you stay relevant in that market climate?  What are the plans for the eventual hit in sales Bonus: What about electric bikes? Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Today we chat with Tim Pilg, the president of Beta USA.  We cover Tim's backstory in dirt bikes and his rich history in our sport. He gives us amazing insights into the company and how the bikes get from Italy to the USA.  We find out what is important to Beta as a company and how they make decisions on their bikes. Tim talks about many of the things that makes a Beta dirt bike special, and whom they are making these bikes for. We will also cover the future of the Beta lineup as it relates to two stroke fuel injection, whether the entire market is going up or down, and if electric bikes will be part of the discussion. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
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Sep 20th, 2019
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