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DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS
Dear Dirt Bike,
You guys out west will probably
hate me, but I wanted to share a
photo of what I consider the perfect
dual-sport/adventure bike: a TE300
two-stroke with a Rekluse clutch, the
rear brake relocated to the left side of
the handlebar, a trials tire and TuBliss
inserts front and rear. Did I mention
the plate on the back? Just shows
what you can do when you live in a
free state (Texas).
In the article on the KTM Freeride,
it says the Freeride cannot be made
street-legal because it is a two-stroke.
Wrong! In states with common sense,
it can be made road-legal very easily.
Engine type has nothing to do with it.
Engine type might not be specified
in the regulations, but emissions are.
The Code of Federal Regulations
40, title 86, subpart F stipulates
motorcycle emission test procedures.
All motorcycles manufactured after
1978 are subject to varying degrees
of federal emission regulations. At
this point, no two-stroke motorcycle
engine meets the requirements.
Enforcement is a separate issue. Your
state might well have common sense,
but more than likely it just has lazy
on his adventure bike. I built one for
my ’Strom too. I used all pretty much
recycled rack parts. Bolts right into
the luggage rack. I used a Trek fork
mounted on the rear peg for a wheel
holder. I now have logged 5000 miles
Good job. Ron had about five miles
on his before it had to be converted
back to stock. So it goes.
Dear Dirt Bike,
I just bought a used dirt bike (a
2004 YZ250F), and I went online to
see what I should do before I go out
and hit the track. Nothing came up
about what to do after you buy a used
bike. I would love to see a story on
just what to look at when buying a
used bike. What should I do?
Good story idea. In the meantime,
here are some things you should know
about your bike. Yamaha did a great
job with the early YZ250F. It was, and
is still, the most reliable of all the 250
four-strokes. But, it’s 10 years old.
If you don’t know when it was last
rebuilt, put in a
new piston and
That was almost
the last year of
the steel frame,
Check for paint
the head tube. By
’04, it was lighter
and started more
easily than when
it was introduced.
Good choice! ❑
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Dear Dirt Bike,
I don’t quite understand
why you guys and everyone
else are saying that the new
Yamaha YZ250FX is such
a big deal and a threat to
KTM. Yamaha already had
bikes with electric starters.
Yamaha already had race
bikes. The only thing Yamaha
didn’t have was a loud off-
road bike. Is that really such
a giant leap forward? Anyone
with a hacksaw can take a
quiet bike and make it loud,
but only the factory can
make a loud bike quiet. The way I see
it, a “closed-course off-road bike” is
an oxymoron, and Yamaha’s bold new
venture is a step backwards.
Yamaha’s new YZ250FX is a new
model and doesn’t supersede anything else, quiet or noisy. We don’t
see how more choices can be considered a step backwards.
I saw the story that Ron Lawson
wrote about putting a bicycle rack