top, so we didn’t have to be as precise with our shifting.
The suspension handled really well, giving us confidence
to push as hard as we wanted, and the additional bolt-on
parts and modifications gave the bike the fit and feel of
a dialed-in race machine. It was such a blast to ride that
keeping the smiles off our faces was absolutely impossible.
We couldn’t wait for the start of the 10-Hour.
When it came to the race, the KX270 proved itself a
more-than-worthy machine. The course was a combination
of motocross, fire roads, singletrack, rocks and silt, and the
bike excelled across the board. It even proved itself capable of soaking up a vicious impact, saving Ryan’s wrists
and ankles when he over-jumped the tabletop on the front
straightaway and landed on the face of the next jump from
around 30 feet in the air. I still don’t know how he made it,
though he did get a black eye from smacking the bars with
his face. During the race, we also found ourselves with a
unique opportunity: Glen Helen allowed for a spare bike to
be put in impound (we chose my KX450 that I use in the
WORCS events out here on the West Coast), so we were
able to ride the KX270 back to back against its modern-day successor under race conditions. It was a great experience being able to compare the two, and it definitely made
me miss the days when two-strokes dominated the starting
450 is a faster race machine (our lap times were a little
faster on the four-stroke, except for Justin, who was riding the wheels off the two-stroke), riding the 270 gave us a
feeling of enjoyment that we wanted to keep experiencing:
it made us feel faster and stronger, more of a superhero on
the bike, which is the feeling that we fell in love with when
we first started riding. The power was easier to handle as
well, and I didn’t feel that the bike was going to get away
from me if I hit something a little off-balance or lost my
concentration, which is sometimes the case with the bigger
450. I also felt that the 270 inspired a little more confidence
in throwing the bike around and a sense of control, something often overlooked in today’s obsession with speed.
We ended up taking the win at the 10-Hour and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We want to thank everyone
involved in this project. Precision Concepts for building
the bike, John Burr Cycles and John Seeds for helping
with expenses, and all of the companies who stepped up
and supported our effort with products. For me, in a world
dominated by four-strokes, this experience showed that
a two-stroke can still be incredibly competitive, but more
than that, it rekindled my passion for riding a motorcycle.
Though a 450 may be the bike of choice for racing at the
highest level, when it comes to feeling more control while
riding and bringing back that feeling of enjoyment when
you swung your leg over your first motorcycle, I don’t think
it gets much better than Precision Concepts’ KX270. Looks
like I may be in the market for a two-stroke. o
Ryan Abbatoye puts the KX270 to the test at the Glen Helen
10-hour endurance race.
Fuel mileage is crucial to winning endurance races, and IMS
Products makes an oversize tank that accepts a quick-fill
system. This allows the rider to stay on the bike longer and
fill up faster.
Because staying cool is always an issue during summer
racing, the addition of Boyesen’s water pump kit and Myler’s
oversized radiators were a must.