By Chase Mayo
Introduction and Today's Riding Tips
Enduro USA is all about giving the avid enduro/motocross enthusiast something to read and explore yet also helping newcomers get a basic understanding of what enduro is all about. Enduro is any riding on a dirtbike that you do off of a groomed track or road. It usually consists of riding very rough or barely existing trails through the mountains, desert, forest, etc. Enduro riding is a very rapidly growing sport in the United States and around the world. The main barrier for many from getting into the sport is the lack of experience with off road motorcycles and lack of experience in maintaining these machines. The remedy to this problem? Get involved and ask questions!
Enduro is all about having fun, even for the pros who do this for a living. So what are some ways to ensure you have the most fun out on the ride? Let’s start broad, very broad. Bike selection. First determine your skill level and experience, if you don’t know this then you are probably a beginner. “You want to be able to put one-third of your foot on the ground, so you’re not flat footed or unbalanced on your tip-toes. If any big bump were to come your way, you want to be able to control the bike if you have to put your feet down (Chaparral).”
Next on the list, proper tire pressure. This varies greatly upon what terrain you are going to be traveling on but it will normally be around 13 psi for your back tire and around 12 psi for your front tire. The difference is because the softer you tire usually the better traction you will have. Going too soft is dangerous because you will damage your tire very quickly. “If you're on a sandy track lower the front to 11 and the rear to 11.5 but if you're on hard pack try 13 front, 13.5 in the rear. Keep in mind though, if it is 100 degrees out you'll have higher pressure once the tires heat up (motosport).”Correct handlebar position is extremely important in the handling of your bike. Every rider has their own preference when it comes to the exact position of their bars but for most people it is the same. Having your handlebars sit slightly higher than what may initially feel comfortable is normal and good. Also having them in a more upright position rather than tilted back towards you is a good position. This allows you to stand and still have great control of your bike and when sitting it keeps your posture good.
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2016 KTM 300 XC-W Specifications:
Engine: Single cylinder, two-stroke
Bore x Stroke: 72 x 72mm
Starter/Battery: Kickstarter & Electric / 12V, 3Ah
Fuel system: Keihin PWK 36S AG Carburetor
Control: Power Valve TVC
Lubrication: Premix 60:1
Cooling: Liquid cooling
Clutch: Wet multi-disc DDS, Brembo hydraulics
Frame: Central double-cradle 25CrMo4 steel
Front suspension: WP-USD, 48 mm
Rear suspension: WP-Monoshock with PDS
Suspension travel front/rear: 11.8 inches/13.1 inches
Front/rear brakes: 260/220mm
Front/rear rims: 1.60 x 21”, 2.15 x 18” Giant
Front/rear tires: 80/100-21”, 110/100-18”
Steering head angle: 26.5°
Wheel base: 58.35±0.4 inches
Triple clamp offset: 22mm
Ground clearance: 13.98 inches
Seat height: 37.8 inches
Tank capacity, approx: 2.64 US gallons
Weight, approx. (without fuel): 225.1 pounds
How-To...... Clean Air Filter
Todays How-To… Tip will be how to properly remove, clean, re-oil, and re-mount your air filter. For starters here is your supply list of tools and products needed.
1 gallon bucket
Source of water
Aprx. 32 ounces of clean Gasoline
Air Filter Spray Oil
Roll of Paper Towels
Now that all our supplies are ready to go we can get started. First off use your 10mm wrench to unbolt 2 bolts on either side of your seat usually located near the rear. There will be some kind of screw or wire holding your air filter in place just under your seat. Remove air filter from postion and bring to your working area. Begin rinsing with water first to get big easy pieces of filth off. Then pour gasoline in bucket. Place air filter in bucket and let it soak up the gas then squeeze to let gas drain out as well as old grease, oil, and dirt. Repeat this step as many times as necessary. When it is clean give it one final rinse with water. Set air filter aside to dry for 30 minutes minimum to dry. Use paper towels to expedite process. When filter is completely dry use spray oil to coat outside of air filter. Use grease to create as seal around bottom edge of filter and where it will rest against the air box. This keeps micro dirt particles from getting in this gap. Re-position air filter inside air box under seat and bolt your seat back down. Process complete.
2-Strokes or 4-Strokes?
A Little Poem To Remember While Riding
You load your bike, with a great amount of pride
Cruisin to the launch site you go
Thinking of all the cute girls you will soon know
You fire up your beast, she's ready to run
Flying by the slow riders, you shall now shun
You get a little sideways when you catch a rut
And your heart immediately drops to your gut
Then you remember an old saying
Your Grandpa use to go about shouting
WHEN IN DOUBT
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Andrew T. "How To Get Ideal Dirtbike Tire Pressure." Motorcycle USA. Motosport, n.d. Web.
"Choosing The Right Sized Dirt Bike: What’s The Best Fit For You."Chaparral. TwoWheelMania, 24 July 2011. Web.