Added reply in a thread That's a wrap for stankdog 8/29/2016 4:51 AM

They seem both equally at a disadvantage. The lites, because in that class, power is still King, and factory bikes are designed, in a best case scenario, to grenade two hours after the moto. The bigs, because there are some money-supported efforts focused ... more »

Added reply in a thread 39 guys on 250Fs vs. Herlings 8/29/2016 4:40 AM

Couldn't pull it off. Prado gave him at least a couple inside lines, and it didn't look like Herlings was holding that much back.

Added reply in a thread That's a wrap for stankdog 8/29/2016 4:20 AM

Nah. They don't even have a Sprinter. They have a $2000 Econoline. They probably put nearly as many parts on that as on the bike.

Added reply in a thread 39 guys on 250Fs vs. Herlings 8/29/2016 4:02 AM

Just watched. Herlings took Prado's line on the pass. Shouldn't be surprised that a bump came from behind. Prior to that, he had a lot of track to work with, and was looking for something, but just couldn't capitalize. And he was looking to the pits. ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Chinese are coming!!! 8/29/2016 3:40 AM

Frame is pretty visually different to a KTM, beyond the superficial resemblance. I doubt the geometry is the same. In fact, I wouldn't be 100% sure the geometry was the same bike to bike in the KEWS line. Many Chinese companies' focus is more on building ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Chinese are coming!!! 8/29/2016 2:12 AM

Lifan is not super off brand. They are one of the largest motorcycle engine manufacturers in the world. Also not really getting how it had a better ride than any Japanese street 250 given all their designs are basically re-hashed vintage 70s-80s era ... more »

Added reply in a thread Congrats Austin Forkner! 8/27/2016 2:58 PM

That was an impressive ride, for sure.

Added reply in a thread That's a wrap for stankdog 8/27/2016 2:45 PM

you answer the question in your own post: " I have followed him for the last two years"

Added reply in a thread 2015 YZ125AF Ironman 8/26/2016 10:00 PM

The original NSR500 design ran fuel below the engine, conceptually bringing that weight down to the center of the chassis, and running lightweight expansion chambers through areas that heavy fuel traditionally sat. The idea was that the lowered center ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2015 YZ125AF Ironman 8/26/2016 9:46 PM

Lol -- which is more likely: dude was running simulations through BassboxProV1.234.34 and tuned that sock filter for for an exact engine resonance at the rpm he ideally runs at... Or he just didn't wanna deal with that complicated airbox configuration ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2015 YZ125AF Ironman 8/26/2016 7:49 PM

I have never heard in history of a case of somebody putting the engine from an underpowered but much better handling bike into a heavier bike and seeing improved results in that chassis. And in the case of the bike we are discussing, it is particularly ... more »

Added reply in a thread Roczen's Instagram 8/26/2016 7:35 PM

Chicken-egg. If the bike could be raced -- done, here, and capable are just logistic questions. Every single factory bike is not done, there, or capable until just before race day.

Added reply in a thread Roczen's Instagram 8/26/2016 7:28 PM

Yeah, I mean, Pro Circuit surely doesn't have the resources to build an '08 RM250 engine in a week for the national champion to run a few dozen laps on. That's really the big holdup, here, folks.

Added reply in a thread Roczen's Instagram 8/26/2016 7:26 PM

An '08 YZ250? because that is really the discussion here.

Added reply in a thread 2015 YZ125AF Ironman 8/26/2016 6:59 PM

It's not about the '14 250AF handling being particularly bad 'or the frame sucks'. It's 100% about the YZ125 handling, and it being already so much more flickable than any 250AF.

Added reply in a thread Roczen's Instagram 8/26/2016 3:48 PM

Look beyond that. Who is still the largest manufacturer of small engines globally? Who builds the vast majority of small 2 stroke and 4-stroke engines Do motorists globally concern them selves about us?. And who are we basing our future around -- (commercial, ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2015 YZ125AF Ironman 8/26/2016 3:35 PM

But I do guarantee: many thousands were spent on this ride. Craftsmanship is not at any fault here. Well done in that regard.

Added reply in a thread 2015 YZ125AF Ironman 8/26/2016 3:16 PM

But why wouldn't you just do a fork swap and a shock swap? The heavier, wider frame and plastic surely contain no particular race winning magic. Just attention whoring?

Added reply in a thread Roczen's Instagram 8/26/2016 2:45 PM

Making a new frame is fine. It is even (somewhat) easily legal to register it here in the U.S. as a new vehicle. As for that -- "as factory do stuff" -- that is not often not legal (American or otherwise). For non-factory or modified VINs -- Yes, they ... more »

Added reply in a thread Roczen's Instagram 8/26/2016 2:32 PM

The better LOL here is that the homologation is actually performed against some silly actual historical inventory. Like the AMA is sitting on a bunch of 2011 bearings with calipers ready.