Holy Trickness...Pit Bits from Valkenswaard

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3/20/2018 6:24 PM

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Want to see more of what DRT Kawasaki has up their sleeves here?

Head here... https://www.vitalmx.com/features/Vital-MX-Pit-Bits-2018-MXGP-of-Valkenswaard,5883

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3/21/2018 5:00 AM

it blows my mind, how much you know about bikes.... and can spot from photos!

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3/21/2018 5:07 AM

This was a good one - photos looked so crisp on my big monitor full screen!

Nobody can deny the effort Dixon puts in. I had a race motor dyno'd at their workshop a few years ago and Steve showed me around. Incredible place for sure and the amount of work they put into their bikes is incredible.

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3/21/2018 5:09 AM

awesome photos. makes me want to bust out the credit card and dump 10k into my yz

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3/21/2018 9:36 AM

These are great. Thanks.

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3/21/2018 9:47 AM

fourfourone wrote:

awesome photos. makes me want to bust out the credit card and dump 10k into my yz

You only live once bro.

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Tomac and/or Anderson for 2020.....

3/21/2018 12:50 PM

fourfourone wrote:

awesome photos. makes me want to bust out the credit card and dump 10k into my yz

BobPA wrote:

You only live once bro.

laughing
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3/21/2018 1:20 PM

Would love to have a day poking my nose around Steve's workshop. Those bikes are more factory than the factory bikes !

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3/21/2018 1:41 PM

What is the longer FMF header on their KTM & Huskys for? Better lo-mid performance I assume?

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3/21/2018 2:27 PM

Didn't fancy getting pictures of the 125's?

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3/21/2018 2:50 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/21/2018 2:51 PM

On the DRT Kawi's, are the intake scoops supplemental to the stock airbox and plumbed between the stock air filter and the throttle body? I notice that the airbox is still open on the side panels and there is a custom made air boot in between. Thinking its kind of a hybrid ram-air setup where at low speeds its using mostly the air filter route but at speed the ram air adds to the intake air coming through the air filter. So i'm guessing they have a filter stuffed in that ram-air intake tract somewhere?

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3/21/2018 3:24 PM

theycallmeebryan wrote:

On the DRT Kawi's, are the intake scoops supplemental to the stock airbox and plumbed between the stock air filter and the ...more

If you look closely there is a filter in the stock filter box, i believe like you said, just a ram air hybrid setup. My guess is, that ram air leads behind the cylinder head and then would channel into the top/sides of the air box only to then pass through the stock air filter.

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3/21/2018 3:26 PM

Muscle-Milk-KTM wrote:

Didn't fancy getting pictures of the 125's?

Thanks for the kind words... but there are plenty of EMX125 rounds and plenty of bikes to shoot, so we decided to focus on those bikes featured with the 125s coming at a later date. Same with EMX300s

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3/21/2018 3:37 PM

Some trick stuff. Personally think the ram air looks better on the TM instead of the DRT Kawi.

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3/21/2018 3:45 PM

Drilled out aluminum sprockets...Wouldn't adding weight to the sprocket be beneficial vs lower weight. Gyro and cornering? Next big thing will be fuel tanks in the swing arm!

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3/21/2018 6:30 PM

scooterwhipmoore wrote:

Drilled out aluminum sprockets...Wouldn't adding weight to the sprocket be beneficial vs lower weight. Gyro and cornering? ...more

nope no no....

fuel in the tyres,

think of all the positives...

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3/21/2018 7:00 PM

ML512 wrote: Photo

Want to see more of what DRT Kawasaki has up their sleeves here?

Head here... ...more

Pretty crazy setup with the DRT Kawi's. I wonder if the fact that they changed out those frame spars to accommodate the ram-air intake, the bike's handling changed? Seems like a drastic modification for not a lot of HP gain.
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3/21/2018 7:24 PM

Won't be !long before one of the company's with tank under seat will make their head design with intake runners straight down thru the head

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3/21/2018 7:48 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/21/2018 7:51 PM

hillbilly wrote:

Won't be !long before one of the company's with tank under seat will make their head design with intake runners straight down ...more

Huh?

The only thing I think is less "trick" looking about the gp's is the way they do their numbers. It looks weird how the points leader only has the red plate on the front plate. Also how the 250s only have the black plate on the front. I dont get why they do that its pretty weird. I think it looks better when its consistent all the way around. Besides that things like the ram air kawi are absolutely badass and they have us covered on basically everything else lol. What is the reason they only do the front plate though? Is it just to be different than us?

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3/21/2018 7:51 PM

every time there is a photoshow of the mxgp bikes here, all american mx fans droll on the "trickness" of the bikes and the creative solutions that some of the teams come up with.....
still nobody ever put in question the production rule that the AMA forces, and is responsable for the that......
it is clear, looking at the "bikepark" of both series, that the production rules takes out the capacity of private teams to be competitive, evan small manufactures, it only serves the dominance of the big 5 and it is very visible when the factory riders cant race, they just chose the next best brand rider, leaving the team that betted on him "walking dead"......
looking at the 2 series and how things happen on each side, i think the production rule is a mistake, not good for the business of racing, only serves the big 5 manufactures and is one of the reasons for the loss of competitiveness of american motocross and its not like that in supercross also, because nowhere else in the world supercross is that important......
i find it strange that no one here discusses this.......

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3/21/2018 8:02 PM

Camp332 wrote:

Pretty crazy setup with the DRT Kawi's. I wonder if the fact that they changed out those frame spars to accommodate the ...more

I think they just relocated the engine mount and ground down/sanded the frame so that its smooth:

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3/21/2018 8:04 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/21/2018 8:19 PM

rileymx wrote:

every time there is a photoshow of the mxgp bikes here, all american mx fans droll on the "trickness" of the bikes and the ...more

Doesnt not having the rule overseas benefit the big names/brands/riders who can afford to drop thousands of dollars on a ram air kawasaki, where in the US chad reed said his stock husky was lighter and faster than his factory Yamaha. Also Pingree said KTM/Husky engines only drop in some cams and use the stock tranny but with stronger materials because the engines are so good stock that they dont even need to do anything. Seems like the rule benefits the small guy over here a lot more vs overseas where the big names can go all out with unlimited budgets to make insane true factory bikes that absolutely shit on the stock bikes/little guy.

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3/21/2018 8:06 PM

ML512 wrote: Photo

Want to see more of what DRT Kawasaki has up their sleeves here?

Head here... ...more
Camp332 wrote:

Pretty crazy setup with the DRT Kawi's. I wonder if the fact that they changed out those frame spars to accommodate the ...more

theycallmeebryan wrote:

I think they just relocated the engine mount and ground down/sanded the frame so that its smooth:

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The welds are gone.

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3/21/2018 8:43 PM

drt410 wrote:

Doesnt not having the rule overseas benefit the big names/brands/riders who can afford to drop thousands of dollars on a ram ...more

i know what you saying. but like it was said here, and not by me !!!, dixon's kxf 250f looked more "factory" then the factory bike itself. do you imagine a kxf 250f in usa looking more "factory" then the procircuit bike ?????
could you see a small manufacture team, like TM in mxgp that came up with the 2 exaust exists now followed by honda, doing the same here in usa ???

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3/21/2018 9:16 PM

Thats a whole different point than what I was making. The big name teams and people with lots of money in the mxgp series can drop hundreds of thousands of dollars on shit that does all kinds of stuff that the little guy cant afford.

Also like I said the rule over here evens it up because Reed said his stock husky had more power and was lighter than his factory Yamaha. Pingree said that Husky/KTM only drop cams in their engines and use the stock tranny ratio with different material for reliability but they basically throw cams/exhaust on their factory bikes and call it a day because they already make SO much more power and are SO much lighter than all other bikes thats all they need to do. That means the USA privateer can buy a stock KTM/Husky and compete with anyone. In the MXGP's they could drop $100,000 of unobtanium on an already light/fast KTM plus port/polish/cams/crank/whatever tf they want and blow away the privateer on a Husky.

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3/21/2018 9:44 PM

ayearinmx wrote:

it blows my mind, how much you know about bikes.... and can spot from photos!

Yep the eagle eye part of it is nuts!

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3/22/2018 3:41 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/22/2018 3:43 AM

Then you see Cairoli using the older engine/ cylinder head instead of the new one that Herlings / recipients of FEs run.

Of course, it's sure to be a very special version of the old 'Big Head'.

He can run anything he wants to. And, in any combination / configuration of what KTM have in their box of tricks.

The GPs allow so much variation and innovation, which is such a great thing to see.

But, it it can be surprising to those that think it's all Works Bikes, how often riders and even big, well financed teams still use production items. I think Pourcel when he was last in the 450 GPs declined the use of an 'SR' level bike, to use a modified production bike / engine.

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3/22/2018 5:02 AM

Camp332 wrote:

Pretty crazy setup with the DRT Kawi's. I wonder if the fact that they changed out those frame spars to accommodate the ...more

theycallmeebryan wrote:

I think they just relocated the engine mount and ground down/sanded the frame so that its smooth:

Photo

drt410 wrote:

The welds are gone.

Those frame spars are not oem. ML covered that. Looks like they had to widen the frame to get the induction stuffed in there.

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3/22/2018 8:07 AM

Better get MPS in here and tell us how it's done w00t

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3/22/2018 8:10 AM

Interesting to see a steering stabilizer on the KTMs.

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