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HOW-TO: JUMPS WITH JAY MARMONT

HOW-TO: JUMPS WITH JAY MARMONT

Words: Jay Marmont | Photos: iKapture Images

 

Multiple Aussie MX and SX champ, Jay Marmont, explains the finer points of safely escorting your motorcycle into the air, and the advanced techniques the Pros use to reduce lap times.  

Watch the stars of Crusty Demons, Nitro Circus and Super X and you’re left with the impression that we’re all born with jumping skills. Sadly, we aren’t. Once a mere mortal leaves the ground, gravity dictates that touchdown with terra firma is inevitable. And when you...


BIKE DISSECTED: YAMAHA YZR500FI

BIKE DISSECTED: YAMAHA YZR500FI

Words: Martin Child & Will CoolePhotos: Alick Saunders

Presented with a 2012 YZ450F suffering a blown engine, Mark Barrett reckoned a 500cc two-stroke donk was the only way forward – as long as it was fuel-injected. Hundreds of hours later, here is the unique result…

It’s a desert racer’s wet dream; a horsepower junkie’s ultimate score. And to the technologically savvy, a long awaited glance into the future of off-road motorcycles. Take a crate-fresh engine from one of the most intimidating off-road motorcycles ever produced – Honda’s legendary CR500...


HOW-TO: ADJUST VALVE CLEARANCE

HOW-TO: ADJUST VALVE CLEARANCE

Words: Ian Hancock & Nick Dole

If your four-stroke has become a little hard to start lately, or the horsepower from your bike is slowly slipping away, it’s a fair bet that you need to adjust the engine’s valve clearances. The four or five valves that control the flow of the air/fuel mixture and exhaust gases in your engine’s head are one of the most abused parts in the entire motor. Under the punishment of high revs, valve clearances reduce as the valves and valve seats wear. As a result, valve clearances...


10 PARTS PRODUCTION BIKES SHOULD COME WITH

10 PARTS PRODUCTION BIKES SHOULD COME WITH

Why is it that dirt bike manufacturers have so many resources at their disposal, yet leave so many brilliant designs and practical parts to the aftermarket boys? Are these ‘missing’ parts on their production bikes oversights, or the consequence of trying to keep production costs down?
It’s true that, by around 2010, most manufacturers finally began fitting quality handlebars, decent protective parts, easy-access airboxes, alloy sidestands and hour metres to their production bikes. But what about the rest of the bits only found in aftermarket catalogues; the bits...


BIKE DISSECTED: 1983 SUZUKI RM500

BIKE DISSECTED: 1983 SUZUKI RM500

Words: Martin ChildPhotos: Pixel Pig

Three decades on, 1983 Mister Motocross winner, Ray Vandenberg, has a surprise birthday present in the shape of his title-winning RM500. There’s a bit more to it than that, though.
This article originally appeared in Transmoto Dirt Bike Magazine‘s 2014 January (#39) Issue… 

We can all remember a special bike from our past. Maybe it’s the first one you ever rode, the first one you ever crashed, or the first one you said you’d never let go of. But what if you’d...