"I didn't plan on building a $20,000 motocross bike when this whole idea started, but hey, things happen!"
Being in the motorcycle industry for over 20 years we see a lot of fads come and go. We are constantly on the forefront of the latest and greatest parts for bikes which naturally ends up being on the wish list for our own bikes. For the most part we live vicariously through the custom builds we do for our customers. We see a lot of awesome parts that look great and perform even better and we also see the not so great parts that do nothing but waste your money. Well the time has come to take everything we know and have learned from building those bikes and make one of our own with the end goal of racing the final round of SX Futures in SLC of the 2020 SX season!
The main idea of this build was to take all of the money we would normally spend on trick bolt on stuff like pipes, wheels and graphics and spend it on suspension. Buy the best suspension we could! Well, within reason. We looked into the WP Cone Valve/Trax suspension, which is cool but fairly common. Kreft Moto suspension has entered the moto scene and has a really cool external re-valve control that lets you quickly and easily change the valving of your forks to accommodate different riding situations. Being that this bike will be used for both motocross and woods riding, that sounded great but there was something about it that didn't WOW us like the WP suspension did. Over the years we kept hearing about this "Lucky/Huck Valve" kit suspension that people were putting on their bikes. Everyone who had these kits installed raved about them. They were plush and controllable for everyday riding but would take any hard landing or blast from a square edge with ease. What really sealed the deal was that our very own local suspension guy, NV2 Suspension, was a MX-Tech dealer! Oh, did I mention the ultra trick Kashima and DLC coatings they offer as well? Rounding off the suspension package is the MX-Tech National rear shock. A true work of art. It is lighter, more adjustable, and by far the coolest looking shock out there! It offers FIVE different points of adjustment, Kashima and DLC coatings, hybrid piston/bladder design utilizing Zavorotti suspension technology, and it is custom valved and sprung for each customer! Do I know what all of those adjustments do or have I messed with any of them? No, but that's not the point.
The MXT Carbon is dual cartridge, dual spring, front fork suspension designed for professional racing where extreme loads are transferred to the chassis. The MXT Carbon builds upon the original Lucky cartridge design, refined for riders who require more support throughout the range of the stroke with the forks. The MXT Carbon is designed to effectively modulate a higher oil volume. In total, these forks deliver excellent feel, positive steering response, and increased traction.
This is when it all started to snowball out of control. I became addicted to... Titanium.
After a quick phone call to our Warp9 Racing dealer letting them know about our build we had going, I had my first fix arriving at my doorstep within a few days. It's just a body bolt kit, it's harmless! Oh how I was wrong... I can still remember that first glimpse of the beautifully colored burnt titanium bolts. How light they felt in my hands. Not that bolts weigh that much anyway but you could feel the difference! Now I had a dilemma. These bronzy, purpley, blueish bolts sure are cool, but how do I get them to fit and flow with the mostly black and orange theme I had originally thought of. Then it hit me... MORE TITANIUM!
Keep in mind, this was amidst the beginnings of the 2020 Covid shutdowns that were taking over the country. Self isolation, social media and bike builds is a recipe for a lot of money to be spent! That harmless little pack of titanium had led me down a rabbit hole. Now I had Hammerhead titanium footpegs on order, full titanium Akrapovic exhaust, Racetech titanium bolts for the engine, triple clamp, rear shock, and more! At this point I knew there was no going back. Lets just do it up! Lets make this the most bad ass 350 around! All of those factory bikes you see in the pits at the pro races, I want this bike to look, feel and perform just like one of those bikes! LETS GO!!!
With titanium on the brain, first stop on the Ti-Train are foot pegs. I pretty sure I'm not alone in saying this, but a fresh set of ultra sharp, works looking, raw titanium foot pegs has always been on my list of things to have! For one stop shopping we included Hammerheads shifter and brake pedal kit. With the Ti brake tip of course. These not only look good but are drilled for wire tie holes which is a nice touch.
ORIGINAL FULL-LENGTH EDM WIRE CUT TEETH. PRECISION HAND WELDS. 60% LIGHTER THAN STEEL. 60mm WIDE. TITANIUM SPRING INCLUDED. LIMITED LIFE TIME WARRANTY.
I kinda stumbled/lucked into the auto clutch world. I received a used Rekluse clutch kit from a friend who was selling his bike. It was a killer deal I couldn't pass up and had been wanting to give it a try. It worked great for the woods riding we did mostly and for the occasional tracks we rode. Some people who tried it were blown away at how great it felt and how much you didn't even really notice it was there. We have always wanted to see how it would perform on a full on moto/sx bike. All I can say is that it's awesome! I could go on and on about it but just click the link to the right and watch the video! They say it all!
All Rekluse clutch products are precision engineered and made of high quality materials to provide the best in performance and durability. Our components are stronger, lighter, longer lasting and built for maximum performance.
Four strokes run hot. Fortunately KTM's are fairly good about keeping their cool. HA! See what I did there... So their wasn't a real concern or reason for the upgrade. However, it is a super quick and easy upgrade to do! It also ensures that everything is running as calm, cool and collected as it could be!
The Boyesen Super Cooler water pump kit is specifically designed to enhance the performance of your engines cooling system. By increasing the flow, the engine will run cooler at a more constant temperature.
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