You gotta love the look of the Scalvini cone pipe. The Italian two-stroke pipe harks
back to the days of factory works bikes. The clutch cover is by 7602 Racing.
could be easily swapped out. That’s
when Daryl Ecklund told me that all
of his EnduroCross buddies run the
Fastway link. Not only is it longer,
but it is adjustable to four different
lengths (by swapping out inserts).
The EnduroCross guys use it, not just
because it is longer, but because it
is designed to work as a glide guard
for the KTM’s lower shock linkage. It
helps them hit rocks and logs with
impunity. There are no logs where I
race, but sometimes I leave the track
at speed, so I could live with the
EnduroCross capabilities to bring the
rear end down a 1/2 inch.
( 5) Wheels. I’ve never been hard
on wheels, except for stock Maico
490 wheels, which would unlace in
one lap at Saddleback, but I have
grown tired of chasing KTM spokes
and sprocket bolts every weekend of
my life. I have had great luck with
Tusk Impact wheels. When I got my
first set a couple years ago, I gave
them to my AMA Pro friends to
let them ride with them for several
months. That way I could see what
would happen—before it happened to
me. Fortunately, nothing happened.
The wheels were amazingly good.
Best of all, a complete set of Tusk
wheels retails for $550. This is the
motocross wheel value of the century.
They are perfect for my needs and
allowed me to keep my stock KTM
ESR Suspension is a small shop out in the middle of the California desert that
specializes in offroad racing. They make the plushest WP suspension around.
wheels equipped with hard track
tires. I ran a Dunlop MX32 front and
rear on the Tusk wheels.
( 6) Triple clamps. I love NK SFS
triple clamps. I have a set on my
KTM 350SXF that I got straight off
of Ryan Dungey’s works bike. The
SFS triple clamps have two small air
shocks that double as the handlebar
mounts. They offer a 1/2 inch of sus-
pension travel for the bars. I’ve been
using them since October of 2013,
and they have been bulletproof.
Since I got my first pair, which
needed spacers to sleeve down
Dungey’s works forks for my stock
forks, NK has made two major
upgrades. So, I ordered the latest set
for my 250SX. Compared to my old
set, the new clamps have redesigned
webbing that provides more strength
and progressive damping for better
control. There is a learning curve to
getting the correct air pressure, but
once you find it, all you have to do is
reset it before each race. I run 70 psi.
( 7) Grips. My grip of choice is
A’ME’s full-waffle clamp-on grip.
It has a very sweet full-waffle
pattern that combines the feel of
soft-compound rubber with low
profile waffles. Turn to page 126 to
read more about it.
( 8) Seat foam. I didn’t make any
concessions for weight savings on
my KTM 250SX. At 218 pounds, it
is already light compared to a four-stroke. But, the Fastway shock linkage was 6 ounces heavier than the
stock shock linkage, so I decided that
the easiest way to get that weight
back was with Think seat foam. This
lightweight, space-age, NASA-derived
foam saves 1 pound on a KTM seat.
I put it under my old blue Selle Dalla
Valle Factory Edition seat cover.
( 9) Plastic. My KTM 250SX was
pretty new, but it had some hard
races on it. I opted to replace all of
the plastic with a Cycra PowerFlow
body kit. To me, this falls under
the old adage that if you are going