Motorcross and Off-Road Motorcycle Performance Handbook

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Contents

Getting Started
6
Tips on Test Riding
9
Where to Spend Your Money
10
Bike Evaluation Chart
11
Buying a Used Dirt Bike
13
Selecting the Right Tools
15
How to Build a Mobile Workbench
17
Basic Maintenance
18
How to Choose a Powerband
144
Tuning for Specific Powerbands
145
Tuning Guide to Performance Modifications
146
FourStroke Engines
152
LeakDown Testers
154
Common Problems
155
FourStroke TopEnd Rebuilding
156
Wheels Tires and Brakes
160

Air Intake System
19
Spark Plug Basics
21
Maintenance Interval Chart
22
Types of Spark Plugs
23
Chain and Sprocket Maintenance
25
Tips for Changing the Sprockets
27
Cooling Systems
28
Clutch Repair
31
Electrical and Ignition Systems
35
Fitting Aluminum Handlebars
39
Fitting Radiator Guard and Tank Stickers
42
Fitting Seat Covers and Foam
43
Race Day Preparation
44
How to Convert your MX or DualSupport Bike for OffRoad Riding
48
Basic Changes
49
Engine Modifications
52
Suspension Modifications
53
Suspension and Chassis
54
Baseline Settings
56
Suspension Data Log
57
Cartridge Fork Service and Tuning
59
Rear Shock Servicing
70
Video Suspension Tuning
78
Frame Care
86
Suspension Troubleshooting Chart
88
Suspension Technology
90
Carburetor Tuning
94
The Differences Between TwoStroke FourStroke Carbs
95
Identification Guide to Popular Carb Types
96
Basic Carb Service
97
Mechanical Problems
98
Fuel and Oil Mixture Ratios
103
TwoStroke TopEnd Rebuilding
106
Maintenance and Inspection
108
The Piston
109
Cylinder and Exhaust Valve Cleaning
112
Big Bone Kits
114
10 Tips for Rebuilding a TwoStroke Top End
117
Troubleshooting Piston Failures
118
TwoStroke Exhaust Valves
124
Exhaust Valve Tips and Tuning
126
TwoStroke Lower End Rebuilding
134
Crankshaft Repair
138
Basic TwoStroke Tuning
142
TwoStroke Principles
143
Wheel Bearing Repair
162
Tires
163
Brake Systems
169
Tuning Tips for Honda Dirt Bikes
172
199297 Honda CR125
174
198589 Honda CR125
176
199296 Honda CR250
177
199091 Honda CR250
178
198589 Honda CR250 and CR500
180
19902000 Honda CR500
181
19902000 Honda CR80
182
BigWheel 100CC Conversions for All Years
183
Tuning Tips for Kawasaki Dirt Bikes
186
1997 Kawasaki KX125
187
1992 Kawasaki KX125
189
198589 Kawasaki KX125
190
19972000 Kawasaki KX250
191
Kawasaki FAQs
192
199192 Kawasaki KX250
195
199095 Kawasaki KX500
196
19982000 Kawasaki KX100
197
19982000 Kawasaki KX80
198
2000 Kawasaki KX65
199
198396 Kawasaki KDX200
200
Tuning Tips for Suzuki Dirt Bikes
202
198589 Suzuki RM125
203
19962000 Suzuki RM250
204
199395 Suzuki RM250
205
199092 Suzuki RM250
206
198589 Suzuki RM250
207
198999 Suzuki RMX250
208
19902000 Suzuki RM80
209
Tuning Tips for Yamaha Dirt Bikes
210
199496 Yamaha YZ125
211
199293 Yamaha YZ125
212
198589 Yamaha YZ125
213
199798 Yamaha YZ250
214
199296 Yamaha YZ250
215
199192 Yamaha YZ250
216
198590 Yamaha YZ250
217
19932000 Yamaha YZ80
218
199899 Yamaha YZ400
219
Resources
220
Index
224
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