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Author: Kyle Brothersen

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Hey, I'm Kyle. You might have seen us on Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook. Dirt bikes are a passion of mine. I focus mainly on the off road and enduro segments of our sport because that is the riding me and my friends focus on. Think of this as an extension of the more than 700 videos found on YouTube. Here we talk all things related to off road and enduro style dirt bike riding. With topics ranging from full dirt bike reviews, gear reviews, riding tips, and other general non-sense, we have the off road rider covered.
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If you'd like to enter to win one of the three motorcycles I'm giving away, visit my website before June 30th 2021.  https://dirtbikechannel.com/Motors - Ultimate winner is the YamahaBoth motors pull really hard and are a ton of fun. YZ250FX has an advantage with the Yamaha Power tuner App - so cool to be able to change maps that way.  Better than the Modules you change on the KX. Yes, I know you can buy the Kawi Calibration kit, but how many people spend the few $700 for it?Suspension - TieBoth of the 250 versions of these bike use KYB forks. Both of them are valved a bit more for going fast, or riding some smaller tracks than for doing slower enduro riding.  Both bikes give me an incredible amount of confidence and feel.  Chassis - TieBoth bikes give me confidence with a super "planted" and settled feelI love the narrow feeling of the KX.  Feels super narrow when riding it. I like that Kawi lets you move the foot-pegs a bit.  I wish they moved back more, but it's a start and I wish all bike makers allowed this.Both kickstands sucked.  The Yami has that huge spring that caught on my boots.  The KX is sticking out like some sort of out rigger.  Kawi uses a "thin" clutch lever and brake lever.  You notice it right off the bat and I thought I'd hate it, but it didn't bother me on the trails. They both use Nissin brakes, and while they are sometimes a little more Grabby than a Brembo, I ultimately have too much issue.  The main thing is it's harder for me to feather the rear brake on the Kawi than some other bikes.   Kawasaki KX250X has hydro clutchTransmission - YamahaYamaha uses the WR 6 speed transmission.  Although it's not exactly what I want, it's better than MX gearing for off road ridingKawasaki uses 5 speed MX gearing.  Isn't too bad for single track riding, but shows it's short legs when riding faster, more open terrain.  Becomes an issue when connecting trails.  Needs another gear.Air Box - YamahaThis Kawasaki air-box is so dumb.  Needs 8mm and 10mm to remove air-box cover.  Then the filter is the hardest filter to change of any modern bike I've ever had.  Final Score is YZ250FX =4 while the KX250X =2Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Karen and Kyle recap the amazing 2021 Supercross season after the championship wraps up in Salt Lake City. Order your Parts from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC using this link to support DBC https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/l/Dirt-Bike-Channel?ref=1017Subscribe to my SMS (text message) list to be the first to know when I'm doing things.  I'm not going to spam you or sell your data.  https://dirtbikechannel.com/pages/dbc-giveaway-updatesSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Want to make a difference in keeping access to our public lands?  Visit Sharetrails.org and become a member.  Sign up for their email lists to stay up to date on issues.   Thank you to Benjamin Burr the Policy Director for taking time with us today.Make sure to leave substantive comments on projects like this one in the Moab UT area.  https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2001224/570This should help give some direction to those submitting comments: https://www.sharetrails.org/guidance-for-protecting-trails-around-moab-gemini-bridges-and-labyrinth-canyon-travel-management-plan/Here is a link on how to make substantive comments from the BLM.  Make sure to pay careful attention to their instructions.https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/uploads/Planning_Alaska_How-to-make-a-Substantive-Comment.pdfSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Meet a couple of brothers with an awesome company they are building inside the moto community.  They have the coolest names for oil that you've ever heard.  I'm certainly going to place an order soon and try it out.  Based on what I learned in this conversation, I'm going to start giving some of my money to these guys trying to do something good for the ole USA.  Check them out at https://reverendmotors.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
A big thanks to John for coming on the podcast.  Over the years, John and I have emailed back and forth several times.  After the email he sent me in March, I figured it was time that we recorded a podcast.  With a little patience, we were able to make it happen in person at my home office.  We have some of the most incredible people with interesting stories in our community.  Hope you enjoy!Order your Parts from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC using this link to support DBC https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/l/Dirt-Bike-Channel?ref=1017Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Here are my 5 least favorite bikes in order updated for April of 2021.Enjoy the show!Order your Parts from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC using this link to support DBC https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/l/Dirt-Bike-Channel?ref=1017https://dirtbikechannel.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
I've got a little history with this trail.... Long story short is that the 4th time is the charm.  Hope you enjoy the listen!Order your Parts from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC using this link to support DBC https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/l/Dirt-Bike-Channel?ref=1017Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Karen and Kyle break down the racing from round 12.  Visit https://dirtbikechannel.com/ to support the show!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
5 Manufacturers are on the list: KTM (4), Yamaha (2), Beta (2), Sherco (1), Kawi (1)Only 3 of the original bikes from the 2018 video are still on my list!7 dropped dropped from my list: 2018 Husky TE250i, 2015 KTM 300 XC, 2017 Sherco 300SEF, 2016 KTM 250 XC-F, 2015 YZ250FX, 2017 Beta 300RR, 2017 KTM 150 XC-W2020/2021 KTM 250 XC2020/2021 KTM 300 XC-W2017 KTM 250 XC2020 Yamaha YZ250FX2019 Beta 390RR Race2020 Sherco 300 SEF2020 Beta 200RR2021 Kawasaki KX250X2017 YZ250X2012 KTM 300 XC-WSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Thanks to Sam Bennion for joining me in this discussion today!How do we mentally prepare to hit bigger and bigger obstacles and challenges so that we grow in our abilities?Incremental Growth - Baby stepssmall logs, small dropsStop for a moment and realize the bike can do thisHow do we draw the line to know when to stop or when we really are out of our ability?Peer pressure?Going back to an obstacle later and conquering it is really rewardingLeave the obstacle on a high note if possibleHow do we face the mental challenges of an obstacle we are afraid of or a trail we have heard about and we are afraid of trying?How do we deal with failure, when we try and fail? How do we deal with getting hurt when we ride?Does being too timid or cautious actually make it easier to get hurt or get hurt again?having your mind in the right placeHow do we find riders and riding groups that push us and is that a good thing to be in a group where you are being pushed?  On the flip side, are we in a group that does the same rides over and over and we are stagnant in our growth because of the group we ride in?Are we rushing through the ride for the Podium at the end?Are we looking for fun things to do along the way?Are we messing around and working on skills?We need to STOP telling ourselves that we can't do that and stop taking the easiest line!It means we are indeed willing to fall and fail, even in front of others!  It means we are willing to scratch up our bikes and brake parts, that is part of the price to be paid for higher confidence.What about the sheer satisfaction of overcoming a fear or obstacle that has troubled us?Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Fuel/Oil Ratio vs Fuel Air/RatioFuel/Oil ratio is the amount of oil you are mixing in the gas.  It's in your gas can32:1 is a lot of oil - thick fuel50:1 is less oil - thinner fuel80:1 is even less oil - thinnest fuelPick something that works for you and stick with that.  We'll fine tune the mix with our fuel/air RatioFuel/Air Ratio is fine tuned inside the carburetor with Jets and needles. I've got oil running down my silencer and I"m running my bike 32:1. I guess that I'm running it too Rich, right?Well yeah, but it's not because of your oil mix.  You are too "rich" but you need to take fuel away from the bike by allowing less of it to enter the cylinder of your bike.Denser air (more of it) makes your bike fuel lean (less fuel) because now you have more air/pressure but the same amount of fuelDensity altitude is what we are really tuning for.Aviation - Density altitude is pressure altitude corrected for nonstandard temperature. As temperature and altitude increase, air density decreases.Air pressure is reduced at higher elevations - Elevation goes up - bike runs " fuel rich"temperature effects  our carbs - temp goes up - bike runs "fuel rich"Pilot Circuit - idle up to about 1/8th air screw for fine tuning3/4 of turn out to 2.5 "turns out" is a fine rangeIf you have to run the bike at less than 3/4 of a turns out, you will need a bigger pilot jetIf you need to run it more than 2.5 turns out, then you need a smaller pilot jetNeedle Circuit 1/8th to 3/4 throttle - Where it's at!uses clips to fine tune hereMoving the clip UP the needle will allow it to drop down further in the carb which restricts fuel (makes it leaner)Moving the clip DOWN on the needle keeps the needle higher which add fuel (makes it richer)Main Circuit 3/4 throttle and upthere is certainly some cross over here and I'm not saying that it will ONLY effect you at 3/4 throttle, but this is where it mostly comes into play.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Karen and Kyle talk about their perspective in the racing so far in this 2021 season.  Sorry it's taken 5 rounds before our first podcast this season!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
7.3 Hours I feel really comfortable on the bike - familiarLove the electric startBike is really light - 220 lbs - feels like there is nothing there sometimes.  This is a blessing and a curse -  Can put the bike anywhere, but it's moving around down there and you have to flow with it. Swapping from KX250X and the 125 XC yesterday - made the KX feel heavyCarbs - Used 3 carbs already on the bike - lot of tuning already - SC2 carb working the best of all of them so far.It's got plenty of power.... as long as you stay in the power  - not much power down lowThis thing rips in the desert and has no trouble lofting the front wheel over ditches as long as you are in the meat of the power.Highly recommend this bike to several peopleTeenagers moving up to a full sized bikeNewer riders wanting to refine their riding skills and clutch skillsSeasoned riders looking to have a change of pace bike and sharpen the skills that might have dulled over time. - You have to get after it!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Winterizing a dirt bike was on my topic list from listeners.  I typed out a few bullet points and then did a google search for this to see if I saw other others, and my video from 2 years ago was the first hit. I forgot that I even did a video on it!  I did see that Rocky Mountain did a video similar to mine a year earlier in 2017, but I didn't watch that until today.  I don't watch very many other dirt bike videos.  I try to avoid it when possible, but I do like to watch some of those RMATV videos.Hope you enjoy the show!Please use my links for RMATV!https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/l/Dirt-Bike-Channel?ref=1017Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Here we go with my full review of the 2020 Sherco 300 SEF Factory.  It's certainly one of my all time favorite 4 stroke enduro bikes.  It's got the best fork valving of any of the bikes I've ridden in the last year.  In the video I will point out several things I really love about the bike and some things that they really need to improve upon.Hopefully this will be helpful to many of you out there. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
Here are the bikes that we've had over the years.  Many of these overlapped. Honda CRF50F (2)KTM 50 SX (2)Honda CRF110F KTM 65 SXYamaha YZ65Honda CRF125FKTM 85 SXSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
First 1.5 hours on the bike.  I will have at least 5 more months with the bike so stay tuned, but here are some first notes.Bike feels REALLY Narrow between your legs - like it's not eve there.  That is a great feeling.   Was wearing my knee braces and still could barely feel the bike. Once I turned the fork compression all the way out, the front forks worked pretty well for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th gear riding that I was doing today.  It didn't defect badly when I was in 1st gear for those few times.   Probably a good mix for a go fast bike.  Took 3 clicks of compression out the the slow speed comp on the rear.  This seemed to give the bike a more planted feeling for the choppy rocks and braking bumps I was encountering. The motor is very snappy and "racy".  Feels might more high strung like the YZ250FX did.  Has decent torque down low.  Didn't stall the bike on technical climbs, but I was REALLY careful with my clutch work since it doesn't seem like it's got the grunt of the Sherco 300 SEF.  Makes the front end feel pretty light and playful.  More playful feel than the Sherco, although if I'm going to spend a full day in the slow stuff, give me the Sherco.Loves to corner and carve around berms.  Gave me confidence in my front end.Didn't feel the issue on the 5 speedFuel tank too smallSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
I want to thank my amazing wife Karen for joining me on this episode and giving us her reasons she thinks that riding dirt bikes is a good thing for many people. These are Karen's top 10 reasons to let your husband buy a dirt bike.  The first three were her top 3 reasons, the rest are in no particular order. 1. It makes him a better man.  He gets to recharge and gives him something to be proud of. This translates over into other areas of his life.2. Keeps him in shape!3. It’s a great way for his to bond with the kids.4. It keeps him mentally sharp.5. He is less likely to be addicted to substances when he’s addicted to his dirt bike.6. He gets to get out and appreciate the beautiful earth we live in and see things most people will never see. 7. It helps him with problem solving, because that IS a skill.  8. Dirt Bikes keep him young.  9. It’s a good stress reliever.10. It’s not as dangerous as you think.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
I don’t want to own a good dirt bike… I want a freaking GREAT DIRT BIKE!These days Every major manufacturer (and even some of the really small ones) makes a good dirt bike.  Some of them only make MX bikes, and while I don’t ride MX, I think it’s safe to say that 3 out of the 4 Japanese brands make fantastic MX bikes.  As we move more into the “off road” or enduro bikes, there are even more choices since there are more of us riding these bikes.  Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, KTM, Husvquarna, Sherco, Beta, GasGas, TM designs…..  all these brands make GOOD enduro bikes.  They all do.  But who makes a GREAT bike?  And who gets to decide makes differentiate a good bike from a great bike?  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
We go over the story behind Dirt Bike Channel's first ever documentary called Leave A Single Track Vol. 1.  I'm really proud of how it turned out. It's about 22 minutes long and documents our 4 day trip in Central Idaho.  Thanks Everyone - KyleShoutout to Chris Bartkowski for working with me on this.  He shot and edited the film. I just paid the bills for it.  You can find him on Instagram @generikalSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/dirtbikechannel)
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Comments (9)

Glenn Altschwager

Cheers Mate. Awesome podcast channel 👍as is your your Youtube channel

Apr 2nd
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Rebecca Kjar

I live and ride in Utah and was delighted to find your podcast! Especially during the 2020 season. I work by the stadium and live close too. I was able to hear the bikes rev! I own a Honda XR 80 and was wondering if you have any local maintenance and repair shop recommendations. Thanks for your hard work and time. Keep on riding!

Jun 22nd
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Mikael Oja

I have been following you on Youtube for a couple of years, and I really enjoy the stuff you put out. The same goes for this podcast, awesome stuff man! 👍🏻

Feb 3rd
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Russ Reames

I laughed out loud at the comment of Beta owners being similar to Subaru owners.😂

Jan 27th
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Adj Rasta

Your one of the only few bike youtube channels i like and now glad your doing podcasts as i hve something else to listen to in traffic aside from joe rogan. thanks mate from Australia

Dec 5th
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Andrew Schwanekamp

Really appreciated this episode. I've been trying to get my wife into riding, especially since we just had a baby daughter. I plan on trying to get the whole family out on bikes someday so they can share in my passion for bikes!

Nov 7th
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Jonathan Richardson

The KTM Freerides are also a good option for a beginner

Oct 30th
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Dirt Bikes & Ice Hockey

Nailed it again, as expected

Oct 21st
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