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Motocross Enduro

husqvarna motocross

Have you ever wondered what the Difference between motocross and enduro?

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Motocross Enduro

First things first….no matter what type of riding you do their are specific bikes that for specific reasons.

The bike in the above picture is a Motocross bike.

Motocross bikes typically have stiffer suspension and higher gearing.

Enduro bikes typically have softer suspension and lower gearing.

Motocross enduro isn’t really a thing however they have races like the GNCC that combines motocross jumps with enduro as well.

Motocross bikes for years have been converted into hard enduro slaying machines….WHY?

For years all the “Enduro bikes” where just soft trail bikes not full fledge race beasts….

Think Honda XR or CRFX…Yamaha WR as well.

If you wanted to take one of these Trail bikes and make them into a hard charging Enduro racing Machine you would need to do the following….

  • Ignition mapping
  • Full Exhaust system
  • Figure how to make it lighter…if possible
  • Get rid of emission green sticker crap…Thanks Cali
  • Remove Throttle stop
  • Upgrade the Suspension
  • High compression piston
  • Skid plate if it didn’t come with the bike…most didn’t back then
  • Hand guards if it didn’t come with the bike
  • Rear Disk Guard

It was cheaper to take a Motocross bike and turn it into an Enduro bike

You would take a YZ450F which was built for Motocross build it for Enduro

Here is what you would have to add to a motocross bike.

  • Softer suspension
  • Different gearing
  • 18 inch rear wheel
  • Larger gas tank
  • hand guards
  • Skid plate
  • rear disk guard
  • Tubliss or Mousse bibs

So back then you had a choice..

Motocross or Enduro

This all changed when KTM decided it would make a FULL fledge offroad enduro bike.

KTM decided that they would take their motocross platform and build a XC model that was somewhere between their EXC/XCW and the SX models.

This brought the world a do it all bike….These XC models are only sold here in the states.


WHY?

That’s because people in the past where taking Motocross bikes and trying to turn them into Enduro bikes.

The great thing is most of the Manufactures have followed suit.

CRF with Tubliss

Honda now has the

  • CRF450RX
  • CRF250RX

Yamaha Tubliss

Yamaha now has the

  • YZ450FX
  • YZ250FX
  • YZ250X

GasGas 

  • 200XC
  • 250xc
  • 300XC

Sherco

  • 125 SC
  • 250SC
  • 250SCF
  • 300 SC
  • 300SCF
  • 450SCF
  • 500SCF

KTM/Husky

  • 250xc
  • 300xc
  • 250xcf
  • 350xcf
  • 450xcf

and Beta just has enduro race bikes not these hybrid bikes.

KTM, BETA, Sherco, and GasGas make full fledge HARD ENDURO race bikes…

These bikes are designed for the gnarly. 

  • Softer suspension
  • E-Start
  • KTM has PDS rear shock for more clearance
  • E-Start
  • Gearing for hard enduro

Here is a picture of a Enduro Race dirtbike

Beta RR Racing 2 stroke-right side-LR

Riding a enduro bike on a motocross track is harder to do as the suspension can’t really handle the huge jumps, and whoops Motocross Enduro

That doesn’t mean that it cannot be done…it just means that its not all that great. Now some dirt bike manufacturers make a hybrid….a bike that might be able to do motocross and enduro.

The Yamaha YZ250X or the KTM300XC are examples of 2 stroke bikes that are more closely related to Motocross and enduro.

However these bikes can ride on a motocross track and then head out on a gnarly single track trail….

Are this type of bikes better than a true hard enduro bike on gnarly single track?

No….however they are WAY better out in the desert and on a Motocross track.

Motocross Enduro has turned into an entire MARKET….

You can ride these hybrid bikes just about anywhere and they really are the do it all bike….

If you told me I can only have one bike….(Who only wants one bike?)

I would get one of these bikes because you can really ride it EVERYWHERE.

Is it as good as a Motocross bike on the track…NO

Is it as good as a XCW in hard Enduro….NO

But can it do all of the above YES. and it can do it well enough for my abilities. 

 

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How long does Tubliss last

Tubliss review 2018 – This is a review of the TUbliss 2.0 Gen system

 

 

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KTM with Tubliss System

I have been running the Tubliss 2.0 System on my KTM dirt bikes for years.

If you are serious about riding gnarly single track, I would recommend investing in a set a Tubliss.

You have been there…clear out on a trail MILES from anywhere and anything and your bike has a flat tire….

==> check here for full review of the Tubliss System

Flat tires on your KTM can ruin the entire riding trip. While I like adventure and issues are part of the adventure.

I try to be as prepared as possible and I don’t leave home without the proper gear to fix flat tires and so should you.

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Luckily you only need a few things.

how tubliss works

Here is what you need to bring with you to fix Tubliss

That’s really only what I bring.

If I plan on going for a REALLY long ride or on a Multi day riding trip I will also include

I will admit I have NEVER had to replace the high pressure tube bladder….Also, not a single one of my friends have had to either.

I use Tubliss on my KTM not only to get rid of having to fix flats and pinched flats but for a much better reason.

The traction you get with using Tubliss on your KTM is HUGE

In my opinion this is the number one reason why you should run Tubliss on your KTM bike.

You can have the best bike in the world but if you don’t have any traction…..your going to get nowhere fast.

Kenda Ibex with tubliss

I run Tubliss at 5-7 PSI on my KTM

This is for both the front and rear tires. In the past I ran 8-10 PSI because I was scared of breaking something.

Last riding season we talked to the owner of Tubliss and he told us to try a lower pressure.

In fact he said go all the way to 0 PSI and start adding air until you don’t like the feel of the tires the back it off a bit.

When doing this I liked the tires to be around 5-7 PSI.

I have a buddy that races a Kawasaki KX450 and runs his Maxxis tires at 0 PSI……

=> Maxxcross Desert IT with Tubliss

I do have another friend that doesn’t like to run 5-7 PSI in his front tire….That is the great thing with Tubliss you can choose which ever PSI works best for you or the situation. Mousse bibs you get what you get….

Here is the list of bikes that I have run Tubliss on

  • 2008 KTM 250 XC
  • 2013 KTM 250 XC
  • 2015 KTM 300 XC
  • 2016 KTM 250 XCF
  • 2017 KTM 300 XC
  • 2017 KTM 250 XC

If you are thinking about adding Tubliss to your KTM….don’t wait



If you are wondering on how to install Tubliss click here

Let me know if you have any questions. Please leave them in the comments. Also let me know what bikes you are running Tubliss on.

 

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