When I got the call asking to give a hand to Graham Jarvis for his King of the Motos race, I was more than happy to jump in. It turned out to be a big project, but I was glad to do it. Just getting the chance to spend a few days working and riding with Graham was reward enough.
Here is a post race break down of the work we did to prepare his 2013 Husaberg TE300 for the King of the Motos. Graham did not really have any support from KTM/Husaberg North America, he was more or less left to fend for his own, but then I guess that’s what he had me for.
Husaberg NA did arrange for a brand new bike for Graham to ride for the event. When I picked it up in Murrietta last week, it had zero miles on it. The media department had added the fan kit, Hard Equipment aluminum skid plate and TM Designs chain guard for protection. Beyond that they did not have any idea what else Graham might want for his race bike, so they left it at that.
When I think of a bike for extreme enduro, I envision lots of protective parts. As it turns out, Graham is such a smooth and calculating rider, his race bikes are very close to stock. For this trip he brought his own tires, bar mounts and suspension. Beyond that, he really did not wish for much.
In the post race inspection, you will see that while the 300 has plenty of scratches, there is very little real damage. It is obvious that the disc and swingarm guards certainly took some abuse. I think that one of the most telling things is how little wear the tires show. After 180 miles, nearly every other pro class finisher had a completely bald tire. One of those, the Dunlop 756 of Destry Abbott, clearly was one that you cannot buy. It felt like a piece of bubble gum.
As you can see, the bike is pretty close to stock other than a few protection pieces and tires. After two days of testing in the desert, Graham even choose to run the stock suspension over the factory pieces that he brought with him. As we prepped his bike in my garage, I could not help but feel a wee bit of pressure. Even a stock bike needs plenty of attention and prep to be ready to hand over to a factory racer. I certainly did not want to be the one responsible for some small mechanical problem that would lose the race. As Graham had already told me that he carries no tools, you can bet that went over ever single fastener on the bike twice.
As you probably know by now, Graham suffered a mousse failure that probably cost him the race. After battling with Cody Webb for the entire day, he had to slow as the mousse came apart, finishing with a tire just barely on the rim. It was very fortunate that the wheel had two rimlocks, they were all that was keeping it together. As you will see in the photos, the rear wheel was the only part of the bike that I did not prep.
Next up, the 300 will get an oil and air filter change, as well as new tire. Then I am going to sneak it off for some testing before it has to go back to Husaberg.
Graham Jarvis TE300 King of the Motos bike, post race
Stickers show Graham’s race position at each check
Post race, 300 Husaberg still looks pretty clean
TM Designs chain guide with Bullet Proof protector, note the black wheels that came out of the KTM race shop
Bullet Proof Designs radiator guards
Graham chose to run stock suspension with 4CS forks
Racing with a flat tire did a little damage to mud flap and silencer
We added a FMF Q silencer to meet spark arrestor requirement
OEM cooling fan was added to TE300, this is a spare fuse for it