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"Dirt Rider", March 1, 2013

BIKES OF SIX DAYS

A LOOK AT THE TOP EURO MACHINES FROM THE 2012 ISDE

Story By Shan Moore

Photo By Shan Moore

For many, the International Six Days Enduro is the ultimate test when it comes to off-road competition. In fact, with six straight days of racing over the most grueling terrain the local countryside has to offer, it’s as much a test of the bikes as it is of the riders. Far too often, a top rider has fallen short of the ultimate goal due to a mechanical failure, so one of the priorities when racing this event is to build a machine that is not only competitive but one that will also go the distance.

Dirt Rider attended this year’s ISDE in Germany and spent a lot of time checking out what the top riders were competing on.

ROBERT KVARNSTRÖM’S BETA 350 RR (TEAM SWEDEN)

Robert KvarnstrÖm is Sweden’s number two Trophy rider, and he was riding a 2012 Beta 350 RR with substantial motor work aimed at smoothing the power delivery. The suspension is Showa, which he says is set for a soft ride. KvarnstrÖm claims his is the first Beta in the world to run a Showa rear shock. A larger-than-stock diameter front rotor made by an Italian company called Boano helps slow the bike down, while a Leo Vince exhaust system pulls the exhaust from the throaty-sounding motor. The triple clamps are also by Boano and are 23mm offset.

EDDI HÜBNER’S YAMAHA YZ250F (TEAM GERMANY)

Eddi Hübner was one of Germany’s top performers at this year’s event, and he rode a Yamaha YZ250F with Öhlins suspension. Hübner is an aggressive rider, and he says he sets his suspension up accordingly. According to Hübner, the engine was basically stock with the addition of a Doma exhaust. Hübner also prefers Gold Fren brake pads and GoldenTyre tires.

IVÁN CERVANTES’ GAS GAS EC450F 4T (TEAM SPAIN)

This year’s ISDE was one of Iván Cervantes’ last rides for Gas Gas since his contract was not renewed for 2013. He rode the E2 class on a 450cc Gasser, which utilizes an older (2010) Yamaha engine. Cervantes is one of a few Europeans at the event to run an FMF exhaust. Another product he was using that’s made in America was a manual version Rekluse clutch. Triple clamps are by the Italian company Specialparts (20mm offset), fitted to Öhlins suspension front and rear. Excel rims with Haan hubs rounded out the package.

JOAKIM LJUNGGREN’S HUSABERG TE 300 (TEAM SWEDEN)

Joakim Ljunggren was riding a 2013 Husaberg TE 300 in Germany, which he told us had some machine work on the head to lower the compression, along with some cylinder porting to smooth out the power. The jetting was also richened up a bit to help in that category. Ljunggren is tall, thin and relatively lightweight, and he says his suspension was set by WP to be on the soft side.

JUHA SALMINEN’S HUSQVARNA TE310R (TEAM FINLAND)

The most noticeable addition to Juha Salminen’s Husqvarna TE310R was the extremely long Leo Vince muffler, which required two mounting brackets to hold it to the subframe. The longer muffler is needed due to the more stringent sound testing used for FIM competition.

As far as the suspension is concerned, Juha’s bike sports KYB A-Kit components front and rear, with an aftermarket triple clamp made by the Italian company Kite. The offset is 22mm. The front brake caliper is a Brembo off one of the production Husky motocrossers, while at the rear, 6mm has been shaved from the top of the stock caliper to weaken it enough so it will flex, which helps to keep the brakes from locking up. Salminen prefers organic brake pads for this reason as well. According to Salminen’s mechanic, the engine is relatively stock, although the head is modified and 180 grams has been added to the crankshaft.

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