To get all that power to the ground, the Duncan team relies
on Hinson clutch components. Hinson is another company
still producing products to keep the old two-stroke quads
One thing we hate about testing some of these older
machines is that they have skinny footpegs and no heel
guards. PDX TRX has a solution with this package. Call them
at (503) 432-0306.
Suzuki was the inventor of the
T-shaped seat. It is now standard on
the Yamaha 450. Hopefully it and the
Suzuki LT-R450 make a return to dealerships soon.
We drag-raced the 500cc Suzuki Quadzilla against the 360cc big-bore Honda.
Surprisingly, they’re very equal.
construction career started to fizzle in
2008 and has yet to rebound. Dale’s
story is typical of the guy or girl who
rides and loves sport quads anyway.
If Dale buys a machine in running
condition, he will probably ride it a
few times before he tries to restore
and sell it. In some cases, he will turn
a purchase into his go-to machine for
weekend trips to Glamis. That’s how
we first got in touch with Dale after
seeing his LRD aluminum-framed
250R a couple years ago.
If you are in the process of restoring
an old 250R, LT250 or LT500, The Dirt
Factory’s eBay store is a place to look
for hard-to-find components. Dale
does sell some modified parts, but for
the most part, it’s stock components
that he says sell well. Things like
brake calipers, stock bodywork, ignition wiring and suspension components do really well. The Dirt Factory
has fair prices on any “Buy It Now”
sales, or you can join one of the
7- or 10-day auctions and try to get
an even better deal. Most of Dale’s
machines are purchased out west,
so they have not been rusting away
like in the Midwest or on the East
Coast where most people are restoring machines these days.
Shortly after we featured The Dirt
Factory 250R in the October 2013
issue of Dirt Wheels, Dale had a
buyer for the aluminum LRD frame,
so he sold it. Within weeks Dale discovered a cherry ‘ 88 250R with an
Arens chassis. Parts and pieces were
bolted back together, and his latest
creation was ready. As it turns out,
the BDT Motorsports 360cc machine
was a solid competition for Duncan’s
Suzuki Quadzilla 500. Both machines
were equally matched in drag races
on the flats and up Competition Hill.
The Arens frame actually handles
much better than the aluminum unit
that this machine was built around