MODIFIED KTM WINS PIKES PEAK HILL CLIMB
Chris Wagner set the fastest time to the top for the
quad class in this year’s event. His KTM was quite different from the ones you could buy from a dealer. He built
his own chassis that features a unique front suspension
using struts from the A-arms to rocker arms to shocks
mounted vertically behind the number plate. This system
probably accomplishes the same effect as an anti-sway
bar. He wasn’t giving out any info on the size of the KTM
engine, so it could be anywhere from 450cc to 690cc.
Chris ran the 12.4-mile paved road in a time of 11
minutes and 21 seconds. As you may know, the Pikes
Peak course has 154 turns and finishes at an elevation
of 14, 115 feet. Jeremy Harbison and his Honda TRX450R
took the second fastest time for quads at 12 minutes and
11 seconds. Troy Smith and his Yamaha Raptor 734 took
third at 12 minutes and 16 seconds.
WHATEVER HAPPENS TO OLD
DIRT WHEELS PROJECT QUADS?
Back in our September 1995 issue
we featured a project quad using the
engine from a Honda XR500 dirt bike.
The frame was specially made for it
by JP Racing. When the quad was
finished being built, we tested it, liked
it, but afterwards, we lost track of the
machine. We figured someone somewhere was still riding it.
Okay, we turn our clocks ahead 22
years and focus on Dirt Wheels reader
Josh Davis. A friend of his in Kansas
asked if he’d be interested in an old JP
Racing frame. Josh bought it thinking
it was for a Honda TRX250R motor.
When measuring the motor--mount
placements, though, he learned that
they didn’t line up for a 250R. He
wasn’t sure what motor the frame was
designed for. So, he just parked it next
to the LSR frame he already had.
As time went on, he kept noticing
how the JP Racing frame was taller
than his LSR 250R frame. That gave
him the idea to turn it into an XR600
project quad. To his surprise, the
frame lined up perfectly to the XR600’s
engine mounts. His old-school riding
buddies did some research and figured
it was the same exact frame used in
the 1995 Dirt Wheels project XR quad.
Josh sent us this picture of the
frame to see if we’d recognize it. Even
after 22 years, it still looks familiar, and
it’s good to know it’ll be starting a new
life soon and providing fun to another
OVER THE BARS