2015 YZ125 / A-Kit to the Max

 

Darius crew got inside the doors @ Sixspeed to grab some killer shots of the Joe Hurd's top notch Y-Zinger.  When you're a former Card-Carrying AMA Pro Racer, and want to build yourself a stealthy 2 Stroke, where do you begin? The key ingredients are Yamaha's award winning YZ125 platform, and Enzo's proven A-Kit Suspension. 

2015 Yamaha YZ 125, fresh from the crate at Larson's Cycle - This beast is brought to life with Enzo Racing A-Kit suspension, set for 130 lbs Expert moto. FMF Pipe & Silencer, Wheelset from Faster USA, VForce Reeds by MotoTassinari, Renthal Twinwalls & Sprockets, Gripper Seat Cover, and Yamaha of Troy replica graphics printed by Blackdiamondmx.com 

Austin Schott's 2016 CR125 / And it's for sale!

Dreamer's budget build - This 2006 beauty has been revamped & Stylized into a super clean & stylish buck n a quarter. 

This bike had super low hours to begin with, and the rebuild freshened up the items that needed attention. Keeping in line with budget, he kept the wheels stock silver; and they actually bring a refreshing look to this bike. The graphics are top notch, and feature a really bold & progressive design. 

Here's the link to Austin's Craigslist post: http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/mcy/5536476075.html

Follow Your Dreams Award / Powered by Scorpion USA

We teamed up with Scorpion USA and Berm Benders Raceway to do something unique. Every year, Berm Benders holds their annual banquet to celebrate & bring to a close the year's racing season. They award trophies to riders who scored championship points, and do raffle drawings for racers to win great prizes from track sponsors. 

This year, we wanted to highlight a rider that showed the most determination, drive, and most overall improvement throughout the season. Dubbed the "Follow Your Dreams Award". Scorpion USA supplied us with an all-new VX-35 helmet to be customized and painted by Darius. We selected the rider ahead of time, so we knew in advance what size to get. The cool part, is he didn't know he was going to win; in fact no one else did either. This lead to a great desire to win. Everyone was in the running. And, truth be told, there were lots of riders who could have won. It was a difficult task in determining just one winner. 

On the evening of Saturday October 17th, Mason Grecula was crowned as the most Dream Following-est rider. Needless to say he was pumped. 

We definitely look forward to ramping the award up next year, and also bringing it to other championship series. 

YZ125 Build Gallery

Lo and behold, it is finished! Feast your eyes on our latest creation, Pipe Dream 3. Full build article on Vurbmoto.com

START YOUR OWN REVOLUTION! WIN A HUSKY TC 250!

START YOUR OWN REVOLUTION! WIN A HUSKY TC 250!

Boyesen and FMF Racing both headline the 2015 2 Stroke Revolution contest and have collaborated with other powerhouse

Darius has also teamed up, along with PJ1, Torc 1 Racing, DP Brakes, Evans Cooling, Forma Boots USA, EKS Brand, Adventure Center Powersports, MotoSeat, MSR, Sunstar, Goldentyre USA, and Decal Works to bring an awesome lineup of prizes directly to YOU each month! The 2 Stroke Revolution 

The contest lasts 5 months, leading up to the Grand Prize drawing to be held on July 31st

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR FREE:

Visit http://www.boyesen.com/2strokerevolution.php

2014 ISDE Team USA / How You Can Help!

It's that time of year again, and the selected riders of the United States 2014 ISDE team are busy hustling to round up the dollars it takes make the journey. This year the International Six Day Enduro will take place in Argentina, and there are a handful of talented riders representing America. Show your support for our good friend Gary Sutherlin by pickup one of his Limited Edition collab tees from our store. 

Gary Sutherlin
"Hey everyone I'm super excited to announce that I was chosen to compete at the ISDE in Argentina this November for team USA on the Wellard team.  As most of you know; this is a dream oppurtunity for me and I've wanted to compete for many years.  Not only will I be accepting donations, but will also have t-shirts for sale and be having a ride day!  Thank you for your support!!!"

http://www.gofundme.com/c6hmf8
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Follow Your Dreams Tour / Chapter 1

Chapter 1: New Beginnings

Kevin Hutzler [ Words / Film / Edit ] 

Have you ever asked yourself what your true life calling is? I have. Everyday, for the past 10 years to be exact. You're about to take a look into the eyes of one of the most weathered & wild, on-the-grid then off-the-grid Vurb contributors to date. This story isn't only about what I perceive through my lens, but about the chasing of something you believe in.

I believe I can become successful in the world of commercial photography and video. In order to get to the next level I knew I had to dive into this head on. The opportunity of a lifetime came along, a 2-week adventure to get a firsthand look into what the moto industry is all about.

My ambition to become a champion in the photo/video world, is motivated by the desire to make my family proud. I lost my dad to cancer in 2006, and I was just 16 years old at the time. Having just picked up a camera 2 years prior; I had only viewed it as a hobby. But not having him around, changed everything.

Over the past couple years, I have felt like I’ve not yet fully lived up to my potential.

No more of that; time to say goodbye to the past, and flash-forward to the present day. Its snowing more than ever in Buffalo, and I decided to move on from the snow plowing job to capture my dream. I'm dead set on becoming a champion through camera work inspired from my background in riding.

I'm Four Eleven Films and this is my story about a journey from east to west, where I take the ball and run with it, never looking back.

We're going on Tour!

.Darius and Kevin Hutzler from Foureleven are chasing a dream. Follow them on Tour, as they journey from New York to the West Coast.

Darius will be a presenting bike builder and apparel vendor at the 1 Moto Show in Portland Oregon, then heading down to SoCal to collaborate with design clients Race Tech and Scorpion USA on some upcoming projects. After the West Coast festivities, Dan and Kevin will trek cross-country to Denver, Colorado to check in with Novik Gloves to see how the new Darius/Novik collab glove samples are coming along. They will make one last house-call to the vurbmoto crew stationed in Denver and see what’s new in the kitchen. 

Stay tuned for exclusive content from their journey here on the blog, and follow the trip on Social:
@dariuscompany
@fourelevenfilms
#dariusfyd 
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'TRAKKER' Build XS650 Big Bore

The crew at Darius are back at it again. David Fischer and  David McKinney from Thirteen-Thirtysix were there to capture the action. The Darius ‘TRAKKER’ project is built from a 1980 Yamaha XS650. With a big bore 750 motor, and nothing left unchanged, this bike is sure to please.

Aesthetic is the name of the game with the Darius ‘Trakker’.

Dan Riley, Creative Director & Founder at Darius, about the ‘Trakker’: I built the bike from all aspects of motorcycles that I find to be the most beautiful. Its really a culmination of Motocross, Flattrack, Cafe, and Roadrace – all of which I find to the quintessential elements of the heart of motorcycling.

The build started with a bone stock 1980 XS650 Special, and includes::

  • Fuel tank from a 1980 Yamaha MX175
  • 19” Rear Wheel, which is actually an XS650 Front Wheel, with the Omar’s conversion kit
  • Tires are race takeoffs from Darius team rider Jake Mataya’s Pro GNC bike
  • Front fork from a 1994 Yamaha YZ250, built to dirttrack spec. Internals by Race Tech
  • Seat Pan / Rear Fender is a Bultaco Astro replica from Gopher Glass, chopped & modified for aesthetic
  • Roadrace 1” seat foam
  • MSR clutch lever, and Motion Pro throttle assembly
  • Front and Rear brakes are from an early 2000’s GSXR600 junkyard find
  • Front brake rotor is Brembo, salvaged from an old Aprillia
  • TJ Design did the paint, and added an ‘invisible’ LED tail light built into the fender
  • Front number plate from a 2010 YZ450, Black from Acerbis
  • Headlight is actually an aftermarket car driving light
  • Rear suspension is 2” lower than stock, giving the bike a much lower stance
  • Custom Exhaust System from Omar’s

Follow Your Dreams ft. Jake Mataya

Follow Your Dreams. No matter what you ride, or what your passion. Never give up, and never let go. 

Here is a tasteful, yet short piece done by the crew at Darius. With Flattrack being considered for XGames 2015, its only fitting that Dreamteam rider Jake Mataya was chosen to do the riding for this edit. 

Rider: Jake Mataya 

Cinematographers: David McKinney & Brandon Middlesworth

About Darius: 
Design & Apparel Co.
"Living a life in pursuit of happiness. For Darius, its the intersection of bikes and design. It's the chief objective of Darius to bring inspiring design to motorbike & bicycle worlds. Making a difference, and leaving a legacy by helping riders & brands to look their best. That's our dream. Whats yours?"

1st Annual 2 Stroke Ride Day

The 1st Annual 2 Stroke Ride day at Arkansaw Cycle Park in Western Wisconsin was a fun get-together for riders who still rock a Ratio-Rite. Darius was on-point getting the event put together, working with Jordan Schlosser and the Richardson family to get the facility in tip-top shape. Honestly, the track conditions couldn't have been more perfect, andScott Gulbranson was there to catch all the action - bringing you this amazing gallery. The track was situated in a deep valley, which provided accoustics that were amazing! At 12 Noon,there was a break for lunch, with a team race and best whip contest. The team race was a 30 minute moto, with 2 riders tag teaming 1 bike; needless to say it was pretty amazing!

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Darius would like to thank Topar Racing, SPY Optics, Tim Schulz at Motorex USA, Chris Reisenburg at Race Tech, Bruce Marada at Alias, Scott Gulbranson, Matt Williamson, Jordan Schlosser, The Richardson's, Jace Wade at Impulse MX, Nick & Brandon at Black Diamond MX, Craig at Mainstreet Moto Supply, Matt Stavish at Checkpoint Offroad, and the many volunteers who helped make this ride day possible. We couldn't have done it without you!

Pipe Dream 2: Zero to Hero

The goal of this build, was to see just how rad you could make a nearly decade-old moto bike, without spending more than the cost of a new one. Somewhat ballin on a budget, while still getting some trick parts all around. So here is the result; a Kawasaki KX125 completely gone through, and with enough coin left in your pocket to go racing. 

See a few more pics of the build on Instagram: #pipedream2

Insta some pics of your 2 Stroke: #pipedream

From the backwoods of Craigslist, comes this little diamond in the rough: a 2004 KX125 covered in years’ of mucky exhaust sewage, multiple loop-out lacerations to the rear fender, a little bit of hillbilly ingenuity keeping the bodywork in place, and totally-bald Dunlops from rippin up & down the frontage road. Needless to say, the work was definitely needed, to get this little steed back in race-ready condition. If you squinted your eyes just right, you could see the potential, which gave inspiration for the resto.

Once I got the bike to the shop, the first order of business was to spray as much of the grime and years of neglect off, as possible. This was done with tons of moto-clean, and a gnarly Honda pressure washer. After all, you don’t eat Cheetos just before going to the dentist; similarly, you don’t start messing with the inner-workings of a motorcycle without first a good deep-clean.

Once the scum was washed away, the bike began to come to life (anyone out there remember The Dirtbike Kid"?). It looked surprisingly fresh under the hood. If you could see past the completely bald tires and messed up bodywork, there lay a nearly unscathed bike. Apparently, the years of dirt and grime protected everything underneath. The result - factory clutch cover was barely touched, even the frame rails showed little evidence of wear. After the clean, the bike was pulled down to the frame. Every bearing, bushing, and grommet were removed/extracted. Once the bike was disassembled, the frame, subframe, and swingarm were immediately sent to out to powder coat for a satin black finish. The suspension was also immediately boxed up & sent to Race Tech for a full overhaul, complete with personalized springs & revalve. While the main components of the motorcycle were gone, and the rest of the pieces lay on the bench, it was time to begin sorting out the rest. It was looking as though EVERYTHING needed to be replaced.

Starting with the billet goodies, I hooked up with the guys at Topar Racing, manufacturer of high quality race parts right here in the good ol U.S. of A. Not only does the Topar stuff look trick, it also does a fantastic job protecting crucial parts on the motorcycle - the brakes! The disc guards are very well engineered, and the fit was spot-on. The rear brake setup is actually an integrated disc guard, carrier, and caliper guard. If you look closely, there is also a Topar rear master cylinder reservoir extension, which adds brake fluid volume and has cooling fins to keep things from overheating. The green ano triple clamps also came from Topar. Word has it, they also stock some sick purple ano clamps for the Hondas.

Once everything was done at powder coat, I replaced every single bearing and bushing with brand new ones from All Balls Racing. The quality from All Balls is unmatched. These guys know bearings. Everything fit perfectly, and really gave the motorcycle that brand new feeling. I highly recommend replacing those sacked-out bearings with some freshies. It’s not a very glamorous upgrade for your bike, but totally necessary to keep things performing like they should. Most new bikes roll off the showroom floor with very little grease in the crucial pivot points. After riding & pressure washing over the course of the season, they get torched.

The suspension came back from the pros over at Race Tech, completely revalved & re-sprung. Race Tech’s award-winning Gold Valves create better flow through the piston providing more traction, an extremely plush feel, and drastically improved bottoming resistance. Especially since the suspension dates back to almost a decade-old, Race Tech’s services are exactly what the doctor ordered to bring rider confidence back into view with this this machine.

Given the overall condition of the bike, I was surprised to find that the motor already had a 144cc cylinder and piston installed, and not to mention gobs of compression. You read that correctly - this barn find already had a freshly rebuilt motor with a big cylinder - bonus! We were able to leave the motor together, and also get some huge gains by way of the Mototassinari VForce, coupled with the FMF Fatty & Power Core II silencer. The new intake & exhaust combo made this little powerhouse come alive. When installing the Vforce, you can leave the factory spacer ( the aluminum block, that’s roughly ¼” thick) to give the bike some additional boost down low. If you're on the fence about a VForce upgrade on your 2-Banger, the seat-of-the-pants difference is noticable, and the throttle response is CRISP! 

The Flying Machine Factory setup moves the exhaust away from the engine in such a way that really brings this quarter-liter mill to life. It's hard to imagine life without FMF, period. 

In the performance/aesthetics department, Pro Factory supplied the build with blue radiator hoses, as well as the trick looking wave brake rotors.

We chose Acerbis to keep things shiny. Green out front, transitioning into black in the back. The front number plate, and front fender originate from the 2009-2012 KX-F, and they installed on the 2004 with just a smidge of fab work on the number plate.

Taneum Industries, Idaho’s finest moto graphics supplier, printed up the Darius designed graphics kit. The graphics installed easily, and everything lined up perfectly (save for an extra cut-out on the right side rad shroud).

The Tag T2 “McGrath Bend” were the bars of choice, and we went ahead and upgraded to the Tag "Pinnacle" bar pad, which fit perfectly over the Topar triple clamps (which had a one-piece top clamp for the bars). 

The drivetrain features a “Works Finish” 51-Tooth rear sprocket, and 13-Tooth up front, which is stock gearing for this model & year. The Sunline SL-4 Clutch Perch & Lever is a magnificent piece of art, and looks right at home with this build. Sunline rotator clamp for the front brake master cylinder - blue in color to mix things up. Black front brake lever from Sunline keeping  things feng shui in the controls department. Down low, I opted for the Sunline shift lever, paired with the Sunline SL-1 arched footpegs. *Note - The SL-1 footpegs are not available for the 2004 KX125, so I had to modify a set for a 2004 KX250.

Wheels are a freshly-laced setup from Pro Wheel Racing from Washington. The blackmoto rims are of excellent quality, and the green anodized billet hubs look great. I opted for their black carbon spokes - which are naturally black, and a little more price-conscious. Not to mention the fact that since they are naturally black, the added weight of powder coating doesn't play a factor here. I've also heard it said that powder coating your spokes can actually change the temper of the spoke, resulting in failure. No bueno - black carbon is the way to go, if you want to gangster-out your moto wheels. 

Once the build was complete, fluids were flushed & replaced. We used Motorex G48 coolant; and use the Motorex CrossPower 2T for the PreMix. For the initial couple hours of use, we ran Motorex Formula 4T Semi-Synthetic 10/40 through the tranny, to flush out all the bad juju. After the initial oil change, Motorex TopSpeed 4T Full-Synthetic 10/40 will be used.

Pipe Dream 2 sits atop a white Matrix M2 stand, with a custom Darius-designed, Taneum -printed inlay.

Special thanks to Leo’s South in Minnesota for supplying the OEM ‘Kawi parts.