Up Close with a 2017 TM Racing MX 144
While at the Hangtown MX round of the 2017 FMF 125 Dream Race Triple Crown, we spent some time checking out the wide variety of cool two-strokes at the event. That’s when we spotted this bike, a 2017 TM144. In case you’re unfamiliar with the Italian brand, TM is a small manufacturer of high-quality, handmade dirt bikes. They’re also pretty rare, especially here in the United States. As soon as we saw this bike, we had to get the scoop on it and grab a few quick pictures before the race.
BIKE | 2017 TM144
OWNER | Cobe Lehnertz
What are some trick features to this bike?
To be honest the whole bike is pretty trick. It has a lot of handmade parts on it. The bike is pretty crazy and I’m stoked to have it.
What has been done to the bike?
It came from TM with an HGS exhaust, KYB spring forks, a hand-built TM rear shock, and I swapped the European tires out with Dunlops. I also re-jetted it and tossed some new bars on there.
Is this the bike that you normally ride?
No, I’ve only ridden this once! I rode it last week and that’s all I’ve had time to do with school. Usually, I ride a 2017 CRF450. I was actually going to race a 2002 CR125, but the guys at TM let me ride this and I was all for it.
How did things come together with TM?
I actually called Ralph Schmidt at TM and left him a voicemail to see if he wanted to talk about me riding their bike. Then I got a call from Nick at Smith Racing Team and he said he wanted to get me a bike to ride for the summer and get it out there. I went down there, met him, and picked it up and started riding it.
What’s your favorite thing about this bike?
The motor on this thing is sick. It’s really quick and good. I think these bikes turn on a dime too. I’d compare it to a Suzuki out of all of the other bikes. The motor and the way it turns is just insane.
Bore and Stroke: 56 x 58,2
Displacement: 143,35 cc
Compression ratio: N.A.
Aspiration: V-Force Reed valve
Carburetor: Keihin PWK 38
Ignition: Kokusan CDI Electronic with variable advance with two selectable maps through handlebar switch
Clutch: Multiple-disk in oil bath with hydraulic control
Gear: 5 gear
Cooler System: Coolant liquid with pump
Frame: Perimetral aluminum section
Front fork: KYB USD
Rear shock: TM Racing
Front tire: 90/90 X21
Rear tire: 100/90 X 19
Front brake: Braking wave Disk 270 mm. With Nissin pump and Brembo caliper
Rear brake: Braking wave Disk 245 mm. With Nissin pump and caliper
Tank: Plastic 8,7 litres [2.3 Gallons]