Monday
Apr292013

The Power of Sound KTM Style!

Here is an interesting KTM video dedicated to the two stroke. The off road riding is inspiring. It is long but worth the look.

Sunday
Apr282013

DirtDNA Makes You Look Faster!!

In just about all parts of the country spring has arrived. You've pulled your bike out of the gargage and are getting it ready to ride. Many times it looks like it could use a fresh coat of paint but of course nobody paints bikes anymore. If you want to make it look new again these days you just get some new plastic and a good graphics kit. Finding new plastic is easy but a good graphics kit can sometimes be tricky. First you need someone that will listen to what you want and then they have to do high quality work. Professional looking graphics need to be produced on high quality materials, not everyone uses good materials. With all the riding #33 does we have a need to upgrade the look of our bikes on a regular basis. We have been using DirtDNA for several years and are completley satisfied with their work.They produce an excellent product, they listen and they are very creative. Here is a sample of the MX43 kit they did for our new Kawasaki.

If you want to spruce up the look of your bike or just add some professional looking numbers call Dave or Josh at DirtDNA or visit www.dirtdna.com If you look closely at the bikes of some of the Supercross privateers you will see the distintive DirtDNA red diamond logo. These guys do good work and they support our sport.You might even want to ask for the MX43.com kit.  Now if they could just find a way to actually make us go faster.

Wednesday
Apr242013

2013 WORCS Round 4

WORCS racing from Hurricane UT.

Sunday
Apr212013

Quad Adventure Becomes 911 Emergency

Quad Adventure Becomes 911 Emergency

On Tuesday, April 9 four friends got together for day of fun in our forest, which is just behind our homes. We packed lunches and dressed for cool weather then off we went. It was not our first adventure of this kind - far from it - we are all expert quad riders and know what these all terrain vehicles are capable of. We had about 17 miles under our tires by lunch. We were hungry for some good old homemade PBJ (Peanut Butter an Jelly) sandwiches accompanied by a power bars and apples.

After lunch our ride led us to a school camp down a deep canyon next to Dog Town Creek. The area was new to us so we spent some time checking it out. Our next stop was going to be an old mine (Twin Pines), which is along the Steely river. Along the way we stopped to play in some snow patches, spinning doughnuts and just having fun! We took the Bear Meadow loop on our way to the Lincoln Hill area.

We had determined previously that we would be back home by 4 p.m. and it was close to 3 p.m. already. We encounter downed trees on the dirt road we were using to get home and while it slowed our travel, with a little effort making log ramps we are able to get over these obstacles.

And then we came upon a log that was approximately 18 inches in diameter. I went across the log first and waited for the next “old guy” to make his way over. During the maneuver he accidentally hit his throttle wide open. It bucked the quad sideways as it went over the log and headed straight over a 70’ cliff.

We watched this happen as if in slow motion and it took a few seconds to believe what we just saw. The remaining three of us ran to the edge of the drop-off and shouted down to Sam to determine if he was OK. He began to stand and stated that his left shoulder hurt as he moved his legs and arms in slow movements. The Quad had quit running and was on its side. I slid down to Sam, about 20 feet shy of the bottom, and after we spoke for a bit he suggested that he would like to just sit while we worked at getting the Quad out of the canyon.

At this point the three of us surveyed the area and determined what it would take to get it out. Thirty minutes later we were successful in getting it up on the road. The next step was to assist Sam. As we began to help him he indicated that he had no feeling in his legs. At that moment we realized this was not going to be a simple climb to the top. We set Sam back down and while one of us stayed with him the rest of us climbed back up.

We took a GPS reading and hit the 911 button on My SPOT (Satellite Personal Tracker). I left the Tracker on site and told the rest that I would go meet the emergency responders and guide them in. I left with Instructions to keep Sam from falling asleep.

My familiarity with the area allowed me to take the closest route to a site that I thought I might be able to get cell service (there are many places up here where cell service is nonexistent). I got one “bar” on the phone and made a direct call to Eldorado County Fire Dispatch, which I keep programmed into my phone. During 7 or 8 disconnects I was able to confirm that the emergency was real and that emergency personnel were being dispatched. I told them I would meet them on Capps Crossing and 9N47 road.

The first of 4 rigs showed up within about 15 minutes. We determined, due to the road conditions, that we would leave the Fire Engine behind and continue the rest of the route via the 4-wheel drive units. It took about 25 minutes to get the crews to Sam and once we arrived the emergency teams got right to work. The Paramedics went directly to Sam with their gear and the Firefighters started setting up for the cliff rescue using carabineers, ascenders, pulleys and their rescue harnesses. They lowered the basket once the Paramedics indicated they were ready for the evacuation. We all assisted in the process of getting the basket up to the road. Once up Sam was transporting by ambulance to the Helicopter pad at Walt Tyler School in Grizzly Flat. He was lifted to  Sutter Roseville where it was determined he suffered a broken neck. He has received surgery and, thankfully, is on the road to complete recovery.

This experience proves the value of the SPOT (Satellite Personal Tracker). It provided a service that is worth more than its weight in Gold. For those who enjoy recreating where cell phones don’t work this item is a must on the list of items one takes on any adventure.

The Emergency Teams that responded should all be commended for an outstanding performance during this emergency: Cal/Star 6, Eldorado County Fire, Pioneer Fire and US Forest Service Utility 63

 

Frank Showers, Sacramento Metro Fire (Ret)

 

Thursday
Apr112013

Private Ride Days.....Great Fun!

Private Ride Day

One of the benefits of the preponderance of practice tracks is the ability of groups to rent a track for their own private use. There is great fun to be had being able to use a track without having to worry about a 9 year old on a KTM 65 jumping over the top of you on what you thought was two single jumps. You can ride with your buds in your own private duel or you can actually practice riding techniques. Private ride days are just a lot of fun but of course you have to get an invite to one of these ride days to enjoy the ride. Unless you have money to burn, are a factory rider, or know someone that owns a track you may have to search far and wide to find one of these days. I recently was lucky to get an invite to the Sierra MC Private Ride Day at the MMX sand track in Marysville, CA. What a Blast! The track was an old school sand track and all of the invited riders were vets. You could ride as long as you wanted and I wore myself out. The track was in great shape, never crowded.  It was a perfect day made better by the fact that the club threw in a hot lunch and a nice raffle. I saw a couple of guys go home with new Works Connection bike stands. Yeah think about it…..a groomed track, no crowds, no mini bikes, a hot lunch and freebies. I think I like this private ride day concept. I’ll be watching for the next Sierra MC ride day. Keep your eye out for a private ride day in your area.

 

Monday
Apr082013

2013 World 2 Stroke Championship

The sounds alone tell the story!

 

Saturday
Mar302013

World 2 Stroke Championships

 

Eric McKenna demonstrates how an old YZ250 can still roost! Photo by Dirt Bike's Ron Lawson.

This weekend Glen Helen will fill with the smell of pre mix and rasp of 2 strokes. Listen to what Lori Bryant, Glen Helen manager has to say about the event.

 

GLEN HELEN’S LORI BRYANT: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Talladega first turn is the biggest, fastest, widest and most steeply banked first turn in motocross.

While the MXA gang was at Glen Helen on Thursday testing pipes with Daryl Ecklund, Dennis Stapleton and Austin Politelli, we talked to Glen Helen general manager Lori Bryant about the upcoming World Two-Stroke race.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR THE WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP?
"We think that it is important that the sport put more emphasis on two-strokes because it leads to affordable bikes, less expensive racing and bikes that can be worked on by the riders themselves. We have seen lots of local riders give up their four-strokes, go out and buy a used two-stroke (for anywhere from $1000 to $3000) and do just as well as they were doing on their $9000 four-strokes. Motocross needs two-strokes and to get more young people and families involved. Glen Helen wants to help bring back the grass roots feel that made motocross what it is today."


Lori Bryant.

SPEAKING OF COSTS, WHAT DOES THE WORLD TWO-STROKE COST TO RACE?
"We want to keep the entry fees as low as possible—if you enter online the entry is only $30 (and $35 on race day). Plus, a second class is only $20. The Pro class entry will be $40. We will have transponder scoring, but Glen Helen does not charge an extra fee for transponders and we don’t require any kind of membership. This race is open to everyone with a two-stroke."

WHAT ARE THE CLASSES?
"We will have classes for all ages, all skill levels and all bikes sizes, from 50cc on up. During the warm-up races last month our biggest class was the Over-50 Experts."

WHAT ABOUT THE PRO RACES?
"There are two Pro classes—the Husqvarna 125 Challenge and the 250 Pro class (which is open to any size two-stroke)."

HOW BIG IS THE PURSE?
"The combined purse is $9500 between the two classes. The winner of the 250 class will earned $2000, while the 125 winner will get $1000—plus a brand-new Husqvarna CR125 (even if he won the 125 race on a Yamaha or KTM)."

HOW LONG ARE THE MOTOS?
"Every moto will be run on time, not laps. The two Pro classes will race for 20 minutes plus two laps, while the amateurs will go 15 minutes."


The view from the top.

WILL THE TRACK BE THE SAME AS IT HAS BEEN?
"No. We will build a new track for the MTA World Two-Stroke Championship. The track will have more ups and downs and it will include some new features plus Talladega, Shoei Hill and Mt. Saint Helen. We want a fun track that will challenge all the different classes from Novice to Pro."

ANYTHING ELSE?
"The April 6-7 weekend will be a big party. On Saturday we will open the two-stroke track (on the USGP track) for practice from 8:00 to 2:00pm. And, for riders who want a warm-up race, Troy Lee is holding a special 15th Anniversary REM race on the back track on Saturday. There will be a Pro purse for the Over-40 Experts, Over-50 Experts, 250 Pros and 450 Pros. Plus, Troy is bringing his complete team, semi truck and sponsors out. Then on Sunday, we will open the gates at 6:00 a.m. for the World Two-Stroke Championships (and there will be an ARX vintage race on the REM track also)."

Reprint from MXA Website

Friday
Mar292013

2013 WORCS...Lake Havasu, AZ

Tuesday
Mar122013

MXGP of Thailand

MXGP has been on a worldwide expansion this season. Here is some footage of the new track in Thailand. How new? Well the track was created just for this GP. This short video was sent by a friend of a friend who was at the race track while it was being built. He lives half the year over there. His words below......

 

JUST A MONTH BEFORE IT WAS AN OPEN FIELD WITH A BUNCH OF ROCKS.THE WEEK BEFORE WE WERE OUT PICKING ROCKS OFF THE TRACK.WOW DID THEY DO GREAT JOB IN THE LAST WEEK! HERES SOME OF THE ACTION..JACK

 

 

Friday
Mar012013

Return of the 2-Stroke!