Tuesday
Apr072015

New From Fly...Summer Riding In Style!

Summer is just around the corner. Temps will be rising and the new Kinetic Mesh Gear is exactly what you need to keep cool during your hot motos.

Visit Fly Racing for a look at all the new cool riding gear from Fly.

 

Saturday
Apr042015

Tube Saddle...The Beginning!

One of the great things about our sport is all of the innovative ideas that spring up from guys just wanting to solve a problem. Many times the big companies don't even recognize the problem exists. I'll bet no matter what kind of riding you do you have experienced "pinch flats". I've had plenty and their not much of a problem if I can see my truck. However, if you are 25 miles from nowhere they are a big problem. Here is a little background on the evolution of a new product that solves the pinch flat problem. #33 is testing the tubesaddle as I write this. A report will soon follow.

 

Tube Saddle

For the last 30 years I have been riding and racing Off-Road Motorcycles. In my early days as a beginner, I didn’t know much about tire pressure, and would just run whatever tire pressure my friends told me. Like many of you, I would be out on a ride and occasionally hit something that caused an immediate flat tire. While replacing or patching the inner tube, I was surprised that often the inner tube would have a leak in a spot on the inside of the tube adjacent the rim. It seemed odd to me, but somebody eventually explained that on impact it is the bead of the tire pushing into the center of the rim and catching the inner tube, causing a “pinch flat.”

As I progressed from beginner to expert, I started experimenting with running low tire pressure, usually about 10psi. I loved the improved traction and the fact that the bike would not deflect or bounce when hitting rocks. However, from time to time I would still get the classic pinch flat, even with running heavier duty inner tubes. Everyone told me not to run the low pressure, to stay up around 12-16psi with heavy duty tubes to avoid pinch flats. So I went along with the conventional wisdom for some 16 years, putting up with the poor traction and deflection issues, wishing there was a way to run low tire pressure.

Along came the solid foam insert, or Mousse Bib as they are known. I thought about going this route while racing, but I never did. For me, they were expensive and looked like a real pain to install. I also found out that they generally only last for about 400 miles or so, as they break down they become softer and softer. Like most riders, the solid foam insert was not for me.

Then came along tire balls. The concept looked pretty sound, and in fact I raced the Baja 1000 in 2004 with tire balls in the front tire. It worked great, however there were some things about tire balls that kept me from using them. For one, it looked like a pain to install, and if you did not like the “pressure” after you installed it, you’d have to disassemble the whole thing and adjust the pressure in each individual ball. Because of the non-friendly adjustability of tire balls, I never went this route.

After tire balls, along came the “tube less” system. It seemed like a well engineered and thought out product, but the more I heard from people who had tried it, I learned its drawbacks. First, it only really works well with a brand new tire, not a good used tire. Second, if it does fail out on the trail, you might not get the pneumatic seal to seat again out on the trail. I have heard of dual sport riders who, on a two day ride, end up packing up and leaving on the first day because their “tube less” system failed.  My confirmation of this was when I saw one abandoned way out on a trail.  Being able to service a flat tire on the trail is important, not just to you, but to your riding buddies. So I never went this route either.

So for years, I raced and rode with heavy duty tubes at tire pressures much  higher than I really wanted.

Something came to me. Why not solve the pinch flat problem that occurs with conventional inner tubes? Every previous attempt to solve the “low pressure pinch flat dilemma” involved getting rid of the inner tube, which necessitated an entirely new learning curve for mounting whatever system you try. Making thicker and heavier inner tubes doesn’t always work, and quite frankly is a very lame approach to the problem.

About five years ago I started experimenting with an insert to solve the pinch flat dilemma. It was such radical thinking at the time, most of my riding buddies thought I was nuts, and so did I. However, after riding and racing with my inserts for five years running 8psi front and rear without one pinch flat, I knew I was on to something.

In 2014, I made the commitment to develop my “radically nutty concept” into a product. My goal was to keep the price as low as possible so as to reach the widest market of riders. After extensive testing with numerous materials, prototypes, and riders, I finally developed a product ready for sale. It is reasonably priced, extremely light, easy to install, easy to adjust the pressure to your liking, and serviceable on the trail. This is what I have been looking for the last 20 years, and now it’s here.

I firmly believe those who try my product won’t be disappointed.

Sincerely,

James Curry
Inventor of Tube Saddle ®

 

You can learn more by visiting Jim's site at www.tubesaddle.com 

 

Friday
Apr032015

Easter Break

With a break in the Supercross schedule I thought this video I found on the internet might hold us over until the action returns.
This All-Action Edit Encapsulates Every Single Reason We Should All Love Motocross 

There are some edits that make you want to get back on your bike immediately. There are others than make you so glad to be a part of motocross you go outside and start stuffing your face with dirt, despite the fact it’ll probably make you projectile vomit later.

Some edits meanwhile make you appreciate how sick the pros really are, and others just leave you with a giant grin after watching some of the best in the world stomp jumps that you know for certain would leave you in hospital.

 

This video comes from Derek Hallman. It’s an edit clipped together from some amazing moto moments from recent and past times, and it pretty much fits into all of the categories I’ve listed above. We seriously don’t advice that you eat any dirt though, no matter how overwhelming the urge may be.

Seriously, this edit is packed with so much style it should be designing suits for Armani. This, people, is why we love motocross – and we reckon after watching, you’ll definitely agree:


Friday
Apr032015

1.7 Cleaning Products Enters Third Year

1.7 Cleaning Solutions is a premier cleaning brand for off-road motorcycle care. Celebrating its third year, the 1.7 product line has proven to be easy to use and incredibly effective for both professional and weekend use. There are fourteen motorcycle formulas that have been developed, tested, and used by the top teams in the off-road racing world. The line ranges and offers a variety of wash degreasers and pre ride treatments; brake rotor and parts cleaners, polishes, adhesive and graphics solutions, and hand care wipes.

The accessories include microfiber clothes, sponges, and brush kits that help to access small areas and leave the cleaning experience stress free! Check out the complete line and make your own opinion with our complete satisfaction guarantee policy on all of our 1.7 products. 

1.7 has also formulated a full line of cycling cleaners and lubricants. For those who spend there off-time riding and racing road or mountain bikes, the line incorporates ten user-friendly formulas that will leave your bike protected and clean. 

View and purchase 1.7 Cleaning Solutions & Lubricants today at https://www.matrixracingproducts.com/1-7-cleaning

Wednesday
Apr012015

New Riding Gear From Fly

Take a minute to watch this high energy look at the new spring release of Fly riding gear.

 

Visit Fly Racing for details

Friday
Mar202015

Dick Burleson to be Honored at Detroit SX

The Legends and Heroes Tour proudly salutes AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame member Dick Burleson during a special pre-race ceremony Saturday evening March 21 during opening ceremony for Saturday evening's Detroit Supercross.

Dick Burleson didn't follow the normal route to motorcycle racing stardom by learning to ride at a very young age as many of his contemporaries did. Burleson was born in 1948 in Johnson City, Tennessee and at age 2 his family relocated to St. Joseph, Michigan, but it wasn't until he was 18 and purchased a used Honda 90 to commute to his summer job that he finally started riding. Soon he and his bike were off to college at the University of Michigan where he connected with a group of off-road riders that had taken over a gravel pit near campus. Not knowing any better, Burleson joined in, riding his little 90cc Honda street bike at the gravel pit. A competitor by nature, it didn't take long for him to discover his natural talent for off-road riding.