Here’s a little preamble about the Big Bear Dual Sport event, it’s a butt kicker! The terrain is high mountain, features incredible vistas and enough technical terrain to satisfy even the gnarliest of pilots! Here’s the word and flier from the club:

The Big Bear Trail Riders Motorcycle Club is proud to bring you the 21st annual Big Bear Run AMA National Dual Sport Ride in Big Bear Lake, CA

June 27 & 28, 2015.  The Big Bear Run is now an AMA National Dual Sport Series Ride and includes a separate Adventure Bike route. Registration is now open for the BBTR Big Bear Run Dual Sport Ride. Click on the following links for detailed information and to register on-line, or download our ride flyer and entry form.

If you have questions regarding the event or registration please e-mail Miguel Burgi at [email protected] or Frank Schnetz at [email protected].





The fifth round of the National Hare and Hound championship headed to Jericho, UT with Ricky tied in the series standings with Ivan Ramirez. The start is always crucial at the Hare and Hounds, but unfortunately for Ricky, he got off to a multiple-kick start and would have his work cut out for him as Ivan took the early lead. Ricky put in a big effort on the first of two 50-mile loops, passing all the way into the lead by the midway pit. Ricky later said the effort on the first loop took quite a bit out of him, “The second loop I just hit a gnarly wall…I definitely made every single mistake you can make at a hare and hound race. I thought Ivan was leading still, so I just wanted to finish second and get some points…The last five miles I was on struggle street…I came in, I was shaking, and I had no idea I’d won.” The impressive win gives Ricky a slim margin over Ivan in the race for the title, a race that looks as though it’ll come down to the two of them as they’ve put a bit of distance on third place.

Top 5 Finishers:                   Point Standings:

  1. Ricky Brabec                    1. Ricky Brabec: 131 (2 wins)
  2. Ivan Ramirez                     2. Ivan Ramirez:    126 (1 win)
  3. Gary Sutherlin                   3. Axel Pearson:     83
  4. Joshua Knight                    4. Gary Sutherlin:  81 (2 wins)
  5. Axel Pearson                      5. Skyler Howews: 74




Featuring Roger DeCoster, Torsten Hallman, Joel Robert, and Dave Bickers. Thanks to Joe Bonello for the link!




Kailub Russell Sweeps Both Days of Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Round Two



In his first race on the all-new 2016 KTM 250 XC-F, Factory FMF/KTM’s Kailub Russell took five of eight special test wins on day one, and four of six test wins on day two to win the overall of the second round of the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series in Newburg, WV.

A late addition to the series, the event also served as the East Coast AMA ISDE Qualifier for riders wanting to qualify for one of Team USA’s Club, Senior, and Women’s teams. Thirty riders from as far as Oregon raced Letter of Intent, with Factory Beta’s Cory Buttrick taking the E2 class, and overall LOI wins on the weekend.

The Newburg, WV race location featured a rolling 2.5-mile grass track cross test and a 4-mile woods enduro loop. On the first day of the event racers would compete on each test four times. Kailub Russell came out swinging in test one, the cross test, taking the win by 4-seconds over his teammate Russell Bobbitt. KR4/FAR/Husqvarna’s Thad DuVall was the 2nd rider to take off on the cross test but a mechanical issue that required a mid-test repair saw him finish 137th in that test, 2:44 slower than Russell putting him in a deep hole to try and climb out of the rest of the weekend.

DuVall, who was recently selected to represent the USA on its ISDE Trophy Team this year in Slovakia, rebounded in the 2nd test of the day, the enduro test, taking the win by three seconds over Russell. Thad would go on to win two more tests on the day, the only other rider besides Russell to win a test, and claw his way back into the overall picture finishing day one in 6th-place overall.

FMF/KTM’s Russell Bobbitt started the day out with his fastest cross test time, and 2nd-fastest of the session behind Russell. Bobbitt would continue to post fast times throughout the day to secure 2nd-place after the first day of racing. The battle behind Bobbitt was heated with Factory Beta’s Cory Buttrick and Ride MPS/Honda’s Layne Michael ending the day with less than two-tenths of a second separating them for 3rd and 4th overall. Fifth-place overall on day one went to Benjamin Kelley who was riding LOI in the E2 class.

The second day of racing would see the riders tackle the same special tests as day one, but in reverse direction. Kailub Russell started day two the same as day one with a win on the cross test; the first of four test wins for him on the day. Thad DuVall clawed his way into a 5th-place overall position after posting some seriously fast times throughout the day, taking two test wins from Russell in the process, making him the 2nd-fastest rider on day two, 15-seconds behind the FMF/KTM rider. Layne Michael moved ahead of Cory Buttrick on day two, finishing 3rd for the day and ultimately 3rd-overall for the weekend.


The Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series will resume with its 3rd-round on July 18-19 in Indiana. For more information visit



Overall Results

Kailub Russell – 1:35:14.927

Russell Bobbitt – 1:37:17.483

Layne Michael – 1:37:36.835

Cory Buttrick – 1:38:12.050

Thad DuVall – 1:38:30.380

Benjamin Kelley – 1:39:31.362

Sam Evans – 1:41:14.441

Tegan Temple – 1:41:44.731

Anthony Stone – 1:42:05.579

Triston Landrum – 1:42:20.117


Full event results can be found online here:






One of our good buddies Mark Kiel, a gifted photographer who bounced around So Cal in the 70s and 80s has shared some of his top pics with us. There’s a feature in the July Issue of DB, but for the moment here’s a few that you won’t see in the mag.


From left to right, Yamaha’s Bob Hannah, Honda’s Marty Smith, Marty Tripes & Jimmy Ellis, Suzuki’s Tony Distefano & Kent Howerton during rider introduction at 1978 Superbowl of Motocross.


Team Honda’s Rich Eierstedt on Baymare Bonzai downhill circa 1973.


The Late Kenny Zahrt Dirt Rider Magazine Testing Maico AW400 at Top Track in the hills of Chatsworth as Magazine editor Bruce Woods looks amazed by his jumping skills, circa 1976.


Team Husqvarna’s Brad Lackey leads Suzuki’s Dutchman Gerrit Wolsink, Italian Maico rider, Honda’s Tommy Croft and Yamaha’s Bob Hannah at 1976 Sears Point Trans Am.


Terry Bilton on his Maico clearing the water jump at the 1973 Viewfinders Grand Prix at Indian Dunes.




In a conversation at the LV Endurocross, Taylor Roberts talked about his broken Scaphoid bone in his wrist and his comeback ride, in 4-weeks at the X-Games. Taylor raced with the injury for much of last year until doctor’s finally discovered the hard to heal wrist. Because it gets so little blood flow, recovery time is lengthy and sometimes catastrophic. This same injury has knocked out Charlie Mullins, Ricky Johnson and Drew Smith to name a few. Taylor had the bone fixed with a screw and continuous stimulation that speeds up recovery.


It was also announced that the Arizona-based Red Bull Moto Athlete and Factory FMF KTM racer will be fueling for success with the help of Kate’s Real Food bars. Adding Robert to their family of ambassadors puts another outdoor play junkie on the team and ups their overall speed, considerably.





The Kurt Caselli Foundation invites you to its 2nd Annual Motodoffo Event on Saturday, May 30th at Doffo Winery, Temecula, California.

Come hang out and enjoy good food, wine, a cool collection of vintage motorcycles, and a screening of On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter. Also, be sure to pick up your bottle of Limited Edition Kurt Caselli Tribute Wine! RSVP at MotoDoffo 2015.

Basically all money raised that day will go to the foundation.   Go online to to purchase tickets.

There’s going to be:

-Live Band


-On Any Sunday Screening

-Limited Edition KC66 Wine available for purchase

The Kurt Caselli Foundation

[email protected]



Jeff Slavens has been a long time friend of DB, a renowned motor guru, excellent trail rider and a Colorado trail advocate. Here’s a couple of products designed for the hard-core off-roader that he offers through his  website. Just a note here, he’s also a decent horseman and a superb suspension specialist.




The quickest and easiest way to change your tire! It all started back in 1995, when a key person for Finland’s international enduro success asked Pertti Ahonen, the father of a young local rider, to develop a mousse tIre changer for the Finnish Trophy Team during the International Six Days of Enduro that took place in Finland in 1996. Together with his son, Tuomas Ahonen, and another friend, they welded together the very first prototype of what is today the Rabaconda 3-Minute Mousse Changer.

Rigid and durable design

No more backache or working on your knees

Compact and easy assembly, no tools necessary

You can use it with one hand, because why not

Quick release bolts for fast switching between wheels

Oval profile with good grip





Slavens Racing is pleased to introduce TechnoMousse, an innovative new product to the U.S. off-road market. Produced in Italy, TechnoMousse is made of a very durable but elastic material that adapts to fill the entire air space of the tire and rim cavity. The mousse reaches it maximum elasticity after a short period of use and returns to the original hardness when at rest.

TechnoMousse resists breaks and cuts and has no shelf life (other brands have a shelf life)

The materials used are totally innovative and different from the products of other brands

The mousse reaches its maximum elasticity after a short period of use

The amount of time can vary depending on the ambient temperature and conditions





Foam Tube by Michelin

Originally designed and developed for the Dakar rally, the Michelin Bib Mousse has become known worldwide as the ultimate in flat prevention. Perfect for enduro, rally, or motocross, the Bib Mousse foam insert provides not only piece of mind during the race or trail ride, but also outstanding traction and handling.

Made from a multi-cellular butyl material

Replaces conventional tubes

Provides a pressure equivalent of approximately 13 psi (0.9 bar)

Bib mousse may be used with all tire brands but are designed for Michelin tires only

Each Bib Mousse includes a tube of Bib Mousse Fitting Gel

Be sure to follow installation instructions supplied with the product

Absolutely flat-proof










(719) 475-2624

[email protected]





1st Annual Cow Tag Off-Road Ride: June 27th

Proceeds of this event will go to supporting trail advocacy groups to keep trails open.


Help KLIM support Off-Road Trail Advocacy Groups, Ride a fun, one-of-a-kind event in KLIM’s Test Lab—the pristine single-track of Idaho—and have a chance at winning awesome prizes including Cody Webb’s MAXXIS SuperEnduro World Championship KTM Race Bike!

KLIM takes pride in building riding gear for real off-road riders riding in real off-road conditions. To celebrate the summer riding season, and to support off-road recreation and the advocacy groups that keep our trails open, KLIM is inviting riders to participate in a unique event set in our own backyard—the Big Hole Mountain trail system in the Caribou Targhee National Forest of Southeast Idaho.

This unique one-day event will put riders on some of our favorite local trails, guided by maps and GPS tracks, in search for valuable Cow Tags. Individual riders will be challenged to collect as many or the most challenging (depending on your strategy) Cow Tags as possible for valuable raffle tickets. Those tickets will be used to enter for prize drawings at the end of the event. There will be a separate nationwide raffle for Cody Webb’s MAXXIS SuperEnduro World Championship KTM Race Bike.

KLIM athlete and National EnduroCross Champion Cody Webb will be present to raffle off his bike.

Here’s how it works.


Registration opens April 8th, 2015 and closes June 1st, 2015. Fee’s for registration are $75.

Cow Tag Off-Road Ride event t-shirt is included. When registering please select size and proceed to checkout through

Please choose the PICKUP as the shipping method during the checkout process.

2 Drawing tickets entered into the Cody Webb bike drawing (Purchase more tickets for the bike Drawing online or at the event!) This will be a separate drawing.

Breakfast on Saturday morning and dinner on Saturday evening. (Breakfast provided by Chick-fil-A)

Maps and GPS tracks will be provided.

All proceeds go to off-road recreation advocacy groups: Blue Ribbon Coalition, ORBA and Idaho Falls Trail Machine Association


The goal of the ride is to collect Cow Tag identification numbers posted at various locations in the local riding area. These locations will be shown on the provided Trail Map and GPS tracks. Each rider will be responsible for collecting the Cow Tag number from the locations and taking a picture of themselves with the tag as verification.

Each unique Cow Tag number is worth a different amount of raffle tickets at the end of the day with the closest and less-challenging tags worth fewer tickets than the tags posted at more challenging or more distant locations.

At the end of the day, riders will decide where to invest their tickets based on individual raffles.  Raffle winners will be chosen during dinner.


Basecamp: Kelly Canyon Ski Resort

Click HERE for Google Maps.

Kelly Canyon Ski Resort

5488 Kelly Canyon Rd, Ririe, ID 83443


Sign in Friday June 26th from 3:00 to 8:30

Saturday June 27th sign in from 7:30 am to 8:30 am

Saturday June 27th breakfast 7:45 am to 8:45 am (Provided by Chick-fil-A)

Saturday June 27th riders meeting at 8:45





Here’s the latest video with Dirt Wise’s Jason Thomas. After winning the XC2 GNCC Championship in 2012 Jason moved up to the XC1 class the following year but suffered injuries that held him back from being able to compete to his full potential. In 2015, Jason made the unpopular choice to drop back down to the XC2 class to make a living and race in what could be his final season in the GNCC series.


Travis Coy Takes Overall Win at Virginia City Grand Prix


The Virginia City Grand Prix is one of America’s greatest off-road events and to say you were the overall winner of the event is even greater. Motorcycle Superstore Bell Helmets support rider and RPM/KTM Racing’s Travis Coy can now do that and has placed his name alongside some of off-road’s legendary racers like Jack Johnson, Larry Roeseler, Danny Hamel and Ty Davis.

This year was the 44th running of the event promoted by the Outlaw MC.  It’s a three-hour event that includes lots of two-track mining roads, single-track trails and rocky creek beds with course elevations of 5000-7000 feet in the mountains west of Carson City, NV. Those who have previously raced this event know that the weather can always be an issue, but this year Mother Nature helped lay out a perfect course.

“The race was perfect! We had a little snow and a little rain the night before which made for epic conditions,” explained Coy.


BRAD BAKKEN: WORKING MAN VIDEO Yamaha’s Brad Bakken is chasing his dreams racing while living the day-to-day life of the every man racing the GNCC series and the National Enduro Series.





Date Venue City
January 9 Angel Stadium Anaheim, Calif.
January 16 Petco Park San Diego
January 23 Angel Stadium Anaheim, Calif.
January 30 O.Co Coliseum Oakland, Calif.
February 6 University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale, Ariz.
February 13 Petco Park San Diego
February 20 AT&T Stadium Arlington, Texas
February 27 Georgia Dome Atlanta
March 5** Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, Fla.
March 12 Rogers Centre Toronto
March 19 Ford Field Detroit
April 2 Levi’s Stadium Santa Clara, Calif.
April 9 Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis
April 16 Edward Jones Dome St. Louis
April 23 Gillette Stadium Foxborough, Mass.
April 30 MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, N.J.
May 7 Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas




May 16 5 p.m. Hangtown Moto 1’s MAVTV
May 16 7 p.m. Hangtown Moto 2’s NBCSN
May 23 5 p.m. Glen Helen Moto 1’s MAVTV
May 23 7 p.m. Glen Helen Moto 2’s NBCSN
May 30 3 p.m. Thunder Valley Moto 1’s MAVTV
May 30 6:30 p.m. Thunder Valley Moto 2’s NBCSN
June 6 Noon Tennessee Moto 1’s MAVTV
June 6 2 p.m. Tennessee Moto 2’s (450) NBC
June 7 12 a.m. Tennessee Moto 2’s (250) NBCSN
June 13 1 p.m. High Point Moto 1’s MAVTV
June 13 3 p.m. High Point Moto 2’s NBCSN
June 27 1 p.m. Budds Creek Moto 1’s MAVTV
June 27 9 p.m. Budds Creek Moto 2’s NBCSN
July 4 1 p.m. RedBud Moto 1’s MAVTV
July 4 4 p.m. RedBud Moto 2’s (450) NBC
July 4 10 p.m. RedBud Moto 2’s (250) NBCSN
July 18 2 p.m. Spring Creek Moto 1’s MAVTV
July 18 11 p.m. Spring Creek Moto 2’s NBCSN
July 25 4 p.m. Washougal Moto 1’s MAVTV
July 25 6 p.m. Washougal Moto 2’s NBCSN
August 8 1 p.m. Unadilla Moto 1’s MAVTV
August 8 4 p.m. Unadilla   Moto 2’s (450) NBC
August 8 5:30 p.m. Unadilla Moto 2’s (250) NBCSN
August 15 3 p.m. Utah Moto 1’s MAVTV
August 15 6:30 p.m. Utah Moto 2’s NBCSN
August 22 1 p.m. Indiana Moto 1’s MAVTV
August 22 11:30 p.m. Indiana Moto 2’s NBCSN

*All times ET and subject to change.


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