INTERNATIONAL MOTOCROSS MUSEUM
This bike is the liquid-cooled Factory Yamaha OW27 that Bob Hannah rode in 1976. It caused a firestorm of controversy that eventually changed the sport of motocross in America. It was the most sophisticated motocross bike of its time.
This is the bike that Joel Robert rode to his last world championship. It, too, was a specially made factory bike that was considered an unfair advantage. Aside from their status as championship-winning works bikes, what do these two machines have in common? They are currently parts of the most amazing collection of motocross bikes in the world. The collection includes over 100 examples of historical MX bikes–not just production machines, but actual bikes that were raced in national and world competition. Many of them are one of a kind. Until now, the collection hasn’t been accessible to the public. The bikes were kept in private. That’s about to change. Next spring, collector Terry Good is opening the door to the International Motocross Museum near Chicago.
One of the coolest parts about Ake Jonnsons Trans AmA-winning Maico is the Dirt Bike Magazine sticker on the tank. That’s the way it won the series in 1972.
Terry is an old friend and I know he has been working on this project for over 20 years. There will be an event on June 20, 2020 to kick it off. Over the years we have featured several of Terry’s bike’s in the pages of Dirt Bike. Now that the museum is close to reality, the opportunity
We actually got the OW27 into the Dirt Bike studio when Bob Hannah was inducted into Glen Helen’s Walk Of Fame. It was one of the few times that a piece from Terry’s collection has left his possession. The truly amazing thing about all of his bikes is how authentic they are. If an original works part exists anywhere in the world, Terry will find it. There’s nothing shoddy or fake. For news on the museum’s eventual opening, go to MXworksbike.com.
OWN YOUR OWN SUPERCROSS TEAM
Michael Leib is the owner of Canvas MX gear and he also happens to be a top-10 250 Supercross rider. He’s been in the pages of Dirt Bike as a test riders since he was pretty small. Now he’s several inches taller. For the 2020 season, he’s assembled an interesting program that integrates his company with his riding. Here’s his pitch:
Fasstco not only is the weekly sponsor of Ron’s Wrap, but the company makes the most innovative handebar in the motorcycle world. Click on the image above for a Black Friday deal on the original Flexxbar.
SOBOBA TRAIL RIDE
The Soboba trail ride is coming. The Soboba Indian Reservation will also host other events this year including adventure ride. Click on the link above.
HEY THAT’S ME!
Last week was all about Yamaha’s off-road introduction in Union South Carolina. Mark Tilley, Travis Fant and I got to spend days riding the YZ125X and the YZ250FX on Randy Hawkins’ personal riding reserve. Travis actaully shot a cool photo of me–that never happens! For some of the stories we came back with, click the links below.
That’s all for now!