Yee haw, the Outdoor Nationals are starting and there’s a frenzy of activity at just about every track in Southern California. We’ve seen 22’s Josh Grant looking strong at Glen Helen, but none of his boss who has been tweeting archaic messages about a possible manufacturer switch next year. We watched Team Suzuki Yoshimura’s Blake Baggett running comparable lap times to Dungey, but none of Ken Roczen who has been steering clear of Glen Helen and tests at Zaca Station. Rumors say that his ankle is still bad and he’s struggling. KTM through Dungey and Marvin Musquin appear in top condition and their machines look brilliant and both put in more hours than any rider at last Thursday’s Glen Helen test, other than Blake Baggett. Team Yamaha/JGR rider Weston Peick put in several long motos at GH, pumping out competitive lap times and his machine looked brutally strong with good manners. Justin Barcia on the other hand used a lot of the track, seemed to be fighting the power and his bike appeared to be more of a horse pushing its rider than the other way around.
Cole Seely put in a routine at a brutal Glen Helen track that was pure ballet, though we heard that he was fighting the suspension and was at Elsinore’s track on Tuesday looking to fine tune the KYB systems. Rockstar Husky’s Jason Anderson hammered Glen Helen for hours but he too uses a lot of track and lacks the finesse and habits of a Dungey or Roczen. We did not see any of the Geico boys, 250 or 450 and two of the hottest rumors hitting the pits was Eli’s switch to Kawasaki next year and that Pro Circuit was getting romanced by Husky and a Monster back 250 effort. We’ll keep you posted. For now here’s a look at an open practice day at Glen Helen.
THIS WEEK’S BLAST FROM THE PAST
GLEN HELEN’S TRIBUTE TO KYLE YARNELL
Glen Helen fixture Kyle Yarnell lost his life tragically on May 1st. He was a regular employee at the track as well as son to Glen Helen Manager Lori Bryant. The Glen Helen crew is asking Kyle’s friends to join them Saturday, May 16, as they celebrate his life, which was cut short at 23 years. There will be a public memorial at Glen Helen Raceway as we share memories, and remember a very special kid who touched so many lives. Please continue to keep his family, girlfriend, friends, and loved ones in your thought and prayers. We will never forget you Kyle! If you are not able to make the service, a family friend has also set up a fund for Kyle, in order to help with funeral arrangements. You can donate by clicking here .
CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRIS BACH!
Chris Bach was the man who finally broke the Kailub Russell win streak in the GNCC XC1 class. This is a milestone for him as well as the JCR Honda team. Here’s what he had to say afterward:
“It’s hard to put this race into accurate words and have it make sense. My first win, JCR Honda’s first gncc win,
overcoming all kinds of adversity leading up to this point. Each race we pick up another piece to this massive puzzle and struggle to find its perfect place among the chaos of pit strategy, bike setup, rider preparation, race logistics, etc, but today we did it. Everyone played their role at 100%, and we executed a near flawless race weekend and for this weekend, even if just for a day, we were kings. I absolutely could not have done it without the prep and dedication form the entire JCR team and all our great sponsors.”
MSR SUPPORTS TEAM USA AT ISDE!
This makes a hard core off-roader smile. MSR has returned to off-road racing in a big way at the 90th International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) with Ryan Sipes, Grant Baylor, Justin Jones and Layne Michael all flying the MSR colors for Team USA . Sipes is part of the Trophy Team while the young guns Baylor, Jones and Michael will lead the way for the Junior Trophy Team for riders under the age of 23.
Last year’s Six Days in Argentina was one of the best ever for Team USA, with the Junior Trophy Team winning for the third time in history, and the U.S. Trophy Team finishing a close runner up to defending champs, France. “Great riders and terrain similar to what they race on in the U.S. bodes well for the entire Team USA effort this year in Slovakia,” says MSR Brand Manager Nick McBride. MSR has a history with ISDE/ISDT. In fact the brand was originally named after founder Malcolm Smith’s gold medals won in Six Days competition.
“Despite his trademark smile, nobody took upholding America’s honor at Six Days more seriously than Malcolm Smith,” adds McBride. Starting with a silver medal before capturing his first ISDT Gold in Poland in 1967, Malcolm went on to win seven more, with the eighth and final gold medal coming in 1976 in Austria.
“I still get chills watching Malcolm go for the gold in On Any Sunday! What better tribute to Malcolm than MSR riders winning gold medals in Slovakia this year,” concludes McBride.
SLAVENS: GET ON THE PIPE!
Here’s some hot products from our Colorado buddy!
Two-Stroke Factory Works Pipes by Scalvini
Scalvini two-stroke factory works pipes are hand-assembled cone-by-cone to make an exhaust that looks as good as it performs. Each cone is hand cut, pounded, and welded to our stringent manufacturing guidelines. This is your opportunity to have a real works pipe and performance without the expense associated with parts of this caliber. Cone pipes have faded away since the early days of two-strokes, because stampings made the job quicker, easier, and cheaper. The rarity makes these pipes the epitome of cool. Using only the finest materials available, Scalvini produces exhaust systems for most modern two-strokes.
Only the finest of materials used
Scalvini ID tag attached to every pipe
CNC-machined exhaust flange
Double wall mounting brackets offer increased durability
Completely hand-made and welded by a team of experienced artisans
Produces usable power and torque
$279 – $329
Hand-made in Italy
Two-Stroke Factory Silencers by Scalvini
Scalvini two-stroke factory silencers are specially tuned to work in conjunction with our Scalvini Works Pipes but they also work well with FMF, Pro Circuit & DEP pipes. Treat yourself to the trickest two-stroke race silencer on the planet.
Can be repacked when needed
Available in full carbon construction or aluminum/carbon combo
Standard and “Shorty” lengths available
Extremely lightweight with stylish performance
Can be used with O.E.M. or aftermarket exhausts
Fits Scalvini, FMF, Pro Circuit & DEP pipes
$175 – $247
X-Grip Frame Guards by Acerbis
The X-Grip is a frame guard that allows the rider to both protect the frame of the motorcycle from wear as well as adding more grip to the bike. Made from a dual injected mold; the outer plastic is durable poly-carbonate while the inner plastic is durable yet playable and offers incredible grip.
Protects the frame from wear
Additional surface area for increased grip
Made from a dual-injected mold
Outer plastic is durable poly-carbonate
Inner plastic is durable (yet pliable)
SX CDI Unit for KTM, Husaberg, & Husqvarna 300
The SX CDI Unit is an important component to improve the overall performance of your KTM 300 XC, XC-W, EXC, Husaberg TE300 and Husqvarna TE300. It adds horsepower and torque from the bottom to the top and should only be used with the SX head, Slavens S3 Mule head or a high compression machined head. It should NOT be used with a stock (low compression) 300 engine.
Quick and easy installation
Overall performance gain
Great bang for the buck
Does not require race fuel
DRAPAK EXTREME ENDURO
HONDA ANNOUNCES CRF MODELS FOR 2016… PLUS MORE
Honda has rebooted the CRF450X back into their lineup for 2016, along with the return of the 250X, the 230F, the 150F, the 125F Big Wheel, the 110F and the CRF50F. For the trials rider comes the Montesa Cota 4RT260, which is based directly on Toni Bou’s Repsol Honda.
The CRF450X returns virtually unchanged, although it is a hit with trail riders and off-road racers, who crave its strength and durability. It has a smooth power delivery with plenty of low-end torque and excellent throttle response, and the superior ergonomics maximize comfort for long days in the saddle. The bike offers strong handling via Showa front and rear suspension, as well as Honda’s Progressive Steering Damper, which improves cornering and increases stability at high speed. Also standard are a gear-driven counterbalance and electric start.
Availability: October 2015
MONTESA COTA 4RT260
Following trials legend Toni Bou’s recent winning of a record ninth-consecutive FIM X-Trial World Championship for Repsol Honda, comes news of a revised Montesa Cota 4RT260, with updated graphics and a new fuel pump that improves low-end power. The 4RT260 has a reliable and tractable 260cc PGM-FI four-stroke engine. Premium, adjustable suspension helps riders “clean” the most technical sections and for longer trials sections, there’s even a removable seat that increases comfort and incorporates a convenient storage area.
Availability: December 2015
Availability: October 2015
Availability: August 2015
Availability: August 2015
Price CRF125F: $2,799 CRF125F Big Wheel: $3,199
Availability: July 2015
Availability: June 2015
Availability: June 2015
MR KNOW-IT-ALL WEEKLY TECH TIP
We got this killer tip from Rob Celendano who works in the Product Development at CV Products. RTV Silicone, something we all use at some time or another, and usually when we need it, we need it to work in the worst way. Then you reach into your tool box, grab your only tube of it, open the cap and give it a squeeze only to find it the tube is as hard as the part your trying to seal up. Grrrrrrrr. Now what? Well, you could have more than likely prevented this scenario if you had just done one very simple thing…and that is after the last time you used it, you not only put the cap on, but also place the tube in a Ziploc bag when you were done. That’s it. Silicone RTV cures when it exposed to air. Yes, “RTV” stands for “Room Temperature Vulcanizing”, but the exposure to the moisture in the air is the catalyst to getting everything started. Put the tube in the bag, push out as much air as possible from the bag itself, and seal her up. Chances are pretty good if you follow these simple instructions, the next time you reach for a tube of silicone you won’t have to make a trip to the store for a “fresh” tube. This holds true with virtually any sealer like Yamabond, Hondabond, etc.
POWER QUIET PIPES “THE BLACK BOX”
This is a cool invention out of the Power Quiet folks who have specialized in replaceable end caps for KTM’s and Husky’s. The Power Quiet Black Box is a bolt on header chamber that relieves pressure for KTM and Husky 450/500/501s. Like most exhaust devices found in the header, it gives the pressure that builds up in the pipe a place to relieve itself and when placed properly in the pipe helps to create a pull as it exits and therefore a power increase.
Installation is straight forward, you make a cut in the stock header and then fit in the Black Box. We give top marks to its ability to do three things: help with power, make it quieter and turn the exhaust system into an easy to remove 3-piece design. The Power Quiet people are also offering a smaller tapered header that helps with bottom performance for the 500/501 owners.
PRICE: Black Box- $149.95, Tapered Primary Header- $149.95.
MY MOTORCYCLE IS HOME
No matter the season, the region or the climate, there are adventurers touring the globe on their motorcycles. Never flinching in the face of adversity and spending their days in the saddles of their bikes, these men and women live the untethered lives most of us can only dream of.
In early 2015, Touratech-USA contacted many of the adventure riders they work with and asked them to provide video footage from the road and speak on camera about the life of a motorcycle traveler and the relationship they have with their bike. The response from the riders was terrific and the result is the scintillating, short film, ‘My Motorcycle is Home.’
Featuring adventure motorcycle legends, Helge Pedersen and Simon and Lisa Thomas along with filmmaker Daniel Rintz, American riders Sandy, Terry and Jack Borden and relative newcomers to the scene, Claudia and Mirko Nagler, the film gives a diverse glimpse into the adventure motorcycle touring lifestyle and its challenges.
‘My Motorcycle is Home’ has a running time of 5:25 and most of the shots are from helmet mounted cameras in far reaching locations across globe. The interviews took place in Mexico, South America and Touratech-USA’s Seattle headquarters.
CATALINA GRAND PRIX MOVIE NOW IN PRE-PRODUCTION
On a crisp December morning back in 2010 a group of more than 800 professional and amateur motorcycle racers lined up to participate in a once in a lifetime racing extravaganza: The 2010 Red Bull Catalina Grand Prix. Contested annually during most of the 1950s, the event fell victim to political infighting and ran it’s last lap in 1958. Amazingly, after a deep sleep of more than half a century a visionary part-time race promoter rekindled the Catalina Grand Prix embers and brought Catalina Island’s once great annual racing phenomenon back to life. Filmmaker Todd Huffman was on hand to document the event and his Pipeline Digital Media film production crew chronicled every twist, turn, tumble and wave of the checkered flag. Dubbed “The Catalina Grand Prix: The Race Returns” the new film already has secured a commitment from Gathr Films in Los Angeles for theatrical distribution. In recent weeks a promotional film teaser premiered to a packed auditorium of 750 ardent motorcycle racing and industry legends and their families at the annual Trailblazers banquet.
Motocross legend and ESPN announcer, David “The Little Professor” Bailey is lending his unique voice talent as narrator for the film.
Film sponsorship + media inquiries Scott Cox, Resmarket, Inc. E-mail: [email protected] Phone: +1-760-436-9937
The CAM GRIP is a new unique shape that has a slight CAM shape and matches the inside profile of a “closed hand” shape. The diamond pattern with lower cross ribs makes this grip very comfortable. Available in single or double and soft or medium compounds.
Colors: white/red, white/blue, white/grey, black, grey, white
MSRP: $9.95 – $12.95
The RADIAL GRIP features a less aggressive pattern on top that helps to reduce glove-grip friction and hand blisters and more aggressive on the bottom for finger grip. Available in dual or single and soft or medium compounds.
Colors: white/red, white/blue, white/grey, black, grey, and white
MSRP: $9.95 – $12.95