THE WEEKLY FEED: 2019 GasGas EC300 first ride, Dick Burleson captured

CAPTURED

Dick Burleson proved his grit by winning 8-straight national Enduro titles. He was a bit unorthodox as he wore glasses (which were mandatory!) and he hated to lose. Very fit, DB had a passion for riding and his playtime was his training. During one of his titles which he’d already won, he raced a Husky 125 in the final National. It was known as being pitifully slow, Dick went out and won convincingly.

TESTING…TESTING

GASGAS EC300

Here’s a look at our first outing with the 2019 GasGas EC300. The machine has evolved in the last couple of years when they added cutting edge suspension via KYB components, improved power, new electronics that make for quicker ‘button’ starting and adjustable maps that rotate between a ‘Sun’ map for maximum power and a ‘Rain’ map when traction becomes questionable. The machine targets the tough mid-bore two-stroke class where KTM has dominated the class and has set a lofty target with decades of focused evolution. The GasGas EC300 comes out of the hole as a viable machine- it’s not just a casual trail bike, it has heart and a strong handling package stone stock.

With Kyle Redmond at the controls we put the new GasGas EC300 through some of ‘his’ fun stuff. Kyle praised the KYB suspension and overall handling traits of the machine.

 

The ergos are slim, the controls nice and the clutch feel and engagement are nice. Our bike came jetted a little fat so we leaned out the pilot and main, plus went one clip leaner on the needle.

 

Smooth power down low is tractable, and it makes a strong pull on top. It vibrates a bit and we’re looking into some adjustments that will help give it a bit more meat down low. The EC300 comes with excellent components in the Magura clutch, Neken bars, FMF muffler and Nissan brakes.

 

The KYB suspension lets you attack obstacles with confidence. Kyle liked it in the rock zones, and we never played with settings, other than bleeding the fork.

 

NEWS

 

2018 LOS ANCIANOS TECATE ENDURO ENTRIES, CLASSES AND A FINISH LINE FIESTA!

 

Here are the latest developments on this year’s Enduro:

  • Due to the overwhelming generosity of our major sponsors; Vey’s Powersports/Bike Bandit.com, DP Racing, and Rene Cortez, this year’s race will offer a true PRO class.  $2500 for 1st place, $1000 for 2nd, $500 for 3rd.
  • As a result of their support, we also plan to have an expanded Finish Line Fiesta to honor our entrants.
  • Race will be held on December 1st, 2018 at Hacienda Santa Veronica. First line off at 7:01AM.
  • Course is 3 Tests of 25–35 miles. 85-90 total.
  • Tests will increase in difficulty. Test 3 will challenge.
  • Masters and Women only race first 2 tests.
  • Entries will open at 6:00PM, PDT on October 10th 2018.
  • Yes entries open on the 10th, NOT the 1st!
  • Entry fee is $150, includes t-shirt and lunch.
  • Details on classes and how to enter will follow on our website, www.losancianos.com, and in the Los Ancianos Facebook Group.

 

DUVALL DNF HURTS HIS NATIONAL ENDURO CHANCES

The Loose Moose National Enduro took place this past weekend in Marquette, Michigan. Weather was in the lower 70’s with conditions that were great for racing. The six-test race course was rough and sandy but flowed through a pine tree lined track. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thad Duvall had a strong start to his day finishing the first test in second place aboard his FX 350. For the remainder of the day, he would battle within the top five positions. On the final test of the day, Duvall hit a rock, which ended up damaging the engine and was unable to finish the test, leading him to a last place position in the Pro 1 class. “I had high expectations going into this round. It was a new place for me, but my mistake in the final test cost me the day. I will move forward and look to the next round.” said Thad Duvall.

 

The Kurt Caselli Foundation to host CPR/First Aid certification training on Sunday in conjunction with Costa Mesa EnduroCross

The Kurt Caselli Foundation (KCF) is proud to announce the Foundation’s first open registration for a First Aid/CPR certification and training course with instruction from Life Goes On at Fox Racing’s headquarters in Irvine, California. The course will take place from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 16th with a catered lunch. You can reserve your spot today with a $25 donation at https://give.classy.org/Riders1stResponders. 100% of your donation will go directly to the KCF and help fund future safety initiatives. The KCF will be funding the majority of the cost for each participant as the CPR/First Aid certification and lunch is a $175 value — saving you $150, you don’t want to miss this opportunity!

The Kurt Caselli Foundation’s mission is Protecting and Supporting the Lives of Off-Road Riders. The Foundation has budgeted allocations and planned safety projects for 2018 and years beyond, setting this year’s safety budget to $120,000 to host and support safety events and fund educational scholarships for riders.

Visit www.kurtcaselli.com for more info or direct sign up first come first serve for the 25 spots

 

 

VIDEO JUKEBOX

 

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Finished P6 today, happy with that and looking forward to the main race tomorrow 🤘🏻 🎥 @jordancurvalle13 @sherco_racing_factory

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THIS IS AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE MADMEN OF HILL CLIMBING!

 

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Almost 😂 📹 @patrickjtrow @travispastrana

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GEAR BAG

Pro Circuit  announces the T-6 and Ti-6 line of exhaust systems are now available for the 2019 KTM 350 SX-F model. Every Pro Circuit exhaust system is  designed and manufactured in the USA and offers superior performance and power gains for both lines of exhaust. Ti-6 Pro/Ti-6 Features Include: Improved performance Lighter weight than OEM system High-grade titanium material used throughout Carbon fiber end-cap. Equipped with RC-4 Resonance Chamber Machined aluminum muffler brackets for increased strength and durability and an asymmetrical muffler design allows for increased packing volume. There’s a removable USFS approved spark arrestor (Ti-6 System only) TIG precision welding Made in the USA Ti-6 Pro/Ti-6 $995.95

www.procircuit.com 

 

MOOSE RACING SYNAPSE LITE ROOST DEFLECTOR

Moose Racing introduces the all new Synapse Lite Roost Deflector. The deflector features a mesh suspension lining system designed to create large air channels between the protector and rider allowing excellent circulation and comfort. The durable moisture resistant comfort padding allows for easy cleaning. Other features include adjustable shoulder straps for a customized fit and integrated compact quick release buckles. The Synapse will be available in two colorways (Black/Orange & Hi-Viz Black) and offered in two sizes (M/L & XL/2X). MSRP for M/L is $99.95 and XL/2X is $109.95

www.mooseracing.com 

 

The innovative SONIC Tools/Troy Lee Designs Moto Toolbox Solution comes equipped with three filled drawers, complete with chemical-resistant and laser-cut foam inlays with tools carefully placed and clearly labeled. The SONIC Tools and TROY LEE DESIGNS Moto Toolbox Solution is the result of a collaborative effort between two forward-thinking companies with a focus on improving functionality and efficiency in the Moto world.
The toolbox is lightweight and high quality, featuring strong, aluminum handles with comfortable grip. Professional-grade hardware and construction combined with smooth, rounded front top lid with “SONIC” stamped into the steel creates a sleek design. All three drawers feature ball-bearing slides and are retractable and a front centralized safety lock. $600.00

https://shop.troyleedesigns.com

 

WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

With the announcement of the 2018 Tecate Enduro in December, here’s a look at Team Kolbe Can-Am, circa 1979. Randy Gauvin (far left), Dan Quinn, TWebb and the infamous Pete Smith on the far right. This event was a two-day 500-miler and was a brute. Winning the Team competition was a big deal back then and was dominated by Casey Folks and Scot Harden. I was actually in the hunt after day one, but broke a chain (those things happened back in the day!) and sadly DNF’d.

 

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