THE WEEKLY FEED: AIR-COOLED WORKS BIKES, MORE ERZBERG MADNESS

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Mark Kiel captured Team Honda’s Chuck Sun coming close to landing on the back of Rex Staten’s Yamaha at the 1980 U.S.G.P. at Carlsbad. We were still in the air-cooled era, the Honda being a full hand built works machine and Rex’s 465 Yamaha based on a production YZ465. This Pic and many others are available for purchase “for just 99 cents” at the following link. Check it out.
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NEWS

NEW HONDA TALON 4-SEATER SIDE BY SIDE

Our sister publication Dirt Wheels shows off the new Honda  Talon X4 and X4 Fox Live Valve edition 4-seater. Click on the link for a look into the sophisticated Honda machine.

 

 

 

https://dirtwheelsmag.com/honda-announces-new-models-for-2020/

 

RUSSIAN MXGP

The 2019 PATRON MXGP of Russia is in the books and was full of action. The warm Orlyonok weather along with a tricky track demanded the most out of even the world’s best this weekend. Team HRC’s Tim Gajser and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jorge Prado solidified their MXGP and MX2 prowess as both now hold the Championship leader’s red plates after another weekend at the top step of the podium. The weekend’s warm weather and blue skies was matched by the blue water of the Black Sea and warm welcome of Russia’s motocross fans. The picturesque location of the venue and the beautiful Russian community of spectators (37,000!) combined with the unexpected results made for an unforgettable weekend of racing.

Arnaud Tonus, “It wasn’t easy to fight for the lead, but I was super happy that I had quite starts so I could fight from the beginning and come quite close to Tim. I went for it and really wanted to pass him but made a small a mistake, it happens. I am happy I went for it anyway and could recover to finish second which is great, I am super thankful and super happy because 3 podiums in a row is amazing.”
Jorge Prado, “I felt pretty good this weekend, the track was hard but I felt good getting the Saturday Qualifying Race win and today I was in the back of the pack so I had to make my way up to the front, but I had good speed and fought all the way to the end to get the win. I am happy and looking forward to the next round.”
Thomas Kjer Olsen, “I felt good all weekend. Yesterday in the Qualifying I felt really good then we made some changes on the bike to make it feel really comfortable on the hard pack. Overall, I am happy I got to lead some laps, felt great on the bike, and everything so I am looking forward to Latvia for sure.”

VIDEO JUKEBOX

 

 

 

 

 

WORK IN PROGRESS

My brother Mike is just about finished with his project RMZ450 OR. While his mates are switching to 2-strokes, he decided to keep his ’18 Suz, give it some off-road manners with a gaggle of accoutrements that make it friendly in our So Cal off-road environment. So far FMF, IMS, Rekluse, RG3, Ride Engineering, Decal Works, Works Connection, Torq1, Dunlop, Acerbis, Sunstar and Seat Concepts are the catalysts to the transformation.

SOCIAL DISTORTION

 

Extreme guys are just flat gonzo. Billy Bolt at the wheel.

 

 

 

Congrats to Trysten Hart for a great Erzberg finish!

 

Colton Haaker, 2nd at the Last Dog standing.

 

 

The big walkout at the ’95 Vegas SX was caused from a power outage that plagued the city.

GEAR BAG

These systems are not for the TPI machines and sell for $262.46

www.procircuit.com

 

MOOSE RACING LOCK-ON GRIPS
No more after wire and no more glue required. Moose Racing’s Series 36 Lock-on grips feature a 100% slip-free design with a slim diameter profile and knockout ends for wrap around hand guards installs. $26.95

www.mooseracing.com 

SEAT CONCEPTS YAMAHA TW200 SADDLES

www.seatconcepts.com 

 

www.nihiloconcepts.com 

WOLF PLAY

Last weekend we made a trip up to the Piutes for a boys day and towards the end of the ride I awkwardly capsized into a field of California White Thorn (I learned the name from my buddy John Haaker). It thousands of 1-inch thorns and honestly I’d still be there if BP, Ryan and eventually brother Tip didn’t help out of it. Thankfully there’s only about fifty of them broken off and submerged into my right arm and caboose!

 

Fallen trees are also an issue and waddling under them is a two-man job for and old coot. Here’s Tip helping me drag my precious 300 under a Billy Barty sized gap.

 

The realtor, BP looking serious and protecting his HQV FE450, a machine that has turned him into a solid rider.

 

Alan Difatta, showing his good side squeezes under the small gap of a recently fallen stick- albeit a rather large one.
In our group Ryan Koch was the lone wolf riding something that wasn’t made in Austria. His KDX200 is ultra sano,  though a flat hampered the ride. He carried a tube, it was rotted and we fortunately borrowed one from a guy on the trail. Oh, Ryan has incredible trail prowess and humbled the group with his technique.

 

Webb bros and their 300 TPI machines pause for the paparazzi.

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