THE WEEKLY FEED: BETA 300RR TRAIL TEST, CLASSIC HOPETOWN PLUS CRAZY VIDS

BLAST FROM THE PAST

The infamous Carl Cranke in the equally notorious Hopetown muddle in 1974. Mark Kiel captured the magic!

 

SOCIAL DISTORTION

 

Denver Enduro Cross is here!

 

 

Snagged this from a Mitch Mayes FB post

 

How about Frank Gallo?

 

 

 

VIDEO JUKEBOX

 

This is a strong video out of Australia where they are testing the new HQV 501. Impressive riding from Daniel Sanders!

 

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IN THE FIELD

Ryan Koch and I went to the Piutes yesterday getting some more trail time on the new Beta 300RR. This machine is dramatically improved over last year.
Strong bottom to mid power highlights the Beta 300. It’s a short shift and make traction machine and craves technical terrain.
My KTM 300 continues to evolve. Seat Concepts built me a saddle that I love! It’s super tall, a necessary mod for me since I had my knees replaced.
Kreft serviced and modified my WP Cone Valve suspension. My one snivel with the stock Cone Valve fork was that it wasn’t too plush. Kreft dialed it in and it is flat amazing!
With the Trax shock Kreft switched to progressive spring along with their valving mods. They maintained the ‘up and planted feel’ that the stock Trax shock exudes, but now the traction factor has improved and its ability to track and absorb rocky rooty terrain.
Moose Racing sent me on of the sano rear fender tool bags. I don’t overload it, but it allows me to ferret some tools and spares out of my but bag and onto the machine.
Out back I’m testing an IRC Vulcanduro VE33 Gummy. Man, fit with a Nitro Mousse soft foamer this is a Cadillac combo that makes for a great ride and incredible traction.

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Twisted Engineering’s Carbon bars offer great feel and good flex- great for long trail days.

 

WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

1979 was a teething year for the Wolfster and his Kolbe Can-Am 370. Too many DNFs plagued my season, flats, a few tranny issues and naturally some mind fugues caused by the pilot made it frustrating. By 1980 we had it figured out, the big Can-Am improved hugely and my results made Andy Kolbe smile.

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