Little known at the time for his off-road prowess, former GP star Rodney Smith made the transition with panache. At his first ISDE in Cessnock, Australia in 1992 Rodney stunned the enduro world with his special test speed and trail savvy. He almost won the overall, getting edged out by Giovanni Sala by mere seconds. It would be a harbinger of things to come as Mr. Smith went on to become one of the greatest off-road racers in American history.


1992 Cessnock ISDE Video: great footage, some epic crashes (but grab a sandwich it’s a little long)



This is some great footage of an event that is going viral in the off-road world.

Thanks Rob Mitchell



Directly from the 2015 World Championship models


During the season that just came to an end, the Beta Factory Team won the 125 Trial World Championship and the Trial World Cup. By starting with such a competitive product, the R&D department of the Beta factory further developed the Evo models to create the 2016 Factory Editions.

These new high-end trials bikes will be produced in the following versions: 125 – 250 – 300 2 stroke, and for the first time, a 300 4 stroke will be produced as well. Production of these models will be very limited for 2016.




Always being a Beta strong point, the engines receive further development for the Factory Editions including a reduction of weight. A weight savings of more than 3 lbs. enhances the performance while providing a more agile trials bike. Both clubman and experts will benefit from the lighter weight.

Among the most significant new features of the two stroke models are:

Titanium head pipe, considerably reduces weight and enhances the performance of the engine throughout the range.

Magnesium engine center cases, which noticeably reduces weight.

Silicone cooling hoses, reduces temperature and adds durability

Only for the 300 2 stroke version, new mapping of the control unit, which produces greater linear output and works together with the other engine updates.


On the 4 stroke model, the most important modification compared to the standard model is the introduction of a new titanium exhaust silencer, which reduces weight and provides added torque and over-rev. The sound is completely different as well, thanks to an extreme racing-style, “aggressive” design.


Single shock absorber with white spring; it has the same benefits of the one fitted on the 2016 Evo standard edition with a reservoir tank yet adds new valve settings aimed to perform better under limited traction situations.

White forks fitted with Factory caps that include an outer adjuster to manually change the dampening making it easy for on-the-go fork adjustments. This fork sets the standard for performance in the Trial industry.

Billet aluminum triple clamps anodized in red brings a key added value in terms of torsional stiffening of the front end and lighter weight.

Special components

Wrist kill switch, which allows you to use the motorbike under 100% safe conditions.

Anodized handlebar end caps, to protect the grips in case of a fall.

Rear sprocket decal for safety and to comply with some of the clubs rules.

Billet aluminum foot pegs with a non-slip steel insert for maximum grip of the boot even under extreme conditions while saving weight at the same time.

Racing disc brakes ensure a more powerful braking action, a more aggressive look and are lighter.

BrakTec clutch and brake pumps for greater braking feel.

X-Light Michelin tires, lighter and providing greater adhesion.



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Hinson Clutch Components Billetproof® Ignition Cover 2014-2016 Yamaha YZ450F


Hinson Clutch Components is now offering Billetproof® Ignition Covers for the 2014-2016 Yamaha YZ450F. Now available and in stock, get your hands on the Ignition Cover that Justin Barcia and Weston Peick use on their JGR Yamaha YZ450F race bikes.

  • Built specifically for and proven by JGR Yamaha
  • Innovative timing plug/oil fill hole
  • Akadized for extreme boot wear resistance
  • Improves heat dissipation
  • Stronger than stock
  • Precision machined from billet T-6 aircraft quality aluminum to aerospace tolerances





Stabilize Your Suzuki

2016 Ride Engineering Steering Stabilizer

Ride Engineering’s latest innovation for the motocross world is the all new steering head stabilizer bracket for one the best handling bike on the planet: the 2016 Suzuki RMZ250.

Now riders can add the ever popular Showa steering dampener to the nimble yet sometimes twitchy RMZ. This addition helps keep the bike going straight while entering and exiting rough corners and further improves cornering speeds.

New for 2016 models, the triple clamps are interchangeable with the RMZ450. Ride Engineering offers two offset options to tailor fit the handling of the bike to the rider’s needs.


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I stopped the SX action on my TV for either San Diego or Anaheim SX for a quick break and came back to this young lady showing off her pearly whites. I’m pretty sure that she would not be happy with this pic!


Love the screen capture that BP got of Chad Reed’s Factory Yamaha shooting fireworks at an early SX event.


Interesting results from the Valley Cycle Park race. Yes somehow I won, but look at the star power in the 250 and 125 class. Eddie Cole went on to start Answer Products, then 661 and now Matrix and Jim Hale started AXO USA and then Mechanix Wear, a fairly strong company that someone just offered 400 million to purchase. Hale turned it down. Yee haw!


The Dirt Bike team circa 1986. That’s Fran Kuhn, Twebb and Mike Webb.


This is Larry Roeseler during his Team Green days at the infamous Reche Canyon. This ribbon of trail sent many plummeting to the bowels of hell, your’s truly included!!!


Can you name me? I was a full Factory Yamaha off-road racer in 1981. My initials are not…LR.


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Go to for a look at the complete story, more photos and lots of factory hardware.


Your’s truly on my ’74 Maico 400 Radial at Valley Cycle Park. Pretty sure that I was racing open Expert, though the truth of the matter is that motocross was a loss leader for me, enduros and off-road was a gift from the heavens. But it took me until 1978 before I was talked into trying an enduro. Locally, if you didn’t race a Maico you really couldn’t play with the big boys. Smooth power, incredible handling and built around a brittle frame that needed weld jobs every single week, especially so after I had Mikes Racing Center move up the shocks. Still I loved these machines, but hated the 25 hours a week I put into getting them ready to moto!


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