THE WEEKLY FEED: ISDE UPDATES AND HOW THE KTM 300 REWROTE THE RULES

CAPTURED

The cover of the July 1972 issue of Dirt Bike featured none other than Rick Jones on his Steve’s Bultaco. Rick went on to become a top mechanic for both Gaylon Mosier (Maico) and Gary Semics (Kawasaki). Rick moved into the Dragster field and last we heard he was building motors for a top driver.

 

 

SOCIALLY RELEVANT NEWS

 

ISDE DAY 1

 

destryabbottDay 1 is done here and it was extremely tough for me. Two big crashes in the first three test and broke my front fender in one and then my headlight in the other. Dang trees jumped out at me 😬🙈. Seriously, this really is my first long race back from cancer and I was nervous with how my body was going to be, and I was hurting the last part of the day (still 27th OA Club Rider). Got some bad cramps and really struggled to push in the tests, I also don’t feel comfortable out there. It’s super sketchy and it’s just not worth risking it for me. Just going to keep plugging along and want to try and make it to the finish, which is going to be hard on me. Big thanks to all the people that volunteer their time here to help us at the pits and container. @ktmusa @thormxofficial @rekluse_motorsports @da8training @da8strong @fmf73 @sidimotousa @6dhelmets @shadesofgraymx 📷: @ama_racing #da8training #fcancer #mindovermatter #oldmanstrength #ktmusa #readytorace #isde #isde2018 #fimisde

 

ISDE DAY 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO JUKEBOX

 

 

 

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RED BULL KNOCKOUT: AN EXTREME BEACH RACE…BRUTAL!

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JUST COOL

 

 

HOW TO GO FAST!

Back in 1974 Dirt Bike Magazine came out with their One-shot: How to go fast! It was a very tech heavy piece with lots of charts and numbers. But how about the shot of Bryar Holcomb on the cover? Bultaco mounted, Norstar leathers and boots and hanging it out.

TRAIL TIP OF THE WEEK

What do you do when you snap off a lever at the track, or on the trail? If you rummage around long enough in the tool box you should be able to find something that will work as a makeshift lever.

 

WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

This not too sharp photo came from brother Mike via a social media thread. I qualified for the Czecho SDE on this 1991KTM 300. The machine rewrote what a good off-road 2-stroke should work like, both in performance and handling. This is a special test shot from a U.S. Qualifier. Check out the Acerbis plastic muffler, a pump up water system and on the back of my right boot is a little pack I carried for minimal tools- ie a Leatherman.
Here’s the KTM300 ready for battle. I ran it pretty close to stock, the long Acerbis muffler was super quiet and made for good bottom power. I ran a tall Ceet ‘tall’ saddle and the fork was valved by KTM’s Tom Moen. It was plusher than stock with better bottoming resistance. I also ran an Ohlins shock. I liked the overall planted feel it gave the machine.

 

This is the ’91 Czecho ISDE. It was a rented KTM 300 (which mirrored my U.S. machine) I carried my suspension, seat, bars and Acerbis muffler on the plane with me and raced the event with what I knew worked. What do I remember about the 6-day event? Long (170 mile) days, really fast trail pace  and my special test scores were all average. I basically rode at the same pace I rode on the trail to not lose any route points.

 

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