BLAST FROM THE PAST: Marty Smith
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This last weekend I traveled to Crested Butte Colorado to test a modified KTM built by Slavens Racing. It’s a 2020 KTM 300 XCW TPI, a machine that we haven’t gotten to test yet- so I was chomping at the proverbial bit to ride the machine. Too, I hadn’t done a road trip in a while and was coaxed into driving there with my good friend Brian Palmer. He, Frank Costanzo and I slammed our machines into Brian’s truck and drove 13 hours up to Crested Butte. We got in two good days of riding, led by Jeff Slavens and a surprise guest appearance by Fritz Kadlec. Fritz at one time was one of the top off-road racers in the U.S. and now owns a Husky dealership in Gunnison, CO. It was big fun at an 8,800 foot starting point where the air was sparse and the terrain tough, cobby and very challenging.