THE WEEKLY FEED: MIKE MELTON ENDURO HERO, GRAHAM GARVIS HOT VIDEOS

BLAST FROM THE PAST:Mike Melton Team Husqvarna

Mike Melton was one of the fab three (Burleson-Cunningham-Melton) racing for Husqvarna in the early 80s. Dick Burleson was coming to the end of his racing career and Mike was a young kid who was brutally fast in tight gnarly woods. In 1981 Burleson got chewed on by Terry Cunningham and Mike, both of whom were trying to make their marque by stopping DB’s 7-year National Enduro title win streak and beat their boss. Both worked for Husqvarna, under Burleson. Burleson retained his title-barely in ’81, TC (Cunningham was second and Melton in third. The next year TC won the title but had Mike right in his blind spot the entire year. In 1983 Mike won the National Enduro title, finished Top American at the ISDE in Wales and was named AMA’s Amateur Athlete of the year.

NICE JOB!

ENDURO ENGINEERING/XC GEAR HONOR VETERAN

With two riders out of commission due to injury, XC Gear/Enduro Engineering/Husqvarna decided to fill one of the empty seats by honoring a local veteran with a chance to ride one of the race bikes in the Cajun National Enduro in Forest Hill, Louisiana. Thirty-year-old veteran Matt Barrett was chosen to ride the XC 300 for XC Gear/Enduro Engineering/Husqvarna, and he came away with an 11thplace finish in the 30+ B division.

Of course, giving a Veteran a chance to ride was not all about results for XC Gear/Enduro Engineering/Husqvarna. It was about honoring a veteran and Matt was more than qualified. He spent eight years in the Marines and at one point served in Afghanistan. The Louisiana-native also comes from a long lineage of Marines, both family and friends, and he honored them by putting their names on his side plate.

“I can’t thank XC Gear, Enduro Engineering and Husqvarna enough for the great opportunity,” said Barrett. “I was medically discharged in 2014 and I’m glad to be back home riding dirt bikes with family and friends.”

 

VIDEO JUKEBOX

 

This series of behind the scenes with the Red Bull U.S. motocross teams (Factory KTM and Troy Lee KTM) is so worth watching. Super well done, informative and great footage!

 

 

 

KTM Factory racing is prepping for a second season of World Enduro Super Series action with a four rider team.

 

 

This is a brilliant bit of Go Pro film from Graham Jarvis at the Machete Hard Enduro. Just listen to his engine as he passes hordes of riders in some ugly terrain.

 

SOCIAL DISTORTION

 

 

GEAR BAG

 

PRO CIRCUIT TI-6 PRO EXHAUST: HONDA CRF250R

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Rekluse is now offering Factory Formulated Oils for the off-road market.These new oils have been engineered and tested to ensure they meet Rekluse’s  standards of performance. Rekluse Factory Formulated Oil is the perfect complement to any OEM, or aftermarket clutch. They’re a  full synthetic and Rekluse Factory Certified for use with Rekluse auto and manual clutch systems. $18.99 per liter.

www.rekluse.com 

 

 

IN THE: I NEED TO TRY THIS FILE!!

 

WHEN MEN WERE…PRETTY STINKIN’ GNARLY

Can-Am’s Skip Olson was a threat to win a National Enduro title and wasn’t what you’d consider to be a little guy. He raced in an era ‘pre-handguards’ and in a time when the races were long, brutally tough and super tight. Look at this bars, right around 29″, he padded his levers with rubber so that he slammed into trees the levers wouldn’t bruise his knuckles! Skip finished second behind Dick Burleson in the 1976 National Enduro title run.

WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

I’ve had a passion for the KTM 300 since 1991, when the machine jelled into what I considered to be the perfect sized off-road machine. With a bit more bottom power than a 250, the KTM 300 was easier for me to ride because it was light, manageable and you could short shift and lug- rather than rev and howl like I had to ride a  250. This is 1992, in my high desert Disneyland.

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