THE WEEKLY FEED: PAUL WHIBLEY- ONE OF THE TOUGHEST RACERS EVER

CAPTURED: Paul Whibley Team Suzuki Off-Road 2007-2008

Paul Whibley always got tough as the conditions worsened. He was hugely fit and dug deep and smiled when others grimaced at ugly- weather plagued events.

 

When Paul used a whole roll of duct tape to protect his hands in a mudder, the team frowned because the bike looked ‘hack’ heading to the line. When he was on the podium after a three hour grueler all bad thoughts vanished.

 

In the OMA world Whibley took over Jimmy Jarrett’s reign with 5-straight championships from 2008-2012, then won again in 2014.

Paul Whibley was one of the most dominating off-road racers on the U.S scene from 2008 all the way to 2014. He won six OMA Championships, had 19 wins in GNCC competition and one championship. Paul could win on any machine, racing a Honda early on, switched to Suzuki, then Kawasaki and finished his career racing for Team Am Pro Yamaha. In 2007 and 2008 he raced for Team Suzuki Off-road, which was a powerhouse in the off-road arena. These words come from Mike Webb, who was the team manager.

“Paul raced for two years with the team. I always admired his work ethic, he worked as a lumberjack in his native New Zealand before coming stateside and he carried that blue collar discipline with him. When I first hired him, he and his late wife were living primarily in their beater Ford van traveling from race to race.

He was a no nonsense guy and stubborn as hell, but I liked that. Of all the great off road racers I had he might have been the best mudder, he wasn’t the fastest but was far and away the toughest.

One year at the GNCC opener in Fl., Paul was getting his gear on prior to the start and had tossed his chest protector in the grass outside the semi as he dressed- he wore it under his jersey Euro style. He then put on his chest protector and then his jersey. Suddenly he’s frantically ripping off his jersey and pulling off his chest protector. Turns out he had tossed the protector into a mound of red fire ants hidden in the grass. He immediately had huge welts appearing all over his upper body. I looked at him and asked “Paul what can we do”? He just started getting dressed again and said “nothing mate”, and calmly went to the line, I think he finished on the box.

His bike was set up like the other team bikes but with his suspension spec. I do remember him at a mudder taping small sticks length wise on his grips, we all looked in disbelief but then he went out and won the OA. He additional edge on the grip when muddy let him hold on far easier. He was a gnarly dude who was hugely underrated in his career.”

NEWS

 

BOYESEN BUDDY BOOGIE SPEED FESTIVAL AT PAGODA MC

 THE NORTHEAST AND MID-ATLANTIC’S PREMIER DIRT BIKE FESTIVAL

Brought to you by Motocross Action Magazine, Dirt Bike Magazine and ThumperTalk.com

 Calling all Motocross, Enduro, GNCC, Cross Country, casual riders… young and old, fast and slow. This is YOUR CALLING. The Boyesen Buddy Boogie is a unique Dirt Bike Festival designed to offer the best collective Riding and Racing experience available in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Boyesen Engineering, Motocross Action Magazine, Dirt Bike Magazine, and ThumperTalk.com are proud to showcase the 1st Annual Boyesen Buddy Boogie Speed Festival held at Pagoda MC in Birdsboro, PA. The Boyesen Buddy Boogie has been created to include the full spectrum of Motocross and Off-road and has been designed to be a weekend-long celebration of the best that each discipline has to offer. From beginner youth riders and casual riding enthusiasts, to some of the fastest and most accomplished regional Moto and Off-road pilots, the Buddy Boogie Speed Festival promises to be a fun and approachable event that offers a weekend packed with family fun, riding and racing! The Boyesen Buddy Boogie is slated to be a can’t miss event with opportunities to gather as friends, as competitors, and most importantly as FAMILY to celebrate all things Moto and Off-road in one single destination event. The Buddy Boogie offers riders the most available riding time throughout the weekend. Call your Buddies and come out and Boogie!

http://www.pagodamc.org/boyesen-buddy-boogie

 

 

AN ELECTRIC HONDA SUPER CUB?

The Honda Super Cub is a legendary retro-styled motorbike that has been in continuous production since 1958. With over 100 million units sold, it holds the record for being the most produced motor vehicle in history. Shanghai Customs began producing their own eCubs two years ago, which originally came with a 2,000 W motor and could reach speeds of up to 80 km/h (50 mph). To build the eCubs, the company starts with a stock Honda Super Cub and then goes to work on it, gutting the engine and gas tank to replace them with a 1,000 watt rear wheel electric hub motor.

For more go to : https://electrek.co/2018/08/08/iconic-honda-super-cub-electric/

 

MORE E BIKES

A New Zealand based company, UBCO, has developed an all-wheel drive electric bike that is now available here in the states. It was made for the Kiwis to explore more rugged  terrain while having the benefits of electric drive.

http://www.ubcobikes.com/us/products/

 

 

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GEAR BAG

GET JumpStarter is a mini and portable emergency starter which allows you to restart your bike in any critical condition. Light and compact, JumpStarter is easy to use and extremely safe thanks to a special protection against overvoltage and inversion of its power supply polarity. Jump starter has a LED torch included and it can also be used as a Power Bank to charge all your electronic devices. ATHENA USA INC.

www.athenaparts.com, www.getdata.it

 

www.kendatire.com

 

NEW TROY LEE DESIGNS OFF-ROAD GEAR

www.troyleedesigns.com

 

 

www.renthal.com 

 

 

WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

Back in 2001 the KTM four stroke was quickly becoming the off-road thumper of choice. They still had not broken into the main stream moto world with their four stroke, as the hiring of Roger DeCoster and Ryan Dungey was still 11 years off. But the off-road the world was morphing from quiet and heavy trail bikes to hard-core off-road oriented, lightweight machines. In our 400cc Off-road shootout we wrote: There’s a clear winner here: the KTM 400EXC. Good power, versatile suspension and awesome handling work everywhere. It’s the best bike for the east or the west and it’s the best bike if you race or just play ride. The only real problem is that if you haven’t already put a deposit on one, you probably can’t get one until next year.” Ron Lawson shot me here outside of Hesperia (the land of Ty Davis and Larry Roeseler) testing the incredible 400 EXC.

 

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