THE WEEKLY FEED: WILD HARD ENDURO/MOTOCLIMB VIDEO FROM THE BENTONITE BRAWL

BLAST FROM THE PAST

What a shot from the 1975 Viewfinders Grand Prix at Indian Dunes. The river jump was always wild and this Bultaco rider certainly just about sucked the seat cover off of his machine. Great catch Mr. Kiel!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

SOCIAL DISTORTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO JUKEBOX

 

Extreme video from the brutal Bentonite Brawl Hard Enduro and MotoClimb

 

DIRT BIKE MAGAZINE BACK IN THE DAY

Jim Holley, one of our premier testers at Dirt Bike back in 1984 jumping his YZ while reading a great magazine (for a subscription ad)

 

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Paul Whibley was a total animal and dominated the OMA series and the GNCC championships for years. After 12 years, two GNCC titles, six OMA Championships, one perfect OMA season and 17 consecutive wins, Kiwi off-roader Paul Whibley is called it a career.

 

GEAR BAG

Pro Circuit has released two all-new engine packages for the 2021/2022 Honda CRF450R/RX and Kawasaki 2021/2022 KX250 machines.

The CRF450R/RX package includes a High Compression Piston Kit, a Camshaft, and Valve Springs. The piston kit is manufactured by JE Pistons to Pro Circuit’s exact specifications to provide a significant boost in low-end torque and high RPM performance. The camshaft is newly designed and delivers a significant boost in low-end torque and high RPM performance, while the valve springs allow the engine to run at a higher RPM without loss of valve control.

The KX250 comes with both the High Compression Piston Kit and the Camshaft, but adds Titanium Exhaust and Intake Valves along with a Valve Spring Kit. Both the Exhaust and Intake Valves are designed based on race technology and manufactured by Del West, a leader in F1 racing valve technology. ,Each valve is made of strong titanium and spread with a thermal-nitride coating to increase performance, durability and reduce normal wear.

www.procircuit.com 

 

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KLIM RAPTOR GTX OVERSHELL JACKET

Early KLIM adventure jackets were actually Valdez snowmobile shells, worn over off-road padding by aggressive riders exploring the backcountry. The Raptor GTX Overshell Jacket is a shell-over-padding system born from a pedigree of KLIM shells that have been proven around the globe – including Dakar Rally stages. With chart-topping abrasion properties, comprehensive weather protection and off-road engineered construction, the Raptor GTX is built for aggressive dual-sport and adventure travel. Wear it over a jersey and off-road padding for excellent versatility and mobility through any terrain. Price: $649.00

 

www.klim.com

 

WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

This is just prior to the start of the Barstow to Vegas race in 1983. The race had been “interrupted” by the BLM since 1974 and 1016 racers entered the famous event. I’m here with Joe Colombero to my left and Randy Daugherty to my right. Joe and I worked together at Dirt Bike and Randy was a great friend and riding partner. None of us were savvy desert racers and went in blind. I remember that my pit crew was Roost (my better half) and Kevin who worked at Dirt Wheels. Two big things are stuck in the memory goo, first I was racing a Honda XR500 that was modified. And I couldn’t start it. It took anywhere from 10-50 kicks. On the starting line which is a ‘dead engine’ start a great enduro buddy of mine Bill Fulmer Sr. moseyed over and said to start it and let it idle. No one will notice as they’re all focused on the drop of the banner.

Incredibly, I followed his sage and it worked.

By the first gas stop I was in the top 15 and dealing with speeds that quite foreign to an enduro geek. But the gas stop was a stunner. It was like a city with banners, placards, flags and people all jostling for a good position to gas their rider. And I was looking for a little red head toting a gas can.

Incredibly once again. I found her immediately.

Off I went and was still running well when I got to the second gas stop- Kevin’s. I slowed considerably and waited for him to jump out and stop me as there were hundreds of people in the half mile long pit row. No such luck and I figured there must be another stop around the corner.

I ran out of gas 10-miles later and DNF’d.

Randy finished. Not sure about Joe.

Kevin said I looked right at him and just kept going. I’m certain the racing gods were not pumped about me taking liberties with the start and I was happy to get out there smiling and in one piece.

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