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Red Bull Romaniacs: On the Edge

September 11, 2014 // 19,737 Comments

It is about 7:30 p.m. on July 10 when my flight descends through the clouds and in to the air space outside of Sibiu, Romania.  From my cramped, economy cabin seat I can see the rounded, glaciated peaks of the Carpathian Mountains. Sharp, rock-crowned peaks extend beyond the tree line further in the distance.  The plane banks to the right and reveals gray rain clouds moving away from Sibiu, leaving its red rooftops sparkling in the early summer sun.  The plane sets up for its landing and I [Read More...]

2014 Beta 250 RR

September 11, 2014 // 10,932 Comments

It finally happened.  A Beta two stroke made its way to the east coast.  Scott at Motoconnection out of Saint Albans, Vermont is one a handful of Beta dealers in the northeast and was able to acquire one.  He was then kind enough to let us spend some time with it.  The Beta rarely makes a showing in the east coast, in fact, there will be more Big Foot sightings along the east coast than Beta sightings.  Why is that?  It isn’t that Beta is disdainful of the east coast, it’s [Read More...]

Riding Tips: How to Ride the Rocks!

September 11, 2014 // 59,214 Comments

I have always been of the opinion that dirt bike riding is more art than science. That being said, proper technique for riding the rocks can be broken down in to a three part equation.   The proper approach for dealing with rock gardens is often counterintuitive: keep your speed up and attack.  But before you grab a gear and attack, you need to have your bike properly set up.   Take your suspension for example: run it too stiff and you will deflect all over and place and increase your [Read More...]

Long Term Relationship: 2014 KTM XC-W 250

September 11, 2014 // 56,804 Comments

It’s been about six months since our first review of the KTM XC-W 250, and in that time, my opinion of the XC-W has changed quite a bit.  It’s a classic case of the-more-I ride it, the more I like it.   I like it so much now that my KTM XC 250 hasn’t been started since November of 2013, and m  ost of you know that I am a unabashed XC 250 fan-boy.  Why all the love for the XC-W?  A bunch of reasons.  For starters I am riding the bike completely stock (save for the 51 [Read More...]

Enduro Spec Suspension

September 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

I am at a point where I don’t see myself getting any faster.  I am not the type of seasoned veteran like  Jeff Pasqua or Mike Lafferty that can meet and beat the speed of the younger throttle jockeys.  Still, I like to do well.  So rather than relying on twisting the throttle beyond my comfort zone, I need to employ all of the available options that help me ride to my potential.  In addition to improved fitness and efficient technique, a good suspension tuner is about the best investment [Read More...]
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