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Getting Your Bike Ready for Spring

September 10, 2014 // 28,521 Comments

Just a few of the things you should check before you start flogging your bike again this spring Maybe your bike hasn’t sat idle all winter. Maybe you’ve been riding every weekend. If so, good for you.  Some of you guys, we know, put your bikes away and spend the winter in front of the boob tube, and that’s fine too.  Us, we stud up, flog it through the snow and ice and park in front of a warm hearth at sundown.  Cold spikes on wet ice isn’t for everyone, but sooner [Read More...]

2014 KTM XCF-W 250

September 10, 2014 // 215 Comments

We recently added a new section to the Trail Rider test loop.  The highlight is a steep, rocky climb preceded by a hard left turn that leaves no running room.  Ten feet into the ascent there is a collection of medium sized, awkwardly angled rocks that will derail the front end if it hit straight on, so it’s best to get the front end up and over the rocks and hit the initial climb on the back wheel.  After that, there’s about 15 yards of loose soil and rocks covering a flat bedrock [Read More...]

2014 GasGas XC 300

September 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Many Faces of GasGas I have been testing the GasGas line since 2010 and each year I experience a different side to its personality.  Last year the open terrain of Colorado exposed the bikes’ abilities to handle chopped-out double track at speed.  It also dispelled the notion that the GasGas was only good in the technical terrain.  After we dialed in the jetting and adjusted the Marzochi fork, the 2013 GasGas ate up the faster double track.  My brother Keith went on to ride the GasGas [Read More...]

Sherco Comes Out Swinging With Their Impressive 300 SE-R 2-Stroke

September 10, 2014 // 14,827 Comments

Doesn’t it seem like there is no longer a grace period for new entrants in the off-road motorcycle market? Right now the norm is for a new entrant to be immediately effective when the rubber meets the dirt. Sherco achieved that last year with their new 300i 4-stroke as did Beta with their 2013 2-stroke. Last year’s 4-stoke 300i impressed us in a lot of ways; it was light and agile – on par with or lighter than many 2-stokes. We even hailed the Sherco 300i as the Most Impressive Bike of [Read More...]

Vee Rubber VRM 300 Tackee GNCC

August 12, 2014 // 55,363 Comments

We are always on the hunt for an alternative to the Bridgestone M59/Pirelli MT 16 combination that work so well here in New England.  The rest of the country has a wide variety of tires and combinations to choose from but in New England, not so much.  Brian DeVries of LDA racing sells the Vee Rubber tire and offered up a pair of the VRM 300 Tackee GNCC for testing, feeling that the Tackee was a viable  alternative for handling the rocks and roots of the region. The Tackee line is a dual [Read More...]
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