WARNING: Much of the action depicted in this magazine is potentially dangerous. Virtually all of the riders seen in our photos are experienced experts or professionals. Do not attempt to duplicate any stunts that are beyond your own capabilities. Always wear the appropriate
safety gear. Dirt Bike does all of its testing and photography legally on public land, or private land with permission from the owner(s), and
we abide by the local laws concerning vehicle registration and muffler/spark arrester requirements. We are not responsible for quality of
aftermarket accessories we use.
DIRT BIKE • FEBRUARY 2016• VOLUME 46, NO. 2
ON THE COVER: Husky’s FE450 off-road bike is back! Photo by Mark Tilley.
ON THIS PAGE: Our good buddy Brenden Lutes, CZ-mounted, at the Day in the Dirt Vintage GP. Photo by Spencer Rathkamp.
32 MILAN MOTORCYCLE SHOW
The official start of the motorcycle season starts
each fall in Milan, Italy, where the EICMA show takes
place. Some of the bikes you’ll see in the near future
and some you won’t. Life isn’t fair that way.
51 AMERICA’S BEST OFF-ROAD RIDERS
Dirt Bike’s annual list of the best in America. The
riders from GNCC, WORCS, ISDE, Enduro, Hare
& Hound, OMA, Hare Scrambles, Sprint Enduro,
EnduroCross and Baja all compete for the Caselli Cup.
94 HONDA 450 MODS
The 2016 Honda CRF450R is one of those bikes that
everyone likes as a friend but no one wants to marry.
It only takes a few mild modifications to change the
bike next door into a real sweetheart.
On location with Cody Webb as he survives the end
of the world. There’s been a big quake, and all that’s
left is one man, one bike and lots of time to ride.
Check out the Travis Fant production now showing at
The 2015 EnduroCross season started with just as
much drama as it began. It came down to the final
race in an epic war between Cody Webb and Colton
Haaker, but neither won the final battle.
70 DUAL-SPORT REPORT
A KTM 500EXC returns from an extended tour in
the Dirt Bike fleet where it got tickled, massaged and
trained to do things that other bikes can only dream
88 BAJA RALLY
So you think that rally riding is something that only
happens in South America, Africa or maybe on exotic
Italian islands? Not anymore. The rallies of Baja are
accessible, inexpensive and every bit as much of an
92 THE GOODS
Products like Moto Skiveez, Mitas E07 Adventure
tires, the Venture Heat Motorcycle Grand Touring
heated vest liner and the Givi Tourer helmet make the
adventure trip a little easier on the adventure rider.
16 RAW FILES
30 RIDERS WRITE
82 SUBSCRIPTION INFO/GIFT CARD
104 LEATT CHEST PROTECTOR
106 NEW PRODUCTS
108 MR. KNOW-IT-ALL
114 BACK IN THE DAY