SMOKE ON THE WATER No, this isn’t a Stones concert; it’s Blackwater circa 1982. Thirty-five thousand fans would slop through the Blackwater River to watch, help, coerce and possibly consume an alcoholic beverage or two. Think about it; they don’t get half that many spectators at an outdoor national.
UPSIDE DOWN Seated in the Husqvarna jersey is “Bad Brad” Lackey. To his left is Steve Simons who was helping Brad with his suspension. Steve went on to design and build the first upside-down fork and held the patent on it (making a bit of change since the OEs had to chip in) before switching gears and develop- ing the first mountain bike fork called the Rock Shox. He did pretty well with that little company.
BABY-POWDER SOFT Put some baby powder between the tire and tube. This will make mounting easier and prevent against pinch flats. The powder keeps the tire from rubbing on the tube and creating excess heat.
SNOWMOBILER TURNED SIX DAYS Montana’s Keith Curtis is a professional snowmobile racer, and the ISDE provided a wealth of personal firsts: first time traveling overseas, first time racing in Europe, first time racing the Six Days format. “I just thought it would be a little more on the tech- nical side of riding rather than motocross. Motocross isn’t some- thing I really practice; I did spend three days at a motocross track before I came here! It’s a cool format. It’s very good experience for me, and it’s really good cross-training for snow- mobile season.” He earned a silver medal for 31st in C2. ELDERLY ABUSE Now 40-ish, Mike Brown is not getting abused; he’s getting torqued into shape by Dr. Monti Sorem. He and Dr. James McGee have been Team USA’s ISDE medical staff the past couple years and have been instrumental in keeping the entire team going.
NOT ANOTHER HARRY POTTER FAN! Our own Mark Tilley was not scarred by a mighty battle with Voldemort; he actually bent down and kissed a hot exhaust pipe with his noggin during a Dirt Bike test ses- sion. OSHA now insists that he wear a helmet any time he gets within a two-mile radius of a motocross facility.
HEAT IT UP When applying graphics or num- bers in cold conditions, a little heat goes a long way. A heat gun or hair dryer will make the mate- rial pliable and easier to manipu- late into the desired position.
HOLD THIS When changing a rear wheel, don’t set the axle in the dirt; angle it in the exhaust opening. This makes a good holder and makes the axle easy to access once the new wheel is in place.