How a box of old parts
turned into a competitive racer
It was probably the dumbest idea that ever came out of an editorial meeting. These meetings are already known to generate cases of
mass stupidity, as editors, staff members and
test riders get together to discuss future issues
of Dirt Bike, but this particular idea was special.
“Why don’t we get a super-cheap used bike
off Craigslist and see how far it goes in the 24
Hours of Glen Helen?” someone said.
“You know what would be good?” chimed
in someone else. “If we raced it as-is, no race
“Okay, but what if we had all the parts in the
pits, ready to go? When the clutch breaks, we
put in a new one. When the tires go flat or when
we break spokes, we put on new wheels. You
have to do most of that stuff during the 24-Hour
The editors were working up a frenzy. “Yeah,
that would be great. We could start the race
with a used, clapped-out motorcycle and finish
with a brand-new one! It would be the opposite
Thus it began. Dirt Bike’s entry into the 2014
JBC 24 Hours of Glen Helen would be the most
memorable effort in years. The search for the
most wretched used bike on Craigslist began.