READ DIRT BIKE! Can you name the rider who is reading Dirt Bike in this ’80s pic? A gritty competitor, he went on to a career in broadcasting.
WICKED TROPHY Troy Lee designed the championship trophy for Nationals, and he broke the bank with his vision. Both Eli Tomac and Ryan Villopoto received these custom surfboards as their championship mantlepieces.
THE LAST RIDE This book comes from the origi- nal Dirt Bike editor Rick “Super Hunky” Sieman. It’s the story of a man and his first dirt bike riding across the country all off-road! Then, 40 years later, he wants to recreate his travels on the very same DT1 Yamaha. Go to
www.superhunky.com for info on “The Last Ride.”
COVER-UP The Geico Honda boys remove the air cleaner after practice, put on a cover and then high-pres- sure-wash the snot out of the airbox. Twin Air makes a great product for this exact ordeal.
RUN ’EM OVER Geoff Aaron’s pit show during the Nationals is totally worth seeing. He performs antics on his trials bike that are literally anti-gravita- tional! Here is the one time he simply searched for traction using his MC as a knobby pad.
WHERE’S JAMES? A no-show for the final National, James Stewart posed for 9. 7 hours at the Red Bull tent on his practice bike.
ON CRANK Carl Cranke was one of the first ISDT heroes of a very young off-road racing world. Penton- mounted, Cranke was a free spirit who shocked the stodgy with his attitude and shut mouths with his speed and tenacity. He was also a tuner of incredible talent and helped play a role in the development of the Penton motorcycle.
PACK IT UP Aftermarket exhausts need to be repacked on a regular basis. A good rule of thumb is that when the sticker on the can starts to discolor, it’s time to install some new packing.
SOAP & WATER Rich Taylor from X Brand Goggles says the best way to wash goggles is with soap and water. Chemicals such as Windex eat away at the lenses’ coating.