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Dear Dirt Bike,
Been waiting for a full test on the
Husaberg FE350 or maybe a 350
shootout. Anything in the works? Also,
any hop-up tips, like 20 things to do
to trick it out, would be cool. Keep
up the great mag; been a subscriber
since the good ol’ days of Super
Hunky and riding my DT-2.
The ’Berg 350 test reads as follows:
“Awesome!” We featured a modified
2013 FE350 in this issue and expect
either a KTM 350XCW or a Husaberg
350 test as soon as the 2014s are
A PASSION FOR THE DR650
First of all, thanks for publishing my
letter, and second of all, I had forgot I
called ya’ll dummies. I had my dander
up after reading the article and got a
little passionate. I apologize and hope
you can forgive my saying that. You
guys have my respect for the stories
and articles you write, and I never
meant to put down fellow riders. Keep
up the good work and ride safe.
WE WANT ONE LIKE THAT
Dear Dirt Bike,
I am 61 and have been racing bikes
since 1965. In 1998 I immigrated to
Canada from Southern Africa and have
been a Dirt Bike reader since 1999.
I have raced two-strokes and four-strokes on flat track, motocross, circuit racing and karting. I am, however,
a two-stroke man. My present bike
for off-road riding is a 2005 Yamaha
YZ250, which I bought new. I have
done the following work to the chassis: Guts Racing tall soft seat with
the center section saved by 1 inch.
ML2 lowering link with the correct
rear shock spring for my weight. Fork
springs for my weight. As well as a
18x2.15-inch rear rim with a Shinko
trials tire, Trail Tech side stand, E-Line
skid plate, Lightspeed frame protectors, One Industries Hurricane Yellow
kit and a Clarke 3.1-gallon yellow fuel
The motor modifications to date are
as follows: Steahly 9-ounce flywheel
weight, Boyesen ignition cover, FMF
Gnarly pipe with a FMF Q silencer,
V-Force 3 reed valve, K&N air filter,
and the complete wide-ratio gearbox
from a 2001 Yamaha WR426. These
modifications make my 2005 Yamaha
YZ/WR a really great trail bike to ride
in the mountains of British Columbia.
I am contemplating installing the
ESR YZ325 big-bore kit.
Two-stokes never die but only get
You called us dummies? We gotta
read those letters better.
FELLOWSHIP OF THE
We are the same age. I have been
riding trails here in Michigan for
over 40 years, and, in fact, we met
years ago in the UP when you were
there visiting with your brother Mike.
Last September I was in Chemnitz,
Germany, at the ISDE, and I was getting tired on that trip, but due to jet
lag and hiking around, I never thought
much about it. I flew home, then my
heart exploded—congestive heart failure. Obviously, I am still around, but
I am not zippy as a squirrel anymore.
The end result is an enlarged heart
with an efficiency rate of less than
40 percent. I am working full-time to
keep my sanity, but all of my activities have been either terminated or
are performed on a very limited basis.
I have sold off most of my toys, and
my KTM 450 is the next to be on the
block. I do some riding on dirt roads,
but I get nervous when I pass by a
sandbox. I am not ordering any long-term magazine subscriptions, either,
but I do have a cool sticker so I can
get the good parking spots.
Take care of yourself, because the
next step is a show-stopper. Enjoy
Dear Dirt Bike,
You guys are absolutely right when
it comes to adventure bikes—we can’t
leave them alone!
You seem to be getting your arms
around this unique and ever-popular
segment of the market. Always
remember the uniqueness of the
breed, our independent nature and
spiritually deep wanderlust!