A PLATED SMOKER? We featured a story on BestDualSportBikes.com’s Dave Simon and his YZ250 in the August 2013 issue of DB. His machine has now evolved further and provides him with transportation to work. How good is life when you have a plated YZ250 to conquer traffic?
LIGHTENING CONQUERS PIKES PEAK For the first time at a major motorsports event, an electric motorcycle beat all similar gas-powered competitors at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It not only finished first in the Exhibition Powersports division, but was also faster than the 82 other motorcycles entered in the legendary race.
FOX MUSEUM OPENING At the grand opening of the Fox Museum, Bob Fox talked about the evolution of Fox Racing. He thanked the professional motocross racer Brad Lackey for his testing, rider feedback and unspoken endorsement of Air Shox by bolting them onto his bike. Kent Howerton was another motocross athlete he thanked for choosing the Air Shox to race the AMA race season after a single day of testing. “I had no idea how important that decision was—how important that day was going to be—for my future,” remembers Bob. Kent ended up winning the 1976 500cc AMA National Motocross Championship that year. He won it using Fox’s Air Shox. “That really put us on the map in a big way.
WHO? If you’re wondering where Kailub Russell procured his rac- ing genes, look no farther than former 1991 National Enduro champion Jeff Russell—or Dad. YESTERDAY The Blackwater 100 was the catalyst to the GNCC series, and Husqvarna’s Mark Hyde dominated the action in 1982, 1986 and 1987. Here he’s taking the win on his Husky Auto, complete with a floppy front Metzeler. MOTO ARCHIVES Can-Am factory rider Jimmy Ellis was known for his tenacity and having the muscle to hang onto the rotary rocket. It was reputed to han- dle “uniquely” but blew out power that was legendary.
COVER THAT HOLE Doesn’t matter if you plug it, stuff it, tape it or just cover it up, make sure it’s done before you start the pressure washer! That’s right, we’re talking about covering the exhaust to prevent water from making its way inside.
WIGGLE IT JUST A
LITTLE Every time you load your bike, wiggle the back wheel once it’s tied down. This is a quick way to check a few things, such as the condition of the rear wheel bearing, making sure the spokes are tight and, of course, making sure the rear wheel is tight.