Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine Issue 497

For 37 years, Australasian Dirt Bike magazine has been the definitive source of information for off-road motorcyclists – from beginners wondering where to ride and what gear to wear, to seasoned riders getting their monthly fix of racing action and bike hot-up advice. The stories cater to junior riders, ’weekend warrior’ trail riders, full-blown racer-heads and the technically-minded. Bike tests, riding tips, equipment guides, race reports and rider profiles are all delivered with full-colour professional photography.

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we need you!

WITHOUT YOU, NONE OF THE STAFF WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PUT THIS AMAZING JOB ON THEIR CVS THIS IS ISSUE #497, which means ADB’s 500thisjust around the corner! It has taken over 45 years to make it this far and I think any product that can survive nearly half a century and 500 renditions is worth celebrating. However, this massive milestone could not be achieved without you, the readers. Sure, there have been some innovative Editors and excellent contributors over the years all raising the bar and making this magazine a major drawcard in the newsagents, but it is our loyal readers who have carried the mag for 500 issues. So, as a sign of appreciation foryourdevotionto ADB we are going to dedicate an entire issue to our readers. That issue will…

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pricey due

IT’S NOW COMPULSORY THAT RIDERS WEAR AIRBAG VESTS, DESPITE THE HEAT THE DAKAR RALLY was due to start on Sunday, January 3, just a day before this incredibly hotissueof ADB wentonsale, and finish on January 15. The forty-third running of what is often described as “the toughest race on Earth” is being held in Saudi Arabia for the second year but with the promise of major improvements from the blinding speeds and mind-numbing boredom of 2020. Saturday’s 11km prologue was being staged where all the teams and bikes landed, in Jeddah on the shores of the Red Sea, with pressure on Aussie guns Toby Price and Daniel Sanders, a Dakar rookie, to secure good starting positions for the race, but not too good. Starting Dakar up the front usually means a nightmare…

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daily dose

YOU CAN KEEP up to date with the Dakar Rally with daily televised updates on SBS of the previous night’s action. No doubt we will all be switching on to see how the Aussie riders are doing. If you want desert drama at your fingertips, you might be stoked with the Dakar app for 2021, with a new presentation format and improved data protection. As always, Dakar news and updates will be available on the media channels below. OFFICIAL WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: Dakar TWITTER: Dakar INSTAGRAM: Dakarrally…

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what’s new

THE LAST DAKAR was filled with thrills, spills and, unfortunately, tragedy. Dutch rider Edwin Straver and popular Portuguese veteran Paulo Goncalves were killed during the race. In an attempt to reduce the danger, race organizers have implemented some new rules. Firstly, the course has been altered to reduce the length of, and number of fast sections in, the special stages. To make life easier, the marathon stage will run directly after the rest day, not before. As trialed last year, the “roadbooks” will not be handed out to riders the night before each stage, which allowed factory team experts to “scope” the route. Riders will receive their roadbooks just 20 minutes before the start of each special stage, during which time they will have to load them in their holders. Especially tricky…

2 min
long road there

ANDREW HOULIHAN HAS taken the long road to Dakar but, at 51, he’s as ready as he’ll ever be. Hailing from Albury, on the northern side of Victoria’s ring of steel, Houlihan will race the #62 KTM 450 Rally Replica with support from the Swiss-based Nomads Adventure Team. Houlihan estimates he has racked up more than 130,000km of riding in the past 18 months to prepare for Dakar and, while he has done everything he can to prepare, COVID-19 has only added to the complexity. “It’s the best race in the world and I just want to be in it and complete it. I’m in really good physical condition and I have completed a lot of navigation training,” he says. “I’ve done my best to surround myself with a lot of professional, high-end…

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sanders’ dakar debut

AUSSIE ENDURO GUN Daniel Sanders is embarking on his first Dakar with the might and power of the KTM Factory Racing Team behind him. The 2019 International Six-Days Enduro champion is on a steep learning curve but he is in fast company and under the guidance of probably the best team in the race. “Preparing for Dakar is a lot different to preparing for the Four-Day (A4DE) or Hattah. The days are a lot longer and there isn’t the focus on fitness and intensity like there is for Hattah or sprint speed for a Four-Day Enduro,” Chucky says. “Dakar preparation is on another scale, with the mental fatigue and the concentration levels so high for such a long period of time. The fitness is different because of the endurance required for Dakar…