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Dirt Rider April 2015

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TRADING PLACES A few months back, my wife asked if I’d be cool with her competing in the upcoming Mrs. California pageant. “Are you kidding me?” I replied. “Absolutely!” Having been together for more than a decade— more than half of which she has spent as a Denison—Heather has endured my shenanigans with saint-like patience and love. Considering all the long road trips, cold mornings at the track, dirty gear in the washing machine, and complete lack of available space in our garage, supporting her in a pageant was the least I could do. Shortly thereafter, Heather competed for and was able to win the Mrs. California title, which earned her a ticket to compete in the Mrs. America National Pageant (the qualifying system works a bit like the Loretta Lynn’s…

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kurt caselli ride day

2ND ANNUAL On the heels of the recent Dirt Rider Ride Day benefitting the Kurt Caselli Foundation—a successful fund-raising day at LACR—the 2nd Annual Kurt Caselli Ride Day took Glen Helen Raceway by storm. Riders and friends flooded in from all over Southern California to support the foundation, raise money, and enjoy a very fun day of riding wet dirt following a rare California rainstorm earlier in the week. The day began with the introduction of a silent auction and continued with a live raffle at lunchtime, with great prizes from Renthal, Bell, KTM, FMF, DVS, and several other proud sponsors. The turnout among pro riders was absolutely massive, with everyone from Ivan Ramirez to Davi Millsaps making it out to shred laps on the perfectly prepped Glen Helen MX track. Additionally,…

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• The American Motorcyclist Association announced the 2014 AMA Motorcyclists of the Year: AMA members Bryan Carroll and James Walker. Carroll and Walker directed and produced Why We Ride, a documentary that promotes modern motorcycling across every discipline and is spearheading a new era of creativity in filmmaking about the sport.• Youth stream recently announced that the 2015 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship will take place on the weekend of July 19 at the circuit of El Molar in Madrid, Spain.• Josh String inked a two-year deal with Husqvarna and will be contesting the 2015 GNCC Series aboard a Husqvarna FC 450 in the XC1 Pro class and will also race the National Enduro series aboard an FC 350. • Motocross star turned off-road racer Ryan Sips has negotiated a…

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life after racing

MIKE LAFFERTY Mike Lafferty is not one to stand in one spot for any length of time, and, in fact, he says he’s busier now than he was before he retired from racing. After 20 years of racing, Lafferty is now working for KTM with its Ride Orange Program. He’s also working with the National Enduro Promotions Group, helping with the clubs hosting the Kenda AMA National Enduro events to ensure the courses are up to NEPG quality. According to Lafferty, the last race of the enduro series was on September 15, and September 16 he jumped on a plane and went out to California, and he’s been hitting it ever since. “The cool part of the job was I got to go out and go on a rider rally, riding the…

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gear bag

Novik Gloves Cold-War Glove: $34.95 These gloves aren’t cold hearted, cold blooded, and won’t give your hands the cold shoulder. novikgloves.com (970) 977-1052 Flying Tiger Motorcycles 2 Stroke Smoke Candle: $20 Finally! Now we don’t have to fire up the bike in the living room anymore. flyingtigermoto.com (314) 645-7425 Works Connection Steering Stem Nuts: $29.95 Route that KTM or Husky gas cap vent hose just like all the Japanese-bike mounted guys and gals at the track. worksconnection.com (888) 224-8839 GoPro Hero4 Silver: $399.99 In a world where we are more obsessed with ourselves, use this camera to record a friend and share the love. gopro.com (888) 600-4659 Bel-Ray Bike Wash: See your local dealer for pricing Cleanliness is next to godliness, as they say, and riding dirt bikes always takes us to a place of divinity. belray.com (732) 938-2421 EXTRA Un-darting A Dirt Bike We ride a…

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letter of the month

WHAT WERE WE TALKING ABOUT? Despite my best efforts to stem the tide of senility (stashing your magazine and highlighting articles for future use but then, apparently, throwing out said articles), I seem to recall you recommended a gas cap for 2012–present KTMs that would replace the stock one, which can lock in place at the most inopportune times (like this weekend’s hare scramble where it took two guys plus the rider, me, to get it loose). I did find the Nihilo Concepts cap, however. I wanted to make sure this was the one that you recommended. Thanks again, and I do enjoy your magazine, particularly when I get to read a monthold issue that I have no recollection of reading previously. Bill Hitchcock Lakewood, CO The gas cap you seek is in fact…