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Dirt Rider April - May 2017

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Bonnier Corporation
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are we having more fun yet?

You’ll find in this issue another installment of our “Men and Machines” stories where we take you inside the factory pits. Each time we do this, the factory teams, and especially the factory mechanics, give us some of their limited time to let you a little further into what they build and what they do. But this year it felt like every mechanic and every team crew member was in an even better mood than in years past. They shouldn’t have been—heavy rains bracketed every one of the first three races where we spoke with them, which means harder pit setup and more “what if” preparation, but the mechanics were, if not actually chatty, full of good spirit and happy to share information and shoot videos with us. Two especially so. When…

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superenduro midseason report: haaker dominates

A dominating performance at round two of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Riesa, Germany, catapulted defending series champ Colton Haaker to the top of the series standings. Haaker turned a hat trick in Germany, winning all three of the Prestige class finals to claim the overall win ahead of Spaniard Alfredo Gomez and Britain’s Jonny Walker. With the event marking the midway point of the championship, Haaker’s win moves him 22 points ahead of Gomez in the championship standings. “Getting the win was great,” Haaker told Dirt Rider magazine. “I feel like it was vital to winning another championship. I felt like I rode as decent as I could considering I got arm-pump during the mains. I didn’t really like the track—it was pretty one-lined, and it was pretty tough…

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gear bag

INDIAN CREEK DESIGNS COMPACT OIL COOLER FOR ’10–’16 CRF450R AND ’07–’17 CRF450X: $249 You can skip the modifications and hoses that normally come with an external oil cooler with this compact design. It replaces your Honda’s oil filter cap and is good to go. shop.icdproducts.com LEATHERMAN TREAD TOOL: $165 Leatherman just came out with a metric version with 6mm to 12mm hex wrenches among hex drives, screwdrivers, and other tools. leatherman.com (800) 847-8665 WD-40 SPECIALIST SPRAY & STAY GEL LUBRICANT: $8.97 WD-40 now has a full line of mechanicoriented products in its Specialist line. This gel lube is designed have all the benefits of WD-40 without the drips. wd40.com (888) 324-7596 LIQUI MOLY MOTORBIKE SPEED ADDITIVE: SEE YOUR LOCAL MTA DEALER This fuel atomizer (not octane booster) can be used at will whenever you want a little extra performance and throttle response. liqui-moly.com BOLT MOTORCYCLE HARDWARE YZ-F…

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hot shots

SUPERCROSS TOUGH HEAT RACE? You are looking at three 250SX Region Champions and one runner-up in RCH Suzuki’s Justin Bogle, Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin, Rockstar Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson, and Rockstar Husqvarna’s Dean Wilson. Who you can’t see are Monster Energy Yamaha’s Chad Reed, Rocky Mountain ATV/KTM’s Davi Millsaps, and American Honda’s Cole Seely. Anderson went on to win this battle in Oakland, with Musquin and Seely rounding off the top three. In the main event, Anderson finished the night with a fourth overall, Musquin came in ninth, and Bogle crashed and was unable to finish.…

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2017 off-road shootout

For the off-road rider, finding the right bike can sometimes be tough. We mean, you’re logging hours upon hours of seat time, maybe hundreds of miles in one day, and when you ride that much you end up nitpicking every little thing you don’t like about your chosen steed. We wanted to take five behemoths of the (closed course) off-road world and compare them with said nitpicky-ness like they were our very own. We decided to focus this shootout on machines for the rider who might hit a GP or GNCC on Saturday but ride with some of his or her moto buddies on Sunday—basically bikes for fast, aggressive-type off-road racing and riding as well as being able to attack motocross tracks. This kept enduro bikes and trailbikes out of…

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men and machines

With a new year comes a new supercross season and new bikes to dial in. We toured the pits at the early rounds of the SX series and grabbed one of each color to tell you what’s on the factory supercross machines of 2017 and what performance traits some of the top racers are striving to get out of their machines. It’s interesting that all four of the bikes here that come with air forks have converted to coil spring forks, and both of the bikes that come stock with coil spring forks are running air forks. Also, the bikes that come stock with traction control are the two bikes here with the least amount of electronic componentry. All of the information in this story is based on what we…