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Dirt Rider February - March 2016

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THE 17 KEYS Edison Dye—the father of American motocross and the original importer of the Husqvarna motorcycle brand—is widely remembered as being an avid benchracer who loved to talk about anything relating to dirt bikes. One story of Dye’s eager enthusiasm for discussing the mechanics of the sport involves a conversation he had back in the 1960s with a young twentysomething desert racer at a now-forgotten off-road race in Southern California. As the story goes, Dye explained that while riding a motorcycle seems complex, there are actually only 17 different things that a rider can do to control the bike. Master these 17 keys, Dye insisted, and you’ll be one of the best in the world. The young man listening to Dye took this wisdom to heart. He realized that the trick…

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canard, martin top all japan mx finale

After setting the fastest qualifying time at October’s Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas, Trey Canard furthered the notion that he’s healthy and ready for the 2016 season by winning the final round of the All Japan MX National Championship in Sugo, Japan, against some pretty stiff competition. In addition to Americans Cooper Webb and Jeremy Martin, the two newly crowned FIM World Champions— Romain Febvre and Tim Gajser—were also in attendance. At the end of the day, Canard claimed the overall victory in the two-moto format to top the 450 division. Canard fought hard with Webb in moto one before ultimately settling for second. However, when the gate dropped for moto two, Canard took the early lead and held off repeated challenges from Febvre before ultimately earning the moto win…

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mullins back on track

It’s been a long road to recovery for Charlie Mullins, who first injured his wrists nearly two years ago. The former National Enduro and GNCC champion has had multiple surgeries during that period, ultimately having the navicular bone removed in both wrists. Almost six weeks ago, Mullins, at the urging of his fatherin-law John Ayers, went to train with renowned motocross guru Aldon Baker, who has experience with the injury after having worked with Ryan Villopoto. Dirt Rider spoke with Mullins recently to see how he’s progressing. What made you decide that you wanted to work with Aldon Baker? My father-in-law and I talked to him to see if he was interested in kind of a boot camp program for me. He thought about it and said yes. Mid-September we got down…

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gear bag

1. TROY LEE DESIGNS ADVENTURE TRANSFER VEST BLACK: $225 InVEST in personal storage for your tools, snacks, spare parts, and puzzles if you get bored. troyleedesigns.com (800) 239-6566 2. PARIS CORPORATION WEEGO JUMP STARTER BATTERY + HOLIDAY BUNDLE (JS12 and BP26): $129.99 Instant juice when you need a boost, for both your bike and what you should leave in your pack (your phone). myweego.com (844) 699-3346 3. ABUS DETECTO 7000 RS1 BRAKE DISC LOCK: $139 This is like an alarm for your dirt bike. Now if it could only keep friends from stealing our tie-downs…abus.com/us (312) 640-1111 4. SMOOTH INDUSTRIES MX BBQ SPATULA: $24.95 Pull the choke (open the grill lid), kick the starter (light the fire), and grab a handful of throttle (grab this MX-inspired spatula)! smoothindustries.com (760) 732-3522 5. HEADWAVE TAG HELMET SPEAKER SYSTEM: $299 Good tunes can make any experience better,…

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letter of the month

To submit a letter to Dirt Writer, send an email to drmail@bonniercorp.com. Please do not submit any photos larger than 2 MB in size. You must include contact info—first and last name, phone number, email contact, and mailing address—in order to be eligible to receive any swag. All letters may be edited at our discretion. For more info and letters, log on to dirtrider.com. 300 > 350? I have a 2013 KTM 300 XC-W and just purchased a 2016 350 XCF-W. I was surprised at the difference between the feel of the bikes. The 300 seems to have way more grunt than the 350. Do you have any horsepower numbers on the two bikes? Other than changing the muffler and header, what would you recommend for getting more usable horsepower out of…

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2016 250f motocross shootout

We’ll cut right to the chase, and a chase it is: The Yamaha YZ250F is the winner of the 2016 Dirt Rider 250F MX shootout for the third time in a row, but the other bikes are improving and catching up. If you’re in the market for one of these racebikes, you’d do better to read up on the personality of each bike rather than just consider the ranking order. We’ve also included some rider opinions that sometimes contradict the majority opinions on the bikes, which just helps emphasize that the best bike for one rider might not be the top choice for another. HOW WE TESTED Due to the late timing of several bikes’ availabilities, this year we broke Dirt Rider protocol of having 10 hours on each bike at the…