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Dirt Rider July 2017

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Bonnier Corporation
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the extremes of our extreme sport

In the time between sending off the previous issue and finalizing this one, I was involved with the two extremes of what riding a dirt bike can be. The group at Motonation wanted to show off some of the company’s new gear, but the presentation was about 150 miles into Mexico by way of an adventure ride. I was to be outfitted head to toe with new gear, so I had only to bring an adventure bike and underwear. My now-former Baja consultant steered me away from Cycle World ’s Honda XR650L and toward Motorcyclist ’s Honda Africa Twin (which wore street tires). He assured me that 1,000cc of muscle would be just right. It’s great to have choices so long as you make the right choice. A few days later I…

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surratt tops two-stroke nationals

The sound of two-stroke motorcycles echoed through the hills of Glen Helen at the eighth annual MTA Two-Stroke Motocross World Championships, which brought more than 375 riders, including a 40-rider Pro entry. Ryan Surratt came out on top of a fierce battle with former GEICO Honda rider Zach Bell to claim the Open Pro win on his Honda CR250. Bell dominated the first moto but crashes plus a sixth-place finish in moto two dropped the multi-time Loretta Lynn’s champion to fourth overall. Mike Sleeter was second overall at 3-2, while Jon Ames went 2-4 for third. Bell has spent the last year recovering from a collarbone injury, and he is trying to get as many gate drops as possible before he makes his return to national competition this summer in the AMA…

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letter of the month

PRIZE Congratulations, James Brown—if that is your real name. Your letter won you a reply from Russell Bobbitt as well as a Vertex top-end kit for your bike! I was just looking at the April/ May issue with “Five Off-Road Tips with Russell Bobbitt” and something jumped out at me. Has he done something extreme to his rear suspension to lower it? If so, what did he do? In every photo it appears that the muffler and back fender are super low/close to the rear tire... I’m sure that he’s got it compressed some of the time, but every photo makes it look low. James Brown Denver, CO We asked Russell to answer this one directly. Here’s what he told us: “We don’t do anything to the frame or subframe to physically lower the…

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gear bag

SPY OPTIC COLE SEELY PRO MODEL OMEN MX: $100 When given the option to work out his own goggle deal after having a team deal, Cole chose Spy. spyoptic.com (855) 655-8980 100% ACCURI CHAPTER 11: $60 The urethane frame is super flexible, which also makes it super comfortable, especially if you have a weird face. No judgment. ride100percent.com (619) 876-4202 VON ZIPPER PORKCHOP MX BLUE MATTE TEEPEE: $85 When we think of eyewear, a cut of meat rarely comes to mind. The Porkchop is VZ’s premium goggle with quadfoam and outriggers. us.vonzipper.com (888) 511-1189 DRAGON NFX2 BLUR/INJECTED BLUE STEEL: $170 No floppy, thin lens here. This rigid, injected lens is dual layered to prevent fogging and locks into place on both ends. dragonalliance.com (800) 995-0008 SCOTT SPORTS PROSPECT: $89.95 If a lens pops out of a frame, it’s not…

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hot shots

RED BULL KTM’S RYAN DUNGEY, seen here at the East Rutherford, New Jersey, round, wrapped up his third consecutive (fourth total) 450SX Supercross title at the final round in Las Vegas after a dramatic race where Eli Tomac, once in the lead, paced himself to battle with Dungey and bunch up the pack rather than sprint off. Tomac’s hope was to put some riders between himself and Dungey at the checkered flag to make up a nine-point deficit. After a last-lap confrontation, Tomac emerged with a second and Dungey with a fourth—and the title by five points.…

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max gerston talks situational suspension settings

It helps to be fast if you want to be a successful motor cycle racer. It also helps to have a good working knowledge of bike setup and suspension settings—knowing how different settings affect the way the bike handles in different situations. Beta USA Factory Off-Road racer Max Gerston has done his homework when it comes to understanding how a click here or a click there affects handling in different situations. For this story we asked Max to leave out the sag setting, which is the first and most critical adjustment to make. Sag affects fork and shock performance as well as the overall stance, handling, and balance of the bike. It’s the first setting you need to get right, but for the purpose of developing a better understanding of these…