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Dirt Rider June 2016

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#400 As I sit at my computer writing this column—one of the final stories for this issue of Dirt Rider—I can’t help but feel truly honored to be sending our 400th issue off to the printer. The significance of this milestone is vast, both in terms of how the sport has changed in the past 34 years, as well as considering how rapidly media has been evolving. What began as a simple print magazine is now a multi-faceted media brand, and the digital transformations that have occurred in the past few decades have done as much to alter the publishing industry as four-strokes have done to change the sport of motocross. But in the end, Dirt Rider ’s primary goal has remained the same: to provide awesome content for our loyal…

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key advice every rider should know

NOTE: TIPS THAT CAME FROM A SPECIFIC SOURCE WILL HAVE AN ATTRIBUTE LISTED. TIPS WITH NO ATTRIBUTE HAVE BEEN PULLED FROM DIRT RIDER’S EXTENSIVE LIBRARY OF CONTENT, INCLUDING BACK ISSUES OF THE MAGAZINE, DIRTRIDER.COM, AND THE TOTAL DIRT RIDER MANUAL. ENJOY! Even if you’ve been reading Dirt Rider since our first issue in December of 1982, you likely still do not know everything there is to know about motorcycles. On the other hand, if you’re all new to the sport, you’re probably sucking in knowledge like a freshly cleaned air filter. In celebration of our 400th issue, the Dirt Rider team has compiled the most comprehensive list of tips ever to appear in this magazine. There are 400 different hints, secrets, suggestions, and pieces of advice relating to all things two…

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issue #400: a look back

DIRT RIDER IN THE BEGINNING Issue 1 of Dirt Rider magazine was published in December of 1982. Now, we can’t claim to be the first or oldest dirt bike magazine out there, yet Dirt Rider was born out of a need for more: more testing, more substance, more specs, a more technical understanding of a rapidly evolving segment of motorcycle recreation. And with all of the new technology being introduced, Publisher Richard Lague and Editor-In-Chief Charles Morey wanted a more scientific and quantifiable way of assessing a motorcycle. In the early days of Dirt Rider, each bike test was accompanied by a full page of specs that included a parts cost chart, dyno chart, front suspension damping chart, rear suspension damping chart, linkage leverage ratio chart, and rear-wheel load spring force…

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gear bag

1. MICHELIN StarCross 5 Soft Tire: See your local dealer Be like Goldilocks and choose which tire is just right. These come in Soft, Medium, Hard, and Sand. michelinman.com (866) 866-6605 2. OBIE LINK GUARD Link Guard: $44.95 Like an extension of your skid plate, this linkage protector has your underside covered. obielinkguard.com (208) 949-7299 3. JUST 1 RACING J12 Full Carbon Helmet: $449 A model of specialization, this company makes “just one” type of helmet—carbon fiber. just1racing.com 4. CYCRA ULTRA Probend CRM Wraparound Hand Guards: $189.95 Bark busters? These burly guards are more like tree and rock busters! cycraracing.com (800) 770-2259 5. SPOT LLC Spot Gen3: $149.99 With one of these you can truly leave your phone at home and enjoy a pure, dirt bike-enabled digital detox without losing touch with your loved ones. findmespot.com EXTRA SEE SPOT RUN Hiring a…

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dirt writer

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. GIVE US A MULLIGAN ON THIS ONE! Chris, you left out a major difference between the XC and XC-W, at least for the non-MXer: lights! They beat a flashlight and duct tape any day. Jim Mulligan Oakland, NJ Jim, thanks for pointing that out—you’re absolutely right! I know that for me, headlights never bothered me on a bike. I’ll ride a bike with a headlight on a motocross track all…

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when ktm met kyb

A few weeks ago, Jonny Weisman from TBT Racing in Arizona called to say that he had Taylor Robert’s 2015 Factory Edition KTM 250 SX-F EnduroCross machine for us to test. But when he told us that after he got it, Weisman converted the WP 4CS fork to a KYB fork (internals only), we got even more excited to see if this really would in fact help the chassis feeling of the KTM. The question we at Dirt Rider always get about the KTM is, “What if KTM put KYB suspension on its bikes? How would it be?” Jonny told us he gets this question a ton as well, so he thought he would do something about it. This KTM started out as a 2015.5 250 SX-F Factory Edition, but a…