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Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine Issue 486

For 37 years, Australasian Dirt Bike magazine has been the definitive source of information for off-road motorcyclists – from beginners wondering where to ride and what gear to wear, to seasoned riders getting their monthly fix of racing action and bike hot-up advice. The stories cater to junior riders, ’weekend warrior’ trail riders, full-blown racer-heads and the technically-minded. Bike tests, riding tips, equipment guides, race reports and rider profiles are all delivered with full-colour professional photography.

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in this issue

3 min.
exciting times ahead

ALONG COMES THIS KID WHO ALLEGEDLY POSTED THE FASTEST TIME OF ANY RIDER THIS YEAR ON THE HONDA TEST TRACK FIRST OF ALL, I want to extend our condolences to the thousands affected by the bushfires. It breaks my heart to see our country burning and fellow Australians losing everything. It has been difficult watching footage and seeing images of our beautiful bushland and wildlife obliterated. The Green Wattle Creek fire skimmed the back paddocks of our cattle farm but, fortunately, a wind change turned it away at the last minute. So many others were not as fortunate, with ADB’s Heritage Editor, Warren Jack, evacuated over the New Year’s break from his home on the South Coast. He was one of the lucky ones whose house was left standing. We are aware of…

4 min.
brabec breaks drought

RICKY BRABEC HAS become the first American to win the Dakar Rally, the Honda rider claiming victory in the event’s first running in Saudi Arabia. The Baja veteran led the 12-stage rally from day three and didn’t look back, securing victory by 16min 26sec from Husqvarna’s Pablo Quintanilla. Defending champion Toby Price rode to third for KTM, making it the New South Welshman’s fourth podium from five Dakars. The two-time champ was down by 24min 6sec, most of which can be attributed to losing a rear tyre during Stage 6. Factory Husqvarna’s Andrew Short gave Pricey his rear wheel and rode home on Toby’s rim, screwing his hopes completely. It was Brabec’s fifth Dakar but only his second finish in what has been a horror run for Honda. This time, four of…

1 min.
vale paulo gonçalves

THE MOTORCYCLING COMMUNITY is mourning the loss of rally racing legend Paulo Gonçalves who died during Stage 7. The Hero factory rider crashed on a high-speed section 276km into the stage while well placed. Rally organisers received an alert at 10:08 after KTM’s Toby Price came across the fallen legend and immediately called for medical assistance. The medical helicopter reached the Portuguese rider at 10:16 and found him unconscious after going into cardiac arrest. Following resuscitation efforts at the scene he was taken by helicopter to Layla Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Gonçalves, 40, was taking part in his 13th Dakar. He made his debut in 2006 and had finished four times in the top 10, including an impressive performance as runner-up to Marc Coma in 2015 riding for Honda. The…

2 min.
ama sx title fight alive

THREE ROUNDS INTO the AMA Supercross Championship and the 450SX class has had three winners from three different manufacturers. Factory Yamaha’s Justin Barcia opened the season the way he knows best, winning Anaheim 1, his second straight season-opening victory. Then Honda’s Ken Roczen claimed the win at Round 2 in St Louis, his first AMA SX Main Event win since 2017, before Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac became the third winner in as many rounds when he cruised to victory at Round 3, Anaheim 2. The top three are close on points as a result, Roczen leads on 66 from Barcia on 63 and Tomac, 61. Chad Reed is 18th after finishing outside the top-10 in the opening three rounds of his last season as a professional rider. A1 marked Reed’s 250th AMA Supercross…

1 min.
norden going into production

HUSQVARNA HAS ANNOUNCED that the Norden 901 adventure bike will go into production after its jaw-dropping premier at EICMA in Milan in November. The new model was shown in “concept form” at the show but looked ready to go … well, anywhere. Details are limited but it looks to be heavily based on the KTM 790 Adventure R platform but running the 889.5cc version of the company’s parallel-twin being used in the 890 Duke. Suspension will be WP front and rear with a 48mm fork and PDS shock. Off-road use is encouraged by 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels. Production and launch dates have not been announced but it looks like the model glut could create headaches for Pierer Mobility and WP, which must build the Norden frames plus the new…

1 min.
off-road holds up

MOTORCYCLE SALES FOR last year fell by 6.2%, according to figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, but we were only a minor part of the problem. The roadbike brigade was largely responsible for the sharp decline, with off-road sales dropping only 1.6 per cent for the year. Yamaha was the strongest performer in the off-road segment with 10,481 sales. Honda and KTM were second and third, with 9854 and 5781 respectively. The Yamaha WR450F was the best-selling enduro bike with 1206 WR450Fs wheelying out of dealers. KTM’s 300 EXC TPI accounted for 837 sales (down 20.4%), the 500EXC-F was third (762), 350EXC-F fourth (716) and 450EXC-F fifth (460). The motocross category was again topped by the Yamaha YZ250F with 672 sold, a drop of 15.7%, while YZ450F sales fell 16.4%…