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Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine Issue 494

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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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
happy father’s day!

MY WEEKENDS ARE DEDICATED TO BREWING MY OWN BEER AND SMOKING MEAT I KNOW, IT’S a little late but I’m blaming Australia Post. Father’s Day happened during the production cycle for this mag and it was my first as a dad so I thought I’d give a shoutout to all the dads out there doing their thing! Becoming a parent has been an awesome experience and one that has changed my perspective on life. Before we had Jaxon, my life revolved around riding my dirtbike, surfing and work. They occupied my thoughts on a daily basis and every spare second I had was devoted to them. But that all changed when Jax popped out. Instead of planning epic weekends of adventure filled with camping, riding and surfing I’m now at the local park…

3 min.
home wrun

YAMAHA HAS WHEELED out the latest evolution of the WR450F and, to no one’s surprise, the Japanese firm’s MY21 449cc enduro bike is based on the current YZ450F motocross platform. What came as more of a surprise was the announcement of a limited-run WR450F Aussie Edition sporting a range of performance accessories and a juicy $17,099 ride into the sunset price tag. Yamaha makes no effort to hide the fact that the WR450F is a YZ-F with lights. It’s a sales-topping formula that’s been working for years – if it ain’t broken … Next year’s WR450F has been conceived using the same formula, it’s based on this year’s YZ450F. The MY20 YZ450F was a huge improvement. As Lee Hogan put it during our test: “The new YZ450F has the potential to win…

1 min.
midnight midnight blu

YAMAHA SAYS THE importance of the WR450F in the Australian market has spawned the first WR450F Aussie Edition. Only 400 WR450F Aussie Editions will be built and, if you’re as quick as a WR, one can be yours for $17,099 rideaway and it’s available from December. For that extra $1600 you get a black/grey colourway with kangaroo graphic, black rocker cover, black shock spring, black rims, black handguards, sideplates, seat, air filter cover, black-engraved radiator guards, alloy bashplate and a titanium Akrapovic muffler. Awesome.…

2 min.
trail legend dies

IT IS WITH great sadness that we report the sudden passing of Dave Marsicano. Big Dave, or Buller Dave as he was also known, owned and operated Mt Buller Motorcycle Adventures with his partner Nikki. Dave died suddenly on August 27, sending a shockwave all the way across Australia from Mt Buller. Dave was one of those rare blokes who was liked by everyone, and he met plenty of people. He was a devout supporter of ADB for many years. Together with Nikki and his crew, Dave ran a top-shelf off-road adventure tour company. The big man was respected by his peers, which says a lot about the standard of his rides. Dave knew the Victorian High Country well and could deliver a ride for any level. Satisfying riders is a difficult…

1 min.
the colonel gets set to fry

VICTORIAN DANIEL “CHUCKY” Sanders is a shock addition to the Aussies racing in the Dakar Rally after signing as development rider (“waterboy”) for the KTM factory team starring Toby Price. The orchardist is already in Spain learning to read a roadbook and navigate at speed on a KTM 450 Rally Replica after going from the high of winning last year’s AORC and being first outright in the ISDE to being stuck in iso in Three Bridges after just three rounds of this year’s Australian championship. In another huge win for Chucky, we’ve signed him on as our new columnist and his first report (page 28) explains that he’s expecting to ride two warm-up events before heading to Saudi Arabia for the big one starting on Sunday, January 3. Fellow Nanny State speedster…

1 min.
another one bites the dust

ORGANISERS OF THE Australian Supercross Championship have killed this year’s series due to the poxy pandemic. Up until the latest restrictions imposed by the Victorian and Queensland governments, Motorcycling Australia and series promoter AUS SX Holdings were hopeful a title would be possible in some form, even without a New Zealand round. But their hopes have been dashed and the organisers are now shifting their focus to what they hope will be a bigger and better series next year. AUS SX Holdings co-founder and director Adam Bailey was obviously gutted. “It’s really disappointing for us and all involved with supercross in Australia to have to cancel this year’s series,” he said. “We wanted to hold out for as long as we could, to try and get some semblance of supercross competition up and…