2014 KTM Powerwear Preview, Catalina GP Update, David Knight To Sherco and HJC Helmet launch! – The Weekly Dirt: September 25, 2013 – Inside the Weekly Dirt, we’ve got info on the Bob Penton movie, David Knight provides signed with Sherco, a sneak peak at the new HJC head gear, some bad Catalina GP information and a look at KTM’s new PowerWear.

By the DOCTOR Staff

Welcome to Every week Dirt, the best place on the Internet for rough-road news from around the world. This week we have got info about the soon-to-be-released Bob Penton movie, news that Brian Knight has signed with Sherco, a sneak peak at the new HJC helmets, some bad Catalina GP news, and a look at KTM’s new PowerWear. Hey, we obtained a lot to talk about, so let’s obtain goin’!


CMA Alberta Harescramble Finale

Shane Cuthbertson won the fifth and final round of the CMA Alberta Harescramble Championship

Shane Cuthbertson gained the fifth and final circular of the CMA Alberta Harescramble Championship


Canadian off-road champion Shane Cuthbertson gained the fifth and final circular of the CMA Alberta Harescramble Championship held last weekend in the tough Rocky Mountain range known as Ya-Ha Tinda, in Alberta, Canada, offering him the Pro Championship name. Taking his fifth consecutive overall win, the ‘Moose’ was in top form enjoying the technical program and perfect weather conditions.

“I was extremely centered on putting my best effort forth today to further increase my self-confidence ahead of my participation in the ISDE in a few weeks, ” said Cuthbertson. “This is my eighth local championship which brings me excellent satisfaction as I am currently riding better than ever, all the while being able to really enjoy the experience with my young family. ”


Penton Film To Have Theatrical Release in 2014

Penton: The John Penton Story will be in select theaters soon. Photo By Paul Clipper

Penton: The John Penton Story will be in select theaters quickly. Photo By Paul Clipper


Here’s several cool news: the John Penton movie, PENTON: The John Penton Story (PJPS) is currently in post-production and has a new theatrical distribution collaboration with Gathr Films in Los Angeles, which means it will be shown in select theaters around the country. The producers of the film, Pipeline Digital Media, LLC (PDM) are excited to deliver with Gathr Films because of the revolutionary way Gathr allows communities to film content to their local theaters.

According to PDM, PJPS’ loyal followers will use social media and grassroots efforts to spread the term and “evangelize” the screenings in their towns among friends, family, the city and the motorcycle industry to pre-book the local theatre for special tests of PJPS. Gathr’s CEO, Scott Glosserman has characterized Gathr since “The love child of Netflix and Kickstarter. ”

Gathr Films has relationships with theatres all across the United States. This includes the big commercial theatre chains as well as indie art houses. Gathr can also assist in screenings in a wide array of venues such as libraries or community facilities, all you need are seats and digital projection capabilities. It is then up to the fans to spread the word about the event!

“We are usually excited to have the Penton film included in our roster, ” said Scott Glosserman, CEO of Gathr Movies. “The loyalty of the motorcycle sector and this story in particular is what Gathr Films is all about. ”

Motorcycle enthusiasts and movie enthusiasts alike can simply go to the website to create the amazing story of John Penton’s passion and influence to their local theatre.

To become a Captain or get notified about tests near you please visit: https://gathr.us/films/penton


Knighter Goes To Sherco

David Knight has forsaken his Honda and is now a part of the Sherco team. Photo Courtesy Sherco

David Knight has forsaken his Honda and it is now a part of the Sherco group. Photo Courtesy Sherco


It looks like we will find out how David Knight looks within blue during the 2014 season. After struggling with his privateer Honda system in 2013, the former world and British off-road champ has signed with Sherco for the coming year. Knight will likely contest the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship on a four-stroke and then ride Sherco’s new 300 two-stroke during the Hard Enduro period.

Check out a video interview with Knighter about his plans: In Search of Akrapovič
Here’s a fun video clip from stunt rider Chris Pfeiffer and the Akrapovic crew. Even though it isn’t really dirt, it’s still pretty great. After all, Pfeiffer did win Erzberg a few times!
—Shan Moore
Catalina GP cancelled
The Catalina Grand Prix has officially been cancelled for 2013. Let’s hope that the promoters are able to pull it off next year.

The Catalina Grand Prix has officially already been cancelled for 2013. Let’s hope that the promoters are able to pull it off next year.

Given its recent history, it’s no surprise to learn that the Catalina Great Prix has been cancelled this year, the various government factions unable to come to terms with people who wish to repeat 2010’s resurrected race off the coast of Southern California.

The island’s sole city, Avalon, proposed to put on the particular 2013 race instead of permitting a private entity/promoter run things. While the town has run other events, naturally , dirt bike races are another matter—as the city discovered.

“However, the City of Avalon continues to be enthusiastically committed to bringing the Grand Tarifs back to the community, and will continue with the planning process for a series of upcoming Grand Prix events proposed over the five year period, ” City Manager Ben Harvey said inside a press release. “The City looks ahead to working with the state and federal permitting agencies, the Santa Catalina Island Company and the Catalina Conservancy in this endeavor. ” So , stay tuned for more for more news next year.

But while one race appears to be history, another appears on the horizon. SCORE reportedly plans to introduce a new race to the series next year and hold it on this side of the border near El Centro, California. Hare & hound fans may remember the AMA Nationals within the area—some liked it, some did not. Tentatively scheduled for April 2014, the race will include all SCORE classes including bikes and ATVs, though those may run on another day from the trucks and cars.

In other news, Maggie Pearson decided to get some race amount of time in on her new Western Designs Race TM 250 EN two-stroke therefore she lined up for a local MRAN race in Nevada. Unfortunately, matters didn’t go well as she ended up with a broken collarbone, according to Team Manager Woody Taylor. That may prevent her from racing the last round of the AMA Racing/FMF/GPR Hare & Hound National Championship Series when it visits Lucerne Valley, California, on October 12-13. Not that will she needs to race it, naturally , as she’s already wrapped up the Women A/B championship in this, her first year of Nationals. But she was planning to try out her new 250 instead of the 125 she’d been racing all year.

With temps starting to taper in the dez, more local action took place in SoCal with Purvines Racing Beta’s Nick Burson and Justin Morrow going 1-2 in all three races at an AMA Area 37 dual European scrambles and hare scrambles hosted by the Shamrocks Motorcycle Club. While Burson gained all three, Morrow led quite a bit, demonstrating he’s getting back in race shape after surgery earlier this year.

After finishing fourth in the main at Saturday night’s EnduroCross, Taylor Robert took a day off then headed to LAX on Monday morning in order to board his flight to Italia and the ISDE. Like most racers heading overseas, he had some last-minute personal-preference items with him as examined luggage, including extra suspension systems.

Much to his chagrin, however , TSA agents refused to let the fork legs and shock pass inspection—and Club group rider Ryan Kudla found himself in the same boat. (This wasn’t a problem at O’Hare in Chicago for other members of Group USA. )

Rebuffed in their efforts to take their suspension, Kudla and Robert resorted to using Kudla’s mother drive both pieces to TBT Racing (the suspension tuner for both, ironically). TBT’s Travis Flateau then took these to Kawasaki where the crew that Robert works with got them both shipped to their Italian destination via another carrier (and despite the fact that Kudla is on a KTM—but they put brand aside and did it for the team).

Early reports from those people who’ve already reconned the particular tests on Sardinia say it’s dry, dusty and rocky—very similar to Nevada and Southern California. —Mark Kariya


KTM Unveils 2014 Powerwear Lineup

KTM’s new Powerwear line features a host of different products, from MX apparel to off-road jackets to protective wear. Photo by Adam Booth.

KTM’s new Powerwear line comes with a host of different products, from MX apparel to off-road jackets in order to protective wear. Photo by Adam Booth.

The new KTM Flux jersey ($59.99) and Deflector gloves ($34.99) are worn by some of KTM’s top riders. Photo by Adam Booth.

The new KTM Flux jersey ($59. 99) and Deflector hand protection ($34. 99) are worn by some of KTM’s top riders. Picture by Adam Booth.

Dirt Rider Senior Editor Adam Booth grabs a handful in the new KTM racewear. Boothy recently wore some of KTM’s adventure gear on a particularly soggy KTM 1190 ride, and was pleased with the performance in ultra-nasty conditions. Photo by Chris Denison.

Dirt Rider Senior Editor Adam Booth grabs a handful in the new KTM racewear. Boothy recently wore some of KTM’s adventure gear on a particularly saturated KTM 1190 ride, and was pleased with the performance in ultra-nasty conditions. Photo by Chris Denison.

KTM’s Verge helmet is a new take on an existing Thor lid, while the Proven goggle is a collaboration between KTM and Oakley. Photo by Adam Booth.

KTM’s Verge helmet is a new take on an existing Thor lid, as the Proven goggle is a collaboration in between KTM and Oakley. Photo by Adam Booth.

Riders who bleed orange inside can now show it on the outside too; KTM’s new 2014 Powerwear collection is hear, and the Austrian company has done a great job of mixing style and performance with logos. Joining forces with the likes of Thor, Oakley and Ogio, KTM’s Powerwear product line offers apparel, boots, head gear and more to the KTM-mounted rider. Just this week, KTM invited Dirt Rider out to sample the new lineup. On the motocross track, the Flux and Phase gear combos—built on well-known Thor gear chassis—work every bit in addition to we expected them to, and the style on all the products is very great for the strictly-KTM customer. Recently, we all also tested some of KTM’s rough-road gear at the KTM Adventure Move in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, that was extremely wet and cold. Kit performed well there, with the high-altitudes proving to be a great testing ground for the multi-layered jacket. We’ll continue to keep test this gear but right now, we can tell you that this is both a smart move on KTM’s part as well as a solid option for fans of the brand who want to look like their favorite racers. —Chris Denison


2013 HJC Helmet Fall Launch: Introducing the FG-X Off-road Helmet

HJC’s new helmet line is bold, bright and offers something for everyone. Photo by Sean Klinger

HJC’s new helmet line is bold, bright and offers something for everybody. Photo by Sean Klinger

The updated HJC logo can be found on the visor, chin guard and back of each new helmet. Photo by Sean Klinger

The updated HJC logo can be found within the visor, chin guard and back of each new helmet. Photo by Sean Klinger

A closer look at the rear of the FG-X helmet shows HJC’s aggressive venting. Photo by Sean Klinger

A closer glance at the rear of the FG-X helmet shows HJC’s aggressive venting. Photo by Sean Klinger

Dwayne Vance, formerly of Troy Lee Designs and now one of HJC’s lead designers, is determined to bring style to the masses at an affordable price. Photo by Sean Klinger

Dwayne Vance, formerly of Troy Lee Designs and today one of HJC’s lead designers, is determined to bring style to the masses in a affordable price. Photo by Sean Klinger

Also committed to the street helmet market, HJC is looking forward to bringing the FG-X to off-road consumers for less than $200. Photo by Sean Klinger

Also committed to the street helmet market, HJC is looking forward to bringing the FG-X to off-road consumers for less than $200. Photo by Sean Klinger

If you only look at the off-road motorcycle scene, HJC Helmets might not even be on the radar as far as helmets go, yet since 1992 HJC has been one of the top helmet brands in the United States. The company has a long and focused history of making helmets at every price point to meet the needs of professional racers and first-timers alike.

The newest helmet in HJC’s rough-road line is the FG-X with a $199. 99 price tag, placing it strongly in the middle of the market. With features just like a Kevlar reinforced fiberglass shell, moisture wicking, anti-bacterial interior fabric, and SNELL/DOT approval, the FG-X is on the nicer end of head gear in the two-bill range.

Yet what sets the particular FG-X apart, especially from HJC’s previous models, are the four various exterior designs with a combined twelve colorway options. These new appears are primarily the work of Dwayne Vance, formerly of Troy Shelter Designs. “I wanted to create a good icon, ” Vance explained, speaking about the new HJC logo seen within the visor, chin guard and back of the new moto lids. This particular doesn’t replace the time-honored oblong logo that the brand has utilized for decades, but it is more of a logo to inject some new style into brands collective look. Vance explained that he’s been working to create more depth in colour and design to appeal to the greater aggressive style of off-road riders.

If you’ve over looked HJC helmets in the past because they’ve just seemed out of date or dull, take another look. For a sub-two-hundred-dollar helmet, the FG-X has amazing features and new designs that are hard to ignore. —Sean Klinger

That is all for this week, be sure to check in next week for more news from the rough-road world.


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