Pro Taper Fuzion Bars, Canadian MX, MX Giveaways and Helmet Intro Gets Godsmacked! – The Weekly Dirt: April 16, 2014

Welcome to Weekly Dust, your place on the Internet for off-road information from around the world. We have a lot of staff reports to get to this week. Scot Gustafson and Adam Booth attended this week’s Pro Taper Fuzion Club intro and came away with the interesting take. Also, our much loved leader, Chris Denison, reports for the recent Arai VX-Pro4 helmet intro, where Robbie Merrill, bass guitar player for the legendary band, Godsmack, was on hand and actually threw a lower-leg over a bike for Jeff Allen’s camera. In addition , Lindsey Lovell offers news about a chance to win the 2014 MX bike for individuals at Miami Motocross Park! There is plenty to talk about, so let’s get going.

Pro Taper Fuzion Handlebar

Pro Taper Fuzion Handlebar

Photo by Adam Booth

Pro Taper Fuzion Handlebar

Picture by Adam Booth

Photo by Adam Booth

Photo by Adam Booth

Photo by Adam Booth

Photo by Adam Booth

The people at Pro Taper treated to us to a perfect day associated with riding this week at the legendary Zaca Station to test out their new Fuzion handlebar. The Fuzion handlebar is founded on their popular Evo oversize club and is unique in that it enables the rider to choose between two different flex characteristics by turning a knob on the crossbar. In the “ unlocked” position the club flexes like a conventional Pro Taper Evo handlebar. When switched to the “ locked” position it becomes 32% stiffer by making the crossbar solid. The Fuzion bar retails meant for $129. 99 and will be available August 15. The 1-1/8″ bar is available in six popular bar bends plus includes a molded crossbar pad that specifically fits the Fuzion Flex knob.

We tested the bars on a 2014 Yamaha YZ 125 and a 2014 CRF450R. The Honda required we use Pro Taper universal rubber club mounts to accept the 1-1/8″ club over the stock 7/8″ size. In spite of having the flex knob on the crossbar our sample Fuzion bar was 1 oz . lighter at 1lb. 15 oz . than another oversize handlebar with crossbar. By comparison, the 7/8″ handlebar with crossbar weighs about around 1 lb. 10 ounces and a 1-1/8″ Pro Taper weighs about 1 lb. 7 oz . You can definitely feel the difference when the bar is definitely switched from locked to revealed. The difference was greater on the solid mount Yamaha triple clamps compared to rubber mounted Honda, but in the particular “ locked” position the solid crossbar provided better steering precision but also transmitted more shock to the rider. This position would be a good choice meant for tracks that are tight and soft. The bars had more cushion and flex in the “ unlocked” position. We preferred this environment on the hilly, high speed Zaca monitor. The flex knob was easily accessible by simply rotating the crossbar protect and cover.

Even though many race teams cut their crossbars for flex and comfort, the particular Fuzion bar allows the driver to adjust the flex of their handlebar without permanently altering it. In the interest of our health we haven’ t crash tested the club yet but if this is anything like a helmet test, our fearless Older Editor Adam Booth, should be able to statement back on this shortly. —Scot Gustafson

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Mike Brown Among Americans at Canadian MX in Ontario

Mike Brown went north of the border to compete in this past weekend’s Canadian National MX race in Courtland, Ontario, where he finished 11th. Photo Courtesy James Lissimore

Mike Brown went north of the edge to compete in this past weekend’s Canadian National MX race within Courtland, Ontario, where he finished 11th. Photo Courtesy James Lissimore

Taking advantage of a break within the AMA EnduroCross series, Mike Brown returned to his motocross root base this weekend for his first run of three rounds within the CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals Rock-star Energy Drink Motocross Nationals, and the Factory Husqvarna rider came aside with a respectable 10th overall within MX1 Pro class.

In moto one Brown gated 11th but rounded turn 1 within the top 10. He set to function immediately and methodically picking away from riders for a 6th place in the checkers. In the second moto using the and maintained and 11th location position until the finish.

Other Americans placing in the MX1 class were Kyle Chisholm plus Bobby Kiniry, who finish second and third, respectively, to Canadian Colton Facciotti. Meanwhile, Josh Slope and Mike Alessi were 6th and eighth.

Rockstar Motocross Nationals

Gopher Dunes, Courtland, Ontario

1 . Colton Facciotti

second . Kyle Chisholm

3. Bobby Kiniry

4. Tyler Medaglia

5. Teddy Maier

6. Josh Hill

7. Tim Tremblay

8. Mike Alessi

9. Nathan Bles

10. Mike Brown

The Chase With Thomas Dungey And Ricky Carmichael

Here’s a cool POV video clip from Team Action Cam. Within The Chase with Ryan Dungey and Ricky Carmichael , viewers can select from 3 Action Cam POV angles. Check it out!


—Shan Moore

Celebrity Sighting

Photo By Jeff Allen

Photo By Jeff Allen

Photo by Jeff Allen

Photo by Jeff Allen

Last week, the folks from Arai helmets brought the press out for a look at the all-new Arai VX-Pro4 helmet. At the intro, a variety of sponsored Arai athletes were accessible, including Scott Russell, Mike Lafferty, and Josh Hayes. There was the thin, bearded individual who turned out to be the one and only Robbie Merrill, bass guitar player for that legendary band, Godsmack!

Robbie has been riding dirt bicycles since 2001, and in between periods on stage rocking out in front of sold out stadiums, he loves nothing more than jumping on his Honda and throwing some roost. Of his connection to Arai, Robbie explains that he has been linked to the brand for some time. “ When I first started, I was really cheap—I’d wear a cheap helmet and just go trip. Then my best friend said, “Dude, you have to protect your head; it’s like a pc! ” So I picked up an Arai, and I loved it. I’ve already been wearing them for over ten years. Coming to the VX-Pro4 intro was really enjoyable because I got to learn everything about the new helmet and what it’ h capable of. It was a really good learning curve to hear the speech and see what goes into the technology of the head protection. ”

To read read more about the XV-Pro4, check out our submit last week from the intro at dirtrider. com/features/arai-vx-pro4-helmet-redbud-motocross-indiana-oma-weekly-dirt-july-9-2014/. Also, keep an eye on iTunes for some new music from Godsmack: “ We have a new record coming out; it’s called 1000hp. ” Robbie explains. “ The new singles are on the radio at this point, and August 5th is the launch date for the album. We’ve also got the Uproar Tour approaching in the States, then we go to North america. Come see us! ”. —Chris Denison

Taylor Robert’s WORCS Visit A Winner

Len Faltyn (right) takes delivery of his latest KTM from Morrill Griffith at Sun Sports Motorsports in Colorado, making 41 years in a row that he’s bought one of the Austrian machines. He hasn’t owned them all (model-wise), but he’s picked up at least one each year and logs a lot of dirt miles on them still. Photo By Mark Kariya

Len Faltyn (right) takes shipping of his latest KTM through Morrill Griffith at Sun Sports activities Motorsports in Colorado, making 41 years in a row that he is bought one of the Austrian machines. He hasn’t owned them all (model-wise), yet he’s picked up at least one each year plus logs a lot of dirt miles on them still. Photo By Mark Kariya

Hired from the FMF KTM Factory Off-road Racing Team to be its representative within the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship Collection, Taylor Robert has done well in his first year on the squad, sitting down fourth in points after two rounds (plus X Games).

However , don’t forget that one of the reasons he got on the radar was his performances in the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC World Off-Road Tournament Series (WORCS) where he won the particular championship in 2012.

He certainly hasn’t forgotten and he demonstrated that by dropping into the series at round six in Cedar City, Utah, his first WORCS appearance since winning round seven last year.

Several other prominent riders also traveled to Utah for the race, putting more stress on series regulars like protecting champion Robby Bell and present points leader Gary Sutherlin. FMF KTM desert specialist Ivan Ramirez, a former WORCS Pro 2 champion, and Baja champs Mark Samuels and Colton Udall were among the guests.

But the race belonged to Robert. Bell closed to within five seconds as they started the last lap, but he likely over on his Precision Concepts KX450F and had to settle for second with teammate Justin Seeds claiming third. WFOx Motorsports Honda’s Udall plus Samuels rounded out the top five.

Besides being his first WORCS race of the year, this marked Robert’s first race on a 450 for the season, having invested most of his time aboard the 350 while concentrating on EnduroCross. Much more impressive, he’s got a WORCS win streak going, having won everyone he’s entered since the end associated with June 2012 and making it 8 in a row.

Shane Watts’ DirtWise “Ready to Race” bike rental program has decreased the cost of renting one of the KTMs within the stable to $300 at each of the remaining rounds of the Kenda AMA Enduro National Championship Series, Shown by Moose Racing.

In order to assist injured DirtWise team rider Rory Mead, Watts is definitely selling the GNCC winner’s KTM 250 SX for just $6800. It’s got more mods and aftermarket goodies than most magazine task bikes and delivery is possible.

Another bit of news out of the DirtWise camp is related to the riding schools it’s best known for. Racer/instructor Jason Thomas will be doing a DirtWise school on Friday, July twenty five, in Sturgis, South Dakota. That’s the day the festivities kick off for that inaugural Rekluse Buffalo Run, circular five of the Parts Unlimited Off-road Motorcycle and ATV Nationals. Cost of the one-day clinic is one-hundred dollar. For more DirtWise info, go to

Last but not least, regular visitors might recall Len Faltyn, the best KTM fan who’s purchased one or more KTM since they started being sold within the U. S. as Pentons back in the 1970s. (His first was a ’73 175 Jackpiner. )

He reached a historic 40-year milestone when he acquired the 2013 300 XC and this year, for year 41, he lately picked up a 2014 350 XC-FW. (He also got a the year 2010 690R not long ago to use on journey rides like the upcoming Colorado 500. “This will be my 20th year to ride the Colorado 500 charity five-day event in August, ” the 76-year-old says, incorporating, “All this with a new, complete knee replacement seven months ago! ”)

But Faltyn might be getting bored with orange. He hints, “Thinking a Husky for year 42 as I love the linkage bicycles.

“My goal [now] is 45 [years of buying a KTM] and 80 [years old]– but that could modify. I may go for 50 or ninety! ”

Stay tuned. —Mark Kariya

MiamiMX Park Giveaway & Competition Series!

Miami MX Race Series 2014

The Miami Motocross Park is giving out a brand new 2014 grime bike to one lucky race participant at the end of their race series. All of racers will have a chance to win! The next event is scheduled for August 17th and following 2014 events are: October 12th and Dec 14th. For more info about the race series and park check out:

For all the ladies who ride… The next women’ s race will be FREE to enter! If you have never raced before, this is a good race to make your first. Spread the word! The MiamiMX Park would love to see more women at the door!

That’s all with this week, be sure to check in next week for more news from the off-road world.

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