Weekly Dirt–8/24/14

Weekly Dirt

Here is some of the latest hoopla going on in the world of two-wheeled vehicles

 

Yamaha’s Customer Dakar Bike

Do you dream of doing Dakar on a Yamaha? Well here is a turnkey solution for approximately $17000 USD for the bike part of the equation. Based off the Yamaha WR450F Rebel X Sports of Italy collaborates to make a machine that meets all international rally regulations with off-the shelf parts. You can check it out at: http://www.rebelxsports.com/yamaha-wr-450-f-rally/
Rally-Bike-Dakar-2015-Yamaha-Factory-WR450F-Rally-Bike-sale

 

 

Rip To Iceland

Johnny Campbell and Cameron Steele usually ride and race around in Baja. This time they took some of their Rip To The Tip crew and headed to greener pastures in Iceland. Here is a video of their trip with Arctic Rider (www.arcticrider.is). And if this does not make you want to ride, check your pulse.

Tribute to Kurt Caselli–Win This Bike

In honor of Kurt, his family established the Kurt Caselli Foundation, which focuses on the safety of off-road riders and racers. Together with KTM and Red Bull Media House, Roland Sands — a long time friend of Kurt’s — customized a KTM 450SX-F motocross bike to honor Caselli’s influence on riders worldwide. The one-of-a-kind machine will be auctioned off with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Kurt Caselli Foundation. The customization is a throwback to the bikes featured in the original ‘On Any Sunday’ and was on display at the ‘On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter’ premiere in Hollywood, CA
To bid on the Caselli custom KTM by Roland Sands Designs, head over to Compass Auctions.

The auction ends on November 29, 2014.
Must see video all about the special build

The Kurt Caselli tribute bike by Roland Sands.© Joseph Hitzelberger/Red Bull Content Pool
The Kurt Caselli tribute bike by Roland Sands.© Joseph Hitzelberger/Red Bull Content Pool

 

On Any Sunday Premier

Photo: Dunne
Photo: Dunne

The long awaited movie is here, well almost. To the few, the Hollywood premier a huge event. Here is what one of the featured riders, Carlin Dunne, had to say on his facebook page.
“24 hours ago we packed the Dolby Theater in Hollywood for the premiere of On Any Sunday The Next Chapter. After years of work it was a surreal experience to to be whisked through the flash bulbs and bright lights of the red carpet to see the final product on the big screen. From the opening scene the crowd laughed, cringed, and cheered. They went around the world exploring the many uses of motorcycles and the people who use them for their livelihood, both physically and spiritually. By the end of the movie the attendees were buzzing, each possibly finding their own personal story within the film. In return they gave Dana Brown a well deserved standing ovation. The night ended well, all cast and crew satisfied. Today feels like the day after Christmas. I sat this morning and reflected on the journey we embarked on two years ago, the countless stories, friends gained, friends lost, the victories, and defeats. I feel so grateful to be a part of the experience. On November 7th you’ll have a chance to see On Any Sunday The Next Chapter in a theater near you. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did making it!”
We also found a cool story on the premier over at Vital MX. Click Here

 

Is Supermoto in the USA back on the map?

After a decent go from 2003-2009, from there the sport and the economy both fell on there faces. Well it looks SM is showing signs of life again. Just recently Team USA attended the first Supermoto of Nations and we just read a media release over at Road Racing world that said that Mike Kidd of arenacross fame was just named Vise President of the FIM North America Supermoto Championship. Read the entire release over at Road Racing World.
Plus on the West Coast there is the AMA Supermoto Championship that just wrapped up there season. The sport is far from its hay day back back with factory support and such, yet at the grassroots the sport is still very much on the map. Below check out the video done from the Supermoto of Nations.

 

The World of Electric Motorcycles is starting to take center stage again

 

As technology advances, electric powered motorcycles, especially off-road bikes are becoming more and more of a viable solution to sound regulations and a green tire track. Below is another video featuring the KTM Electric Freeride and a new Alta RedShift Moto and Supermoto bikes. Check it out. No matter how cool they are, they are or will be very expensive compared to a fuel burning cycle.

 

Mike LaRocco 2014 Hall of Famer

 

Mike “The Rock” LaRocco competed for 19 years on the professional circuit, collected 228 Supercross starts, and then added national championships in AMA 500cc Motocross, AMA 250cc Motocross and a Supercross world title. He was inducted during the 2014 American Honda AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

 

That’s it for Weekly Dirt, catch you next week.