The sound and the fury

Some of my best racing memories are from competing in a couple of Vintage Iron World Championships a few years back. I recall moments from these races fondly because they involved two highly compatible elements: the hills of Glen Helen and my 1983 Honda CR480R.Today, very few young riders have ridden an open-class two-stroke, and fewer still have ridden one of those bikes on a world-class circuit like Glen Helen. So I'm thankful to have had the pleasure of blasting up those towering hills aboard a type of machine that the powers-that-be in motocross long ago decided was just too potent.If you've not had this pleasure yourself, take a trip with Sean Collier as he rips around the Day in the Dirt course aboard a KX500. And if ever you make it to Glen Helen someday and someone offers you a few laps on a big two-stroke, don't hesitate to take them up on it. ...

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Things to be thankful for

If you're fortunate enough to have both a dirt bike and the leisure time to cruise the Internet looking for moto stuff, odds are good that you have lots of things to be thankful for this year. But here's one more thing to add to the list: scary crashes that end with the rider being OK, like this rowdy get-off by Justin Barcia at the Genova SX.Word is that Barcia was discharged from the hospital and has made his way back home -- a great outcome after this kind of incident. So the next time you avoid injury after a gnarly stack -- or, better yet, you just pull out of the swap entirely -- take a moment to be thankful for your good fortune. I bet Barcia is doing the same after this one!Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. ...

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Supercross’ crazy cousin

If you asked me a few years ago whether I thought Endurocross would make it as a discipline, I'm not sure I'd have said yes. But today, this hybrid series is still thriving while other cross-discipline mash-ups such as supermoto are all but dead in the U.S.Perhaps it's because the combination of insanely tight courses and nutty obstacles guarantees plenty of close racing and slapstick-style crashes? I'm not sure, but I will say that I dug watching this coverage of the latest round from Boise, Idaho. ...

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The quiet time

It's hard to deny that November is one of the duller times of the year to be a motocross fan.The outdoor nationals, Motocross of Nations and Monster Cup are done. Supercross is still two months away. And, in most parts of the country, the weather is turning colder and local races are becoming scarcer. So what can be done to pass the time? That's right: dreaming about new bikes and gear for next year.If you're in the market for a new two-smoker, you'll probably want to have a look at this MXA video that highlights the new KTM 150SX and 250SX. It features lots of shots of brand-new two-strokes railing loamy SoCal berms amid abundant sunshine -- just the kind of thing to get you through the dark months ahead. ...

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Moto 6 trailer

About 15 or 20 years ago, full-length motocross movies were fairly plentiful. Starting with Fox's "Terrafirma" in 1994 -- or, if you really want to go way back, Gary Bailey's "Pros at Practice and Play" from 1989 -- and continuing on through "Crusty Demons of Dirt," Moto XXX," "Fly" and "Steel Roots," plus all the sequels and imitators they spawned, motocross videos were produced on a pretty prolific scale for a while there.It makes sense, really -- all you needed for a hit video back then was a half-decent camera, a weekend or two to film at Glamis or Beaumont and maybe some "lifestyle footage" from Lake Havasu. But nowadays, with web edits likely consuming more of the average moto-viewers time than full-length videos possibly could, it seems there are far fewer filmmakers willing to take the time and expense necessary to make a quality, multi-segment moto movie. Again, it's easy to see why: With so many above-average web videos appearing on a daily basis, it really takes a special project to capture viewers' attention today.Thankfully, the crew behind the Moto series have continued to accept this challenge. The trailer for their latest is below, and as usual, it's worth a...

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Straight fast

In case you've not been paying attention the last 12 years, James Stewart is great at cornering. The speed he carries through turns is one of the primary reasons he's a multi-time champion. But guess what happens when you remove the corners from a supercross track? The man is still a machine. Speaking of machines, it was also pretty cool to see TP199 back in action, this time on a 500cc two-stroke monster. Got to love the sound from this clip. ...

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MXdN recap

Sadly, the Motocross des Nations (I still refuse to call it Motocross of Nations) didn't go to the Americans this year, though the team of Ryan Dungey, Eli Tomac and Jeremy Martin put up a valiant fight in Latvia and salvaged a podium finish in the end.While it wasn't necessarily surprising that the French team took the win, the fact that it was only their second-ever win -- in an event that has been happening since 1947 -- is pretty astonishing. There have been numerous great French riders over the years, so it's hard to believe they've not taken the top spot more often.But in any case, Gautier Paulin and company clearly earned it this year. You can check out the highlights below. ...

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