Johnny O’ Knows | Mud Riding

By Michael Antonovich

When the forecast called for heavy precipitation at the 2015 Budds Creek MX, we immediately thought, “Johnny O’s guys should do good.” O’Mara is an icon of the sport, known widely for his success in the muddy conditions at the 1980 125 USGP at Mid-Ohio. The O’Show was praised throughout his career as one of the most technically talented and confident riders to ever throw a leg over a bike, traits he instills in current students Jeremy and Alex Martin.

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Mud Prep | Bikes With Richard Sterling & Derek Dwyer

By Michael Antonovich

Last weekend’s rain at Budds Creek had mechanics in a frenzy, with everyone in the pit area working to prepare their bikes for the muck. Since every wrench has their own idea on what works best for mud, we asked GEICO Honda’s Derek Dwyer and Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Richard Sterling for their advice. To be completely honest, the average weekend rider should try to avoid riding in the mud if possible because it can wreck havoc on a motorcycle. But if you must line up, here’s a few things you should do…

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Bell Helmets and Carey Hart Announce Multi-Year Partnership

By Casey Davis

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BELL HELMETS AND FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS LEGEND CAREY HART ANNOUNCE MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP

Limited Edition Hart Luck Bell Custom 500 Commemorating 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Now Available Exclusively From J&P Cycles

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (JULY 2, 2015) – Bell Helmets, an industry leader in innovative head protection, today announced a multi-year agreement with freestyle motocross legend and custom bike icon Carey Hart and his Hart Luck Brand. The agreement will establish Hart as an official Bell brand ambassador and designer of exclusive one-off limited edition Bell products that combine the power and influence of the Bell and Hart Luck Brands.
The first collaborative product was unveiled today – a limited edition Bell Custom 500 commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the famed Sturgis motorcycle rally. The unique helmet will be sold on a preorder basis exclusively through Jpcycles.com and at the J&P Cycles location at the Sturgis Rally, August 3-9, 2015. Hart will be on hand in Sturgis at the J&P location on behalf of Bell, to promote the helmet and sign autographs for fans in attendance.
“There’s no brand that is more core and authentic to our industry than Bell, and I’m honored and excited to officially be collaborating with the company,” said Hart. “I only get involved with brands that I truly believe in. I have been a fan of Bell for a long time, and that makes this partnership extra special to me.”
Hart contributed the primary design for the commemorative Sturgis 75th Anniversary Custom 500, with the remainder of the breathtaking finish completed by renowned airbrush artist Chris Wood of Santa Barbara-based paint shop Airtix.
“We’re extremely proud of this partnership with Carey – a true legend in freestyle motocross and someone who represents the true spirit of Bell’s democratic nature. Carey is a true motorcyclist and his love for motorcycles does not stop at motocross. We see Carey just as much as a custom bike enthusiast as we do a freestyle motocross rider and co-owner of the RCH Supercross/Motocross team,” said Chris Sackett, Bell Helmets Vice President. “He absolutely nailed it with the graphic he designed for this Sturgis commemorative helmet, and we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.”
Hart is the latest in an elite roster of influencers who’ve partnered with Bell on one-off product designs, including Barn Fresh, Tagger, Headcase, Roland Sands Design, Corey Miller, Skratch, Airtrix and Chem Candy.
The limited edition commemorative Custom 500 is now available online at jpcycles.com. Fans in attendance can also purchase the helmet while supplies last at J&P Cycles Sturgis booth.
Certification: DOT Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
MSRP: $199.95

For more information on the helmet please visit www.bellhelmets.com.
About BELL
From humble beginnings in the garage of a 1950’s Southern California speed shop to the heads of champions in auto, motorcycle and bicycle competitions all over the world, Bell is synonymous with protection and progression. Part of BRG, Inc. and based in Scotts Valley, Calif., Bell is the world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of motorcycle and cycling helmets and accessories. Bell is online at www.bellhelmets.com.

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Michelin Introduces New Line Of Off- Road/Motocross Tires With StarCross 5

By Casey Davis

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Michelin Introduces New Line Of Off- Road/Motocross Tires With StarCross 5

GREENVILLE, S.C., June 30, 2015 — Following an extensive three-year development and testing program, Michelin has launched the new StarCross 5 range of Off-Road/Motocross tires that deliver high performance in a wide array of conditions. The new StarCross 5 line introduces Michelin’s latest technologies for one of the most exciting and competitive two-wheel segments.

The StarCross 5 was designed based on feedback from riders of all levels, from amateurs to world champions, often riding in extreme conditions, who shared their experiences in the field with Michelin Motorsports and Michelin’s world-class research and development team.

The MICHELIN StarCross 5 range breaks new ground for Michelin in the world of Off-Road/Motocross tires. Compared to its predecessors (MICHELIN Starcross 3/4), the MICHELIN StarCross 5 line is based on a new casing design that delivers several significant performance improvements.

The new casing design incorporates stronger, higher density materials that reduce weight up to 15 percent* without compromising strength or durability.

The casing construction also features MICHELIN’s all-new Comfort Casing Technology (CCT), which provides exceptional shock absorption that reduces rider fatigue.

Lastly, the new casing design has been engineered to optimize the size of the tire’s contact patch. Combined with aggressive front and rear tread patterns, specially designed for each tire in the range, this construction offers maximum levels of grip for precise steering and traction, even in the most difficult conditions.

* Based on 100/90-19 MICHELIN StarCross 5 Sand. Average is 10 percent reduction across the range versus MICHELIN Starcross 3/4.

Tread designs for the StarCross 5 range of tires improve performance across a multitude of applications. The intermediate and side tread blocks ensure good steering response from the front tire and traction from the rear. The central blocks are designed specifically to enhance braking performance and traction on all types of riding surfaces.

Integrating Michelin innovations shared across tires for Agriculture and Off-Road truck racing, the MICHELIN StarCross 5 line sports a self-cleaning tread design to help release soil from the tire. The design includes revolutionary fine horizontal tread lines to release soil and enhance traction in a range of different soil conditions.

Additionally, the MICHELIN StarCross 5 Soft rear tire features “Mud-Phobic Bars,” which also enhance tire cleaning to prevent soil from building up and reducing traction. The MICHELIN StarCross 5 Sand rear tire features a specially designed tread with monster scoops, which work to evacuate sand more efficiently.

Available in four versions (Hard, Medium, Soft and Sand), MICHELIN StarCross 5 tires are designed to give high levels of performance across the broadest range of ground conditions and terrain found in Off- Road/Motocross applications (see illustration included above).

The MICHELIN StarCross 5 range is available in a large number of sizes, including some key new sizes to cater to all Off-Road/Motocross riders.

ABOUT MICHELIN NORTH AMERICA

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy- duty trucks and motorcycles. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelin- us.com) employs more than 22,750 people and operates 20 major manufacturing plants.

For more information, contact:

Tom Sullivan
Michelin North America
office: 864-458-4321 cell: 704-222-5488 email: tom.sullivan@us.michelin.com

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