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We’ve been following the progress of SWM for over a 12 months now. That’s how lengthy it has taken to get EPA, DOT and CARB approval to promote dual-sport bikes within the U.S. Pete at Motoman distributing reviews that the duty is now finished, for at the least one mannequin. The RS500R is handed and the primary cargo is on the water. The rationale that is essential to us is as a result of we all know the bikes pretty effectively. They’re up to date variations of the Italian-made Husqvarna off-road bikes from just a few years again. The expertise remains to be related, even when it’s not new, and the worth is way lower than that of a KTM, Husky or Beta dual-sport. The RS500 will $7795. For a take a look at the opposite SWM dual-sport bikes, click here.


Should you’re sufficiently old to recollect the unique Desert Sled, then you realize that it wasn’t an official mannequin. The title was often related to a Triumph TR6, however there have been Bonnevilles and Tigers and even just a few non-Triumphs that riders known as desert sleds. It was extra of a picture than an actual motorbike mannequin.  Now, Ducati is paying tribute to that picture with its personal Desert Sled, and this time it is an official mannequin within the Scrambler line.

Ducati took the base-model Scrambler Icon and beefed it as much as be extra off-road worthy. It acquired a bolstered body, an extended swingarm, longer suspension journey, spoked wheels and Pirelli Scorpion Rally tires. We acquired an opportunity to journey the Sled within the mountains of Southern California, just a bit west of the excessive desert the place the idea originated.

The bike has a retro format, in a great way. It has very roomy, upright using place that feels good. The handlebar is wider than something constructed because the ’70s. However the expertise is trendy. It has the identical 803cc  L-Twin motor that Ducati makes use of within the unique Scrambler, which is rated at 73 horsepower. It seems like rather more than that as a result of the motor is all grunt. It revs to 9000 rpm, however the feeling of energy all of it about what occurs if you first open the throttle, and the Sled is tremendous crisp. It’s additionally significantly better within the grime than the usual mannequin. You may flip off the ABS, and the inventory tires are surprisingly good. It has rather more floor clearance, and the seat top is over two inches taller. The KYB suspension remains to be a bit too gentle for substantial hits, however the journey in shut to eight inches. The worth on this trim is $11,895. For the complete story, try the print version of Filth Bike.


Final evening it seems like Staff Ox wont the Baja 1000. The workforce of Colton Udall, Mark Samuels and Justin Jones took the lead within the evening and completed forward of Francisco Arredondo, Shane Esposito and Ty Davis. Congratulations to each groups! It was a protracted one, ending in LaPaz after 1134 miles. Afterward, there have been varied accusations in fact slicing. The Spot GPS tracker on the Ox Honda regarded like this:

The purple line is the course and the orange line is the route taken. That is, in fact, a GPS glitch. There are not any roads that straight in Baja. Should you go to Rating’s web site, you’ll be able to see that the Ox tracker was intermittent all day. At one level, it took them straight over water.

Anyway, this can be a matter that SCORE must take care of. For now, congratulations to the Ox riders!


After the ultimate spherical of the KENDA AMA Nationwide Enduro Championship Collection, Introduced by Moose Racing, on Nov. 5 in Stanton, Ala., 28 AMA Nationwide No. 1 plates had been awarded, with the highest finisher in every class being acknowledged as an AMA Nationwide Champion for accumulating essentially the most factors all through the nine-round sequence.

“The AMA Nationwide Enduro Championship Collection was thrilling all 12 months lengthy with rising, new expertise and breakout performances in nearly each class,” AMA Off-Highway Racing Supervisor Erek Kudla mentioned. “Every AMA Nationwide No. 1 plate awarded was effectively deserved and required months of onerous work and dedication. Congratulations to the 28 newly topped AMA Nationwide Champions and the various opponents who participated within the sequence throughout 2017.”

For the second time in his racing profession, Steward Baylor of Hodges, S.C., was the general winner of the AMA Nationwide Enduro Championship Collection.

He secured the win after the championship got here right down to the final take a look at on the ultimate spherical of racing and he was rewarded with an AMA Nationwide Championship for the victory. Baylor additionally gained the general championship in 2011.

“Coming into the final spherical with simply two factors separating me and Thad [Duvall], I knew I had my work minimize out for me,” Baylor mentioned. “The very first thing I did once I gained although, was go straight to Thad and congratulate him. The Nationwide Enduro sequence is a tough one to determine, so profitable this championship means lots to me, due to the accidents I’ve confronted. It’s made me have a special respect for the championship than I did once I was 17.”

For extra data on the AMA Nationwide Enduro Championship sequence, go to

The next class winners had been awarded AMA Nationwide Championships:

General: Steward Baylor
66+: Fred Cameron
60+: Gordon Stout
Womens C: Allie Doland
C 50+: Lee Blesch
C 40+: Jason James
C 30+: Donald Smith
C 200: Slate Inexperienced
C 250: Nolan Hindman
C Open: Ronald Smith
B 55+: Ernie Ashley
B 50+: Travis Stauble
B 45+: Brian Stover
B 40+: Brian Massengil
B 30+: Eric Siegenthaler
B 200: Trale Henderson
B 250: Jacob Beck
B Open: Geof Warren
Womens Elite: Tayla Jones
A 55+: Greg Roberts
A 50+: Mike Grizzle
A 45+: Jeff Staples
A 40+: Steve Leivan
A 30+: Jd Friebel
A 200: Johnny Manera
A 250: James King
A Open: Sam Mattingly
Knowledgeable-AA: Thorn Devlin


Steward additionally clinched the Full Fuel Dash Enduro primary plate final week. Add that to his gold medal and it was an excellent 12 months for him!


We get a whole lot of press releases however this one from Pirelli actually jumped began our creativeness. To be able to promote the MT60 Rally tires, Pirelli supported two riders on Royal Enfields on their try to cross the Himalayas. We are likely to assume that using within the Rocky Mountains is a giant deal, however that’s simply the bottom camp for an journey like this.

Driving two Royal Enfield Himalayan’s fitted with Pirelli MT 60™ tires, Salvo Pennisi and Vincenzo Bonaccorsi determined to journey the Himalayan chain; to the Khardung La Cross, one of many highest vehicle-accessible passes on the planet within the area of Ladakh, India, north of Leh and thought of the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. Departing from the city of Manali at noon on Thursday September 28, 2017, after two days and 5 hundred kilometers of roads and slopes which might be so powerful and difficult to enter, they’re thought of within the listing of the ‘10 most harmful roads on the planet’. The route took them with pressured acclimatization, by the passes of Rohtang (3956 meters above sea stage), Nakeela (4711 meters above sea stage), Lachungla (5035 meters above sea stage) and Kangla Jal (4878 meters above sea stage). Pirelli’s adventurers reached the Khardung La Cross at 12:16 pm on Saturday September 30, 2017, summing up in whole, 48 hours and 23,968 meters of altitude, thus crowning probably the most iconic goals of motorcyclists, to problem themselves within the Himalayas and try the legendary Kardhung La.



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–Ron Lawson

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