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  1. The Works Connection guards are junk. They provide almost no support in a side impact. They cost me a right side radiator on my 450. I use the Unabiker and they are awesome. Solid support and no airflow problems. Anything is better than the WC guards.
  2. This isn't the kind of career you just "break" into. Most of the freelancers you see at pro race events are there on assignment. In order to get credentials a magazine or news outlet has to vouch for you. That means you have to either have worked for them before or have a hefty reputation that they want to hire you. You won't get anywhere near a track without credentials. Most of the motomags use their own staff people to cover an event and supplement with freelancers that are respected and well connected in the industry already. There are no shortcuts. Thinking you will shoot from the stands and then offer cheap or free photos to a mag to get your foot in the door will only get you a bad rep. There may be some editors willing to use your stuff, but you'll be undercutting the pros and they don't like that. If you're willing to work for free, that's probably what you're worth. The best thing to do is find a small outlet like a regional paper or internet site and ask to be a freelance contributor. Work the local tracks and work on your photography skills, get comfortable with being on a track and learn how and where to get the best shots. Build up a portfolio and your equipment, because both will have to be top notch before any national magazine will give you an assignment. You'll also need to work on your writing skills. The market today is so competitive that only the very best photogs can make a living doing just that. If you can shoot AND write the coverage, you'll be more attractive to an editor. And don't think this is a glamorous job. It's a lot of hard work. A day at a track like Daytona can humble a strong man, believe me. Bottom line: forget the big magazines until you have some experience. There's more to the job than just taking good pictures. A lot more.
  3. Before you start putting paint on a helmet, get some education about different paint formulas. Some paint and chemicals can penetrate into the helmet substrate and soften it making the helmet useless. Guys like Troy Lee that do this for a living know what products to use that won't damage the helmet's integrity. Painting helmets is more than just putting a nice design down.
  4. Vice versa. Lowering the spring collar puts more preload on the spring thereby stiffening it. This will reduce sag. Raising the spring collar reduces shock preload and increases sag.
  5. My point exactly. Before the race aired I had already heard and read a ton of stuff about the race on the internet. I watched waiting to see the TE incident, what happened to Byrne and Wey, Reed's problems, the problem in the heat race with the gate and the restart. I saw almost none of that in the broadcast and the commentators hardly mentioned a thing. The most exciting things in the broadcast were when KDub went over the berm and then jumped the tuff-blocks back onto the track, and when RC went off the track and came back on. Heck, they didn't even show why he went off the track in the first place. Boring. And if I have to listen one more time to how good a trooper Chad is for riding with a separated shoulder I'm going to puke.
  6. To a degree, you're right, but unless the people in the sport make a conscious decision to clean up their act, the media will continue to focus on the lowest common denominator among us. Is that the image that all of us as dirt riders want to be associated with?Several years ago snowboarders were suffering the same kind of guilt by association problems. Many ski areas banned boarders because competitions like Winter X-Games made them out to be counterculture misfits with little regard or respect for society. The perception of the general public was that snowboarders were unruly teenagers bent on violating society's rules. This made it hard for snowboarding to get mainstream media attention, promoters involved in competitions, and positive exposure needed to grow the sport. People inside snowboarding began to realize that the future of their sport depended on improving their image with the general public. Fast forward 10 years and snowboarding has rocketed into mainstream culture. They're a bonafide Olympic sport whose competitors make buckets of money competing and through endorsement deals. They get live TV coverage and the top competitors names are familiar to people who don't even board or ski. All this while still managing to keep their "extreme" personas. Dirt biking is a much older sport (I remember watching it on ABC Sports as a kid in the '70s), but it is still struggling to find a niche among the marquee sports on TV. Why do you think that is? Mainly, it's because motorcycles will always be linked with recklessness, but NASCAR isn't much safer, really. Until MX can find a format that makes middle America feel comfortable with it, getting the mainstream coverage it deserves will continue to be a problem. The few times we've attracted outside sponsors, they went away almost as fast. Anyone Remember Chevy and Dodge's involvement in MX and how long they lasted? Even the current rash of sports drink advertisers is outside the norm for the general public since they tend to be overwhelmingly associated with extreme sports or activities. If we keep promoting ourselves as the guys you wouldn't want to date your daughter, we'll continue to not be asked to come over to the house.
  7. It's ignorant because it isn't relative to the subject of this thread. I agree there are a lot of threads here that bash this rider or that one, but they do so based on their race results or what's going on in the series. This thread is about the perception of riders in general with the non-riding public. This isn't about who races hard, who races dirty or who races clean, but about how these racers and others represent our sport to the general public.The guy I responded to spent a lot of time making arguments that were germain to the thread and then finished off with a statement that was totally off topic. I was merely pointing that out by calling it ignorant.
  8. Notice the reporter starts off by calling the show a "motocross and music event." No mention that it was a freestyle exhibition and not a race. All anyone that saw the report will remember is that it involved motocross and was negative.
  9. I missed it. I've never seen a more boring presentation of a race that, according to people that were actually there, was supposedly filled with exciting moments. Great job, Speed Channel.
  10. Don't worry, he's got lots of help. You're looking at it as an insider to the sport. Look at it the way most outsiders do. What they know and use to form their opinions of dirt biking is only what they see presented by the mainstream media. The occasional negative news item like what happened this weekend. Or the chance view of an FMX event on TV when flipping through channels. They don't see all aspects of the sport like those of us involved in it. Mostly, they only see the negative things. Again, he's got lots of help. Precisely. The non-riding public only sees snippets of what goes on in the sport, and often those snippets are either the negative aspects, like this weekend's riot, or the most outrageous, like a circus-style FMX event complete with the MM and its imitators. Either way, they are the things that do not represent MX in the best light to an outsider. The problem isn't the perception of the sport by other riders. It's how non-riders perceive us. Especially the non-riders who are in positions to make determinations that affect our ability to ride. City council members, legislators, governors, etc... Tyler Evans alone, no, but HE HAS LOTS OF HELP! Knuckledraggers like him will keep dirt biking as a fringe sport. Maybe that was a good thing 20 years ago, but now that we are more and more dependent on the general public to support our fight for more land to ride on and other causes, we need mainstream acceptance more than ever. Puhleeze! Those are established, mainstream sports. The general public sees enough of them to know that the bad guys are an aberration and not reflective of everybody that competes in them. And they are sports that are played by almost everybody at some time in their lives, even in school. They enjoy a level of understanding and acceptance. But even someone that played a contact sport like football has a hard time understanding motocross. I have friends that played college football, some that skydive, even some that ride street bikes that think I'm crazy to ride dirt bikes. The conservative non-riding public has an even harder time understanding why we do what we do. Unfortunately, while you and I may know about those riders who portray the sport positively, the general public doesn't. Your more likely to see a clip of the MM on your local news than one about Ricky or Nate. And when you do it will likely be presented in a negative context. Why do you think MX isn't televised live? It certainly isn't because of the ratings because they are huge. Some of it has to do with networks needing to edit it into a package that can be A) Presented to a broader audience without fear or offending, and Marketed to an advertiser base without fear of offending. When you see an FMX competition on TV it's presented almost as an oddity or circus, not a serious competition. Non-riding viewers have no idea what hard work goes into learning an FMX trick. They simply see the spectacle of it and think they're all a bunch of crazies with a death wish. And the wrestling-style bravado, weird haircuts, tattoos and colorful clothes and bikes make them look like clowns. Entertainig? Yes. Serious sport? Not to anyone outside looking in. Now that's an ignorant statement.
  11. You're the one not getting it. It's not about the incident or even a couple of incidents. It's about the perception of dirt bikers as a whole and how all these negative incidents color those perceptions by the general public. But I think you're just trying to push the argument, not have a debate so let's just agree to disagree and move on. See ya!
  12. Dude, did you get in enough stereotypes? There's a big perceptual difference between what some idjut does in traffic on the road and what some "professional" does in competition or in front of a camera for a national audience. Especially when the audience's kids are watching and trying to emulate those buffoons. Those examples you cited are exactly why dirt bikers need to be proactive about the perception of our sport and the people in it. Us Harley riders found this out when we tried to fight the helmet law in '92 and discovered that the general public had such a low opinion of us that they didn't give a rat's as s about supporting our fight. Go ahead and take the same defeatist attitude about this and you'll be wondering what the hell happened when you lose your favorite riding area or have to suffer yet another restrictive piece of legislation that affects your ability to ride.
  13. lots. Present a positive image of dirt bikers whenever you ride, and stop supporting those who don't.
  14. Sure. Just because it happened on an OHV doesn't excuse someone of negligent operation of a motor vehicle. You would probably have to file a civil claim since there are no vehicle codes that were violated, and proving negligence is pretty difficult, but if you think you can overcome that obstacle, by all means go for it. Start getting your witnesses in line and see if you can't document the statements made by the woman that hit you that show fault on her part. If you get an attorney, you might have to pay up front, but if your case is good I'm sure you can find a personal injury attorney to work on a contingency. It all depends on whether she has any assets or insurance. If not, you may have nothing to gain even if you win. At a minimum, you should demand reimbursement for your doctor bills and bike damages immediately.