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  1. Chris Cooksey

    New Product! Fly Kinetic 2017.5

    This past weekend Fly Racing launched their 2017.5 Kinetic Mesh just in time for the summer. Fly racing is based in Boise, ID, many former professional racers now work at Fly (Jason Thomas “JT$”, Cole Siebler, Kyle Gills, Jeff “NorCal” Northrop) and the designers take their input seriously when designing the gear. Fly Racing gear is founded on quality and comfort, including high end features at a mid level price point. After riding in 80-95 degree heat last Saturday at MesquiteMX I’m still blown away by how well the gear fits. The Kinetic Mesh gear isn't the “pajama style” vented gear from 3-5 years ago. The older gear left me looking and feeling ridiculous with an untucked jersey and sagging pants. With the new 2017.5 Kinetic Mesh, if it wasn't for air flowing through me I would have thought I was wearing regular gear. The Kinetic Mesh Pants retail for $114.95 and $38.95 for the Jersey. Go to www.flyracing.com for more information, all sizes and colors are available in the TT Store. Check out Jeff “NorCal” Northrop as he explains further the features and benefits of Fly 2017.5 Kinetic Gear.
  2. Chris Cooksey

    Electric Motorcycles are coming!

    Last year during the Red Bull Straight Rhythm, Alta Motors unveiled their Redshift motocross bike proving to critics the electric bike is no longer a novelty. Recently, I had the opportunity to test ride the Redshift bike and tour Alta Motors. I was blown away by the power of the bike and thought if someone replaced my gas powered bike (KTM350SX) with the Redshift I would not miss a beat. The Redshift is comparable to any modern gas powered 250cc four stroke motorcycle, minus the noise pollution and emission of exhaust, but this article is not about the breakdown or the technical aspects of the bike. There are quite a few articles out there that already do an exceptional job of reviewing the Redshift, you can find the information at www.altamotors.com. Having a competitive Electric Motorcycle that offers comparable or superior performance to a gas powered machine can open new opportunities to the Motocross world and ultimately expand the industry, key word expand not replace. Electric motorcycles are the future, opening doors to new riding areas and attracting a fresh generation of enthusiasts. Ripping in the city, causing no disruption. As city populations grow, riding areas and racing facilities continue to decline. Racing facilities are coming under fire for noise pollution, and in some cases are pressured to close or relocate to a further distance. This problem began with 2 Stroke motors but 4 Stroke motors have significantly amplified the issue. Electric bikes are not completely silent, but they are quiet enough to ride in highly populated areas without disturbing neighbors. Anyone with land can have their own track, it doesn't matter if it's next to a library, the bikes does not cause noise disruptions. With quiet motors and no exhaust, indoor riding facilities become a possibility. Earplugs and giant industrial sized fans will no longer be required to make an indoor facility bearable. Having fun while not bothering anyone. This is not to say electric bikes will not encounter their own challenges, run time was my main concern. With that said, I hammered the Redshift (as fast as a 42 year old B rider can) on a motocross track for a solid 45 minutes and 18.9 miles before the battery was done. It takes 2.5 hours to recharge, so if I had plugged the motorcycle in during my water break (about 30 min) I could have added approximately a quarter of charge back to the bike. If I had charged the motorcycle it would have outlasted my fitness. Alta Motors explained the bike would decrease power as the battery ran down, but I hardly noticed the difference. The Redshift is the first generation of Alta Motors and motorcycle performance, and battery life will only improve from here. With simple updates to your motorcycle’s software Alta motorcycle owners are constantly receiving the latest upgraded technology. Rather than rebuilding your ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) motor, you can install an update. A look inside the Redshift motor I often ask people at motorcycle dealerships their opinion of electric and I receive instant resistance that is eerily similar to the past when motorcycles changed from 2 Stroke to 4 Stroke. I remember the first 4 Stroke motorcycle I owned, it was a 2001 YZ426 and after 4 months I decided I was done with Motocross. It was hard to start, it flamed out and handled like a bread truck. As gearheads we sometimes struggle with accepting change. For example, how much attention does any 2 Stroke event receive these days? In 2004 after a few years of not riding, I was convinced to try a Honda CRF450 and to my surprise it started easy, had trackable power and handled like a motorcycle. I was back riding and hooked on motocross again! If electric follows a similar development curve, bikes in the next few years are going to rapidly improve as the starting point is further developed than 4 Stroke motorcycles were in 2001. Electric motors are simple and leave opportunities for manufacturers to create a plethora of bikes to suit all rider’s needs and budgets. The guys hard at work in the assembly line. Today's kids are not riding motorcycles because they have iPads, Drones, Xbox and many other electronics to compete for their attention. If electric motorcycles create more urban riding areas and motorcycles with less bike maintenance, electric has potential to grab hold of the next generation. My kids enjoy riding but don’t like the extremely loud sounds of 4 Stroke motorcycles and the 1-2 hour commute to our nearest track. They would rather commute 10 minutes to the nearest BMX or skate park. Imagine if parks could convert into an electric motocross track, far more kids would try motocross. We need to involve younger kids in the sport we love or risk losing it. I would love to see motorcross as a high school sport. Electric motorcycles will not take over all aspects of motocross, the electric motorcycle’s battery life may not be suited for sand tracks or long rides for quite some time. There is definitely room for both electric and gas motors to coexist. Motocross riders, myself included typically have more than one bike. I would love to ride an electric track in town during the week and then hit the Sand Dunes on the weekend with an ICE bike. Both can exist and compliment the industry and lifestyle. I got the guys to smile for a pic, then right back to work. I am a gear-head at heart and love the smell of burnt 2 Stroke oil, the vibration of an ICE motor and the sound of a full gate of motorcycles wide open waiting for the gate to drop. These sounds and smells will never be replaced for me because they invoke memories that make up my entire life. While electric bikes do not offer the sound or smell stimulations as and ICE bike they will open up new opportunities. Have you ever wondered what Supercross riders say to each other after a dirty block pass? With Electric bikes there is a good chance you will hear the conversation. Will the electric generation of racers use trash talk? No more need for pit boards, just yell! The same joy I receive from the smell of 2 Stroke oil or hearing a bike roar will be what the electric generation receives from a buzzing sound similar to an RC car along with the sound of tires spinning. Yes, I said the sound of the tires on the dirt. About 5 minutes into my Redshift ride I stopped and checked to see if I had a flat. Chad at Alta Motors erupted into laughter as almost everyone who rides the bike assumes the same. Dirt Bike tires make a lot of noise, but the motorcycle usually drowns out the sound. Hearing your tires might lead to advancements in tire performance, who knows? Chad from Alta showing his Endurocross prowess. The team at Alta Motors received homologation for FIM North America competition in the 250 class. This unlocks Canada and propels them halfway closer to AMA Supercross, where they really want to race. They have big plans this offseason. Alta Motors is returning to Red Bull Straight Rhythm and including additional European Supercross events. While racing with gas bikes proves they are not a novelty, attention should be focused on an electric only event too. If the Electric bike is as fast as or faster than an ICE motorcycle the sport could expand to unthinkable territory. All the major manufacturers have purchased Alta Redshift motorcycles to study and dissect. They see the future and it’s ELECTRIC! Another shot of Chad. Here are some other articles and podcasts out there with information about the Alta Redshift: https://www.altamotors.co/redshiftmx#redshift-mx https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/rocky-mountain-atv-mc-keefer-tested-podcast/id1245516386?mt=2&i=1000391436611 http://www.cycleworld.com/alta-motors-redshift-mx-electric-motocross-bike-full-test-review#page-3 http://motocross.transworld.net/videos/first-impression-2017-alta-redshift-mx/#eiydtZMiphJBuSgs.97
  3. Chris Cooksey

    Crazy day in Glen Helen!

    What a crazy day in California! If you told me Tomac wouldn't win a Moto and Osborne would win with 4-2 Moto finishes I would have called you crazy. I am not sure if the stars have aligned or what crazy karma is going around, but as soon as any series in 2017 looks to have a clear favorite everything gets flipped upside down. The only thing you can count on is it's not over until it's over. My employer, Wester Power Sports is a headline sponsor for the Outdoor Nationals which allowed me exclusive access to the event as both a media and employee. My day started at 4:30am when I left Vegas for the 3.5 hr. trek to Glen Helen. As an employee I needed to arrive there early to sort tickets for my dealers attending and also help setup our Wester Power Sports VIP area. As media personnel I hoped to take advantage of this early time to speak with riders and industry professionals. While in line at Will Call I ran into Tyler “The Bear” Bowers, who I know from the Pulpmx show. I congratulated him and his wife Brady as they are expecting their first child. I asked him if he had any plans to race outdoors. He made it clear he had been riding a 450 and is in great shape. I got the impression he was making sure teams knew he was available if anyone needed a fill in rider. It looks as Honda will need one now (Christian Craig is out with a broken hand), maybe “The Bear” will get a call. From there I hit up our Fly Racing Activation Booth where Ex-Pro Racer and Fly Racing Specialist, Jeff “NorCal” Northrop was doing his thing talking with the public about the benefits and features of Fly Gear and bench racing. The 2018 Fly Gear is the best gear Fly has ever produced and will be released soon. On the way back to the VIP tent I ran into the legendary Chuck Sun. I introduced him to my friends from Carter Powersports. Chuck is one of a kind, he may be close to 60 years old but still looks and acts like a young 35. In all his years Chuck has never missed out on a good time! I walked around the track marveling at how big the jumps, ruts and braking bumps were. TV does not do Glen Helen any justice. The hills are extremely steep, you almost need climbing gear to get up and down them. In the post race press conference all three 450 podium finishers openly discussed their views of how frightening it was to ride down the hills. After my stroll around the track I headed back to the VIP area to watch some racing. First up was the 450 LCQ where we cheered on our own Fly Racing rider Austin Kouba as he fought for his spot on the gate. While viewing the qualifying races, I turned around and there was Grant Langston chilling in our tent. I thought it was cool to have him with us, as he was live on TV in 30 minutes. Grant is truly a man of the people. At this point I felt slightly overwhelmed as we had Andrew Short, Damon Bradshaw “Beast from the East,” and Connor Fields (BMX Gold Medal winner in Río) in our tent. I did have a funny moment with Bradshaw. I walked up to him and said, “I am sorry, but I am going to have to ask you to leave. A guy by the name of Matiasevich said you can't be in here.” He looked at me like he was instantly ready to fight, before quickly realizing I was joking. He then responded, “If he {Matiasevich} is in here, these tables are going to get flipped over!” I laughed. Langston and Connor Fields chatted for quite a while. Remember Connor Fields name as he will most likely be a TV personality after the next Olympic Games, his charisma is undeniable. During the 450 press conference I fell victim to Jason Weigandt’s peer pressure. I would just as well leave, “there was no crown” attention in the past but he convinced me with Eli having problems, this was the perfect situation to bring it up again. I did and it went about as well as the Hindenburg flight. I also asked Jason Anderson about his altitude issues and what he was planning to get through Lakewood. He quickly stated he was flying in the morning of the race and flying out as soon as it concludes. He seemed annoyed that I asked the question, which makes me believe he is concerned about the issue. At the press conference I asked Jeremy Martin about his bike and how much it had changed since his first ride on the Geico Honda. He ducked my question so bad that Jimmy Albertson actually chuckled. I think he felt embarrassed and sought me after to explain. He told me he wanted to be careful not to say anything negative about the team but the bike is night and day different than when he first raced it at the 2016 Glen Helen GP. He was careful with his words because he has such a high respect for the team and is very appreciative of their hard work making the bike better. He also confirmed they are getting a new 250 chassis for 2018 and he won't be riding it as he is moving to the 450. I appreciated his honesty. From there I headed to my truck and made the drive back to Vegas. A day in the dirt and dust can wear you down, but seeing how fast these guys go on these brutal tracks is nothing short of amazing. If you get the chance I strongly recommend attending in person, TV doesn’t do the outdoors justice.
  4. Chris Cooksey

    Motocross Halfway: What Have We Learned?

    The 450 class was believed to be The Eli Tomac Show. After Hangtown everybody was ready to crown him and move on to Monster Cup. With Ryan Dungey unexpectedly retiring after a heated Supercross battle with Tomac, most expected a Tomac runaway this summer (if you say you didn't, you’re lying). But Marvin Musquin, Jason Anderson and Blake Baggett all had other ideas. Marvin showed everyone Eli was human during the first Moto in Glen Helen. Eli had another front brake problem in the second Moto at Glen Helen. Despite what Kawasaki says I believe it was the same issue as in Supercross. Eli allowed these guys to gain confidence. In Colorado Baggett did the unthinkable and ran down Eli for the win, and doubled down by making bold comments about how he “broke” Eli, even mentioning his famous father on the PulpMX show. This didn't sit well with the competition, but Baggett backed his comment in High Point by going 1-2 for the overall. The second Moto in High point Eli showed the rumors of his demise had been greatly exaggerated. Eli has since corrected his mistakes and regained his early season form. A knee injury has all but eliminated Musquin from the championship but he seems to have recovered his speed at Red Bud. Marvin showed the speed that garnered him the overall win at round 2 in Glen Helen. Baggett has appeared to crumble under the “red plate” pressure. This season is proving that anything can happen. Jason Anderson is hanging around positioning himself perfectly and waiting to see if anything happens to Eli or Baggett. This season is anything but predictable and here are some of the ridiculous things to date: RCH has a pit fire, and 45 minutes later Justin Bogle (who has never been on a 450 podium) dominates the first Moto in Colorado. Eli has another front brake problem in Glen Helen. Roger DeCoster runs to the tower mid race at High Point to tell the announcers Marvin Musquin has a knee injury and nothing is wrong with his KTM. Yamaha’s reason for getting a factory race team back together (Cooper Webb) quits the second Moto at Glen Helen because of a poor handling machine. Justin Barcia riding the JGR Factory Suzuki, the bike he asked for looks worse than he did on the Yamaha he didn't like. Rumor has it that he has been openly lobbying for a spot on Factory KTM for 2018, but he better show something or he might be completely out of a job in 2018. He looked good for 15 minutes at Red Bud…. for 15 minutes. He needs to get on the podium before KTM will take him seriously. Dean Ferris showed up in a one off performance at High Point and got 2nd in the first Moto. This is more action than I can remember in any season and we are only halfway through. Eli Tomac will have the Red Plate in Southwick next week, let's see if the “Red Plate” continues to curse whomever is running it. If Eli can go 1-1 at Southwick he could smash the confidence of the field, Baggett desperately needs to get some points back, but a thumb injury might be an issue. Anderson needs to put it together for an overall and Marvin could play spoiler. If this title comes down to Eli and one of the other three riders, will we see the team tactics play out like we did in Supercross? Stay tuned! In the 250 class Zach Osborne is proving his program and confidence are exactly what he needed to become a contender. He has been consistent while Jeremy Martin has been fast but plagued with mistakes and a bike failure. This has put him 45 points behind Osborne. Many have pointed to Jeremy's switch from Yamaha to Honda as the reason he is struggling. I wouldn't count him out, he looks strong and could easily go on a run of 1-1 performances. Also Zach Osborne seems to be “ill” quite often. He was extremely congested in Colorado and said he battled an ear infection before Red Bud. This is the time of year that riders in the Baker Factory have historically been run down and at risk for illness. 45 points could vanish quickly if Zach has a couple 4-5 finishes while Jeremy goes 1-1. Don't crown Zach yet! Alex Martin is fast but I don't see him winning the title, he doesn't have that little extra that Jeremy and Zach seem to find when needed. The disappointing performance of the year goes to the entire Pro Circuit team. From multiple bike failures and Justin Hill riding less than inspired, Mitch has to be losing his mind. Going into the season all four of his riders could make a case for winning the title, but other than Savatgy’s win in Colorado they haven't had much success. If Vegas gave odds on a Pro Circuit rider not being in the top 3 in the standings at the halfway point the odds would have been worse than Connor McGregor beating Floyd Mayweather. Let's not forget 2017 has been a crazy year, so who knows how the season will end, but we can guarantee it won't go as expected! Mitchell Harrison almost won the second Moto at Redbud…. What's next Nick Gaines winning Washougal? All I am sure of at the halfway point is I am getting my money's worth out of my NBC Sports Gold App purchase. I also love the riders showing their personalities at the press conferences and on the podium. I used to skip the redundant sponsor mumbling, but now I am watching to see who will say what and how the other guys will react. (aftermath of the Anderson on Baggett block pass at RedBud) (Osborne has been flying) (Tomac has regained control of the 450 class)
  5. Chris Cooksey

    Behind the scenes at the PulpMX Show

    The PulpMX show is arguably the best Podcast/Internet radio show for unfiltered Motocross and Supercross information. Steve Matthes would like his listeners to believe his antics are part of a “janky” radio show where he exchanges quick witted banter with his friends and MX/SX royalty every Monday night. The truth is, Matthes approaches each week with intensity and hard work as he grinds to uncover the endless information he delivers. His light hearted delivery style invites listeners to feel like they too are in the room bench racing alongside the crew and MX/SX guests. And if that isn’t good enough, you can actually be a part of the show as Matthes allows listeners to call in and ask questions of the guests. Steve’s show prep is minimal compared to what I consider the work involved in creating a weekly 4-5 hour show. The reason is simple, the work is happening all week leading up to the Monday night show. With the TV packages available many media outlets choose to purchase photos from freelance photographers and regurgitate other news source’s information (looking at you MXA). Unlike other media outlets Steve is still pounding the pavement and networking at the races. It’s no accident Steve breaks the most stories in the sport. Matthes comes across as a funny carefree guy, but his dedication to his job is undeniable. Looking at him from afar, in his cargo shorts, he doesn’t appear to be a guy who takes anything serious. The reality is Steve probably spends more time texting, calling, e-mailing, writing and talking about the sport than anyone else. There is no such thing as a 40 hour work week at Pulp, and while Steve likes to joke about getting out of this media gig there is zero chance of his retirement. Nobody works this hard at a job unless they have a passion for what they do, plus he would be bored out of his mind after two weeks! The show starts at 6pm Pacific time, I showed up at 5:45. I checked out Steve’s Honda Ridgeline in the driveway, not my cup of tea but a nice vehicle nonetheless. I knocked on the door only to hear a stampede of Basset Hounds barking to greet me. Steve's wife Angie (aka. Pookie) opened the door, and yes she is one of the sweetest people ever. I have only met her a handful of times, but she welcomed me with a hug and pointed me toward the kitchen where Co-Host David Pingree, Producer Travis Marx and Steve were enjoying some pre-show pizza. I shook hands with Ping and he said, “Nice to meet you Cooksey, that name sounds familiar did we race together?” I remind him we’ve previously met and raced together. Steve then asks Ping if he took me out and Ping did take me out! At the 1990 World Mini, Pingree T-boned me so hard his radiator exploded like a volcano spewing scalding hot water all over me, so yes I remembered racing him. After some pizza and bench racing we headed upstairs to the studio for show time. Steve likes to call his studio “janky” but in reality it is a shrine to Motocross and Supercross. I have been in studio 5 times now and each time I am still impressed with his collection of memorabilia. The studio is in the loft of his home leading me to question Angie’s opinion regarding her house doubling as the studio. She said she was a fan of Supercross before meeting Steve, and supports him in all aspects of his job. They truly are a team, while she rarely picks up a mic Angie clearly has a big influence on the creative angles for the PulpMX Show. As big as the Pulp show has become, I asked her if she worried about safety or creepy stalker fans finding out where they live. Angie reassured this wasn't a concern as Pulp fans are respectful for the most part, although there was a guy who posted a picture of their house on VitalMX and that made her a little uneasy. The first segment Steve interviews his scheduled guests, usually in an order based on time zones. The first segment is the most content filled segment, as they break down last weekend’s race. The first break doesn’t happen till about 2 hours into the show. The breaks are the most fun for me, the guys let completely unfiltered speculation fly. Steve only shares information on air if he has a trustworthy source, but during the break he discusses rumors and some of the unfounded information he knows. While this information isn't always trustworthy enough for air I have found it is usually accurate. Ping and Steve discussed the rumors around Factory KTM and who they are planning to hire for 2018. During the breaks one might expect Steve to turn off his character, but what he gives on air is his authentic personality. The ball busting never stops, the Pulp studio isn't for overly sensitive personalities. If somebody takes life too serious they would surely be offended in studio, the show sometimes vibes like a comedy roast. This leads to the producer Travis Marx. Steve has truly found a guy of many talents in “Marx Dog.” Not only does Travis have a technical understanding of producing the show but he maintains his poise in an environment that could send others into years of therapy. The ribbing he takes from Steve doesn't start and stop with the show, it is non-stop. With that said Steve clearly values Marx and his talents. Look for big things from Marx in the near future as he is partnering with Steve and show contributor Jason “JT$” on a project that we will all enjoy. I would love to share their idea, but it is under Embargo…. In an industry that is behind the times and known as a “Bro Network” people have a habit of taking themselves too seriously. The PulpMX show is a breath of fresh air. If you take yourself too seriously you might leave their studio in tears, no fake façades allowed in studio. With Steve’s perspective and insight, PulpMX is changing the way Motocross/Supercross is covered. Steve explains what is really happening even if it makes him unpopular with the cool kids of the sport. The authenticity of Pulp is what makes it great. It is amazing that a guy from Manitoba in his loft has become ground zero for Motocross/Supercross media. http://www.pulpmx.com/ http://pulpmxshow.com/ http://www.flyracing.com/ http://racerxonline.com/ (The backfliping producer Travis Marx) (Rocky was ready for bed during the last segment) (Pookie snacks! Might as well be crystal meth... So good!) (Steve and Ping talking shop) (The famous Rigeline)
  6. Chris Cooksey

    Product Spotlight: Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots

    Product Spotlight: Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots These days expensive protective equipment saturate the market, but Alpinestars has a motocross boot that offers high dollar protection with high end quality at the average man’s price. I have worn the Sidi Crossfire 2, Garne SG-10, SG-12, and Alpinestars Tech 10 boots. While these top-line boots all share impressive features my favorite is the Alpinestars Tech 7, with the low retail price of $349. Once Western Power Sports became a distributor for Alpinestars I immediately tested the Tech 10 against the Tech 7 boots. My initial thought was I would prefer the highest priced boot, the Tech 10. While this boot is amazing, I felt like I could literally jump off the roof and have no ankle injuries (not recommended), I struggled with the lack of flexibility. I am 6’4” and have suffered many foot and ankle injuries throughout the years, the most recent was a ruptured Achilles’ tendon. I tend to look for boots that offer support and protection, yet allow me the freedom to ride comfortably and the Tech 7 meets this criteria. If I was riding AMA Supercross I would opt for the Tech 10, but for me and my Vet B riding level the Tech 7 is heaven on my feet! Look for both the Tech 7 and Tech 10 boots available in the TT store. https://www.thumpertalk.com/shop/cart.php?m=search_results&c=&catID=4443&v=&id=&venID=&attrList=&manuf=1602&priceFilter=&sortBy=PriceHiLo&search=Tech+7&sort=5&asc=desc&page=2 KEY FEATURES • New dual compound sole is seamlessly integrated into the base structure for superior durability and features high performing rubber grip patterning and enhanced feel. The sole and footpeg insert are replaceable. • The anatomically profiled shin plate features a dual closure system with an internal microfiber flap attached with Velcro® for a precise fit closure while the rugged and durable shin plate attached securely with a precision adjustable buckle. • Wide entry aperture for convenience and allows broad ranging calf fit adjustment and support. • Innovative buckle closure system includes high-impact aluminium bridge closures, with memory settings and a quick release/locking system with self-aligning design for easy, precise closure and improved riding performance. All buckles are replaceable. • Redesigned instep and Achilles accordion flex zones construction for superior comfort, control and support. • Extended microfiber gaiter helps prevent excessive water and dirt entry. • Internal lining includes anti-slip microfiber suede on the heel to help keep foot in position.
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