Monday, June 28, 2010

FOR-SALE:

DIRT BIKE RIDING PARADISE, DUNGOG, NSW

Situated only 10km north of the picturesque Lower Hunter NSW town of Dungog, ‘Mahogany Park’ is an enviable oasis of tranquility and unlimited opportunity.
Bordered on three sides by National Park, this 148.52ha (367.01 acres) parcel of land with 1km frontage to Monkerai Road offers total privacy in a beautiful and pristine environment.
Careful land management has delivered an excellent balance of flat to undulating open grazing country, timbered forest and undisturbed rainforest. Significant stands of shade trees including Tallow, White Mahogany and Ironbark have been maintained on the open country.
Seven dams and numerous troughs are present for stock watering, plus there is double creek frontage to Limestone Creek and Cross Creek each with beautiful billabongs and waterfalls.
The approximately 12km of open fire-trails are suitable for bushwalking, 4WD, motorbikes and horse-riding while the large machinery shed and established motocross practice track would appeal to the bike enthusiast.
There is power to the property and stunning home sites with panoramic views overlooking the Main Creek Valley and Dungog township.
Originally part of the Gloucester Gold Field Proclamation, old gold diggings and original structures from a bullock loggers camp make for many points of interest. With its privacy, spectacular scenery and abundance of native flora including giant lilies, native orchid, tree ferns and fauna such as platypus, koala, eagles, forest owl and freshwater lobster, there is unlimited appeal to a wide variety of buyers seeking to capitalise on the opportunities for permanent residency, holiday retreat or eco and agri-business.
There is also the potential for subdivision STCA.
Mahogany Park is ten minutes from Dungog’s extensive services and amenities. School bus to the town’s primary and high schools is available at the front gate. With the regional centres of Maitland and Newcastle only 45 mins and 1 hour away respectively and with Sydney merely 2.5 hours away, Mahogany Park is an exciting opportunity to purchase a quality landholding with extensive opportunities and unlimited potential.

Listing price – Offers Over $600,000

Agent Details – Natasha McElwaine (McElwaine Hunter Valley) Ph: 0429 308 492
TRAIL MAIL:

KAWASAKI KLX450R WINNER REPORTS IN!

To Clubby and all the crew at TRAIL ZONE: thanks for the opportunity to win a new bike in the Choose Your Ride competition. I am loving the Kawasaki KLX450R! So far I have been able to race it in an enduro at Baroota, motocross races at Kadina and heading to Lameroo for a trail ride this weekend. I still can’t believe that the bike is actually mine. Looking forward to getting your next mag and thanks again.

-- Peter Bray via www.trailzone.com.au


Congratulations, Pete. It's awesome to see the KLX450R being put to such good use. Enjoy it mate, it's all yours! We'll be kicking off our next CHOOSE YOUR RIDE subscriber promotion in TRAIL ZONE issue #31, so all you TRAIL ZONE readers who would like to win big like Pete and score the bike of your dreams, start rubbing your good luck charms and crossing your fingers and toes and make sure you get your entry in!

-- Clubby, www.trailzone.com.au

Sunday, June 27, 2010

TRAIL MAIL:

LOVING BEING BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN!

Hi guys: Just wanted to drop you a line to say how I'm enjoying your mag. I'm 45 years old and got back into trail riding over the last couple of years after nearly an 18 year lay-off, (you know, marriage, work, kids, mortgage) but I'm back and loving it. The good lady wife went and bought me a brand-new '06 WR250. Gee I love that girl! And I love my 1/4 horse. I ride a lot in the Otway ranges in south-west Victoria which is just a great place to ride. I have managed to hook-up with some guys about my age and we ride together every couple of weeks and have a great time. I really enjoy reading your mag as it is dedicated to us trail riders and I get a bit of kick reading (and watching the DVDs) on the trail adventures you guys go on, as you can relate to the stories and get a laugh from them. More carnage, Clubby! Dr Phil has also helped me out with a few technical tweaks to my bike, which has been very helpful. I read every issue cover-to-cover and then they make it to the smallest room in the house -- just in case I missed something, you know?! I just went on the Kenda Rally up at Eildon and had the best time with 500 of me newest best friends. This was a really well run event and will do it again next year. Can't wait! So thanks for the great mag, boys, as I look forward to every new issue in my mail box. Stay upright!
-- Peter C, via www.trailzone.com.au

Thanks for an awesome letter, Pete. We get a stack of letters from readers saying exactly the same thing and we're always stoked to hear from guys your age getting back into dirt bikes after way too many years on the sidelines, for all those domestic reasons you mention. So get out and enjoy that WR-F as its makers intended, and don't forget to say thanks to the missus after every memorable sessions in the stciks -- what a doll you've got there to have got you a new bike ... gotta love 'em!
-- Clubby, www.trailzone.com.au

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

ASK DR RUSS:

MILITARY MISSION ON AN EX-MILITARY XT600

Hi guys – great mag! I look forward to each issue arriving. I am in the process of 're-birthing' an ex-military XT600 and have had my first crack at painting the plastics with varying degrees of success. I see in TZ issue #30 that Lance sent the Super T off to the shop to get done. Other than sending it off to the man, is there a sure-fire way of getting a good finish that will stand the test of time? Also, I have an Acerbis tank on the bike (was military green) which has seen a bit of the elements and has perished a bit and was dusting off. I gave it a very light sand and hit it with primer and four top coats. I am getting lots of bubbles through the paint even now after 3-4 months. Any tips in this regard would be appreciated and failing advice on how to do it, advice on who in Brisbane can do it properly would be appreciated.
-- RoscoOz, via www.trailzone.com.au

Hi Rosco: It depends on what type of plastics. If it's like the guards on an enduro bike or your XT600 the common solution is to replace them. There are restore kits available but success can be limited depending on their condition. The plastics that you find commonly used on bike fairings is a different story and can be easily repaired and painted. As for the fuel tank, the bubbles are caused by fuel vapour seeping through the skin of the tank. It's the same problem as decals on plastic tanks. The decals have either slits or holes to allow the vapour to escape and reduce the chances of bubbles. I'm afraid that you will have to replace the tank if you are looking for a better finish. When my Super Tenere has been painted the details will be posted on the www.offroadexplorer.com web site, so keep an eye out there.
-- Lance 'Russ' Turnley, via www.offroadexplorer.com

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

PRESS RELEASE:

AUSSIES OUT OF 2010 ISDE IN MEXICO!

Motorcycling Australia (MA) would like to advise it will not be sending Australian Teams to compete at the 2010 International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) to be held in Morelia, Mexico on 1-6 November.

MA has made this decision after much consultation with a number of groups - including; the Australian Embassy in Mexico, a briefing held by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and a number of riders and support crew members.

MA’s CEO David White said that while it has always been a priority within MA to support International team events, the safety and security of riders and support crews must always come first.

“Australia has a long and proud history of supporting the ISDE, which has made this decision all the more difficult,” White said.

“In addition to consulting with Government groups, MA has also taken advice from other sporting codes in relation to athlete and team security.

“A number of Australian riders and support crews have expressed their concern for sending Australian Teams to the event, with some withdrawing their names from the selection process.

“Unfortunately this decision could not be held off any longer due to the pressing nature of logistical issues in relation to transport and freighting if teams were to participate.”

Forced to make the decision based on current circumstances, the concerns of riders and support crew members, and all aspects of the event were put to an emergency meeting of the MA Board on Monday night.

“The Board, upon examining all the information presented, made the unanimous decision not to enter Australian Teams into the 2010 event,” White said.

“MA would like to wish the Organisers every success for the 2010 ISDE, and sincerely hope that our decision, based on current circumstances, will be proven unnecessary.”

For more information regarding MA visit: www.ma.org.au.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

TRAIL MAIL:

READER'S OWN SUZUKI DR650 PROJECT BIKE

G'day TZ team: Your Suzuki DR650 Project Bike article in the new issue of TRAIL ZONE that's just come out gives me a strong sense of deja vu. I love my DR650. I have been all over SA and western Victoria on the bike. I would like to get up into the NT and WA eventually. I just need some time.
Same brand mods:
* Safari Tank.
* B&B bashplate and frame gaurds.
* Dunlop 606s (not in the photo; commuting at present so I have Michelin Anakees fitted)
Different brand mods:
* EGO Barkbusters. Wish I had gone with the VPS to give more room for levers.
* Pro Moto Billet rear rack. Excellent quality. B&B product was not available at time of purchase.
* Procycle sourced screen. I have used the Eagle screen but it was damaged by a Murray magpie at 100kmh. I like the Procycle screen because I can get it off the bike in around 2 minutes.
* K&N air filter.
* Home-made numberplate hanger. I have also made a rubber mud flap. This keeps the police happy and has stopped my numberplates from cracking. I have my rear suspension set-up for heavy touring loads and the plates were cracking due to the rigidity of the setup. Two problems solved.
* Renthal bars and grips.
Other mods:
* Andy Straps pannier racks.
* 1 inch lowered footpegs.
* 2 inch bar risers.
* Moose seal savers.
* Fork brace. I forget the brand.
* Australian Motorcycle Headlight Protector. Looks the same as your Pro-Fast shield.
* Case savers and oil filter gaurd.
* Magnetic drain plug.
* Uni Filter secondry breather filter. Only for bikes with standard carbies. Stock filter is not very good.
* Replaced bottom chain roller with a bearing chain roller and removed the top roller. Plug the threaded hole up to prevent water and grit getting in. Quite a few pics on the net of cracked frames caused by the top roller.
* Procycle 8.3kg/mm rear spring. I am heavy and I carry a lot of gear when I head out.
* Eibach .50 kg/mm straight rate fork springs.
* Racetech fork cartridge emulators (worth their weight in gold!)
* Vision X Solstice 10 watt LED spot lights. Worth the money. 900 lumens and only draw 0.75 of an amp each. No stator and/or battery upgrades.
* 15 and 46 tooth sprockets with 520 o-ring chain. I was running 14-43 but changed to 15-46 to ease the wear on the chain and front sprocket. I use 520 chain as I find it is easier and quicker to source replacements.
* Polisport front gaurd.
* Wolfman tank, front fender, tank saddle and rear saddle bags.
Did I need to do all of these mods? Probably not. But it was fun! :-) Eventually I want to fit a Staintune system and then I will feel like the bike is finished ... maybe! A 725cc kit and hot cam would be nice but if I wanted it to be a weapon, I would have bought a Kato. It's just a good reliable mile-munching two-wheeled tractor!
-- Paul Laney, via www.trailzone.com.au

Thanks for your email, Paul, and congrats on the 'overhaul' of your DR. We've only just kicked off the build of our DR650SE Project Bike, so rest assured Russ has got many more mods to come, all of which will be detailed in coming issues of TZ. As far as cheap, reliable adventure bikes go, the mighty DR is hard to beat on value for money and you can rest assured the beast will get you there ... and then back home again. Ride on!
-- Clubby, www.trailzone.com.au

Saturday, June 19, 2010

TRAIL BOSS BLOG:

OOPS! NO POWER OUTLET ON THE TENERE ...

Eagle-eyed readers of the spanking new issue of TRAIL ZONE that's just come out -- issue #30 -- will notice there's a gaffe in the editorial on our Yamaha ZT660Z Tenere Project Bike.

We make reference to the Tenere being fitted with a 12-volt power outlet inside the fairing -- and while our particular bike does have the socket, standard Teneres don't!

Sorry about that, Chief.

It turns out our Tenere was one of a handful of Yamaha demo bikes that were fitted with the power outlet sockets for the bike's debut national launch ride in Australia.

So if you want a power outlet on your own Tenere, you will just have to install it yourself.

Apologies for any confusion caused.

-- Clubby, www.trailzone.com.au

Friday, June 18, 2010

TRAIL BOSS BLOG:

RIDE THE 2011 YAMAHA NZ SAFARI!

We've said it before and we'll say it again, the trail riding in New Zealand's South Island is simply spectacular!

And when it comes to the biggest annual trail/adventure ride in the land of the long white cloud, the annual Yamaha NZ Safari has no peer.

We've ridden the event a couple of times over the past few years and when the official flyer for the 2011 event landed in our email Inbox, it got us drooling for another trip across the Tasman yet again!

To be held on January 15, 16 and 17, the 2011 Yamaha NZ Safari will take participants on a mind-blowing route littered with massive mountains, rocky rivers and sky-blue lakes across the very centre of the South Island.

This NZ Safari will be a 'roving' one, meaning it moves from one overnight stop to the next, rather than being based at one location. So a vast variety of trails is assured.

Sponsored once again by Yamaha and hosted by Mike and Angela Britton, the 2011 NZ Safari promises to be a cracker and you can get more details on the event and entries by checking out the official www.adventurerides.co.nz web site.

-- Clubby, www.trailzone.com.au
TRAIL BOSS BLOG:

2011 HUSQVARNAS REVEALED!

Hot on the heels of the recent unveiling of the 2011 KTM off-road range, Italian manufacturer Husqvarna has just pulled the wraps off a handful of its new models for next year, with brand new TE250 and TE310 (pictured) enduro weapons leading the way.

Here's the official press release direct from Husqvarna HQ in Varese, Italy:

"Look for some big changes on the motocross and enduro range from Husqvarna for 2011.

"The 250cc 4-stroke motocross (TC) and enduro (TE) models have seen big changes to both the chassis and engine.

"The new TE310 is fitted with the new 'small' 250cc motor increased to 302.4cc displacement and will be available soon.

"The whole range boast new frames, new hubs, new engine protection, and updated bodywork graphics.

"The TC250 engine has been renovated for what concerns the exhaust and also for the camshaft intake phasing. It has got battery-less fuel-injection and a pipe that has been prepared on purpose for Husqvarna with the aid of Akrapovic specialists.

"The TE250 has a new CDI with two maps selectable from a switch on the handlebar. The tank has been upsized to 8.5 litres and also the air box has been changed. The suspension setting has been updated on the strength of the experiences of the factory Husqvarna team in the World Enduro Championship.

"The TE310 has completely been changed: it's based on the TE250 and has a total weight of 106kg."

Details of the 2011 Husqvarna TE450 have yet to be announced, but it's predicted it will be a radical new machine based on the prototype BMW-engined 450 thumper currently being raced in the World Enduro Championship by the Husqvarna BMW Motorsport team.

As soon as the Paul Feeney Group, the Australian Husqvarna importer, releases more info on the trick new 2011 Husky range, rest assured you will read about it here!

-- Clubby, www.trailzone.com.au

Thursday, June 10, 2010

TRAIL BOSS BLOG:

TRAIL ZONE ISSUE #30 ON THE WAY!

The brand new issue of TRAIL ZONE is on the way!

We've just despatched the subscriber copies of TRAIL ZONE issue #30, which means they will begin landing in subscriber mail boxes just in time for this weekend.

And then the newsagent copies will go on-sale from the middle of next week -- which means once again that if you had subscribed, you'd be the first to get the new issue!

If you want to subscribe, this new issue offers a bonus Yamaha Racing cap and stickers sheet to the first 50 subscribers, so hook in and send us your subscription coupon and score the buff!

As for TRAIL ZONE issue #30, it's another cracker and there's no missing it for KTM fans, because the 2011 KTMs have been revealed -- already! -- and we've featured the new 250 EXC two-stroke on the cover.

And then when you look closer, you'll also see the prototype BMW-engined Husqvarna 450 enduro weapon on the cover, plus KTM's new Freeride electric bike, which might just give us a glimpse of the dirt bikes we'll be riding in the future.

Of course there's a mountain of awesome reading about trail, enduro and adventure bikes in the new mag, all of which you can check out for yourselves by getting your very own copy of the mag in your hot little hands.

As for me, well, the van's loaded and I'm heading north!

First port of call will be Conondale just north of Brisbane for this weekend's mighty seventh annual Classic Dirt event with the boys from VMX Magazine.

Classic Dirt 7 will be absolute ripper and I can't wait to cut a few laps of the Vintage Enduro course on a wide variety of hardware, most of which will rattle the fillings from my teeth and leave me screaming, "Stop ya mongrel!" as I plunge down into the depths of Green Park's rocky creek beds with a wet set of drum brakes and no retarding of forward motion!

Right after Classic Dirt I'm hooking up with Lance 'Russ' Turnley from ORE and we're climbing aboard our current Suzuki DR650SE and Yamaha XT660Z Tenere Project Bikes and punching north into central Queensland on a three-day adventure bike blast.

Ah yes, it's gonna be a mighty fine five days or so coming up ... so that's it guys and girls, I am outta here!

-- Clubby, www.trailzone.com.au

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

TRAIL MAIL:

THANKS DR PHIL!

Hello TRAIL ZONE: I would like to say thank-you for the information you supply in your magazine. I have been reading TRAIL ZONE for the past two years and enjoy every issue. I treat TRAIL ZONE issue #23 (May/June 2009) like a bible as Dr Phil's 101 Trail Tips are absolutely brilliant. I was trail riding the other day when I was forced to use Trail Tip #80 re ONE RADIATOR CAN DO (see pic attached). On the one trek the old CR suffered a broken clutch lever (that is now held in place with cable ties) and then a speared radiator -- but managed to limp the 15km journey home on only one radiator, with a stick for a radiator cap, and then only to arrive with a flat front tyre! I ride a WR250F 2007 model that you can just see in the background. Thank-you Dr Phil for the all the great advice. Keep up the good work.
-- Brent via www.trailzone.com.au

Thanks for your email, Brent -- we always love a story with a happy ending. And judging by the amount of carnage the CR copped on that particular ride, you boys sure were lucky to get out of it with a happy ending. We've had a lot of awesome feedback to Dr Phil's 101 Trail Tips article. It's amazing how so many simple yet effective tips can play such a vital role in making a ride memorable for all the right reasons, rather than the wrong ones. Well done on salvaging a finish to a ride that might have left other riders on the side of the track scratching their heads about what to do. That's the never-say-die attitude we love to see.
-- Clubby, www.trailzone.com.au
ASK DR PHIL:

THE CASE OF THE WR450F's MISSED SHIFTS

Hi to all at TRAIL ZONE: Long-time listener, first-time caller. I am a pround owner of a Yamaha WR450F that I purchased new in August 2008. Prior to this I spent 10 years riding mountain bikes, but more about that later. I have recently completed a seven-day trail ride in the Victorian high country that covered 1,150km. Before the seven-day ride I replaced many parts including the gearshift. My original leaver lasted a whopping 5,200km and was very sloppy to say the least. I've grinded out the pinch-gap, resulting in very little (if any) improvment. It seems to me that the hard steel spline chews away the soft aluminium. This used to be a big problem with mountain bike cranks until the late 1990s, but now they use a star shape spline and works excellently. I have been reluctant to try the hammerhead lever as I fear the same thing will happen. My question would be that R&D can come up with a motor facing backwards, upside down etc, but they still use the same crappy spline? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I love all the IN THE ZONE DVDs and I always have a mag handy: you never know when you need a good read. Keep up the good work.
-- Matty Backpack via www.trailzone.com.au

Thanks for your email and feedback to TRAIL ZONE magazine on the WR450F gear shaft spline design, Matty. I’m sorry but I couldn’t disagree with you more, as I believe the design is very close to perfect. A couple of things need to be considered here, however: the reason your stock alloy gear lever crapped-out is because it slowly came loose, and you spotted this way too late. If kept tight, and rechecked after each ride, and especially after each get-off where the lever cops some strain, you’ll have no issues -- ever. The Yamaha spline is the same as most other popular bikes. It’s as fine as it is to allow for those very small height adjustments that we all need to make to suit our particular riding style and the height of our boots where they tuck under the gear lever. A more course spline would mean there would be way too much height movement after an adjustment. And in favour of a finer spline is the fact they have substantially more surface area to grip on and that will mean they stay tighter longer. Your Yamaha WR-F is one of the lightest 450cc enduro machines around, that’s just one of the reasons you love it so much, right? It’s light weight is down to a wealth of lightweight alloy components. If you wanted a gear lever or kickstarter that wouldn’t wear out when it came loose, think about a 1970s vintage British motorcycle -- they had cast steel gear and kick levers and a wealth of other strong but awfully heavy components. They were also slow and handled poorly. Now, here's a Dr Phil tip: Whenever you remove the gear lever, clean the spline shaft with an old tooth brush and spray clean it with a high-pressure spray pack of WD40 or contact cleaner; the same goes for the internal spline on the gear lever. There’s NO chance the gear lever will EVER stay tight if it’s tightened up with crap or dirt on the spline surface areas. Now, the only low-grade item on the WR-F gear lever is the bolt they use: it’s slightly stronger than a Paddle Pop stick. Purchase a high quality “grade 8” metric bolt from an engineering supplier, it will most likely be coloured black and have an “8” on the head or 6 or more lines on the bolt’s head, and use a small flat washer as well. Cut its length so ALL of the alloy thread is used when the bolt is tightened (the standard Yamaha bolt is always just too short and this helps rip out the alloy thread when things get sloppy). If you need to also replace your gear shaft due to too much wear, it’s a fairly inexpensive part and is fairly simple (and cheap) to install, with only the clutch pack needing to be removed (no costly crankcase splitting required). If you think you’re unhappy with the popular Yamaha spline shaft design, I can’t wait to hear what you’d think of the “tapered spline” design that KTM use.
-- Dr Phil, www.trailzone.com.au

Sunday, June 6, 2010

PRESS RELEASE

TADDY ON TOP AT ERZBERG HARE SCRAMBLE ... AGAIN!

KTM Enduro factory team rider Taddy Blazusiak has claimed his fourth consecutive Erzberg Rodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble victory, dominating this year’s event after claiming a near perfect win.


Leading from the start Taddy didn’t have things all his own way as he made a small, but costly, mistake while weaving his way through one of the technical wooded sections of the course. Dropping off the racing line, and having to return to the start of the trail before working his way back towards the next check-point, Taddy dropped down into sixth position but wasted no time in working his way back into the lead.


Once back out front Blazusiak pushed no harder than he needed to and having opened up a commanding lead by the time he exited some of the event’s most technical sections he arrived at the finish in a time of 1.45:43, more than 10 minutes ahead of runner-up Andreas Lettenbichler.


Just 16 of the 500 starters finished the Red Bull Hare Scramble.


Even more so than in previous years, Erzberg ’10 was a busy event for Taddy. With thousands of Taddy fans flocking to the race to catch a glimpse of the extreme enduro star, on Saturday evening he took part in the Red Bull Motorclash – a race up the qualifying prologue course against former F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen. Although Kimi’s WRC Citroen topped the timed race, the event attracted thousands of spectators and proved to be a massively exciting part of the Erzberg festival.

Although running into problems during the first of his two qualifying runs, Taddy recorded the second fastest time at the end of his second run, which ensured an all important front row start for the Red Bull Hare Scramble.

Taddy Blazusiak: "I was really focused on getting a good start because normally you can never guess when the flag will drop. I got a really good start, which was great. I made it to the top of the first climb in the lead. That made things so much easier for me this year. I felt pretty good early on but then I made a small mistake, which cost me quite a lot of time. I hit a tree stump and ended up quite a long way down a hill I’d already ridden up. I arrived at the check point from the wrong side but they didn’t allow me to continue, so I had to go back and come at it the correct way. I dropped from first to about sixth because of that. I chased the riders ahead of me like a maniac from that point. I was riding like I was in an enduro special test – I really gave it everything. I actually worked my way back into the lead quite quickly, and once I was there I just maintained my lead. In the past I’ve pushed and pushed, but this year, once I knew I had a good lead, I rode smart and took my time. There were some really physical sections of the track, but I really enjoyed it. It’s fantastic to win for a fourth year. There were some times not too long ago after I injured my shoulder when I wasn’t sure if I’d be racing Erzberg this year. I worked really hard to make sure I was ready, that’s why this win means a lot to me. Also, I have to thank KTM and everyone that helped and supported me. It’s been another great event and to win for a fourth time is just fantastic."

Results – Erzberg Rodeo ’10, Red Bull Hare Scramble

1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM Enduro Factory Team) 1.45:43

2. Andreas Lettenbichler (BMW) 1.56:26

3. Dougie Lampkin (Beta) 2.02:26

Friday, June 4, 2010

PRESS RELEASE:

WIN A JAY MARMONT REPLICA YAMAHA YZ450F!

Sure, it's a motocross bike, but hey, who wouldn't want to WIN a trick new Yamaha YZ450F -- and what's more, a Jay Marmont CDR Rockstar Yamaha team YZ450F!

Here's the press release from Yamaha, so check it out and get in it to win it:

+ Yamaha Motor Australia has teamed up with FUEL TV and Team CDR Rockstar Yamaha to offer a FREE Jay Marmont YZ450F.

The bike is blinged up with Jay Marmont team CDR Rockstar graphics as well as trick Easton bars, oversize Braking front disc and a myriad of artermarket bolt-on goodies from GYTR, Acerbis, Hammerhead, One Industries and TAG.

This Marmont replica is based on his 2010 YZ450F complete with all new Bilateral Beam frame and rearward slanting, rear facing fuel injected four valve engine. It is valued in excess of $15,000 RRP inc GST.

The competition has been organised to highlight not only Jay Marmont’s status as reigning Australian motocross champion but also FUEL TV’s involvement with the sport including the live screening of the 2010 AMA MX race series. Other MX related programming on the action sports TV station include: The Moto: Inside the Outdoors, MXTV and the upcoming Bubba’s World. Plus FUEL TV will be screening the 2010 Super X series.

In order to enter go to the FUEL TV website where you will be asked what your favourite moto program is and why in 25 words or less.

Stay tuned to FUEL TV and the competition to win a Jay Marmont Team CDR Rocksar Yamaha YZ450F which is on now until 15 July 2010 and can be found here:
www.fueltv.com.au

Thursday, June 3, 2010

TRAIL BOSS BLOG:

RIDE THE TOUR OF DUTY NEW ZEALAND

AFTER enjoying a rip-roaring ride in the South Island of New Zealand recently (see the story in TRAIL ZONE issue #28), we’re teaming up with High Country Trail NZ to help get Aussie riders across the Tasman for the KTM Tour of Duty trail ride in January 2011.

The ride is being staged by Robbie Crickett and the team from High Country Trail NZ and will be a five-day guided trail ride through the mountains of New Zealand’s South Island.

KTM EXC hire bikes will be available to Aussie riders, so all you have to do is book a place, pay your dollars, arrange a flight to Queenstown (the action capital of the world!) and pack your gearbag – then once you land, High Country Trail NZ will take care of the rest!

For full details and prices, go to the ‘Trail Tours’ link on the www.highcountry.co.nz web site, then email robbie@highcountry.co.nz and we’ll see you there!

-- Clubby, www.trailzone.com.au
PRESS RELEASE:

KAWASAKI KLX250SF SUPERMOTARD

Kawasaki is pleased to announce that the brand new, very exciting and Learner legal KLX250SF Supermoto is almost here with a release date expected in late June/early July.

Based on Kawasaki’s critically acclaimed KLX250S dual sport on/off road bike, the SF dials up maximum on-road fun with sticky street radials mounted on 17-inch wheels, a lower 860mm seat height, a bit less suspension travel and a big front brake. It’s “just” a 250, but its light weight of just 137kg means the KLX250SF packs the sort of performance you’d expect from something bigger and more expensive. Few motorcycles – of any size or price – are capable of out-cornering it.

Aggressively styled bodywork finishes the package, with a comfortable seat and a KLX-specific handlebar that offers good leverage so riders can flick the light KLX250SF side to side, or hold a tight line with a minimum of effort.

Riders seeking Supermoto handling and modern engine performance in a lightweight motorcycle designed for exciting street rides will be able to find it at their local Kawasaki dealership. The KLX250SF offers serious capabilities in a fun, easy-to-ride package, regardless of where the adventure takes it.

Available in Oriental Blue, the Kawasaki KLX250SF is expected to hit dealership floors in late June/early July at the RRP of $7,299 + ORC.