Sand dunes are the perfect place to go hog wild on your dirt bike or 4x4. Hysterically fun terrain, jumps for days and all the room you could ever need to spread your wings and stop worrying about traffic. I mean, you’d have to have seriously bad luck hit somebody out there. Like this guy, apparently.
While you were out drinking last night, about 90 lunatics on dirt bikes were going to war with each other over ridiculous terrain in the pitch-black Mojave desert. Just... just watch.
As I write this, I’m still feeling the effects of learning the basics of motorcycle control on dirt. Just four hours with American Supercamp and I’m more obsessed with two-wheel death machines than ever before. Sure, some of my muscles feel like I’ve been on the Zac Efron ‘Roid Rage workout regimen for a few weeks…
I don’t know what I feared more: that it would be too hard and I would fuck up, or that I would be too easy and I’d never want to stop. Unfortunately, for my safety and well-being, it was the latter.
Dirt bikes get dirty, hard as that may be to imagine. Cleaning them takes precious time you’d rather spend riding or shotgunning cans of Red Bull. Unless you have a washing machine big enough for a motorcycle!
I don’t like “crash porn” as a rule because it tends to cram motorcycling into a bad cliché. But the Romaniacs enduro race is so extreme, the obstacles so outlandish, that it really is best appreciated with this ridiculous highlight reel of carnage.
Did you guess “you get wet!?” Somehow, I did too, and still thought watching this guy get high-pressure hosed on his Yamaha was hilarious.
Most off-road motorcycle fans are familiar with the Honda CRF450 dirt bikes. The R and X variants have been very successful in motocross and endurance racing respectively. For 2017, they’re getting majorly revised for the first time in ages. And getting a brand-new sibling as well.
Why is danger so sexy? I don’t know. But its siren song is screaming to me after watching just a few minutes of Rip To Cabo; one of the most visually-enticing off-road motorcycle videos I’ve ever seen. And that’s just the trailer.
A “wheelie” is when you pop up the front wheel of a motorcycle and proceed forward with a tire in the air like you just don’t care. Stupid stunt? Maybe sometimes, but the skill can be downright useful and this is the best tutorial I’ve seen yet.
The U.S. military has been talking about “stealth motorcycles” for years. As of this month, two tech outfits have what seem to be viable prototypes that will both be funded for another revision.
The City of New York just live-streamed their police crushing a parking lot’s worth of unlicensed dirt bikes and ATVs. The vehicles were presumably confiscated from hooligans who’d been caught using them to do stunts in streets. Anybody feel better now?
Riding a dirt bike down desolate desert trails is unlike anything else you can do on a motorcycle. It’s equal parts terrifying and exhilarating, and you’re always on the line between chaos and harmony.
I believe you can fly. [Image: AP]
Of course the headline is hyperbolic; we should all have vast fleets of wheels for every possible activity. But that’s not always realistic, and a bike that can do a little bit of everything has a lot of appeal. That’s what I’m trying to build with my latest project: this single-cylinder dirt bike.
The US Air Force is shopping around for 54 Kawasaki KLX110L “motorcycles” (dirt bikes) with skid plates, infared lights, and milspec desert tan paint jobs. I mean, awesome. But why?
How does a fight over a dirt bike ride come to pass? Here is a brief investigation.
I'm sure there are some steps or sidewalks in your city you've walked thinking; "it would be so cool to tear that up on a dirt bike." Here's what it's like to live out that fantasy, in an "off-road race" that looks like a James Bond chase scene.
If you're stupid enough to break into a national park during a government shutdown and write about it, you're going to get busted. I knew that when I did it last year, but it didn't take the sting out of standing in federal court with $15,000 in fines or 18 months of incarceration looming over my head. All this for…