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Featured Content8 COOL FEATURES THAT YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE NEW THUMPERTALKThe all-new ThumperTalk.com lives! Many seem to like it, a few absolutely hate it, and most seem to have taken the changes in stride. The typical forum stuff is all there, even if some things function a bit differently than you might be used to. Regardless, I thought that it might be helpful to point out some of the more useful and/or interesting features of the new site. In no particular order: #1 ADDING IMAGES TO YOUR POSTS You've always been able to attach an image by browsing your device's hard drive, but now you can do the same via drag-n-drop. Also, to the right of the post editor box, you'll see a menu item called, "Insert other media". This will allow you to attach an image from a URL or from your library of images that you've uploaded previously (think TT cloud). Also, once an image is embedded in your post, no more thumbnails! Images scale to fit best on the size of screen your viewing on. Bigger screens see bigger images and smaller screens.... I'm sure you get it. #2 CUSTOM ACTIVITY STREAMS ThumperTalk has more topics than you can shake a stick at and let's face it, you're not interested in even half of them. You likely already know that you can filter by topics you started, posted in, or simply subscribed to. But, now you can build your own custom activity streams that zero in on just the stuff you care most about. Each stream can be given a name meaningful to you and you can create as many streams as you'd like. Custom activity streams are found under the "Activity" link in the main sit nav. #3 Member Mentions If you play on Instagram or Facebook, you probably know that you can let specific users know about what you've shared by mentioning them in your post. We now support mentions, but for those of you that are not quite sure this works, simply type @username anywhere in your post. As you type, we'll show you a list of the matching user name(s) to select from. When done, your post will look like that below. Note: those you mention will only be notified if their accounts settings allow it. #4 More Flexible Search The new search function is now able to search all site content, not just specific sections, such as forum topics. So, say you're looking for info on what other riders think of a particular tire. Searching "All Content" will pull in anything relevant from forum discussion topics, product reviews, articles, member garages, etc... After you click into the search box, click the down arrow to reveal the search options. #5 Quick Create Menu No longer do you have to navigate to a particular part of the website to start a new discussion topic, submit an article or product review, or to update your status. Just click the +Create link next to your notifications icon: #6 Topic Preview on Mouse-over To preview a topic without opening (from desktop), simply put your mouse pointer on the topic title and give it a sec... The preview will allow you to see the first post, last post, and to mark the topic as read. How do you close the preview? Just navigate away. It will close on its own. #7 Profile Page Cover Photo Want your profile page to look sexy like mine? Now you can upload a custom cover page photo to make it your own. #8 Following Other Members Want be notified of when an always helpful, knowledgeable member posts stuff? Now you can follow them. Pretty cool right, or kinda creepy depending upon how you look at it. How to follow someone? Nav to the member's profile page and click "Follow Member".Posted by Bryan Bosch on Feb 07, 2017
Klim F3 Helmet ECE/DOTWhen riding slower, technical wooded trails, I can overheat quickly without gear that vents well, especially when it comes to helmets. Most helmets are designed to vent at varying levels, but most are only effective with some speed. Based on the positive experience with my well-worn first generation Klim F4 helmet , I wanted to see if they had genuinely improved it with the F3. Among other things, the F3 now boasts a whopping 13 intake vents, 6 exhaust vents, and field of vision has been nicely improved. Sounds great to me! In an effort to keep weight down, the Klim F3 is roughly 10% smaller that typical lids, but it continues to meet (or exceed) ECE and DOT safety approvals due in part to Klim's "Structure Mapped Composite base material lay up". Not only do lighter helmets reduce rider neck fatigue, it's less moving mass in a crash. So, smaller surely doesn't necessarily mean a compromise in rider safety. It's also designed with popular neck braces in mind (I wear an EVS Sports RK4). My initial impression of the Klim F3 was that it looked like a quality piece, both well put together and finished. Klim sent one finished in matte black and I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't look cheesy like some others I've seen with the same finish. Hopefully the black won't soak up summer heat! The F3 comes with a handy storage bag, an insert that covers your nose and mouth for riding in cold weather, extra visor hardware, but disappointingly, no spare visor. To test the Klim F3, I headed to Walker Valley ORV in NW Washington State. I knew that this time of year would be a good test because of snow. Now, you'd think snowy weather would be cheating for a helmet that already claims to have great ventilation, but since the riding was slow and technical, and I had to frequently get my bike unstuck or pick it up out of the snow and ice, I worked up a whole lotta' body heat! And while the bike may have been steaming, my head remained relatively cool. Pretty darn good for slow speed, very physical conditions. To test the F3's air flow at speed, I dropped down in elevation and rode some of the easy trails and ripped a few high speed gravel roads. Yep, she vents... to the point where my head was cold. No question that the F3 outflows the F4 and that's saying something because the F4 worked what I thought to be incredibly well. There is no way to throttle or close off the vents, so depending upon your comfort level, an under helmet beanie might be in order in very cold conditions. I did spend a day taking a rider safety course where it was a downpour the entire time. At no point did I see or feel any water seeping in through the vents. That's a major plus! Did Klim improve the rider's field of vision with the F3? Absolutely, both with and without goggles. I'd say the FOV is incredible. It's amazing what you can see out of the corner of your eye. No more surprise mountain lion and/or bear attacks! Helmet Eye port Comparison F4: 8.25" W by 3.5" H* F3: 9" W by 4.25" H* *From top of nose piece to upper part of eye port Is the F3 comfortable? Yep. No discomfort or pressure points from the cheek pads, liner (both feature "adaptive smart foam"), or chin strap. And, it's light enough that I didn't feel the need to take it off after a difficult trail. The F3 weights in at 3lbs. 3oz., nearly a half a pound lighter than my old F4. Lastly, no interference or conflicts with my EVS neck brace. Since my initial test rides where I got nice and sweaty, I've sent the cheek pads through the washing machine with my other gear. They are easy to remove and snap neatly back into place with no hassle. The helmet liner is made from anti-microbial/bacterial fast-wicking textiles, so it should stay relatively stink/cootie free with periodic cleaning. My overall opinion of the Klim F3 helmet is high. This helmet did not disappoint me; it breathes incredibly well, you can see everything, it's super light, and quite comfortable. I repeatedly got the bike hot, but my head never suffered the same problem. For the tight, technical stuff, you gain a great advantage with being able to see what your next obstacle will be. And, it's also very reasonably priced for a premium helmet at $299.00 USD. If you get uncomfortably hot while riding, I'd definitely checkout the Klim F3.Posted by Bryan Bosch on Feb 23, 2017
Product Spotlight: Alpinestars Tech 7 BootsProduct 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.Posted by Chris Cooksey on Feb 21, 2017
Turning Stones vol 1The official ride video...Make sure to watch in HD The day started by waking up in a lavish hotel room at the Aranwa Resort in Urubamba, Peru. I had a couple of hours to eat breakfast, gear up, and drive across the valley to another fine hotel to meet up with Imad. A month prior, I received an email inquiry about running a one day hard enduro tour. I was available for the dates, so I began discussing the options for the tour. What I found out was that Imad, who lives in Dubai, was vacationing with his wife. He had come up with a brilliant plan to offer a full day at the spa for his wife which in turn allowed him to take advantage of another type of "SPA." Brilliant! Normally, I begin the tours from our headquarters in Cusco, but in this case, I was able to accommodate by starting at Imad's hotel in Urubamba. This gave me an excuse to bring my entire family to the valley, put them up at a nice hotel complete with all the fixings, and combine it with a one day enduro ride that has kept a smile on my face for days. I hung out with my family when I was at the hotel, then snuck out for a ride with Imad, then returned to spend more time with the family. Perfect! A couple of happy fellas I arrived at the Tambo del Inca, one of the finest hotels in Urubamba. I unloaded the bikes, prepped the lunches, warmed everything up, then headed into the lobby to find Imad. There he was with his happy wife who was about to be pampered for an entire day at the spa. She couldn't have been more happy. Imad was stoked to be able to enjoy Peru on a dirt bike. A win-win in my book! His wife made sure that I was legitimate. She was a bit concerned about me bringing him back in one piece. She mentioned the fact that there are two young kids who have a special relationship with their dad. I also fit that scenario, so I piped in my story to appease his wife that it was indeed my plan to bring Imad back alive and in good condition. Within minutes, Imad and I found ourselves mounting up on the two Husqvarna TE 300's. The trail head, just a minute away from the hotel was screaming for us to come try her out. The trail started out with a daunting strip of tight rock walled single track that resembles a jungle tunnel. It wasn't raining at the time, but it was extremely wet from the rain the night before. Imad pounded out the section with a bit of wonder about whether or not the rest of the day would be similar. I think it scared him a bit. To his pleasant surprise, I explained that it's not all as difficult, but that we would face countless obstacles in the days ride...But not to worry, it would all be worth it. Just a little rocky section to play around on We continued to work our way up the canyon with a goal of reaching the lower lake. I figured it would be a worthy goal to reach the lake, have lunch, then work our way back down the valley. Along the way up, we encountered numerous switchbacks, rock gardens, open meadows, creeks, and many a wet alpaca poop pile. The ride was just what Imad had hoped for. As a guide, I never know how people will do with the altitude. It can be a butt-kicker for some, and for others, it hardly makes a difference. With Imad, he struggled with it at first, but somehow caught a second wind as we reached the bottom of the last big obstacle before the lake. It was a rocky staircase climb that typically wreaks havoc when its dry, but this time it was soaking wet. We had our work cut out for us. Like two mules, we worked up a good lather climbing up each of the rock steps. I made sure to tell Imad that the view would be worth it. Within a few minutes, he had the opportunity to agree with me. The view was just what Imad needed. In fact, he was so stoked about the view that he told me he wanted to try to reach the upper lake. We had plenty of time, so why not? Taking a break! The stakes go up on the route between the lakes. The terrain we saw below the first lake was only a warm up. Imad confirmed that he was indeed ready to give it a shot. Atta boy! The coolest part of the section is a waterfall that cascades down the mountain as the trail goes right through it. Check out the video if you want to see what I mean! We worked our way through the water, up a number of tight rocky switchbacks, and finally through a stand of scary red-barked trees where one would expect to find a creepy murderer with an axe. The ride is so fun that you forget the altitude. Just past the forest was the final climb before the upper lake. Imad was feeling his oats at this point. We crested the top to discover a sight to behold; The upper lake. It's absolute beauty. It was a perfect place to eat our lunch, take a million pictures and get ready to ride around the side of the lake to an untouched area where a dirt bike has never been. That is always a special treat that I can do for my customers. There are hundreds of places like that which can be explored on my tours. The upper lake never disappoints...well worth the effort! A bit of food and drink, then we mounted up and began a fun trials type of terrain complete with granite rock slabs, bright green grass, tons of mud, and views that continued to blow us away. We played around for a good hour until it was time to begin our descent to the bottom of the valley. Although it is the same trail, it seems like a different valley and route altogether. The downhill is sketchy. It's fast and rhythmic, but there are so many places to find yourself on your face. We experienced a couple of crashes, but coming down provides such a thrill...in fact, it's that type of thrill that keeps me riding. Pure smiles all the way down. A little ride through a waterfall We made it back to the hotel with nothing left in our tanks. No gas, nor energy. Completely smoked, but so satisfied! Another typical ride in the Andes of Peru! Make sure to check out the ride video to see what I am talking about. I can't wait to share another one next time around. Stay tuned and make sure to follow the blog so you can see the next post when it comes out. Until the next one, Scott Check out more of our hard enduro videos on our Youtube channel at MotoMission Peru Dirtbike Adventures.Posted by scottiedawg on Feb 19, 2017
Looking California feeling like Minnesota:As the series hits the East Coast swing Ryan Dungey normally hits his stride by clicking off wins and asserting his dominance. This year is proving different. Musquin and Tomac are stronger and can sense a vulnerability in Dungey we have not seen before. Are we witnessing Father Time catch up with Dungey? Is he injured? Did the Roczen injury mess with his head? These are all factors I hear fans discussing. I have a friend who is close to the riders at the Bakery who told me Dungey is suffering from an Epstein Barr/Mononucleosis type of illness. While I am not 100% sure about what's going on with Dungey, clearly something is off. Riders who are overworked and under fed (Aldon’s program) is news we have heard before, most recently Ken Roczen was extremely critical of the program. Assuming this is Dungey’s issue, Musquin has to know what is going on. Training alongside your competition with an “iron sharpens iron” philosophy is how the riders in the Bakery train. This can be a huge benefit to the riders, until they are attempting to hide a weakness from their main competitor. While Musquin was riding high with confidence after his win in Dallas, maybe he had inside knowledge about Dungey struggling late in the races and that is why he charged hard late in the race. I can't ever remember watching Dungey get repeatedly caught and passed at the end of races. With 9 races, and two riders within 24 points of Dungey, the championship is wide open. While 3rd place isn't a bad finish, Tomac gained 5 points and Musquin gained 2, it’s getting interesting. Loved seeing the 250 East guys. Every rider wanted to come out swinging and establish themselves as “the guy.” Confidence is important in Supercross, probably the most important thing a rider can have as the first race establishes the pecking order. Joey Savatgy did what most experts predicted. While his performance didn't overwhelm the competition, a win is still a win. Jordan Smith may have found what had been missing the last few years. In the past we’ve seen flashes of speed followed by spectacular crashes. He rode solid in the Main event providing him the confidence needed to make him a consistent podium guy and maybe get his first career win this year. Zach Osborne is desperately trying to get his first win and it shows, he is not content with a podium finish. He will win or crash trying. Round Two in Atlanta will be make or break for both Alex Martin and Christian Craig. Martin’s night ended in the first turn with a vicious crash, hopefully he will be alright for Atlanta. Craig had a bad start and got caught up in first round mayhem earning him a 12th place finish. He will need a podium in Atlanta to get back in this championship. We are seeing the attrition of Supercross taking a toll on the field. Last night we lost both Cooper Webb and Justin Bogle, not sure how bad their injuries are but both walked off and Bogle said via Instagram that he will be racing in Atlanta. Webb’s injury looked severe, when somebody grabs their arm and immediately walks away from the track, not even removing their goggles, I get worried. These guys are gladiators and being dramatic about injuries is not something they do, this isn't Soccer or Basketball. Hopefully his injury isn't serious, we’ll find out in Atlanta.Posted by Chris Cooksey on Feb 20, 2017