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  1. do trials skills help with enduro riding? tim coleman rides trials at an expert level so his answer is a foregone conclusion lol. i'll be linking up with tim in canada soon for a joint coaching session... a three day immersive enduro boot camp here. i'm not worthy, i'm not worthy lol.
  2. i think it often comes down to the climate and how well you tolerate heat. usually hot here but some of the guys can handle pressure suits. but like a lot of guys i swore off them after some heat exhaustion. i'm using something like the fox above but the zac speed is modular so you can add all sorts of bits and pieces to it - hydration, backpack, camera mounts, a tool bag etc.
  3. quite impressed with the shinko 505 front knobby and the shinko cheater rear knobby on the RR480 last year. a few of the guys i ride with have tried them too this year, here's what they said about them. issues? one of the guys had the knobs on the 505 front start peeling after only three rides for no evident reason. shinko promptly replaced it though and none of us have had similar issues. stands to reason though that the rubber compound or quality control could vary in budget tyres. the rear is a great hybrid tyre... like all hybrids it carries some extra weight due to having closer set knobs so it might be ideal on very light dirt bikes. or for riders riding faster or more aggressively where a hybrid won't suit so well. we agree these are worth looking at for more technical riding if you are on a budget.
  4. The owner said there's a very competent motocross rider who actually put TTR forks in his YZs years ago. Reckons they worked out better... must have been well before the YZs went over to KYB forks though....
  5. Recently came across a guy with a TTR250 bored out to a 325 and throwing it around a motocross track he'd built. All his friends were insisting it was fun to ride and eventually did and was surprised at how well it went. Anyway it inspired this tongue-in-cheek vid....
  6. while in tasmania it was incredible seeing tim punt this old TTR250 around a motocross track. he's bored it out to a 325 which gives it some extra punch too! i read up a little on the TTR and it seems a lot of guys are surprised at how capable it is as a dirt bike and can usually keep up if there aren't long straights where more powerful bikes can pull away.... more evidence for it being 80% the rider and only 20% the bike.
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    For more information visit https://zacspeed.com/ The Zac Speed Sprint R-3 is made in Australia but distributed through Canada and the USA. It's a combination of backpack, hydration system and body armor that could be perfect for anyone who dislikes full armor and pressure suits. It's also a modular system you can build from the ground up. First is choosing your backpack. I opted for the Sprint, the smallest backpack suited for dirt riding. Next is choosing your harness. I usually wear the Exotec protector, but on film days the Octane Tech Vest is handy for easy access to camera gear. And there's the POV harness if you like chest mounts for filming. Finally, you can opt to add the waist belt for easy access to items. This also includes a removable tool roll. Although the Zac Speed Sprint R-3 is the smallest backpack, it's got a big hydration system. The three litre bladder has the wide opening for easy cleaning and the pocket and tube ares insulated to keep chilled water cool for longer periods. And there's still room for extras in the main compartment such as my first aid kit, or an extra water bladder. All the zippers are water resistant and the side pockets are great for things like muesli bars and snacks. There's a final pocket on the outer flap too. After two cases of badly bruised ribs, the Exotec chest plate was a real plus. It covers a much larger area and is much tougher than the two small protective patches you normally get with a compression suit. It's padded around the edges, has holes for ventilation, and is curved to allow airflow behind it. I can't rate this highly enough as even in the middle of summer I barely notice wearing the Zac Speed. The rear section also has raised padding to allow airflow down the back. I love it. So what's the Zac Speed Sprint R-3 backpack like to ride in? Unlike my previous backpacks, this doesn't move. The two straps on each side cross over and prevent the Zac Speed from flopping around. You simply don't notice it. And as mentioned the airflow is brilliant in hot conditions. Without water my current setup only weighs 1.5kg which is less than my old backpack and compression suit setup. Problems? I had two mouth pieces spring leaks. Zac Speed said they were updating these and sent out the new version which has been problem-free. And that's all so far. These are extremely high quality throughout so I don't anticipate any problems. Although I've never hurt a shoulder I did ask about shoulder guards and this is the next part of the modular system that will be available soon. The guys at Zac Speed get multiple riders to test their gear and have quite a few add ons planned which are all hush hush apparently. They did mention there's an even smaller setup intended for competition that is being developed after consulting top riders for feedback. Please note the armour in the Zac Speed Sprint R-3 isn't CE rated. It will need to be heavier and the Zac Speed guys said they are looking into this to see how much heavier it would make the setup. Most of the guys I ride with have worn my Zac Speed at some point and now own their own but in different sizes, I'll get their opinions in future vids. DIRT RIDER REVIEW I've forever sought the perfect combo of roost shield, drink system and storage with varying levels of success. The fitting challenges (and zip-ties) of three different products are gone with the ZAC Exotec. It does it all and fits great. It is now a permanent part of my gear bag and used every time I ride.The price tag may sound steep, but when you combine how much a separate chest protector, drink system and fanny pack cost, it is quite reasonable. Why didn't I think of that?
  8. lots of questions the past two years about the zac speed backpack/hydration/body armor setup i'm using and finally got off my lazy arse and made a video about it. more info at the zac speed website here. in a nutshell, this is a good alternative to compression suits or full body armor if you find these too restrictive or hot in summer. the zac speed rolls it all into one package then just add elbow guards and off you go. the only thing i'd like to add would be shoulder guards which are still in development and apparently will be available soon.
  9. another intro to general fitness from health nut and enduro gumby, ben crowley... dark overlord of the bulk nutrients empire and president-for-life of tasmania. this is just a basic intro... if you know heaps about strength training then please feel free to NOT say what techniques are missing lol. some of the emails and criticisms of ben's intro to cardio fitness from the 'experts' were ridiculous. these vids are just very basic intros for health gumbies.
  10. not sure on dates or locations but the end links in the vid take you to the relevant pages. sadly i don't think BC is on the cards this trip.
  11. possibly johnny... or i got it mixed up with the AJP i'm hoping to review lol. i'd already annotated the vid about this error.
  12. hand guards, and carbon fiber skid plate and pipe guard
  13. woohoo, off to the land of maple syrup in about a month's time and traction erag has just released details of the trip in their latest issue released here. it looks like we'll be in ontario, quebec and alberta over june and july. a real pity to miss out on BC this time but will just have to go back again damnit....
  14. Finally scored a ride on the SWM RS300R... very keen to see how it went as it looks like a proper enduro bike but at only $8300 plus on roads it's around the same price as a DRZ400. :grinning- The good news? It's not made in China as some rumours have been claiming - it's made in Italy and in the same old Husqvarna factory that BMW refurbished while they owned the brand. This is essentially a rebadged Husky TE310 tweaked for more user-friendly power, and some extra goodies thrown in like Kayaba suspension and Brembo brakes. Quality control appears to be very high from appearances, and hopefully it's the same story beneath the skin. Rider reports suggest this is the case so far... The bad news? Nothing too bad at all really. The cable clutch is a bit heavy and mushy. And it ain't a serious enduro bike if you want to hit really gnarly stuff or go ape shit on the tracks. The website claims 112kg without fuel but it would have to be closer to 120kg. We did a bit of trackside lifting and this was heavier than a 70 degree Husaberg which weigh in at 115kg without fuel. And the Kayaba suspension is great for everyday riding but doesn't stand up too well to spirited riding. The bad news? Nothing too bad all... it has a fairly close ratio gearbox which is fine offroad but not so great for dual sport riding. The Magura hydraulic clutch is a bit heavy and feels kind of mushy. It's not a serious enduro bike compared to the latest releases as it is heavier and softer in terms of power. It is more like an excellent blend of dual sport and enduro and is like the love child of the WR250F and DRZ400 if mated. Who might be interested? The SWM RS300R could be perfect for someone looking at dual sport 250s like the WR250R but finds them too boring. Or looking at a DRZ400 but wishing it had more top end, better suspension, and lighter weight. The SWM RS300R could also be great for anyone fairly new to dirt riding as the power in stock trim won't get you into trouble (test bike was remapped and had the Arrow exhaust fitted). It would take ages to outgrow this as a dirt bike as it is very capable on most tracks if you aren't too aggressive a rider. If anyone is interested Andrew got a good ride on it too and did a review too from more of a dual sport perspective.
  15. some thoughts on the big beta beast after a solid year of riding. long term reliability has been brilliant without any hiccups. i did a fair bit of dual sport riding and even adventure riding and it ate it all up. googling around shows quite a few guys with hundreds of hours and no rebuilds or problems to report... except.... just remember beta use plastic gears for the oil pump that need replacing at 100 hours. not a big issue as you should be checking your clutch around then anyway. most guys replace them with the metal ones from boano. also this more recent review from australian enduro legend ben grabham. i filmed him riding the big italian at a recent ride day and asked if i could get his thoughts.