I grew-up riding from the age of 5 to 17 or so then was away from it for 17 years. In late 2006, after my own two children were then old enough to ride (5 and 7), I bought a 2006 Honda CRF450X, a 50 for my son and a 90 quad for my daughter. I’ve been hooked again ever since. Several bikes and a move to Florida later, I have two bikes, an ’11 KTM300XC and an ’09 Kawasaki KX450F, and my son and daughter (now 11 and 13) have a KX65 and Yamaha TT-R125LE, respectively. I have developed a great group of riding friends in Florida and with or without the kids we normally ride every weekend of the year with a combination of off-road, MX a bit of dual sport, and the occasional hare scramble or enduro race. Other than a decent crash resulting in multiple injuries and a couple of surgeries last Thanksgiving, the experience being back in the world of riding dirt bikes has been awesome and the family time with my kids and seeing them enjoy riding is incredible. As my wife would say, my “addiction” extends to everything dirt bike related from television coverage and multiple magazine subscriptions including my favorite Dirt Rider for several years now. I decided to purchase the digital version for my iPad as well and I’m glad I did. I am an hour away from landing in Phoenix now and I have read the entire special edition January Ricky Carmichael edition. This is the main reason for my letter. I love your magazine in general and liked the Rick Johnson version last year but this edition was simply your best issue ever. Every digital page I “turned” I came across another article I was interested in and excited to read. Keep up the great work. If I can, please give a shout out to “Team Wanker” which is what our riding group (really a bunch of old fat guys who think they can still ride) call ourselves.
Land O Lakes, FL
41 yr old Vet B off-road, more guts than talent and brains on MX tracks.
Glad you hooked up with our digital version. As we continue to build on it you’ll see some special features that you can’t get in the paper product. I personally love both for the simple reason when I’m sick of staring at a computer screen and want to be away from everything electric, I can chill out and read with out a glowing screen. Keep riding and having fun and thanks for reading Dirt Rider. We’ll let Ricky Carmichael know that his issue was better than the other Ricky’s issue. —Adam Booth
[Note: This letter was from a while back. So long ago, in fact, that we’re about due for the next guest editor issue… Watch for the January 2014 issue, available soon.]