By Geoff Walker, Photos by Boothy
What happens when you put an Irishman, and an Austrian/Swede together? Generally, A magic blend of chaos…
My name is Geoff Walker and I have the pleasure of riding and testing bikes as part of my life payment plan. Part of this plan is to race and ride as many crazy events on planet earth as I can. I have many friends from my worldwide adventures and the Dirt Rider crew is amongst my closest.
Ok, enough of my Oirish Nonsense. The Husaberg 300 is close to my heart as it is a two-stroke and has 300 cubic centimeters of tremendous power to play with. This is a great thing for a large human as more ponies make for more fun in my book.
I used the DR Berg for the Las Vegas Endurocross and I had the pleasure of a couple of days riding and testing before the event with my wingman, Scotty D and Mikey ‘Golden’ Brown at the Glen Helen EX training track. Right from the start the DR Berg felt great and very comfortable. The hand, butt and feet positioning on the bike is very comfortable and this makes the bike great fun to ride. If you use your knees to control this bike you will be rewarded. The Pro Circuit tickled suspension was set for full on trail riding so it was a tad under-sprung for the ever increasing vigorous nature of EnduroCross, as the difficulty of track attack has reached another new level this year.
The Berg loved the Glen Helen track as conditions were slick and the open nature of the track allowed the smooth power to lay the traction down on every obstacle. The lack of hard-hitting power was perfect for finding traction at Glen Helen. The Pro Circuit Enduro Silencer made the bike super smooth and the Michelin Bib Mousse I brought from my homeland in “travel” segments allowed the rear Michelin (which I nicked out of Scotty’s trash) to bend and mold around the rocks to find ultimate traction. I cannot put my point forward as to how smooth and incredibly balanced this bike really is. At the end of the week’s riding, the clickers were cranked pretty much all the way in on every setting to handle the EX hits.
The Las Vegas track was difficult to find a flow on and I struggled until the semi-final. In the end the bike operated to a higher level than me and I ended up on my face. This was in no way bike related as I had set up the bike. I had gone there with a smile on my face, and I had given it 100%. It is always a good time and always a pleasure to have the honor of a grip, rip, rip n grip on a DR spec Long Haul bike of power! All hail the Beautiful Berg!