We love to hear ourselves talk and read our own words. For a goof, every once in a while we listen to somebody else-in this instance by reading your letters. So keep the syllables down and Letter Rip!Letter Of The Month
Watts On Your Mind?
I appreciate Shane Watts' contribution to the BlueRibbon Coalition. In your Tear Offs section (March '08 issue) Watts was quoted as saying, "Riding is a privilege and we all must do our part..." That's a great quote, except for the word "privilege." In this great United States of America it is our right, not a privilege, to be able to use our public lands responsibly. Too many politicians and anti-groups would have us think of this as an allowed privilege. It's in fact one of our rights that we continually have to fight for. Public lands belong to us. I hope that all those we share the trails with will take pride and ownership in what's ours.
Blackfoot, IDRight on! Jay, you just won yourself a set of Thor Pro Circuit riding gear. That's a privilege, and you don't have to share it. -Jimmy Lewis****YZ250...XC?
Why doesn't Yamaha make an off-road two-stroke? KTM pretty much owns the off-road world. YZ250s are still big in off-road riding (Barry Hawk, Charlie Mullins), so wouldn't an XC version of the YZ250 be a big seller? I would buy one in a heartbeat, even if it put me in debt.
Tyler BrumitYamaha did sell an XC version of the YZ250 for many years. It was called the WR, and if it had been a great seller, you can be sure that Yamaha would still be selling it. The sales numbers didn't justify upgrades as frequently as the YZ saw. As soon as the YZ platform was more trick than the WR, the WR didn't sell-even when it was clearly a better choice for an off-road race bike. Although KTM is clearly one of the big five manufacturers now, the company is able to function with model runs that are much smaller than the Japanese manufacturers. As a result, KTM can keep its off-road bikes right at the edge of technology, or at least on par with its best motocross models. -Karel Kramer****Lucky Guy!
I'm not going to get into Dirt Rider's separation of advertising and editorial here, but I had to write in after seeing the ad on the inside back cover of the March issue. I've been reading Mark Kariya's articles and seeing his awesome photos for as long as I can remember. I've seen him at work at several different off-road events and each time Mark was dressed the same-like he was ready for work! For all that he has done for motojournalism, it's good to actually see Mark sitting on a motorcycle, geared up to go for a ride!
Alachua, FLIt's really gratifying to know that dirt-riding enthusiasts appreciate the work I've done and continue to do, though I've never been in it to be famous. At times, it hardly feels like a real job and I consider myself extremely lucky to make a living doing it. On the other hand, it really cuts into personal riding time-a lament familiar to many in the motorcycle industry (racers and test riders being the exception, of course). While that photo was set up for the ad, be assured that I do enjoy any time I get to spend on two wheels! -Mark Kariya (Fulltime freelance photojournalist/part-time model)Two-Stroke/Four-Stroke Debate Fuel
I read with great interest the article describing Ryan Orr's attempt to qualify for a National motocross on the two-stroke RM250 (Nov. '07). And I have one question: Could Ryan have quali-fi ed if he had been riding a 450 that was equally as well prepared as the 250 he rode?