More Fun in 2008
It's a good time to have fun because there are several new playbikes being offered in 2008. Kawasaki is bringing out a KLX140. The air-cooled KLX140 is a completely new model to replace the Kawasaki/Suzuki alliance KLX/DR-Z125. It comes in electric start and two versions-the standard 17-inch front/14-inch rear wheeled and the "L" version with larger 19-inch front/16-inch rear wheels.Suzuki wasn't about to miss out on the fun, and it's showing up with the new DR-Z70. Check out the Dirt Rider review on page 114 of this issue. And just to show that you can be blue and still have a great time, Yamaha is introducing the TT-R110E, an all-new model for '08 with a four-speed auto clutch and electric start. The existing TT-R125 gets some cool changes including an updated YZ-style seat/tank for improved ergonomics and looks while you're having a blast.Big Red's Big Changes
Honda's 2008 CRF450X will receive the Honda Progressive Steering Damper (HPSD), and the '08 CRF450R and 250R are being offered in a limited edition black.Moto Bowling for Dollars
The Women's Motocross and Supercross Foundation recently held its 4th Annual MotoBowl days before the Glen Helen National, and by all accounts, it was a raging success. Monster Energy, One Industries, Live Nation and the riders themselves all pitched in to the event, held at Concourse Bowl in Anaheim, California. The silent auction, which included such MX memorabilia as gear from Carmichael and Stewart, signed helmets and jerseys, supercross tickets, ride days and some great donations from One Industries, raised over $15,000 for the WFMX, a nonprofit group that lends support to any racer or crew member who suffers injury as a result of participation in or preparation for a professional motocross/supercross event.The event also raises money by selling spots on bowling teams so that anyone can roll a few frames with their moto heroes. At this year's event Grant Langston, Kevin Windham, Timmy Ferry, Andrew Short, Ryan Villopoto, Broc Hepler and moto (but not bowling) legends Jeff Ward, Greg Albertyn and Roger DeCoster were all in attendance. The event raised more than $37,000. Everyone involved deserves a thank-you for giving their time and it seemed everyone had fun. For the fans it was a rare occasion to give their moto hero pointers on technique and make fun of their shoes in the same breath. Sure, there was a "highest score" and a "winning team," but that wasn't really the point. For more information and to make sure you don't miss out next year, check out www.wmxf.org.Great Escape Stuntman
Dies at 77
Bud Ekins, the stuntman who performed the motorcycle jump for Steve McQueen in The Great Escape died on October 6, 2007. He was 77 years old. Before becoming a Hollywood stuntman, Ekins was a dominant desert racer in the 1950s and '60s, helped found the Baja 1000 and won four gold medals and a silver at ISDT events during the 1960s.