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August/September 2011

HRCA News
4 6 8 10 11 12 13 - 2011 Motocross Update - MotoGP and WSB Update - Honda Launches NSF250R Road Racing Machine - Cover Story: JCR Honda One-Two in Baja 500 - Honda’s Off-Road Racing Update - USGPs: Just Around the Corner - Lap of Champions - Ride for Kids Summer Events Heat Up Donations for PBTF - Canard Crowned Supercross Rookie of the Year - Follow Honda Online

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14 18 22 28 38 42 46 50 The Ultimate Apex Predator: 2011 Honda RC212V Casey Stoner: Back With Honda More 2012 Hondas Fill the Ranks Makin’ Miles: 2012 Gold Wing Press Ride Shooter Dave and His XR650L: In Search of America—and Honda Dealers So You Want to Ride a Dual-Sport Event? Dehydration: Why You Should Pay as Much Attention to Your Body’s Radiator as Your Bike’s Make Your Shadow a Reflection of Yourself With Honda Genuine Accessories

ON THE COVER: Summertime’s here, and if you think things are pretty warm right now, you should have been in Mexico when Kendall Norman and the Johnny Campbell Racing crew were scorching the competition in the Baja 500. Photo: Mark Kariya

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Honda-mounted Reed is clearly the man to beat for the 2011 Motocross title after racking up six moto wins and four overall victories. and finished on top at Budds Creek and RedBud. He has a 16-point lead in the championship. as is the case again this season. twice nabbing holeshots. veteran Honda racer KEVIN WINDHAM made his return to the factory Honda squad aboard an American Honda Racing CRF450R. Windham has been a strong contender up front and after finishing just shy of the podium in fourth place three times this season is sixth TARAH GIEGER AND ASHLEY FIOLEK overall in the points. The 450-class rookie has been a regular in the top 10. and after landing a string of top-10 finishes including finishing runner-up in two motos. CHAD REED (also shown at left) 4 Honda Red Rider August/Septemeber 2011 hrca. and he’s working on getting back up to race speed.HRCA News Motocross Update The Honda Red Riders came out of the gate hard in the 2011 AMA Motocross and Women’s Motocross Championships. is seventh overall in the championship. Another Honda racer having a solid season is Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/ Honda’s CHRISTIAN CRAIG. and currently sits eighth in the points. GEICO Honda’s JUSTIN BARCIA continues to lay it all on the line each week. At the halfway point in the series Team TwoTwo Motorsports’ CHAD REED leads the 450 Championship. Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda’s COLE SEELY rounds out ninth spot in the points. Reed took backto-back victories at Hangtown and Freestone. The Women’s motocross championship class continues to showcase tight battles each week. Barcia’s teammate ELI TOMAC has been a strong contender up front all season and after six rounds is fourth in the championship. After winning the 2011 Supercross Lites East title. while American Honda Racing’s ASHLEY FIOLEK is the front runner in the Women’s Championship. Barcia’s shown incredible speed aboard his Honda CRF250R out of the start gate.com 5 . and after winning two of four rounds. winning four of six rounds. including a 1-1 sweep at RedBud. Troy Lee Designs/ Lucas Oil/Honda’s TARAH GIEGER has finished on three of four overall podiums and holds down third in the championship. With American Honda Racing’s TREY CANARD and JOSH GRANT unable to compete at the start of the season due to injuries they sustained during the Supercross season. Honda Racing’s Fiolek leads the Women’s championship by eight points.honda.honda. The 250 class never fails to produce nail-biting action.com August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca. The team welcomed Grant back at Colorado after recuperating from injury. Aboard his TwoTwo Motorsports/factory Honda–prepared CRF450R. grabbing the holeshot six times.

his 2011 campaign suffered a major setback when he crashed at round four. He underwent surgery to repair his injury and is expected to make a full return to racing later in the season. finished fifth again in France and Assen. His win in race one followed by third place in race two were enough to put him on top for the round and record the team’s first win of the season. Rea was holding down sixth in the championship after completing five rounds.HRCA News MotoGP and WSB Updates ANDREA DOVIZIOSO DANI PEDROSA CASEY STONER The 2011 MotoGP season is well underway and Repsol Honda racers CASEY STONER. Dovizioso has been a contender up front at each round. Simoncelli opened the season with a fifth. Stoner rebounded to finish third in Portugal and then take victory at the following two events in France and Spain. DANI PEDROSA and ANDREA DOVIZIOSO have done a valiant job of putting Honda’s RC212V up front each week.honda. It didn’t take long for team newcomer Casey Stoner to find his feet on his Repsol Honda RC212V. and then proved he was the real deal by grabbing his first MotoGP pole position in Spain. breaking his collarbone. The Repsol Honda team currently holds two of the top three positions in the championship: Stoner leads all riders and Dovizioso holds down third. Pedrosa’s first win of the season came in Portugal. Netherlands. winning the opening round of the season at the Grand Prix of Qatar. as well as at the British GP. finishing on the podium four times and just shy of the podium in fourth place on three occasions. Honda has finished on top at five of the eight completed rounds. JONATHAN REA raced his Castrol Honda CBR1000RR to the overall victory at the team’s home race in Assen. Flamboyant newcomer to the field. Italian MARCO SIMONCELLI. His Repsol Honda teammate RUBEN XAUS has recorded several top-10 finishes and is 16th in points. but he then injured his arm during a warm-up get-off at round six in Misano.com 7 .com August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca. and will miss several races. However. Riding a factory-supported RC212V for the San Carlos Honda team. and with 10 rounds to go in the series. Italy. it’s shaping up to be one heck of a season for Honda.honda. Repsol Honda teammate Pedrosa began his season by accompanying Stoner on the Qatar podium in third. and he went one better the following round finishing second in Spain. plus a second pole at Assen. In World Superbike Racing action. has also made his mark on the championship. After getting caught up with another racer at the second round and crashing out of the race. 6 Honda Red Rider August/Septemeber 2011 hrca.

The liquid-cooled four-stroke single-cylinder DOHC 249cc powerplant was specifically designed for Moto3 applications as a lightweight and compact unit that delivers a remarkably high output.2 inches RAKE (CASTER ANGLE): 22. Sales of the new vehicle are targeted to begin in December 2011. while a cooling duct on the under cowl improves the engine’s cooling performance. 296mm disc Rear: Hydraulic.0° 36’ SEAT HEIGHT: 28. SPECIFICATIONS MODEL: NSF250R ENGINE TYPE: Liquid-cooled four-stroke DOHC single-cylinder DISPLACEMENT: 249. The new frame design ensures excellent cornering traits and an agility that doesn’t just meet but surpasses the RS125R by revising the rigidity balance and shape. The wind-cheating bodywork makes the NSF250R the equal of the RS125R in aerodynamic performance. In developing the NSF250R.honda.com 9 .0 inches GROUND CLEARANCE: 4. the engine incorporates a front-intake/rear-exhaust configuration with highcharging efficiency. thereby allowing gear selection to be optimized over a large variety of racing circuits. The cassette gearbox design was selected for quick and easy gearset changes for the close-ratio six-speed transmission.9 gallons COLOR: White CURB WEIGHT: 185 pounds (Coloring shown for body and stickers is for photographic purposes only. the design reduces friction between piston and cylinder and improves durability by offsetting the cylinder centerline and applying nickel silicon carbide (Ni-SiC) for the cylinder surface treatment. The body color is all white.honda. The Honda NSF250R stands tall as the next-generation road racing machine conforming to Moto3 standards. Furthermore. Honda took the “Next Racing Standard” as its development concept and reaped the benefits of extensive and advanced racing technology cultivated in the RS125R. the NSF250R adopts titanium valves for both intake and exhaust to reduce friction and lighten the valve train.HRCA News Honda Launches NSF250R Road Racing Machine Honda Racing Corporation announces the debut of the NSF250R.2mm INDUCTION: PGM-FI IGNITION: Full transistor CLUTCH: Wet multiplate TRANSMISSION: Constant-mesh six-speed SUSPENSION Front: Inverted telescopic Rear: Pro-Link® BRAKES Front: Hydraulic. The basic structure of the front and rear suspension remains the same as on the RS125R. 186mm disc TIRES Front: 90/580R17 Rear: 120/600R17 WHEELBASE: 48.) 8 Honda Red Rider August/Septemeber 2011 hrca.3cc BORE AND STROKE: 78mm x 52. while adopting a layout with the cylinder tilted back 15 degrees to centralize mass. and the NSF250R-exclusive settings produce a machine with excellent riding stability. one that will bring a new level of excitement to World GP road racing. while retaining the compact dimensions of the RS125R. To achieve such power along with excellent responsiveness.7 inches FUEL CAPACITY: 2. To ensure strong power throughout the high-rpm range.com August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca. a newly developed and commercially available road racing motorcycle purpose-built for the Moto3 class that will be added to the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (WGP) in 2012.

August 27. Aboard his Honda CRF450X. July 22-24. The opinions expressed by the contributing writers of this publication are the sole opinions of these contributors. Take advantage of two discount offers to both USGPs through your HRCA membership! For anyone who is an HRCA member.The Lap of Champions is limited to 300 motorcycles. Honda. or its affiliated companies or dealer organization. Inc. SCOTT WATKINS finished seventh in the XC2 Pro Lites Class. Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso. however. Other trademarks in this publication are property of their respective owners. stamped envelope. COLTON UDALL JCR Honda One-T wo in Baja 500 Lap of Champions KENDALL NORMAN JCR Honda’s KENDALL NORMAN and QUINN CODY.honda. The 2011 Norman/Cody win earned Honda its 16th overall motorcycle victory and a remarkable 15th consecutive Baja 500 victory. special ticket packages are now being offered to the 2011 Red Bull MotoGP at Laguna Seca. Simi Valley. who died recently following a riding accident in Baja. • To learn more about the MotoGP events and ticket packages. click here Honda Red Rider ™ Vol. but in the last 20 years Honda riders have really ruled south of the border. Easy St. which includes Moto2 series action. and it was Cody’s second time winning the grueling race. Honda Red Rider is published for American Honda Motor Co. Norman and Cody crossed the finish line in a winning time of 8:47:07 at an average speed of 51. along with JCR teammates COLTON UDALL and DAVE KAMO. be sure to stop by the Honda display to see the latest in Honda motorcycle. and JCR Honda dedicated the race to the memory of Udall’s former teammate Jeff Kargola. Inc. You can make that dream come true when you join the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation® (PBTF) Lap of Champions on Saturday. soil. in this dual event at the storied Laguna Seca racetrack. 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It was the first time Udall and Kamo had paired together. marking the duo’s second-straight Baja 500 win.honda. take on MotoGP’s finest on U. 20 No. Inc. so reserve your spot before the event sells out. winning the Lucerne Valley.. including a custom-painted 2010 Honda CBR600RR. and ASHLEY CROUCH nabbed sixth place in the Women’s Class. Aboard their JCR Honda–prepared CRF450X. While you’re there. click here • For more information and to register. In addition to Honda’s stellar model lineup. and the 2011 Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the famous Brickyard. Inc. ATV and Big Red® models on show. and such materials will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed.. PA. along with San Carlo Gresini Honda’s Marco Simoncelli and Hiroshi Aoyama.com August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca. Inc. in late May. and should not be construed as an endorsement by American Honda Motor Co. MotoGPs at Laguna Seca and Indianapolis now! 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Publication of any article. 116 August/September 2011 Publisher .Vreeke & Associates Inc. giving Honda the top-two overall motorcycle finishing positions. the duo received a 10-minute time penalty. and Honda’s factory-supported GEICO/JG Off-Road team took away top-10 finishes at the event. don’t miss your chance to see Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner..HRCA News USGPs: Just Around the Corner Honda’s Off-Road Racing Update JCR Honda’s KENDALL NORMAN returned to his winning ways on April 23 after missing three rounds of the AMA Racing Hare & Hound Championship Series with a knee injury. don’t miss your chance to see firsthand Pedrosa’s Repsol Honda RC212V race machine. Copyright ©2011 American Honda Motor Co. event. RORY MEAD. which will be on display at Laguna Seca.76 mph. drawings or photographs. in Monterey.. Norman’s teammate COLTON UDALL raced his JCR Honda to his best finish of the series— sixth—while fellow CRF450X-mounted rider Purvines Racing Honda’s DAVID PEARSON placed fourth. photograph. Click on the bar below to learn about everything that’s included in these ticket offers. August 25-28. Honda Red Rider . The victory marked Norman’s fifth win in this event in the last six years. You’ll also get the chance to win some dream gear. Details of the Indianapolis event and available packages are listed on the ticket purchase page of the HRCA Web site. by Vreeke & Associates. Proceeds benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. and buy your package to attend the 2011 Red Bull U. accessories or their use. Imagine taking a parade lap with racing legend Kevin Schwantz at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. when the track is still hot after MotoGP qualifying.com 11 . supported by Ride for Kids®. of specific products. took eighth in the XC1 Pro Class. Editorial Office . 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The ride wandered through Cleveland Metroparks to Woodridge Middle School in Peninsula. Nationally syndicated talk show host Neal Boortz was the grand marshal for the ride. Click on the icons below to check out Honda Powersports pages: Click on the icons below for the latest in Honda Fury news and photos: The VFR1200F and CBR250R have their own Facebook pages. Sharing information with friends. when he suffered a crash during practice that broke his leg and took him out of the remaining Supercross season. Participants traveled over the Land of Enchantment’s beautiful desert roads before returning for the Celebration of Life. Canard moved into the lead. Virginia. family and like-minded people couldn’t be simpler. American Honda Racing’s TREY CANARD was awarded the esteemed Supercross Rookie of the Year Award.honda.org/rideforkids.honda. just click on the appropriate icon: NEW! VFR1200F CBR250R Don’t get left behind. Twitter. The Cleveland Ride for Kids raised 11 percent more this year than last for a total of $78.861. Canard posted impressive wire-to-wire victories. Brain tumor survivors attended each of the rides. and he took victories at both the Jacksonville and Dallas events. At both races. information. images and videos of Honda street and off-road motorcycle models. motorcyclists participated in the area’s sixth Ride for Kids. After the rides. only 20 points out of the lead. Despite missing the final rounds. Ohio and New Mexico raised over $346.com 13 . At the midway point. NV. which left from North Point Mall in Alpharetta and followed four-lane highways and scenic back country roads to the historic gold mining town of Dahlonega. Canard’s season continued to gain momentum.com Web site. more and more Honda customers and enthusiasts are tuning in to Honda’s social networking pages on Facebook. Atlanta held its 28th Ride for Kids and raised $116. From there. Canard proved himself one of the hottest riders in the Supercross class this year by finishing on the podium six times in his rookie season. Despite wildfires near Albuquerque. The cool morning air gave way to warm. Dunlop tires and Tourmaster gift certificates. MySpace. Canard was fifth in the championship. hazy weather as the ride left from the Mesa del Sol Fields at Journal Pavilion.Yiping He and Dr. including winning three Supercross events. Dr. In addition to the powersports. He got a good start in the main. and they and their parents expressed their appreciation for the support they receive from the PBTF. For more information about the RFK program and to find out how you can participate in one of the rides. please visit the organization’s Web site pbtfus.700 for the PBTF. nobody could surpass Canard for Rookie of the Year. which he held for the remaining 10 laps. YouTube and Flickr to stay informed. With three rounds to go in the series. including Honda motorcycles. drawing prizes. Ride for Kids® Summer Events Heat Up Donations for PBTF On June 5. Richmond riders came out in the rain to raise $89. Canard’s first Supercross career win came in Houston. Ride for Kids® events in Georgia. Visit a Honda social networking page and become a Honda follower today! 12 Honda Red Rider August/Septemeber 2011 hrca. Chien-Tsun Kuan of the PBTF Institute at Duke University spoke about how research is saving lives.HRCA News Canard Crowned Supercross Rookie of the Y ear At the 2011 Supercross Awards banquet held at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.488 for the PBTF. F ollow Honda Online It’s never been easier to get up-to-the-minute news. plus the very latest in Honda racing news.The event raised $61.537 on a hot June morning. were awarded.com August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca.000 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation® (PBTF). The ride through rural Virginia began and ended at the Richmond Times-Dispatch facility in Mechanicsville. During the post-ride program. slotting into second spot on the opening lap.honda.

com August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca.honda. In this. The Ultimate Apex Predator: 14 Honda Red Rider August/Septemeber 2011 hrca. the RC212V has simply devoured every challenger on the grid.com 15 .2011 Honda RC212V Look at the 2011 Honda RC212V and behold an exquisitely engineered masterpiece perched on the very highest rung of motorcycle racing’s evolutionary ladder.honda. the final year of 800cc MotoGP race bikes that will give way to 1000cc machines in 2012.

or 10 if every session is deemed wet. Keep in mind there is no owner’s manual. the RC212V has featured a liquid-cooled. the RC212V transitions to Yutaka steel brake disks front and rear. In wet conditions. selected by Bridgestone in advance. and the sum of these parts adds up to the apex predator in the art and science of road racing: the Honda RC212V. For 2011. Obviously. 800cc DOHC (double overhead cam) engine since its introduction in 2007. no magic formula to pave the way to success—just tons of hard work and on-track evaluation of new parts by the most elite riders in the world. Other touches of factory exotica include the lightweight carbon-fiber bodywork that plays an important role in making the RC212V as aerodynamic as possible. The tire sizes are 125/60R16. the riders and crews invest massive testing efforts to derive the correct electronics settings for engine mapping and traction control. The frame is incredibly light yet it provides the ideal stiffness and strength characteristics required to contain and deliver in excess of (HRC will not reveal how much excess) 210 bhp at the rear tire.honda. Moreover. no computer program. At the same time. Bridgestone’s slick tires are available in two compounds and the wet tires in just a single compound. A new twin-spar aluminum chassis boasts improvements that endowed the machine with a new level of tuned rigidity. and the carbon fiber front brakes supplied by Brembo. But this is no given.5 tire in back. despite Casey Stoner getting knocked out of the Spanish GP by another rider and Dani Pedrosa missing two of the five rounds with a broken collarbone inflicted courtesy of another rider at the French GP. Each rider is permitted to use a maximum of 18 slick tires during each grand prix weekend and eight wet tires.com August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca. 16 Honda Red Rider August/Septemeber 2011 hrca. The softer of the Bridgestone slick tires is marked with a white line painted around the sidewall. Each grand prix weekend. the RC212V has won four—that would equate to a batting average of . a delicate balance designed to reach the maximum compatibility between world-class turning manners and stability at ultra-high speeds. Put it all together. different swingarms and next-generation Öhlins shock and fork that all needed to be blended together into proper balance. the three members of the Repsol Honda Team have compiled a total of eight podium finishes plus three fourth-place finishes. in testing. with a 190/65R16.honda.Of the five GP races completed as of this writing. The final components in the MotoGP mix are the tires supplied to the series by Bridgestone. which restrict each rider to using only six engines in total for all of the 18-race World Championship series.com 17 . rider comments were especially positive regarding the extra power at lower revs.800 if we were talking baseball. And arriving at the correct chassis configuration is no simple task: test sessions included a bewildering array of geometry settings. Another key aspect in the RC212V’s engine performance is the updated electronics package that helps riders make full use of the power on tap. the 2010 version was updated and improved with more power distributed in all areas. in fact. and that’s why each Repsol Honda rider has a dedicated Öhlins technician assigned exclusively to him. Carbon brakes work best when they’re hot and reach up to 400 degrees C (752 degrees F).5 up front. HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) delivered new machines incorporating changes and improvements on all aspects of the already-advanced 2010 version. suspension components and settings play a vital role in overall performance. Beginning with the earliest tests for the 2011 season. plus clutch setup and more. durability of the engine has been maintained and improved to match the regulations. In the powerplant department. The effect of these rules is to extend engine life to approximately 2000 km (1243 miles) and Honda has achieved this target without sacrificing performance. four-stroke V4 configuration. The 2011 RC212V has not reached this level of mechanical advancement by accident—quite the opposite.

honda.com August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca.com 19 .honda.Back With Honda Casey Stoner: 18 Honda Red Rider August/Septemeber 2011 hrca.

Stoner began riding motorcycles when he was four and by age six had won his first Australian title. Stoner was old enough to enter the 125 Grand Prix World Championship. Stoner’s many years as a dedicated kid racer gelled into one of the most dominating MotoGP seasons in history: he won 10 races and his first World Championship. the young phenom and his family relocated to the UK in 2000.com August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca. the vibration is a lot less in the Honda. Born in Stockport. After dominating youth motorcycling in Australia. he jumped into the 250 Grand Prix class. so this is a dream come true. Stoner qualified on pole in only his second-ever MotoGP race and finished on the podium in his third race. I feel I can adjust and adapt the Honda a lot easier whereas with the Italian bike I had to really find the perfect setup. At age 12. grabbing 10 podiums and winning five races en route to finishing runner-up in the championship. Queensland. Stoner’s dirt track background would serve him well when he made the jump to road racing. In 2005. 20 Honda Red Rider August/Septemeber 2011 hrca. Australia. Over the next three seasons. What did you learn then that is still useful today? CS: I learned a lot about throttle control and body control. racking up a combined total of 23 Grand Prix wins by the end of the 2010 season. but Stoner kept him honest for the entire season. He won the British 125cc Championship that same year. It’s something I’ve continued to be impressed with and the different variables we can do with the engine to suit my style. learning the tracks and acclimating to international travel. Pedrosa won the championship. and took all five titles. Can you explain what changes for the rider? CS: For one thing. Stoner came close to reclaiming the title. and battled with now Repsol teammate Dani Pedrosa for the 250 title. you seem to have adapted perfectly to the machine. where he competed for two seasons. The following year. In 2003. he had won 42 dirt track titles and more than 70 state titles in Australia. What makes you click with the RC212V? Casey Stoner: The power delivery is what I immediately noticed when I first jumped on the Honda. Stoner began his MotoGP career with Honda on Team LCR in 2006. he raced five different classes—each of which had seven rounds—for a total of 35 races in a single weekend.honda. HRR: What does it mean for you being part of the Repsol Honda Team? CS: For me it’s a life-long dream to be on this team. By the time he was 14. HRR: What is your strongest point as a rider? CS: I think I’m well balanced. He finished his rookie season an impressive eighth in the championship. Like so many great American road racing champions. HRR: You have switched from an Italian to a Japanese bike this season. and now the diminutive Australian is out to repeat his 2007 title-winning success back on a Honda. HRR: You started your motorsport career in dirt track like a lot of American road racing champions. it’s been my ambition to race for Repsol Honda. More importantly. I can get good traction and corner speed when I need to. With dirt track. Also. Honda Red Rider: Since your debut on the RC212V at Valencia. where the legal age for road racing is 14 compared to Australia’s 16. At his 2006 debut. Since watching Mick Doohan. Honda Red Rider had the chance to get Stoner’s thoughts on joining Repsol Honda for the 2011 MotoGP season and about riding Honda’s RC212V.com 21 . Stoner posted two MotoGP wins and three pole positions out of the first four races. at the Australian Long Track Championship in New South Wales. the Pedrosa/Stoner season-long battle won them both seats in the premier MotoGP class for 2006. which sometimes can be a little strange.honda. you need to find the best line and the most grip.C asey Stoner didn’t wait long to celebrate his return to Honda in 2011: Aboard the Repsol Honda RC212V. He won 32 of those 35 races. I can also brake really late—so I’m quite a balanced rider.

Rebel For years. These new-model releases include the immensely capable and popular CRF450X and CRF250X for demanding off-road enthusiasts. installation of accessories. how you maintain your vehicle.com August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca. two valves per cylinder INDUCTION: Single 26mm diaphragm-type CV carburetor IGNITION: CD TRANSMISSION: Five-speed FINAL DRIVE: O-ring–sealed chain Matte Silver SUSPENSION TRX450R and TRX250X sport ATVs.honda.1 inches RAKE (CASTER ANGLE): 30°40’ TRAIL: 113mm (4. light and easy to maneuver. 22 Honda Red Rider August/Septemeber 2011 hrca.9 inches travel BRAKES Candy Red best beginner bikes to ever grace the roadways of America. required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride. including 0. Availability: September SPECIFICATIONS MODEL: CMX250C ENGINE TYPE: 234cc air-cooled parallel twin-cylinder BORE AND STROKE: 53mm x 53mm COMPRESSION RATIO: 9. and other factors. weather. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride. and the Rebel ®. Stylish good looks give the Rebel an enduring appeal. the Rebel has remained a favorite among entry-level street riders—and for good reason. the much-acclaimed New for 2012: . the tough Rebel serves as a great riding partner. tire pressure. Candy Red CURB WEIGHT * : 331 pounds *Includes all standard equipment. it’s comfortable. This latest update brings a quartet of off-road motorcycles. rider and passenger weight.4 inches) SEAT HEIGHT: 26.2:1 VALVE TRAIN: SOHC. the family-friendly CRF230F and CRF150F trail bikes. one of the Front: 33mm fork.More 2012 Hondas Fill the Ranks Honda’s 2012 model year continues to gain momentum as more and more motorcycles and ATVs beef up the already extensive list of machinery for the new season.6 inches FUEL CAPACITY: 2. 2.com 23 .Matte Silver and Candy Red colors. road conditions. Front: Single disc with twin-piston caliper Rear: Drum WHEELBASE: 57.7-gallon reserve ESTIMATED FUEL ECONOMY: 84 MPG COLORS: Matte Silver. and its durability has grown to legendary proportions. Whether you’re running errands around town or heading out of town for a riding adventure.6 inches travel Rear: Dual shocks with five-position spring preload adjustability. cargo. 4. two sport ATVs and one amazingly popular and enduring street bike.6 gallons.honda. Honda’s fuel-economy estimates are based on EPA exhaust emission measurement test procedures and are intended for comparison purposes only.

BRAKES Front: Dual hydraulic 174mm discs with twin-piston calipers Rear: Single hydraulic 190mm disc with single-piston caliper WHEELBASE: 50. 13T/48T SPECIFICATIONS MODEL: CRF230F ENGINE TYPE: 223cc air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke BORE AND STROKE: 65.7 gallons. these remarkable performance credentials also keep the TRX450R at the top of the popularity charts for recreational riders too.New Maxxis Razr Vantage tires.5:1 VALVE TRAIN: SOHC. RECOMMENDED FOR RIDERS 16 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER. two-valve INDUCTION: 26mm piston-valve carburetor IGNITION: CD TRANSMISSION: Six-speed FINAL DRIVE: #520 O-ring–sealed chain.1 inches travel Rear: Pro-Link Showa single shock.2mm INDUCTION: 22mm piston-valve carburetor IGNITION: CD with electronic advance STARTER: Electric CLUTCH: Honda SportClutch TRANSMISSION: Five-speed with Reverse SPECIFICATIONS MODEL: CRF150F ENGINE TYPE: 149cc air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke BORE AND STROKE: 57. 8. 9.2 inches RAKE (CASTER ANGLE): 26. four-valve. this fun-toride midsized machine remains a favorite among beginning adult riders as well as longtime riders. 9. required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride. .5mm x 66.8mm COMPRESSION RATIO: 9. steel INDUCTION: Keihin 40mm flat slide carburetor with throttle position sensor (TPS) IGNITION: CD with electronic advance STARTER: Electric TRANSMISSION: Five-speed FINAL DRIVE: O-ring–sealed chain SPECIFICATIONS MODEL: TRX250X ENGINE TYPE: 229cc air-cooled OHV longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke BORE AND STROKE: 68. And thanks to a torquey powerplant and Honda’s innovative and easy-to-use SportClutch™ plus other great features. . it’s the perfect match for all-day fun and off-road adventure. having won races in virtually every form of ATV racing as well as racking up a string of exciting wins in the grueling Baja 1000.3° TRAIL: 112mm (4.5mm x 62. required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.9 gallons.3 inches SEAT HEIGHT: 31.com 25 . 5.9 inches travel BRAKES Front: Dual hydraulic 174mm discs Rear: Sealed mechanical drum TIRES Front: Maxxis Razr Vantage 22 x 7-10 knobby Rear: Maxxis Razr Vantage 22 x 10-9 knobby WHEELBASE: 44.4 inches travel Rear: Pro-Link with single Showa shock featuring adjustable spring preload.New White rear fender. including 0.5 inches travel Rear: Pro-Link Showa single shock with spring preload adjustability. Ti. BRAKES Front: Single 240mm disc Rear: Drum WHEELBASE: 54. including 0.1 inches RAKE (CASTER ANGLE): 27.3 inches travel SUSPENSION Front: 37mm leading-axle Showa fork. Red CURB WEIGHT * : 379 pounds *Includes all standard equipment.Bold new graphics. required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride. Availability: November New for 2012: . BRAKES Front: Single 240mm disc Rear: Drum WHEELBASE: 52. and not too small—the CRF150F is just the right size to suit beginning riders and experienced adults equally well. easy-to-use fourstroke power. required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.2mm COMPRESSION RATIO: 9. And thanks to its moderate chassis dimensions.4 inches FUEL CAPACITY: 2. the CRF230F stands tall: motorcycling magazines the world over have complimented this midsized off-road machine for its many playbike-oriented attributes. featuring adjustable spring preload. SPECIFICATIONS MODEL: TRX450R ENGINE TYPE: 450cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke BORE AND STROKE: 96mm x 62mm COMPRESSION RATIO: 12.7-gallon reserve COLOR: Black.honda.honda. including 0. With the ease of electric starting. rebound and compression damping.Bold new graphics. In addition.5 gallons. 8.4-gallon reserve COLOR: Red CURB WEIGHT * : 249 pounds *Includes all standard equipment.9 inches travel Rear: Swingarm with single shock. 9. including 0.8-gallon reserve COLOR: White with Orange frame CURB WEIGHT * : 388 pounds *Includes all standard equipment.0:1 VALVE TRAIN: Unicam. 30mm exhaust. Availability: September CRF150F Not too big.TRX250X Aggressive. two-valve INDUCTION: 24mm piston-valve carburetor IGNITION: CDI TRANSMISSION: Five-speed FINAL DRIVE: #520 O-ring–sealed chain. TRX450R The TRX450R stands out as one mighty impressive machine.0 inches travel SUSPENSION Front: Independent double-wishbone.9 gallons.0:1 VALVE TRAIN: SOHC. At the same time.7 inches travel SUSPENSION Front: 35mm leading-axle Showa fork.4 inches) SEAT HEIGHT: 32. race-inspired styling gives the TRX250X a distinctly sporting look.8 inches FUEL CAPACITY: 2. 9. 36mm intake.1 inches FUEL CAPACITY: 1.2 inches SEAT HEIGHT: 32. Availability: November New for 2012: .7° TRAIL: 87mm (3. Availability: TBD New for 2012: .4-gallon reserve COLOR: Red CURB WEIGHT * : 236 pounds *Includes all standard equipment. electric starter and more rider-friendly features. new Maxxis Razr Vantage tires add to the aggressive image while adding improved sport performance. CRF230F Within the realm of recreation riding.New White rear fender.5 inches FUEL CAPACITY: 1. Consult owner’s manual for optional HRC Racing Kit parts.4 inches) SEAT HEIGHT: 34. exploring and thoroughly enjoying the world of off-road fun. RECOMMENDED FOR RIDERS 16 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER. rebound and compression damping. 13T/50T SUSPENSION Front: Independent double-wishbone with Showa shocks. the CRF150F is just the ticket for entering. 5.com August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca.3mm x 57. 24 Honda Red Rider August/Septemeber 2011 hrca.

3 inches RAKE (CASTER ANGLE): 27. 13T/51T BRAKES Front: Single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper Rear: Single 240mm disc WHEELBASE: 58. 30mm exhaust valve INDUCTION: Keihin 40mm flat-slide carburetor with Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) IGNITION: CD with electronic advance and lighting coil STARTING: Electric and kick TRANSMISSION: Wide-ratio five-speed FINAL DRIVE: #520 T-ring–sealed chain.7 inches) SEAT HEIGHT: 37.com Click here or visit your local Honda dealership to get the full scoop on these new 2012 models August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca.4 inches travel Rear: Pro-Link Showa single shock with adjustable spring preload. 12. 12. required fluids and full tank of fuel— ready to ride.CRF250X It’s the machine that delivers a just-right balance of light weight. Availability: October SPECIFICATIONS MODEL: CRF250X ENGINE TYPE: 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke BORE AND STROKE: 78mm x 52.4 inches travel • 26 Honda Red Rider August/Septemeber 2011 hrca.5 turns). 17-position rebound damping adjustability. the CRF450X offers equally impressive credentials for a weekend of fun rides.honda. four-valve. four-valve. With numerous Baja victories under its belt. 26mm exhaust valve INDUCTION: Keihin 37mm flat-slide carburetor with Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) IGNITION: CD with electronic advance and lighting coil STARTING: Electric and kick TRANSMISSION: Wide-ratio five-speed FINAL DRIVE: #520 T-ring–sealed chain.2 inches RAKE (CASTER ANGLE): 27.9 inches FUEL CAPACITY: 1. 31mm intake valve. Availability: October CRF450X The CRF450X has won the world-renowned and ultra-rugged Baja 1000 and Baja 500 races multiple times—enough to rightfully earn its reputation as the King of Baja.9 gallons CURB WEIGHT * : 253 pounds *Includes all standard equipment.4 inches travel Rear: Pro-Link Showa single shock with spring preload.35° TRAIL: 117mm (4. this agile and capable off-road machine sets the standard for 250-class performance whether you’re into racing or just leisurely off-road explorations. 35mm intake valve.9:1 VALVE TRAIN: Unicam.2mm COMPRESSION RATIO: 12. and compression damping adjustment separated into low-speed (13 positions) and high-speed (3.6 inches) SEAT HEIGHT: 37. and compression damping adjustment separated into low-speed (13 positions) and high-speed (3. 13T/49T SPECIFICATIONS BRAKES Front: Single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper Rear: Single 240mm disc WHEELBASE: 58. But even if you’re planning a weekend of relaxed trail riding rather than aiming for a prestigious off-road racing victory. MODEL: CRF450X ENGINE TYPE: 449cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke BORE AND STROKE: 96mm x 62mm COMPRESSION RATIO: 12. 17-position rebound damping adjustability.9 gallons CURB WEIGHT * : 269 pounds *Includes all standard equipment.54° TRAIL: 118mm (4. exemplary handling and tractable four-stroke power: the CRF250X.honda. 12.4 inches travel SUSPENSION Front: 47mm inverted Showa cartridge fork with 16-position rebound and 16-position compression damping adjustability. required fluids and full tank of fuel— ready to ride.com 27 .5 turns).7 inches FUEL CAPACITY: 1. 12.0:1 VALVE TRAIN: Unicam. SUSPENSION Front: 47mm inverted Showa cartridge fork with 16-position rebound and 16-position compression damping adjustability.

com August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca.2012 Gold Wing Press Ride Roll a Honda Gold Wing in front of someone who knows absolutely nothing about motorcycles. and even he or she will readily recognize this machine is destined to rack up lots of miles on open-road adventures.honda. what better way to cement this commitment to riding than with a five-day trip that racked up big mileage—in more ways than one! Makin’ Miles: 28 Honda Red Rider August/Septemeber 2011 hrca.honda. So when it came time to formally introduce the 2012 Gold Wing to the motorcycling media.com 29 .

the best way to stay dry was to keep moving as the Wing fairing does such a great job of channeling the water over and around rider and passenger. Hence. Most of the journalists brought passengers who also commented on the additional comfort of the redesigned seat. and as the road meanders through the Appalachian. the old water-powered gristmill was used to grind corn for farmers in the surrounding area.” the 2012 Gold Wing press gathering did indeed encompass all three forms of transport. with plenty of scenic Blue Ridge Parkway along the way. A three-day ride route was programmed into the improved navigation system of the Gold Wings. TN. One of the most magical motorcycling roads in the world.honda. Trains and Motorcycles.com 31 . and it encompassed stops in Roanoke. Along the way. VA. TN. the Blue Ridge Parkway was conceived in 1933 and built purely as a scenic byway—although motorcyclists could easily imagine this winding trail of asphalt was laid solely for their riding pleasure. After the fleet of Gold Wings was unloaded from the train in Virginia the motorcycling portion of the trip began right from the Lorton train station south through Charlottesville to the northernmost tip of the 469-milelong Blue Ridge Parkway. the motorcycle portion involved the new Gold Wing. sawmill. Our press ride made a stop at the Biltmore. Motorcycle USA. the Parkway offers an incredible array of natural and man-made wonders from historic structures to hiking trails. and eventually it became a gathering place for the locals. Asheville. NC and Knoxville. but several torrential downpours gave all the riders plenty of opportunity to sample the Gold Wing’s improved fairing as the modified lower section did a wonderful job of diverting water away from the rider and passenger legs. we can mention only a few highlights in the space allotted here. The Parkway links a series of upper-elevation recreational parks. One of the most magical motorcycling roads in the world. Many travelers swear that the Mabry Mill at milepost 176 is the most picturesque stop on the entire Blue Ridge Parkway. picnic areas. Built nearly a century ago by Ed and Lizzy Mabry. the Gold Wing Road Rider’s Association and the Motorcycle Sport Touring Association—plus your humble scribes from Honda Red Rider magazine—all used airline connections to fly into Orlando. Motorcycle. Road Runner. Ultimate Motorcycling.honda. there’s also a whiskey still. the “Planes” idea. and out of Knoxville. where we 30 Honda Red Rider August/Septemeber 2011 hrca. Park rangers and volunteers are on site to give cultural history demonstrations. climbing in elevation from 619 feet to more than a mile into the sky— 6053 feet at its highest point. for this trip.com. restaurants. Rider. Mother Nature was mostly cooperative. lodging and more. Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains from Virginia to Tennessee. In addition to the mill. Hundreds of opportunities beckon to riders for photo ops and eye-candy stops. Obviously. VA. FL. the Blue Ridge Parkway was conceived in 1933 and built purely as a scenic byway—although motorcyclists could easily imagine this winding trail of asphalt was laid solely for their riding pleasure. and on Sunday afternoons old-time music tints the air with nostalgia. recreational sites and national forests. it rises and falls through the folds of the Earth. the “Trains” portion of the event came as a surprise: an unusual overnight train trip with motorcycles stashed away aboard the Amtrak Auto Train from Orlando to Lorton. and it also featured one of the premier motorcycling destinations in the World: the Blue Ridge Parkway. that proved both pleasant and efficient. campgrounds. But for many. obviously. blacksmith shop and two-story frame house that serves as an outstanding example of mountain architecture and workmanship.com August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca. A strong case can also be made for the Biltmore Estate as the best stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Motorcyclist. In fact.Dubbed “Planes. Representatives from Cycle World.

honda.honda.com 33 . blacksmith shop and more for visitors to enjoy.Built nearly a century ago. 32 Honda Red Rider August/Septemeber 2011 hrca. The mill is still in working condition today. picturesque Mabry Mill is an old water-powered gristmill once used to grind corn for farmers in the surrounding area. and there’s also an old whiskey still. sawmill.com August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca.

34 Honda Red Rider August/Septemeber 2011 hrca.honda.com 35 . and the full intention was to create a gigantic French Renaissance–style chateau that would be the largest residence in America.honda.Work began on the Biltmore Estate in the late 1880s.com August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca. erected on the most beautiful location in the world.

in the late 1880s. a thousand architects. NC. as it’s called. three kitchens.There’s a reason for this: When industrialist Cornelius Vanderbilt’s grandson George visited Asheville.honda. historic memorabilia and other motorcycle artifacts. The Tail of the Dragon or just The Dragon. the museum houses tens of thousands of motorcycle pictures. to choppers and bobbers and one-of-a-kind motorcycles. including Honda Red Rider. indoor plumbing. Many of the holdings are organized into period motorcycle-related exhibits. an indoor swimming pool. who also designed New York’s Central Park. to create the estate gardens. Devoted to discovering. and hired famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. In its present configuration. The Dragon served as a fitting last-day excursion for many attending the 2012 Honda Gold Wing press ride. artisans and craftsmen labored to create the French Renaissance– style chateau. with over 24 marques on display. and the house was designed to be an innovation of the times with electric lighting.honda. maintaining and preserving American motorcycle history. ranging from board track racers. Just riding through the property is a treat—like riding through an enormous garden. journalists were back on planes and heading home with nearly 1000 Gold Wing miles and thousands more plane and train miles under their belts. Most of the group opted to head back through Deal’s Gap. He purchased 125.000 nonindigenous species of trees and plants to create a landscape unlike anything in the world. 43 bathrooms. If you’re in the vicinity. NC. This remarkable museum houses more than 300 of America’s rarest and most historic classic motorcycles. A stop at the Wheels Through Time Museum truly feels like you’re stepping into a time machine. is a stretch of US 129 nestled deep in the Great Smoky Mountains on the North Carolina– Tennessee state line. NC. In addition. Just five miles beyond the southern terminus of the Parkway you’ll find the little village of Maggie Valley. and it has been featured in many motorcycle publications.com August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca. home of the Wheels Through Time Museum and the world’s premier collection of rare American vintage motorcycles. 36 Honda Red Rider August/Septemeber 2011 hrca.stayed at the beautiful Biltmore Inn on the estate property. Just five miles beyond the southern terminus of the Parkway you’ll find the little village of Maggie Valley. central heating. Olmsted brought in more than 200. he decided the ideal spot for building the largest residence in America should be the most beautiful location in the world. make sure to stop off in Maggie Valley and visit the Wheels Through Time Museum. After a final night in Knoxville highlighted by dinner on a Tennessee riverboat. The final day of the ride also included multiple routes from Asheville to Knoxville. bowling alley and gym. hill climbing and American dirt track racing.com 37 . a fabled piece of pavement that packs 318 curves into a mere 11 miles. home of the Wheels Through Time Museum and the world’s premier collection of rare American vintage motorcycles.000 acres. 250 rooms and 10 telephones. two more locations on the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway might arguably hold the greatest interest for avid motorcyclists. For six years. traveling back into another era of two-wheeled adventure in America. the grounds now encompass “only” 8000 acres— much of the rest was donated to the federal government to help establish one of the country’s first national forests east of the Mississippi. No expense was spared. with the routes programmed into the Gold Wing’s new navigation system so journalists could wander off on their own without getting lost. The estate features four acres of floor space in which you’ll find 65 fireplaces. A gorgeous and challenging piece of road.

Dave Harrison planned to visit the 48 contiguous states. Here are some more excerpts from his blog. I started to clean up the mess. The bike traveled (what I later found out to be) about 200-250 feet. The result from the X-rays said that I reseparated my collarbone. just coasting along. I hit a patch of loose gravel. in fact. hit the road and prayed. I tipped the bike over and got as much gas off the non-petcock side of the tank as I could. which has the highest tides in the world. I immediately got up and turned off the gas.com August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca. I slept on a couch in the main floor area. After getting to Labrador. I took off north and some fog started to roll in as I approached the dirt road. Finally. Stupidly. After disembarking. My shoulder sure doesn’t look like it used to. We eventually took it to a building he owns and started to work on it. So I went up the hill at a steady pace. His mother was very nice. Then. I spent the next few days at Keith’s place working on my bike and getting everything ready to take off. 38 Honda Red Rider August/Septemeber 2011 hrca. I never thought to get a picture of the wreck. After the adrenaline wore off. I headed for the nearest gas station. and down I went. I was very tired. everyone in Labrador is very nice. so I hit the sack. This is the Bay of Fundy in Canada. A lot of people on the ferry did. I landed about 15 feet ahead of the bike. I didn’t hurt as much as I did the last time. Of course. In Search of America—and Honda Dealers ENTRY 48 So here I was 30 minutes away from the ferry [to Newfoundland] with no open gas stations around.Shooter Dave and His XR650L Part two of a three-part story On his round-America trip on a 2002 Honda XR650L. As I turned just south of Mary’s Harbor that would ultimately end my northeast travel.com 39 . where the ferries depart. then turned the engine off for the trip down.honda. Keith took me to his mother’s place to stay the night. One of my panniers came off and the contents flew out all over the road. a fellow named Keith showed up with his truck and a few people loaded my bike in the truck. I could tell something wasn’t right with my shoulder. They had rooms available. My ribs hurt more than my shoulder and my hip. but I opted to not get one and save the money. It was quite peaceful being the only one on the road with no motor sound. I thought I would try to get to Port Hope Simpson. but he also made it to Canada. I did end up making it to the ferry about an hour before we had to board.honda. Luckily. I remembered that I had to go up a big hill then back down again to get to Sydney.

I did get a picture with the Honda dealer. but I did see this Honda dealer along the way and decided to stop in. and as such. all the way up to one of the vice presidents. but I finally made it 130 miles at which time I threw in the towel for the day. I was shocked.honda. I continued on my way up to the Northwest. ENTRY 88 I grabbed a hotel room so I could get some good rest for my meeting with Honda in Torrance. In total nine people came down to meet me.” • Click here to read a full account of Shooter Dave’s trip.honda. They are going to mail a copy home when it comes out. Visiting with Honda associates at corporate Honda headquarters in Torrance. ENTRY 59 64 I just hit 25. He called the local paper. Stopping by the Honda dealer in Waterloo. and finally made our way out to the bike. They all were riders and were very interested in seeing Thumper. My Mom even had champagne that she tried to spray on me. I told her that when I return from my round-the-world trip that she could spray it over me again if she wanted. CA.com . We chatted for a bit. Randy was really awesome. I had a wicked headwind. But as I’m looking at the bikes. IA.ENTRY 58 I made it to Waterloo. CA. I’M HOME! My Dad had made a Finish Line ribbon out of duct tape and set it up in front of the garage and I rode through it.com 41 40 Honda Red Rider August/Septemeber 2011 hrca. It was pretty cool as far as lakes go. Stay tuned for part three of Dave’s story in the next issue of Honda Red Rider. on the Adventure Rider Web site August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca.000 miles on this trip! ENTRY I saw the headwaters of the Mississippi River. and they came out and interviewed me. “My dad made a Finish Line ribbon out of duct tape and set it up in front of the garage and I rode throughit. I hear someone greet me. never made it out of fourth gear. the next morning. as well as comments from other riders. It took me a little over five hours. I didn’t make it all the way there. They said that there are some others coming down as well. IA. I turn around and there are three people there. Everybody was there. I’d be meeting with maybe one or two people. I expected that as with most Honda dealerships along the way.

com 43 . 42 Honda Red Rider August/Septemeber 2011 hrca.honda.com August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca.honda.So You Want to Ride a Dual-Sport Event? A Little Preparation Can Go a Long Way.

not HR on PR. To keep odometer errors from being a problem. Many riders do ride showroom stock bikes and do well. You can usually hook up with riders who Before your event you might want to consider purchasing a route sheet holder.” In the western US that can mean lots of roads you could traverse with a Winnebago if you were careful. Still. and it is extremely accurate. For your first ride. but the cheapest and easiest solution is to use a countershaft sprocket one-tooth smaller than the stock one. SRP: $29. If you expect rough terrain. but a few small mods to your bike will make the experience of a dual-sport ride (or regular off-road riding on a dual-sport bike) much more enjoyable and safe. You want a mount for your GPS that doesn’t affect your control of the bike. When you buy a GPS. but the ride is much more interesting if you do your own navigation. A bonus is that most bikes have enough chain adjustment to handle one tooth. a dual-sport route sheet will call for resets to zero every 10 or 15 miles. You are also warned not to take a hard right onto pavement. You can even attend alone. Riders tend to settle into packs of enthusiasts with similar skills and roughly the same pace. They will also resist flats better. Finally. and you will be easier on the clutch when conditions are tight and technical. Aggressive tires will aid traction for acceleration.com. longer chain.com 45 . there are various outlets for topographical maps.95). the gaps between the gear ratios will be less noticeable. carry the tools needed to change a flat rather than worry about rim locks. keeps the GPS visible and yet still holds the unit in a somewhat-protected location. such as the one shown here by Enduro Engineering (www. The route sheet has a printed description of each significant landmark on the course next to a mileage notation.com August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca. As with any two-wheeled sport. but a few things about these unique rides never change. but it is important to use the GPS in concert with the route sheet. One tooth less on the front is enough of a change to allow you to feel a difference. those aren’t exactly the best choices. Changing the rear sprocket three teeth would require a new.honda. do a little research. but these changes will allow you to get your boots wet (literally at some rides) in the world of dual-sporting without breaking the bank or making changes to your machine that are difficult to reverse. Find other riders at your speed and buddy up. but they may require drilling the rims.The GPS finds its location by locating satellites. The tires will be noisier on the road as well. For example: 5. you don’t need much besides your legal bike and protective equipment. That means that you bear right on a dirt road at 5.There are many gearing options. If you are just giving the sport a try. a dual-sport ride doesn’t require much in the way of support or preparation. Nothing will make your dual-sport bike’s off-road handling improve like a pair of specialized tires better suited for dirt surfaces.2 miles from the last mileage reset.honda. Any on/off-road riding event for street-licensed motorcycles is called a “dual-sport ride. You want an aggressive. swapping back to normal gearing for street riding is quick and easy.to four-tooth change in the rear. Legal tires have a number on the side that start with DOT. The GPS will point out the correct direction. you don’t need much besides your legal bike and protective equipment. At a minimum you will want a route sheet holder. you often are given access to maps that you can download or if you are looking for more detailed off-road maps. though.D ual-sport events can vary wildly in difficulty and terrain. That is a small box with knobs on it that attaches to the handlebar. Happy trails! 44 Honda Red Rider August/Septemeber 2011 hrca. for your first ride. Even a relatively new rider can be self-sufficient. blocky-tread-pattern tire that is as close to an actual knobby as possible. have a roll chart.You will have fun. turning and braking in the dirt. More so than any off-road event. The entire route of the ride is printed on a long strip of paper. then change to heavy-duty tubes when you swap out the tires. Rim locks are a good idea if you decide you like the dirt part of dual-sport.The front sprocket is cheaper than the rear. Take care to stay with street-legal tire models. and someone on an early 1000cc Gold Wing with knobbies rode at an AMA National Dual-Sport in Pennsylvania. then roll the sheet in and fasten it to the second axle.To use a roll chart your motorcycle must have a functioning tripmeter that is resettable to zero. meet new friends and experience a new riding area without worrying about getting lost. Even though a rider on a streetlegal 50cc bike finished the long and fast Barstow to Vegas dual-sport run. there are many other modifications you could make. Attach one end of the sheet to axles in the route sheet holder with tape. and a single tooth in the front is like a three. You’ll want to reduce your lean angles and plan for greater stopping distances on pavement. For a dual-sport ride lower final-drive gearing will make the response better. The trade-off is reduced traction on pavement.2 DR bear right. but you won’t completely kill your highway speed. In the eastern part of the US that could mean an enduro without time checks. Before you sign up. Dunlop D606 tires are one favorite combination. and plenty of equipment and accessories that would be nice to have. too. it is easier to change. street-legal motorcycles typically have very tall final-drive gearing to keep engine rpm down on the freeway.enduroeng. These days most dual-sport rides have the routes available for download onto a GPS. Naturally.

Dehydration: Why You Should Pay as Much Attention to Your Body’s Radiator as Your Bike’s H ow’s this sound for a really bright idea: The next time you’re heading out for a ride this summer on your ATV.” where a small group of hunters would chase down a deer or antelope on a hot day. but the consequences when out riding can be a lot more severe than just a heat cramp or a headache. Every year riders and other athletes get in trouble due to dehydration. the animal would eventually overheat. it was game over: the antelope just stood there while the hunter walked right up to it and administered the coup de grâce. We’re talking about dehydration. never allowing the animal to stop for any length of time in the shade and cool down. dual-sport or street machine. a deer can run faster than just about any human. Of course. Every year riders and other athletes get in trouble due to dehydration. and its consequences on your body. it’s the fluid in their own personal radiators. Only a fool would ride a liquid-cooled bike or ATV with no coolant. and get ready to have a memorable day! You know how this is going to end. dirt bike. but that’s exactly what many riders are doing.honda. Now. why don’t you drain the cooling system before you start out. At least it’s going to be a short walk back to the truck.com August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca.honda. Might as well take out the oildrain plug while you’re at it. Except that it’s not the fluid in their engine’s radiator they’re neglecting.com 47 . don’t you? And end is indeed the operant word here. It works because humans are so good at managing body heat through sweat—at least when we have enough fluid to sweat out. And when it did. push the start button. as in the end of your engine. buckle on your helmet. 46 Honda Red Rider August/Septemeber 2011 hrca. Early man used that advantage in something called “persistence hunting. Australian Bushmen still do it today. Humans are wonderful animals. but the persistence hunters learned that if they just jogged along and kept the pressure on. and one of our evolutionary advantages is our ability to reject heat.

Approximately 75 percent of the human body is fluid. though. Heatstroke. Hard work—and riding can be plenty hard—can up your requirements to between two and three gallons per day. and you’ll be in good shape. except that this time it happens to you.com 49 . just like going to altitude. Equivalent Heat Index Air Temperature (°F) 140 135 130 125 120 115 110 105 100 95 90 85 80 75 70 0 125 120 117 111 107 103 99 95 91 87 83 78 73 69 64 5 10 15 20 25 30 128 122 116 111 107 102 97 131 123 116 111 105 100 131 123 115 108 102 141 130 120 112 105 93 88 84 79 74 69 64 95 90 85 80 75 70 65 97 91 86 81 76 71 65 99 93 87 82 77 72 66 139 127 117 109 101 94 88 83 77 72 66 148 135 123 113 104 96 90 84 78 73 67 143 130 118 107 98 91 85 79 73 67 151 137 123 110 101 93 86 79 74 68 143 129 115 104 95 87 80 74 68 150 135 120 107 96 88 81 75 69 142 126 110 98 89 81 75 69 149 132 114 100 90 82 76 70 138 119 102 91 83 76 70 144 124 106 93 85 77 70 130 109 95 86 77 70 136 113 97 86 78 71 117 99 87 78 71 122 102 88 79 71 103 89 79 71 108 91 80 72 Relative Humidity (%) 34 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 95 100 Fatigue possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity Sunstroke. and what can you do about it? First. although that may take as long as two weeks. when operating a motor vehicle it can lead to disaster.honda. This is most likely what an off-road rider will encounter. People debate about what to drink and what not to drink. The great motocross star Bob Hannah used to train by riding in the Mojave Desert in summer while wearing a ski jacket! Heat exhaustion and heat stroke/sunstroke are the two major dangers.honda. Still.At high temperatures during the day. just dilute them with water. riders who are confused get lost. Perspiration is the body’s numberone defense against overheating. you may lose as much as half a quart of fluid per hour just through sweating. heat cramps or heat exhaustion possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity Sunstroke. drinking anything will help.htm 48 Honda Red Rider August/Septemeber 2011 hrca. but there must be fluids to perspire. Heat exhaustion is caused by excessive water and salt loss through perspiration. That’s five gallons of water in a couple of hours—probably more than most of us drink in a week. but the skin is cold and wet with sweat. Off road. and the decline in physical ability leads to off-road accidents. You’d never think about riding without water in your bike’s cooling system. Of course. One casualty drank two gallons of water before exercise and another two and a half gallons within 90 minutes. heat cramps or heat exhaustion likely with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity Heat stroke highly likely with continued exposure Source: http://www. You’ve probably seen MX racers “fade” on the closing laps of a hot race. While heat exhaustion is seldom a huge problem. This condition is called hyponatremia or water intoxication. At high temperatures during the day. every bit helps. and occurs when the subject drinks too much water without replenishing the necessary salts to maintain a normal body chemistry. and a loss of just two quarts of that fluid can decrease your efficiency by up to 25 percent. Sodas and coffee contain diuretics that cause fluid loss due to urination. The best way to avoid either of these problems is to drink enough. Salt tablets are usually unnecessary and many people find that they induce nausea. occurs when the body can’t reject heat fast enough.hunter-ed. about 15 percent of body weight. even at rest. Overweight riders or riders who haven’t acclimatized are particularly vulnerable. early enough. Heatstroke is a true emergency with fatal results if the victim is not cooled down rapidly. you may lose as much as half a quart of fluid per hour just through sweating. some drinks are better than others. Monitoring your urine output is an excellent way of monitoring your hydration. headache. Here the skin is hot and dry. Symptoms include loss of appetite. Substituting a sports drink for pure water is the solution of real value. A loss of 12 quarts. that’s a lot to drink. Here’s the truth: with the exception of alcohol. usually is fatal. but salty snacks perform the same saltreplacement function and are often more palatable. but they’re still a net gain and are better than not drinking anything at all. Sports drinks like Gatorade replace some salts lost due to perspiration. So what happens if you get dehydrated. confusion and weakness. and those fluids need to be replaced. and physical activity increases that loss. Dark urine? Drink more water. Think of your own body in the same way. but there’s nothing wrong with just plain water. And now you begin to understand why some motocross racers get IV fluid treatments after a particularly hard race. if they’re too strong or taste funny to you. and the body temperature may climb to 106 degrees or higher. or sunstroke. The Army hospitalizes more than 10 times as many soldiers and trainees for illnesses brought on by dehydration than those brought on by drinking too much water.com/mt/course/ch7_heat_exhaustion. Inevitably someone will bring up an incident of a highschool athlete or a young soldier who died from drinking too much.com August/September 2011 Honda Red Rider hrca. Not going to the bathroom? Not a good sign. but it can also happen to street riders who spend long stints in the saddle in very hot conditions. The body’s temperature remains near normal. By most standards. dizziness. Hyponatremia is comparatively rare. even at rest. Heatstroke is what happens to those antelope the Bushmen are running down. it helps to acclimatize to hot weather. One of the things to come out of the United States’ recent military experiences in the Middle East is a better understanding of how the human body responds in hot climates.

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