Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March Moto Madness - Dual Sport and Adventure Ride

This weekend is the annual March Moto Madness Dual Sport / Adventure bike camp and ride in Tellico Plains. Started in 2006, this event has grown every year, and is actually the original event that has started an international group of related rides. Adventure Bike group rides, camping, and food. $55 pre-registration, $65 at the gate. Includes 3 nights camping, Breakfast and Dinner on Friday and Saturday, and breakfast Sunday. Campground is located at 801 Steer Creek Road, Tellico Plains,TN www.marchmotomadness.com 
 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

"MX-DURO" New Off Road Racing Series

A brand new, off road racing series is about to kick off it's inaugural race on March 15th. MXDURO is a combination of all things off road. Running at Motocross tracks that also have access to woods and open land, MXDURO is a combination of Motocross, Hare-Scrambles, Grass Track, and Enduro racing. The racing will be run in a two moto format, and will have a pro cash purse, plus trophies in each class. The first race of the 8 race series is being held at Glory Hills MX track in Pleasant Hill Tn, just North of Carthage. For all the details check out the website www.mx-duro.com

Saturday, February 28, 2015

New Riding Season just around corner!


 Well, the snow has quit falling, is actually starting to melt, and daylight saving time starts on March 8th. It's about time for the riding season to get going. I have to admit that I've done a less than stellar job keeping the website updated lately (what can I say, life happens), but I plan on stepping it up this year and helping people find out what street and dirt events are coming up. As usual, I will try to focus on the rides and events that usually don't get that much press. Heck, I've already missed the first event of the year, a STRA Trials round in Maryville.

 



Check out the updated calendar page. There are some repeat events that have become annual events, and some brand new ones, like the National Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Rally in Pigeon Forge. I'll be adding new events as we find out about them.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tennessee Knock Out Extreme Enduro Aug 16/17

 This coming weekend is the TKO Extreme Enduro at the Trials Training Center in Sequatchie Tennessee (just West of Chattanooga). The Trials Training center is one of the coolest venues to watch an event for several reasons. #1, you watch from any location you care to hike to, and #2 it could literally be a state park, it's that beautiful. Of course you are going for the racing, which is unlike anything else you will see off road. These guys go through, over, and down stuff you would have a hard time hiking over. Its the Tennessee Version of the Erzburg Enduro.
The Knockout format is unique as it constantly whittles down the field until only the fastest and toughest compete in the final money round. Amateurs race twice on Saturday, The first race is 2 laps over a 13 mile course with a 2 hour time limit. The fastest 75 advance. The second race is one lap over the 13 mile course with the fastest 40 advancing to the pro rounds on Sunday.. We actually have several riders from the Knoxville area giving it a shot. For all the specific details check out their website www.TennesseeKnockoutEnduro.com. If you can make it, I highly recommend it.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Kali Dirt Bike Helmet - Product Review

It's been a while since I've done a product review. Probably because its been so long since I've bought anything new, and anything that was worth talking about. I tend to wear my dirt bike helmets well past the point when they should be retired, and I finally got around to getting a new one. (By the way, I have a 15 year old MSR for sale. Only used on weekends)
What I found, and am tickled to death with, is the Kali Prana FRP. If you haven't heard of Kali, don't worry. I hadn't either until I saw them at Sportcycle KTM in Maryville, TN.
My requirements for a new lid were: Safety, Great Fit, Comfortable while wearing glasses, light weight, removable liner, Non-stupid graphics, and a reasonable price. The Kali nails all of these.
Kali uses a new technology / design for their helmets called Composite Fusion Plus. In a nutshell, what they do is make a helmet with two densities of foam that reduce the impact to your noggin. You can go to their website to get all the details ( www.kaliprotectives.com ). Their brain buckets are ECE and DOT rated, but not Snell. The lack of a Snell rating is no doubt because of their design which absorbs more impact. Not a bad thing. Also not a bad thing is the weight, only 1250 grams, or about 44 ounces.



I took these pictures after my first ride with the helmet, so if you see any scratches they are ones I put on myself. On this last ride we rode through some underbrush that could have stood a good chainsaw, but hey, that's what we do sometimes. The Fit and finish of the new helmet was super nice.




   
Also super nice is what all the Helmet comes with. It has a soft cover bag (not shown), and a vary nice carry bag (shown). In addition, the helmet comes with an extra set of thicker cheek pads to tighten up the fit if you prefer, and a set of Camera mounting hardware. The very middle piece of the visor is removable, and you can insert the optional piece to which different camera mounting brackets attach. Pretty sweet if you're a Go-Pro guy.



This helmet is available at Sportcycle KTM in Maryville (865-681-7895) for less than $200. Of course other colors are available. Kali makes Street bike helmets also.

Monday, June 23, 2014

AMA Outdoor National Moto Cross this weekend at Muddy Creek

This Saturday is the return of the AMA Outdoor National Motocross at Muddy Creek Moto Cross in Blountville TN, just outside of Bristol. Last years was the first AMA Outdoor National in the south in years, and the turnout was incredible. If you go back through previous post on Cycleblend you'll see some pics form last year. I was able to attend last year, so let me give you a few pointers. #1 Go Early. The roads getting in to the track are all 2 lane, and they back up. Get there as early as you can. #2 Bring a camera. The outdoor races give you lots of opportunity to get close to the action. It's GREAT! #3 Have drinks and food waiting for you at the car, and unless you leave early, just chill by the car and let traffic thin out when the racing is over.
 Admission for Saturday only (that's when the big boys race) is $40. If you want to stay and watch the amateurs race on Sunday too that would be a $55 ticket. If you are coming form Knoxville on I-81 you will look for exit 63. Coming from Bristol you want exit 69. For more info check out www.mxsportsproracing.com

Friday, May 23, 2014

AMA National Dual Sport at Windrock / Coal Creek, East Tennessee

June 14th and 15th there will be a round of the AMA National Dual Sport series at Windrock Park (formerly known as Coal Creek) in Oliver Springs, Tenn. (just outside of Oak Ridge). The trails will be a combination of ATV trails, Jeep Roads, and very little pavement. The advanced sections will be single track. The campground has cabins, RV sites with full hook-ups, and tent camping also. For camping info contact windrockpark.com , or call 865-435-1251.
The ride is over 2 days, with 100 miles on Saturday, and 70 miles on Sunday. This is going to be a very "trail heavy" dual sport. Knobbie tires are highly recommended, don't try the advanced sections without them. It is a dual sport ride, not an adventure ride. From what I am hearing from the guys who made the route, you may not want to bring a big BMW on this ride.
 2 day pre entry is $100, day of the ride $110. 1 day pre-entry is $55, day of the ride $60. A  $17 Windrock Park permit is also required. If you ride you will need a route sheet holder for your bike.
For info contact Steve Lewis at 865-986-0103, or at llewis3066@aol.com , or John Strange at 865-322-0193, or at jbsaki@gmail.com