SNOWEST TRAVEL FEATURES
Full-On Fun In Halfway
Our journey to Halfway started with a rather innocuous e-mail. We often get letters and e-mails about riding in various places around the West, but this e-mail wasn’t anything like that.
April 03, 2013
A New Bike Rises From The Ashes
You’d be hard pressed to find a better learning tool than a 125cc two-stroke. Buck 25s tend to make new riders feel safe while also preventing better riders from becoming lazy. On this Honda, I was surprised with how lacking the power was, but at the same time I had fun challenging myself to carry as much speed as possible around the tight Milestone track that we tested on. The engine did next to nothing without excessive RPM, but once it got on the pipe the little Honda came to life with a nice mid-range hit that transitioned into a flat yet cleanly-jetted top end. The clutch was tiptop, a good thing considering how much you use it on a bike that must be shifted several times between and through each and every corner. With a soft character, the suspension was forgiving, allowed the bike to settle in turns and withstood hard hits and chop better than I expected. You have to look at this bike for what it is: a cost-effective, beginner friendly platform that is super fun despite its well-used condition. I’d encourage anyone out there looking for a cheap way to get into the sport to follow this same route and consider refurbishing a used 125. You’ll learn some mechanical skills in the process, and the end result will be well worth it. —Chris Denison/ 5’10?/ 155 lb/ Intermediate
April 02, 2013
Never Trust a Happy Song
If there’s any good that came out of Ryan Villopoto’s red cross/yellow flag mix up/pass up of James Stewart in St. Louis, it’s that it made people really mad. Oh yeah, if you’re Ryan, it was also good to win the race. But he’s done plenty of winning already. It’s the polarizing part that was a real score for him.
March 24, 2013
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