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SILLY LITTLE BOLTS
I thought you guys were crazy
when you said to remove the gas
tank and mid-pipe bolts from the
2017 Honda CRF450 in the June
2017 issue. But, being crazy myself,
I did it anyway. My bike did feel
better in the bumps; it was
especially noticeable when blasting
out of a corner with big bumps
on the exit. At the local track my
CRF450 would hop when hitting
these bumps. With the bolts out, it
absorbed the bumps better. Thanks.
I promise to quit writing bad things
about MXA on the internet.
Well, at least that’s one guy less.
down on first-turn crashes and make
the sport safer.
Given that an AMA starting gate
is required by the rules to be at
least 130 feet wide, it is very likely
that a 200-foot-long start straight
would be a sure-fire way to get 40
guys to the same spot at the same
time—in a pile.
SILLY LITTLE FINE
What do you think about the dirty
riding that took place at the final
Supercross race in Las Vegas? The
AMA even fined Zach Osborne
$7500 for knocking Joey Savatgy
down to win the 250 East
Championship. What can be done
to stop dirty riding?
It all depends on what your defi-
nition of “dirty riding” is. It should
be noted that fining Zach Osborne,
rather than penalizing him positions
or clearing him of all charges, is a
move that will come back to bite the
AMA in the future. Now, every rider
who is knocked down, whether by
a racing incident or a questionable
move, will demand that the offending
rider be fined. And, given the incon-
sistency of the AMA officials, they
will slide back into their old, lax rule
enforcement and be held up to even
more derision than they currently are.
Plus, fining a rider $7500 for making
a move that earned him hundreds
of thousands of dollars is hardly a
The solution for the AMA is to
develop a written warning system for
the riders. The first incident would
have the AMA talk to the offending
rider and put him on notice that
a second offense will result in disqualification. If he continues to ride
at any later date with disregard for
the safety of his fellow competitors
and knocks someone else down, he
would be suspended for two races.
A third offense would result in a one-year ban from the sport. Under this
written warning system, which is
standard in the corporate world, after
a rider commits his first offense, he
would be very leery of riding dangerously the next time.
The goal of stopping riders from
ramming each other is all about
safety. Lax rule enforcement just
Last week my KTM wouldn’t start,
which was strange, because I had
been riding it 10 minutes before that.
I borrowed a battery, but that didn’t
help. The guy next to me in the pits
said that the fuse had burned out. I
didn’t even know it had a fuse box,
but he showed me how to change it.
It still wouldn’t start. What do you
think the problem is?
We know what the problem is.
Remove your front number plate and
follow the electric starter button wires
to the white plastic electrical junction
box. Inspect the wires. More than
likely one of the wires on the right
side of the junction box, when you’re
looking at it from the front, has bro-
ken. If it is broken, you can prove to
yourself that this is the problem by
sticking the broken wire back into
the junction box while someone
presses the starter button. It will start
right up. You need to fix the wire.
I think the AMA should write a rule
limiting starting lines to 200 feet or