My plan was to make this edition of Exhaust Note, my annual review of where I have been with Eastern Dirt throughout the year. But the trip to Tallahassee was so amazing I pushed the year in review back. And what a year it has been. So much dirt has passed under the tires.
For me, this has been the “year of the people”. I have met people from all walks of life, each sharing a passion for the sport of motorcycling. I have heard it said “it takes a certain type of person to get into motorcycling” – an adventurer. And an even more specific type to get into off road – must have screw loose somewhere. I agree. Most of the riders I know are colorful in some way or other.
As I look back at some of my encounters with the people I have met and worked with, I feel blessed and deeply enriched. I have had the pleasure and good fortune of discussing the art of suspension tuning with some of the best in the business. I have asked a million stupid questions about the process of tire manufacturing. I have been able to go places I never dreamed of going before working for EDM. In addition to gaining all this technical knowledge, I have learned a great deal about human behavior, about the way people connect with one another and about what inspires us to do the things we do. If I had a conversation with you or met you last year at some point, let me now say thank you for sharing. I really appreciate it.
This has also been the “year of the test” both literally and symbolically. I have had to face my personal issue with delegation. I can’t help it, I am somebody who likes to do things properly. I have had to face time off the bike with an injury. What a rotten thing that is, 3 months of no riding… boring. I have seen some amazing products come through the doors at EDM, from boots to bikes. I wish I could tell you which was my favorite but I have too many to narrow it down to one. We have driven some really fantastic vehicles.
Even here I‘d have trouble to pick just one for all occasions. The Toyota Tundra we review in this issue is very high on the list. But that Dodge sprinter was something else too. I think my favorite story was the KX 125 rebuild. There is something about taking a turd and covering it in chocolate that just can’t be matched.
Building the works suspension was a good time too. I got to ask a million questions of the guys at Race Tech and Extremeion and learn about the value of a great suspension. If you want to ride faster, it is the first step you should take when setting up your bike.
I hope that we have shown you things you might not have seen without our pointing them out. The whole purpose of EDM is to show you, our readers, everything we can find that is cool and available in the world of off road motorcycling.
The coming year is shaping up to be another great year, we already have some great bike tests lined up, we are looking to do more of the bike build stories you all seem to appreciate so much, and we are planning to include more adventure/ off road articles, including a trip to Baja. Let’s hope the new president can lead the US down the path of success and growth.
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