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Are you ready to hear from some of the most interesting people in motocross and Supercross? That’s where Vital MX podcasts comes in. The Inside Line series features interesting conversations with riders past and present, as well as movers and shakers in the sport.
 
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Here is the full roundtable discussion of the 2022 Vital MX 450 Motocross Shootout. Each bike has its own video and there is a full written article with rider notes, weights, dyno charts, and more if you want to read that as well. But since you are here, we present the uncut rider opinions and discourse for the 450 shootout where we dig into each b…
 
Aldon Baker is the number-one name in motocross training. He changed the game with Ricky Carmichael and never looked back. Obviously, he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to fitness, nutrition, gym work, bike work, cardio, and every other physical piece of the training puzzle. But we sometimes forget that the squishy, grey mass between ou…
 
Triple clamps are one of those big-ticket items for motocross bikes that can really change the way a machine handles. Stock triple clamps on modern motocross bikes are pretty good and are way better than they have been in the past. Yet, with most parts, OEMs have to make some compromises for cost and ease of manufacturing. Aftermarket triple clamps…
 
In the moto world, people were happy with coiled metal in their bike’s fork. Then came the air fork and on paper, everything sounded great! Way lighter, change ‘spring’ rates at the track, tons of adjustability, better handling… The list went on and on. In reality, things weren’t so awesome. Most riders weren’t a huge fan of the ride feel, but the …
 
We are obsessed with making our motocross machines faster, yet today we want to talk about slowing down. Motocross brakes are simple on one hand, but with all the different parts and pieces, are nearly infinitely complicated on the other. Factor in the rider preference (which varies a surprising about from rider to rider) and you have a dynamic, mu…
 
It has been 13 years since the launch of the Leatt Neck Brace, the first motocross neck brace on the market. Over the years there seems to have been peaks and valleys in acceptance and usage. We recently got to talking with some of our testers and riding buddies about neck braces in general and it seemed like a lot of them were in the same boat... …
 
Of course we are biased, but it is hard to argue against the fact that motocross at its highest level is the most physically demanding sport on the planet. To perform at their peak, racers have to have endurance, strength, agility, and raw power, which they can't achieve eating doughnuts and cheeseburgers. Well, maybe Jett can. To get a little insi…
 
Be honest, is your chain squeaking? Is it loud and rattling like pennies in a tin can? Is it flapping and flopping into your swingarm like its desperately trying to get your attention? Hopefully not, because not only is this unsafe, it is not the optimal operating conditions for your dirt bike. We grab Clayton Solise of D.I.D Chains (not "Did" but …
 
We pull in the left lever and don't give it another thought. But what exactly is a clutch? How does it work? What are all the parts? What are the pros and cons of switching out the OEM parts for other options? What oil is best? Hydraulic or cable? Should you mess with your actuator arm? So many questions and just one podcast to answer them. In this…
 
We got a chance to chat with Dave, who has been up to his elbows in the Supercross series for the last two decades about what we can hope for in the remaining seven rounds of the 2020 season. He's seen just about every possible scenario, but the Coronavirus obviously threw everyone a curve. While this is shorter than usual, there’s some interesting…
 
When it comes to rider safety, one of the things that we’ve enjoyed are the recent advances in helmet design, technology, and construction. 6D’s intro to the market was well-timed, with the introduction of their Omni-Directional Suspension (ODS). We checked in with Bob Weber at 6D to talk about what it took to get the company off the ground, what t…
 
“Pour-in performance” is pretty much the tagline for race gas. But what is it really? How is it different than pump gas? What do octane numbers actually mean? Do you want oxygen or lead in there? Will it help a stock bike? These questions, and many more, are answered with our talk with Bruce Hendel of VP Racing Fuels, who explains all the different…
 
Just after helmets and boots, knee braces are the most complicated and expensive pieces of motowear in our garage. But unlike helmets that have universal standards and have been around for over 100 years, knee braces started in the last 30 by a Jim Castillo who is still around to this day. We talk with Brett Guerin of CTi, the current version of on…
 
When talking about engine mods for motocross bikes, the phrase "ported and polished" gets thrown around a lot. But do we all know what that really means? Turns out, according to Andrew Flores, Engine Research and Development at Race Tech, polishing is the last thing you want to do to intake and exhaust ports. We get into all the different ways a cy…
 
What’s really going on with your bike’s exhaust system? More than just a tube of metal shooting out burnt gasses, exhaust pipes are a blend of hard science and artistic metallurgy. We wanted to start with the basics of what exhaust pipes are all about and head into the weeds a bit with cone angles, gas velocities, and pressure, sound, and heat wave…
 
One of the pleasant surprises at this year’s Monster Energy Cup was Jeremy Martin’s return to racing. If you recall, Jeremy suffered a seriously broken back at Muddy Creek during the summer of 2018 after tangling with another rider in mid-air. Even worse, he later suffered a series of infections, as well as complications from the unsuccessful initi…
 
Are you fishing for something new to listen to? So were we, and when we hit up James "Bones" Bacon about doing a podcast, he said, "Sure, as long as we can go fishing while we do it." Bones headed up the suspension side of Pro Circuit for over three decades, Over the years he got to work with all of Pro Circuit's legendary riders from pro to amateu…
 
For Broc Tickle, the last two years have been something quite different than the rest of his career. In 2011 he won the 250 West title, and he's been a reliable top ten rider in both the 250 and 450 classes ever since. After being on the sidelines for nearly the last two years following a positive test for a banned stimulant, he's counting down the…
 
Just before Eli Tomac wrapped up his third-straight 450 national MX title, we sat down with his dad, John, to record this Inside Line. I've known him for quite a while, back to his early BMX days, and throughout much of his legendary mountain bike career. It's pretty easy to see how Eli would have picked up a lot of early examples of what it took t…
 
Normally our Inside Line podcasts are a little longer conversations, but with some of the forum chatter over the recent selection of Team USA, we wanted to drop this one in with three different voices. We've got one from the AMA side to explain a bit about the selection process, one of a rider on team U.S.A. talking about how this year's team struc…
 
It's always fun chatting with Hall-of-Famers, and Jeff Ward is no exception. He's been at it forever, from effortlessly wheelying his minibike in the intro of the original On Any Sunday movie, to winning a whole bunch of National championships, Supercross, and Supermoto titles. And that was just his first chapter. He later moved to four wheels with…
 
If you were going to pick the most successful motocross trainer of the last 20 years or so, it'd be pretty much impossible to not to select Aldon Baker. From individual riders like Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, and Ryan Dungey, to nearly the whole current Red Bull KTM and Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rosters, he's been helpin…
 
Freddie is the last man standing from the MX Heaven Swedish invasion of 2011. Since then he's done everything from a full privateer effort to filling in with Team Honda HRC. Now it's a family affair, with his wife Amy, and daughter, Jolie, making the rounds. We caught up with him after the third round of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championshi…
 
Mike Williamson's recent departure as Eli Tomac's crew chief at Monster Energy Kawasaki had lots of tongues wagging in the forum. We know people were looking for answers, and we covered an assortment of topics with him, including some distant and recent history. We also chatted about some of the riders he's worked with in the past, including Ryan V…
 
Trey Canard had plenty of highs during his race career with wins, as well as Supercross and outdoor titles. But he also scored more than his share of pain and injuries, and announced his retirement during the latter half of the 2017 outdoor season. While we're not likely to see him racing in the future, we were happy to see that he's found a new wa…
 
John Gallagher may have the toughest gig in the sport. As the race director for the Monster Energy Supercross series, he's part of the crew that has to make decisions and has to dispense penalties when things get out of line. Being a ref in any sport is tough. But judging from some of the comments that we've seen in the forum lately, people misunde…
 
We're back with another old-schooler, and I have to admit, I've got a fondness for storytellers, and riders who can tell tales from back in the day. Jim Holley definitely falls into that category, and he's definitely not afraid to let it fly. Nearly every weekend during the Supercross season, you can catch him on Raceday Live, getting the scoop fro…
 
Forrest has been the driving force behind Butler Brothers racing since the days that he and his brothers were the team. Now known as the Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/KTM/WPS team, it's a program that he's been steadily building, through good times (like partnering with KTM, and picking up their first 450 class wins), and bad (which includes some shady spo…
 
This week's guest is Jeremy Albrecht, AKA J-Bone. These days he keeps things moving as the team manager for the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team. But he's been around forever, first as a rider and racer, and later taking on wrenching duties for the Kawasaki factory team for the likes of Jeff Emig and James Stewart. He's got some interesti…
 
This time around we’re checking in with a trio of folks at Feld Motorsports, who run on the Supercross series. A lot of fans don’t know the faces behind the scenes, so this serves not only as a bit of an introduction, but also as a way to answer some questions on the inner workings of the series. The bulk of our time was spent with Mike Muye, who’s…
 
This is part two of our conversation with Broc Glover. If you missed part one, you might want to go back and listen to that first, and then dive in here. Either way, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover. Sit back and enjoy. This one moves forward on his career timeline, including his time at Dunlop, and a whole host of other topics.…
 
Tony Alessi has always been a polarizing figure in the sport...especially while going racing with his sons, Mike and Jeff. These days, however, he sees things in a completely different way as team manager for Smartop MotoConcepts Racing. It's more about business, and there's less family emotion to make things crazy. He's also promoting Minicross ev…
 
Christian Craig has faced some major hurdles in his career, like nearly losing the ability to walk prior to his first Supercross season, and a forced sabbatical when he lost his ride a couple years later. Craig packed up his life, got a job, started a family and has come back to the sport with a new motivation. Learn more about Christian’s journey …
 
Ross Maeda is what some would label as an OG of suspension tuning for the motocross world. A racer turned test rider, then technician and all-around development and suspension guy; he now runs his own shop, Enzo Racing. Over his career, Ross has worked with racers such as Bob Hannah and Roger Decoster, all the way to Ricky Carmichael and Ryan Villo…
 
We've heard Bevo referred to as the Czar of Motocross. With a career that's spanned 45 years of everything from wrenching for privateers and factory riders, and then making the jump to Scott Goggles and now 100%, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone else who's seen and done it all like Bevo. The good part for all of us is that he also loves tellin…
 
We chatted with Doug just before the Southwick National, where he was set to celebrate his 55th birthday by racing his son in the 125 race before the National motos. We cover a lot of territory in this one, from his early days as a struggling privateer, through his pro days, many titles at the Vet Worlds, bike development, and his own exhaust compa…
 
With 150 Supercross wins, 113 MX wins, and 30 titles, the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki team is a force to be reckoned with. Mitch Payton created Pro Circuit after his own riding days ended, and over the years they've had great equipment, as well as a stellar lineup of talented riders, all of which led to where we are today. Listen in as he h…
 
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