OVER THE BARS
Here is a 1989 Honda TRX250R with
the engine removed and replaced with a
1989 Suzuki Quadzilla 500cc two-stroke
engine. That alone makes this machine
very unique, but check out the close-up
photo of the exhaust pipe custom-made
by LED in Oregon. The midsection
length is adjustable. Why would the pipe
NINE YEARS AGO
IN DIRT WHEELS
In our 2008 September issue we
had a test of KTM’s new 450SX and
505SX. Yeah, they were on the pricey
side, but, man, did they feel good to
ride. From the dealer showroom you
could take them straight to the track
and win races.
Included in that issue we had a
test of Can-Am’s DS450X, which was
no slouch around a MX track, either.
Yamaha came out with a Raptor
250, so we had to do a shootout of it
against the machine it replaced, the
Also, we had an interview with John
Natalie, who was one of the faster
racers of the day. We asked John what
he thought of Doug Gust, the veteran racer close to retiring. John said,
“Doug is fast, strong and very smart.
He can still beat you even if he’s not
BRIMSTONE PARAGON EVENT
as fast as you.”
builder do that? Well, it allows you
to tune exhaust timing, which affects
the powerband. A short belly provides
higher rpm power and a long belly
provides lower rpm power. It saves
you from having to buy two different
pipes—one for the trails and one for
the sand drags.
Camp, ride, cut loose and kick
back—that is the goal at Brimstone’s
fall event it calls Paragon. Yamaha
has a heavy presence at Paragon,
including the Yamaha Country
Pavilion displaying the latest Yamaha
product line for the trail. There are
prize giveaways, Yamaha Country
karaoke, Yamaha YXZ1000R/
YXZ1000R SS demo rides and the
grand prize is a tricked-out Yamaha
YXZ 1000R SS. Concerts are by
country legend Hank Williams;Jr.
There will be rides, competitions and
other opportunities for motorized or
non-motorized activities. Some of
those are the Ultimate Competitive
Challenge, getting muddy and the
Wild Mountain Rampage with Mad
Hatter and physical challenges.
It is possible to just attend the concerts, but if you plan to ride, you must
have a Brimstone event pass and
Brimstone trail pass for the park trails.
If you plan on riding the TWRA trails,
you must buy a TWRA trail pass. The
event pass (good for the concert)
is $75, and the resort band starts at
$25 a day for adults and $15 a day
for under 17 years old. The prices get
cheaper with each added day, and a
full week for an adult is $68.
Brimstone Recreation, LLC, manages and promotes the recreational
use of over 19,196 acres nestled
in the remote wilds of northeast
Tennessee and located in the Heart
of Appalachia. It has over 300 miles
of OHV trails and roads with numerous overlooks and culture exploration
points of interest. Brimstone offers a
wide array of recreational activities,
including ATV and UTV riding, hunting, fishing, kayaking and canoeing,
For event information, go to www.
brimstoneparagon.com, and for general park info and lodging details, call
(800) BRIMSTONE or go to www.