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Life on Two Wheels Vlog | Dirt Bike Fever!


Presented by Bell Helmets

It seems like every year, new bikes start to come earlier and earlier in the season. This year, we got the 2023 KTMs in May, and here we are in June getting the new Husqvarnas, too. Not to mention the all-new Stark Future Varg that we flew to Spain to test last month. Anyway, I’ve found myself with a sudden case of Dirt Biked Fever! After 30+ years of testing new bikes as a moto-journalist, I have to admit that I can sometimes be jaded and not really enjoy the task at hand. That said, my new love of mountain bikes has often surpassed my enthusiasm for throttles and two wheels…but not right now! I can’t explain it, but I have found myself thinking about nothing but dirt bikes again, just like when I was in my 20s! That’s not to say that I haven’t enjoyed suffering in the saddle of a mountain bike, too. Snow Summit Bike Park opened up last week and it was a blast heading back up the mountain for some all-downhill action. I realized after I exported this week’s vlog that I might sound like a dick to some when I hate on another vlogger repeatedly. Let’s just say that everyone has haters…I know that I have plenty. But this guy produced a video late last season proclaiming that when you come up on a slower rider at the bike park, it would be a good idea to yell, “PULL OVER!” Having been stuck behind that exact guy a few times before, it struck a chord with me because it’s my belief that fast or slow, everyone pays the same money to ride the park and that no one has more right to the trail than anyone else. Just my two cents… When I am on two wheels – motorized or human-powered – I am happy as a clam and it pisses me off when someone ruins my vibe. Have a great week, everyone!

Donn Maeda

Donn Maeda is a 30-year veteran in moto-journalism, having worked at Cycle News and Dirt Rider before launching MXracer Magazine and TransWorld Motocross Magazine. Maeda is the Editor-In-Chief at Swapmoto Live and you can catch him on a dirt bike or in the saddle of a mountain bike on most days.

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