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Red Bull Straight Rhythm Recap on the Pro Taper Kickstart Podcast



Presented by Pro Taper

The Red Bull Straight Rhythm returned after a two-year hiatus and landed smack-dab in the middle of Huntington Beach, California, and we were there for all of the action on the pit lane side of the course. We even fielded Nico Izzi on our 2023 Yamaha YZ250 test bike! Listen in as swap, Chase, Anton, and ARay recap the event and preview this weekend’s World Supercross Championship in Australia!


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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  1. joe lepore October 17, 2022

    hello……with the technology we have with cnc machines someone out there can make a starter situation for suzuki rmz’s?…….that would be crazy and probably successful …….

  2. joe lepore October 17, 2022

    my new protaper gold contour cr high handlebars are awesome with the stuff i won on swapmotolive ……even though im 63 years old and have only a 2002 honda xr200, protaper grips and universal handlebar mounts are awesome……the grips i won on swapmotolive didnt work for me so i told steve at protaper and he was going to give me some pillowtop grips but i have those already and i asked for the handlebar mounts and they came to my house within 3 days…..i will be giving away the clamp-on grips he sent me the next time i go to a local jday race…..thanks to everyone!!!!!

  3. joe lepore October 17, 2022

    …….my honda would look really nice with a pair of those new acf handlebars…..only if they have a honda bend of course, and i tell my wife the new contours she bought me bent so i needed new ones

  4. Jim Krause October 17, 2022

    I can’t tell if Donn is genuinely concerned about A-Ray going to Australia or just concerned about protecting his investment? Joking aside, thanks for the grips.

  5. Rodney Wells October 17, 2022

    Congratulation and Good luck in Australia A-Ray. Just make sure you line up for Anaheim 1 – I’ll be in the stands cheering you on. Great podcast Donn. Always look forward to listening to the podcast and all of the other content you provide through Swap Moto Live. Keep up the great work!!

  6. Ryan Voortman October 18, 2022

    Great Podcast as always, I really enjoy the constant off season content as we gear up for Supercross 2023. Really looking forward to seeing A-Ray line up for WSX in Australia this weekend but even more excited to see him back on a Yamaha in 2023. Is there any chance that we see A-Ray on his two stroke at Day in the Dirt… as long as it doesn’t blow up like the previous few have?

  7. Chef seany October 18, 2022

    You guys bag on Suzy but for a father of 2 and a husband that’s trying to get a bike that price point is leaning towards my way if I can get threw Christmas 😂😂😂

  8. Ross Embler October 18, 2022

    Hopefully this comment should get me the win!! Right on cue with A-Ray’s Suzuki announcement, I just bought the Hartranft race bike replica from the person who won it. Bike was still in the crate from CA:). Let’s go Alex!! Super pumped about this weekend and watching that yellow monster rip a hole shot!!……Now on top of wanting those clean Pro-Taper grips I would also love A-Ray helping me find out some details on the suspension and engine on this bike I got if possible. Dustin is so busy I can’t get a response. Lastly I’ll offer up 250 cash for a top 10 overall in Australia, get it done!

    1. Ross Embler October 24, 2022

      Of course Im cool with the Handlebars as well:)

  9. Josh depweg October 18, 2022

    Loved the 2 stoke racing and the event itself. My only thing to rant about is why can’t they race a 250 2 stroke against a 250 4 stroke. Especially at this event

  10. Bryan October 18, 2022

    Yo, podcast was puss, boys!

  11. Logan Urick October 20, 2022

    Hey guys, big fan of all of the content you guys put out. I’m a truck driver so the podcasts you guys put out help make the days go by faster. After listening to Donn’s podcast with Anton and Benjamin last week I ordered a new Shark Varg! Anyways, keep up the great work and Donn keep them vlogs coming as they are awesome to watch every week. Thanks guys!

  12. Marcus October 21, 2022

    A-Ray just because you couldn’t run straight rhythm doesn’t mean you need to take Barcia’s pants down under

  13. Jordan Nezbeth October 22, 2022

    What’s up guys!

    First, I can’t believe A-Ray went full cattywampus at WSX. 😒 I’m glad to hear he’s ok! But anyways thank you guys for all you do. I look forward to the content every week. You guys are great and I’ve been following you guys since I was young with Transworld motocross pin up, bikini girl posters all over the walls in my room!

    It would be killer to win these bars for my 1999 YZ 250 that I’m working on restoring from the ground up. Thanks for the opportunity. You guys have been great since the beginning. SML forever ⚡️