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Gluttons For Punishment: Sidecar Motocross Racers In The Mud!


Gluttons For Punishment: Sidecar Motocross Racers In The Mud!

In my years of riding dirt bikes and ATVs, I came to two basic decisions that actually treated me well: the bikes were for the dry and kind of damp, and the moment things got muddy, sloppy or I would worry about having to swim an ATV anywhere, I’d bust out either the quad or the three-wheeler. Yeah, three-wheeler…to this day I love the idea of another Honda ATV, so long as it doesn’t have a freaking pull-start on it. Give me a good thumb throttle and tires that would chew through the slop and I’d return back to the house looking like the Creature from the Black Lagoon in riding boots. As an added bonus. I’d wash the equally spackled trike just upstream from my mother’s flower garden, so her roses could get a fresh layer of churned dirt. It was a win/win situation, right up until the point where I’d have to get hosed off outside before coming inside. All I will say about that is I’m glad the only neighbor nearby had horrible eyesight.

I didn’t like romping in the mud on the bikes because more often than not in the Northwest, I’d either wind up face-planting into a corner or I’d come across a “puddle” deep enough to swallow a Yamaha whole. The bike was unstable and more often than not, I’d be walking it out of the slop. Three wheels were better than two, I’d keep muttering to myself.

Watching this super-sloppy sidecar motocross footage, I’m suddenly not so sure. How do you hold onto the rider cart when you look like you stood behind the starting line for the big show at a mud drag?


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