Dirt Rider magazine is your go-to source for reviews on the newest motorcycles and gear. This week, the magazine has all the dirt on Honda’s 2013 CRF450R. “Out on the track the bike feels very different from the 2012, and in a positive way. The motor is still soft down low compared to other 450s (KX-F, YZ-F) but once in the mid-top it is very good and the key words are ‘useable power.’ The 2013 CRF450R is easy to ride because it doesn’t hit super hard off the bottom and try and tear your arms out of socket exiting corners. Yes, I would like to see a little more pulling power down low through second gear, but, again, the bike stays easy to handle once fatigue starts to creep in,” Dirt Rider’s tester Kris Keefer said to the magazine. To read the rest of the review, click here.
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Surfing magazine has an ongoing contest called “Baby Cobras” that gives aspiring surf journalists the opportunity to showcase their work and win a trip to Hawaii’s North Shore. As part of the contest, they’re highlighting one of their staff photographers each week. This week, it’s their staff photographer at large, Steve Sherman, who worked his way up from the darkroom at his high school newspaper to shooting for all three of the major surf magazines. The photo below is of the late great Andy Irons: “This was a concept shoot with Andy Irons in Huntington [California] in 2004. I wanted to dress him up as a ’40s gangster, like a Dillinger. I brought everything, from the wife beater to the cigar, and he got really into it. The thing about Andy was that he always trusted me. The last conversation I had with him was in France and he said, ‘God, Sherm, you always make me look so good.’ That was the best thing he could have ever said to me,” Sherman wrote. To view a gallery of Sherman’s work, click here.
Photo courtesy Surfing, Sherman; click on the photo to view a gallery of Sherman’s work
If you are a ski journalist, like our friends over at Powder magazine, you will likely go to a lot of ski movie premieres. And if you are Powder’s Derek Taylor, you will occasionally wax philosophic about how they are all the same. “Let’s face it: you hit three or four of these [movie premieres] a year, spread over an adulthood of skiing, and the scene can get a little … well … monotonous. One steady stream of bros and their entourages of bromosexual friends blends into another, and before you know it, 10 years have got behind you and you find yourself married to a ‘brand manager’ and living in Ogden, Utah, with a kid … and maybe starting to get a little bromophobic in your old age.” Despite his misgivings, Taylor has his review of the new movie “Dang!” Click here to read it.
Photo courtesy Powder, Taylor