Dragon’s latest series of hot goggles have landed at DRD HQ.
We roll through some of the features of the range and check them out nice and up close!

Like what you see? Check them out online or at your local dealer.

Looking for an Xmas gift for the better half?

Fly has you covered with the all-new 2018 Fly Kenetic Womans Gear, available right now!



Look ‘Fly’ this summer is the latest and greatest from Fly Racing, while keeping yourself in your better half good books. Imagine the look on her face as she unwraps these sweet, sweet threads, runs to the bedroom and suits up right away. That can only mean one thing – time to go riding!

THE FLY KENETIC WOMANS GLOVE is a super comfortable, lightweight race glove with a softer hand feel for even greater comfort. The woven four-way stretch and Lycra panel construction helps with flexibility, comfort and air flow. A reinforced double layer palm and reinforced thumb, silicone finger grippers, adjustable synthetic leather wrist closure and split knuckles with ventilated gusset shows the amount of features is only superseded by the amount of love you have to give.

THE FLY KINETIC WOMEN’S JERSEY is designed by women riders for women riders. Using constant rider feedback, fly have created a women’s-specific cut through strategically placed stretch panels for a comfortable and a versatile fit without sacrificing performance. With the same quality and technology as the men’s racewear, this women’s line has been at the forefront for a decade.

THE FLY KINETIC WOMEN’S RACE PANT takes all the added features of the men’s line, and tweaks then for the girl racer. A comfort mesh liner, multi-directional stretch-rib panels for flexibility, low profile stretch leg cuffs with removable elastic band and a full-floating seat surrounded by stretch-rib material that is designed to move with you and all your curves.

Another cool feature is the internal pocket located inside the waistband to keep those special things that only a girl needs. This specific woman’s design and cut will definitely stand out in the pits, on the track, and anywhere else this gear can be worn. It’s so comfortable she might mistake it for pyjamas.


Disclaimer – not intended for sleeping in, unless it is out on the track with your bike.

Visit www.bits4bikes.co.nz or your local dealer for your set of the new 2018 Woman Kenetic Gear.

It’s the most important part of your race, but how do you get the most out of your start, and more importantly get the holeshot?

Words: Ben Broad    Pics: Alick Saunders

The likes of Ryan Dungey and Eli Tomac will tell you that one of, if not the most important part of a race is the start. Your performance off the start will affect the whole race, and being able to nail the start is so important if you are wanting to win. The fastest rider doesn’t always win the race, but putting yourself in a good position and ahead of your closest rivals will give you the edge in beating them. If you follow these tips and keep practicing you will have all the tools you need to get the holeshot and be one step closer to winning the race!

Body Position

Firstly you want to have your body, and therefore your weight in the right position on the bike. When it comes down to it, you want to be sitting between the fuel tank and the middle of the seat. Not too far forward, but not too far back. Also making sure your elbows are up and in a strong position. You then want to lean forward until your head is over the crossbar which will keep you from flipping the bike. Have your legs gripping hard against the frame of the bike and just in front of the foot pegs.

Clutch Control

Holding the clutch in just before engagement is the perfect position as it is right on the edge of the bike taking off. As the gate drops you want to release the clutch smooth and fast. Whatever you do don’t just dump the clutch as it will cause the bike to bog and resulting in a bad start. It is all in the smooth release, but that’s not all you’ll be doing at this point in time.

Throttle Control

As your waiting for the gate to drop and holding in the clutch just before its engagement point, you want to make sure you hold the throttle at a high idle. A low idle and rolling the throttle on too slow will cause you to stall the engine. As the gate drops you want to roll the throttle on at the same time as releasing the clutch. You will know if your throttle and clutch are in sync when the clutch is fully released at the same time as the throttle hits the stopper.

Feet Up!

Once you’re out of the gate your next priority is getting your feet back on the pegs as soon as possible and changing into third gear. If you already ride a motorbike you will know when to change gears. But you also want to get your feet up onto the pegs as soon as you have passed the gate. By doing this the bike gets more traction as your compressing the rear of the bike onto the ground which will give you more drive towards the first corner

Practice, Practice, Practice

You can never practice enough starts. Every time you go riding, try practice a couple and make sure you nail them perfectly. Say to yourself that you have to do three good starts before you can finish, replicating a race day where you will need to do three perfect starts. It might take a while to get in the swing of things, but nothing good ever comes to those who give up!

It is an exhilarating feeling like no other; speeding a dirt bike towards the take- off ramp, knowing full well the risk involved once you have launched off it and then flying high through the air.

There is a suspended moment in time as you get even a foot of air between you and the ground, where initial fear, excitement and achievement all mix with the knowledge that you made this happen – you were responsible.

‘Do More. Learn More. Encounter Success!’ sounds like something more from a corporate business world than recreational dirt biking, and it is.

The team at Encounter Success has taken the best of both worlds to create a very successful and professional enterprise, which empowers corporates to do more through learning and encountering success as a result.

Encounter Success will teach you and your team how to safely ride a dirt bike in one day, as a team building activity or a half day social event. The team has developed a proven step-by-step process which takes complete novices from learning how to kick start a motorbike through to doing jumps on a motocross track.

Under patient and caring guidance, even the most timid and inexperienced riders develop their skills and finish the day with both wheels off the ground. Those who already have some riding experience have also benefited from the professional coaching which the Encounter Success team provide.

From a business perspective, there are so many applications in dirt bike riding relevant to life in the 9 to 5 environment, which means the principals learned through Encounter Success can apply to any workplace.

A lot of regular daily activities have perceived risk which many of us avoid, effectively crippling our potential to succeed. When it comes to riding a dirt bike however, the risks are tangible and you have to take responsibility for the controls. When you have a supportive team and are taught to control the dirt bike correctly, the risk becomes calculated and you can unleash the power to start moving forward.

These skills and experiences can be taken back to the workplace and applied there, for the improvement of both the individual and the organisation. Just like in the workplace, when a team is working supportively together, the potential is unleashed in each individual in your team.

With the support of Suzuki NZ in the provision of modern and reliable DR-Z125 motorcycles, Encounter Success can take a group of ten participants for their team building days. A complete set of safety gear, tutorial and catering is provided, along with team building facilitation from the experienced staff.

After getting the bike’s power under control, changing gears to get more traction and learning how to take the corners effectively, it is getting your body into the strongest riding stance of ‘superposition’ that is needed to release the rider’s optimum potential.

There is a high goal set by Mary and her team and that is to get the participants who embark on the day flying high, yes you read that correctly, flying high. Holding a current world record distance jump herself, Mary knows the risks involved in this goal, but is very confident that with this one day encounter, she and her team can empower and teach participants to safely get both wheels off the ground.

“I can guarantee this will be a day of self-discovery and a great experience for you personally and your team” says Mary. “The day is finished off with prizes and shared memories of each other’s experiences and successes to strengthen the group’s connections.”

Comments from some of the attendees show that Mary and her team are doing exceptional work giving newbies the incredible experience of riding a dirt bike. “I was a bit scared of motorbikes in general, as I had zero previous experience but after today (my first day riding) I was riding fast (for me at least) through all the gears, and even jumping,” explained Jeremy. While Greg pushed the boundaries even further. “The day was amazing. From struggling to start a bike at the beginning of the day, to jumping a bike and flying high by the end. The staff are amazing and incredibly inspirational.”

The social events are more casual, offering a relaxed atmosphere for the group with added options, such as catering and even DJ’ing. These can be for anyone who gets a group together of people who want to have the adventure of riding Suzuki DRZ125 dirt bikes.

It is much like a go-karting session and provides the opportunity for some friendly competition of timed laps with full tutorials for learner riders to get everyone going safely.

These events are suitable for work places wanting a fun activity which allows them to form greater internal connections or for a bunch of mates wanting to celebrate an occasion.

In Business For Good

This purpose-driven initiative – trading under the Youth Encounter umbrella – is run as a ‘social enterprise’ business, which means that in addition to serving the corporate world in general, there is a significant element of empowering young people.

Youth Encounter is the only organisation in NZ using dirt bikes to deliver an exciting and engaging way to develop the potential of at-risk youth. Of course, safety is a paramount consideration for the organisation who’s coaches pride themselves on their professionalism and commitment to achieving the highest industry standards. In fact, the team is accredited with an OutdoorsMark certificate for this.

There are three locations around the North Island which Encounter Success can use, making the experience available to the greatest number of organisations. For further information visit the website www.encountersuccess.nz for more info or check them out on Facebook: www.facebook.com/EncounterSuccess

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