Why Every Kid Should Ride A Dirt Bike

We always promote keeping kids on dirt bikes over here at Keefer Inc. and we got this essay from Jason Fichera in our email inbox that we thought was an awesome read. Take the time and have your kids read this and hopefully we can get more kids like Jason out there on dirt bikes. -KK

Jason Fichera

Professor Nava

Honors: Calculus Analytical Geometry

Jason doing what he loves the most. Ride his dirt bike.

Jason doing what he loves the most. Ride his dirt bike.

Every Kid Should Ride a Dirtbike

          I believe that every kid should ride a dirt bike. It doesn’t have to be much. I started on a tiny, 10 inch-wheeled Honda CRF50F. I was about two years old when I got it, and I slapped the number 22 on my bike, trying to emulate motocross legend Chad Reed. Since then, I have been looking forward to every weekend when I would get to ride. Throughout my life, I have heard an incredible amount of denunciation of dirtbike riding. I have been called a hooligan, a gang member, and a straight up idiot, not to mention having to see the perplexed and disapproving faces of so many of my friends’ parents when they find out that I dance with the devil—a dirt bike. I can’t even manage to ride more than ten minutes in the 200 acre abandoned farm down the dirt road from my house before I see a police car. It’s really not as bad as it sounds. Throughout my early childhood, all my friends thought it was the coolest thing ever, and the occasional blurry 3”x5” picture of me on my tiny dirt bike would have the entire first, second, or third grade class gathering around in envy.

I’m not saying that every kid should ride a dirtbike for the glory of being the source of your peers’ jealousy, but as a particularly evil child at times, it was a happy coincidence. I mentioned the negativity I have encountered from anti-fun, bubble-blowing parents and organizations, but there is also a decent amount of people whose positivity makes it all worth it. For those who know the feeling, the same immense grin stretches across their faces, and for this reason I believe that every kid should ride a dirtbike. Nowadays I ride a Yamaha YZ450F, and my racing number is 44, the perfect number derived from the three riders who I have always looked up to the most: Adam Cianciarulo, Ricky Carmichael and Chad Reed.

It has been fifteen years since I started riding dirt bikes, so to reflect on my entire life through a simple hobby might seem peculiar to some, but not for a dirt bike rider. Throughout my years of riding and racing dirtbikes, I have learned that every riding technique parallels a good tip for a successful life away from the track or trails. For example, getting a good start in both a motocross race or in life after high school will generally improve your likelihood for a good finish. Being patient and efficient will help you ride and steer through life in a safely and proficiently. Looking fifty feet ahead rather than at your (metaphorical and literal) front fender will help you navigate obstacles and bumps, both in the dirt and throughout life. All in all, riding dirt bikes have kept me out of trouble, helped me learn meaningful lessons and above all, given me unwavering happiness. For these reasons, I believe that every kid should ride a dirt bike.

2019 Husqvarna FC450 Rockstar Edition Unveiled

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Husqvarna Motorcycles is proud to launch the FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION model year 2019, a thrilling production model that forms the basis of the bikes to be used by Rockstar Energy HusqvarnaFactory Racing’s AMA Supercross Champions Jason Anderson and Zach Osborne throughout the 2019 season.

Collecting feedback from the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team and their championship-winning riders, Husqvarna Motorcycles engineers have combined this competition data with extensive testing and development to introduce a list of key upgrades. The new FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION features the latest in engine and chassis developments, ensuring this state-of-the-art machine offers unrivalled on-track performance.

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This second edition of the FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION continues to pay tribute to a highly successful collaboration between Husqvarna Motorcycles and their global partner Rockstar Energy Drink. Produced in limited numbers, the latest FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION will be available in early 2019.


At the leading edge of motocross development, Husqvarna Motorcycles introduce a series of considered upgrades to the FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION. With the distinctive bodywork receiving new graphics, the end result clearly showcases thedirection of Husqvarna Motorcycles’ pioneeringdevelopment.

Replicating the advanced engine technology used by the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team in their championship-winning machines, the FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION model year 2019 features a new CP forged box-in-box piston and a new PANKL conrod. Providing reduced friction, the new piston and conrod ensure the SOHC engine continues to offer the highest level of performance and reliability available in the market today.

The new FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION machinefeatures FMF Racing’s Factory 4.1 RCT silencer.The new exhaust system has a blue anodized titanium body and a carbon end cap. In addition, it offers a shorter overall length that makes it less susceptible to damage. Moving the silencer closer to the engine also aids mass centralization.

Made from high-grade aluminum, the all-new CNC- machined triple clamps feature optimally tuned steering stem stiffness as well as perfect alignment of the fork tubes for highly responsive and smooth fork action. Maximum gains in handling are provided by easy offset adjustment between 20 or 22 mm.

The list of upgrades is completed with a new set of anodized D.I.D DirtStar rims and anodized machined hubs. Offering maximum weight savings, this premium-quality combination ensures maximum strength and reduced weight. Tailored to the needs of every aspiring motocross racer, the new FC 450 ROCKSTAR EDITION features a carbon fiber reinforced engine protector and a mechanical holeshot device as standard.

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