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Old 01-10-2013, 10:57 AM   #1
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Crossover between Motorcycles and Bicycles

The first motorcycles came from the bicycle industry. There's an interesting crossover between motorcycles and bicycles. I learned of a new one the other day. Mert Lawill - famous motorcycle racer who was part of "On Any Sunday" is in both the Motorcycle Hall of Fame and the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. His son is a pro mountain bike racer and former MX racer.

In addition here are a few others off the top of my head. John Tomac - Legendary BMX racer. His son is a pro Motocross racer. Professional motorcycle racers, the Bostrom brothers, also took time off and raced pro mountain bikes. Legendary motorcycle enduro racer Dick Burleson won age group nationals in Mountain biking. Lance armstrong rides a KTM 500EXC. Seems like most pro motorcycle racers, do a good bit of their training on bicycles these days. If you don't mind, let us know about other examples of crossover.

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Old 01-10-2013, 02:19 PM   #2
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Aaron Gwin, the most prolific American DH racer since the 90's came from a motocross background. He kills it on the World Cup circuit, 2011 and 2012 overall World Cup winner. He pretty much mopped the floors with his competitors those years, he is the first American to win the world cup overall and first man to place first in five races in a single season.

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Old 01-10-2013, 02:52 PM   #3
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Ben Spies- soon the be riding for the Ducati MotoGP team owns a pro (road) cycling team- Elbowz

http://elbowzracing.com/

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Mert designed what was then a cutting edge rear suspension frame that Fisher built in the early 90s.
He also had a leading link front end for mtbs.
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Mert designed what was then a cutting edge rear suspension frame that Fisher built in the early 90s.
He also had a leading link front end for mtbs.
Lawill is also seen on the Yeti's in the late 90's
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Horst Leitner and the Horst link rear suspension began with MOTO in the 80's. Still the best design out there for a MTB but your opinion may vary.
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Horst Leitner and the Horst link rear suspension began with MOTO in the 80's. Still the best design out there for a MTB but your opinion may vary.
Out of curiosity have you ridden a DW link bike? Yeah they don't have the service life of FSR but
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Out of curiosity have you ridden a DW link bike? Yeah they don't have the service life of FSR but
Have not yet... Heard good things about them though.
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Have not yet... Heard good things about them though.
Get on a Pivot when the come to Durango this summer for demos. There is something for everyone in their lineup.
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