Monday 29 June 2015

Dirt Quake IV: Schedule & FAQ

Dirt Quake IV is nearly here. Below is a bunch of info for spectators and racers.
If you have any other questions, leave a comment or email us at dirt @

Dirt Quake FAQ..

Where does Dirt Quake IV take place?
Adrian Flux Arena (formerly Norfolk Arena), King’s Lynn, PE34 3AG

When is Dirt Quake?
Fun things are happening from 6pm on Friday 17 July, till midnight on Saturday 18 July, but the Dirt Quake Main Event is Saturday 3-7pm with more entertainment after. See the full schedule below.

How much is entry?
£15 in advance for two days. Friday night only £10. Saturday only £15. Under-12s free.
Buy a ticket here and avoid any queues (plus get a free Guy Martin sticker).

I bought a ticket in advance, where is it?
Advance tickets were sent out on 29 June. Any subsequent orders will be sent the next working day. Get tickets here.
Put your own wristband on to avoid queuing at the turnstiles.

Is there camping?
Yes, but it is run by a different organization. The campsite is a 100m walk from the track.
No fires.
No motorcycle riding on site.
Email all camping questions to

Are children and animals welcome into the track?
Yes, kids are more than welcome with a responsible adult. Animals must be kept on a lead.

Will there be food?
All onsite catering is taken care of by the track owners. We cannot arrange for any outside caterers. If you don’t like ‘track food’ consider bringing your own.

Can we bring beer into the track?
Beer is allowed on the campsite, no outside beer inside track area. There is a full bar at the track.

How much does it cost to go into the Ken Fox Wall of Death?
It’s free, thanks to Guy Martin’s Proper brand who have arranged for it to attend. There will be sessions on Friday night, Saturday day and Saturday night for people to watch this world famous show.

Can I go in the pits?
Only racers and one mechanic, with a wristband, per racer are allowed in the pits. We have so many racers in a small area that this rule has been made to keep the event running smoothly and as safely as possible.

Is there going to be kid’s bicycle race?
Yes, and it’s free to enter. Bring your own bike and helmet, gloves too if you’ve got them. 12s and under. One lap, for fun only. About 4.15 on Saturday.

What other entertainment is there?
After the DTRA racing on Friday night there is chance to go see the Ken Fox Wall of Death and listen to a great band, The Vitamins. We’ll have some daft games and DJs too.
On Saturday we have lots of non-racing fun on track, more Wall of Death, Vintage speedway, plus live music from The Dream Themes during the day and Davros and the Deep Space Deviants at night.
There will also be a mini-custom show and dealer booths from some Sideburn and related companies.

Will you be selling Dirt Quake merchandise?
Yes, T-shirts and other Sideburn merch.

Is there a cashpoint at the arena?

Can I get a photography pass?
Only with a commissioning letter from the editor of a magazine or newspaper. Photographers must show proof of public liability insurance if they want to enter non-public areas. There are plenty of opportunities to take memorable photos from the public areas, though.

What happens if it rains?
The racers get muddy, but the event still goes ahead. There are covered grandstands at both sides of the track.

Rider/ Racer FAQ

Can I enter to race?
You could, but all the entries are now full EXCEPT for the W&W Harley class. The only rule is, it has to be a Harley. Email us if you want to enter the Harley race - Dirt @

Can I enter on the day of the race?

Do I need a race licence?
Yes, but you can buy an MCF day licence for £10 on the morning of the race.

I've paid to enter the race, do I need a ticket too?
No, your name will be on the gate. 

Can I enter the DTRA races?
Yes, if you have a suitable bike. There are classes for Rookies on Saturday morning and Vintage bikes on Friday evening. Email

When do I check in?
Saturday morning at the sign-up station from 10.15-11.30am. Sign-on closes at 11.30.

What do I need to race?
Helmet (see regs below), eye protection (visor or goggles), gloves, trousers, long-sleeve top, over the ankle boots.
We highly recommend the best safety gear you can get your hands on: leathers, armour, back protector, full-face helmet… Motorcycle racing can be dangerous.

Helmet regs
We run Dirt Quake with the help of the MCF, a race organization to ensure everything is as safe as possible. They tell us helmets must comply with one of the following:

British Standards Institution BS 6658-A

British Standards Institution BS 6658-B

UN ECE Regulation 22 ECE 22-05

Snell Memorial Foundation Snell M2005 or M2010 (individual approval only) M2005

Can I fit a crown of pike nuts to my helmet for the race?
The MCF are adamant that any modification to a helmet structure immediately invalidates approval. Any helmet
 modified by the cutting, drilling or puncturing of the shell in any way subsequent to its leaving the
 manufacturer, will be rejected at inspection.
I have a waist length ponytail, is that a problem?
Competitors with long hair must have it contained within the helmet or clothing.

I’ve never raced before, is that a problem?
Absolutely not. Dirt Quake was invented for novices.

Is there a bike safety inspection?
Yes. We need to make sure you are not going to injure someone else with your bike. We are checking that:
·      Mag wheels with big gaps in them are covered up. This is to stop limbs going through them. Cut plastic or fibre board and zip tie in place.
·      Levers must have a ball end or be taped
·      Footrests must fold or be taped
·      Chain must be covered at the point it joins the front sprocket
·      Glass lights must be taped.
·      Bikes should be in a general safe condition (pay attention to wheel bearings, loose parts, sharp things)

When is practice?
See schedule below.

How do I practice?
Every rider gets one session of practice, four laps in length. The car park and campsite are not for practicing. Save it for the track.

What is the race format?
One practice session, two heat races and a final. Everyone gets a final (if their bike is still in one piece). All sessions are four laps in length.

Environmental issues
·      No smoking in the pits
·      Please be respectful of the staduim and pick up your litter.
·      Practice takes place on the track and not in the car park.

PLEASE NOTE: The schedule and listed attractions are liable to change without any prior warning.

Midday: Campsite opens
18:00 Turnstiles open
18.30 DTRA racing starts. Classes for the evening are: Pro, Restricted and vintage.
21.45 DTRA racing ends
22.00-00.00 The Vitamins, Wall of Death and DJs

10.15-11.30 Dirt Quake riders sign-on
12:15 Riders meeting
12.30 Dirt Quake practice
14:00 Turnstiles open
15:00 Dirt Quake Main Event Opening Ceremony
+ Vintage speedway
+ Wall of Death Shows
+ Motorcycle tug of love
+ The Dream Themes
+ more!
18:00 Dirt Quake Finals
19:00 Awards presentation
19.30 Wall of Death, Band, DJs
00.00 Bar closes


15:00 Campsite closes

Perris Practice by Biltwell

A crew from Biltwell came along and made a little film about the Perris practice in the post below. G

Perris Friendly

Thanks to Julian of Deus LA for organising a private soiree at Perris, for the usual suspects plus some new faces, as a warm-up to DQ USA II. BP
GI on Julian's Triumph
Rusty Butcher's Sportster
Troy Critchlow and his lady
Deus Andie, Jason, Chopper Dave
All colours and creeds welcome
Stacie Bultaco tune up
her Bultaco 250 Sherpa as featured in SB#15
Minibike muscle - read more about them in them in our current issue #21
Andrew Honda XL350 street tracker - behaving very well on German Heidenau K34 tyres (same as Dimitri Coste's BSA C15)
Smiling Jen
Even more smiling Jen

Sunday 28 June 2015

Malle Mile

The Malle Mile looks like it could be quite a spectacle. After the most hectic few weeks in Sideburn history we can't make it, double-booked, but get along and support this new event if you can. G

Bubble Gum Pink is the New Matte Black

Jason McCann's Speed Merchant'd Sportster at Perris. BP

Saturday 27 June 2015

Thrive 005

Radical street scrambler from Thrive Motorcycles, Jakarta, Indonesia.. Looks like a late-'80s official concept bike, if it were powder blue with a yellow seat. And that's a good thing.

The project was one of our most ambitious. Designed and built for very special friend. We've been friends for a couple of years and from that we could say he is one of the most curious graphic designer we know. 

The bike was designed over dozens of questions in his head, he is a kind of person who always wondered how to put ideas and function at the same place. It always intrigue us when we meet people who have visions and dreams, their vibes always inspire us to build something that’s not only good but also meaningful.

The discussions directing us into the ideas about two things that always cross each other, related with dualism in our life. It’s about the multiplication when two things intersected with each other. Like the good and the bad or the black and white. We always wonder what kind of spirit that live between them, we believe there must be more than only neutral circumstances. We believe if the grey area is more mysterious than you could ever think, it could be really bad and smartly good at the same time. This thought pushes us to develop a motorcycle that can be perfectly use when facing the road in a bad condition but still have her own beauty and sleekness nature from the owner’s thought. 

So we started it by creating the whole new sub frame for this little 2008 Yamaha Scorpio to achieve a clean looks under the seat and maximazing the horizontal grid. We picked an aluminum plate for the whole body panel needs in purpose to reducing the weight in a thick material plate. The engine was in a good condition when she came to our front door, but then a few parts got new replacements, and renewed the gaskets after we put it on a vapor blasting treatment to add some contrast and more value to the bike itself before the coloring phase begin. Then we added a PE 28 Carburetor so now she can breathe more fresh air and we covered the custom made stainless steel exhaust with a black exhaust wrap.

To ensure more control, we use a fatbar handlebar completed with the custom clucth and brake lever, custom dashboard with a light indicators and GPS mounting, custom light switch and start button, ended with the custom bar-end turn signal to keep a clean look on bar area. In front suspension, we used a set of Honda’s upside down forks, but we had to modified the triple trees and steering column to make it fit perfectly on a Yamaha’s chassis. For the rear, we used a Yamaha’s swingarm pair it with Showa Monoshock Suspension on a custom made unitrack system. 

For her shoes we used a pair of 18” spoke rims wrapped with Kenda’s Trial Tread Tyre and controlled by a pair of new disc brake system on a aftermarket trial hubs. We modified the original footstep by adding some detail to enhace the grips and pairing it with the chrome shifter and brake control. Then we add a custom-made skid-plate to cover the engine from dirts and rocks while she goes travelling around. There only two main colors on this bike, Gun Metal Grey on top of brushed metal finish at the aluminum panel, and black for the rest of the bike. We used three different black powder coat texture. 
As we know, maybe we can not win everything but proving and experimenting what we believe is always good for us. The ideas itself will make the output naturally stand out among others in todays attention-seeking-trend. The serene sight will deceive people from the basic purpose of the bike, and that’s what we think about this project.

Friday 26 June 2015

Brat Style Chout

Stopped by Brat Style's year-old shop in Long Beach, LA, on our American whistle-stop trip. It was great to finally meet Go and Masumi in person.
He was cooly busy with finishing this Indian "Chout" for this weekend's Born-Free 7 show in Silverado, CA. We did a feature on his Tokyo shop in Sideburn #18. BP
Go's daily-ride R60/6 BM'

Thursday 25 June 2015

Andy DiBrino on Dirt Quake USA

AMA Supersport road racer and some-time dirt tracker, Andy DiBrino presents his thoughts on Dirt Quake USA. It pretty much sums up what we think... G

Wednesday 24 June 2015

Hanni El Khatib

Touring the UK right now. G

Tuesday 23 June 2015

Sideburn T-shirts

Here are the Neave twins, two of the fastest flat trackers in Europe, wearing Sideburn T-shirts.

The black one is the Bultaco Astro tech drawing design and is only available for subscribers who sign up to the great 8-issue Sideburn sub deal.
Choose to start with the current issue, 21 or the next one, 22. Remember to choose the correct size shirt.

The blue one is our back issue offer T-shirt and is just £15 (plus post) including a back issue of your choice. Just choose the size and magazine you want from the long dropdown menu.

Photo: Richard Baybutt

Monday 22 June 2015

Dirt Quake USA: Thanks everyone!

Dirt Quake USA is over and, some how, everyone survived.
There aren't many race events where people feel safer on the track, but it got properly crazy at times. Not 'wearing a funny hat' crazy, 'police cars and ambulances at 2.30am' crazy.

See photos and videos here #dqusa

Massive thanks to See See Motorcycles for making it happen and all our sponsors, especially Harley-Davidson. H-D arranged for some great hooligan racers to come up from So. Cal and beyond, including The Rusty Butcher crew, Helder form Roland Sands, the Suicide Machine Co boys and a big Speed Merchant gang.

We had a lot of great supporters:

Icon One Thousand
Moto Factory PDX
Red Clouds Collective
W&W Cycles
Stump Town Coffee
Hop Valley Brewing
Kamp Grizzly
Big thanks to everyone who came out and either raced or spectated, too. There were a lot of good people who'll be talking about Dirt Quake for quite a while.

The high quality event poster is available directly from

Next up is Dirt Quake IV in the UK. The race classes are all sold out, but we have camping and plenty of room for spectators, so make come along and try make the UK event as memorable as the USA (but no police cars, please). G

Sunday 21 June 2015

Saturday 20 June 2015

Sideburn stickers

Our classic rub-on stickers are back in stock. Go to

Friday 19 June 2015


Schedule of events

Regular Castle Rock Practice
7-9pm $25.00 plus gate.

12-5pm Swap meet. (free with gate fee)
Castle Rock Short Track Racing.
3:00pm - Sign up
5:30pm - 6:30Practice
7:00pm - Racing Starts
DQ Parade laps

Dirt Quake Pre-party
Directly following racing
Live music, Beverages, Party!

Dirt Quake USA.
8am - Coffee Cart Opens
8.30-10.30am - sign-ups
11:30am-  Riders’ meeting
12:00pm -  Practice starts
1:00pm 2:00pm - Halftime event
2:00pm 5:00pm - DQ Racing  

Times subject to change. All Dirt Quake riders must pre-enter. Sunday 250 pro, 450 pro, can sign up day of.
For Questions see below.

Dirt Quake FAQ..

Q: Where is Castle Rock race track
A: Located at Castle Rock Fairgrounds. Exit 49 off I-5
Address: 120 Fair Lane , Castle Rock. Washington

Q: When is Dirt Quake?
A: Swap meet and campout start Saturday june 20th at 12:00 noon. Regular races are Saturday night starting at 7:00pm, Dirt Quake racing starts 12:00 noon Sunday June 21st.

Q: How Much is it?
A: $10 to watch.

Q: How much to camp?
A: Free with gate fee.

Q: How do you sign up? and How much? $75, includes goodie bag.

Q: Are kids and animals welcome?
A: Yes, kids are more than welcome. Kid Friendly Event. Animals on leash only. Loose animals are dangerous when mixed with racing and motorbikes.

Q: will there be food?
A: Snack shack will be open Saturday night. Sunday there is a general store ½ mile away. They serve sandwiches and burgers.

Q: Can we bring food, beverages in?
A: You can bring food and drinks to the camp lot. No outside food inside track gates. (sorry) BBQs are fine.

Q: Can we bring beer in?
A: Beer is allowed in camp lot, no outside beer inside track area.

Q: Can I bring a camper van, trailer tent?
A: Yes, big grass lot allows space for vehicles of any size.

Q: Can I make a campfire?
A: Yes, but needs to be inside a metal case.

Q: Where can I watch the event?
A: Grandstands are open seating.

Q: Can I go in the pits?
A: Yes, I believe so. Be respectful of racers and their gear.

Q: When does the event start?
A: The Dirt Quake practice starts on Sunday at 12:00 noon, but there is a swap meet on Saturday and flat track racing on Saturday evening, followed by live music.

Q: Can I go in and out of gated area?
A: Yes with proper payment you are granted in and out access. Please keep on bracelet.

Q: Swap meet?
A: Saturday from 12. noon-5pm

Q: How much is the swap?
A: $10 which covers spectating for the races to follow. (all people going in and out of track area must pay the $10.

Rider/ Racer FAQ
Q: How much is it to race?
A: $75 dollar's pre- registration. Every entry comes with a goodie bag of stuff.

Q: What classes can bikes sign up for?
A: Dirt tracker, Inappropriate road bike, chopper, women, Kitchen sink (for everything else), 250 and 450.

Q: How do I know what class to sign up for?
A: Email a picture of your bike to . We will help you figure it out.

Q: Can you sign up the day of the race?
A: No.

Q: Do you need a licence?
A: Nope, come race!

Q: When do I check in?
A: Sunday morning at the sign up station from 8.30-10.30am.

Q: What do I need to race?
A: Helmet, eye protection (visor or goggles). gloves, Pants, long sleeve top, over the ankle boots.
We highly recommend the best safety gear, leathers, armour, back protector, full-face helmet,  you can get your hands on. Motorcycle racing can be dangerous.

Q: Is there a safety inspection?
A: No, Make sure your bike is safe, leaks are sealed up. If we see you on the track with an unsafe bike we will Black Flag you, which means you must safely pull off track. If you are unsure ask an experienced rider to look over your bike.

Q: What time is the rider meeting?
A: 11.30, before practice starts, all riders must attend.

Q: When is practice?
A: see schedule

Q: How do I practice?
A: You will get two practice tickets allowing you on the track for four laps each try. Practice order will be posted on schedule. Have respect for other racers in practice and race situations. No one cares where you finish, but everyone has work the next day.

Q: How will the races go:
A: One heat race to determine your grid position. One main event.

Q: How many trophies are there? and when is the ceremony?
A: Each class gets 1st, 2nd,  3rd. We are shooting for 5:30, listen for announcements.