Sunday, December 13, 2009



One thing we pride ourselves on here at TRAIL ZONE is making sure we deliver an absolute feast of reading on trail, enduro and adventure bike riding in every new issue of the magazine. We will proudly hang our hat on the fact that the word count in each issue of TRAIL ZONE (that's the total number of words in all the stories in the entire issue) smokes our trail bike magazine opposition.

Now, that's all well and good and helps you blokes spend endless hours locked away in the smallest room of the house thoroughly enjoying yourselves -- until we make an editorial gaffe.

Truth be told, we make them all too often: such as getting a price wrong or contact email address or phone number all twisted up.

But then there are the times when we simply cock it up and get the facts wrong, such as happened in our latest magazine, TRAIL ZONE issue #27.

In the report on the KTM 250 EXC in this issue, we wrote Team KTM rider Johnny Aubert won this year's Maxxis World Enduro Series E2 championship aboard a 250 EXC two-stroke ... as if! 

As many readers have already emailed and told us, the fast Frenchman laid waste to the E2 class aboard a KTM 450 EXC thumper!

Obviously we'd been breathing in way too many premix fumes when we sat down to write that story, so apologies to all the crew at KTM and all our readers for what has to rate as our mightiest editorial blunder of the year.

And thanks to all our readers who have written in to tell us and keep us on our toes.

We'll be delivering a test ride review of the KTM 450 EXC in TRAIL ZONE issue #28, so rest assured we'll give the orange thumper the due credit it deserves. And in the meantime, don’t let our blunder demean the impressive performance of the 250 EXC two-stroke, in an era when two-stroke enduro bikes are becoming fewer and farther between. Long live the two-stroke enduro bike, we say!

And while we're at it, we have to apologise to John Staines from West Coast Trailbike Safaris, for referring to him as Scott Staines in the same article. Sorry, Staino! 

If you're looking for a mighty ride in the south-west corner of WA, then check out the web site and hook up with Staino and his crew for some primo riding that will fast put a smile on your dial!

-- Clubby,

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