Motorcyclist - - Framed - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY RIEN WILLEMS

Ktm-mounted side­car mo­tocross rider Jä­nis Sedle­nieks and mon­key Girts In­dri­jaitis roost their way through the dirt in Stelpe, Latvia. Side­car mo­tocross re­quires an un­usual com­bi­na­tion of ath­leti­cism, team­work, and dar­ing that set it apart from mo­tocross rid­ing. The forces that al­low a side­car rig to slide and turn would just as soon send it flip­ping over in the dirt. An ac­tive coun­ter­bal­ance is needed, which means a side­car mon­key is never just along for the ride. Sim­i­larly, side­car mo­tocross ma­chines have evolved to be dis­tinct them­selves. Note the spe­cially de­vel­oped tube frame and the lead­ing-link front end. It’s un­usual, sure, but just like its sin­gle-rider sib­ling, side­car mo­tocross jumps are hairy and the on-track ac­tion is in­tense.

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