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MXA’S WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP PRO CIRCUIT YAMAHA YZ125RV


On MXA’s 2020 Yamaha YZ125, we wanted a no-frills race bike. We only wanted to change the stuff that needed changing, work on the items that needed help and replace the parts that we knew could be better

MXA’S RYAN VILLOPOTO YAMAHA YZ125 TWO-STROKE REPLICA VIDEO


Mitch Payton gave us Ryan Villopoto’s engine specs and his special YZ125RV works pipe which is now available to buy

MXA’S ULTIMATE YAMAHA YZ125: SMUGGLED IN FROM AMSTERDAM


This is the engine package that Yamaha’s sponsored riders use in European EMX 125 and the Yamaha Cup 125 races. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Sadly, it’s not sold in America

ON THE RECORD: THE COMPLETE 2001 KAWASAKI KX125 TEST


The age-old struggle of power versus powerband

MXA RACE TEST: THE REAL TEST OF THE YCF BIGY 190MX ZE PIT BIKE


The YCF Bigy is 187.2cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke with 17/14 wheels and a seat height of 35 inches — best of all it retails for $2999 and comes with a warranty

MXA RETRO TEST: WE RIDE RYAN HUFFMAN’S 1998 PRIMAL IMPULSE SUZUKI RM125


Team Primal Impulse’s RM125 runs a factory cylinder, head, pipe, 2mm-longer rod, ignition and carburetor

ON THE RECORD: COMPLETE TEST OF THE 2005 HONDA CR125


The 2005 CR125 was much faster than the 2004 model. In fact, was competitive with the rest of the 125s. As for the 250Fs, let’s not get too greedy

ALL OF HONDA’S 2021 CRF BIKES: BELIEVE IT OR NOT THERE ARE 9 OF THEM


If you’re in the market for a 2021 dirt bike, Honda is ready, willing and able to sell you whatever you want

MXA’S FULLY BUILT TM 144MX TWO-STROKE VIDEO: IN-DEPTH BREAKDOWN


This TM 144MX has all of the goodies it needed to win the 125 World Two-Stroke Championship

MXA RACE TEST: THE REAL TEST OF THE 2020 YAMAHA YZ125X CROSS-COUNTRY


Yamaha dabbles in the off-road market with the YZ125X. It can be used for motocross or cross-country, but compromises had to be made for both

ON THE RECORD: COMPLETE TEST OF THE 2005 YAMAHA YZ125


One of the best production smokers made

ON THE RECORD: THE COMPLETE 1999 MXA 125 TWO-STROKE SHOOTOUT


Everything you need to know about the class of 1999 in under ten minutes — what exactly is a potpourri of mediocrity?

MXA RIDES TWISTED DEVELOPMENT’S 2005 HONDA CR125 (VIDEO)


Come on Honda, bring back two-strokes! We still love them

FIRST LOOK! 2021 KTM OFF-ROAD MODELS FROM FUEL-INJECTED TWO-STROKES TO STREET LEGAL OFF-ROADERS


KTM’s 2021 off-road line up offers a wide range of choices for the guy who wants to get away from it all

ON THE RECORD: COMPLETE TEST OF THE 1999 TM 125 MX


In 1997 Alessandro Puzar almost won the 125cc World Championship on a TM 125MX—this is the 1999 version

WE RIDE TWISTED DEVELOPMENT’S 2005 HONDA CR125


The well traveled history of a 2005 Honda CR125 & what’s planned for it next

MXA’S WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP TM 144MX PROJECT RACER


With the 2020 World Two-Stroke Championship getting closer, the MXA wrecking started looking for potential winners

MXA RETRO TEST: WE RIDE CARMICHAEL’S, HENRY’S & DOWD’S 1998 MX DES NATIONS BIKES


It was a brilliant concept based on a fairy tale idea. We lined up tests on the three works bikes that would win the 1998 Motocross des Nations. It was a stroke of genius—even though the fairy tale didn’t have a happy ending

MXA RACE TEST: THE REAL TEST OF THE 2020 TM 144MX TWO-STROKE


TM is a boutique builder, meaning it is a small Italian company that produces hand-made bikes in limited numbers — they are rare and ultra-trick

MXA RETRO TEST: WE RIDE RICKY CARMICHAEL’S 1998 SPLITFIRE KX125


The MXA wrecking crew wanted to know what kind of bike a hammerhead like RC really rides. What better way to find out than by riding his race bike?

MXA VIDEO: TESTING THE 2020 TM 144MX TWO-STROKE


Learn all about the updated TM 144MX in this video

FIRST LOOK! 2021 YAMAHA TWO- & FOUR-STROKE MOTOCROSS MODELS


The big focus for the Yamaha engineers was updating the 2021 Yamaha YZ250F— here are the changes they made to all their motocross bikes

FIRST LOOK! 2021 HUSQVARNA MOTOCROSS BIKES: TC50, TC65, TC85, TC125, TC250, FC250, FC350 & FC450


They looked great going one-two-three at the Salt lake City Supercross finale—they might look good with you on them too

FIRST LOOK! 2021 KTM MINI, TWO-STROKE AND FOUR-STROKE MOTOCROSS MODELS


From the smallest Pee-Wee, actually there are two them, to the 125, 150 and 250 two-strokes to the romping stomping SXF 250, 350, 450

FIRST LOOK! 2021 YAMAHA OFF-ROAD & TRAIL MODELS


We snuck in a bunch of other 2021 Yamaha models while we were at it. Check them out!

FIRST LOOK! 2021 SHERCO “FACTORY” OFF-ROAD TWO-STROKES & FOUR-STROKES


If they ever wanted to switch to making motocross bikes, they could build a powerhouse team of French riders

MXA RACE TEST: THE REAL TEST OF THE 2020 HUSQVARNA TC125 TWO-STROKE


It would be inaccurate to say that the Husky TC125 and KTM 125SX are identical, but no one will slap you upside the head for thinking it

ON THE RECORD: COMPLETE TEST OF THE 2001 HONDA CR125


One small step backwards and one giant leap forward

MXA RACE TEST: THE REAL TEST OF THE 2020 YAMAHA YZ125 TWO-STROKE


The 2020 Yamaha YZ125 a great all-around dirt bike in spite of Yamaha’s backwards priorities

FIRST LOOK! 2021 HUSQVARNA ENDURO MODELS—MOTOCROSS AND TX MODELS TO COME NEXT WEEK


There are five enduro-specific off-road bikes and two dual-sport bikes in Husky’s 2021 catalog—and that doesn’t count the TC and FC motocross bike or TX or FX cross-country racers

MXA RETRO TEST: WE RIDE THE LAST WORKS 125 TWO-STROKE


Brett Metcalfe’s Yamaha of Troy YZ125 was the last of the breed — and he was the last of the Mohicans

MXA VIDEO: WE RIDE BBR’S CUSTOM-BUILT HONDA CRF150F


When BBR gets done massaging the CRF150, iti becomes the most expensive Honda CRF150F four-stroke play bike ever built

MXA’S 125 HOT-ROD PROJECT BIKE SHOOTOUT: THE THREE BEST TUNERS KICK OUT THE JAMS


Jamie Ellis, Dean Dickenson & Mitch Payton put our KTM, Husky & Yamaha 125s on remedial speed therapy — with video and something called “words”

TWO-STROKE TEST: MAKING A 1995 HONDA CR125 BETTER THAN NEW


Once a new bike, then a forgotten relic, then a barn find and now we are are racing it

WE RIDE CARSON BROWN’S JMC HUSQVARNA 190cc PIT BIKE


“Since Mini Moto in Las Vegas has dried up, we no longer had a set of rules to keep the bikes small and slow, so it was time to let loose!”

MXA RETRO TEST: WE RIDE MICHAEL BYRNE’S 2003 HONDA CR125


We wanted to test Michael Byrne’s 2003 CR125 because it, along with the rest of the Factory Connection CR125s, is the only fast CR125 on the track

FIRST RIDE ON THE 2020 YAMAHA YZ125 TWO-STROKE: A TIMELESS WORK OF ART


Could we complain? Yes, but we’re not going to

MXA RETRO TEST: WE RIDE SCOTT SHEAK’S 2001 PLANO HONDA CR125


Sheak’s high-rpm flyer was perfect for his 125 National speed, but without his talent, it is a demanding bike to ride

MXA RETRO TEST: WE RIDE MIKE BROWN’S 2001 PRO CIRCUIT KAWASAKI KX125


The bike that Brownie raced to the 125 AMA Championship 19 years ago—and he’ll be racing at the World Vet this November

ON THE RECORD: 2004 125 TWO-STROKE SHOOTOUT


The MXA wrecking crew rounded up the five prime contenders and put them through their paces. Here is what we learned about the 2004 tiddlers

MXA RETRO TEST: WE RIDE GRANT LANGSTON’S AND RYAN HUGHES’ 2003 KTM 125SXs


The 2003 125 National Motocross Championship at Troy, Ohio, could have been an epic battle between Langston and Hughes, but It didn’t happen. Fate, in the form of a massive rainstorm, dealt a cruel blow to one of the two KTM racers.

MXA’S 2020 KTM 125SX VS. 2020 YAMAHA YZ125 UNSHOOTOUT


Well, actually a “real shootout,” but of two machines that don’t have an actual class to race in—yet are very popular

MXA VIDEO: TWISTED DEVELOPMENTS’ YZ125 FROM MXA’S HOPPED-UP 125 SHOOTOUT


The first of three special 125s that we built as a unique shootout that tested not only the basic machines, but the approach of different tuners

WE RIDE THE LAST FACTORY 125cc TWO-STROKE


We test Brett Metcalfe’s 2005 Yamaha of Troy YZ125 when it was the only smoker left on the track

MXA VIDEO: PRO CIRCUIT HUSQVARNA TC125 TWO-STROKE PROJECT BIKE


Get the details on MXA’s Pro Circuit build Husqvarna TC125 two-stroke project bike

FIRST LOOK: TM’S 2020 LINEUP OF TWO-STROKE, FOUR-STROKE, MINIS AND THE NEW FUEL-INJECTED 125 MOTORCYCLES


Always thought of as a boutique brand, TM is firing up the assembly line to double 85c, 100cc, 125cc, 144cc, 250cc, 300cc & 450cc production

ON THE RECORD: COMPLETE TEST OF THE 2006 TM 125MX TWO-STROKE


TM has been around for many years, and their claim to fame is that they are the only manufacturer offering a full-blown factory bike to the public

ON THE RECORD: COMPLETE TEST OF THE 2003 HONDA CR125


The most modern bike ever made with a vintage engine

SWORDS OF THE SENIOR CITIZENS: WEAPONS OF BRADSHAW, VILLOPOTO, TEDESCO & PASTRANA


The personal two-stroke race bikes of the stars of the past — they could race anything they wanted, but they prefer two-strokes

ON THE RECORD: COMPLETE TEST OF THE 1999 HONDA CR125 TWO-STROKE


When Honda’s aluminum frame was in its teething stages it was jaw breaker rigid. Looking back, was it the way to go?

MXA’S 2020 YAMAHA YZ125X FIRST RIDE VIDEO


We tell you what you need to know about the off-road tailored YZ125 two-stroke

2020 TM TWO-STROKES | NEW FUEL INJECTION MODELS


TM has entered the two-stroke fuel injection market on their enduro models

NEVER HEARD OF BRIAN MOREAU? BUD RACING’S ALUMINUM-FRAMED KX125 TWO-STROKE WILL REMIND YOU


A Kawasaki-backed Grand Prix team builds an awesome KX125 two-stroke, but with a blue twist

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2019 SMOKERS


Looking for a smoker? You came to the right place. This is MXA’s performance guide to the 2019 two-strokes (which in most cases means the 2020 two-stroke models also)

CARSON BROWN BUILDS A TRICK KAWASAKI KX125 TWO-STROKE


Why Carson didn’t use an KX250F aluminum frame or a 144cc kit, but did use Showa air forks and an Lectron carb

MXA VIDEO: MXA’S ULTRA-FAST, ULTRA-TRICK HUSQVARNA TC125 TWO-STROKE


Building a 125 two-stroke that is faster than most 250 four-strokes— and better sounding

THE LAST OF THE BREED: MXA’S FINAL HUSQVARNA TEST— 2013 CR125 TWO-STROKE


The Husqvarna story started in Sweden over 100 years ago, ended up in Italy, got bought by the Germans and then, in 2013, this is what MXA was left to test

FIRST LOOK! 2020 HONDA OFF-ROAD MODELS


We cover the complete Honda off-road lineup for 2020: CRF450RX, CRF450L, CRF250RX, CRF250F, CRF125F, CRF110F and CRF50F

FIRST LOOK! 2020 HUSQVARNA OFF-ROAD & DUAL SPORT MODEL RANGE


Check out the specifics on the 2020 Husky TE150i, TE250i, TE300i, FE350, FE350s, FE501 & FE501s

FIRST LOOK! 2020 YAMAHA YZ250, YZ125, YZ85, YZ65 TWO-STROKE MODELS


2020 Yamaha smokers!