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2014 HUSABERGS: SEE THE LAST OF THE BREED… BECAUSE IN THE FUTURE WE WON’T HAVE HUSABERG TO KICK AROUND

Husaberg’s 2014 models are the result of 25 years of commitment, innovation, and passion for enduro sport. They also signify the final chapter in the companies celebrated history. As Husaberg’s state-of-the-art technology joins together with Husqvarna’s rich heritage, under the Husqvarna brand, the 2014 model range represents a unique opportunity to own a pure Husaberg for the very last time. Given that the majority of Husaberg parts are interchangeable with KTM parts?this bike will have a long life in …

MOTOCROSS ACTION’S TWO-STROKE VERSUS FOUR-STROKE SHOOTOUT: 2004 CRF450 VERSUS 2001 CR500

First, let’s get one myth out of the way up front. It is common for modern critics of the 450cc four-stroke to claim that the AMA 500cc National Championship was terminated because bikes like the CR500 and KX500 were too powerful. Not true. Not even close to true. The reality is that the AMA dropped the 500 National Championships after the 1993 season under political pressure from Suzuki and Yamaha. No surprise there; neither Suzuki nor Yamaha built a competitive 500cc motocross bike. In fact, Suzuki ha…

MOTOCROSS ACTION PRODUCT TEST: RACE TECH KTM TELESCOPIC COMPRESSION NEEDLE:

WHAT IS IT? Race Tech’s Telescopic Compression Needle is a performance modification for WP’s PDS shock (which comes stock on all KTMs). It is designed to provide a more progressive compression stroke. WHAT’S IT COST? $119.99 (needle), $79.99 (TSPS T-handle tool), $110.00 (labor). CONTACT? www.racetech.com or (951) 279-6655. WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with Race Tech’s Telescopic Compression Needle. (1) Idea. Race Tech feels that the standard compression needle in KTM’s WP sho…

WE RIDE THE SERVICE HONDA KX500AF (ACTUALLY WE HAVE CHUCK SUN RIDE IT):

By Chuck Sun From my personal motocross experience, big-bore 500cc two-strokes trigger deep emotions. First of all, a 500 championship was what all aspiring riders strove to achieve during my teenage years. And the 500 Nationals were the best place for a privateer to try to defeat the factory riders. Back in the day, when I entered the Trans-AMA International class on my 360 Husqvarna, I could earn more money by placing in the top 15 than by winning the 250 support class. A starving privateer could line…

WE RIDE SERVICE HONDA’S KX500AF TWO-STROKE:

   Imagine, for a minute, the perfect motocross bike. Let your mind wander to unfathomable, unrealistic ideas. Draw up a sketch of the machine on paper, and don?t forget the vivid details. Odds are you would want to construct a motocross bike with a light, narrow, compact chassis. Cradled in the frame would be a potent engine with plentiful horsepower, yet one that was smooth and easy to ride. Now imagine that this dream can become a reality, because that’s what the MXA wrecking crew thought l…

MXA RACE TEST: The New 2009 Husqvarna TC510; Suspension Settings, Jetting Specs, Likes & Dislikes, Plus Much More About The Big Husky 510 Engine

MXA RACE TEST: INSIDE THE 2009 HUSQVARNA TC510 There is a theory (that is more old wives? tale than fact) that the modern 450cc motocross bike makes more horsepower than anyone but AMA Pro-level racers can fully utilize. This isn?t true, for several very obvious reasons: (1) If you have ever turned the throttle wide open on your 450, then you know that you wanted more power. (2) No one says that you have to turn the throttle wide open; the power can be metered out. (3) When you ride a slow 450, you know…

2009 KTM 505XC: Suspension Settings, Jetting Specs, Likes & Dislikes, Plus Much More

INSIDE THE 2009 KTM 505XC TEST    You may be wondering why the MXA wrecking crew is testing an offroad bike instead of a motocross bike. The answer is simple: we absolutely love KTM’s big-bore 505 engine. In the past, KTM produced a 505SXF version for motocross racers. No more! Now the only way to get the big-bore 505 engine is to order the 2009 KTM 505XC-F. So, we ordered a 505XC-F and set out to turn it back into the 505SXF that we lusted after.    Amazingly, the transformation was…

2008 KTM Intro: Are You Ready For Electric Start Two-Strokes?

When KTM rider Cyril Despres recently won his third victory in the Red Bull Romaniacs Hard Enduro he became the first rider to win on the new 300 EXC-E (which is KTM’s new electric-start 300cc two-stroke). According to Despres, “As riders, we are always concerned about the bikes having any extra weight and I was a bit unsure before the race about the addition of the battery and the electronic starter for that reason. But I have to say it was very helpful in many situations and it is definitely an advant…