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MXA’S 2014 COBRA CX65 MOTOCROSS TEST: THE DOMINANT PEE-WEE BUILDER STEPS UP TO THE 65 CLASS IN A BIG WAY

FIRST AND FOREMOST, WHY IS MXA TESTING A MINICYCLE? A: Why wouldn?t we? While it’s true that the major manufacturers? minicycles have changed so little over the last 10 years that they don?t deserve to be tested, that doesn?t apply to a progressive manufacturer like Cobra. American-owned Cobra has been in business for 20 years and made a name for itself in the 50cc market. Recently, they have ramped up their efforts in the 65cc class. On paper, the Cobra CX65 is incredible. It is loaded with aftermarket…

MXA’S 2013 KTM 65SXS MOTOCROSS TEST: LOOKING FOR A LOOPHOLE IN THE 65 RULES? HERE IT IS

FIRST AND FOREMOST, WHAT EXACTLY IS AN ‘SXS?? A: KTM’s SXS program essentially takes advantage of a loophole in the AMA Amateur rulebook, which reads, under Section 1.2, article A, part B, ?For a minicycle to be homologated, the manufacturer must apply to the AMA, register the machine’s specifications, provide photographs, an OEM parts list and provide that up to 100 identical machines of the same year and model are available for sale to the general public through a distributor network.? KTM’s SXS progr…

2013 KTM MOTOCROSS BIKES: 50SX, 65SX, 85SX, 125/150SX, 250SX, 350SXF & 450SXF

2013 KTM 125/150SX Benefiting mostly from the plastic, chassis and running gear changes (shared among every model), the 125SX and 150SX do not get any engine mods for 2013. 2013 KTM 250SX The 2013 two-strokes get U.S. spec suspension settings, including the shorter shock lengths for the first time. Additionally, the 250SX get stiffer fork springs, DDS (Damped Diaphragm Steel) clutch, Moto Tassinari VForce4 reed block and all-orange plastic. The two-strokes do not get the stiffer head tube reinforcing or…

2009 KTMs

What’s new on the 2009 KTM 450SXF? First and foremost, the 2009 450SXF almost got a five-speed transmission, but at the last second KTM decided to stay with the four speed box. The black anodized triple clamps feature 18mm or 20mm adjustable offset to hold the 48mm WP forks. As for the forks, they offer new bottoming cones, revised valving, less unsprung weight and improvised flex characteristics. Thankfully, all full-size KTM race bikes will come with white number plate backgrounds that are large enoug…

SUZUKI REVEALS COMPLETE 2006 LINEUP

2006 SUZUKI RM-Z450 The RM-Z450’s entry into the world of 4-stroke motocross has met with great success. The RM-Z has established itself as the 4-stroke machine that handles like a nimble RM, but with the type of strong, tractable 4-stroke power that all riders appreciate. The RM-Z450 engine is based around an over-square bore x stroke design, with liquid-cooling, four titanium valves per cylinder and double overhead billet cams. Suzuki innovations include the Suzuki Advanced Sump System (SASS), which p…

SEE THE 2006 KAWASAKIS. GUESS WHICH ONE IS MISSING?

Today is the day to be a happy Kawasaki owner. Not only does Kawasaki release info on their complete 2006 line-up they do so in style with two almost completely brand new models. There is a bit of sad news for all you two-stroke holdouts though, Kawasaki in a move that will surely be followed […]