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MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MID-WEEK REPORT BY JOHN BASHER (10/9/13)

PHOTO OF THE WEEK     Yes, that’s Chad Reed on an all-white bike. Yes, it’s a Kawasaki. MINI-VIEW: ZACK FREEBERG     For every Ryan Villopoto there are dozens of privateers that go unrecognized. It’s sad, actually. There are so many pivotal people that make up this great sport, yet so few get the credit that they deserve. Though a racer like Villopoto makes the rest of the 450 class look silly, there’s something to be said for the guy who makes the main event and fights to …

MXA’S 2013 450 FOUR-STROKE SHOOTOUT: SIX 2013 MOTOCROSS BIKES WALKED INTO MXA’S O.K. CORRAL, BUT ONLY ONE WALKED OUT (PLUS VIDEO)

The idea behind a shootout hasn?t changed much since the Earps and Clantons met at the O.K. Corral. The plot is always the same. The antagonists come face to face to settle a grudge, and the winner is determined by who draws the fastest, shoots the straightest and doesn?t succumb to nerves. Right or might isn?t as important as the technical skills required for gunplay. For the ?2013 Motocross Action 450 Shootout,? it is not a matter of who’s the fastest as much as who hits the target. A successful gunfi…

THE NEW MAG! WHAT YOU ARE MISSING IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE NEW “MOTOCROSS ACTION” YET

The 450 Shootout got the cover of the January 2013 issue, which is on sale now. Daryl Eklund, Dennis Stapleton and Lee Witt are the cover boys. The MXA test crew spent months racing, testing and living with these six Open class four-strokes. Yes, we could have done it in a day or two like everyone else, but it takes time to try different gearing, springs, maps and settings. Plus, we dyno, weigh and crash every bike we test. . You may have heard about the R&D Genius throttle body, but you have never …

MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MID-WEEK REPORT (10/10/12)

By John Basher PHOTO OF THE WEEK: PART 1     We love testing different motocross bikes. Every motorcycle offers something uniquely different. Having said that, getting to test Justin Barcia’s Geico Honda CRF250 was like waking up Christmas morning and getting the gift that you always dreamed about. Photo rider Daryl Ecklund was like a kid in the candy store last Thursday when he was able to take Bam Bam’s bike for a spin. And, as you can see, he felt quite comfortable on it. For motion fo…

MOTOCROSS ACTION’S 2010 MXA 450 SHOOTOUT: REAL TESTS THAT GO STRAIGHT TO THE CHASE

Let’s cut to the chase, which in Hollywood parlance means let’s skip ahead to the action-packed part of this horse opera. You don?t need to be the Amazing Kreskin to realize that motocross racers read shootouts for three reasons:          (1) Guide: To find out what the best bike is before they plunk down the filthy lucre they earned in the corporate sweat shop.    (2) Confirm: To confirm that the bike they already own is as good as they th…

MOTOCROSS ACTION’S 2010 KAWASAKI KX450F VS. KTM 450SXF SHOOTOUT

No offense to Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Husqvarna, but in last year’s 2009 450 Shootout, the Kawasaki KX450F and KTM 450SXF finished one-two . And, with a full year of R&D behind them, the MXA wrecking crew wanted to take the latest 2010 versions of the KX450F and 450SXF and shoot them out again. Don?t confuse MXA ‘s KX450F versus KTM 450SXF shootout with the full-blown, 2010 MXA 450 Shootout. This shootout only focuses on two of the highest-profile race bikes sold. We have raced these two bikes hea…