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2014 KTM FACTORY EDITION III: A WORKS BIKE THAT YOU CAN BUY FOR UNDER $10,000

This bike is based on the one that Roger DeCoster had the factory build for Ryan Dungey when he first came to KTM in 2012. It was such a success that each winter (for three years now), special editions of the bike that Dungey races have been released to the public (and also to Ryan Dungey). For 2014 the 450 SXF Factory Edition III will be raced by teammates Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen in the AMA Supercross and National series?plus by the Rockstar team of Davi Millsaps and Ivan Tedesco and the BTO team of…

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: IT’S NOT WHERE YOU ARE FROM, BUT WHERE YOU FINISH THAT COUNTS

Photos by Dan Alamangos, Chris Alamangos and Debbi Tamietti Broc Armbruster (215) and Dennis Stapleton (184) power through a major roost storm in the Pro class. Photo: Debbi Tamietti It seems cruel to be racing motocross on a bright sunny, 80 degree day, while the rest of the country is suffering through one of the coldest winters on record, but not so cruel that any of the REM Motocross racers would be willing to trade places with someone is Buffalo. And the forecast for next week’s Glen Helen weather …

MXA’S 2014 YAMAHA YZ450F MOTOCROSS TEST: WHEN YAMAHA FIRST WENT BACKWARDS THEY GOT IT BACKWARDS, BUT NOW THEY ARE STRAIGHTENING IT OUT

FIRST AND FOREMOST, IS THE 2014 YZ450F BETTER THAN THE 2013 YZ450F? A: Let’s be honest, James Stewart and his minions put the Yamaha YZ450F in a precarious position when he quit midseason last year (although it should be noted that Bubba won 8 AMA races on the backwards engine YZ450F before declaring it unfit). Bad word of mouth stalled YZ450F sales, but Yamaha insisted on waiting out their four-year production cycle before trying to fix the flaws?or perceived flaws. Yamaha can breathe again, because th…

MOTOCROSS ACTION’S THURSDAY THEATRE: THE WEEKLY MOTOCROSS VIDEO ROULETTE (12/25/13)

INTRODUCING THE 2014 HONDA MOTOCROSS TEAM: BARCIA AND CANARD ALIAS RIDERS WIL HAHN AND JAKE CANADA AT THE MILESTONE INVITATIONAL CHRISTMAS GEETINGS FROM THE GRAND PRIX RIDERS?HOW MANY DO YOU KNOW? IT WAS COOL WHEN TRAVIS DID IT A DECADE AGO AND IT’S STILL COOL NOW ROGER DECOSTER’S 1982 HONDA COMMERICAL JEREMY MCGRATH’S 1994 1-800-COLLECT COMMERCIAL MAKING WORK EASIER WITH AN OSET 20.0 ELECTRIC TRIALS BIKE 10 REALLY BIG JUMPS?FREESTYLE, SKIING, DIVING, TRAVIS& A MANIAC WITHOUT A PARACHUTE INDIAN TV A…

HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW RULES FOR 2014: AS WITH ALL AMA RULES, THEY HAVE A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF BEING ENFORCED

The rules are the rules. Quit laughing.The AMA goes to the trouble of writing new rules every year and you may think that these are just more rules that they won’t enforce, but you are wrong?the AMA always enforces every rule in the book against privateers and French riders. Here are the new rules for the 2014 Supercross season. SOUND RULES GO TO 112 DECIBELS: Sound levels in the 450SX and 250SX classes will be verified with the two-meter-max method. For 2014 through 2017 the maximum sound limit is set …

KEN DE DYCKER BREAKS WRIST, BUT HAS TIME TO RECOVER BEFORE THE GP’S START

Ken De Dycker.    Photo: S. Taglioni KTM Factory rider Ken De Dycker was injured in an accident on Saturday, December 21 at the Lommel circuit. The 29-year old Belgian rider sustained multiple fractures to his left wrist during what was essentially a recreational ride after hard training with the factory team in Italy. De Dycker had been training with the KTM team in Italy the weekend before, but returned to Belgium and was riding a KTM 250 enduro bike when he crashed into a stalled rider on t…

MXA TEAM TESTED: RENTHAL GEN2 INTELLILEVER (11/28/13)

WHAT IS IT? The basic concept is the same as the original Intellilever, but everything else is different about Renthal’s new version of their folding clutch and brake levers. WHAT’S IT COST? $89.95 (brake); $164.95 to $179.95 (clutch). CONTACT? www.renthal.com or (877) 736-8425. WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with the Renthal Gen2 Intellilever. (1) Levers . Renthal trimmed the fat. The latest Intellilever is slimmer and lighter with a more ergonomic shape. They have a laser-etch…

FIRST LOOK! THE ALL-NEW 2014 HONDA CRF125

The CRF125F replaces the CRF80F and shares the same seat height of 28.9 inches, while the CRF125F Big Wheel replaces the CRF100F and offers the same 30.9-inch seat height. The 2014 CRF125F, in both mini and big wheel models, will enter the Honda lineup to replace the CRF100F. The CRF125F not only features a larger engine capacity, but its air-cooled four-speed engine has been tuned specifically to give plenty of novice-friendly bottom-end torque. The addition of electric start also makes life easier for…

INSIDE THE HUSQVARNA MERGER: WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE ICONIC BRAND AND IT’S NEW OWNERS

KTM North America President Jon-Erik Burleson with Roger DeCoster. KTM’s Jon-Erik Burleson and Werner Kastenauer recently talked about KTM’s plans for the immediate future of Husqvarna in the in-house ?Husqvarna Motorcycle Journal? newsletter. Here is the what they said . It’s the question that has been on everyone’s lips after the sale of Husqvarna to Pierer Industry AG. We?re getting close to having answers to all the burning questions, but the first order of business ? and one Husqvarna and KTM are s…

HUSQVARNA & HUSABERG TO MERGE…OR IS THAT REUNITE?

KTM will merge Husqvarna and Husaberg into one brand…and Husaberg will go away as a marque. The new combined brand will be called Husqvarna Sportmotorcycles GmbH. Husaberg was a spinoff from Husqvarna 25 years ago when the Italians bought Husky and moved it to Italy. After Husqvarna left some former Husky employees started Husaberg. KTM bought Husaberg in 1995. Now that KTM’s CEO Stefan Pierer has bought Husky from BMW Motorrad the two formerly Swedish brands will be brought back under one umbrella. H…