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MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MID-WEEK REPORT BY DARYL ECKLUND (10/30/13)

PHOTO OF THE WEEK We won’t blame you for making two-stroke noises upon viewing this photo of Daryl Ecklund ripping on the 2014 Yamaha YZ125. Photo by John Basher. RICKY CARMICHAEL’S EMOTIONAL HALL OF FAME SPEECH MY THOUGHTS ON THE GOAT: RICKY CARMICHAEL 15 Championships, 150 career wins and two perfect outdoor national seasons, all by the ripe age of 28. Most people at this age are just getting their career started, where the GOAT, Ricky Carmichael already retired from professional racing. RC had his up…

HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW MXA? TWIN-PIPE CRF450 EXHAUST SHOOTOUT, WE BUILD A KTM 365SXF, EVERY 250F ON THE DYNO & MUCH MORE

The March 2013 issue of MXA is in the mail and on the shelves right now. Since you are looking at this on the MXA website, you probably understand that the internet can never go into the depth on bike tests, tech articles or interviews as the magazine can. To get the whole story, you need the paper edition. We tested the twice-pipes for the 2013 Honda CRF450 from FMF, DR.D. Pro Circuit and Yoshimura. Not only did we weigh them, sound test them, dyno them, race them and do back-to-back tests with a Novic…

MXA TEAM TESTED: DR.D YZ450F ENGINE RELOCATION KIT

  WHAT IS IT? DR.D’s YZ450F kit moves the 2010?2012 YZ450F engine forward 2.5mm. WHAT’S IT COST? $149.95. CONTACT? www.dubachracing.com or (800) 382-2241. WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with DR.D’s YZ450F engine relocation kit. (1) The problem. The MXA wrecking crew does not subscribe to the idea that there is something drastically wrong with the YZ450F chassis. Most of the YZ-F badmouthing is a result of James Stewart’s numerous crashes while at JGR?but Bubba’s crashes are…

INSIDE MXA’S WORKSHOP: BUILDING THE ULTIMATE 2012 YAMAHA YZ450F – THIS IS THE MOST RELIABLE MOTOCROSS BIKE MADE

By Dennis Stapleton I spend most of my time switching bikes. When I’m testing I get to ride every new bike and when I’m racing, normally in some foreign country, I ride the bike the promoter provides me. I don’t spend a lot of time on one specific brand of bike. When I was newbie MXA test rider I always marveled at how the old-school MXA test riders could get off one bike and on another one, without as much as moving the bars or changing the levers. I, on the other hand, couldn’t ride if everything wasn…

MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MID-WEEK REPORT: (02/23/12)

By John Minert COLE SEELY GETS THE GIG AT TEAM HONDA Cole Seely will replace Trey Canard at Team Honda. To find out who will repalce Chad Reed?read below. Press release: Team Honda Muscle Milk announces today that current Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda Supercross Lites rider Cole Seely will fill in for injured Team Honda Muscle Milk rider Trey Canard at select Supercross races beginning with the coming Atlanta round next weekend. Seely started the 2012 Lites West title chase with a bang, scoring a win…

WE RIDE DUBACH RACING DEVELOPMENT’S KTM 350SXF

You?ve probably heard so much about the 2011-12 KTM 350SXF that your mind is on overload. By some pundits, the KTM 350SXF has been heralded as the second coming, and the ballyhoo was accompanied by a successful race debut in the hands of 450 World Champion Antonio Cairoli. Historically, aftermarket hop-up companies don?t put KTMs on their ?must-do? lists when it comes to making project bikes. Not so after 2011. Every company immediately started working on KTM 350SXF parts, pieces and paraphernalia. Why?…

MXA PERFORMANCE GUIDE TO THE 2011 YAMAHA YZ450F

The MXA wrecking isn?t totally bummed out when a manufacturer doesn?t make any changes to his new model release. As much as we like totally new bikes, we aren?t big fans of totally new problems.  A bike that stays the same is a known quantity. The factory may not have made any changes, but the MXA wrecking crew can easily fall back on its play book from the year before and bring the bike up to snuff. Even better, we are a year smarter. And so it is with the 2011 Yamaha YZ450F. For the uninformed, t…

MXA PERFORMANCE GUIDE TO THE 2011 KTM 450SXF

The MXA test crew spends months racing every test bike in our stable. We don?t just spin a couple laps, we try to find out every possible detail about every bike we test?and we race them to ensure that they are pushed to the limit. As cruel as it may sound, we go all out to find the flaws in every bike, and then we fix them. So, if you own a 2011 KTM 450SXF , take a close look at MXA ‘s comprehensive performance guide. We break down all the areas where we applied tender loving care. MXA ‘s performance g…