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WE RIDE RIDE ENGINEERING’S SUZUKI RM-Z450

The most important thing you should have learned after reading last month’s ?MXA 450 Four-Stroke Shootout? is that there is no such thing as the ?every-man bike.? Though the Kawasaki KX450F took top honors, all the bikes in the field have their bright spots?and their peccadilloes. Take the 2013 Suzuki RM-Z450. An incredible-handling bike, it lacked in the key areas of suspension, braking and power output. Is it a loser? Absolutely not. However, it would take a generous amount of money to maximize the RM…

WE RIDE CYLINDER WORKS’ BIG-BORE HONDA CRF501

When it comes to building or rebuilding a Honda CRF450 , the MXA wrecking crew has several options. First, we could go with OEM-spec engine parts for a freshly rebuilt 450cc engine. This is the most common rebuild, and it breathes new life into a tired warhorse. Second, we could take the opportunity during the rebuild phase to add a little extra oomph to our CRF450 by going to a fairly straight-forward big-bore 470cc kit with a new cylinder, rings and piston. We could have done either of these things, b…

MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MID-WEEK REPORT (08/29/12)

By John Basher PHOTO OF THE WEEK     Austin Politelli gets buck-wild on the 2013 Honda CRF250 at Lake Elsinore. No, he didn?t crash. MXA ‘S AGENDA THIS WEEK Hi, Blake. We?re stealing your bike. Thanks! And your bike, too, Ricky!     The Nationals are winding down, but that really doesn?t have any effect on the MXA wrecking crew. Many of us will attend the Lake Elsinore National finale (that’s because there isn?t a race at REM that day), but then what? More testing, that’s w…

WE RIDE WISECO’S FULL-RACE KAWASAKI KX450F

What is it about a project bike that makes the MXA wrecking crew drool like kids in a candy store? Maybe it’s the endless possibilities. Perhaps it’s the list of trick components that litter the bike. Maybe it’s the allure of testing one company’s vision of the perfect motocross weapon. Regardless of the reasoning, we?re always eager to sling a leg over a purpose-built project bike. In recent years, Wiseco has provided plenty of exhilaration for the MXA gang. Not only have they crafted race steeds for o…