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INSIDE SECRETS OF BUILDING A MOTO-READY KTM 300XC TWO-STROKE RACER

You live and learn, one dollar at a time. By Jody Weisel The vast majority of my racing life has been spent on two-strokes, but I?m a realist. When the four-stroke revolution came along, I didn?t feel a need to fight it. I have said many times that, if I weren?t a motorcycle test rider, I would be racing a Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke. However, my lot in life is to race and test what’s put before me, and, increasingly, since the four-stroke revolution began in 1998 and went full complement in 2006, the bikes…

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 …

HOAX OR JOKE? 2012 AMA NATIONAL MOTOCROSS NUMBERS

By Jody Weisel This is the number that matters…and it isn’t permanent. Most of you haven’t been in the sport long enough to remember when AMA National numbers were based on how you finished the year before?instead of the current crackpot formula. I was opposed to changing the numbering system back in the day, but if there is one thing I have learned from dealing with the powers-that-be over the years, it is that the AMA and its alphabet cronies are the only people in the world who create problems and …