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MXA’S 2014 YAMAHA YZ250F MOTOCROSS TEST: EVERYBODY LOVES AN UNDERDOG AND IF YOU DON’T LOVE IT – GET USED TO FOLLOWING IT

Gusto: Throttle response is remarkable on the 2014 YZ250F. The throttle felt connected to the rear wheel.  FIRST AND FOREMOST, IS THE 2014 YAMAHA YZ250F BETTER THAN THE 2013 YZ250F? A: Yes! The MXA wrecking crew has been waiting quite a few years to applaud Yamaha for unveiling an all-new YZ250F. Though this bike comes several years after we began voicing the need for Yamaha to up the ante?and Yamaha admitted that they were late to the game. The 2014 YZ250F is changed in every conceivable way. It’s…

MXA’S 2014 KAWASAKI KX250F MOTOCROSS TEST: SOMETIMES YOU LOVE SOMETHING IN SPITE OF ITS FLAWS

Q: FIRST AND FOREMOST, IS THE 2014 KAWASAKI KX250F BETTER THAN THE 2013 KX250F? A: Yes, but only marginally so. The 2013 Kawasaki KX250F was a world beater, garnering the top pick in MXA’s illustrious 250 Four-Stroke Shootout. Kawasaki opted to scale back R&D funding for 2014, but that’s not such a bad thing. Last year’s model was head and shoulders above the competition. Hitting the pause button isn’t detrimental to the KX250F, because it’s already a solid bike. Q: WHAT SIGNIFICANT CHANGES WERE MAD…

MXA’S 2013 250 FOUR-STROKE SHOOTOUT: WE AREN’T TELLING YOU WHAT TO BUY? JUST WHAT WE WOULD BUY (PLUS VIDEO)

It has been a long and winding road, fraught with peril and surprises around every corner. But, the MXA wrecking crew managed to get through testing the 2013 250 four-strokes with nary a scratch. As for our six bikes, they took the brunt of our countless hours on tracks around the United States. It was all in the name of finding out the good, the bad and the ugly of each bike. What’s so unique about our 2013 shootout? You might have noticed that Husqvarna has joined the party. We welcome the Italians an…

WE RIDE CYLINDER WORKS’ BIG-BORE KAWASAKI KX269F

It’s easy to think that Cylinder Works is pandering to cheaters with their line of big-bore engine kits. There is no doubt that cheaters are drawn to what Cylinder Works has to offer, but, in truth, most big-bore engine kits go to riders who are not bound by displacement rules (Vets, play riders and offroad racers). However, there could be just a hint of pandering to cheaters in that you can?t tell a 269cc Cylinder Works cylinder from a stock-bore OEM cylinder. (They even put the same casting numbers on…

MXA’S 2013 SUZUKI RM-Z250 MOTOCROSS TEST: A GOOD SOLID 2013 RACE BIKE?LOOKING OR THE RIGHT KIND OF RIDER

FIRST AND FOREMOST, IS THE 2013 RM-Z250 BETTER THAN THE 2012 RM-Z250? A: To be precise, a better question would be ?Is the 2013 RM-Z250 better than the 2011 RM-Z250.? Why? Suzuki didn?t make any major changes to the RM-Z250 in 2012. Aside from a fuel-pump assembly material update, shorter breather hose, new graphics and a red stripe extending the length of the seat cover, the bike was untouched. Perhaps you?ll recall that the 2012 Suzuki RM-Z250 finished second place in MXA’s 250 four-stroke shootout. T…

MXA’S 2013 YAMAHA YZ250F MOTOCROSS TEST: THE MOST MODERNIZED VINTAGE BIKE ON THE MARKET TODAY

IS THE 2013 YZ250F BETTER THAN THE 2012 YZ250F? A: No! Is it worse? No. The 2013 Yamaha YZ250F is the same bike as last year, aside from the graphics, black handlebars and a white rear fender. It is, much like Dolly the sheep, a clone of the 2012 model. Q: HOW MANY CHANGES WERE MADE TO THE 2013 YAMAHA YZ250F? A: Didn?t you read the answer to the previous question? We weren?t joking. The 2013 Yamaha YZ250F has BNG (Bold New Graphics), black handlebars and a white rear fender instead of blue. Cosmetic upd…

MXA’S 2013 KAWASAKI KX250F MOTOCROSS TEST: THE ONE WITH DUAL-FUEL

FIRST AND FOREMOST, IS THE 2013 KX250F BETTER THAN THE 2012 KAWASAKI KX250F? A: Yes! Last year the KX250F romped the competition in the MXA 250 four-stroke shootout. To say that the 2013 model is superior doesn?t bode well for other manufacturers. Q: WHAT SIGNIFICANT CHANGES WERE MADE TO THE 2013 KAWASAKI KX250F? A: Before we answer that question, we?re compelled to discuss the major updates that Kawasaki’s engineers implemented on the KX250F in the past several years. 2011 model:   (1) The KX250F …