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WE RIDE YOSHIMURA’S FULL-RACE 2013 HONDA CRF450 TWIN-PIPER

Yoshimura’s 2013 Honda CRF450 bike test is significant for several reasons. Let us count the ways. (1) The 450 four-stroke with the most updates for 2013, the Honda CRF450 has received considerable attention from consumers and, in turn, aftermarket companies. A redesigned chassis, revised combustion chamber, Kayaba PSF air forks, six-spring clutch, twin mufflers and new bodywork have made ripples in the motocross industry. It’s no surprise that Yoshimura would focus on research and development for the 2…

WE RIDE JUSTIN BARCIA’S GEICO HONDA CRF250: AFTERALL, HE DOESN’T USE IT ANYMORE

The last 250 Nationals of 2012 marked the end of a chapter in motocross lore. Justin Barcia, the wild child known for his long blonde locks and aggressive riding style, moved up to the 450 class full-time following the outdoor series concluding moto. ?Bam Bam? fittingly won the last moto of his 250 career at Lake Elsinore. Moving to the Muscle Milk factory Honda team for 2013 and beyond, Justin had to leave the Geico Honda squadron behind. And, fortunately for us, he also left his Honda CRF250 race stee…

SHOCKING NEWS! KEVIN WINDHAM CALLS IT A CAREER… AND WHAT A CAREER IT WAS

We all hoped that it would last forever, but it never does for motocross heroes. The storied Monster Energy AMA Supercross racing career of GEICO Honda’s Kevin Windham has come to a close. Windham, 34, ended his 19-year pro career on Saturday night at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The veteran wrapped up his career with 19 wins, more than 200 Supercross starts (second on the career list), two Supercross Lites titles, and three runner-up Supercross points finishes. “I would love nothing more than to ride fore…

MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MID-WEEK REPORT (11/13/12)

By John Basher PHOTO OF THE WEEK     Daryl Ecklund does his best to move tectonic plates. Read below for more information on the 2013 TM 250MX. MINI-VIEW: MIKE LaROCCO     Mike LaRocco was my favorite rider when I first became interested in motocross. He was a bulldog on a bike, getting the worst starts possible and ripping through the pack. ?The Rock? wasn?t flashy by any means, and he was reserved off the track. Maybe that’s why I liked him so much. I?d stand in an autogr…