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INSIDE MXA’S WORKSHOP: BUILDING THE ULTIMATE 2012 HONDA CRF450 ? IT IS LIGHT TO BEGIN WITH, NOW YOU JUST HAVE TO MAKE IT RIGHT

By John Minert After all of the 2012 bike test and shootouts are done, every MXA test rider is allowed to build his dream bike. There is no budget, not limit and no rules. It is a reward for spending almost a year riding what the test riders were assigned, and often racing a different bike between motos. For this test, test riders were free to choose the bike they want, the parts they want, the suspension they want and go-for-broke. They have spent all year testing products, riding works bikes and worki…

MXA TEAM TESTED: MOTION PRO RIM SHIELD

WHAT IS IT? Motion Pro rim shields are designed to protect your expensive rims from the gashes of tire irons when mounting new sneakers. WHAT’S IT COST? $9.99 (pair). CONTACT? www.motionpro.com or your local dealer. WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with Motion Pro’s rim shield (1) Necessity. Tire irons are forged steel, and they can really do a number on the softer material of aluminum rims?especially black anodized rims. Motion Pro rim shields are hard plastic covers that wrap co…

TWO-STROKE TEST: 2012 KTM 150SX IS ALL ABOUT HAVING FUN ON A DIRT BIKE

Q: IS THE KTM 150SX STILL THE ONLY KTM TIDDLER SOLD IN THE USA? A: No, the KTM 125SX motocross bike is back for 2012. Three years ago, KTM made the 125SX obsolete by introducing an identical motocross bike with more power?the 144SX. After a quick glance at sales figures for the 144SX versus the 125SX, KTM decided to shelve the 125SX and only import the 144SX, which would later morph into the 150SX. For 2012, KTM decided that the market for a true 125cc two-stroke was big enough to put it back into the l…