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MXA’S 2013 TM MX 450FI-ES MOTOCROSS TEST: THIS ITALIAN 450 IS THE RAREST PRODUCTION BIKE SOLD IN THE USA

FIRST AND FOREMOST, WHAT IS A TM MX 450FI-ES? A: Don?t you ever wish we could return to the good old days when bikes had names like Elsinore, Cyclone, Super Rat and Green Streak? They were descriptive and didn?t require a college degree in advanced acronym deciphering. The TM MX 450FI-ES is a tough nut to crack. First, the ?TM? stands for Thomas and Mirko. If you think those are the names of the two men who started the company, you are wrong. If they used their first names, the bike would be called the …

MXA TEST! TM MX450FI MOTOCROSS TEST: A BIKE THAT RIVALS THE BIG FIVE IN PERFORMANCE AND QUALITY

You don’t see TM’s tooling around most local tracks. It is rare, exotic, jewel-like and as close to a works bike as any production bike can get. Q: FIRST AND FOREMOST, WHAT IS A TM? A:  TM is an Italian boutique brand that was started back in 1977 when two friends, with disparate skill sets, joined forces to build a motocross bike. One of the two, Claudio Flenghi, was an engine expert who worked for Motobi and Benelli before becoming a power to be reckoned with in the karting circle. The other, Fra…

MXA’S 2012 HONDA CRF450 MOTOCROSS TEST: THEY HIRED NEW TEST RIDERS FOR 2012

Q: FIRST AND FOREMOST, IS THE 2012 CRF450 BETTER THAN THE 2011 CRF450? A: Yes. As the two bikes sit on the showroom floor, the 2012 model has three features that make it a better all-around motocross machine.  Q: WHAT ARE THE THREE CHANGES THAT HONDA MADE TO THE 2012 CRF450? A: Before we talk about the three major changes for 2012, let’s rehash all the changes that Honda has made to the new-generation CRF450 since its introduction in 2009. (1) Maps . The 2010 CRF450 got a new program that produced …