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MXA TEAM TESTED: RENTHAL GEN2 DIRECT-FIT INTELLILEVER

WHAT IS IT? Renthal has refined their Intellilever design once again—this time by creating a clutch lever that fits directly to the OEM (stock) perch. It’s less expensive than their complete clutch perch and comes in a wide range of leverage ratios. WHAT’S IT COST? $89.95. CONTACT? www.renthal.com or (877) 736-8425. WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of […]

MXA WRENCH TECH: HOW TO REPLACE GRIPS WITH RENTHAL’S BRAD CAMERON

There are many homegrown methods of installing new grips, such as spray paint or electrical tape, but Renthal’s Brad Cameron recommends using grip glue. Brad says it is important to pair the proper grip glue with the right grips. Other brands of glue may react with the rubber compound in the Renthal grips and destroy the grip. TOOLS REQUIRED:                ? Hammer ? Safety wire ? Lint-free rag ? Side cutters ? Razor blade ? Con…

CHAD’S NEW LOOK! SEE AMERICA’S NEWEST TIRE SALESMAN AND HIS BLACK-FRAMED KX450F

If you are looking for sponsor logos on Chad’s green rig, you don’t have to look very hard. Even Chad’s Shift jersey only has the AMA, FIM and Discount Tire logos, while his helmet says Fox, Monster and Discount Tire. The black, no-name, goggle strap probably means that Chad was still waiting for a deal when this photo was shot. As for the bike, it has Factory Effex graphics, Renthal bars and sprockets, Dunlop tires, D.I.D rims, Hinson clutch, ARC levers and Pro Circuit exhaust and linkage Showa forks. …

MXA TEAM TESTED: RENTHAL GEN2 INTELLILEVER (11/28/13)

WHAT IS IT? The basic concept is the same as the original Intellilever, but everything else is different about Renthal’s new version of their folding clutch and brake levers. WHAT’S IT COST? $89.95 (brake); $164.95 to $179.95 (clutch). CONTACT? www.renthal.com or (877) 736-8425. WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with the Renthal Gen2 Intellilever. (1) Levers . Renthal trimmed the fat. The latest Intellilever is slimmer and lighter with a more ergonomic shape. They have a laser-etch…

GODSPEED! ANDREW CHARLES RENSHAW (1949 – 2013)

Andrew Renshaw. Renthal co-founder, Andrew Renshaw, passed away peacefully on October 27, after a long battle with Cancer. Together with his lifelong friend, Henry Rosenthal, Andrew established the company in 1969. The “Ren” from Renshaw and the “thal” from Rosenthal make up the world famous Renthal brand name, synonymous with the revolution of aluminum handlebars. Andrew was truly passionate about engineering, culminating in achieving Chartered Engineer status, after graduating from University. His nat…

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 BUILD THE ULTIMATE VET WEAPON: 2013 KAWASAKI KX450F

Would you be surprised if we told you that aside from the top-tier racers on the professional circuit, the most tricked-out bikes on the planet can be found on the starting line of the Over-40 and Over-50 Intermediate classes? It shouldn?t. These are the men who have the money to finance their dreams. Their kids have grown. Their jobs are stable. And their wives don?t care what they do anymore. Thus, it is the old guys who have the trick bikes, ?32 roadster hot rods and custom boats. As the saying goes,…

WE RIDE LANCE VINCENT’S MUNN RACING KTM 250SXF… SADLY BECAUSE LANCE HASN’T BEEN ABLE TO RACE MUCH THIS YEAR

It is often said that the only difference between funding a race team and throwing money in a bonfire is that you?ll actually stay warm if you burn the money. That comparison isn?t far off. Fielding a professional motocross race team is a money pit. There’s a gross misunderstanding about the expenses needed to even get to a single race. Motorcycles cost money, as do team personnel, parts, travel, transportation, fuel, food, and rider salaries. It doesn?t take a genius accountant to realize that funding …

INSIDE MXA’S WORKSHOP: BUILDING THE ULTIMATE 2012 KAWASAKI KX450F ? IF MONEY WAS NO PROBLEM WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

By John Basher 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, no limit and no rules. Test riders can 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 working out the bugs on the stockers…and for this one brief period they are rewarded with the bike of their dreams. Then, the 2013 bikes come pouring in and they …

WE RIDE WISECO’S FULL-RACE KAWASAKI KX450F

What is it about a project bike that makes the MXA wrecking crew drool like kids in a candy store? Maybe it’s the endless possibilities. Perhaps it’s the list of trick components that litter the bike. Maybe it’s the allure of testing one company’s vision of the perfect motocross weapon. Regardless of the reasoning, we?re always eager to sling a leg over a purpose-built project bike. In recent years, Wiseco has provided plenty of exhilaration for the MXA gang. Not only have they crafted race steeds for o…

WE RIDE DUBACH RACING DEVELOPMENT’S KTM 350SXF

You?ve probably heard so much about the 2011-12 KTM 350SXF that your mind is on overload. By some pundits, the KTM 350SXF has been heralded as the second coming, and the ballyhoo was accompanied by a successful race debut in the hands of 450 World Champion Antonio Cairoli. Historically, aftermarket hop-up companies don?t put KTMs on their ?must-do? lists when it comes to making project bikes. Not so after 2011. Every company immediately started working on KTM 350SXF parts, pieces and paraphernalia. Why?…

MXA TEAM TESTED: RENTHAL GEN2 INTELLILEVER (01/26/12)

WHAT IS IT? The basic concept is the same as the original Intellilever, but everything else is different about Renthal’s new version of their folding clutch and brake levers. WHAT’S IT COST? $89.95 (brake); $184.95 (clutch). CONTACT? www.renthal.com or (877) 736-8425. WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with the Renthal Gen2 Intellilever. (1) Levers. Renthal trimmed the fat. The latest Intellilever is slimmer and lighter with a more ergonomic shape. They have a laser-etched logo and …

2011 YAMAHA YZ250 MOTOCROSS TEST: THE BIKE WE’D ALL BE RIDING IF THE AMA DIDN’T FAVOR FOUR-STROKES

Q: FIRST AND FOREMOST, IS THE 2011 YAMAHA YZ250 BETTER THAN THE 2010 YZ250? A: No. Although the 2011 YZ250 did get a few changes over the previous year, most of those changes were made to make it possible for Yamaha to sell the same bike in France that they do in Virginia. In the past, there have been Euro-spec and American-spec models that differ in jetting, compression and sometimes spring rates. Q: WHAT DID YAMAHA CHANGE FOR 2011? A: There were three changes from the 2010 Yamaha YZ250: (1) Silencer. …

WE RIDE ANDREW?SHORT’S FACTORY KTM 350SXF

Perhaps no bike in recent history has engendered as much controversy, idle chatter and uninformed speculation as the KTM 350SXF . The mid-sized Open class bike is really not a rare bird when viewed across the spectrum of motocross history. Many of the iconic Open class bikes raced over the years have been way below the maximum displacement. Included in this list of diminutive race bikes are the 360cc and 370cc machines used to great effect by Roger DeCoster during his heyday, the 360 Huskys of the Swedi…