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MXA’s 2013 TM 144MX TWO-STROKE MOTOCROSS TEST: A RARE PRODUCTION BIKE THAT HAS THE CACHET OF ITALIAN EXOTICA

FIRST AND FOREMOST, IS THE 2013 TM 144MX BETTER THAN THE 2012 TM 144MX? A: Yes, in some ways, but in other ways, no. That might sound contradictory, but then again, so is the TM.   Q: WHAT CHANGES DID TM MAKE TO THE 144MX FOR 2013? A: The 2013 144cc, two-stroke engine gets a new carb manifold, reed-block location, air boot, air-filter cage, piston, power valve, HGS pipe/silencer and new crankshaft bearings. The TM 144MX and 125MX come with 48mm Kayaba forks, TM rear shocks, new brake calipers, shor…

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’S TWO-STROKE MOTOCROSS SHOOTOUT! TM 250MX VERSUS TM 300MX – ITALIAN EXOTICA IN TWO DISTINCT FLAVORS

Q: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A 250MX AND A 300MX? A: Since the TM 250MX and 300MX did not have any identifying marks telling which bike was which, it was impossible to tell them apart. Often we would send a test rider out to try a new fork settings on the 250MX only to watch they climb on the 300MX and take off. The advantage of testing two bikes from the same manufacturer is that they share the same suspension, frame geometry, shock linkages, brakes, wheels, engine cases, carb and overall design. S…

FIRST LOOK! 2013 TM MOTOCROSS BIKES… FOUR-STROKES & TWO-STROKES

TM 85MX / 100MX JUNIOR ? $6450 (85) / $6500 (100) This is an all-new, aluminum-framed minicycle for 2013. TM 125MX / 144MX TWO-STROKE? $8100 The 2013 144cc two-stroke engine gets a new carb manifold, reed block location, airboot, air filter cage, piston, crankshaft bearings, power valve and HGS pipe/silencer. The TM 125MX and 144MX come with 48mm Kayaba forks, TM rear shock, new brake calipers, new colors, shorter swingarm and reshaped seat. TM 250MX-FI FOUR-STROKE ? $9650 The TM 250cc four-stroke engin…

MXA’S 2012 TM MX250-2T MOTOCROSS TEST: THERE IS NO TWO-STROKE MOVEMENT; THIS BIKE DOESN’T EXIST; IGNORE THE MAN BEHIND THE SCREEN

Q: WHO IS TM AND WHAT IS A BOUTIQUE BUILDER? A: Italy-based TM is a boutique motorcycle builder. Boutique companies are small, intense and passionate manufacturers that build with their hearts instead of their pocket books. Sometimes, boutique builders grow up to become major manufacturers, but most often they stay small and build products to address the demands of their unique audiences. TM started in 1977 when engine designer Claudio Flenghi and racer Francesco Battistelli quit their Italian motorcycl…