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MXA’S 2014 KTM 150SX MOTOCROSS TEST: THIS BIKE IS DESIGNED TO BE RIDDEN BY A SPECIAL KIND OF RIDER

Q: FIRST AND FOREMOST, IS THE 2014 KTM 150SX BETTER THAN THE 2013 KTM 150SX? A: The easy answer is no. Most of the changes that KTM made to the 2014 150SX either didn?t bring about significant improvement or were pushes at best. Q: WHAT CHANGES DID KTM MAKE TO THE 2014 150SX ENGINE? A: There were only three changes to the 150 powerplant for 2014. (1) Jetting. After years of on-the-edge jetting, KTM fiddled with the brass one more time. (2) Black box. The ignition mapping has less advance off the bottom …

ANOTHER INDUSTRY SHOCKER! YAMAHA BUYS 34% OF KAYABA AND MOVES IT TO INDIA

Yamaha has acquired 33.4 per cent stake in Kayaba (KYB). According to industry sources this transaction involves moving the majority of the KYB’s operations to India. The India move will lower costs for Kayaba and also lower the costs for Yamaha’s OEM suspension purchases. As part of the collaborative Yamaha/KYB operation, KYB’s goal is to use its company in India to manufacture and sell products that are cost competitive. In July 2013, KYB plans to have its company in India issue stock for sale to Yama…

TEN THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SUSPENSION SERVICE

(1) As hard as it may be to believe, profit was one of the primary motivators in the design of your bike’s suspension. The manufacturers don?t want your bike to have the best suspension. They want it to have the best suspension they can afford. When saving a buck filters down to shock and fork hydraulics, it means less-than-optimal suspension fluid and over-engineered components. But, if your bike has adequate suspension, it will perform at the status quo level for a full season. (2) Suspension hop-up s…