The CRF250 engine is so one-dimensional that it gives up all the good stuff for a top end that isn’t good enough.
For this MXA First Ride video we hopped a leg over the all-new 2018 KTM 85SX two-stroke. This bike features WP AER 43mm air forks, no tools air box, hydraulic clutch and many of the similar parts you will see across the KTM line up
This 2018 250 Shootout is for people in a hurry, home schooled racers will have to wait for the picture book shootout
The gun-and-run style of power, with its need to shift on the bubble, was awesome for skilled two-stroke racers. It was just a little too high maintenance for the less skilled, but there are cheap cures
Get in line, not just to buy one, but to get the R&D department to make the changes you want for 2019. There is a pecking order and Roger DeCoster is at the top
The MXA wrecking crew rounded up the five prime contenders and put them through their paces. Here is what we learned about the 2004 tiddlers
For this First Ride video of the 2018 Yamaha YZ65, we get our MXA mini test rider on the all-new mini ripper to give you a first impression of the bike
Remember those long shootouts that you scanned briefly before getting distracted by the dog? Well, here is the quick, easy and complete 2018 450 shootout in bite-size format
Honda made five changes to the 2004 CR250 engine. They needed to make changes as the YZ, RM and KTM barked right by it. Unfortunately, Honda didn’t try hard enough
For the 2018 MTA Two-Stroke World Championships we built up our 2018 KTM 250SX two-stroke for the race
We test Brett Metcalfe’s 2005 Yamaha of Troy YZ125 when it was the only smoker left on the track
TM does not have a four-year production cycle like the Japanese manufacturers. The company makes changes when it feels they are needed. For 2018, big changes were made to the TM MX125.
It refines it and defines it. It fixes glitches and scratches itches. It is a homologation buster and a trophy hustler
In 2004 the king of the 250 two-stroke class was against the Yamaha YZ250 and the Suzuki RM250. We give you a test that compares the two bikes competing for the throne
There is always an exception to every AMA rule. That exception is the KTM Factory Edition. Under AMA rules, no one can race a bike unless 400 bikes are offered for sale. KTM offers them
Willy Musgrave’s flashback story about returning to his two-stroke roots
Fair warning to yahoos! That there is Tiddly-Winks in your near future
The FMF single made more horsepower, revved through the power faster, got to the meat of the powerband quicker and made the Honda CRF450 easier to ride
A classic case of deja zoom. Five years ago the RM-Z250 was second in the “MXA 250 Four-Stroke Shootout.” What happened in the last five model years?
The 14,000 rpm bike that only asks you to do one thing to get the most out of it—scream it to the max
This bike has nostalgia written all over it. It should be sitting in a museum with a sign that says, “Do not sit on it.” Luckily, Ryan let MXA get it dirty.
Yes, we know that its the same bike in white plastic, but do you know how different it really is
When Yamaha enhanced the midrange back in 2017, the power reminded us of one of our favorite engines, the 2016 Kawasaki KX250F. It has personality. Call it spunk.
It was 13 years ago when the “L” designated the RM85 as a big wheel, but that was easily recognizable by the larger wheels and increased ground clearance.
From 1997 to 1999, the KX250 was the Bike of the Year. Unfortunately, from 2000 on, the KX250 took a back seat to its competition
These are the best 125 two-stokes from the glory days of 1980 to present day. Does your smoker take the crown?
The CR125 engine in comparison to the KTM 125SX was four horsepower off. At 10,500 rpm there was more than a seven horsepower deficit. What did Honda do about it? Nothing.
We have been called “Honda Action,” “Yamaha Action” and, most recently, “KTM Action, but we are “Motocross Action.” All that matters to us is finding the best race bike.
More than you want to know, unless you want to know how the 2018 450s really rate
The complexity of the job demands a hodgepodge of Honda parts from various CRs and CRFs for the rest of the bike. On paper, the 2008 Service Honda CR500AF may look like Frankenstein’s bike, but on the stand it looks like it was meant to be.
The fact that Broc Glover won the 1985 AMA 500 Championship on this bike was testament to his talent
MXA took a 2008 KTM XC300 and made it into an electric start two-stroke motocross bike with a few simple changes
We tell you how to build a tricked out 2014 KTM 125SX 2-stroke
Yamaha unveiled an all-new YZ65 youth motocross bike at the San Diego Supercross. It features an all-new engine, chassis, suspension, bodywork and more
We take a Yamaha YZ250 2-stroke, fix its flaws to make it one great machine. We made it more powerful, handle better and stop sooner
In 2006, Kawasaki stopped importing the KX125 and, for 2008, the RM125 and CR125 bit the dust. But that doesn’t mean that MXA can’t keep them alive
James Stewart made easy work of the 125 class in the 2004 Nationals on his tried-and-true KX125. If he could, why couldn’t we on a Pro Circuit RM125?
If you are clamoring to get your hands on the rarest and most desirable production motocross bikes made, watch this
It injects gas, oil and fun, but most all is runs cleaner, sips gasoline, never needs jetting, makes real horsepower and is the future of all two-strokes.
The 2005 KTM 250SX was a handful to ride. It was fast, but as we all know the WP PDS rear suspension was only good if you knew its secrets