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MXA MOTOCROSS RACE TEST: 2018 KAWASAKI KX250F

With four-year production cycles the Kawasaki KX250F was not due for an update until 2020, but Kawasaki's engineers took the initiative to make some big changes to the 2018 KX250F

MXA MOTOCROSS RACE TEST: 2018 KTM 350SXF

The best professional practice rider or Vet bike made. The perfect bike for riders looking for a 250 with more power or a 450 with less (although not a whole lot less).

MXA MOTOCROSS RACE TEST: 2018 YAMAHA YZ450F

If we were looking for a phrase to accurately describe the 2018 YZ450F powerband, we would use “filled in.” The 2018 engine doesn’t have the 2017’s dead spot at 6000 rpm. The result is one long usable powerband. Every Yamaha YZ450F owner will love the improved power delivery.

MXA MOTOCROSS RACE TEST: 2018 HUSQVARNA FC450

Not Swedish, but Sweetish. Powerful, but soulful. Brutish, but gentle. The Husqvarna FC450 is like no other 450 — even though it is like the KTM 450SXF (although different enough to warrant a close look).

ON RECORD: MAKITA TOOLS’ 2004 SUZUKI RM250

Everything a smoker should be wrapped up in a 2004 Suzuki RM250 (with lots of facts on how to build your own). The engine was great, but was only half the fun of racing the RM250. As important as good power is feel. Nothing turns as sharp.