Yamaha spent millions of dollars on the development of the most advanced two-stroke motocross bike in motocross history at the exact moment when two-stroke sales hit the dumpster
Every rider underestimated the power of the small but mighty engine. This is a racer’s bike. It doesn’t have much bottom end, but once it hits the midrange, it explodes with power.
The 2003 125 National Championship at Troy, Ohio, could have been an epic battle between Langston and Hughes, but It didn’t happen. Fate, in the form of a massive rainstorm, dealt a cruel blow to one of the two KTM racers.
For the record, the KTM 125SX has the best two-stroke engine in the class. It puts most Japanese bikes to shame on the dyno, in first turn drag races, and up hills.
We not only test it, but we tell you how to tune it for more power, better power and less or more hit. In five easy steps
Back in 2006, Suzuki was the only Japanese manufacture that was still making upgrades to their two-strokes
KTM's two-strokes get a series of very sensible updates, mods and fixes—making the "fun machine" even better
The anchor to KTM's stepping stone motorcycle philosophy starts with the two 50cc models, steps up to the six-speed 65SX and grows with the kid as he enters the 85 world
We have been waiting 17 years for a new Yamaha YZ85, and it is finally here! As for the YZ125 & YZ250, they are identical as the 2018 models, save for BNG
1999 was the first year the KTM 125SX two-stroke could compete on the racetrack with Japanese smokers
If you haven’t ridden a new-age 125cc two-stroke, you will be surprised. They have much broader powerbands than in the good old days. Plus, the Husky TC125 the clutch can take abuse without whimpering.
What was wrong with the 2000 KTM 250SX engine? Just about everything. It has a lazy powerband that begs for an odometer and route chart.
Ever had a perfect day? Back in 2004 Team Yamaha called to ask if MXA would like to ride Chad Reed’s Supercross-winning Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke. That's a day to remember
Depending how you feel this could be a How-To-Do-It story or a warning to avoid this addiction while you still have your sanity
Suzuki resurrected itself from the ashes of the rather mediocre 1998 engine in 1999. The ‘99 powerband starts down low, turns over with a light feel and snaps through a very solid low-to-midrange spread. In fact, it was a KX250 clone
We do know that there was one kid doing pretty well on a KX125 in the AMA 125 Nationals back in 2004, but his magic didn't translate into a lot of copycats with money
When Honda's aluminum frame was in its teething stages it was jaw breaker rigid. Looking back, was it the way to go?
We ride the bike that Ricky raced at the 1999 Motocross des Nations in England
You might think that the best bikes to aspire to ride are those of the factory stars. Wrong! The best bikes to ride are those owned by the factory stars’ mechanics
Everything you need to know about the 1999 Kawasaki KX125 — it's not 19 years too late if your old one is still in the garge
It is easy to look at the 2007 Suzuki RM125 and see a throwback to an ancient era. You don’t have to be an archeologist to catalog the relics: steel frame, revvy powerband and unchanged exterior
This is the raw sound of what a 2018 Yamaha YZ125 sounds like at full tilt at Glen Helen —without any big bikes in the way
No offense to Kawasaki, Suzuki and KTM, but their combined motocross bike sales didn't equal one-half of the numbers put up by Yamaha and Honda in 2004.
We give you the updates, the weight, the price, horsepower and tell you how to make it the best bike possible. Get your popcorn and sit down to watch this MXA exclusive video
Why Carson didn't use an KX250F aluminum frame or a 144cc kit, but did use Showa air forks and an Lectron carb
Make no mistake about it; motocross bikes are expendable, throw-away, obsolescence-prone machines—but we love this 12-year-old bike