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MXA’S 2006 TM125MX DIRT BIKE TEST

TM, the Italian bike manufacturer, has been around for many years, and their claim to fame (as far as a marketing strategy goes) is that they are the only manufacturer offering a full-blown factory bike to the public
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WE BUILD AN L.A. SLEEVE YAMAHA YZ270:

If you own a 2006 to 2010 Yamaha YZ250, consider yourself lucky. You have one of the best motocross bikes ever made. It weighs less than a comparable four-stroke, costs less to repair and produces more horsepower per cc. And most…
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WE RIDE CHAD REED’S WORKS YAMAHA YZ450F

GETTING A CHANCE TO TEST RIDE A WORKS BIKE, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE AMA RACING SEASON, WOULD BE LIKE FERRARI LETTING YOU TAKE MICHAEL SCHUMACHER'S FERRARI DOWN TO THE STORE FOR A QUART OF MILK ON THE EVE OF THE GRAND PRIX OF MONACO.…
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WE RIDE PRO-CIRCUIT’S RC REPLICA RM-Z450

THANKS TO THE AMA PRODUCTION RULE, AS FEEBLY ENFORCED AS IT IS, MOST FACTORY RACE BIKES ARE FINELY TUNED VERSIONS OF SHOWROOM STOCKERS. What's the difference between a works bike and a stock bike? Cubic dollars. Big…
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WE RIDE PIONEER’S BIG-BORE SUZUKI RM-Z475

NAMED AFTER THE EMBARRASSINGLY SHALLOW MTV SHOW, WHERE CELEBRITIES SHOW OFF THEIR HOMES, SHOES, CARS AND SPAS, THE "CRIBS EFFECT" HAS SPREAD THROUGHOUT EVERY SOCIAL STRATA OF AMERICAN SOCIETY. Pssst! Wanna know a secret?…
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WE RIDE MB1/TOKYO MODS HONDA CRF450

Einstein's theory: Tokyo Mods' engine formula is simple. Make the most power and make it right now. AS PART OF THE MXA FAITHFUL, YOU NO DOUBT REMEMBER THAT WE TESTED BOTH A STAND-ALONE MB1/TOKYO MODS HONDA CRF250 AND A CRF450 IN OUR…
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WE RIDE DR. D’S HONDA CRF450

Bullet train: MXA's melding of Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki specialists produced a Honda CRF450 that is untouchable. You better be ready before you pull the trigger. HISTORICALLY, FACTORY RIDERS MAKE BAD TEST RIDERS FOR ANYONE BUT…
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2006 YAMAHA YZ250F TEST

As much as a giant, monolithic, multinational corporation can be, Yamaha is a rebel. As a rule of thumb, Yamaha always takes the road less traveled. Need proof? How about the first single-shock motocross bike (Monoshock)? First Brake…
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MXA’S 2006 KTM 450SXF TEST

Have you heard of Maico? Bultaco? BSA? Ossa? Montesa? CZ? Rickman? Sure you have, but they're only discussed when the subject of defunct European motorcycle brands is brought up. KTM was a contemporary of those dear departed brands, yet it…
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MXA’S 2006 KTM 250SX DIRT BIKE TEST

KTM was the smallest of the Big Five. It didn't have the massive output in scooters, golf carts, power equipment, automobile engines, oil tankers, airplanes and motocross bikes of Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki. But small isn't…
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