HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW MXA: THE MARCH ISSUE IS SMOKIN’ HOT
Not only do we ride Cooper Webb’s KTM 300SX two-stroke works bike, but we do a midsize shootout between the KTM 350SXF, TM 300FI-MX & Husky FC350. Wait, there’s more. We also do a Yamaha YZ125 versus KTM 125 UnShootout, build a project Honda CRF450, tell you how to fix your 2020YZ450F, go testing in South Carolina and go back a decade to ride the bike Justin Brayton raced when he was on the JGR Yamaha team.
It’s called an “Unshootout” because with the exception of special two-stroke-only races, the 2020 YZ125 and KTM 125SX don’t really have a place to race, but they do have an important place in the sport. The MXA wrecking crew breaks them down.
The Red Bull KTM Factory team built a one-off, full-race, works-equipped, 2020 KTM 250SXtwo-stroke for two purposes; (1) To give Cooper Webb a bike to race at the two-stroke-only Straight Rhythm race and (2) for MXA to test. Guess what happened after the day we rode it—it was stripped down and all the good stuff was taken off.
Oh yeah, we forgot to mention that KTM turned Cooper Webb’s 250SX into a 300SX. MXA’s only request was that mechanic Carlos Rivera take Webb’s Supercross suspension off and put Cooper’s outdoor suspension on.
In the March 2020 issue MXA did a comparison test between the 2020 KTM 350SXF, 2020 Husqvarna FC350 and the 2020 TM300FI-MX. It was a two middleweights versus one welterweight shootout. Read it to find out how each bike fared.
MXA sent Josh Mosiman to South Carolina to wheely over tree stumps, ride up vertical banks and race down tight single-track on Yamaha’s all-new 202 YZ125X and YZ250FX. He didn’t want to go, but once he got there he didn’t want to stop riding.
If you are among those that think all you have to do to change the clutch basket on your bike is to buy it and bolt it on, you have a lot to learn. We fill you in on the missing pieces of your clutch basket know-how.
Two-time 125 National Champion Steve Lamson raced to fame and glory for Team Honda? What’s this? Is that Steve Lamson on a Suzuki? You bet. Way before Steve’s Honda titles in 1995 and 1996, Steve raced in yellow for DGY in 1990.
(Left) What could be simpler than a gas cap? You’ll be amazed. (Right) Leatt isn’t just a neck brace company anymore. They are a protection company.
(Left) Five things you need to know about your 2020 YZ450F. (Right) The road to motocross jobs has lots of avenues as Austen Paden, Scott Steffy and Donny Emler Jr. prove.
(Left) Have you ever ridden with a Rekluse auto-clutch. We give you an automatic clutch primer. (Right) Before Jeremy McGrath was a household name he was an MXA test rider (and on the cover of the March 1990 issue).
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