MWR | 2018 450 SHOOTOUT SEASON IS HERE
TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT: TRACTION MX’S RETRO SUZUKI RM250
“I still remember when the 1992 Suzuki RM250 hit the showroom floors. I just turned 8 years old and this was the coolest looking bike I had ever seem. Kids like wild crazy designs with flare. That description doesn’t usually make the cut when it comes to a production motorcycle.
Why? Well, because I know a lot of you reading this are thinking how ugly this bike is, just like back in 1992. Cheetah print was at one time cool, but I think the look on the 1992 RM250 was before its time. After seeing this bike all I wanted was a Suzuki RM80. Somehow, someway, my parents scrapped up the cash and got me one for my next birthday. I bled yellow until I was fast enough to break the fast yet brittle RM80s.”–Daryl Ecklund
Editors Note: Please keep those submissions coming. If you would like your bike to be featured in the “Two-Stroke Spotlight,” please email me at [email protected]. All I ask is that you give a breakdown of your bike and a detailed description of the build. Please also send a few photos of your steed. By submitting your bike for the “Two-Stroke Spotlight,” you agree to release all ownership rights to the images and copy to MXA. Please don’t email me spam or try selling me Taylor Swift concert tickets or email me spam. Happy submitting your smoker.
WORKS CONNECTION ACCEPTING RIDER RESUMES FOR 2018
Works Connection is now accepting new rider and currently sponsored rider resumes for the 2018 season. Works Connection’s Rider Support Program is in its 28th year and is actively looking for riders to be a part the program. Support levels range from Beginner up through the National level. The program is open to riders of all disciplines including, but not limited to, Motocross, Supercross, Off-Road, Flat Track, Hill Climb, Supermoto, Speedway, Endurocross, Trials, ATV and action sport athletes.
THEN & NOW: KTM 450SXF
STACYC | Creating the Next Generation of Riders
Press Release: Stacyc, the innovator of the 12” & 16” eDrive Electric Balance Bikes is ready to launch it’s Rider Creation Program to dealers in the US. The brand has successfully tested the market for this amazing new product by selling direct to the consumer since Christmas. The response from Stacyc riders and their parents has proven that the “idea” was more than just one dads quest to build the ultimate training tool for his two year old son, it’s a movement that will change the way kids learn to ride their first bicycle or motorcycle. Stacyc has been able to help parents Share the Love of Riding with their kids earlier and safer than ever before. “We’ve engineered an electric balance bike that has redefined the process of getting kids Proficient on two wheels. The days of adding training wheels to a mini-moto or bicycle for the 2 – 5 year old are over. Our new bikes will engage kids in riding more often. The Stacyc can be ridden in the backyard, the cul-de-sac or in the dirt anywhere they would ride a pedal bike. Waiting for the weekend for dad to get off work and take them to the off road park is not necessary any longer. Our vision is to help develop young riders earlier and safer than ever before. The seat time possible on a Stacycis the key. With hours of riding each week, kids begin to challenge themselves often and improve their riding almost instinctually. The skills they learn on their STACYC translate directly to bicycle and motorcycle riding, in turn giving them more confidence in their riding and better chance at pursuing a lifelong, lifestyle on two wheels.” – Ryan Ragland Co-Founder & CTO
Mike Dettmers, Director of Sales, Stacyc, Inc.: “At Stacyc we believe that we can help combat the trend that seems to be the hot topic industry-wide. The lack of new blood coming into both the motorcycle and bike industry is not something to take lightly. At Stacyc we are a group of parents that are dedicated and passionate about bringing the two-wheeled lifestyle to our kids and others around the nation. Our goal is to bring these new riders and their parents into their local bike and motorcycle dealerships so that they can become part of a community that supports their new passion for riding.“
The first dealers creating new riders in their local community are –
Malcom Smith Motorsports – Riverside, CA
Berts Mega Mall – Covina, CA
Escondido Cycle Center – Escondido, CA
Incycle Bicycles – 4 locations in Southern CA
AD Farrow Co. Harley Davidson – Columbus, OH
WMR Competition Performance – Stuart, FL
PH Extreme – Miami, FL
Cycle Barn – Marysville, WA
Innovation Cycles – Derby, KS
2018 450 LINE UP | PICK YOUR POISON
Last years MXA shootout winner, the 2018 KTM 450SXF. Only small revision were made. Check out all the details about the 2018 KTM 450SXF by clicking the hyperlink.
The 2018 Yamaha YZ450F is all-new this year. It is now electric start, you can change the mapping with your smart phone and weighs the same as the previous model. To check out all the updates on the 2018 Yamaha YZ450F click the hyperlink.
The 2018 Honda CRF450 put on weight this year due to the addition of its electric starter. It tips the scales at 240 pounds. There are a few other updates that make this bike better than before. For all the 2018 updates of the Honda CRF450, click the hyperlink.
KTM’s twin brother, the Husqvarna FC450 got the same updates at the KTM. Check out all the updates of the 2018 Husky FC450 by clicking the hyperlink.
After 10 long years the Suzuki RM-Z450 is all-new from the ground up. Or is it? It is heavier, has coil spring forks and produces better power at the same horsepower (if that makes sense). The full test of the 2018 Suzuki RM-Z450 will be in the December issue of Motocross Action Magazine.
The 2017 Kawasaki KX450F did just about everything good, but nothing great. Every MXA wrecking crew member likes the bike, there is just nothing to love about its mediocre power. Unfortunately, the 2018 KX450F is the same as last year.
The TM 450Fi-MX will not be in our shootout. Why? It is a boutique bike for riders that like to be different. This is one cool machine, but it doesn’t make the cut due to its small production runs. Check out the full test we did of the 2016 TM 450Fi-MX.
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KEN ROCZEN JOINS CANYON BIKES
Ken Roczen is back riding and training again in hopes to be ready for the 2018 Supercross season. Ken put his faith into Canyon bikes to be a big part of his training program. To find out all the details head over to MBAction.
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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: NEKEN VARIABLE DIAMETER HANDLEBARS WITH CONICAL DESIGN
• 7010 T-6 aluminum aerospace quality
• Oversize bar made with a variable diameter and wall thickness
• 11/8” (28.6mm) diameter in the clamping area
• 7/8” (22mm) diameter at the control ends
• 40% lighter and stronger than a classic bar
• Laser etched to aid in handlebar centering and indexing
• Knurled clutch side for better grip retention
• Bar pad included
Bars are $96.95 and grips $10.95.
These are the plush grips that fit with the Neken variable handlebar.
JAMES STEWART’S WINNING 2009 YAMAHA YZ450F US OPEN BIKE
CLASSIC MXA PHOTO
Here is Mike Bell and mechanic Dave Osterman (yes the same Dave the was the team manager for Chad Reed’s TwoTwo Motorsports team) and the then-new factory Yamaha 495cc 4-speed. This open bike had a power-valve and the cases were designed for a water pump, although water-cooling wasn’t deemed necessary after pre-season testing in Europe.