PRO TAPER PRESENTS MXA’S MID-WEEK REPORT BY JOHN BASHER
Rider: Jarryd McNeil
Date: August 17, 2015
Photographer: John Ker
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Exposure: 1/1000 sec.
MXA VIDEO: 2016 MXA 450 SHOOTOUT
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: DEAN WILSON
“The mental side of racing is a big part in having success, and I had a lot of confidence as a rookie. I finished on the podium a few times in Supercross, and that confidence carried into the Nationals. I got a podium finish in my second outdoor race and then won the next National. At that time I had no pressure. Nobody really expected anything from me. All that success I had in my rookie year prepared me for a title fight the following year.” Click here to read the full interview.
FUTURE TEST: KTM 550 TWO-STROKE FACTORY EDITION?!?!
Every so often we get asked to test various project bikes. Few of them pique our interest like Jeff Moffet’s KTM 550 two-stroke Factory Edition. KTM doesn’t make such a bike, you ask? That’s true. However, Moffet took it upon himself to wedge a 1994 KTM 550 two-stroke engine into a 2015-1/2 KTM Factory Edition frame. It looks ridiculously cool. If you’re at Glen Helen this Thursday then be sure to swing by the MXA compound to check out this gem. Look for a breakdown on the bike, and how it was constructed, in next week’s Mid-Week Report. For now you can drool at the photos below.
SMOOTH INDUSTRIES 2016 CATALOG
MXGP 2015 SEASON CRASH REEL
Missing from the video is Tim Gajser’s massive crash at Valkenswaard, which was probably the biggest tumble of all
MXA’S 250 FOUR-STROKE SHOOTOUT: A PRECURSOR
It’s that time of year again–MXA’s 250 Four-Stroke Shootout is a big deal for the wrecking crew. While we’ve spent months torture-testing the 2016 bikes, this week we’re bringing them all together for the sake of choosing a winner. Then again, that’s not entirely true. Over the past few months we’ve raced these bikes back-to-back-to…well, you get the idea. Quite frankly, MXA thinks it is a bit silly to choose a winner based on a one-day comparison. That’s why we already know who won. I’ll let you in on a little secret. It’s a battle between the KTM 250SXF, Husqvarna FC250, Honda CRF250, Yamaha YZ250F, Suzuki RM-Z250 and Kawasaki KX250F. In all seriousness, each bike has its strengths and weaknesses. MXA is known for telling the cold hard truth, a trait not always enjoyed by the manufacturers. That’s fine by us, because we’re devoted to you. While that sounds cheesy, our loyalty resides in helping our readers make the most informed decision. Buyer’s remorse can be directly reflected by the company you keep. MXA has no intentions, now or in the future, of leading you astray.
A word of interest regarding MXA’s shootout videos: We do not reveal the winners and losers in the videos. Why? To begin, it’s our hope that you pick up the magazine and read the detailed results for yourself. It’s much easier to illustrate the finer points of each bike in the pages of MXA, rather than spit out a ranking without thorough explanation on a video. While we could document everything you need to know about the 2016 bikes in a video, I doubt that anyone’s attention span could handle sitting in front of a computer for 30 minutes while we go on and on about every minute detail. Having said that, our 250 Shootout video will highlight the positive and negative attributes of each bike in order to give you direction. You can draw some conclusions from there—but the real, cold, hard facts will be in the magazine.
Below is a look at MXA’s 2016 250 four-strokes. You’ll see the video soon, so hang tight.
2016 Suzuki RM-Z250: Over 80 changes made in the engine alone, best cornering bike in the group, and an engine best suited for lower-level riders.
2016 Kawasaki KX250F: Mostly unchanged from last year, but it has perhaps the best engine in the class.
FIRST LOOK: 2016 TM MX450 FOUR-STROKE
TM Motorcycles U.S. importer Ralf Schmidt is responsible for bringing the Italian brand motorcycles to American shores. Part of his job is to let MXA test TM’s broad line of motocross bikes. A few months back we tested TM’s 85cc two-stroke, which was a hit among our mini riders. However, nothing prepared us for what Ralf wheeled up to the MXA pits a few days ago.
Schmidt introduced us to the TM MX450 four-stroke. It’s the first of its kind in the U.S., and Ralf was happy to hand it off to the MXA wrecking crew. See why we think he’s a swell guy? Ralf gave us a brief rundown on the new bike, which is graced with a lot of unique design concepts aimed at achieving chassis balance and bolstering handling. The 2016 TM MX450, which is radically different from the 2014 model–the last time TM imported the MX450 to the U.S. As Ralf described it, everything is upside-down on the ’16 bike. The airbox is by the steering head (a la Yamaha), while the gas tank is where the airbox used to be. You’ll also notice the Kayaba forks matched with a TM factory shock. TM focused on ECU and mapping settings to optimize engine performance. Other features include a beefy front brake system, razor-sharp footpegs, a mapping switch on the handlebars with two different map options, and aggressive styling. Since TM builds their bikes by hand, they offer a plethora of options that customers can choose from. From there they’ll build the bike to your specifications. Very cool. Oh, and the price for a 2016 TM MX450? $11,099–although that’s priced in Canadian currency. Take a look below at the 2016 TM MX450.
MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: RENTHAL ULTRA-TACKY GRIPS
Press Release: Renthal Ultra-Tacky grips have been developed to increase traction between the glove and grip, increasing control and reducing rider fatigue. The unique Ultra-Tacky compound constantly produces and renews a sticky surface coating which when combined with the Renthal Soft compound offers an incredibly grippy yet comfortable surface. Suitable for use in all conditions, the grip is particularly applicable where riders are looking for increased control of the handlebars. The sticky surface will last for the lifetime of the grip and if it loses its stickiness at any point, simply wash with clean water and allow the grips to air dry to re-activate.
• Renthal Dual Compound Construction
• Ultra-Tacky outer compound provides increased traction (similar in hardness to Renthal Soft)
• Firm inner compound provides durability at grip ends.
• Sticky surface will last for the lifetime of the grip and can be refreshed at any point with water.
• For more information, please visit www.renthal.com
TWO-STROKES OF THE WRECKING CREW: 2016 HUSQVARNA TC125
SONY ACTION CAM: A MINUTE OF PASTRANA’S WILD LIFE
HINSON ACCEPTING RIDER RESUMES
Hinson Clutch Components is now accepting resumes for the 2016 rider support season. We are building our army of racers so do your part and apply now to be a part of Hinson Clutch Components race support for the 2016 season! Please note that we will be accepting resumes for sponsorship consideration through November 30, 2015.
We have made some big changes to our program and how you apply. All rider support is now being handled directly through our website www.hinsonracing.com. You will apply/submit your resume by clicking the banner on our homepage where you will fill out all of the required information. Once you have applied, you will receive an email from us with further instructions.
Another cool feature we have added is that all sponsored riders will be able to shop with their discount directly on our website by logging in to their support account. Whether you need to do a quick price check on some clutch components or place an order with your discount, you’ll be able to do so with our new rider support platform. While shopping for Hinson Clutch Components, you’ll be able to see your discount as you view parts.
Take your racing to the next level by adding Hinson Clutch Components to your program. Apply now by clicking the “Rider Support” banner on our home page or click the link below: