MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: MAY OLD ACQUAINTANCES BE FORGOT…ALONG WITH BAD RESULTS

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A 2020-1/2 KTM 450SXF FACTORY EDITION AND THE EUROPEAN “CAIROLI” VERSION?

The American Factory Edition.

The European Factory Edition.

It was first noticed that the European version of the 2020-1/2 KTM 450SXF did not come with the optional vented airbox cover or the Akrapovic muffler that the American bikes have — which led us to compiled a list of how the American and European versions differ.

TRAVIS PASTRANA LEAVES SUZUKI & MOVES TO KTM

Travis seems to be fully equipped with KTM two-strokes already.

Travis Pastrana went on Instagram to announce that he will be riding KTMs instead of Suzukis in the future. It was always assumed that Travis would stick with Suzuki for as long as he rode, but times change and since his former Suzuki team manager, Roger DeCoster, now the KTM head man, suggested that Travis switch to KTM two-strokes (since Suzuki hasn’t made a new smoker since 2008), Travis tested a KTM and decided to make the switch. Travis insists that he didn’t make the switch for money.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: PRO CIRCUIT RADIATOR HOSE KITS

2020 kawasaki KX250Pro Circuit is excited to release two new radiator hose kits for the 2020 Kawasaki. The Kawasaki KX250 Standard Radiator Hose Kit and the “Y” Radiator Hose Kit are must-haves to keep your KX250 running cool and its performance at its very best. Superior silicone materials are what makes the Pro Circuit radiator hose kits able to withstand higher temperatures and pressures than the OEM hoses. These hose kits come in a non-fading bright blue color that adds a trick factory look to your race machine.

STANDARD RADIATOR HOSE KIT The Standard Radiator Hose Kit features premium-grade silicone throughout, which can operate at higher temperatures and pressures than the stock rubber hoses. The hoses are topped off with a highly pigmented bright blue that will stay vibrant and not fade over time. The Pro Circuit Radiator Hose Kit is the perfect way to customize the look of your bike. Retail price: $105.00

“Y” RADIATOR HOSE KITThe Pro Circuit “Y” Radiator Hose Kit is designed to eliminate the plastic “Y” elbows found in other radiator hoses. In extreme conditions, these plastic elbows can melt. Along with being lightweight and able to withstand expanding when hot, Pro Circuit hose kits are also bright blue in appearance and will stay vibrant and not fade over time. Retail price: $155.00.  For more info go to www.procircuit.com

THE 400 MILLIONTH HONDA ROLLS DOWN THE ASSEMBLY LINE

In 1949 Honda released its first major motorcycle model, the Dream D-Type.

Since the introduction of the Dream D-Type in 1949, Honda’s 70th anniversary of motorcycle mass-production marks the company’s 400 million-unit milestone for global motorcycle production. Honda was founded in 1948 and began mass-production of motorcycles at its first overseas production facility in Belgium in 1963. Since then, Honda has expanded its production globally in accordance with its fundamental principle of producing locally where there is demand. Honda currently produces a wide range of motorcycles, from 50cc commuters to 1800cc models, at 35 facilities in 21 countries.

In 1958 Honda introduced the first Super Cub, the Super Cub C100. This is the 2020 model.

Honda achieved its 100 million-unit milestone in 1997, and its 300 million-unit milestone in 2014. In 2018, Honda exceeded an annual production of 20 million yearly units for the first time in its history. Takahiro Hachigo, Honda Chief Executive Officer, said, “For 70 years, Honda has provided to customers worldwide motorcycles that make life easier and enjoyable. As a result, we have achieved our 400 million-unit milestone. I am grateful to all of our customers, and everyone involved in development, manufacturing, sales and service of our products. We will continue to do our best to provide attractive products that meet the needs and dreams of our customers worldwide.”

MAX ANSTIE TO MISS START OF AMA SUPERCROSS

AMA SUPERMOTO SETS OUT TO REVAMP U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

AMA Supermoto is trying to hit the ground running in 2020 with a another new plan for the U.S. Supermoto Championship series. Owner Alex Mock will be joined in 2020 by motorcycle industry veterans Darryl Atkins and Frankie Garcia. Mock said, “When I first set out to run the series it was a big responsibility and I didn’t have a massive team behind me and just kind of went with it. I have a passion for this series and want to see it grow back into what it once was with support from sponsors and manufacturers. I knew I couldn’t do it alone, so I set out to find the right industry experts that were involved firsthand back in Supermoto’s hey-day. We understand we’re a little bit late to the game heading into 2020, but I know we have a strong and passionate team that can get it done.”

Darryl Atkins will be responsible for the addition of new series’ partners and advertising. Darryl said, “It’s great to see the sport of Supermoto is coming back in a strong way. I’m excited to be a part of it and to be working with others who have a big passion for Supermoto. We are working on some exciting things for the future as the sport has so much potential. We look forward to be getting the support from the industry as having a healthy Supermoto series only benefits everyone.”

AMA Supermoto is currently in the works of not only finalizing a 2020 Championship schedule but also an equally important live stream video package that will include live racing from every stop of the series, behind the scenes pit reporting and sponsorship ad opportunities.

VACATION IN SOCAL WITH DENNIS STAPLETON: RIDE GLEN HELEN, CAHUILLA CREEK, PALA, PERRIS & MORE

Dennis Stapleton doing what he does every day of the week — let him make your dreams come true.

In his spare time, when he’s not testing with MXA, racing in a foreign country, going to Japan or helping many of his motocross buddies, MXA test rider opens up his house, garage, bikes and mechanics to help riders who would like to come to SoCal on a motocross vacation. He offers full service to all of the Southern California tracks for racers or for play riders. Whether you want to rent a bike, move in for a week, race at Glen Helen or take motocross lessons—this is one-stop shopping. If you’re coming out to Southern California and need a rental bike, check out KnobbyShop South/StapoMX for all your rental needs. They offer Motocross Vacations, bike rentals and motocross lessons. Just send them an email ([email protected]). If you’d like to live the SoCal lifestyle for a day, a weekend, a week, a month or three months, visit Dennis Stapleton’s’ website at www.knobbyshopsouth.org for more details!

THE HANDY-DANDY ANAHEIM I TRACK MAP—CHOOSE YOUR SEAT CAREFULLY

Anaheim I is on Saturday, January 4, 2020—which is 9 days away.

DEBBI TAMIETTI’S REM PHOTO SITE: NEED A PHOTO TO PROVE YOU KNOW HOW TO RIDE?

The Over-50 pack

Famous moto-photographer Debbi Tamietti goes to every REM race at Glen Helen to be with her former CMC Number One  husband Val Tamietti. And while it isn’t the AMA Nationals, Grand Prix or Motocross des Nation that she is used to shooting photos at, she loves to shoot photos of the people she sees every weekend—and she loves to almost give them away. Here are few of her snaps from last Saturday’s REM race—she has plenty more on her site.

Max Lee.

Luther French.

Debbi puts all the photos she shoots at REM up on her SmugMug page, where REM racers can peruse the hundreds of photos she shoots and order digital photos  for a $1.50. Debbi gives all the money she makes to charity. To look at this week’s REM races go to www.debbitamietti.smugmug.com

GLEN HELEN’S NEW YEAR’S GRAND PRIX CROSS-COUNTRY RACE ON DEC. 29

For more info go to www.glenhelen.com

2020 REM MOTOCROSS SEASON STARTS ON JAN. 11, 2020

For more information go to www.remsatmx.com

2020 ARIZONA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

For more information go to www.canyonmx.com or www.amxracing.com

29TH ANNUAL MECUM’S VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE AUCTION ON JAN. 21-26, 2020


For more info go to www.mecum.com.

2020 BRITISH ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS ON JANUARY 31, 2020

Jan. 31-Feb. 1…Birmingham, England
Jan. 17-18…Belfast, Northern Ireland
Feb. 21-22…London, England

2020 SOBOBA TRAIL RIDE ON FEB. 23, 2020, ON THE SOBOBA INDIAN RESERVATION

For more information about the San Jacinto, California, trail ride go to www.sobobarides.biz

2020 UPDATED WORCS RACE SCHEDULE

For more info go to www.worcsracing.com.

2020 OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES TT RACE SCHEDULE

For more info go to www.ossrg.org

2020 KICKER ARENACROSS SERIES RACE SCHEDULE

For more info go to www.kickerarenacross.com

“EVENING WITH THE CHAMPIONS” AT THE INTERNATIONAL MOTOCROSS MUSEUM ON JULY 2, 2020

For more information go to www.mxworksbike.com

BIKES YOU WISH YOU HAD RIDDEN: A 75 HORSEPOWER, METHANOL-FUELED JAWA SPEEDWAY BIKE

speedewaydarylMXA’s Daryl  adapted fairly quickly to the Jawa Speedway bike — by forgetting everything he knew about riding a  motocross bike.

The MXA wrecking crew loves bikes — all kinds of bikes — and we have tested and raced lots of different types of dirt machines. We have tested dirt trackers, snowmobiles, sidecars, pogo sticks, GNCC bikes, endurocross bikes, electric bikes, snow bike. Paris-Dakar bikes, ice racers and road racers between our day job testing motocross bikes. Yes, we know, it isn’t motocross — and that’s what we like about it. It gives us a chance to see how the other half lives and to have fun doing it.

speedwayenginefixedThe 500cc, four-stroke, single-speed Jawa engine can accelerate from zero to 60 in three seconds, but in our hands it tried to hit the wall in 2.5 seconds. All Speedway bikes run on methanol and the gas tanks only hold enough fuel to go eight laps — about two minutes.

MXA’S HANDY-DANDY PRE-MIX RATIO CHART BY GALLON & RATIO

This easy-to-use chart tells you how much oil to pour into 1 , 2,  2.5, 3, 4 or 5 gallons of gas to get the proper oil-to-gas ratio you are looking for. MXA typically runs Maxima K2 at 40:1 —which would be 16 ounces of oil to 5 gallons of gas. If we didn’t need 5 gallons, but only wanted 1 gallon of premix, we would a 3.20 ounces to 1 gallon of gas. All you have to do is pick your favorite premix ratio and follow the chart to how many gallons  you want.

MXA WRECKING CREW CRF450 TECHNICAL PATCH

Are you confused by the buttons on your 2020 Honda CRF450? So were the MXA test riders. It became necessary to tape a crib sheet to the Honda’s crossbar pad to explain how all the buttons worked.

THE NEW MXA IS HERE! THE FABULOUS 2020 MXA 450 FOUR-STROKE SHOOTOUT ISSUE

The 2020 MXA 450 Shootout is the most detailed shootout ever printed. It is full of undeniable facts that you never knew, but will when you read it in the January 2020 issue

If you subscribe to MXA you can get the mag on your iPhone, iPad, Kindle or Android by going to the Apple Store, Amazon or Google Play or in a digital version. Even better you can subscribe to Motocross Action and get the awesome print edition delivered to your house by a uniformed employee of the U.S. Government. You can call (800) 767-0345 or Click Here (or on the box at the bottom of this page) to subscribe.

TALK MOTO WITH ON MXA’S FACEBOOK GROUP CHAT

We love everything moto and want to bring all moto junkies together into one place to share their two cents, ideas, photos, bike fixes, bike problems and much more. To check it out first you must need to or already have a Facebook account. If you don’t, it isn’t much work and you could even have an alias so nobody knows it is you. To join click HERE. After you request to join we will accept your request shortly after.

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LOOKING AHEAD! THE 2020 RACE CALENDAR

2020 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 4…Anaheim, CA (West)
Jan. 11…St. Louis, MO (West)
Jan. 18 …Anaheim, CA (West)
Jan. 25…Glendale, AZ (3-Moto) (West)
Feb. 1…Oakland, CA (West)
Feb. 8…San Diego, CA (West)
Feb. 15…Tampa, FL (East)
Feb. 22… Arlington, TX (3-Moto) ((East)
Feb. 29… Atlanta, GA (East)
Mar. 7…Daytona Beach, FL (East)
Mar. 14…Indianapolis, IN (East)
Mar. 21…Detroit, MI (East)
Mar. 28…Seattle, WA (West)
Apr. 4…Denver, CO (East/West)
Apr. 18…Foxborough, MA (East)
Apr. 25…Las Vegas, NV (3-Moto) (West)
May 2…Salt Lake City, UT (East/West)

2020 AMA ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 3-4…Loveland, CO
Jan. 11…Hobbs, NM
Jan. 24-25…Oklahoma City, OK
Jan. 31-Feb. 1… Denver, CO
Feb. 7-8…Reno NV
Feb. 28-29…Salt Lake City, UT
Mar. 7… Amarillo, TX

2020 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 16…..Hangtown, CA
May 23…..Pala, CA
May 30….Thunder Valley, CO
Jun. 6……Jacksonville, FL
June 20…Mt. Morris, PA
June 27…Southwick, MA
July 4……Red Bud, MI
July 18….Millville, MN
July 25….Washougal, WA
Aug. 15…Unadilla, NY
Aug. 22…Budds Creek, MD
Aug. 29…Crawfordsville, IN

2020 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 1…Great Britain
Mar. 8…Holland
Mar. 22…Argentina
Apr. 5…Italy #1
Apr. 19…Spain
Apr. 26…Portugal
May 10…France
May 17…Italy #2
May 24…Germany
June 7…Russia
June 14…Latvia
June 28…Jakarta, Indonesia
July 5…Palembang, Indonesia
July 26…Czech Republic
Aug. 2…Belgium
Aug. 16…Sweden
Aug. 23…Finland
Sept. 6.…Turkey
Sept. 13…China
Sept. 20…Italy #3

2020 FIM MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Sept. 27.…Ernee, France

2020 WORCS OFF-ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 12…Primm, NV
Feb. 23…Taft, CA
Mar. 22… Havasu, AZ
Apr. 19…Blythe, CA
May 3…Las Vegas, NV
May 30…Hurricane, UT
July 19…Prineville, OR
Sept. 20…Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 25…Cahuilla, CA
Nov. 15…Primm, NV

2020 WORCS SPRINT ENDURO
Feb. 25…Taft, CA
May 24… Mesquite, NV
July 25…Prineville, OR
Sept. 26…Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 31…Cahuilla, CA

2020 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 31…Wild Rose, AB
June 7…Blackwater, BC
June 14…Dorva, AB
June 21…MotoVally, SK
July 12…Gopher Dunes, ON
July 19…San Del Lee, ON
July 26…Riverglade, NB
Aug. 2…Deschambault, QC
Aug. 16…Walton, ON

2020 MICHELIN BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 22…Fatcat MotoParc
Apr. 19…Desertmartin, Ireland
Apr. 26…Hawkstone Park
July 5…Canada Heights
Aug. 9…Landrake
Sept. 6t…Cusses Gorse

2020 ACU BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 12…Lyng
May 3…Foxhill
May 31…Blaxhall
June 21…Deertmartin, Ireland
July 12…Culham
Aug. 30…Landrake

2020 IRISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 4…Desertmartin
May 10…TBA
June 6…Claudy
July 19…TBA
Aug. 15…Tandragee
Sept. 13…TBA

2020 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
April 4-5…Horsham, Victoria
May 3… Newry, Victoria
May 24…Queensland
June 28…Glympie, Queensland
July 25-26…Maitland, New South Wales
Aug. 22-23…Coolum, Queensland

2020 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Oct. 3 …Western Australia
Oct. 17… South Australia
Oct. 31…Queensland
Nov. 7 …New South Wales
Nov. 14…TBA
Nov. 28…Victoria

2020 ADAC GERMAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 13…Fürstlich Drehna
May 3…Mölln
May 31…Möggers, Austria
June 21…Aichwald
July 12…Holzgerlingen
July 19…Tensfeld
Aug. 30…Bielstein
Sept.13…Gaildorf

AMA NATIONAL AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 3-8….Hurricane Mills, TN

2020 FIM JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 8-9…Megalopolis, Greece

 

Photos: Brian Converse, Honda, Husqvarna, Daryl Ecklund, Jody Weisel, MXA, KTM, Debbi Tamietti

 

 

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