MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: BUT WAIT, IT’S NOT HERE YET

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BIRTHDAYS OF THE STARS: GEORGES JOBE & THE MOSS BROTHERS

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Jan. 5…Eric Cheney 1924

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Jan. 5…Tom Church 1982

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Jan. 6…Georges Jobe 1961

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Jan. 6…Matt Moss 1988
Jan. 6…Jake Moss 1988

TEAM HONDA SIGNING AT SOCAL HONDA ON THURSDAY

socalhondakickoffRiders: Trey Canard, Cole Seely, Justin Bogle, Christian Craig, Jordan Smith, Jimmy Decotis
Time: January 7; 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: 2055 E 223rd St., Carson, California (Wilmington exit off the 4o5)
Phone: (310) 834-6632
Web: www.socalhondapowersports.com

WHERE TO BE, WHEN TO BE THERE & WHAT TO WEAR

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2016 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 9……………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 16………………………….San Diego, CA
Jan. 23………………………….Anaheim, CA
Jan. 30……………………….….Oakland, CA

2016 REM MOTOCROSS
Jan. 9…………………………….(off for A1)
Jan. 16…………………………..Glen Helen
Jan. 23…………………………..Glen Helen
Jan. 30…………………………..Glen Helen

2016 KTM JUNIOR SUPERCROSS CHALLENGE
Jan. 16……………………………San Diego, CA
Jan. 23…………………………..Anaheim, CA

2016 AMSOIL ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 9-10………………………..Cincinnati,OH
Jan. 15-17……………………….Baltimore, MD
Jan. 22-24………………………Allentown, PA
Jan. 30-31………………………Greensboro, NC

2016 ITALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 31……………………………Alghero

LAST MONTH’S FASTEST GROWING VIDEO: 89,500 VIEWS IN 20 DAYS

THIS WEEK’S FASTEST GROWING VIDEO: 97,000 VIEWS IN 5 DAYS

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SUPERCROSS TV SCHEDULE
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DAKAR RALLY: STAGE ONE CANCELED DUE TO BAD WEATHER

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2106 DAKAR RALLY SCHEDULE
Jan. 2: Buenos Aires prologue
Jan. 3: Buenos Aires to Villa Carlos Paz (Canceled)
Jan. 4: Villa Carlos Paz to Termas de Río Hondo
Jan. 5: Termas de Río Hondo to Jujuy
Jan. 6: Jujuy to Jujuy
Jan. 7: Jujuy to Uyuni
Jan. 8: Uyuni to Uyuni
Jan. 9: Uyuni to Salta
Jan. 10: Rest day in Salta
Jan. 11: Salta to Belén
Jan. 12: Belén to Belén
Jan. 13: Belén to La Rioja
Jan. 14: La Rioja to San Juan
Jan. 15: San Juan to Villa Carlos Paz
Jan. 16: Villa Carlos Paz to Rosario

MARC MARQUEZ’S AMAZING BACKFLIP: AMAZING BECAUSE HIS FOUR-STROKE BECOMES A TWO-STROKE IN MID-AIR

RENTHAL’S HANDY-DANDY “WORKS FIT” HANDLEBAR COMPARISON APP

RENTHALWORKS FIT

Renthal has a new comparison tool that allows you to see the difference between all of their bars and all of the stock OEM bars. If you want to switch bars, but don’t know which Renthal bar to go to—you can find out with the click of a mouse. To try it out go to www.renthal.com/worksfit.

RENTHALBARDIMENSIONThe stock 2016 Kawasaki KX250F bar is in black and the Renthal 602 is in red.

MXA wanted to run a slightly flatter bar on our 2016 Kawasaki KX250F. We liked the sweep and general dimension of the stock KX250F handlebar, but didn’t want the ends of kick up so much out by the grips. Voila! We brought up the specs drawing of the stock KX250 bars and overlaid Renthal bars until we found that the Renthal 602 would give us what we wanted.

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO MXA AND MAKE MONEY

MXA_Feb_2016If you had subscribed to MXA, the February 2016 issue would be on its way to your mailbox right now in the reliable hands of a uniformed agent of the U.S. Government. And you should want to subscribe so you could read all the details of the 2016 MXA 250 Shootout, peruse the test of the Service Honda CR500AF and find out what it’s like to a ride a 550cc KTM Factory Edition two-stroke. Or, you can wait for these tests to appear on the internet…in a couple months. Your choice.

Do you subscribe to MXA? You should. We know that you think that print magazines are dead and that the internet will fill the void, but most of the stuff in the current issue of MXA won’t appear on the web for several months, if at all. Luckily, you can get all of MXA on your iPhone, iPad, Kindle or Android by going to the Apple Store, Amazon or Google play, but better yet get the Digital desktop version at https://hi-torque.com/product/motocross-action-digital-edition/ for $9.99 a year. The MXA test riders prefer the print version and not just because it is delivered by a uniformed employee of the U.S. Government, but because for only $15.99 you get 12 issues and a free $25 Gift Card from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC. That means that there is a profit to be made in this deal for you. For the Print magazine go to: http://hi-torque.com/product/subscribe-to-motocross-action-magazine/

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THE 250cc TWO-STROKE YAMAHA RMAX IS LEGAL FOR CROP DUSTING

The RMAX has 10-1/2 foot rotors and is 9 feet long from nose to tail.

Yamaha has been issued a Part 137 Agricultural Certification from FAA. This allows its RMAX unmanned helicopters to be used for crop dusting. The RMAX is an unmanned, remotely-piloted helicopter designed specifically for agricultural spraying and weighs 207 pounds with a full payload. It uses a 250cc, two-stroke, flat twin engine. The Yamaha RMAX flies in accordance with a flight plan that has been programmed in the YACS (Yamaha Attitude Control System) and the RTK-DGPS (real-time kinematic differential GPS) system. Thus, an operator can fly the RMAX to places beyond the line of sight, and control its position via GPS. The yet-to-be set retail price could be close to $100,000. It was rumored a few years ago that the Chinese stole the technology of the RMAX to build their own spy UAV.

ASK THE MXPERTS: WHERE CAN I GET OLD-SCHOOL ALL-LEATHER BOOTS

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Dear MXA,
My knees need some help. I remember Jody Weisel saying that he wears Alpinestars Super Victory boots because they are several pounds lighter than modern plastic-clad boots and put less strain on his injured knees. My local dealer says that those boots don’t exist anymore and that he can’t get them. Where does Jody get his?

supervictory-blackalpineYour local dealer is wrong and he can get lightweight Alpinestars Super Victory boots from the same place he gets Tech 10s. However, your dealer is correct that you can’t get the special all-white Super Victorys that our favorite spoiled MXA test rider wears. However, anyone can ordered black Super Victorys boots from Alpinestars. They were not being imported a couple years ago, but Alpinestars responded to requests and has been bringing the leather boots to the USA again. The retail price is $329.95 and they weigh 2 pounds less per boots that the Tech 10s. They come with four simple cam-lock buckles, a stamped steel shin plate, replaceable foot peg insert, full-grain leather construction and TPU ankle padding. Your dealer can easily order them and you can see them at www.alpinestars.com.

SKF’S LOW-FRICTION GLIDE KIT TO IMPROVE SHOWA TAC AIR FORKS

SKF GLIDE KIT SKFGLIDE2Less seals equal improved performance from Innteck’s Showa SFF-TAC cartridge kit. For more info go to www.InnTeck.co

ANAHEIM 1 TRACK MAP & SEATING CHART: JANUARY 9, 2016
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ASK THE MXPERTS: HELP! I KEEP BREAKING KTM FOOTPEG SPRINGS

450SXF_FE_PEGSOn the 2016 models (including the 2015-1/2 Factory Editions), the footpeg springs mount differently from the 2015 and previous models. This info applies to 2016 Husqvarnas also.

Dear MXperts,
    I just got a brand new KTM 350SXF motocross bike and I have broken two footpegs springs (and one of those was the replacement one). Is there something wrong with the metallurgy on the springs. My dealer was great and gave me new footpegs springs for free. What is the cure?

We hate to say this, because your local KTM dealer has been good to you, but your dealer is most likely the source of your problem. Starting with the 2015-1/2 Factory Editions (and continuing through all 2016 Husky and KTM models) the footpeg springs are installed differently than they were on all previous KTM models. Obviously KTM’s inhouse Service Department has not made this change clear to every dealer (or the mechanic in the back of the shop is just using the old method by rote). No matter how it happens, your dealer is still installing the footpegs the old way. If a KTM dealer does this, the spring will be trapped between the footpeg and the footpeg bracket—and will cause a stress fracture on the spring and snap it in half. It will also make your footpegs angle up significantly.

Below are photos of what the footpeg springs look like when installed incorrectly and correctly.

MXPERTFOOTPEG1Wrong! This what the footpeg spring looks like when it is installed incorrectly on a 2016 KTM or Husky. Note how the top of the spring is trapped between the footpeg and the frame.

ASKMXPERTFOOTPEG2Right! This is how the 2016 KTM footpeg spring should be installed. The tang of the spring goes up into the web recess of the frame.

We recommend that every 2016 KTM and Husky owner pull the black plastic frame guard off their bikes (you can get it far enough out of the way without cutting the zip-tie) and take a quick look at their footpeg springs (on both sides of the bike). If it looks like the photo above (the one above the correct photo), pull the footpeg pivot bolt and reinstall the spring properly (liek the photo directly above). Don’t assume that just because your footpegs are still spring loaded that your springs are okay. It may just mean that they haven’t broken yet. We checked a bunch of KTM footpegs at Glen Helen and a large number of them were wrong.

ALL THE BIG RACES OF 2016: THEY START THIS WEEKEND

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Jan. 9…………………….Anaheim, CA
Jan. 16………………….San Diego, CA
Jan. 23………………….Anaheim, CA
Jan. 30………………….Oakland, CA
Feb. 6……………………Glendale, AZ
Feb. 13………………….San Diego, CA
Feb. 20………………….Arlington, TX
Feb. 27………………….Atlanta, GA
March 5………………….Daytona, FL
March 12………………..Toronto, CAN
March 19………………..Detroit, MI
April 2………………..….Santa Clara, CA
April 9………………..….Indianapolis, IN
April 16………………….St. Louis, MO
April 23………………….Foxboro, MA
April 30………………….East Rutherford, NJ
May 7…………………….Las Vegas, NV

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2016 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

May 21……………………Hangtown, CA
May 28.…………………..Glen Helen, CA
June 4..…………………..Thunder Valley, CO
June 18..…………………Mt Morris, PA
June 25.………………….Muddy Creek, TN
July 2.…………………….Red Bud, MI
July 9..……………………Southwick, MA​
July 16.…………………..Millville, MN​
July 23.…………………..Washougal, WA
Aug. 13..………………….Unadilla, NY​
Aug. 20..………………….Budds Creek, MD​
Aug. 27.…………………..Crawfordsville, IN​

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2016 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Feb. 27……………………..Losail, Qatar (Saturday)
Mar. 06……………………..Suphan Buri, Thailand
Mar. 13……………………..Sepang, Malaysia (canceled)
Mar. 28……………………..Valkenswaard, Holland (Monday)
April 10……………………..Neuquen, Argentina
April 17……………………..Leon, Mexico
May 1……………………….Kegums, Latvia
May 8……………………….Teutschenthal, Germany
May 15……………………..Pietramurata, Italy
May 29……………………..Talavera de la Reina, Spain
June 5………………………St Jean d’Angely, France
June 19…………………….Matterly Basin, Great Britain
June 26…………………….Mantova, Italy
July 24………………………Loket, Czech Republic
July 31………………………Lommel, Belgium
Aug. 7……………………….Frauenfeld, Switzerland
Aug. 28……………………..Assen, Holland
Sept. 3………………………Charlotte, USA (Saturday)
Sept.11……………………..Glen Helen, USA

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2016 AMSOIL ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 9-10………………….Cincinnati,OH
Jan. 15-17………………..Baltimore, MD
Jan. 22-24………………..Allentown, PA
Jan. 30-31………………..Greensboro, NC
Feb. 4-7…………………..Colorado Springs, CO
Feb. 13-14………………..Omaha, NB
Feb. 20-21………………..Tampa, FL
Feb. 27-28………………..Birmingham, AL
Mar. 12-13………………..Lafayette, LA
April 2-3…………………..Ontario, CA
April 9-10…………………Salinas, CA
April 16-17………………..Tacoma, WA.
April 22-24………………..Nampa, ID
May 6-8…………………..Las Vegas, NV

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2016 GEICO ENDUROCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP

Aug. 27……………………..Atlanta, GA
Sept. 3………………………Sioux Falls, SD
Sept. 10…………………….Salt Lake City, UT
Sept. 24…………………….Phoenix, AZ
Oct. 1………………………..Denver, CO
Oct. 22………………………Everett, WA
Nov. 5………………………..Boise, ID
Nov. 19………………………Ontario, CA

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2016 KTM JUNIOR SUPERCROSS CHALLENGE

Jan. 16……………………..San Diego, CA
Jan. 23……………………..Anaheim II, CA
Feb. 6……………………….Phoenix, AZ
Feb. 20……………………..Dallas, TX
Feb. 27……………………. Atlanta, GA
Mar. 12…………………….Toronto, CAN
Mar. 19…………………….Detroit, MI
April 9………………………Indianapolis, IN
April 16…………………….St. Louis, MO
May 7……………………….Las Vegas, NV

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2016 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
June 5…………………..Kamloops, BC
June 12………………….Nanaimo, BC
June 19………………….Calgary, Alb
June 26………………….Regina, Sask
July 10…………………..Courtland, ON
July 17…………………..Ulverton, NS
July 24……………….….Pleasant Valley, NS
July 31…………………..Moncton, NB
Aug. 7……………………Deschambault, QC
Aug. 14………………….Barrie, ON

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2016 ITALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 31…………………….Alghero
Feb. 7………………………Lamezia Terme
Feb. 15…………………….Ottobiano

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MTA WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Mar. 26……………………..Glen Helen, CA

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2016 AMA VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE DAYS
July 8-10…………………..Lexington, OH

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2016 AMA NATIONAL AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 1-6……………………..Loretta Lynn, TN

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2016 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS

Sept. 25………………………Maggiora, Italy

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2016 REM OCTOBERCROSS

Oct. 29……………………….Glen Helen, CA

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2016 DUBYA WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP

Nov. 5-6…………………….Glen Helen, CA

 

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