Yes, that is Ryan Dungey's factory KTM 450SXF (not the "Factory Edition") on the cover and no, that isn't Ryan Dungey on it. MXA got the exclusive deal to test Dungey's works KTM – even though it is strictly against company policy. If you subscribed to Motocross Action you could be finding out how Ryan's bike differs from the "Factory Edition," what tricks KTM's brain trust put in it, what it weighs and how his works engine runs...as opposed to squinting at these internet pages.
If Ryan Dungey's works bike isn't your cup of tea, we flew to Daytona to test the all-new Yamaha WR450F in a GNCC race. Have you heard of the WR450F? It is a YZ450F engine tucked into a YZ250F aluminum frame. Very cool.
Meanwhile back home in SoCal we took a KTM 250SXF and put a Cylinder Works 280cc kit in it. Talk about a transformation!
How did we get our hands on Ryan Dungey's works bike? We waited until he broke his collarbone, spent ten minutes in mourning and then called Roger DeCoster and asked if we could have it – "After all, Ryan isn't using it," we said. Roger said "Yes." You gotta read this story.
Are you tired of spinning laps on the same old local tracks? Well, have we got a sand track for you to try. The only problem? It's halfway around the world in the Middle East. MXA flipped a coin, and we kept flipping it until Dennis Stapleton won, then we packed him off for the Middle East Motocross Championships. He loved every minute of it.
Can you tell a company's name just by looking at their logo? Yeah, yeah, yeah, everybody gets the Fox head logo correct. We offer up over 40 different logos...and for the home schooled among us, we made it multiple choice.
Rather than just run pretty photos of the works bikes of Stewart, Reed, Dungey and Villopoto–we ran pretty photos and had each rider's mechanic or team manager tell us the inside skinny on each bike.
Next time you have a problem with your bike ask....oops, we can't think of anyone who could answer as many questions as the MXperts – at least not correctly.
Yes, we know that it runs against the party line, but the women need to make way for a 16-to-19 year old 125cc two-stroke class at the AMA Nationals. Once you read this story you'll know why...why it should happen and why the women and the powers-that-be aren't happy with us.
This is the hidden secret of every YZ450F on the National circuit.
Would you like to work in the motorcycle industry, hang out with the stars and get free clothes? Sure you would. Here are three industry insiders who tell you how they got that new shirt.
Jody goes in search of one percent more performance...he wants to break the 50 percentile.
KTM Motorcycle tests