The 2012 Honda graces the cover of the November 2011 issue of MXA. This issue is jam-packed full of product test, bikes tests, technical articles and lots of things you don’t need to know until you need to know them in a hurry. We take the rush out of technical problems.
2012 Honda CRF450: Honda didn’t have the budget to fix everything that they needed to address on the 2012 CRF450, but they did consult with local racers to see what mods they were doing. Then, with home-grown help, Honda made three changes. Do you know what they were?
Ask the MXperts: Looking for mechanical help? A shoulder to cry on, the real truth or accurate info about the bikes and products that you spend your hard-earned money on (or that mom and dad spend their money on)? This is the place…sadly, the only place.
2012 KTM 150SX two-stroke: If you could only own one bike in your lifetime, what would it be? Four out of five MXA test riders would choose the 2012 KTM 150SX. Why? You gotta read the test to find that answer.
Do you know the difference between cast, semi-forged, cold- forged, hot-forged and billet pistons? Didn’t think so. Luckily, we break it down for you in “The Tortured Life Of A Piston.”
2012 Kawasaki KX250F: There is more to the 2012 KX250F than meets the eye. It has some features that have never appeared on a motocross bike before. Do they work? Do they add or subtract from the total package? Do you want to know. Read the test.
Nobody makes two-strokes any more! Wanna bet. The MXA wrecking crew found 16 different two strokes with displacements of 125, 150, 250 and 300 (from six different manufacturers…none of them named Kawasaki, Honda or Suzuki).
Product tests: If you buy your gear, hop-up parts, tools or gadgets before reading MXA’s product testd, you run the risk of throwing your money away. We tell you everything that we learned during our extensive test period.
2012 KTM 450SXF: When was the last time that you heard the word “luscious” applied to a motocross bike? This is a bike that every Vet rider in the country should think about buying?and not for the reasons you think.
Do you remember when Harley made a dirt bike? No, not the 1978 MX250. No, not the twin-forked 1975 Harley. Yes, the 1971 Harley Baja. Read all about Harley’s on-and-off love affair with dirt bikes in Tom White’s “Classic Iron” column.
MXA’s John Basher is a New Yorker and he loves Unadilla. John went to this year’s Unadilla 250/450 AMA National to renew his love affair with the track he grew up at.
Rocket Exhaust KTM 350SXF: Did you know that the KTM 350SXF is the largest selling motocross bike in KTM’s massive line-up? That is why so many hop-up shops are burning the midnight oil trying to build a better mousetrap. Find out how Rocket Exhaust did in this bike test.
MXA has given a Pro Circuit race bike away for every year for the last 15 years. Would you like a chance to win a Pro Circuit KX250F? All you have to do is subscribe.
Jody tells you exactly what would happen if a major motorcycle manufacturer decided to drop its race team.