Motocross Action - December 2012 - (Page 4)
VOLUME 40, NUMBER 12
MXA RACE TEST: 2013 HONDA CRF450
46 56 68 82 94 116 140 156 WE TEST: 2013 HONDA CRF450 WE TEST: 2013 KTM 450SXF WE TEST: 2013 SUZUKI RM-Z250 WE RIDE BLAKE BAGGETT’S KX250F WE TEST: 2013 HONDA CRF250 WE RIDE RICKY CARMICHAEL’S RM-Z450 WE TEST: 2013 YAMAHA YZ450F MXA’S 2013 250 FOUR-STROKE SHOOTOUT
The motocross public had to wait four years to get a replacement for the 20092012 CRF450. We think that most Honda owners will be happy with “what time has wrought.”
MXA RACE TEST: 2013 KTM 450SXF
102 NATIONAL WRAP-UP
Somebody had to be first. And that somebody was KTM. What did KTM do? They produced the most powerful 450cc motocross bike ever made. And yet, it is very mellow.
66 RYAN DUNGEY: GRAND NATIONAL CHAMP 78 WHOLE TRUTH ABOUT HOLESHOT DEVICES
52 76 92 122 146 TEN THINGS ABOUT SUSPENSION SETUP LIVING WITH…MXA TEST RIDERS WRENCH TECH: ADJUSTING FORK PRELOAD TECH SPEC: FUEL SCREW ASK THE MXPERTS
THE ABSOLUTELY BEST RIDER IN 2012
The MXA Grand National Championship isn’t some glad-hander award passed out after a committee votes in secret. Nope! It is derived from the combined points of every 2012 AMA Pro race.
88 RACING LORE: KYLE LEWIS 90 LITTLE BIG MEN: TCR’S TROY CARDIEL 100 MEN WHO MATTER: DONNIE HANSEN
WE RIDE BLAKE BAGGETT’S KX250F
What did Blake Baggett do after he won the 2012 AMA 250 National Championship? If you said, “He went to Disneyland,” you’d be wrong. Instead, he gave his Pro Circuit KX250F to MXA.
124 126 128 132 134 136 138 HJC RPHA-X HELMET LEATT KID’S JUNIOR CHEST PROTECTOR LIGHTSPEED KX450F SKID PLATE RIDE ENGINEERING KX250F BRAKE CALIPER MAX TECH TOYS PSYCHO CYCLE SPECBOLT 120-PIECE HONDA BOLT KIT SYSTEM RIG SHARK BITE FOOTPEGS
54 62 64 74 HIT PARADE: COOL STUFF CLASSIC IRON: YANKEE 500 Z TWIN TEAM TESTED: PRODUCT ANALYSIS DREAM JOBS: TOMLIN, McCLURE, ZAGO
WE RIDE RICKY’S LORETTA LYNN RM-Z
The MXA wrecking crew tested our first Ricky Carmichael bike over 17 years ago, and we are still testing them today. We take the bike that Ricky raced at Loretta Lynn’s for a spin.
12 JODY’S BOX 44 MAIL ENTRIES 24 MOTO IN MOTION 130 HOW TO SUBSCRIBE 36 ON THE MAINJET 170 GREAT MOMENTS
2013 MXA 250 FOURSTROKE SHOOTOUT
We can’t tell you what the best bike is for your riding style, weight or skill level, but we can tell you what the best bike in “Motocross Action’s 2013 250 Four-Stroke Shootout” is.
WARNING: Much of the action depicted in this magazine is potentially dangerous. Virtually all of the riders seen in our photos are experienced experts or professionals. Do not attempt to duplicate any stunts that are beyond your own capabilities. Always wear the appropriate safety gear.
ON THE COVER: Blake Baggett led the 250 National Championship points chase all summer long. We were lucky enough to take it off his hands. Photos by John Basher.
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