38 OFF-ROAD 450 SHOOTOUT
Honda, Husqvarna, KTM and Yamaha all have
come to the “closed-course, competition off-road” table, starting a war of definitions, as
well as dirt bikes.
54 YAMAHA YZ250X
Last year Yamaha adopted the yes-we-can
attitude when it came to making an off-road
two-stroke. The YZ250X was a hit, and it’s
back with a permanent position in the off-road hierarchy.
62 SUZUKI RMX450Z
Most people would rather forget 2010 and
the financial troubles of that time. Suzuki,
however, had some unfinished business from
that year. The RMX450Z is back to reclaim
its place in the dirt.
68 KTM 250XC-W
Back in the days where there were enough
250cc off-road two-strokes to make a full
class, the KTM 250 was king, year after
year. Today’s version of that bike is still
around, and still royalty.
76 BETA XTRAINER
If you were a fan of the KTM or Kawasaki
200s from the past, you have two choices:
sit around bemoaning the good old days or
embrace the Beta Xtrainer. Your choice.
84 PROJECT MILLENNIAL FALCON
There was a period when two-strokes were
considered a thing of the past. For those who
grew up in that era, the discovery process
can be sweet and smoky.
90 ADVENTURE: DAKAR SPECIAL
The Dakar Rally is never easy. This year it
was particularly difficult, as weather and
fatigue combined to take a toll on the riders.
Ricky Brabec’s story is an adventure of epic
106 SUPERCROSS HARDWARE
Guys like Kenny Roczen, Ryan Dungey and
Chad Reed aren’t common riders, so they
don’t ride common bikes. Check out the
hardware of MX from the early rounds of
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ON THE COVER: Over a 30-year period the KTM 250XC-W
and its ancestors have been part of an undefeated off-road
dynasty. Photo: Ron Lawson.
ON THIS PAGE: Beta’s Joe Wasson was last year’s H&H pro
number-one holder. He moved up, led the first national briefly and
ended up fifth. Photo: Mark Kariya