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DIRT BIKE • DECEMBER 2015• VOLUME 45, NO. 12
ON THE COVER: The Yamaha YZ450FX off-roader is finally here, and Beta’s 300 is definitely a force to reckon with.
ON THIS PAGE: Taylor Robert fought through political drama and tough terrain at this year’s ISDE. Photo: Mark Kariya
64 IDAHO OFF THE PATH
Idaho remains one of the most motorcycle-friendly states
in America. We explore a fraction of what it offers in true
70 TROY LEE DESIGNS ADVENTURE GEAR
For years TLD has had an off-road blind spot. That’s
changed with a new line of enduro and adventure-friendly
74 THE GOODS
All the gear that makes the adventure less adventurous.
This month we have offerings from Leatt, Shoei, Troy Lee
76 USGP, 2015
The last round of the FIM Motocross World Championship
took place in America for the first time in four years. It
was a dramatic race and a breakthrough event.
84 2016 MOTOCROSS BIKE BUYER’S GUIDE
Motocross bikes are where the new technology appears
first, and for 2016, we have more new stuff from more
makers than we’ve seen in a very long time.
94 ISDE, 2015
For the first time in history an American won the Six Days
overall. Yet, disappointment was the predominant emotion in the U.S. pits at the end of this year’s event. Why?
32 RIDERS WRITE
99 SUBSCRIPTION INFO
104 TREAD DOCTOR
105 BDCW SIDE STAND ENLARGER
106 NEW PRODUCTS
108 MR. KNOW-IT-ALL
114 BACK IN THE DAY