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102 2018 MOTOCROSS BIKE
The motocross world still mixes two-
stroke and four-strokes freely. The 2018
crop of closed-course competition bikes
is as big and varied as ever.
116 ISDE, 2017
For the first time in history, the U.S. went
to the ISDE as the defending champion
and the pre-race favorite. As it turns out,
we like being underdogs better.
124 AMERICAN HERO
When you’ve been deployed, attacked,
shot at and decorated, there’s nothing
that the Baja 1000 can do to throw you
off your game, not even when you ride it
14 RAW FILES
34 RIDERS WRITE
98 SUBSCRIPTION INFO/GIFT CARD
128 ASTERISK CELL KNEE BRACE
130 NEW PRODUCTS
132 MR. KNOW-IT-ALL
138 BACK IN THE DAY