38 STRAIGHT OUTTA JAPAN
Each year the All-Japan MX Nationals
feature some of the most exotic racing
hardware of the year. The 2017 running
of the event didn’t disappoint and provides a preview of things to come.
58 KAWASAKI KX125 RECLAIMED!
It still holds the record as the winningest
pro motocross bike in the U.S. Pro Circuit
pays homage to the timeless KX125, giv-
ing it a new life and a new look.
64 HUSQVARNA FE450
Husqvarna offers a 450 dual-sport bike,
something that no other major motorcycle maker has in its regular line-up. We
explore the Husky FE450, then we find
and fix its only real shortcoming.
70 HONDA XC2 CHAMPION
Trevor Bollinger won Honda’s first-ever
XC2 off-road championship, then was
moved up to the 450 class where he
couldn’t display his number-one plate.
We build and ride the bike he can’t.
46 DUAL-SPORT SHOOTOUT
We’ve already determined that the 350cc
motor is the perfect size for hard-core
dual-sport riding. Now we compare the
Beta, Husky and KTM in a battle of the
76 LIVING WITH THE KTM 500EXC
Now that the KTM 500EXC has been
redesigned, is the previous model ready
for retirement? No way. After five years
with a 2012 500EXC, it’s only getting
84 KTM 1090 ADVENTURE R
The adventure war is escalating, and
KTM’s latest deployment is a smaller,
lighter and better version of the 1190
92 CHRISTINI AWD DUAL-SPORT
For a small company to even attempt a
dual-sport bike is tough, given the challenges of dealing with the U.S. government. As if that’s not enough, this one is
ON THE COVER: This year
there are three 350cc dual-sport
bikes that can out-ride most
pure-blooded dirt bikes on the
trail. The Beta, Husqvarna and
KTM are the best the dual-sport
world has ever offered. Photo:
ON THIS PAGE: Thad
Duvell appears to be the one
threat to Kailub Russell’s total
domination of the GNCC series.
Photo Ken Hill.
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