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34 KTM FACTORY EDITIONS
Each year KTM works the system by importing enough race bikes for AMA homologa-
tion prior to the start of the Supercross season. We benefit by getting the Factory
Editions, which are more stunning than ever for 2015.
40 PROJECT YZ250 TWO-STROKE
Yamaha gave the two-stroke faithful something to talk about for 2015 with updates
to the timeless YZ250. We pick up where Yamaha left off, making a full-race off-road
bike with parts from Rekluse, FMF and Boyesen.
46 HUSQVARNA FE501 S
The off-road version of this machine was our Bike of the Year in 2014, and it’s even
better now that it’s street-legal. The Husqvarna has the same basic motor as the
KTM 500XC-W, and it remains one of the best in the world.
54 YAMAHA WR250F & YZ250FX
Yamaha was right on schedule with a fuel-injected redesign of the WR250F, but
went completely off the reservation with the YZ250FX. The X is a shot at KTM and
proves that Yamaha isn’t afraid of off-road performance anymore.
62 HUSQVARNA TE125
Frankly, there’s no argument against a 125 off-road bike that makes any sense. It’s
only an image issue and an overabundance of testosterone that keeps small two-
strokes from outselling everything else in the off-road universe.
68 MR. WIZARD’S KTM 500XC-W
The off-roader was lowered then fit with a new throttle body. Now it flat hauls
74 PRECISION CONCEPTS KTM SUSPENSION
John Bumgarner, our resident KTM guinea pig, took his 2014
300XC two-stroke to Precision Concepts with a clear list of
likes and dislikes. In the end, only the like list came back.
78 CASELLI FOUNDATION CUSTOM KTM
When the Caselli Foundation was created, the goal was to make racing
safer. One year later, the results are already clear. The Roland Sands Caselli
Foundation KTM project bike is one example of how it was done.
84 RICKY BRABEC’S CHAMPIONSHIP
One year ago, Ricky Brabec was a virtual unknown. Now he’s an
unknown with three championships to his credit. This is the story of
Kawasaki’s best off-road season in years, and how Kawasaki had
nothing to do with it.
100 TECATE 100
Once upon a time the name Tecate was associated with more than a cheap
Mexican beer. It was the most fearsome enduro in the west. It came back
at the end of 2014 and was deserving of its reputation.