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30 KTM 250SX-F FACTORY EDITION
In order to get a new bike for Marvin Musquin, KTM had to import a few hun-
dred for the rest of America. The result is a bike that’s lighter, faster and more
expensive than anything in the class.
38 HUSQVARNA DESERT SLED
Once upon a time the desert was dominated by guys like J.N. Roberts, Whitey
Martino and Malcolm Smith. They all rode Husqvarnas. We ride the reincarna-
tion of those desert dominators.
46 GAS GAS EC300E
When a formula works as well as this, change isn’t always a good thing. For
almost 20 years the Gas Gas 300 has remained one of the best extreme enduro
52 HUSQVARNA FE501S, BETTER THAN NEW
No one will believe you when you say that the Husky FE501S needs nothing to be
a great dirt bike. It’s true. But, it still responds to thoughtful modifications and
58 KAWASAKI KX450F, BETTER THAN NEW
In our ongoing love affair with the Kawasaki KX450F, we want it all. The bike
remains our favorite 450 motocrosser, but it can—and did—get better.
64 PROJECT BIKE SPOTLIGHT RM-Z450
When we build a really cool project bike, we love to show it off. The RM-Z450 got
attention from Chaparral, Hinson, Matrix, RAL Motorsports, Boyesen and Maxxis.
80 HUSQVARNA FE350 FIXES
This bike remains the best-selling model in the new Husqvarna line. We tested
it last month and kept right on messing with it, making it better and better with
68 KTM SUPER ADVENTURE
KTM’s newest adventure bike has arrived. The 1290 has 1301cc and 160 horse-
power, but that’s not the real story. The battle has shifted to the electronic
front, and innovations are coming fast.
72 MICRO ADVENTURE
Most adventure rides are a mix of wildly different bikes and different riders. We
go to the extreme and discover that diversity can change the whole adventure in
a good way.
78 THE GOODS
Any given adventure has four big components: the people, the bikes, the location
and the gear. The last of these is worth a monthly examination.