WARNING: Much of the action depicted in this magazine is potentially dangerous. Virtually all of the riders seen in our photos are experienced experts or professionals. Do not attempt to duplicate any stunts that are beyond your own capabilities. Always wear the appropriate
safety gear. Dirt Bike does all of its testing and photography legally on public land, or private land with permission from the owner(s), and we
abide by the local laws concerning vehicle registration and muffler/spark arrester requirements. We are not responsible for quality of aftermarket accessories we use.
DIRT BIKE • MAY 2016• VOLUME 46, NO. 5
ON THE COVER: KTM’s 450SX-F Factory Edition is a preview of 2017. Throttle, Mark. Trigger, Ron.
ON THIS PAGE: Cotton Haaker tests the outer limits of sanity at the King of the Moto’s extreme off-road race. Photo by Mark Kariya.
68 HUSQVARNA 701 ENDURO
What happens when you take one of the most
powerful single-cylinder motorcycle motors in the
world and wrap it in a Swedish flag? Adventure with
74 THE GOODS
Check out this month’s glimpse into the Dirt Bike
back room where we find, gather and test the prod-
ucts that make adventure more accessible.
62 HILL-CLIMB SECRETS
We still have hills in our test zone that only Ty Davis
can climb. We cornered him and used sodium thio-
pental to extract his secrets and methods.
76 SOFT/INTERMEDIATE TIRES
The ultimate specialty for off-road motorcycle tires
is having no specialty. This is a look at the top soft
and intermediate tires that bridge the gap between
82 FLAT FIGHTERS
There’s a happy zone between too much and too little
air pressure where tires work best. Unfortunately,
there’s another zone to avoid flats. Here’s how they
can come together.
84 WP CONE VALVE FORK, TRAX SHOCK
WP is no longer a small Dutch company making
OE suspension. It’s now entirely owned by KTM in
Austria and is making high-end aftermarket forks and
86 KING OF THE MOTOS
America’s most difficult desert race is a mixture of
trials, Hare & Hound and EnduroCross. The King of
the Motos is extreme riding at its most extreme.
94 WORCS SOUTH POINT
It’s not motocross, it’s not Arenacross and it’s not
a GP. The WORCS South Point event is racing within
the bowels of a casino and isn’t like anything Vegas
has seen before.
16 RAW FILES
28 RIDERS WRITE
98 SUBSCRIPTION INFO/GIFT CARD
100 BDCW DUALLY LIGHTS
102 NEW PRODUCTS
104 MR. KNOW-IT-ALL
106 DIRT BIKE READER SURVEY
114 BACK IN THE DAY