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34 KTM 300XC
If this were the only dirt bike on earth, would it be such a bad thing? The
KTM 300XC gives legitimacy to the two-stroke faithful who maintain that a
four-stroke just can’t work as well for off-road riding.
40 SUZUKI RM-Z450
Usually, manufacturers go to great lengths to make unchanged motorcycles
look new and exciting. Suzuki went the other way with the new RM-Z450. It
has stunning improvements under a dull exterior.
46 HUSQVARNA FC250
The rebirth of Husqvarna continues. The FC250 is the 250 four-stroke
motocross bike based on the KTM 250SX-F. That means it’s fast, but is
there anything that sets it apart from its orange twin?
52 KTM 250SX-F
Consider this part two of the Husqvarna FC250 test listed above. The KTM
is the original and was used by Jason Thomas to win the West Coast 250
Supercross title this year. For 2015 it’s a better MX bike than ever.
56 BETA 350RR EFI
Beta, as you might or might not know, is an independent Italian company
making high-end motorcycles. It isn’t owned by KTM or BMW, and its prod-
ucts are amazingly refined. The 350 is the first EFI Beta.
62 TAYLOR ROBERT’S ISDE RIDE
Talyor Robert is KTM’s most versatile rider. He’s likely to show up almost
anywhere riding anything in the KTM line. This is a look at the 500XC-W
that he will ride in the E3 class at this year’s ISDE.
78 THE KX250 WINS AGAIN!
For the 10 Hours of Glen Helen, Robby Bell and Justin Seeds decided to go
retro. They took Seed’s 2003 Kawasaki KX250 two-stroke and built it into a
race winner. Here’s Bell’s take on how they did it.
84 2TALL KTM 350XC-F
Tall riders have suffered enough, taking terrible abuse when they put their
over-stuffed seats on otherwise beautiful dirt bikes. 2Tall raises the tank
and subframe to make the modifications almost invisible.
68 RIDING THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE
Bob Sutton took his Precambrian Kawasaki KLR650 on an epic journey that
saw him touch Mexican soil, and then eventually cross the Canadian border
with almost nothing but dirt in the middle. This is how.
76 THE GOODS
Anyone with an adventure bike knows that the stock bike is only the
starting point. Here are some good diversions to make your bike truly
yours, including products from Yoshimura, Twisted Throttle, IMS and LS2.