84 CHAIN THINK
It’s not glamorous, sexy or pretty, but the
drive chain is one of the most needy parts of
your bike. Since you’re not getting out of this
relationship, you should embrace it and give
it the attention it craves.
88 TOP-END REBUILD
Ten or 20 years ago most off-road riders
did their own engine work. It’s not like that
today. Four-strokes are more complicated
and intimidating, but once you know the drill,
they’re really not so scary.
92 MX SUMMER
The Lucas Oil Pro MX series is in full swing,
and it’s playing out in a very different way
compared to last year. Here are the sights
from the first few rounds.
102 PRO RIDING SECRETS
Cooper Webb is the 21st-century version
of Bob Hannah. We take a look at his all-in
style for cornering and try to take away a
lesson or two.
64 HONDA CB500X
What’s the most affordable multi-cylinder
adventure bike on the market? With the
CB500X, Honda is going after the entry-level
dirt touring rider with a bike that costs less
than a 125cc motocrosser.
68 THE GOODS
If you’re mixing dirt roads with pavement
on long trips, you better come with your
A-game in terms of products and preparation. Here are some suggestions from the
16 RAW FILES
30 RIDERS WRITE
104 TASK RACING LIGHT BAR KIT
106 NEW PRODUCTS
108 MR. KNOW-IT-ALL
114 BACK IN THE DAY
ON THE COVER: Pete Murray grabs a handful of the new Husky TX300 two-stroke. Photo by Ron Lawson.
ON THIS PAGE: In 1978 Roger DeCoster was the epitome of style and at the
top of his game after winning 5 World Championships and 4 Trans-AMA titles.
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 muff-ler/spark arrester requirements. We are not responsible for quality of aftermarket accessories we use.