We’ve had the Sherco SE300 for some time now, and it’s going away next week. It’s been great to get to know the French-made motorcycles better because they’re all new to us. The only other Sherco we have tested was the SC300, which is a very similar motorcycle that we tested two months ago. That bike is a little harder edged for racing, and is based on a motocross model they have in Europe.
We need to say that of the two, we like the SE300 better. It has more power down low and the WP suspension is more cushy. That plays well for the Sherco’s strong suit, which is really tight, twisty trails. The Sherco is one of those rare machines that’s both an excellent racer and a fun trail bike. These days, it’s hard to find both types of bikes in the same package. The bike feels light and maneuverable, although it’s a bit heavier than a 300 KTM or Husky. The power delivery is smoother than either of those and it has a map switch that makes it smoother still.
I shot photos of Pete Murray in one of out secret (read: not entirely legal) riding areas this week. He was distressed to hear it’s going back to Tennessee soon. He doesn’t like it when we hide the good stuff. The test will be in the May print edition of Dirt Bike. For more information on the Sherco off-road line, go to Shercooffroad.com.
2018 HUSQVARNA FX450 TEST IN PROGRESS
We’re also in the process of testing the Husqvarna FX450. This is an off-road bike, but to confess, we’ve been spending most of our time with it on a motocross track. That’s where its roots are. Most of the bike is a direct copy of the FC450 motocrosser, including the motor and the gearbox. It’s a little softer, suspension wise, but the fork is the WP AER 48, so you can pump up the air pressure for motocross. It has a bigger tank, a kickstand and an 18-inch rear wheel.
Even though the Husky is mostly motocross, it won our 2017 off-road shootout. The bikes involved in the story were all like-minded motocross bikes repurposed for off-road: the Honda CRF450RX, the Yamaha YZ450FX and the KTM 450XC-F. Of all those bikes, the Husky had the smoothest power delivery. It’s also wicked fast.
1995 HONDA PROJECT BIKE UPDATE
My 1995 Honda CR250R is coming together, but as usual, it’s behind schedule. I intended to have it 100 percent done this week end for the Big 6 GP at Taft, but some parts still haven’t shown up, as you can see from the dangling chain. I have the engine assembled with Wrench Rabbit bearings, a Vertex piston, a Hinson clutch and a Boyesen Rad Valve. The frame was powder coated by San Diego Powder Coating with a weld-on post for the Scott’s Steering damper. Precision Concepts overhauled the suspension. The wheels are pure art from FasterUSA and RK Excel. The tires are the new Tech 2s from STI. The Exhaust is all Pro Circuit. I’m dying to ride this bike!
YAMAHA YZ65 TO BE REVEALED TOMORROW
Tomorrow, Yamaha will reveal its new YZ65 at the San Diego Supercross. A press conference has been scheduled in the afternoon, so check back here at dirtbikemagazine.com to see it when it happens. You can also see it on Instagram @dirtbikemag or Facebook.
COLE SEELY’S WILD RIDE
WORLD MXGP SEASON WARMING UP!
AREA QUALIFIERS FOR THE AMA AMATEUR NATIONAL MX CHAMPIONSHIP
The first step to qualify for the 37th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by Lucas Oil, begins this weekend in the Southwest region. Arizona Cycle Park in Buckeye, Arizona will play host the first of 57 different Area Qualifiers, this weekend, February 10 and 11.
“This is perhaps the most exciting time of the year as racers get to dust off their motorcycles and get back onto the dirt on their Road to Loretta’s,” said MX Sports Director Tim Cotter. “The organizers for the AMA Area Qualifiers are all prepped and ready to go and ready to welcome an estimated 25,000 entries at their race tracks for the 2018 season.”
Arizona Cycle Park in Buckeye, Arizona will play host the first of 57 different Area Qualifiers, this weekend, February 10 and 11.
The Area Qualifiers serve as the first phase in qualifying for the world’s largest and most prestigious amateur motocross championship. The Regional Championships then serve as the next step to seed riders into the National Championship. Only riders who finish in a qualifying position at a Regional Championship are eligible to race the National the week of July 30 through August 4, 2018 in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
The AMA Amateur National Championship is the world’s largest and most prestigious amateur motocross race where riders from all over the world compete in the National class structure that includes classes for youth riders on 50cc bikes all the way up to vet and senior classes.
As with past years, the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Race Gas program will be in effect for the Area Qualifiers in 2018. Participants who race in at least one class will receive $10 in Race Gas Cash, which can be used on any product purchased on the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC website.
The Area Qualifiers serve as the first phase in qualifying for the world’s largest and most prestigious amateur motocross championship.
The 2018 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by Lucas Oil, takes place July 30 through August 4 at the renowned Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
To view the full schedule of Area Qualifiers, click HERE. For more information on the AMA Amateur National, visit the series official website at www.mxsports.com or call (304) 284-0101. Join the conversation on the event’s social media channels, along with receiving the most up-to-date news and exclusive content.
2018 RMZ450 G3-LD GOLD VALVE
Race Tech has just released a new Gold Valve Shock Kit for the Showa BFRC shock found on the 2018 RMZ450. The innovative “Balance Free” twin-tube shock design has potential but also has its own special challenges. In stock form, test riders complained about both harshness as well as a wallowy feel.
This shock design greatly benefits from Gold Valves that drastically changes the flow characteristic. Gold Valves eliminate restriction and allow the valve stack to provide precise control. The Race Tech Gold Valve Shock Kit provides a plush, consistant, yet firm feel with drastically improved bottoming resistance.
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