June 2019 VOLUME 49 / NO. 6
RACE EDITION SHOOTOUT
The Honda CRF Works Edition versus the Husqvarna FE450 Rockstar Edition versus the KTM 450SXF Factory Edition in a battle of the race replicas.
KAWASAKI KX500 SUPERCROSS EDITION
Tyler Bowers went old school for the Red Bull Straight Rhythm with a bike that Mike LaRocco would have loved.
America loved the 200 trail bike. So why did it go away? No one really knows the answer to that, but the guys at Beta have filled the void with a little Italian flair.
Do you really want to send a first-timer out there on a 250 motocross bike or a 300-pound dual-sport? Honda has a solution called the CRF250F.
PROJECT BIKE SPOTLIGHT
We call it the KTM 250GP, but it’s really a four-stroke killer. The NGPC still sees 250 two-strokes in the same class as 250 four-strokes. Two-strokes love a level playing field.
It’s the flagship for the adventure bike world as a whole, and this year the big BMW has new technology that allows it to compete with any bike made on a sheer performance level.
THE SONORA RALLY
Every sport needs a farm league, and the Dakar Rally is no different. If you have international rally racing in your plans, Sonora is where you start.
Whether it’s a cross-continental trek or an after-work excursion, you need the right stuff. Here’s this month’s selection of adventure goods that are filled to the brim.
GO FAST, TAKE CHANCES
The Mint was once the most glamorous desert race in the world, starting from downtown Vegas and taking riders on an epic journey through Nevada. How long ago was that? 2019!
THE FLORIDA STING
The calendar might say otherwise, but the real race season starts each year at the beginning of March in Florida. Everything else is just warm-up and practice.
THE HUSKY CHAMPIONSHIPS
If you want to go vintage bike racing but you’re afraid you aren’t nerdy and uptight enough, there’s a band of Husqvarna buffs who have an event just for you.
Ain’t America great? There couldn’t be two
places more different than the Florida jungle and the Arizona desert, yet that’s what off-road racing in the U.S. offers on any given week.
HOW TO SPLAT
Okay, we know that 99.999 percent of the dirt bike riders in America can’t do this and should never try. Still, it’s a great thing to watch.