Dirt Bike May 2018

ON THE COVER: The Husqvarna FX450 four-stroke joins forces with icons of the past to grace this issue. Photos: Mark and Ron.

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Dirt Bike May 2018

BIKES

HUSQVARNA FX450
It’s based on one of the fastest, best motocross bikes on earth, but this is an off-road bike—or is it? How well does the Husky FX450 really work on the trail?
125 SHOOTOUT
Two-strokes are regaining a foothold in the American motocross scene, but the selection is still limited to these four bikes. How do they compare in today’s MX market?
SHERCO 300SE-R
When a bike suddenly appears on the radar screen by winning the Roof of Africa and earning a podium in the Tennessee Knockout, it’s worth a closer look. America, meet the Sherco 300SE-R.

PROJECTS

REVO ROCKET
Back in 1995 the Honda CR250R outsold all the other motocross bikes on the market by a large margin. They’re still out there. The Honda is a perfect subject for a Revo-class racer.
PROJECT BIKE SPOTLIGHT
The two-stroke Revolution is in full swing, and the Gas Gas 300 is the perfect poster child. It could even be yours!
FACTORY PHIL’S KX125
The last 125 to hold off the 250 four-stroke invasion was the Kawasaki KX125 of the early 2000s. Phil Valdez recreates the bike that defended two-stroke honor to the end.

FEATURES

KTM JR. SUPERCROSS CHALLENGE
If you were 8 years old and got to ride in front of 50,000 people, can you imagine what that would be like? We don’t have to imagine, as team Dirt Bike invades the KTM Jr. SX Challenge.
TROUBLESHOOT YOUR FOUR-STROKE
How do you know when your four-stroke is trying to ask for help? Here are some troubleshooting tips that will help you hear the cries.
HELMET BUYER’S GUIDE
If you’re lucky, you’ll never have to test your helmet to the ultimate degree. In case you do, you’ll want to collect as much information as possible on the off-road bucket list.
OFF-ROAD REPORT
Spring is here and off-road racing is alive again. Here are several of the spring openers and even a few winter wonders.