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Added a comment about feature First Look: Husqvarna FC 450 Rockstar Edition, and Team Intro 12/7/2017 4:09 PM
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Winning!!!

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Added a comment about feature First Look: 2018 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition 12/5/2017 10:42 PM
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KTM should just make it official and make the bike red. In ten short years they have taken Honda’s spot at the top.

I guess that in a sense you do get more Honda 450 per dollar/per pound.

Orange is the new Red

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Added a comment about video Mac to the Future 69 10/6/2017 9:58 PM
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That was a prime time ready film!!! Awesome!! I second that! Motocross video of the year. Laughed my ass off!

Well done Ronnie and crew

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Added a comment about feature Social Scoop 9/25/2017 5:26 PM
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2018 model that came in last place in shootouts using a motor that's a decade old and a total package that takes the heavy honors.

This is more than likely a by product of no sales and therefore very limited development money.

Suzuki can't support their own race team.

Honda should do a Japanese version of KTM/Husqvarna and buy Suzuki. With the caveat that Suzuki will use Suzuki engineering and platforms.

Suzuki knows how to build amazing Dirtbikes that sell. They just need a good shot in the arm.

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Added a comment about feature 2018 AMA Motocross/Supercross National Rider Numbers 9/20/2017 11:59 PM
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James? Please show. We miss seeing you ride

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Added a comment about video CRASH: Tim Gajser - 2017 MXGP of The Netherlands 9/12/2017 9:00 AM
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2018 Honda CRF450R
Rear travel - 12.4"
Ground clearance - 12.9"

Clearance at full compression - .5"

2018 kTM 450SX

Rear travel - 300mm or 11.8"
Ground clearance - 370mm or 14.6"

Clearance at full compression - 70mm or 2.8"

The new Yamaha 450 has similar clearance specs to the Honda..

2018 Kawasaki KX450F

Rear travel - 12"
Ground clearance - 13.2"
Clearance at full compression - 1.2"

2018 Suzuki RMZ450

Couldn't find rear suspension travel numbers.

Ground clearance 13"

It's reasonable to think that with another
1-2" of clearance at full compression that these buck offs wouldn't be happening:

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Added a comment about video CRASH: Tim Gajser - 2017 MXGP of The Netherlands 9/10/2017 11:00 AM
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What is going on with the CRF450R/set up? It's ridiculous. How can a rider of caliber be expected to have confidence in it?

Ground clearance? Rebound? Forward weight bias?

Get it right Honda, before Ken and Tim get hurt so bad that they don't get up.

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Added a comment about feature 2018 Silly Season, Round 1 9/7/2017 9:40 PM
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Hahaha

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Added a comment about feature Results Sheet: 2017 MXGP of USA - Sunday 9/3/2017 12:34 PM
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Combine top USA scores versus other countries for a hypothetical motocross des nations outcome.


Even though Eli isn't going to participate


The "big What If"

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Added a comment about press release MX Sports Pro Racing Apologizes for Releasing Confirmation of Herlings' Participation at Ironman National 8/23/2017 1:45 PM
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That made me laugh too.

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Added a comment about press release MX Sports Pro Racing Apologizes for Releasing Confirmation of Herlings' Participation at Ironman National 8/23/2017 1:45 PM
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That made me laugh

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Liked a comment on the item First Impressions: 2018 Suzuki RM-Z450 8/4/2017 11:40 AM

Thank you, I really appreciate the words of encouragement for our work, I'm trying!

Added a comment about video First Impressions: 2018 Suzuki RM-Z450 8/4/2017 10:47 AM
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Great review Michael,

I appreciate your candor about the RMZ in pointing out the areas that will require setting changes and so forth. I anticipate that a lighter engine with electric start would bring the bike to a more competitive weight and features with Husqvarna and KTM, but it was not in the budget for 2018.

As one of the honest members of the media, you have one of the most difficult jobs in MX journalism and testing. A manufacturer or company invites you test their new machine, and then you ride it and give them the honest answer. The honest answer actually serves the manufacture better than pandering, but it does have to be a bit difficult. Ex. Thanks for in the invite, but your bike needs work.

The stakes being that readers can sense when a tester is hyping a product to draw in an advertiser and you loose credibility, therefore they no longer read your report. On the other hand, you provide an honest review with negative aspects and the manufacturer or advertisers no longer invite you back.

It's all about the delivery of the message and your craft at doing so is exceptional.

I enjoyed the review.

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Liked a comment on the item Social Scoop 8/2/2017 10:15 AM

The VitalMX KTM came out saweeeeet!!! You know my weakness for white bikes and that one about tops my list. Beautiful machine, well done guys!

Liked a comment on the item RCH Racing and Suzuki Conclude Partnership 7/27/2017 9:57 PM

This is not really that big of a surprise, honestly. Suzuki's have lost every shoot out for the last few years, even though the bike is decent. They swallowed the Jim Jones Cool Aid and went to HORRID air forks, beyond bad, did anyone test them ? Doubtful. and who is the brains behind...more

Added a comment about press release RCH Racing and Suzuki Conclude Partnership 7/27/2017 6:57 PM
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Yep, the 2018 is a 2012. The "new" bike is 6 years late and heavy. In 2012 it would have been on par with the other manufacturer offerings. But in 2018? What sets it apart? What's the competitive advantage? 2012 CRF frame? Massaged 2008 motor?

If Suzuki wants to survive the 4 stroke mess that the AMA (meaning 200cc 2 stroke handicap) helped to create, they need to listen to their former and possible future vet class customers and build the 2018 RM 250 and RM125 out of off the shelf parts. Better yet, an RM400.

Keep doing the insane and your sales won't be.

If this takes too long KTM and Husqvarna will have conquered the vet market for good and Suzuki, a legendary company in motocross history will just be something in a Tom White article.

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Added a comment about news blog Results Sheet: 2017 Australian Motocross Nationals - Shepparton 7/16/2017 1:43 PM
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Well it was cool while
It lasted!

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Added a comment about news blog Results Sheet: 2017 Australian Motocross Nationals - Shepparton 7/16/2017 11:56 AM
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Brett Metcalfe is riding a Husqvarna TC449 two stroke? Is Australia leading the charge on equaling the 2stroke/4 stroke displacements in MX1 and letting the 2 strokes compete??

That's the smartest professional racing sactionaing body move I've seen in 20 years!


Husqvarna should release a TPI TC440. A knockout sucker punch to every other dirtbike manufacturer, Even if the AMA wouldn't immediately allow it for competition, it would sell in droves to vet riders world wide.

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Liked a comment on the item First Look: 2018 Suzuki RM-Z450 6/30/2017 10:23 AM

I agree would be amazing to see a new RM 250 WS 2 Stroke!! Would be a massive sales success im certain.