Still, the beauty of motocross is that talent is the most
important factor in determining the outcome of a race.
We’ve witnessed guys on claptrap relics blow the doors
off riders jockeying $15,000 money pits. Money may be
required for participation, but it’s not the key to success.
MXA has tested every conceivable type of motocross
bike—from Ricky Carmichael’s $100,000 works Honda to
A high level of trust is required for an MXA test rider to pitch a bike flat in a corner, such as on the previous page. The Hot Cams
Kawasaki KX450F is confidence-inspiring, thanks to excellent suspension and a monster powerplant. Those attributes, along with
the comfort of Renthal bars and a durable Moto Seat, made us feel at home.
HOT CAMS’ KX450F
We’ve had good luck with Tusk’s 270mm oversized front-brake
rotor kit. Given the power and curb weight of the Kawasaki
KX450F, an oversized brake rotor is a must-have. At $119.99,
the oversized Tusk kit was very inexpensive for the performance
gain. The Tusk wheels, at $499.99, were also a bargain.
The $399 Holeshot Link locks the rear end down by 130mm for
starting. It releases after hitting a bump. It was remarkably
efficient at keeping the rear end tracking straight. Better yet,
MB1 is selling the HSL incorporated into a longer link arm than
stock for better handling on the KX450F.