VENDETTA AGAINST TM
What has MXA got against TM?
TM makes the most advanced
motocross bikes in the world, and
they never get any love in MXA.
You did a 2015 two-stroke shootout
and didn’t include them. What’s
There is no deal. MXA has tested every TM model brought into
the USA, including the TM 125MX,
TM 144MX, TM 250MX and TM
300MX two-strokes, plus the TM
250FI and TM 450FI four-strokes.
The real answer to your question is
that we can’t test bikes that don’t
exist in the USA. There were no
TMs imported to the USA in the
last year; however, there is now a
new TM importer, and we are
currently testing the 2015 TM
MX250-2T for an upcoming issue.
The new importer is Gravity
Racing in Banning, California. They
can be reached at (951) 850-6021.
A CARTOON CHARACTER
If you had asked me a couple years
ago if I’d like to see cartoons in my
favorite motocross magazine, I would
have said no, but I gotta admit that
MXA’s cartoons add something special
to the stories they illustrate. I mention
this because I was at Farleigh Castle
for the Vet MXDN and talked
to Doctor D there.
ODE TO THE BAR GRAPH
Although I understand the typical
dyno chart, I was impressed with
TIME TO RECALIBRATE
In your “250 Two-Stroke Shootout,”
you did not mention the cost factor.
I’m sure that the Yamaha YZ250 is
significantly cheaper than the KTM
250SX, and therefore that savings
could be used to buy performance
parts (e.g., brakes, pipe, reeds, etc.)
for the YZ, then you would be
comparing apples to apples.
Your theory is sound, but your
math is fuzzy. There is only a $9
difference in the suggested retail
price of a 2015 Yamaha YZ250
($7290) and a 2015 KTM 250SX
MXA’s rendition of dyno information
in the January and February 2015
issues. Presenting the horsepower
figures as bar graphs at significant
points along the powerband curve
allowed me to actually see where
each bike worked or didn’t work.
Old-school, squiggly-line dyno curves
overlap each other so much that
it’s hard to tell what’s happening.
Another reason why MXA is the best
at testing bikes.
MXA’S MEANEST MOMENTS
I laughed all the way through
“Memorable MXA Test Bike Quotes”
on page 22 of the February 2015
issue. I confess to reading lots of
motorcycle magazines, but none of
them are willing to be as brutal as
MXA when it comes to bike tests.
My favorite quote, as a Kawasaki
KX450F owner, was, “The stock chain
guide will get chewed up faster than
a single-flipper sea lion in the Great
MXA’S MEANEST MOMENTS 2
As a male racer, I was not
offended by the sexist “Memorable
MXA Bike Test Quote” that said, “If
you are from the school of thought
that 450cc motocross bikes are too
powerful for mortal man, this is your
bike. It is definitely not too powerful
for mortal man nor woman.” But,
my sister was.
Your sister is a little too touchy on
this subject. Read the sentence again.
Boiled down to its essence, it states
that the 2015 Honda CRF450 is not
too powerful for man or woman.
MXA’S MEANEST MOMENTS 3
“The meek shall inherit the earth,
but they won’t have any trophies
to show for it,” is a cool quote. I’m
thinking of getting it tattooed on
Why don’t you spray paint it on
the hood of your car first to see if
it grows on you, because you’ll be
getting a new car in a few years, but
you are stuck with that arm for life.
2015 TM 250MX.
The Doctor is
in the house.
2015 Yamaha YZ250.