however, boot companies such as Gaerne, TCX, Fox,
Alpinestars and Sidi have broken the mold of the plain
Jane white and black boots by offering bold, bright colors.
So, instead of just having one or two pairs of white boots
from each company, we went through a total of 27 different boots of all different colorways in 2015.
17. Although there are hundreds of orange
helmets in the MXA arsenal, the majority of
them are retired in Jody’s barn. Right now
we have in total 16 size mediums and 1 size
small (for our minicycle test riders) in rotation. (To fit the
MXA mold, you must have a medium-sized head.) We
have multiples of each helmet, although we rotate them
to keep them looking fresh for photos.
59. For each photo shoot we want our riders
to look their best. Not only do they wear new
gear, but for each shoot they have a new set
of goggles as well. Last year our testers used
59 pairs of goggles for photo shoots only. If the goggle
still looked new after a single use, we used it again, but
never for a third time.
936. With all the riding that the wrecking crew does, we go through a lot of
gas. On average, we burn through 18
gallons of gas per week. That equals
936 gallons per year. The majority of the gas we use is
91 octane, although in some of the project bikes and two-strokes we run either straight race gas or a 50/50 blend
of race gas and pump gas to keep the bikes running
smoothly. If we need race fuel for a test bike, we use VP
Racing fuel for consistency. ;
72,059. Last year, between
four MXA staffers and a few
freelance contributors, our
photographers hit the trigger
72,059 times to capture the content for 12
issues of Motocross Action magazine. That
constitutes 576 gigabytes of data, which is
more memory than Neil Armstrong’s moon
lander had, that is stored and backed up on
MXA’s servers. Only 1/45th of those photos
actually made it into the magazine.
1636. Through 12 issues of
Motocross Action magazine in
2015, only 1636 photos were
used out of the 72,059 that
were snapped by our photographers. It’s
not that our photographers use the spray-and-pray method of shooting; it’s just that
they make sure to get every possible angle.
When we sit down to lay out the next
issue, some shots just may work better
66. In 2015 the MXA wrecking crew tested and wrote
full reviews on 66 machines.
That averages out to 5. 5 bikes
per month. Out of those 66 bikes, eight
were full-factory bikes, such as Cooper
Webb’s outdoor YZ250F, Jason Anderson’s
Supercross FC450 and Junya Takenaka’s
full-works RM-Z250WS. Twenty-three were
project bikes that either MXA built or someone built for us.
Within the year we tested all the 2015 new-model bikes, as
well as some of the 2016 bikes at the end of the year, for
a total number of 35 new-model bike tests. Not bad for a
year’s worth of work.
19. We took the 66 bikes we tested and rode
them on 19 different tracks scattered around
the country, with a few being abroad. We test
and ride different tracks because you do. This
helps us understand how bikes run and handle in different
terrain, weather and altitudes.
72. For each bike MXA tests, an action shoot
takes place with one of our photo riders for
the magazine. If you haven’t noticed, the test
riders wear a new set of gear for each shoot.
That adds up to 66 new sets of gear in the 2015 year. Not
only is the gear new, we virtually never run the same color
gear twice. So, how did we get the number 72? The other
six sets of gear were used for product tests.
35. MXA is in the business of testing the best
and worst products on the market. Last year
the wrecking crew tested 35 different exhaust
systems on an assortment of different bikes.
Some were good, others great and a few horrible. For many
of the different test pipes, the wrecking crew had a hand
in the development process.
27. There was once a time when the most popular boot colors were black and white. Since
black doesn’t photograph well, MXA always
used white boots. Not many companies made
more than the two colors anyway. In the last few years,
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