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Rider Downunder | Issue 109 – September 2014
Second Cousins — Do you want a two-stroke or a four-stroke? It’s never that simple, we know. But with this shootout between a Husqvarna TE 300 and KTM 350 XC-F, two of the best all-round dirt bikes made, we can give you the pros and cons of each to help make that decision easier!
2014 Husqvarna TC 125 — With lineage to the original two-stroke motocrossers, a whole lot of high-end parts, the TC 125 is not your typical one-twenny, son.
Best of the Best — What was the best four-fifty motocrosser of 2014? Well, since we’ve ridden ‘em all, we are able to tell you. Just in time to get a good deal from your local dealer, too!
Bombs Away — Can you imagine an electric bike that has the torque and speed that is similar to a 125 motocrosser, the specs and parts a high-end downhill mountain bike, and the agility of something in between the two? Well, imagine no longer, as the Stealth range of electric bikes are here…
Red Bull X-Fighters — All the action from Munich!
The Future — Motocross bikes are in a constant state of change, fuelled by racers’ desire to go ever faster and engineers’ determination to design and build technology to help them do it. From exotic materials to hybrid motors, we look at what the future might hold for motocross machines.
She’s a Romaniac! — How’d the Kiwis do at Romaniacs? Find out!
Lord of the Springs — As Levi Sherwood continues to compete at the top level, he needs to trust that his bike will make it through each of his runs, but he’s in safe hands thanks to his mechanic, Chad Geib. We sat down with Chad to see what it’s like to work with our mate, Levi, mixing travel and work, as well as his recent trip down to New Zealand!
It’s Offlimits! — But you can still come along on the adventure that was Offlimits’ Winter Buster!
The Searle Swerve — Tommy Searle is one of the most stylish and fastest riders over jumps, helped by developing his own unique style of scrubbing to keep his trajectory low, using the ‘Scandi Flick’ as he goes up the face of a double jump – yup, we teach you how to do the ‘Searle Swerve’!
Plus, the usual tips, tricks, columns and news from here and all over the globe!
Bike Rider TV
2012-2013 Husky NZ Off-Road Model Overview04:57Chris explains the current crop of husqvarna off-roaders to land in nz. music by devils elbow, hit your head music track: trouble album: broken record syndrome
How To Tighten Spokes00:54Greg power explains how to check your bike's spokes.
How To Do Wheelies02:5Chris power explains how to do basic wheelies, such as you'd use for riding over obstacles.
2013 Yamaha WR450F06:24Chris power's 2013 season wr450f yamaha off-road enduro team race bike.
Riding Tip: How-To Ride Over Dropoffs01:42Chris power explains two methods for how to ride over drop-offs
What To Carry In Your Trail Riding Bum Bag04:17Greg power with some tips on what to take when riding the trails.
How To Lockwire Handgrips03:32Greg from power adventures demonstrates how to lockwire your bike's handgrips. music: dan-o www.danosongs.com
2013 RM-Z250 and RM-Z45006:45Broxy tests the 2013 rm-z 250 and 450 from suzuki at pirini. music by soundjig: www.soundjig.com
Bike Tip: Trail Bike Setup02:59Greg power brings us some basic pointers for setting up your trail bike.
Kawasaki 2013 KX250F07:44Broxy takes to the test track with kawasaki's lites class weapon, and is suitably impressed.
KTM 350 XC-F06:9Greg de lautour tests the 2013 ktm 350 xc-f, and discovers it's an extremely versatile machine.
WR450F vs 450 EXC vs RMX450Z vs FE450 vs TE44912:59We test the five 450 efi enduro machines to see which of the big bore 2012 off-roaders is most competent. music by devils elbow - track "valley scene".
2013 Honda CRF450R09:4Broxy hits the track on highly anticipated 2013 honda crf450r to see if the heavily overhauled mx weapon beats it's predecessor.
RM-Z450 Sportspro Special06:15Broxy takes the sportspro project bike for a blast around woodhill to see what difference a few bling bits make to an already great bike.
CRC Speedshow 201225:11While we were at the 2012 crc speedshow, we caught up with some of the exhibiting motorcycle distributors and stars of the show. song: the secret weapon artist: tempo 38 hit your head music
Long Way Around12:37Paul and kevin set off on an adventure, also starring honda's vfr1200x and yamaha's super ténéré.
Fieldays 201210:13We went to the 2012 edition of the new zealand agricultural fieldays and checked in with the motorcycle and accessory distributors exhibiting at the event.
Husqvarna CR15006:45Broxy checks out husqvarna's cr125, but with a 150 kit thrown in for good measure. music: 'the hard part' provided courtesy of devils elbow, hit your head music.
CRF450X04:0Councillor toby checks in with the old faithful 2011 crf450x, honda's faithful enduro weapon.
YZ/CR500 Fi06:55The yzr 500 fi - a yz450 frame with modern, Öhlins components married to a cr 500 engine, sans the carburetor. to our knowledge this is the first time a 500cc high performance two-stroke has been successfully fuel-injected.
2012 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition07:49We got hold of a 2012 (and a half) ktm 450 sx-f, ryan dungey's factory edition, of which only 400 units were built to satisfy ama regulations.
RM-Z450 Onboard - Weapon of Choice06:16One of mr. whyte's two timed runs from the weapon of choice gravel shootout, aboard his suzuki rm-z450. it's worth noting that his first run was quicker than his second, and was only 12 seconds behind the evo on that run, despite the car having a massive top speed advantage on the open straights.
Evo 8 Onboard - Weapon Of Choice05:55People have been asking for full onboard from our "weapon of choice" gravel shootout video, so here's a full run of carl in his evo 8. if you haven't seen the mx vs enduro vs quad vs rally vs utv gravel sprint, head to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiwir_uxn8s to watch.
Weapon of Choice06:4So, what's fastest around a 10km gravel track: a motocrosser or enduro bike? that race would be pretty interesting. but what if you added a few more machines into the mix, such as an atv, a utv and a top-end rally car? who do you think would win then? we headed to maramarua forest, in little ol' new ..
2013 KX450F04:59Back in late summer broxy tested the 2013 incarnation of the kawasaki kx450f, a bike we picked as the best of the 2013 mx1 machines, and we're sure mr. villopoto will agree. thanks to tempo 38/hit your head music for the sweet tunes!
YZ450F 201307:1Broxy checks out what the blue brand has done to tune the yz450f for 2013. music by danosongs.com
Flyboard05:49We got the call from craig brown @ mr. motorcycles to come and have a go on the latest product he's got instore... ...and it's awesome! huge thanks to devils elbow/hit your head music for the tunes.
JCR YZ450 and YZ25005:16Nz's own josh coppins gives us the lowdown on his jcr yamaha team 2013 yz mx1 and mx2 race bikes. as raced by import billy mackenzie and queenstown's scotty columb. full interview in dirt rider downunder #94. thanks to devils elbow/hit your head music for the music. check them out!
Cooper's 2013 Championship RM Z45003:49Broxy tests cody cooper's 2013 nz mx1 championship-winning motocity suzuki rm-z450
Honda Pioneer Launch03:40Paul checks out the latest side x side from honda, the pioneer
Kayne Lamont Husqvarna TC25005:9Broxy checks out kayne lamont's 2014 nz mx2 winning husqvarna tc250
Polaris RZR1000XP03:40Mike checks out the latest off-road craze. two side-by-sides from polaris - the rzr900 and rzr1000