After a good badgering by the salesman, I walked out of the dealership with a new pair of the-more-than-I-wanted-pay Alpinestars Tech 8 motocross boots. He convinced me that these were the best moto boots on the market, and that if I cared at all about my feet, these are the boots I needed.
After building my first custom bike at age 14, a 1972 Yamaha GT80 with 1979 Kawasaki KX80 front forks and shocks which turned out remarkably well, I had the itch to build motorcycles.
The history of motocross is one replete with revolutionary designs, followed by consolidation and refinement of the dramatic motorcycle advances.
2012 Motorcycle Race Calendar
Following are the 2012 motorcycle racing calendars/schedules for road racing and off-road racing.
One could argue that the development of motocross bikes in the '00s proceeded at a less-than-rapid pace. Certainly, the bikes showed improvements, but we did not see the developmental leaps that we saw from the riders themselves, who continued to be quite innovative-Bubba Scrub, anyone?
In 1974 I was in high school, deeply embedded in my obsession with the budding sport of motocross. I was the happy owner of a 1973 Honda Elsinore but, as with all riders, was constantly aware of - and in some cases desirous - of other machines.
For the legion of teenage motocrossers across America that were spurred on by Bruce Brown's legendary 1971 documentary, "On Any Sunday," to fall in love with motorcycles and motocross, there was a ready-made off-road machine that became ubiquitous with the MX scene in this country: The Hodaka Super Rat.
For 2012, Honda has revamped the motor of its popular CRF250R, giving the motocross machine a wider powerband and additional low-end and mid-range torque.
To achieve these gains, the 2012 Honda CRF250R features a new cylinder head, camshaft and 46mm throttle body for "a right-now hit of power."
When something is already on top in the dual-sport motorcycling sector, why change much? This was exactly what Husqvarna was thinking when designing the 2012 TE449. For 2012, Husqvarna didn't need to make many modifications to the power of the TE449, considering the motor was already a top performer in the world of dual-sport motorcycles.
Jackpot Challenge Opens Opportunity to Win a Backstage Pass to Monster Energy Supercross
With all eyes on the AMA Supercross season opener in Angel Stadium, Anaheim, Calif., 2012 looks to be the best season of racing yet.
Matrix Concepts had a perfect 2011 AMA Supercross season, and returns with a strong lineup of racers and products for 2012.
With over 13 SX teams testing and using Matrix Concepts products in preparation for 2012, the company based in Valencia, Calif., will support the following top contenders for the 2012 AMA Supercross Season:
For the first time since 1990, the AMA Supercross grid will contain four past champions. And each rider's name evokes a threat to one another - Chad Reed, James Stewart, Ryan Dungey and Ryan Villopoto.
The USA-based lubrication company, Bel-Ray Company, Inc., has extended its partnership with Chad Reed and his Two-Two Motorsports team for the 2012 and 2013 AMA Supercross/Motocross championships, which begins with Anaheim I this weekend.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders will be debuting the 2012 Spring - Pro Circuit Gear from Thor at the opening round of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 7.