When evaluating youth motorcycles, we have some very specific standards. For the 2012 Yamaha TT-R110E to be a success, it has to be durable, reliable, and easy to use. The subtleties of suspension and handling are important, of course, but this is a motorcycle for young learners, not racers.
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?
The history of motocross is one replete with revolutionary designs, followed by consolidation and refinement of the dramatic motorcycle advances.
When we last tested the Kawasaki KLX110 dirt bike, we came away impressed by its durability and capabilities, but less than satisfied with its features. At the top of the to-do list we sent to Kawasaki was the addition of an electric starter and the implementation of fourth gear (it was in the transmission of the old three-speed, but locked out).
Monster Looks For New Riders.
Despite the undocumented risk that CPSC sees that motorcycles are toys (they most certainly are not) and that children will try to eat them (they aren’t that tasty, even with green sauce), the Kawasaki KLX110 is an outstanding mount for the up-and-coming young motorcyclist.
Off-Road Racer, Supercrosser.
One might not expect a supercross-based bike to make a great woods machine, but KTM has pulled that trick off with the 250 XC-F. Utilizing KTM’s outstanding SX-F chassis and DOHC, 4-valve, e-start motor, the XC-F works as both a single-track race bike, as well as a high-end trail bike.
Yes, it's the 21st century, but the notion of a high-performance electric dirt bike that could be as much fun to ride as, and possibly competitive with, a petrol-powered dirt bike seems to be about as real as the Tooth Fairy. I can't imagine being able to dice with a buddy on the MX track, and be able to have a conversation with him at the same time.