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Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine

Issue 482

For 37 years, Australasian Dirt Bike magazine has been the definitive source of information for off-road motorcyclists – from beginners wondering where to ride and what gear to wear, to seasoned riders getting their monthly fix of racing action and bike hot-up advice. The stories cater to junior riders, ’weekend warrior’ trail riders, full-blown racer-heads and the technically-minded. Bike tests, riding tips, equipment guides, race reports and rider profiles are all delivered with full-colour professional photography.

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australasian dirt bike

THE TEAM EDITOR: Mitch Lees DIGITAL EDITOR: Olly Malone STAFF WRITER: Dylan Ruddy SUB EDITOR: Wolter Kuiper DESIGN: Brendon Wise MOTOCROSS EDITOR: Lee Hogan TECHNICAL EDITOR: Mat Boyd ENDURO EDITOR: Geoff Braico HEALTH EDITOR: Stephen Gall EUROPEAN CORRESPONDENT: Paul Malin US CORRESPONDENT: Steve Matthes FOUNDER: Geoff Eldridge HONOUR ROLL: GE, Tony Kirby, Paul Broomfield CONTRIBUTORS Chad Reed, Simon Cudby, Ben Grabham, Warren Jack, JP Media, Simon Makker, Max Peters, Warren Turner PRODUCTION PRODUCTION MANAGER: Ian Scott ADVERTISING CO-ORDINATOR: Yang Zhou ADVERTISING HEAD OF SALES: Dale Johnson dale.johnson@adbmag.com.au NATIONAL SALES MANAGER: Mark Evans 0422 805 205, mark.evans@adbmag.com.au› QLD SALES MANAGER: Todd Anderson 0409 630 733, todd@motormedia.com.au› MANAGEMENT CITRUS MEDIA PUBLISHER: Jim Flynn 0449 801 899, jim@citrusmedia.com.au…

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adb’s newest recruit

I CAN’T WAIT TO HELP MY SON REBUILD HIS BIKE, JUST LIKE MY DAD DID WITH ME ONLY HOURS BEFORE ADB’s deadline for this issue, I became a dad. I’m sure most fathers would agree, nothing can prepare you for what’s involved in labour and childbirth. What women endure and push through (pun intended) is remarkable. But the emotion of seeing your little one for the first time is indescribable and the anguish your partner has just endured quickly becomes a distant memory (probably more quickly for you than her). My wife gave birth to a son and we’ve named him Jaxon (yes, we opted for the phonetic spelling because that’s all the rage, apparently, plus there’ll be no confusion with motocrosser Jackson Richardson). Sub editor, Wolter Kuiper, reminded me that not many…

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new wr250f breaks cover

YAMAHA’S WR250F HAS been completely revamped, with the Japanese manufacturer adapting the MY19 YZ250F platform for off-road riding. The engine updates include a high-compression forged piston, revised valve angles and exhaust camshaft timing, a dual-electrode sparkplug and revised muffler. A new air filter improves engine longevity and the clutch is now lighter but is claimed to be tougher. The motocross bilateral-beam frame appears largely unchanged but the engine mounts have been altered to suit the flex needed for enduro riding. The WR-F’s KYB spring-cartridge fork is revised, with the mid-valve now running a leaf-type spring instead of a coil. The shock is lighter (by 350 grams) than the outgoing model but designed to be tougher while the capacity of the gas reservoir has been increased by 30cc to help it run cooler.…

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off-road competition kit

For the Australian market, the new WR250F is supplied ADR compliant and in roadregisterable form but a free competition kit is supplied and can be easily fitted for closed-course use. The kit includes: • CCU to provide smartphone tuning capability • LED enduro taillight/ numberplate holder • Larger-diameter muffler insert for competition use • Full power/full travel stopper screw for EFI throttle body • YZ air-filter holder guide • Brake snake • Wiring connector for brake light switch • WR-F branded Barkbuster handguard set…

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what they said

YAMAHA NATIONAL MARKETING MANAGER SEAN GOLDHAWK How many do you expect to sell? Around 500 a year Explain the confusion around pricing? RRP is $12,545 or $13,999 including rideaway costs like delivery, registration and freight. Will they be raced by Active8 Yamaha in the AORC next year? Yes Is the latest generation targeted more towards racers or trail punters? Racers and fast trailriders People bang on about hydraulic clutches, why hasn’t Yamaha fitted one yet? Can you see it happening in the near future? We’ve stuck with it for reasons of simplicity, cost and ease of repair, e.g. cable replacement in the bush versus hydraulic fluid loss. Yes, we can see hydraulic clutches being adopted on enduro models when market research indicates this feature is a high priority.…

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2020 yz250x available now

YAMAHA’S MY20 YZ250X has arrived in dealers, with a price tag of $12,299. Yamaha Motor Australia is delivering the two-stroke with an off-road kit, making it rec-rego compliant in the more enlightened states in Australia. The kit includes front and rear lights, handguards, horn, mirror, braided steel front brake line and numberplate hanger. The 250X is based on the YZ250 motocrosser but has been tuned to suit cross-country racing. It features a wide-ratio five-speed transmission and trail-tuned KYB suspension while the compression ratio, exhaust port, power valve timing and model-specific CDI unit are all tuned to suit off-road riding. Plus, Yamaha gives it a sidestand and 18-inch rear wheel.…