Summer Vacation: Monday Kickstart June 17, 2013

It’s crazy to think that we’ve only had three weekends off since January. There was one only small break between Toronto and Houston during the Supercross season, then a weekend off between Vegas and the kickoff of the Nationals at Hangtown. We are now four rounds into the summer, one which will include numerous weekends off and a much earlier conclusion at Lake Elsinore.

This past week was quite remarkable because both Yamaha and Suzuki released their 2014 model year race bikes. Both of Suzuki’s full-size motocross bikes, the RM-Z250 and RM-Z450, claimed TWMX’s 2013 Bike of the Year honors and the brand only made refinements to the award-wining machines for the next year.

2014 Suzuki RM-Z450
2014 Suzuki RM-Z250

Although Suzuki stayed with their same machinery, Yamaha announced their YZF250 and YZF450 will be all-new for 2014. Both bikes now use Yamaha’s reversed cylinder design and wrap-around exhaust, which centers the weight of the engine as much possible. This is quite important for the brand, since both bikes have received criticism as of late; the 250 has had the same carbureted¬†powerplant for years and the debates on the 450 are just the beating a dead horse.

2014 Yamaha YZF 450
2014 Yamaha YZF 250

We’ll swing our legs over all four bikes soon…

This week’s Kickstart is a collection of content, including interviews with a number of riders, photos from the track, and the inspiring story of Japan’s Cloud Toda. Get to clicking.