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KAWASAKI: www.kawasaki.co.za 2016 Kawasaki KX85: In 2014, Kawasaki gave the KX85 a massive increase in power, updated suspension and a new look. That revitalized the model, which had been dormant for years. The re-born KX still has a lower seat height than most 85’s, which is appealing to younger riders, but now it’s more competitive, which has made the stock class more exciting in junior racing. SHERCO: www.toyscom.co.za Sherco SE 300 Racing: In Europe, the tiny Sherco race team continues to threaten the giants in the World Enduro Championship, squeaking out victories here and there. Most recently Wade Young won the Hells gate hard enduro and The Roof, everyone sat up and paid attention. The French motorcycle has an electric start, two-stroke, six-speed motor in a steel frame. The 300 has WP suspension, front and rear. The brakes are Brembo and the clutch is hydraulic. 2016 Kawasaki KX65: Kawasaki has been there since the birth of the 65 class. The 65 hasn’t changed much since it became a 65 back in 1998, but we’re good with that. It’s no longer competitive with the KTM 65SX when fast kids go racing, but it’s perfect for younger riders who are just learning how to use a manual clutch. Plus, it’s cheaper than the KTM. 16 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE MARCH 2016 1603 DT 2strokes.indd 16 2016/02/21 11:46 AM

2016 Sherco SE 250 Racing: Sherco off-road bikes are manufactured in France while its trials bikes come from Spain. The company launched its two-stroke line in 2014, and the motor features a servo-controlled electronic power valve and an electric starter that is integrated within the engine cases. The 250 and 300 are identical aside from the bore, which is 5.6mm smaller on the 250. Sherco X Ride 290 and 125: Before the Beta Xtrainer and before the KTM Freeride, Sherco was showing the X-Ride at European motorcycle shows. The X-Ride is now here with a motor that is very closely related to the one in Sherco’s 290 trials bike. It starts with an old-fashion kick and has a 5-speed gearbox. The fuel tank holds 7 litres and there is a full seat. Full review later in this here publication… 1603 DT 2strokes.indd 17 2016/02/21 11:46 AM