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2020 450 Shootout Testing Talk on the 6D Helmets Kickstart Podcast


2020 450 Shootout Testing Talk on the 6D Helmets Kickstart Podcast

Presented by 6D Helmets

We started riding our 2020 450s all the way back in June when we took delivery of the Husqvarna FC 450 and KTM 450 SX-F test bikes, and once we were allowed to pick up the Suzuki RM-Z450 a couple of weeks ago, we assembled a panel of six test riders and invited the manufacturers to join us for one final day of comparison testing. After hundreds of laps and dozens of hours logged on each bike, the Yamaha YZ450F came out as the overall favorite of the Swapmoto Live staff and earns 450 Bike of the Year honors. Today, Mike Sleeter and Pat Foster join us to talk about all six of the machines and the strengths and weaknesses of each. In the market for a new bike in 2020? You need to listen to this!


Donn Maeda

Donn Maeda is a 30-year veteran in moto-journalism, having worked at Cycle News and Dirt Rider before launching MXracer Magazine and TransWorld Motocross Magazine. Maeda is the Editor-In-Chief at Swapmoto Live and you can catch him on a dirt bike or in the saddle of a mountain bike on most days.

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  1. Evan Markus September 9, 2019

    Monday kickstart is by far one the best article to read. The behind the scenes look at the mechanicale side of what the pros use has to be my favorite. Regardless thanks for all the coverage and content you provide!

  2. D September 10, 2019

    Love the podcasts you guys are now doing Donn! Thank you for raising the bar and bring the industry up to date!