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Life on Two Wheels Vlog | Crashing Season



Presented by Bell Helmets

When I was a kid, my dad told me that if I wasn’t crashing once in a while I wasn’t trying hard enough. Based on that philosophy, I gave it a 200% effort last week as I couldn’t stay off the ground. I guess I’m finally starting to feel normal again after breaking my hand last winter, and that’s a good thing with 2025 new bike season already upon us. Last week, we tested the 2025 KTM 350 and 450 SX-F bikes and they were super impressive. I was still super rusty and tentative when we got the 2024 Factory Edition bikes, so I don’t think I was able to really enjoy what the new chassis had to offer. On another note, I’ve been pedaling a new Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL2, which is the lightweight (40 lbs. vs. 50+ for a full-powered e bike) pedal assist bike in Specialized’s catalog. It is amazing! With more torque than the original, I’ve found that you can utilize the eco setting and get a great workout, whereas the original KSL was harder to pedal than an analog bike in eco. With no frame, geometry, or suspension changes, the KSL2 is an awesome all-around mountain bike!

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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