2021 ADVENTURE BIKE BUYER’S GUIDE

Adventure bikes once were little more that status symbols for the road-riding elite. Now, there’s a growing movement which insists on true off-road capability. The 2021 crop of adventure bikes from off-road oriented makers like Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Husqvarna, Suzuki and Yamaha have been joined by others who have cracked the code for off-road performance. […]

BETA 450RX MOTOCROSSER

Beta’s 450RX motocross bike is getting closer to reality. A works version of the bike was entered in the  Russian GP  for the SDM Corse Beta Racing Team with Jeremy Van Horebeek. He qualified 18th and then finished 11th in each moto.  Here in the U.S., a commercial featuring Van Horebeek was shown on MAV […]

2021 KTM 500EXC-DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

KTM redefined what a true street-legal dirt bike is back in 2007. Until then, the guy who was serious about riding from his house to the trails in the hills did it on a girthy XL600 or a ponderous and softly muscled DRZ, or snuck his off-road machine through the DMV and coaxed a plate […]

2021 HIGH POINT NATIONAL MX RESULTS

The third round of the 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series took place this weekend in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania at High Point Raceway. It was a mixed bag of continued success from young riders and a return to form for the sport veterans. Rookie Dylan Ferrandis emerged with the 450 class overall victory and the […]

2022 KTM 250SX-F FIRST RIDE: THE WRAP

 The first 2022 test bike is here, surviving factory shut-downs and pandemics to arrive more or less on schedule. The 2022 KTM 250SX-F is in dealers and we already have had one on the track.  It has very few changes beyond the graphics and the orange frame are new, but this has little to do […]

2022 BETA DUAL-SPORT MODELS

Beta has just released its 2022 dual-sport line. The Italian company  will continue to offer more dual-sport bikes than any other maker. All are based on the same basic engine and frame, but they have four different displacements  and each has a very different personality. Below is the official press release from Beta USA.   […]

HUSQVARNA INTRODUCES E-BIKES

This week Husqvarna unveiled a project that’s been years in the making: Husqvarna Bicycles. If you know your Husqvarna history, you already know that the name has appeared on almost every product imaginable, from firearms to lawn mowers. Even today, there’s a great deal of confusion surrounding Husqvarna motorcycles, Husqvarna Outdoor Equipment and Husqvarna-Viking sewing […]

HONDA CRF450X RESTORATION: BEHIND THE BUILD

During a bench racing session the phrase was muttered, “We should race the 3 Brothers 24-Hour endurance race at Glen Helen this year.” With that one sentence, Josh Trimble, Randy Garrett, Josh Dalton, Joey Martin and Dan Dreier’s lives would never be the same. But, who was going to donate their bike to the cause? […]

TRIAL BY AIRBOX: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

BOXING WITH AIR Dear Mr. Know-It-All, Can I delete the airbox on my old Aprilia (Rotax 277cc) two-stroke (trials bike) and just install a clamp-on K&N air filter to the back end of the carb? Some people say the box is there and can’t just be removed. I understand that I may have to richen […]

FIRST LOOK: GAS GAS 2022 OFF-ROAD MODELS

Gas Gas is expanding their off-road line up for 2022 with the introduction of the EX 250 fuel-injected two-stroke that is designed specifically for closed course competition use. The cross country line also includes the EX 300 two-stroke, EX 250F, EX 350F and EX 450F four-stroke models. 2022 Enduro models are two-strokes only with a […]

2022 GAS GAS MX MODELS ANNOUNCED: FIRST LOOK

Gas Gas has just announced their entire MX line of 2022 models worldwide. After a very successful first year under the Austrian umbrella that also produces KTM and Husqvarna machines we weren’t expecting huge changes for 2022. There are a couple new MX two-stroke configurations and a 350cc four-stroke with minor refinements across the complete […]

EVERY SINGLE SUNDAY GAS GAS 300 PROJECT: TWO-STROKE TUESDAY

On this week’s Two-Stroke Tuesday we show you the personal bike of  “Every Single Sunday” content creator Travis Brock thanks to the camera skill of Jean Turner. This Gas Gas 300 is built to handle just about anything mother nature can throw at it and then probably a little extra. In our 2-Stroke Behind The […]

PRODUCT REVIEW: PRECISION PARABOLIC DAMPER

PRODUCT: It’s no secret that a steering damper is essential to off-road racing in the west. High speeds and rough terrain play havoc with stability, and when you don’t have to use so much strength to hold the bike straight, it allows you to go faster, longer. The guys at Precision first got into the […]

READ YOUR REEDS: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, My new-to-me 2007 RM250 won’t run properly. It runs super rich and stalls on every downhill. I can’t keep the thing running for the life of me. It has fresh fuel and a clean, well-jetted carb. It is a new issue that randomly popped up. Please help. Tim Tearly via mrknowitall@hi-torque.com Tim, […]

2021 MXGP OF RUSSIA RESULTS

The MXGP of Russia took place over the weekend with Honda’s Tim Gajser dominating the proceedings. He won both 450 motos despite a mishap in the first turn of moto two that put in in last place. Tony Cairoli and Jorge Prado had moments of glory, but both crashed. Jeff Herlings was second ahead of […]

2021 KTM 350XC-F: FULL TEST

Some motorcycles become icons after generations of service. Others graduate to that status ahead of schedule. That happened with the KTM 350XC-F. It came out 10 years ago and almost immediately was granted membership in the elite ranks of racing. Now, it’s generally acknowledged as the winningest off-road bike of the past decade, maybe even […]