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MORE 2021s! 38 HONDA, 2021 Honda couldn’t decide if they should redesign the CRF450R or keep the existing version around for another year. So, they did both. The 450 is new for ’21, and the 2020 is still available. 44 KAWASAKI, 2021 If you like what Kawasaki engineers did to the KX450 in 2019, you’ll […]


BIKES 36 KTM, 2021 We always peek before unwrapping our gifts. The KTM motocross and cross-country bikes for 2021 have been revealed, and faithful readers won’t be too surprised. 42 HUSQVARNA, 2021 Husqvarna continues to be just different enough from KTM to make it interesting at this time every year. Like KTM, though, Husky’s MX […]


BIKES 34 TM 250MXE Once upon a time, small Italian makers like TM were an entertaining half-time show; fun to watch when the big boys weren’t playing. Now the big boys are watching TM and taking notes. 40 500 DUAL-SPORT SHOOTOUT The Beta 500RR-S, Honda CRF450L, Husqvarna FE501S, KTM 500EXC and SWM RS500 meet in […]

June 2019 VOLUME 49 / NO. 6

BIKES RACE EDITION SHOOTOUT The Honda CRF Works Edition versus the Husqvarna FE450 Rockstar Edition versus the KTM 450SXF Factory Edition in a battle of the race replicas. KAWASAKI KX500 SUPERCROSS EDITION Tyler Bowers went old school for the Red Bull Straight Rhythm with a bike that Mike LaRocco would have loved. BETA 200RR America […]

APRIL 2015, VOL. 45, NO. 4

BIKES TEST: KTM 450SX-F FACTORY EDITION KTM works the system and releases a limited number of special bikes to the public in order to legalize their factory racers. The new Factory Edition was built for Dungey, but will be the forerunner of 2016. SHOOTOUT: KTM 250XC-F VS. YAMAHA YZ250FX Yamaha has officially challenged KTM’s status […]

November 2013 Vol. 43 issue No. 11

2014 BIKESHONDA CRF250R & 450RFirst ride on the crimson twinsYAMAHA YZ250FA few hours with the next-generation YZ250FKTM 350XCF-WThe ultimate size for a woods four-strokeTHE W BRIGADEKTM’s eastie beastiesBETA 300RR 2T Finally! An electric-start two-stroke that isn’t a KTMHONDA CRF125FAn XR75 inside every one ADVENTURE BIKE ACTIONTRIUMPH TIGER 800XCgreat escaper worthy of Steve McQueenTRIUMPH 800XC VS. BMW […]

DIRT BIKE • MAY 2013, VOLUME 43, NO. 5

  BIKES• KTM 450XCF-W  The greatest bike that never wins• YZ450F OFF-ROAD  Reinventing the GNCC champion’s bike• KTM 450SX-F FACTORY EDITION  Dungey’s bike for the masses-or 550 of the masses• LIVING WITH THE KTM 350EXC  A double life of dirt• JOSH STRANG’S KX450F  Armed for the comeback FEATURES• BIKE OF THE YEAR  You knew it […]

DECEMBER 2012, VOLUME 42, NO. 12

BIKESTEST: HONDA CRF450RReturn of the twinsTEST: YAMAHA YZ450FWildly radical and wildly conservativeSHOOTOUT: THE 250FsSix screaming bikes in a motocross meltdownUPGRADE: KTM 500EXCTweaks, tips and tidbits for the trailFIRST RIDE: HONDA CRF250LHonda’s dual-sport bargainRACE TEST: AMPRO WR450FYamaha’s new WR450F as Wolf bait BUYER’S GUIDESMX BIKESTechnology takes a victory lapOFF-ROAD BIKESSome blessed by the EPA, some notSTREET-LEGAL […]

OCTOBER 2012, VOLME 42, No. 10

NEW STUFFKAWASAKI KX450FThe bear with airKTM 250SXTwo-strokes move on and move outTM 250EPre-mixed Italian concoctionYAMAHA YZ250FSo, what was wrong with carburetors?HUSQVARNA TC250The bike that saved Husky SPECIAL STUFFTEAM GREEN KX450FOff-road bikes for the ISDE and beyondENDURANCE CRF450RA Honda for the long haulKTM 300 BY THE NUMBERSThe parts that make an excellent wholeYAMAHA WR450F UNPLUGGEDDyno-testing Yamaha’s […]

SEPTEMBER 2012, VOLUME 42. No. 9

NEW BIKESTEST: 2013 KTM 450SX-FStraight from Dungey’s garagePREVIEW: 2013 KAWASAKI KX250FPressing the advantagePREVIEW: 2013 HUSQVARNASNews from that Swedish/Italian/German company SPECIAL BIKESKTM’S BAJA BOMBERKTM’s final frontierA WET & WICKED TE310Making nice into naughtyBONEYARD CRF450XSome bikes get a second chanceKX250F FACTORY FACSIMILEA replica of a replica FEATURESGOING EXTREMESuffering was never so fashionableHILLBILLY LEVER FIXQuick, cheap and a […]

AUGUST 2012 VOLUME 42, No. 8

2013 PREVIEWFIRST RIDE: HONDA CRF450RThe lightest 450 gets lighterKAWASAKI KX250F & KX450FRiddle: how can two bikes have only one fork spring?YAMAHA YZ250F & YZ450FYamaha engineers take a break BORE & ROARKTM 365SXFThe 350’s promise deliveredHONDA CRF270R TURNED XAn R with some X-tras270 SHOOTOUTCRF270R vs. KX270F vs. 275SXF vs. RM-Z270 vs. YZ270F MORE BIKESHONDA CRF250XA big […]

JULY 2012 VOLUME 42, No. 7

BIKES2013 HONDA CRF450RBreaking news from Japan    KTM: 2013A new 250F, a new 350 and a new 450—wait, isn’t that everything?OFF-ROAD 450 SHOOTOUT60 things you should know about the 450EsPRO CIRCUIT YZ450FYamaha’s inner beast awakensBETA 350RSA little attention from Dick’s RacingPROJECT REAL WORLDCould a YZ250F be the ultimate off-road racer?KTM 250SX-F RELOADFinding the 250F that should […]

JUNE 2012 VOLUME 42, NO. 6

BIKESYAMAHA WR450FMaybe James Stewart should get in line nowHONDA CRF450XBaja is waitingJCR BAJA BIKEThe Johnny Campbell expressBETA 498RR FACTORY EDITIONExclusive redefinedKTM 350EXCLightweight, legal lighteningZERO MXElectric, but not shocking SPECIAL DELIVERYKAWASAKI KDX220 REBORNThe ultimate cult bike becomes up to dateTHE BERMCANNONA KX450F for Western warfareIMS KAWASAKI KLR650A range of 600 miles to a tank—reallyTECHHUSABERG 300 TIPSTwo-stroke […]

Dirt Bike, April 2011, Volume 41, No. 4

BIKESHUSQVARNA TXC250If Apple made an iBike…BETA 520RRThe Italian jobPROJECT SUPER XBuilding the Honda 450X of the future right nowKTM 250XC-FLittle bikes never seemed so bigSLAVENS RACING 350 SX-FIncredible mods that target off-road FEATURESAMERICA’S BEST OFF-ROAD RACERSThe 25 who made a differenceINSIDE THE MACHINESOF SUPERCROSSMechanical stadium gladiatorsGET YOUR HEAD RIGHTHow to avoid valve train wrecksCOSTA RICAJungle […]

Dirt Bike, March 2011, Volume 41, No. 3

BIKESKTM 350XC-FThe game-changer goes off-roadKTM 250XC-FKTM’s high-rev surpriseYAMAHA YZ450F DUAL-SPORTTag for a tigerBIKES OF THE WECContinental hardwareKAWASAKI KX250F A-GO-GOA little more power goes a long way on a 250FHUSKY MODSA lesson in Zip-Ty solutions 250Fs & BEYOND250F SHOOTOUTHonda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha  against the worldBIG-BORE SLUGFESTThree visits to the land of Big PLACES TO BETECATE ENDUROMexico’s […]