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2022 HUSKY TE300i: FULL TEST

Let’s look at the world of extreme enduro. In the Pro class, there is not a single four-stroke machine. The 300cc two-stroke utterly dominates this world of technical riding and impossible obstacles. And, having a machine that makes better and more controllable power at lower rpm than the four-stroke is the most competitive path to […]

BOILING FUEL: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

BOILING UP Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I hope all has been well with you. I have a 2020 KTM 690 Enduro R that I use for light adventure touring and moto camping. With a stock 3.5-gallon tank, I knew I would either need to carry fuel or add an auxiliary tank to avoid having to tank […]

RIDING THE 2022 KAWASAKI KLR650

We’re delighted to report that the Kawasaki KLR650 is back and we have already logged some time on a brand-new 2022 Adventure model. Back when the 2019 Kawasaki line was announced we were shocked that there was no KLR650. The bike had been around in one form or another since 1984. At times, it was […]

2022 YAMAHA YZ250F: YEAR 22 VIDEO SERIES

The Dirt Bike Magazine staff tests the 2022 Yamaha YZ250F at Fox Raceway. The YZ250F has been the Dirt Bike Magazine 250 Shootout winner for several years in a row. It has repeatedly been favored for its power characteristics and stability on the track. Yamaha has revised the suspension, changed the rear wheel, and added […]

KTM 300 LONG-TERM TEST

The goal was seriously demented. Beau Law, the owner of Ready to Ride Rentals, wanted to take a brand-new, bone-stock KTM 300XC-W TPI machine and torture it. His dream was no maintenance for the duration of the test. Nada. No oil changes, no filter cleaning. He purchased the machine from AEO Powersports in Mesa, Arizona. […]

KAWASAKI KX144 PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

Sometimes our daydreams become reality. Recently, we had a conversation at the office about what a modern Japanese 125cc two-stroke might look and perform like. The conversation went on for hours. Not long afterward, we ran into Josh Bombard and Tim Sharp at the track with their KX144 creation. If Kawasaki made this two-stroke available […]

2022 KTM 250SX-F: FULL TEST

Few bikes have a resume like this. For years now, the KTM 250SX-F has been the lightest bike in the 250 class. It has also been the bike with the best peak power, the best brakes, the best clutch, the best this, the best that, and on and on down the list. For some people, […]

ITALIAN HONDA 500 2-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

TM is a small motorcycle manufacturer located in a small town in the Italian countryside. TM makes a limited number of hand-built, very specialized machines each year and is perfectly content doing so. The largest-bore two-stroke TM has ever produced is 300cc, and we don’t think TM plans to change that any time soon. Enter […]

TM SUPERMINI, FULL TEST

If you are involved in the 85cc racing world, then you know just how competitive and expensive it can be. Building a Supermini race bike can deplete a person’s checking account in minutes—and that’s if you can actually locate all the parts needed. TM Racing is a small motorcycle manufacturer located in Italy that has […]

BENELLI 502 ADVENTURE: FULL TEST

Benelli is a member of the Century Club—a group of motorcycle companies that are over 100 years old. Yet, in the U.S., the brand doesn’t have the iconic ring of Husqvarna, Harley-Davidson or Indian. Benelli motorcycles were never imported in large numbers under the company’s own name. For a period, they were sold by Montgomery […]

HUSKY FE501 DUAL-SPORT PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

The Flying Machine Factory (FMF) has been around since the early ’70s when Donny Emler took his passion for motorcycles to another level and started hopping up engines and making aftermarket exhausts. Not long after, his son Donny Emler Jr. (aka “Little D”) was born into the madness. He didn’t officially start working at the […]

RIDING CODY WEBB’S SHERCO 300 2-STROKE

In 2019, Cody Webb rebuilt himself. Everything in his life had changed that spring when a knee injury forced him out of racing for the season. This was on the heels of an injury sustained in the prologue of the 2018 Erzberg Rodeo in Austria, and a controversial last-round loss of his number-one plate in […]

HUSQVARNA FE501S DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

In the shadow of COVID-19, the process of choosing a dual-sport bike has been simplified—you buy what you can get. The days when you could walk into a dealership, sit on four or five different bikes and bargain with a hungry salesman are gone. The great bike shortage of 2021 is the result of unforeseen […]

HONDA CRF300L RALLY: FULL TEST

If ever a motorcycle was a victim of its own sex appeal, it’d be the Honda CRF250L Rally. It was probably the coolest-looking adventure bike you could buy, and it was preposterously inexpensive. In a category where $20,000 price tags are routine, the Rally came out in 2017 with a price tag of $5899. There […]

YAMAHA WR450F VS YZ450FX

Question: When is an off-road bike not an off-road bike? Answer: When it’s a Yamaha YZ450FX. The FX, along with a whole class of “closed-course competition cross-country” products, might be what we dirt bike enthusiasts consider off-road, but Yamaha has to call it a race bike, according to the EPA. Closed-course bikes aren’t required to […]

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 […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]