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2020 KTM 150XC-W TPI 2-STROKE: FULL TEST

The KTM 150XC-W is the latest two-stroke in the Austrian manufacturer’s line to be equipped with the TPI fuel-delivery system. The previous year’s 150XC-W carbureted version was a favorite among the DB staff, so could KTM possibly make it better? That wouldn’t be an easy feat, and putting fuel injection on the 2020 KTM 150XC-W […]

SSR SR189: PLAY BIKE TEST

A few years ago SSR introduced a play bike that we might call a “midsize”— a machine halfway between a true play bike and a full-size bike that was impressive for both its value and performance.

2020 250 MX SHOOTOUT VIDEO

The 2020 Honda CRF250R, Husqvarna FC250, Kawasaki KX250, KTM 250SX-F, Suzuki RM-Z250 and Yamaha YZ250F are all together for the title fight of the 250 class. For the video, scroll down. For the full written test of the 2020 250 MX shootout, click here. ARVE

2020 250 MX SHOOTOUT: FULL TEST

The Honda, Kawasaki, KTM and Husqvarna 250 MX bikes all had nearly invisible updates for 2020 that changed everything. Going in, they all knew that Yamaha’s new YZ250F would be tough to beat. They knew that the YZ would probably return unchanged, and they knew it wouldn’t take that much to close the gap. All […]

2020 450 MX SHOOTOUT VIDEO

The 2020 Honda CRF450R, Husqvarna FC450, Kawasaki KX450, KTM 450SX, Suzuki RM-Z450 and Yamaha YZ450F are out in the real world and after months of riding them, racing them and living with them it’s finally time to pit them against one another.  For the video, scroll down. For the full written story of the 2020 […]

2020 YAMAHA YZ250F: FULL TEST

Yamaha got back into the game in a big way last year. The YZ250F had been eclipsed by faster, lighter electric-start bikes, and despite a solid run of pro motocross success, it had been saddled with the stinging title of “Good Novice Bike.” Then 2019 came and everything changed. The new YZ250 had been recast […]

2020 HONDA CRF250R: FULL TEST

Back in 2018, Honda released a CRF250R that was almost the complete opposite of the previous model. The new model liked to be revved, with the power all up top. Honda changed its image in the 250 class almost overnight from beginner-friendly puppy to pro-level screamer. For 2020 the engineers went back to the drawing […]

2020 SUZUKI RM-Z450: FULL TEST

 Suzuki has a reputation for finding a platform it likes and keeping it relatively unchanged for several years. The 2020 RM-Z450 model is a perfect case in point. Literally, the only change Suzuki made to the machine was cosmetic color changes to the graphics. But, you have to remember that in 2018 Suzuki made huge […]

YAMAHA YZ125X OFF-ROAD 2-STROKE, FIRST RIDE

Yamaha just released the 2020 YZ125X two-stroke. This is an off-road version of the YZ125 motocross bike, similar to the YZ250X. The bike is another sign of the commitment that Yamaha is showing to the two-stroke. It doesn’t represent any new technology, but it does show that the company still believes in the two-stroke as […]

SWM 600 DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

You know this bike. You just might not recognize it. SWM is a new Italian company built on the ruins of Husqvarna AG. To understand the bike and why it exists, you have to know your Husky history. Before the brand became a KTM stepchild, Husqvarna had a long history of foster parents, including Electrolux, Cagiva and BMW.

2020 KTM 450SX-F: FULL TEST

At one time, the KTM 450SX-F went through a period when it was searching for its identity. Then KTM settled on a formula that was then repeated again and again. It was light, powerful and smooth. It was technologically sophisticated without being gimmicky, and it was built with high-quality components. The 2020 version is all […]

2020 HONDA CRF450R: FULL TEST

Since the introduction of the latest-generation CRF450R back in 2017, Honda has made small refinements every year in hopes of making the overall package as attractive to the consumer as its mid-2000s CRF450R models. For 2020, Honda engineers have again followed the pattern, making changes to the brakes, ECU mapping and suspension. They have also […]