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WORCS DOUBLEHEADER AT CACHE VALLEY

WORCS TO CACHE VALLEY MX Concluding the summer break, the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC WORCS series picked back up its racing for rounds 7 and 8. The series trekked north to Cache Valley MX, which buttons up on the border of Idaho and Utah, for a doubleheader on a different style of off-road racing. WORCS provided […]

KTM 250SX-F: 2023 VIDEO SERIES

The 2023 KTM 250SX-F has one of the most extensive redesigns of nearly 20 new bikes in the greater Pierer family. You could argue that this is the one bike that didn’t need much. It already was the lightest bike in the class and, according to the dyno, it had the best overall power spread. […]

GASGAS MC250 2-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

The Motowhips GasGas MC250 build started off as a very simple race bike build, but then something happened that was almost out of our control—a chain reaction. Every build starts out with a plan. Some follow that plan and some, like our GasGas MC250 project with Justin Myerson at Motowhips, take on a life of […]

GREENGER-HONDA ELECTRIC BIKE TEST

The CRF-E2 is a brand-new electric motorcycle model that comes from a licensing deal between American Honda and Greenger Powersports. Now, this is not your normal licensing agreement where one company just put their name on an existing product and called it good. Greenger and Honda went more of the collaboration route, building the CRF-E2 […]

2023 KTM 450SX-F: FULL TEST

The KTM 450SX-F is the flagship of the combined KTM/Husky/GasGas fleet. It’s first on the list for new technology, updates and improvement, with all the other bikes eventually getting variations on that theme. The 2022 ½ 450SX-F Factory Edition was the first bike of a new generation, and that technology has now trickled down to […]

YAMAHA YZ300 2-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

The Yamaha YZ250 is a proven commodity in the two-stroke world and hasn’t seen very many changes to its powerplant since the early to mid 2000s. This is not because the Yamaha engineers are lazy; it’s just because the YZ250 is that good. However, as you know, the Dirt Bike magazine staff just can’t leave […]

RIEJU MR300 2-STROKE: FULL TEST

Rieju is built on the foundation of the original GasGas organization. KTM’s parent company purchased controlling interest in GasGas, deleting the existing GasGas off-road line and moving it to Austria. Rieju, a Spanish manufacturer (around since 1934), took over the remaining tooling and introduced their line of 300 off-road machines, which is based on the […]

ELECTRIC MOTION TRIALS BIKE REVIEW

Trials riding is almost like gymnastics on a motorcycle, and it requires a specific skill set to get over obstacles. In general, sheer speed is not one of the required skills. The idea is to always keep your feet on the pegs. Electric Motion gave us their base-model electric trials bike to test, the ePure. […]

2023 HONDA CRF450R: FULL TEST

Back in 2021, the Honda CRF450R was revolution on wheels. It lost weight, gained new technology and promised much. Unfortunately, there were issues. We learned later that the period usually devoted to final testing was rushed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022 model was already in the pipeline, so there was little Honda could […]

2002 HONDA CR250R 2-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

The Honda CR250R has got to be one of the most popular early-to-mid-2000s two-stroke machines to rebuild in history. One reason is that Honda sold a ton, and the other reason is the bikes all seem to be aging very well. We found what looked like a very clean machine on the used-bike market, slapped […]

CLASSIC ALUMINUM FRAME HONDA CR500R

Honda CR500R two-strokes with custom-made aluminum frames are not new. Honda never got around to making one that you could buy off the showroom floor, but the mid-2000s saw a number of talented fabricators who could combine a Honda 500 motor with a more current aluminum frame. Some worked better than others. This one was […]

BETA 300RX 2-STROKE MOTOCROSSER: A DIRT BIKE MAGAZINE VIDEO

The Beta 300RX is the Italian brand’s first real motocross bike. It’s based on the 300RR two-stroke off-road bike, but stripped down for motocross with more power and different suspension. It is, without doubt, the best sounding bike on the track. Join us as we learn more about the bike at Glen Helen Raceway.

HONDA REVEALS 2023 TRAIL BIKES

Honda has released the bulk of its 2023 off-road bikes. Theses are the CRF trail bikes that end in the “F” suffix and are generally thought of as family-oriented machines. The 2023 line includes the CRF50F, CRF110F, the CRF125F and the CRF250F. The official Honda press release follows: The CRF Trail range of motorcycles suits […]

HONDA CRF450R: 2023 VIDEO SERIES

The Honda CRF450R received a mild makeover for 2023. The bike was the target of a major redesign in 2021, but the reception was less than Honda had hoped for. Despite losing weight and gaining features like a hydraulic clutch, many riders said it was a demanding bike to ride with unfinished details. The new […]

MODERN-DAY KTM 380 PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

You gotta love a motorcycle that makes people look. Bob Casper’s KTM 380SX Factory Edition is like that. What’s even better, it makes people listen too. This is a dirt bike that confuses onlookers on so many levels. On initial contact it prompts about three questions in the first millisecond: Was that Ryan Dungey? Was that […]

HUSQVARNA FC450: 2023 VIDEO SERIES

The 2023 Husqvarna FC450 is all new compared to the 2022 standard model, but we first saw this platform on the Rockstar Edition announced last December. The frame, rear suspension and bodywork are new as well as about half the motor. We’ve been riding the bike for about a month now and have learned much […]

BETA ANNOUNCES 2023 DUAL-SPORT MODELS

Beta USA has just announced its dual-sport bikes for 2023. The range once again includes four models based on the same basic package: a 350, 390, 430 and 500. The official Beta press release follows: Beta USA is proud to introduce the 2023 RR-S model range. Originally designed for the USA market only, these popular […]

KTM 500 2-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

KTM is one of the manufacturers still pushing two-stroke motorcycle technology advancement in the industry today, but unfortunately the largest displacement is 300cc. Johnny Weisman and his crew at the Ride Shop AZ decided to combine brand-new technology from KTM, some very proven old-school two-stroke technology from Kawasaki and some aftermarket bolt-on performance items from […]