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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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

BEST USED BIKE EVER: SUZUKI RM250

The story of the Suzuki RM250 isn’t just about a single motorcycle. It’s about a dynasty of bikes, championships and riders that goes back to a glorious era in the history of motocross. Forty-five years ago, motocross was an obscure European sport. In America, we loved flat track and hill climbing. Even in Europe, road […]

TESTING JEFF EMIG’S 1994 YZ250

In 1994, Jeff Emig was rapidly becoming a hot commodity on the pro motocross scene. He pulled holeshot after holeshot, which prompted Roger DeCoster to call Team Yamaha to ask if Dirt Bike Magazine could do a test of Jeffro’s YZ250. When Roger calls, people generally pay attention, so Jeff, Bob Oliver and Steve Butler […]

YAMAHA 125 VS. GASGAS 125: ONE ON ONE

We now accept that back in 2007 most of the motorcycle industry lost its collective mind. That was when Suzuki, Honda and Kawasaki stopped making 125 two-strokes. Only Yamaha and KTM stayed in the game, but with very limited commitment. Now the commitment has returned. It should have been obvious all along that 125 two-strokes […]

2023 HUSQVARNA FC250: 2023 VIDEO SERIES

The Dirt Bike Magazine staff got a chance to tests the 2023 Husqvarna FC250 at Fox Raceway for the very first time. This machine is very similar to FC250 Rockstar Edition launch six months ago from Husqvarna. Although very much alike the production 2023 model does not include all the aftermarket item that the Rockstar […]

2022 KTM 250SX-F FACTORY EDITION: FULL TEST

Why, when a company has the lightest and most powerful 250 motocross bike on the market, would they throw it all away and start over? That’s what KTM has done with the 2022 ½ 250SX-F Factory Edition. The bike is all new—for real, not just cosmetically restyled. It’s very rare when a company chooses to […]

2022 450 MX SHOOTOUT

There’s never been a time like this. In the past, the number of premium motocross brands was limited to four. Then it was five, then six or seven. Now, with the near-universal incorporation of special editions into the mix, riders have an overwhelming decision to make. KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas have standard models, as well […]

GASGAS MC125 VS. YAMAHA YZ125

The GasGas MC125 two-stroke is aimed directly at the Yamaha YZ125. And vice versa; the YZ was redesigned in 2022 in the face of increasing competition from Europe. For 2023, the GasGas will be unchanged while its Austrian counterparts from KTM and Husqvarna will get electric start, fuel-injection and a much bigger price tag, so […]

2022 KTM 450SX FACTORY EDITION: FULL TEST

You don’t want to go back to the starting line when you’re winning the race. KTM’s 2022 450SX-F was clearly a great motorcycle. It won the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross title. It outsold most of the Japanese 450s, and it was universally loved by the press. So, why is the Factory Edition so different? It […]

2022 HONDA CRF450R WORKS EDITION: FULL TEST

There’s something about a factory Honda that fires up the pulse of any healthy motocross rider. Maybe it’s the color, maybe it’s the way Ken Roczen and Chase Sexton ride, but whatever it is, the Honda tent always has a massive crowd of oglers at any pro race. The CRF450RWE is a blatant move to […]

MEGA TEST: RIDING ALL THE 2023 KTMS!

KTM’s 2023 competition bikes comprise the most comprehensively changed line-up in the company’s history. Everything is new: the 450SX-F, the 350SX-F and the 250SX-F have the Factory Edition frames and motors. On top of that, the 300SX, 250SX and 125 SX two-strokes are completely different. All have electric start, all have fuel injection and all […]

HUSKY FC250 ROCKSTAR EDITION: FULL TEST

There’s nothing that special about a special edition, at least not usually. Most are highlighted by graphics and accessories that you could buy for yourself. That’s not the case with the 2022 Husqvarna FC250 Rockstar Edition. First of all, the model has never been offered before as a 250—and the 450 version has only been […]