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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

LEATT MOTO 4.5 LITE JACKET: PRODUCT REVIEW

PRODUCT: The Leatt Moto 4.5 Lite jacket is breathable, water-resistant, lightweight, and made of a four-way-stretch soft-shell material. It features large zippered vents and removable arms. It has reinforced 1000D shoulder and elbow panels. The tailored waist length is designed to work with or without body armor. It is designed for a layer of protection […]

2023 KTM 350XC-F: OFF-ROAD VIDEO SERIES

Just like the KTM motocross bikes for 2023, the competition off-road 350XC-F is a new bike. It has the same frame aas the motocross bikes, but there are a number of differenced tailored to off-road riding. First, there’s a six-speed gearbox. It also has softer suspension,a larger fuel tank, a kickstand and an 18-inch rear […]

RIEJU RANGER 300 & 300: FULL TEST

If we can presume to speak for the two-stroke underground, most manufacturers are missing the point. No one is really crying out for new technology, more complication and more expense. What most twostroke fans want is simplicity, efficiency and affordability. What they want is more bikes like the Rieju MR Ranger. Rieju is a small […]

RIEJU 300 RANGER: RAW VIDEO

The Rieju Ranger 300 is a different kind of two-stroke off-road bike. It’s designed to be affordable and easy to ride.  The core platform is the 2018 GasGas 300 which was designed prior to the KTM buy out. Rieju is a Spanish company that acquired all the tooling and rights to produce those bikes, and […]

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 […]

HONDA CRF450RX: FULL TEST

The overlap between motocross and off-road has never been so wide. Machines like the Honda CRF450RX can stake a claim in either camp. The RX is, in its simplest terms, a Honda CRF450R motocross bike that won’t chew you up and spit you out. The fact that Honda and virtually every other manufacturer is offering […]

FIRST LOOK: 2023 HUSQVARNA OFF-ROAD & DUAL-SPORT BIKES

Husqvarna’s 2023 off-road and dual-sport models have been announced. While most of them are only lightly updated, the 2023 Husky FE450 deserves special attention. It is a model that has not been previously offered in the U.S. The closest was the 2021 FE501, which was a EPA homologated bike with emission equipment. The new FE450 […]

FIRST LOOK: 2023 KAWASAKI OFF-ROAD & DUAL-SPORT BIKES

Kawasaki has dropped the bulk of its 2023 off-road bikes. This includes the KX450X and KX250X competition models as well as the off-road play bikes and dual-sport bikes. The official description of each model from Kawasaki’s own corporate mouth is below. 2023 KX250X • NEW Increased engine performance • NEW Racer-friendly gearing • NEW Wider […]

RIEJU MR300 2-STROKE: OFF-ROAD VIDEO SERIES

The Rieju MR300 Racing is a new off-road two-stroke out of Spain.  Those of you who know your two-strokes might see some familiar aspects of the bike. That’s because the bike comes out of the GasGas Factory in Girona, Spain. When KTM acquired controlling interest in GasGas, neighboring Spanish company Rieju acquired the rights to […]

SHOOTOUT: BETA 200 VS BETA 300

By Mike Webb We had a great opportunity to ride the 2022 Beta 200RR and the 300RR while up in Idaho with Beta’s Rodney Smith. What follows here is a two-day test of the duo, so there’s nothing long-term about this; it’s basically a riding comparison between the two machines. First, let’s look at both […]

300 2-STROKE COMPARISON: KTM XC VS. XC-W

In the U.S., there are two different 300cc two-strokes that carry the KTM name: the 300XC and the 300XC-W. Up front, the two bikes seem very similar. They both have the most successful motor in KTM history; the 300cc two-stroke. Both have Transfer Port Injection, oil injection and six-speed transmissions. According to KTM’s overall plan, […]

YCF 150 PIT BIKE

In a world where current dirt bikes are at a premium, even used machines are commanding top dollar. For the rider trying to get into the sport or the enthusiast searching for an affordable riding outlet, the pit bike market has met the need with reasonably priced options. There are hundreds of brands coming out […]

BETA 250RR TWO-STROKE: FULL TEST

There is no doubt that the two-stroke is riding a wave of popularity inspired by a rise in off-road passion, new technology and the status of extreme or hard enduro racing. There are several players here, notably the Austrian TPI machines—KTM, Husqvarna, GasGas—Sherco, TM and Beta. We didn’t get a chance to test too many […]

HUSQVARNA TE150i: FULL TEST

Some bikes can be understood most easily by process of elimination. You gotta understand what they aren’t before you understand what they are. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help in the case of the Husqvarna TE150i. Defining what it can’t do is hard. It’s perfect for youth as well as vets and seniors. It’s a natural entry-level […]

2022 OFF-ROAD BIKE BUYER’S GUIDE

In the U.S., the motorcycles we call off-road vehicles fall into several broad categories. Some are officially recognized as OHVs by the federal government, and those are generally regulated for noise and emission. Others are what we call “closed-course competition bikes.” Those are imported under the same rules as motocross bikes. Here, we have gathered […]