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2015 SUZUKI RM-Z450, RM-Z250 and RM85

 2015 Suzuki RM-Z450, RM-Z250 and RM85 motorcycles BREA, Calif. – Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) introduces the new 2015 Suzuki RM-Z450, engineered with new race-proven features to boost riding and racing performance from the gate drop to the checkered flag. Suzuki also announces the return of the Suzuki RM85 for 2015, as well as […]

HUSKY FE501 TEST

Husky fanatics have to be drooling. Diehards immortalize Torsten Hallman, visualize Bengt Aberg at Westlake, can see JN Roberts blitzing across the Mojave Desert and have Roeseler going top American at his first ISDT. There is history to the brand, and the business relationship with the Austrians will do nothing but add distinction and competitiveness […]

KTM 350EXC DUAL SPORT REPORT

  By John Bumgardner and Tom Webb I’m a full-gonzo EXC nutcase—but of the 500 vintage. For the last two years this has been my main squeeze since a majority of our off-road is now peppered with a network of tarmac. These machines have been a godsend, especially for someone who needs to get to […]

BETA 450RS DUAL SPORT TEST

It’s almost impossible to talk about the Italian Beta 450RS without talking about KTM. Somewhere in an Austrian boardroom there’s a picture of us all with a giant bull’s-eye and a label: “American off-road rider, seek and acquire!” Truthfully, it’s been hard to say no. KTM has well-aimed motorcycles that target our needs perfectly, especially […]

KTM 350XCF TEST

FACT: The KTM 350 is the manufacturer’s most sought-after engine size.FACT: KTM sells more XCs than SXs by a considerable margin.FACT: The 350 XC-F has a smoother, plusher yet hard-core suspension system.FACT: With a larger fuel cell, 18-inch rear wheel and sidestand, the XC-F is far more versatile than the SX model.FACT: You can easily […]

HUSQVARNA FE350 TEST

Okay, enough is enough. No more crying over the KTM purchase of Husqvarna. You can say whatever you want about having fewer choices, but two facts cancel everything else out. Number one, KTM saved the Husqvarna brand. It would be dead and buried within a few years without KTM’s bailout. Number two, the bikes that […]

HARDWARE : PRO CIRCUIT CRF450R

For this episode of HARDWARE we took our stock Honda CRF450 and brought it down to the pros. None other than Pro Circuit in Corona California. These guys reworked the motor and suspension to turn the Honda into a heavy hitter. Check out all the trick parts on this bike featuring Renthal Bars, Pro Circuit […]

BMW R1200GS ADVENTURE FIRST RIDE

  Just over one year after dropping the liquid-cooled R1200GS on America, the Next Big Thing has come. BMW introduced the R1200GS Adventure to the U.S. press last week in Sedona, Arizona. The “Adventure” suffix is a very big deal to the BMW faithful. It designates the top of the food chain. Where the standard […]

TYLER BOWERS PASION MX KX450

We got with Tyler Bowers beore he left for Costa Rica to defend his national championship title from last year. MX Dream Bikes built him this insane Kawasaki KX450 from the ground up with the help of Monster Energy, Kawasaki, Pro Circuit, Dubya, Hinson, Renthal, Dunlop, Works Connection, Split Designs, Moto Tassinari and more. Check […]

PROJECT BIKE SPOTLIGHT : POWERSPORTS PLACE KTM450SXF

In this episode of Project Bike Spotlight we took a 2014 KTM 450SXF and built it into a dream bike featuring ODI lock on grips and handlebars, rekluse clutch, maxxis tires, PG graphics, Kite hubs, KTM powersports components, and FMF exhaust. For more episodes like this check out our youtube channel 

HARDWARE : GYTR YZ450 PROJECT BIKE

For this episode of HARDWARE Dirtbike Magazine built up a trick YZ450F featuring Pro Taper Handlebars, GYTR components, Applied Racing Triple clamps, and much more! Check out our YouTube channel for more builds like this.

GNCC MACHINES : CHRIS BACH’S JCR CRF450R

We caught up with Factory JCR out at the GNCC in Florida a couple weeks ago and got the info on the very trick 2014 JCR Honda CRF 450. Believe it or not but the footpegs, pedals, and pads are all stock on this bad boy. Some of the trick parts feature a Pro Circuit […]

HARDWARE : DRD KX450 PROJECT BIKE

For this episode of HARDWARE we give you a 2014 Kawasaki KX450F that has been done up from the ground up. This bike features ODI bars, Hinson clutches, DRD Exhaust, Sunstar sprockets, RAD MFG wheels, Cycra plastics and Ride Engineering parts also. For more bikes like this check out dirtbikemagazine.com and stay tuned for more […]

PROJECT BIKE SPOTLIGHT : VEY’S POWERSPORTS RMZ250

) For this episode of Project Bike Spotlight we took a Suzuki RMZ250F and transformed it into one trick bike. This bike features a handful of trick parts all put together by the guys at Vey’s Powersports. Applied Triple Clamps, Torc 1 components, Sunstar Sprockets, Samco hoses are just some of the unique parts on […]

SHOOTOUT: 450 MX BIKES GO OFF-ROAD

The point in throwing the 2014 450 motocrossers into a vat and pouring them into the off-road environment is…what’s the point? These machines are all serious track racers, and even the weakest—or, more to the point, least changed—has enough DNA to dominate a motocross course under the proper guidance. But, the reality is that few […]

2014 450MX SHOOTOUT

  This is a year of fiddling for most of the 450 motocross bikes. Most of them have received minor updates to suspension and EFI mapping, with one very large exception. The Yamaha YZ450F is totally new for 2014. Here’s the new world order in the 450 MX camp. FIRST PLACE: KAWASAKI KX450FThe king returnsThe […]

2014 KTM 350XC-F

  FACT: The KTM 350 is the manufacturer’s most sought-after engine size.FACT: KTM sells more XCs than SXs by a considerable margin.FACT: The 350 XC-F has a smoother, plusher yet hard-core suspension system.FACT: With a larger fuel cell, 18-inch rear wheel and sidestand, the XC-F is far more versatile than the SX model.FACT: You can […]

FIRST RIDE: 2014 SUZUKI V-STROM 1000 ABS

  Here’s what the new Suzuki V-Strom 1000 brings to the adventure bike table: You don’t have to be rich to play the game. There is big group of riders who feel a little left out by the whole let’s-ride-to-Alaska movement. The entry fee is too high. When it costs almost $20,000 to buy into […]