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KTM 300 PERFECTION: BEHIND THE BUILD

Today’s crop of 300 two-stroke off-road bikes offer an amazing level of performance. The technical advancements in the motor, chassis and suspension are astonishing. These woods weapons perform so well, they make the average pilot a better rider. But, what can you do to improve the stock platform? There are tons of aftermarket products available, […]

2023 HUSQVARNA HERITAGE 2-STROKE MODELS: TWO-STROKE TUESDAY

Husqvarna has just announced a Heritage line of two-stroke models for 2023 that feature classic styling lines throwing it back to the brands Swedish roots. The Heritage line includes two motocross models, TC125 and TC250 while the off-road offerings include TE-300 and TX300.   2023 Husqvarna TE-300 : MSRP $ 11,299 Plus $ 485 Frieght […]

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 […]

1989 SUZUKI RM 125 PROJECT BY MICHAEL FISCHER: 2-STROKE TUESDAY

Who remembers the 1989 Suzuki RM125? Michael Fischer is a moto-head and always searching different buy-sell-trade sites trying to find a deal, he came across this 1989 Suzuki RM 125 on Facebook Marketplace. Fischer could tell from the pictures it was in rough shape, but thought he would take a look. On this week’s Two-Stroke […]

SUZUKI RM-Z250 PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

Suzuki fans have always been hard-core. Going back to the DeCoster heyday of the early ’70s, some riders have had near-spiritual devotion to the brand. Back then it was easy; Suzuki won more than any other manufacturer in those days. Now it’s more difficult. The stats for the RM-Z250, in particular, are a little disheartening […]

DAVID BAILEY TRIBUTE CR250R BY MOTOWHIPS: 2-STROKE TUESDAY

A clean and simple David Bailey tribute Honda CR250R build appropriately named “The Legend” from Justin Myerson and the crew at Motowhips is our main focus on this week’s Two-Stroke Tuesday brought to you by Decal Works. This build throws us back to an iconic era in moto history when David Bailey was on top […]

2023 GAS GAS EX350F VIDEO : OFF-ROAD 4-STROKES VIDEO SERIES

So far, only the three Austrian brands in the Pierer pits seem to know that a 350 is the ultimate size for off-road racing. Good for them. Unfortunately it doesn’t leave us with much choice. From the moment they joined hands, the GasGas EX350F, KTM 350XC-F and Husqvarna FX350 have been more alike than different; […]

JEREMY MCGRATH’S 2005 KX250 PROJECT: 2-STROKE TUESDAY

Jeremy McGrath is headed to Italy for the FIM Vintage World Cup held at the famed Maggiora MX Park on September 10 and 11. McGrath has again team up with bike builder Tim Sharp (Sharp Prepped Bike Building Services) on this 2005 Kawasaki KX250 project. Sharp is the person that built McGrath’s Championship Yamaha YZ250 […]

2002 HONDA CR125R: BEHIND THE BUILD

A father and son wrenching on motorcycles in the garage is something special. Johnny Jump now works at ODI Grips and has been in the motorcycle industry in one way or another for most of his adult life, so building a dirt bike was nothing new for him. However, rebuilding this 2002 Honda CR125, which […]

KAWASAKI KX500 PROJECT THE REYNOLDS WAY: 2-STROKE TUESDAY

This Kawasaki KX500 project has tons of sentimental meaning behind it. Garry Reynolds rescued this motorcycle in honor of long-time motorsport enthusiast and all-around great guy, Mike Hasson. Unfortunately, we lost Mike to Covid last year, Mike’s creed was always “#AtATrack” it didn’t matter what kind of racing it was; he was an enthusiast of it […]

2003 HONDA CR125R PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

To say that early to mid-2000 Honda CR125Rs are more popular today—over a decade after the last one rolled off the assembly line in Japan—might not be completely accurate. But, it’s not far off, either, and we are certain the people buying them today are more passionate about two-strokes than ever before. We teamed up […]

U.S. OFF-ROAD CHAMPIONS, GRAND LIST

Off-road racing in the U.S. is wild and varied. We have deserts, swamps and mountains, and about a dozen different ways to race through them. These are the official champions in the record books who deserve annual recognition. GNCC CHAMPIONS 2021 Ben Kelley, KTM 2020 Kailub Russell, KTM 2019 Kailub Russell, KTM 2018 Kailub Russell, […]

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 […]

2006 SLR HONDA CR500 AF CONVERSION : 2-STROKE TUESDAY

A 2006 aluminum framed Honda CR500 two-stroke would have been a very popular conversation piece at Honda dealerships all around the world the mid 2000. Unfortunately Honda never mass produced this unit and there are only a handful of them around today. The one we are looking at today was originally built by Pro Circuit […]

YZ250 ARMED FORCES TRIBUTE: BEHIND THE BUILD

BY TRAVIS FANT Let’s be honest, motorcycles are great big toys. There’s nothing wrong with that. Many of us have spent our lives playing in the dirt and having fun. This particular Yamaha YZ250 project bike is another toy, just like every one I have ever owned. But, in this case, I wanted to add […]

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 […]

2013 KTM 200 PROJECT BY ROBERT “FIG” NAUGHTON: TWO-STROKE TUESDAY

On this week’s Two-Stroke Tuesday we catch up with our seasoned veteran(old) friend Robert “Fig” Naughton and his 2013 KTM 200 project. Yes, we know KTM stopped producing these machines a few years back but that doesn’t mean the demand for them stopped. As a matter a fact the 200 might be more popular now […]

THE 10 MOST DISAPPOINTING MOTORCYCLES IN DIRT BIKE HISTORY

Over the years we’ve tested some great motorcycles at Dirt Bike Magazine. We’ve also encountered some real losers. We’ve been surprised by how good some motorcycles were and shocked by others that failed to live up to our expectations. The motorcycles that disappointed us most were the ones that had fantastic potential but didn’t deliver. […]