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TWO-STROKE POTPOURRI: MR KNOW-IT-ALL

BAFFLED Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I have a 2002 KX250. I love the bike, but recently it has started running very rich. It’s not losing transmission oil, so I know the crank seal is okay, and I’ve played with a million needles and pilot jets and still can’t get the bike to clean up. Is there […]

ARE DOT KNOBBIES ANY GOOD? MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

WHY RUN A DOT TIRE? Dear Mr. Know-It-All, Now that I’ve got myself a KTM 500EXC, I want to put the best tires for off-road on the scoot. My riding will consist of about 10-percent street and the rest technical off-road—mostly singletrack and desert. I know they make full-on knobby tires like the Kenda K760 […]

NEVEDA 200: TRAIL HEAVEN

We here at Dirt Bike have been totally spoiled when it comes to bucket-list trail rides. There have been numerous intros led by Malcolm Smith, the Six Days of Michigan, the Colorado 500, the Soboba Trail Ride, FMF’s Baja Del Mar event, Brian Farnsworth’s Prescott Trail Ride and Cameron Steele’s Beach Bash. We’ve been to […]

HAND SHIELDS OR WRAP-AROUND HANDGUARDS? MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, Wraparound handguards are used by almost 100 percent of off-road racers. I get that motocross doesn’t have tight trees and brush to grab your clutch or front brake and smash your fingers, but there is still plenty of bar banging, crashing, hurt hands and broken levers in motocross. So why do almost […]

TWO-STROKE TUESDAY: 2006 HONDA CR125 PROJECT

A blacked out 2006 CR125 project bike built by C4MX for Jake Lyon to take on the 125cc Pro class at this year’s MTA 2-Stroke World Championship is featured on this week’s Two-Stroke Tuesday brought to you by Boyesen. Products from Ares and Tag Metals are featured in the Hardware section while 2-Stroke Theater has […]

GNCC CARNAGE VIDEO

We shot a bunch of footage at round 1 of the GNCC in Florida a week ago. This little mix was just something fun to put together and show you guys how gnarly the courses are going to be for this season. They don’t call it the Mud Mucker for nothin. Check out as all […]

THE NOST CUBE–AUG 17

THE NOST CUBE–AUG 17 Our initial test on a modified big-bore KXF250 was the first track time on the RPMs Ice Cube. And while it made bigger bottom power and packed a substantial mid surge, it was quite honestly harder to start and lacked friendliness. Our buddy Rex Halepeksa called us saying that we ?had […]

AUG 5–BIG MAMA–KTM 625

AUG 5–BIG MAMA–KTM 625 We?ve seen it before. A giant electromagnet is lowered into the parts warehouse. It pulls out 300 pounds of wires, parts, mousetraps and warehouse debris then dumps it on a junior engineer?s desk with a Post-it note that says “do something with this.” Presto! Another parts bin bike is born. Dirt […]

2003 WR250F

2003 WR250F from the may issueGo back one year. It?s interesting that the YZ250F rated as one of the best dirt bikes to grace the planet. This machine, targeted towards the 125 motocross class, actually blossomed into the Vet Bike of the Year. Easy to ride; fun to race; nimble and tractable; the YZ250F gained […]

DIRT BIKE TEST: KTM 250SX–NOV 6

DIRT BIKE TEST: KTM 250SX–NOV 6 (This test can be found in the December 2002 issue of Dirt Bike Magazine) What?s on KTM?s mind? First off, the company signs Jeremy McGrath. Second, it unfolds a new 250SX that shares almost nothing with last year?s machine. The bike is completely new in the chassis, suspension, engine, […]

THUMPER RACING KLX 340 TEST–JULY 8

THUMPER RACING KLX 340 TEST–JULY 8 With all of the hi-performance four-strokes scorching the tracks and trails, you?d think that the Kawasaki KLX300 would go the way of the dinosaurs, but you?d be wrong. Hop-up shops are doing more KLXs now than ever before, and the comparatively inexpensive Kawasaki has a lot of things going […]

THE LAZY BOY VS. TECATE– MAY 7

THE LAZY BOY VS. TECATE– MAY 7 Racing the world’s best trailbike Little known fact: Suzuki DRZs actually are the easiest starting four-strokes even when they don?t have the electric start option. Better known fact: Who cares? The truth is that the button makes life better. Why fight it? Understanding the fundamental concept that easier […]

CHUCK SUN’S AUTOBERG–MARCH 18

CHUCK SUN’S AUTOBERG–MARCH 18 Yes, he still rides. He even races. But he can?t decide if he?s a motocrosser or a desert rider. As we said, not ordinary. It?s only natural that he would have a bike that?s not very ordinary. And that would be his Husaberg FC470 automatic. Don?t look for one in any […]

CRF DUAL-SPORT–DEC 26

CRF DUAL-SPORT–DEC 26 Cool tool or fool?s dual, depending on how you look at it “What in heaven have you done?”     “Nothing,” we said in unison, with a still-holding-the-grenade-pin kind of guilty look. “Well, we made a dual-sport bike, that?s all.”“Out of a CRF?” cried the Honda rep. “That?s just wrong!”A bystander overheard us and […]