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2022 BETA 500 DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

We had the luxury to grab a quick flight to Idaho and spend some time with Rodney Smith testing some freshly uncrated 2022 Beta machines. High on our list was the brand-new 500RR-S dual-sport machine. This machine has been at the top of the food chain in the dual-sport world, mainly due to superb power, […]

FASTWAY SPARK ARRESTOR: PRODUCT REVIEW

PRODUCT: The Fastway spark arrestor end cap is designed as an efficient way to convert your stock muffler into a USFS-approved spark-arrested muffler. It replaces the production end cap and comes with a 6061 machined end cap that houses a legal spark arrestor screen and the removable down-turned nozzle where the exhaust exits. When the […]

2022 HONDA CRF450R: FULL TEST

The debut of the 2021 Honda CRF450R should have been a brilliant moment for Honda to bask in the glory of all the engineering know-how and investment that went into the development of a brand-new bike, but that’s not what happened. Final testing was cut short, and the CRF450R arrived unfinished. The important pieces were […]

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 […]

2020 HUSKY 500 2-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

There have been plenty of 500cc two-strokes from Husqvarna throughout dirt bike history. But, since the brand’s rebirth a few years back, it has shied away from two-strokes above 300cc. We teamed up with former factory Kawasaki race team mechanic Jonny Weisman, who now owns The Ride Shop in Arizona, to build a modern Husqvarna […]

2022 250 MX SHOOTOUT: YEAR ’22 VIDEO SERIES

Last year was brutal. The 2021 250 MX shootout was the toughest comparison in the 51-year history of [Dirt Bike Magazine]. The 250 class, or MX2 or Lites, whatever you prefer, had evolved to near parity in performance. Choosing a winner was more about who we asked and where we rode than anything else. Stopwatches […]

2022 HUSQVARNA FC250 DAY 1 TEST: YEAR ’22 VIDEO SERIES

The staff of Dirt Bike Magazine tests the Husqvarna FC250 at Glen Helen Raceway. This was a big contender in the 2021 Shootout. With some small updates and a return of the 10mm lower suspension we know that it will be again. The all new 2022 Honda CRF250R will be the wild card this year. […]

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 […]

TECHNOLOGY ELEVATED SMARTCARB: PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT

In case you haven’t heard, Technology Elevated has been making some bold claims about their SmartCarbs. We spent some time with the crew of this family-owned business, and this is what they had to say. One thing is for sure—these aren’t your grandpa’s carburetors. 36, 38 & 40MM SC2 SMARTCARBS: Redefining carburetion for the 21st […]

ZACH BELL’S KX250 2-STROKE PROJECT

They say that winning a championship is much easier than defending one. That’s clearly been the case with Zach Bell and the Wiseco World Two-Stroke Championship. His 2018 title has proven very difficult to duplicate. After a DNF last year, we hoped we could team up with him to capture the 2020 title.  Unfortunately, a […]

2021 HUSQVARNA FC450 FIRST RIDE: 2021 VIDEO SERIES

Dirt Bike Magazine went out to Glen Helen Raceway to throw a leg over the new 2021 Husqvarna FC450. Yes, this bike has new graphics and some small internal engine changes to increase durability but the big story on the 2021 Husqvarna is in the suspension department. Husqvarna is working on developing a bike that […]

2020 1/2 KTM 450SXF FACTORY EDITION: THE ’21s VIDEO SERIES

For this edition of the ’21s we take you along on our first day of testing the 2020.5 KTM 450SXF Factory Edition at Glen Helen Raceway in Southern California. This big news for KTM is the changes to the suspension. Both the front and rear have been updated to give the rider better comfort. Mapping […]

MOOSE RACING FENDER MOUNT TOOL PACK: PRODUCT REVIEW

PRODUCT: The Moose Racing Fender Mount Tool Pack is a compact, folding pack that is 10 inches long, 7 inches wide and 2 inches tall. Once unfolded, the pack displays a myriad of compartments to hold wrenches, mini T-handles, spare parts and personal items that need to stay dry. It’s made from tough 500D tarpaulin […]

TM’S FUEL INJECTED 2-STROKE: FULL TEST

There are things that set the TM machines apart from all others. They are brilliant works of artistic craftsmanship and technological marvels. They are rare, pricey and definitely appeal to the rider looking for uniqueness and a works look.

SUZUKI VANVAN: FULL TEST

Suzuki says the VanVan is an “extraordinarily retro, funky machine.” Even though the little 199cc four-stroke dual-sport bike is basic with modest features, it is nevertheless a modern bike despite the somewhat vintage look. It’s like the PT Cruiser of motorcycles. We love that Suzuki incorporated a lot of the shape of the early Suzuki […]

2020 YAMAHA YZ450F: FULL TEST

Yamaha is deeper into the digital age than anyone, and the 2020 YZ450F has a mixture of new hardware and software to bring it into the new decade. Externally, the bike looks as it has since the really big makeover of 2018. That was when it got a new frame and motor, as well as […]