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2022

GASGAS MC125 2-STROKE: FULL TEST

Each generation has its own heroes, icons and inspiring innovations. The next class of young riders to emerge in motocross might well be the GasGas generation. For older riders, GasGas will forever be known as an off-beat enduro brand, but the name has a very different reputation in the minds of the teens and preteens […]

2022 KAWASAKI KX85: FULL TEST

Kawasaki made some specific updates to the KX85 for 2022 that include a stronger 6-speed transmission, increased engine cooling, styling and new Dunlop MX33 tires at both ends. In recent years Kawasaki has renewed its dedication to small-bore two-stroke development by improving the 85cc model and releasing an all-new 112cc model as well. The question […]

2022 VIRGINIA CITY GP

The 51st annual Virginia City Grand Prix took place this weekend with a turnout of almost 900 riders. The tiny 18th-century mining town was once again transformed into one of the largest cities in the region as riders filled up the local campgrounds to set up for the two-day event. The 2022 edition marked somewhat […]

2022 450 SHOOTOUT VIDEO: 12 BIKES!

We held off on publishing our 2022 450 MX shootout last fall for a very simple reason: the bikes hadn’t changed. We could have just replayed our 2021 shootout and produced the same result. Now, with the near-universal incorporation of special editions in the mix, there’s a more interesting decision to make. KTM, Husqvarna and […]

HONDA CRF250RX: FIRST RIDE VIDEO SERIES

The Honda CRF250RX is a new bike for 2022. It got all of the same upgrades that the new motocross version got, plus it has a larger fuel tank, an 18-inch rear wheel, Dunlop tires, handguards and off-road settings for the suspension and mapping. Join us at Cahuilla MX for our first experience with the […]

2022 INDY SUPERCROSS RESULTS

Eli Tomac overcame a brutally deteriorating track in Indy to win his third race in a row in the 2022 Monster Energy Supercross season. Most of the race saw Justin Barcia out front of a tightly grouped pack. At one point, Jason Anderson passed for the lead, but then he and Barcia collided. That put […]

2022 HUSKY FC250 ROCKSTAR EDITION: FIRST RIDE

The 2022 Husqvarna FC250 Rockstar Edition is out, which means we have a preview of what Husqvarna will be offering for 2023. The bike is completely new–not just relaunched with new bodywork. The motor has a different bore and stroke, larger exhaust valves and a number of new features like Quickshift. The frame still uses […]

2022 HUSQVARNA FC450 ROCKSTAR EDITION: FIRST RIDE VIDEO

We have seen Malcolm Stewart make some premier class Supercross  podiums aboard his factory Husky FC450 this year and the staff of Dirt Bike finally got the chance to ride the all new Husqvarna FC450 Rockstar Edition at Glen Helen Raceway. Check out what they thought after the first day of testing in the video […]

2022 SUZUKI RM-Z450: TEST & VIDEO

Suzuki’s 2022 RM-Z450 model has no major changes from the previous year’s model and hasn’t seen any significant changes since this platform was introduced four years ago. A lot of professional-level championships have been won on this platform, so the technology is proven. Is Suzuki getting left behind in the 450 class, or is no […]

2022 YAMAHA YZ85: FIRST RIDE VIDEO SERIES

The Yamaha YZ85 received some serious attention for 2022, making it the most eagerly anticipated mini in years. In 2019, it got a long list of motor upgrades, which was the first attention the bike got in 16 years. Now, the YZ85 has new bodywork and brakes, making it clear that Yamaha values the youth […]

2022 YAMAHA YZ125: FULL TEST

There are two ways to look at the 2022 Yamaha YZ125. Two-stroke fans will be ecstatic that Yamaha is showing new commitment in their world. A major Japanese manufacturer opened its corporate wallet to design a new two-stroke motor and make substantial changes to the bodywork, brakes and suspension. A two-stroke fanatic will say it’s […]

2022 KTM 450SX-F FACTORY EDITION

The 2022 KTM Factory Edition is the first of a new platform. We expect it to be the basis for KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas race bikes for a long time to come. Both the motor and the frame are new, as well as all the bodywork. The motor doesn’t look that different, but it’s almost […]

GASGAS MC450F FACTORY EDITION ANNOUNCED

GasGas now has its own version of the Factory Edition. Its called the “Race Team Edition” but the concept is similar to that of the KTM 450SX-F Factory Edition and the Husqvarna Rockstar Edition, with a slew of upgrades and a look that is a tribute to Justin Barcia’s factory bike. At the factory level, […]

2022 KTM 300XC, RAW VIDEO

The 2022 300XC is the more competition-oriented of the two 300 two-strokes in the KTM line-up. For the February, 2022 print issue of Dirt Bike, we have a direct comparison between the 300XC and the 300XC-W. For a preview of that story, check out Ron’s Wrap here. For a little two-stroke fix in the meantime, […]

2022 DUAL SPORT BUYER’S GUIDE

Today’s dual-sport bikes allow you to broaden your motorcycle horizons more than ever. In this world of shrinking off-road opportunities, a street-legal dirt bike  allows you to explore hidden pockets and secret riding areas. They are quiet and clean, and performance is better than ever. Honda, Beta, Suzuki, Kawasaki, SWM, KTM, Husqvarna, Christini and SSR […]

2022 YAMAHA YZ450F: FULL TEST

Perception and reality have a love/hate relationship where the Yamaha YZ450F is concerned. Everyone claims to know that pro racing results aren’t the best criteria for picking your next motorcycle. But, pundits, posters and influencers take their toll. If you follow racing news and social media, you would think that the 2020 Yamaha YZ450F was […]

2022 KTM 450SX-F: FULL TEST

If any bike should be put into a time capsule to represent this period in motocross evolution, it’s the 2022 KTM 450SX-F. It is, quite simply, state of the art right now. That’s why it’s no big deal that the 2022 model year presents a temporary ceasefire in the ongoing development cycle in the world […]

2022 HONDA CRF250R: FULL TEST

When most manufacturers are playing it safe by not making many changes to their motocross models, Honda has now for the second year introduced an all-new machine to the market. The 2022 Honda CRF250R follows in the footsteps of the 2021 CRF450R platform introduced last year and shares many of the same chassis components. 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 […]

2022 KTM ADVENTURE BIKES ANNOUNCED

KTM has just announced its adventure bikes for 2022. Included in the line are two new versions of the 1290; the 1290 Super Adventure R and the 1290 Super Adventure S. The R model looks to have serious dirt capability and comes with aggressive Bridgestone tires and reworked XPLOR suspension components. The following press release […]