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2003 SUZUKI RM250 PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

The late ’90s to mid-2000s Suzuki RM250 two-strokes might just be the best used motorcycles out there. They feature a strong engine and a great handling package that makes the bikes fun to ride. This is probably why we don’t come across many for sale; the people who have them want to keep them. Thankfully, […]

THE KTM 200 TWO-STROKE LIVES AGAIN! BEHIND THE BUILD

The 200cc KTM has a very devoted cult-like following, and the fact that KTM stopped production of this model back in 2016 just fuels the fire of desire for some. Lendon Smith and Robert Lightfeldt, owners of Seat Concepts in Idaho, are two such people. They decided to take matters into their own hands by […]

ITALIAN HONDA 500 2-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

TM is a small motorcycle manufacturer located in a small town in the Italian countryside. TM makes a limited number of hand-built, very specialized machines each year and is perfectly content doing so. The largest-bore two-stroke TM has ever produced is 300cc, and we don’t think TM plans to change that any time soon. Enter […]

KTM 300 2-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

We started our trail build with the last 300XC model to come equipped with a carburetor: the 2019 KTM 300XC. This machine was fairly well-received by the carbureted community as a whole but did have some issues. One major issue was the constant need to modify jetting specs in the Mikuni unit that came on […]

2002 HONDA CR250R 2-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

The Honda CR250R has got to be one of the most popular early-to-mid-2000s two-stroke machines to rebuild in history. One reason is that Honda sold a ton, and the other reason is the bikes all seem to be aging very well. We found what looked like a very clean machine on the used-bike market, slapped […]

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 […]

YAMAHA YZ300 2-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

The Yamaha YZ250 is a proven commodity in the two-stroke world and hasn’t seen very many changes to its powerplant since the early to mid 2000s. This is not because the Yamaha engineers are lazy; it’s just because the YZ250 is that good. However, as you know, the Dirt Bike magazine staff just can’t leave […]

RICKY DIETRICH’S HONDA CR250R 2-STROKE: BEHIND THE BUILD

 Ricky Dietrich has experienced a lot of different types of racing in his career, ranging from WORCS to MX Outdoor Nationals, and has had success racing all over the world, but all that was primarily done on a four-stroke. Dietrich is now a member of the SLR Honda off-road team on a four-stroke. We decided […]

EXTREME TM 25O 2-STROKE: BEHIND THE BUILD

The TM 250 is like no other bike in the world. It’s the closest thing to a handmade factory works bike that the general public is allowed to purchase legally. The technology used to build this machine comes straight from research and development on the GP circuit in Europe. This can be a blessing and […]