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GASGAS 300 2-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

You could spend hours gazing at this Every Single Sunday GasGas EC300 that, believe it or not, was not originally built with the goal of being featured in a magazine. The owner/builder of this hard-enduro specialist, Travis Brock of Every Single Sunday, is a popular off-road YouTuber and content producer for BikeBandit.com who set out […]

TOM WEBB’S 500EXC: BEHIND THE BUILD

By Tom Webb I really needed a dual-sport machine. Yes, we get test bikes, but by the time we get them dialed in to our needs, they get tugged back to the factory because new models are en route. As with anything KTM, the demand is high, and KTM’s sales staff is screaming for sellable units […]

KTM 500EXC DUAL-SPORT PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

Jealousy is a fantastic motivator. My 2020 KTM 500EXC-F sat in the garage for a year without being ridden. It had a short history: it won our dual-sport shootout; it was purchased; it was ignored. I had plans to ride in Tecate, a Backcountry Discovery Route and perhaps even the Sonora Rally. We have no […]

KAWASAKI KX125: BEHIND THE BUILD

We have built a lot of project bikes with Justin Myerson from Motowhips over the years and are always blown away with each bike. This KX125 is Justin’s personal bike and took almost two years to build in between working on customer builds. It features an updated KX250 four-stroke front end with a mounting kit […]

MOTOWHIPS CRF110: BEHIND THE BUILD

Justin Myerson and his crew can make just about anything look like a factory level race machine! With the 110cc pit bike craze that is rapidly moving across the USA, Motowhips decided to showcase their talents in that area. This build named “Adrenaline” will definitely get the blood flowing with all its trick parts and […]

KAWASAKI KX450X PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

Mark Tilley has two priorities in his life these days. Their names are Jacob and Austin Tilley. But between supporting their young racing aspirations and acting as Managing Editor of Dirt Bike Magazine, Mark found the time to earn two number one plates in the 2020 National Grand Prix Championship Series. To do that, he […]

KAWASAKI KX144 PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

Sometimes our daydreams become reality. Recently, we had a conversation at the office about what a modern Japanese 125cc two-stroke might look and perform like. The conversation went on for hours. Not long afterward, we ran into Josh Bombard and Tim Sharp at the track with their KX144 creation. If Kawasaki made this two-stroke available […]

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 […]

GASGAS EX300 PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

Dicks Racing has been building high-end off-road racing machines for decades. A racer himself, Dick Wilk pounded the hostile desert around Las Vegas and taught himself the art of making his machine handle better and perform stronger through focused suspension and motor modifications. His most recent project started with the GasGas EX300 two-stroke TPI machine. […]

HUSKY OFF-ROAD PROJECTS: BEHIND THE BUILD

The ISDE Qualifier Series is a 50-year-old tradition in the American off-road racing scene. It came into being in order to cull the freakishly large number of U.S. riders who wanted to attend the International Six-Day Trial/Enduro. Now, it has become a form of racing that stands on its own merits. No other country has […]

YAMAHA YZ300 TWO-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

The Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke has got to be one of the most commonly modified machines on the planet. This is true for multiple reasons: the bike hasn’t changed much in the last decade, and just about every aftermarket company makes products for it. Kenny Alexander and the crew at Fasthouse arranged a Yamaha YZ250 build […]

TM 300 TWO-STROKE: BEHIND THE BUILD

Extreme enduro has seen a huge explosion all around the world in the past few years, so much so that there is a full series in the USA now dedicated to outdoor extreme events. With this popularity comes not only some very talented riders showcasing their skills, but purpose-built machines that can conquer what Mother […]

ZACH BELL’S KAWASAKI KX450X: BEHIND THE BUILD

Zach Bell has been on factory-level race teams for a majority of his career. He was a part of the powerhouse Factory Connection Honda squad when he raced AMA SX and MX, then his transition into off-road was with the SLR Honda team. Bell has been on the Chaparral Precision Concepts Kawasaki team the last […]

1988 KAWASAKI KDX200: BEHIND THE BUILD

By Ron Lawson The inspiration for this project can be traced back to the 2016 ISDE. There were a couple of guys on 35-year-old Jawas who attempted to ride the Six Days for the host country of Slovakia. They didn’t even finish, but it seeded a “what-if” discussion. What if there was a class for […]

HONDA CRF450X RESTORATION: BEHIND THE BUILD

During a bench racing session the phrase was muttered, “We should race the 3 Brothers 24-Hour endurance race at Glen Helen this year.” With that one sentence, Josh Trimble, Randy Garrett, Josh Dalton, Joey Martin and Dan Dreier’s lives would never be the same. But, who was going to donate their bike to the cause? […]

YAMAHA YZ250F PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

The 2021 Yamaha YZ250F won our 2021 250 MX Shootout. It’s a great bike with excellent suspension and a good-solid power delivery. There’s only one problem. All the bikes in our 2021 250 MX shootout were great bikes with glowing attributes. In the 50-year-history of Dirt Bike Magazine, we never came out of a shootout […]

AEO ALUMINUM CR500R: BEHIND THE BUILD

They say necessity is the mother of invention. In the Dirt Bike magazine world, we like to think passion is what fuels an inventor’s mind. Lucky for us, longtime AEO Powersports customer Don Shields rode all the new 450cc machines and couldn’t find one he liked better than his 1999 aluminum-framed CR500AF two-stroke. With Honda’s […]

2004 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, […]

KTM 350 DUAL SPORT PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

We love the KTM 350EXC-F dual-sport bike. Love it. It’s legal. It’s quiet, and it’s a real dirt bike. What’s not to love? Well, that’s the funny thing about the ones we love. We always want to change them. As wonderful as the EXC is, the truth is that it makes a wheezing 34 horsepower […]