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BETA ANNOUNCES 2023 DUAL-SPORT MODELS

Beta USA has just announced its dual-sport bikes for 2023. The range once again includes four models based on the same basic package: a 350, 390, 430 and 500. The official Beta press release follows: Beta USA is proud to introduce the 2023 RR-S model range. Originally designed for the USA market only, these popular […]

2022 HUSQVARNA FE501 DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

The pecking order in the dual-sport world is well-established, and the Husqvarna FE501s is right at the top. At the risk of rehashing common knowledge, the FE is the Husqvarna version of the KTM 500EXC. Don’t fall into the “white KTM” camp of riders, though. The Husky is its own bike, and there are significant […]

ELITE HUSKY DUAL-SPORT: BEHIND THE BUILD

We have featured many project bikes built by Motowhips in the past, and all have been very unique machines, but this Husqvarna FE501 build is a little different. This bike is not only built by Justin Myerson and the Motowhips crew, but it is actually owned by Justin himself. How much attention does a build […]

SPEED & SPORT ADVENTURES

By Mark Kariya As a kid from the country starting out in this industry decades ago, interviewing guys like Bob Hannah, Scot Harden, Randy Hawkins, Danny LaPorte, Larry Roeseler, Scott Summers and others was the most nerve-wracking part of the job. Prior to starting my career, I held legends like that in such high esteem […]

GASGAS DUAL-SPORT MODEL ANNOUNCED FOR U.S.

Earlier this week, GasGas Austria released photos and information on the company’s first real dual-sport bike: The ES700. GasGas North America has now confirmed that it will be available as a U.S. model in 2023. It is based on the KTM 690 Enduro and the Husqvarna 701 Enduro. A model in Supermoto configuration, has also […]

2023 KTM OFF-ROAD & DUAL-SPORT BIKES RELEASED

KTM has shown its off-road bike and dual-sport bikes for 2023. This includes the 150XC-W, 250XC-W, 300XC-W two-strokes as well as the 350 and 500 EXC dual-sports. This is only the first wave of KTM’s new-bike offerings and have minimal changes; the two-strokes still feature TPI fuel injection and the dual-sport bikes have the previously […]

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 […]

RIDING THE ’22 HUSKY 501 DUAL-SPORT: THE WRAP

With rain and wet dirt, we spent most of the holidays cutting new trail and exploring off-road areas around home in So Cal. The only way to do that in the condensed urban areas around here is by dual-sport. Luckily, we just happened to have a 2022 Husqvarna FE501S on hand. By now, most people […]

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, […]

A PRO MECHANIC’S KTM DUAL-SPORT: BEHIND THE BUILD

Shane Nalley has a resume that is at the top of the charts for the high-end world of racing dirt bikes. He’s been the mechanic for Keith Turpin, Larry Brooks and Mike Kiedrowski when he raced for Honda, Kawasaki and Honda of Troy. Plus, he was instrumental in the running of Team Suzuki Off-Road for […]

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 […]

2022 KTM SIX DAYS EDITION DUAL SPORT ARRIVES

KTM just announced the Six Days Edition of its big dual-sport bike. Unlike previous years, the bike will be a 500 rather than a 450 for 2022. The official release from KTM follows: Excellence in racing is often celebrated in the KTM family with dedicated and upgraded special edition models, and the KTM 500 EXC-F […]

KTM 500EXC: DUAL-SPORT PROJECT VIDEO SERIES

This bike was the winner of Dirt Bike’s 2020 500 Dual-Sport Shootout. Ron Lawson purchased the bike directly from KTM after that test. With so many test bikes coming and going, a magazine editor often doesn’t have time to ride his own bike. But test bikes come with rules. We cannot take them out of […]

HUSQVARNA FE501S DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

In the shadow of COVID-19, the process of choosing a dual-sport bike has been simplified—you buy what you can get. The days when you could walk into a dealership, sit on four or five different bikes and bargain with a hungry salesman are gone. The great bike shortage of 2021 is the result of unforeseen […]

HONDA CRF300L RALLY: FULL TEST

If ever a motorcycle was a victim of its own sex appeal, it’d be the Honda CRF250L Rally. It was probably the coolest-looking adventure bike you could buy, and it was preposterously inexpensive. In a category where $20,000 price tags are routine, the Rally came out in 2017 with a price tag of $5899. There […]

PROJECT FMF HUSKY: DUAL-SPORT VIDEO SERIES

The Husky FE501S is probably the most desired dual-sport bike on the market. That goes for industry insiders as well as rank and file riders across America. This particular Husky is owned by Donny “Lil D” Emler, the moving force behind FMF Racing. The primary mission for the bike is all family oriented riding, but […]

2021 KTM 500EXC-DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

KTM redefined what a true street-legal dirt bike is back in 2007. Until then, the guy who was serious about riding from his house to the trails in the hills did it on a girthy XL600 or a ponderous and softly muscled DRZ, or snuck his off-road machine through the DMV and coaxed a plate […]

KTM 500EXC DUAL-SPORT PROJECT BY TACOMOTO: THE WRAP

This week I got to ride my 2020 KTM 500EXC for the first time in about six months. This was the bike that won our 2020 dual-sport shootout. I purchased the bike directly from KTM after the test and then promptly didn’t ride it. That’s a pattern with me. I get to ride some of […]