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MOTOWHIPS KTM 350EXC BUILD “INSOMNIA”: THUMPER THURSDAY

It’s Thursday and that means we talk about 4-Stroke machines. On this week’s Thumper Thursday post we are giving you an exclusive first look at the latest Motowhips creation. Justin Myerson and his crew built an insane 2020 KTM350 EXC appropriately named “Insomnia”. We have a couple 2020 dual-sport machines and a couple 2021 special […]

RIDING THE 2020 HUSQVARNA FE350S DUAL-SPORT–THE WRAP

RIDING THE 2020 HUSQVARNA FE350S DUAL-SPORT The Husqvarna FE350S  remains one of our favorite dual-sport bikes of the year. This year, it has an “S” suffix because there is another FE350 in the line; a dirt-only version of the same bike. Both variations have the newer frame design and bodywork that were introduced on the […]

2021 BETA DUAL-SPORT MODELS ANNOUNCED

Beta announced its latest wave of 2021 models today, which featured four dual-sport models. The 500RR-S, 430RR-S, 390RR-S and 350RR-S will continue in 2021 with a number of updates but no price increase. The previously announced Beta 2021 models include the two-stroke standard editions as well as the new 300RX motocrosser and the Xtrainer. For […]

2020 500 DUAL-SPORT SHOOTOUT: FULL TEST

After all this time, we admit we still don’t know what the heck a dual-sport bike is supposed to be. Manufacturers and riders use the term freely, as if everyone has the same interpretation, yet the bikes sold under that banner are wildly diverse. Just look at the current 500 category. The Beta 500RR-S, Husqvarna […]

500 DUAL-SPORT SHOOTOUT: DIRT BIKE VIDEO SERIES

There are more dirt-worthy dual-sport bikes than ever before. For 2020, the KTM 500EXC, Husqvarna FE501S and Beta 500RR-S have all been redesigned. The Honda CRF450L is back and we have a new contender in the SWM RS500. We have tested each of the individually, and now they are all together for the 2020 500 […]

2021 KTM DUAL-SPORT & OFF-ROAD BIKES REVEALED

KTM has released the first batch of its 2021 new model line. This includes the EXC dual-sport bikes, the XCF-W off-road four-strokes and the XC-W off-road two-strokes. The official information from KTM appears below. 2021 KTM 500 EXC-F Highlights • NEW graphics with updated color scheme for a READY TO RACE appearance. • UPDATED WP […]

2012 KTM 500EXC DUAL-SPORT: PROJECT BIKE SPOTLIGHT

One of Tom Webb’s riding buddies for way too many decades is the infamous Mark “Mental” Mangold. Tom has written about their escapades for years, and he has touted Mental as being one of the hardest of hardcore dirt bike addicts he has ever known. Back in 2012 Mental was already the owner of a […]

2020 HUSKY FE501S: DUAL-SPORT VIDEO SERIES

The Husqvarna FE501S dual-sport has a new look and a number of other changes for 2020, but underneath it’s still the amazingly effective and well-finished package that has made it a big hit over the past seven years. It is similar to the KTM 500EXC dual-sport bike, but has a completely different frame and rear […]

2020 KTM 500EXC DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

For 2020 the KTM 500EXC no longer has to be two different bikes to two different people. That was the mission between 2017 and 2019 when there were no pure off-road four-strokes in the KTM line. In that period KTM only offered full-blooded race bikes and dual-sport bikes—nothing in between. Now that KTM has filled […]

2020 KTM 500EXC: DUAL-SPORT VIDEO SERIES

The 2020 KTM 500EXC has undergone a moderately significant redesign, although it doesn’t look that different at a glance. It got a PDS version of the stiffer frame that most KTMs and Husqvarnas got in 2019. The motors of the Husky and KTM are identical. They both got a more compact head like that of […]

2020 DUAL-SPORT SHOOTOUT PROGRESS REPORT: THE WRAP

We’ve been working on the 2020 500cc Dual-Sport shootout for three months now, and we’re  getting closer to a conclusion. No need to rush, though. We could really ride them every day for another three months before we’re ready. Here’s how things are shaping up. The 2020 Beta 500RR-S got a redesigned motor with a […]

BETA 500RR-S DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

The 2020 Beta 500RR-S is not a bike for commuting to work. It’s not a dirt-road adventure bike. It’s not for riding around the college campus or going to lunch. You can certainly do all those things, but if we lived in a world where the rules were laid down by the Dirt Bike staff, […]

2020 BETA 500RR-S: DUAL-SPORT VIDEO SERIES

The 2020 Beta 500RR-S dual-sport has a new frame, a new motor and new bodywork. But it remains a machine for serious off-road riders. It’s clearly more dirt oriented than virtually any other bike in this category; it’s a powerful motorcycle that’s also a little louder than the typical dual-sport 500. In this episode of […]

SWM RS500 DUAL-SPORT: 2020 VIDEO SERIES

SWM might not be the best-known motorcycle company, but the 2020 RS500 will be familiar to most American dual-sport and off-road riders. It’s based on the 2006 Husqvarna TE501. The Husqvarna factory that was left behind after the KTM take over in 2013 is back up and running under the SWM name, making many of […]

HUSQVARNA FE350 DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

The Husqvarna FE350S is one of only two dual-sport bikes in the 2020 Husky line. There’s a 350 and a 501. The 450 and 250 are gone, but as it runs out, the 350 has both of those bikes covered. If there was one dual-sport bike that could do it all, this is it. CHOICES, […]

2020 HUSQVARNA FE350S: DUAL-SPORT VIDEO SERIES

The 2020 Husqvarna FE350S is one of the most sought after dual-sport bikes on the market. It has a new chassis and bodywork this year, very similar to that of 2019 FC350 motocross bike. The dual-sport version is fully compliant with the DOT, noise and emissions requirements at the federal and state levels in the […]