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HONDA CRF450RS: YEAR ’22 VIDEO SERIES

The Honda CRF450RS is a special edition that doesn’t really fit the mold of a traditional Factory Edition or race replica. Instead of being offered at a premium price, it has an MSRP straight out of 2013: $8599. Join us at Blackmore Ranch and Glen Helen Raceway as we learn more about the CRF450RS.

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 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 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 […]

RIDING KAWASAKI’S NEW OFF-ROAD X BIKES: THE WRAP

This week we got to ride the new Kawasaki KX250X and KX450X for the first time. It’s about time that Kawasaki offered off-road race bikes again. Zach Bell, Josh Strang, Jordan Ashburn and Robby Bell have all been racing converted KX motocross bikes, and Team Green has been offering off-road contingency payout for years, broadcasting […]

RIDING THE 2021 KAWASAKI KX250: THE WRAP

We’ve been living with the 2021 Kawasaki KX250 for almost a week now and love it more each day. Kawasaki took its time updating the 250 four-stroke, starting with a new head and valve train in 2020. Now the job is complete; the rest of the bike is all new. The chassis is more or […]

2021 KAWASAKI KX250: FIRST RIDE VIDEO

The 2021 KX250 will change the landscape of the 250 four-stroke motocross world in a big way. Last year, Kawasaki got the project underway by giving the KX a new top-end and a lot more peak power. But, everyone knew the job was only halfway done. Now the bike comes in with a new chassis, […]

RIDING THE 2021 HONDA CRF450R: THE WRAP

We finally got a chance to ride the 2021 Honda CRF450R this week, and what a ride it was. We’ve been a little obsessed with this bike since it was announced. Not only is it the most interesting new bike of the season, it’s the most exciting Honda of any kind in years.  The twice […]

2021 HONDA CRF450R: FIRST RIDE VIDEO

Honda’s big milestones seem to arrive at irregular intervals in the 450 class, but there were three years that changed everything 2002, 2009 and 2017. Now, the 2021 model is another year to remember. Almost everything is new, but the highlights include a Nissin hydraulic clutch, a single-sided exhaust system, three-level traction control and a […]

2021 YAMAHA YZ450F, FIRST RIDE VIDEO

The 2021 Yamaha YZ450F is officially here and we had the opportunity to ride at at Glen Helen Raceway earlier in the week. This bike now enters its fourth year after the compete and total makeover it received in 2018. That was when it got a new frame, new bodywork and a redesigned motor with […]

YAMAHA TENERE 700 ADVENTURE BIKE: FIRST RIDE

The Yamaha Tenere 700 has finally arrived and we got to spend a day on it in the San Bernardino mountains this week. This is a bike that we’ve been waiting for and wanting to ride for a very long time–even before the bike was officially announced at the EICMA show. Yamaha has been quiet […]

KTM 390 ADVENTURE: FIRST RIDE

The 2020 KTM 390 Adventure was originally scheduled to be released to the press at a mass introduction last month, but KTM officials had to rethink that. We don’t do “mass” anything these days. Instead, we drove to KTM’s office in Murrieta  and quietly loaded up a 390. We’ve been riding it all week. This […]

YAMAHA YZ125X OFF-ROAD 2-STROKE, FIRST RIDE

Yamaha just released the 2020 YZ125X two-stroke. This is an off-road version of the YZ125 motocross bike, similar to the YZ250X. The bike is another sign of the commitment that Yamaha is showing to the two-stroke. It doesn’t represent any new technology, but it does show that the company still believes in the two-stroke as […]