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2020 HONDA CRF250RX: FULL TEST

Last year the Honda CRF250RX came out in direct response to KTM’s on-going takeover in the American off-road market. The old Honda plan would have been to keep on making bikes like the CRF250X–meaning quiet, clean, responsible and boring. Instead, Honda came out with a borderline outlaw of an off-road bike. It was a focused […]

2020 YAMAHA YZ250F: FULL TEST

Yamaha got back into the game in a big way last year. The YZ250F had been eclipsed by faster, lighter electric-start bikes, and despite a solid run of pro motocross success, it had been saddled with the stinging title of “Good Novice Bike.” Then 2019 came and everything changed. The new YZ250 had been recast […]

2020 HONDA CRF250R: FULL TEST

Back in 2018, Honda released a CRF250R that was almost the complete opposite of the previous model. The new model liked to be revved, with the power all up top. Honda changed its image in the 250 class almost overnight from beginner-friendly puppy to pro-level screamer. For 2020 the engineers went back to the drawing […]

2020 SUZUKI RM-Z450: FULL TEST

 Suzuki has a reputation for finding a platform it likes and keeping it relatively unchanged for several years. The 2020 RM-Z450 model is a perfect case in point. Literally, the only change Suzuki made to the machine was cosmetic color changes to the graphics. But, you have to remember that in 2018 Suzuki made huge […]

2020 YAMAHA YZ450F: FULL TEST

Yamaha is deeper into the digital age than anyone, and the 2020 YZ450F has a mixture of new hardware and software to bring it into the new decade. Externally, the bike looks as it has since the really big makeover of 2018. That was when it got a new frame and motor, as well as […]

2020 KTM 450SX-F: FULL TEST

At one time, the KTM 450SX-F went through a period when it was searching for its identity. Then KTM settled on a formula that was then repeated again and again. It was light, powerful and smooth. It was technologically sophisticated without being gimmicky, and it was built with high-quality components. The 2020 version is all […]

2020 HONDA CRF450R: FULL TEST

Since the introduction of the latest-generation CRF450R back in 2017, Honda has made small refinements every year in hopes of making the overall package as attractive to the consumer as its mid-2000s CRF450R models. For 2020, Honda engineers have again followed the pattern, making changes to the brakes, ECU mapping and suspension. They have also […]

HONDA CRF450X VS. YAMAHA WR450F

The Honda CRF450X and the Yamaha WR450F are both classics. They haven’t, however, been known for cutting-edge technology. Off-road bikes usually lag a step or two behind in design, occasionally catching up all at once. Both the Honda and the Yamaha had a leap year in 2019. Both suddenly caught up to their motocross counterparts […]

2020 HUSQVARNA FC450: FULL TEST

Husqvarna attracts a slightly different buyer from KTM. It’s more of a prestige brand, and the buyers are older, more affluent and more brand conscious. The people in charge have decided to capitalize on that. The 2020 FC450 isn’t a big redesign, but we already knew that. Husky tips its hand each fall by releasing […]

2020 HUSQVARNA FC250: THE ’20s VIDEO SRIES

The 2020 Husqvarna FC250 is out and it’s still among the fastest and lightest bikes in the 250 motocross world. This year, Husqvarna worked on the suspension and created more separation from KTM. The bike also gained a little more throttle response thanks to a vented airbox cover.  For Husqvarna’s original press release on the […]

2020 KAWASAKI KX250 : THE ’20S VIDEO SERIES

For this edition of “The ’20s” Dirt Bike Magazine headed north on the 101 freeway to Castillo Ranch in in Central California for the introduction of the 2020 Kawasaki KX250. Although this bike looks very similar to the 2019 model it has major changes just beneath the surface. New engine updates have been done trying […]

FIRST RIDE: HUSQVARNA FC450 ROCKSTAR EDITION

The Husqvarna Rockstar Edition is here, decked out in the colors of the factory race team. As a tribute to Jason Anderson’s 2018 AMA Supercross title, it bears a big number one in addition to team graphics. It’s a tradition for this bike to be a preview of the next year’s production model–this time last […]