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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 […]

2021 KTM 350XC-F: FULL TEST

Some motorcycles become icons after generations of service. Others graduate to that status ahead of schedule. That happened with the KTM 350XC-F. It came out 10 years ago and almost immediately was granted membership in the elite ranks of racing. Now, it’s generally acknowledged as the winningest off-road bike of the past decade, maybe even […]

HONDA WORKS EDITION: FULL TEST

If you don’t know any better, you might think the 2021 Honda CRF450RWE is just another race replica. That’s forgivable. There’s a long history of companies that try to capitalize on the success of their race teams by offering special editions that are nothing more than graphics and bling. That’s not Honda. The CRF450R Works […]

2021 HUSQVARNA FE501: FULL TEST

Green-sticker-legal off-road bikes are a dying breed due to more stringent requirements being implemented each year to meet emission standards in the state of California. In the past, riders looking for a serious off-road machine had few choices. They could strip down a dual-sport bike, go the red-sticker route, or deal with some of the […]

HONDA 450 DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

We waited for almost 30 years. Prior to the CRF450L, the last new dual-sport bike that Honda dropped was the XR650L of the early ’90s. It’s no wonder that the announcement of a 2019 dual-sport bike based on the CRF450R motocross bike created such a firestorm of hype and chatter. It was three decades in […]

HONDA CRF450RX: FULL TEST

According to the cliche committee, “You never get a second chance at a first impression.” We disagree. The 2021 Honda CRF450R motocross bike was a victim of supercharged expectations. It looked to have everything perfect, but when it was finally revealed, it was virtually impossible to live up to the hype. Honda’s final testing period […]

2021 SSR SR300: FULL TEST

SSR Motorsports came to life in 2002 and developed a strong following building Chinese-manufactured pit bikes, scooters, UTVs and full-size motorcycles. They are known for being very competitively priced and are visually cutting-edge. One of its popular mid-sized off-road machines is the SR300S, a machine first tested here in 2019. It retails for $4499 and […]

2021 GASGAS EC300 TWO-STROKE: FULL TEST

The GasGas EC300’s nucleus came from a pipeline straight from the KTM mother ship. It’s TPI-injected, oil-injected, a 6-speed wide-ratio gearbox and, more important, counter-balanced to erase all forms of vibration. The frame, too, comes from an Austrian ancestry via the chromoly chassis, rear suspension with linkage, WP XPLOR dampers up front and a WP […]

2021 TM EN300: FULL TEST

The small TM factory located in the Italian countryside built the twin-pipe 300FI four-stroke model with one thing in mind—to win championships! TM has been very successful, adding number-one plates from around the world to their championship wall with this platform, but will that transfer over into the real world? RACE VIBES The 2021 TM […]

2021 HUSQVARNA 701 ENDURO LONG RANGE: FULL TEST

The line between the adventure bike and dual-sport bike is getting very blurry, and the Husqvarna 701 Long Range (LR) isn’t making it any clearer. Here’s the short description: the LR is a dual-sport bike with a range of over 300 miles. That poses more questions than it answers. Is the 701 LR designed for […]

2021 HUSQVARNA FC250: FULL TEST

There are KTM guys and there are Husky guys. That’s certainly true among the general riding public, but it’s even true within the offices at Pierer Mobility, the parent company of both brands. Product planners clearly want Husqvarna to succeed—but not succeed too much, or so it seems. Even though the motorcycles are similar, they […]

MOOSE SPRING COLLECTION

The guys at Moose racing just gave us our first look at their spring collection of riding gear. Here’s the official press release: Moose Racing introduces our 2021 Agroid collection. A new year brings a new look for Moose Racing’s Agroid Racewear. 2021 features two of our retro 35th anniversary kits and three additional color […]

KTM 350EXC-F DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

Greed is such an ugly thing. At one time the prospect of a dual-sport bike that was light and capable in the dirt would have sent most dirt bike riders into fits of ecstasy. Now that such bikes are the norm, we want more. It’s human nature, after all. The KTM 350EXC-F exposes greed for […]

2021 GASGAS MC 450F: FULL TEST

The arrival of the GasGas MC 450F is a litmus test for the optimists and pessimists in the motocross world. The bright side is that there’s another 450 motocross bike in the pool to choose from. There will be another set of dealers to visit, and racing will be deeper and richer as a result. The […]

KTM 300XC 2-STROKE: FULL TEST

KTM can take a big chunk of the credit for the healthy state of the two-stroke world. KTM has never waned in its passion to pursue new technology and to back its commitment with a racing program that gives its equipment incredible credibility. The new 2021 300XC TPI is a direct result of pursuing perfection […]

2021 KTM 250SX-F: FULL TEST

Some motorcycles are taken for granted. If a new 250 four-stroke motocross bike suddenly arrived that weighed less and made more power than anything in the class, it would be big news. If it had a hydraulic clutch, the best brakes, electric start, a programmable ignition and every cutting-edge development in the MX world, it […]

TM 300 TWO-STROKE: FULL TEST

Most of the research and development for the TM off-road lineup is done racing the Enduro World Championship series, and their 300EN definitely benefits from this type of R&D. In 2019 the machines received a huge overhaul, with an all-new aluminum frame and a brand-new powerplant complete with an electric starter. With these upgrades, the […]

2021 YAMAHA YZ250F: FULL TEST

If you watched any of the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro motocross series, you might think that the Yamaha YZ250F is the all-time horsepower king of the 250 class. The bikes ridden by Dylan Ferrandis, Justin Cooper and the other Star Racing/Monster Energy team members were the fastest machines on the track, hands down. You gotta […]

KAWASAKI KX250X OFF-ROAD: FULL TEST

Kawasaki didn’t offer any off-road race bikes for years. Weird, right? This is a company that at one time dominated Baja and drove the U.S. ISDE team with riders like Jeff Fredette and Larry Roeseler. Yet, there hasn’t been a Kawasaki dedicated to off-road competition since the 2009 KLX450R—and even that wasn’t really a race […]

KAWASAKI KX450X: FULL TEST

Kawasaki has officially returned to the closed-course competition off-road racing market with the introduction of their 2021 KX450X model. Based off the successful KX450 motocross model, Kawasaki expanded that platform by adding features the off-road market prefers, including softer suspension, different gearing, off-road-specific tires, different power characteristics, 18-inch rear wheel and more. Well, technically, Kawasaki […]