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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 […]

AEO ALUMINUM CR500R: BEHIND THE BUILD

They say necessity is the mother of invention. In the Dirt Bike magazine world, we like to think passion is what fuels an inventor’s mind. Lucky for us, longtime AEO Powersports customer Don Shields rode all the new 450cc machines and couldn’t find one he liked better than his 1999 aluminum-framed CR500AF two-stroke. With Honda’s […]

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 […]

RIDING THE HONDA CRF300L RALLY: THE WRAP

Last week we took delivery of a new Honda CRF300L Rally and I also got to ride the CRF300L dual-sport. As a 250, the Rally was a  one of those bikes that was too sexy for its own good. It looked like it was ready to go straight to Dakar with Ricky Brabec. It wasn’t. […]

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 […]

1983 HONDA CR480R PROJECT BY PETE TREADWELL: TWO-STROKE TUESDAY

On this week’s Two-Stroke Tuesday brought to you by Decal Works graphics we give you an exclusive look at our most recent CR480R project with Pete Treadwell and our Idaho connection of Western Powersports, Moto One, and Full Circle Racing. This thing is insanely clean! If you are a Honda two-stroke fan don’t miss the […]

HONDA CRF450RWE: YEAR ’21 VIDEO SERIES

The 2021 Honda CRF450RWE is a race replica built to capitalize on the success of Ken Roczen and Chase Sexton. Some people assume that it’s all about cosmetics, but the Honda has a lot more, including a hand-ported cylinder head, a Yoshimura titanium full exhaust system and Ti Nitride coatings for the suspension components. Check […]

PROJECT FRANKENBIKE: BEHIND THE BUILD

It was probably the dumbest idea that ever came out of an editorial meeting. These meetings are already known to generate cases of mass stupidity, as editors, staff members and test riders get together to discuss future issues of Dirt Bike, but this particular idea was special. “Why don’t we get a super-cheap used bike […]

HONDA CRF450RX: OFF-ROAD VIDEO SERIES

The Honda CRF450RX is the off-road version of the CRF450R motocross bike. Most years, off-road bikes are given second-class citizen status, waiting to get the latest updates a year after they come to the motocross world. That’s not the case here. The 2021 CRF450RX is based on the “R” that arrived with an all-new engine […]

RIDING THE 2021 HONDA WORKS EDITION: THE WRAP

The 2021 Honda CRF450RX Works Edition has arrived and we have some time on it. This begs obvious comparison to the KTM Factory Edition, but the concept is quite different. In the case of the KTM, the FE is sometimes a preview of the next year’s model. More often than not, it’s a race replica […]

HONDA’S 2022 CRF450 LINE ANNOUNCED

Honda provided the first images and details for 2022 today. All of the CRF450 performance bikes were shown. This includes the 2022 CRF450R, complete with new mapping and suspension specs. Also, the CRF450R Works Edition will be back with similar changes along with the CRF450RX cross-county model, the CRF450X off-road bike and the CRF450RL dual-sport. […]

RIDING THE 2021 HONDA CRF450RX OFF-ROAD BIKE: THE WRAP

The Honda CRF450RX bike arrived a little late after the reception to the motocross version was less than what Honda hoped. Honda’s testing department came up with new mapping for both bikes, and now we have the updated CRF450RX off-road bike in the shop.   The CRF450RX is essentially the same motorcycle as the MX […]

1990 HONDA CR250R SWEDISH RESTORATION: TWO-STROKE TUESDAY

On this week’s Two-Stroke Tuesday brought to you by Boyesen we give you an exclusive first look at our 1990 Honda CR250R collaboration with KRT. Products from Wiseco and Pro Circuit are featured in 2-Stroke Hardware. There are five premix burning machines in 2-Stroke Theater you don’t want to miss! Honda two-stroke fans be sure […]

HONDA CR125 TWO-STROKE PROJECT

A father and son wrenching on motorcycles in the garage is something special. Johnny Jump now works at ODI Grips and has been in the motorcycle industry in one way or another for most of his adult life, so building a dirt bike was nothing new for him. However, rebuilding this 2002 Honda CR125, which […]

2021 HRC HONDA SUPERCROSS/MX TEAM ANNOUNCED

American Honda confirmed today that its official squad—Team Honda HRC—will comprise four riders campaigning two classes for the 2021 AMA Supercross/AMA Pro Motocross season. As previously announced, Ken Roczen and Chase Sexton will compete aboard the all-new 2021 CRF450R in the 450 class. In addition, Hunter and Jett Lawrence join the team to race the […]

2021 OFF-ROAD BIKE BUYER’S GUIDE

The year 2021 comes in with the motorcycle world enjoying an unlikely rally. It turned out that people looked to dirt bikes to escape the ugliness of 2020. Amid pandemic and political uncertainty, motorcycles sold surprisingly well, leaving showrooms empty and riders wanting more. Thankfully, the 2021 models have arrived. Here ‘s a look at […]

2021 HONDA CRF450R: FULL TEST

Honda’s big milestones seem to arrive at irregular intervals in the 450 class, but there were four years that changed everything: 2002, 2009, 2013 and 2017. Now, the 2021 model is another bike to remember. It has a new chassis, a mostly new motor and, most important, it represents a change in philosophy. THE PARTS […]

ODI HONDA CR125 PROJECT: TWO-STROKE TUESDAY

This week on Two-Stroke Tuesday we give you the exclusive first look at our 2002 Honda CR125 project with Johnny Jump and the ODI crew in our Dirt Bike Magazine studio. This was a build that Johnny and his son Kellon did together in their garage. Below are some notes directly from Jump about the […]