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2021 450 MOTOCROSS SHOOTOUT

We have a record crop of bikes, so we took our time to make sure we gave each of them a fair and full evaluation. That includes a newcomer to the motocross world: The GasGas MC450F. We have also included the unchanged Suzuki RM-Z450 thanks to the support of Simi Valley Cycles. Those two will […]

GASGAS MC450F: YEAR 2021 VIDEO SERIES

The 2021 GasGas MC450F is in the house and we got to ride it at Glen Helen Raceway this week. As you might expect, it’s very similar to the KTM 450SX-F, but with a key difference: Price. The GasGas will sell for $9399, whereas the 450SX-F is $10,199 and the Husky FC450 is $10,299. That places […]

GASGAS MC250F FIRST RIDE VIDEO

The GasGas MC250F is the first 250 motocross bike to carry the GasGas name, which is traditionally  associated with trials and off-road bikes. Last year, Pierer Mobility acquired controlling interest in GasGas, placing the company under the same umbrella as KTM and Husqvarna. The trials bikes will continue to be manufactured in Spain, but the […]

HUSQVARNA FC450: FULL TEST

The 2021 Husqvarna FC450 is here, and even though this can’t be considered a year of major changes, Husqvarna and KTM are beginning to diverge in some meaningful ways. We began to see some hints of that last year. The Husky’s power delivery was a little milder, and the suspension was a little cushier, apparently […]

KAWASAKI KX250: FULL TEST

A bullet-point history of the Kawasaki KX250 would miss all the really important facts about the bike. Yes, it would point out that it’s the winningest bike in the modern era of pro motocross; the KX250 (formerly known as the KX250F) has earned 18 championships and 189 wins in pro motocross and Supercross. That’s just […]

TM 250 MX: RAW VIDEO

The TM 250 is a blend of old-school two-stroke thinking with modern technology. Racing fans often say that if two-stroke motocrossers had received the same development as four-strokes  over the years, then racing would look and sound very differently today. Well, TM is a small Italian company that has given two-strokes just as much emphasis […]

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 […]

2021 YAMAHA YZ450F: FULL TEST

If ever there was proof that pro-racing results don’t matter in the real world, the Yamaha YZ450F is it. It continues to be one of the best-selling motocross bikes in America. It continues to be wildly successful in the hands of local riders. It continues to be reliable, accessible and effective in the hands of […]

2021 KAWASAKI KX450: FULL TEST

The Kawasaki KX450 received what we call a “ground-up rebuild” for the 2019 model year. They addressed almost every issue we had with the machine in previous years, and it has won the last two Dirt Bike magazine 450cc motocross shootouts. Factory racer Eli Tomac has been very successful aboard the machine as well, winning […]

2021 KTM 450SX-F: FULL TEST

If there’s any one bike that can sum up all the changes that have occurred in the motocross world in the previous decade, this is it. The KTM 450SX-F is the MX poster child of the 21st century. It hasn’t always been the fastest, the most advanced or the best in its class, but it […]

TM 250MXE MOTOCROSS: FULL TEST

 As the dirt bike industry is distilled to its most essential components, we increasingly look to small companies for innovation and purity. TM is a small Italian company making motorcycles that matter; motorcycles like the 250MXE two-stroke. This is currently the only electric-start two-stroke motocross bike available in the U.S. Beyond that, it’s a new […]

2021 KAWASAKI KX450 FIRST RIDE: 2021 VIDEO SERIES

The Kawasaki KX450 is the first of the 2021 models to arrive and we have already spent a day testing it. The bike might look unchanged, but it has a number of welcome improvements. The most significant is the redesign of the clutch; it now has a single cupped disk spring rather than five coil […]

RIDING THE 2020 1/2 HUSQVARNA FC450 ROCKSTAR EDITION

The Husqvarna FC450 Rockstar Edition is traditionally a preview of the coming year’s model, so even though this bike is called a 2020½ version, it provides a glimpse of the 2021 FC450 that will be released in the spring. The most important changes are all invisible, but are very significant. The WP XACT air fork […]

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 […]