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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 […]

2022 SHERCO ENDURO LINE

Sherco has just revealed its 2022 line of off-road motorcycles. The French company will again feature two-strokes and four-strokes in several displacements. Internationally, Sherco divides its products into two different lines: the Racing models and the premium-level Factory models. For the U.S. market, only the Factory models will be offered. This are mostly distinguished by […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

TM EN250Fi TWIN PIPE: FULL TEST

Some motorcycles are tools; machines designed with simplicity of purpose to deliver a desired result. A motorcycle like the TM EN250Fi four-stroke is much more. It’s a product of passion and a statement of identity. If the people at TM viewed their products with nothing more than utility in mind, their company would have ceased […]

KTM 450XC-F–FULL TEST

Some bikes defy being categorized. The 2021 KTM 450XC-F isn’t one of them. It’s actually  a very specialized motorcycle. The confusing part is that it fits perfectly in so many categories. For one, it’s KTM’s most adept desert bike, one that has won more National Hare & Hounds than any other bike in recent history. […]

KTM 125XC 2-STROKE: RACE TEST

Let’s get the faint irony out of the way. The new KTM 125XC is not new. It’s actually the oldest bike in KTM’s line-up. Back in 1968, John Penton sold a 125 two-stroke off-road bike called the Six-Day in the U.S. It was manufactured by KTM and it was what got the company started in […]

GASGAS 2021 OFFICIAL LAUNCH

GasGas officially launched its off-road line for 2021 today. Pierer Mobility Group, the parent company for KTM, acquired controlling interest in the Spanish company late last year and has moved to combine resources. The off-road bikes will closely resemble KTM motorcycles, while the trials line will based on previous GasGas models. Pricing will be lower […]

RIDING THE TWIN-PIPE TM 250 ENDURO: THE WRAP

The TM 250EN 4T Fi is in the garage now, awaiting a race-test this weekend. This is one exotic motorcycle. Any TM is already exotic. This is a small Italian company that specializes in race bikes, with a number of world championships to its credit and even a few GP motocross wins. Even by TM […]

TM 250E OFF-ROAD 2-STROKE: FULL TEST

Fuel-injected two-strokes are here to stay. Now, there are three manufacturers offering transfer-port-injection two-strokes in the U.S., and there are more to come. Here’s the fun part: not all of them are owned by KTM’s parent company. TM is a small Italian company that has proven itself capable of matching any motorcycle company in the […]

SHERCO 250SEF: FULL TEST

Sherco has made a big push world wide in recent years and that’s being felt here in the U.S. We got a chance to see what all the buzz was about with the arrival of the 2020 250SEF Factory off-road four-stroke. One year ago most off-road riders in the U.S. thought that Sherco was a vintage […]

YAMAHA WR250F: FULL TEST

The Yamaha WR250F is an easy bike to ride but a difficult bike to understand. You could call it a high-end race bike aimed at beginners or a play bike designed by racers. It’s clearly a machine designed to adhere to the letter of the law, but it’s unclear what law that is. The WR […]

2006 KTM OFF-ROAD REBUILD: TWO-STROKE TUESDAY

In this week’s 2-Stroke Tuesday brought to you by Decal Works, we give you a detailed look at our 2006 KTM 200 complete off-road rebuild. It always surprises us how good the 200cc machine is on the trails. We have another KTM project in our Behind The Build section that you don’t want to miss. […]

2020 HUSQVARNA TE300i: FULL TEST

Husqvarna’s Transfer Port Injection is now in its third year, and still the focus of mistrust and controversy. The 2020 Husqvarna TE300i got a new frame, a new look and still more development on its  fuel-injection system. Its performance is so seamless that even the most hardcore two-stroke purist has to concede that the technology […]

RIDING THE SHERCO 250SEF FACTORY: THE WRAP

Sherco is about a year into its new deal in the U.S. and what a year it’s been. We got to ride the entire line in Italy at a world press introduction at the end of 2019, and then we had another opportunity to ride the 250 two-stroke in Kentucky. This month we finally got […]

ONE ON ONE: HONDA CRF250RX VS. YAMAHA YZ250FX

The Honda CRF250RX and the Yamaha YZ250FX are both closed-course competition off-road bikes, meaning they are made for racing. They have competition mufflers without spark arresters and are, in fact, very closely related to the MX bikes in their respective lines. These are the off-road features they have in common: Larger fuel tanks 18-inch rear […]

KTM 500XCF-W: FULL TEST

The XCF-W is back! After three years of trail riders being limited to either a fully adorned street-legal dual-sport machine, or a lightly modified fully ballistic motocrosser, KTM has brought back a dedicated dirt bike designed for the off-road enduro/trail enthusiast. This is both a huge commitment and a costly one, as offering a legitimate […]