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RACING AIN’T OVER YET: THE WRAP

VET DES NATIONS: WE’RE THERE!  The U.S. attended the Vet des Nations at Farleigh Castle last week with Mike Brown, Doug Dubach, Sean Hamblin and Keith Johnson. They ended up third. Led by Gordon Crockard, Team Northern Ireland scored a narrow victory over Team Wales in the super competitive Evo Team races during the […]

UP CLOSE WITH MAX VOHLAND’S FACTORY KTM 250SX-F: THE WRAP

In 2020, KTM’s in-house motocross and Supercross racing program was limited to the 450 class, while Troy Lee handled the 250 team. That all changed when Troy Lee took over the GasGas team for 2021. That meant KTM brought its 250 racing program in-house for Max Vohland. Max had been brought up in the KTM […]

2022 CRF250R VS YZ250F: THE WRAP

This year’s 250 motocross shootout will come down to a comparison between the new Honda CRF250R and last year’s champion, the Yamaha YZ250F. The other bikes in the contest are unchanged. The Husqvarna, KTM, GasGas, Kawasaki and Suzuki are virtually identical to last year’s models, while the Yamaha has minimal suspension changes as well as […]

MORE ABOUT THE 2022 HONDA CRF250R: THE WRAP

Honda took a bunch of journalists up to Oregon last week to ride the 2022 CRF250R. You can watch the video we shot with Carson Brown here, and read what he had to say here. We don’t publish a full test, however, until we have a chance to ride the bike on tracks we know […]

RIDING THE 2022 KAWASAKI KX450: THE WRAP

This week we got a chance to ride the 2022 Kawasaki KX450 for the first time. I know you know the 2022 model is unchanged, but it’s still a very big deal to us.The KX450 has never been the fastest, the lightest, the most sophisticated or the most ground breaking bike in the class. But […]

RIDING THE 2022 HONDA CRF250R: THE WRAP

This week started with Honda’s big reveal of the 2022 CRF250R. We’ve seen this bike coming for over a year, and it is what we expected: a 250 with all the same chassis updates that the 450 got last year. There were a few surprises along the way; things like Pirelli tires and a cable-pull […]

2022 NEW-BIKE PRICES–COMPLETE LIST: THE WRAP

With this week’s release of new Hondas and last week’s announcement of the 2022 Yamaha line, the overall picture for 2022 has come into better focus. It’s a year of mostly unchanged models with the notable exception of the Yamaha two-strokes and the Honda CRF250R and CRF250RX. Here’s the grand list of MSRPs, although we […]

RDING THE 2022 HUSQVARNA TE150i: THE WRAP

This week we got to ride the 2022 Husqvarna TE150i. This is our first experience with this bike, although we did test the 2019 Husky TE150, which was before the coming of Transfer Port Injection. You won’t find anything exactly like the Husky 150 in the extended Austrian brotherhood of KTM and GasGas off-road bikes, […]

RIDING TWO HONDA 500s: THE WRAP

Last month we did a very unusual comparison between two 500 Hondas. One represented bikes of a bygone era and another was from a time that hasn’t yet come–and probably never will. Nic Gubert of NLAB Studios built them both. First, he teamed up with Italian fabricator Andrea Rapaccioli to create a hybrid with a […]

RIDING THE 2022 HUSQVARNA TE300i 2-STROKE: THE WRAP

The 2022 models aren’t exactly flooding into the Dirt Bike shop like a title wave; it’s more like a leaky faucet. This week we got to ride the 2022 Husqvarna TE300i  and the 2022 KTM 450SX-F for the first time. Neither bike is different from the previous year’s model in any dramatic way. The good […]

RIDING THE BETA 250RR RACE EDITION: THE WRAP

We didn’t get a chance to test too many Beta motorcycles in 2021. The factory was hit hard and early by the Covid 19 epidemic and there were no units for testing. Each year, though, Beta releases half-year models called the Race Editions, and we were able to score a 250RR for testing. This particular […]

CATCHING UP WITH SKYLER HOWES: THE WRAP

After years of struggle and sacrifice, Skyler Howes is now a factory rider. He was hired by the Rockstar Husqvarna Rally team after two consecutive top-10 finishes in the Dakar Rally as a privateer. His first FIM international event was the Rally Kazakhstan, where he won two stages but was penalized after a mousse failure […]

2022 KTM 250SX-F FIRST RIDE: THE WRAP

 The first 2022 test bike is here, surviving factory shut-downs and pandemics to arrive more or less on schedule. The 2022 KTM 250SX-F is in dealers and we already have had one on the track.  It has very few changes beyond the graphics and the orange frame are new, but this has little to do […]

MORE 2022 NEW MODEL PRICES: THE WRAP

Model year 2022 is here and showrooms are finally beginning to fill up.  We already have first looks from KTM, Husqvarna, Sherco, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Beta.  Honda has also released its 450s. So far, we have a mixed bag of some prices that are holding steady and others that are going up. Most KTM and […]

KTM 500EXC DUAL-SPORT PROJECT BY TACOMOTO: THE WRAP

This week I got to ride my 2020 KTM 500EXC for the first time in about six months. This was the bike that won our 2020 dual-sport shootout. I purchased the bike directly from KTM after the test and then promptly didn’t ride it. That’s a pattern with me. I get to ride some of […]

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. […]

CODY WEBB AND HIS SHERCO 300: THE WRAP

The highlight of this week was getting together with Cody Webb for several projects we have in the works. He came to So Cal from his home in Colorado for the Last Dog Standing, which is the third Extreme Enduro of the year and a part of AMA’s Kenda  Extreme Enduro Series Presented by XC […]

RIDING THE BENELLI ADV BIKE: THE WRAP

If you remember the name Benelli, you’ve just dated yourself. Benelli was an Italian company that started before World War One, and was still making motorcycles in Pesaro the ’90s. In the U.S., Benelli was once sold under the Montgomery Ward name. More recently, the company was known for making MiniTrail-like bikes (before Honda) and […]

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2022: THE WRAP

The 2022 model year has officially started. Husqvarna has shown its motocross bikes and cross country racers. Honda has shown its 450s. KTM and GasGas will soon follow with their own initial product releases. So far, there’s nothing especially new or surprising. It’s possible that none of the bikes shown so far was scheduled for […]

FMF HUSKY 501 DUAL-SPORT: THE WRAP

Donny Emler Jr (aka “Little D”) at FMF has been working there pretty much his whole life and has seen some of the coolest bikes in the world pass through the shop. His latest personal bike is a very well appointed Husky FE501S dual-sport. His personal emphasis has shifted over the years and now he’s […]