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AN ITALIAN CR500 & ZACH BELL’S 2-STROKE VS. 4-STROKE: THE WRAP

This week we got to ride Ralf Schmidt’s brutal 500cc two-stroke project. It’s a Honda CR500R motor in a current TM 300 chassis. He calls it TMZilla. Heck, why not? You put “Zilla” on the back of any word and it says something about going overboard. When the project was first assembled, we featured it […]

RIDING THE ELECTRIC START TM 2-STROKE MXer: THE WRAP

TM is selling more bikes in the U.S. than it ever has. Admittedly, it’s still not a very big number, but that’s part of the appeal of the small Italian company.  It’s exotic and exclusive. And two-strokes are still a very big part of the company’s battleplan. We have a new 250 motocross two-stroke right […]

RIDING CHAD REED’S 2002 2-STROKE & 4-STROKE: THE WRAP

Chad Reed says he’s in his final season of U.S. Supercross this year. Racing without Chad seems unimaginable now; it takes someone with a very good memory to think back to his first U.S. season. It was sooo long ago. I have a crappy memory, but I do remember when Chad came to the U.S. […]

YAMAHA YZ250FX VS. HONDA CRF250RX: THE WRAP

OFF-ROAD 250 FOUR-STROKE COMPARISON We finally got the Honda CRF250RX and the Yamaha YZ250FX on the same ride so we could do a back-to-back comparison of the two. They are both closed-course competition off-road bikes, meaning they are made for racing. They have no spark arresters, they are just as loud as motocross bikes and […]

RIDING THE DUCATI 1260 MULTISTRADA ENDURO: THE WRAP

RIDING THE DUCATI MULTISTRADA ENDURO We have a 2020 Mulitstrada 1260 Enduro in the house and we’re so excited we’re acting silly. This is like a Ferrari with knobbies. The Multistrada has been around in one form or another for almost 18 years, but only in recent years has Ducati taken its off-road mission seriously. […]

RIDING THE 2020 1/2 KTM FACTORY EDITION: THE WRAP

KTM FACTORY EDITION Last week we got to ride the 2020½ Husqvarna Rockstar Edition. This week it was KTM’s turn to debut the Factory Edition. This has been a KTM tradition since 2012. Usually, there are 500 of these made available at a premium price, and it’s a preview of the model to come. This […]

SKYLER HOWES AND DAKAR: THE WRAP

SKYLER HOWES AND DAKAR Last week, Brandon Krause got Skyler Howes into our studio for a few shots and an interview on his amazing ride in the Dakar Rally. In any other year, Howes might have been the best placing American in ninth overall. With Brabec’s historic win, Howes’ performance went under the radar. He […]

HUSQVARNA TX300 RACE TEST, PLUS ANDREW SHORT Q & A: THE WRAP

RIDING THE 2020 HUSKY TX300 2-STROKE For 2020, Husqvarna expanded its use of TPI two-stroke fuel injection  to include the TX300. This is significant because it only came on Husky’s trail bikes last year, and the TX is considered a fully committed race bike. Since the technology first arrived two-years ago, the bugs have gotten […]

RIDING THE 2020 KTM 500XCF-W: THE WRAP

The 2020 KTM 500XC-W is finally here. It’s three years overdue, but we’re still happy. As Tom Webb reported in Wednesday’s Weekly Feed, we just got our first ride on the bike. So far, we love it. This is a dedicated dirt bike based on the 500EXC dual-sport. Back in 2017, KTM redesigned its dual-sport […]

HONDA’S FACTORY DAKAR BIKE: THE WRAP

Ricky Brabec is currently leading the 2020 Dakar Rally by over 20 minutes, and going into the second half of the race, his bike is a major topic of discussion. The CRF450 Rally has been surrounded by controversy since its introduction in 2015. It is probably the most sophisticated bike in the rally. Contrary to […]

RIDING THE 2020 HUSKY FE501S DUAL-SPORT: THE WRAP

FIRST RIDE, 2020 HUSQVARNA FE501S Last month we got to ride the 2020 Husqvarna FE350S dual-sport; now the FE501S is center stage. These are the only two dual-sport bikes in the Husqvarna line for 2020 unless you include the massive 701 Enduro. The FE250 and FE450 have been dropped for now. The addition of an […]

2020 SHERCO OFF-ROAD BIKES, FIRST RIDE: THE WRAP

The 2020 Sherco off-road bikes and trials bikes were revealed this week in Italy. I was there and got the opportunity to ride every bike in the line. That was a lot of riding. The Sherco line-up is big. The enduro line includes 125 two-strokes, 250 two-strokes, 300 two-strokes, 250 four-strokes, 300 four-strokes and 450 […]

2020 RACE CALENDAR: THE WRAP

The first races of the new season are upon us.  Get your calendar out and plan your weekends. Unfortunately, you only have 52 weeks to work with. Virtually all of these dates are tentative, but this post will be updated as more information becomes available, so if your club isn’t listed, check back. GNCC SCHEDULE […]