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250 TWO-STROKE MX SHOOTOUT: FULL TEST

The 250 two-stroke is alive and well in 2020. Austria, Japan and Italy all offer current bikes for the MX purist. Some are more modern than others, but all have suspension and brakes that we could have only dreamed of 20 years ago when the two-stroke was in its heyday. It’s time to set the […]

250 TWO-STROKE MX SHOOTOUT

The Yamaha YZ250, KTM 250SX, Husqvarna TC250 and TM 250MXe are the cream of today’s two-stroke crop.  All are modern bikes with  state-of-the-art suspension. The only things that are old-school are the sounds of the motors and the faint wisp of blue smoke. The Husky and KTM are related by blood to the current four-strokes […]

2020 500 DUAL-SPORT SHOOTOUT: FULL TEST

After all this time, we admit we still don’t know what the heck a dual-sport bike is supposed to be. Manufacturers and riders use the term freely, as if everyone has the same interpretation, yet the bikes sold under that banner are wildly diverse. Just look at the current 500 category. The Beta 500RR-S, Husqvarna […]

2020 DUAL-SPORT SHOOTOUT PROGRESS REPORT: THE WRAP

We’ve been working on the 2020 500cc Dual-Sport shootout for three months now, and we’re  getting closer to a conclusion. No need to rush, though. We could really ride them every day for another three months before we’re ready. Here’s how things are shaping up. The 2020 Beta 500RR-S got a redesigned motor with a […]

2020 250 MX SHOOTOUT VIDEO

The 2020 Honda CRF250R, Husqvarna FC250, Kawasaki KX250, KTM 250SX-F, Suzuki RM-Z250 and Yamaha YZ250F are all together for the title fight of the 250 class. For the video, scroll down. For the full written test of the 2020 250 MX shootout, click here. ARVE

2020 250 MX SHOOTOUT: FULL TEST

The Honda, Kawasaki, KTM and Husqvarna 250 MX bikes all had nearly invisible updates for 2020 that changed everything. Going in, they all knew that Yamaha’s new YZ250F would be tough to beat. They knew that the YZ would probably return unchanged, and they knew it wouldn’t take that much to close the gap. All […]

2020 450 MX SHOOTOUT VIDEO

The 2020 Honda CRF450R, Husqvarna FC450, Kawasaki KX450, KTM 450SX, Suzuki RM-Z450 and Yamaha YZ450F are out in the real world and after months of riding them, racing them and living with them it’s finally time to pit them against one another.  For the video, scroll down. For the full written story of the 2020 […]

2019 250 MX SHOOTOUT

This battle goes way beyond the 250 class in motocross. It’s East meets West, Europe versus Asia and a fundamental clash of design philosophies. This year it so happens that the hottest skirmish is between 250 motocross bikes. Control of that class has been shifting back and forth between the bikes of Japan and those […]

2018 125CC TWO-STROKE MOTOCROSS VIDEO SHOOTOUT

Here is a look at the Dirt Bike Magazine 2018 125cc Two-Stroke Motocross Shootout. There are individual videos for each model and a shootout video featuring all four models at the bottom of this post. This shootout features motocross models imported into the United States by KTM, Husqvarna, TM Racing and Yamaha for sale as […]