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TWO STROKE

ULTIMATE CR500: BEHIND THE BUILD

Carson Brown loves to ride dirt bikes! It doesn’t matter the year, make or model, he just loves two wheels and an engine. Lucky for us, we like showcasing his talents on said dirt bikes. Lately, Carson and his dad, BBR Motorsports cofounder Duane Brown, have been resurrecting older iconic two-strokes. This 1997 CR500 build […]

JUSTIN BARCIA TWO-STROKE VIDEO: BEHIND THE SCENES

Justin Barcia took some time out of his Supercross testing schedule to go to Mexico with a GasGas MC250 two-stroke and just have a little fun. The official video appears below, but the unofficial look behind the scenes is even more entertaining. And what about that track? Pure joy.     

KAWASAKI KX327 TWO-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

Working on “project bikes,” as they’re commonly called, never gets old. Some projects start with new bikes and some are Craigslist finds, but this bike has a unique story behind it. Kevin Bailey from Race Winning Brands takes us through this KX327 rebirth in his own words. SECOND CHANCE “After a phone call from a […]

BETA 250RR TWO-STROKE: FULL TEST

There is no doubt that the two-stroke is riding a wave of popularity inspired by a rise in off-road passion, new technology and the status of extreme or hard enduro racing. There are several players here, notably the Austrian TPI machines—KTM, Husqvarna, GasGas—Sherco, TM and Beta. We didn’t get a chance to test too many […]

GASGAS 300 2-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

You could spend hours gazing at this Every Single Sunday GasGas EC300 that, believe it or not, was not originally built with the goal of being featured in a magazine. The owner/builder of this hard-enduro specialist, Travis Brock of Every Single Sunday, is a popular off-road YouTuber and content producer for BikeBandit.com who set out […]

2022 YAMAHA YZ250 TWO-STROKE REVIEW: FIRST DAY OF TESTING VIDEO

Dirt Bike Magazine tests the 2022 Yamaha YZ250 Two Stroke at Glen Helen Raceway. The Yamaha YZ250 has finally received some updates ! For 2022 Yamaha made changes to the suspension, sub-frame, tires, fuel tank, air box, plastic design, seat, and more. We are thrilled to see Yamaha continuing to make advancements on their line […]

2022 HUSQVARNA TE150I: OFF-ROAD 2-STROKE VIDEO SERIES

The Husqvarna TE150i is one bike that can give competition to the 300 two-stroke as the go-to choice for the off-road purist. Most riders think of  any 144cc two-stroke as a youth model for transitioning to the big bike world, but the TE150i is much more than that. It’s a legitimate destination in itself. Clearly, […]

NEW 2022 YAMAHA YZ250 TWO-STROKE IN ACTION: RAW VIDEO SERIES

Dirt Bike Magazine was invited to test the new 2022 Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke but unfortunately the media has been asked by Yamaha not give any editorial review on this bike for another week. While the embargo remains in place we decided to at least let our loyal viewers enjoy some clips from our first day […]

KAWASAKI KX125: BEHIND THE BUILD

We have built a lot of project bikes with Justin Myerson from Motowhips over the years and are always blown away with each bike. This KX125 is Justin’s personal bike and took almost two years to build in between working on customer builds. It features an updated KX250 four-stroke front end with a mounting kit […]

CARSON BROWN AND HIS CR500 2-STROKE

If Honda still made the CR500R two-stroke, it might look something like this. Carson Brown and his dad Duane Brown brought it back from the grave and rebuilt it at the BBR Motorsports Headquarters in Washington. Carson is a current 250 pro and spent a lot of time helping his dad test this motorcycle before […]

2022 TWO-STROKE BUYER’S GUIDE

The world of two-strokes has done nothing but grow in the last decade. For 2022, there are more motorcycle companies offering more two-strokes than ever. Beta, GasGas, Husqvarna, KTM, Cobra, Rieju, GPX, Kawasaki, TM, Sherco, Suzuki and Yamaha are all in the game for keeps. We’ve assembled all the two-stroke off-road bikes that will be […]

2012 KTM 300XC PROJECT: TWO-STROKE VIDEO SERIES

For this project, we teamed up with the guys at Dirt N Iron. The bike was a nine-year-old KTM 300XC. Even that long ago, the KTM was the off-road two-stroke to have. It was fast, smooth and reliable. When you find a used one, just getting it into original condition means you’ll have a great […]

KTM 300 LONG-TERM TEST

The goal was seriously demented. Beau Law, the owner of Ready to Ride Rentals, wanted to take a brand-new, bone-stock KTM 300XC-W TPI machine and torture it. His dream was no maintenance for the duration of the test. Nada. No oil changes, no filter cleaning. He purchased the machine from AEO Powersports in Mesa, Arizona. […]

CR500 SHOOTOUT: NEW-AGE VS OLD-SCHOOL

For this episode of the Dirt Bike Premix Video Series, we compare a Honda CR500 two-stroke in a modern chassis to an original one. There’s something especially sweet about a 500 that’s been updated with an aluminum frame and modern suspension, but over the years we’ve noticed that they sometimes don’t work as well as […]

ITALIAN HONDA 500 2-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

TM is a small motorcycle manufacturer located in a small town in the Italian countryside. TM makes a limited number of hand-built, very specialized machines each year and is perfectly content doing so. The largest-bore two-stroke TM has ever produced is 300cc, and we don’t think TM plans to change that any time soon. Enter […]

YAMAHA YZ300 TWO-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

The Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke has got to be one of the most commonly modified machines on the planet. This is true for multiple reasons: the bike hasn’t changed much in the last decade, and just about every aftermarket company makes products for it. Kenny Alexander and the crew at Fasthouse arranged a Yamaha YZ250 build […]

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 […]

TM 300 TWO-STROKE: BEHIND THE BUILD

Extreme enduro has seen a huge explosion all around the world in the past few years, so much so that there is a full series in the USA now dedicated to outdoor extreme events. With this popularity comes not only some very talented riders showcasing their skills, but purpose-built machines that can conquer what Mother […]

TM SUPERMINI: A DIRT BIKE PREMIX VIDEO

In the amateur racing world, the TM 112 Supermini is a virtual works bikes. It’s manufactured in very limited numbers in Pesaro, Italy and has features that are unheard-of in the mini world, like an aluminum frame. In this episode of the Dirt Bike Premix Video series, we explore the little TM and discover what […]

2004 SUZUKI RM250 PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

The late ’90s to mid-2000s Suzuki RM250 two-strokes might just be the best used motorcycles out there. They feature a strong engine and a great handling package that makes the bikes fun to ride. This is probably why we don’t come across many for sale; the people who have them want to keep them. Thankfully, […]