Browsing tag

TWO STROKE

PROJECT DIRT N’ IRON YZ250

Every project bike we do has a story behind it; some of them are more interesting than others. This 2007 Yamaha YZ250 off-road project originally started in post-communist Czechoslovakia back in the late ’80s and early ’90s with a then-young and very impressionable Rado Bartovic. With dirt bikes being almost impossible to get, Bartovic grew […]

HONDA CR125 TWO-STROKE PROJECT

A father and son wrenching on motorcycles in the garage is something special. Johnny Jump now works at ODI Grips and has been in the motorcycle industry in one way or another for most of his adult life, so building a dirt bike was nothing new for him. However, rebuilding this 2002 Honda CR125, which […]

TM 250 MX: RAW VIDEO

The TM 250 is a blend of old-school two-stroke thinking with modern technology. Racing fans often say that if two-stroke motocrossers had received the same development as four-strokes  over the years, then racing would look and sound very differently today. Well, TM is a small Italian company that has given two-strokes just as much emphasis […]

KTM 500 2-STROKE PROJECT: THE DARK KNIGHT

Are you holding out for KTM–or anyone–to build a modern 500cc two-stroke motocross bike? The guys at The Ride Shop in New River, Arizona got tired of waiting and built one for themselves. The Dark Knight is a current KTM chassis with a Kawasaki KX500 motor. It’s also a true piece of art. Check it […]

LIVING WITH THE BETA 300RR 2-STROKE

It is a fact that the 300cc two-stroke off-road machine is the most popular displacement for enduro, hard enduro and riders looking for a versatile trail machine. Beta came out of the blocks with an all-new 300RR machine for 2020. The carbureted, oil-injected and counterbalanced engine mates to a chassis, and handling updates have it […]

HUSKY 500 TWO-STROKE RAW

Imagine what it would be like if Husqvarna made an electric-start 500cc two-stroke motor and put it into a modern chassis. You don’t have to image, you can check out this Raw video from the Dirt Bike staff, with Mark Tilley riding this project bike from The Ride Shop in Arizona. 

TWO-STROKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING YAMAHA YZ300: 2-STROKE VIDEO

Dirt Bike Magazine test rider Robbie Wageman has won the 2-Stroke World Championship in both the 125cc and Open classes. Travis Fant caught up with him before this years event at Glen Helen to get a closer look at his Gasper Racing, Fasthouse backed Yamaha YZ300. ARVE Error: Mode: lazyload not available (ARVE Pro not […]

2007 SUZUKI RM250 PROJECT: RAW VIDEO SERIES

The Suzuki RM250 is one of the best used bikes you can find on the market today. If you find one that’s low time, good for you. If you find one that’s well-used, then you have something like this 2007 project bike. As soon as we finished rebuilding it, we couldn’t wait to get it […]

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 […]

2003 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, […]

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 […]

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 YZ250: TWO-STROKE VIDEO SERIES

The Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke is the bike that refuses to go quietly into the night. After all these years, it continues to do some things better than anything else in its class. Its suspension and handling are still top notch, making it a steady seller in Yamaha’s line. It also holds its value–the YZ250 changes […]

KTM 300XC PROJECT: RAW VIDEO

The last KTM 300 model to come equipped with a carburetor was the 2019 KTM 300XC. In general, everyone loved it, but there were some issues. One such complaint was the need to modify jetting specs in the Mikuni unit that came on the bike stock. For this project, we returned to the Keihin carb […]

RIDING TM’S FUEL-INJECTED 250 2-STROKE: THE WRAP

TM continues to be a tiny Italian thorn in the paw of the giant KTM / Husqvarna / GasGas conglomerate. This week we got to ride the EN 250Fi 2T, which is digi-speak for the fuel-injected 250 two-stroke off-road model. TM is using transfer port injection similar to the KTM / Husqvarna system. TM also […]

TM 250MX-E: 2-STROKE VIDEO SERIES

TM is a small Italian company that has proven itself time and time again by going toe to toe with the giants of the motorcycle industry. The company’s 250 two-stroke motocrosser is the most sophisticated machine in its class, with an electronic powervalve, electric start and a twin-beam aluminum frame. In this episode of the […]