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TWO STROKE

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 […]

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, […]

2022 SHERCO ENDURO LINE

Sherco has just revealed its 2022 line of off-road motorcycles. The French company will again feature two-strokes and four-strokes in several displacements. Internationally, Sherco divides its products into two different lines: the Racing models and the premium-level Factory models. For the U.S. market, only the Factory models will be offered. This are mostly distinguished by […]

KAWASAKI KX327 2-STROKE: PREMIX VIDEO SERIES

The Kawasaki KX327 was never sold in dealers. Kevin Bailey and the crew over at Race Winning Brands found a 2003 KX250 on Craigslist and went to work. It was originally built as a project bike in the early 2000s, when these machines were still rolling off Kawasaki’s manufacturing line and onto showroom floors. Even […]

2003 KAWASAKI KX144 TWO-STROKE PROJECT: PREMIX VIDEO SERIES

The Premix video series is back and you don’t want to miss this 2003 Kawasaki KX144 project built by Josh Bombard and Tim Sharp! Tim Sharp was the man behind the wrenches of this project and we gotta say it came out amazing. Polisport Plastics has released a couple 2-Stroke restyle in the last few […]

KTM 300 2-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

We started our trail build with the last 300XC model to come equipped with a carburetor: the 2019 KTM 300XC. This machine was fairly well-received by the carbureted community as a whole but did have some issues. One major issue was the constant need to modify jetting specs in the Mikuni unit that came on […]

2021 YZ250 2-STROKE; A PREMIX VIDEO

The Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke might not have changed, but we don’t have any problem with that. We made a few smart modifications to our 2021 test bike to get the most out of it. Check it out in this edition of the Dirt Bike Premix Video Series. 

TM 300 2-STROKE: RAW VIDEO

The TM EN300 can rightfully take its place beside anything made it Austria when it comes to off-road capability. It combines an aluminum frame with a modern two-stroke motor incorporating an electronic power valve. It’s also available with or without fuel-injection. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a 2021 TM EN300 as it rages around […]

2021 GASGAS EC300 TWO-STROKE: FULL TEST

The GasGas EC300’s nucleus came from a pipeline straight from the KTM mother ship. It’s TPI-injected, oil-injected, a 6-speed wide-ratio gearbox and, more important, counter-balanced to erase all forms of vibration. The frame, too, comes from an Austrian ancestry via the chromoly chassis, rear suspension with linkage, WP XPLOR dampers up front and a WP […]

PROJECT FRANKENBIKE: BEHIND THE BUILD

It was probably the dumbest idea that ever came out of an editorial meeting. These meetings are already known to generate cases of mass stupidity, as editors, staff members and test riders get together to discuss future issues of Dirt Bike, but this particular idea was special. “Why don’t we get a super-cheap used bike […]

CONNOR PENHALL CUSTOM 2-STROKE SPEEDWAY BIKE: TWO-STROKE TUESDAY

A one-off machine built by speedway world champion Bruce Penhall for his son Connor Penhall is our main focus on this week’s Two-Stroke Tuesday. We have a new product from Ride Engineering featured in 2-Stroke Hardware and our 2-Stroke Behind The Build section brought to you by Fly Racing give you an exclusive look at […]

KTM 300XC 2-STROKE: FULL TEST

KTM can take a big chunk of the credit for the healthy state of the two-stroke world. KTM has never waned in its passion to pursue new technology and to back its commitment with a racing program that gives its equipment incredible credibility. The new 2021 300XC TPI is a direct result of pursuing perfection […]