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KTM 690 ENDURO R DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

The KTM 690 Enduro R is back, and it’s mostly new for 2019. The 690 has been around for some time as kind of a transition bike between hard-core dual-sport bikes and massive adventure bikes. In truth, there’s nothing quite like it. On one…
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EXTREME TM 25O 2-STROKE: BEHIND THE BUILD

The TM 250 is like no other bike in the world. It’s the closest thing to a handmade factory works bike that the general public is allowed to purchase legally. The technology used to build this machine comes straight from research and…
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2020 HUSQVARNA FC450: FULL TEST

Husqvarna attracts a slightly different buyer from KTM. It’s more of a prestige brand, and the buyers are older, more affluent and more brand conscious. The people in charge have decided to capitalize on that. The 2020 FC450 isn’t a big…
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BETA 125RR-S DUAL-SPORT

Most riders under the age of 21 have no use for a street-legal dirt bike, because the good ones cost too much and the cheap ones are just embarrassing. The Beta 125RR-S is a legitimate solution for that. It’s a 50-state, street-legal…
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2020 YAMAHA YZ250F: THE ’20S VIDEO SERIES

For this episode of the '20s video series from Dirt Bike Magazine the staff gets their first chance to throws a leg over the 2020 Yamaha YZ250F. For 2020 the YZ250F is what we call a Bold New Graphic (BNG) model and thats by no means a bad…
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2020 HUSQVARNA FC450: THE ’20s VIDEO SERIES

2020 motorcycles are here and the first machine the Dirt Bike staff had an opportunity to test was the Husqvarna FC450. This machine is not drastically different from the Rockstar edition we have been riding but does feature some notable…
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BMW R1250GS ADVENTURE: FULL TEST

This year, BMW's adventure flagship gets a new name and new technology. The BMW R1200GS has morphed into the BMW R1250GS, just as it had previously changed from an R100 to an R1100, and then to an R1150 and so forth. Each step brings a…
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HONDA CR125R 2-STROKE: PROJECT BIKE SPOTLIGHT

We love 125 two-strokes. They're light, they handle great and they make you feel like a hero. Unfortunately most Japanese makers stopped producing them long  ago. For this project, we wanted to make our 2000 Honda CR125R look as good as it…
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KTM 250GP: PROJECT BIKE SPOTLIGHT

In some forms of racing, two-strokes still rule. One is western off-road races like the National Grand Prix Championship. There, two-strokes go head to head with four-stokes of the same displacement. For the 2019 season, Troy Vanscourt…
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