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YAMAHA YZ125X OFF-ROAD 2-STROKE, FIRST RIDE

Yamaha just released the 2020 YZ125X two-stroke. This is an off-road version of the YZ125 motocross bike, similar to the YZ250X. The bike is another sign of the commitment that Yamaha is showing to the two-stroke. It doesn’t represent any…
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SWM 600 DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

You know this bike. You just might not recognize it. SWM is a new Italian company built on the ruins of Husqvarna AG. To understand the bike and why it exists, you have to know your Husky history. Before the brand became a KTM stepchild,…
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2020 KTM 450SX-F: FULL TEST

At one time, the KTM 450SX-F went through a period when it was searching for its identity. Then KTM settled on a formula that was then repeated again and again. It was light, powerful and smooth. It was technologically sophisticated without…
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2020 HONDA CRF450R: FULL TEST

Since the introduction of the latest-generation CRF450R back in 2017, Honda has made small refinements every year in hopes of making the overall package as attractive to the consumer as its mid-2000s CRF450R models. For 2020, Honda…
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HONDA CRF450X VS. YAMAHA WR450F

The Honda CRF450X and the Yamaha WR450F are both classics. They haven’t, however, been known for cutting-edge technology. Off-road bikes usually lag a step or two behind in design, occasionally catching up all at once. Both the Honda and…
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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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