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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…
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HONDA 450 DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

We waited for almost 30 years. Prior to the CRF450L, the last new dual-sport bike that Honda dropped was the XR650L of the early ’90s. It’s no wonder that the announcement of a 2019 dual-sport bike based on the CRF450R motocross bike…
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RIDING THE HONDA CRF300L RALLY: THE WRAP

Last week we took delivery of a new Honda CRF300L Rally and I also got to ride the CRF300L dual-sport. As a 250, the Rally was a  one of those bikes that was too sexy for its own good. It looked like it was ready to go straight to Dakar…
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KTM 350 DUAL SPORT PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

We love the KTM 350EXC-F dual-sport bike. Love it. It’s legal. It’s quiet, and it’s a real dirt bike. What’s not to love? Well, that’s the funny thing about the ones we love. We always want to change them. As wonderful as the EXC is, the…
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2022 KTM DUAL-SPORT BIKES REVEALED

KTM just announced that its 2022 dual-sport bikes will be arriving in dealers soon. Additionally, the XCF-W  line, which is closely related to the dual-sports will be available. On the two-stroke side of the fence, the 300XC-W, 250 XC-W …
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SHERCO 2022 TEASER

Sherco France just released a video teasing its 2022 Factory line of off-road bikes. This will be the line imported to the U.S. and will include the 125, 250 and 300 two-strokes as well as the 250, 300 and 450 four-strokes. The details will…
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RIDING THE BENELLI ADV BIKE: THE WRAP

If you remember the name Benelli, you've just dated yourself. Benelli was an Italian company that started before World War One, and was still making motorcycles in Pesaro the '90s. In the U.S., Benelli was once sold under the Montgomery…
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MODERN-DAY KTM 380 PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

You gotta love a motorcycle that makes people look. Bob Casper’s KTM 380SX Factory Edition is like that. What’s even better, it makes people listen too. This is a dirt bike that confuses onlookers on so many levels. On initial contact it…
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2021 1/2 KTM 450SX-F FACTORY EDITION: FULL TEST

The annual release of the KTM Factory Edition is a red-letter day on the calendar of any orange-blooded motocross fan. Not only does it mean the new Supercross season is right around the corner, it’s generally the start of the new model…
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HONDA CRF450RX: FULL TEST

According to the cliche committee, “You never get a second chance at a first impression.” We disagree. The 2021 Honda CRF450R motocross bike was a victim of supercharged expectations. It looked to have everything perfect, but when it was…
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2021 250 MX SHOOTOUT

Normal shootouts are hard. This one was ridiculous. We’ve never had a field of bikes that was so deep and strong. The problem isn’t that we have so many bikes that could win; it is that there are so many that should win. But, they aren’t…
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2021 SSR SR300: FULL TEST

SSR Motorsports came to life in 2002 and developed a strong following building Chinese-manufactured pit bikes, scooters, UTVs and full-size motorcycles. They are known for being very competitively priced and are visually cutting-edge. One…
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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…
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FMF HUSKY 501 DUAL-SPORT: THE WRAP

Donny Emler Jr (aka "Little D") at FMF has been working there pretty much his whole life and has seen some of the coolest bikes in the world pass through the shop. His latest personal bike is a very well appointed Husky FE501S dual-sport.…
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RIDING THE 2021 HUSKY FE501S DUAL-SPORT: THE WRAP

This week we got to swing a leg over the 2021 Husqvarna FE501S dual-sport bike. This bike is like a crossbreed of two other bikes we tested recently; the Husqvarna FE501 dirt-only model and the KTM 500EXC dual-sport. If you think there’s no…
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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…
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2021 TM EN300: FULL TEST

The small TM factory located in the Italian countryside built the twin-pipe 300FI four-stroke model with one thing in mind—to win championships! TM has been very successful, adding number-one plates from around the world to their…
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KTM 350EXC-F: DUAL-SPORT VIDEO SERIES

The KTM 350EXC dual-sport is one of the most desired bikes on the market. It's also the lightest and one of the very best handling. That doesn't mean it's perfect. Check it out in this edition of the Dirt Bike Dual-Sport Video Series. 
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