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REMEMBERING THE KTM 520: THE WRAP

We all know the story about Doug Henry and the arrival of the four-stroke in motocross at the end of the ‘90s. Chapter two of the story is just as interesting. In the April, 2000 issue of Dirt Bike we tested the second of the new-age…
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A PERFECT HUSKY 501 DUAL-SPORT: THE WRAP

This week we got to ride a very special Husqvarna FE501S. It started off as our 2021 test bike, but was purchased by Justin Myerson at Motowhips. Justin has built bikes for Ken Roczen, Ryan Villopoto and a long list of celebrity clients. In…
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RIDING ALL THE 450 SPECIAL EDITIONS: THE WRAP

This week was all about our upcoming 12-bike 450 motocross shootout. It's a massive project that includes both Special Editions and standard models. Along the way, of course, we got to ride all the Specials, and decided to look at them…
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RIDING THE HUSKY ROCKSTAR EDITIONS: THE WRAP

For 2022 Husqvarna’s Special Editions are truly special. That’s not always the case. Most years, Special Editions like the Rockstar Huskys and the KTM Factory Editions are set apart by graphics and accessories that you could buy for…
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RIDING THE GASGAS BARCIA EDITION: THE WRAP

We now have a Troy Lee Designs GasGas MC450 in the Dirt Bike garage. This is the first GasGas Race Edition to be offered since KTM took controlling interest in the company two years ago. It is, quite obviously, a tribute to Justin Barcia.…
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RIDING THE CHAMPIONS OF 1999: THE WRAP

In the April, 2000 print edition of Dirt Bike Magazine, we got the chance to ride a bunch of National Championship works bikes. In two of the cases, the riders who won those championships never got to ride the bikes for themselves--at…
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RIDING THE 2022 HONDA CRF250RX: THE WRAP

The Honda CRF250RX is now in its second generation, and we have one in our dirty hands. The first version kinda had bad timing. Back in 2016, Trevor Bollinger won the GNCC XC2 championship on the SOHC CRF250R motocross bike, which we…
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RIDING THE RIEJU RANGER 2-STROKES: THE WRAP

Rieju is a small company in Figueres, Spain that has been making small-displacement street bikes for the European market for over 70 years. When KTM took control of the GasGas factory in nearby Girona, Rieju struck an agreement to acquire…
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VINTAGE BIKE MANIA, THE WRAP

The Mecum 31st Annual Vintage and Antique Motorcycle Auction is taking place right now in Las Vegas. This is a great event; the coolest motorcycles in the world all pass through here eventually. It started Tuesday and will end tomorrow. You…
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RIDING THE REDMOTO CRF300RX

This week, Matt Stavish of Checkpoint Off-road escaped from Siberia (well, Minnesota) to bring a RedMoto 300RX for us to try. We got to see these bikes at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy and couldn't stop drooling. They are, basically Hondas…
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THE ALUMINUM FRAME XR400: THE WRAP

Duane Brown from BBR was with us last month when his son Carson test-rode the 2022 Yamaha YZ125 for Dirt Bike. Duane and I go way back, and we started talking, like old guys do, about the good old days. One of those days was chronicled in…
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RIDING THE ’22 HUSKY 501 DUAL-SPORT: THE WRAP

With rain and wet dirt, we spent most of the holidays cutting new trail and exploring off-road areas around home in So Cal. The only way to do that in the condensed urban areas around here is by dual-sport. Luckily, we just happened to have…
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2022 DAKAR SHAKEDOWN: THE WRAP

The 2022 Dakar Rally starts tomorrow. It will be televised nightly on Peacock as follows: Date Coverage Time (ET) Sun., Jan. 2 Stage 1 – Jeddah to Ha’il 8 p.m. Mon., Jan. 3 Stage 2 – Ha’il to Al Artawiyah 8 p.m. Tues., Jan. 4 Stage 3…
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RIDING THE 2022 HONDA CRF450RX: THE WRAP

We have a 2022 Honda CRF450RX that we've been saving for wet weather. As every Southern Californian knows, when the desert is wet it's a wonderful place to take a big, powerful motorcycle. Basically, they don't come any bigger and more…
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AMERICA’S TOP OFF-ROAD RIDERS OVER TIME: THE WRAP

Right now we are in the midst of choosing the finalists for the 2022 Caselli Cup. This award has a long history, going back to the April 2006 issue when it was billed as “America’s 100 Best Off-Road Riders.” It was never meant to be a Rider…
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BRANDY RICHARDS AND THE PERFECT SEASON: THE WRAP

Brandy Richards had a season that most riders can only dream of. In 2021, she won every Women's Pro race in the WORCS series, just as she had since 2017. She also won every race she attended in the 2021 NGPC series, and she topped it off by…
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EICMA SHOW, 2021: THE WRAP

The 2021 EICMA show in Milan, Italy was a party celebrating the beginning of the end of the weird season of Covid. In the past, we have thought that the end was in sight again and again, but with so much of the world motorcycle industry in…
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