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RIDING THE 2022 KAWASAKI KX250: THE WRAP

The 2022 Kawasaki KX250 arrived this week, making for a full set of bikes in preparation for our 2022 250 MX shootout. I have a personal attachment to the Kawasaki because I raced the X version of the bike in the 2021 National Grand Prix…
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RIDING THE 2022 GASGAS MC250F: THE WRAP

This week we got to ride the 2022 GasGas MC250F for the first time. We are preparing for our 2022 250 motocross shootout and we already know the GasGas will do well. It’s unchanged from last year’s model, and that bike was received with…
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RIDING THE 2022 YZ250 2-STROKE: THE WRAP

We have been riding the 2022 Yamaha YZ250 for a couple of weeks and it’s like falling in love with your ex-wife. This is a bike that we all were intimately familiar with but haven’t raced or ridden in a very long time. Other bikes were…
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RACING AIN’T OVER YET: THE WRAP

VET DES NATIONS: WE'RE THERE!  The U.S. attended the Vet des Nations at Farleigh Castle last week with Mike Brown, Doug Dubach, Sean Hamblin and Keith Johnson. They ended up third. Led by Gordon Crockard, Team Northern Ireland scored a…
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2022 CRF250R VS YZ250F: THE WRAP

This year’s 250 motocross shootout will come down to a comparison between the new Honda CRF250R and last year’s champion, the Yamaha YZ250F. The other bikes in the contest are unchanged. The Husqvarna, KTM, GasGas, Kawasaki and Suzuki are…
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RIDING THE 2022 HONDA CRF450R: THE WRAP

Honda’s 2022 CRF450R has been the focus of our testing this week. This bike was the biggest news of last year when it hit. It was bad timing for Honda, however, because much of the final testing was cut short by the Covid-19 shutdown. As a…
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MORE ABOUT THE 2022 HONDA CRF250R: THE WRAP

Honda took a bunch of journalists up to Oregon last week to ride the 2022 CRF250R. You can watch the video we shot with Carson Brown here, and read what he had to say here. We don't publish a full test, however, until we have a chance to…
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RIDING THE 2022 KAWASAKI KX450: THE WRAP

This week we got a chance to ride the 2022 Kawasaki KX450 for the first time. I know you know the 2022 model is unchanged, but it’s still a very big deal to us.The KX450 has never been the fastest, the lightest, the most sophisticated or…
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RIDING THE 2022 HONDA CRF250R: THE WRAP

This week started with Honda’s big reveal of the 2022 CRF250R. We’ve seen this bike coming for over a year, and it is what we expected: a 250 with all the same chassis updates that the 450 got last year. There were a few surprises along the…
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2022 NEW-BIKE PRICES–COMPLETE LIST: THE WRAP

With this week's release of new Hondas and last week's announcement of the 2022 Yamaha line, the overall picture for 2022 has come into better focus. It's a year of mostly unchanged models with the notable exception of the Yamaha…
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RDING THE 2022 HUSQVARNA TE150i: THE WRAP

This week we got to ride the 2022 Husqvarna TE150i. This is our first experience with this bike, although we did test the 2019 Husky TE150, which was before the coming of Transfer Port Injection. You won’t find anything exactly like the…
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RIDING TWO HONDA 500s: THE WRAP

Last month we did a very unusual comparison between two 500 Hondas. One represented bikes of a bygone era and another was from a time that hasn’t yet come--and probably never will. Nic Gubert of NLAB Studios built them both. First, he…
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RIDING THE BETA 250RR RACE EDITION: THE WRAP

We didn’t get a chance to test too many Beta motorcycles in 2021. The factory was hit hard and early by the Covid 19 epidemic and there were no units for testing. Each year, though, Beta releases half-year models called the Race Editions,…
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CATCHING UP WITH SKYLER HOWES: THE WRAP

After years of struggle and sacrifice, Skyler Howes is now a factory rider. He was hired by the Rockstar Husqvarna Rally team after two consecutive top-10 finishes in the Dakar Rally as a privateer. His first FIM international event was the…
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2022 KTM 250SX-F FIRST RIDE: THE WRAP

 The first 2022 test bike is here, surviving factory shut-downs and pandemics to arrive more or less on schedule. The 2022 KTM 250SX-F is in dealers and we already have had one on the track.  It has very few changes beyond the graphics and…
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MORE 2022 NEW MODEL PRICES: THE WRAP

Model year 2022 is here and showrooms are finally beginning to fill up.  We already have first looks from KTM, Husqvarna, Sherco, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Beta.  Honda has also released its 450s. So far, we have a mixed bag of some prices that…
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