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2020 RACE CALENDAR: THE WRAP

The first races of the new season are upon us.  Get your calendar out and plan your weekends. Unfortunately, you only have 52 weeks to work with. Virtually all of these dates are tentative, but this post will be updated as more information…
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INTERNATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM: THE WRAP

INTERNATIONAL MOTOCROSS MUSEUM This bike is the liquid-cooled Factory Yamaha OW27  that Bob Hannah rode in 1976. It caused a firestorm of controversy that eventually changed the sport of motocross in America. It was the most…
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2020 YAMAHA YZ250FX, FIRST RIDE–THE WRAP

RIDING THE 2020 YAMAHA YZ250FX The Yamaha YZ250FX is completely redesigned for 2020, and last week I got to spend a couple days riding it in the woods around Union, South Carolina. That's the home of Randy Hawkins' Ampro Yamaha race team,…
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2020 BETA XTRAINER, FIRST LOOK–THE WRAP

2020 BETA XTRAINER The Beta Xtrainer is back. This is a staff favorite. It's a great motorcycle designed to take the sting out of new bike prices. The Xtrainer is an electric-start 300cc two-stroke that's made in Italy and sells for $7699.…
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KTM XC PROJECT–THE LAST CARB: THE WRAP

KTM 250XC 2-STROKE PROJECT The 2019 250XC is the last carbureted off-road bike that KTM will offer. It and the other 2019 XCs, (the 300 and 150XC) were given Transfer Port Injection for the 2020 model year. The XC-W line already had lost…
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RIDING THE 2020 YZ250F: THE WRAP

RIDING THE 2020 YAMAHA YZ250F We are gearing up for the 2020 250MX comparison. Last year, the winner was the Yamaha YZ250F and this year it returns unchanged. The two bikes with the greatest chances of unseating the Yamaha are the Honda…
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2020 450 SHOOTOUT NOTES: THE WRAP

For weeks we've been working on the 2020 450 MX shootout. By "working" I mean riding. We've also been doing a lot of photo-taking, bike-cleaning, note-taking and stuff like that, but riding is the most important part. We've had the bikes on…
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RIDING THE SWM 600 DUAL-SPORT: THE WRAP

SWM SUPERDUAL X We finally got to ride an SWM Superdual X on U.S. soil this week. This as been a work in progress for two years now, but the U.S. importer has already received a container of them and they are arriving in dealers now. The…
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RIDING THE 2020 KAWASAKI KX450: THE WRAP

In 2019, the Kawasaki KX450 was the winner of the Dirt Bike 450 motocross shootout. Now, the 2020 model has arrived and we have already logged some time on it in preparation for this year's shootout. It might be able to repeat, but it faces…
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FIXING THE HONDA CRF250RX: THE WRAP

The CRF250RX is the right idea, but Honda didn't go far enough.  American off-road riders clearly want off-road bikes that are more manageable than full-size 450s. Just look at the success of the KTM 350 and all the new 300cc two-strokes.…
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