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2023 KTM 350XC-F FACTORY EDITION REVEAL: THE WRAP

The 2023 KTM 350XC-F Factory Edition was just announced by KTM. This is a premium model based on the 350XC-F. We heard this was coming and were lucky enough to send Nic Garvin to Crawfordsville, Indiana to ride the bike in the final GNCC of…
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RIDING THE 2023 KAWASAKI KX450: THE WRAP

The 2023 Kawasaki KX450 has been available in dealers for some time now and we have been testing it for weeks. Actually, it’s more accurate to say we’ve been testing it for years. The bike hasn’t changed much since its debut in 2019. In…
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2023 NEW DIRT BIKE PRICE LIST: THE WRAP

Most of the manufacturers have now announced their 2023 models so we have gathered all the prices together in once place for comparison. Some makers have held the line without price increases, but the overriding theme is that prices are…
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RIDING THE KTM 390 ADVENTURE: THE WRAP

The KTM 390 Adventure is proof that you don’t need to be a retired CEO to participate in an Adventure Bike gathering. I spent last weekend riding one at the KTM Adventure Rider Rally in Tamarack, Idaho and had an absolute blast. The 390 is…
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RIDING THE 2023 SWM RE500: THE WRAP

The SWM RE500 is a brand new model--sort of. It's a new name for a bike that we find very familiar. When we last tested it in 2020, it was called the SWM RS500 and it was a fully certified dual-sport bike. Now, the 2023 version is back as a…
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RIDING THE 2023 KAWASAKI KX250: THE WRAP

The 2023 Kawasaki KX250 snuck in under the radar. When we saw the initial press release, it looked like the bike had no changes. It turns out to have a long list of very important redesigns. They include: A new head with smaller…
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RIDING THE 2023 KTM 250XC-F: THE WRAP

The KTM 250XC-F is one of about a zillion redesigned bikes in the combined KTM/Husqvarna fleet for 2023. We’ve already reported on many of them, including the KTM 450SX-F, The KTM 350XC-F, the Husky FC250, the Husky FC450, the Husky FC350…
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ISDE RAW IMAGES: THE WRAP

The 96th edition of the ISDE is set to start on Monday, August 29th in Le Puy en Velay, France. The U.S. team has arrived, their equipment is in park ferme, and our 10 teams are preparing for the week ahead. The U.S.contingent consists of…
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WHEN THEY WANTED TO BAN THE YZ250F: THE WRAP

Long before the controversy surrounding Haiden Deegan and his Star Yamaha at the 2022 AMA Amateur Nationals, the YZ250F was the center of another debate.  There was a time when a number of riders and team managers wanted the bike banned…
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KTM 350XC-F VS. GASGAS EX350: THE WRAP

For a long time, our favorite size for an off-road four-stroke has been the 350. We didn’t really care which 350. All of the offerings from Austria were light, easy to ride and had tons of power when you needed it. The differences were…
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TESTING THE 2023 HUSQVARNA FX450: THE WRAP

We just spent our first day riding our brand new 2023 Husqvarna FX450. It’s a beast! The FX is billed as a closed-course competition off-road bike, which is code for GP and desert racer. About 90 percent of the bike is the same as the FC450…
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JEREMY MCGRATH TRIBUTE: THE WRAP

Glen Helen Raceway just announced that the 2022 Edison Dye Lifetime Achievement award recipient will be Jeremy McGrath. The award is presented each year as part of the Vet World Championships, which was founded by Tom White and now is…
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250 SHOOTOUT–YEAR ZERO-ZERO: THE WRAP

Going into the year 2000, we kinda thought the world might end. Everything was changing; a four-stroke had just won the National championship the previous year. Who saw that coming? The 250 shootout for the year 2000 took place in late 1999…
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RIDING THE 2023 KTM 350XC-F: THE WRAP

We just got our hands on a 2023 KTM 350XC-F and we love it as much as ever. KTM’s XC line is over 16 years old and it more or less defines the category we call, “closed-course cross-country.” Setting aside the nonsense nature of the term,…
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THE LAST FULL 2-STROKE SHOOTOUT: THE WRAP

As the year 2005 came to a close we were used to  four-strokes being the center of attention. All the manufacturers still made two-strokes, though, and would continue for one more year. For the November 2005 issue of Dirt Bike, we were…
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