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2023

MILAN MOTORCYCLE SHOW 2023

The EICMA Show in Milan Italy is traditionally Europe's showcase of technology and trends that we will see in the motorcycle world in the coming year. The 80th edition of the show was punctuated with new adventure bikes and electric…
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BETA XTRAINER 300 TWO-STROKE: FULL TEST

There’s nothing like the Beta Xtrainer. It’s a weird, crazy bike that no one really understands until they ride one. All attempts at verbal description fall short. In broad terms, it’s a 300 two-stroke built to a specific price point. The…
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SHERCO 125SE FACTORY TWO-STROKE: FULL TEST

Sherco is one of those sneaky companies that quietly stays just ahead of the curve. The 125SE has been around for years with a mix of old-school tradition and cutting-edge technology. Electric start? Got it. Electronic power valve? Got it.…
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2023 U.S. MXoN TEAM ANNOUNCED

The American Motorcyclist Association has officially announced the 2023 Motocross of Nations team for the U.S. The news came after a maelstrom of misinformation and speculation that there would be no U.S. team  in attendance at Ernée France…
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YAMAHA YZ125X: FULL TEST

In the motorcycle industry, there’s a constant tug of war between passion and practicality. Sometimes passion wins, and that’s why the Yamaha YZ125X exists. No one in the accounting department demanded this bike. There was no tidal wave of…
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2023 SUZUKI DR650S: DUAL-SPORT TEST

We love technology but hate change. This is a basic contradiction that we have learned to live with. The Suzuki DR650S is one of those bikes that brings our various shortcomings to the surface. On one hand, we love the fact that Suzuki has…
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2023 SUZUKI DR-Z400 TEST

Ken Roczen was 6 years old when the Suzuki DR-Z400S was first released. It was the year 2000, and the motorcycle world was about to go through some dramatic changes. Four-strokes would soon dominate the market, and most Japanese two-strokes…
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2023 500 DUAL-SPORT SHOOTOUT

We always want more. It’s our nature as riders, racers and dirt bike dudes. In the world of serious dual-sport bikes, the big stars have always been the 500s. The 300s are popular for the masses and the 350s are for purists, but it’s the…
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2023 HONDA CRF450RX: FULL TEST

Back in 2017, Honda redesigned the CRF450R motocross bike from scratch. Surprisingly, an all-new CRF450RX off-road bike was unveiled at the same time. The RX’s mission was to be an East Coast killer to compete in GNCC. It was a full-blooded…
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2023 HUSQVARNA TC250 TWO-STROKE: FULL TEST

The 2023 Husqvarna TC250 is a new bike in every way; it has a redesigned motor and chassis, plus it has technology we haven’t previously seen from Husqvarna. This has been a big year of change for Husky, as well as for its sister brand KTM.…
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2023 450 MX SHOOTOUT: FULL TEST

We’ve assembled the top motocross bikes in the world for Dirt Bike Magazine’s 2023 450 MX Shootout. Altogether, we tested seven bikes: the GasGas MC450F, Honda CRF450R, Husqvarna FC450, Kawasaki KX450, KTM 450SX-F, Suzuki RM-Z450 and Yamaha…
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2023 KAWASAKI KX450SR: FULL TEST

Japanese manufacturers like Kawasaki and Honda are taking a slightly different approach than European manufacturers KTM, Husky and GasGas when it comes to the special-edition market. The Japanese are taking their current platform and adding…
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2023 KAWASAKI KX250X: FULL TEST

Not long ago no one wanted to ride a 250 four-stroke off-road. Now, there’s a whole generation who wouldn’t dream of riding anything else, and bikes like the Kawasaki KX250X are the reason why. The 2023 version of the KX is fast, light and…
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2023 ADVENTURE BIKE BUYER’S GUIDE

It's all in the name. Adventure bikes are a key ingredient to two-wheeled adventures that span dirt, asphalt and the nebulous areas between. With a mission that spans such a wide variety of conditions, it's inevitable that adventure bikes…
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2023 250 MX SHOOTOUT: FULL TEST & VIDEO

Motocross has changed. The 250 four-stroke class once existed in the shadow of the big bikes. They were called “lites” and considered the rough equivalent of 125 two-strokes. No more. At the first Supercross of 2023, the top 250s…
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2023 KTM 300SX 2-STROKE: FULL TEST

This year KTM tossed everything about its existing two-stroke motocross bike in the trash. The motor in the previous SX two-stroke had served KTM well. It had received a major update in 2017, but hadn’t offered technology or concepts that…
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350 SHOOTOUT: 2023 DUAL-SPORT VIDEO SERIES

Today’s 350 dual-sport bikes have evolved into serious dirt bikes that just happen to be street legal. The Beta 350RR-R, Husqvarna FE350S and KTM 350EXC are lightweight off-road bikes with full DOT, EPA and CARB approval. The timing was…
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RIDING THE 2023 KAWASAKI KX450SR: THE WRAP

We had a busy week with some very diverse bikes. The 2023 Kawasaki KX450SR arrived and we couldn’t wait to get it out on the track. This was the winner of our massive 12-bike 450 shootout in 2022, when we gathered all the standard 450s as…
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2023 DUAL-SPORT BUYER’S GUIDE

Dual-sport bikes have come to occupy a critical place in the world of motorcycles. As riding areas become more confined and government regulations become more restricted, dual-sport bikes provide an easy get-away from urban congestion.…
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