Dirt Bike August 2019

$6.95

ON THE COVER: KTM is back in the business of off-road four-strokes! The 500XCF-W is halfway between a dual-sport and MX bike.

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2020 BIKES

KTM OFF-ROAD & DUAL-SPORT, 2020
Part two of KTM’s 2020 info drop has the real news—off-road four-strokes are back! The 500XCF-W and 350XCF-W are spicier than dual-sports but not as harsh as motocrossers.
YAMAHA’S FOR 2020
A big update for the YZ450F in the engine and chassis and a brand new cross-country two-stroke YZ125X greet the blue crew. The returning cast in the YZ250F, YZ250, YZ125, YZ 80 & 65 plus the closed course YZ450FX, YZ250FX, YZ250X highlight the potent lineup.
HONDA, 2020
After a hectic year of new models in 2019, the year to come will be one of refinement from Honda. Traction control will be the main development on the company’s 450s.
SUZUKI, 2020
Suzuki will have a quiet year without any real changes in its off-road bikes for 2020. In the case of the DR650S, that’s news in itself. It’s the last of the big, carbureted 650s.
2020 GAS GAS ECRANGER
Gas Gas has made the two-stroke off-road bike its calling card. The aim of the new ECRanger is to make a 300 that almost anyone can ride and afford.

TESTS & PROJECT BIKES

ONE ON ONE
The Honda CRF450X and the Yamaha WR450F are two bikes that rarely change. As it turns out, this year they were both redesigned from scratch. Here’s how they compare.
TM 250MX TWO-STROKE PROJECT
We’ve always believed that the bikes produced by TM Racing in Italy were so exotic, they were like custom-built works bikes as delivered. It turns out that even a TM can benefit from an intensive makeover.
CONE-VALVE KTM 300
WP’s high-end suspension components are the subject of this month’s scrutineering in the ongoing saga of “Wolfman Webb’s” personal 2019 KTM 300XC-W TPI.
ZACH BELL’S KX300
Precision Concepts was charged with the modernization of a Kawasaki KX250 two-stroke so that Zach Bell could defend his Two-Stroke World Championship title.

ADVENTURE

HUSQVARNA SVARTPILEN
The Svartpilen is Husqvarna’s idea of a street-oriented price-point model. We ride one that has some dirt-oriented upgrades.
THE GOODS
Adventure rides fall into two categories:
good and otherwise. Each month we
gather a sampling of goods for the
sake of the good times.

FEATURES

NATIONAL MOTOCROSS
When Hangtown arrives, the whole racing season is reborn. The Northern California classic has now been running for 51 years.
WORLD ENDURO SUPER SERIES
The Extreme XL Lagares isn’t like any other race in the world. Now, it’s the opening round of a series that isn’t like anything else in the world.
FOUR-STROKE TEAR-DOWN
Okay, you old timers, four-strokes are here to stay, so you better learn to work on them. It’s not as hard as you think.