Europe is where it’s at right now as far as off-road technology. Beta’s 2020 line of all-new two-strokes and dual-sport bikes once again shows that there’s passion for dirt bikes on the other side of the Atlantic.
SHERCO SC250 FIRST RIDE
Last month we tasted a sampler of Sherco’s 2020 model line. Now we go a little more in-depth on a U.S.-only model.
KTM is using 2020 as a year to sit back and see what comes. The new 450SX-F isn’t bristling with new technology, but it does have some refinements specifically to answer the critics.
Kawasaki could have gone crazy and redesigned the KX250 from scratch, but that would mean throwing away what was right. Instead, the 2020 KX focuses on the bike’s one real fault.
GAS GAS ECRANGER
Two-strokes continue to be the uncontested favorites in the trenches of America’s trail-riding community. Gas Gas knows that and built a bike specifically for the off-road purist.
Six years after the merger of KTM and Husqvarna, there are still those who bemoan what they say are “white KTMs.” The newest Husqvarna FC250 is another tiny step towards a separate identity.
Once upon a time all trail bikes were friendly, low to the ground, easy to ride and street-legal. The Suzuki VanVan is a throwback to those days with a little 21st-century technology.
Close your eyes and imagine a dirt bike with an aluminum frame, a liquid-cooled four-valve OHC motor and modern suspension, all for $4399. Now open your eyes and take a look at the SR300S.
FROM THE GARAGE
HONDA CRF270RX PROJECT
Honda had the right idea. The demand for a middleweight off-road bike is real, but from the very start, the 250RX was looking for more steam in the engine room. We find it.
KTM 300 MODS
Tom Webb’s quest to make the 2019 KTM 300XC-W TPI into the perfect off-road bike continues. This month there’s more in store for the fuel-injected two-stroke.
HIGH SIERRA DIARIES
Bermcannon Mark proves that you don’t need a passport to find adventure on a dirt bike. The “High Sierra Diaries” is his follow-up to the “Baja Diaries” video series.
This is Dirt Bike’s monthly collection of the goods that make all of the adventures possible with fewer of the headaches.
THE INCA TRAIL
Mark Kariya goes to South America where he finds tall mountains, big dunes and ancient ruins, all from behind the bars of a dirt bike.
TORC1 DEFY LOCK-ON GRIPS
MOTION PRO SEAL MATE