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2020

2020 ENDUROCROSS SERIES: TWO VENUES, SIX RACES

Cycle City Promotions announced today that the EnduroCross Racing Series will hold a six race AMA Championship Series beginning in October 2020. After careful consideration regarding the ongoing pandemic, and the safety of our racers,…
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250 TWO-STROKE MX SHOOTOUT

The Yamaha YZ250, KTM 250SX, Husqvarna TC250 and TM 250MXe are the cream of today's two-stroke crop.  All are modern bikes with  state-of-the-art suspension. The only things that are old-school are the sounds of the motors and the faint…
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2020 500 DUAL-SPORT SHOOTOUT: FULL TEST

After all this time, we admit we still don’t know what the heck a dual-sport bike is supposed to be. Manufacturers and riders use the term freely, as if everyone has the same interpretation, yet the bikes sold under that banner are wildly…
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2020 HUSQVARNA TE300i: FULL TEST

Husqvarna's Transfer Port Injection is now in its third year, and still the focus of mistrust and controversy. The 2020 Husqvarna TE300i got a new frame, a new look and still more development on its  fuel-injection system. Its performance…
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RIDING THE SHERCO 250SEF FACTORY: THE WRAP

Sherco is about a year into its new deal in the U.S. and what a year it's been. We got to ride the entire line in Italy at a world press introduction at the end of 2019, and then we had another opportunity to ride the 250 two-stroke in…
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YAMAHA TENERE 700 ADVENTURE BIKE: FIRST RIDE

The Yamaha Tenere 700 has finally arrived and we got to spend a day on it in the San Bernardino mountains this week. This is a bike that we’ve been waiting for and wanting to ride for a very long time--even before the bike was officially…
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2020 KTM 500EXC DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

For 2020 the KTM 500EXC no longer has to be two different bikes to two different people. That was the mission between 2017 and 2019 when there were no pure off-road four-strokes in the KTM line. In that period KTM only offered full-blooded…
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ONE ON ONE: HONDA CRF250RX VS. YAMAHA YZ250FX

The Honda CRF250RX and the Yamaha YZ250FX are both closed-course competition off-road bikes, meaning they are made for racing. They have competition mufflers without spark arresters and are, in fact, very closely related to the MX bikes in…
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2020 YAMAHA YZ250FX: FULL TEST

We’ve said it many times: Motocross bikes make poor trail bikes. That’s why we haven’t jumped on the bandwagon to heap praise on “closed-course, competition off-road bikes” such as the Honda CRF450RX, the Yamaha YZ450FX and the KTM 450XC-F.…
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BETA 500RR-S DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

The 2020 Beta 500RR-S is not a bike for commuting to work. It’s not a dirt-road adventure bike. It’s not for riding around the college campus or going to lunch. You can certainly do all those things, but if we lived in a world where the…
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SWM RS500 DUAL-SPORT: 2020 VIDEO SERIES

SWM might not be the best-known motorcycle company, but the 2020 RS500 will be familiar to most American dual-sport and off-road riders. It's based on the 2006 Husqvarna TE501. The Husqvarna factory that was left behind after the KTM take…
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KTM 500XCF-W: FULL TEST

The XCF-W is back! After three years of trail riders being limited to either a fully adorned street-legal dual-sport machine, or a lightly modified fully ballistic motocrosser, KTM has brought back a dedicated dirt bike designed for the…
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HONDA CRF450RX: FULL TEST

The 2020 Honda CRF450RX is not a trail bike, it’s not a play bike and it’s barely even an off-road bike. This is an off-road race bike, pure and simple.  If you want something for cruising the trails and fireroads, Honda has the 2020…
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HUSQVARNA FE350 DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

The Husqvarna FE350S is one of only two dual-sport bikes in the 2020 Husky line. There's a 350 and a 501. The 450 and 250 are gone, but as it runs out, the 350 has both of those bikes covered. If there was one dual-sport bike that could do…
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2020 KTM 500XCF-W: DIRT BIKE OFF-ROAD VIDEO SERIES

The 2020 KTM 500XCF-W is here at last! We've been hounding KTM for this bike for a long time, and now that's it's finally here, we aren't disappointed. This is a true off-road bike--not a dual-sport bike with blinkers and not a repackaged…
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2020 HONDA CRF250RX: FULL TEST

Last year the Honda CRF250RX came out in direct response to KTM’s on-going takeover in the American off-road market. The old Honda plan would have been to keep on making bikes like the CRF250X--meaning quiet, clean, responsible and boring.…
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