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KAWASAKI KX125: BEHIND THE BUILD

We have built a lot of project bikes with Justin Myerson from Motowhips over the years and are always blown away with each bike. This KX125 is Justin’s personal bike and took almost two years to build in between working on customer builds.…
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MOTOWHIPS CRF110: BEHIND THE BUILD

Justin Myerson and his crew can make just about anything look like a factory level race machine! With the 110cc pit bike craze that is rapidly moving across the USA, Motowhips decided to showcase their talents in that area. This build named…
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KAWASAKI KX450X PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

Mark Tilley has two priorities in his life these days. Their names are Jacob and Austin Tilley. But between supporting their young racing aspirations and acting as Managing Editor of Dirt Bike Magazine, Mark found the time to earn two…
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KAWASAKI KX144 PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

Sometimes our daydreams become reality. Recently, we had a conversation at the office about what a modern Japanese 125cc two-stroke might look and perform like. The conversation went on for hours. Not long afterward, we ran into Josh…
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GASGAS EX300 PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

Dicks Racing has been building high-end off-road racing machines for decades. A racer himself, Dick Wilk pounded the hostile desert around Las Vegas and taught himself the art of making his machine handle better and perform stronger through…
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HUSKY OFF-ROAD PROJECTS: BEHIND THE BUILD

The ISDE Qualifier Series is a 50-year-old tradition in the American off-road racing scene. It came into being in order to cull the freakishly large number of U.S. riders who wanted to attend the International Six-Day Trial/Enduro. Now, it…
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YAMAHA YZ300 TWO-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

The Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke has got to be one of the most commonly modified machines on the planet. This is true for multiple reasons: the bike hasn’t changed much in the last decade, and just about every aftermarket company makes products…
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TM 300 TWO-STROKE: BEHIND THE BUILD

Extreme enduro has seen a huge explosion all around the world in the past few years, so much so that there is a full series in the USA now dedicated to outdoor extreme events. With this popularity comes not only some very talented riders…
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ZACH BELL’S KAWASAKI KX450X: BEHIND THE BUILD

Zach Bell has been on factory-level race teams for a majority of his career. He was a part of the powerhouse Factory Connection Honda squad when he raced AMA SX and MX, then his transition into off-road was with the SLR Honda team. Bell has…
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1988 KAWASAKI KDX200: BEHIND THE BUILD

By Ron Lawson The inspiration for this project can be traced back to the 2016 ISDE. There were a couple of guys on 35-year-old Jawas who attempted to ride the Six Days for the host country of Slovakia. They didn’t even finish, but it…
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HONDA CRF450X RESTORATION: BEHIND THE BUILD

During a bench racing session the phrase was muttered, “We should race the 3 Brothers 24-Hour endurance race at Glen Helen this year.” With that one sentence, Josh Trimble, Randy Garrett, Josh Dalton, Joey Martin and Dan Dreier’s lives…
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YAMAHA YZ250F PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

The 2021 Yamaha YZ250F won our 2021 250 MX Shootout. It's a great bike with excellent suspension and a good-solid power delivery. There's only one problem. All the bikes in our 2021 250 MX shootout were great bikes with glowing attributes.…
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AEO ALUMINUM CR500R: BEHIND THE BUILD

They say necessity is the mother of invention. In the Dirt Bike magazine world, we like to think passion is what fuels an inventor’s mind. Lucky for us, longtime AEO Powersports customer Don Shields rode all the new 450cc machines and…
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2004 SUZUKI RM250 PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

The late ’90s to mid-2000s Suzuki RM250 two-strokes might just be the best used motorcycles out there. They feature a strong engine and a great handling package that makes the bikes fun to ride. This is probably why we don’t come across…
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KTM 350 DUAL SPORT PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

We love the KTM 350EXC-F dual-sport bike. Love it. It’s legal. It’s quiet, and it’s a real dirt bike. What’s not to love? Well, that’s the funny thing about the ones we love. We always want to change them. As wonderful as the EXC is, the…
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MODERN-DAY KTM 200 2-STROKE: BEHIND THE BUILD

The 200cc KTM has a very devoted cult-like following, and the fact that KTM stopped production of this model back in 2016 just fuels the fire of desire for some. Lendon Smith and Robert Lightfeldt, owners of Seat Concepts in Idaho, are two…
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MODERN-DAY KTM 380 PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

You gotta love a motorcycle that makes people look. Bob Casper’s KTM 380SX Factory Edition is like that. What’s even better, it makes people listen too. This is a dirt bike that confuses onlookers on so many levels. On initial contact it…
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KTM 300 2-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

We started our trail build with the last 300XC model to come equipped with a carburetor: the 2019 KTM 300XC. This machine was fairly well-received by the carbureted community as a whole but did have some issues. One major issue was the…
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