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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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KAWASAKI KX250X GP RACE MODS: BEHIND THE BUILD

Kawasaki didn’t try to overthink the KX250X. It’s basically a motocross bike with off-road suspension. In the case of a 250 four-stroke, that’s good; it already has a smooth power delivery that works off-road. Still, there are some things…
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PROJECT FRANKENBIKE: BEHIND THE BUILD

It was probably the dumbest idea that ever came out of an editorial meeting. These meetings are already known to generate cases of mass stupidity, as editors, staff members and test riders get together to discuss future issues of Dirt Bike,…
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SUZUKI RM125 2-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

There are two kinds of riders in the world: those who love the Suzuki RM 125 two-stroke and those who haven't ridden one. The little RM is sweet and easy to ride, but  getting kinda old. Suzuki stopped making the RM125 back in 2007. …
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KAWASAKI KDX500 2-STROKE: BEHIND THE BUILD

When it comes to 500cc two-stroke projects, they usually go one of two directions: the first is a complete restoration of the stock steel-framed chassis, or the second is taking the two-stroke powerplant and fabricating it into a…
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KTM 500 2-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

KTM is one of the manufacturers still pushing two-stroke motorcycle technology advancement in the industry today, but unfortunately the largest displacement is 300cc. Johnny Weisman and his crew at the Ride Shop AZ decided to combine…
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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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HONDA CR125 TWO-STROKE PROJECT

A father and son wrenching on motorcycles in the garage is something special. Johnny Jump now works at ODI Grips and has been in the motorcycle industry in one way or another for most of his adult life, so building a dirt bike was nothing…
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2020 HUSKY 500 2-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

There have been plenty of 500cc two-strokes from Husqvarna throughout dirt bike history. But, since the brand’s rebirth a few years back, it has shied away from two-strokes above 300cc. We teamed up with former factory Kawasaki race team…
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