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2023 KTM 450SX-F: FULL TEST

The KTM 450SX-F is the flagship of the combined KTM/Husky/GasGas fleet. It’s first on the list for new technology, updates and improvement, with all the other bikes eventually getting variations on that theme. The 2022 ½ 450SX-F Factory…
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2023 HONDA CRF450R: FULL TEST

Back in 2021, the Honda CRF450R was revolution on wheels. It lost weight, gained new technology and promised much. Unfortunately, there were issues. We learned later that the period usually devoted to final testing was rushed due to the…
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RIEJU MR300PRO TWO-STROKE: FULL TEST

It’s okay if you have no idea how to pronounce “Rieju.” We don’t either. It’s okay if you’ve never seen one of them or heard of the company before last year. We hadn’t either. Perhaps we had vague awareness of the name from European trade…
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YAMAHA 125 VS. GASGAS 125: ONE ON ONE

We now accept that back in 2007 most of the motorcycle industry lost its collective mind. That was when Suzuki, Honda and Kawasaki stopped making 125 two-strokes. Only Yamaha and KTM stayed in the game, but with very limited commitment. Now…
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2022 KTM 250SX-F FACTORY EDITION: FULL TEST

Why, when a company has the lightest and most powerful 250 motocross bike on the market, would they throw it all away and start over? That’s what KTM has done with the 2022 ½ 250SX-F Factory Edition. The bike is all new—for real, not just…
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2022 KTM 450SX FACTORY EDITION: FULL TEST

You don’t want to go back to the starting line when you’re winning the race. KTM’s 2022 450SX-F was clearly a great motorcycle. It won the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross title. It outsold most of the Japanese 450s, and it was universally…
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2022 HONDA CRF450R WORKS EDITION: FULL TEST

There’s something about a factory Honda that fires up the pulse of any healthy motocross rider. Maybe it’s the color, maybe it’s the way Ken Roczen and Chase Sexton ride, but whatever it is, the Honda tent always has a massive crowd of…
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HUSKY FC250 ROCKSTAR EDITION: FULL TEST

There’s nothing that special about a special edition, at least not usually. Most are highlighted by graphics and accessories that you could buy for yourself. That’s not the case with the 2022 Husqvarna FC250 Rockstar Edition. First of all,…
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2022 HUSQVARNA FE501 DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

The pecking order in the dual-sport world is well-established, and the Husqvarna FE501s is right at the top. At the risk of rehashing common knowledge, the FE is the Husqvarna version of the KTM 500EXC. Don’t fall into the “white KTM” camp…
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GASGAS MC125 2-STROKE: FULL TEST

Each generation has its own heroes, icons and inspiring innovations. The next class of young riders to emerge in motocross might well be the GasGas generation. For older riders, GasGas will forever be known as an off-beat enduro brand, but…
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2022 KAWASAKI KX85: FULL TEST

Kawasaki made some specific updates to the KX85 for 2022 that include a stronger 6-speed transmission, increased engine cooling, styling and new Dunlop MX33 tires at both ends. In recent years Kawasaki has renewed its dedication to…
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SHOOTOUT: BETA 200 VS BETA 300

By Mike Webb We had a great opportunity to ride the 2022 Beta 200RR and the 300RR while up in Idaho with Beta’s Rodney Smith. What follows here is a two-day test of the duo, so there’s nothing long-term about this; it’s basically a riding…
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2022 YAMAHA YZ125: FULL TEST

There are two ways to look at the 2022 Yamaha YZ125. Two-stroke fans will be ecstatic that Yamaha is showing new commitment in their world. A major Japanese manufacturer opened its corporate wallet to design a new two-stroke motor and make…
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2022 YAMAHA YZ450F: FULL TEST

Perception and reality have a love/hate relationship where the Yamaha YZ450F is concerned. Everyone claims to know that pro racing results aren’t the best criteria for picking your next motorcycle. But, pundits, posters and influencers take…
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2022 KTM 450SX-F: FULL TEST

If any bike should be put into a time capsule to represent this period in motocross evolution, it’s the 2022 KTM 450SX-F. It is, quite simply, state of the art right now. That’s why it’s no big deal that the 2022 model year presents a…
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2022 BETA 500 DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

We had the luxury to grab a quick flight to Idaho and spend some time with Rodney Smith testing some freshly uncrated 2022 Beta machines. High on our list was the brand-new 500RR-S dual-sport machine. This machine has been at the top of the…
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2022 HONDA CRF250R: FULL TEST

When most manufacturers are playing it safe by not making many changes to their motocross models, Honda has now for the second year introduced an all-new machine to the market. The 2022 Honda CRF250R follows in the footsteps of the 2021…
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2022 HONDA CRF450R: FULL TEST

The debut of the 2021 Honda CRF450R should have been a brilliant moment for Honda to bask in the glory of all the engineering know-how and investment that went into the development of a brand-new bike, but that’s not what happened. Final…
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BETA 250RR TWO-STROKE: FULL TEST

There is no doubt that the two-stroke is riding a wave of popularity inspired by a rise in off-road passion, new technology and the status of extreme or hard enduro racing. There are several players here, notably the Austrian TPI…
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HUSQVARNA TE150i: FULL TEST

Some bikes can be understood most easily by process of elimination. You gotta understand what they aren’t before you understand what they are. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help in the case of the Husqvarna TE150i. Defining what it can’t do…
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