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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 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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2020 KTM 150XC-W TPI 2-STROKE: FULL TEST

The KTM 150XC-W is the latest two-stroke in the Austrian manufacturer’s line to be equipped with the TPI fuel-delivery system. The previous year’s 150XC-W carbureted version was a favorite among the DB staff, so could KTM possibly make it…
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SSR SR189: PLAY BIKE TEST

A few years ago SSR introduced a play bike that we might call a “midsize”— a machine halfway between a true play bike and a full-size bike that was impressive for both its value and performance.
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2020 250 MX SHOOTOUT: FULL TEST

The Honda, Kawasaki, KTM and Husqvarna 250 MX bikes all had nearly invisible updates for 2020 that changed everything. Going in, they all knew that Yamaha’s new YZ250F would be tough to beat. They knew that the YZ would probably return…
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2020 YAMAHA YZ250F: FULL TEST

Yamaha got back into the game in a big way last year. The YZ250F had been eclipsed by faster, lighter electric-start bikes, and despite a solid run of pro motocross success, it had been saddled with the stinging title of “Good Novice Bike.”…
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2020 HONDA CRF250R: FULL TEST

Back in 2018, Honda released a CRF250R that was almost the complete opposite of the previous model. The new model liked to be revved, with the power all up top. Honda changed its image in the 250 class almost overnight from…
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2020 SUZUKI RM-Z450: FULL TEST

 Suzuki has a reputation for finding a platform it likes and keeping it relatively unchanged for several years. The 2020 RM-Z450 model is a perfect case in point. Literally, the only change Suzuki made to the machine was cosmetic color…
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TM’S FUEL INJECTED 2-STROKE: FULL TEST

There are things that set the TM machines apart from all others. They are brilliant works of artistic craftsmanship and technological marvels. They are rare, pricey and definitely appeal to the rider looking for uniqueness and a works…
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SUZUKI VANVAN: FULL TEST

Suzuki says the VanVan is an “extraordinarily retro, funky machine.” Even though the little 199cc four-stroke dual-sport bike is basic with modest features, it is nevertheless a modern bike despite the somewhat vintage look. It’s like the…
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2020 YAMAHA YZ450F: FULL TEST

Yamaha is deeper into the digital age than anyone, and the 2020 YZ450F has a mixture of new hardware and software to bring it into the new decade. Externally, the bike looks as it has since the really big makeover of 2018. That was when it…
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SWM 600 DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

You know this bike. You just might not recognize it. SWM is a new Italian company built on the ruins of Husqvarna AG. To understand the bike and why it exists, you have to know your Husky history. Before the brand became a KTM stepchild,…
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2020 KTM 450SX-F: FULL TEST

At one time, the KTM 450SX-F went through a period when it was searching for its identity. Then KTM settled on a formula that was then repeated again and again. It was light, powerful and smooth. It was technologically sophisticated without…
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