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BETA 200RR: FULL TEST

The search for the "great American trail bike" has been ongoing for years. If you want to go far, far back in time, the call has been answered for every generation. Our fathers’ fathers had their Hodakas and Trail 90s; our fathers had KDXs…
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2024 KTM 450SX: FULL TEST

KTM is the 600-pound gorilla of the dirt bike world right now. That’s not a statement about professional race wins, unit sales or even shootout results; it’s about leadership and commitment. The Austrian company offers more off-road models…
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SHERCO 125SE FACTORY TWO-STROKE: FULL TEST

Sherco is one of those sneaky companies that quietly stays just ahead of the curve. The 125SE has been around for years with a mix of old-school tradition and cutting-edge technology. Electric start? Got it. Electronic power valve? Got it.…
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2024 KTM 450XC-W: FULL TEST

KTM’s aggressive stance in off-road keeps paying out big dividends for the enthusiast. The entire offroad line of machines has been painted with a coat of "new"—new frame, new suspension, new engine and new manners. In the big-bore…
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YAMAHA YZ125X: FULL TEST

In the motorcycle industry, there’s a constant tug of war between passion and practicality. Sometimes passion wins, and that’s why the Yamaha YZ125X exists. No one in the accounting department demanded this bike. There was no tidal wave of…
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BETA 300RR RACE EDITION: FULL TEST

Sometimes the most radical move is no move at all. Right now, that’s especially true in the world of 300cc off-road bikes. A few short years ago, the Beta 300RR Race Edition was typical of the breed—a two-stroke with a carburetor, a case…
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2023 SUZUKI DR650S: DUAL-SPORT TEST

We love technology but hate change. This is a basic contradiction that we have learned to live with. The Suzuki DR650S is one of those bikes that brings our various shortcomings to the surface. On one hand, we love the fact that Suzuki has…
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GASGAS MC450F & MC250F FACTORY EDITION: FULL TEST

It would be cool to be mistaken for Eli Tomac. Even better if you can pull off a good impersonation of any Lawrence brother, a Ryan Dungey or a Ricky Carmichael. You wouldn’t be the first person to sign an autograph under false pretenses.…
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2023 KTM 150XC-W TWO-STROKE: FULL TEST

Frankly, there's no army of high-tech 150cc dirt bikes invading the off-road/enduro domain. This is a unique class of machines, and they target pilots who are…sized right for the job. The 2023 KTM 150 XC-W is a high-end, totally…
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2023 HONDA CRF450RX: FULL TEST

Back in 2017, Honda redesigned the CRF450R motocross bike from scratch. Surprisingly, an all-new CRF450RX off-road bike was unveiled at the same time. The RX’s mission was to be an East Coast killer to compete in GNCC. It was a full-blooded…
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2023 HUSQVARNA TC250 TWO-STROKE: FULL TEST

The 2023 Husqvarna TC250 is a new bike in every way; it has a redesigned motor and chassis, plus it has technology we haven’t previously seen from Husqvarna. This has been a big year of change for Husky, as well as for its sister brand KTM.…
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2023 450 MX SHOOTOUT: FULL TEST

We’ve assembled the top motocross bikes in the world for Dirt Bike Magazine’s 2023 450 MX Shootout. Altogether, we tested seven bikes: the GasGas MC450F, Honda CRF450R, Husqvarna FC450, Kawasaki KX450, KTM 450SX-F, Suzuki RM-Z450 and Yamaha…
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2023 KAWASAKI KX450SR: FULL TEST

Japanese manufacturers like Kawasaki and Honda are taking a slightly different approach than European manufacturers KTM, Husky and GasGas when it comes to the special-edition market. The Japanese are taking their current platform and adding…
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2023 KTM 450SX-F FACTORY EDITION: FULL TEST

Everyone has a basic need to be special. We like being allowed backstage with a special pass that says, “VIP.” KTM knows it, and the Factory Edition capitalizes on that fundamental desire. This is a limited-edition ticket under the rope at…
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2023 KAWASAKI KX250X: FULL TEST

Not long ago no one wanted to ride a 250 four-stroke off-road. Now, there’s a whole generation who wouldn’t dream of riding anything else, and bikes like the Kawasaki KX250X are the reason why. The 2023 version of the KX is fast, light and…
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2023 KTM 250XC-F: FULL TEST

From its origination in 2007, the KTM 250XC-F was a bike built to perform at the highest level of competition. Though it’s a 250 four-stroke, KTM thought this motorcycle could compete in the two-stroke class and eventually take over. They…
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RIEJU 300 SIX DAYS: FULL TEST

Wow. The 2023 Rieju MR300 Six Days is a looker. Graphically, it’s brilliant. Physically, she is painted with the same palette as her sister, the MR300 Pro. High-end KYB suspension decorated with a TLC-coated fork, Xtrig ROCS triple clamps,…
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2023 HUSQVARNA FC350: FULL TEST

Some bikes need to be promoted, exposed and assisted in every way to encourage sales. Not the Husqvarna FC350. There are no factory riders for the FC350; no race teams, no big rigs and no works bikes. The FC350 is the most neglected model…
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2023 KTM 250XC 2-STROKE: RACE TEST

By Nic Garvin You don’t often get a phone call from your boss asking if you want to test a new-model motorcycle at a race, let alone at a GNCC. At the moment, you almost stutter, asking yourself, “Wait, what?” I live on the West Coast, and…
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2023 BETA 350RR: FULL TEST

The Beta 350RR is a bike that’s easy to overlook and hard to understand. It gets lost in a myriad of models that seem almost identical. First of all, it looks like any one of Beta’s four dual-sport bikes. It’s not the same. It also looks…
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