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RIDING THE REDMOTO CRF300RX

This week, Matt Stavish of Checkpoint Off-road escaped from Siberia (well, Minnesota) to bring a RedMoto 300RX for us to try. We got to see these bikes at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy and couldn't stop drooling. They are, basically Hondas…
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THE ALUMINUM FRAME XR400: THE WRAP

Duane Brown from BBR was with us last month when his son Carson test-rode the 2022 Yamaha YZ125 for Dirt Bike. Duane and I go way back, and we started talking, like old guys do, about the good old days. One of those days was chronicled in…
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RIDING THE ’22 HUSKY 501 DUAL-SPORT: THE WRAP

With rain and wet dirt, we spent most of the holidays cutting new trail and exploring off-road areas around home in So Cal. The only way to do that in the condensed urban areas around here is by dual-sport. Luckily, we just happened to have…
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2022 DAKAR SHAKEDOWN: THE WRAP

The 2022 Dakar Rally starts tomorrow. It will be televised nightly on Peacock as follows: Date Coverage Time (ET) Sun., Jan. 2 Stage 1 – Jeddah to Ha’il 8 p.m. Mon., Jan. 3 Stage 2 – Ha’il to Al Artawiyah 8 p.m. Tues., Jan. 4 Stage 3…
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RIDING THE 2022 HONDA CRF450RX: THE WRAP

We have a 2022 Honda CRF450RX that we've been saving for wet weather. As every Southern Californian knows, when the desert is wet it's a wonderful place to take a big, powerful motorcycle. Basically, they don't come any bigger and more…
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AMERICA’S TOP OFF-ROAD RIDERS OVER TIME: THE WRAP

Right now we are in the midst of choosing the finalists for the 2022 Caselli Cup. This award has a long history, going back to the April 2006 issue when it was billed as “America’s 100 Best Off-Road Riders.” It was never meant to be a Rider…
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BRANDY RICHARDS AND THE PERFECT SEASON: THE WRAP

Brandy Richards had a season that most riders can only dream of. In 2021, she won every Women's Pro race in the WORCS series, just as she had since 2017. She also won every race she attended in the 2021 NGPC series, and she topped it off by…
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EICMA SHOW, 2021: THE WRAP

The 2021 EICMA show in Milan, Italy was a party celebrating the beginning of the end of the weird season of Covid. In the past, we have thought that the end was in sight again and again, but with so much of the world motorcycle industry in…
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KTM 300XC VS. 300XC-W: THE WRAP

In the U.S., there are two different 300cc two-strokes that carry the KTM name: the 300XC and the 300XC-W. Up front, the two bikes seem very similar. They both have the most successful motor in KTM history; the 300cc two-stroke. Both have…
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THE LAST WORKS KX125: THE WRAP

JAMES STEWART'S FACTORY 125 TWO-STROKE Back in 2002, James Stewart was something special and everyone knew it. For the first time in years, Kawasaki took its 125 program in house, just for him. Previously, all the 125 riders were farmed…
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2022 250 MX BIKES ON THE DYNO: THE WRAP

The 2022 250 MX shootout is officially wrapped up. The last item on the list each year is to take them all to Pro Circuit to have them tested on their Dynojet dynamometer. This can provide a few surprises. For the record, the dyno results…
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RIDING THE 2022 KAWASAKI KX250: THE WRAP

The 2022 Kawasaki KX250 arrived this week, making for a full set of bikes in preparation for our 2022 250 MX shootout. I have a personal attachment to the Kawasaki because I raced the X version of the bike in the 2021 National Grand Prix…
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RIDING THE 2022 GASGAS MC250F: THE WRAP

This week we got to ride the 2022 GasGas MC250F for the first time. We are preparing for our 2022 250 motocross shootout and we already know the GasGas will do well. It’s unchanged from last year’s model, and that bike was received with…
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RIDING THE 2022 YZ250 2-STROKE: THE WRAP

We have been riding the 2022 Yamaha YZ250 for a couple of weeks and it’s like falling in love with your ex-wife. This is a bike that we all were intimately familiar with but haven’t raced or ridden in a very long time. Other bikes were…
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RACING AIN’T OVER YET: THE WRAP

VET DES NATIONS: WE'RE THERE!  The U.S. attended the Vet des Nations at Farleigh Castle last week with Mike Brown, Doug Dubach, Sean Hamblin and Keith Johnson. They ended up third. Led by Gordon Crockard, Team Northern Ireland scored a…
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