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2020 BETA XTRAINER, FIRST LOOK–THE WRAP

2020 BETA XTRAINER The Beta Xtrainer is back. This is a staff favorite. It's a great motorcycle designed to take the sting out of new bike prices. The Xtrainer is an electric-start 300cc two-stroke that's made in Italy and sells for $7699.…
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KTM XC PROJECT–THE LAST CARB: THE WRAP

KTM 250XC 2-STROKE PROJECT The 2019 250XC is the last carbureted off-road bike that KTM will offer. It and the other 2019 XCs, (the 300 and 150XC) were given Transfer Port Injection for the 2020 model year. The XC-W line already had lost…
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RIDING THE 2020 YZ250F: THE WRAP

RIDING THE 2020 YAMAHA YZ250F We are gearing up for the 2020 250MX comparison. Last year, the winner was the Yamaha YZ250F and this year it returns unchanged. The two bikes with the greatest chances of unseating the Yamaha are the Honda…
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2020 450 SHOOTOUT NOTES: THE WRAP

For weeks we've been working on the 2020 450 MX shootout. By "working" I mean riding. We've also been doing a lot of photo-taking, bike-cleaning, note-taking and stuff like that, but riding is the most important part. We've had the bikes on…
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RIDING THE SWM 600 DUAL-SPORT: THE WRAP

SWM SUPERDUAL X We finally got to ride an SWM Superdual X on U.S. soil this week. This as been a work in progress for two years now, but the U.S. importer has already received a container of them and they are arriving in dealers now. The…
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RIDING THE 2020 KAWASAKI KX450: THE WRAP

In 2019, the Kawasaki KX450 was the winner of the Dirt Bike 450 motocross shootout. Now, the 2020 model has arrived and we have already logged some time on it in preparation for this year's shootout. It might be able to repeat, but it faces…
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FIXING THE HONDA CRF250RX: THE WRAP

The CRF250RX is the right idea, but Honda didn't go far enough.  American off-road riders clearly want off-road bikes that are more manageable than full-size 450s. Just look at the success of the KTM 350 and all the new 300cc two-strokes.…
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RIDING THE SHERCO 250SC 2-STROKE: THE WRAP

Yesterday I got to ride the 2020 Sherco SC250 Cross Country at Saddleback East near Bedford, Kentucky. It was during the 2020 dealer preview event, organized by Sherco Off-road's new U.S. importer. Things are changing dramatically this year…
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FIRST RIDE: 2020 KAWASAKI KX250–THE WRAP

RIDING THE 2020 KAWASAKI KX250 The 2020 Kawasaki KX250 is out and we have it in our greedy little hands. First, I want to congratulate Kawasaki on displaying corporate self restraint and discipline. Everyone expected a big redesign for…
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FIRST RIDE: 2020 KTM 450SX-F–THE WRAP

We got our first ride on the 2020 KTM 450SX-F this week at Fox Raceway on the Pala Indian reservation. The track layout  was a shortened version from the National MX held there last month, but it was fun and the conditions were excellent.…
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2020 SHERCO OFF-ROAD BIKES, FIRST RIDE: THE WRAP

The 2020 Sherco off-road bikes and trials bikes were revealed this week in Italy. I was there and got the opportunity to ride every bike in the line. That was a lot of riding. The Sherco line-up is big. The enduro line includes 125…
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