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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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KTM 790 ADVENTURE R, FIRST RIDE: THE WRAP

This week the KTM 790 Adventure R arrived and so far we have two days of riding it in the mountains around Big Bear. We’ve been waiting for this bike for a long time now. The concept promises to be a game-changer in the adventure bike…
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KTM’S NEW OFF-ROAD 4-STROKES: THE WRAP

Pop the champagne; KTM is back in the business of making off-road four-strokes. The second wave of 2020 KTM models was announced this week and the most significant news was the return of the XCF-W line. These were dropped a few years back…
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FIRST RIDE: 2019 YAMAHA WR450F–THE WRAP

Yamaha quietly introduced the 2019 WR450F this month, and I do mean quietly. The bike is designed to make very little noise. More importantly to us, it's a real trail bike, in stark contrast to the lightly modified motocross bikes that have…
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RIDING THE KTM 690 DUAL-SPORT: THE WRAP

RIDING THE 2019 KTM 690 ENDURO R For this week's Friday Wrap Up, the 2019 KTM 690 Enduro R  is centerstage. We only have one day on the bike, but that's enough to leave us in awe. This is still the most powerful single-cylinder…
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