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THE LAST FULL 2-STROKE SHOOTOUT: THE WRAP

As the year 2005 came to a close we were used to  four-strokes being the center of attention. All the manufacturers still made two-strokes, though, and would continue for one more year. For the November 2005 issue of Dirt Bike, we were…
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2022 450 MX SHOOTOUT

There’s never been a time like this. In the past, the number of premium motocross brands was limited to four. Then it was five, then six or seven. Now, with the near-universal incorporation of special editions into the mix, riders have an…
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2022 450 SHOOTOUT VIDEO: 12 BIKES!

We held off on publishing our 2022 450 MX shootout last fall for a very simple reason: the bikes hadn't changed. We could have just replayed our 2021 shootout and produced the same result. Now, with the near-universal incorporation of…
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2022 250 MX SHOOTOUT: YEAR ’22 VIDEO SERIES

Last year was brutal. The 2021 250 MX shootout was the toughest comparison in the 51-year history of . The 250 class, or MX2 or Lites, whatever you prefer, had evolved to near parity in performance. Choosing a winner was more about who we…
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2021 250 MX SHOOTOUT

Normal shootouts are hard. This one was ridiculous. We’ve never had a field of bikes that was so deep and strong. The problem isn’t that we have so many bikes that could win; it is that there are so many that should win. But, they aren’t…
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2021 450 MOTOCROSS SHOOTOUT

We have a record crop of bikes, so we took our time to make sure we gave each of them a fair and full evaluation. That includes a newcomer to the motocross world: The GasGas MC450F. We have also included the unchanged Suzuki RM-Z450 thanks…
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250 TWO-STROKE MX SHOOTOUT: FULL TEST

The 250 two-stroke is alive and well in 2020. Austria, Japan and Italy all offer current bikes for the MX purist. Some are more modern than others, but all have suspension and brakes that we could have only dreamed of 20 years ago when the…
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250 TWO-STROKE MX SHOOTOUT

The Yamaha YZ250, KTM 250SX, Husqvarna TC250 and TM 250MXe are the cream of today's two-stroke crop.  All are modern bikes with  state-of-the-art suspension. The only things that are old-school are the sounds of the motors and the faint…
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1971 HUSKY VS. MAICO VS. CZ SHOOTOUT

In June of 1971, the first issue of Dirt Bike Magazine appeared on newsstands. Within it  was the first modern motocross shootout. The Husqvarna 250 Cross, Maico 250 K5 and CZ 250 were the subjects of the test. Here is the test as it was…
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2020 500 DUAL-SPORT SHOOTOUT: FULL TEST

After all this time, we admit we still don’t know what the heck a dual-sport bike is supposed to be. Manufacturers and riders use the term freely, as if everyone has the same interpretation, yet the bikes sold under that banner are wildly…
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500 DUAL-SPORT SHOOTOUT: DIRT BIKE VIDEO SERIES

There are more dirt-worthy dual-sport bikes than ever before. For 2020, the KTM 500EXC, Husqvarna FE501S and Beta 500RR-S have all been redesigned. The Honda CRF450L is back and we have a new contender in the SWM RS500. We have tested each…
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2020 DUAL-SPORT SHOOTOUT PROGRESS REPORT: THE WRAP

We've been working on the 2020 500cc Dual-Sport shootout for three months now, and we're  getting closer to a conclusion. No need to rush, though. We could really ride them every day for another three months before we're ready. Here's how…
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2020 250 MX SHOOTOUT VIDEO

The 2020 Honda CRF250R, Husqvarna FC250, Kawasaki KX250, KTM 250SX-F, Suzuki RM-Z250 and Yamaha YZ250F are all together for the title fight of the 250 class. For the video, scroll down. For the full written test of the 2020 250 MX shootout,…
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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 450 MX SHOOTOUT VIDEO

The 2020 Honda CRF450R, Husqvarna FC450, Kawasaki KX450, KTM 450SX, Suzuki RM-Z450 and Yamaha YZ450F are out in the real world and after months of riding them, racing them and living with them it's finally time to pit them against one…
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