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RICK JOHNSON’S 1984 YZ250: TWO-STROKE TUESDAY

For this week's Two-Stroke Tuesday , we take a look at Rick Johnson's iconic 1984 YZ250. This is the bike that he won the championship on that year, and it set the tone for things to come because it was a production-based bike. By 1984,…
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2024 YAMAHA YZ450F: FULL TEST

Yamaha pulled out all the stops last year with the introduction of an all-new YZ450F that was lighter, faster and technologically more advanced than its predecessors. They flew us out to Florida to give us a tour of the amazing Star Racing…
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2024 YAMAHA YZ250F: FULL TEST

It was only a matter of time. The Yamaha YZ250F ruled both sides of the motocross world for years. It was wildly successful in the pro racing ranks and a hit at local tracks. It couldn’t last, though. Other 250Fs were faster, others were…
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RIDING THE 2024 YAMAHA YZ450F LONG-TERM: THE WRAP

The 2024 Yamaha YZ450F arrived this week and it was immediately abducted by Pete Murray, who rode the 2023 YZ450 all last year. He did well on it, winning another Vet Championship as well as a couple of wooden bears at Mammoth. We put the…
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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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YAMAHA TO QUIT BUILDING SNOWMOBILES

Yamaha's European press agency today released the news that the company has plans to exit the Snowmobile market, worldwide. The official press release follows. Yamaha Motor announces today plans for an eventual withdrawal of the…
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YAMAHA YZ345 PROJECT: TWO-STROKE TUESDAY

On this week's Two-Stroke Tuesday we take another look with some unseen photos of a very unique Yamaha YZ345 built by fabricator Howard Jenkins of MotoFab Industries located in central California. Could you imagine a YZ250 two-stroke engine…
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CARSON BROWN’S YZ300

Jamie Ellis and his crew at Twisted Development have their hands in just about every realm of two-wheeled racing when it comes to building high-performance machines that go fast. Test rider Carson Brown can ride just about anything on two…
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HUSQVARNA TC125 VS YAMAHA YZ125: ONE ON ONE

Motocross is a rude sport. Last year we were thrilled and enthralled with the new Yamaha YZ125. It was the first major redesign for the YZ motor in almost two decades, and the bike got new bodywork and suspension thrown in. Now, the bike of…
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2023 YAMAHA YZ450F: WEIGHT CORRECTION

When we got our 2023 Yamaha YZ450F test bike, the first thing we did was weigh it on our scale. This isn’t anything unusual; we weigh every test bike we get. We’ve been doing that from the very start. In order to do this accurately, we…
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2023 YAMAHA YZ450F

Yamaha probably could have coasted along with the Yamaha YZ450F for a couple more years. It was a new bike in 2018, and it has been wildly successful since then, especially since Dylan Ferrandis and Eli Tomac got on board. But, the 2023…
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2023 OFF-ROAD BIKE BUYER’S GUIDE

The term "off-road bike" sounds vague and generalized, but it refers to a group of very specialized motorcycles. They fall into a vast space between motocross race bikes and dual-sport bikes. That area is so big that it needs to be further…
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2023 2-STROKE BUYER’S GUIDE–VIDEO EDITION

The 2023 market for 2-strokes is bigger than it's been in years. Beta, GasGas, KTM, Yamaha, Rieju, TM and others have brand new models for this season. In this edition of Dirt Bike Magazine's video series, we talk you through about 60…
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FIRST RIDE: 2023 YAMAHA YZ450F

Finally! We got to ride the 2023 Yamaha YZ450F. A special event took place at the Goat Farm near Tallahassee, Florida, where Yamaha invited the press to ride the new bike. We got to spend two days at the ranch where Ricky Carmichael learned…
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2002 YZ125 PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

Pete Treadwell and the Western Power Sports crew are at it again! This retro-themed, early-2000s, steel-framed Yamaha YZ125 was part of the Yamaha of Troy race team and still has the initials “JH-1” (for Josh Hansen) engraved into the…
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SOLITAIRE YZ 2-STROKES: BEHIND THE BUILD

When you run a race team, surprises are always just around the next corner. Ryan Clark knows this. He started Team Solitaire back in 2003 when he was racing professionally. Ryan now runs the team with partner Chris Elliot, and when they…
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