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Dirt Bike News / 12 posts found

Honda Africa Twin Shootout: DCT Vs. Manual Transmission

Honda currently offers two versions of the Africa Twin, one with a standard six-speed manual transmission and clutch, and the other with an innovative Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) that offers two auto-shift riding modes as well as a manual-shift mode. The DCT version retails for $13,999, or $700 more than the $13,299 standard Africa Twin. So which Africa Twin is better: the DCT or the manual? The DCT is not new. The concept has been incorporated into select Honda streetbike models for the past several years, first debuting on the 2010 VFR1200, but the Africa Twin marks the first time [...]

2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R Review: First Ride

A stunning blasted moonscape is a good way to describe the natural beauty of Peru’s Nasca Desert. And that moonscape makes a particularly good place to test a fast and large adventure-touring motorcycle like the new 2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R. KTM has sold more than 75,000 adventure motorcycles since 1993, and its re-named these large long-distance dirt bikes as “Travel Enduros.” I think that does a pretty good job of describing what these giant dirt bikes are all about. Honestly, we’d listen no matter what KTM called them, seeing as it has 56 official factory riders competing all [...]

Church Of MO – 1997 Honda XR400R Vs. 1997 Kawasaki KLX300R

As we jump in the vault for this week’s Church feature, we travel back to 1997, a time of change and consternation amongst off-road enthusiasts. Why? Because this was the year California really cracked down on two-stroke off-road motorcycles. A look at showroom floors today reveals (thankfully) that two-strokes haven’t exactly died off, but are far from prominent. Instead, the four-stroke era kicked in, and here we have a test of some modest trail bikes – the 1997 Honda XR400R and Kawasaki KLX300R. Far from speed demons, both bikes are fun on the trials. How fun? Let Len Nelson tell [...]

2017 Grand National Roadster Show Report

As the event’s name implies, this show, first launched in 1949, focuses on four-wheeled vehicles albeit not all technically qualifying as “roadsters” which back in the day meant an open two-seater minus doors and even windshields. Tracing the nomenclature further, “roadster” initially was the label attached to a horse well-equipped for traveling, and later applied to bicycles and tricycles of the late 1800s. Sportiness was the operative word no matter the size of the chassis, so “roadster” could include the full spectrum of cars from an everyman’s Model T to a celebrity’s 16-cylinder Caddy. It’s noteworthy that “roadster” is an [...]

2017 450cc Motocross Shootout

The race to deliver the best 450cc motocross bike on the planet grabbed another gear in 2017 when Honda released its all-new 2017 CRF450R to challenge the recent dominance of Yamaha’s YZ450F and the never-ending onslaught from the aggressive European companies, namely the KTM 450 SX-F and its fully revived sister, the Husqvarna FC 450. With Kawasaki merely revising its 2017 KX450F after a complete makeover of the green machine in 2016, and with Suzuki holding fast with its RM-Z450 that hasn’t been updated since 2015, we figured it was time to round up these six combatants and pit them [...]

Toni Bou Wins Again In 2017 X-Trials Season Opener

Toni Bou steamrolls the opposition as the Trial World Championship opens its 40th edition in Barcelona Repsol Honda Team’s Toni Bou came out guns blazing in the World X-Trial Championship, completely overwhelming adversaries in the process. Bou took his tally of triumphs to eleven in Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi – one of city’s Olympic jewels – as 9,600 spectators turned out to witness the start of the 40th edition of the event. The 2017 FIM X-Trial World Championship got off and running tonight in the Catalan capital and current champion Bou didn’t disappoint. Victory came after a spectacular exhibition in [...]

Ryan Dungey Leads Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team To A 1-2 Finish At Anaheim II

  Press Release from KTM: Back-to-back reigning 450SX Champion Ryan Dungey earned his first victory of the season on Saturday as he led the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team to an impressive 1-2 finish at Round 3 of the AMA Supercross World Championship in Anaheim. His teammate, Marvin Musquin, finished only two seconds back for 2nd, capturing his third consecutive podium finish this season. Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM’s Shane McElrath maintained his points lead with a 3rd place finish in the 250SX West division. It was a rough start to the evening for the Red Bull KTM [...]

Meet Chad Reed And Cooper Webb At Anaheim 2

Press Release from Yamaha: As Yogi Berra once said, “It’s déjà vu all over again” with the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Championship returning to (speaking of baseball) Angel Stadium of Anaheim this Saturday for Round Three of the series. The Monster Energy/Yamalube/Chaparral/Yamaha Financial Services/Yamaha Factory Racing Team and its riders–two-time Supercross Champion Chad Reed (#22) and two-time 250 West Supercross Champion Cooper Webb (#2)–will be working hard to ensure that it’s not completely déjà vu, and that they will come away from “A2” with much better results than they had at “A1” to start the 2017 season. Chad commented, “The year [...]

Build Your Own 3D-Printed RC Motorcycles!

If you’re a fan of 3D printing and motorcycles, we’ve found an ideal project for you. Designed and posted by  Brett Turnage, these plans were developed for a bike-crazy friend and have been released into the wild on, a 3D-Print file sharing site. Note, Turnage’s two bikes aren’t models to sit on shelves and look pretty. They will produce fully-functional radio-controlled (RC) motorcycles – complete with an animated rider that steers the bikes. The bikes are a 2016 Ducati Draxter Concept Drag Bike and a 2016 Suzuki GSX-RR MotoGP Motorcycle. All of the RC components needed to be hidden within the motorcycles, which [...]

Third Victory For Monster Energy Honda’s Joan Barreda In Dakar Stage 10

The natural disasters of two days ago in Jujuy and the cancelation of the ninth stage yesterday are now history and today the Dakar Rally was back on its scheduled route. In the suffocating regions of La Rioja and San Juan, the Monster Energy Honda Team grabbed the glory with a stage win. The Dakar got back to relative ‘normality’ with a full-length stage, free from diversions or detours. The 449 kilometres against the clock on the route from Chilecito-San Juan turned out to be the longest one disputed so far in the 2017 edition of the race. With baking [...]