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The 2015 Beta 390RR: Beta’s Best Kept Secret?

October 17, 2014 // 48,203 Comments

Story and Photos by Kevin Novello A peak at the changes to the 2015 Beta lineup confirms that this off-road manufacturer is set on making meaningful changes to their models each year. Even though the new lineup looks similar to last year’s, they are quite different and vastly improved. Headlining the changes for 2015 are new displacements for the 4-stroke line up, save for the 350 which remains the same. The 400cc has been reduced to a 390cc and the 450cc and 498cc engines have been reduced [Read More...]

2015 Husqvarna TE300

September 11, 2014 // 11,578 Comments

Story by Kevin Novello Trying to figure out what bike to ride for the 2014 Red Bull Romaniacs was an easy affair.  I knew that I wanted a 300cc two-stroke but was undecided between the KTM EXC 300 (we are talking Europe here, folks) or the Husqvarna TE 300.  I knew the EXC to be a fine machine as I  have ridden its XC-W cousin back home.  But then I researched the 2015 Husqvarna TE 300 and its class-leading 54 horsepower engine, which is the most powerful two-stroke engine available today. [Read More...]

2014 Beta 250 RR

September 11, 2014 // 10,872 Comments

It finally happened.  A Beta two stroke made its way to the east coast.  Scott at Motoconnection out of Saint Albans, Vermont is one a handful of Beta dealers in the northeast and was able to acquire one.  He was then kind enough to let us spend some time with it.  The Beta rarely makes a showing in the east coast, in fact, there will be more Big Foot sightings along the east coast than Beta sightings.  Why is that?  It isn’t that Beta is disdainful of the east coast, it’s [Read More...]

Long Term Relationship: 2014 KTM XC-W 250

September 11, 2014 // 56,804 Comments

It’s been about six months since our first review of the KTM XC-W 250, and in that time, my opinion of the XC-W has changed quite a bit.  It’s a classic case of the-more-I ride it, the more I like it.   I like it so much now that my KTM XC 250 hasn’t been started since November of 2013, and m  ost of you know that I am a unabashed XC 250 fan-boy.  Why all the love for the XC-W?  A bunch of reasons.  For starters I am riding the bike completely stock (save for the 51 [Read More...]

2014 2-Stroke Comparison

September 11, 2014 // 12,300 Comments

This a good year to be a two-stroke enthusiast.  With brands like Sherco and Beta coming on the scene and performing so well, the two-stroke market is the most competitive it has been in a long, long time.   Our original plan was to do a 250 off-road two-stroke shootout last fall.  We even plunked down our own money and bought the Beta 250 RR to insure we had it for inclusion.   The only problem was that Sherco and GasGas were late to the party and never even made it in to the U.S until [Read More...]
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