Recent Posts

Bike Tests

2015 KTM Freeride 250R

November 16, 2014 // 76 Comments

The Freeride will make you want to ride some unusual stuff. The KTM 250R Freeride has been around for a couple of years now but this year marks its debut to the U.S market. Why has it taken so long for this intriguing new machine to land in the U.S.? Despite significant gaps in the off road market, KTM North America is still somewhat unsure of how successful the Freeride will be here. The earlier 250R models had some starting issues that have since been fixed, as have other areas of concern. [Read More...]

2015 Husqvarna TE 125

November 16, 2014 // 7,778 Comments

Tommy Norton blasts down a creek aboard the TE125. Producing a 125cc bike for off road use poses some challenges. On the MX track or in more open terrain, one can quickly and easily tap in to the strength of the 125 by keeping it wrung out and not letting it slip below the midrange. The Husqvarna TC 125 we tested in Florida last February was straight up awesome in the sandy, flowing terrain of Croom Motorcycle Park as it was easy to keep it pinned. But keeping a 125 pinned in technical terrain [Read More...]

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

October 17, 2014 // 48,204 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 // 10,954 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...]
1 2 3 4