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2014 GasGas XC 300

September 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Many Faces of GasGas I have been testing the GasGas line since 2010 and each year I experience a different side to its personality.  Last year the open terrain of Colorado exposed the bikes’ abilities to handle chopped-out double track at speed.  It also dispelled the notion that the GasGas was only good in the technical terrain.  After we dialed in the jetting and adjusted the Marzochi fork, the 2013 GasGas ate up the faster double track.  My brother Keith went on to ride the GasGas [Read More...]

Sherco Comes Out Swinging With Their Impressive 300 SE-R 2-Stroke

September 10, 2014 // 14,991 Comments

Doesn’t it seem like there is no longer a grace period for new entrants in the off-road motorcycle market? Right now the norm is for a new entrant to be immediately effective when the rubber meets the dirt. Sherco achieved that last year with their new 300i 4-stroke as did Beta with their 2013 2-stroke. Last year’s 4-stoke 300i impressed us in a lot of ways; it was light and agile – on par with or lighter than many 2-stokes. We even hailed the Sherco 300i as the Most Impressive Bike of [Read More...]

2014 Beta 450 RR

February 28, 2014 // 49,927 Comments

In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock the last few years, there is this company out of Florence, Italy making some of the nicest off-road motorcycles on the planet.  Beta (the name is derived from the initials of Enzo Bianchi and Arrigo Tosi) has been making motorcycles since 1948 with production of off-road motorcycles beginning back in the 70’s.  In 2004 Beta decided to seriously throw its hat into the ring of competitive off road motorcycling and enlisted the help of the KTM to [Read More...]
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