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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...]

Riding Tips: Mud

September 11, 2014 // 54,673 Comments

It’s mud season! For better or worse, it’s here and you have to deal with it.  The alternative is picking out paint swatches with the wife or some other form of early spring-cleaning drudgery.   Depending on conditions, mud can great fun or it can be a complete shitshow.  The truth about mud is that keeps most riders up at night.  Why is that?  Part of it is that so many of us crash our brains out in it.  How many shrouds, radiators and pipes have you damaged in a mud ride or [Read More...]

Cory Buttrick’s Factory Beta 300 RR

September 10, 2014 // 16,152 Comments

Beta seems to be gaining some traction here in the east. Having spent the past six months aboard one, it’s easy to understand why. I took a walk through pits at the Rad Dad National Enduro in Tennessee and found the Beta to be well represented. At the sharp end of the rope is factory Beta pilot Cory Buttrick. After two seasons recuperating from injuries, Buttrick has signed with Beta and is steadily improving. His dad was kind enough to walk us through Cory’s Factory bike. Here’s what the [Read More...]

Buying a Used Dirt Bike

September 10, 2014 // 15,191 Comments

Are you in the market for new ride? Maybe you are new to the sport and contemplating purchasing a new, or new-to-you bike? Not everyone can afford a new bike and if you are just starting out, there really is no reason to spend that kind of cash, unless you wipe your counter with Benjamin’s. Assuming you have already identified the bike you want to look at, what do you look for when checking out a used bike? There’s a long list of potential problem areas but we’ll stick to [Read More...]

Sherco X Ride 290

September 10, 2014 // 15,991 Comments

After uncrating and assembling the Sherco X Ride 290, I took a step back and gave it hard look. It really is a curious looking machine. The X-Ride isn’t a trials bike, and certainly not an enduro bike. Heck, it’s not really a trail bike. There really isn’t much to compare it to; it has trials tires front and rear, a bigger tank and larger seat, higher ground clearance and lights. The blinkers are stripped off the machine prior to shipping but it still comes with a head and [Read More...]
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