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2015 - 2017 Yamaha WR250F

2015 - 2017 Yamaha WR250F

Yamaha Gives New Life To An Old Favorite

First introduced in 2001, the WR250F has seen some changes through the years up to and including 2014 — most notably the alloy frame introduced in 2007, improved suspension and some ergonomic tweaks — but for the most part, it had gradually fallen from being a hot ticket to same-old, same-old mediocrity. That changed in 2015. With updates in technology, including the revolutionary rearward slanted engine, an added sixth gear and wide-ratio transmission, twin-chamber fork and fuel injection, the WR250F is a hot ticket once again in the Enduro world, where Yamaha hopes to revive interest in the 250 cc market that has been waning since they essentially quit updating the WR250F in 2007.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha WR250F.

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2017 KTM Freeride E-XC

2017 KTM Freeride E-XC

The Electric Freeride Now Available In The US

KTM is bringing its electric enduro to the States. This fun little ride has been entertaining European riders for a few years now with its 2.6-kWh lithium battery and 21-horsepower electric motor, and now American buyers have an opportunity to see what all the hubbub is about. At least when it comes to the brown; the E-XC doesn’t meet U.S. requirements for street-legal use in spite of its headlight, taillight and turn signals. Still, it’s a glimpse of the possibilities within the sector.

Continue reading for my review of the KTM Freeride E-XC.

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2015 - 2018 Suzuki DR200S

2015 - 2018 Suzuki DR200S

A Tried-And-True Dual Sport

Suzuki brings dual-sport capabilities to the entry-level sector with its DR200S. A heavy emphasis on off-road performance defines the overall look of the thing, and a 199 cc engine drives it over hill and dale as well as down the road with all the appropriate lighting for safety and legalities. The end result seems to be a functional, if plain, bike that provides a stable ride and moderate power with a humble overall bearing. A carry-over for the last few years, it hasn’t changed much, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Continue reading for my review of the Suzuki DR200S.

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2016 - 2017 Christini AWD 450 Explorer

2016 - 2017 Christini AWD 450 Explorer

Add the Street Legal package to Christini’s AWD 450 Military Edition bike and you have the AWD 450 Explorer. Based in Philadelphia, Christini has been pursuing AWD for two wheels since 1995. What started as AWD mountain bikes turned to AWD motorcycles in 2002.

It was in 2008 when a Christini-upgraded KTM bike took second place in the inaugural Extreme Enduro Race that AWD was established as competitively viable technology. Considering that folks have raced Christini AWD bikes in every EnduroCross event since 2006 speaks to their capability as competition rides. In fact, Christini bikes are race-tested and proved reliable in World Enduro, GNCC, Endurocross, Red Bull Last Man Standing, and Hare scrambles.

Continue reading for my review of the Christini AWD 450 Explorer.

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2016 - 2017 Christini AWD Military

2016 - 2017 Christini AWD Military

I enjoy writing military hardware pieces, but usually the information is academic because the machines aren’t available to the public. Not so with the Christini AWD 450 Military Edition. Even thought it was designed for military use, Christini decided to make it available to the general public, thus moving it from the realm of wishful thinking into that of possibility. Possible daydreams are my favorite.

Christini partnered up with James King, founder of the Tactical Mobility Training program in Fayetteville, North Carolina, to produce a training regimen for U.S. troops who use the Christini AWD bike. The program was designed to train riders to operate deep within enemy territory, far away from roads or other infrastructure. This ride isn’t just for military applications either – police, park rangers and first responders will find it a useful addition to their motor pools and it can also serve as a viable option to traditional ATV/UTV-type vehicles used in hunting pursuits.

Continue reading for my review of the Christini AWD 450 Military Edition.

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2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro / Pike's Peak

2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro / Pike’s Peak

Two new members arrive in the Ducati Multistrada 1200 stable for 2016: the Enduro and the Pike’s Peak. Breaking with tradition, Ducati jumps with both feet into the adventure market with a tried-and-true Multistrada base and gives us a truly off-road-capable performance machine in the Enduro and a nod to hill-climb racing success with the Pike’s Peak.

They might have the same DVT engine and the same basic chassis, but with so many updates and upgrades, these two 1200s are really in their own class. In short, these aren’t your dad’s Multistrada.

Continue reading for my review of the Ducati Multistrada 1200 Endure and Multistrada 1200 Pike’s Peak.

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2015 - 2016 BMW G 650 GS

2015 - 2016 BMW G 650 GS

Fun. That’s a word I keep hearing over and over again when folks talk about the G 650 GS from BMW. Made-over in 2010 for the 2011 MY, this member of BMW’s 2016 adventure stable is at home on back roads and easy off-road terrain. This single-cylinder enduro ride has a gutsy little engine and suspension to match whether you’re on-road or tearing up the dirt.

Continue reading for my review of the BMW G 650 GS.

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2015 Beta RR 430 4T Racing

2015 Beta RR 430 4T Racing

After great success for the Beta RR Enduro Racing bike on racetracks in 2014, with it snatching the top two positions in the World Enduro Championship, EJ class, with Danny McCanney and Giacomo Redondi, and third place in the E2 class with Johnny Aubert, as well as first place in the World Indoor Enduro Championship, EJ class, with Giacomo Redondi, the Tuscan manufacturer has produced a limited run of "race-ready" Enduro bikes. The RR Racing bikes derive directly from the bikes used by the official riders during the challenging World Championships and are aimed at riders seeking maximum performance even in the most extreme racing conditions. The RR Enduro Racing MY 2015 will be available with the following engine sizes: 250 - 300 2T and 350 - 430 - 480 4T.

Continue reading for more information on the 2015 Beta RR 430 4T Racing.

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2015 Beta RR 350 4T Racing

2015 Beta RR 350 4T Racing

After great success for the Beta RR Enduro Racing bike on racetracks in 2014, with it snatching the top two positions in the World Enduro Championship, EJ class, with Danny McCanney and Giacomo Redondi, and third place in the E2 class with Johnny Aubert, as well as first place in the World Indoor Enduro Championship, EJ class, with Giacomo Redondi, the Tuscan manufacturer has produced a limited run of "race-ready" Enduro bikes. The RR Racing bikes derive directly from the bikes used by the official riders during the challenging World Championships and are aimed at riders seeking maximum performance even in the most extreme racing conditions. The RR Enduro Racing MY 2015 will be available with the following engine sizes: 250 - 300 2T and 350 - 430 - 480 4T.

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2016 Husqvarna FE 450 / FE 501 / FE 501 S

2016 Husqvarna FE 450 / FE 501 / FE 501 S

For 2016, Husqvarna brings back the FE 450 and FE 501 along with its street-legal brother, the FE 501 S, with improvements and enhancements — some of which come from the benefit of sharing the R&D field with KTM. Revised front-end geometry improves handling and lots of weight-reduction changes — while each one not very significant, but they add up to a weight savings in total.

New brakes, an updated DDS clutch, and an engine and suspension tuned for enduro use make the FE 450 and FE 501 a winning pair off-road. With a standard map switch, you can match engine mapping to the terrain, conditions and your riding style.

Continue reading for my review of the 2015 Husqvarna FE 450, FE 501 and FE 501 S.

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2015 KTM 450 EXC SIX DAYS

2015 KTM 450 EXC SIX DAYS

Overview
Rock-Hard
The 450 EXC Six Days is "READY TO RACE " for the world’s largest enduro competition, the "International Six Days Enduro". Six days in succession, over a thousand offroad kilometres, 40 hours in the saddle - a gruelling test, not only for the rider. A whole package of high-quality special options makes the KTM 450 EXC Six Days fit for this ruthless contest, in which more than half the starters bank on KTM every year. No other brand is anywhere near as strong and (...)

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2015 KTM 350 EXC-F SIX DAYS

2015 KTM 350 EXC-F SIX DAYS

Overview
Legendary
The 350 EXC-F Six Days is "READY TO RACE" for the world’s largest enduro competition, the "International Six Days Enduro". Six days in succession, over a thousand offroad kilometres, 40 hours in the saddle - a gruelling test, not only for the rider. A whole package of high-quality special options makes the 350 EXC-F Six Days fit for this ruthless contest, in which more than half the starters bank on KTM every year. No other brand is anywhere near as strong and successful (...)

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2015 Beta RR 2T 300

2015 Beta RR 2T 300

Overview
The Beta RR Enduro project continues to grow and improve, boosted by successes on the racetracks and by the great commitment of the technical and R&D departments in Rignano sull’Arno. The RR Enduro 2015 models are lighter and more agile, and their great power and torque are more easily controlled. They are the ideal bikes for enthusiasts and the winning solution for victory-hungry racers.
The RR Enduro 2T 2015 range has also evolved, the 250 version featuring certain technical (...)

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2015 Beta RR 2T 250

2015 Beta RR 2T 250

Overview
The Beta RR Enduro project continues to grow and improve, boosted by successes on the racetracks and by the great commitment of the technical and R&D departments in Rignano sull’Arno. The RR Enduro 2015 models are lighter and more agile, and their great power and torque are more easily controlled. They are the ideal bikes for enthusiasts and the winning solution for victory-hungry racers.
The RR Enduro 2T 2015 range has also evolved, the 250 version featuring certain technical (...)

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2015 KTM Freeride E-XC

2015 KTM Freeride E-XC

Limitless possibilities! The KTM FREERIDE E is an almost silent off-road motorcycle that is exceptionally easy to ride. Lightweight, agile and powerful.

No clutch, no shifting, just serious electric- powered fun. With a rated output of 11 kW (homologated) the KTM FREERIDE E-XC also meets all requirements for a READY TO RACE start by the age of 16 (A1 - european driver’s licence).

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2015 Yamaha WR450F

2015 Yamaha WR450F

The latest WR450F from Yamaha comes with a wide range of advanced engine and chassis technology that’s designed to deliver winning performance on the track and all-round versatility on the trail.

At the heart of this remarkably capable enduro bike is a gutsy and reliable 450cc 5-valve engine which is renowned for its strong and useable power. We’ve equipped this legendary powerplant with an advanced fuel injection system for even more stable and responsive performance. The chassis also gets a serious upgrade, and the latest WR450F now runs with a compact 250-class bilateral beam frame for quicker turning and enhanced agility.

Continue reading for more information on the Yamaha WR450F.

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2015 KTM 500 EXC SIX DAYS

2015 KTM 500 EXC SIX DAYS

The 500 EXC Six Days is "READY TO RACE " for the world’s largest enduro competition, the "International Six Days Enduro". Six days in succession, over a thousand offroad kilometres, 40 hours in the saddle - a gruelling test, not only for the rider. A whole package of high-quality special options makes the KTM 500 EXC Six Days fit for this ruthless contest, in which more than half the starters bank on KTM every year. No other brand is anywhere near as strong and successful in offroad sport.

In 2013 the fastest rider overall was once again on a KTM. The Six Days will take place in Argentina in 2014 and the KTM model range has been updated accordingly to be equipped for everything that the South American terrain has to offer. In the form of the new Six Days models, KTM offers well-proven, robust machines that fully satisfy the high demands of this extraordinarily tough competition.

Continue reading for more information on the KTM 500 EXC SIX DAYS.

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2015 KTM 690 Enduro R

2015 KTM 690 Enduro R

Powerful engine, cool look, fantastic chassis set-up and optimum ergonomics - the KTM 690 Enduro R unites outstanding offroad qualities with unbeatable all-round ability - plus a shape radically optimised. It feels just as at home in the city and on rural roads as it does on gravel and tough terrain. The even more advanced single-cylinder combines the classic Enduro concept with state-of-the-art technology and sporty all-round ability with suitability for everyday use. Perfect workmanship and impressive details reflect the typical KTM philosophy.

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2015 KTM 250 XC

2015 KTM 250 XC

Unbeatable power-to-weight ratio, low maintenance costs and high-performance make the 250 XC an unrivaled machine for extremely tough cross-country rides. The state-of-the-art engine is activated effortlessly with an electric starter and has been regarded for years as the most successful two-stroke power unit on the market.

Best-in-class, enduro-specific performance, a redesigned reed valve housing, the perfectly designed six-speed transmission and the further refined DDS clutch send the engine to the very top of its class.

Continue reading for more information on the KTM 250 XC.

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