Off-Road Motorcycle Reviews

Dirtbikes (also trail bikes) are off-road motorcycles that are lightweight and feature rugged suspension and knobby tires to get traction off the pavement. MX stands for motocross, the sport of all-terrain racing on outdoor circuits. Motocross is a contraction of “motorcycle” and “cross country.” The long-travel suspension on MX bikes enables incredible speed over even harsh off-road conditions and massive triple-jumps. Supercross is a variation of motocross that is raced on indoor or stadium circuits. SX got its name from an original event in Los Angeles during the 1970s that was called “the Superbowl of Motocross.”

2012 Husqvarna Lineup Review

Husqvarna has been playing in the off-road shadows since its heyday in the late 1960s and early ’70s. But now the historic brand is making great strides in producing motorcycles that are competitive with its contemporary rivals. Best of 2011 Awards

The motorcycles that have made their way to dealerships in the last 12 months have been category-crushing and stunningly well developed. After riding everything this year, here’s our selections of the best motorcycles of 2011.

2011 Husqvarna TXC i250F Review

Husqvarna created the TXC i250F to address the needs of cross-country racers by combining parts of the TC motocross line with the TE enduro line. But does this off-road racer work?

2012 KTM 350 XCF-W Review

Who knew? We certainly didn’t expect to like KTM’s new mid-sized enduro thumper as much as we did, but Austria’s newest off-road motorcycle won our hearts at Wyoming’s Inyan Kara National Enduro.

2012 Kawasaki KX450F Review - First Impressions

We like the 2012 Kawasaki KX450F better than the 2011 model because it feels more compact and aggressive. Not to worry – it’s still got that awesome KX450F power that will make everybody on the motocross track or off-road motorcycle trail Green with envy.

2011 Kawasaki KX450F Review

Kawasaki may have softened the KX450F for 2011, but it’s still one powerful motorcycle. Put the KX450F on a track with power-sapping uphills and long straights, and it becomes a very effective trophy-gathering tool.

2011 Husqvarna TE 449 Preview

BMW and Husqvarna joined forces to produce the most race-able dual-sport bike ever. Here’s a quick pre-ride peek at this all-new machine!

2011 Kawasaki KX250F Review

We were impressed with the Kawasaki KX250F at the press launch this past summer. We finally got a chance to spend time with Kawi’s motocrosser in the real world, and came away even more stoked! So far it’s at the top of our list for 250F of the year.

2011 Honda CRF250R Review

Careful refinement to Honda’s CRF250R has created what might be the best universal dirt bike of 2011. It’s revvy, feels light and small and is never, ever intimidating. Everyone who rode this versatile off-road machine raved about how easy it was to ride.

2011 Husaberg FX450 Review

Husaberg attacks the multi-purpose off-road racing market with an effective but unusual enduro/motocross hybrid. Best of 2010 Awards

Now in its second year, our Best of awards selections process gives us the chance to reflect on the year that was. And for 2010, the spotlights were generally shining on European manufacturers.

2011 Kawasaki KX450F Review - First Impressions

It looks like the KX450F is another model in a line of Kawasaki motocross bikes that is going to kick some wholesale booty. And since the Honda CRF450F and Yamaha YZ450F are in a state of suspended animation for 2011, sales should be strong.

2010 Husaberg FE570 Review

Husaberg has always been on the leading edge of four-stroke technology. The 2010 FE570 takes it to the extreme.

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