Vintage MX: 1971 Hodaka Super Rat

Vintage MX Motorcycles

For the legion of teenage motocrossers across America that were spurred on by Bruce Brown's legendary 1971 documentary, "On Any Sunday," to fall in love with motorcycles and motocross, there was a ready-made off-road machine that became ubiquitous with the MX scene in this country: The Hodaka Super Rat.

Vintage Motocross: 1974 Yamaha YZ360

Vintage MX Motorcycles

In 1974 I was in high school, deeply embedded in my obsession with the budding sport of motocross. I was the happy owner of a 1973 Honda Elsinore but, as with all riders, was constantly aware of - and in some cases desirous - of other machines.

2011 Kawasaki KX250F | Motocross Review

2011 KX250F Review

One could argue that the development of motocross bikes in the '00s proceeded at a less-than-rapid pace. Certainly, the bikes showed improvements, but we did not see the developmental leaps that we saw from the riders themselves, who continued to be quite innovative-Bubba Scrub, anyone?

2010 Yamaha YZ450F | Motocross Test

Yamaha YZF-450

The history of motocross is one replete with revolutionary designs, followed by consolidation and refinement of the dramatic motorcycle advances.

1991 Honda CR500R | Custom Off-Road Motorcycle

Honda CR500R Custom

After building my first custom bike at age 14, a 1972 Yamaha GT80 with 1979 Kawasaki KX80 front forks and shocks which turned out remarkably well, I had the itch to build motorcycles.                                               

2010 Kawasaki KLX110 Review: Youth Off-Road Motorcycle

Youth Dirt Bike

When we last tested the Kawasaki KLX110 dirt bike, we came away impressed by its durability and capabilities, but less than satisfied with its features. At the top of the to-do list we sent to Kawasaki was the addition of an electric starter and the implementation of fourth gear (it was in the transmission of the old three-speed, but locked out).

Alpinestars Tech 10 Review | Motocross Boots Test

Tech 10 Review

After a good badgering by the salesman, I walked out of the dealership with a new pair of the-more-than-I-wanted-pay Alpinestars Tech 8 motocross boots. He convinced me that these were the best moto boots on the market, and that if I cared at all about my feet, these are the boots I needed.

2009 Kawasaki KLX110 Review: Off-Road Motorcycle Test

Monster Looks For New Riders.

Despite the undocumented risk that CPSC sees that motorcycles are toys (they most certainly are not) and that children will try to eat them (they aren’t that tasty, even with green sauce), the Kawasaki KLX110 is an outstanding mount for the up-and-coming young motorcyclist.

2009 KTM 250 XC-F | Motorcycle Test

Off-Road Racer, Supercrosser.

One might not expect a supercross-based bike to make a great woods machine, but KTM has pulled that trick off with the 250 XC-F. Utilizing KTM’s outstanding SX-F chassis and DOHC, 4-valve, e-start motor, the XC-F works as both a single-track race bike, as well as a high-end trail bike.

Quantya electric motorcycle

2008 Quantya FMX Electric Motorcycle Review

Swiss Electric Motorcycle

Yes, it's the 21st century, but the notion of a high-performance electric dirt bike that could be as much fun to ride as, and possibly competitive with, a petrol-powered dirt bike seems to be about as real as the Tooth Fairy. I can't imagine being able to dice with a buddy on the MX track, and be able to have a conversation with him at the same time.

Costa Rica Adventure | Motorcycle Adventure

Freedom. It is the spirit that drives us to ride motorcycles, and we attain that feeling in ways as diverse as our choice of machines. Of course, freedom in highly organized societies can become a relative thing. Unless we are riding entirely on private property (and sometimes even then), we are restricted by laws governing our sport. Those on custom cruisers are limited by equipment regulations, sport riders by speed limits and off-roaders by land use restrictions.

2008 Yamaha WR250R and WR250X | Motorcycle Test

Science historian James Burke's 1985 BBC-TV documentary series, "The Day The Universe Changed", documented key moments in the development of science and technology, and their effects on our perception of the world. Had Burke issued an episode tracking pivotal points in motorcycling in the United States, the day the Yamaha DT-1 250cc Enduro was introduced 40 years ago certainly would have qualified.

2008 Kawasaki KLX450R | Off-Road Motorcycle Review

Manufacturers generally select premium locations and luxury accommodations when it comes time to introduce their newest addition to their line. We may travel to Monza in Italy, the Baviaanskloof in South Africa, the rain forest of Costa Rica, which is all well and good. Imagine my surprise when Kawasaki took me to the mile marker 11.5 on desolate Arizona state highway 74 in the Sonora Desert, up against the foothills of the Hieroglyphic Mountains. There, circled well-worn travel trailers awaited, which would be home for the duration.

MotoVentures | Motorcycle Adventure

Looking to spend a couple of days playing in the dirt? Well, look no further than MotoVentures. Located just 30 minutes from Temecula, Calif., owner Gary La Plante has 300 acres of private land for you to indulge in everything from Trials to Motocross, as well as taking an extended tour on the dual-sport motorcycle of your choice.

2006 KTM 300 XC-W Review | Two-Stroke Test

Off-road riders who cut their teeth on dirt bikes in the mid-1960s have borne witness to the rise and fall from favor of the two-stroke. From Joel Robert's first FIM motocross championship in 1964 on a CZ to Suzuki-mounted Ricky Carmichael's AMA Supercross title in 2005, two-strokes ruled the premium series, earning their dominance the hard way—going head-to-head with the reignin thumpers of the era until they developed enough sophistication to be superior performers.