Photography by Jeff Allen The Yamaha YZ450F is the bike that started this whole modern four-stroke reinvention back in 1998, when it was introduced as a 400. So, basically, the YZ-F is the “vet” of this class. Target upgrades for 2008 were bettering cornering though lighter-feeling handling and improved throttle response to ensure power was [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
10 Top Motocrossers: 2008 Yamaha YZ450F Yamaha’s 2008 YZ450F, the ‘vet’ of the Vet class, shows what’s kept it on top.
Photography by Brian Blades Eco-awareness is at an all-time high. It seems like everywhere you look there are new alternatives to the internal-combustion engine popping up everywhere. One of the latest two-wheeled examples is the Zero X electric dirtbike, and I got a chance to ride one to get a taste of at least one [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Chris Cantle and Honda The Honda CRF450R has been Cycle World’s pick for Best Motocrosser in our annual Ten Best balloting since the model’s introduction in 2002. That winning streak is even more remarkable given that the bike has remained basically the same since its intro seven years ago. In that time, the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
First Ride: 2009 BMW G450X BMW’s new G450X enduro gets put to the test by Cycle World’s dirt editor.
The 2009 BMW G450X isn’t a tourer or a sensible commuter. We’ve watched the Bavarian company as it’s worked hard to change its image from that of a stodgy builder of tourers and commuters to a producer of a more fleshed-out lineup that includes high-performance machinery like the 2008 HP2 Sport and 2008 Megamoto. But [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
With its simple internal-combustion engine hung in a lightweight steel frame surrounded by recyclable plastic bodywork, the CRF treads lightly on Ma Earth–to say nothing of our cities’ crumbling infrastructures or overcrowded parking spaces. And it does all this while costing one-fifth of what a Prius does and returning almost 100 miles per gallon! That’s [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Let’s face it: Not everyone buys a motocross bike to be a champion. Working-class folk ride mostly for fun. Suzuki is hip, and its goal when redesigning the RM-Z450 was to create a balance between ultimate performance and fun weekend riding. That’s one of the reasons Suzuki’s engineers equipped the new 450 with electronic fuel-injection [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Jeff Allen Over the past two years, the rumor mill has been pumping out a generous portion of hot air regarding fuel-injected dirtbikes, though the reality has been the continued use of carburetors. And from what we can gather at press time, the majority of manufacturers—except for Suzuki and its newly EFI’d RM-Z450—will [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
“This thing rocks!” That’s what I kept thinking during my first few miles aboard the 2008 KLX450R, Kawasaki’s all-new competition-minded enduro bike. I was completely surprised by the bike’s stellar performance as I carved up the first sandwash just outside of Wickenburg, Arizona, at the bike’s press launch. Yes, surprised: I wasn’t expecting the bike [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
BMW is on a roll when it comes to making bikes that would rather eat up rocks than chew miles of pavement. First step was the HP2, which proved BMW was serious about off-road fun. The HP2 is on the massive side for a dirtbike, though, with its twin cylinders sticking out in the breeze [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Weekend warriors, trail riders and enduro racers have two reasons to be happy: Yamaha and Kawasaki have two new off-road machines. Yamaha’s WR450F may not be a completely new model like Kawasaki’s KLX450R but it borrows heavily from the YZ450F motocrosser, with a new frame, new engine and a page-long list of other updated parts [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)