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Two-stroke Fury
When a sandy track is presented to you, a two-stroke is pretty high on the list of bikes you’d choose. The high-revving nature of the beasts make for some serious fun. We spent the afternoon bouncing off sand berms and feeding gears to the 2019 Husqv
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2019 Leatt Gpx 6.5 Goggles
Goggles have come a long way from the humble Oakley O-Frame that graced the gear bags of anyone who threw a leg over a dirt bike in late 90s and early 00s. One of the leading manufacturers of protective equipment, Leatt has recently entered the goggl
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Sidi Srs 3 Boots
Sliding on a new pair of Sidi SRS 3 boots was like popping on my favourite pair of runners. Comfortable, worn-in and perfectly suited to my feet. The Sidi SRS 3 boots arrived a few days before the start of the Amcross series, I planned on wearing the
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Rock Drops
Where possible, try and have a look on the other side of the drop. There may be a particular line you can take early on to ensure a clear landing or a way to ride down the rocks safely. After you’ve checked the landing, have a look for the line to ta
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Box Stock Racer
With little to no news on a solid arrival date for the 2019 Suzuki RM-Z250, this bike has dropped somewhat off buyers’ radars following its launch back in November last year. After eight years of what were only minor changes for the RM-Z250, the 2019
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Moto Podlandia
I listen to podcasts constantly. I’m listening to one right now. I listen to them when I’m riding, mowing the lawn, going to sleep, cooking dinner and pretty much any time I’d rather be thinking about something else rather than what I’m actually doin
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Fun Factory
We’re back again with the 2019 Dirt Action Yamaha WR450F and it can be confirmed that an abundance of fun has been had on the bike since we last checked in! For our first instalment, it was all about getting to know the bike in stock trim following t
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Bike News
Honda’s recent display of the CR Electric prototype has given a strong indication of the Japanese manufacturer’s plans to be ready for an electric future, whenever that may be. The Prototype features a 2018 Honda CRF250R frame which has been modified
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2013 Kawasaki Kx250f
For almost all of the past decade, the KX 250F has been raced into the limelight by Mitch Payton’s Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki team, and over the last few years Kawasaki has made a point of showing the developments made on its race bikes. The
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Tech Corner
The SCOTT Addict RC 10 comes equipped with an HMF Carbon Fiber frame and fork that weigh in at just 860/360g. Throw in a compilation of high end components and you have one extremely strong and light bike that is ready for the mountain stages. The f
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Bang For Buck Benelli
The market for the $10,000 and under adventure motorcycle used to offer-up decent machines that stayed largely unchanged for years. I’m thinking of the KLR650 and DR650 specifically here, but recently there’s been a few new models thrown into the mix
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Todd Waters
Since you’re pretty much always travelling, have you been anywhere interesting since we spoke last, midway through 2018? Surely you’ve chased some waves somewhere exotic! The past 12 months are a bit of a blur. I had to dig out that article we did p
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All That Glitters Is Orange
The 790 occupies an interesting space in the market. Classifying it on CCs shows it’s not really alone with BMW and Triumph both running engine sizes very similar, but the engine will only be a part of the story with the 790 — and not necessarily the
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Dan Milner
Dan Milner is one of the best enduro riders this country has ever produced — there is no question of this. He’s driven by a will to win and to prove any doubters wrong — although how anyone could doubt the guy’s ability is beyond us. He carries the b
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Red Rocket
After the introductory story on the long-term Honda CRF450R last issue, you could say things got a little out of control! This build has turned into a seriously epic beast and we aren’t done yet. From my initial days on the Honda CRF450R, I was compl
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Living The Dream
I’ve had to Google some of the places you been lately because I’d never even heard of them. I’m there and I still don’t know where I am (laughs). At some of the places you sit back and think, wow did I really ride through all that today? It’s not ac
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Series Kick-off
For 2019, the Amcross series is back, and it’s bigger and better! So what’s new? A bunch of stuff. In particular, we are proud to welcome a new naming rights sponsor to the series allowing us to really help grow this series and offer a range of media
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Honda Crf450l
The CRF was the bike most riders professed to be surprised by. It’s fair to say most expected less from it, but to a man everyone came away impressed and keen to see what it was capable of over a longer term. As we’ve described before, the CRF405L is
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High-speed Braking
The very first step to worry about when you need to slow the bike down is choosing when to do so. Choosing the right moment to get off the throttle and on the brakes is critical; if you’re slowing for a corner, it’s the difference between nailing you
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Husqvarna Fe450
One thing that’s got to be made clear here is that the Husky and the Kato feel very little alike. Everyone felt this and while it’s not hard to see why with the linkage and bodywork etc, it’s still surprising to what extent they differ given the base
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Red Rocket
Before last season I hadn’t raced in three years, but I can openly say I have the bug again! The travelling with the family, the fun atmosphere, the feeling of ripping a good start against 40 riders — it’s addictive. So for the 2019 Amcross series I
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Kawasaki Klx450r
We’ve been asked a few times why the KLX450R was included in this shootout and the answer is simple: it’s one of the best big-bore trailbikes of the modern era. Twelve years old and largely unchanged besides graphics, it’s easily the granddaddy of th
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Welcome To The Fleet
It’s official: we now have our very own 2019 Yamaha WR450F here at DIRT ACTION and we’re loving every minute of it. Taking delivery of the all-new enduro weapon from Yamaha Motor Australia HQ right before Christmas, the timing really couldn’t have be
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Ktm 450exc-f
Having been one of the most consistent models of the last 10 years, the Kato always commands respect when it comes to shootouts. For 2019, the 450 EXC-F is as we’d always expect — a narrow bike with open ergos, excellent stock fittings and finish and
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Sherco 450sef Factory
Sherco has two models available with the Racing and Factory both on offer through dealers. As both are equally accessible — the Factory model is not a limited edition — and of course registerable, we allowed it to be the model chosen for the shootout
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Shootout And Whiny Bitches
Holy crap, these things are hard to organise. But every damn time we do one we come away saying the same thing: all these bikes are amazing. Except when the Aprilia was around — then we said all these bikes are amazing… except that Aprilia sack of sh
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Yamaha Wr450f
Yamaha swung for the fences with the 2019 WR450F. The advances on the previous model are clear, with a massive improvement made in stock engine mapping that produces far more useable power and calms what was an angry and largely pointless output that
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Bike News
KTM’s 2019 450 SX-F Factory Edition has been revealed, with the latest model featuring a host of upgrades over the standard model. Produced in limited quantities, the 2019 Factory Edition features an orange frame, factory Selle Dalla Valle seat and e
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