F-ROAD SHOOTOUT DB
THE BOTTOM LINE
In the battle between 300 two-strokes, there’s a
larger war that rages in the background. You first
have to win over the four-stroke buyers who have
dominated the market recently. But that’s getting
easier. First there’s the fact that two-strokes are so
darn good, despite getting less than their share of
development money in recent years. Yes, four-strokes are better on motocross tracks right now.
No contest. But in low-speed, tight, ugly off-road
races, the 300 two-stroke still rules. And cost of
ownership tips the scale even further.
Once you’ve made the easy case for the 300
two-stroke, it’s tough to argue with the KTM’s electric start. That alone makes it the most desirable
off-road bike in America and is the reason that it
will outsell the other two bikes in this group by
thousands of units. But still, we were amazed at
how close these three bikes are in sheer ability. We
Husqvarna is back on the map in a
big way. The WR300 is fast, affordable and effective.
KTM kept the two-stroke banner flying
when other manufacturers had given
up. The result is the 2009 300XC, one of
the best sellers in the KTM line.
The Gas Gas 300 is a compact,
agile bike with more sheer
ability than anyone might expect.