38 OFF-ROAD TWO-STROKE
There are more two-strokes available today
than there have been in over a decade. The
Yamaha YZ250X and KTM 250XCX-W present the most dramatic choices of the new
46 BETA 430RR RACE EDITION
All of Beta’s standard four-strokes are presented as dual-sport bikes for 2017. For
purists, however, there’s a limited run of
full-fledged off-road bikes called the “Race
54 KTM DUAL-SPORT SHOOTOUT
After what seemed like an eternal delay, the
new KTM dual-sport bikes are finally here. The
problem is, there are three to choose from.
We ride the 250, 350 and 500 back to back.
64 EXTREME HUSKY
The “Hapavarna” is a 2017 Husqvarna
TX300 built for one race and one race only.
We get to ride the bike before it’s swallowed
whole by the Last Dog Standing extreme
72 KTM FACTORY EDITIONS
Once a year KTM opens the doors to its race
shop and allows a few Factory Editions to
escape. If you’re standing in the right place
at the right time, you might take one home.
80 HUSQVARNA 701 RALLY
Years ago the Dakar Rally was limited to
motorcycles no larger than 450cc. That
doesn’t keep the rest of us from building and
riding rally bikes that are much, much faster.
86 THE GOODS
Each month we take a slice of the immense
adventure bike universe and present it on a
single, world-crossing page. You’re welcome.
88 KTM 250SX
Longer power and better legs
Sand is like nothing else in the dirt family.
It’s not solid and it’s not liquid. Likewise, bike
prep and riding technique for sand are a
study in itself.
DIRT BIKE /MAY / VOLUME 47/ NO. 5
WARNING: Much of the action depicted in this magazine is potentially
dangerous. Virtually all of the riders seen in our photos are experienced
experts or professionals. Do not attempt to duplicate any stunts that
are beyond your own capabilities. Always wear the appropriate safety
gear. Dirt Bike does all of its testing and photography legally on public
land, or private land with permission from the owner(s), and we abide by
the local laws concerning vehicle registration and muffler/spark arrester
requirements. We are not responsible for quality of aftermarket accessories we use.
ON THE COVER: The two-stroke golden age
isn’t over, it’s just getting started. Photo: Ron
ON THIS PAGE: Ty Cullins helps test the Beta
430RR Race Edition. Photo: T. Webb