The Best Enduro Motorcycles & Dirtbikes For 2021

We, as riders, all have our favorite types of motorcycles to ride. For some, it’s tucked down low over a fuel tank, screaming down the front straight of the local track. For others, it’s the shaking rumble below and in front of them as they devour the miles cruising down the open road. For others, it’s all in the enjoyment of small, nimble motorcycles that can be a great distraction from the stresses of life in an empty parking lot on the weekends.

However, one of the most common types of motorcycles that many riders around the world ride are off-roaders. The types and varieties of off-road bikes are mind-boggling, and range from high-performance motocross and supercross bikes, to mile-munching endurance adventure bikes, to balanced in-between enduro style bikes. What matters, however, is that all of them are ready to get dirty and have some fun in the mud.

For this list, we’re going to be looking at some of the best off-road bikes you can buy, either new models or continuing models, in 2021. A special note here is that while many adventure bikes are road tourers that are touted as being able to handle “light off-road use,” any that we mention below are the ones that have a proven record of being proper off-road bikes.

Best Motocross 2-Stroke: 2021 Husqvarna TC125 MX

2021 Husqvarna TC125 MX

The 125cc two-stroke motocross class is one of, if not the, most popular class in dirt circuit competition. It is only fitting, then, that having a bike designed to tackle pretty much any banked corner, whoop, or tabletop is paramount. Husqvarna (owned by KTM) has the TC125 MX, just such a bike.

A high-revving, low-weight (just 38 lbs!) 125cc single chucks out a hell of a lot of torque and more than decent horsepower. Mounted in a chrome-moly steel frame, with a carbon fiber rear subframe, the entire bike weighs just 192 lbs dry, with an 8L fuel tank. With a Brembo wet multi-disc hydraulic clutch and Brembo brakes both front and rear, with WP competition suspension, and a 38mm flat slide Mikuni TMX carburetor, the TC125 MX doesn’t play around.

This is a serious competition bike, for everything from practicing at the local dirt track, to flying across the finish line at the World Championships, and everything in between.

Best Supercross 4-Stroke: 2021 Kawasaki KX450

2021 Kawasaki KX450

The 2021 Kawasaki KX 450 is pretty much in a league of its own in the world of supercross. Kawasaki has more wins and has had more championship riders on their 450’s than any other manufacturer since the 450SX class was introduced, and if that isn’t telling enough, then the fact that they come pretty much from the factory ready to race is another huge point.

The 449cc four-stroke single is liquid-cooled, and chucks out a beefy 33 lb-ft of torque and about 53 HP, for a bike that weighs 246 lbs wet. A rough and ready 5-speed transmission gets the bike motivated, and the 21-inch front, 18 inch rear wheels ensure performance and handling. As well, being the “non-competition” version of the bike, it has an electric starter. And that, really, is the only difference at first bluish from the actual 450SX bike.

Best Trail: 2021 Yamaha TT-R230

2021 Yamaha TT-R230

For years now, Yamaha has been known as one of the best sportbike makers from Japan. However, they also develop and produce some of the best non-competition off-road bikes specifically designed to make trail riding as enjoyable as possible. The 2021 TT-R230 is just one such bike, sharing a lot of its DNA with its YZ250F competition motocross cousin.

What makes the Yamaha the best is that it has a superb engine derived from the 249cc competition four-stroke in the aforementioned YZ250F. Coming in at 223cc, it has two valves, a single overhead cam, four-strokes, and provides just about 14 lb-ft of very linear torque at any point in the rev range. Basically, it follows the “keep it stupidly simple” philosophy while also touting fuel injection, reliability, and a nearly bulletproof reputation on the track.

Additionally, being only 250 lbs wet, and coming in at less than $5,000 USD, it is extremely easy to ride, will tackle pretty much any trail, and has a large 2.1-gallon fuel tank for all-day fun.

Best Large Displacement Enduro: 2021 Honda CRF450RX

2021 Honda CRF450RX

The 2021 Honda CRF450RX was heavily reworked over the 2020 model, to the point that it can be considered an entirely new evolution. A new frame, moving to a hydraulic clutch, steering and suspension geometry worked on with HRC (Honda Racing Corporation), and a reworked engine management system makes it the superior large displacement enduro for this year.

Part of that engine rework on the 449cc single is a decompression system at very low revs that works to prevent engine stalls when you are rock crawling or using engine braking to assist with a steep downhill. The hydraulic clutch also helps widen the torque and power bands, giving a rider the down low, on-demand torque they want to clear hill lips and larger obstacles.

Best Small Displacement Enduro: 2021 KTM 250 XC-F

2021 KTM 250 XC-F

It is quite well known that KTM is one of the best manufacturers of off-road machinery in general, and the 2021 KTM 250 XC-F upholds that reputation. While not being the biggest enduro, or the most powerful, what it does have going for it is a superb combination of both lightness and maximized power.

With the 249cc four-stroke single, the engine management system allows on-the-fly map switching through a handlebar switch. This allows for multiple maps for different situations to be programmed, for example, a high-torque, low-HP map for hill climbing, and a balanced map for flat surface riding. The fact it also comes with WP shocks, competition brakes, and a Brembo hydraulic clutch attached to a 6-speed transmission only makes the nearly $10,000 USD asking price worthwhile.

As more than one reviewer that has ridden the bike has commented, it has the lightness of a 250 class enduro, with torque and power that feels well beyond its 250cc engine.

Best High Displacement Off-Road ADV: 2021 KTM 890 Adventure

2021 KTM 890 Adventure

KTM, for many years, dominated the off-road-capable ADV world with the 790 Adventure, a bike that had everything you needed, and a few things you didn’t know you needed, to be able to cruise both on and off the road. So what did they do for 2021? Gave it a bigger engine, mostly, giving riders the 2021 KTM 890 Adventure.

However, what an engine it is! 889ccs, four-stroke, 8 valves, parallel-twin. 105 HP and 73 lb-ft of torque. It also has a totally reprofiled crank, different springs, redesigned valves, and a better intake system, allowing for the bump in displacement to be outpaced by the bump in performance the bike gains. As well, the engine is now included in the frame as a stress-bearing member of the bike, giving instant throttle response and linear, but not overpowering, torque on demand.

Best Low Displacement Off-Road ADV: 2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan

2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan

As much as they are scoffed at, Royal Enfield has really been turning itself around from being a “built cheap, cheap to buy” brand to “inexpensive and impressively well built.” Nothing really demonstrates that quite as much as the little 2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan, a street-smart ADV that will just keep chugging along when the road ends.

Introduced in 2017 to the North American market, demand for the bike made it Royal Enfield’s best-seller year over year. This is keeping in mind that every other Royal Enfield model in the US and Canada are street-only bikes, often with a 500cc or 650cc parallel-twin engine. Yet the Himalayan, with its 411cc, four-stroke, fuel-injected single puts out about 26 HP and just about 26 lb-ft of torque, in a bike that weighs 440 lbs wet. What that little single can do, however, is what sells the bikes.

You will most often hear the Himalayan referred to as “the little tractor,” and it summarizes it in 3 words. It doesn’t give up when going up hills, it can haul an amazing amount of weight in panniers or saddlebags, it has front and rear ABS, and, most importantly for 2021, has a rear-ABS-off switch that doesn’t just disable some functionality. When you hit that switch, the rear ABS is off, which is important when off-road to be able to slide the rear wheel out for tight, technical paths through off-road terrain.

a front right view of spy shots taken of a new KTM machine

Of note, this was an extremely close decision between the Himalayan and the BMW 310 GS. What eventually won was that the Royal Enfield offered similar power and torque numbers, but crucially had the full ABS disable for the rear wheel, as BMW’s “ABS off” still keeps it partially on, making rear-lock slide turns very difficult.

Best Junior Bike: 2021 Kawasaki KLX 110R/110R L

2021 Kawasaki KLX 110R/110R L

What do you get when one of the winningest supercross and motocross manufacturers in history designs an all-around dirt bike, that can also handle a few jumps here and there, for older kids and young teens to learn on? You get the 2021 Kawasaki KLX 110R. 112cc of four-stroke fun gives the young rider 7 HP and 6 lb-ft of torque to play around with, which for a 168 lbs bike with maybe another 100 lbs sitting on the seat is quite a bit of grunt. It’s small, but it’s one of the most formidable machines in the 2021 Kawasaki line-up.

The biggest thing is that there is a lateral model, the 110R L. They share the same frame, engine, throttle, but the 110R has a centrifugal clutch automatic, and the 110R L has a proper, left-hand, hydraulically actuated clutch with a four-speed transmission attached. The clutch on both is a wet clutch as well, giving a lot more leniency in shifting than a dry system, allowing the younger rider to learn the feel of shifting at the right revs, something important when you can’t afford to look down at the bike when you’re leaping tabletops later on in your dirt career.

Best Dual-Sport: 2021 Suzuki DR-Z400S

2021 Suzuki DR-Z400S

When you look up the term “bulletproof” in the dictionary, you will quite possibly find a picture of the 2021 Suzuki DR-ZX400S next to the definition. This is mostly because it has been produced since cavemen grunted at each other about the bike, and its 398cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke single can quite literally be hit with a sledgehammer and will keep running smoothly.

With 39 HP and 29 lb-ft of torque, this venerable beast will get even the tallest and largest of riders moving on the road, and with a foot of ground clearance, will also be able to carry them over obstacles on trails. It’s that suspension that also gives the DR-Z400S its road manners, known quite well among riders as one of the most agile dual-sports ever made.

These road manners are so well known that, in fact, Suzuki also makes a road-only supermoto version of the bike known as the DR-Z400SM. That version comes with stiffer suspension, more aggressive gearing, and 17-inch wheels and tires for sliding the tail around to your heart’s content!

Best Electric: (Tie) 2021 KTM Freeride E-XC & 2021 Zero FX

2021 KTM Freeride E-XC

2021 KTM Freeride E-XC

KTM, as mentioned before in this article, is known as one of the best off-road manufacturers, and they are also quietly pioneering in a few areas. The 2021 KTM Freeride E-XC is the first electric off-road motorcycle specifically developed for competition, either in Rally-E or Motocross-E. The electric motor in the bike is roughly equivalent to a 125cc engine, with a nominal 24 HP at maximum output, and 18 HP as its cruising output.

With a 3.9 kWh lithium-ion battery, enough juice is on board for a good two or so hours of cross-country riding, or about 45 minutes of hard riding, as in motocross or pure hill climbing. Racing suspension, a quick charge system that can use anything from 110 to 240 Volts, and for 2021, Formula brand brakes have been fitted to give the bike even more stopping power.

2021 Zero FX

2021 Zero FX

Zero is one of the few manufacturers that make only electric bikes, instead of producing both electric and gas-powered variants. As such, they focused their specifications for a dual-sport bike that could transition pavement to dirt without needing any changes in settings. The 2021 FX is pretty much the ultimate distillation of what Zero can put into the dual-sport.

The performance of the FX is nothing to scoff at, despite it being the lowest rung on the Zero bikes ladder. It produces 78 lb-ft of torque from 1 RPM upwards and weighs only 247 lbs if you opt for the 3.9 kWh model. If you go with the 7.2 kWh model, you’ll still be riding a bike that only weighs 289 lbs. With a max speed of 85 MPH, and torque absolutely and completely everywhere on the clutchless direct-drive motor with just one speed, this is a dual-sport that you can ride to the trail, thrash the trail, and then ride home with a grin under your mud-caked helmet.


2022 Asia Talent Cup selection shortlist to include 11 Aussies

2022 Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup

Over 400 riders from 22 countries applied for an opportunity to earn a spot in the 2022 Asia Talent Cup, with the championship now revealing the rider shortlist, as well as the planned selection event.

Asia Talent Cup

Applications were analysed by the Selection Committee and 100 riders from 10 countries have been invited to the 2022 Selection Event. Comprising six female candidates and 94 male, they hail from Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam.

11 riders from Australia were selected, including Taiyo Aksu, Varis Fleming, Angus Grenfell, William Hunt, Toby James, Ryan Larkin, Jayden Martin, Jai Russo, Levi Russo, Cameron Swain and Jordan White.

Asia Talent Cup ATC Rnd Malaysia Pits DSC
Asia Talent Cup

Subject to the evolution of the pandemic and approval from the necessary authorities, the Selection Event is set to take place on the 26th and 27th of October at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.

There, the shortlisted riders must demonstrate their skills and riding ability around Sepang Karting Circuit. The Selection Committee will then meet to analyse all the data and determine the final riders chosen to participate in the 2022 Cup, as well as a list of reserve riders.

Asia Talent Cup ATC Rnd Malaysia Harrison Voight ZA
Asia Talent Cup

The shortlist of candidates who are invited to the Selection Event can be found attached below. Riders attending the event will be required to comply with the health protocols in place in order to attend.

Each candidate will get an e-mail explaining these, and is urged to read the information carefully and make sure to comply with each deadline.

2022 Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup selection list

Name Surname Age Nat. Gender
Taiyo Aksu 14 AUSTRALIA M
Varis Fleming 14 AUSTRALIA M
Angus Grenfell 14 AUSTRALIA M
William Hunt 11 AUSTRALIA M
Toby James 13 AUSTRALIA M
Ryan Larkin 14 AUSTRALIA M
Jayden Martin 13 AUSTRALIA M
Jai Russo 14 AUSTRALIA M
Levi Russo 13 AUSTRALIA M
Cameron Swain 12 AUSTRALIA M
Jordan White 15 AUSTRALIA M
Shyam Babu 17 INDIA M
Sarthak Chavan 14 INDIA M
Rakshith Dave 12 INDIA M
Rakshitha Dave 12 INDIA F
Geoffrey Emmanuel 16 INDIA M
Kavin Quintal 16 INDIA M
Varoon S 18 INDIA M
Hendri Yansah 12 INDONESIA M
Muhamad Zachry Akbar 13 INDONESIA M
Decksa Almer Alfarezel 13 INDONESIA M
Aurellia Anjani Permata Wangi 14 INDONESIA F
Bintang Arya Siswanto 16 INDONESIA M
Davin Christian Putera 13 INDONESIA M
Muhammad Diandra Trihardika 13 INDONESIA M
Arai Agaska Dibani Laksana 13 INDONESIA M
Adiyatma Dinis Putra 15 INDONESIA M
Veda Ega Pratama 12 INDONESIA M
Mohammad Firdaus 15 INDONESIA M
Chessy Meilandri 12 INDONESIA M
Aurellia Anjanie Permata Wangi 14 INDONESIA F
Alfa Reza Abqori 14 INDONESIA M
Aan Riswanto 15 INDONESIA M
Muhammad Syauqi 14 INDONESIA M
Rendy Triyugo 12 INDONESIA M
Bayu Widhana 14 INDONESIA M
Kevin Xavier 16 INDONESIA M
Reykat Yusuf Fadilah 13 INDONESIA M
Shinya Ezawa 15 JAPAN M
Raiku Hasegawa 12 JAPAN M
Sota Horii 16 JAPAN M
Yosuke Hosaka 15 JAPAN M
Riku Matsushima 14 JAPAN M
Zen Mitani 14 JAPAN M
Hina Nagayama 13 JAPAN F
Goyu Nakagawa 13 JAPAN M
Amon Odaki 13 JAPAN M
Ryota Ogiwara 12 JAPAN M
Hinata Okada 13 JAPAN M
Taiyo Saito 12 JAPAN M
Hiroto Takahata 11 JAPAN M
Keisuke Tanaka 13 JAPAN M
Ryu Tsukamoto 13 JAPAN M
Jean Turner 12 JAPAN M
Aoi Uezu 15 JAPAN M
Haruki Yahiro 12 JAPAN M
Kou Yamamoto 16 JAPAN M
Shoma Yamane 14 JAPAN M
Seiryu Ikegami 12 JAPAN M
Alif Imran Ahmad Husni 15 MALAYSIA M
Ahmad Darwisy Ahmad Sahir 12 MALAYSIA M
Ezuan Baharuddin 14 MALAYSIA M
Muhamad Akif Bin Abdullah 12 MALAYSIA M
Aisy Izz Hafiy Bin Hairul Hafiz 15 MALAYSIA M
Raiyan Khardanee Bin Mohamad Sanusi 12 MALAYSIA M
Muhammad Azam Adli Bin Mohd Isnaini 14 MALAYSIA M
Mohamad Danish Zarif Bin Mohd Khairil Zakery 15 MALAYSIA M
Muhammad Farid Hakimi Farid Sezli 15 MALAYSIA M
Muhammad Farish Hafiy Farid Sezli 13 MALAYSIA M
Aisy Izz Hafiy Hairul Hafiz 15 MALAYSIA M
Mohamad Haziq 15 MALAYSIA M
Adib Hareez Hazwat 14 MALAYSIA M
Amirun Haziq Johan 14 MALAYSIA M
Muhammad Farish Iqmal Khayrul Elyas 15 MALAYSIA M
Muhammad Fareeq Mohamad Faizal 12 MALAYSIA M
Farres Putra Mohd Fadhill 13 MALAYSIA M
Muhammad Adib Arsyad Mohd Hisam 12 MALAYSIA M
Muhammad Arzhan Hakim Mohd Johan 13 MALAYSIA M
Muhammad Syahmi Aiman Mohd Shafie 11 MALAYSIA M
Haidar Nur Akmal Mohd Zaki 13 MALAYSIA M
Muhammad Zakir Naqiuddin 16 MALAYSIA M
Muhammad Sharf Muhriz Noor Mohd Farhan 11 MALAYSIA M
Adi Putra B Anahar Putra 12 MALAYSIA M
Muhammad Adie Putra Sukarno 12 MALAYSIA M
Saidatul Zakirah Zairin 13 MALAYSIA F
Alfonsi Rei Daquigan 11 PHILIPPINES M
Alexander Enriquez 13 PHILIPPINES M
Mohammed Abdalaziz Binladin 13 SAUDI ARABIA M
Ying-Yi (Nana) Yao 14 TAIWAN F
Kondanai Kerdkaew 15 THAILAND M
Thanaphat Kusuwan 17 THAILAND M
Thanat Laoongplio 14 THAILAND M
Jakkreephat Phruetisan 14 THAILAND M
Kiattisak Singhapong 15 THAILAND M
Vatican Sukkum 15 THAILAND M
Burapa Wanmoon 12 THAILAND M
Kantapat Yabkanthai 17 THAILAND M
Nguyen Ton Anh Phu 17 VIETNAM M
Nguyen Tran Duc Tai 18 VIETNAM M


Young wins penultimate day but Letty on course for victory

2021 Red Bull Romaniacs Day Four

The penultimate day of racing at round four of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship at Red Bull Romaniacs saw Wade Young (Sherco) take the day win, while Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) moved one step closer to clinching the overall victory.

Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM)

After a night under the stars, the second half of the world’s toughest Hard Enduro Rallye commenced with Offroad Day 3. With competitors feeling the effects of a punishing two days, a slightly shorter and less demanding day was welcomed by all.

Fourth to start this morning, Sherco Factory Racing’s Wade Young was on a mission to reel in those ahead of him. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt was first on his list of riders to tick off and once he reached Bolt’s rear wheel, the duo pushed on together before turning into a trio when Young’s team-mate Mario Roman was caught.

Wade Young caught Billy Bolt

Riding back and forth throughout most of the day, both Young and Bolt managed to break away from Roman in the closing stages but didn’t have the legs to bridge the gap to Lettenbichler, who started out first. However, Young’s efforts were duly rewarded, with the South African claiming the penultimate stage win of the rallye, and Bolt 34 seconds adrift as runner-up.

Another standout ride of the day came once again from young Bulgarian hotshot Teodor Kabakchiev (Husqvarna). Regrouping after a tough outing yesterday, third on Offroad Day 3 ensured a career-best result for him.

Eleven seconds back, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Lettenbichler took fourth, to confirm a race lead of 21 minutes and 11 seconds over Young heading into tomorrow’s final day of racing. Losing time today for seventh, Roman slips just over eight minutes behind Young, but with Bolt only four minutes adrift in fourth, he’s not out of the woods just yet.

Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM)

In truth, the battle for the final step of the podium is very much alive heading into the final day between Roman, Bolt, and Vision Track Beta’s Jonny Walker in fifth. With less than nine minutes separating the trio, it’s set to go down to the wire.

Beta’s Jonny Walker

Offroad Day 4 concludes this year’s Red Bull Romaniacs, with the traditional Gusterita hillclimb marking the final challenge of the world’s toughest Hard Enduro Rallye. All eyes will be on Lettenbichler to see if he can make it three wins in a row.

Wade Young (Sherco)

Starting out fourth I pushed hard in the beginning to try and make some ground on those ahead of me. I managed to catch up to Billy and then Mario and we were back and forth all day then. I got a little bit of a gap at the end and was able to ride it out for the win. To be honest, today was a welcomed day, the trail was good with no major bottlenecks and had a nice flow to it. I liked the marathon stage. It was well organised and a nice twist to the race for sure.”

Wade Young (Sherco)
Billy Bolt (Husqvarna)

It’s been a good day, I actually enjoyed it a lot. There was a good mix of fast sections and Gold loops. Conditions were also dry out there today, which helped a lot. Wade caught me on the first few hills, I think I was still asleep! But then we got going together and pushed on. Second today, I’ll take that and give one last big effort for tomorrow because a podium is possible.

Mario Roman (Sherco)

Last night was a good experience, eating together and sleeping in the tent. I enjoyed it and it is a good addition to the event for sure. I started out second today, but Wade and Billy caught me early. When we grouped together, we rode out the rest of the day like that. The overall is still tight, and there’s a fight for the podium. I’m hoping for a tough day tomorrow to finish things off.”

Mario Roman (Sherco)

2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship
Red Bull Romaniacs: Off Road Day Three
Gold Class

  1. Wade Young (Sherco) 4:20:52
  2. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 4:21:26
  3. Teodor Kabakchiev (Husqvarna) 4:23:01
  4. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 4:23:14
  5. Jonny Walker (Beta) 4:25:27
  6. Taddy Blazusiak (GASGAS) 4:26:01
  7. Mario Roman (Sherco) 4:26:17
  8. Michael Walkner (GASGAS) 4:30:16
  9. Dominik Olszowy (KTM) 4:31:19
  10. Trystan Hart (KTM) 4:32:11

2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship
Red Bull Romaniacs: Standings

  1. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 15:02:01
  2. Wade Young (Sherco) 15:23:12
  3. Mario Roman (Sherco) 15:31:28
  4. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 15:35:16
  5. Jonny Walker (Beta) 15:40:11
  6. Taddy Blazusiak (GASGAS) 15:56:02
  7. Trystan Hart (KTM) 16:06:22
  8. Teodor Kabakchiev (Husqvarna) 16:19:49
  9. Michael Walkner (GASGAS) 16:24:07
  10. Sonny Goggia (GASGAS) 17:10:18

*Results are provisional and subject to change following GPS inspection


The Ultraviolette F77 Has Undergone A Facelift

Ultraviolette has been a wee bit mean with their teasing of the F77 over the years. Now, the company is finally preparing to launch its brainchild to the masses.

According to a report from Rideapart, the India-based company revealed the elusive F77 electric motorcycle back in 2018.

Of course, since the production and release of the electric motorcycle was delayed until this year (we still don’t quite know why), the company has needed to prioritize keeping the F77 up to spec with the other modern machines tootling about. 

Here’s what we know about the updates included in F77’s ‘facelift’:

Modern TFT

There’s nothing that screams “Look at me!” then a good set of electronic perks in an electric motorbike – and the F77 is no exception. 

Ultraviolette decided it would be a wee bit dangerous to include a touch screen in the display (thank heavens), so the F77 has been gifted with 5-way switchgear set up – the same as what you’d find bolted to a KTM 390 Duke

a side view of a rider testing the soon-to-be-released Ultraviolette F77

Power train

The company has claimed that riders will find the F77’s 27kW electric motor within the same range and power as your standard 300cc combustion engine.

While we’re slightly dubious, the numbers line up: The F77 will be capable of punching out 36 pretty little ponies, getting the beastie from zero to 60 km/h (0-37mph) in 7.7 seconds, getting the F77 90Nm of torque at the motor

the Ultraviolette F77 unveiling

Updated Chassis

This is where Ultreviolette spent a decent amount of time last year.

Not only did the F77 get the chassis tuned to accommodate the different center of gravity of the new battery packs; it also received a tweaked trellis frame, and the geometry of the chassis was adjusted to improve agility and stability.

The motor mount is a bit stiffer, with the suspension adjusted to improve the handling of the bike…and the general happiness of the bum. We approve.

A closeup of the Honda Activated 6G scooter headlight

the Ultraviolette F77 unveiling

Improved Charging system

If you thought the F77 still had a range of 130-150km, look again – Ultraviolette has just confirmed 150km to be the max range of the machine. The F77’s new battery packs are purported to hold torque longer, with a different series of batteries made available later to sustain a higher range. 

The F77 will be manufactured with a starting range of 10,000 units at Ultraviolette’s Bengaluru production facility.

All told, we can’t wait to see when the F77 is released. 

Well, we can…it gives us more time over here to start placing bets on the release date. 

Stay safe, and stay tuned for updates.


Just Announced: 2022 Honda CRF250R

Honda has finally provided us with updates to the 2022 CRF250R and the rest of its off-road line-up for 2022.

Begin Press Release: 

All-New CRF250R is Lighter, Faster, Stronger for 2022

Also announced: 2022 CRF250RX, featuring all-new engine and chassis

2022 Honda CRF250R

The bike raced by Team Honda HRC riders Jett and Hunter Lawrence, the CRF250R has been completely redesigned for 2022, Honda revealed today. The all-new model features a host of engine and chassis changes leading to improved acceleration on corner exits, increased agility, and better endurance over a race distance.

Since its 2004 introduction, the CRF250R has amassed nine Regional AMA 250SX Supercross titles (including the 2019 and ’20 East Region crowns), plus two AMA 250MX Championships. Phoenix Racing has also won the last three AMA Arenacross titles with the CRF250R, with Kyle Peters going undefeated during the 2021 season. With seven of 12 rounds completed, Jett and Hunter Lawrence have both earned 250MX overall wins in the AMA Pro Motocross series, and they sit second and third in the title chase, respectively.

Nonetheless, Honda engineers weren’t interested in letting the model rest on its laurels for 2022, as they introduced a host of updates that raise the bar for usable power, impeccable handling and robust durability, by boosting engine performance, increasing toughness and cutting weight. The redesigned engine produces more low-rpm torque without sacrificing usable top-end power, resulting in a broader powerband.

Chassis updates delivered significant weight savings and improved ergonomics while preserving the model’s renowned handling prowess. A redesigned exhaust system and additional lightened components resulted in a substantial reduction of 8 pounds, for a 229-pound vehicle curb weight. In addition, durability was improved by thoroughly reexamining the engine, its cooling system and the drive components, while notable improvements were also made to the clutch.

2022 Honda CRF250R

“The CRF250R has always been all about racing, and its success record proves that, with top results at the factory level by Jett and Hunter Lawrence, and also in the amateur ranks,” said Brandon Wilson, Sports & Experiential Manager at American Honda. “With reduced weight, increased power where it matters most and improved durability, the all-new 2022 CRF250R is more competitive than ever, and we can’t wait to see what the Lawrence brothers and all Red Riders do with it on motocross tracks across the U.S.”

2022 honda CRF250RX

Each of the CRF250R’s updates is transferred to the 2022 CRF250RX, whose closed-course, off-road realm is the ideal application for the increased low-end power. The CRF250RX also has model-specific features to provide appropriate suspension performance, power delivery, fuel range, hand protection and convenience, making it an appropriate machine for SLR Honda rider Tallon LaFountaine (the reigning AMA NGPC Pro 250 Champion), JCR Honda’s Tarah Gieger and Phoenix Racing Honda GNCC riders Ruy Barbosa and Cody Barnes.

While the focus is on the all-new 2022 CRF250R and CRF250RX, Honda also announced the returning CRF150R and CRF150R Big Wheel, as well as the hugely popular full CRF Trail lineup—the CRF250F, CRF125F and CRF125F Big Wheel, CRF110F and CRF50F—all of which are year-round off-road legal in all 50 states.

2022 Honda CRF250R

In order to achieve the design goals of increased power and improved durability, the CRF250R’s 249cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, double-overhead camshaft four-valve engine is significantly updated, boosting low rpm torque through modification of the air intake, revised valve timing and a straightened exhaust port with single exhaust header and muffler. Together, the changes deliver a 20% increase in power at 6,500 rpm, while strong top-end power is retained. Meanwhile, the chassis—already exemplary on the previous generation—borrows heavily from that of the latest-generation CRF450R, resulting in reduced vehicle weight. The redesigned frame has optimized flex characteristics, while the modern bodywork facilitates rider movement and is more easily removed. The combination results in reliable tracking, precise turning, exemplary straight-line stability and overall rideability, thanks in part to an 8-pound-lighter vehicle weight.

  • MSRP: $8,099
  • Color: Red
  • Info

2022 honda CRF250RX

For 2022, this bona fide closed-course off-road weapon is all-new, with the same upgrades as the motocross-focused CRF250R. Those changes, which result in reduced weight, more low-end power and improved durability, are particularly well-suited to closed-course off-road series such as NGPC, GNCC and WORCS—the realms of top teams like SLR Honda, JCR Honda and Phoenix Racing Honda. Making the bike even better suited for those applications, the CRF250RX comes standard with model-specific features such as a resin 2.1-gallon fuel tank, dedicated suspension and ECU settings, an 18-inch rear wheel and plastic hand guards.

  • MSRP: $8,499
  • Color: Red
  • Info

2022 honda crf150r

The powersports industry’s most popular mini motocrosser, the CRF150R is offered in both standard and Big Wheel versions, the latter featuring larger wheels, a higher seat and additional rear-suspension travel, making it a great choice for taller riders. Honda’s smallest motocross model boasts Showa® suspension, including a 37 mm inverted fork and a single shock mated to a Pro-Link® rear linkage system, plus a Unicam® four-stroke engine that is unique in the mini MX world, delivering a strong but smooth spread of power across the rev range.

  • MSRP
    • CRF150R: $5,249
    • CRF150R Big Wheel: $5,449
  • Color: Red
  • Info

2022 honda crf250f

Few motorcycles can lay claim to being as versatile as the fun but capable CRF250F—a great choice for appropriately sized riders getting their feet wet off-road, but also very well suited for tackling challenging terrain at the hands of more experienced riders. Featuring Keihin electronically controlled fuel injection, the clean-running, low-maintenance CRF250F is year-round off-road legal in all 50 states. The long-stroke, air-cooled SOHC engine puts out strong-but-manageable acceleration, while the confidence-inspiring Showa suspension delivers a compliant ride in varied terrain. Add it up, and it’s no wonder that the flagship of Honda’s CRF Trail line is the industry’s top-selling full-size dirt bike; after all, it’s like owning multiple dirt bikes for the price of one!

  • MSRP: $4,749
  • Color: Red
  • Info

2022 honda crf125f

Honda’s hugely popular midsize trail bike, the CRF125F is available in both standard and Big Wheel versions, the latter featuring larger wheels, longer-travel suspension and a higher seat that make it an ideal option for taller riders. Both versions make learning to ride a blast, especially since they require minimal maintenance, thanks in part to Keihin electronic fuel injection that delivers year-round 50-state off-road legality. Boasting looks that mimic those of the CRF Performance line, the CRF125F and CRF125F Big Wheel promise years of recreational trail-riding enjoyment.

  • Pricing
    • CRF125F: $3,249
    • CRF125F Big Wheel: $3,649
  • Color: Red
  • Info

2022 honda crf110f

The industry’s top-selling dirt bike, the CRF110F continues Honda’s proud tradition of offering four-stroke trail machines that open the doors to off-road recreation for generations of new riders. Full-featured but sized perfectly for kids, this model has modern, clean-running Keihin fuel injection that makes it 50-state, year-round off-road legal, while the push-button electric start and clutch-less four-speed semi-automatic transmission keep the focus on having fun. Durable and requiring minimal maintenance, the CRF110F delivers smiles long after riding skills develop.

  • Pricing: $2,499
  • Color: Red
  • Info

2022 honda crf50f

Responsible for welcoming legions of enthusiastic youngsters to the world of motorcycle riding, the pocketsize CRF50F is the powersports industry’s most popular 50cc trail bike. Considering its list of features, it’s no wonder: the fun-but-reliable 49cc air-cooled four-stroke engine delivers manageable power, and the bike is off-road-legal year-round in all 50 states. Suspension comprises an inverted fork and single rear shock. The low seat height and automatic clutch help little folks get acquainted to riding, while parents and guardians appreciate the machine’s reliability and low maintenance.

  • Pricing: $1,649
  • Color: Red
  • Info

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2022 Honda CRF250R | Huge revamp for Honda’s MX2 machine

2022 Honda CRF250R

No doubt this is largely what Australian wunderkinds Hunter and Jett Lawrence have been riding to victory in AMA Pro Motocross and Supercross this year but now Honda have revealed the new for 2022 CRF250R that the likes of you and me can walk in and purchase from a Honda dealer, even if we are not ‘factory’.

Aussie brothers Hunter (pictured) and Jett Lawrence have been scoring plenty of success for Honda on the CRF250R

Those updates to the 2022 edition of the CRF250R will include increased power, reduced weight and improvements to reliability, with a focus on usability.

The 249 cc liquid-cooled DOHC single-cylinder receives modifications to the air intake including new 4.1 L airbox, revised valve timing and a straightened exhaust port, with a single exhaust header and muffler system replacing the previous dual muffler setup saving 1.7 kg.

2022 Honda CRF250R

Injector angle is also updated to 60° from 30°, with the bike now running double springs on the intake valves, alongside a press-fit intake cam sprocket, and revised oil pathway to the camshaft journals. Valves continue to be titanium, with 33 mm inlet and 26 mm exhaust units.

The 2022 CRF250R boasts 20% more power at 6500 rpm

Increasing the air box capacity helps boost torque at low speeds, and there’s a new air filter shape to match. All up that offers a 20 per cent boost in power at 6500 rpm, without trading off any of the top-end performance. Averaged out, Honda reckon that means 10 per cent more power and 15 per cent more torque across the rev range.

2022 Honda CRF250R

Also updated is the radiator and shroud, improving air flow and in turn cooling efficiency, optimising the mounting angle and number of fins used, with the area of heat radiation boosted six per cent, and overall surface area increased two per cent.

4 kg has also been shaved off the kerb weight

Also improved is the clutch, with the new nine-plate design aimed at providing better durability and hook-up, for better engagement and a lighter pull at the lever. There’s also an additional friction spring in the damper chamber, as well as a more rigid clutch centre. The gearbox also receives a revised layout, with all gear ratios also optimised, with first and third taller, while second, fourth and fifth are shorter.

2022 Honda CRF250R

The new shift pattern runs one shift fork going from second up to third, instead of the previous two, with two lead grooves (down from three) and improves countershaft rigidity for less friction. The shift drum is also 17 per cent lighter, with Honda promising better shift feel between second and third as a result.

The focus on the chassis was in weight savings, alongside improvements to the ergonomics, which with the exhaust updates has helped shave four kg off the weight, for 104 kg in total, at the kerb.

A single muffler setup is also now run, helping save weight

The redesigned frame takes inspiration from the CRF450R, with lateral ridigity reduced by 20 per cent, 700 g weight shaved off and narrower main spares, alongside more easily removed bodywork.

That includes a narrower side cover and lowered seat rear end, with the subframe also shedding 320 g and the swingarm rigidity revised to match the rest of the chassis.

2022 Honda CRF250R

The number of 8 mm bolts on each side for bodywork goes from six down to four, while the bike as a whole is 70 mm slimmer, mainly on the side now now sporting an exhaust, which is 50 mm narrower. The tank cover has also been removed with the titanium tank redesigned and carrying 6.3L of fuel.

The frame has also been updated, inspired by the CRF450R

Front suspension will be a set of Showa inverted 49 mm forks, with full adjustability and 272 mm of travel. At the rear is a monoshock with preload, compression and rebound adjustment and 313 mm travel, plus a new Pro-Link with different ratio.

Brakes are a 260 mm wave front rotor with dual-piston caliper, while the rear runs a 240 mm rotor with single-piston caliper, with no changes seen in this area.

The CRF250R continues to offer features like electric start,launch control and engine maps

Seat height is 961 mm with the reduction in seat height only seen at the back of the seat now overall, with a 1477 mm wheelbase – reduced by 9 mm compared to the old model, while 333 mm of ground clearance is a small boost. The rake and trail have also been tightened up, to 27.2° and 115 mm respectively.

2022 Honda CRF250R

Standard is the HRC Launch Control system, three engine maps and electric start, as well as Renthal Fatbar Flex as standard fitment and DID rims.

The 2022 Honda CRF250R is due to arrive in September, 2021 and will be priced at an MLP of $12,199 in Extreme Red. For more info see the Honda Motorcycles Australia website. 

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2022 Honda CRF250R Specifications

2022 Honda CRF250R Specifications
ENGINE TYPE Liquid-cooled 4-stroke
BORE & STROKE 79 x 50.9 mm
STARTER Electric
FUEL SYSTEM Fuel Injection
TYRES (F) 80/100-21
TYRES (R) 100/90-19
FRONT SUSPENSION 49 mm inverted telescopic fork
FRONT ADJUSTABILTY compression and rebound
REAR ADJUSTABILTY preload, compression and rebound
BRAKES (F) 260mm disc
BRAKES (R) 240mm dis


Michelin Scorchers For All

Michelin Scorchers, they’re not just for Harleys anymore. 

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Michelin Expands Access to New MICHELIN® Scorcher® Adventure Tire Line Beginning Aug. 1, 2021

  • The MICHELIN Scorcher Adventure is the exclusive original equipment tire for the Harley-Davidson® Pan America motorcycle
  • Motorcycle enthusiasts will have greater access to the new tire line beginning Aug. 1, 2021
  • Tire features exceptional high-speed stability, precise handling, long-lasting performance, tremendous wet grip and uncompromising off-road traction

Greenville, S.C., July 29, 2021 — Michelin will begin distributing its new MICHELIN Scorcher Adventure tire line to all current powersports distributors starting Aug. 1, 2021. Adventure riders will soon have access to the new tire line co-developed and co-branded with Harley-Davidson for the new Harley-Davidson Pan America motorcycle.

“Our custom-designed MICHELIN Scorcher Adventure tire gives riders added confidence and stability on roads and trails in a variety of weather conditions,” said Nick Portela, key account manager for Harley-Davidson for Michelin North America, Inc. “Trusted by Harley-Davidson as the exclusive original equipment provider for the Pan America, the new tire line will now be even more accessible for motorcycle enthusiasts across North America.”

The new tire line was designed to provide exceptional high-speed stability through the integration of MICHELIN Bridge Block Technology™ and Michelin 2CT+ Technology™ in the rear tire. Michelin’s innovative Dual Compound Technology (2CT and 2CT+) combined with a new tread pattern and an optimized profile provides precise handling and performance mile after mile.

New silica tread compounds provide phenomenal wet grip for added confidence on slippery wet roads. A fully grooved geometric tread pattern delivers confidence inspiring traction off-road.

120/70 R 19 60V Scorcher Adventure Front TL
170/60 R 17 72V Scorcher Adventure Rear TR

Michelin also produces MICHELIN® Anakee® Wild tires, an approved fitment for advanced off-road use with the Harley-Davidson Pan America.

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Michelin, the leading mobility company, is dedicated to enhancing its customers’ mobility, and sustainably; designing and distributing the most innovative tires, services and solutions for its customers’ needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve a variety of industries. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Michelin North America has approximately 23,000 employees and operates 34 production facilities in the United States and Canada. (

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2022 BMW R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental First Look

The family of BMW cruiser, including the R 18 and R 18 Classic along with the new R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental.

The family of BMW cruiser, including the R 18 and R 18 Classic along with the new R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental. (BMW Motorrad/)

First it was the R 18, then the R 18 Classic, and now BMW is revealing two additional cruisers for its 2022 lineup—the R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental. Both new bikes will be available starting this August with the bagger-styled R 18 B pricing at $21,495 and the R 18 Transcontinental pricing at $24,995.

The R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental in Galaxy Dust metallic paint.

The R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental in Galaxy Dust metallic paint. (BMW Motorrad/)

We’ve given the big BMW cruiser platform ample attention in recent years, detailing the features of the 1,802cc Big Boxer engine, gushing over concept bikes that paved the way for the production models we have today, pouring over spy shots, and finally getting our hands on unit for a good ol’ MC Commute.

Both new cruisers get a spacious cockpit with 10.5-inch TFT display.

Both new cruisers get a spacious cockpit with 10.5-inch TFT display. (BMW Motorrad/)

BMW did a lot of work hyping up its biggest-ever production-series engine and getting us pumped for the debut of its cruiser line. Once the R 18 officially launched, we got two models that were stripped-back nostalgic exercises in design mated to many of the performance and creature comforts we expect from our engines, chassis, and cockpits today. The R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental both up the ante in terms of modern styling and amenities while maintaining a retro air that puts both right at home with the R 18 and R 18 Classic.

Side cases come standard on both bikes.

Side cases come standard on both bikes. (BMW Motorrad/)

The two new machines share a lot with one another, starting with the engine. It’s the same mill as is used in the R 18, an 1,802cc Big Boxer providing 91 hp at 4,750 rpm and 116 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm. We found the engine to be just as strong and well tuned as you’d expect a big boxer twin from the Bavarian brand to be.

No detail is overlooked.

No detail is overlooked. (BMW Motorrad/)

The whole R 18 package impressed, from the smooth actuation of the gearbox and function of the mechanical shaft drive to the phenomenal performance of the suspension setup and electronically linked brake package. All the mechanical goodness that made the R 18 an instant performance contender in the packed cruiser market is present on the R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental.

The R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental get larger fuel tanks.

The R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental get larger fuel tanks. (BMW Motorrad/)

The targeted differences from the initial offerings and the two newcomers will be most welcome to riders who want to log some serious miles.

The R 18 B is BMW’s new bagger-style cruiser.

The R 18 B is BMW’s new bagger-style cruiser. (BMW Motorrad /)

To start, the R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental get a larger fuel tank, up from 4.2 gallons to 6.3 gallons. The double-loop steel tube frame was revised to accommodate the larger tank, but to also optimize handling and stability. The rake and trail are increased and the wheelbase is shortened from the geometry used on the R 18 and R 18 Classic.

The wide front fairing and short windscreen give the R 18 B a distinctive look.

The wide front fairing and short windscreen give the R 18 B a distinctive look. (BMW Motorrad /)

Another major upgrade that’s immediately obvious are the large handlebar-mounted fairings and windshields. The R 18 B gets a shorter wind screen to jive with its bagger-inspired design while the Transcontinental packs a taller screen to make long days in the saddle more comfortable for both the rider and passenger. The Transcontinental has adjustable front fairing ventilation, along with wind deflectors on the engine guards. Both rides get a storage compartment integrated into the fuel tank that can hold and charge a phone too.

The BMW R 18 B Transcontinental is built to eat up miles.

The BMW R 18 B Transcontinental is built to eat up miles. (BMW Motorrad/)

The cockpit of both bikes is another striking example of the elevated status of both models. They are equipped with a four-analog-instrument cluster atop a massive 10.5-inch TFT color display. The display provides a wealth of information from navigation to bike status, ride modes, and much more. You can even choose to set the display to full-screen or split-screen modes. Connect the system to the BMW Motorrad Connected app and you’ll have even more information quickly and easily available.

Either two-up or solo, the R 18 Transcontinental promises to be a comfortable and capable touring rig.

Either two-up or solo, the R 18 Transcontinental promises to be a comfortable and capable touring rig. (BMW Motorrad/)

Both bikes are packing serious sound systems as well, developed in partnership with Marshall. Speakers integrated into the front fairing each have 25 watts of output, and you’ll get a variety of sound adjustment options to ensure your tunes sound just right. If you really want to knock your neighbors’ socks off, upgrade to either the Gold Series Stage 1 or Stage 2 system, both of which add 90-watt subwoofers and 180-watt amp to the mix .

The taller windscreen on the Transcontinental provides a comfortable cockpit for both rider and passenger.

The taller windscreen on the Transcontinental provides a comfortable cockpit for both rider and passenger. (BMW Motorrad/)

The R 18 B has side cases with integrated rear lights while the R 18 Transcontinental comes with side cases and a top case with passenger backrest.

A top case with passenger backrest comes standard on the R 18 Transcontinental.

A top case with passenger backrest comes standard on the R 18 Transcontinental. (BMW Motorrad/)

Both bikes are dialed electronically as well, with three ride modes, automatic stability control, engine drag control, keyless ride system, full complement of LED lighting, cruise control, ABS, and a host of optional upgrades including reverse assist, hill start control, and active cruise control.

A better view of the cockpit with its sophisticated display arrangement and cellphone storage compartment built into the top of the fuel tank.

A better view of the cockpit with its sophisticated display arrangement and cellphone storage compartment built into the top of the fuel tank. (BMW Motorrad/)

The first-edition versions of both bikes will also pack some stylish aesthetic touches. The R 18 B will sport black contrast milled wheels while the R 18 Transcontinental will feature silver gray contrast milled wheels. Both will come with chrome accents on portions of the engine, handlebars, and cases. White pinstriping will feature on the tank and fairings and luggage. Riders will also get a First Edition Welcome Box with goodies like historic fuel tank emblems, working gloves, assembly screwdriver, R 18 First Edition cup, leather belt, and a book that reviews BMW Motorrad’s history. The optional upgrades abound if you want to add even more style, including a number of Option 719 packages.

The BMW R 18 Transcontinental will be available starting this August.

The BMW R 18 Transcontinental will be available starting this August. (BMW Motorrad/)

“Option 719” refers back to an internal code used by BMW in Berlin for “unusual requests and one-off features.” A part of that package includes a Galaxy Dust metallic paint with iridescent finish that displays colors on the spectrum from violet to blue depending on the lighting. Other elements available in Option 719 configurations include a better seat with integrated heating and an Aero package with brushed aluminum covers.

The Transcontinental will start at $24,995, but there are lots of enticing options to consider.

The Transcontinental will start at $24,995, but there are lots of enticing options to consider. (BMW Motorrad/)

BMW is now not just looking to inspire customers with its nods to the past, but is taking the big players like Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle head-on in the bagger and touring cruiser categories. We bet the R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental will be worthy contenders.

2022 BMW R 18 Transcontinental

2022 BMW R 18 Transcontinental (BMW Motorrad/)

2022 BMW R 18 B and R 18 Transcontinental Technical Specifications and Price

PRICE $21,495 (R 18 B) / $24,995 (R 18 Transcontinental)
ENGINE 1,802cc, OHC, air/oil-cooled boxer twin; 4 valves/cyl.
BORE x STROKE 107.1 x 100.0mm
FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection
CLUTCH 1-disc dry clutch; hydraulically actuated
FRAME Double-loop steel
FRONT SUSPENSION 49mm telescopic fork; 4.7 in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Cantilever shock; 4.7 in. travel
FRONT BRAKES Axial-mount 4-piston calipers, 300mm discs w/ Integral ABS
REAR BRAKE 4-piston caliper, dual 300mm disc w/ Integral ABS
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Light alloy cast; 19 x 3.5 in. / 16 x 5.0 in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR Bridgestone; 120/70-19 / 180/65-16
RAKE/TRAIL 62.7°/7.2 in.
WHEELBASE 66.7 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 28.3 in. (R 18 B) / 29.1 in. (R 18 Transcontinental)
CURB WEIGHT 877 lb. (R 18 B) / 941 lb. (R 18 Transcontinental)
WARRANTY 24 months
AVAILABLE August 2021