2020 KTM 350 XC-F 1

2020 KTM 350 XC-F

2020 KTM 350 XC-FKTM KTM has proven you don’t need to ride a bike with its most powerful engine to succeed in the highest levels of cross-country racing. Take Kailub Russell, for example. The FMF KTM Factory Racing rider has won several premier class Grand National Cross-Country (GNCC) championships aboard a KTM 350 XC-F. In fact, the Austrian brand’s 350cc four-stroke cross-country motorcycle may very well be the ideal machine for the rider who wants to spin laps at the motocross track and hit some single-track trails, even all in the same day. 2020 KTM 350 XC-F Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition Although we haven’t put a stock 350 XC-F through its paces as of late, we tested a modified 2019 KTM 350 XC-F on the tracks and trails of Cahuilla Creek MX in Anza, California, citing it as a machine that “can be ridden off-road and at the motocross track nearly equally well—a true testament to what a cross-country dirt bike should be.” Sign up here to receive our newsletters. Get the latest in motorcycle reviews, tests, and industry news, subscribe here for our YouTube channel. The only cross-country bike competitor of the same displacement as the 350 XC-F is the Husqvarna FX 350. A few other off-road bikes one might consider if they are looking at purchasing a 350 XC-F would be the KTM 300 XC TPI, Husqvarna FX 450, Yamaha YZ250FX, and Honda CRF250RX. Compared to its competition in the pricing category, the 350 XC-F costs the same as the FX 350, $50Read More…

2020 KTM 350 EXC-F 2

2020 KTM 350 EXC-F

2020 KTM 350 EXC-FKTM It’s no secret that the 350cc market is a popular one for KTM, as the Austrian brand offered four different models of the midsize four-stroke for 2020. Of the quartet, one of them dons a license plate—the 350 EXC-F. As the smaller-displacement model of KTM’s two street-legal dirt bikes, the 350 EXC-F is designed for the dual sport rider who wants a bike that offers the lightweight handling of a 250 four-stroke but has a power output closer to a 450cc dirt bike, or in the dual sport model’s case, the 500 EXC-F. 2020 KTM 350 EXC-F Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition Some competitors for the 2020 KTM 350 EXC-F would include the Husqvarna FE 350s, Beta 350 RR-S, Honda CRF450L, and KTM 500 EXC-F. At $10,999, the 350 EXC-F is $100 less than the FE 350s, $400 more than the 350 RR-S, $600 more than the CRF450L, and $400 less than the 500 EXC-F. We conducted a comparison review of the 2019 model 350 EXC-F and its larger 500 EXC-F sibling in Moab, Utah, to see how the two orange Austrian dual sports performed when pitted against each other. One of the most prominent aspects we noticed was that with its 3-pound lighter wet weight and smaller displacement, the 350 EXC-F felt just a bit lighter than the 500 EXC-F and was slightly easier to maneuver, especially in tighter, slower-going areas of the trail. KTM 350 EXC-F Updates For 2020 If you held out on buying a 2019 KTM 350 EXC-F in hopes the bike would be significantly updated for 2020Read More…

2020 Honda Rebel 500 3

2020 Honda Rebel 500

2020 Honda Rebel 500Honda Instilling rider confidence since 1985, the Honda Rebel 250 was the start of the manufacturer’s control over the beginner cruiser market. The Rebel was and still is a hit among riders because of its approachable power, low seat height, and nimble handling. As is the case with the Rebel 300, the 2020 Honda Rebel 500′s engine remains unchanged, but has other updates that continue to make it a go-to for beginner, shorter, returning, or women riders everywhere. 2020 Honda Rebel 500 Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition We slung a leg over the cruiser to find that it “carries its weight down low, which makes not only picking it up off the stand easy but taking the twisties with confidence as well. Hitting the crest of the turns the bike was planted thanks to its low center of gravity and the power pulled it out of the turns with a tame sweep that was confidence inspiring.” Sign up here to receive our newsletters. Get the latest in motorcycle reviews, tests, and industry news, subscribe here for our YouTube channel. 2020 Honda Rebel 500Honda Honda Rebel 500 Updates For 2020 Like the 2020 Honda 300, the 500 has an easier clutch lever pull thanks to the assist and slipper clutch. The suspension’s spring rates have been stiffened, suspension oil levels have been revised, and the suspension also receives updated bumper rubber. The thickness and the density of the seat have also increased comfort levels. The LED headlight has beenRead More…

2020 KTM 500 XCF-W 4

2020 KTM 500 XCF-W

2020 KTM 500 XCF-WKTM After being dropped from KTM’s lineup in 2017, the 500 XCF-W has returned for the new decade as the Austrian brand’s flagship four-stroke enduro bike. Sharing many of the same components as the KTM 500 EXC-F dual sport, the 500 XCF-W is an off-road-only model and is spec’d accordingly. It has no turn signals or mirrors, and features more aggressive ECU mapping, knobby tires, and is claimed to be 5 pounds lighter than the 500 EXC-F. The 500 XCF-W is 50-state legal and therefore green-sticker legal in California. This makes it an ideal choice for a rider who isn’t necessarily looking to race, rather someone who wants a bike they can legally trail ride year-round in more riding areas than they would be able to on a cross-country or motocross bike. 2020 KTM 500 XCF-W Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition While we haven’t been able to swing a leg over the reintroduced 500 XCF-W, we did ride its smaller-displacement sibling, the 350 XCF-W, and came away impressed with its smooth and controllable power, comfortable suspension, and easy-to-control chassis. Sign up here to receive our newsletters. Get the latest in motorcycle reviews, tests, and industry news, subscribe here for our YouTube channel. The 500 XCF-W is welcomed back to the off-road dirt bike market with competition in the form of the Husqvarna FE 501, Honda CRF450X, Yamaha WR450F, and Suzuki RMX450Z. At $10,999, the 500 XCF-W is one of the more expensive high-displacementRead More…

2020 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC/XE 5

2020 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC/XE

2020 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XCTriumph Triumph’s Scrambler 1200 XC and XE models try to plant a foot in two separate moto worlds, and they mostly succeed. By looks alone, you’d peg these as classically styled casual scrambler rigs, but dig deeper—and take a gander at the price tag—and you’ll wonder if maybe they’re meant more for the hardcore adventure crowd. Both the 1200 XC and XE carry the same identically tuned 1,200cc parallel-twin engine and are made to handle street scenarios as well as off-road adventure, and both pack top-shelf components, including triple-disc Brembo brakes, Showa forks, and Öhlins shocks, tubeless wire-spoked 21- and 17-inch wheels, LED lighting, electronic rider aids, and a TFT display that is Bluetooth and GoPro camera enabled. Of the two, the XC model is a more pavement-minded all-rounder while the up-spec XE brings better off-road capability with longer-travel suspension, cornering traction control, and an Off-Road Pro riding mode. 2020 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XETriumph 2020 Triumph Scrambler 1200 Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition The Scramblers live up to their billing for the most part too; on our First Ride, we felt the “suspension action of both models is phenomenal for a scrambler-type motorcycle and excellent if you put them in the adventure segment.” The Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC and XE fit into the same pool as the BMW R nineT Scrambler, Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled, and Indian FTR 1200, among others, but wRead More…

2020 KTM 450 XC-F 6

2020 KTM 450 XC-F

2020 KTM 450 XC-FKTM For the rider who wants to hit the trails on a 450cc motorcycle that has lots of the same features as a motocross bike, but has some off-road-specific components to make it more suited to tighter, more obstacle-filled terrain and longer rides, one such option is the KTM 450 XC-F. Sharing 95 percent of its parts with the KTM 450 SX-F motocross bike, the 450 XC-F utilizes much of the same technology as the Austrian manufacturer’s flagship motocrosser, but has a cross-country-specific suspension setup, a larger 2.25-gallon fuel tank, kickstand, 18-inch rear wheel, and Dunlop Geomax AT81 tires. 2020 KTM 450 XC-F Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition KTM was one of the first manufacturers to introduce a 450cc cross-country model to its lineup, and in the years since then, other brands have followed suit. With that, the Austrian manufacturer has competition including the Husqvarna FX 450, Yamaha YZ450FX, and Honda CRF450RX. As far as pricing, the 450 XC-F is the second-most expensive of the four with the FX 450 costing $100 more, the YZ450FX coming in at $1,000 less, and the CRF450RX retailing for $900 less. Dirt Rider gathered the four 450cc cross-country motorcycles for a comparison test in 2019 and praised the 450 XC-F for its powerful yet easy-to-ride engine, nimble handling characteristics, and Brembo hydraulic clutch and brakes. 2020 KTM 450 XC-FKTM KTM 450 XC-F Updates For 2020 For MY20, the KTM 450 XC-F’s WP Xact 48mm fork features Read More…

2020 Indian Chief Dark Horse 7

2020 Indian Chief Dark Horse

2020 Indian Chief Dark HorseIndian Motorcycles No chrome, no fringe, no windscreen, no whitewalled tires. With barely any touches of color whatsoever, the 2020 Indian Chief Dark Horse keeps things dark (even down to the headdress on the front fender) all while providing an aggressive cruiser aesthetic. But like the Chief Vintage in the Indian lineup, this model features valanced fenders, 111ci Thunder Stroke V-twin engine, cruise control, keyless ignition, rear cylinder deactivation at stops, and three ride modes. This is a model for those looking to cruise the American highways on a black-trimmed cruiser, soaking in the rumbling songs of the Thunder Stroke V-twin. 2020 Indian Chief Dark HorseIndian Motorcycles 2020 Indian Chief Dark Horse Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition American-made cruisers like the Harley-Davidson Softail Slim serve as the Chief Dark Horse’s competition. We threw the H-D Softail Slim, Victory Gunner, and Chief Dark Horse together in a 2016 classic cruiser comparison and found that with its styling, the Chief Dark Horse doesn’t necessarily scream “minimalist” like the other two, but is a representation of Indian’s role in the early bob-job movement. The Chief Dark Horse won in the torque-producing category in the comparo. This transitions us over to the numbers we pulled on our in-house dyno. Since the Thunder Stroke 111 engine remains unchanged, our recordings of the 2016 model’s numbers of 106.8 pound-feet at 2,670 rpm and 76Read More…

2020 Indian Chief Vintage 8

2020 Indian Chief Vintage

2020 Indian Chief VintageIndian Motorcycle If you’re the type who grumbles that motorcycles just don’t look like they used to, Indian has thrown all of the leather fringe, whitewall tires, spoked rims, chrome splashes, and valanced fenders you could ever want in the 2020 Indian Chief Vintage. This isn’t to say the engineers skimped on the modern features though. The Chief Vintage’s has cast aluminum bones surrounding the Thunder Stroke 111 V-twin, ride modes, cruise control, rear cylinder deactivation when stopped, and keyless ignition to make your ride a comfortable and convenient one. 2020 Indian Chief VintageIndian Motorcycle 2020 Indian Chief Vintage Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition We rolled the 2018 Indian Chief on our in-house dyno to find that the 111ci engine produced 74.19 hp at 4,360 rpm and 106.18 pound-feet of torque at 2,410 rpm. EIC Mark Hoyer stated,  “This is one of the best sounding engines in a motorcycle, period. Exhaust and intake notes are fantastic, with the engine delivering its own sonic signature.” Sign up here to receive our newsletters. Get the latest in motorcycle reviews, tests, and industry news, subscribe here for our YouTube channel. 2020 Indian Chief VintageIndian Motorcycle Indian Chief Vintage Updates For 2020 The Chief Vintage, like the Dark Horse, will now share the same chassis as the Springfield and Springfield Dark Horse. The Indian Chief Vintage is available at a starting MSRP at $19,999. CoRead More…

2020 Indian Chieftain 10

2020 Indian Chieftain

2020 Indian ChieftainIndian Motorcycle An American bagger is built to handle long stretches of road with comfort and style. The machines have gobs of torque, a large padded seat, plentiful storage, and oftentimes a large fairing and windscreen providing gust protection when you are tapping into the power of the Thunder Stroke V-twin, for example. Enter Indian’s 2020 Chieftain. With the base model you can choose between two different sizes of their Thunder Stroke engine, either the tried-and-true 111, or the new, larger 116. As standard on the base model you find tech like a 100-watt audio system, keyless ignition, ride modes, cruise control (remember those long stretches of tarmac mentioned earlier?), ABS, and an electronically adjustable windshield. 2020 Indian ChieftainIndian Motorcycle 2020 Indian Chieftain Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition Indian Chieftain Updates For 2020 Redesigned in 2019, the manufacturer did not find the need to have any major updates for this year aside from weather and traffic overlays on its Ride Command system.  Sign up here to receive our newsletters. Get the latest in motorcycle reviews, tests, and industry news, subscribe here for our YouTube channel. The 111ci-engine-equipped Chieftain is available at a starting MSRP of $21,999 in Thunder Black or pay $23,999 for the 116ci-powered machine in Titanium Smoke.  2020 Indian ChieftainIndian Motorcycle 2020 Indian Chieftain Claimed Specifications Price
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