ASPROMONTE ITALY: THE ROUGH MOUNTAIN

The foreign tourist imagery about Italy is captured by pictures of the Coliseum, postcards of Michelangelo’s David and Milano Fashion week. Tuscany countryside rules when you talk about landscape; so clean and orderly to look like it was designed by a landscape architect. But the South of Nation offers stronger emotions and, if you decide to ride in it, you’ll feel the same sensations as if you were traveling very far from Europe. For a long time Calabria, the foot of this boot-shaped peninsula, remained isolated from the rest of Italy because of political and historical reasons. Notably, the southernmost tip maintained its wild and unexplored character until now. Its name is Aspromonte, which translated sounds like “ The Rough Mountain.”...

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS: 2018 KAWASAKI KLX250

As we pulled out of O’Neill Regional in Orange County, California, I was looking forward to a good trail ride on the new Kawasaki KLX250. If I had to place where the KLX250 would fit in the dual-sport hierarchy, I would say it’s an entry-level machine with some great new looks. How would it perform on and off-road? The new KLX comes in two new designs, with Lime Green, and Matrix Camo. The styling is really cool in my opinion, as Kawi have taken some design cues from their motocross KX line with two-piece shrouds, KX front fork guards...

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SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT FIRST IMPRESSIONS:
2018 SUZUKI V-STROM 1000XT

It’s no secret we live in an age of information overload which means first impressions are more important than ever. Everyday we make judgments based on our initial response to a given stimulus; those important first few seconds where we formulate an opinion based on a first reaction. We rely on this more so today than at any other time, almost by necessity.  First impressions save us time and, if we are any good at all, we are usually pretty much on target in the end...

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UPSHIFT PROJECT BIKE: 2017 HONDA CRF450RX

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NEW GEAR - 2018 LEATT MOTO AND OFF-ROAD GEAR

Leatt’s humble beginnings started years ago with a neck brace. Since then the south African company has established itself as one of the leading makers of all kinds of protective gear, protecting both dirt bike riders and mountain bikers. Last year Leatt dove into the moto gear market and now they unveiled their 2018 gear line, which includes some new items, including some new off-road gear. They also now have a full line of kid and youth gear. We spent an evening eating tacos at the Leatt offices and checking out all the latest offerings...

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NEW GEAR - REVER TURN BY TURN AND VOICE NAVIGATION IS HERE!

By far the single-most requested REVER feature has been turn-by-turn directions. And while we are still working feverishly on accomplishing the end goal of turn-by-turn nav and voice prompts for custom-built routes from our ride planner, we’ve taken a big step in the right direction...

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MIKE LAFFERTY LIVING LIFE ON THE EDGE ON HIS KTM 1090 ADVENTURE!


UPSHIFT Issue 14 is here!

This month we bounce around the globe for some epic adventures starting with a trip to Iceland where we ride with ex-moto racer and former Icelandic MX champion Gunnlauger “Gulli” Karlsson on lava fields, volcanic mountains, and glaciers. Then Scot Harden and former World and US Motocross Champion Greg Albertyn ride the new Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT to Mammoth, California for a full review. Simon Cudby felt he had more travel left in him so he set off to Idaho to join the crew at KLIM for some high mountain riding and to check out KLIM’s new gear. He then headed to Mexico for the Baja Beach Bash to ride the sandy beaches and help raise money for the Santa Marta School and Orphanage. In this month’s TESTED section we check out Scott Prospect Goggles, Fly Racing Revel Off-road CE Roost Guard and the Vemar Taku Invasion Multi Helmet. 


ROCKY MOUNTAIN ATV-MC HUSQVARNA 701 PROJECT BIKE

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UPSHIFT PROJECT BIKE: 2017 KTM 350 EXC-F

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TESTED: NUVIZ HEAD-UP DISPLAY SYSTEM

We recently attended the US product launch for Nuviz’s new Head-Up Display (HUD) device. Head-Up Display (HUD) devices have long been rumored for motorcycle riding applications with some false starts and no-shows already logged by other HUD start-ups so its nice to see HUD technology for motorcycles finally delivered to the marketplace. Nuviz is based in Finland and staffed by a team of passionate motorcycle enthusiasts and tech engineers. They’ve taken full advantage of the large pool of talented and experienced former Nokia techs...

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TESTED: CAMEL TANK FOR THE HONDA AFRICA TWIN

In my case, or for any owner of a Honda Africa Twin that does distance trips, you need more fuel capacity.  With a little research on the web I decided on the Camel ADV auxiliary tank. I went through the online order process and in a few days my box arrived. I opened the box to find everything professionally packaged, neatly wrapped, and well organized. I went to the web site camel-adv.com as suggested to watch the online installation video, as well as, the link to the video on the body panel removal.  Both are   well done, and I referred back to them on several occasions during the installation process...

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TESTED: SEAT CONCEPTS ADV AND DUAL SPORT SEATS

Seat Concepts is a six-year-old company specializing in manufacturing seats and seat covers for adventure, dual sport, quad and street bikes, all designed and manufactured in the USA. The company has rapidly gained a following, especially in the adventure and dual sport markets, the longer stints in the saddle placing more importance on this often-overlooked component. Seat Concepts’ major advantage over OEM seats and other aftermarket options lies in their proprietary foam.  A two-part liquid polyurethane foam, combined...

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NEW GEAR - TOURATECH PRIMERO ALLROAD
BASE LAYER

As summer comes to an end it’s time for riders to start thinking about the challenges that fall and winter weather can provide. With that in mind, Touratech is introducing Primero Base Layers: Thin, comfortable and effective under garments engineered for motorcycle travel in all conditions. Base layers designed for other outdoor activities don't consider how the placement of seams affect the motorcyclist. All Primero Base Layers are designed specifically with riders in mind...

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UPSHIFT GIVES YOU THE HOW-TO ON CHANGING YOUR KTM 1090 ADVENTURE R AIR FILTER


6D HELMETS AND DYNAMIC RESEARCH WIN GRAND PRIZE AWARD IN PRESTIGIOUS HEAD HEALTH CHALLENGE III

With traumatic brain injury and concussions becoming a growing concern among amateur and professional athletes, the NFL and GE have collaborated with Under Armour and NIST and created the four-year, $60 million Head Health Initiative. Today, they announced awarding 6D Helmets and Dynamic Research the Head Health Challenge III’s $500,000 grand prize for their work with 6D’s proprietary Omni-Directional Suspension™ (ODS) technology...

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2018 DUCATI MULTISTRADA MODELS ARRIVAL ANNOUNCED FOR U.S. DEALERS

Early arrivals of the 2018 lineup of Ducati motorcycles are landing at dealers across North America. This includes many new models, including the Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro, and Multistrada 950 which will now be available in North America as a factory option...

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Husqvarana Introduces the next generation of 2-stroke machines - the all-new, electronic fuel-injected TE 250i and TE 300i - Husqvarna's latest enduro offerings deliver unprecedented advantages in terms of performance, rideability, fuel consumption and ease of use. The introduction of electronic fuel injection by Husqvarna Motorcycles represents a bold new step into the future of off-road motorcycling.


UPSHIFT - YEAR ONE IN PHOTOS  CLICK HERE TO VIEW >

It's been a busy first year for Upshift and our global contributors. We'd like to celebrate by sharing images from our own Simon Cudby and the people who battled the elements to bring you their journey through the lens. Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a week-long trek, a sense of adventure, an exciting destination and a two-wheel mechanical companion are all you need to make an escape from reality possible. 


TESTED: 2017 FLY RACING LITE HYDROGEN PANT AND JERSEY

The Fly Racing Lite Hydrogen line owes its existence to professionals demanding lightweight, maximum mobility, and simplicity in their gear while keeping functionality high for the demands of racing. Although dual sport riding is a far cry from Supercross racing, aggressive adventurers may have the same requests from their gear. Riding apparel that has everything required and nothing superfluous can save energy, improve comfort and most of all, increase enjoyment of time spent aboard the bike....

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SCOT HARDEN AND GREG ALBERTYN HIT THE TRAILS ON THE 2018 SUZUKI V-STROM 1000XT & 1000


UPSHIFT GIVES YOU THE HOW-TO ON SUSPENSION SET-UP FOR YOUR KTM EXC


ALL- NEW GEAR COLLECTIONS FROM KLIM

The newest generation of off-road riding apparel is here, exceeding the most demanding requirements ever created. Welcome to KLIM’s new Dakar and Mojave collections—apparel purpose-built with intelligent ventilation, bulletproof materials, smart cargo solutions and durability that simply outlasts anything else available. This is gear built for the hardest miles on the world’s best rides. And it’s been custom engineered just for you. Starting with an entirely new off-road pant and jersey structure, KLIM reinvented the world's best off-road riding gear...

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SCOT HARDEN'S TOP 10 DESERT MOTORCYCLE RACERS OF ALL TIME

I recently came across a couple of lists for the “Top 10 Desert Racers of All Time” and naturally they caught my attention. Like everyone else I read the lists and found areas of agreement and disagreement. Picking a Top 10 isn’t an easy thing to do because there is always going to be room for debate. It’s hard to compare riders from different eras, the overall level competition faced and each rider’s impact on the sport. When someone says “best desert racer of all time” it means something very special to me...

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Upshift's Simon Cudby was lucky enough to get an invite to ride with the KLIM guys in deepest Idaho.


YOSHIMURA RELEASES RS-4 SLIP-ON FOR
KTM 1090,1190 AND 1290 ADVENTURE MODELS

In the world of Adventure bikes, KTM big bore bikes are held in very high regard. KTM 1290, 1190 and now with addition of the new 1090, the orange brand is aiming high at filling every desire of the adventure rider. For those that want to compliment these three KTM machines, Yoshimura has developed an RS-4 slip-on that delivers in every area that an adventure rider would desires - power, sound and looks. The power that the RS-4 provides is second to none, delivering a 3.1% max gain in horsepower and a 2.7% max gain in torque...

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BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN 2014-2017 BMW R1200GS AND BMW R1200GS ADVENTURE MOTORCYCLES

BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2014-2017 BMW R1200GS and BMW R1200GS Adventure motorcycles. The motorcycle fixed fork tube may separate from the pressed in seal plug that secures the tube to the upper triple clamp. Remedy: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will add an additional fixed fork tube bush. A fork that is sufficiently damaged will be replaced with a modified new part. These repairs will be made free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 1, 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

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CHECK OUT THIS COOL VIDEO FROM OUR FRIENDS AT MN8 FILMS - DRIVEN BY ADVENTURE


MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM RETURNS TO ACTION AT THE BAJA ARAGÓN

The Baja Aragón – one of Europe’s legendary offroad races – kicks off this week with the Monster Energy Honda Team poised to enter the fray. Incumbent champion Joan Barreda lines up alongside French team-mate Michael Metge, third in last year’s edition. Monster Energy Honda Team return once again to the action. After taking part in the first two FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship events in Abu Dhabi and Qatar earlier this year, the team now get the summer stint underway in what could prove to be a decisive period of preparation...

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KTM ANNOUNCES 2018 SIX DAYS MODELS

The special edition 2018 SIX DAYS models celebrate KTM’s offroad racing success with special performance upgrades and top-of-the-line components. In 2017, the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) will be held in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France and these two special KTM models have been suitably equipped to handle anything the muddy and rocky terrain can throw at them...

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MOTONATION'S BILL BERROTH – SIERRA & SURF
BAJA MEXICO

Upshift’s Simon Cudby recently rode to Baja Mexico for the 1 event to launch their full line of products including: Sidi Boots, Vemar Helmets, Forcefield Body Armour and AGV Sport Adventure Gear. Simon sat down with Motonation founder Bill Berroth to talk shop and Ride Baja....

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HONDA AND REVER ANNOUNCE PASS
BAGGER CHALLENGE

Do you have what it takes to bag every mountain pass in the United States? Get on your motorcycle and hit the road! This is a bucket-list item that every motorcyclist dreams of. Honda and REVER are pleased to announce a one-of-a-kind consumer-engagement program called the Honda Pass Bagger Challenge...

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HUSQVARNA OFFICIALLY UNVEIL 2018 ENDURO
RANGE FOR U.S. MARKET

Husqvarna Motorcycles today launch their complete line-up of 2018 enduro models – a sophisticated new series of 2-stroke and 4-stroke machines that take the historic brand’s enduro model line-up to a whole new level in terms of technology and performance. Introducing the next generation of 2-stroke machines – the all-new, electronic fuel-injected TE 250i and TE 300i – Husqvarna’s latest enduro offerings deliver unprecedented advantages in terms of performance...

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THE NEW DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1200 ENDURO PRO

Borgo Panigale, Bologna (Italy), The Multistrada 1200 Enduro goes, even more, globetrotter with the new Pro version. The trailblazing spirit of the most venturesome Multistrada now reaches new heights thanks to this latest version, designed for riders eager to get off-road and get exploring. The Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro features an eye-catching Sand-coloured, with a rough surface finish on the front end, and tank cover. The Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro's exclusive features also include a two-tone seat and the black sub-frame and clutch/alternator covers...

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TESTED: MSR TRAILSHOT MICROFILTER

Nothing determines survival more than water and adventure riding plans are dependent on access to safe drinking water. If your definition of “adventure” includes straying away from typical urban sources of drinking water, you will need a way to filter and/or purify water found in creeks, streams, and the like. Water treatment devices are categorized as filters or purifiers. Filters physically remove bacteria and protozoan cysts, which are the concerns when traveling in the USA and Canada...

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EYE CANDY - HUSQVARNA 701 RALLY PROJECT

When Upshift got its hands on this beautiful Husqvarna 701 Enduro rally build, we headed out to the Anza-Borrego desert to run it through its paces. Featuring the Omega rally build kit, plus parts from Husqvarna, Pro Taper, BRP, Scott’s,  Power Cell, Seat Concepts,  and Dunlop, the big Husky is ready to tackle anything from tight desert trails, to wide-open fast fire roads.  A lot smaller than the 1000cc-plus ADV bikes out there, this Husqvarna build fits right into where a lot of adventure riders feel that manufacturers should be more focused...

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YAMAHA INTRODUCES 2018 WR ENDURO MODELS

Yamaha’s 2018 WR450F is a highly-capable enduro motorcycle derived from their proven YZ450F motocross bike. WR-specific features include a wide-ratio five-speed transmission, temperature regulating radiator fan, optimized clutch, sealed O-ring chain, 18-inch rear wheel, side stand and skid plate for ultimate enduro performance. A bright headlight, LED taillight, and a complete LCD enduro race computer are also equipped for handling long race days...

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TESTED: JETBOIL-MINIMO COOKING SYSTEM

Most outdoor adventurers choose propane or isobutane canister type stoves over liquid fuel stoves for several reasons: easy starting (no pumping, priming), safety (no spilled fuel that can ignite or flare ups), and clean operation (no soot). The bane of lightweight canister stoves has been the relative lack of flame control. Full bore water boiling was no problem, but trying to simmer was frustrating at best..

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CHECK OUT ADAM BOOTH'S FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE 2017 HONDA VFR1200X


TÉNÉRÉ TRAGICS 2017 - TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA

Weekends away riding with your buddies are some of the most precious moments in your life (I did say “some”) and the memory creations will be looked back upon every time you catch up throughout your future. So imagine if you were a self-diagnosed social outcast within the motorcycle community because your fuel tank is twice the size of most or even better, three times the size of some! I guess that’s what most adventure riders feel until they are surrounded with like-minded, oversized fuel tank owners...

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NEW GEAR - FLY HARD PARTS BILLET
SPACESAVER PERCH MOUNT KILL SWITCH

Fuel injected bikes today with their map switches, launch controls and kill switches don’t leave much room for controls or hand guard mounts. This space saving 6061 aluminum perch mount kill switch will save you some much needed room by replacing the cap on you clutch perch or brake master cylinder. The universal design fits most applications and will work on the left or right side and can even replace the starter button on some applications....

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LAUNCHED: SUZUKI V-STROM 650, 650XT, 1000, 1000XT INTRO

High above the endless metropolis of the LA basin sits the mountain getaway of Lake Arrowhead. With it’s rugged scenery and endless twisties, it’s the perfect location to test ride the new Suzuki V-Strom models. After arrival at the hotel, we got the presentation on the new bikes with all the details of the V-Strom heritage, and where the new models have improved.
Since it’s introduction in 2002, the V-Strom line has proved itself as one of Suzuki’s most successful product lines...

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NEW GEAR - SIDI X-3 SRS BOOTS

The new X-3 is Sidi’s most cost effective way to experience professional level boots. And now it is available with a sole that you can replace at home! Made with the same laminated Technomicro, it features the same cam lock buckles, Cambrelle® inner lining, heel and insole, and the revolutionary sole replacement system as the higher end boots. Laminated Technomicro is used as the base material Sole replacement system can be replaced with a flathead screwdriver...

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TESTED: FASTWAY BY PRO MOTO BILLET
ADVENTURE FOOTPEGS

One of the most popular aftermarket upgrades for the adventure rider are larger adventure specific footpegs.  Normally OEM pegs are dwarfed; the larger surface area presumably bringing comfort during extended stints of standing on heavier bikes that require more forceful input from the legs and feet. This sounds good in theory, but concerns stir around the wider pegs being more prone to hitting obstacles or flexing under load. Fastway, by Pro Moto Billet, jumped into the game early and their pegs have become a permanent fixture on my favorite steed...

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KLIM PRESENTS:
THE ULTIMATE ECUADOR ADVENTURE

I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that my first interest in adventure bikes came from watching Charley and Ewan trek around the world in The Long Way Round and The Long Way Down. It was hard not to be inspired after seeing them experience the terrain and culture of far-off lands from the seat of an adventure bike. The films helped make sense out of big, clunky, dual sport bikes like the GS, and really put these bikes into perspective. Fast forward more than a decade, and I now own an adventure bike of my own that I regularly use...

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NEW GEAR - REVER LAUNCHES VERSION 3.0 FOR IOS

Eagle, Colorado (May 16, 2017) — REVER announced today the release of Version 3.0 of its popular motorcycle navigation and community app. This latest update represents a major-step forward in the user experience and feature offerings of the REVER iOS application (Android users can expect the same update within a few weeks of the iOS release). With a quickly expanding community of riders from around the world, REVER V3 also has language support for Italian and French, in addition to German, Spanish, and Portuguese...

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UPSHIFT STORIES: SCOT HARDEN

Upshift recently got to ride with off-road legend Scot Harden. We sat down over dinner after a long day on the trail to ask Scot about bikes, racing,
and rally. 

Upshift: How do you see the state of play with the current bikes?

Scot Harden: Well, we were talking about some of the new rally bikes that are coming on the market and how some of them seem to be a little bit strange in terms of just their execution. Everything in this rally thing and in this movement towards small-displacement rally bikes...

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NEW GEAR - GIANT LOOP WATERPROOF MOTOTREKK PANNIERS

(BEND, OREGON USA) Adventure proof packing systems and gear innovator Giant Loop brings rack-mounted, waterproof motorcycle soft luggage to virtually any bike and rack system with the new MotoTrekk PanniersTM. Developed in collaboration with GL's Australian importer, Adventure Moto AU, MotoTrekk Panniers offer rugged, stable, affordable, top-loading solution, crash tested in Australia's Outback. MotoTrekk Panniers are sold in pairs for just $349 USA MSRP....

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TREK - UNDER HIMALAYAN SKIES

It was less than a year ago that my dad called me with a plan: Kashmir. India. Motorcycles. Mountains. Going to the other side of the world to cut loose in a self-funded motorcycle trek. Neither of us had hardly left our country before, let alone our hemisphere, so the prospect was not in the least casual. What could have driven him to this idea? Was this the stereotypical yearnings of a man whose children are no longer children, at various stages of leaving or having left the nest? One would be forgiven for thinking so, but no...

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NEW GEAR - TOURATECH DESTINO RIDING BOOT

On a long-distance motorcycle adventure the rider faces a lot of changes in terrain, weather and circumstance. Whatever the situation, the rider wants to be as prepared as possible and the optimum footwear is paramount.  That’s why Touratech developed the Destino Adventure Boot. It’s a riding boot designed to excel on pavement, over distance, through dirt, mud and water. The Destino also has a feature that no other boot has: A waterproof inner shoe engineered to wear separately. With Destino, a day in the saddle doesn’t have to end with wet socks or walking through camp or a restaurant in big, heavy boots. No longer do you need to carry an extra pair of shoes for off-the-bike excursions...

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HONDA CRF250L RALLY LAUNCH - MURRIETA, CA

When we first saw the new Honda 250L Rally bike, we fell in love with it’s styling immediately. Inspired by the factory CRF450 Rally machine that is raced in the Dakar rally by the Team Monster Energy Honda team, the new little bike is ready to hit the local trails in style. The Honda intro for this bike was based out of the Johnny Campbell JCR race shop in the hills above Murrieta, California, so the local trails were going to give us a
good chance to test the 250L Rally on some fire roads and twisty
asphalt roads...

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