You gotta pay to play when it comes to riding the best dirt bikes out there. From exotic Italian motorcycles to top-performing and up-spec 450cc motocross and a powerful electric motorcycle there’s a off-road shredder for anyone who’s willing to cough up the cash.
This editorial is complete with insights from our sister brand Dirt Rider’s in-depth reviews and comments from Off-Road Editor Andrew Oldar. After the research and deliberating was done this is the list of the seven best and most expensive dirt bikes we’ve put together.
Beta 480 RR Race Edition: $11,299
The Beta 480 RR Race Edition is the slickest and most expensive Race Edition off-road dirt bike the Italian manufacturer has in its stable. (Beta/)
The 480 RR Race Edition not only looks awesome with the striking red and blue bodywork/graphics, but it has a big-bore engine, great suspension, and on-demand traction control tech. At $11,299, it’s the most expensive off-road Race Edition Beta offers.
Dirt Rider’s Andrew Oldar commented, “Beta’s top-of-the-line four-stroke off-road model is the 480 RR Race Edition, which features high-quality suspension components in the form of a KYB Air-Oil Separate (AOS) 48mm closed-cartridge coil-spring fork and KYB shock. This big-bore thumper is an ideal choice for Beta riders competing in high-speed off-road racing series such as the AMA National Grand Prix Championship (NGPC) and AMA Hare & Hound National Championship.”
The engine is a 477cc liquid-cooled four-stroke that has, as Dirt Rider said in its coverage on Joe Wasson’s Beta 480 RR Race Edition, “good grunt, and with the six-speed gearbox it’s got plenty of top speed for hare & hounds.”
“Our Race Edition models are designed for the serious racer as well as the casual rider who is looking for a more aggressive bike. The rideability ethos of Beta Motorcycles is definitely evident in the 480 RR Race Edition,” Beta’s Marketing Manager Bryan Wunsch said. “Not only does the bike feature a very smooth four-stroke power delivery, but it also has an extremely light feel which allows for effortless maneuverability. An exciting addition to the 2023 Race Edition is the introduction of the KYB rear shock to match the KYB front forks. The 480 RR Race Edition has been the platform for several AMA championships won by our factory race team over the years which further illustrates the capabilities of this machine.”
The KYB suspension Wunsch is referring to is adjustable for compression and rebound up front and spring preload, low/high-speed compression damping, and rebound damping out back.
A quick-release front axle lever helps ease the chore of front tire swaps (plus it adds a little pizazz to the front end with its red anodized finish).
Honda CRF450RWE: $12,399
The best of Honda’s best is the CRF450RWE. It is also the most expensive motocrosser from Big Red. (Honda/)
If you want the most tricked-out motocrosser from Honda, then the 2023 CRF450RWE is what you’re looking for.
Per Honda’s press release, the 2023 CRF450RWE “features an extensive list of premium upgrades inspired by the factory Team Honda HRC machines of Ken Roczen [Author’s note: who at the time the press release was published was riding for Honda] and Chase Sexton, including a stainless steel Yoshimura exhaust, hand-polished cylinder ports, Hinson clutch basket and cover, Throttle Jockey seat cover and graphics, D.I.D DirtStar LT-X rims and DM2 gold chain, coated fork tubes, fork legs and 18mm shock shaft, gray metallic triple clamps, Renthal Kevlar grips and dedicated ignition mapping.”
In addition to all that, the RWE also has a potent powerplant with its 450cc liquid-cooled four-stroke engine. Our dyno recorded the power figures of the 2021 CRF450RWE as 56.7 hp at 9,600 rpm and 34.8 lb.-ft. at 7,100 rpm, which is more powerful than the CRF450R from which it’s based and the current crop of standard 450 motocross bikes for that matter.
To absorb any harshness, the Honda uses a 49mm fully adjustable Showa fork and fully adjustable shock. The fork tubes have a Kashima coating (to “enhance the Works Edition aesthetic”) and the fork legs have a titanium-nitride coating (to “minimize stiction and improve ride quality,”
By: Serena McKnight
Title: Best and Most Expensive Dirt Bikes
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/reviews/best-and-most-expensive-dirt-bikes/
Published Date: Tue, 07 Mar 2023 11:00:03 +0000
BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
Written by Barbara Toombs
Fremont Street in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.
Millions of visitors are understandably attracted to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas’ renowned Strip each year, where world-class resorts, casinos, shows and incredible dining options are the name of the game.
What many don’t realize is that there’s another fascinating side to the Entertainment Capital of the World, headlined by two cultural districts known simply as Downtown and Chinatown.
Downtown Las Vegas (also known as DTLV) is really where this unique desert city got its start. In 1931, construction began on what is now known as the Hoover Dam, attracting thousands of workers to a site just east of the city. To capitalize on this growing workforce, savvy businessmen began building casinos and showgirl venues along Las Vegas’ only paved road at the time: Fremont Street.
Today, DTLV is comprised of three distinct districts. Many visitors to the city are already familiar with one of them: the Fremont Street Casino District, which contains museums, restaurants and bars, as well as the original Las Vegas casinos, including El Cortez, Golden Nugget and Golden Gate. Here you’ll also find the renowned Fremont Street Experience, which debuted in 1995. This pedestrian-only thoroughfare is covered by a canopy of more than two million LED lights and a state-of-the-art sound system that comes to life every night for a spectacular sound and light show called “Viva Vision.”
The Arts District
A popular attraction in this district is The Mob Museum (the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement), which showcases intriguing tales and the age-old dichotomy of good guys versus bad guys. Explore at your own pace, go on a guided tour or uncover museum surprises as part of a group scavenger hunt. Want a literal “taste” of old-school Las Vegas? Plan to dine at Top of Binion’s Steakhouse, perched on the 24th floor of Binion’s Gambling Hall. The restaurant dates back to 1965 when it was known as Top of the Mint, the signature dining spot at The Mint hotel tower. The interior design (and menu – think steak, prime rib, lobster and even Baked Alaska) is a throwback to an earlier era when the mob ran much of Las Vegas, but the real draw is the spectacular view through dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows.
Built in 2002, the Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED) is a six-block area that stretches from Las Vegas Boulevard East to 8th Street and from Ogden Street South to Carson. FEED is pedestrian-friendly, offering diverse street life and many eateries, cafes, bars and lounges, as well as ample shopping opportunities and lively entertainment. A must-see attraction in this district is the Downtown Container Park – a dining, shopping and live music venue made of 45 colorful repurposed shipping containers, all fronted by a two-story, fire-breathing praying mantis who made its original debut at Burning Man. Nearby is the popular Bin 702 – one of many great dining choices in the area – featuring a great selection of beer and wine, as well as a tantalizing choice of charcuterie and cheese, sandwiches and small plates for sharing.
18b sign in The Arts District.
In recent years, The Arts District – or the 18b as it’s also known (a reference to it occupying 18 blocks of Downtown Las Vegas, loosely outlined by Commerce Street, Colorado Ave, Fourth Street and Hoover Avenue) – has been growing in popularity. Its monthly “First Friday” block party and art walk features food trucks and live music, serving as a backdrop for artists showing their works off at a variety of open-air and indoor galleries. These include The Arts Factory, home to over 30 artists and art galleries, and ArtSquare, a hip establishment that houses design stores, designer’s studios, wellness spots, and food and drink outlets. Behind The Arts Factory sits one of many great dining choices in The Arts District: Taverna Costera, serving up delicious Coastal Mediterranean fusion that draws inspiration from coastal Spanish, French, Italian and Greek cuisines and beyond.
Just a couple of miles east of the Strip, along Spring Mountain Road (roughly between Rainbow Boulevard and Interstate 15), lies the city’s amazing Chinatown, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the past two decades. Here you’ll find the largest collection of Asian businesses in Southern Nevada, including a multitude of authentic Asian restaurants, gift shops, a hair stylist, a reflexologist, home decor, an Asian supermarket and the only Chinese bookstore in Nevada.
At Chinatown’s heart is the enormous and ornate Chinatown Plaza, featuring a colorful, dragon-adorned, Tang Dynasty-inspired gate and gleaming
Title: BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
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Published Date: Fri, 19 May 2023 18:07:14 +0000
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
This red 1967 Corvette custom coupe received a complete custom restoration at Springfield Motorsports in Peachland BC, Canada. The build consists of a completely new jig-mounted tube chassis with C4 corvette front upper and lower control arms riding on coilover shocks and power rack & pinion steering. The rear differential is a custom narrowed 9-inch Ford with aluminum Dale Gerry center section with Wilwood disc brakes on all 4 corners. Filling out the wheel wells are custom offset Fikse wheels.
K&S machine in Kelowna, British Columbia took the 454ci engine and machined it to 496ci it is equipped with Comp Thumper camshaft and 800cfm carburetor and it creates a true hot rod sound through the ceramic-coated exhaust. Lee Baxter upholstery created the one-off hand-stitched red leather interior with a rear storage area. It features Vintage Air, Digital gauges, power windows and a leather-wrapped vintage-style steering wheel.
Title: 2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
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Published Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2023 15:52:01 +0000
From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
The Honda CBX 1000 was only in production for four years, but that was enough time for it to leave a lasting impression on the motorcycle industry. First released it in 1978 as a screaming six-cylinder naked superbike, it later faced stiff competition from its stablemate—the equally iconic CB900F. So the Japanese marque redesigned it as a sport tourer, halfway through its tenure.
The updated ‘CBX-B’ had a touring fairing, optional panniers, and Honda’s new-at-the-time Pro-Link mono-shock setup. It was a hair less powerful than before, but that didn’t stop it from becoming a legend in its own right. If you park a CBX and CBX-B next to each other, you could argue that the latter has more presence.
It’s that mystique that prompted the owner of this 1982 Honda CBX 1000 Pro-Link to buy it. Enamored with the fusion of modern technology and ancient traditions found in Japanese cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, he was on the hunt for a classic motorcycle that embodied that philosophy. When he found the CBX, the sheer brutalism of its six-cylinder engine was impossible to ignore.
“In the eyes of this enthusiast, the engine wasn’t just a mechanical marvel; it was the soul of the motorcycle, much like the heart in a human body,” says Tiago Gonçalves, founder of the Portuguese custom shop, Unik Edition. “This revelation laid the foundation for a transformative project, one that would honor the motorcycle’s origins while infusing it with a new identity.”
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/honda-cbx-1000-restomod
Published Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2023 16:34:54 +0000
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