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This budget-friendly dirt bike outsold every other dual sport in 2023.
This budget-friendly dirt bike outsold every other dual sport in 2023. (Honda/)

The small-bore dual sport is going through a renaissance, and there’s really no question as to why. User-friendliness, simplicity, affordability, and versatility are virtues we can all get behind, and few motorcycles exemplify those qualities quite as well as Honda’s CRF300L. Not a Big Red rider, check out the Top 5 Best Cheap Dual Sport Motorcycles 2023 article to see other brands’ fine examples in this segment.

The 300L was a major hit when it got its big overhaul in 2021 (read the 2021 Honda CRF300L Dual Sport First Look Preview article), and it didn’t take long for the budget-friendly enduro to top the dual sport sales charts in the States. According to American Honda, the CRF300L outsold every other dual sport in 2023 regardless of brand, chalking up more than 5,000 sales over the course of the year.

Affordable, low maintenance, and highly capable. The 300L is a lot of bike for $5,449.
Affordable, low maintenance, and highly capable. The 300L is a lot of bike for $5,449. (Honda/)

So what’s made the little 300 America’s darling? According to Colin Miller, American Honda’s manager of powersports and experiential, it comes down to two words.

“Versatility and affordability. It’s got the best of both worlds. You can use it to go back and forth to work every day but at the same time you can explore the backcountry or go hit some single-track.”

Looks the part, rides the part. 300L owners praise the bike’s dirtworthiness and all-around usability.
Looks the part, rides the part. 300L owners praise the bike’s dirtworthiness and all-around usability. (Honda/)

Having just wrapped up a week riding the CRF300L on North Georgia’s “Smokey Mountain 500,” we’re inclined to agree. The bike is a surprisingly good time on a twisty road, feels tailor-made for gravel two-track, and handles the technical stuff alarmingly well for a $5,449 motorcycle.

A comparatively low seat height, approachable engine, and featherlight clutch have also made the 300L a favorite among new riders and those new to dirt. Interestingly enough, those same features may cost the 300L its “bestselling” title by the end of 2024.

Related: Best Cheap Dual Sport Motorcycles of the Year

“Funny thing is, the 300L is likely to be overtaken this year by the XR150L. It’s selling that well, and if it outsells the 300L, and there’s about a 99 percent chance that it will, it’ll become the bestselling dual sport on the market.”

Sales figures from Honda illustrate both the CRF’s popularity and the XR150L’s unexpected success in the US.
Sales figures from Honda illustrate both the CRF’s popularity and the XR150L’s unexpected success in the US. (Staff/)

Mind you, we’re not talking about the global market here, where smaller-capacity bikes like the XR are the norm. We’re strictly talking about the USA.

So what gives? Could an air-cooled 149cc single with a rear drum brake and 11 hp really be the bike America’s been pining for? Miller says there’s more to the little XR’s success than meets the eye.

“There’s a broader appeal to it than just a beginner bike. It’s great for that, or for someone that wants to get out and ride the trails with zero experience, but then you’ve also got this whole segment of people who are going out with their camper and they just want something to putt around on once the campsite is set up.”

Parking lot princess: The XR’s light weight, low seat, and easy clutch are ideal for training new riders.
Parking lot princess: The XR’s light weight, low seat, and easy clutch are ideal for training new riders. (Kurt Spurlock/)

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By: Kurt Spurlock
Title: How the Honda CRF300L Became the Bestselling Dual Sport
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Published Date: Tue, 28 May 2024 10:00:01 +0000

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MansBrand Unveils New Automotive Racing Section to Enhance Platform for Motor Enthusiasts

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MansBrand has announced they’re expanding their platform to include a dedicated section on automotive racing. This new area complements their existing content in men’s fashion, health, outdoor adventures, and grooming. The expanded platform aims to offer more comprehensive information and resources for automotive enthusiasts alongside its current categories.

MansBrand is known for offering a wide range of services and products for men. They provide fashion advice and trends to help men stay stylish, health news that covers physical and mental well-being, guidance for outdoor activities, and information on motor vehicles. The new automotive racing section will feature various aspects of the sport, including expert advice, product reviews, and the latest racing news.

This automotive racing section will give readers detailed comparisons and reviews of cars, motorcycles, and other vehicles. It will also include maintenance tips, safety advice, and recommendations on essential motor-related products and accessories. Readers can access comprehensive guides on the gear and equipment needed for both beginners and experienced racers.

Willis from MansBrand commented on the new addition: “Our new automotive racing section is a natural extension of what we already offer on the platform. We’ve observed that many of our users have a keen interest in motor vehicles and racing. By adding this section, we aim to meet the interests of our audience and provide them with valuable content and resources. We’re still focused on our core areas like fashion, health, and outdoor activities but now can offer more for those passionate about motorsports.”

MansBrand has always emphasized community interaction and engagement. The site features blogs where users can share experiences and tips on various topics, from fashion trends to essential grooming products. The new automotive racing section will follow the same approach, encouraging readers to discuss racing strategies, share personal experiences, and offer advice through blog posts and community forums.

The updated platform remains easy to navigate. It includes advanced search options and logically organized categories. Each product or piece of content comes with high-resolution images and detailed descriptions to help visitors make informed decisions about their style, health, outdoor activities, and now, automotive racing pursuits.

Adding automotive racing content doesn’t take away from MansBrand’s commitment to fashion. The site continues to offer a wide range of Mens Fashion items, including shirts, jeans, suits, jackets, and more. By keeping up with the latest trends, MansBrand ensures its users always have access to the best fashion advice. The platform regularly updates current trends and remains a go-to hub for all things related to men’s fashion.

In the health section, MansBrand provides information on various topics, including prostate health, heart disease, and mental well-being. It offers tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, provides resources for further research and treatment options, and promotes regular health check-ups and preventative care.

The outdoor and adventure category offers advice on hiking, camping, and other activities. It also includes product reviews and recommendations for outdoor gear and equipment, helping men enjoy their outdoor experiences to the fullest.

Willis further noted: “We’re excited about the positive feedback we’ve received from our users. They’ve found valuable insights and products across all sections of the site. The automotive racing section is something that many of our users were looking forward to, and it fits perfectly within our diverse range of offerings. We believe it will inspire more men to explore and engage with us.”

MansBrand is committed to continuous improvement and actively seeks and incorporates customer feedback. They aim to be a comprehensive hub for men looking to enhance various aspects of their lives, whether it’s through fashion, health advice, grooming tips, or now, automotive racing content.

By expanding their offerings, MansBrand hopes to encourage a proactive exchange of ideas and experiences. They aim to inspire men to embrace new fashion challenges, refine their style, and discover passions in automotive racing, outdoor adventure, and health-conscious living. The platform invites men from all walks of life to join its growing online community.

For a comprehensive experience, the Mens Fashion Website  also includes features that are easy to navigate. From advanced search capabilities to logically organized categories, every item is accompanied by high-resolution images and detailed descriptions.

For more details on the new automotive racing section and other categories, visit the official site.

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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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Show-stopping cars

This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.


Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

Ducati 996 café racer by Jaron Hall
Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
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