Dirt Bikes. Speed in the Dirt
Motorcycles that have been specially designed for off-road riding are
generally referred to as dirt bikes. They have specific features that
make it possible for enthusiasts to ride their bikes on dirt roads like
minimal framework and body work, knobby tires for easy grip, etc.
There are various dirt bike competitions like Motocross and various trial
events where variants of a large number of dirt bikes compete with each
An interesting fact to note is that dirt bikes have no number plates.
Every year the US Department of Motor Vehicles issues green stickers
especially for dirt bikes. Another important fact to take care of is that
dirt bikes are not allowed on city streets as they are only allowed to be
ridden on off-road tracks.
Different Types of Dirt Bikes
Some of the bikes that you might see when it comes to dirt bikes are
Yamaha YZ, Yamaha WR, Yamaha DT, Honda CRM, Honda CRX, Kawasaki KX,
Kawasaki, KLR, and Suzuki RM, amongst various others. Though al these
bikes have their own distinctive features they have one thing in common.
They are light, strong, and have the ability to handle the roughest of
The Composition of the Dirt Bike
Dirt bikes are mainly built of either a two-stroke engine or a four-
stroke engine. In a two stroke engine the mixture of oil and gas is
ignited in the cylinder, and thus not only does the bike get powered up,
but the engine is also lubricated in one go. The four stroke dirt bike
engine is like a smaller version of the car engine wherein, the gas is
ignited but the oil can also be used again.
If you are looking for differences between a normal street bike and dirt
bike then you have to look no further than the suspension of the dirt
bike. They have a higher ground clearance and not only this; they are
much lighter as well. Their tires are also different, and have deep
treads in them, so as to; offer them a better amount of traction through,
gravel, sand, dirt or mud.
Moreover, the engine of the dirt bikes is also placed at a much higher
level as compared to normal bikes, to protect it from various
obstructions like rocks etc. Also, the gas tank installed in the mid-
section offers it a better balance.
Choice of a Dirt Bike
There is a large amount of difference between what you want and what you
really need. The one significant parameter that will determine the kind
of dirt bike that you want to buy is dependant on your own skill sets. If
you are a beginner it wouldn’t be a good idea for you to buy a mean
machine that you have seen speeding its way to glory in a Motocross Race.
The purpose of your purchase is also a key determinant of the kind of
dirt bike that you purchase. If your objective is to have fun just riding
with your friends and going out on trail rides then, you definitely do
not want to buy a full blown racer dirt bike. On the other hand if you
want to buy the bike, primarily for a racing purpose then you must surely
get a true dirt bike racer.
Everyone is actually on a budget. Nobody wants to buy a dirt bike that is
not within their means. Moreover, if you are on a minimal budget and
cannot find a dirt bike to suit your purpose; then it’s best that you
tone down your demands a little and think of a middle-weight, slightly
used dirt bike.
There are times when some of the best buys, in terms of dirt bikes, can
turn out to be some of the most underrated bikes that are available in
the market. Whatever the bike you buy, it’s important that your objective
is to have some fun. Don’t think beyond having an exciting time, riding