Dustin Leonhardt Per. 4/5 Feb. 25,1997 Dirtbiking Imagine speeding through a construction site at 80 miles per hour. Not knowing what terrain is coming up next. You could speed away and be OK or you could crash and burn. That's the adrenaline rush you get when you ride a dirtbike. Dirtbiking is an exciting, adrenaline pumping sport. Dirtbiking is also a sport enjoyed by many people all over the world. To get involved in dirtbiking you have to race in the right age group. You also have to know what size dirtbike is right for you. Next, you need to know what kind of race you want to participate in, depending on your interests. Last, some of the modifications that have taken place over the years are also interesting. First of all, if you plan on racing a dirtbike you need to know what division to get into. Dirtbiking is a very popular sport that has blossomed since the late 80s. The reason for this is because dirtbikes are a lot better than they used to be. Now a days dirtbikes look better and go faster. Dirtbiking is for everybody 4 years old and up. The divisions are in increasements in engine size (cc's, cubic centimeters).For example, if you are between the ages of 4 and 7 you would race the 50cc dirtbikes. If you are between the ages of 8 and 11 you have a choice of racing a 65cc or an 80cc dirtbike. If you are between the ages of 12 and 15 you could race in the 80 cc or 125 cc class. If you are 16 years old or older you can race 125cc dirtbikes or larger. Secondly, there are also a wide variety of dirtbikes. Some dirtbikes are modified to fit giant motorcycle engines into them. Dirtbike sizes vary from a weak 50cc engine, to the mighty, powerful 600cc engine. There are also many different brands of dirtbikes. Some of the main brands are Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and KTM, so you might want to do a little research on them before you buy one. Of course, if you are not into going fast and jumping in the motocross races there are different kinds of races. The first actual motocross race was held in the late 60s. One other kind of race is an enduro race. In these races you have to go long distances and usually travel at night. Another race is a blackwater race. In these races you need a big bike, at least 250cc. You go through rivers, thick forests, and small obstacles like fallen logs. The last race is called trials. In these races you must have balance. You go over many difficult obstacles like boulders and enormous logs. You cant put your feet on the ground, also the bikes have no seat! Lastly, dirtbiking is always changing. Imagine an old clunky looking dirtbike and compare it to a new, fast dirtbike. Dirtbikes today are safer too. For example, bikes now a days have rev-limiters so the dirtbike doesn't blow up. The older dirtbikes had small dual shocks in the back, steel frames, and were very heavy. Now a days we have one big mono shock in the back, computer designed exhaust pipes, which give it more power, now there are even aluminum frames. Dirtbikes have sure come a long way over the years. As a result, now you know about dirtbikes. Now you know everything you need to know to join the sport of dirtbiking, like what division to get into, what size bike to get, the different kinds of races, and some interesting facts. Hopefully this was interesting to you, mabey you even want to join the sport now.
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