Buying a dirt bike can be an overwhelming experience, with countless models, makes and types of dirt bike all competing for your attention. As you would with most big purchases, you’ll need to do some research to determine which model suites your budget, your level of experience and your taste.
The type of dirt bike you choose will depend largely on what you plan to do with it – is it for racing or recreation? Trails or tracks? Once you’ve figured out the answers to these questions, start talking to knowledgeable friends, have a look online and in dirt bike magazines, and ask at your local bike shop to get a sense of what’s available and recommended for you.
To help get you started, here are a few dirt bike buying tips to keep in mind before you make your purchase:
Choosing a dirt bike engine
One of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make when buying a dirt bike is whether to go for a two-stroke or four-stroke engine.
Two-stroke engines are generally best for beginners – they are lighter and easier to handle than four-stroke variants. More experienced riders might consider a four-stroke engine; they are more expensive, but they consume less fuel and tend to last longer.
Dirt bike power
Thrill-seekers might be tempted to go after the highest-powered dirt bikes, but you should avoid buying a bike that is too powerful for you - you’ll have less control and will tire more quickly, so you’ll actually end up going slower than you would with moderate power.
Again, the choice of which level of power you need will depend on your skill level, and where you plan to ride. As a rough guide, a beginner would generally be looking at around 200CC – 300CCs of power. Ask an expert for a specific recommendation.
Comfort on your dirt bike
Before you make a final choice, make sure you actually sit on a number of different dirt bike models to get a sense of what feels best for you. The shape and weight of your body will feel differently from one bike to another – shop around to find the most comfortable models.