In the world of dirt bikes, there are different sized bikes available in both a 2-stroke and a 4-stroke. Choosing which dirt bike is best for you can get a lot more difficult when you have 2-stroke and 4-stroke dirt bikes in the same engine sizes. Debating which of these two types of dirt bikes is better is nearly impossible because it all depends on what type of bike is right for your riding style, experience, maintenance costs, and budget. Here is a breakdown of the differences between a 2-stroke and 4-stroke dirt bike to let you decide on which bike is best for you.
2-Stroke Dirt Bikes:
Dirt Bike Riding Style:
When choosing between a 2-stroke and a 4-stroke dirt bike, you must take riding style into consideration. If you enjoy riding wood trails, backcountry roads, or racing against other 2-stroke riders, then a 2-stroke dirt bike will be your best choice. Experienced riders enjoy having a 2-stroke bike because it is more fun, lightweight, aggressive, and it offers more of a challenge than other bikes. A rider with a 2-stroke has to know the fundamentals of dirt bike riding so you will definitely become a better rider because of it.
The maintenance cost of a dirt bike can definitely be an obstacle when choosing the right bike for you. One of the reasons 2-stroke dirt bikes have a huge fan base is because they are pretty easy to maintain. You can ride a 2-stroke to its limit and the repair cost will still be significantly less than the maintenance for a 4-stroke dirt bike because the parts for it are more inexpensive. Since the 2-stroke dirt bike is easier to repair, it is also a great bike to learn the fundamentals of fixing, maintaining, and upgrading a bike.
If you are choosing a dirt bike based on price, then a 2-stroke dirt bike will automatically win. A 2-stroke dirt bike is not only more economical in price, but also much cheaper to maintain than a 4-stroke dirt bike. Having a 2-stroke may require more maintenance jobs along the way compared to a 4-stroke bike, but the cost of its parts is ultimately cheaper and you will be paying a lot less along the way. Once you learn the basic fundamentals of maintaining your bike, you will be able to do the repairs/maintenance yourself, thus saving you a lot of money
Many big brands manufacturer 2-stroke dirt bikes. If you are looking to purchase your next 2-stroke dirt bike, here are our recommendations for some of the best 2-stroke dirt bike models on the market!
- Yamaha YZ125
- Husqvarna® CR125
- Honda® CR250R
- Yamaha YZ250
- KTM 250SX
- Suzuki RM250
4-Stroke Dirt Bikes:
Dirt Bike Riding Style:
If your riding style is mostly racing, long desert rides or just long rides then we recommend purchasing a 4-stroke dirt bike. A 4-stroke dirt bike is much smoother and easier to ride than a 2-stroke bike. Since the power band requires more shifting, the 2-stroke bike is more aggressive to handle as far as powerbands go. If you are a beginner rider, you will find the 4-stroke 250 a lot easier to handle than any other bike. A 2-stroke has so much power that a beginner might have a hard time controlling the bike. A 4-stroke will be the perfect beginner bike for any rider.
Unless you are a skilled motorcycle mechanic, any maintenance on a 4-stroke dirt bike typically requires you to take the bike to a services shop and have it repaired by a skilled and mechanic. A 4-stroke bike has more parts, valve cams, cam, chains, and complex components that only a skilled maintenance person would know what to do to fix it. Having to take your bike to a shop and have it professionally serviced can cost a lot of money depending on what service your bike needs. Usually, 4-stroke bikes need less maintenance than a 2-stroke, but the cost of the parts and service to do it will be a lot higher for a 4-stroke
Overall, a 4-stroke dirt bike is a lot more expensive than a 2-stroke bike because the bike is more complex. 4-Stoke dirt bike parts are also more expensive so you will be paying more money to not only get the parts needed to service it, but you will have to pay mechanic fees too.Since the 4-stroke dirt bike is more complicated, if the bike were to break down on the track, your riding for that day is over because there is no easy fix without taking it to a mechanic
Although 4-stroke dirt bikes are more expensive than 2-stroke dirt bikes, 4-stroke dirt bikes are perfect for the rider who enjoys racing. Here are our recommendations for the best 4-stroke dirt bikes on the market today.
- Suzuki RM-Z 250
- Kawasaki KX250
- Honda® CRF250
- Husqvarna® FC250
- KTM 250SXF
- Yamaha YZ250F
Choosing between a 2-stroke and a 4-stroke ultimately comes down to your riding style and level of comfort. If you are concerned about the budget, then a 2-stroke will be your best option because the overall cost of the bike and maintenance is a lot cheaper than a 4-stroke. If money is no object and you are looking for a new dirt bike experience, then a 4-stroke will be the bike for you. Check out our dirt bike inventory and purchase your new ride today!
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The 10 Best Dirt Bikes You Can Buy In 2020
From an outsider's perspective, many dirt bikes look virtually identical. Nearly all of them follow the same design queues - fenders, forks, and aerodynamics included. If you don't know much about dirt bikes, then all you'll see is the color change.
In reality, no dirt bike is exactly like its competitors. Just as with cars, some manufacturers are superior to others. Though, that's subject to change over time. As such, companies will one-up each other each and every year; mixing up what we thought we're "the best" models just years prior.
So, since we're already well into 2020, we figured it was high time to mention these bikes. To be specific, the 10 best dirt bikes you can buy this year...
10 Yamaha YZ-125X
For our first entry, why not recommend a great first bike? The one we're thinking about is no tame ride, rather, a spry two-stroke that'll bit back. None other than the 2020 Yamaha YZ-125X!
A 125 cc bike is a good starter for those new to motocross. However, like a 250 cc road-going bike, you'll find it boring after a short period. The best way to avoid this is through a two-stroke. Sure, getting power to the ground may be difficult, but the sound, acceleration, and speed are well worth it.
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9 KTM 500 EXC-F
When discussing quality dirt bikes, you can't neglect to mention the 'enduro' category: off-road bikes that have street-legal lights, plates, and indicators. In 2020, one of the best ones we heard of was the KTM 500 EXC-F.
As the name suggests, the 500 EXC-F has a 510 cc, four-stroke engine. Though, what's really remarkable about the KTM 500 EXC-F is its power-to-weight ratio. According to KTM themselves, "this engine is the most compact, lightest and most competitive powerplant out there."
Also, who doesn't love a dirt bike that you can run errands on?
8 Husqvarna FE 350
Speaking of enduro's, there's one more that we feel is worth the mention. No, it's not another KTM, but the 2020 Husqvarna FE 350. However, Husqvarna likes to call it a 'Dual Sport' instead of enduro...
With a 350 cc engine, the Husqvarna FE 350 sits in the middle ground between most other types of enduros/dirt bikes. It wasn't long ago that we'd have dismissed Husqvarna outright; going for its KTM sibling, instead. Now, though, they've started to really put KTM in the proverbial 'hot seat'.
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7 Kawasaki KLX230R
As a previous owner of a Kawasaki KLX-series bike, we are a tad bit biased towards that particular bike. Nevertheless, it's for a good reason, especially if you love trail riding or 'hare scramblers'.
While the standard Kawasaki KX-series dirt bikes are designed for motocross/supercross, the KLX's are built for backwoods riding and learning the basics. The 230 cc mark is also a good spot for 'newbies', as it's not quite as quick as a 250, but faster than a 125 or 150 cc. If all that's not enough, we can guarantee it'll be a comfy ride, at the least.
6 Yamaha YZ250
Moving into the higher powered dirt bikes, we've got the brand new Yamaha YZ250/YZ250F. The YZ250 is Yamaha's flagship 250 cc model, with an option for both two and four-stroke packages.
On-track, you can expect the Yamaha YZ250 to be as competitive as ever, especially with all of the updated specs for 2020 and 2021. If it were us, we'd stick exclusively to the standard YZ250, not the 250F...
Of course, you could go with a four-stroke instead of the two. Though, from what we've seen thus far, the four-stroke pales in comparison to the two's performance on-track.
5 Kawasaki KX250
Next up is another 250: the 2020 Kawasaki KX250. Just like the Yamaha YZ250, we're more interested in the two-stroke package, rather than the less aggressive four-stroke (also designated with an "F").
To be frank, the KX250 shares a lot of similarities to other 250 cc bikes in its class/year. Each are great in their own right, which makes races between the two all that more close. However, we will say that, from what owners have said, the KX is a bit sturdier than the YZ's.
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4 KTM 300 XC TPI
Here we have the 'big boy' versions of your normal 250 cc two-stroke - A 293 cc, two-stroke cross-country dirt bike from Austria: the KTM 300 XC TPI. The XC TPI, in short, is what you get when you mix a trail-rider with a motocross setup.
Using fuel-injection, the KTM 300 XC TPI comes "close to the prior carbureted model and will likely only improve with time as KTM continues to dial it in" says Dirt Rider. Regardless, the XC TPI is a 'Jack of all trades', so to speak. Motocross, Supercross, hare scramblers, and simple cruises are all a possibility with this machine!
3 Kawasaki KX450F
Now, we're getting to where the real power resides: the 450 cc class and above! These are the type of dirt bikes that only the most skilled and experience can tame, as 450 cc's is no joke. Models like the Kawasaki KX450F epitomize this fact.
The KX450F can put out anywhere between 51-hp to almost 60-hp stock. Combine that with a dirt bike's lightweight chassis, and you've got a seriously fast toy. Plus, Kawasaki has had some amazing 450's throughout the years; all of which have culminated in the 2019 - 2020 trims.
As an aside, Kawasaki finally got rid of the kick-starter, too! Now, it has a modern electric-start system. Only took 'em forever to finally get around to it...
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2 Honda CRF450-WE
Honda, both with their automobiles and Powersport lineup, never ceases to impress us here at HotCars. Even when they're not doing so well (like the 2020 MX season), they never stop innovating and trying to improve themselves. That's why you get outstanding bikes like the newest Honda CRF450-WE.
The CRF450-WE is no ordinary CRF. The 'WE' at the end stands for 'Works Edition', meaning that the 450-WE is a limited edition model with some of Honda's most advanced tech. In laymen's, you are getting the best-of-the-best that HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) has to offer.
1 KTM 450 SX F
For our number one spot, we selected a bike that we've been drooling over since we were just children: the KTM 450 SX F! Even now, years after participating in the sport, that dirt bike still lures us in every time.
There's something about those bright orange fenders, angry aesthetic, and KTM brand that's so desirable to us. Perhaps it's because of their utter dominance in MX and Supercross, or simply how fast they are in a straight line. To be honest, we can't pin down one precise thing we adore over another, since each and every part of the KTM 450 SX F is what we'd consider a "masterpiece." Too bad they're almost $11,000 at M.S.R.P...
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Best 250cc Dirt Bikes For 2021
Whether you are a beginner or a race-experienced rider, there are several considerations that you have to make when looking for a dirt bike. First, you want a budget-friendly machine that is both lightweight and easy to handle on terrain. But the bike’s engine size is perhaps the most critical factor to look for when in the market for a dedicated dirt bike.
In the world of dirt bikes, the 250cc dirt bikes are known to be some of the best machines – sufficiently powerful, agile, and terrain-friendly. They deliver enough grunt to help you fly down trails and over hills while also providing easy control and balance.
If you are looking for a reliable dirt bike, this comprehensive review of the best 250cc dirt bikes for 2021 will help you find a new or gently used machine that fits your needs and style.
2022 Kawasaki KX250X
If you are looking for a powerful and high-revving dirt bike, Kawasaki KX250X is the right one for you. With 249 cc and 4-stroke engine, this model of Kawasaki features an engine that is DOHC and liquid cooled. The front suspension is 48 mm inverted telescopic coil spring fork with 23-way compression damping and 20-way rebound damping. The rear suspension has new Uni-Track with dual-range, also a compression damping, 38-way rebound damping and adjustable preload.
Kawasaki has its own technology when it comes to the comfort of the rider. They have an ERGO FIT system that allows the riders to find their ideal position for riding. That means that many parts of the chassis interface can be adjusted through a combination of parts that can be changeable and also with parts with adjustable position.
|ENGINE||4-stroke single, DOHC, liquid-cooled|
|TRANSMISSION||5-speed, return shift, with wet multi-disc manual clutch|
|SEAT HEIGHT||37.2 in|
|WEIGHT||230.2 lb without fuel/240.2 lb*|
|MAX. GROUND CLEARANCE||13.0 in|
2022 Honda CRF250R
The Honda CRF250R is a more-than-usual dirt bike that is perfect for demanding trails. The Honda CRF 250R combines a modern design with powerful 249.9 cc DOHC engine that promises an enjoyable riding experience.
So, if you are still doubting about parking Honda CRF250R on your pit box, maybe the fact that this 2022 model of Honda is much lighter and armed with a brand-new frame, swingarm and Showa suspension and steering geometry, and the same HRC- developed chassis as the CRF450R will change your mind.
The tires front and back are PIRELLI MX32 MIDSOFT, with front brakes of 260mm hydraulic wave disc and rear brakes are 240mm hydraulic wave disc.
|ENGINE||249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke|
|SEAT HEIGHT||37.8 inches|
229 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel–ready to ride)
|MAX. GROUND CLEARANCE||13.1 inches|
2022 Yamaha YZ250F Monster Energy
The Yamaha YZ250Fdirt bike has an intimidating 249cc single-cylinder engine with an instant throttle for a more powerful punch. In addition, the Yamaha YZ250F has a lightweight frame that makes it easy to handle and control even on super-rough and gnarly tracks.
This machine has exceptional roll-on torque power, super-strong midrange to top-end power, and an updated transmission for durability and super overall performance. You can further tweak the engine mapping of this ride with the free iOS or android Yamaha tuner app. One of the most outstanding features of this dirt bike is the KB suspension that delivers a comfortable, plush feel.
For 2022 it is upgraded with Wider Rear Wheel, Reduced Unsprung Weight, Three-Cross-Spoke Pattern Wheel for better off-road driving and New Suspension Settings
250cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke; 4 valves
Constant-mesh 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
234 lb Wet weight
|MAX. GROUND CLEARANCE||13.2 in|
2022 KTM 250 XC-F
For years, the KTM 250 XC-F has been an off-road leader, boasting a 250cc four-stroke engine, six-speed transmission, softer suspension settings, and multi-plate clutch that’s ideal for the highly demanding terrain. This dirt bike has an elegant and compact architecture that supports an excellent mass centralization for smooth rideability.
The KTM 250 XC-F is fitted with a unique E-starter that allows you to fire the beast instantly in the heat of battle. In addition, this dirt bike has a state-of-the-art engine and exhaust system that can punch revs of up to 14 000 RPM and crisp throttle every time.
|ENGINE||1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine|
|SEAT HEIGHT||37.40 in|
|WEIGHT||(WITHOUT FUEL) 100 kg|
|MAX. GROUND CLEARANCE||14.57 in|
2022 Husqvarna FC 250
The Husqvarna FC 250 is a mild-mannered 250 four-stroke dirt bike with a nearly identical horsepower and torque curve to the KTM 250. This machine has best-in-class brakes, a chromium-molybdenum steel frame, and a perfectly designed rider’s triangle gives the dirt bike character and exceptional straight-line stability.
The FC 250 also has a composite airbox, a new 2022 Brembo clutch hydraulics, and a vented airbox cover that makes it a screamer when pushed through the dirt. The best thing about the Husqvarna FC 250 is that anyone can hop on it and feel comfortable within a few clicks.
|ENGINE||1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine|
|SEAT HEIGHT||37.01 in|
|MAX. GROUND CLEARANCE||/|
2022 Suzuki’s RM-Z250
The Suzuki RM-Z250 is a titan in the 250cc class and one of the most recognizable motocross bikes on the market. Powered by a fuel-injected DOHC four-stroke engine, the RM-Z250 is a big boy in its rights. This dirt bike combines the sleek, race-ready design with a stiff suspension and a rigid, responsive chassis to deliver superior performance.
|ENGINE||249cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC|
|TRANSMISSION||5-speed constant mesh|
|SEAT HEIGHT||37.5 in.|
|WEIGHT||233 lb. Curb weight|
|MAX. GROUND CLEARANCE||13.0 in.|
GasGas EC 250
In 2020, GasGas introduced the EC 250cc dirt bike model into its fray- a lean, mean, no premix needed, woods-loving machine. The EC 250 boasts improved ergonomics and perfect contact points to give the rider ultimate freedom of movement and control. Touted as a KTM lookalike, this bike stands out with its 1-cylinder, 2-stroke TPI fuel injected 249.9 Cc engine and two precisely positioned radiators for maximum cooling.
This bad boy has a hydroformed, laser-cut, and robot-welded lightweight frame that’s designed to look good and perform exceptionally well with optimum stability. The 2022 EC 250 features an electric starter, six-speed transmission, and high mono-shock suspensions, giving you complete confidence when maneuvering gnarly terrains. If you are looking for more free-spirited, energetic, and fun dirt bike riding, this machine’s braktec braking system will make it smooth for you to throw it around corners with ease and comfort.
|ENGINE||1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine|
|SEAT HEIGHT||37.80 in|
|WEIGHT||WITHOUT FUEL) 105.8 kg|
|MAX. GROUND CLEARANCE||14.17 in|
And there you have it guys.
Our short list of the best 250cc dirt bikes for 2022, including the reason of why each one is known to be the best, where to buy it and some personal thoughts. See you on the trails!
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There are many things you need to look at when selecting a dirt bike. One of these things is the bike’s power. In most cases, it is usually denoted as “cc.”
You will find a number, and then next to it is the notation “cc.” It is these letter and number combinations that indicate the bike’s power.
In the world of dirt bikes, 250cc bikes are known to be one of the best machines. If you do decide to go with the 250cc machines, you will still have one uphill task.
Best 250 cc Dirt Bikes
The task is selecting a specific bike out of all the brands and types available in the market. Well, to make your work easier, we have compiled a list of the best 250 cc dirt bikes.
1. Yamaha YZ250F
There is no denying the capability of the Yamaha YZ250F in the industry. If you have ever seen this bike or heard of it, you can truly attest to this. One of the things that make it a great machine is its unique frame.
In essence, the Yamaha YZ250F comes with a bilateral beam. The beam features engine mounts and main spars that are designed to centralize mass. With this, a rider gets an ideal balance when using the bike.
Yamaha YZ250F’s throttle is one of the most impressive things on the market. Basically, it has instant throttle response which causes the bike to get more power. This is extremely useful in dirt bike racing, where power and speed are critical.
The Yamaha YZ250F is also very light. This is so despite the fact that the company introduced the fuel injection feature. Of course, we cannot skip past the bike’s KYB coil-spring fork. This is an outstanding air folk that has cemented this bike’s place at the top.
Suggested Retail Price: $8,199
2. Suzuki RM-Z250
The RM-Z250 dirt bike by Suzuki is definitely a titan in the 250 cc class. First of all, its engine is one of a kind. Suzuki put in place very many designs and features to make the bike’s engine very powerful.
One of the modifications done was placing the secondary injector close to the air filter to allow more time for atomization and cooling of the intake charge. This is what gives the bike’s engine more power.
The RM-Z250 also comes with a great suspension unit, the KYB coil-spring that helps riders take on any obstacle or challenge with ease. Whether it is riding over potholes or landing from a jump, these suspensions have got you covered.
Suggested Retail Price: $7,899
3. Honda CRF250R
This list could have gone any further without mentioning the Honda CRF250R. In terms of performance, the Honda CRF250R is a screamer. Basically, the bike comes with high horsepower, higher than any of its predecessors. Higher horsepower means a rider gets greater acceleration.
The latest edition of the Honda CRF250R is fitted with double-spray injector settings. This feature helps in increasing its fuel atomization, which brings more power in the midrange and on over-rev.
When in use, the bike is easy to handle and turn as it is quite lightweight. The bike also comes with an effortless electric starter. This goes a long way in providing convenience, especially for racers. Basically, with this feature, you can easily restart your stalled dirt bike in the heat of a race.
Suggested Retail Price: $7,999
4. Kawasaki KX250
When going around looking for a great 250 cc dirt bike, you can never go wrong with the latest Kawasaki KX250. The bike has excellent top-end power as well as powerful breaks
The best part is that these changes were made without adding any weight. Therefore, the Kawasaki KX250 new model is still as lightweight as its predecessors. This is what makes it easy to toss around (control).
The Kawasaki KX250 now has an incredible suspension unit, the coil-spring KYB Fork. It also comes with valve trains between the cams and the valves that allow more power and revs.
Suggested Retail Price: $7,799
5. KTM 250 SX-F
There is no escaping the fact that the KTM 250 SX-F is one of the best 250cc dirt bikes ever made. The amazing details that come with this bike are part of the reasons why it is on this list. The bike is very powerful, with an engine that develops power slowly. This then allows riders to carry speeds on exits and entrances of corners.
The KTM 250 SX-F comes with one of the smoothest transmission systems. Its transmission enables one to make use of every horsepower on the bike. When it comes to the suspension, KTM did an incredible job. The KTM 250 SX-F uses the AER 48 Air fork. This suspension works exceptionally well with the bike’s chassis.
That is not all; the bike also comes with various add-on features. One of these features is the push button map changes. E-start and traction control are also add-ons of this bike. On top of everything else, the KTM 250 SX is lightweight. This goes a long way in helping the rider control it easily.
Suggested Retail Price: $8,999
6. Husqvarna FC 250
The Husqvarna FC250 is a one of a kind machine as every part of it is engineered to perfection. The Husqvarna FC250 comes with a chromium molybdenum steel frame. This special type of frame is known to provide riders with outstanding stability.
Husqvarna engineers also did an excellent job modifying the bike’s internal components. One of the things fitted inside the bike is a special CNC-Machined Triple Clamp. This clamp features an integrated damping system. This system reduces vibration when the bike is in use, thereby promoting rider’s comfort.
If we are talking about speed, then the Husqvarna is a monster in that area. The Austrian-made motorcycle is among the fastest 250cc bikes in the market. In terms of peak power, the Husqvarna comes with 42.53 horsepower. One noticeable thing, however, is that it makes its power at a slow rate. This then makes the power curve more linear when in use.
Suggested Retail Price: $9,099
7. Beta RR 2T 250
The Beta RR 2T 259 is a 250 cc 2-stroke machine that has made waves in the industry since its release. Over time, numerous modifications have been made to provide a greater user experience. The first thing that the Beta RR 2T 250 is known for is its amazingly powerful engine.
The latest Beta RR 2T 250 release also comes with an engine that features counterbalance. The counterbalance feature is integral in reducing vibrations. This latest series of this Beta bike also comes with a redesigned cylinder.
The new cylinder improves torque at low rpm. The overall frame has also been altered. The latest bike features a new geometry design with rigid characteristics.
Suggested Retail Price: $8,699
Is a 250cc Dirt Bike Good for a Beginner?
It is no secret that 250cc dirt bikes are killer machines. They can, outrun, many sports cars in the day and tear up through the woods at night.
However, there is one question that keeps popping up in people’s heads. The question is whether or not 250 cc dirt bikes are suitable for beginners.
The simplest answer to this question is yes. Basically, 250cc dirt bikes are great for any beginner. It could be a great tool to help you sharpen your riding skills even further. Here are some of the reasons why;
- Many 250cc bikes are dependable and maintenance-free, which is great for beginners.
- Most of the 250cc dirt bikes come with great kicks of power and torque. A mix-match of this makes them dynamic enough to be loved by many beginners.
- 250cc bikes come with incredibly powerful brakes.
- The presence of great suspensions is a common feature in many 250cc dirt bikes. This is really helpful when riding, especially for novice users.
- 250cc bikes are usually lightweight. This is a factor that helps beginners handle and control the bike with ease.
- With a 250cc bike, you are guaranteed to have quality parts, especially if you go for the top brands in the market. With quality parts, a bike’s life is prolonged.
- Nowadays, many bike companies incorporate technology into their dirt bikes. As a result, we have things like e-start. With e-start, any beginner can easily ride a 250cc dirt bike.
Tips for Selecting a Dirt Bike as Beginner
Of course, we have identified that the 250 cc bikes are great for beginners. Even so, you may want to go through some of these tips before selecting/buying a dirt bike.
They could help you as you excel in your dirt bike riding adventure. The tips are as follows;
– Tire Sizing
In most dirt bikes, you will find that the front wheel is larger than the rear wheel. This feature helps riders accelerate faster while navigating smoothly over rough paths.
Even though this is true, as a beginner, it is good for one to go for dirt bikes with large tire sizes. This will go a long way in making your ride a lot smoother.
– Bike Purpose
There are two main purposes of dirt bikes, depending on the type. Most dirt bikes are used for motocross (racing). However, there are others that are used for outdoor riding (recreation).
In racing, the paths are usually defined, and variables are set. In outdoor riding, you do not set the paths, and therefore they are unpredictable.
For this reason, bikes for these two separate purposes are made different. Therefore you should know what you would like to use your bike for and select the bike that suits that purpose.
– Size Yourself Up
When choosing a beginner dirt bike, there is no “one size fits all bike.” Each and every bike is different in terms of weight and height. Therefore you need to test the dirt bike yourself and see if the bike fits you.
While doing this, make sure that you test as many bikes as you want, this will make you “size yourself up” properly. It is by doing this that you will make the best possible decision for you.
How Fast Can a 250cc Dirt Bike Go?
Another popular question is, how fast can a 250 cc dirt bike go? Well, most 250 cc dirt bikes have a maximum speed of around 55-68 mph.
Although there are some instances where the numbers can be a bit higher. Basically, some 250cc dirt bike variants have a top speed of 71 mph.
If you want to reach such high speeds on your 250cc dirt bike, there are things you need to do first. These things include;
- Check your air filters and make sure everything is okay.
- Make sure that you maintain good suspension.
- Make sure that you have the right engine power as the details of your dirt bikes recommend.
- Your tires should be properly inflated and in good condition.
- Make sure that you check the radiator and fix any issues if there are any.
- Use the proper engine oil.
Is a 250cc Dirt Bike Street Legal?
What Does Street Legal mean? Street legal is a term used to describe dirt bikes that are designed to be ridden on paved roads/paths.
Are Dirt Bikes Street Legal? Although there are many dirt bikes that cannot be used on roads, there are 250 cc dirt bikes that are street legal.
250cc dirt bikes are incredible; there is no doubt about that. This is largely due to the fact that all brands are always upgrading their 250cc bikes.
All in all, each of these bikes come with their unique features curated to suit each rider’s needs. Now the decision lies on you. All you have to do is make a list of what you want and select the bike that fits you.
Updated: April 3, 2020Sours: https://www.motoshark.com/best-250cc-dirt-bikes/
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LEARN MOTOCROSS IN RECORD TIME!
Ask any dirt bike rider about their first dirt bike and they can tell you every detail. From the color of the scratched-up fenders to the sound of the motor rumble as they kicked the bike over for the first time. A lot of joy and frustration will be spent on the seat of your beginner dirt bike.
It’s easy to watch the moto professionals and select a dirt bike you want to purchase from the stands. Don’t do it. This should be the bike you strive for as you become a better rider but not necessarily your beginner dirt bike. Motocross for beginners does not start with the biggest, baddest dirt bikes on the market but one that matches your riding skill level and other attributes including overall body size along with the environment you will be riding in.
In this article, I will go over some features you should look for in a beginner dirt bike and then highlight some of the best dirt bikes for beginners you can get your hands on.
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Motocross vs. The Great Outdoors
Before you circle dirt bikes in your favorite motocross magazine, let’s talk about what kind of riding you will be doing. There are two differentiations in the world of dirt bikes; motocross racing and trail riding.
Although the word motocross is used interchangeably, motocross identifies the sport of dirt bike racing on a groomed outdoor track. For the sake of argument, racing is done for a specific number of laps on a designated course where the variables of the dirt are “set”. You know what to expect from each track.
Trail riding is enjoyed off the beaten path, in off-highway recreation areas that can have hundreds of miles of trails that you will never see twice. You choose a path and go; riding to the capability of yourself and whatever the terrain throws at you. Even if you have ridden a trail before, the conditions are everchanging. Rocks move and holes get deeper!
Dirt bikes that are made specifically for trail riding are going to have bigger tires (smaller wheels, more rubber) and softer suspension to make the ride more comfortable. Additional capacity in the gas tank and an optional reserve portion of the tank will make sure you spend more time out on the trail than dumping in another gallon.
Having a taller bike will aid in providing enough ground clearance when approaching obstacles like boulders, trees, and who knows what else. You will also see other comforts in off-road dirt bikes like the ability to start the bike with the push of a button instead of kicking it over, and over.
All the creature comfort add-ons do compromise the overall weight of an off-road specific dirt bike. Motocross racing dirt bikes will be lighter due to the absence of electric start and less gas tank capacity, giving the motocross rider the ability to manipulate the dirt bike easier over jumps, whoops, and turns. A motocross dirt bike will be a force to be reckoned with through a snappier power band that a rider must control in the twist of the throttle. These features make a nimble motocross dirt bike ideal for racing.
You don’t have to choose the exclusivity of motocross riding over trail riding or vice versa. I am only highlighting the differences between the two types of dirt bikes and why they are they tailored for that niche. Both motocross and trail dirt bikes can be ridden on any type of terrain, giving you the thrill of a lifetime!
Size Yourself Up
There is no “one size fits all” when choosing a beginner dirt bike. Each dirt bike rider is different in weight, height, and even the reach of their arms and legs. These variables make it difficult to assume that one size dirt bike will be the cookie cutter fit for a rider of certain size criteria.
The best way to find the perfectly sized dirt bikes that fits is to physically sit on the dirt bike. At a local motorcycle shop, there will be a showroom floor full of dirt bikes ranging in tire size, seat height, and motor size.
While under the supervision of a sales associate take, choose a couple of dirt bike models to get a feel for the overall weight and your maneuverability. For beginner dirt bike riders, two feet should be able to sit firmly on the ground as you steady the dirt bike under you while you are able to reach the handlebars with a slight, 90-degree angle in your elbows and your back comfortably straight up and down.
Remember that you will be bringing your feet up from the ground to the foot pegs when under acceleration of the dirt bike. Knees will need to have a slender bend so that the dirt bike rider can squeeze the tank in between while still having the flexibility to place a foot out towards the front wheel when turning or getting over an obstacle. Cramped up knees that are close to your body eliminates your ability to ride the dirt bike and let the bike take the abuse of the environment.
Tire Sizing of a Beginner Dirt Bike
Dirt bikes will have a large wheel in the front with a smaller wheel in the rear allowing the dirt bike to accelerate faster while navigating smoothly over rough terrain. Acceleration over rocks and whatever tough terrain calls for the rear tire to have more tread than the front.
Though most full-size bikes may share the same size overall diameter size, the wheel sizes vary slightly in the rear to help with traction. Smaller wheels with a larger tire and more rubber can be found on dirt bikes that are tailored for off-road, trail riding when the terrain is unpredictable (if you are looking for a dirt bike for street/road riding as well then make sure to read this guide about the best dual sport bikes 2021).
A larger wheel size can make a ride more comfortable for a beginner dirt bike rider. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the tire the smaller the rock!
Rev it Up
The motor size of the dirt bike is described in the model name. Looking at the tag, you will notice varying numbers like 250cc or 450cc. CC stands for cubic centimeters and it is the engine displacement value or the volume of displacement in the dirt bike’s cylinders. A higher CC value will be relative to how much power the dirt bike can make with lower CC values showcasing a less-powerful dirt bike.
As you take a look at different dirt bikes, lower CC values aren’t always associated with smaller dirt bikes which relate to smaller tire size and lower ground clearance. Engine size does not determine the size of the motorcycle. A more powerful dirt bike will require increases in these characteristics in order to make for a smooth ride and it will also require a more skillful rider.
Another feature to note is two-stroke versus a four-stroke engine. Two-strokes are notorious for being your motocross ridden, racing dirt bikes but in the modern market, the reliability of the four-stroke motor has replaced the two-strokes out on the track. 91-octane pump gas can be used in any four-stroke engine which is what made them popular for trail ride enthusiasts while a two-stroke engine requires the mixture of oil and gasoline. Two-strokes are notoriously “snappier” in the powerband and this can be intimidating for a beginner dirt bike rider but It’s a feature that is really fun to overcome. Four-strokes will have more reliable motors and will deliver a more consistent power.
In smaller sized dirt bikes, the CC value grows pretty quickly. 50cc, 70cc, 85cc, to 125cc, and so on. When a dirt bike reaches the 250cc and 450cc, there will be various different dirt bikes that boast the same engine displacement. From here the only variance in models will be in overall weight and motor type. I recommend asking a sales professional or doing your research (you will find some great info at the end of this article) if you are searching for a dirt bike in this range.
Age is for the Birds
With a range in dirt bike rider ages, heights, and weights, there is also a variety of riding abilities that will be a secondary factor that can supersede a dirt biker’s size. Skill level will determine which is the best fitting dirt bike, making age and size just a number.
Each rider will learn to ride a dirt bike at his or her own pace and naturally some will invite the challenge of riding faster and more technical trails than others. As a beginner advances, they will literally out-ride their own bike and will require one that has the ability to create more power and get around obstacles tactfully.
Classifying a beginner rider is based on experience level rather than his or her age. Choosing a dirt bike suitable for a beginner will be based on the ability of the rider to control the power band and balance the bike. Bigger motor, shown through the engine CC size, equivalates to the amount of horsepower the dirt bike can generate. More horsepower, faster dirt bike.
There are many young motocross riders that absolutely shred. These little youngsters can hop on the seat of a dirt bike that is much too big for them in seat height and ride circles around older motocross riders. Unless required for specific racing classes, a younger rider may have a larger dirt bike that they can manipulate efficiently just based on their skill level.
Buying Your Beginner Dirt Bike
For beginner dirt bike riders, I highly recommend purchasing your first dirt bike on the secondary market. You are going to crash, scratch up, and break some parts; why subject a brand-new dirt bike to the abuse?
You can find used dirt bikes on a website such as Craigslist, Cycle Trader, eBay, and any other classified-style sites where a private owner can post for sale ads. There are a number of reasons riders sell their own dirt bikes like upgrading or outgrowing a smaller model and this is a great opportunity for you to snag a great deal without the hit of retail. In Motocross Advice we have written the ultimate guide for buying cheap used dirt bikes.
If you decide to purchase from a brick and mortar motorcycle shop, you will also have the opportunity to build a relationship with the store. Almost every motocross shop will have a part counter along with a service department and plenty of professional staff to help you as you grow your dirt bike enthusiasm.
In no particular order, let’s get on to the best five dirt bikes that I have researched to be the best selection for beginner dirt bike riders.
1. Honda CRF250X – Beginner Dirt Bike
Honda has one of largest varieties of motocross and trail riding dirt bikes on the market. You will find showrooms packed with Hondas but also on the secondary market based on its popularity for beginner and veteran riders. The CRF250X is an ideal dirt bike for the beginner dirt bike rider who is taller and looking to enjoy trail riding. Here are some of the benefits of riding red:
When you are out on the trail wheeling over boulders and balancing through single track, the last thing you’ll want to do is have to stop and kick the bike over after a stall. A rider can pull in the clutch, push the electric start button found on the handlebars, and get the CRF250X rolling again without skipping a beat. Smooth and hassle-free!
The wheelbase of the CRF250X is the same as its motocross cousin, the Honda CRF250F but it stands above in ground clearance to help it master over any terrain. With a wide tire, 18-inch wheel and a big 21-inch wheel in front, a beginner will feel confident and comfortable over the inconsistent terrain. The solid frame and wheel package allows a rider to go faster with poise. Once your feet are on the foot pegs, the challenge of balancing this dirt bike is gone.
The CRF250X has a four-stroke engine with a wider powerband, giving a beginner rider the ease to control the bike. The 250cc engine is a consistent power producer that allows for the throttle to be twisted without surprise while still packing plenty of torque. The power is not intimidating and control of the rear tire makes for a smooth ride.
As I mentioned earlier, Honda is a popular brand that many beginners run to as their first dirt bike. A CRF250X can be customized with aftermarket parts to suit any rider. Some of my favorites include a suspension lowering kit to drop the bike down for shorter riders and larger gas tank for increased capacity out on the trail. Don’t forget, there are plenty of options for more protection on the bike from the abuse that can be found on a trail.
Weighing in at 254 pounds, the CRF250X was created to have a low center of gravity so any beginner dirt bike rider can easily manipulate this bike on the trail. The fuel tank sits between the frame instead of on top while the motor is nestled just below allowing a rider to sit above the bike’s center of gravity. You are now one with the dirt bike!
If you are looking something great for a trail ride then check our winning 4 stroke trail dirt bike from honda!
2. Honda CRF230F Beginner Dirt Bike
Another Honda red team, the CRF230F a step below its big 250cc brother. This is a dirt bike that highlights Honda’s reliability as it is a bike that will keep running through whatever you throw at it. I personally had this 230F and even though I have graduated to a larger 450cc, it still sits in my garage as a great dirt bike to putt around on or share with less-experienced riders.
The CRF230FF air-cooled, four-stroke engine is notoriously reliable. This bike was designed to dump in a splash of gas and ride it until the tank is dry. Easy-peasy throttle control with no surprises coming from the powerband.Packed with the same push start button to turn her on and let her rip.
With its low center of gravity and overall weight of 249 pounds, this dirt bike can be easily moved around by a beginner dirt bike rider and is simple to pick up if you find yourself on the ground.
Standing up on the footpegs through rough terrain can be an intimidating feat for a beginner dirt bike rider. I may sound crazy but on the CRF230F, it is comfortable to sit down with confidence. The seat is super cushy and the suspension of the dirt bike is soft enough to ride with comfort through the terrain. Anyone can ride this dirt bike no matter the skill level.
The same tire size of 18-inch in the back, 21-inch in the rear as its older siblings, the CRF230F isn’t compromised in tackling over obstacles on the trail even with its lower ground clearance.
3. Yamaha YZ125 – Best Beginner Dirt Bike
When I grew up riding dirt bikes, everyone wanted a Yamaha YZ125. This is the championship winning motocross dirt bike that you saw flying over triples in a Supercross race and was the first step to going pro for many dirt bike legends. The YZ125 was cool and is still crowned as the best 125cc, two-stroke dirt bikes on the market.
The Yamaha YZ125 was introduced to the United States market in the late 1970s and has been continually produced to this day. That means this dirt bike has gone through a lot of garages and service departments. The familiarity of how to work on, modify, and race this dirt bike is vast so a beginner does not have to turn far for some help on the YZ125.
Talk about light as a feather! With a tank of gas in, this dirt bike weighs in at 207 pounds. That is unheard of in the motocross scene which makes it a great dirt bike for a beginner to be able to control over a track or out on the trail. With the combination of a snappy two-stroke engine, beginners will need to be prepared to harness all that power as it outrides its own weight.
Blow it up, rebuild. Blow it up again and rebuild. All you need is a new piston, gasket, and rings to rebuild the motor of the YZ125 which means more time out on the track than its pricey, four-stroke competition. It is rumored that you can rebuild this baby in an hour.
Other factory dirt bike companies have eliminated their version of the 125cc dirt bike. The YZ125 masters over the class and still can be found shredding out on the track while producing champions ready for Supercross greatness.
4. Yamaha TTR-50 – Kids Beginner Dirt Bike
This is a dirt bike tailored for very young dirt bike riders. The Yamaha TTR-50 is a great platform for young riders learning to ride a dirt bike without the worry of balance or too much power generation.
This four-stroke engine with only three gears and no clutch is great to teach a beginner how to learn throttle control, braking, and balance. The motor can take the abuse of a beginner dirt bike rider with the ability to stay in just one gear and ride all day if they choose.
The TTR-50 may sit a little lower than many smaller dirt bikes but Yamaha did this to help confidence for the mini beginner riders. The ability to sit flat footed on the dirt bike gives beginner riders confidence and control over the bike. It even has the capability to bolt on some bicycle training wheels to keep up the little rider as the putt along.
If a beginner dirt bike rider isn’t ready for all the speed the TTR-50 generates, simply twist in a throttle limiter screw. This limits the ability of the throttle to be given past a certain point, controlling its speed. Comfortable going fast? Just pull the screw out a little more allowing more throttle twist.
This Yamaha can be found everywhere, especially on the secondary market. It’s going to get spilled over, crashed, and bruised up so if you find one for sale in a garage, snag it!
The TTR-50 is unique to its competition as it has an electric start button instead of a kick start. I feel this is best for new, young and smaller sized beginners.
5. Kawasaki KLX110
Wildly popular for beginner motocross riders and the veterans, the Kawasaki KLX110. Originally produced for smaller dirt bike enthusiasts, the KLX generated a new culture of modifications to make it the ideal dirt bike to scoot around in the pits.
The Kawasaki KLX110 opened up a market of modifications to make this mini dirt bike completely custom to your liking. Graphics, motor modifications, beefed up bolt-on parts made the KLX110 one of the most customizable dirt bikes on the market and helped keep its resale value up. Invest in a KLX110 for your first dirt bike and you may get more selling it later.
Weight just slightly more than the 50cc mini dirt bikes, the KLX110 generates more power with its 4-stroke engine with a low center of gravity making it ideal for any aged beginner rider. No clutch to burn and with four gears to pass through, she is plenty of speed for the beginners.
Beginners of any age enjoy the KLX110. Low ground clearance, controllable motor power; she’s the perfect dirt bike to get your feet wet on. Adults enjoy this dirt bike for its ability to handle their size, so much that you may find a battle of kid versus adult on who gets to ride it first.
What I like about this beginner dirt bike is the tire size. Most mini dirt bikes have a small tire size which throws away the comfort for the rider entering into rocky terrain but the KLX110 has a 12-inch rear and 14-inch front making it more predictable. It can handle more speed without having more ground clearance to balance.
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Track Tested | 2020 SML 250 MX Shootout
Track Tested | 2020 SML 250 MX Shootout
Honda CRF250R vs. Husqvarna FC 250 vs. Kawasaki KX250 vs. KTM 250 SX-F vs. Suzuki RM-Z250 vs. Yamaha YZ250F
Presented by Ogio Powersports
Photos by Michael Antonovich
The dust had barely settled on our 2020 450 MX Shootout and we found ourselves neck-deep in the 2020 250 MX Shootout, pounding laps around a handful of tracks around our Southern California locale. The first new 250 showed up all the way back in June and most of them followed shortly thereafter, save for the Suzuki RM-Z250 that returns for 2020 completely unchanged. With the Suzuki finally becoming available last week, it was finally time to gather all of the manufacturers together for one final day of back-to-back comparison testing with our test rider panel that’s composed of a wide range of riders in varying ages, heights, weights, and abilities.
Having been riding the majority of the 250s for a few months now, we already had a pretty good idea of how we thought they all stacked up against one another, but for the formal final day, we converged on Perris Raceway, Southern California’s oldest motocross track. Littered with well over a dozen challenging jumps, the track is laid out on the side of a hill and is the perfect place to compare the powerbands and handling characteristics of the 250 MX Bikes. Additional days of comparison testing were held previously at Glen Helen Raceway, Cahuilla Creek MX, Fox Raceway, and Milestone MX Park.
Throughout the day test riders were instructed to spend time on each machine and work with the factory technicians on hand to find each bike’s ideal setup. Of course, the technology of modern-day motocross bikes makes comparison testing an even more involved affair these days, as most machines now come with different EFI maps, traction control settings, and other adjustable features like bar clamp and footpeg positioning, as well as vented and non-vented airbox covers.
To ensure consistent tire performance among the bikes, we outfitted all of the machines with Dunlop MX53 intermediate- to hard-terrain tires, which work perfectly on Perris Raceway’s rough surface, and all six of the machines came to rest atop our favorite Works Connection Factory Stands. Backyard Design USA supplied all of the numberplate backgrounds, and we must point out that they fit perfectly and were super easy to install: even on the Honda CRF250R’s dual muffler design.
Well, that takes care of all the formalities…let’s get to it!
**Please note that each bike enjoys its own page.**
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