Dirt bikes have all the fun and can be ridden from early childhood well into adulthood. They are great for a weekend of adventure or a day at the races. These bikes are sturdy, but light in order to get you up trails and over hills. And much like any other bike, there are some that are heads and shoulders above the rest.
If you are looking for a top flight dirt bike one at the head of the class is the Honda CRF150R. For the 2012 model year, there are several important changes to this bike including a new cylinder head, new cam and new piston to help improve the overall performance. There is also better throttle response as well as coming in two different sizes to better fit a wide array of riders. This bike comes with a 149cc liquid cooled, single cylinder, Unicam four stroke engine along with a closed ratio five speed transmission. Two disc brakes on the front and back will bring is safely to a stop and it weighs 183 pounds. Priced at approximately $3,400 it is ready to ride.
Honda also makes another top rated dirt bike and because it is made by Honda, you know that you are getting a quality motorcycle. The Honda CRF450R now comes with a new rear shock linkage in order to give a softer landing, but still resists bottoming out on big hits. In addition, it comes with longer and wider footpegs, a lightweight aluminum frame and a batteryless fuel injection system. There is also a 449cc liquid cooled, single-cylinder, four stroke engine along with a close-ratio five speed transmission to give you plenty of power while on the course.
If you are looking for another manufacturer then the Kawasaki KLX 450R is another great dirt bike on the market. It comes with a liquid-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder, 449cc engine along with a five speed transmission. Most riders feels as though the engine in the machine is fantastic and the front end is very responsive to any bumps in the way. Many riders not only love the performance and suspension, but also the stopping power as well. The only drawback is that it is rather quiet and some riders prefer a little more noise.
Another popular model is the 2011 KTM XC-F. Newly redesigned for this model year, it is built to take on the toughest trails. This bike, which was released at the beginning of the year includes a linkage rear suspension along with a six speed transmission, an 18” rear wheel, open hand guards, and a side stand. The bike also comes with a gas tank that will hold just over two and a half gallons so there will be plenty of juice to get you where ever the trails take you. It also comes with a 249cc liquid cooled engine that gives riders a lot of power. Many believe that this is a bike that can help you get to the podium each and every time out.
When purchasing your first bike, the best rule of advice is not to go too big or bulky. Learn how to handle a bike first and get something more manageable and you’ll find yourself trading up soon enough. Continue reading
Many people want to get into motorcycling to feel the wind in their hair and go fast. The best way to go fast is on a sport bike; however these are not always the best choice for a beginner. Anything with a 600cc motor or more is going to be too much to handle. Therefore, when looking at the best sport bike you will want to start with something more manageable that you can take to its limits. Continue reading
A standard motorcycle is one where the rider has a riding position that is somewhere between the forward position of a sports bike and the more reclined position that is found on a cruiser. Many times these bikes are very popular to use while commuting to and from work and can even be used on longer journeys as they can carry luggage as well. In addition, these bikes are more comfortable thanks to the upright position. Continue reading
Another great sport bike to consider when looking at getting into motorcycling is the Kawasaki Ninja 650R. This sport bike is a cousin to the Kawasaki Ninja 250R, but offers a little more power and is for those who want to start with a slightly larger engine. Continue reading
Cruisers are exactly what their name implies and that is the best bikes to go cruising for a longer distance. These particular motorcycles can range from smaller to quite large and are mostly designed for comfort since they will be taken on long trips. In order to get the most comfortable ride, cruisers have a relaxed and upright seating position and they are often highly customized. Continue reading
Cruisers are great for those who are looking to spend a lot of time on their bike taking trips. While you can always use these bikes as a means of communicating, they are really meant for the open road and can be customized to fit your needs and wants. Continue reading
For those who are new to motorcycles, but still have the need for speed one of the best bikes on the market is the Yamaha FZ6R. This brand new model by Yamaha is a very capable machine and one that even more experienced riders are finding hard to resist. First, it has great lines and look and with the rider sitting more upright, it offers a very comfortable ride as well. Continue reading
Cruisers are perfect for those who like to take long trips of several hundred miles. Because they are highly customizable, they can come with luggage racks and just about any other accessory. Continue reading
This brand new offering from Honda is also a great choice for beginners who are also looking for a little speed and a sharp looking ride at the same time. This new CBR250R single cylinder sport bike is direct competition for the Kawasaki Ninja 250R. However, this machine is fuel injected and can be ordered with anti-lock brakes. Continue reading