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.