What’s a Dirtbike?
Like the name implies, dirtbikes are for off-road use only, lacking street equipment such as lights and mirrors. Some are fire-breathing beasts built for competition and best left to the experts. However, many others are great training machines, like the Yamaha TT-Rs and Honda CRFs.
How to Find Sherco Off-Road Bikes
D-P bikes are for use on and off pavement—the SUVs of the motorcycle world—and many of them are great for beginners. Check out the Suzuki DR-Z400S, or the venerable Honda XR650L if you’re long-legged. And if you’re deep-pocketed, the new BMW F800GS is highly covetable.
Enduro bikes are built for competition in endurance races. Because weight is not a concern for endurance racers, these bikes are heavier and have a higher fuel capacity. For riders interested in lightweight, agile bikes, the trail category would take priority over enduro.
Motocross bikes are the most common style for competitive stunt riding, emphasizing light weight, acceleration, and agility.
A sporty hybrid of dual-purpose bikes riding on fat sportbike tires, these tres chic machines have only been recently embraced by the manufacturers. The new Kawasaki KLX250S and Yamaha WR250X are both great beginner bikes, the Suzuki DRZ400SM has been out a few years. Good choices for taller riders.
Trail bikes are affordable, lower-tech alternatives to Enduro bikes. Designed for recreational outdoor riding, these bikes are perfect for those interested in exploring the countryside and less interested in maximum speed.
Precision balance is the main consideration in the design of trials bikes. Trial competitions pit riders against an obstacle course of stacked objects like tires, wood structures and metal frames. For increased mobility and a lower center of gravity, trials bikes do not have seats.
Motocross – The most common style for competitive dirt track racing and stunt riding, motocross (MX) bikes boast light weight (aiding in acceleration and agility), and the most current technology available in dirt bikes, seeing as how they are by far the most popular.
Enduro – Enduro bikes are built for competitive endurance races. Because weight is not as much of a concern for endurance racers, these bikes offer more features and are consequently slightly heavier than MX bikes (typically due to a higher fuel capacity, electric start, lights, a heavier flywheel, etc).
Trail – Trail bikes are affordable, lower-tech alternatives to enduro bikes. Designed for recreational outdoor riding, these bikes are perfect for riders interested in exploring the countryside and less interested in attaining competition-level speeds.
Dual Sport – Designed for both on- and off-road riding, these bikes are best for the rider looking to do a variety of casual biking styles. Dealerships outfit these bikes to be street legal, so you won’t have to worry about modifying it after purchase to ride on the road.
Supermoto – These bikes are the more serious racing cousins of dual sport bikes. Supermoto races combine paved and dirt segments, so these bikes are built for versatility and speed. Note that supermoto bikes are not street legal without modifications.
Trials – Precision balance and minimal weight are the main factors in the design of trials bikes. Trials competitions pit riders against an obstacle course of stacked objects such as tires, wood structures, and metal frames (lots of vertical change/climbing). For increased mobility and a lower center of gravity, trials bikes do not have seats.
Mini – There are various terms for youth bikes—including pit, mini, and kids—but all serve the same purpose: a lightweight, easy-to-ride introductory dirt bike for children. Although a mini bike costs less than a regular size bike, your child will outgrow the bike within a few years. Use the popular searches filter at the top of the page to find mini motocross and trail bikes that are appropriate for kids.
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