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Top 10 Off-Road Motorcycles Of 2020

Top 10 Off Road Motorcycles Of 2020

While 2020 was a crazy year (feel free to also insert: insane, bananas, shocking, wild, ridiculous, absurd), it was actually a really good year for off-road motorcycles. People being forced to stay home and occupy themselves in new ways resulted in many of them turning to dirt bikes and dual sports for themselves and their kids as a way to pass the time and bond with their families.

There are some exceptional bikes on this list and any one of them would make for a great addition to your garage.

 

Honda CRF450R

2021 Honda CRF450R

The CRF450R is one of the most powerful, most premium, and most capable dirt machines in Honda’s deep and legendary stable. If you’re looking for a machine you can use to absolutely shred the trails or the track, this is that machine.

The bike has been redesigned for the 2021 model year, and it’s not just a mild cosmetic makeover we’re talking about – it has a new chassis, new suspension, new bodywork, and got a thorough engine overhaul. The frame is significantly more rigid and roughly a pound and a half lighter than the previous generation bike and cradles a 449cc Unicam liquid-cooled four-stroke engine.

Fully loaded with fuel and fluids, the CRF450R only tips the scales at 244 pounds. Honda gave the 450R some serious performance and convenience parts, allowing you to focus on riding your heart out and taking home the gold. Some of those premium parts include a Yoshimura exhaust, Twin Air filter, Throttle Jockey seat cover, Hinson clutch, DID DirtStar wheels, electric start, and titanium and Kashima coated Showa front forks.

Starting MSRP for the 2021 CRF450R is $9,599.

 

Yamaha YZ450F

2021 Yamaha YZ450FBuilt in the same vein as the Honda above, the YZ450F from Yamaha is designed to be a premium performance off-road motorcycle that’s at home on either the track, hitting jumps, or dominating the trail.

The beating heart of the bike is a 449cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled four-stroke engine with fuel injection, forged pistons, and electric start. Yamaha has enlisted KYB for the suspension on the bike – a fully-adjustable front fork with speed-sensitive damping, and a fully adjustable single shock out back. The curb weight is only 245 pounds (literally only one pound heavier than its rival Honda).

One of the most interesting features of the bike isn’t actually on the bike. It’s Yamaha’s Power Tuner smartphone app that allows you to make on-the-fly engine management adjustments from your phone. The YZ450F is a serious performance machine from one of the most successful and capable off-road motorcycle brands money can buy.

Starting MSRP for the 2021 Yamaha YZ450F is $9,399.

 

Honda CRF250F

2019 Honda CRF250FA step down from the ultra-capable Honda CRF450R and inspired by a slightly different philosophy is this, the CRF250R. As the name implies, this motorcycle is powered by a 249cc air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine. The 250R is designed to be a simpler and easier off-road machine that is still a blast to ride and more than capable partner in the dirt.

The nice thing about the 250F is that it’s a great combination of performance and usability. While big bikes are exciting and attractive, the 250F caters to a wider range of riders, allows beginners to ride something that’s still fun but less intimidating, and can handle nearly every kind of adventure. It uses a telescopic front fork with 8.5-inches of suspension travel, and a single Showa Pro-Link shock in the back that features 9-inches of travel. The frame is a twin-spar steel unit that keeps the bike light and strong, a 21-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear wheel, electric starter, a comfortable seat, and sweet graphics that belie its smaller engine and lower profile.

Another super attractive element of the CRF250F is the price. The bike starts at an incredibly approachable $4,699.

 

Kawasaki KX250

Kawasaki KX250 2021Kawasaki’s entrant into the 249cc dirt bike class is the KX250. Unlike some other 250cc bikes, the Kawasaki is a super-premium machine that has racing and epic performance as its primary goals. It’s a great blend of what makes smaller bikes attractive, but with the premium components and racing DNA that makes larger machines so exciting.

The engine has been reworked for the 2021 model year and features fuel injection and loads of power. It uses a lightweight lithium-ion battery, aluminum frame, a front fork with compression and rebound damping adjustment, a Uni-Trak rear shock with compression/rebound damping and adjustable preload, and a new coned disc-spring hydraulic clutch. Another major benefit of the KX205 is weight – it only weighs in at just over 226 pounds fully loaded with fuel and fluids.

This may be a smaller and less powerful dirt bike than a 450, but make no mistake, Kawasaki built this thing to absolutely rip. As a result, it is significantly more expensive than, say, the CRF250F. Starting MSRP for the KX250 is $8,299.

 

Suzuki DR-Z400SM

2020 Suzuki DR-Z400SMThe 2021 DR-Z400SM might look like an off-road-only machine at first glance, but it’s actually entirely different than the other bikes previously mentioned. The ‘SM’ in its name stands for SuperMoto, meaning it looks, sounds, and rides like a dirt bike, but is actually designed for the street.

It has premium off-road Showa suspension that has been paired with sportbike tires, aluminum spoked wheels, and rims. Providing the motive force is a 398cc single-cylinder dry-sump engine with an electric start, forged aluminum piston, four-valve cylinder head, and a single carburetor. Braking is done with components more akin to street riding than dirt riding, which fits the character of the bike perfectly. Up front is a 300mm single floating rotor, while the rear of the bike gets a 240mm disc with a single-piston caliper. The fuel tank on the Z400SM is a solid 2.6 gallons, and it tips the scales at 322 pounds with fuel and fluids.

Supermotard style bikes like this one are certainly more niche than other street bikes, and substantially different than the dirt bikes on which they’re based, but they make for a fantastic blend of both worlds and create an entirely unique riding experience. Starting MSRP for the 2021 DR-Z400SM is $7,499.

 

Yamaha YZ250F

2021 Yamaha YZ250FLike the Kawasaki KX250, the YZ250F from Yamaha is designed to be a premium, performance-oriented machine that’s smaller and less powerful than its YZ450F stablemate, but no less capable when the road gets dirty. It’s powered by a 250cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled four-stroke engine with four valves per cylinder, and Mikuni fuel injection.

Holding things aloft is a KYB front fork that’s fully adjustable and a fully adjustable KYB rear shock with a hefty 12.5-inches of suspension travel. Slowing things down is a 270mm single front brake disc up front and a rear 240mm disc. Like the Yamaha YZ450F, the 250F is also paired with Yamaha’s Power Tuner app so you can change fueling and ignition changes with the swipe of your phone – super cool.

Starting MSRP for the 2021 YZ250F is $8,299.

 

Yamaha TW200

2020 Yamaha TW200What I like most about the TW200 is that it is unapologetically and completely a dual-sport motorcycle. It doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is and it’s all the better for it. The TW200 is a simple machine with simple components that’s all about the ride and the journey.

Fat, knobby tires, low seat, and function over form, it’s an easy riding and comfortable way to ride on the road and the dirt (and it even gets a claimed 79 miles-per-gallon). Starting MSRP is $4,699 and for that, you get a 196cc single-cylinder air-cooled four-stroke engine, a single disc brake to slow things down up front with a drum brake doing work out back.

Fully fueled, the bike only weighs 278 pounds, has a short 52.2” wheelbase, and only needs to care 1.8 gallons of fuel. There are few bikes out there with the same clarity of purpose as the Yamaha TW200. It’s not going to win you any Supercross titles, but it’ll be a blast to ride nearly anywhere you’d like.

 

Kawasaki KX450

2020 Kawasaki KX450The Kawasaki KX450 is a direct competitor to the likes of the Yamaha YZ450F and the Honda CRF450R. This bike is the flagship of the Kawasaki KX line and represents Kawasaki’s storied legacy in the Supercross and Motocross championships.

Up front is a 49mm Showa Coil Spring Front Fork, and the rear of the bike features Uni-Track adjustable suspension. Power comes from a 449cc single-cylinder engine that uses fuel injection and special friction reduction technology to help it rev better and create more power.

Easily one of the coolest features of the KX450 is the use of Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM) so each launch of the line is a perfect one. Kawasaki definitely had weight savings in mind while designing this motorcycle – it tips the scales at 242.9 pounds fully fueled.

Starting MSRP for this green racing machine is $9,399.

 

Honda CRF250R

2020 Honda CRF250RUnlike the other 250 Honda on this list, the CRF250R is designed as a racing machine and for shredding the trails. Need proof of the 250R intent as a racing machine? Look no further than the use of HRC Launch Control. Select it, pin the gas, dump the clutch and you’re off to the races.

The list of performance-oriented parts and technology on this machine is impressive – electric start, double-spray fuel injectors Showa suspension all around, 260mm front brake disc, bridged-box piston, and titanium fuel tank. The beating heart of the 250R is a 249cc single-cylinder engine with fuel injection, double-overhead cams, four valves, and a titanium intake and exhaust.

Starting MSRP for the smaller (but no less potent Honda dirt bike) is $7,999.

 

Suzuki DR-Z400S

2020 Suzuki DR-Z400S“Wait, didn’t you already write about this bike?” you might be thinking. While you’re forgiven for thinking that, this actually a different model from Suzuki. It’s similar to the DR-Z400SM in many ways, the ‘S’ model of this bike is a different machine. The primary differences between the two bikes are the inverted front fork, the awesome-looking spoked wheels, and the large 300mm front brake rotor.

It uses the same 398cc liquid-cooled engine and has the same upright, dual-sport motorcycle styling. And while the DR-Z400SM is designed specifically for street riding, the ‘S’ is a true dual-sport that is capable and fun to ride on both the street and off-road.

And really, the DR-Z400S is the original dual sport machine that Suzuki has been producing for years. It’s the perfect machine for doing some commuting and street riding, then slaying a fire road on the same day. Fully fueled, the S weighs 317 pounds, some five pounds lighter than the SM.

We really like the styling of the S – the black graphics, square headlights, long front fender, and motocross seat all contribute to giving the bike a funky, retro look that’s different than just about anything else on the road. The price of entry into the saddle of the DR-Z400S is $6,799.

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Best Dirt Bikes for 2022

In this article, we talk about the very best dirt bikes you can get for 2022.

All the different four strokes and two strokes are the best on the market. We will also discuss which top-rated dirt bikes and brands are leading the pack in the motocross, cross country, Hard Enduro, and trail riding areas.

Are you wondering which popular dirt bikes are the best for 2022?

Each of these riding niches has dirt bikes built specifically for that type of dirt bike riding. The suspension, motor size, and designs are different and work best in that environment.

Hopefully, this article serves as a guide to the best dirt bikes.

We are picking the top dirt bikes to put on these lists. However, even though we have a Number One bike that is the best, it doesn’t mean the other dirt bikes are not good.

This year, we have lots of quality dirt bikes brands making really good dirt bikes to choose from.

But, which brands make the best dirt bikes for 2022?

  • Yamaha
  • KTM
  • Husqvarna
  • Honda
  • Kawasaki
  • Suzuki
  • Beta
  • Sherco
  • GasGas
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These are the VERY best brands making the most popular dirt bikes for 2022. Most of these dirt bike manufacturers make the best type of dirt bike: motocross, enduro, and trail dirt bikes. A few of them only focus on one a couple of the dirt bike niches.

Each of these motorcycles are designed for use on rough terrain, such as unsurfaced roads, trails or tracks, and used in casual off-road trail adventures, Motocross, Super-cross, Cross-country and Enduro motorcycle courses.

When we talk about motocross, then you must know that the best dirt bikes for motocross also are for supercross racing here in the USA. These motocross bikes typically are the fastest, lightest dirt bikes in the family of pro dirt bikes.

Build with purpose-built motors and suspension to handle the abuse of racing on a track. These are the dirt bike manufacturers leading ponies, so to speak. Many R&D dollars get put into the amazing motocross dirt bikes first before heading to the other dirt bike niches.

2022 Top 5 Best 450F dirt bikes for motocross

2022 KTM 450SX- F 

2022 KTM 450SX- F 

The 2022 KTM 450 SX-F is the sleek dirt bike for anyone looking to conquer any type of motocross terrain. This model is rock-solid with a 450cc engine that doesn’t compromise lightweight performance or durability. With smooth, powerful acceleration and excellent braking power, this KTM has you covered in all types of terrain without sacrificing control. The traction control feature makes it easy to ride over rough patches on otherwise perfect trails. In contrast, launch control helps riders achieve full speed as fast as possible with minimal fuss or kick start effort! Best used for motocross or supercross racing.

Engine Type1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
Transmission4-speed
Seat Height37.40 in/950 mm
Weight220.46 lb/100 kg (empty)
Max.Ground Clearance14.76 in/375 mm
Price10,299.00 USD

2022 Yamaha YZ450F

The Yamaha YZ450F 2022’s is redesigned for the rider who wants to take terrain and first place! It’s compact fuel-injected unique engine provides enough power and torque, while its innovative features allow you to tune your engine right from your phone (Yamaha Tuner App). The bilateral aluminum frame gives this bike a superior ride and handling. With its advanced suspension, Yamaha makes some of the best stock front forks, this bike will provide supreme control for any rider that wants air superiority on their motorcycle. And don’t forget about this one’s unbeatable braking system with a hydraulic clutch; there isn’t anything prettier than smooth stopping motion out of an attack zone!

Engine Type450cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke; 4 titanium valves
Transmission5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Seat Height
38.0 in/96.52 cm
Weight245 lb/ 111.13 kg (WET)
Max.Ground Clearance13.0 in/ 33.02 cm
Price$9,599

2022 Kawasaki KX450

2022 Kawasaki KX450

The 2022 Kawasaki KX450 is the most sought-after bike in its class. She may not be the fastest kid on the block, but this beauty can handle anything you throw at her. Its lightweight and dynamic handling make this the ultimate thrill machine. The hydraulic clutch provides a more substantial feel and better control over shifts. At the same time, the electric start delivers convenience now if you ever forget to charge your battery. But what sets the KX450 apart from other motocross bikes is its innovative DFI electronic engine tuning system that allows riders to tune their coolest dirt bike using mapping data without removing the spark plugs or pulling out a carburetor tool. So easy, anyone can do it!

Engine Type4-stroke single, DOHC, liquid-cooled
Transmission5-speed, return shift, with wet multi-disc manual clutch and hydraulic clutch actuation
Seat Height37.6 in/ 95.50 cm
Weight232.7 lb/ 105.55 kg without fuel
Max.Ground Clearance13.4 in/ 34.04 cm
Price$9,499

2022 Honda CRF 450 R

Honda CRF 450 R

Gear up for the open road on one of our most powerful motocross dirt bikes on this list with the Honda CRF450R. The Honda CRF450R is a bike that stands out from the crowd because it has been tuned for high-speed performance with superior suspension and an eight-plate clutch assembly. This Japanese beast of a dirt bike also features Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) to ensure you always have enough power when you need it most, making rugged terrain easy going. This bike’s tuned triple clamps help riders easily drag through even rough terrain. If you want an extreme trail ride, look no further than this single pipe exhaust system with a single muffler, thanks to its eight-plate clutch, making it easy to find some grip on the track.

Engine Type449cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
TransmissionClose-ratio five-speed
Seat Height38 inches/96.52 cm
WeightCurb Weight
244 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.)
Max.Ground Clearance13.2 inches/ 33.53 cm
Price$9,599

2022 Suzuki RMZ450

SUZUKI RMZ 450

The new 2022 Suzuki RMZ450 is the ultimate 450cc motocross bike. With a robust and usable engine performance as well as unmatched cornering and braking performance, this machine offers riders one of the most enjoyable dirt bikes they will ever ride. It is equipped with rider-friendly tuning for comfort and control to suit individual needs and experience levels. This allows you to find your perfect riding position and feel confident taking corners or jumping off hills without all that non-stop shaking and heavy knocking on your belt. The 2022 Suzuki RMZ450 is stylishly designed for use in varying environments – it has modernist styling combined with a reliable ride The RM 450 is for any outdoor motocross track.

Engine Type4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Transmission5-speed constant mesh
Seat Height960 mm (37.8 in)
Weight112 kg (247 lbs) Curb mass
Max.Ground Clearance330 mm (13.0 in)
Price$8,999

2022 Top 5 Best 250F dirt bikes for motocross

2022 Yamaha YZ250F

2022 Yamaha YZ250F

A dream machine for the most discerning rider, this Yamaha YZ250F dominates the racetrack. The Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition features an advanced 250cc four-stroke engine with innovative Yamaha Power Tuner app technology–meaning better horsepower, torque control, and increased performance on the track. 

It has state-of-the-art braking system improvements noticeably reducing pad wear, and you effortlessly nail your line into every turn without breaking a sweat. And thanks to its electric starter system that’ll fire up almost instantly with just the push of a button, you’re gearing up in no time before riding off into victory lane! It is undoubtedly the best type of dirt bike for any occasion, even if you decide to train on motocross tracks.

Engine Type
250cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke; 4 valves
TransmissionConstant-mesh 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Seat Height
38.2 in/ 97.03 cm
Weight
234 lb/ 106.14 kg
Max.Ground Clearance13.2 in/ 33.53 cm
Price$8,499

2022 KTM 250SXF

2022 KTM 250SXF

The 2022 KTM 250SXF is powered by a 1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine with front and rear disc brakes for surer stops. KTM makes some of the best brakes in the industry. It’s no slouch in person either: beautiful aesthetics, great lines, and control ready at 100%. It keeps leading the class of power because of all of its advancements in safety and engineering. One of the lightest dirt bikes in the 250F motocross class.

Engine Type1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
Transmission5-speed
Seat Height37.40 in/950 mm
Weight218.26 lb/99 kg (Empty)
Max.Ground Clearance14.76 in/375 mm
Price9,399.00 USD

2022 Kawasaki KX250

2022 Kawasaki KX250

The KX250 gives you a lot of motorcycle features. Equipped with an electric start and a hydraulic clutch, the KX250 will also go wherever you want on the motocross track. Whether you are racing motocross or supercross, The KX250 feels right in your hands because it has been specially designed with slim ergonomic bodywork so that when riding tight turns and bumpy surfaces, you don’t lose control over the bike. The best feature about the KX250 is its lightweight aluminum perimeter frame.

Engine Type4-stroke single, DOHC, liquid-cooled
Transmission5-speed, return shift, with wet multi-disc manual clutch
Seat Height37.4 in/ 95.00 cm
Weight226.4 lb/ 102.69 kg without fuel
Max.Ground Clearance13.2 in/ 33.53 cm
Price$8,399

2022 Honda CRF250R

Honda-CRF250R

When it comes to adrenaline-packed roost roars, the 2022 Honda CRF250R’ is like a dream. The Honda’s best off-road motorcycle offers an upgraded cam oiling for more efficient and constant lubrication on the movable parts of the engine that generate more power and torque across all rpm. New primary and transmission ratios that provide quick acceleration; 

  • A wider water pump drive gears for better durability and efficiency; 
  • Gear position engine mapping (engine mode select button) for optimal electronically controlled balance between high performance and fuel economy with low emissions levels; 
  • Titanium intake valves, fuel tank, exhaust valve, and other components ensure higher temperatures are reached with fewer vibrations.
Engine Type249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Transmission5-speed
Seat Height37.8 inches/96.01 cm
WeightCurb Weight
229 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel–ready to ride)
Max.Ground Clearance13.1 in/ 33.27 cm
Price$8,099

2022 Suzuki RMZ 250

2022 Suzuki RMZ 250

Riding’s just more fun when you know that you can pull any trick or high-speed pass. The RMZ250 offers superb engine performance and an excellent power balance, which will give you the ability to reign on triumphantly through your favorite gravel hills and quarry corners. The controlled braking system ensures superior stopping power and feel, so avoid those nasty spills in the wilderness or motocross track. Complement this with rider-friendly tuning options, featuring Suzuki’s MX-Tuner 2.0 app for quick fuel injection and ignition tuning – we also include a fuel coupler as standard for easy EFI tuning wherever you might be! Promise yourself some adrenaline-pumping savagery this weekend.

Engine Type4-stroke, liquid cooled, DOHC
Transmission5-speed constant mesh
Seat Height955 mm (37.6 in)
Weight106 kg (234 lbs Curb mass
Max.Ground Clearance330 mm (13.0 in)
Price$7,899

2022 Top 3 Best 250cc two-stroke motocross dirt bikes

2022 KTM 250 SX

2022 KTM 250 SX

The KTM 250 SX is perfect for riders who enjoy big, exciting adventures. The typically narrow track means you’ll be able to make tight turns and speed through the twistiest of backroads with ease. If your appetite ever needs expanding, you can entertain yourself on these dirt trails for hours. But look out–on-road prowess isn’t sacrificed as a result! All this excitement comes from a one-cylinder engine that pairs well with the five-speed transmission. You could say this street bike has been thirsting for the adventure itself since it first came out nearly two decades ago in the 2022 model year!

Engine Type1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine
Transmission5-speed
Seat Height37.40 in/950 mm
Weight210.54 lb/95.5 kg
Max.Ground Clearance14.76 in/375 mm
Price8,499.00 USD

2022 Husqvarna TC 250

2022 Husqvarna TC 250

The new 2022 Husqvarna TC 250 is the bike to beat in motocross racing. This bike’s aggressive ergonomics, superior power curves, and clutch strength make it top of its class. The rough paint job with strategically placed spikes makes this all-terrain bike look as rugged as it feels-you can’t put your finger on what she loves more: riding bikes or terrorizing monsters! With fuel injection, 2-stroke power with case induction, and a power valve exhaust system for maximum engine performance, the TC250 has stunt bike DNA. From dirt to asphalt-the TC250 can handle it all!

Engine Type1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine
Transmission5-speed
Seat Height37.01 in/940 mm
Weight211.64 lb/ 96 kg WITHOUT FUEL
Max.Ground Clearance14.76 in/ 375 mm
Price$8,599

2022 Yamaha YZ250

2022 Yamaha YZ250

Obliterate the competition with the sleek and quick 2022 Yamaha YZ250 coolest dirt bike! This reed-valve-induced, liquid-cooled two-stroke engine will deliver 249cc of pure power and fun. With a lightweight aluminum frame and swingarm, this motorcycle has the agility you need for whatever off-road obstacles life throws at you. Race off to your next adventure on the sporty 21″ front/18″ rear tires. Finish first in comfort with an updated lightweight braking system featuring lighter wave discs by up to 30% over traditional cast alloy items, helping handling feel light even when commuting long distances. The aggressive race-inspired styling will make these bikes stand out from other vehicles. Pick up one today before they vanish!

Engine Type249cc liquid-cooled 2-stroke; reed-valve inducted
Transmission
Constant-mesh 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Seat Height
38.2 in/ 97.03 cm
Weight
227 lb/ 102.97 kg
Max.Ground Clearance14.2 in/ 36.07 cm
Price$7,799

2022 Top 3 Best 125cc two-stroke motocross dirt bikes

2022 KTM 125 SX (KTM 150 SX)

2022 KTM 125 SX

2022 might be the year you finally get your childhood dream of being a motocross champion fulfilled. Magic awaits in the KTM 125 SX and KTM 150 SX, with enough horsepower to take on any 4-Strokes or 6s out there. The lightweight chassis makes it great for smaller riders. And an engine that provides super-fast acceleration while giving class-leading torque and power – allowing you to jump on the box for this agile and lightweight machine that can provide a run for their money. With enough power to climb any hill as if it’s nothing.

Engine Type1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine
Transmission6-speed
Seat Height37.40 in/ 950 mm
Weight192.90 lb/ 87.5 kg
Max.Ground Clearance14.76 in/375 mm
Price7,499.00 USD

2022 Husqvarna TC 125

2022 Husqvarna TC 125

Powered by the breath of angels, the 2022 Husqvarna TC 125 takes you on a journey through Europe’s green-blue gradients. This rally-inspired dual-sport could double as a light touring bike. The light engine weight of just 17.2 kg makes it easy to get underway, and it will slim your lap times when handling technical sections of dirt roads. This chromium-molybdenum steel frame’s 6-speed gearbox is manufactured exclusively by PANKL Racing Systems, so you’ll never have to worry about a messed upshift or a broken chain in this powerhouse racer; that is anything but bare bones!

Engine Type1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine
Transmission6-speed
Seat Height37.01 in/ 940 mm
Weight192.90 lb/ 87.5 kg
Max.Ground Clearance14.76 in/ 375 mm
Price7,599.00 USD

2022 Yamaha YZ125

2022 Yamaha YZ125

If you want exhilarating, the adrenaline-inducing speed with incredible handling, stunning looks, and class-leading performance, the new 2022 Yamaha YZ125 is one of the best pro dirt bikes. It’s lightweight, agile, and responsive to suit any rider’s needs as it rockets across the most challenging terrain imaginable. Start so fast your heart races as it roars to life with a lustrous two-stroke screech, or take it even farther with its refined 4valve so balanced that bottoming out does not affect throttle response. Adjustable footpegs and clip-on handlebars allow anyone to find their perfect riding position and hit the gas for the first time every time, thanks to cutting-edge technology like traction control. The narrow all shift four gears won’t let you down.

Engine Type125cc liquid-cooled 2-stroke; reed-valve inducted
Transmission
Constant-mesh 6-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Seat Height
38.6 in/ 98.04 cm
Weight
209 lb/94.80 kg
Max.Ground Clearance14.4 in/ 36.58 cm
Price$6,899

2022 Top 5 Best 85cc two-stroke motocross dirt bikes

2022 KTM 85 SX

2022 KTM 85 SX

You’ll go motoring through bumps, mud puddles, and even deep caverns on the 2022 KTM 85SX. Rest assured you won’t encounter any obstacles during your journey with this top dirt bike:

  • Efficient 6-speed transmission, 
  • Solid front and rear disk brakes for confident stopping power in all conditions, 
  • Sixty-six degrees steering head keeping control of tight turns a breeze. 

With its 47mm bore engine, this four-stroke catalyzed gas engine is powerful enough to haul your cargo across expanses of terrain. 

Its 85cc displacement is suitable for someone who wants to test out their skills or experience dirt biking without investing too much into something that may prove challenging.

Engine Type1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine
Transmission6-speed
Seat Height35.04 in/890 mm
Weight149.91 lb/ 68 kg
Max.Ground Clearance14.25 in/ 362 mm
Price6,399.00 USD

2022 Yamaha YZ 85

2022 Yamaha YZ 85

The 2022 Yamaha YZ 85 guarantees heart-pumping thrills on or off the track. If you’ve got it tuned-up right, it sounds like a race-car – just with less power! The 36mm inverted cartridge fork will give you plenty of control out in the dirt for everything from racing to rally sprints. Throw on some flashy new 17″ rims and big disc brakes, top with a sleek blue paint job before letting loose at your local motocross roundabout – nothing could be better than ripping around the outside of that tight hairpin turn!

Engine Type
85cc liquid-cooled 2-stroke; reed-valve inducted
Transmission6-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Seat Height
33.1 in/ 84.07 cm
Weight
161 lb/ 73.03 kg
Max.Ground Clearance12.6 in/ 32.00 cm
Price$4,799

2022 Husqvarna TC 85

2022 Husqvarna TC 85

The Husqvarna’s TC 85 has an aerodynamically designed engine in a water-resistant shell, with access to quick-release valves for oil and fuel. The suspension system engineered from quality steel is within your reach and provides an ideal grip and ride balance. Hit boost mode for soaring energy or rip through high gear burst modes to give you a thrilling yet controllable power delivery. Its safety features are unparalleled: this TC 85 was fitted with high-quality ODI lock-on grips combined with anti-slip handlebars designed to stabilize the rider during exciting rides. Rightly keeps the positions as top-of-the-line dirt bikes.

Engine Type1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine
Transmission6-speed
Seat Height34.45 in/ 875mm
Weight149.91 lb/ 68kg
Max.Ground Clearance14.25 in/ 362 mm
Price6,499.00 USD

2022 Kawasaki KX 85

2022 Kawasaki KX 85

The 2022 Kawasaki KX 85 is the perfect bike for new riders. It has a 6-position handlebar, and it’s comfortable to learn on and easy to ride. Minimalist bodywork offers excellent protection while staying light so that you can keep up with your friends on bigger bikes. The stronger transmission means you can go faster than ever before! And don’t worry about fuel economy; this little beauty will run twice as long without gas, just like all our other 20xx models did when they were new! You deserve the best. Get off of that smaller bike and upgrade to the 2022 Kawasaki KX 85 today!

Engine Type2-stroke single with exhaust power valve (KIPS), liquid-cooled
Transmission2-stroke single with exhaust power valve (KIPS), liquid-cooled
Seat Height32.7 in/ 83.06 cm
Weight165.3 lb/ 74.98 kg
Max.Ground Clearance11.4 in/ 28.96 cm
Price$4,499

2022 Suzuki RM 85

2022 Suzuki RM 85

This 2022 model of the RM 85 is one of the best dirt bikes for 2022. Its smooth engine and feel can run at any rpm, and the power this has is something to marvel at. In addition, it’s lightweight and packs a punch of control when driving.

The RM 85 also looks fantastic and comes in one sleek configuration of a yellow shade that makes you feel like a pro racer. But, regardless of whether you’re a pro or a rookie at driving, the 2022 RM 85 has many features that make it great for all types of racers.

Engine Type84.7cc, 2-stroke, liquid-cooled, single cylinder
Transmission6-speed constant mesh
Seat Height850 mm (33.5 in.)
Weight73 kg (161 lb.) Crub weight
Max.Ground Clearance325 mm (12.8 in.)
Price$4,399

2022 Top 5 Best 65cc two-stroke motocross dirt bikes

2022 Yamaha YZ 65

2022 Yamaha YZ 65

The 2022 Yamaha YZ 65 is sporting a new look and engine. This 2022 version is probably the best dirt bike for 2022 because of its massive improvement in almost all categories. The chassis now is more refined, and the engine has a few tweaks to make it run better.

The target demographic for the YZ 65 is younger riders who aspire to be dirt racers. This cool dirt bike is impressive as the built quality fits someone who’s just learning how to race and still mastering the mechanics. This 2022 model also comes in a great blue color that looks incredible when the dirt touches the wheels and chassis.

Engine Type65cc liquid-cooled 2-stroke; reed-valve inducted
Transmission6-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Seat Height
29.7 in/75.44 cm
Weight134 lb/ 60.78 kg WET weight
Max.Ground Clearance10.4 in/ 26.42 cm
Price$4,699

2022 KTM 65 SX

2022 KTM 65 SX

This compact 2022 model of the 65 SX runs like its 2-stroker bigger brothers. It’s unbelievable to think that this bike can run and sound so well as the size doesn’t look like it can. The 2022 KTM 65 SX is the best type of dirt bike that can do everything big dirt bikes can, from having the proper clutch to the gearbox.

Its brand new WP XACT forks can provide attractive benchmarks that give a lot of power for its size. If you are serious about racing, this is the bike to go. Please don’t get fooled by its size, as this can give anyone a race for their money.

Engine Type1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine
Transmission6-speed
Seat Height29.53 in/ 750 mm
Weight116.84 lb/ 53 kg Without fuel
Max.Ground Clearance11.02 in/ 280 mm
Price$5,199

2022 Husqvarna TC 65

2022 Husqvarna TC 65

If you’re a young racer who wants to elevate your technique by going manual, then the TC 65 is for you. This newest Husqvarna’s TC 65 is a compact bike with a manual clutch and a dedicated gearbox. The transition from a previous motorcycle to this is very seamless.

The hydraulic clutch will give you smooth transitions and drifts while racing, and the 6-speed gearbox will grant you a lot of horsepower’s to win races. It may be smaller, but even the bigger bikes shiver as the TC 65 passes by.

Engine Type1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine
Transmission6-speed
Seat Height29.53 in/ 750 mm
Weight116.84 lb/ 53 kg without fuel
Max.Ground Clearance11.02 in/ 280 mm
Price$5,299

2022 Cobra CX 65

2022 Cobra CX 65

There are many similarities with the Cobra CX 65 2021 edition, but the look and feel are vastly different. For starters, the chassis is completely redesigned, and the performance is improved from the 2021 edition. It may sport the same engine and a similar gearbox system, but the new horsepower of the machine with boosted performance is all you need to know why Cobra CX 65 2022 is one of the best bikes ever.

If you love a yellow glow for the chassis, then this is definitely for you. It’s lightweight and compact and can easily give racers many winning races down the line.

Engine TypeCobra 65cc 2-stroke with Electronic
TransmissionSix-speed sequential
Seat Height30.00 in/ 762 mm
WeightDry Weight: 117 lbs/ 53 Kg
Max.Ground Clearance9.84 in/ 250 mm
Price$5,499

2022 Kawasaki KX 65

2022 Kawasaki KX 65

There’s something about green vehicles that scream racing every time they hit the road. The 2022 KX 65 destroys the competition with a lot of power and design that scares other racers for its two-stroke engine. This is a loud powerhouse as the tires hit the dust, and the best thing about it is that it runs like a compact vehicle for its relatively large size.

The multi-disc manual clutch ensures smooth transmission, and the 6-speed gearbox will ensure that you are running efficiently at lightning speeds. This bike will make you look like a winner with its fast engine and unique color scheme that turns eyes immediately.

Engine Type2-stroke single, liquid-cooled
Transmission6-speed, return shift, with wet multi-disc manual clutch
Seat Height29.9 in/75.95 cm
Weight132.2 lb*/ 59.96 kg Curb weight
Max.Ground Clearance12.0 in/ 30.48 cm
Price$3,799

2022 Top 3 Best 50cc two-stroke motocross dirt bikes

2022 KTM 50 SX

2022 KTM 50 SX

Like its more compact cousin, the KTM 65 SX, the 50 SX has a similar-looking chassis but has a larger engine and overall size. This bike is made with top-of-the-line components, and engineers have put a lot of thought into designing this bike’s overall look and feel.

It can drive fast as its high-performance engine is widely known to exhaust a lot of power that can go competition away instantly. The 50 SX can easily be the best dirt bike of 2022 for its elegant and straightforward design alone. But considering its large frame and fast engine, this can go beyond that and surprise many racers for how good it can drive down the dirt pavement.

Engine Type1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine
TransmissionSingle-speed automatic
Seat Height26.18 in/ 665 mm
Weight91.49 lb/ 41.5 kg
Max.Ground Clearance9.92 in/ 252 mm
Price$4,449

2022 Husqvarna TC 50

2022 Husqvarna TC 50

For size to performance ratio, the Husqvarna TC 50 is the best dirt bike for 2022. Attention to detail was placed to ensure that quality is incorporated into designing a fast and powerful engine found in bigger bikes to a smaller chassis. The Husqvarna TC 50 isn’t the smallest and most compact, but in terms of quality, you get the best.

This bike features Husqvarna’s newest 2-stroke engine, and it doesn’t disappoint. The performance in the transmission is smooth, and you can hardly feel like it’s a small bike for how great the engine is at going past smaller bikes on races. So if you’re a winner, you should look at this bike to try out its full potential.

Engine Type1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine
TransmissionSingle-speed automatic
Seat Height26.18 in/ 665 mm
Weight91.49 lb/ 41.5 kg
Max.Ground Clearance9.92 in/ 252 mm
Price$4,499

2022 Cobra CX 50 SRX (King)

2022 Cobra CX 50 SRX (King)

Cobra CX 50 is sporting a new frame, faster engine, packs twin radiators, an aluminum subframe, and more torque to give racers the best performance possible. It’s seriously a contender for the fastest 50cc bike out there, and the chassis is filled with intricate designs that will make you drive with style.

The newest feature is the forged wheels that drive best in dirt pavements to give you an overview. There is less friction when going, and it is a better feeling bike than the previous models. This model has a nickname (King) with a good reason. 

Engine TypeCobra Venom 50cc 2-stroke
TransmissionSingle-speed auto
Seat Height26.77 in/ 680 mm
WeightDry Weight // 91 lbs / 41 Kg
Max.Ground Clearance9.65 in/245 mm
Price$5,499

What are cross country dirt bikes built for? Fast and flowy type of riding. A cross country dirt bike is closely related to its motocross brothers but with softer suspension, different gearing, and a few offroad goodies like an 18″ rear wheel.

These popular cross country dirt bikes are considered full-fledged closed-course races and are built for the whoops in the desert. Considered by many to be the “DO IT ALL” dirt bike. You can ride gnarly single track, fast, jumps, corners, and motocross all with one dirt bike.

2022 Top 5 Best 450F Cross Country dirt bikes

2022 KTM 450 XCF

2022 KTM 450 XCF

The KTM is nothing short of a powerhouse that destroys any pavement it crosses. Racers will enjoy driving with a smooth engine while speeding through opposing racers to the finish line. The size might be on the bigger side, but it’s not as heavy as you might think. Its lightweight mass is the reason why you can still blow past guys who have smaller dirt bikes.

If you’re looking for a fast and large bike, you will cruise through the competition and blow people away with your horsepower. The look of the 450 XCF is also elegant with the steel chassis and an ergonomic frame that lets you drive with comfort as you drive with atomic speeds. It is, without a doubt, the best dirt bike for trails and track if you like 450cc. If not, you can’t go wrong with 250cc.

Engine Type1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
Transmission5-speed
Seat Height37.40 in/ 950 mm
Weight222.67 lb/ 101 kg
Max.Ground Clearance14.57 in/ 370 mm
Price$10,999

2022 Yamaha YZ 450 FX

2022 Yamaha YZ 450 FX

Like its more minor variants, the YZ 450 FX is a heavier duty bike that demands attention as it power cruises through the mud. The chassis is large and feels premium to hold, and its engine is a high-tech liquid-cooled 4-stroke for quality performance.

The Yamaha YZ 450 FX drives and feels like a big dirt bike, which is not bad. It is a highly competitive bike that other racers will fear facing, and the YZ 450 FX is a five-speed multi-plate wet clutch that assures you of sharper turns and transmission. Conquer every race with this big boy, and it’s hard to look back at other models after driving this beauty.

Engine Type
450cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke; 4 titanium valves
Transmission5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Seat Height
37.6 in/ 95.50 cm
Weight
254 lb/ 115.21 kg WET weight
Max.Ground Clearance12.6 in/ 32.00 cm
Price$9,899

2022 Honda CRF 450 RX

2022 Honda CRF 450 RX

If you’re into enduro racing, the Honda CRF 450 RX is the bike for you. There are so many innovations that made this 2022 model, and it starts with the selectable torque control that Honda is known for. The responsive torque control will give you advantages for almost all situations. For example, in rough terrains, you can dig those tires to move freely, and the engine has many juices to make it happen.

The CRF 450 RX is tough to beat, and you have to try it out for yourself to know what Honda has in store for its latest CRF 450 RX model.

Engine Type449cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
TransmissionClose-ratio five-speed
Seat Height38 inches/96.52 cm
WeightCurb Weight
251 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.)
Max.Ground Clearance13.2 incheS/33.53 cm
Price$9,899

2022 Husqvarna FX 450

2022 Husqvarna FX 450

The advanced engineering incorporated in the bigger Husqvarna bikes is genuinely exceptional. The engines of the modern dirt bikes are so compact and can still deliver a powerful motor.

There are just so many things to love about the Husqvarna FX 450, and the best thing about it is the chassis is not too large and small; it’s just right. The level of thought into making sure that this bike is optimal for speed and size makes Husqvarna FX 450 unique in its class.

Engine Type1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
Transmission5-speed
Seat Height37.40 in/ 950 mm
Weight223.33 lb/ 101.3 kg
Max.Ground Clearance14.57 in/ 370 mm
Price$10,999

2022 Sherco 450 SEF FACTORY

2022 Sherco 450 SEF FACTORY

The Sherco 450 SEF Factory is an excellent bike for those who wish to level up and look for a unique experience. This Sherco dirt bike model is a special breed with a sizable engine and a medium-large frame that feels different from its competitors.

Cruising on the race with this one will immediately feel different. The horsepower supplements its frame and chassis very well, achieving smoother transmissions and turns that will give you an edge in the competition.

Engine Type4 stroke DOHC, 4 valve SHERCO technology
Transmission6 speed sequential gearbox, primary gears and chain secondary
Seat Height950 mm (37.40 in)
Weight/
Max.Ground Clearance355 mm (13.98 in)
Price$11,199

2022 Top 5 Best 350F Cross Country dirt bikes

2022 KTM 350 XCF

2022 KTM 350 XCF

The KTM 350 XCF is the best beginner bike that you can find for a significant premium price. There’s nothing that beats an excellent chassis, engine, and ergonomics combination.

Just like the previous KTM models, the 2022 version of this short bike feels better and faster. Its setup is so forgiving to beginners that pros can also enjoy it due to the build quality, and it has a 450 kickup that feels great when hitting the dust.

Engine Type1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
Transmission6-speed
Seat Height37.40 in/ 950 mm
Weight221.56 lb/ 100.5 kg
Max.Ground Clearance14.57 in/ 370 mm
Price$10,799

2022 Beta 350 RR Race Edition

2022 Beta 350 RR Race Edition

Just like the other bikes on this list, the Beta 350 RR Race Edition is among the many great dirt bikes in the line of quality motors that you can find. Its horsepower is comparable to the top-of-the-line brands and packs a unique design that competes well with other racers.

The Beta 350 RR has the perfect size for riders who are both pros and beginners. Ergonomically inclined to drive with comfort, with power complemented with the chassis design, balanced with an excellent transmission package that will kick the dirt to the curb.

Engine TypeSINGLE CYLINDER, 4-STROKE, LIQUID-COOLED
Transmission6 GEARS
Seat Height37.01 in/940 mm
Weight237.00 lb/ 107.5 kg Dry weight
Max.Ground Clearance12.60 in/ 320 mm
Price$10,599

2022 Sherco 300 SEF FACTORY

2022 Sherco 300 SEF FACTORY

The Sherco 300 SEF Factory is compact and a small bike that makes a lot of noise for serious competition. Though the 300 series is in the small-medium size range, it’s potent and deserves a spot on this list.

The transmission is what makes this one shine out of all because it’s going to give you smooth drives that don’t overpower your chassis and engine. Go for a ride in this thing, and you’ll immediately feel the impact of its powerful engines.

Engine Type4 stroke DOHC, 4 valve SHERCO technology
Transmission6 speed sequential gearbox, primary gears and chain secondary
Seat Height950 mm (37.40 in)
Weight/
Max.Ground Clearance355 mm (13.98 in)
Price$10,999

2022 Husqvarna FX 350

2022 Husqvarna FX 350

Husqvarna is known for the speedy and powerful bikes of the past. This FX 350, however, blends size, power, and speed in one perfect package. The 2022 upgrade comes with a hydraulic clutch that boosts performance even further without compromising strength and modulation. In addition, the sweet color is a bonus for those who appreciate a sleek design.

If you’re looking for the most balanced dirtbike that ticks all the boxes of all criteria that makes a top of the line dirt bike, this is for you.

Engine Type1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
Transmission6-speed
Seat Height37.40 in/ 950 mm
Weight221.56 lb/ 100.5 kg
Max.Ground Clearance14.57 in/ 370 mm
Price$10,899

2022 Beta 390 RR Race Edition

2022 Beta 390 RR Race Edition

The 390 RR is a unique blend of power and design. Beta makes special bikes that don’t focus on overpowering the engines and instead, relies on modulation and ergonomics to bring it home to the riders.

This bike is highly competitive and will storm the terrain with its significant engines and fast transmissions. It’s a particular bike with unique perks that help it stand out by differentiating itself from the competing brands in the market.

Engine TypeSINGLE CYLINDER, 4-STROKE, LIQUID-COOLED
Transmission6 GEARS
Seat Height37.01 in/940 mm
Weight237.00 lb/ 107.5 kg Dry weight
Max.Ground Clearance12.60 in/ 320 mm
Price$10,699

2022 Top 5 Best 250F Cross Country dirt bikes

2022 Yamaha YZ 250 FX

2022 Yamaha YZ 250 FX

Yamaha’s YZ 250 FX will make the dirt cry as you blaze through the landscapes. Its revolutionary front forks, rear exhaust, and liquid-cool engines are only a few things that make this unique.

The 2022 model has a new chassis, better engine, and slightly more thought-out ergonomics to make riders feel the most comfortable when driving. When racing, the YZ 250 FX runs smoothly and will boost you to the finish line with the best camshaft profile that balances the throttling and weight to give you a balanced feel when racing against your opponents.

Engine Type
250cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke; 4 titanium valves
Transmission
6-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Seat Height37.6 in/ 95.50 cm
Weight
245 lb/ 111.13 kg
Max.Ground Clearance12.6 in/ 32.00 cm
Price$8,799

2022 KTM 250 XCF

2022 KTM 250 XCF

One of the best dirt bikes to buy has to be the KTM 250 XCF. With its lightweight engine and great power, this bike is made to compete. With the right rider, this bike can break records on any track it’s been ridden. In addition, with its lightweight frame, this bike offers excellent handling and a nimble feel whenever it’s been tossed around on the track. The front and rear suspension can take big jumps with ease, as it has some of the best suspensions in the market. Overall a very well-built bike that’s ready to compete, and I think it is the best dirt bike for trails and track.

Engine Type1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
Transmission6-speed
Seat Height37.40 in/ 950 mm
Weight220.46 lb/ 100 kg without fuel
Max.Ground Clearance14.57 in/ 370 mm
Price9,799.00 USD

2022 HONDA CRF 250 RX

2022 HONDA CRF 250 RX

If you want a bike to own the trail, then the 2022 CRF 250RX is an excellent option. This bike has a big tank and a larger rear wheel coming in at 18 inches, making it great for enduro-style riding. This bike is great for riding around tight spots and getting to places other top-rated dirt bikes can’t. The 2022 year model is a significant improvement from the previous year, making it the best all-around dirt bike, and it shows when you ride the bike. It’s easy to maneuver and has plenty of power to climb up and to get there faster. 

Engine Type249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Transmission5-speed
Seat Height38 in/96.52 cm
WeightCurb Weight
238 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel–ready to ride)
Max.Ground Clearance13.2 in/ 335 mm
Price$8,499

2022 Husqvarna FC 250

2022 Husqvarna FC 250

If you are in the market for a stylish motorcycle that has the power of a 250CC with lightweight, then Husqvarna FC 250 is the right one for you. At this moment, it’s the most premium four strokes 250 cc dirt bike, and quickly we can say that it is the leader in its class.

Amateurs and professionals can ride this bike without hesitation as it now has rider-friendly tools which can make it more approachable. This popular dirt bike has impressive brakes, which give it insane stopping power whenever you have to stop unexpectedly. The new Swedish design makes this bike very eye-catching, as it looks aggressive yet elegant. Overall, one of the best dirt bikes available right now.

Engine Type1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
Transmission5-speed
Seat Height37.01 in/940 mm
Weight/
Max.Ground Clearance/
Price9,499.00 USD

2022 Sherco 250 SEF FACTORY

2022 Sherco 250 SEF FACTORY

If you are in the market for a unique dirt bike that stands out of the crowd, consider the new 2022 Sherco 250 SEF Factory. This dirt bike may be unknown to some, but it has top of a line build. The engine feels terrific and has excellent top-end power. In addition, the brake’s feel is impressive and has an instant response. Overall, this bike would be a perfect option for anyone looking for a versatile dirt bike that can be ridden on most trails. 

Engine Type4 stroke DOHC, 4 valve SHERCO technology
Transmission6 speed sequential gearbox, primary gears and chain secondary
Seat Height950 mm (37.40 in)
Weight/
Max.Ground Clearance355 mm (13.98 in)
Price$11,299

2022 Top 4 Best 300cc 2 Stroke Cross Country dirt bikes

2022 KTM 300 XC TPI

2022 KTM 300 XC TPI

The latest 2022 KTM 300 XC TPI is considered one of the best dirt bikes for cross country riding. This dirt bike has excellent seating, as it’s comfortable even after hours of riding. Moreover, this dirt bike has an 18 inch rear wheel, which makes this bike even more suitable for cross country riding. This dirt bike does have more power when compared to its motocross variant. The 300CC two-stroke engine feels monstrous, and the power delivery is very linear when riding. The bike feels very refined, which can be great for some riders: overall excellent handling and a fast dirt bike equipped for cross country riding. 

Engine Type1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine
Transmission6-speed
Seat Height37.40 in/ 950 mm
Weight223.33 lb/ 101.3 kg without fuel
Max.Ground Clearance14.76 in/ 375 mm
Price10,499.00 USD

2022 Beta 300 RR Race Edition

2022 Beta 300 RR Race Edition

The 2022 Beta 300 RR Race Edition dirt bike is an excellent option for people in the market for a brand that delivers. Most people are familiar with Honda, Yamaha, etc. But not many know about Beta; this brand makes their dirtbike using some of the best technology so that riders can enjoy their experience when riding the dirt bike. The two-stroke engine feels very good, especially at the top end, and the bike has excellent suspension to eat up big jumps. However, the dirt bike has a high seat height, so you won’t be comfortable if you are shorter. 

Engine TypeSINGLE CYLINDER, 2-STROKE, LIQUID-COOLED
Transmission6 GEARS
Seat Height36.61 in/ 930 mm
Weight228.18 lb/ 103.5 kg dry weight
Max.Ground Clearance12.60 in/ 320 mm
Price$9,699

2022 Sherco 300 SE FACTORY

2022 Sherco 300 SE FACTORY

The 2022 Sherco 300 SE FACTORY is a fantastic option for people who want an enduro dirt bike, as this bike has all the tools you need to be successful on enduro-style riding. This dirt bike has a lovely 300 CC engine with excellent low-end power, making it feel mighty from the get-go. The dirt bike also has a headlight, so you can ride this dirtbike in places where it’s dark. This is one of the best dirt bikes from Sherco and an excellent option for people who need an all-around dirt bike that can deliver great power and is built with high performance in mind. 

Engine Type2 stroke signle cylinder with electronically controlled valves and booster
Transmission6 speed sequential gearbox, primary gears and chain secondary
Seat Height950 mm (37.40 in)
Weight/
Max.Ground Clearance355 mm (13.98 in)
Price$10,999

2022 Husqvarna TX 300i

2022 Husqvarna TX 300i

If you are looking for a dirtbike with great technology that delivers power at the twist of the throttle, then the 2022 Husqvarna TX 300i dirt bike is a great option. This dirt bike is built to beat your competitors on the track, and there is no denying the fact that this dirt bike is made to win. What’s great about this Swedish dirt bike would be its technology. This bike is very advanced and provides tools to make your riding more efficient, making it easy to set record time on the track. With its new hydraulic clutch and Brembo brakes, this bike is a powerhouse. 

Engine Type1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine
Transmission6-speed
Seat Height37.40 in/ 950 mm
Weight223.77 lb/ 101.5 kg
Max.Ground Clearance14.76 in/ 375 mm
Price10,599.00 USD

2022 Top 4 Best 250cc two-stroke Cross Country dirt bikes

2022 KTM 250 XC TPI 

2022 KTM 250 XC TPI 

This bike is an excellent option if you are looking for a dirt bike that won’t give up. The KTM 250 XC TPI is a reliable dirt bike that will keep going until the wheels fall off. The 250 CC two-stroke engine is one of the best engines ever fitted onto a dirt bike. Moreover, the bike feels nimble around the track, and the traction is impressive, especially when you are pushing it. The decals on the bike make it look very cool, as it has the Redbull factory racing theme.

Engine Type1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine
Transmission6-speed
Seat Height37.40 in/ 950 mm
Weight223.33 lb/ 101.3 kg without fuel
Max.Ground Clearance14.76 in/ 375 mm
Price10,199.00 USD

2022 Yamaha YZ250

2022 Yamaha YZ250

Yamaha has been known for its reliability, and this dirt bike is not an exception. The 2022 Yamaha YZ250 is a great cross-country dirt bike, especially if you want to enjoy the off roads without any worries. This bike has plenty of power and has a fantastic suspension setup. The thing that sets this bike apart from others would be the transmission. The transmission on this bike is superb, and the way it puts down the power makes this bike very user-friendly even in dicey situations. Also, this model is updated for 2022, and it offers pure performance and adrenalin. If you need a dirtbike that’s reliable and gets the job done, then the 2022 Yamaha YZ250 is the best off-road motorcycle for you.

Engine Type
249cc liquid-cooled 2-stroke; reed-valve inducted
Transmission
Constant-mesh 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Seat Height
38.2 in/ 97.03 cm
Weight229 lb/ 103.87 kg Wet weight
Max.Ground Clearance
14.2 in/36.07 cm
Price$7,799

2022 Sherco 250 SE FACTORY

2022 Sherco 250 SE FACTORY

2022 Sherco 250 SE FACTORY keeps impressing critics as it has improved from last year. This bike has a very nice engine, and the suspension feels nice enough to take big jumps without any issues. The new Brembo brakes feel very aggressive, and they bite hard, so you must be careful when stopping. Also, a new thing on this dirt bike is New diamond pattern gray SELLE DALLA VALLE SEAT. 

The graphics on the bike look very good and make it stand out from other top-rated dirt bikes. This will be a good option if you are in the market for a great and fun dirt bike.

Engine Type2 stroke mono cylinder with electronically controlled valves and booster
Transmission6 speed sequential gearbox, primary gears and chain secondary
Seat Height950 mm (37.40 in)
Weight/
Max.Ground Clearance355 mm (13.98 in)
Price$10,699

2022 Beta 250 RR Race Edition

2022 Beta 250 RR Race Edition

One of the most aggressive dirt bikes available for 2022, this dirt bike feels every bit aggressive as a motocross-ready bike. The brakes feel bold, and the suspension feels aggressive; even the clutch feels heavy. If you are looking for a dirt bike that makes you feel like a professional rider and makes you feel like you did a full workout after a short ride, then this bike would be an excellent option for you. Even the livery on this bike looks aggressive, so we know what this bike is about.

Engine TypeSINGLE CYLINDER, 2-STROKE, LIQUID-COOLED
Transmission6 GEARS
Seat Height36.61 in/ 930 mm
Weight228.18 lb/ 103.5 kg dry weight
Max.Ground Clearance12.60 in/ 320 mm
Price$9,899

Hard enduro dirt bikes are dirt bikes that are built for racing offroad in complex technical terrain—stuff like gnarly single track where you are going slow. While you still can go fast on an enduro dirt bike, they are built with softer suspension and gearing for riding challenging, slow terrain. 

Some of the dirt bikes (KTM) even come without linkage, which allows your dirt bike to have more clearance, and the linkage will not get hung up on rocks or log crossings. 

These Hard enduro dirt bikes have an electric start to save you when you kill the bike in a crappy section.

2022 Top 3 Best 450F Hard Enduro dirt bikes

2022 Sherco 450 SE Racing

2022 Sherco 450 SEF Racing

The 2022 Sherco 450 SE Racing dirt bike can be a handful for people who don’t know how to tame the beast. This bike has plenty of power from top to bottom and has very aggressive seating. In addition, this bike has a durable suspension that is ready to take big jumps without any hesitation. The enduro racing style of this bike makes it very versatile when it comes to performance. We can see this bike setting numbers on a closed track or exploring nature fearlessly. A great bike for people who want it all.

Engine Type4 stroke DOHC, 4 valve SHERCO technology
Transmission6 speed sequential gearbox, primary gears and chain secondary
Seat Height950 mm (37.40 in)
Weight/
Max.Ground Clearance355 mm (13.98 in)
Price11,999.00 USD

Yamaha WR 450F

2021 Yamaha WR 450F

The Yamaha WR450F is the ultimate dirt bike if you are looking for a cross-country bike that will stand the test of time. As we know, Yamaha uses high-quality material to manufacture all of its dirt bikes. The suspension feels excellent around bumps, and the dirt bike seems to eat through the dirt. The 450 CC, four-stroke engine, feels very powerful, which can be great if you know how to use the power. The bike feels refined, and it feels like Yamaha has gotten the hang of making excellent cross country bikes that will perform under pressure.

Engine Type450cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke; 4 valves
TransmissionWide-ratio 5-speed; wet multiplate clutch
Seat Height37.6 in/95.50 cm
Weight
262 lb/ 118.84 kg Wet weight
Max.Ground Clearance12.6 in/ 32.00 cm
Price$9,799

2022 Honda CRF450X

2022 Honda CRF450X

If you are looking for a really good dirt bike, be ready for the unexpected, as the new 2022 Honda CRF450X is an excellent option. This bike has the perfect off-road package; its 450 CC powerful engine and outstanding suspension will conquer any track and perform adequately without any issues. Even though this bike is a hefty 450 CC dirt bike, it has the agility of a 250 CC bike, making it fun to maneuver around small corners or tight spaces in cross country. This dirt bike is truly a masterpiece by Honda and, overall, one of the best dirt bikes for 2022.

Engine Type449cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
TransmissionWide-ratio six-speed
Seat Height37.9 inches/ 96.27 cm
WeightCurb Weight
275 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.)
Max.Ground Clearance13.1 inches/ 33.27 cm
Price$9,799

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 2022 KTM 350 EXC-F

 2022 KTM 350 EXC-F

The impressive 350 cc engine with 6-speed PANKL gearbox makes this KTM dirt bike model the first choice for those searching for a dual-sport and leader in its class dirt bike.

The engine feels unique but has plenty of ability to make this bike fun. The frame is made using high-tech material, which makes this bike feel light around the corners.

KTM 350 EXC-F dirt bike can be an excellent choice for a new rider because of the perfect balance of agility, power, and weight. The new suspension update makes this dirt bike have great consistency across different grounds.

Engine Type1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
Transmission6-speed
Seat Height/
Weight/
Max.Ground Clearance/
Price11,399.00 USD

2022 Husqvarna FE 350

2022 Husqvarna FE 350

The 2022 Husqvarna FE 350 is a great bike for people who need versatility when it comes to riding. This bike is excellent for people who need a dirt bike that will do it all for them, whether off-road riding or cross-country riding. The engine feels very linear and delivers power very well. Most amateurs can get on this bike and experience it fully without it being a problem as it has electronics that will protect new rider error. It is one of the best dirt bikes for 2022, especially if you need something versatile. 

Engine Type1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine
Transmission6-speed
Seat Height37.40 in/950 mm
Weight235.45 lb/106.8 kg without fuel
Max.Ground Clearance14.17 in/ 360 mm
Price10,899.00 USD

2022 SHERCO 300 SEF Racing

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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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2020 250 Shootout - Dirt Bike Magazine

Here at Motocross advice, we spend a lot of time looking at which gear to buy. We thought it was about time to talk about dirt bikes. The first decision any rider needs to make is what dirt bike brand they will be riding. Motorcyclists are passionate people, whether they are riding off-road, or on the road. We will often remain faithful to a brand for many years once we have decided which colours we will be wearing. So which are the best dirt bike brands for dirt bike riders in 2021?

In this article, we will break down the top 5 best dirt bike brands. You will find out a little about each brands history. You will see an overview of each manufacturers range, and how each brand compares in our dirt bike battle table. You will also see which second-hand bike is the most sought after for each brand. If you are a seasoned rider, this article is an opportunity to see how your favourite brand stacks up. If you are new to motocross, you may be a little clearer on which colors you will wear by the end of the article. Whatever your situation…

Welcome to the Motocross Advice, “Battle of the Best Dirt Bike Brands 2021” – dirt bike edition.

1. Best Dirt Bike Brands – KTM

KTM 450 SX-F 2021 best dirt bike brandsKTM is one of the big players in off-road motorcycle manufacturing. Their brand is at the forefront of motocross, enduro and adventure riding. The company was founded back in 1954 in Austria.

Success is the benchmark of competitive sport. If you are regularly winning, you are doing something right. KTM has seen its products winning races consistently. There was a period where reliability came under scrutiny, however in 1992 the company took steps to re-evaluate. With significant changes in the board room, and on the factory floor, KTM reimagined its place on the world stage.

KTM has over 200 dirt bike titles to its name. KTM also has 18 consecutive wins at the Paris Dakar, with two hundred and twenty two stage wins. KTM has over twice the number of stage wins than it’s nearest rival Yamaha. It would be fair to say that reliability is no longer an issue.

Why we chose KTM

From the fiercely orange brand colour to the “Ready to race” slogan it champions, KTM means business. For that reason KTM remains one of our favourite dirt bike manufacturers. The bikes look aggressive, ride superbly, and scream “dirt bike” from every nut and bolt. The whole range is designed with competitive riding in mind. If you start learning on a KTM, you will likely be a convert for many years to come.

Motocross Advice Battle of the brand’s table KTM:

Company slogan: Ready to Race

Primary Colour: Orange

Number of AMA wins (1999 to 2020): 8

Paris Dakar Wins (total): 18 | (Consecutive) 2001 to 2019 / 222 Stage Wins

Bikes available four stroke (by cc): 250cc / 350cc / 450cc / 500cc

Bikes available two stroke (by cc): 50cc / 65cc / 85cc /125cc / 150cc / 250cc / 300cc

Junior size dirt bikes available: 4 to 10-year-olds / 8 to 12-year-olds / Junior motocross

Electric dirt bike models: Two – KTM Freeride E Electric Dirt Bike

2. Battle of the (dirt bike) Brands 2021 – Honda

Honda CRF450 2021 best dirt bike brandSoichiro Honda learned all about two wheels in the workshop of his families bicycle repair business. He was a genuine petrol-head, fascinated by machinery and performance. In the early 1930s, he founded a company making piston rings for Toyota. Still, the massive bombing from allied forces during the second world war, and a severe earthquake in 1945 took a heavy toll. Honda rose from the ashes. Selling what was left of his company to Toyota for $450,000 he founded the Honda Motor Company that we now know.

The first competitive Honda Dirt Bike was launched in the early 1970s. Always the master of innovation, Honda came at the four-stroke competition with a two-stroke dirt bike. Passion and complete focus have seen Honda dirt bikes innovate and win races since their debut machine.

Why we chose Honda

Honda has always stood for excellence and innovation. What other manufacturers could have overturned Triumph and Harley Davidson in their home countries? Honda paved the way for all of the other Japanese manufacturers to follow. Their distinctive red livery, which represents excitement, passion and action, adorn all of their highly advanced dirt bikes. Honda set out to change the world and succeeded. Honda also came out with our winning 4 Stroke Trail Dirt Bike – CRF450RX.

Motocross Advice Battle of the brand’s table Honda:

Company slogan: The Power Of Dreams

Colour: Red

Number of AMA wins (1999 to 2020): 7

Paris Dakar Wins (total): 6 Wins / 87 Stage Wins

New bikes available four stroke (by cc): 50cc / 110cc / 125cc / 250cc / 450cc

New bikes available two-stroke (by cc): No Two-Stroke Bikes Available

Junior size dirt bikes available: 4 to 10-year-olds / 8 to 12-year-olds / Junior motocross

Electric dirt bike models In Development (CR Electric)

3. TOP Dirt Bike Brands 2021 – Yamaha

Yamaha YZ450F 2021 motocross brandYamaha Motorcycles are a subsidiary of the original Yamaha corporation. Company founder Torakusu Yamaha was obsessed with the technology of the time. He took up watchmaking and ended up inventing the tuning fork as a way of tuning the western instruments his company was building for the Japanese market. The tuning forks remain in the companies logo to this day.

They may have started out with musical instruments in mind, however, when it comes to tuning engines, Yamaha is no slouch either. The very first bike off of the Yamaha Motorcycles production line was the 125cc YA-1. The bike was heavy influence by the German DKW 125 cc. The Yamaha proved competitive right from the word go. The YA-1won, the 125cc class of the Japanese endurance road race in it,’s debut year taking first, second and third place.

It then went on to win in international competitions too. Yamaha hit the mass-produced off-road market in 1968 with its revolutionary two-stroke DT-1. Although Honda re-introduced two-stroke engines much later, the Yamaha DT1 brought dirt bikes to a whole new audience.

Why we chose Yamaha

The early days of the Japanese powerhouse are littered with copies of other bikes and a host of machines which didn’t make the cut. Despite this, Yamaha persevered. The companies dedication to developing new and exciting products has never faltered. Who can possibly forget the Yamaha FS1E, DT125, RD250 and RD350 power valve?

This perseverance has paid off, with the Yamaha Racing company dominating across many extreme sports. As well as championship titles in MotoGP, powerboating and Road racing, Yamaha has also made its mark in the world of dirt bikes. In fact, the numbers may surprise you.

Motocross Advice Battle of the brand’s table Yamaha:

Company slogan: Revs Your Heart

Colour: Blue for intelligence, Design and loyalty

(Although we prefer the Yellow and Black dirt bike design from past decades, this probably caused confusion with Suzuki Racing)

Number of AMA wins (1999 to 2020): 12 (Dylan Ferrandis wins both Supercross and National championship in 2020)

Paris Dakar Wins (total): 9 Wins / 140 Stage Wins

New bikes available four-stroke (by cc): 250cc / 450cc

New bikes available two stroke (by cc): 50cc / 65cc / 85cc / 125cc / 250cc /

Junior size dirt bikes available: 4 to 10-year-olds / 8 to 12-year-olds / Junior motocross

Electric dirt bike models In Development

4. Battle of the (dirt bike) Brands 2021 – Kawasaki

Kawasaki KX450 2021 dirt bike brandsKawasaki is yet another story of drive and determination. The Kawasaki Heavy Machinery company was formed in the late 1800s after shipping company owner Shozo Kawasaki lost his only cargo ship! Having relied on western boats for many decades, Shozo decided the best way forward was to build his own ships. Fair play Shozo.

Kawasaki Motorcycles was formed in the early sixties as a partnership with Meguro, and the first bike built was a 250cc four-stroke model. In 1963 Kawasaki produced its first dirt bike, the 125cc B8M. By the 1970s the KX racing brand was becoming a winning combination. As a point of interest, the KX250F was a partnership between Suzuki and Kawasaki, and both versions ran identical running gear. The Kawasaki won the hearts of riders and fans alike.

Why we chose Kawasaki

Kawasaki has always been the bad boy of the big Japanese manufacturers. On the road, the world-famous Ninja was the hooligan. When it comes to dirt bikes, the KX is the Ninja’s twin. With Insane power bands, ridiculously aggressive performance, and with a host of wins to its name, the KX Racing brand got stuck in and held on tight. (Ironically, the perfect riders manual footnote for any Kawasaki dirt bike).

Kawasaki’s are not the most reliable of the Japanese bikes, nor are they the best finish. They are badass though, and that’s why they feature here. Besides, Any bike that Ricky Carmichael can take to the finish line consistently deserves a place.

Motocross Advice Battle of the brand’s table Kawasaki:

Company slogan: Let the good times roll (not really fitting for such a lunatic machine)

Colour: Kawasaki green.

(Like it, or loathe it, Kawasaki Green = intimidation. The Green was explicitly chosen to divide! We love that).

Number of AMA wins (1999 to 2020): 26

Paris Dakar Wins (total): 1 Wins / 0 Stage Wins

New bikes available four stroke (by cc): 112cc/125cc L / 140cc / 230cc / 250cc / 300cc / 450cc

New bikes available two stroke (by cc): 65cc / 85cc / 100cc /

Junior size dirt bikes available: 4 to 10-year-olds / 8 to 12-year-olds / Junior motocross

Electric dirt bike models In Development

5. Best Brands of Dirt Bike 2021 – Husqvarna

Husqvarna FC450 2021 best dirt bike brandsThe final brand to make our top five battle of the (dirt bike) brands shoot-out used to make rifles. So how do they fare against the big guns of the dirt bike world?

Husqvarna has a fascinating back story. First, the Swedish company built rifles. Then they switched to sewing machines as the demand for guns slowed. It would appear that some of the machinery and techniques for each industry are similar. By 1903, the company had diversified further, with motorcycles making an appearance. Having strong links to the Swedish armed forces drove development also, and Husqvarna became involved in cross country races. It wasn’t long before they started winning.

Husqvarna was eventually absorbed into the KTM group after a complex series of takeovers that included Italy’s Cagiva, and even BMW.

Why we chose Husqvarna

Although the new Husqvarna range is made in the same factory as KTM motorcycles, there are fundamental differences between the two bikes. The air-box and other components such as handlebars and brakes are completely different. These subtle changes do make some variation in ride and handling. “Husky” is back in the AMA championships, and their racing strategies and team tactics are handled by a completely separate team. These legends of off-road riding hold a special place in motocross and our collective history.

Motocross Advice Battle of the brand’s table Husqvarna:

Company slogan: Ready to race (which was actually adopted by KTM after the takeover).

Primary Colour: White

Number of AMA wins 1999 to 2020: 3 (Zach Osborne wins his first 450 National title in 2020)

Paris Dakar Wins (total): 0 Wins / 11 Stage Wins

New bikes available four stroke (by cc): 250cc / 300cc / 450cc / 501 cc

New bikes available two stroke (by cc):50cc/ 65cc/ 85cc/ 125cc/ 150cc/ 250cc / 300 cc / 450 cc

Junior size dirt bikes available: 4 to 10-year-olds / 8 to 12-year-olds / Junior motocross

Electric dirt bike models EE5 Fully adjustable for Junior and Adult use.

What dirt bike brands are up and coming?

This is really a wild card section for us to share with you the dirt bike brands that may make our 2022 Battle of the Brands list. There are some seriously competitive bikes in our top five. We have left out Suzuki, which may be a controversial decision for many riders.

The reason we have left out Suzuki is the general consistency of both their product and performance. As with their road bikes, Suzuki is very hit and miss when it comes to the quality of finish. The number of times across the finish line may look impressive; however, wins were with the predominantly Kawasaki developed engine. Maybe 2022 will see that change?

Another brand which we feel could hit the top five next year is off-road legend Gas Gas. The old school manufacturer is making a welcome return to competitive motocross in 2020. The 2021 Gas Gas range is better known for its trials bike range. The new 2021 MX bike is now available to the public and Justin Barcia is in Gas Gas colours in 2021.

If you are looking for the most powerful dirt bikes on the planet, then check out our review of the fastest dirt bikes in 2022.

Over the coming months, we are going to drill down deeper into the dirt bikes that the top five brands sell. This will include more detailed dirt bike reviews. Until next time, have fun out there!

Martin

Motocross Advice.

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Trail dirt bikes are closely related to the dirt bikes used in Motocross. There are differences, though, as each style of riding varies. This article will look at some of the best trail dirt bikes available on the market. Before we do, we are going to talk about the variations in design.

Trail dirt bikes – How they differ from MX?

There are two subjects which always start a heated discussion at TeamMA HQ. The first is ‘is a 2-stroke better than a 4-stroke’? A close second is ‘what is the difference between a trails bike and a motocross bike’? If these conversations start, you can guarantee no one is getting any work done for half an hour or more.

When we were discussing this article, it became apparent that opinions are divided. After much coffee, hours of reading other riders’ views, and too many biscuits, we have a definitive answer.

What is a trail bike?

A trail bike is a dirt bike that handles multiple terrains. These may include pathways, bridleways (UK), fields, tracks, woodland and sand. Rides can last all day and often have a common start/finish point. (Generally, this start/finish will be where the van is parked and near a supply of cold beer).

Competitive trail riding is known as enduro. In an Enduro race, a rider is competing against the clock, the elements and themselves.

Trail Dirt Bikes – Main features

  • Wider gear ratios to deal with more varied riding conditions
  • Softer suspension
  • Lower torque
  • A greater range (more fuel capacity)
  • Reliability and durability.
  • A trail bike may have lights for night time riding.

Because trails bikes demand greater reliability and increased flexibility, a four-stroke engine is often preferable to a two-stroke.

Trail bikes are workhorses that are slightly heavier than MX bikes and favour a lower centre of gravity.

Motocross Bike VS Trail Bike

Motocross is an entirely different sport. Motocross and super motocross have short, fast circuits. A competitive rider races in heats that rarely last longer than half an hour, although track days may have longer sessions. Motocross bikes are finely tuned and often require trick components to help shave seconds off of laps.

Motocross bikes are hooligans. Hardcore MX riders often favour a two-stroke engine dirt bike.

Both Motocross bikes and trail bikes are known as dirt bikes.

Now we have cleared that up, what are the best trail bikes that money can buy for the 2021 season? We have sat and drooled over dozens of bikes. The following are some of our favourites. We list our choices in order of engine size.

Although trail bikes start at 125cc, we have only reviewed 250cc + in this article. Many reviews provide reams of statistics. (Boring)! We have provided the essential facts figures for you in this best 125cc dirt bike review. How much is it, will it fit me, and what type of engine is it?

For transparency, we have not ridden any of these bikes for this review. Instead, we sat down with a pad and paper and said, what would our trail bike shopping list look like if money was no object? We want a flexible, potentially dual-sport capable bike for adventure riding and gnarly enough to have some serious fun.

The opinions are personal, and we have considered the comments of other experts who have ridden these bikes in the last twelve months. We make no money by featuring these models.

Get your cheque book ready, and let’s dive in and have a look.

Best 4 Stroke Trail Dirt bikes

Best trails bikes – Yamaha WR250F (New 2021 model)

Best 4 stroke trail dirt bike 2021 - Yamaha WR250F

Yamaha needs no introduction to serious off-road fans. The Japanese giant has firmly established itself as one of the leading players. The WR250F is an heirloom model which has evolved over decades and so you can be sure that handling, performance and build quality are premier class.

The WR250F is the smallest of the bikes in our guide. You can expect a lightweight, surprisingly aggressive dirt bike which can be thrown around a circuit as well as ridden around your local trails for an exciting weekend blast.

Trail bike fans will love the wide-ratio six-speed gearbox which accesses a broad range of power delivery from the four-stroke engine. The suspension is competition standard KYB with a race-winning pedigree.

Trail features include discreet lighting front and rear, a tough skid plate and a well-balanced aluminium frame. The WR250F (2021) is the total package. From gnarly weekend rides to full-on Enduro competition, the Yamaha provides an excellent way into this exciting sport.

Trail Dirt Bikes Specs and Comparison – Yamaha WR250F

Price (Converted from GBP for guidance only. Please check with your dealer for details)

Price$10,600 (£7,699 ; €8,693)
Seat height37,4 inch (95 cm)
Weight253,5 lbs (115 kg)
Ground clearance12,6 inch (32 cm)
Tank Capacity2,1 gallons (7,9 L)
Engine250 cc
Transmission6-speed

Best trails dirt bikes – Honda CRF450RX (New for 2021)

Dealer fresh trail dirt bikes are surprisingly good value when compared to the 125cc entry-level machines. For around a grand more than the Yamaha, you start to get ideas of owning a 450cct. Few can rival the all-round capability and legendary reliability of Honda’s larger-engined read beast.

The CRF450RX (2021) is Honda’s dedicated trail/enduro version of its class-winning Motocross bike. The RX version has trail features such as enclosed disc brakes, skid plate and a larger fuel tank than its flighty sister. Honda has also thought about the kind of riding trail riders face. Consequent, steering is nimble and quick, and the seat unit is smaller. All these subtle features add up to a bike which is easier to control over technical sections at low speed.

The RX version’s power delivery is managed by an ECU that features switchable power maps, a broader power band, and some real grunt in the mid-range. Honda has even tricked up the decompression to reduce the chance of stalling. The suspension is world-class, with a wide range of adjustment to suit your tastes and more extended travel than the MX model. The 2021 model has shed a whopping 2.5KG, meaning increased power to weight and more control.

Trail Dirt Bikes Specs and Comparison- Honda CRF450RX

Price (Converted from GBP for guidance only. Please check with your dealer for details)

Price$11,100 (£8,750 ; €9,700)
Seat height37,6 inch (96,5 cm)
Weight249 lbs (113 kg)
Ground clearance13,2 inch (33,6 cm)
Tank capacity2,1 gallons (8 L)
Engine450 cc
Transmission6-speed

Best 4 stroke trail dirt bikes – Kawasaki KX450XC (New for 2021)

Best 4-stroke Trail Dirt Bike 2021 - Kawasaki KX450XC

Enter, the mean green machine. Anyone who has spent time around motorcycles will be aware of Kawasaki’s hooligan reputation. MA boss Martin rode Kawasaki machines for many years. We were super excited to see that Kawasaki has a brand new trail bike for 2021.

Kawasaki’s reputation for aggression may lead you to assume a two-stroke power plant. That would be incorrect. Both their championship-winning, (over 25 in various classes) MX and this beautiful XC are four-stroke. Being yet another heirloom design, tech is tried and tested.

We have to admit that team green is one of the meanest looking bikes in the pack, and race-ready if you feel lucky. Showa suspension, slim design chassis and components and shorter gearing set the XC up for adrenaline-fueled cross country riding. The engine mapping is trail-specific, with switchable modes.

Kawasaki seems to have increased its attention to detail over the years, with high-quality third party components like Renthal bars, for example. The overall impression is one of quality finish; a refreshing feature for Kawasaki’s in general. To finish off the package, Kawaski has designed the bike with integral protection, a low centre of gravity and an impressive height adjustment. The KX is ideal for riders who like to be nearer to the ground.

Trail Dirt Bikes Specs – Kawasaki KX450XC

Price (Converted from GBP for guidance only. Please check with your dealer for details)

Price$9,599 – CHEAPEST OPTION
Seat height37,4 inch (95 cm)
Weight277,8 lbs (126 kg) – HEAVIEST DIRT BIKE
Ground clearance13,2 inch (33,5 cm)
Tank capacity1,6 gallons (6,2 L)
Engine450 cc
Transmission6-speed

Best 4 stroke trail dirt bikes – Sherco 500 SEF

Best 4 Stroke Trail Dirt Bikes 2021 - Sherco 500 SEF

French brand Sherco is a company that believes in quality, originality and focus. These characteristics shine through in their impressive range of bikes. In a world dominated by large corporations, Sherco brings a refreshing factory team feel to offroad motorcycling.

The 2021 500SEF carries on this impressive legacy. Whereas most of the dirt bikes we have listed so far have been developed form MX models, the 500SEF, (and its smaller sister, the 450), is exclusively for hardcore trail/enduro enthusiasts. This dedication to a vision is very reminiscent of the KTM approach, yet the Sherco bikes are 100% Sherco design. Sure, they use trick components like Akrapovic exhausts, Synerjet fuel injection and KYB suspension.

The 500SEF is a serious bit of kit. Hyper aggressive styling and power delivery, coupled with competition standard tining and components, mean a no-compromise beast of a bike. Unpack, set up and win. They look fantastic too!

We love Sherco for its individuality. Many smaller companies have been swallowed up by team orange, becoming little more than styling alternatives to the admittedly incredible KTM range. Long may Sherco’s unique, hardcore racing range continue.

Trail Dirt Bikes Specs and comparison – Sherco 500 SEF

Price (Converted from GBP for guidance only. Please check with your dealer for details)

Price$12,500 (£9,400 ; €10,613)
Seat height37,4 inch (95 cm)
Weight240,3 lbs (109 kg)
Ground clearance13,2 inch (33,5 cm)
Engine480 cc
Transmission6-speed

Best 2 Stroke Trail Dirt Bikes

Having banged on about reliability, manageable power delivery and the wonder of modern four-stroke bikes, you may be surprised by the TeamMA choice. We have made no secret of our love for Team Orange, but the bike that we all agree we want to own is a genuinely unique machine.

Best 2 stroke trails bikes – KTM 300 Erzbergrodeo LTD Edition(New for 2021)

Best 2 Stroke Trail Dirt Bike - KTM 300 Erzbergrodeo LTD Edition

No one does two-stroke quite like KTM. When other significant manufacturers abandoned the strokers for the four-stroke engines, KTM continued to develop its range. Potentially, KTM has gained a considerable advantage in doing so, as the world drifts slowly back to the idea of advanced two-stroke design.

KTM has pulled out the stops for this 2021 limited edition trail bike. As with the Sherco, you can roll it out of the crate, set it up and sit on a world-class dirt bike. Sure, all of our picks are insanely capable bikes; but the KTM is on a different level.

The Erbergrodeo comes from a family of three 300cc two-stroke trail bikes and represents the best money can buy. This limited edition version has all of the tweaks and toys fitted as standard and dedicated custom graphics.

One of the enormous advantages of a two-stroke is the lighter engine. Power delivery is notoriously harsh on two-stroke bikes, yet KTM seems to have balanced the hooligan element with the grace parkour. Whatever your skill level, you will appreciate the nimble agility coupled with spine-tingling performance. KTM has kept a few goodies in the bag for those that like to add aftermarket upgrades, but there is little need.

Trail Dirt Bikes Specs – KTM 300

Price (Converted from GBP for guidance only. Please check with your dealer for details)

Price$11,499 (£8,500 ; €9,500)
Seat height38,2 inch (97,5 cm) – HIGHEST SEAT
Weight224,9 lbs (102 kg) – LIGHTEST DIRT BIKE
Ground clearance14,6 inch (37 cm) – HIGHEST CLEARANCE
Tank capacity2,1 gallons (8 L)
Engine300 cc
Transmission6-speed

The KTM 300 is top of our 2021/2022 Christmas present list. All donations are welcome.

If you have the budget and want to experience trail riding at its best, any one of these machines will bring you joy. Of course, you can always look for a dealer refurbished trade-in or even a second-hand model. Many dealers may be offering deals on older 2019/2020 stock, so why not send them an email and start the ball rolling!

If you are looking for a smaller trail dirt bike, then you might want to consider some of these best pit bikes for 2021.

Send us pictures if you buy one. Our Instagram is here. Use #TeamMA

Have fun out there!

Martin, and TeamMA

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The Best Dirt Bikes for Trail Riding

Dirt biking! A sport of fierce renown has grown to be a hobby for most people.

People no longer want to watch expert riders having all the fun in racing competitions. Instead, they want a first-hand experience with them on the bike. If you are one such person, then you need the best dirt bike for the ultimate off-road riding experience.

The choice of dirt bikes; however, is huge on today’s market, and not every new rider can make the best buying decision. So, in my top selections, I have considered all the features you would want your first motocross motorcycle to have.

Top Pick

KTM 250 SX-F is our top pick. This motocross is designed to exceed the expectations of every rider, whether experienced or new with its state-of-the-art design features and performance. It is made lightweight to hit the trails faster and more precisely.

Here are Our Best Dirt Bike Reviews:

1. KTM 250 SX-F — Overall Best Trail Motorcycle

Revered for its strongest engine and compact structure, KTM 250 SX-F is the best 4 stroke dirt bike for trail riding. It is dynamic in every way.

Specs

  • 4 stroke engine
  • 5-speed transmission
  • Electric starter
  • Brembo hydraulics clutch
  • Approx.. 7 l tank capacity

This is the lightest bike in its class and it’s got incredible acceleration and power put down that will leave the competition in the dust. It has heavy-duty traction control, ride maps, and a whole bunch of details that I am about to dig deep into.

The outstanding graphics of this model have a ready to race appearance. The bike has a WP exact front fork setting for improved damping. It also has a new front fork piston for improved performance. You’ve got a proven, stylish air spring construction with distinct damping functions. In the rear, you have WP XACT rear shock that has a new compression adjuster for improved tuning.

It features a four-stroke single-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled, 4 valves/cyl engine with a displacement of 249.9cc and compression ratio of 14.4:1. The engine also has an electronic fuel injection system, which offers high fuel efficiency, excellent response, and more horsepower.

But the thing is, KTM 250 SX-F may not be the best overall package for the average or beginner rider.

Pros

  • It is the lightest design in its class
  • Delivers unrivaled engine power and transmission
  • The compact structure offers excellent mass centralization
  • Has superior damping and performance
  • The ergonomically designed seat is made for mobility

Cons

  • It may not be a great package for the average rider
  • Could be better with a slightly larger tank capacity

Verdict

We praise this model for its powerful engine, quick and stable handling, high-quality components, and low weight.

Overall Rating: 4.9

2. Yamaha YZ125 — Best Off-Road Motorcycle

With Yamaha YZ125, you will be cruising the off-road trails with a motorbike that has been featured multiple times in AMA championships.

Specs

  • 2 stroke engine
  • KYB front and rear suspension
  • Hydraulic brakes
  • Close-ratio transmission
  • Digital ignition

With its high performing compact two-stroke engine, YZ125 from Yamaha delivers an awesome power to weight ratio for explosive performance.

The chassis features an aluminum frame, which is great because it is carefully engineered to deliver the finest handling performance in its class. It’s got an industry-leading fork that is speed-sensitive, superior damping, and allows for a more precise ride. The advanced KYB shock guarantees exceptional rear-wheel control for a sweet ride. There is a large two hundred and seventy-millimeter front disc brake that is fitted with advanced pad materials for unmatched controllability and stopping power.

The compact body of the YZ125 enables you to swiftly swing your body weight, allowing you to throw the bike around at will. The coordinated high performing wheels and razor-sharp styling show off the YZ125 racer DNA.

But the thing is, the two-stroke engine’s thermal efficiency is less compared to a four-stroke engine.

Pros

  • The lightweight frame gives a high power to weight ratio
  • Aluminum handlebar, gripper seat, and titanium footpegs are race-ready
  • Provides exceptional controllability and stopping power
  • Close-ratio transmission enhances gear ratio performance
  • Premium Dunlop tires offer race-ready traction and wear

Cons

  • Thermal efficiency is not comparable to that of a four-stroke engine
  • Tends to have a high lubricating oil consumption

Verdict

Discover the benefits of a lightweight two-stroke engine with the YZ125 from Yamaha. A model that guarantees explosive cruising and stances.

Overall Rating: 4.9

3. Honda CRF450R — Best Traction Tires

This revolutionary off-road motorbike from Honda is uniquely engineered to deliver the best cornering performance on the track.

Specs

  • Four-stroke engine
  • Programmed fuel injection
  • Close-ratio 5-speed transmission
  • Showa front and rear suspension
  • High performing Dunlop tires

To begin with, the motorcycle features the brand’s Unicam engine, which is great because it saves weight compared to a dual overhead camshaft motor. The unique configuration helps with ignition flame propagation for a high compression ratio.

It comes equipped with a third-generation twin-spar aluminum frame, which is an improvement of the previous versions. The battery is located about twenty-eight millimeters below the airbox. This helps to lower the center of gravity, making it lean over a little bit better, especially around corners. The low positioning of the battery gets more direct airflow into the airbox, revamping the mapping of the bike.

You’ve got three different maps on the 2020 CRF450R. A standard map that is pretty aggressive with plenty of pulling power, a softer hitting map that’s good for mid to top hitting, and an aggressive map that gives you all the hitting you can get out of the bike.

But here is the thing guys, the bike is a little bit expensive compared to similar models.

Pros

  • The Unicam engine is loaded with power
  • The lighter, stiffer frame delivers more refined handling
  • Launch control delivers the strongest starts possible
  • Three maps deliver optimum power and traction
  • Advanced fuel injection settings produce more mid-range and over-rev power

Cons

  • The price tag is a little bit high compared to similar models
  • It may not be a practical bike for beginners

Verdict

This Honda model is built for the absolute holeshot with its Unicam engine, three maps, state-of-the-art chassis suspension brakes, and five-speed close-ratio transmission.

Overall Rating: 4.9

4. KTM 150 SX — Best Dynamic Lightweight Chassis

If you have been looking for the best dirt bike with a dynamic lightweight chassis, then you can consider KTM 150 SX.

Specs

  • 2 stroke engine
  • Brembo hydraulics
  • Central double-cradle frame
  • XACT WP front and rear suspension
  • Disc front and rear brake systems

It comes with a compact two-stroke engine that produces top-of-the-line power and torque. Everything about this engine screams high performance on the dirtiest tracks.

The front suspension sports a fully adjustable, forty-eight-millimeter fork with 12.2-inch travel. The rear suspension is fully adjustable, as well, with a travel of 11.8 inches. These two features combined support superior traction when braking and cornering. They allow for incredibly faster riding downhill. The six-gear transmission; on the other hand, enables the engine to stay on power better.

The innovatively designed clutch system sports a primary gear and a one-piece outer hub for unbeatable reliability. The clutch plates are extremely heat-resistant, allowing for reliable clutch disengagement.

What I don’t like about this model is the fact that it is geared too tall and the springs are somewhat soft for my weight.

Pros

  • Dynamic lightweight chassis improves controllability on the air
  • The adjustable suspension delivers superior traction and braking
  • The six-speed transmission enables reliable gear changing
  • Heat-resistant clutch plates are super easy to disengage
  • Comfort meets performance with the silicone stripped seat

Cons

  • It may be geared too high for average riders
  • The springs may be a little bit soft for heavier riders

Verdict

Overall this model ticks the correct boxes for rideability, cornering, above ground controllability, acceleration, and braking.

Overall Rating: 4.8

5. Husqvarna TC 250 — Best Advanced Ergonomics

For advanced ergonomics and the latest in the two-stroke motocross engine, you should look no further than the TC 250 from Husqvarna.

Specs

  • 2 stroke engine
  • Magura hydraulic unit
  • Foot-operated launcher
  • Disc front and rear brakes
  • Pro taper handlebar

The forks have been updated with a new air seal, a rebound spring, and an air piston along with a new piston on the dampening side. The compression dampening has been firmed up in the mid-stroke and the valving on the WP XACT rear shock has been modified to better match the Rev out front.

Husqvarna has reengineered the radiator guards to effectively reduce the amount of trapped dirt on the bottom of the guard. The carburetor is positioned at an angle to help keep the fuel in a proper pickup position. This model has a remarkably low-to-mid blistering abrupt powerband to deliver amazing full horsepower at optimum RPM. It has the most tunable two-stroke engine ever made.

Another good feature worth mentioning is the Magura hydraulic clutch, which is nearly maintenance-free. It allows for superior modulation and even-wear in all conditions.

But the thing is, at higher RPM this model may fail to deliver more powerful horsepower.

Pros

  • Delivers the highest level of performance with reduced vibration
  • The two-stroke motor is simple and low maintenance
  • Redesigned radiator guards reduce the amount of trapped dirt
  • Creatively positioned carb improves fuel pickup
  • Advanced geometries provide accurate rider feedback

Cons

  • It may fail to deliver more powerful horsepower at higher RPMs
  • Could be better with an electric launcher

Verdict

With advanced ergonomics, modern bodywork, and premium parts, the TC 250 from Husqvarna guarantees superior comfort and controllability in all riding conditions.

Overall Rating: 4.8

6. Kawasaki KLX 300 — Best Dual-Sport Performance

Get out and play on your favorite off-road trails with the KLX 300 from Kawasaki. The possibilities are many on this very capable dual-sport.

Specs

  • 4 stroke engine
  • All digital instrumentation
  • Long travel dual-sport suspension
  • Convenient electric start
  • Comfortable ergonomics

At the heart of this high performing off-road motorcycle is an enduro-inspired liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 292cc engine for steadfast performance in all conditions. This four-stroke, DOHC engine sports a powerful low and mid-range. Power delivering and throttle response are smooth and crisp throughout the RPM range. This accommodates different riding situations.

What truly takes my breath away is the dual-sport capability of this model. It displays agile maneuverability and controllability whether riding on or off-road. The frame has a high-rigidity structure that guarantees straight-line stability.

Kawasaki KLX 300; however, tends to deliver a stiff ride, which may not be practical for average or beginner riders.

Pros

  • Delivers powerful low-end as well as mid-range power
  • Quick launching with convenient electric start
  • Comfortable ergonomics allow for superior handling
  • Allows for agile maneuverability both on and off-road
  • All-digital instrumentation guarantees superior control

Cons

  • It tends to give a stiffer ride
  • It may fail to deliver pillion comfort

Verdict

Ride-in-style both on and off-road with Kawasaki KLX 300. But it may not be a very practical choice for an average rider.

Overall Rating: 4.8

7. Suzuki RM-Z450 — Best Cornering Performance

If you are looking for a dirt bike that is specifically designed for high cornering performance on those sharp off-road corners, then Suzuki RM-Z450 fits the description.

Specs

  • Liquid-cooled, DOHC engine
  • Showa front and rear suspension
  • 5-speed transmission
  • Nissin caliper front and rear brakes
  • Primary kick launcher

The RM-Z450 features a new generation liquid-cooled, DOHC engine that delivers a more low-end torque superior peak power, and an easy to control throttle response. The redefined cylinder head reduces surface roughness to enhance engine output. The innovatively designed throttle body features an under-mount injector for improved atomization.

It comes equipped with advanced Showa rear and front suspension components that guarantee superior traction and responsiveness. The enhanced suspension performance improves the bike’s ability to absorb shock for improved comfort and better chassis stability.

What I find slightly disappointing about this model is the stiffer rider it provides, which may not be ideal for a beginner.

Pros

  • Provides faster and more controllable throttle response
  • The increased lift improves fuel intake efficiency
  • High performing suspension delivers superior traction and responsiveness
  • Offers improved riding comfort and superior chassis stability
  • Innovative electronics allow for maximum acceleration

Cons

  • The ride, however, tends to be stiffer
  • Could be easier to launch with an electric starter

Verdict

For more experienced riders, the possibilities are many with the RM-Z450 from Suzuki.

Overall Rating: 4.8

8. Yamaha YZ250 — Best Power to Weight Ratio

Have you been looking for a modern two-stroke dirt bike that has exceptional power to weight ratio? Look no further than Yamaha YZ250.

Specs

  • 2 stroke engine
  • Constant 5-speed transmission
  • CDI ignition
  • KYB front and rear suspension
  • Hydraulic disc front and rear brakes

The YZ250 comes equipped with a 249cc two-stroke engine (reed-valve-inducted and liquid-cooled). This engine is compact, lightweight, and has a remarkably wide and hard-hitting powerband. The constant five-speed transmission; on the other hand, provides superior acceleration and it will hardly grind gears with improper riding.

I truly appreciate the KYB speed-sensitive forks, because they use piston speed to effectively control damping force. This gives you a smooth ride with superior precision handling. You’ve got an oversized front rotor that delivers outstanding stopping power by minimizing unsprung weight. Another good feature is the Dunlop tires, which are innovatively designed to offer bump absorption, slide control, and superior grip.

What I don’t like about the bike; however, is the fact that a two-stroke engine isn’t as efficient as a four-stroke engine.

Pros

  • Ultra-light chassis offers nimble handling and less fatigue
  • The engine delivers a wide and hard-hitting powerband
  • Close-ratio five-speed transmission offers smooth shifting
  • Speed-sensitive forks deliver superior damping and handling
  • Oversize front rotor provide great stopping power

Cons

  • Not as efficient as a four-stroke model
  • A steeper price tag in its class

Verdict

Full-throttle adrenaline and pure performance are what you should expect from this ultra-light, two-stroke dirt bike.

Overall Rating: 4.8

9. Honda CRF110F — Best Value Model

Have you been looking for an off-road motorcycle that punches above its weight for your teenage daughter or son? Look no further than Honda CRF110F.

Specs

  • 4 stroke engine
  • Fuel injection
  • Electric starting
  • Telescopic front suspension
  • Drum front and rear brakes

This beginner model features electric starting for quick take-offs, a broader powerband, and big-bike styling inspired by the brand’s CRF racing machines. You’ve got a low seat height and modest size plus a four-speed transmission with an automatic clutch that caters to beginner riders.

The bike is powered by a 110cc four-stroke engine (single-cylinder and air-cooled) that’s rugged and reliable. It is tuned to deliver the kind of power that fits the needs of those new to off-road riding. The broad powerband helps beginners get rolling, while a throttle adjustment feature lets you limit power to suit the skill level of your son or daughter. A smooth-telescopic front fork offers superior suspension travel for confident control over rugged hills.

But the thing is, this motorcycle tends to be a little bit heavy for its size.

Pros

  • The engine is tuned to suit the needs of beginners
  • Convenient electric starter lets new riders get going with a push of a button
  • The automatic clutch is much easier to operate
  • Use the foot pedal to shift up or down
  • Superior suspension travel offers confident control over steep hills

Cons

  • The bike tends to be heavier considering its size
  • It may not be a practical choice for expert riders

Verdict

One look at Honda CRF110F and you can see a lineage that runs through the brand’s entire line of CRF performance machines.

Overall Rating: 4.8

How to Choose the Best Trail Bike

All dirt bikes are engineered to be high-jump heroes, but not all of them perform the same on the track. Here are the most important things I urge you to consider when looking for the best dirt bike on the market:

Types of Dirt Bikes

You can’t just jump into the market and buy the first dirt bike you will come across if you haven’t decided where and how you will use it. There are four main uses of off-road motorcycles, and they include:

Trail Dirt Bikes

These motocrosses are designed to dominate the off-road trails. They feature cutting-edge performance with responsive handling, a wide ratio gearbox, long-travel transmission, and lightweight chassis. They can cut through damp terrains, shrubs, muddy surfaces, and even narrow tracks.

Competition Dirt Bikes

Riders may take part in short or long races. Short races are popular for riders of all skill levels, but long races are reserved for experts and more experienced riders. In competitions, riders can use motocross or supercross motorcycles.

Motocross and supercross are the most popular choices for racing. Competition off-road motorcycles are designed for performance. They are lighter, faster, and sharper, on the track and in the air. It doesn’t matter how many corners the track has, motocross/supercross is built to take them with ease. They feature some of the most advanced hydraulic systems that are free of adjustment problems or clutch fading.

In the 1990s, the first supermoto bikes were produced as supermoto racing became more popular.  Its versatility on different track surfaces sets it apart from other racing motorbikes.

Adventure Dirt Bikes

If you are looking for adventure on a budget or just a capacity off-road motorcycle to have fun, then look for this type of motocross bike. They usually feature well-thought-out styling and a bash plate to protect that vulnerable engine. These motorcycles feature the latest technologies and comforts. Some high-end models are fitted with a multi-information display with an integrated simulator.

Dual-Sport Dirt Bikes

If you are planning to use your motorcycle on and off-road, then dual-sport motorcycles are what you should be looking for. They are usually street-legal, but with many features of off-road riding.

This makes them sportier than other motocross bikes on the dirt trails. They have tires with excellent traction, or the ability to grip uneven or dirt surfaces. Dual-sport machines have long-travel suspensions, which cushion riders from large bumps. Like other dirt bikes, dual-sports are also lightweight, and they are known for handling well on and off the track. They are great choices for average or beginner bikers.

Make sure you don the appropriate protective gear when you go for a spin — dirt bike helmet, gloves, suit, the works.

See how dual-sport differs from a supermoto.

Two-Stroke vs. Four-Stroke Engines

When it comes to dirt biking, the terms two-stroke and four-stroke are everywhere.

Experienced off-road bikers know what I am talking about, but new riders have much to learn before they can choose one between the two. The bigger the engine, the more likely the motorcycle is a four-stroke. So, this means the smaller engine bikes are by default two-stroke models, which are normally lightweight.

The main difference is that in a 2-stroke engine the cylinder fires every time the piston moves up and down once. In a four-stroke engine; on the other hand, the piston has to move up and down twice to create power. Based on this comparison, a two-stroke engine is capable of providing more power with the same sized cylinder. Concerns arise when it comes to maintenance. Two-stroke models require more maintenance because they tend to run hotter.

With 4-stroke engines, the oil is poured directly into the crankcase through an oil fill opening. But most 2-stroke engines need you to manually pre-mix the gas with two-stroke engine oil that lubricates the engine when it is operational. You can negatively impact the engine’s performance if you don’t get the mixing ratio right.

Four-stroke dirt bikes have cleaner emissions and superior fuel economy compared to two-stroke models, which often put out a smoky performance. The emissions are usually worse when the oil and gas ratio is incorrect.

Performance and Controllability

Several features define the performance of the best trail bikes like suspension and transmission.

Suspension

A dirt bike will not be able to uphold its name if it doesn’t have the best performing suspensions. A suspension is a system of springs and shock absorbers that softens the up and down movements. The ideal suspension would be defined by:

  • Maximum traction
  • Consistency
  • Controlled bottoming
  • Minimal harshness

The suspension of a dirt bike is usually associated with sprung and unsprung mass. In this case, sprung mass refers to the mass above the spring, including the rider, engine, seat, tank, and frame.

The unsprung mass, on the other hand, is the mass that goes up and down with the wheel, including parts of the swingarm, brake caliper, lower slider, axles, and the wheels. In a very ideal setting, the unsprung mass is supposed to move up and down, while the sprung mass moves along in a straight line.

The best trail bikes should have long-travel suspension. The velocity of the rebound stroke is directly related to the amount of travel used in the suspension. The more travel used, the more energy is stored in the spring, and the greater the force that extends the fork.

This simply means a low-speed rebound damping will be generated on smaller displacements and vice versa. The exact velocity will also depend on whether the tire is in contact with the track or the motocross is in the air.

Transmission

Transmission refers to the gears inside a dirt bike that determine how much of the engine’s energy it takes to turn the rear wheel. You shift through the gears using a small lever by your left foot. In lower gears, the motocross accelerates quickly but tends to have a low top speed.

In higher gears, the bike accelerates slowly but has a high top speed. You shift gears to maintain the best acceleration and speed for the trail. The best trail bikes usually come with either a five-speed or six-speed transmission. When you compare the two gear ratios, a six-speed increase in torque transfer capabilities. The torque capability is almost thirty percent higher than a five-speed transmission. This is due to wider diameter gears.

Chassis

The frame of a dirt bike has to be made of lightweight material like aluminum for superior controllability on air. Most motocross bikes weigh less than two hundred and fifty pounds. The lighter the bike, the faster it will go, and the easier it will take to the air when jumping off bumps and hills.

Final Thoughts

For this roundup, the winner is KTM 250 SX-F. This motocross has always been designed for global domination. It has always exceeded the expectations of many dirt trail riders. The lateral view of the bike displays heavy-duty parts that scream extreme performance. The bike itself is extremely light for superior controllability.

The four-stroke engine has taken this bike to ridiculously high extremes. Its well-balanced engineering provides class-leading power. The five-speed transmission ensures that the rear wheel gets all the power it needs. The gear position sensor gives you important information about the four-stroke engine phase. The aluminum chassis offers a great feeling on the ground and in the air.

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