Dirt Bikes

Some of the most hardcore dirt bikers are also surfers who love to be at the beach out on the water paddling around on the best inflatable sup boards around. But make no mistake, these guys also love their bikes and offroad racing. But if your new, checkout the article below all about dirt bikes.

Dirt bikes, also known as Trails Bikes are off-road, lightweight motorcycles built for cross country, unpaved, rough or uneven grounds. Since they are specifically designed for rough terrains, they are also equipped with rugged tires and suspension. They also have a smaller engine power than typical street motorcycles, normally less than 500 cc

There are many types of Dirt Bikes. Some of the most popular ones are those manufactured by Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, Husqvarna, Husaberg and KTM. Because these Bikes are meant to be ridden on rough tracks and off-road competitions such as Motocross, all the Dirt Bikes manufactured by these Companies are sturdy and light with knobby tires for maximum grip.

There are two main types of engines built for dirt bikes – The two-stroke and the four-stroke. The two-stroke engine ignites a mixture of oil and gas in the cylinder, thereby powering up the bike and lubricating the engine all at once. The four stroke engine is a smaller version of a car engine in which the gas is ignited and the oil can be reused again.

The main difference between a Dirt Bike and a Street Bike is the suspension. Dirt Bikes have suspension with a lot more travel than Street Bikes, with higher ground clearance and are much lighter. Knobbies or deep treads on the tires of Dirt Bikes also give better traction through dirt, mud, sand or gravel. The engine is also placed on a higher level to avoid ground obstructions such as rocks, and the gas tank installed in the mid-section for better balance.

The US Department of Motor Vehicles issues green stickers for Dirt bikes once a year since they do not have license plates. It is also illegal to ride a Dirt Bike on city streets since it is only meant for off-road tracks.

Popular Dirt Bikes

The most popular Dirt Bikes are those manufactured by Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, and KTM. Some of these products can be very expensive since their demand is very high with professionals and amateurs alike.

When Kawasaki started mass-production of perimeter frame Dirt Bikes in 1990, the two-stroke, single-cylinder 249cc engine KAWASAKI KX250, along with KX125 became the first ones to be manufactured. A new KX250 can cost you around 6,000 dollars while you can get a used KAWASAKI KX250 for 1500 to 3000 dollars. A KX125 costs slightly lower.

The 449cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke Honda CRF450R is rated highly by owners due to its versatility, speed and power. This motorcycle costs around 6,000 to 7,000 dollars. However, not all Honda Dirt Bikes are as expensive. The HONDA CR 250 Motocross Dirt Bike, for example, costs only around 2000 to 4000 dollars.

Suzuki has been manufacturing a series of Dirt Bikes called DR-Z and a recent addition to this family is the Suzuki DR-Z125, available in two versions – DR-Z125 and DR-Z125L. These 124cc, 4-stroke, single-cylinder models feature the traditional, five-speed transmission and the 2004 models cost 3,000 dollars.

The Yamaha YZ series is the most popular Yamaha Dirt Bike model. The 2006 models will cost you around 3,000 to 7,000 dollars or more than that. Of these, the 85cc, liquid-cooled, reed valve-inducted, 2-stroke YZ85 is the cheapest (3,099 dollars) while the 4-stroke, DOHC, 5-valve titanium, liquid-cooled engine YZ450F costs around 6,500 to 8,000 dollars.

The most popular KTM Dirt Bike, the KTM 200 EXC, has power band of the 200cc engine but weighs similar to a typical 125cc Dirt Bike. The KTM 200 EXC costs around 6,000 dollars. KTM also has a similarly popular family of Dirk Bikes the KTM SX series. There’s not much difference in price between the EXC and the SX series and they continue to some of the most popular off-road vehicles.

The Love Of Motorcross

motorcrossMotorcycle History

A little history on motorcycles, man we have come a long way. From the first steam cycle invented by Sylvester Howard Roper in 1867 to the 2008 Yamaha WR250F dirt bike pictured below. The new bikes have some of the best technology worked into them from previous models. Whether you are an avid collector or rider there are many facets to this invention. You can spend your Sunday on a Harley or set off for the weekend with your dirt bikes. If you are not into riding then you can find the nearest competition and enjoy the action.

The Events

If you are looking to attend a competition you may find that there are two main Motocross series: the FIM’s Grand Prix- the World Championship series and the AMA’s American National Championship. The AMA’s Motocross begins in early May and continues until mid-September, and consists of 12 rounds and 12 major tracks all over the continental United States. The Grand Prix is predominantly held in Europe with some “flyaway” rounds. Race duration is slightly longer at 35 minutes plus tow laps, while the series is longer, generally incorporating over 16 rounds.

You may be attracted to these competitions for the shining stars. Ricky The G.O.A.T Carmicheal which he just retired from the game in 2007, James Bubba Stewert World GP and AMA champion,  2007 US Open Champion Grant Langston, Chad Reed and many others. There are many up and coming stars like Ryan Villopoto and Mike Alessi that are in the Lites Class.

In the freestyle arena you may be familiar with the names of Carey Heart, Mike Metzger, and Travis Pastrana. These riders are well known for their freestyle method of riding. Freestyle concentrates on performing acrobatic stunts while jumping motocross bikes on dirt tracks. The winner is chosen by a group of judges. The riders are scored on style, level of trick difficulty, best use of the course, and frequently crowd reactions as well.

Other Offroad Bikes

If you are not interested in watching the freestyle method of dirt bikes there are other venues to buy tickets for. Along with the Freestyle there are also Minibikes, Supermoto and ATV/Quad Motocross.

Pit-bike racing has taken a turn towards mini-moto, usually racing on go-kart and tight, small vehicle tracks.

 Supermoto involves taking a motocross dirt bike that is meant to be raced off-road and converting it to be raced on tracks consisting of both dirt and pavement. The dirt bikes are fitted with special road racing tires and are “grooved” to grip both the pavement and dirt. Some tracks for these race events have jumps, berms, and whoops just like true motocross tracks.

ATV/Quad Motocross are all-terrain vehicles. These three and four wheeled bikes are raced just as their counterparts. They haven’t been very popular because of the alleged dangers of operating these vehicles. But with new upgrades the popularity is on the rise. I had a friend who one wild and crazy dude, he had one of these 4 wheelers, and decided to pull his moms mini deep freezer from the garage, build a ramp and jump it. Needless to say it didnt go so well, and his mother had to hire an arlington appliance repair company to come out and repair that freezer. She wasnt very happy lol.

If you are interested in dirt bikes there is a plethora of information out there. From what is the newest gear to the best dirt bikes. There are many ways that you can get your fix riding in the dirt. Whether you are hands on or a spectator you can enjoy the many facets of dirt bikes.

Racing Venues

venueWhen we talk about off road racing whether it be dirt bikes or trucks, alot of these venues have been built for the fans, just as much as the racing is for the fans. When you go to these venues there are all kinds of activities for your family.

And all over the world, these companies are one uping each other with the quality of the event, you have basketball, videos games for the kids, and of course you have nice eateries and adult beverages for the adults.

If your in canada, you’ve probably seen a venue where the floors are immaculately done by a commercial flooring contractor in surrey, who makes you feel like your ruining the floor just by walking on it.

But these venue are done strictly for the fans to enjoy and bring an experience like no other to an off road racing event.

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Offroad Racing Country Wide

offroad racingIf you love off road racing, there are plenty of events around the country you can travel too. Not just in the state of texas, all you have to do is look up different sites and blogs in whatever city and state you would like to travel too.

I went to an even in omaha nebraska recently, and the racing was super competitive, all the bikers were skilled and hungry to compete. I was front and center to all the different races going on throughout the weekend, (the event last for 3 days fri-sun).

The track was one of the most difficult to navigate as well, i many wipe outs! The reason why got to go was my uncle who lives in nebraska owns a huge residential and commercial dumpster rental business in omaha, he was hired to provide huge dumpsters for cleanup services after during and after the event was over. So they gave him some complementary passes, and i just so happened to be visiting that weekend and had a great time. Cant wait for the company who sponsored this event, to do one in texas.

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History of the Hare Scramble

During the 1800s, clubs formed in Britain to hold footraces they called “hare and hound runs.” Several members were picked to be the hares and given a sack of shredded paper to drop as “scent” and a 10 minute head start. They would run off and throw the paper from time to time leaving a trail.

Every so often, they would stop dropping the paper and head off in a new direction, simulating the trail of a rabbit. The hounds would follow, looking for the paper trail. When they would notice that the trail had stopped, they would spread out in all directions looking for the new trail. They would usually end the day at a pub or restaurant. And, by the way, this is also the origin of the term “paper chase.”

A hundred years later in Britain, the concept spread to motorcycle racing, and in these hare and hound races, course ribbons or arrows took the place of the dropped paper. As in the paper chases, the riders didn’t really know where the course would lead until they got there.

This spread to America, where hare and hounds were primarily desert races. Cross this kind of racing with American Scrambles, which were derived from the flat-track races but on rougher ground, and you got a track longer than those used in Scrambles but shorter than most Hare and Hounds. Thus, Hare Scrambles.