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Dirt Bike Reviews And Comparisons

Dirt Rider is the one-stop resource for all things dirt bike. Our in-depth dirt bike reviews and thorough shootouts showcase two-stroke and four-stroke motocross, off-road, adventure, trials, and minibikes featuring all of the major manufacturers, including Honda, Husqvarna, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki, and Yamaha, along with exotic motorcycle brands such as Beta, Christini, GasGas, Husaberg, Sherco, and more. We are also pleased to bring you reviews of the electric dirt bikes from Alta, KTM, Oset, Quantya, and Zero. We also feature reviews on the latest dirt bike gear so you stay up-to-date on the best products available.

  • KTM 250 SX-F

    How much power does KTM’s 250 four-stroke motocross bike make?

    We ran the 2019 KTM 250 SX-F on our in-house dyno to find out how much power KTM’s 250 four-stroke motocross bike makes.
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    Modifications to improve the performance of a 2005–2018 Honda CRF450X

    Jay Clark built this 2007 Honda CRF450X project bike, and we put it through its paces in the hills of Southern California after some rain.
  • Husqvarna FC 250

    How much power does Husqvarna’s 250 four-stroke motocross bike make?

    We ran the 2019 Husqvarna FC 250 on our in-house dyno to find out how much power Husqvarna’s 250 four-stroke motocross bike makes.
  • An improvement over the standard FC 450 model

    We rode the 2019 Husqvarna FC 450 Rockstar Edition at Milestone MX in Riverside, California, and found it to be an improvement over the standard FC 450 model.
  • 2019 Yamaha YZ250F

    How much power does Yamaha’s 250 four-stroke motocross bike make?

    We ran the 2019 YZ250F on our in-house dyno to find out how much power Yamaha’s 250 four-stroke motocross bike makes.
  • 2019 KTM 450 SX-F

    Riding KTM’s limited-edition 2019 motocross bike

    We tested the 2019 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition at Fox Raceway in Pala, California, to get an idea of how KTM’s limited-edition 450 motocross bike performs.
  • Honda CRF250R

    How much power does Honda’s 250 four-stroke motocross bike make?

    We ran the 2019 CRF250R on our in-house dyno to find out how much power Honda’s 250 four-stroke motocross bike makes.
  • 2019 KTM 350 EXC-F vs. 2019 KTM 500 EXC-F Comparison

    KTM dual-sport bike test in Moab, Utah

    We ride the 2019 KTM 350 EXC-F and 500 EXC-F in Moab, Utah, for a two-bike dual-sport comparison test.

Off-Road Dirt Bikes

Off-road dirt bikes are designed to be ridden in cross-country conditions, such as single-track trails, and in more wide-open areas, such as the desert. Some can even be ridden on a motocross track in mostly stock trim. Popular off-road dirt bike manufacturers include Honda, Husqvarna, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki, Yamaha, GasGas, Beta, TM, and Alta.

Most of these motorcycles come stock with off-road specific components such as an 18-inch rear wheel, a skid plate, an O-ring chain, a kickstand, and some come with a wide-ratio transmission. They usually have softer suspension settings and larger fuel tanks than a motocross bike too.

These machines are designed to be raced in competitions such as Grand National Cross Country (GNCC), National Enduro, Big 6 Grand Prix, Hare & Hound, EnduroCross, and the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS).

Motocross Bikes

Motocross bikes are designed to be raced on man-made tracks that are built in natural terrain. The obstacles commonly found on a motocross track include jumps, turns, ruts, and bumps. MX bikes have stiffer suspension settings to withstand the higher speeds, rough terrain, and larger impacts such as jump landings.

Motocross bikes are also raced in Supercross, which is similar to motocross, but is more of a pro-level discipline and the tracks are completely man-made. The races are held inside stadiums, so the tracks are shorter in length. In comparison to motocross, the jumps are steeper, the turns are sharper, and the obstacles are much closer together.

Nearly all MX bikes are powered by gas engines, but manufacturers like Alta produce electric motocross bikes including the Redshift MXR and Redshift MX.

  • KTM 250 SX-F

    How much power does KTM’s 250 four-stroke motocross bike make?

    We ran the 2019 KTM 250 SX-F on our in-house dyno to find out how much power KTM’s 250 four-stroke motocross bike makes.
  • KTM, Husqvarna, Yamaha, and TM still offer two-stroke motocross bikes in 2019

    Here are 11 two-strokes motocross bikes you can buy in 2019 from KTM, Husqvarna, Yamaha, and TM.
  • Husqvarna FC 250

    How much power does Husqvarna’s 250 four-stroke motocross bike make?

    We ran the 2019 Husqvarna FC 250 on our in-house dyno to find out how much power Husqvarna’s 250 four-stroke motocross bike makes.
  • 2019 Yamaha YZ250F

    How much power does Yamaha’s 250 four-stroke motocross bike make?

    We ran the 2019 YZ250F on our in-house dyno to find out how much power Yamaha’s 250 four-stroke motocross bike makes.

Adventure Bikes

Adventure bikes, also called “ADV motorcycles,” are designed to be ridden on the dirt and street. ADV bikes are similar to a dual-sport bike, but they are larger overall, have bigger-displacement engines, higher-capacity fuel tanks, and are heavier. Some of them feature ABS, traction control, crashbars, and street-oriented tires in stock trim too. Some common adventure bike manufacturers include Honda, KTM, Suzuki, Yamaha, Triumph, BMW, and Ducati.

  • 790 Adventure and 790 Adventure R

    New adventure models will hit North American dealerships in spring 2019

    KTM announced two new adventure bikes—the 790 Adventure and 790 Adventure R—at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan today.
  • Harley-Davidson Pan America

    All-new adventure bike to be released in 2020

    Harley-Davidson has released a teaser video of what looks to be an all-new adventure bike called the Pan America, set to be released in 2020.
  • Well, not you, but Mike Lafferty sure can

    Off-road all-star Mike Lafferty is neither a glutton for punishment nor just plain crazy. He just wants to show ADV guys what their bikes are really capable of.
  • Testing Alta’s enduro model

    We test electric bike maker Alta’s 2018 Redshift EX on everything from the trail to the track to the street.

Trials Bikes

A trials bike is designed to ride over obstacles at low speeds. These lightweight motorcycles are geared very low and have lots of torque. In trials competitions, competitors are judged by the amount of times they put their foot down, or “dab,” in a series of “sections.” The rider with the least number of dabs at the end of the competition is the winner. The main trials bike manufacturers are GasGas, Beta, Sherco, Scorpa, and Montesa.

  • Fast Guys On Slow Bikes

    Trials champion Geoff Aaron tries to teach fast motocross riders how to ride trials bikes.

    Trials and moto have very little in common, but let's mash them together anyway.
  • Fast Moto Guys On Trials Bikes

    How many motocross guys does it take to ride a trials bike well?

    It is self-evident that riding a trials bike can vastly improve your off-road riding skills, but can the same benefit be seen on the motocross track? That’s just what we…

Mini Bikes

Mini bikes are small-sized motorcycles designed for kids. They allow young riders to learn to ride and develop skills to help them transition to regular-sized dirt bikes when they grow enough to ride them, whether they be dirt bikes or street bikes. Mini bikes usually have anywhere between 50cc and 125cc displacement engines, smaller wheels, and have either an automatic or manual clutch. Popular mini bike manufacturers include Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Husqvarna, Suzuki, Yamaha. Also, some companies such as Torrot, Oset, and Beta produce electric mini dirt bikes.

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